ANGELES CITY, Pampanga, Oct. 21 (PIA) -- The city government is beefing up efforts towards electronic governance by upgrading its existing computerized network.
Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. said this is in line with the city's goal to be the next "smart city" by implementing an online transaction system.
"Actually, this project is a continuation of what my father, Mayor Tarzan Lazatin, started way back 2002, wherein all revenue-generating offices of the Angeles City government were already fully computerized," Lazatin said.
Under the project, all transactions in the city hall will be cashless and paperless, in accordance with the city government's agenda on the ease of doing business.
"Despite the challenges we are facing during this pandemic, we want to assure everyone that the city government will continue with its programs and services to improve the quality of life of all Angelenos," the local chief executive said.
Meanwhile, Lazatin's Chief Adviser and Tactician Director IC Calaguas said that apart from the online transaction system, the city government also plans to install 14 facial recognition machines for time-keeping system, for all city hall employees.
"In order to provide faster and more efficient services for Angelenos, Mayor Lazatin also wants to improve the flow of communication among offices, by connecting and activating all telephone lines, at all times," Calaguas said.
Information Communications and Technology Division (ICTD) Head Michael Lising said that once they are done with the cabling, the online system will be put in place so they can start testing the cashless and paperless transactions particularly for business and Real Property Tax (RPT) payments.
As part of their preparations, ICTD Assistant Network Administrator Gilbert David said they have also upgraded the city hall's network equipment and internet connection in order to make the online payment more efficient.
"We installed 16 data cabinets around the city hall, and consolidated all its networks to create a centralized server. We also designated a data server room, where all the offices can have their very own back-up, so that data storage will be more efficient," David added.
Once installed, the whole system will be subjected for testing first to ensure a smooth operation, avoid possible glitches, and provide immediate solutions.
It can be recalled that this computerization project, which started in 2002, was certified ISO 9001:2003 by the Certification International Philippines, making Angeles City the first ISO-certified local government unit outside Metro Manila. (CLJD/MJSC-PIA 3)