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Cebu City partners with PLDT Enterprise to push digital goals

Ehda M. Dagooc - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines — The Cebu City government and PLDT Enterprise have strengthened their partnership to push for the city’s digital transformation goals.ransformation goals.

The partnership will initially adopt the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Google Workplace (GWS) in the delivery of public services, accelerating the local government unit’s (LGU) commitment to advancing its processes through digital solutions.

“By harnessing the power of Google Cloud Platform and Google Workspace, we aim to set a new standard for public service – one that is anchored on efficiency, resilience, and inclusivity. This initiative is a testament to the strong partnership between PLDT Enterprise and the City Government of Cebu, built on a shared vision for a digitally empowered community,” said Kent De La Calzada, Assistant Vice President and Head of Customer Relationship Management at PLDT Enterprise.

The integration of GCP and GWS open up the improvement in Cebu City’s move towards digitalization. These platforms are set to refine the LGU’s operations by boosting productivity, facilitating efficient collaboration, and ensuring high-performance and secure digital experiences.

The move aligns with the LGU’s ongoing efforts to improve the delivery of basic services through innovative technology.

“Our partnership with PLDT Enterprise, leveraging the capabilities of Google Cloud and Workspace, is a major leap forward in our quest to become a Smart City. It aligns perfectly with our mission to provide our constituents with prompt, reliable, and secure access to public services. Together, we are laying down the digital foundation to propel Cebu City into a future with endless possibilities,” said Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.

Over the years, PLDT Enterprise and the Cebu City Government have worked together on various initiatives about improving the city’s digital infrastructure.

This strong relationship has been instrumental for launching transformative projects such as the Barangay Wi-Fi Project and the iGate connectivity at City Hall. This does not only exemplify the collaborative efforts of the two organizations but also underscore their shared commitment to leveraging technology for the betterment of public services and community connectivity.

Through these initiatives, they have been able to set a new standard for digital innovation within local governments, driving Cebu City’s ambition to become a leading “Smart City” in the region.

The City Government of Cebu’s decision to adopt these most recent digital solutions is a response to the growing need for more agile and resilient public services. GCP and GWS will enable the city to streamline its operations, enhance disaster recovery capabilities, and ensure business continuity.

This collaboration also highlights PLDT Enterprise’s ongoing commitment to supporting LGUs in their digital transformation initiatives. By providing tailored digital solutions, PLDT Enterprise aims to help LGUs like Cebu City harness data for better planning, decision-making, and disaster response, thereby fostering a more informed, transparent, and engaged community.

As Cebu City continues to embrace digital solutions like GCP and GWS, it sets an example for other LGUs aiming to enhance their digital infrastructure and governance. This partnership not only strengthens the bond between PLDT Enterprise and the

City Government of Cebu but has also made substantial progress in advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which focuses on fostering digital inclusion and providing citizens with equal digital opportunities through technology.

PLDT Enterprise and the City Government of Cebu are committed to working hand in hand to realize the vision of a smart, sustainable, and digitally inclusive Cebu City.

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