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 c40adaptation01bThe Quezon City Government, through the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) led officials from eight Asian megacities and representatives of various international organizations and stakeholders, to aims to formulate plans and policies to push the climate adaptation and resilience aims of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region, during the C40 Asian Adaptation Forum held November 6, 2018 at the Novotel, Araneta Center, Cubao.

 

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The Quezon City Government, under the administration of Mayor Herbert M. Bautista received its second Seal of Good Local Governance, the DILG's measure of integrity and good performance for local governments.

Quezon City was among the 263 local governments that received the Seal this year.

 

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In March 2017, the Quezon City Local Government granted Original Proponent Status to Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Covanta Energy, LLC, and Macquarie Group Limited (“Original Proponent”) for its unsolicited proposal to establish an Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility Project (the “Project”) in Quezon City. On 12 October 2018, the Quezon City Local Government and the Original Proponent signed a Joint Certification of Successful Negotiation.

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The Quezon City Government hosted the 2018 WeGO Executive Committee Meeting and the Philippines Smart Cities Summit 2018, which brought together an international group of local government leaders and information technology experts, to share experiences, solutions and innovations in the use of technology systems and tools for governance. The events were held October 17 to 19, 2018, in time for the city's celebration of its founding anniversary month.

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The Quezon City Government gave recognition to 14 individuals and 9 institutions that made significant contributions to the city and the nation at the GAWAD PARANGAL AWARDS held at the Crowne Plaza in Ortigas on October 12, 2018.

 

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Quezon City's Gora Lane Project is scheduled for fund release by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) under the Local Government Support Fund - Assistance to Cities (LGSF-AC) or Green, Green, Green.

 

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The Quezon City Government, through the City Veterinary Department, launched on Sept 28, 2018 the microchipping of pets for registration, during the celebration of World Rabies Day at Barangay Marilag in District 3.

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A total of 321 new graduates received their certificates at the 142nd Manpower Barangay Based Skills Training Program (MBBSTP) Mass Graduation Ceremony held on September 26 at the Quezon City Hall Lobby. The program is spearheaded by the Social Services Development Department (SSDD) - Vocational Development Division. 

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The graduates are the products of the 3-month vocational program who took up training in the TESDA-accredited courses that included Housekeeping, Hilot and Wellness, Food and Beverages Services, Bread and Pastry Production, Dressmaking, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Cosmetology, Home Care Provider, and Productivity Skills and Capacity Building (PSCB) Training. 

The program is expected to expand the opportunity for people to gain skills and enhance their employability, competitiveness, efficiency and productivity in the labor market.

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The program is free and open to Quezon City residents. Classes are held in their barangays while the trainers/facilitators/proctors are provided by the Social Services Development Department. 

The batch of graduates came from 14 barangays of the city.

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The Quezon City Government, through the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS), in cooperation with JICA and BEMAC, have launched the second pilot run of electric passenger tricycle (e-trike) service that will operate in three QC barangays: Barangays South Triangle, Paligsahan and Sacred Heart.

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The Quezon City Government, through the QC Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (QC EPWMD), conducted a massive simultaneous clean-up of the city’s waterways, in support of the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day on Saturday, September 22.

 

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July 30, 2018. For the third year in a row, Quezon City was awarded First Place in the 2018 Gawad Kalasag Awards for Best City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (Highly Urbanized City category) for the National Capital Region. The award was conferred by the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Office of Civil Defense-NCR.

 

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The Quezon City Government, represented by Mayor Herbert M. Bautista and the Embassy of the State of Israel, represented by Ambassador Ephraim Ben Matityau, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of the Philippine-Israel Friendship Park at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

 

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Mayor Herbert M. Bautista has approved Ordinance 2671, series of 2018 enabling child representatives to become members of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC).

 

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The Quezon City Government has successfully convened the city's youth- and youth-serving organizations to become the first local government unit to organize its local youth development council (LYDC), as mandated by law.

The organizational meeting was held at the multi-purpose hall of Barangay Ugong Norte yesterday, July 9, 2018.

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As a component of the partnership program forged by Mayor Herbert M. Bautista with other local governments that host a large number of Quezon City relocatees in new housing communities, the mayors of Morong and Teresa, in Rizal province received financial assistance from the Quezon City Government.

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Mayor Armando DS San Juan of Morong received Php 7 million, while Mayor Raul S. Palino of Rizal received Php 10 million, on behalf of their LGUs. These latest disbursements are in addition to the Php 20 million received by the Morong municipal government from the QC-LGU in 2017.

