|Quezon City Share Governance Innovations at the 2017 Smart City Mayor’s Summit|
Communications Coordination Center's Fred Abella sharing QC's Smart City Initiatives to Mayors and Representatives at the Smart City Summit
Quezon City participated in the 2017 Smart City Mayor’s Summit held in Taipei, Taiwan last February 21-24, 2017. The 2017 Smart City Mayor’s Summit was a 4-day event that gathered Chief Executives; Development Planners; Energy, Trade, Environment Experts; and other exhibitors to discuss the development of a “smart city” infrastructure and current applications in governance. Fifty (50) Cities from twenty nine (29) countries were represented during the summit.
The 2017 Smart City Mayor’s Summit aimed “to connect the cities with innovation, open citizen participation and the active collaboration with countries and region of the world so that more cities can realize the dream of smart life”. This provided an opportunity for Quezon City to showcase its innovation initiatives on Responsive and Efficient Governance via the QC E-Services, Disaster Risk Reduction via capacity modernization of the Command Center managed by the QC Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (QCDRRMO), Environmental Protection through the Green Building Code and Public Safety by improving the coordination of emergency and security response offices; police, fire, rescue and traffic.
Quezon City Delegation to the 2017 Smart City Summit and Expo in Taipei
Over the past few years, Quezon City has established a centralized command center that houses the CCTV monitoring system that covers strategic locations in the city. This provides support to improve response to emergency situations as well as disaster risk reduction. With the Greed Building Code, the city has taken steps to have an inventory of infrastructures and initiate the retrofitting of major government buildings in the city for a more “green” design. Quezon City has also implemented the Mobile Money Payment System, initially for the payment of real property tax and business tax, but will eventually cover all local government transactions, an important service that provided ease of transactions for the public. The City has strengthened its digital presence through the official city government website and a separate business promotions website. This provided the citizens access to information and quick response to queries, augmenting its capacity for services. With the internet as a vital backbone in smart initiatives, Quezon City is currently working with telcos to improve internet speed in the city. This consultations resulted in the planning of the layout of a fiber optic network and increase cellular site coverage in the city. This initiative will be complemented by the city’s own connectivity program.
Quezon City’s smart innovations is the part of the city’s commitment to develop the local government’s internal capability to improve governance services – thus, taking strides in the right direction of being a Smart Sustainable City.
Quezon City also joined the Smart City Taipei Declaration together with cities from nations such as the US, the UK, France, Paraguay, New Zealand, Serbia, Hungary, Belize, Indonesia, Malaysia, and others. These cities commited to: