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Education Secretary Leonor Briones praised the Quezon City Government, through the leadership of Mayor Herbert M. Bautista, for doing its part in helping the national government improve the level of the country’s public educational system.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista and Chairman Pan Liguo of the Municipal Congress of Shenyang City renewed the sister city ties between Quezon City and Shenyang, China. The relations between the two cities were forged in 1993.
Mayor Herbert Bautista has inaugurated the new modern hospital in District 2, the Rosario Maclang General Hospital, on May 14, 2019. The new hospital is located along IBP Road, Barangay Batasan.
The Quezon City Government has finally fully settled its reconciliation concerns with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) regarding arrears in remittances that date back to 1997.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista welcomed Osaka Vice Mayor Seigo Tanaka and his delegation, who visited our city as part of the continuing partnership to promote low carbon initiatives in Quezon City.
The Quezon City Treasurer’s Office has launched the Property Transfer Application Program (PTAP), an application that integrates processing of requirements for registering and transferring property in the city.
Quezon City, as the benchmark city for the Philippines for ease of doing business, was visited and interviewed by World Bank assessment team members, along with International Finance Corporation consultants, and the Department of Trade and Industry on May 3, 2019. The Bank’s specialists were Frederic Meunier and Eknath Varun. This review, which also includes several other national agencies, is to verify information regarding the Philippines for the World Bank Global Ranking on doing business in different cities of the world.
To further ensure proper facilities for the dispensation of justice in the country, Mayor Herbert Bautista saw to the construction of two new Halls of Justice and the repair of its decrepit, old building inside the Quezon City Hall compound.
The Quezon City Government has partnered with the Land Registration Authority and utilities companies like Meralco, Manila Water and Maynilad to further improve its efforts on ease of doing business.The Quezon City Government has partnered with the Land Registration Authority and utilities companies like Meralco, Manila Water and Maynilad to further improve its efforts on ease of doing business.
Women entrepreneurs in Quezon City can now have access to equipment that can be used for their own businesses and livelihood through the “Shared Service Facility (SSF) Project’’, a project of the Quezon City Government, initiated by Rep. Alfred Vargas in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Samahan ng mga Pilipina para sa Reporma at Kaunlaran (SPARK).
The processing and release of copies of civil registry documents in Quezon City may soon be faster through the use of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)’s document processing software, made possible by virtue of Ordinance SP No. 2784, series of 2018.
The Quezon City Polytechnic University (QCPU) has been renamed Quezon City University, by virtue of a new charter under Ordinance No. SP – 2812, series of 2019, passed by the City Council.
Councilor Precious Hipolito Castelo, principal author of the ordinance, said that since the new charter complies with the requirements laid out by the Commission on Higher Education, QCPU (now QC University) now qualifies as a local university and a beneficiary of Republic Act 10931 or the free tuition law.
The ordinance empowers the city-owned educational institution to enhance and strengthen its programs and make it more responsive to the challenges of the current education and business climates.
In addition, the ordinance would enable the city university to provide more support to the goals and policies of the national government, such as the provision of universal access to tertiary education free tuition for students in state colleges or universities, among others.
The new charter would enable Quezon City University to conduct more researches and advance studies in other fields, as well as provide innovations in teaching, research, and faculty development.
In 1994, Quezon City Polytechnic was established as an institution ‘for the training and development of technical and technician manpower skills’. It was later elevated into a tertiary, higher education institution in 1997, to be known as Pamantasang Politekniko ng Lungsod Quezon or Quezon City Polytechnic University (QCPU).
The Quezon City Government has restricted the use of electronic-cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or vaping in public places.
Under Ordinance SP No. 2737, series of 2018, the use of e-cigarettes indoors is prohibited in churches or places of worship, hospitals or health centers, government offices, educational and recreational facilities intended for minors and public conveyances.
In other enclosed places not mentioned in the list, the owner, proprietor, manager or administrator of the place must post a clear and noticeable sign in every entrance of the building that says: “Use of e-cigarettes is Allowed Inside”.
The ordinance also requires owners and administrators of buildings or establishments with enclosed areas that are open to the public, such as private workplaces and other places to designate a vaping area within the building, which may be in an open space or a separate area with proper ventilation. The designated vaping area must not be located within the same room that has been designated as a smoking area.
