|Mayor Herbert Bautista 2016 Inaugural Address|
Reelected Mayor Herbert M. Bautista vowed to continue with his reforms in the next three years, as he called for a fast, more responsive action, urging elected officials of the city to “proceed with our programs and work harder to serve the people of Quezon City better”.
In his inaugural address, Mayor Bautista said that Quezon City must adopt to a new leader who has a distinct view on governance policies and find out how the city could best participate and gain benefits for its people. He said that changes must be efficient, fast and more beneficial to the people of Quezon City.
The mayor also presented three important goals that are expected to streamline and make the city’s bureaucracy more efficient in the next three years. These are: rationalization plan, modernization of city programs, and the automation of more of the city’s services to the public.
Rationalization of bureaucracy
This will also include the merging of departments and operating units with similar functions. He called for the reorganization of the city’s Legal Department to make it more active and responsive in resolving legal issues which are vital to the fast and efficient implementation of city projects.
He said that the rationalization efforts will also focus on capacity building for the city’s personnel to strengthen their governance capabilities as the mayor has ordered the setting up of a new scholarship program to develop the skills and talents of the city personnel.
Mayor Bautista also pledged to prioritize three modernization programs, which include the Public Health Modernization Program, the Public Safety Modernization Program and the modernization of City Hall’s interconnectivity.
The Public Health Modernization Program calls for the upgrading of the facilities of the city’s health centers, with an information technology component. Health services will also be made even more accessible with ambulance, with a Red Cross personnel, stationed in each of the city’s 142 barangays.
The city will start building a new hospital along Batasan Road in District 2 while the Novaliches District Hospital will be reorganized to enable its personnel to keep up with the modernization program.
The health modernization program will also include the redevelopment of Diamond Hills Subdivision in Payatas for the construction of a rehabilitation complex to accommodate separate facilities for Tahanan Rehabilitation Center, the Molave Youth Home and a Home for the Aged.
The mayor said that the second modernization program will focus on public safety which has its new command center at the DRRM Building. The state-of- the-art center will monitor real-time activities on a set of computer screens connected to CCTVs spread across the city, with a 24-hour call center operations. The center will be used to detect and reduce criminality, improve traffic management and maintain cleanliness of city streets. A quick response team will be formed which be composed of personnel from the Department of Public Order and Safety, the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department and the City Health.
The efforts also include the modernization of the Bureau of Fire Protection’s firefighting capabilities while a new, modern city jail, planned to be built in Payatas, is just awaiting funding from the National Government for the Bureau of the Jail Management and Penology.
The next modernization measure would involve City Hall’s connectivity in which the city government’s departments will be linked in a new fiber optic network which is expected to be completed by September.
The mayor said the City Government will also expand public convenience which has started with the use of mobile money and the development of online local tax payments and business
He added that the online application and release of marriage and death certificates would soon be implemented by the City Civil Registry in the next few months. The City Civil Registry is also updating the records of senior citizens to enhance the city’s benefits program to the sector.
Mayor Bautista also said that QC will actively work with the National Government in resolving metro-wide concerns, such as the traffic problem in Metro Manila. He said that QC has taken the initiative to discuss the matter with various agencies and affected sectors to formulate a “comprehensive, realistic and citywide action plan” that involves the resettlement of 55, 550 poor families. He said that the plan, which can be accomplished in three years, will be presented to incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that it would help ease traffic in Metro Manila, minimize floods, improve water supply services and reduce urban blight.
The mayor also pledged to continue creating self-sustaining mechanisms, which has been proven effective such as in the Bistekvile socialized housing projects. He said that such mechanism will be infused in the city’s tourism programs. This includes the granting of subsidy to public school students and teachers to encourage them to study and visit local museums and historical sites, as well as promote the city as a sports tourism destination.
Mayor Bautista also presented a 5-point strategy to boost economic development in the city. These include the fast-track development of the QC Central Business District (QC CBD) by declaring it as a Special Economic Development zone; the operationalization of the QC Development Authority; fast-track the work of the PPP Selection Committee and the designation of the Quezon Memorial Circle as a special tourism destination.