MAKATI ROLLS OUT DIGITAL CITIZEN MOBILE APP
MAKATI CITY – Something to report to the Makati City Hall? Now, it’s just a click on a smartphone.
Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay unveiled the Makatizen App, the first-of-its-kind digital citizen application in the Philippines, that is now available for iOS users, bringing services and information closer to the people.
Binay said iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users can now download the mobile app for free from App Store. Through the app, users will be able to access the latest news, updates, and information about events and projects of the city government through their mobile phones.
“These times demand connectivity, and we are fast-tracking our digital transformation through finding innovative ways to better serve and connect with our Makatizens. We encourage everyone to download the Makatizen App now and be in the know,” she added.
The mobile software now available both in Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store, enabling the local government will be able to reach a wider audience and engage more with constituents and stakeholders.
“The Makatizen App was created to provide a more inclusive, engaging, rewarding, and convenient platform that will bring information and public services closer to Makati residents and other stakeholders of the city,” Binay said.
The mobile app – a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement between the City and Neo-Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. – was first launched during the city’s 347th founding anniversary on June 1, 2017. It was initially available for android phones via Play Store.
Its features include Maka-Update, which gives the latest information, advisories and announcements about the latest projects, events and services of the City Government.
Maka-Negosyo, on the other hand, provides important information about why and how to invest and start a business in the city.
How can we help allows users to report traffic accidents, waste management issues, construction issues, stray animals, and other concerns in the community; while the Maka-SOS – users can use this to contact emergency hotlines in case of any emergency with just one click.
The Makatizen App will soon have more innovative and citizen-enabling features.
Other notable PPP-led initiatives of Makati under Binay’s administration include the establishment of a 60-kilometer fiber optic network to strengthen internet connection and provide free internet access to residents, public school students, and the general public on designated periods daily.
To date, the free wifi project has been completed in 13 barangays of the city, while the rest will be for completion by the end of the year.
Another smart initiative is the Makatizen Card which was launched launched in 2017. It is a unified, multi-purpose government-issued citizen ID that consolidates all health and social benefits for over 600,000 residents and city hall employees.
Through a PPP with G-Cash and i-Bayad, the Makatizen Card is also designed to be a financial card that becomes the holder’s key to a cashless ecosystem.