Hooray for free wifi?
Well, Makati City is on its way to being the Philippines' first "Wi-Fi City." Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay has turned Makati's city hall into a free Wi-Fi zone, the first step in providing free wireless Internet to the city's 33 barangays.
"We are laying the foundation for transforming Makati into the country’s first wireless city. We recognize that embracing modern technology is the fastest way to achieve inclusive progress and equitable growth in this age of globalization," Binay said on the city's website.
The project is in partnership with Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, Binay said.
Twitter users will also have a new source for traffic information as the city officially launches its Makati Traffic (@MakatiTraffic) Twitter account, which promises 24-hour traffic updates for commuters and motorists. "The project aims to provide fast and efficient delivery of updates on road conditions or incidents, real-time traffic information and advisories particularly on major streets in the city," the Makati City website said.
The Twitter account has 6,479 followers as of this post and tweets hourly traffic updates.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino is to seek more aid when he meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week, more than a month after a monster typhoon killed thousands and left millions homeless. Aquino and Abe are expected to witness the signing of "exchanges of notes", including a post-disaster standby loan worth about 10 billion yen ($100 million), foreign office spokesman Raul Hernandez said Monday. "During the meeting the two leaders will discuss cooperation on disaster …