Hon. Mayor Joy Belmonte

Mayor

Let’s restore the trust of our people in government. Show them that the government exists to protect them and promote their welfare.

 

 

Ma. Josefina “Joy” Belmonte is currently serving as the 11th elected mayor of Quezon City since 2019.  

Mayor Belmonte believes that the success of the city lies upon having trustworthy leadership, data and information-driven decision making, and an efficient and well-functioning government system that is worthy of the public trust. 

14-Point Agenda

She introduced her 14-point agenda which focuses on human and social services, economic development, environment, and climate change, infrastructure, and institutional development.  

The 14-point agenda of the Belmonte administration: Deliver responsive, efficient and cost-effective social services; build more homes; provide better healthcare; ensure high quality education; empower citizens of every gender and social class; build a safer and more resilient city; make Quezon City the preferred destination for businesses; create new jobs across more businesses; develop growth hubs; build a livable, green and sustainable city; build essential infrastructure; be a model of good governance; professionalize and strengthen the Quezon City workforce; and listen to our citizens and know what they need.

  • Human and Social Services
    1. Deliver responsive, efficient and cost-effective social services.
    2. Build more homes.
    3. Provide better healthcare.
    4. Ensure high-quality education
    5. Empower citizens of every gender and social class.
    6. Build a safer and more resilient city.
  • Economic Development
    1. Make Quezon City the preferred destination for businesses.
    2. Create new jobs across more businesses.
    3. Develop growth hubs.
  • Environment and Climate Change
    1. Build a livable, green and sustainable city.
  • Infrastructure
    1. Build essential infrastructure.
  • Institutional Development
    1. Be a model of good governance.
    2. Professionalize and strengthen the Quezon City workforce.
    3. Listen to our citizens and understand what they need.
Five Thrusts
  1. Expanding Social Services
  2. Transitioning from Offline to Online
  3. Greening the City
  4. Building Infrastructure Facilities of Global Standards
  5. Continuing Good Governance
Brand of Leadership

Ang lahat ng ating nagawa at gagawin pa sa mga susunod na taon ay bunga ng hindi nagbabagong pangako natin sa isa’t isa – na lagi tayong magtutulungan para sa kabutihan ng lahat. I am proud of our accomplishments as a city, because these are the results of our collective efforts and commitment for positive change.

Her style of leadership is one that is heavily rooted in the needs and wants of every QCitizen. She strengthened people’s participation by involving many sectoral organizations, civil society groups, and other stakeholders. 

During the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Mayor Joy Belmonte proved that through the dedicated service of the local government officials and genuine concern for its constituents, the city will survive all hurdles thrown against it. 

Prior to becoming the chief executive of Quezon City, she served as the vice mayor from 2010-2019. She presided over a City Council, which has been regarded as the Most Outstanding in the Philippines, in accordance with the exemplary standards of the Local Legislative Awards of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

As vice mayor, she was also the chairperson of the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council (QCADAAC), which has been recognized as one of the most effective nationwide in addressing the problem of illegal drugs.  The QCADAAC obtained a perfect functionality score in the National Anti-Drug Abuse Council Performance Awards given by the DILG in January 2019.

Education Background

Mayor Belmonte completed her high school studies at the Poveda Learning Centre.  She got her Social Sciences degree from the Ateneo de Manila University, a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the Institute of Archaeology, University College in London, and another Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the Leicester University in the United Kingdom.

Advocacies

“… We will serve with our heart; but to hit our goals, we have to plan with our heads.”

The mayor’s advocacies cover a wide spectrum but are especially focused on the protection and upholding of the rights of women and children, gender fairness, economic empowerment of women, mental health, culture, and the arts. 

She pushed for the establishment of the QC Protection Center for Women, Children, and LGBT++ (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders) as a one-stop-shop facility for victims of abuse.  Located at the Quezon City General Hospital, the facility provides legal services, police assistance, medical assistance, medico-legal examinations, counseling and psychiatric evaluation, and referral to a temporary shelter program.

She saw the need for nursing mothers who have to transact business at Quezon City Hall for a breastfeeding station and ensured that one such facility was put up at City hall. The facility complies with DOH requirements and has a play area suited for small children of nursing mothers. 

