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Three-peat! QC Council is NCR’s best

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For crafting effective ordinances and resolutions, the Quezon City Council has been recognized as the most outstanding local legislative body by the Department of the Interior and Local Government-National Capital Region (DILG-NCR) for the third time.

The recognition, dubbed as the “DILG Local Legislative Award”, is given every three years, corresponding to each council’s term “to recognize the exemplary performance of the Sanggunian in cities and municipalities in crafting measures that help build the foundation of meaningful local administration and development.”

Quezon City also won the same award in 2010 and 2016.

Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor and Council Presiding Officer Joy Belmonte, as well as the Council members, received the plaque of recognition from DILG Director Ana Lyn Baltazar-Cortezin in last Monday’s ceremony at the city hall grounds.

The Quezon City Council has been honored for its exemplary performance on responsiveness to legislative agenda, easily accessible information on approved resolutions and ordinances, legislative tracking system, capability development trainings for the councilors and their staff, and innovations such as the “Batas QC” mobile application.

The DILG cited approved measures by the city government that are firsts in the country and were later copied by other cities and the national government.

“Some of our codes and ordinances lauded by the Department of the Interior and Local Government are the road safety code, traffic management code, dangerous drugs code, responsible gaming ordinance, comprehensive socialized housing code, and fair market values ordinance,” Belmonte said.

“On behalf of the Quezon City Council, I would like to commend Mayor Herbert Bautista for giving us directives that challenged us to work harder,” she added.

The 39-member Quezon City Council will automatically represent the NCR to the national awards for outstanding local legislative. (PNA)