For two years in a row, the City Government merited the Seal of Good Local Governance, passing the Department of Interior and Local Government’s highest benchmarks for integrity and good performance for local governments, particularly in the areas of financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order, business friendliness and competitiveness, environment management, and tourism and culture.
The City Government was regarded as having the Best Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council among all highly urbanized cities in the Philippines, an award conferred on December 4, 2018 at the 20th Gawad Kalasag National Awards, the premier annual awards for excellence in DRRM and humanitarian assistance. Quezon City was cited for putting premium on the promotion of a deeper understanding of hazards, vulnerabilities, and risks of its communities, for prioritizing ample resources that enhanced the skills and knowledge to achieve disaster risk resilience, and for espousing an effective resettlement and housing program implemented through partnership and collaboration with stakeholders. Earlier, in July 2018, the City Government copped First Place for three years in a row, the regional 2018 Gawad Kalasag for Best DRRM in the National Capital Region.
Its programs were recognized by several United Nations bodies. For its support of the United Nations sustainable goal on human settlements, the City Government received the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Award, a worldwide prize of the Global Forum on Human Settlements and supported by the UN Environment and other international bodies. The body studied the case of the Bistekville 2 Socialized Housing Program. The award was given last October 2018 at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand.
The UNAIDS called Mayor Bautista as the national HIV champion, for “exhibiting 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 communications.”
Quezon City is also the pilot city and the leading city for the Philippines in the UN Women’s global Safe Cities Program to ensure public safety and address sexual violence in public spaces. Quezon City, as the pilot city, has shown how local ordinances can lead to national changes in policy, for the improved protection of the vulnerable sectors of society.
Also, in 2018, Quezon City received its affirmation as the Most Competitive City in the Philippines, according to the measures of the Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index (CMCI) for economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, and resiliency. The city has held this top position for three years in a row, besting 1,507 other local governments in 2018.
The City Government became one of the Gold Awardees at the 2018 National Anti Drug Abuse Council Performance Award ceremonies held in December 28, 2018. Earlier, it was also recognized for having the best and most effective Anti-drug Abuse Council, based on the 2017 performance audit among all such councils in the National Capital Region, according to the Department of Interior and Local Government’s Regional Peace and Order Council. Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte heads the council, which has been credited for a number of program innovations. In January 2018, the Vice Mayor, on behalf of the QC ADAAC, also received the Lingap Circle Award in “recognition of the city’s bridging leadership and exemplary service as champion of community-based rehabilitation.
For its programs for persons with disabilities, the City Government received the Apolinario Mabini Award conferred by the Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled (PFRD) on December 3, 2018, for “passing significant ordinances that protect and uphold the rights of persons with disabilities, establishing accessible physical structures and facilities, and implementing inclusive programs that empower persons with disabilities.” The City Government has been a recipient of this award for two years now.