City Hall will soon implement a web-based application called the InfoBoard which will allow particular offices or departments to instantly communicate with its constituents in Cagayan de Oro City.
The InfoBoard is a communication solution made possible through the city’s partnership with Smart Philippines. It is currently being effectively used by Ateneo de Manila to keep their students informed in real time about important school activities and updates.
Mr. Laurence Dadua of Smart Philippines conducted an orientation last February 18, 2013 with some City Hall personnel, headed by Assistant City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Officer Eng’r. Armen Cuenca, regarding the InfoBoard and its uses for the city.
The InfoBoard requires however that its users use Smart or Talk n Text SIM cards in order to enjoy the 30,000 allocation of free messages per month. Messages sent to non-Smart users will be billed P0.70.
Among its obvious uses is as an early warning communication tool for the people of the 80 barangays in the city in case of emergencies such as incoming typhoons, possible flooding, or any disaster for that matter. With the InfoBoard, the 80 barangay captains can receive timely text messages through their cellphones from the City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office (as content provider) giving them updates and specific instructions, all at no expense to the city or its subscribers.
Aside from the CDRRMO, the City Information Office, the City Council, and other key offices may be tapped as additional content providers.