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As many as 2,000 Quezon City relocate families now consider Morong their home, while up to 200 families will be accommodated in Teresa in addition to the 300 who have settled there earlier. They are informal settlers displaced by major public works projects involving mainly road right-of-ways. The funds will be used to address the social, health and public education needs of these large additions to these municipalities’ populations.

Mayor Bautista understands that hosting a surge of new poor families poses extraordinary demands on a municipality’s existing resources which are benchmarked only for its existing population. Thus, through a City Council authorization, the mayor has been able to provide financial assistance to these host LGUs, which can augment their existing budgets.

The relocates are in National Housing Authority-built communities. The funds will allow the mayors to provide the complementary social support systems. Talks are underway on the possibility of providing a new school building for the relocatees’ children.

 

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The Quezon City Government and the City Government of Davao signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on June 27, 2018, renewing the partnership that the two cities had established 24 years ago.

The first MOU was signed by then QC Mayor Ismael Mathay Jr and Mayor (now President) Rodrigo R. Duterte in 1994.

Davao City Mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio was represented by Davao City vice mayor Bernard E. Al-Ag who signed the Sister City Agreement with QC Mayor Herbert M. Bautista at Carlos Albert Hall, Quezon City Hall.

The other signatories include QC Vice Mayor Josefina "Joy" Belmonte, QC Administrator Aldrin C. Cuña, Davao City Administrator Atty. Zuleika T. Lopez, QC Councilor Gian Carlo G. Sotto and Davao City Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre. Mayor Bautista and Vice Mayor Al-Ag exchange gifts and token. Mayor Bautista also presented the Davao vice mayor with the key to the city.

The new agreement is expected to extend and continue the sister city partnership as well as further enhance the existing mutual cooperation between the two cities.
The renewal of the city-to-city partnership came as the old MOU is set to expire next year. The MOU came into force from the date of signing and effective for 25 years.
Under the MOU, the two cities have agreed to promote and expand mutual cooperation in the sectors of environment, human resources and community development, science and technology, education and sports, tourism development and trade, among others.

As agreed, the two cities also established a Joint Policy Committee, composed of three representatives from both cities, assisted by a Technical Working Group, to oversee the implementation of the MOU.

 

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The Quezon City, through the City Engineering Department, has intensified preparation for the rainy season, as Mayor Herbert M. Bautista ordered the inspection of retaining walls, de-clogging of waterways and improvement of drainage channels last month to minimize flooding, especially during heavy downpour.

City engineer Joselilto Cabungcala said that Quezon City is most prepared among local government units in flood control efforts as they have completed some 17 city-funded waterways infrastructure projects designed to prevent flashfloods during heavy downpours.

In his report to Mayor Bautista, Cabungcal said the projects, built at a cost of P179.6 million, consisted of newly-constructed retaining and revetment walls, grouted ripraps and concrete canals built along different water channels in Quezon City, including San Francisco River, Kalamiong Creek, Anaran Creek, Pasong Tamo Creek and Roxas district.

The city government set aside P23.5 million for the construction of the reinforced concrete revetment wall (Phase 2) along San Francisco River - Lorraine Street at Parkway Village in Barangay Apolonio Samson; P15.4 million, for the construction of a concrete retaining wall at 8th Street in Barangay Mariana; P14.7 million, for the reinforced concrete retaining wall at Kalamiong Creek – Spring Valley (Phase 6) in Barangay Bagong Silangan; P14.8 million, for the construction of a concrete canal at Anaran Creek (Phase 6) in Barangay Phil-Am/West Triangle; P13.1 million, for the construction of a concrete retaining wall at a creek leading to Marikina River in Barangay Libis and P12.02 million, for the construction of a retaining wall at a creek along Roxas District.

From 2013 to 2017, the city government, under the Bautista administration, has already constructed some 13,395 linear meters of retaining wall, 7,002 linear meters of grouted riprap, 625 linear meters of concrete canal and 100 linear meters of revetment walls.

The city's preparation for the onset of the rainy season also covers the improvement of different drainage channels to help relieve flooding in the city.

