QC TO HOST PHL EARTH HOUR  


Quezon City has been chosen by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) – Philippines as official partner for the hosting of the country’s Earth Hour celebration on March 28 (Saturday) at the Quezon Memorial Circle .

During the celebration, lights adorning the QMC pylon will be turned off for an hour starting at 8:30 p.m. as QC joins key cities all over the world for a one-hour no-lights activity.

Mayor Herbert Bautista will lead city officials during the ceremonial switch off.

Aside from the pylon, the city government, on orders of the Mayor, will also be switching off the streetlights at the QC Hall compound, and along Elliptical Road , Visayas Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue , to highlight the city’s participation in the Earth Hour initiative.

The Mayor also enjoined business establishment owners, especially mall owners, to support the lights out activity.

Barangay officials, students from the city’s division of city schools as well as city residents will also be enjoined to participate in the one-hour environmental campaign, said city administrator Aldrin Cuña.

The office of the city administrator is coordinating the city’s participation in the Earth Hour initiative.

Meanwhile, the EPWMD will be conducting a free photography workshop on March 28from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in support to the Earth Hour celebration.

Participants shall be given the opportunity to apply what they have learned during the workshop by documenting the event at the QMC.

The first Earth Hour took place in 2007 in Sydney , Australia as a statement of support for a united call for action on climate change and energy conservation.

 

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QC BARES WINNERS FOR MOST GENDER-SENSITIVE OFFICE


Quezon City’s Gender and Development Resource and Coordinating Office (GADRCO) will award the winners for the most gender sensitive QC hall departments/offices during the flag raising ceremonies on Monday (March 30) as part of the city’ celebration of Women’s Month.

Award recipients include QC’s Administrative Management Office (AMO), City Assessor’s Office, City General Services Department (CGSD) and the Engineering Department.

The screening committee chose this year’s winners based on the programs, projects, and activities being implemented to promote equal opportunities to all.

The Gender Mainstreaming Award for the Best Department forms part of GADRCO’s gender advocacy and mainstreaming program.  It was initiated by the city government to ensure that gender equality is observed by city hall employees as they perform their duties as public servants.

A cash reward amounting to Php 50,000 will be shared by this year’s winners.

Constituting the screening committee are assistant city administrator   Marcial V. Flores; Prof. Yolanda G. Ealdama, Deputy Director of the Center for Women Studies, UP Diliman; and Virginia S. Clavel, from the Department of Interior and Local Government.

During the occasion, the city government will also present certificates and cash awards to the winners of the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) essay writing contest, for both   teacher and student categories.

Winners for the Teacher Category are: 1st Prize; Nerissa G. Vitug of Novaliches High School , 2nd Prize; Roland P. del Rosario from Judge Feliciano Belmonte Sr. High School and 3rd Prize; Cesario G. Britanico of Maligaya High School .

For the Student Category:  1st Prize; Mapuri T. Sularte of Ramon Magsaysay Cubao High School, 2nd Prize; Florence Nelita Anne Afable of Judge Feliciano Belmonte Sr. High School and 3rd Prize; Christine Joy O. Valenzuela of  Ramon Magsaysay Cubao High School.

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QC EMPLOYS 350 STUDENTS THIS SUMMER


The Quezon City government is employing 350 students this summer vacation to provide them an opportunity to earn money to finance part of their school needs.

Dubbed as “Hanapbuhay 2015,” Mayor Herbert M. Bautista said that the employment of poor but deserving youth forms part of the city government’s goal of curbing joblessness in the city.

Under the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) or  the Summer Job Program 2015, Mayor Bautista said that student-trainees will be tapped by the city government and deployed in different offices in cityhall and barangays to do clerical, field, monitoring and survey work.

A student-trainee will receive P9,320 as salary for 20 days of work based on prevailing  minimum wage of P466 per day. Sixty percent or P5,592 at P279.60/day of the salary will be funded by the QC government fund, while forty percent or P3,728 at P186.40/day will be funded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Education is a priority program of the Bautista administration. SPES, which started in 1993, is one of QC government vehicles for ensuring that even the poor but deserving youth will have access to good education.

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QC BRACES FOR HOLY WEEK, PREPARES PUBLIC SAFETY MEASURES


There will be no Lenten break for Quezon City’s traffic and rescue personnel.

On orders of QC department of public order and safety (DPOS) chief Elmo San Diego, all traffic and rescue personnel of the city will be placed on alert mode starting Monday, March 30, to ensure public safety during the observance of the Holy Week.

As provided under the DPOS chief directive, the city’s traffic personnel shall be mobilized to complement the police and traffic management force that will be deployed by the QC Police District and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) during this period.

 

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 The city’s rescue team, on the other hand, shall be mobilized to respond to any emergency situation that may arise during the observance of the Lenten season.

DPOS traffic operations center chief Dexter Cardenas said the city’s traffic personnel will be mobilized to help provide order in securing provincial bus terminals and other passenger holding areas located in Quezon City.

Quezon City plays host to several provincial buses terminals plying Southern Luzon – Quezon City routes and vice versa such as Tritran, JAC and JAM Liners along Kamuning Road and those plying Northern Luzon – QC routes and vice versa such as Baliwag, Victory, Partas, Dagupan, Five Star and the Dominion Bus Lines in the Cubao area.

 QC traffic enforcers will also provide traffic assistance to pilgrims and churchgoers during processions and ‘Visita Iglesia.”  DPOS has enlisted the support of the city’s barangay public safety officers for maintaining peace and order in QC during the Lenten break.

QC MULLS ADDITIONAL ANIMAL BITE CLINICS


A Quezon City councilor is looking into the possibility of establishing satellite treatment centers for victims of animal bites in the city.

