Take a network of surveillance cameras, a radio team, a telephone helpdesk, and a group of Tweeps, and what do you get? The nerve center of MMDA [Metropolitan Manila Development Authority] operations aka the Metro Base.
Ever since it was established in 2005 during the term of the president-who-must-not-be-named, the Metro Base has been the eyes and the ears of the agency on the various goings-on in the metropolis 24/7.
Today, we were granted full access to the facility by no other than the MMDA's newly appointed spokesperson-cum-I.T. consultant, Yves Gonzalez. The war room, as we'd like to call it, is an interesting site as we bore witness to how a cash-strapped entity like the Philippine government could make things work with such limited resources.