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The Quezon City Government is continuously improving the Quezon Memorial Circle as a people's park and a fitting place for the shrine of a Philippine President. The place is not a forest park. On an ordinary day, when there are no special events there, an average of 8,000 people visit the park daily, with numbers increasing to 12,000 on weekends, and to over a million last December as more families chose to celebrate the holidays in affordable style outdoors. There remains 15.65 hectares of green space in the park. From any perspective, the dense presence of trees can be easily seen.

President Benigno Aquino III, himself, chose to hold his post-inaugural party, "Tagumpay ng Bayan," at the QMC, after taking his oath as the 15th President of the Philippines.

The QMC has also been consistently chosen by private organizers, since 2009, as a key convergence point for international marathons held annually, where the theme is usually a race through the largest green spaces in Metro Manila. The park was chosen, for the second time since 2011, as the site of the kmzeroleftbanner_finaloutdoor art and photography exhibit by the French Embassy and the Niepce Museum in France, as they partner with the Quezon City Government for the project "Kilometer Zero," which aims to make art accessible to everyone.

cyclingtourThe park is also a favorite venue by biking enthusiasts, including those for the national cycling event Philippine Grand Prix and the annual Tour of the Fireflies, which rallies for the environment.

There is now order and clear demarcation of entranceways, from Commonwealth Avenue and Quezon Avenue, including entry ways from two underground pedestrian passageways from Philcoa and Quezon City Hall. Where there used to be disorganized clumps of trees and makeshift barriers that actually deterred more people from coming in, the park is now more open and more welcoming of the public.

The central plaza and the promenades are in the same place where the old structures used to be. But instead of the asphalt that was used before, the promenades use turf grass with sidewalks.

The Quezon City Government also revived the old fountain that was decrepit and rusting, making it a center of attraction especially at night, with its dancing waters and colorful display of dancing light bands. The pylon itself gains special visibility at night with rays of colorful lights highlighting it.

pylonfountainThe city government also introduced the following facilities that are very well used by the public as meeting, conference and sports venues: Seminar Hall, Century Hall, Pqmc03eople's Hall, covered courts and stage. Taken altogether, these occupy only 3,061 sqm. of the 25-hectare Quezon Memorial Circle. What is under construction now is the Quezon City Museum, which will occupy a 1.5 hectare footprint, and which is a much needed cultural and historical facility of the city. It was designed to be a green building within the international standards of the "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)" Green Building Rating System. The museum will be completed in 2013. Also ongoing are other park attractions such as the tropical and meditation gardens.

The parking area, as it is now, is also smaller than what was provided for it under the masterplan made by the architectural firm of Francisco Mañosa in the mid 1980s. The vending structures are also almost 200 less than what they used to be before the city government took over. Only during weekends is an additional vending area provided for, to cater to the large number of park-goers.

The city government's average income from the park is Php 3 million a month, more than doubling the Php 1.4 million monthly collections of the previous park administrators. The entire government income from QMC goes into the General Fund where it is subject to government audit rules.

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Quezon City Leads in PhilHealth Coverage
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has recognized the Quezon City government's outstanding contribution in providing universal coverage of quality health care to QC residents, especially the poor.

The city government, on orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista, sponsored this year's enrollment of some 80,000 families or 400,000 underprivileged QC residents to the sponsored program component of the National Health Insurance Program as part of a continuing effort to provide indigent QC residents access to quality medical and health care services.

philhealth3Philhealth President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Eduardo Banzon turns over the symbolic Philhealth Card
to one of the sponsored beneficiaries as Mayor Herbert Bautista together with Philhealth and QC officials look on

Given an enrolment rate of P1,200 per family, at least P96 million will be set aside by the QC government to cover the Philhealth enrollment of the 80,000 beneficiaries, which include tricycle drivers, former barangay officials, solo parents and persons with disabilities.

"The city government is no longer focusing on the costing perspective. What is being considered will be the number of residents who will benefit from the program," according to the Mayor.

philhealth2Mayor Herbert M. Bautista signing the Memorandum of Agreement with Philhealth President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Eduardo Banzon.
Also Present were (L-R)Philhealth officials Ms. Lolita V. Tuliano, Branch Manager -NCR Central; Ms. Shirley B. Domingo, VP - PRO NCR & Rizal; Mr. Ryan John A. Basa,
Area VP NCR & Southern Luzon; QC officials SSDD Head, Ms. Ma. Teresa M. Mariano, QC Helath Officer, Dr. Antonieta V. Inumerable and Budget Officer, Ms. Marian C. Orayani

The Mayor made the disclosure during the signing of a memorandum of agreement with Philhealth president and chief executive officer Dr. Eduardo Banzon for the renewal of commitment between the QC government and Philhealth in providing QC residents access to quality health care services.

In his remarks, Dr. Banzon lauded the Bautista administration for supporting Philhealth in its thrust to achieve its universal medical insurance coverage target.

According to Philhealth officials, Quezon City leads local government units in the number of beneficiaries enrolled to the Philhealth-sponsored program.

The city's social services development department, headed by Ms. Teresa Mariano, coordinates with Philhealth for the enrolment program.

Philhealth officials turned over to Mayor Bautista a capitation fund amounting to P15.7 million which will be used for the delivery of out-patient health care services and rehabilitation and improvement of accredited Philhealth-facilities in the city.

Philhealth has already provided accreditation to Quezon City's 63 health centers and seven lying-in centers.

Pursuant to the National Health Insurance Act of 1995, all Filipino citizens are required to enroll in the National Health Insurance Program.

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Regional Forum on Effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Greater Metro Manila

drrccaforumQuezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista receives from Senator Loren Legarda a handbook on disaster preparedness and first aid shortly before the
Regional Forum on Effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Greater Metro Manila was convened. The forum was hosted
by the QC government on March 16, 2012 at city hall. With them are Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell,
Presidential Communications Operations Office head Sonny Coloma and Cainta Mayor Mon Ilagan. 

 

The Quezon City government hosted the Regional Forum on Effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Greater Metro Manila, March 16, 2012. Senator Loren Legarda chairperson of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, has partnered with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) in organizing the initiative, which seeks to increase local understanding of natural hazards, climate change and their impacts on the region and surrounding provinces. The forum is also ably supported by the Presidential Communications Operations Office, the Manila Observatory, UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), Asia Pacific Institute for Green Development and the Sangguniang Kabataan National Federation.

 

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Senator Loren Legarda presents bills filed at the Senate in
support of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change
Adaptation efforts
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Mayor Herbert Bautista welcomes the delegates of the Regional

Forum on Effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change
Adaptation in Greater Metro Manila
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Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell
conveyed the Australian Government's support to the
Philippines' disaster preparedness efforts.
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Presidential Communications Operations Office head
Sonny Coloma


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