Aside from these restrictions, the ordinance also prohibits retailers to sell, distribute, promote and advertise e-cigarettes to minors.
The penalties for violating this ordinance include the following:
1st offense – a fine of not less than five hundred pesos (PhP 500.00) but not more than one thousand pesos (PhP1000.00)
- 2nd offense – a fine of more than one thousand pesos (PhP1000.00) but not more than two thousand and five hundred pesos (PhP2500.00)
- 3rd offense – In addition to a fine of not less than two thousand and five hundred pesos (PhP2500.00) but not more than five thousand pesos (PhP5000.00), the business permit and license to operate of the offender may be cancelled or revoked.
The Rustan Supercenters, Inc. turned over the third batch of e-trikes to selected barangays, as part of their Green Fund Project: “E-trikes for Community Safety and Security” at the Shopwise Commonwealth.
Ms. Frederika C. Rentoy, Department Head of the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD), said in a message that the use of e-trikes would greatly contribute to the environment. She also encouraged the citizens to bring reusable bags to help lessen the use of single-use plastic bags. She acknowledged the good partnership between the City Government and Rustan Supercenters, Inc. (RSCI) in undertaking environmental projects that will benefit the City.
To strengthen the partnership between the beneficiary Barangays and Rustan Supercenters, Inc., a Memorandum of Agreement was signed by the RSCI Vice President on Human Resources, Roland Rowel Villareal and Barangay Captains.
The following thirty four (34) Barangays were given two (2) e-trikes each:
2. South Triangle
3. Sikatuna Diliman
4. Botocan Diliman
5. Krus na Ligas
6. UP Campus
7. UP Village
8. Teacher’s Village East
2. Bago Bantay (Sto. Cristo)
3. Ugong Norte
4. White Plains
5. St. Ignatius
8. Loyola (same as Xavierville)
9. Camp Crame
10. Laging Handa
2. North Fairview
3. Greater Lagro
4. Novaliches Proper
8. New Era
12. Matandang Balara
14. Batasan Hills
15. Bagong Silangan
16. Holy Spirit
Lastly, Mr. Denmark of Star 8, the supplier of e-trikes, demonstrated how to operate and maintain the e-trikes. Emergency information was also discussed to the Barangays.
Representatives from various departments and offices of the Quezon City Government mapped out strategies to strengthen climate change adaptation, mitigation, climate finance and stakeholder engagement during the Climate Action Planning (CAP) workshop organized by the QC Environmental Policy and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group last March 14 at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas.
Funded by the United Kingdom Government’s Global Future Cities Prosperity Fund, the CAP programme is a two-year engagement designed to enhance the city’s climate action plan and deliver action consistent with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement, and address both the need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to the impact of climate change.
Through this partnership, Quezon City joins more than seventy C40 cities around the world who have made a commitment to deliver transformative and inclusive climate actions to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
During the workshop, the participants mapped out the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) associated with Quezon City’s socio-economic and environmental context, climate governance structures, capacity and policies, climate targets, and baseline information. The participants exchanged ideas on how to strengthen climate change adaptation, mitigation, stakeholder engagement and climate financing to achieve bold climate action.
Mr. Marvin Lagonera, C40 City Adviser for Quezon City, explained that the workshop output will provide focused recommendations and an evidence base to guide the delivery of CAP. It will feed into the Strategic CAP Appraisal report, which is a comprehensive technical document defining the climate actions baseline, capacity gaps, and strategic recommendations for the climate action planning process.
The CAP Programme will cover a wide range of technical support including trainings, workshops, peer-to-peer collaboration, stakeholder engagement, planning tools, regional exchanges and others.
Technical partners for the CAP Programme, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability-Southeast Asia Secretariat together with the Manila Observatory, facilitated the conduct of the workshop. They also presented their initial findings and recommendations based on the Strategic Appraisal draft report. As technical partners, ICLEI Southeast Asia and the Manila Observatory will support the delivery of CAP in Quezon City.
During the workshop, social, environmental and economic benefits from climate action, such as health benefits, energy savings and improved air quality, were also discussed. Ms. Milag San Jose-Ballestero, C40 Regional Director for East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania, highlighted the importance of an inclusive climate action approach to ensure that vulnerable groups and sectors benefit from climate action and no one gets excluded in the process.
