City of Love installs ‘digital information kiosk’, indicative of the local government’s initiatives to become a ‘smart city’. The digital kiosk is installed at the City Hall and is equipped with data for local services, such as permit requirements, etc. The digital kiosk is installed in a bid to facilitate transactions. As of date, the facility is being fine-tuned and will be operational within the week.
“That is for our residents, like for example if they need their birth certificate, they will just have to tap the screens and the kiosk will automatically show the corresponding requirements,” states Francis T. Cruz, Information Systems Office Officer-in-Charge, in an article by Business World. “We have a lot of upcoming offers under the smart city direction. Now, we are looking into a mobile application for tax payment and anything that would make transactions or dealing with the city government easier, faster, less time consuming. Before we are giving out leaflets, but now we are ‘high-tech’. We need to shift to digital,” adds the esteemed officer.
It can be recalled that Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treňas announced the intent of the country’s major telecommunication companies, Globe Telecoms Inc. and Smart Communications Inc., to partner with the local government to provide ‘free WiFi’ in selected areas in the city. According to the mayor, WiFi hotspots include the City Hall, Iloilo River Esplanade, selected bike lanes, and public plazas.
With the establishment of all this, Iloilo City is definitely going digital.