By Chito Chavez
For three consecutive terms, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday named the Quezon City Council as the Most Outstanding Sangguniang Panlunsod in Metro Manila for its “progressive performance on legislating measures responsive to the needs of the community.”
Quezon City Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte, head of the QC Sangguniang Panlungsod, said she was honored after receiving the 2018 Local Legislative Award for the Highly Urbanized Category at the regional level.
She praised the city councilors for their unwavering commitment to create ordinances in accordance with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista’s executive agenda.
We would like to thank the DILG for honoring us with the Most Outstanding Sangguniang Panglunsod in the whole National Capital Region (NCR). The honor was bestowed due to the diligence of our city councilors and to the challenge posed by Mayor Herbert Bautista for the QC Council to work hard and prove that it can accomplish the programs of the city government, Belmonte said in Pilipino.
Belmonte cited that some of the ordinances passed by the city council which were recognized as being the first of its kind in the country. These are the Road Safety Code, Traffic Management Code, Dangerous Drugs Code, Responsible Gaming Ordinance, Comprehensive Socialized Housing Code, Revision of Fair Market Values, and Batas QC.
“We were able to get an overall score of 96.78 percent based on several criteria which shows the efficiency of our Sangguniang Panlungsod,” she added.
Conducted every three years, the award aims to recognize the significant accomplishments in local legislation that contributed to the attainment of a city’s socio-economic and environmental management outcomes.
Quezon City has been a recipient of the award since 2012 to 2015 for the regional level and also in 2015 for the national level.