One of the objectives of CAP is to measure the social, environmental and economic benefits expected from implementing the plan, and improve the equitable distribution of these benefits across the city’s population.
Quezon City’s social hygiene and sundown clinics, and the Quezon City Protection Center, received recognition and certification as Gender and Development (GAD) Local Learning Hubs (LLH) by the Philippine Commission on Women during a ceremony held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) March 8, 2019.
The Quezon City Government, led by Mayor Herbert M. Bautista together with city officials, opened a new museum at the Quezon Memorial Circle on March 4, 2019, which highlights the contribution of ordinary Filipinos in the struggle to attain freedom and democracy in the country.
Quezon City’s Bistekville Housing Project has attracted students of the Housing Development Management (HDM) of Lund University in Sweden, who recently visited the city for their field study for the Urban Shelter Course: Architecture in Extreme Environments Housing in Metro Manila.
All private and public establishments located within Quezon City are now required to designate and provide courtesy seats for persons with disability (PWDs), pregnant women and senior citizens, under Ordinance SP No. 2804, series of 2018.
Solo parents in Quezon City can now avail of the 20 percent discount in the city’s restaurants and food establishments as part of the assistance and benefits granted by the City Government to single parents.
There were no challengers submitting comparative proposals for Quezon City’s Waste-to-Energy project, as of submission deadline of February 4, 2019 at 3pm. The City Government’s Public Private Partnership Selection Committee (PPP-SC) has therefore moved to endorse to Mayor Herbert Bautista, the proposal of the lone proponent, the consortium of Metro Pacific Investment Corporation, Covanta Energy LLC, and Macquarie Capital Ltd. The next move is a request for the City Council to grant authority to the mayor to sign the contract with the consortium.
The consortium submitted an unsolicited proposal to the QC-LGU and was recognized by the QC PPP-SC as the Original Proponent. The QC-LGU thereafter launched a Swiss Challenge, in accordance with PPP rules, inviting other proponents to match the offer. The empty bid box shown last February 4 confirmed that no other bid proposals were received, announced PPP-SC head City Administrator Aldrin Cuña.
This opens the doors to a lasting legacy that will be left by the Bautista Administration to a project that will continuously provide lasting benefits to the people in Quezon City. The project involves Biodegradable Source Separated Waste Treatment and Residual Combustible Waste Treatment Technologies capable of processing up to 3,000 metric tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day and generating 36 MWe (net) of electricity. This, according to the MPIC, is twice the current electricity needs of the local government. The project will make the need for maintaining landfills unnecessary, while generating a project with high potential for new employment opportunities. In turn, this will lead to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, because of the avoidance of a landfill.
The Philippine PPP Center, which has guided the Quezon City PPP-SC and its technical working group all through its processes. The technical working group was led by the city government’s Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department headed by Ms. Frederika Rentoy, which is directly in-charge of the waste management program of the city.
It is a pioneering program, the first in the Philippines, according to the PPP Center. Calling Quezon City a very progressive local government, Ms. Mia Mary Sebastian of the PPP Center said, “We commend the local government for looking at the long-term future as well as the use of innovative technologies for the long-term solution to solid waste management,”. “This is the first local government that we have assisted that has closed in terms of its Swiss challenge process for an unsolicited proposal.”
This is a Php 22 billion project which will involve the provision of the following infrastructure facilities: biodegradable source separated organics facility, residual combustible waste treatment facility, monofill for fly ash disposal, and other ancillary facilities like continuous emission monitoring system, transmission lines and other support facilities. The concession period is 35 years.
Quezon City Government is set to hold a Comparative Proposal or Bid Submission, along with the Opening of the Qualification Document, for the Quezon City Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility (ISWMF) project will on February 4, 2019, 3:00 pm onwards at the EPWMD Conference Room, 6th floor of the Building Regulatory Offices (Civic Center D) Quezon City Hall compound.
The ISWMF project is now on Stage 3 of the Competitive or Swiss Challenge where potential challengers can submit comparative proposals for the project, pursuant to the provisions of the QC Public-Private Partnership Code and its implementing rules and regulation.
The PhP15-billion worth Waste to Energy project is Quezon City’s first public-private partnership project.
The project is seen as a major step toward a long-term and sustainable solution to Quezon City’s solid waste management challenges. This world-class and modern waste management technology system can process up to 3,000 metric tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day.
