QUEZON CITY – Quezon City Mayor-elect Josefina Belmonte has emphasized the strides made by the local government over the last nine years.
In her speech during the Ulat ng Bayan, Belmonte said on Monday the city government bagged the National Local Legislative Award for most outstanding city council in the Philippines, which the Department of the Interior and Local Government conferred recently.
The agency lauded the city government’s efforts in passing several measures which inspired other local government units (LGU) to implement the same in their respective jurisdictions.
Belmonte reported that the city council approved 298 ordinances and 948 resolutions.
Launched last November, the Batas QC mobile application was developed to lower the number of ordinance violations within Quezon City, as well as spread awareness regarding local laws.
The outgoing vice mayor said it has been useful for law enforcers as well as the general public, for more enlightened knowledge about rules and penalties concerning local laws.
The city council’s priority has been anti-poverty measures which include local legislation that created the micro and small business development and promotions center, the code covering the informal economy, the incentives for barangay health workers, as well as the Comprehensive Housing Code which guides the socialized housing program of the city government.
Under her administration, Belmonte vowed no demolition of informal settlements will be conducted unless an in-city relocation is provided.
She also noted another landmark ordinance which gives incentives for solo parents under the Solo Parents Act.
Belmonte told city council members that she wanted Quezon City to achieve global standards in doing business; thus, the improvements in the Business Permits and Licensing Department.
Responding to the appeal of real property taxpayers who were reeling from the impact of the tax reforms under Republic Act No. 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, she said they deferred the implementation of the ordinance adjusting fair market values of real property in the city that would be in effect throughout her term.
Other local decrees passed include the Road Safety Code of Quezon City, the revised Traffic Management Code, the Local Building Code, the updated Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, the dangerous drugs code, and the responsible gaming ordinance.