Baguio Smart City Command Center nearing reality

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Smart City Project Manager Phillip Pizon during the media tour of the Smart City Command Center at the basement of the Baguio Convention Center. (CCD/PIA CAR)

BAGUIO CITY, May 21(PIA) - - The City Government of Baguio’s goal of establishing the first Smart City in the country  is nearing  reality with the Command Center already established and with the Phase 1 component set for reintegration.


Engr. Felipe Puzon Jr., Baguio Smart City Project Manager, explained during the media tour of the Command Center at the basement of the Baguio Convention Center   on May 18 that their target is to have the facility of the Smart City up and running with a dry run set by July.

Puzon outlined that once operational, it will initially handle the centralized operation of the city government such as peace and order operations and in responding to medical emergencies and complaint, dispatch of first responders, among others.

CCTV and monitoring cameras with its corresponding systems being tested before installation and integration to the Baguio Smart City Command Center. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Phase 1 include the integration of 42 CCTVs (indoor  and outdoor), video analytics that include sensors for license plate recognition, vehicle counting and facial recognition, Smart City App, Field Responder App, Environment – air quality sensors, GIS (Geographic Information System, IP PBX Telephony (business phone system) and a Cyber Security System.

Under Phase 2, the Smart City system will integrate a lighting system for Baguio, other environment systems such as AOI and weather monitoring, seismic sensors, flood sensors, (public) sentiment analytics, erosion sensors and generator sets.

For Phase 3, the system will integrate urban observation, 3D modelling, instant connect, next generation 911 (emergency system), mobile command center, smart agriculture and a sewerage treatment facility.

For the actual direction and usage of the Smart City operation, a Smart City Council will also be created to be in charge of program and policy making.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong outlined that Baguio’s Smart City initiative will cost the government around half a billion pesos. He expressed the city’s gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for the donation of P200 million from the Office of the President to jumpstart   the project.

“Establishing the first single platform Smart City system in the country is a very ambitious project but will help the city government manage a smart economy, governance, agriculture, environment, public safety, mobility and transportation, among others”, Magalong said. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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