The project is expected to increase health benefits to QC residents, which could result in reduced hospitalization cost and medical fees associated with exposure to biohazards and pests.The project is also expected to create additional employment during its construction, operation, and maintenance phases.
In addition, the project will help reduce GHG emissions and improve the air quality of the city.
Lastly, the project will generate additional savings as it would require lesser amount of fossil fuels to generate the same amount of electric power.
Other LGUs like Cebu and Naga City are also considering the implementation of similar projects.
The Quezon City Government bared plans to acquire more electric tricycles to be used in areas with insufficient transportation system following the release of the study by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that showed the successful result of QC’s e-trike pilot program.
The City Government plans to acquire additional units of e-trike in the future to be used in areas not covered by the routes of traditional tricycles, according to the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) chief Gen. Elmo San Diego.
In the past two years, the City Government conducted test runs of the e-trikes in two route areas: Maginhawa Loop and the Scout area in South Triangle. In the Maginhawa Loop, only five units were used, which run from April to June, 2017 and from July to September 2017 or a total of 4 months. On the other hand, in the Scout area, about 15 e-trike units were deployed and ran for 3 months, from September 24 to December 22, 2018.
The results of the JICA study also showed that e-trikes received high customer satisfaction as many commuters enjoyed the comfortable ride and the affordable fare of the e-trikes. Each e-trike unit can accommodate a maximum of 8 passengers and the fare cost PhP 8 to PhP 10.
The study also identified possible areas where e-trike operation may be introduced. These include the highly populated area around the City Hall, area along the MRT-3, Cubao district and the highly-populated area in the northern part of the city.
The Quezon City Government, led by the QC Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (QC EPWMD), is adding more projects aimed at reducing carbon and GHG emissions, as part of efforts under the city to city collaboration agreement signed by Quezon City and Osaka City last year.
Rep. Jose Christopher Y. Belmonte, Quezon City 6th District, presents the 2019 Tandang Sora Award to former Sen. Santanina Rasul. It was received by Ms. Amina Rasul - Bernardo, President, Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy. Included in the picture are representatives from the Quezon City Local Government Unit and Senator Rasul's family members.
Photo credits: Ramir Clave, Quezon City Local Government Facebook Page
Former Senator and Magbassa Kita Foundation Founding Chair Santanina Tillah Rasul is this year’s recipient of the Tandang Sora Award.
The Quezon City Government has granted tax relief to delinquent real property owners exempting from the payment of interest, fines, surcharges and other penalties for delinquent real property taxes for 2018 and prior years.
The Quezon City Government, under Mayor Herbert M. Bautista, ends 2018 with multiple awards and other forms of recognition. The mayor considers these as continuing challenges, because the benchmarks are raised each year and the competition is more stringent. But the end goals are policies and programs that are more responsive to Quezon City’s evolving needs, from security and safety, to basic social needs.
The Quezon City Government received the 2017 Apolinario Mabini Local Government Unit of the Year Award during ceremonies organized by the Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Inc. (PFRD) on December 3, 2018.
Quezon City was awarded the Best Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council among Highly Urbanized cities of the country in the recent 20th Gawad Kalasag National Awards held at AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo, on December 4, 2018.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista has been recognized by the United Nations AIDS body as a national HIV champion, the only one so recognized in the Philippines “for exhibiting an exemplary leadership for spearheading innovative fast-track interventions such as the establishment of sundown clinics, institutionalization of the service delivery network and case management, and increasing investments for HIV and AIDs” treatment and awareness communication.
Quezon City to use solar power for improving disaster risk management with support of C40 Cities Finance Facility
The C40 Cities Finance Facility will help solarise schools to provide reliable and undisrupted power supply to support disaster risk management for Quezon City
The project will build resilience to managing climate change related extreme weather events while increasing clean, renewable energy generation in the city.
Quezon City will be embarking on a big ticket venture for public-private partnership with the development of the proposed Q.C Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility Project.
With the focus of assisting the Quezon City Government in furthering its reforms in ease of doing business, the United Kingdom Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) sent its assistant director, Stephen Wilkins, on a scoping mission in the city’s Business One Stop Shop.
