DOST launches Cagayan Valley Smarter City Belt (Manila Standard)

Tuguegarao City–The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has successfully launched the Cagayan Valley Smarter City Belt.

Source: Manila Standard

DOST Region 2 Director Engr. Sancho Mabborang said the first of project of its kind in the locale, with the theme “Exploring New Growth through Innovation and Nurturing Engagement of Smart Solutions” (ENGINES), aims for the belt and road in the region to be interconnected, paving the way for the Region to embrace progress and improvements.

“If we all work together in nurturing Cagayan Valley, it is possible to make every city in the region, a smart city although achieving the vision is not easy, but it is possible,” Mabborang said as he presented virtually along with Region 2’s local executives and LGUs.

Included in the smarter city belt are the cities of Cauayan, Tuguegarao, Ilagan, Santiago, and the local government unit of Bayombong, Solano, Maddela, Diffun, Cabarroguis, Lallo and Basco in Batanes.

To date, there are three cities considered as “smarter cities,” Cauayan, Tuguegarao and Santiago while the others are on their way for inclusion in the list, Mabborang added.

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Pena emphasized that smarter cities are those utilizing the technologies developed by DOST and by the local government.

“Cagayan Valley Smarter City Belt is anchored on the DOST and Philippine basic framework for smart sustainable communities and cities,” Dela Pena stressed.

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Manila Standard

30 March 2021

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