Hon. Mayor Joy BelmonteMayor
- Quezon City
- 8988-4242 loc. 8300
- [email protected]
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.
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
- 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.
- Economic Development
- Make Quezon City the preferred destination for businesses.
- Create new jobs across more businesses.
- Develop growth hubs.
- Environment and Climate Change
- Build a livable, green and sustainable city.
- Build essential infrastructure.
- Institutional Development
- Be a model of good governance.
- Professionalize and strengthen the Quezon City workforce.
- Listen to our citizens and understand what they need.
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.
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.
“… 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
- 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 – 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 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 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.
- Drug Policies and Cities Government
Global Commission on Drug Policy
- World Cities Summit 2021: Ambitious ClimateAction Towards Net Zero Carbon Cities
- 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
- 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