Vice Mayor: Hon. Ma. Josefina G. Belmonte
Vice Mayor: Hon. Ma. Josefina G. Belmonte

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Kanina lamang ay ginanap ang graduation exercises walongpu’t siyam (89) na guro mula sa iba’t ibang pampublikong paaralan dito sa Quezon City na nagsipagtapos ng Animation and Programming sa Korea-Philippines Information Technology Training Center (KPITTC) para sa  pagsasakatuparan ng 2016 K-12 / Senior High School Program.

Ginanap ang training ng mga guro noong April-May ngayong taon. Ang mga guro lamang na nagtuturo ng IT ang napiling ipadala ng Division Office para umaten sa nasabing IT training. Ang itinuturo sa seminar ay mula sa basic hanggang sa most-complicated. Ang tinuro sa mga IT teacher ay Animation. At ang mga nagtuturo sa kanila ay talagang nagtuturo ng Animation at nagtatrabaho din bilang mga Animator kaya alam nila ang mga preliminaries at ginagawa talaga ng mga Animator.

“Actually hindi naman siya computer eh, it’s more on drawings about a characters, how you will be able to work on a character na nagmo-move.” Sabi ng isa sa mga grumadwayt kanina.

Ang pagtetraining ng mga guro ay walang bayad, sagot lahat ng Division Office kasama ang Quezon City Government.

Nagpasalamat si Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte sa mga tao, sector ng gobyerno, pampubliko at pribadong ahensya na sumusuporta at naging dahilan o naging daan sa pagkakasakatuparan ng KPITTC. (Lynne Pingoy)


The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) today, June 16, 2015
destroyed P205.37 million worth of dangerous drugs.

“Destroyed were a total of 119,690.9 grams (119.6909 kilograms) of
assorted pieces of drug evidence composed of methamphetamine
hydrochloride, or shabu, cocaine, marijuana, diazepam or valium,
alprazolam and expired medicines,” said Undersecretary Arturo G.
Cacdac, Jr., Director General, PDEA.

The destruction was held at the Integrated Waste Management, Inc.
(IWMI), Barangay Aguado, Trece Martirez City, Cavite.

Based on the record and consolidated report of the PDEA Laboratory
Service, these considerable volume of illegal drugs and expired
medicines were properly turned-over and endorsed with corresponding
documentation to PDEA by other law enforcement agencies like the
Bureau of Customs (BoC) and Regional Trial Courts (RTCs) in the cities
of Antipolo, Las Piñas, Makati, Malolos, Mandaluyong, Manila,
Parañaque, Pasay, Quezon City and Valenzuela; and in the provinces of
Batangas, Nueva Ecija and Rizal, for destruction.

Among the illegal drugs destroyed through thermal decomposition were
44,506.5 grams of shabu worth P178,026,000; 4,526.9 grams of cocaine
worth P27,161,400; 3,554.7 grams of marijuana worth P177,735; 2.8
grams  of valium worth P108.50; and 67,100 grams of alprazolam and
expired medicines.

Thermal decomposition is the process by which various compounds are
broken down into single units by the application of heat wherein
reconstruction of the substances is impossible.

Key officials of PDEA and other law enforcement agencies,
representatives from the Department of Justice, the Dangerous Drugs
Board (DDB), the Pubic Attorney’s Office, Non-Government Organizations
(NGOs), media and the guest speaker during the ceremony, Police Chief
Superintendent Theresa Ann Cid, Director of PNP Crime Laboratory,
witnessed the destruction activity.

Cacdac said that the destruction of the dangerous drugs is in
compliance with the guidelines set on the custody and disposition of
seized dangerous drugs required in Section 21, Article II of Republic
Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and DDB
Regulation No. 1, series of 2002.(Mr. Glenn J. Malapad, OIC, Public Information Office, PDEA)


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Two suspected drug group members and a drug pusher were arrested by combined anti-narcotics agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police during separate implementation of search warrants in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur on June 16, 2015. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. identified the suspects as Rhealiza Oco y Parel, alias Rea, 36 years old, a member of Iking Drug Group and a resident of San Julian Sur, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur; Frankie Ramos y Cirilo, 38, a member of Casin Drug Group and a resident of Barbar, San Juan, Ilocos Sur; and Hipolito Paa y Abarquez, 46, residing in San Julian, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. On June 16, 2015, at around 5:00 am, combined elements of PDEA Regional Office 1 under Director Adrian G. Alvariño, Vigan City Police Statio, San Juan Police Station, Ilocos Sur Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (ISPAIDSOTG), Ilocos Sur Provincial Public Safety Company (ISPPSC), Region 1 Intelligence Unit, and Region 1 Intelligence Division implemented three separate search warrants against Oco, Ramos and Paa. The search against Oco yielded three pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu weighing eight grams, 10 pieces of opened transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu residue, improvised glass tooter, one improvised burner and assorted drug paraphernalia. Seized from Ramos were 15 pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu weighing 2.5 grams and P5,680.00 cash in various denomination. Confiscated from Paa were eight pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet of suspected shabu, assorted drug paraphernalia and assorted ammunition. Oco and Paa will be charged for violation of Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 12 (Possession of Equipment and Other Paraphernalia for Dangerous Drugs), Article II of RA 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. An additional charge will be filed against Paa for violation of RA 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act). A case for violation of Section 11, Article II of RA 9165, will be charged against Ramos.(Mr. Glenn J. Malapad, OIC, Public Information Office, PDEA)