Based on the report submitted by the city engineering department, the bulk of the city's drainage improvement projects was constructed in District IV, covering the areas of 6th and 11th Streets in Barangay Mariana; Delgado Street in Barangay Paligsahan/Laging Handa; Sct. Fuentebella Street, also in Laging Handa, and at District V, in the areas of Dahlia Avenue in Barangay Fairview; Tatlong Hari Street in Barangay Greater Lagro; Burbank Avenue in Barangay North Fairview and at La Naval Street in Barangay Greater Lagro.

Also underway is the construction of 36 additional drainage improvement projects.

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The Quezon City Government has acquired two LUF 60 Unmanned Firefighting Machines, enhancing the city’s firefighting capability.

QCDRRMO and QC Fire Department personnel has started training on how to operate the machines.

 

The LUF 60 is mobile firefighting supporting machine that can be operated by wireless remote. It can clear the path up to a distance of 300 meters by using a high capacity positive pressure ventilator and a “water beam” fog. The combination of the ventilator and water beam would clear away smoke, heat, toxic gases and reduce the intensity of the fire, thus allowing fire fighters and rescue teams to advance safely. The state of the art control elements ensure easy handling and high precision operation.

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The radio-controlled unit has additional back-up manual controls in case of a power supply failure. A crawler track system ensures high mobility and flexibility and enable the machine to go up and down stairways as steep as 30 degrees. It can push or “bulldoze” a normal family car out of the way.

The Mobile Firefighting Supporting Machine LUF 60 offers safe working conditions for fire fighters and rescue-teams.

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credits: Kenneth Lopez -QCDRRMO

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President Duterte signed on Monday, May 28, 2018, Republic Act 11032, an act promoting ease of doing business in the Philippines and efficient delivery of government services. Witnessing the signing were senators led by the new Senate President Vicente Sotto III, members of the House of Representatives led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, cabinet officials led by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez.

Also invited were the Quezon City government, as the benchmark for ease of doing business studies in the Philippines, and other officials from the government and private sectors who are all working with the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) in streamlining regulatory processes for all indicators involved in doing business in thecountry.

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The new law applies to all government agencies and all local governments that provide “services covering business and nonbusiness transactions covered by the act.”

The law mandates the reengineering of systems and procedures to improve transaction systems. The prescribed working times are, as follows: 3 working days to complete processing ‘simple’ transactions; 7 working days for ‘complex’ transactions; and 20 working days for ‘highly technical transactions. In case, an agency fails to approve or disapprove an original application, within the prescribed period, the application shall be deemed approved.

Earlier this year, the Quezon City Government operationalized its one-stop shops, not only for business registration but also for the processing of construction and occupancy permits. This has substantially reduced the processing time for these transactions to a few hours (for business permits) to 5 to 7 working days (for building or occupancy permits for simple structures). Both systems co-locate the Bureau of Fire Protection evaluators into the respective systems, for the fire safety inspection certificates.

These are in compliance with the provisions of RA 11032 which mandates the establishment of a one-stop shop with a co-located representative of the Bureau of Fire Protection.

The new law further provide for the automation of permits and license systems within 3 years of the effectivity of this act, and the issuance of the barangay clearance, not by the barangay, but by the city or municipality, with the condition that fees are remitted to the barangay.

 

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In time for the opening of classes, Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista recently inaugurated several infrastructure projects aimed to improve QC’seducation services delivery. For the first half of 2018, QC inaugurated 9 School buildings and 2 day-care centers.

 

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The Quezon City Government inaugurated today, May 10, 2018, the first clinic that that will offer clinical laboratory services to the public at the barangay health center in Barangay Apolonio (District 1) and the city plans to establish five more similar clinics in other districts of the city.

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Mayor Herbert M Bautista inaugurated today, May 9, 2018, the new 6-storey Building Regulatory Office (BRO) inside the Quezon City Hall compound.  For greater public service convenience, the building integrates in one location, the departments related to the issuance of construction permits and occupancy permits.  It is part of the ‘ease of doing business’ reforms of the city government.

 

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Bantay Bata program director Jing Castañeda noted that the concept behind the development of a formal program to rescue and rehabilitate abused, exploited, and neglected children was a coordinative work between its founder, Gina Lopez, and then Vice Mayor Herbert M. Bautista in the late 1990s.  So, this has been a long, continuous advocacy of the mayor.

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 QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES – Quezon City, as the pilot city and the leading city of the UN Women’s Safe Cities Metro Manila Programme, is at the important phase of implementing the Anti-Catcalling and Sexual Harassment in Public Spaces provisions of the Amended GAD Ordinance and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).

