San Juan City to launch mobile app to assist local residents

Published November 15, 2019, 12:31 PM

by Rica Arevalo

By John Aldrin Casinas

The San Juan City government will launch a mobile app that would allow its residents access to services offered by the local government, as it gears towards its goal of making San Juan a “smart city.”

Memorandum of Agreement signing with Mr. Manny Pangilinan of Smart and PLDT and Mr. David Almirol of Multisys for the free Smart Google wifi, San Juan City application, and Electronic Kiosks (San Juan City, Philippines Official Facebook Page / MANILA BULLETIN)
The signing of Memorandum of Agreement for the free Smart Google wifi, San Juan City application, and Electronic Kiosks (San Juan City, Philippines Official Facebook Page / MANILA BULLETIN)

Mayor Francis Zamora said the “Makabagong San Juan” app which would allow residents to pay for their utility bills, and receive important announcements and notices from the city government.

Moreover, the public could also use the app to call for emergency assistance and report accidents or other incidents.

Hotlines for local and national government offices will also be available in the app.

“We are now bringing the city government closer to San Juaneños by digitalizing local government services,” Zamora said in a statement.

“This is another step closer to the realization of our vision to make San Juan a Smart City, a Makabagong San Juan,” he added.

Zamora, together with Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) chairman and CEO Manny Pangilinan and Multisys Solutions CEO David Almirol, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Thursday afternoon which seeks to improve the ease of doing business in the city and provide access to the services of the local government.

Under the agreement, free WiFi services powered by Smart Communications will also be available at Agora Market, San Juan Medical Center, Pinaglabanan Shrine, and Polytechnic University of the Philippines-San Juan campus.

The free internet connection will add to the Google WiFi Station already available at the City Hall, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, V-Mall, and Greenhills Shopping Center.

Electronic kiosks stationed on key areas in the city will also allow residents to pay for their utility bills. The kioks will also provide access to e-services of the local government such as application for business permits and licenses, and Real Property Tax (RPT).

Making San Juan a “smart city”—by installing free internet connections on key WiFi zones in the city and by providing access to government services through a mobile app—was one of promises made by Zamora during his campaign.

“We are happy to work with the San Juan City government in realizing their smart city vision,” Pangilinan said.

“We look forward to helping Mayor Francis Zamora further enhance his government’s ability to respond even more efficiently to the needs of his constituents and elevate San Juan to be at par with other modern cities in Asia and the world,” he added.