Local and overseas safe city industry leaders gathered at the i-CiTY Summit 2017 to share their best practices and challenges in creating intelligent cities (i-CiTY) through ICT.

A collaboration between the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the summit focuses on ICT-enabled solutions to foster secure, inclusive and sustainable development for the Philippines.


Together with Huawei Technologies and other industry partners, the DICT and DILG introduced the concept of “Safe City” to bring new dimensions to public safety. “Public safety is more than safe city.  It’s about preventing crimes and reducing loss of life and property,” Khoo Boon Hui said, INTERPOL Past President.

“Safe City” was developed to aid city leadership, police departments and other government stakeholders in mitigating crime and security risks, alongside improving disaster management and addressing pollution and traffic congestion, among other issues.

The summit teaches us “how to keep our citizens safe, and how can connectivity respond to the needs of the community” through ICT-based innovation, Undersecretary Eliseo Rio said.

This safe city framework promotes civic engagement through enabling technologies—from advanced security and environmental monitoring to public safety information systems. “Safe City” allows for “actively using technology to inform, educate and engage the citizenry.” PNP General Dela Rosa added, “[safe city concept] promotes vigilance through ICT.” ICT-enabled governance enables faster feedback to authorities.

The opening day gave way to a series of talks and panel discussions on global trends, i-CiTY financial and operational models, safe city implementation in other countries, and other benchmarking standards for i-CiTY development.

“The time is right for the Philippines to embark on this digital journey,” Huawei CEO Jacky Gao said.

At present, safe city solutions are on trial in BGC with Huawei exhibiting new ICT products in BGC’s newly put up command center. Certainly, a solid example for the government on how an intelligent city operates.

Cities of the future should evolve and respond to the needs of Filipinos. With the transformative role of ICT, this job does not only fall on the hands of the government and its partners from the public and private sectors, but on every Filipino.

The Philippines’ Safe City White Paper was officially launched during the summit.