 

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Students in 38 elementary and 18 high schools in Quezon City earned PhP 1,013,322.18 from trading a total of 176, 061.82 kilograms (kgs) of recyclables in school year 2016-2017.

The QC Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (QC-EPWMD) said in its annual report that compared to the previous school year (2015-2016), school participation in the Batang Eco-Savers Club rose by 60 percent while the volume of recyclables recovered increased by 83 percent in the recent school year.

 

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The Quezon City Government has offered job opportunities to some 680 students and out of school youth who wish to earn extra money for their education during summer vacation.

 

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The QC Persons with Disability Affairs Office (QC PDAO) has reported that at least 20 percent of the PWDs given employment referrals by the city government, are now gainfully employed in retail stores, food chains, BPOs and government agencies.
One of them is Kaypee Villaruel, born with foot abnormalities but was hired on the spot as an office worker by a security and detective agency.

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The QC Government, through the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD), held the first Climate Action Fair and Exhibit for students at Commonwealth High School today, March 20, 2018.

 

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Mayor Herbert M. Bautista urged for greater empowerment of women, in his State of the Women Address delivered during the flag-raising ceremony today, March 19, 2018.

 

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The Quezon City Public Library (QCPL) received commendation for taking the initiative and leading other public libraries in making improvements in the public library system in the country, as Quezon City hosts this year’s National Conference of Librarians, held from March 13-16 at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center.

 

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Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista hosted the tour of the country’s competitiveness officials around the City Government’s latest one stop shops. These are designed to address two areas by which businessmen can start their enterprises quickly in the city: registering their business and constructing their business location. These respond to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to streamline processes and reduce red tape in dealings with government.

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Quezon City recently received recognition from the Bureau of Animal Industry and the National Rabies Prevention and Control Committee for implementing the Best Rabies Program among LGUs in the National Capital Region.

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The Quezon City Government is set to implement the measure that will reduce the consumption of sugary drinks in all private and public schools in the city, starting this school year.

City Health Department office in charge Dr. Verdades Linga said they have made the initial inspection and assessment to make the schools ready for its implementation.
Dr. Linga added that they have informed the concerned departments and schools and have assigned focal persons in the barangays who are ready to be activated during the campaign.
Last week, the Joint Task Force met to prepare for the implementation of the ordinance. The task force is composed of the City Health Department as the lead agency, Department of Public Order and Safety, Market Development and Administration Department, Division of City Schools, chairperson of the Committee on Health of every Barangay, and the chairperson of the Committee on Health, Quezon City Council.
Last year, Mayor Herbert M. Bautista approved Ordinance 2579,  series of 2017, known as the Quezon City Anti-Junk Food and Sugary Drinks Ordinance, which not only prohibits the sale of junk food and soft drinks to minors, but its promotion as well. The law prohibits sale and promotion within the 100-meter radius around the city’s private and public schools.

Under the measure, establishments caught selling junk food and sugary drinks will be fined P1,000 for the first offense, P2,000 for the second offense, and P5,000 and possible revocation of barangay or business permits for the third offense.

Councilor Irene Belmonte, the author of the ordinance, said that the measure aims to promote the health and welfare of the students.
Quezon City’s efforts gained the support of Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor and philanthropist, who has pledged to fund $5 million public health projects in 40 cities worldwide through the Bloomberg Philanthropies. Bloomberg is also World Health Organization’s global ambassador for non-communicable diseases.
Quezon City is one among the 45 first world and developing cities that gave their commitment to the Partnership for Healthy Cities in a conference held in Paris last year, where the cities pledged to deliver a high-impact policy or intervention measures to reduce non-communicable disease risk factors in their localities.
Some of these measures include curbing sugary drink consumption, passing laws on public smoking or banning cigarette advertising, cutting salt in food, using cleaner fuels, encouraging cycling and walking, reducing speeding, increasing seatbelt and helmet use, curbing drunk driving or conducting a survey to collect data on the lifestyle risks in cities, among others.

Quezon City’s move to curb consumption on sugary drinks came as the government raised taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law to promote a healthier citizenry.

 

 

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The sustained efforts of local governments are necessary to secure commitment to the Open Government Partnership (OGP), Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista said in his welcome remarks during the opening of the Open Government and Participatory Governance Regional Dialogues at the Great Eastern Hotel, on February 27, 2018.  

