Victorias starts digital city transformation

Victorias City Mayor Javi Benitez (Contributed photo)
Victorias City Mayor Javi Benitez (Contributed photo)

VICTORIAS City continues to pioneer ICT innovations in Negros Occidental and Western Visayas with its launching of Sidlak City Digital Network Assets and Project VECTOR at Don Alejandro Acuña Yap Quiña Arts and Cultural Center Monday, January 30.

“My vision is, Victorias City will be a city prepared and at the forefront of technology-driven local government in the region and the country [...] that vision is starting now,” Mayor Javier Miguel Benitez said.

Department of Information and Communications Technology Undersecretary Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo and Department of the Interior and Local Government–Region 6 director Juan Jovian Ingeniero joined the project launching and lauded Victorias City for trailblazing various innovations in the City.

“I am happy to be here and part of the launching of the various digital-related programs of the City of Victorias, noteworthy are the programs under the Sidlak City Digital Network Assets which will streamline government processes, promote ease of doing business, and provide convenient ways to the citizens to access e-government services,” Lamentillo said.

The undersecretary also pointed out that DICT considers the local government units as the main players in implementing DICT programs and empowering every Filipino. She said, “The thrust of the government is to ensure universal connectivity so that no Filipino is left behind and use ICT solutions to improve the delivery of public services.”

Ingeniero said, “We [DILG] appreciate the driving force and creative energy of the local government unit of Victorias,” and expressed appreciation towards Mayor Benitez for pioneering various digital programs which will pave way for creating SMART cities.

Sidlak City DNA or Digital Network Assets serves as the primary virtual ecosystem of the City of Victorias which links all aspects and layers of the LGU.

It covers the underlying digital technology layers of the infrastructure of the City such as the Document Security Seal, Document Tracking System, Human Resources Information System (HRIS), and the One-Stop Citizens Mobile App with the Information Technology Business Solutions Corporation (ITBS).

It was also revealed in the project launching that Victorias City was hailed as the first LGU in the province to satisfactorily delivered, installed, and implemented HRIS as certified by the Landbank of the Philippines.

Moreover, the Project VECTOR or Victorias Emergency and Crisis Tactical Operation and Response anchors all disaster and response management-related information and communication system of the City.

It will be comprised of state-of-the-art weather information and monitoring system of the City, an emergency and crises management education drive, and communication campaigns on risk mapping, mitigation, and response.* (PR)


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