19th QUEZON CITY COUNCIL ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT 2014 ON EDUCATION, SECTORAL RIGHTS-BASED, SPORTS, PUBLIC ORDER & SAFETY AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, HEALTH, GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATION, SUBDIVISION, HOUSING AND REAL ESTATE, TRADE & INDUSTRY, ENERGY AND BUSINESS ENTERPRISE, ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC INFORMATION AND PEOPLE'S PARTICIPATION, TRANSPORTATION
In historic stride to equality, the Quezon City Council passed in Second Reading the first anti-discrimination ordinance that specifically tackles the issues confronting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community.
QC Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, presiding over the City Council, said “Pinapatunayan ng Konseho ng Lungsod Quezon and kakayahan nitong manguna at magsilbing halimbawwa sa lahat pang mga konseho sa bansa, na kung gugustuhin, ay kayang kilalanin at bigyang katuparan ang pagsisimula ng pinapangarap nating pagkakapantay-pantay. Sa Quezon City, patas ang lahat!” Read more..
AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND WASTE MANAGEMENT CODE OF QUEZON CITY.
The protection and promotion of health, and the right to a clean environment of its constituency is the primary concern of the City. It is the policy of the City to promote the preservation, protection and revival of the ecosystem through prevention, control and abatement of air, water and land pollution and spread of hazardous wastes in the environment, hand-in-hand with the sustained development of the city.
QUEZON CITY CODE PURSUING A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP (PPP) APPROACH TOWARDS DEVELOPMENT, PROVIDING FOR THE PROCEDURE FOR SELECTING THE PRIVATE SECTOR PROPONENT, ADOPTING A CONTRACT MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK, AND PROVIDING APPROPRIATIONS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Public-Private Partnership is a priority program of the current administration, and was identified as one of the four pillars to effect change in the Philippine Economy. In the same vein, the City recognizes the vital role of the private sector to promote and provide more, better, affordable and timely services to the community. However, a study by the Asian Development Bank identified four gaps in Philippine PPP. One of these gaps is the inadequacy of the existing policy, legal and regulatory framework on PPP.
THE SEAL OF GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
The Seal of Good Housekeeping is an award that recognizes local government units (LGUs) and their officials who are “matino at mahusay.”
AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE QUEZON CITY TRICYCLE MANAGEMENT CODE OF 2014
Over the years, the tricycle sector has become a major social policy concern due to the worsening traffic accidents involving tricycles, proliferation of colorum or illegal units and an ever increasing number of families that are dependent on tricycle operations for livelihood. From a management perspective, the operation of the tricycle sector has become a major challenge due to the absence of established planning standards and best practices.
AN ORDINANCE REGULATING THE OPERATION OF ELECTRONIC GAMES (E-GAMES), BINGO GAMES, AND OTHER GAMES OF CHANCE, WHETHER MANUAL, MECHANICAL, ELECTRONIC INTERNET BROADBAND OR OTHERWISE, OPERATING WITHIN THE TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION OF QUEZON CITY, AND PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING THEREOF.
The Quezon City Government considers gambling generally unfavorable to the interest of the people. However, there are national laws which allow the operation of certain game of chance, though such activities, even considered legal, are subject to the regulatory powers of the local government units concerned.
QUEZON CITY COUNCIL CONDUCTS
AN ALL-WOMEN SESSION IN CELEBRATION
OF WOMEN’S MONTH
Female Council members take charge of the session held on March 10, 2014, in celebration of the International Women’s Month. Led by the Presiding Officer, Vice Mayor Ma. Josefina G. Belmonte, the lady legislators took key leadership positions and delivered privilege speeches highlighting women’s rights and duties in Quezon City and the country, in general.
QUEZON CITY, GEARING UP AS PILOT AREA OF LOCALIZED SEAL OF GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
In response to the national government’s call for good local governance, the Quezon City administration is pushing for a participatory governance focusing on deepening democratic engagement through the participation of citizens in the processes of governance with the City government.
In a bid to be responsive to this kind of engagement and further the efforts toward public accountability and transparency, the current leadership of Quezon City will be implementing the Seal of Good Housekeeping in all 142 barangays of the City. This is in support with Memorandum Circular No. 2012-78 of the Department Of Interior And Local Government (DILG). Read more.
QUEZON CITY CELEBRATED “PEDRISTA”, SAN PEDRO BAUTISTA: KALAKBAY NG MGA LAYKO AT LINGKOD BAYAN.
The Santuario De San Pedro Bautista, in cooperation with the Quezon City Government have celebrated this year’s Pedrista Festival with various liturgical and socio–cultural activities.
This year’s theme, San Pedro Bautista: Kalakbay ng mga Layko at Lingkod Bayan” was in honor of the only saint who lived in Quezon City and the founder of the 2nd oldest Franciscan church in the Country, the Santuario de San Pedro Bautista, built in 1590. Read more..
KLINIKA BERNARDO, A COMPREHENSIVE SEXUAL HEALTH CARE CLINIC
An ordinance was recently passed by the 19th City Council headed by Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer Joy Belmonte establishing a male-focused clinic that will serve as diagnostic, treatment and referral facility of patient with sexual related diseases. SP 2249, S-2013, “An Ordinance Establishing Klinika Bernardo as a Comprehensive Sexual Health Care Clinic under the Quezon City Health Department” was created to address High Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases in Quezon City.
Although it is a male-focused clinic, this will cater also to female patients but will mainly accommodate patients who are stricken with sexually transmitted to sexually related diseases.
The clinic is already operational and is located at the back of Ramon Magsaysay High School, Edsa across Nepa Q-mart, Cubao, QC and operates beyond regular office hours and days to accommodate varying available schedules of the male sectors especially the young working male population.
EXTENSION FOR THE PAYMENT OF BUSINESS TAX
Due to the large number of taxpayers flocking the Quezon City Hall Compound and the limitation of the existing human resource of the City Treasurer’s Office, an Ordinance was immediately passed and approved last Friday, January 17, 2014 by the 19th City Council extending the deadline for the payment of business taxes from January 20, 2014 to January 31, 2014 without penalties, surcharges or interests.
Taxpayers who have not yet fulfill their payments can now have a sigh of relief knowing they will have more time to process their requirements without any worry until the end of this month.