Mayor Joy Belmonte said her administration will prioritize the needs of indigent residents.
“Kung umangat o umarangkada ang lungsod natin, sisiguraduhin ko na walang maiiwan,” Belmonte said.
The mayor has ordered the restructuring of the Housing, Community Development, and Resettlement Department (HCDRD) to resolve issues and concerns in city housing program, provide free technical services and hasten the processes involved in the city government’s housing projects.
A new shelter plan will also be crafted to include guidelines in the selection of beneficiaries, housing program models, and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).
Belmonte vows to increase burial assistance for indigent citizens from 10,000 pesos to 25,000 and medical assistance from 3,000 pesos to 5,000 pesos.
“Provisions for social protection under our city ordinances are assured to be complied and funded to support the city’s most vulnerable sector and expand the number of beneficiaries of the city educational assistance program,” the mayor said.
The Chief Executive also promised the establishment of a Solo Parents Welfare Office as well as a system in which financial assistance to fire victims will be distributed within three to five days after the validation of the social workers.
For the education sector, the mayor assured the construction of the Bagbag National Integrated High School in Novaliches.
She said Quezon City will also enter into public-private partnerships with hospitals per district to provide public school students with free eye, medical, and dental check-ups.
“Gagawin natin ang lahat para matulungan ang kabataan ng QC na matupad ang kanilang pangarap sa buhay,” Belmonte promised.
She also assured the city’s residents of hiring more doctors in the health cetners to ensure that there is one doctor per health center.
Belmonte pledged to fully operationalize the Rosario Maclang-Bautista General Hospital in her first three months.
The City Government will also ensure that the city-run hospitals, Quezon City General Hospital, Novaliches District Hospital, and Rosario Maclang-Bautista General Hospital, will be well-stocked with medicines for the residents.
According to Belmonte, her priorities will be implemented by executing four initiatives namely information and accurate data; internal governance and housekeeping; strategic planning and goal setting; and listening to citizens.
“Pagdating sa kapakanan ng QC, hindi tayo puwede manghula,” Belmonte said, stressing that accurate data should be identified to craft programs that will best address the needs of the residents.
Belmonte urged the City Council to pass an ordinance on Freedom of Information to keep the principle of transparency that will make QC a model of good governance.
She said, her administration will stick to the plans made by the City Development Council to ensure that all projects and programs are in line what the city truly needs.
She also mentioned that a feedback mechanism will be implemented for the residents to air their concerns and suggestions.
“Asahan niyo na papakinggan namin kayo para matugunan ang pangangailangan niyo. Tanggap ko po na malaki po ang responsibilidad na ibinigay sa akin ng mga taga Quezon City, at malaki ang hamon na iangat ang antas ng pamumuhay ng mga nakatira rito,” Belmonte said. (PIA InfoComm/QC PAISD)
By Susan G. De Leon