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Generally successful was how the Quezon City disaster risk reduction management council assessed the conduct of the July 30 shake drill at the QC Hall grounds as QC’s participation in the metro-wide earthquake drill organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority.

Using the July 30 activity as template, QC now plans to institutionalize the conduct of earthquake drills in the city at least twice a year to raise public awareness and muscle memory on disaster preparedness.

If plans do not miscarry, the city is planning to conduct a city-wide earthquake drill the last quarter of the year at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

Mayor Herbert Bautista, together with National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Joel Pagdilao and QCDRRMC action officer Elmo San Diego, supervised the July 30 activity at QC Hall.  Prior to his appointment as NCRPO chief, Pagdilao was QC Police District director.

Aside from QC Hall, pocket drills were also conducted at Eastwood City, Veterans Memorial Hospital, Novaliches District Center and at SM and Trinoma malls, all in Quezon City.         Eastwood City in Barangay Libis hosted the biggest pocket drill.           Meanwhile, secretary to the mayor Tadeo Palma supervised the pocket drill at the Novaliches District Center.

During the July 30 activity, emergency responders from the QC department of public order and safety, QC Fire Department, health department, social services development department, engineering department and QC Red Cross demonstrated their rescue and response capabilities to highlight the city government’s continuing effort     to provide the necessary emergency response services to city residents, especially in case of an earthquake that could emanate from the West Valley Fault.

“Hindi po biro ang faultline.  Before in denial po tayo  pero ngayon kailangan po natin ang ganitong mga exercise para matiyak ang ating kahandaan,” San Diego said.

After the drill, San Diego said the city’s DRRMC will be conducting a gap analysis to address what are still lacking in the city’s disaster preparedness plan.

Meanwhile, Mike Marasigan, officer-in-charge of the disaster control division of the DPOS disclosed that the city government has considered procuring water tankers and purifiers to ensure that potable water shall be provided to city residents during emergency situations.  Under the city’s plan, each of the city’s six districts shall have water treatment facility.

Earlier, Mayor Bautista called for a massive participation of all stakeholders in the July 30 metro-wide earthquake drill which was organized by the government to test the implementation of national and local contingency plans for emergency situations, including earthquakes.

Among those being mobilized by the Mayor are the city’s 142 barangays, public and ,private schools, commercial establishments, people’s organizations, non-government organizations, government and private hospitals, churches, government offices, media organizations and other community-based institutions.(Maureen Quiñones, PAISO)

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The rich became richer and the poor became poorer

Kinondena ng grupong GABRIELA ang naging ulat ni Pang. Benigno Aquino III sa kanyang huling State of the Nation Address (SONA) ukol sa benipisyong naidulot ng programang Conditional Cash Transfer sa mahihirap nating kababayan.

Ani ni GABRIELA lawmaker Luzviminda Ilagan, ang pagmamalaki ni P-Noy sa naturang programa ay paraan lamang upang pagtakpan ang mga alegasyon ukol dito. Sa kabila ng katotohanang ang badyet na inilaan para sa CCT program ay puno diumano ng korapsyon.

Sinabi pa ni Ilagan, sa findings na inilabas ng Asian Development Bank (ADB) halos 19 billion sa 62 billion na kabuuang badyet na inilaan para sa Conditional Cash Transfer Program ay hindi napunta sa mga mahihirap nating kababayan. At noong December 2014, naglabas ng report ang Commission on Audit tungkol sa pagkakabigo ni Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman na isalaysay kung saan napunta ang may nasa 1 bilyong badyet ng kanyang ahensya.

He refused to take accountability for the rise in poverty and refused to see the worsening state of joblessness and hunger while repeatedly harping about the low-impact yet loan-heavy Conditional Cash Transfer program. Masakit sa tainga pero tiyak na mas masakit ang dinaranas ng maraming mga nanay at kababaihan na patuloy na naghihirap sa ilalim ng limang taong panunungkulan ni Aquino”, pahayag nina GABRIELA lawmakers Luzviminda Ilagan at Emmie de Jesus habang sinusundan ang State of the Nation Address ng Pangulo noong nakaraang Lunes, Hulyo 27, 2015.

