By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte is keen on providing a much improved delivery of efficient and responsive social services through her comprehensive executive agenda that will create lasting change in the locality.
This is included in her 14-point executive agenda, which is unprecedented in terms of scope as it targets five main sectors, namely human and social services, economic development, environment and climate change, infrastructure and institutional development.
Belmonte stressed the delivery of responsive, efficient and cost-effective social services will be prioritized by her administration.
“We will decentralize our services to bring government closer to the people. We will endeavor to build a mini city hall in each of the city’s six districts,” Belmonte said.
“Each mini city hall, to the extent practicable, will provide the full complement of facilities including processing of business permits, payment of taxes, and applying for senior citizen or solo parent IDs,” she added.
To ensure quick delivery of basic services, Belmonte plans to initiate a universal QC ID system that “will allow our people quick and easy access to our health centers and other social benefits.”
Delivery of enhanced health services is paramount for Belmonte, who is eyeing to establish more super health centers, which will provide free basic laboratory tests such as blood chemistry, x-ray, ultrasound, electrocardiogram (ECG), urine and stool exam.
“We will endeavor to double the number of doctors in each center. This will ensure that there is at least one doctor for every health center, instead of the current one doctor for every two health centers,” said Belmonte.
Belmonte also vowed to ensure that all city-run hospitals and all health centers will have adequate supply of medicines and to be responsive to the health profile of the area served.
Part of Belmonte’s agenda is to improve and increase burial assistance and medical assistance for indigents, ensure higher quality education by improving and expanding public school facilities and the city’s scholarship programs by increasing the number of beneficiaries.
To improve the quality of education, Belmonte will introduce internet-based education in public schools, strengthen technical and vocational programs for senior high school youth, and establish additional branches of the Quezon City University.
In an effort to solve the city’s housing woes, Belmonte plans to provide affordable rental and rent-to-own options and find ways to address the needs of 188,000 informal settler families living in Quezon City’s danger zones, open spaces, and private properties.
Belmonte will also undertake the restructuring of the Housing, Community Development and Resettlement Department, enabling it to provide faster and better technical services.
Belmonte also promised to empower citizens of every gender and social class by introducing and strengthening anti-discrimination and equal opportunity measures.
As part of her crime-reduction efforts, Belmonte said her administration will strengthen the capabilities of QC’s emergency hotline number and improve police facilities and visibility.
“We will augment our fire and disaster response capabilities with modern equipment and extensive training,” said Belmonte.