(Metro News) Housing is main thrust of QC govt

December 30, 2010 11:23 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 30 – Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista said on Thursday the pro-poor housing program will continue to be his flagship project in the next two and a half years.

Speaking at a Rizal Day commemorative gathering at the QC Hall, Bautista disclosed that he instructed secretary to the mayor Tadeo M. Palma to push through in 2011 and beyond his administration’s housing plans and other projects for the poor.

Earlier, the mayor had pointed out that any meaningful development plan for Quezon City must highlight the thrust of saving the city’s poor and other constituents from disaster.

“This accounts for the urgent need for the housing and resettlement of 26,974 informal settler-families living in danger zones along the waterways,” he said.

Some of the accomplishments of the Bautista administration during its first six months in office were:

— The QC Science Interactive Center became the latest addition to facilities put up by the QC government to give QC public school students the competitive edge in science education over their counterparts in the private schools.

The science center, considered as the country’s first interactive science laboratory, features eight learning centers composed of seven laboratories and an exhibit gallery where fourth year high school students will have a better understanding of the many branches of science, especially physics, being the core science curriculum in the senior year.

— On orders of Bautista, meat inspectors from the city health department intensified their monitoring efforts to rid the city of unsafe meat, especially in the Balintawak area, which had been identified as a distribution center for “hot meat” from nearby provinces, such as Bulacan and Nueva Ecija.

The mayor is for the transformation of the Balintawak area into a state-of-the-art meat and agricultural produce trading post to help improve the deteriorating economic activity in the area.

Bautista also announced he would set aside P500 million for the modernization of the city’s day-care and health centers. He hopes to achieve a 70 percent to 80 percent completion rate of the plan before his three-year term ends in June 2013.

The plan includes construction of additional health and day-care centers in the city’s 142 barangays to further strengthen the foundation in the delivery of basic health services and early education among pre-schoolers, especially among urban poor communities.

The city government has partnered with the Philippine Heart Center for a program of providing free medical care and assistance to QC residents, including city hall employees, for a five-year period.

There will be a P10-million yearly allocation to implement the program, which highlights the city government's continuing commitment to enhance the delivery of basic services to its constituents, especially the underprivileged. (PNA) scs/JCA

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