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THE FIRST ILOILO CITY DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION SUMMIT: The City’s Journey Towards Becoming a World-class Smart City

Iloilo City Department Heads with Microsoft and Cityserve representatives

Dateline: Iloilo City, 19 January 2018

In November last year, Mayor Jose Espinosa III received a courtesy visit from Dr. Astrid Tuminez, Microsoft Southeast Asia head of Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA). Also present then were Francis Cruz, IT Head of Iloilo City Hall, Ritchel Gavan, OIC-designate of the Iloilo City Local Economic and Investment Planning Office (LEIPO), Chie Malaki, CEO, and Zeno Martinez, bizdev director of solutions developer and Microsoft partner Highly Succeed Inc. During that meeting, Mayor Espinosa vowed to support the continuing efforts of Microsoft in assisting Iloilo City in its quest towards becoming a world-class ‘smart city’.

As a prelude to building the smart city infrastructure, Microsoft sponsored the First Iloilo City Digital Transformation Summit, a half-day symposium/workshop for the department heads of the City Government of Iloilo City. It was held on January 19, 2018 at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel.

City Administrator Atty. Hernando Galvez, representing Mayor Jose Espinosa III, gave the opening remarks and welcomed this private sector initiative. 

Francis Cruz explained to the audience the evolution of this project which started in 2016 and culminated in the summit. 

He also introduced the main speaker, Atty. Raul Cortez, Legal and Corporate Affairs Director of Microsoft Philippines, who was the project lead for the CityServ ( Iloilo City app. 

“Iloilo City was chosen as a project beneficiary of this technology in 2016 as it is one of the most promising Southeast Asian cities due to its rapid growth and good governance,” said Atty. Cortez. He then imparted valuable knowledge to the audience on the definition and concept of digital transformation and presented various case studies of current smart cities in other countries. Also shown were the current technology solutions for the efficient and rapid delivery of services to the cities’ constituents.

Atty. Raul Cortez, Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft Philippines

Zeno Martinez showed the now highly-evolved CityServ technology covering integrated and complete solutions for provinces, cities, municipalities up to the barangay level and for managing hospitals and health centers. CityServ also installs complete command centers for DRRM and traffic management, including internet connectivity solutions for remote communities currently unreachable by telco providers.

The workshop portion was facilitated by Noreen Marian Bautista,  Hera Barrameda and Rayjand Gellamucho of Global Shapers Iloilo Hub, a private sector group of young leaders collaborating with Iloilo City in its technology efforts through ILOILOvation. The department heads were asked to enumerate pain points in their respective offices for possible technology solutions.

Iloilo City Planning and Development Office Head Jose Roni SJ Peñalosa led the Declaration of Commitment

The morning session of the summit was capped off with a declaration of commitment by Iloilo City led by City Planning and Development Office head Jose Roni SJ Peñalosa followed by all attendees on the commitment wall, declaring to commit themselves to becoming digital citizens, supporting Iloilo City in its digital transformation and supporting CityServ in this endeavour.
Attendees signing the Commitment Wall

The afternoon session was attended by private sector leaders who were informed of the city’s digital transformation efforts, and a similar signing on the commitment wall.

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