By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has cited President Duterte for signing the National Commission of Senior Citizens (NCSC) law.
Recognizing the needs of the elderly, Belmonte said the law will facilitate the city government’s delivery of services of the senior citizens in their twilight years.
Belmonte has reiterated that one of the priorities of her administration is geared towards uplifting the services provided to the elderly.
By doing this, Belmonte said that endless lawful benefits will be enjoyed by the elderly as she recognized the value of their contribution to the city’s progress in particular and nation-building in general.
Included in her 14-point agenda is to give utmost aid and benefits to the city’s senior citizens, citing the plan to establish a ‘mini’ city hall that will cater to their needs in each of Quezon City’s six districts.
Belmonte’s vision and plan earned praises from First District Councilor Victor Ferrer Jr., a staunch supporter of senior citizens.
Through the scheme initiated by Belmonte, Ferrer said the delivery of basic public services not only to the elderly but also to the populace will be further strengthened.
Meanwhile, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) lauded Barangay Tatalon for its efforts to resolve traffic woes in its thoroughfares.
“This is an example that you might want to adopt,” DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III said, referring to Tatalon’s barangay ordinance that only allows one-side parking in certain streets.
Tatalon’s Barangay Council passed the measure after exhaustive consultative meetings with residents hailed an example of participatory governance.
Densing reminded the Metro Manila mayors of President Duterte’s directive during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday to “reclaim all public roads that are being used for private ends.”
The DILG also urged the city mayors to ask their respective city councils to review their local traffic management codes.
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim also advised the mayors to start the cleanup of national roads in their areas of jurisdiction.
Lim also urged them to document the ‘before and after’ situation of the streets.
For her part, Belmonte has directed the QC Department of Public Order and Safety, Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department and the Market Development and Administration Department to clear the city’s sidewalks of obstructions, including illegally parked vehicles, unauthorized tarps, and illegal vendors.