For the nth time, my colleagues at the Manila City hall have made me really, really proud.
This, after the local government of Manila once again reaped several awards, this time courtesy of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). It is for the small efforts we have made to come up with efficient system and approach regarding the aspects of education, pandemic and business in the city.
At the recently-concluded Digital Governance Awards (DGA) 2021, the city government of Manila was awarded Best in Customer Empowerment Award for ‘Connection for Inclusion’ (first place, city level); Best in LGU Empowerment Award for its COVID-19 Testing Center Web Lab-IS (first place, city level) and Best in Business Empowerment Award for its GO Manila App end-to-end solution (2nd place, city level).
The DGA is an annual search for best practices in local government units in utilizing information and communications technology (ICT) to effectively and efficiently deliver its public services to its constituents and business stakeholders. It is organized by the ICT Industry Development Bureau (IIDB) of the DICT, in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP).
From the bottom of my heart and in behalf of my colleagues in City Hall and the citizens of Manila, I thank the DICT for the three said awards it gave to the city.
Rest assured that this recognition will serve as an inspiration for us to do even better when it comes to serving Manilans and those doing business in the city. For the first award, I particularly thank Divison of City Schools Superintendent Magdalena Lim for the efficient distribution of the free tablets, laptops and 10gb bandwidth to the thousands of public school students and teachers.
For the second award, I commend and thank Sta. Ana Hospital Director Dr. Grace Padilla and all the medical and health frontliners there for all their sacrifices and efforts. The award also goes to the frontliners who got infected and lost their very own lives in the name of duty.
My heartfelt gratitude goes to them for paying the ultimate sacrifice in the same manner that all our health and medical frontliners brave the risks of infection just to be able to save others.
I am extremely proud of them and of course, Dr. Padilla, for the efficient implementation of the data and communication system of the city’s COVID-19 testing center at the Sta. Ana Hospital.
Thank you too, to Bureau of Permits and Licensing Office head Levi Facundo and Electronic Data Processing chief Fortune Palileo whose extreme dedication and competence are reasons why the city government was given its third award. Through joint efforts, the local government has succeeded in making life easier for business establishment owners already operating in and who wish to invest in Manila.
And of course, last but not the least, my special gratitude and huge credit goes to my tireless working partner, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and all the aldermen comprising the Manila City Council, whose all-out support has made possible all of my dreams and vision for Manila at the shortest record time.
Vice Mayor Honey, being the Manila City Council’s presiding officer has effectively helped my administration through the swift passage of ordinances that are required in some of the city government’s programs.
Congratulations to the city, to Team Manila and to all Batang Maynila. These awards are for and because of all of you. As I have been stating time and again, anything is achievable if we have unity in action.
Gaya ng paulit-ulit kong sinasabi, kailangan ko ang tulong ninyong lahat. Walang magmamalasakit sa Maynila kundi tayo ding mga Batang Maynila. Manila, God first!
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