MAKATIZEN App aims to bring vital info, civic services, online shopping, and entrepreneural know-how to Makati residents

MAKATIZEN App aims to bring vital info, civic services, online shopping, and entrepreneural know-how to Makati residents

Through the just-launched MAKATIZEN mobile app, Makati residents can stay updated on Makati goings on (advisories, announcements, but no fake news), book a ride on the city’s point-to-point shuttle (initially available to Makati government employees), shop online at MakaShopping, and know more about Makati’s investment and entrepreneural opportunities. Makati is the first Local Government Unit to have its own mobile app with a digital ecosystem designed to engage its residents. Through Voyager Innovations’ free-to-download freenet app, Makati residents can use MAKATIZEN without incurring data charges. The app, first available on Android, was launched in time for Makati City’s 347th founding anniversary and is the result of a collaboration between Neo-Converge ICT Solutions and Voyager Innovations.

The app was launched under a proof-of-concept public-private partnership that brings local government services closer to the people. The MAKATIZEN app will initially have the following features for Makati residents:

  • MakaGimik: up-to-the-minute advisories and announcements about Makati City’s programs and events. Future updates to include traffic advisories.
  • MakaRide: users can book a ride on board the city’s point-to-point shuttle; service is initially available for Makati City government employees.
  • MakaShopping: an in-app online marketplace (powered by Takatack) where Makati residents can shop for items (order through the app and have items delivered) and get exclusive discounts.
  • MakaNegosyo: vital information on the how’s and why’s of investing and starting a business in Makati City.

More citizen-enabling features are planned for the MAKATIZEN app, which can be downloaded here. More about here.

MAKATIZEN App, Voyager Innovations, Makati Mayor Abigail Binay

Toward a Digitally Empowered Society

Local Government Units, SME’s, freelancers, parents, Millennials, and even educational institutions are now seeing the efficiencies and benefits of Voyager’s platforms in the areas of financial services, payments, commerce, and customer management – platforms more accessible through the extensive fixed-line and mobile networks and services from PLDT and Smart Communications nationwide. Visit Voyager for more info on its digital platforms.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for