The City Government of Manila, through the Department of Engineering and Public Works, is currently putting up 34 Wi-Fi hotspot terminals in the capital that would look like those in Manhattan, New York, the Manila Public Information Office said on Thursday.
Wi-Fi hotspot terminals will be placed along España Street and around the entire University Belt for the benefit of the students, the Manila PIO said in a statement.
Mayor Francisco “Isko” Domagoso and DEPW Department Head Engineer Armand Andres visited the areas on March 4.
According to Domagoso, the plan is part of Manila’s ongoing aim to make the city a “Center of Convenience” and a “Smart City.”
Late last year, the United States and Singapore sent envoys to Manila City Hall to offer their assistance in the capital’s modernization and development programs.
Singapore committed to share its technical expertise in traffic, sewage management, and digital governance with Manila, Singaporean Ambassador to the Philippines Gerard Ho said after his courtesy call on Domagoso.
Ho, who met with Domagoso on the eve of Singapore’s 54th National Day, offered to fund a study trip to the city-state where the Manila mayor could learn more about first-world policies and practices.
“We are ready to share. Ask us if you need any help. We have areas of expertise in traffic management, sewages, but you have to see what works for you because you cannot blindly apply,” the envoy of Southeast Asia’s richest nation told Domagoso during the meeting.
A similar offer was given to Jakarta before, Ho said.
US officials also backed Manila’s efforts to turn the capital into a “smart city.”