In a resolution, Councilor Jessica Castelo-Daza, a doctor by profession, cited the move as imperative to decongest animal bite cases reported at the city health department, which to date, is the only animal bite center maintained by the QC government. “It would be more convenient if patients will no longer have go to QC Hall to have themselves treated, and instead go to satellite treatment centers that will be established in their respective districts,” said Councilor Daza. Super health centers operating in a particular district can also operate as a satellite bite treatment facility, the councilor said.

Meanwhile, the animal bite center maintained by the QC government at the city health provides two free post-exposure treatments to victims of animal bites in the city.  According to city veterinarian Dr. Maria Ana Cabel, the animal bite center at City Hall accommodates about 100 patients a day.

Dr. Cabel reported that stray dogs continue to remain as the major transmitter of rabies.  In 2014, the veterinary office recorded 25 animal rabies cases.  Of the city’s six districts, District II had the most number, with 8 cases.  In terms of barangays, Batasan Hills registered the most number of cases, with 4.

To date, the city veterinary office, on orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista, has been conducting a year-end mass vaccination program as part of the city government’s continuing effort to make QC a rabies-free community

This year, the city health department, through the veterinary office, has set aside more than P2 million for the purchase of rabies vaccines. In addition, some members of the city council are also providing support for the purchase of these vaccines.

The city’s rabies elimination program also includes the castration and neutering of dogs and cats.

Aside from the QC Hall bite center, the city also maintains an impounding area in Payatas for dogs, cats, fowls and other domestic animals which are left unattended in QC public places.

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1ST QUARTER FIRE CASES REACH 279 IN QC


The Quezon City Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has reported that the city experienced 279 fire cases during the first quarter of the year, 121 of which happened this March as the nation observed Fire Prevention Month.

Fire Prevention Month is an annual nationwide observance aimed at raising the people’s awareness of the need for safety precautions in order to prevent fires. The QC government strictly enforces ordinances that require all residents and business establishments to comply with fire prevention rules.

According to the BFP’s report, lighted cigarette butts thrown on highly combustible materials and faulty electrical wiring are the 2 most common causes of fires. Unattended electrical gadgets, octopus connections, open fires, unattended cooking stoves and lighted candles or “gasera” are also main causes of fire incidents.

Ironically, despite the government’s awareness program, fires, due to carelessness, still happen – turning several establishments and houses all over the country (especially in Metro Manila) into ashes. Especially vulnerable to incidences of fire are slum areas, where houses are built close to each other and haphazardly constructed, tapping into illegal connections.

In the 279 fire cases, according to BFP, 6 firefighters were injured, 4 civilians died and 19 injured and the estimated total damage was almost Php 17 million.

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QC APPROVES MORE BENEFITS FOR SOLO PARENTS  


Good news for solo parents in Quezon City .

Mayor Herbert Bautista has signed into law an ordinance that will provide them with additional benefits and privileges.

Earlier, Mayor Bautista called for a review of Republic Act 8972, or the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000, to help provide more opportunities for advancement and improvement to all solo parents in the country.

According to Mayor Bautista, a review of the law is necessary to address the growing concerns of solo parents, including PWDs, who are also living as solo parents.

“It has been more than 10 years since the passage of the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act.  I believe it is about time that we propose some amendments to it and Quezon City shall take the lead,” the Mayor said.

As provided under the city’s newly-signed ordinance, the additional benefits will cover, among others, the provision of a comprehensive package of social development services, educational and housing benefits and medical assistance, to highlight the city government’s continuing commitment to support and promote the interests of solo parents in Quezon City .

For social development, livelihood development services and seed capitalization through micro-credit program shall be provided by the city’s Sikap-Buhay Entrepreneurship and Cooperative Office (SBECO) while employment placement facilitation shall be extended by the QC Public Employment Services Office (PESO).

Under the ordinance, solo parents shall be included by PESO in its priority group for job placement.

Meanwhile, the city’s Social Services Development Department (SSDD), which keeps a registry of solo parents in Quezon City , shall provide regular counseling, crisis management, spiritual enrichment and referral for legal assistance and medical care.

Expanded delivery of social services to QC solo parents also includes the provision of parental leave of not more than seven working days every year to any solo parent-employee who has rendered service of at least one year.  The grant of the additional seven-day parental leave, which shall be non-cumulative, shall be extended by the city in addition to the leave privileges provided under existing law.

In terms of educational benefits, scholarship programs shall be provided by the city to qualified solo parents and their children in institutions of basic, tertiary and technical/skills education.

As provided under the ordinance, the QC Division of City Schools, TESDA-QC , QC Polytechnic University and the Scholarship and Youth Development Program (SYDP), shall facilitate the provision of educational benefits to solo parents in the city.

Meanwhile, the city’s Housing, Community Development and Human Resettlement Department (HCDHRD) and the Housing and Urban Renewal Authority, Inc. (HURA), shall give allocation and provide liberal terms of payment for solo parents for their low-cost and resettlement programs.

However, solo parents applying for housing benefits must meet the qualification criteria for housing assistance under Republic Act 7279, otherwise known as the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA).

Delivery of essential health packages to solo parents shall be implemented through the QC General Hospital, QC Health Department and barangay health centers.

The newly-approved ordinance was principally authored by Councilors Alexis Herrera, Julienne Alyson Rae Medalla, Racquel Malangen, Lena Marie Juico, Candy Medina and Allan Benedict Reyes.

From June 2003 to June 2014, the city’s SSDD has registered some 10,855 solo parents in QC.  Of the total, 10,375 are women.

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