Cauayan City Mayor Honorable Bernard Faustino M. Dy presented Smarter City Concepts materializing in Cauayan City, during the Luzon Regional Scientific Meeting held at Royce Hotel, Mabalacat Pampanga on May 10, 2018.
Under Plenary Session 3 with topic on Smart City Program, Mayor Dy showcased accomplished projects under the Smarter Government/Smarter Governance.
“The Smarter City Program, which recognizes the use of science and technology to efficiently provide basic services to the people, has contributed significantly in the attainment of Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), especially now that we are in a generation where technology plays a significant role in the day-to-day lives of the people,” the City Mayor said.
Some of the “smarter” developments include the integration of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Cauayan City Connect, website for e-commerce, barangay website , e -Gaps and the Dost Juan time- all geared toward an interactive and efficient city operations and services.
Mayor Dy also mentioned the major contribution of the Department of Science and Technology Region 02 in the realization of Smarter Agriculture and Smarter MSMEs by providing eco-friendly bio fertilizer like Carrageenan to farmers in the city.
Also in support to the the city’s “Smarter People” concept, DOST scholarships were granted to many student-Cauayeños along with the distribution of STARBOOKS to public and private schools.
Soundless and smokeless E-trikes (tricycles) also became operational for smarter transportation, convenient to passengers.
The city will also anticipate job opportunities through an establishment of BPO training center-better known as call center, providing employment for students.
Hon. Dy believes that the application of smarter city technologies makes interaction between city officials and the community possible as well as an indication of city’s industrialization.
In an open forum following his presentation, Mayor Dy expressed confidence in academic institutions which can help in the sustainability and maintenance of the technologies come change of administration.
Cauayan City is the first smarter city in the Philippines thru Resolution No. 2015:007 in 2015.
Meanwhile, well-renowned Architect and Urban Planner Felino Palafox Jr. also served as speaker, Dr. Precila de Lima and Dr. Ryan de Lara as discussants, Dir. Sancho A. Mabborang as moderator, and Dr. Teresita A. Tabaog as rapporteur in the said plenary session. #pilipiNAST #NASTPHL #2018LuzonRSM (by Rolaine S. Pacallagan)


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