 

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The Quezon City Government has opened a One-Stop-Shop (OSS) for express processing of building permits and occupancy permits, which will be convenient especially to those building small structures or doing renovations.

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Quezon City was chosen to pilot the country’s City Disaster Insurance Pool, a program initiated by the Asian Development Bank and Department of Finance.

 

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Quezon City is leading other local government units (LGUs) in terms of the number of beneficiaries enrolled to the PhilHealth-sponsored program, according to a report submitted by the city’s Social Services Development Department (SSDD).

 

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The Quezon City Government has recently released the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Ordinance No. SP-2518, series of 2016, or The Local Building Code of Quezon City. 

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December 11, 2017 - Quezon City is recognized for its exceptional contribution in disaster riskreduction and management at the 19 th Gawad KALASAG (2017) held at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Ortigas Center. Mayor Herbert Bautista, together with several QC officials, receivedthe recognition for Quezon City as 1st runner up, “Best City Disaster Risk Reduction andManagement Council – Highly Urbanized City Category” by the National Disaster Risk Reductionand Management Council (NDRRMC).

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Annually, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council holds the GawadKALASAG to recognize local Disaster Risk Reduction offices nationwide for their noteworthyperformance and practices in DRRM and humanitarian assistance. For the 19 th Gawad KALASAG,the NDRRMC awarded 58 local DRR offices for their exemplary work, as well as various groupsand individuals for their DRRM initiatives in 2017.

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Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG ) Undersecretary Austere Panadero saidthat midst the challenges of limited resources each of the finalists were all heroes who alreadyexpressed their commitment to DRRM work. Department of National Defense (DND) SecretaryDelfin Lorenzana congratulated all of the awardees for their efforts in resiliency andresponsiveness. He recognized that the DRR initiatives of the local government units, civilsociety organizations, and active citizens are the frontline defence against disasters.

 

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Mayor Herbert Bautista joined Israel Ambassador Ephraim Ben Matityau for the groundbreaking ceremony of the planned Philippine-Israel Friendship Marker to be built inside the QC Memorial Circle.

The event was attended by Lina Laigo, President of the Manuel A. Roxas Foundation, Cory Quirino, granddaughter of former Pres. Elpidio Quirino and Atty. Manuel R. Roxas, grandson of former Pres. Manuel A. Roxas.

The warm relations between the two countries date back to the time of the Philippine Commonwealth Government when President Manuel L. Quezon offered safe haven to Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi regime during World War 2.

Quezon issued visas to about 1,200 to 1,500 Jewish refugees. He also provided houses and set up housing communities for the refugees in a government-owned land in Marikina.

In 2011, Israel Ambassador Bar-On visited the city and urged for the installation of a marker in Quezon City that would give due recognition of the city's historic role.

Monuments and markers to honor Quezon's role are also installed in Israel, at the Open Doors monument and at the Jerusalem Boys town.

In 2014, Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ephraim Ben Matityau presented Mayor Bautista with a symbolic olive tree as a gift to Quezon City, in remembrance of President Quezon who worked out, through a complicated set of international maneuverings, for the safe passage of Jews into the Philippines, as a humanitarian gesture to save them from the Holocaust.

Increased access to ICT tools are now available for teachers and students of Quezon City's Masambong High School. On August 29, 2017, Globe Telecom formally launched its Global Filipino School Program in this school.

In his keynote message, Mayor Herbert M. Bautista said that it is his dream that every public school teacher and student in this city will have wide access to the use of today's modern technology for wider and more interactive avenues for learning. Being up to par to education in the digital age is, in fact , a crucial part of the smart city ecosystem that the mayor is gradually easing Quezon City into.

The GFS program provides the school with various ICT learning tools, including the Digital Learning Lab, a mobile cart of ICT gadgets composed of Globe prepaid Supersticks, charging station, netbook, tablets and projectors powered high-speed connectivity. The Lab is movable from classroom to classroom and even to other areas in the campus to promote communal learning.

In addition, Globe with Habitat for Humanity, refurbished an unused classroom in Masambong HS to become an ICT laboratory.

Also present during the launch was District 1 Congressman Bingbong Crisologo who committed a large portion of his congressional funds for education, District supervisors of QC Division of City Schools, and Masambong HS Principal Adora Teano.