As a means to help families in the city to reduce their food costs, as well as promote ways to transform organic waste into fertilizer, then-Vice Mayor Belmonte established the Joy of Urban Farming in 2010.  It is a program designed to show that, even with a small space, urban dwellers can still farm using vertical gardens, containers, and other farming techniques.  The program promotes the spread of urban farms in more parts of the city, as it trains more than 6,000 people annually on backyard gardening and eco-waste management. With the help of the Department of Education, the project is being implemented in schools through the “Gulayan sa Paaralan” (school vegetable garden) initiative.  The urban farms can also be found in different barangays, churches, and areas maintained by various non-government organizations from Districts 1 to 6.

Her advocacy to promote livelihood programs and entrepreneurship is designed to empower and provide a sustainable future for indigent women, for those rehabilitated from drug abuse, and for inmates who seek a better life upon release from jail, among others.  Among her projects for promoting entrepreneurship is the Tindahan ni Ate Joy, Lipad (Local Inclusiveness Project for the Advancement and Development)-Pinay Program, the Artisan Academy, and Lazada E-commerce online selling.

The QCinema Film Festival is another project that she initiated.  It encourages independent filmmakers to produce screenplays that will promote the city. A Circle Competition is held, where winners receive grants to help them produce their films.  It has evolved into an international film festival held annually in the city, which showcases local and international films, documentaries, and short films. Even before she became Vice Mayor, Mayor Joy Belmonte had been supporting the training and exposure of underprivileged children in the city in various art forms.  Through the Quezon City Performing Arts, these children receive scholarships in dance, voice, Filipino instruments, and guitar instruction.  These scholars have participated in various festivals and competitions, both local and international, garnering citations and honor for the city.

Landmark Executive Orders

2021

  • EO No. 4 S-2021:  Mandating Strict Cyber-Security to Protect City Government Systems
    This Order mandated the Office of the City Administrator and the Information Technology and Development Department to ensure the best practice cyber security for the City’s online system, including application security, information, network security, data back-up and recovery, operational security and employee training
  • EO No. 7 S-2021: Creating the Executive-Legislative Committee for Boundary Disputes
    The concerned Committee has, among others, the following functions:
    • Make recommendations to the City Council regarding the resolution of boundary disputes among barangays
    • Facilitate discussion between the concerned barangays and invite them to submit position papers regarding the dispute, and
    • Act as a resource in case the City Council acts as a tribunal to resolve a barangay boundary dispute
  • EO No. 15 S-2021:  Establishing Task Force Delta Variant
    This Order established a Task Force to combat the dreaded Delta Variant of the Covid-19 virus.  Among the measures authorized by the Order are the following:
    • Enhanced contact tracing and testing
    • Acquisition of additional supplies including anti-viral drugs, high-flow oxygen machines and respirators, and
    • Enforcement of mandatory reporting of suspect, probable and confirmed Covid-19 cases
  • EO No. 16 S-2021:  Establishing the City Healthy Food Procurement Policy
    Among others, this order requires that food items procured by the City Government comply with the best practice nutrition standards.  Also, the City should promote local sourcing of healthy food and food ingredients, conduct training and workshops for food suppliers, and develop urban agriculture.
  • EO No. 18 S-2021: Implementing Distribution of Financial Assistance in Respect of ECQ
    This Order implemented the distribution of financial assistance or ayuda released by the Department of Budget and Management to Quezon City, for low-income families affected by the enhanced community quarantine ECQ (in August) 2021
  • EO No. 19 S-2021:  Kalingang QC Financial Assistance
    This Order provided a one-time assistance of P2,000 to Quezon City residents who lost their jobs during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in August 2021
  • EO No. 21 S-2021:  Devolution Transition Committee
    This Order creates a Committee to manage the process of devolving national government functions to the City Government as required by the Supreme Court in the Mandanas ruling.  Among others, the Committee shall do the following:
    • Prepare the QC Devolution Transition Plan in close coordination with the national government agencies (NGAs) concerned
    • Identify the functions, services, and facilities to be fully assumed and the programs, projects and activities to be devolved, and
    • Develop measurable performance indicators and targets for the implementation of the devolution; monitor achievement of such indicators and targets; adjust the plan as may be necessary in response to developments

