US supports Makati's smart city bid
Makati Mayor Abby Binay listens intently to David Nufrio, acting commercial officer of the United States Commercial Service, the trade promotion agency of the US Embassy, as the latter conveys the interest of the US Government to team up with the Makati City Government in pursuing Smart City initiatives.
During a courtesy visit to the mayor on Tuesday, the US official also said his office will be providing assistance to American information and communications technology (ICT) companies that want to do business in the Philippines, particularly in Makati City.
Mayor Abby said the city welcomed the opportunity to work with the US Government in promoting economic growth as well as sustainable and inclusive development. Since 2016, the mayor has been pursuing the transformation of Makati into a “Smart City” through pioneering public-private partnership (PPP) initiatives.
These include the Makatizen Card, an all-purpose card that consolidates all health and social benefits for residents; the Makatizen App, the first-of-its-kind digital citizen app in the country that allows users to report crimes, emergencies, waste management concerns, and other relevant issues; the Makati Public Wi-Fi System, a citywide fiber optic loop that provides free internet connection to residents and visitors on certain periods daily; and the Makati Subway, the first intra-city subway in the Philippines which will be built at no cost to the city.
Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3 ran partial operations from North Ave. to Shaw Boulevard in the afternoon of October 15, after an individual reportedly fell to the rail track in Makati City. MRT 3 suspended its operations from Boni Ave. in Mandaluyo...