The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) together with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Philippine National Police (PNP) held its first i-CiTY (Intelligent City) Summit in the Philippines last 13th and 14th of March where all leaders from the government and private institutions were invited and assembled at EDSA Shangri-La in Mandaluyong City to implant knowledge about the great importance of technology in the modern society for a safer and better connected Philippines.
The said event aims to discuss and plan on how to increase the digital economy, raise better employment opportunities for people, improve the state of living of Filipinos and to refine the country to be globally competitive by embarking on a digital journey.
According to Jacky Gao, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Huawei Philippines, it is about time for the Philippines to transform into a digital country which will enable the citizens to live in a sustainable life by establishing the i-CiTY ecosystem that will open big opportunities and global success.
The i-CiTY is composed of four key elements namely Digital City Management, Digital Public Services, Digital Industry, and Safe City which are supported by the cloud infrastructure, communication networks and sensors — the eyes and ears of i-CiTY.
During the first day of the summit, various presentations and talks about the global trends, public safety, electronic government (e-government), and the financial and operational models for the i-CiTY were discussed to the participants. Representatives from Bonifacio Global City and Bandung, Indonesia were also present and shared their own knowledge and practices on implementing a safe city. But the main highlight of the day was the launching of the Philippines’ Safe City White Paper, which declares the partnership of the government with the public and private sectors to achieve a safe and better country.
At the second day, the DICT showed a presentation in relation with the National Broadband Plan and expounded on how the innovation with the newest technologies can help enhancing the Philippines’ transport system and public services which is what the country’s greatest challenge these days.
The Philippines is hoping to undergo a major transformation into a becoming a digital country that will definitely benefit most of Filipinos by having a fast and strong internet connection for better communication, real-time surveillance for a safer country and a lot more innovations to be excited about.
The event was made possible in partnership of DICT and DILG with Huwaei Technologies Phils. Inc., SAP, Hexagon, IHS, Pacific Disaster Center, PWC, Indonesia FTTH Association, Roland Berger, Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Delaware Consulting who shared and gave their ideas, insights and practices on how they have managed to improve the use of information and communication technology (ICT).