The award recognized the local government unit for exceptional services rendered to persons with disabilities (PWDs) within its jurisdiction in the last two years.
Arnold de Guzman, head of QC Persons with Disability Affairs Office (QC PDAO), cited the Bautista administration for its concern, sincerity, sensitivity and awareness on the needs and plight of the PWD community, which include passing and implementation of ordinances that protect and strengthen the rights of PWDs.
Mayor Bautista approved an ordinance mandating one-percent budget allocation for programs and projects intended for the disabled, as well as senior citizens. It also includes ordinances that provided PWDs with convenience and access to physical structures and facilities.
Last year, the city government gave at least 6,800 wheelchairs, 750 single canes, 300 quad canes, 225 walkers, and 150 crutches to indigent PWDs in the city.
A special care facility dedicated to providing the needs of children with disabilities (CWD) in the city was also established by Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte.