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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte tests positive for COVID-19

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:10 AM

The mayor reports feeling no symptoms. Her office and common areas in Quezon City Hall are being disinfected.

ON THE FIELD. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte leads the launching of its own mobile community testing unit and Hospital on Wheels at the City Hall on  June 29, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Anti-terror bill one step away from House final approval

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:07 PM

Lawmakers are bent on ratifying the bill into law before Congress adjourns on Friday, June 5.

Quezon City proposes 'transition to GCQ' until May 31

May 09, 2020 - 7:46 AM

The proposed period entails the introduction of strict health measures for businesses and possible localized ECQ in barangays with high COVID-19 cases

46 individuals were apprehended outside of their residence by the QC-DPOS in Barangay Tandang Sora, Quezon City, on April 23, 2020, for violation of RA 11469 or the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Quezon City allows loan facilities for poor to operate during lockdown

Apr 25, 2020 - 4:52 PM

These establishments, as well as credit cooperatives, pawnshops, and e-money issuers, are allowed to deploy a skeleton workforce

People line queue at a pawnshop in Quezon City on April 1, 2020, as some resort to pawning whatever valuables they have to purchase food and other needs amidst the enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] A letter from Kit Belmonte to late community leader Helen Tolentino

Apr 24, 2020 - 11:40 AM

'Ang dami naming pinagsamahang laban nina Helen.... Together we fended off land grabbing and land scamming syndicates, community fires, and even local drug pushers.'

Citizen sounds alarm over dirty QC quarantine facility

Apr 23, 2020 - 5:16 PM

Mayor Joy Belmonte vows better service after finding out about a trash-strewn bathroom and confusing protocols in a Quezon City testing center

QC Quarantine Facility shared bathroom. Photo by Mark Anthony Toldo

Joy Belmonte orders liquor ban in Quezon City

Mar 27, 2020 - 9:43 AM

Under Executive Order No. 24, all persons and establishments are not allowed to sell or distribute liquor, wine, beer, or any other alcoholic product within the city

12 QC barangays now under 'extreme enhanced community quarantine'

Mar 24, 2020 - 1:53 PM

There are at least 62 coronavirus cases in Quezon City

QUARANTINE. Residents of Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City line up to get a home quarantine pass. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Coronavirus patients sent home as PH hospitals reach limit

Mar 22, 2020 - 4:37 PM

'In an ideal situation, all COVID positives should be in an institution, or institutionalized in a hospital, but the problem is that there's really a lack of bed spaces in all our hospitals now,' says Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte

ISOLATION. Quezon City General Hospital health workers prepare the isolation tent for person under investigation with suspected CONVID-19, amid the rise of cases of the virus in the country on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte's Wikipedia page defaced with insults, sexist remarks

Mar 20, 2020 - 6:44 PM

The malicious edits refer to her allegedly tepid response to the coronavirus outbreak

WIKIPEDIA DEFACEMENT. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte's Wikipedia page is plagued by numerous malicious edits. Photo from Joy Belmonte's Facebook page

No total lockdown in Quezon City? Belmonte says police lacks manpower

Mar 19, 2020 - 11:30 AM

In a city with the most number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines to date, only 2 barangays are under extreme enhanced community quarantine

NO LOCKDOWN YET. Quezon City Health workers disinfect the surroundings of a barangay in District 1. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

QC gov't places two barangays under 'heightened community quarantine'

Mar 18, 2020 - 6:16 PM

Barangay Tandang Sora and Barangay Kalusugan have 3 coronavirus cases each

EXTREME LOCKDOWN. Quezon City Health workers disinfect the surroundings of a barangay in District 1 amid a rise of coronavirus cases in the country. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Belmonte imposes 8 pm to 5 am curfew in Quezon City

Mar 15, 2020 - 7:28 PM

The curfew hours will be effective starting Monday, March 16

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE. Quezon City Health workers disinfect the surroundings of a barangay in District 1. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Quezon City declares state of calamity due to coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020 - 6:12 PM

Under a state of calamity, the city's 142 barangays may be able to access their Quick Response Fund

STATE OF CALAMITY. Quezon City General Hospital health workers prepare an isolation tent for a person under investigation for coronavirus. File photo by DARREN LANGIT

Quezon City boosts quarantine measures during coronavirus lockdown

Mar 13, 2020 - 12:53 PM

Apart from intensifying contact tracing, the city government is also converting empty establishments into isolation rooms

CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS. Quezon City Health workers disinfect the surroundings of a barangay in District 1 as coronavirus cases rise in the country. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Belmonte confirms 5th coronavirus case in Quezon City

Mar 12, 2020 - 9:26 AM

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte says a private hospital confirmed that the 26-year-old patient was carrying the virus, but was reportedly told to go home because the hospital could not accommodate him

NEW CASE. The Quezon City government trained barangay first responders on measures in dealing with coronavirus. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

QC trains health workers, volunteers vs coronavirus

Feb 29, 2020 - 6:53 PM

More than a hundred health workers and volunteers from 20 barangays in Quezon City have been trained, so far

Photo from Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office

Belmonte allows MRT7 aboveground construction to continue in Quezon City

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:24 PM

The mayor lifts the cease and desist order after proponents revise the design so that the train system will no longer ruin the site of the Quezon Memorial Circle

BACK TO WORK. Stakeholders inspect the construction works of the unfinished MRT7 facilities. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

#Women2020 summit celebrates Filipina changemakers of the next decade

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Press release: The summit aims to spark conversations on the intersectional issues that women in the Philippines and Asia are facing

Joy Belmonte backs ABS-CBN, cites 'long-standing relationship' with QC

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:10 AM

'Aside from being one of our city’s top taxpayers, ABS-CBN employs thousands of our city’s constituents,' says Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte

SUPPORT FOR ABS-CBN. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte says thousands of her constituents would suffer if ABS-CBN's franchise will not be renewed. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Belmonte: No sanctions for supermarkets with ASF-tainted meats

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte is set to issue an executive order to prevent ASF-tainted meats from entering supermarkets

NO SANCTIONS. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte defended two supermarkets who were found to have ASF-tainted meats, saying they were cooperative with the local government. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Quezon City designates 180 zones for fireworks use, displays

Dec 29, 2019 - 3:52 PM

A team of barangay officials and volunteers will man each zone

COMMUNITY FIREWORKS DISPLAYS. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte encourages the public to enjoy the fireworks displays sponsored by the city government across the city. File photo by Ben Nabong

Quezon City assists 80 street dwellers during Christmas

Dec 27, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The city government also helps 6 Aeta families return to their hometowns

REMINDER. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte says rescued street dwellers were sent back to their hometowns and warned against violating the city's ordinances on mendicancy. Photo from Joy Belmonte's Facebook page

Quezon City Hall employees to get salary raise in 2020

Dec 23, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Mayor Joy Belmonte says over 4,500 employees will get higher salaries by the second quarter of 2020

SALARY INCREASE. Quezon City Hall employees will have higher salaries by the second quarter of 2020. Photo from Wikimedia

Quezon City targets zero new HIV cases by 2030

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:18 PM

The city government increases to P12 million the allocation for its HIV program in the 2020 budget for treatment and virus containment

GET CHECKED. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte and Vice Mayor Gian Sotto, along with city councilors, got tested for HIV as the city government launched the Zero at 2030 campaign. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

QC children's agenda will address mental health, LGBT discrimination

Nov 29, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Other items on the agenda include bullying, teenage pregnancy, and sexual harassment, among others

NEW CHILDREN'S AGENDA. The children of Quezon City identified emerging issues that will be included in the city's governance agenda, such as mental health and LGBT discrimination. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Quezon City allocates nearly half of 2020 budget to social services

Nov 27, 2019 - 4:07 PM

'We are balancing between growth of the city and the welfare of our people,' says Assistant City Administrator for Finance Don Javillonar

GROWTH AND WELFARE. The Quezon City government, under the leadership of Mayor Joy Belmonte, is now putting the prime on social services instead of infrastructure. Photo from Quezon City Public Affairs Department

No ‘Christmas moratorium’ for QC street vendors – Belmonte

Nov 18, 2019 - 5:30 PM

'They cannot always insist on what has been customary in the past when there is a directive from the national government that we are bound to uphold,' says Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte

EMBRACE CHANGE. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte urged street vendors to be open to alternatives to their displacement apart from a 'Christmas moratorium'. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

MMDA, QC gov't shut down Baliwag bus depot along North Avenue

Nov 06, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The city government will develop a 'matrix' to determine the validity of all the bus terminals' documents

CLOSED. The Baliwag Transit bus depot along North Avenue was shut down by the MMDA and the QC Government after it was discovered that they had fake documents. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Belmonte calls for sectoral, responsible water use amid interruptions

Oct 25, 2019 - 8:42 PM

Water augmentation will not be necessary yet, say water concessionaires

CONSERVE WATER. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte urges stakeholders and constituents to implement a sectoral approach in conserving water, which involves appropriate water collection and recycling methods and handling illegal connections and leaks. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

These women are not just wives

Oct 24, 2019 - 2:00 PM

We should report on them as persons with their own accomplishments

Second-in-command no more, Joy Belmonte reshapes the Quezon City ideal

Oct 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM

‘If you have a mayor who faces head-on the problems of the people and provides solutions, which barangay official wouldn’t be inspired and motivated to do the same?’

