Hon. Mayor Joy BelmonteMayor
- Quezon City
- 8988-4242 loc. 8300
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
- 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.
- EO No. 9, s-2020: Creatiing 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
- 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
- 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