Quezon City Leads Asian Cities in Forging Plans to Deliver the Paris Agreement, SDGs at C40 Asian Adaptation Forum
The Quezon City Government, through the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) led officials from eight Asian megacities and representatives of various international organizations and stakeholders, to aims to formulate plans and policies to push the climate adaptation and resilience aims of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region, during the C40 Asian Adaptation Forum held November 6, 2018 at the Novotel, Araneta Center, Cubao.
The Quezon City Government, under the administration of Mayor Herbert M. Bautista received its second Seal of Good Local Governance, the DILG's measure of integrity and good performance for local governments.
Quezon City was among the 263 local governments that received the Seal this year.
In March 2017, the Quezon City Local Government granted Original Proponent Status to Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Covanta Energy, LLC, and Macquarie Group Limited (“Original Proponent”) for its unsolicited proposal to establish an Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility Project (the “Project”) in Quezon City. On 12 October 2018, the Quezon City Local Government and the Original Proponent signed a Joint Certification of Successful Negotiation.
The Quezon City Government hosted the 2018 WeGO Executive Committee Meeting and the Philippines Smart Cities Summit 2018, which brought together an international group of local government leaders and information technology experts, to share experiences, solutions and innovations in the use of technology systems and tools for governance. The events were held October 17 to 19, 2018, in time for the city's celebration of its founding anniversary month.
The Quezon City Government gave recognition to 14 individuals and 9 institutions that made significant contributions to the city and the nation at the GAWAD PARANGAL AWARDS held at the Crowne Plaza in Ortigas on October 12, 2018.
Quezon City's Gora Lane Project is scheduled for fund release by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) under the Local Government Support Fund - Assistance to Cities (LGSF-AC) or Green, Green, Green.
The Quezon City Government, through the City Veterinary Department, launched on Sept 28, 2018 the microchipping of pets for registration, during the celebration of World Rabies Day at Barangay Marilag in District 3.
A total of 321 new graduates received their certificates at the 142nd Manpower Barangay Based Skills Training Program (MBBSTP) Mass Graduation Ceremony held on September 26 at the Quezon City Hall Lobby. The program is spearheaded by the Social Services Development Department (SSDD) - Vocational Development Division.
The graduates are the products of the 3-month vocational program who took up training in the TESDA-accredited courses that included Housekeeping, Hilot and Wellness, Food and Beverages Services, Bread and Pastry Production, Dressmaking, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Cosmetology, Home Care Provider, and Productivity Skills and Capacity Building (PSCB) Training.
The program is expected to expand the opportunity for people to gain skills and enhance their employability, competitiveness, efficiency and productivity in the labor market.
The program is free and open to Quezon City residents. Classes are held in their barangays while the trainers/facilitators/proctors are provided by the Social Services Development Department.
The batch of graduates came from 14 barangays of the city.
The Quezon City Government, through the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS), in cooperation with JICA and BEMAC, have launched the second pilot run of electric passenger tricycle (e-trike) service that will operate in three QC barangays: Barangays South Triangle, Paligsahan and Sacred Heart.
The Quezon City Government, through the QC Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (QC EPWMD), conducted a massive simultaneous clean-up of the city’s waterways, in support of the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day on Saturday, September 22.
July 30, 2018. For the third year in a row, Quezon City was awarded First Place in the 2018 Gawad Kalasag Awards for Best City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (Highly Urbanized City category) for the National Capital Region. The award was conferred by the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Office of Civil Defense-NCR.
The Quezon City Government, represented by Mayor Herbert M. Bautista and the Embassy of the State of Israel, represented by Ambassador Ephraim Ben Matityau, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of the Philippine-Israel Friendship Park at the Quezon Memorial Circle.
Mayor Herbert M. Bautista has approved Ordinance 2671, series of 2018 enabling child representatives to become members of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC).
The Quezon City Government has successfully convened the city's youth- and youth-serving organizations to become the first local government unit to organize its local youth development council (LYDC), as mandated by law.
The organizational meeting was held at the multi-purpose hall of Barangay Ugong Norte yesterday, July 9, 2018.
As a component of the partnership program forged by Mayor Herbert M. Bautista with other local governments that host a large number of Quezon City relocatees in new housing communities, the mayors of Morong and Teresa, in Rizal province received financial assistance from the Quezon City Government.
