The Next Frontier
The Provincial Government of Rizal is slated to become one of the country’s next major business districts, and its municipalities—Baras and Tanay—are transforming the province to reach even greater heights.
Surrounded by the Sierra Madre mountain range, Laguna, Bulacan, and Metro Manila—many suppose that the Provincial Government of Rizal is well on its way of becoming the country’s premier business destination.
Currently, Rizal is home to more than a thousand small-to-medium enterprises, which include businesses that involve handicrafts, woodworks, food processing, and toys, among many others—contributing to the province’s upward economic trajectory.
Recently, Rizal—under the leadership of Gov. Rebecca Ynares—was awarded as the most competitive province in the Philippines during the 2018 Regional Competitiveness Summit.
Rizal’s success, it seems, can be attributed to their ability to adapt to change, hinging on the best-in-class technologies to streamline their operations and digitize old government systems—and the municipalities within the province, such as Baras and Tanay, are leading the pack.
The Municipality of Baras
In fact, the government of Baras was awarded third place by the CMCI for government efficiency. “They looked at our computerization, because we were already a one-stop shop in terms of our business and building permits. Our processes and services are fast, so we’re able to serve our customers even better,” said Mayor Kathrine "KC" Robles of the Municipality of Baras.
Currently, the municipality has enlisted PLDT Enterprise’s services for its connectivity requirements—and Robles says that partnering with the country’s premier digital services provider has enabled local investors to look their way.
“When you tell investors that PLDT is your connectivity provider, you automatically have an edge over the others,” she says.
However, the municipality’s digitization efforts doesn’t just end with sheer connectivity. “Our pipeline of projects includes pioneering Baras as a premier call center area, so we could provide jobs for a number of our residents. Additionally, we also want to build a command and emergency center here, which could streamline how we address our constituents’ needs.”
As an IT graduate, Robles says she understands the need to further digitize government systems. “I think it helps that I am young and I understand technology. Because when the municipality embraces technology, it also embraces success.”
“They looked at our computerization, because we were already a one-stop shop in terms of our business and building permits. Our processes and services are fast, so we’re able to serve our customers even better," says Baras Mayor KC Robles
The Municipality of Tanay
Mayor Rex Tanjuatco of the Municipality of Tanay agrees that it’s becoming increasingly important for local government units to hinge on technology as part of their roadmap. “We want to focus on giving internet access to our barangays here, so our constituents—especially our students—could utilize it for their school research.”
“For next year, we are planning to have a Memorandum of Agreement with different universities across the Philippines, so they could teach our senior citizens computer and internet classes so they wouldn’t get left behind,” Tanjuatco says.
Tanay has likewise enlisted the services of PLDT Enterprise for its connectivity.
“By partnering with PLDT, we are one step ahead over the others,” he cements.
Education and tourism are two initiatives that Tanay is heavily pushing for as the municipality has maximized giving out funds to their constituents this year, particularly for their students’ schooling needs—and it’s paying off, according to Tanjuatco.
“Our municipality is now a first-class municipality. It’s also becoming the center of commerce, education, and trade in Eastern Rizal,” he says, adding, “By 2019, we want to increase the tourists who visit Tanay, and we want to promote that through digital marketing,” he adds.
“We want to focus on giving internet access to our barangays here, so our constituents—especially our students—could utilize it for their school research,” says Tanay Mayor Rex Tanjuatco