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Mayor Joy Belmonte inducts new officers of the People’s Council of Quezon City

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmont has administered the oaths of office of the interim executive committee officers of the People’s Council of Quezon City.

This is expected to pave the way for greater participation of Quezon City residents in local governance.

The PCQC would be the umbrella arm of the 2,232 civil society organizations accredited by the city government and would see to it that the latter’s programs address the needs of residents.

“Ang People’s Council ang magsisilbing mata, tenga, at boses ng mga mamamayan sa ating pamahalaang lungsod. Malaki ang maitutulong ng kanilang kasanayan sa pagbuo ng mga programang dapat at nararapat para sa mga residente,” Belmonte said in a statement.

Belmonte recently signed the implementing rules and regulations of the Participation, Accountability, and Transparency ordinance that seeks to strengthen and institutionalize the system of partnership of the local government and its constituents.

The ordinance was ratified in 2009, but it was only recently that the measure was enacted.

Belmonte said it was important to partner with the people to ensure good governance.

“Ang tunay na malinis at tapat na pamahalaan ay kapag kasangga ang mga mamamayan sa pamamahala. Ngayong mayroon nang PCQC na makakatuwang ng pamahalaang lungsod, makaaasa ang mga QCitizen na ang bawat piso at sentimong nanggagaling sa kanilang buwis ay mapupunta sa mga programang makabuluhan at makatutulong para maitaas ang antas ng pamumuhay ng bawat residente,” she said.

The PCQC could sit in the city’s task forces and committees through its elected representatives and join deliberations as well as the conceptualization and evaluation of projects.

PCQC members include representatives from various sectors, including business, women, PWDs, urban poor, LGBTQIA, labor, the youth, the academe, senior citizens, vendors, and religious groups.