Mayor Armando DS San Juan of Morong received Php 7 million, while Mayor Raul S. Palino of Rizal received Php 10 million, on behalf of their LGUs. These latest disbursements are in addition to the Php 20 million received by the Morong municipal government from the QC-LGU in 2017.
As many as 2,000 Quezon City relocate families now consider Morong their home, while up to 200 families will be accommodated in Teresa in addition to the 300 who have settled there earlier. They are informal settlers displaced by major public works projects involving mainly road right-of-ways. The funds will be used to address the social, health and public education needs of these large additions to these municipalities’ populations.
Mayor Bautista understands that hosting a surge of new poor families poses extraordinary demands on a municipality’s existing resources which are benchmarked only for its existing population. Thus, through a City Council authorization, the mayor has been able to provide financial assistance to these host LGUs, which can augment their existing budgets.
The relocates are in National Housing Authority-built communities. The funds will allow the mayors to provide the complementary social support systems. Talks are underway on the possibility of providing a new school building for the relocatees’ children.
The Quezon City Government and the City Government of Davao signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on June 27, 2018, renewing the partnership that the two cities had established 24 years ago.
The first MOU was signed by then QC Mayor Ismael Mathay Jr and Mayor (now President) Rodrigo R. Duterte in 1994.
Davao City Mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio was represented by Davao City vice mayor Bernard E. Al-Ag who signed the Sister City Agreement with QC Mayor Herbert M. Bautista at Carlos Albert Hall, Quezon City Hall.
The other signatories include QC Vice Mayor Josefina "Joy" Belmonte, QC Administrator Aldrin C. Cuña, Davao City Administrator Atty. Zuleika T. Lopez, QC Councilor Gian Carlo G. Sotto and Davao City Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre. Mayor Bautista and Vice Mayor Al-Ag exchange gifts and token. Mayor Bautista also presented the Davao vice mayor with the key to the city.
The new agreement is expected to extend and continue the sister city partnership as well as further enhance the existing mutual cooperation between the two cities.
The renewal of the city-to-city partnership came as the old MOU is set to expire next year. The MOU came into force from the date of signing and effective for 25 years.
Under the MOU, the two cities have agreed to promote and expand mutual cooperation in the sectors of environment, human resources and community development, science and technology, education and sports, tourism development and trade, among others.
As agreed, the two cities also established a Joint Policy Committee, composed of three representatives from both cities, assisted by a Technical Working Group, to oversee the implementation of the MOU.
The Quezon City, through the City Engineering Department, has intensified preparation for the rainy season, as Mayor Herbert M. Bautista ordered the inspection of retaining walls, de-clogging of waterways and improvement of drainage channels last month to minimize flooding, especially during heavy downpour.
City engineer Joselilto Cabungcala said that Quezon City is most prepared among local government units in flood control efforts as they have completed some 17 city-funded waterways infrastructure projects designed to prevent flashfloods during heavy downpours.
In his report to Mayor Bautista, Cabungcal said the projects, built at a cost of P179.6 million, consisted of newly-constructed retaining and revetment walls, grouted ripraps and concrete canals built along different water channels in Quezon City, including San Francisco River, Kalamiong Creek, Anaran Creek, Pasong Tamo Creek and Roxas district.
The city government set aside P23.5 million for the construction of the reinforced concrete revetment wall (Phase 2) along San Francisco River - Lorraine Street at Parkway Village in Barangay Apolonio Samson; P15.4 million, for the construction of a concrete retaining wall at 8th Street in Barangay Mariana; P14.7 million, for the reinforced concrete retaining wall at Kalamiong Creek – Spring Valley (Phase 6) in Barangay Bagong Silangan; P14.8 million, for the construction of a concrete canal at Anaran Creek (Phase 6) in Barangay Phil-Am/West Triangle; P13.1 million, for the construction of a concrete retaining wall at a creek leading to Marikina River in Barangay Libis and P12.02 million, for the construction of a retaining wall at a creek along Roxas District.
From 2013 to 2017, the city government, under the Bautista administration, has already constructed some 13,395 linear meters of retaining wall, 7,002 linear meters of grouted riprap, 625 linear meters of concrete canal and 100 linear meters of revetment walls.
The city's preparation for the onset of the rainy season also covers the improvement of different drainage channels to help relieve flooding in the city.
