Biñan is on the road to becoming a smart city, thanks to new digital solutions from PLDT Enterprise
Recent economic figures indicate that the Philippines is on track for robust growth on numerous fronts, especially in urban centers outside Metro Manila. In fact, the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) released their 2016 list of ten “next wave cities” for the IT-BPM industry for 2016, which includes growth centers in Batangas City, Puerto Princesa, and Zamboanga City.
One city also gearing up for rapid development is Biñan, Laguna. For Mayor Atty. Arman Dimaguila, new digital technologies, such as robust Internet and an operations command centers deployed in Davao and Cebu will be crucial factors. To make the necessary framework of this vision a reality, the city government of Biñan turned to the expertise of PLDT ALPHA and Smart Enterprise.
Mr. Dimaguila’s main strategy for the city’s economic transformation banks on technology as the main draw for investment. He plans to attract IT-BPM firms that are investing outside congested Manila areas.
In creating a more digital and mobile-first Biñan, Mr. Dimaguila stressed the need for renowned fiber optic service, noting “It will be easier for Biñanenses to be at par with the citizens of other nations. Services provided by the government could also therefore improve.” Through this landmark partnership, PLDT ALPHA and Smart now provide the city with the Dedicated Internet Access Service (iGate), ISDN PRI, and PABX services. “We’re glad to help the city government of Biñan optimize its operations and communications as it seizes greater opportunities for development,” said Vice President and Head of PLDT ALPHA Vic Tria. “This is just the beginning of a great partnership and we are optimistic about the bright future that awaits both the City of Biñan and PLDT.”
Alongside adopting new technologies, local government units (LGUs) must map digital trends and find the most effective way to leverage the digital tools at hand.
Theo Blackwell, a Cabinet Member for Finance, Technology, and Growth of the London Borough of Camden, suggested that city councils use digital strategies to further improve both public service and internal operations. This ranges from easier daily transactions to faster public Internet. It also gives citizens a new sense of transparency, with data-sharing, cyber-security, and greater online civic participation. 
On the local front, the Philippine government is stepping up its digital game with a cloud-first policy. Creating cost-efficiencies for departments, agencies, Government-Owned and Controlled-Corporations (GOCCs), as well as state-run universities and colleges addresses the long-term goal of increased productivity and enhanced public services across all three branches of government. 
Ushering LGUs into the Digital Age
PLDT’s partnership with Biñan is part of the digital transformation it has been fostering across multiple sectors. This latest collaboration with government follows recent projects in Bacoor, Cavite, and the province of Ilocos Norte, particularly for local rescue agencies using PLDT’s SOS Dispatch emergency response solution, which Mr. Dimaguila is also eyeing for Biñan.
With a stronger, more digitally-attuned development framework, Biñan is making great strides into the digital age. This also serves as yet another milestone for PLDT ALPHA and Smart Enterprise, as they enable world-class public services for LGUs across the country.