2020

  • EO No. 9, s-2020: Creating the Quezon City Task Force Road Clearing 2.0
    The Quezon City Task Force Road Clearing 2.0 was created in compliance with the requirements of DILG MC NO. 2002-027, to:
    • monitor implementation of the directive at the barangay level
    • craft strategies to ensure compliance and cooperation of Punong Barangays
    • exact accountability and impose corresponding sanctions – after observance of due process – against non-supportive and/or non-compliant local officials and employees
  • EO No. 18, s-2020: Institutionalizing the Quezon City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit
    This Order issued on 12 March 2020 created te first local government office exclusively focused on detecting and containing the spread of communicable diseases.  In the months to come, this office became the City’s spearhead in its battle against COVID-19 pandemic.
  • EO No. 19, s-2020:  Emergency Measures Against COVID-19
    This highly important Order, issued on 13 March 2020, established a wide range of vital measures to contain the pandemic, including a prohibition on mass gatherings, enforcement of social distancing, disinfection of public places and home quarantine guidelines.
  • EO No. 27, s-2020: Establishing Kalingang QC
    This Order established a financial assistance program for the vulnerable or displaced resident workers affected by the community quarantine, such as public utility drivers and market vendors. This Order exemplified the administration’s focus on helping the most disadvantaged sectors in the midst of the pandemic.
  • EO No. 28, s-2020: Establishing Enhanced Disease Surveillance
    This Order provided another critical measure in the fight against the pandemic, by strengthening the quarantine protocols for suspect of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  • EO No, 32, s-2020:  Creating Task Force on Food Security
    The Food Security Task Force was created to ensure availability, access,  stability and utilization of food, and to promote consumption of nutritious food and better mental health for Quezon City citizens. Key functions of the task force include:
    • formulation of the QC Food Security Plan
    • promotion of an integrated urban farming program
    • development and recommendation for legislation of    appropriate incentive mechanisms for food security and agriculture zones
  • EO No. 38 S-2020:  Establishing the Quezon City District Action Offices
    The Order designated an Action Officer for each district of Quezon City to provide quicker and more responsive service in particular the Order tasks each District Officer with the following responsibilities:
    • Supervise and coordinate the delivery of government services at district level
    • Adopt measures to safeguard city properties in each district, and
    • Make recommendations to the Mayor regarding development plans in their specific areas
  • EO. No. 44 S-2020:  Creating Task Force “Vax To Normal”: The Quezon City Covid-19 Vaccine Plan
    This Order created a Task Force to plan and implement the Covid-19 vaccination of Quezon City residents and workers.  Among others, the Order empowered the City Government’s relevant departments to do the following:
    • Develop and implement an information system for registering beneficiaries, administering and tracking the distribution of doses
    • Manage the storage, distribution and inventory of vaccines
    • Identify and develop vaccination centers in suitable places within the City
    • Ensure timely delivery of vaccines, syringes, personal protective equipment (PPEs), and other ancillary immunization supplies, and
    • Monitor and oversee the implementation of the vaccine campaign and ensure efficient allocation of human resources, including medical and non-medical staff
  • EO No. 45 S-2020:  Mandating Health Protocols for Public Transportation
    To mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic, this Order imposed critical health measures on public transportation in Quezon City, including the following:
    • Wearing of face masks and face shields
    • Physical distancing, and
    • Regular disinfection of high-touch surfaces
  • EO No. 47 S-2020;  Creating the Committee on Anti-Red Tape and Ease of Doing Business
    This Order reconstituted the City’s Ease of Doing Business and Automation Task Force in support of the Anti-Red Tape.  The Committee has, among others, the following functions:
    • Streamline all city government’s services
    • Enable service delivery through physical or online on-stop shops
    • Digitize of computerize transactions as far as practicable
    • Enable electronic payment for city government payment and transactions
    • Monitor and periodically review the office or agency’s Citizen’s Charter
    • Establish and manage a public assistance complaints desk