Based on the report submitted by the city engineering department, the bulk of the city's drainage improvement projects was constructed in District IV, covering the areas of 6th and 11th Streets in Barangay Mariana; Delgado Street in Barangay Paligsahan/Laging Handa; Sct. Fuentebella Street, also in Laging Handa, and at District V, in the areas of Dahlia Avenue in Barangay Fairview; Tatlong Hari Street in Barangay Greater Lagro; Burbank Avenue in Barangay North Fairview and at La Naval Street in Barangay Greater Lagro.
Also underway is the construction of 36 additional drainage improvement projects.
The Quezon City Government has acquired two LUF 60 Unmanned Firefighting Machines, enhancing the city’s firefighting capability.
QCDRRMO and QC Fire Department personnel has started training on how to operate the machines.
The LUF 60 is mobile firefighting supporting machine that can be operated by wireless remote. It can clear the path up to a distance of 300 meters by using a high capacity positive pressure ventilator and a “water beam” fog. The combination of the ventilator and water beam would clear away smoke, heat, toxic gases and reduce the intensity of the fire, thus allowing fire fighters and rescue teams to advance safely. The state of the art control elements ensure easy handling and high precision operation.
The radio-controlled unit has additional back-up manual controls in case of a power supply failure. A crawler track system ensures high mobility and flexibility and enable the machine to go up and down stairways as steep as 30 degrees. It can push or “bulldoze” a normal family car out of the way.
The Mobile Firefighting Supporting Machine LUF 60 offers safe working conditions for fire fighters and rescue-teams.
credits: Kenneth Lopez -QCDRRMO
President Duterte signed on Monday, May 28, 2018, Republic Act 11032, an act promoting ease of doing business in the Philippines and efficient delivery of government services. Witnessing the signing were senators led by the new Senate President Vicente Sotto III, members of the House of Representatives led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, cabinet officials led by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez.
Also invited were the Quezon City government, as the benchmark for ease of doing business studies in the Philippines, and other officials from the government and private sectors who are all working with the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) in streamlining regulatory processes for all indicators involved in doing business in thecountry.
The new law applies to all government agencies and all local governments that provide “services covering business and nonbusiness transactions covered by the act.”
The law mandates the reengineering of systems and procedures to improve transaction systems. The prescribed working times are, as follows: 3 working days to complete processing ‘simple’ transactions; 7 working days for ‘complex’ transactions; and 20 working days for ‘highly technical transactions. In case, an agency fails to approve or disapprove an original application, within the prescribed period, the application shall be deemed approved.
Earlier this year, the Quezon City Government operationalized its one-stop shops, not only for business registration but also for the processing of construction and occupancy permits. This has substantially reduced the processing time for these transactions to a few hours (for business permits) to 5 to 7 working days (for building or occupancy permits for simple structures). Both systems co-locate the Bureau of Fire Protection evaluators into the respective systems, for the fire safety inspection certificates.
These are in compliance with the provisions of RA 11032 which mandates the establishment of a one-stop shop with a co-located representative of the Bureau of Fire Protection.
The new law further provide for the automation of permits and license systems within 3 years of the effectivity of this act, and the issuance of the barangay clearance, not by the barangay, but by the city or municipality, with the condition that fees are remitted to the barangay.
In time for the opening of classes, Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista recently inaugurated several infrastructure projects aimed to improve QC’seducation services delivery. For the first half of 2018, QC inaugurated 9 School buildings and 2 day-care centers.
The Quezon City Government inaugurated today, May 10, 2018, the first clinic that that will offer clinical laboratory services to the public at the barangay health center in Barangay Apolonio (District 1) and the city plans to establish five more similar clinics in other districts of the city.
Mayor Herbert M Bautista inaugurated today, May 9, 2018, the new 6-storey Building Regulatory Office (BRO) inside the Quezon City Hall compound. For greater public service convenience, the building integrates in one location, the departments related to the issuance of construction permits and occupancy permits. It is part of the ‘ease of doing business’ reforms of the city government.
Bantay Bata program director Jing Castañeda noted that the concept behind the development of a formal program to rescue and rehabilitate abused, exploited, and neglected children was a coordinative work between its founder, Gina Lopez, and then Vice Mayor Herbert M. Bautista in the late 1990s. So, this has been a long, continuous advocacy of the mayor.
