MANILA, Philippines — The voice of Quezon City citizens will now be widely heard as the City Mayor, Joy Belmonte, recently signed implementing rules and regulations of City Ordinance SP-1942, S-2009 or the Participation, Accountability, and Transparency (PAT) Ordinance that strengthens and institutionalizes the system of a partnership of the local government and its constituents.
Belmontes also led the recent oath-taking of the interim executive committee officer of the city’s People’s Council.
“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.”Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte
(The People’s Council will serve as the eyes, ears, and voice of the people in our city government. Their skills will go a long way in developing the right and appropriate programs for the residents.)
The People’s Council of Quezon City (PCQC), which serves as the “umbrella arm” of 2,232 city-accredited Civil Society Organizations (CSO), will work with the local government to ensure that every program or policy is indeed responsive to the needs of QC people.
After its ratification in 2009, it was only during her administration that the PAT Ordinance was fully enacted.
“Sa loob ng 13 taon, hindi naisakatuparan ang batas na ito na sana nagpatatag na ng pagtutulungan ng pamahalaan at mamamayan. Kasi kapag meron nang PCQC, mas mabusisi ang lahat ng proseso, mula sa pagpaplano, sa pagba-budget, hanggang sa pagsasakatuparan ng programa,” Belmonte said.
(For 13 years, this law, which would have established cooperation between the government and the people, has not been implemented. Because when there is a PCQC, all the processes, from planning, and budgeting to the program’s implementation, will be scrutinized.)
Belmonte also announced the launching of the PCQC on her Twitter.
Under the IRR of the ordinance, the PCQC can sit in the city’s local special bodies (task force, committees, etc.) through their elected representative, whose expertise is in line with the bodies’ target sector.
They will participate in all the committee’s deliberation, conceptualization, and evaluation of projects.
PCQC members include representatives from sectors of Business, Professional, Women, HomeOwners Associations, Persons-with-Disabilities, Urban Poor, Solo Parents, LGBTQIA, Cooperatives, Charitable/Socio-Civic, Social Justice/Peace and Order, Health and Sanitation, Academe/Education, Youth, Labor/Workers, Transportation, Senior Citizens, Socio-Cultural, Environmental/Urban Protection/Solid Waste, Livelihood/Vendors, Religious. The city also plans to add Muslim or Bangsamoro, Sports, and Media in the represented sectors.
They will also conduct research, have a data bank for sectoral concerns, and document community initiatives in development. Their research will be considered in the identification and development of the city’s programs and projects.
PCQC will serve as the city’s lobby group on behalf of its members and networks. They will also assist the city government in informing their sectors about the city’s initiatives that address concerns that affect their rights.
“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.”Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte
(The true clean and honest government is when the people are involved in governing. Now that there is a PCQC that can work with the city government, QCitizens can expect that every peso and cent that comes from their taxes will go to meaningful programs that will help raise the standard of living of every resident.)