2019

  • EO No. 9, s-2019: Creating the Quezon City Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management
    The Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management was formed to implement the Traffic Management Code and the Road Safety Code of Quezon City, specifically:
    • regulation of tricycles and pedicabs
    • orderliness and safety of all forms of public utility vehicle terminals, including identified loading and unloading points
    • management of vehicular traffic
  • EO No. 36, s-2019: Create the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) and automation Task Force.
    The EODB and Automation Task Force’s main priorities are:
    • streamlining all city government services
    • enabling service delivery through physical or online one-stop shops
    • digitizing and computerizing transactions to the extent possible
    • enabling electronic payment for city government services and transactions

      The EO also mandated the co-location of related departments and offices engaged in starting a business, in the premises of QC Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) to serve the people efficiently and conveniently.
  • EO No. 48, s-2019:  Creating the Quezon City Task Force Disiplina
    Task Force Disiplina’s main function is the enforcement of city ordinances, rules and regulations, pursuant to the 2011-2025 Comprehensive Land Use Plan, which envisions Quezon City as a community for living, working and playing – affording inhabitants a high quality of living, a more prosperous economy,  and a more livable cityscape that inspires a good sense of place and civic pride, and a well-governed constituency.
  • EO No. 50, s-2019: Creating the Quezon City Task Force on Urban Revitalization
    This Task Force will identify areas of priority for urban revitalization, consistent with the mayor’s agenda point of developing growth hubs to bring prosperity to more people,  as well as United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    • SDG No. 8 – to promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation,  entrepreneurship, creativity, an innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small-,  and medium-sized enterprises
    • SDG No. 9 – to develop quality reliable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and trans-border infrastructure to support economic development and human well-being, with focus on affordable and equitable access for all
    • SDG No. 11 – to make cities and human settlements iclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

      The Task Force on Urban Revitalization will also set up procedures to effectively and transparently access and maximize public-private partnership potentials.
Affiliations
  • C40 Cities
    C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change.  C40 supports cities to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable, and sustainable action on climate change.  www.C40.org

    Mayor Joy Belmonte launched the Quezon City Enhanced Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) 2021-2050, a strategic framework and roadmap to build climate resilience, pursue carbon neutrality, advance green economic development, and provide a livable and quality community for all.

    Geared to advance food security, water sufficiency, ecosystem and environmental sustainability, human security, climate-smart industries and services, sustainable energy, and knowledge and capacity development, the Enhanced LCCAP also integrates the scientific and inclusive approach following the C40 Climate Action Planning Framework to ensure it is aligned with the goals and objectives of the Paris Agreement.

    The project outputs from the C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF) project were also turned over for the solarizarion of 50 public high schools in the city  with support and assistance from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). This initiative will lower energy costs of the schools by reducing electricity consumption while also reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • Fast-track Cities
    The Fast-Track Cities is an initiative is a global partnership between cities and municipalities around the world and four core partners: International Association of Providers o AIDS Care (IAPAC, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), and the City of Paris.  www.fast-trackcities.org
  • U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization
    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) in partnership with UNICEF, The World Food Programme, the World Health Organization, through the University of the Philippines Los Baños and with the participation of the Quezon City local government, conducted a study on “Status and Determinants of Food Insecurity and Undernutrition in Poor Urban Areas in the Philippines”.

    The results of the study were presented to the city government in February 2021. The results of the study helped the city in:

    • Validating the city’s hunger map and where high-risk areas are in terms of food security
    • Confirming the accuracy of existing programs and the need to strengthen them
    • Drafting new programs for food vulnerable areas

    Information gathered were also used in firming up its Food Security Program including recommendations such as the development or adoption of an existing early warning system for food and nutrition security (EWS-FNS) which the Quezon City Task Force on Food Security can use as basis for crafting programs and policies related to food and nutrition.
  • ICLEI
    ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.  ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS), based in Manila, Philippines, currently serves ICLEI Members in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. ICLEI SEAS assists member local governments by designing, promoting, and drawing external support for programs and campaigns that develop local resiliency and sustainability. https://icleiseas.org/

    The Quezon City Government and ICLEI have collaborated in various climate change and sustainability initiatives that include the promotion of energy efficiency and conservation as well as circular economy, among others.

    Quezon City is part of ICLEI’s Circle Lab for Cities 2.0 Project, which provides an opportunity to transition towards low carbon development and green economy. Capacity building activities were conducted with the aim of identifying policies, programs and projects on circular economy.

