Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista joins QC Police District director P/CSupt. Benjardi Mantele, representatives from QC-based car dealers and QC department heads as they made a pledge of commitment supporting efforts to further improve the city’s crime resolution and efficiency rate during a press conference organized by the city’s public affairs and information services office and the office of city administrator Victor Endriga (4th from left) at the QC Hall Bulwagan. During the press conference, Mayor Bautista announced that the city government would require all establishment owners in the city to install closed-circuit television cameras inside and outside their premises to minimize crime incidence in the city, especially carnapping and kidnapping cases.-30-Maureen Quinones, PAISO
Being one of the leading proponents of the much maligned yet popularly accepted reproductive health bill, the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc. (PLCPD) cannot just be silent and remain in the back seat as the excitement on the issue unfold before us.
Following reports on the result of the recent second dialogue between the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and the Palace, we are happy to know that the Palace has remained steadfast in its earlier position to support reproductive health despite strong lobby coming from the influential anti-RH force.
PLCPD is thankful to the President for holding on to the principles of responsible parenthood. We are glad that P-Noy did not abandon the pact he made with the Filipino people under his “Social Contract with the Filipino People.” During the elections, CBCP dumped P-Noy and made outright endorsements of his rivals, still the Filipino people voted for him, believing that he can be an agent of change.
We are equally happy that P-Noy and his cabinet, despite all the pressures, chose to make responsible parenthood/reproductive health (RP/RH) bill one of the priority bills up for certification. This is already a clear indication that P-Noy will walk his talk as far as RP/RH bill is concerned.
PLCPD stands firm that reproductive health bills pending in Congress contains the same principles that the Palace has presented after its last meeting with CBCP. Indeed, a law on reproductive health is an important component to address poverty. Again, we say, never was the reproductive health bill designed to impose population growth target.
While we remain confident that P-Noy will remain firm on his position, we strongly urge him to certify the bill as urgent, now. We do not want the Filipino people to suffer the repercussion if the enactment of the bill will be delayed for another year or for another Congress.-30-RAMON SAN PASCUAL, MPH, Executive Director, Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc. (PLCPD)
A total of 2,989 agrarian reform beneficiaries of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur, covering 3,238 hectares of farmland, proudly wave their certificate of land ownership awards (CLOAs) during the CLOA distribution rites held recently at the Las Nieves Municipal Gym in Agusan del Norte.-30- Pinky DAR-PAS
Quezon City government has warned pedestrians and motorists on Commonwealth Avenue to strictly observe traffic laws and ordinances, especially on jaywalking and overspeeding, to avoid arrest and payment of fines.
Department of public order and safety (DPOS) chief and former QC Police District director Elmo San Diego said that the city government, on orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista, is now strictly implementing City Ordinance No. SP-282, S-95, otherwise known as the anti-jaywalking ordinance, and the 60-kilometer per hour speed limit on the 12.4 kilometer Commonwealth Avenue .
San Diego said that DPOS and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) personnel will be stationed on the Philcoa to Fairview stretch every day to monitor and apprehend violators of the laws.
He said that the strict enforcement of traffic laws is meant to prevent road mishaps due to driver’s error and pedestrians’ failure to use the appropriate road crossing facilities like the pedestrian overpasses.
Based on DPOS data, there were 124 accidents reported on Commonwealth Avenue for 2010, where most of the victims were killed.
“We are strictly implementing the law to maintain orderliness on the streets as well as to protect and secure the lives of everyone especially QC residents. This is one of our duties as public servants that we must uphold and continue to execute without fear or favor,” the DPOS Chief said.
Earlier, the DPOS during the first day implementation of 60-kilometer per hour speed limit along Commonwealth had already apprehended 27 pedestrians for jaywalking and 42 erring drivers for various traffic violations and 1 for illegal towing.
The number of apprehension was aside from the MMDA-monitored traffic violations under the “no-contact policy” which reportedly reached 300.
Under the no-contact policy, erring motorists caught on tape will receive a notice from the MMDA containing the information on his/her violation such as the time, date and place where the alleged traffic violation was committed, the corresponding fine and a still photo taken from the video showing the driver in the act of violations of traffic rules.
The new traffic scheme allows violators to pay their fine a week after the commission of the traffic violation. If they fail to do so, they will receive a second notice and if they are still not able to settle the case, their names will be placed on the alarm list of the Land Transportation Office and their driver’s license and vehicle registration papers will not be renewed.-30- Maureen Quinones, PAISO
Students, book lovers, and researchers need not go to the main library at Quezon City Hall if a proposed resolution filed by a neophyte lady councilor would be approved.
Councilor Julienne Alyson Rae Medalla of the city’s second district proposed that the city government construct public libraries, the same with the main library, in every district.
According to a survey conducted by the Quezon City Public Library, 77% of the users of the library are students, mostly coming from different public schools in the city. Students who avail of the services at the city public library sometimes have to suffer the additional burden of transportation expenses and time going to the library from their residence.
To increase the access of students and researcher to libraries, the councilor proposed a resolution establishing public library in every district in Quezon City. The establishment of district public libraries will be useful not only to students but to all the constituents in their respective areas, she said.
Councilor Medalla also noted that small libraries in some districts and barangays may not be able to cope with the growing number of library users every year.
At present, there are 19 libraries in Quezon City, including the main library at city hall.
The proposed resolution is in conjunction with the program of the QC Public Library (QCPL) to encourage students and children to read books. Since last year, the QCPL has been conducting puppet shows to catch the attention of students to read books who visit QC libraries in Novaliches, Horseshoe, Escopa II, Project 7, Project 8, Project 4, Payatas and Roxas. The QCPL has 48,000 books available to those who visit the main library and its branches.
Awarded as “The Most Outstanding Public Library of the National Capital Region in 2000,” the Quezon City Public Library serves more than 500 clients every day, most of which are high school students.-30- Maureen Quinones, PAISO.
Children with Special Needs (CSNs) in Quezon City must enjoy equal opportunities with ordinary children in the city by providing facilities that cater to their particular needs like district centers for special education (SPED).
For the benefit of the CSNs, Councilor Jullienne Alyson Rae V. Medalla filed a proposed resolution mandating the city government to establish at least one Special Education (SPED) District Center for each of the city’s four districts to enable children with special needs to fully develop their abilities, talents, and interests.
According to Medalla, a SPED center is a great avenue for CNS to fully develop their abilities to enable them to become more responsible citizens and effective partners of society.
Recently, by virtue of an ordinance approved by the city council on April 2, 2010, Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista ordered the creation of the Special Children’s Board to protect and promote the well being of CSNs in the city.
Ordinance SP-1995, S-2009 provides for the establishment of a sustainable program for special children in the city to ensure that they will have the benefits that an ordinary student enjoys.
Bautista directed the establishment of special coordinating day care centers to make sure that accessible education will be provided to the CSNs and to ensure that a sustainable program for children with disabilities is developed.
An over-all accounting of all special children in Quezon City is to be undertaken in order to determine the CSN head counts and to assess the proportionate student-teacher ratio, and to hire more SPED teachers if needed to fit the total number of CSNs in the city.
Members of the Special Children’s Board include representatives from Social Services Development Department, Public Affairs and Information Services Office, Division of City Schools, Recognized Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and Chairman of the Committee on Education of the City Council.-30- Maureen Quinones, PAISO.