Matapos ang limang taong panunungkulan ni Pang. Aquino at ng programa ng CCT, nasa may 25.8 milyong Pilipinong pamilya pa rin ang nabubuhay na nasa estado na below poverty line. Sa halip na mabawasan ay mas dumami pa daw ang bilang ng naghihirap sa bansa.

Pinuna rin nina Ilagan at De Jesus na ang yaman ng sampung pinakamayamang Pilipino sa bansa, na nakinabang sa Aquino’s Private-Public Partnership Program ay trumiple ng 250%. Mula sa ₱650 billion noong 2010 ay lumaki ito ng hanggang sa ₱2.2 trillion ngayong 2015.

Dagdag pa nila, ang mga mahihirap ay lalong naghihirap at ang mga mayayaman ay lalong yumayaman. (Freda Migano)


Quezon City government has bagged another international recognition for implementing enhanced tax mapping system or the eTAXMAPS in its real property taxation by using Geographical Information System (GIS).

QC was among 100 countries in the world that were given special achievement in GIS (SAG) recognition at the 2015 Esri User Conference  in San Diego, California, USA last July 22. The award was received by QC Information and Technology Development Office (QCITDO) head Reynald Paul  Imjada.

The prestigious award is given to user sites around the world in recognition of their outstanding work with GIS technology. A total of 100,000 organizations around the world were included in the selection process.

The eTAXMAPS project of QC under the stewardship of Mayor Herbert M. Bautista aims to integrate and synchronize updating of parcel tax maps vis a vis the land tax records. It targets to give better graphical overview of the overall tax situation of the city through the use of geospatial technology and imageries. It more particularly enhances the capability for discovery, appraisal and assessment of undeclared, misclassified and unaccounted properties, thus, a sound and reliable income projection for the city.

City Assessor’s chief Rodolfo Ordanes said that increased operational efficiency in the city assessor’s office was attained due to the project that now translates to improved tax collection in terms of real property taxation.

Ordanes said that due to the eTAXMAPS project, the complexities in PIN assignment and property location – comparing the existing tax map with  QC real property assessment and taxation systems (QCRPATS) database — were more or less addressed.

“Inconsistency in tax declaration such as misdeclared/undeclared lots and improvements is solved through the enhanced procedures that are now implemented in all 142 barangays in the city,” Ordanes said.(Maureen Quiñones, PAISO)

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About 100 mothers will troop to the city-owned Quezon City General Hospital (QCGH) on August 5(Wednesday) to donate their breast milk.

The milk gifting activity dubbed as “ Alay na gatas ko, sagip sa buhay mo,” a project of the QCGH management, led by hospital director Josephine Sabando, is one of the events lined-up for the celebration of the Breastfeeding  Awareness Month.

QC Mayor Herbert M. Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte will lead city hall officials in the opening rites of the event at QCGH  5th floor SB Hall around 8 am on August 5.

Aside from the milk donating activity, breast pumps will be turned over to seven (7) QC Health Department Lying-In Clinics to encourage more breastfeeding mothers to donate their breast milk to babies in need especially those in critically-ill condition.

Included among the lying-in clinics that will serve as milk depots are the  San Francisco Lying-In, Batasan Hills Lying-In, Betty Go Belmonte Lying-In, Murphy Lying-In, Kamuning Lying-In, Arsenio  Maximo Lying-In, and Sta. Lucia Lying-In.

The breast milk that will be donated will be processed in the so-called pasteurization procedure before it will be dispensed to babies.

At present, QC has 500 breastfeeding support groups, composed of volunteers from different barangays that are willing to assist mothers who encounter problems in breastfeeding their babies.

Hepa – B screening for patients with no Hepa – B test will also be conducted during the QCGH event especially for mothers who want to donate breast milk. This is aimed to reduce the health risks from donated milk.

The city-owned and operated hospital launched last March the QC breast milk bank project as a way of reducing the infant mortality rate in the city.

The establishment of the QC milk bank is an offshoot of an ordinance principally authored by Councilor Ally Medalla in 2012. The milk bank under the ordinance shall be operated on a non-profit basis but minimal processing fee shall be charged to cover for screening, processing and administrative costs. The ordinance is in accordance with Republic Act 10028, otherwise known as the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009.

The QCGH is offering incentives for those who will be breast milk donors, in the form of free hospital service, depending on the amount of donated breast milk. For instance, a 500 ml breast milk contributed entitles a donor to a free consultation at QCGH.

Mayor Bautista is supportive of the breastfeeding program, recognizing its importance in promoting nutrition for babies, especially those born with conditions associated with prematurity. He wants to bring the breastfeeding program to the city’s health centers and all of the 142 barangays.

The QC government operates a breastfeeding station within the city hall compound as part of the city’s campaign to promote breastfeeding among mothers and even in workplaces. It also encourages all establishments in the city, including business establishments like SM department stores, to provide breastfeeding stations for their employees and visitors.(Maureen Quiñones, PAISO)


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