In 2017, the public can expect new and improved facilities that will promote convenience, upgrade the urban environment, and introduce new structures for the benefit of the public.
Opening this January is the more spacious Quezon City Public Library, in keeping with Mayor Herbert Bautista’s vision of a modern library conducive to information enrichment and learning. Designed to harmonize with its natural environment, it is ensconced within the lush trees at the City Hall compound. The nearest access is from Kalayaan Avenue. The two-storey structure with roof deck introduces an expansive kid’s corner, a multimedia room and braille room, a 50-person capacity conference room, dedicated law section, puppet play area and café --- all designed to make reading and research enjoyable, comfortable experiences. The facility has free wifi, and continues with its program to help anyone, young or old, learn to tap the benefits of the internet.
The Mayor said, “In this library, knowledge shall be created not only for a few selected ones, but for every citizen of the city who is worthy of such privilege.”
Architect’s perspective of the new City Library, and the constructed Library (below), undergo a few finishing touches.
The City Health Department is also scheduled to undergo major renovations, to make public service areas roomier to accommodate its large number of clientele in need of health services and advice. In addition, six new Diagnostic Clinics have been funded to expand the health services of Health Centers in Project 4, Toro Hills, Kamuning, Apolonio Samson, Commonwealth and Fairview.
The construction of the Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital along Batasan Road will start in February 2017, with the 100-bed, 3-storey tertiary hospital to be completed after one year. Target beneficiaries are residents of District 2.
To expand the city’s drug rehabilitation facilities, Mayor Bautista has ordered the maximization of the available area of the city-managed Tahanan Drug Rehabilitation Center to include a new ward building, another area for a mess hall and activity center, and a two-storey staff house. Plans are also ongoing for a second site that can accommodate more patients.
To further ease student-classroom ratios, two new school buildings will be constructed early next year, at the Bagong Silangan Elementary School and at the Ernesto Rondon High School in Project 6. The city-managed university, Quezon City Polytechnic, is also looking forward to its soon-to-be completed new Laboratory building. The city government is in continuous search for properties which can become school building sites. Being eyed are idle national government lands and properties forfeited in favor of the city government.
Mayor Bautista has likewise directed the adoption of alternative energy sources for its many public schools. The city’s Environment Policy Council is finalizing the project to install solar panels at the city’s biggest public school, Commonwealth High School, with other schools soon to follow.
The city government’s socialized housing communities will have 125 new housing units for construction in Bistekvilles in Nagkaisang Nayon, Bagbag and Matandang Balara. There are now more than 30 such communities rising in many parts of the city, transforming urban blight and squalor into well-made and efficiently organized, in-city relocation for QC’s homeless poor. In the next photo are the cluster of units that make up Bistekville 9.
The City government has also been helping the National Government rehabilitate and improve, or even replace its old, deteriorating buildings in the City Hall compound, because these are also servicing the needs of people in Quezon City. In 2014, the QC-LGU constructed a new six-storey hall of justice, which houses the prosecution service, offices of parole and probation, public attorneys and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines – QC Chapter. Underway is the renovation of the Old Justice Hall Building, from the basement to the fourth floor.
The LGU has also been funding the construction of a new COMELEC building at the back of SM North EDSA, as well as a National Government Offices Building rising beside the DRRM Building along Kalayaan Avenue, which has been designed to accommodate the services of other national agencies being rendered inside the City Hall compound, such as the NBI and PhilHealth.
The perspectives of these buildings are: (left) new Comelec building and (right) new National Government building.
Other structures rising inside the City Hall compound are the following:
- The 4-storey parking building, which will rationalize and provide additional space for clients with transactions at City Hall;
- The Building Regulatory Offices (BRO) which will integrate all departments and offices related to the issuance of building and occupancy permits, including locational clearances and fire safety inspection certificates. This will provide a one-stop shop for applicants of such permits and provide significant convenience.
- The Quezon City Convention Center which will finally provide the first local government-owned convention and event facility in Quezon City.
Perspective of the upcoming Quezon City Convention Center at the corner of Elliptical Road and East Avenue