More Quezon City residents are expected to gain computer knowledge and skills through eLearning platforms in Tech4Ed community-based centers that will be set up in the city’s barangays, which will boost the city’s efforts to make its residents more computer-literate and productive.
This developed as the Quezon City Government and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) which aims to provide opportunities to the marginalized constituents to learn computer skills through DICT’s eLearning platforms with educational content in Tech4Ed centers.
The agreement was signed on Tuesday, August 22, by Mayor Herbert M. Bautista, representing the QC-LGU, and Ms. Ma. Teresa Camba, representing DICT, with Councilor Anthony Peter Crisologo, chair of the Council’s IT or cyber technology committee, and Reynald Paul Imjada, head of QC ITDO.
Although the city has already made efforts to provide computer literacy training to senior citizens and PWDs, as initiated by the Quezon City Public Library and some barangays, the signing of the MOA is seen to further expand the program to include out-of-school youth and adults (OSYA), women, teachers, overseas Filipino workers, and entrepreneurs.
The setting up of Tech4Ed center is also part of DICT’s e-Filipino-Technology for Economic Development Project which seeks to enhance socio-economic condition by providing inclusive growth.

August 18, 2017. In a meeting with Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairman Eduardo del Rosario and National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr., Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista declared the city government’s
commitment to build one public elementary school, one public high school and one rural health center in Marawi as the city’s contribution to the Bangon Marawi program of the national government.

Under the Bautista Administration, it has become a tradition for the QC-LGU to substantially assist poor LGUs get back on their feet, whether it is because of calamities or, in the case of Marawi, because of war.

The QC-LGU either sends substantial monetary support, or sends a multi-department team for rescue, social, humanitarian, health and engineering services, or both, depending on what would be the most effective form of assistance to the LGU.

More than Php 107 million worth of grants have been sourced from the city’s local disaster risk reduction management fund and authorized by resolutions of the City Council to mobilize this assistance.

For example, Mayor Bautista awarded the municipalities of Bulan, Sorsogon; Baler, Aurora; Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya and San Miguel, Bulacan with a modest financial assistance for their rehabilitation initiatives. The assistance is for the repair and rehabilitation of
typhoon damaged public buildings.

Earlier, QC teams helped in the construction of houses for beneficiaries in Barangay Pago in Tanauan, as well as provided multiple forms of assistance to typhoon Yolanda-ravaged municipalities of Palompon, Tolosa, and Sante Fe in Leyte for their rehabilitation efforts. Apart from the financial assistance for infrastructure development earlier pledged by the city government, the mayor and his team brought with them more than Php 20-million worth of relief goods for the three municipalities, which included construction materials, carpentry tools, and food and medical supplies.

Quezon City once again received recognition as the most competitive city in the country for the second time, besting all other highly urbanized cities, during the 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit and Awards, held at the Philippine International Convention Center, on August 16, 2017.

Aside from this, QC also copped other awards in the Highly Urbanized City category, among them:  
•    Most Competitive City in Infrastructure
•    2nd Most Competitive City in Government Efficiency
•    2nd Most Competitive City in Resiliency
•    2nd Most Competitive City in Economic Dynamism

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It was the only highly urbanized city that ranked consistently within the top 2 of all categories.

The National Competitive Council (NCC) initiated the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) awards to gauge an LGU’s competitiveness. This also gave LGUs an opportunity to better understand their performance against global standards and enable them to transform and make well-informed decisions towards becoming more competitive and efficient.

Traditionally, CMCI measures LGU’s competitiveness based on the three pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure.  This year, the pillar on Resiliency was added, given that a city’s ability to mitigate disaster risk and its preparedness to recover from calamities is also a key factor in its ability to compete.

The increasing coverage of the index signified a higher level of interest and awareness on the importance of being measured based on these pillars and a stronger commitment to improve LGU performance based on the resulting ranking.  According to NCC, more than 1,389 LGUs participated in this year’s initiative, 144 of which are cities and 1,245 are municipalities. This equals to about 85% of total LGUs in the Philippines.

LGUs are considered by the NCC as the building blocks of national competitiveness, hence it pushed for the creation of RCCs (regional competitiveness council). The RCCs monitor and evaluate local competitiveness indicators, help create programs to boost competitiveness, and conduct promotion activities to attract investors that will create jobs. This effort is seen as important in raising the country’s attractiveness, making it the favored destination of investors..

LGUs receive awards in four categories: 3rd to 6th Class Municipalities, 1st to 2nd Class Municipalities, Component Cities, and Highly Urbanized Cities. In addition, an award for the Most Competitive Province and Most Improved City and Municipality was conferred.