MANDALUYONG City on Sunday launched its own mobile application, the first barangay (village) app in the country that aims to bring public services to residents faster, safer and more convenient.

The launch of the "1Namayan" mobile app was led by Mayor Benjamin Abalos Sr., along with Namayan Chairman Victor Emmanuel "Dondon" Francisco at the City Hall Executive Building.

Abalos spearheaded the creation of the mobile app for barangay after seeing that there is still a need to speed up the delivery of public service at the village level with the ongoing pandemic.

Consulting with barangay officials, Abalos chose Barangay Namayan as the pilot test area for the app since it already has an operational website (www.1namayan.com) and barangay residents identification card (BRIC) with debit card features which can be easily integrated to a digital service app.

The 1Namayan mobile app can be downloaded at the official website of the barangay www.1namyan.com.

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Francisco said the 1Namayan app also serves as a portal for reporting emergency situations, like requests for ambulance and first aid, and filing of complaints, reporting of accidents, altercations and street crimes.

"The goal of developing a project such as this is because we have to embrace the new normal brought by this pandemic," Abalos said. "Many people are using mobile phones now to conduct various transactions and it includes availing of government services."

Abalos expressed hope that other villages will be encouraged by the success of Barangay Namayan in digitizing their services to the public.

"The Namayan app is localized and can be customized based on the needs of a particular barangay. Should other barangay develop a similar app, we'll look into the commonalities of each and then create a new app that is fit for a citywide implementation and eventually make the delivery of the city government's basic services faster and safer," he said

"What we are also proud of is a team composed of Barangay Namayan residents who are behind this whole project," Abalos added. "The city is very proud and thankful for their dedication to serve our constituents using digital technology."