    Webinars are also being conducted in partnership with ICLEI to promote energy efficiency and conservation which is integral in the City’s efforts to reduce its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.
  • CITYNET
    CityNet is the largest association of urban stakeholders committed to sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region. Established in 1987 with the support of UNESCAP, UNDP and UN-Habitat, the network of cities has grown to include over 173 municipalities/cities, NGOs, private companies and research centers. Through capacity building, city-to-city cooperation and tangible projects, CityNet helps members implement pioneering initiatives on climate change, disaster risk reduction, and the Sustainable Development Goals. https://citynet-ap.org/

    Quezon City is part of the Network’s Climate Change and Disaster Clusters as the City Government recognizes the need to strengthen capacities to effectively respond to the threats of climate change.
  • City-to-City Collaboration with Osaka City, Japan
    Quezon City and Osaka City have committed to continuously collaborate towards low-carbon development in connection with the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM).

    This partnership is instrumental in providing valuable knowledge and know-how especially in identifying potential low carbon projects, further advancing the City’s commitment towards the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

    Policy dialogues between cities are regularly conducted to share best practices and discuss opportunities for cooperation. Feasibility studies are also conducted focusing on the areas of cooperation which include energy efficiency and renewable energy.

    Currently, talks are centered on the installation of energy saving air conditioning system and fluorocarbons recovery/destruction in City-owned buildings and facilities.
  • WWF-Philippines
    WWF-Philippines has been working as a national organization of the WWF network since 1997. As the 26th national organization in the network, WWF-Philippines has successfully been implementing various conservation projects to help protect some of the most biologically-significant ecosystems in Asia. WWF-Philippines works to improve Filipino lives by crafting solutions to climate change, providing sustainable livelihood programs, and conserving the country’s richest marine and land habitats. https://wwf.org.ph/

    Quezon City was part of the Our City 2030: Youth Visions and Solutions Project. WWF-Philippines and Plan International Philippines – Sweden entered into a partnership with the City Government to deliver the sustainable development goals with special focus on climate change, reduction of inequalities and ensuring peace, justice and strong institutions. The project is an initiative participated in by selected cities from four countries, namely, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and the Philippines. Specifically, the project aims to ensure that the youth are contributing to cities to become climate smart, resilient and sustainable and that the cities are committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Participating schools include Balingasa High School, Judge Feliciano Belmonte High School and Justice Cecilia Muñoz Palma High School.

    The City Government is also a participant to the One Planet City Challenge (OPCC) 2021 – 2022 which provides a platform to raise the City’s global visibility in terms of climate action and environmental sustainability. Another notable initiative is the Sustainable Diner Project which promotes sustainable consumption and production in restaurants and food establishments.
International Participation
  • Drug Policies and Cities Government
    Global Commission on Drug Policy
  • World Cities Summit 2021: Ambitious ClimateAction Towards Net Zero Carbon Cities
    C40
  • AIDS: Fast Track Cities
    United Nations AIDS
  • Kapihan Sa New York
    Fil-Am Press Club of New York
  • Our Vision of a Sustainable and Resilient Recovery from the Covid-19 Pandemic
    United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
    Participated in the Summit for Democracy Initiative.  The IVLP is in partnership with the USAID-US Agency for International Development and brings together city and municipal leaders to advance the following Summit for Democracy Pillars:
    • Strengthening democracy and defending against authoritarianism
    • Fighting corruption
    • Promoting respect for human rights

Local Participation
  • 2021 CSP Solutions Summit on Gender and Sexual Orientation Challenges
    Community Solutions Program
  • The LGU Perspective Towards Business, Health and Recovery in the Second Year of the Pandemic
    Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Combating Covid-19 LGU Vaccination Strategies and Initiatives: Best Practices
    The Professional Woment of AmCham (PWOA),  American Chamger of Commerce of the Philippines
  • Livable Cities – PH: Importance of Data and Innovation in Making Quezon City More Competitive and Resilient
    Department of Trade and Industry
  • Celebration of Earth Day
    Green EDSA Movement
  • The Way Forward:  Economically Empowering Vulnerable Groups
    Impact Hub Women
  • Quezon City In-City Relocation Housing
    Habitat For Humanity:  Bayanihan On-line Forum