(Metro News) Mayoralty bet outlines plans for QC

December 6, 2009 1:43 am 

MANILA, Dec. 5 -– Former Department of Environment and Natural Resources chief Michael Defensor has committed to enhance Quezon City’s business environment and public services if he is elected as its mayor in next year's polls.

He said meeting these goals is possible since Quezon City has resources needed for such undertaking.

”The city has a P3-billion revenue surplus,” he said at Kapihan sa Sulo forum on Saturday.

According to Defensor, Nacionalista Party's mayoralty candidate, his plans to enhance Quezon City’s business environment include developing the 34-hectare North Triangle area into a financial district.

Such area is bounded by Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), Metro Manila’s main artery, and North Avenue.

”This is critical since the city has commercial sites already like the Trinoma and Shoemart areas as well as Araneta Center but no financial district yet,” he said.

Defensor’s bid to improve Quezon City’s services include plans to develop facilities for a polytechnic university where people can learn skills that are in demand.

”The city is attractive to business so people must be trained for jobs that’ll come,” he said.

Aside from improving health care, he also vowed to address the city’s problem with squatting.

He plans to address this by preventing entry of new informal settlers into Quezon City and by providing housing for those already in informal settlements there.

Addressing this problem on squatting will change Quezon City’s landscape, he noted.

Defensor likewise announced plans of enhancing Quezon City’s recreational and historical areas.

For the Ninoy Aquino Park and Wildlife Center, he said such plans include developing this into one similar to Singapore Zoo.

Quezon Memorial Circle, a popular recreational and historical center, must be beautified further by providing more of facilities needed by people going there, he continued.

”The serenity of the place must be maintained as it is a memorial to the late President Manuel L. Quezon, however,” he added.

Quezon City was named after this president. (PNA)

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