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES – Quezon City, as the pilot city and the leading city of the UN Women’s Safe Cities Metro Manila Programme, is at the important phase of implementing the Anti-Catcalling and Sexual Harassment in Public Spaces provisions of the Amended GAD Ordinance and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).
Students in 38 elementary and 18 high schools in Quezon City earned PhP 1,013,322.18 from trading a total of 176, 061.82 kilograms (kgs) of recyclables in school year 2016-2017.
The QC Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (QC-EPWMD) said in its annual report that compared to the previous school year (2015-2016), school participation in the Batang Eco-Savers Club rose by 60 percent while the volume of recyclables recovered increased by 83 percent in the recent school year.
The Quezon City Government has offered job opportunities to some 680 students and out of school youth who wish to earn extra money for their education during summer vacation.
The QC Persons with Disability Affairs Office (QC PDAO) has reported that at least 20 percent of the PWDs given employment referrals by the city government, are now gainfully employed in retail stores, food chains, BPOs and government agencies.
One of them is Kaypee Villaruel, born with foot abnormalities but was hired on the spot as an office worker by a security and detective agency.
The QC Government, through the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD), held the first Climate Action Fair and Exhibit for students at Commonwealth High School today, March 20, 2018.
Mayor Herbert M. Bautista urged for greater empowerment of women, in his State of the Women Address delivered during the flag-raising ceremony today, March 19, 2018.
The Quezon City Public Library (QCPL) received commendation for taking the initiative and leading other public libraries in making improvements in the public library system in the country, as Quezon City hosts this year’s National Conference of Librarians, held from March 13-16 at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista hosted the tour of the country’s competitiveness officials around the City Government’s latest one stop shops. These are designed to address two areas by which businessmen can start their enterprises quickly in the city: registering their business and constructing their business location. These respond to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to streamline processes and reduce red tape in dealings with government.
Quezon City recently received recognition from the Bureau of Animal Industry and the National Rabies Prevention and Control Committee for implementing the Best Rabies Program among LGUs in the National Capital Region.
The Quezon City Government is set to implement the measure that will reduce the consumption of sugary drinks in all private and public schools in the city, starting this school year.
City Health Department office in charge Dr. Verdades Linga said they have made the initial inspection and assessment to make the schools ready for its implementation.
Dr. Linga added that they have informed the concerned departments and schools and have assigned focal persons in the barangays who are ready to be activated during the campaign.
Last week, the Joint Task Force met to prepare for the implementation of the ordinance. The task force is composed of the City Health Department as the lead agency, Department of Public Order and Safety, Market Development and Administration Department, Division of City Schools, chairperson of the Committee on Health of every Barangay, and the chairperson of the Committee on Health, Quezon City Council.
Last year, Mayor Herbert M. Bautista approved Ordinance 2579, series of 2017, known as the Quezon City Anti-Junk Food and Sugary Drinks Ordinance, which not only prohibits the sale of junk food and soft drinks to minors, but its promotion as well. The law prohibits sale and promotion within the 100-meter radius around the city’s private and public schools.
Under the measure, establishments caught selling junk food and sugary drinks will be fined P1,000 for the first offense, P2,000 for the second offense, and P5,000 and possible revocation of barangay or business permits for the third offense.
Councilor Irene Belmonte, the author of the ordinance, said that the measure aims to promote the health and welfare of the students.
Quezon City’s efforts gained the support of Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor and philanthropist, who has pledged to fund $5 million public health projects in 40 cities worldwide through the Bloomberg Philanthropies. Bloomberg is also World Health Organization’s global ambassador for non-communicable diseases.
Quezon City is one among the 45 first world and developing cities that gave their commitment to the Partnership for Healthy Cities in a conference held in Paris last year, where the cities pledged to deliver a high-impact policy or intervention measures to reduce non-communicable disease risk factors in their localities.
Some of these measures include curbing sugary drink consumption, passing laws on public smoking or banning cigarette advertising, cutting salt in food, using cleaner fuels, encouraging cycling and walking, reducing speeding, increasing seatbelt and helmet use, curbing drunk driving or conducting a survey to collect data on the lifestyle risks in cities, among others.
Quezon City’s move to curb consumption on sugary drinks came as the government raised taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law to promote a healthier citizenry.