Joy Belmonte shuts down illegal massage parlor disguised as spa

Oct 19, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte says city officials and police are closely monitoring '99 other spa establishments' in the city

CLOSED. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte closed down Dragon Spa along E. Rodriguez for operating without a business permit since 2018, and violating the Expanded Anti-Trafficking Act of 2012.

Challenges of local governance we don’t always see

Oct 17, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Which, by the way, also present challenges in reporting

Panelo's alternative reality

Oct 11, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Plus the mayors' 100-day milestones

Joy Belmonte asks council for P27 billion for 2020

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Belmonte's proposal is 30% higher than this year's budget, which she plans to fund building new houses for the poor, new classrooms, night market venues, and walkable sidewalks

MORE IN STORE. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte laid out several proposals in line with traffic and transport management, social services, automation of process and more for her constituents. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: QC Mayor Joy Belmonte's first 100 days

Oct 07, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Belmonte cites improved delivery of social services and ease of doing business in her first 3 months in office

100 DAYS. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte delivers her first State of the City Address on October 7, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SPOTLIGHT ON CITIES 2019: The First 100 Days

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:00 PM

How new leaders are shaping and empowering communities

Guess who's on Viber?

Sep 25, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Because metro woes are overwhelming

METRO WOES. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, urban planner Paulo Alcazaren, and QC Mayor Joy Belmonte join the panel discussion on making the metro more livable during the 2019 Social Good Summit at the Yuchengco Hall in DLSU on Sept 21. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Belmonte leads demolition of QC police precinct

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Primary roads, secondary roads, and Mabuhay lanes in Quezon City are now 95% cleared

NO EXCEPTIONS. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte led the demolition of La Loma police community precinct 1 on Tuesday, September 24. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

#2030Now: To make metro areas more livable, mayors need urban planners

Sep 24, 2019 - 9:41 AM

Aside from a rail-based mass transport system, urban planner Paulo Alcazaren also points out the need for pedestrian systems

HIRE URBAN PLANNERS. Practicing urban design consultant Paulo Alcazaren believes traffic is not the problem, rather, it is the lack of an integrated, comprehensive mass transport system. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Leksyon ng SGS: Lifestyle change ang simula

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:22 AM

7 years of Social Good summits is just the start. Our global, collective action is key

Metro Manila mayors use Viber group to coordinate class suspensions

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:44 AM

(UPDATED) Communication helps them collaborate by understanding each other's problems

VIBER GROUP. Aside from coordinating class suspension, Viber also let Metro Manila mayors have 'chismis' amongst themselves. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Belmonte warns: Traffic will get worse before it will get better

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:57 PM

In Quezon City alone, Joy Belmonte says 4 big-ticket infrastucture programs will be constructed simultaneously

BE PREPARED. Quezon City Joy Belmonte tells constituents to adjust their lifestyles in line with upcoming simultaenous constructions that will worsen traffic. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Belmonte, Moreno asked: Does Metro Manila need an elected governor?

Sep 21, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The MMDA chairman is a presidential appointee who coordinates with 17 elected metro mayors

Social Good Summit 2019, Yuchengco Hall, De la Salle University, September 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pangilinan, Belmonte stay on as LP leaders

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:30 PM

It takes the Liberal Party's leadership 4 months to issue the resolution affirming support for two of its key leaders who wanted to resign after the May elections

STILL TRUSTED. LP president Kiko Pangilinan (R) and secretary-general Kit Belmonte (L) will get to retain their posts in the once-ruling party.

On 11th week as mayor, Joy Belmonte visits London for panel on HIV

Sep 16, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Meanwhile, issues regarding the demolition of illegal security structures await Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte back home

LONE ASIAN MAYOR. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte speaks at the Fast-Track Cities 2019 Conference as the only Asian mayor selected for the high-level panel. Photo from Joy Belmonte's FB

What Metro Manila mayors are doing to employ more locals

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Despite its reputation for being a land of employment, Metro Manila continues to register one of the highest unemployment rates in the Philippines

PASIG CHIEF. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto talks with traffic enforcers in his city. Photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook page.

Belmonte backs renaming La Mesa Ecopark after Gina Lopez

Sep 04, 2019 - 8:10 PM

The Quezon City mayor recalls her last team-up with the late environmentalist: the rehabilitation of the Salam Compound in Barangay Culiat into a tourist destination

GINA LOPEZ ECOPARK. Environmentalists called to rename the La Mesa Ecopark after Lopez to honor her legacy. Photo grabbed from Joy Belmonte's FB page

Belmonte to probe QC official's relative nabbed at city hall for alleged extortion

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The relative is allegedly caught receiving Php175,000 from an establishment inside an office at city hall

CITY HALL ENTRAPMENT. Mayor Joy Belmonte says there is no space in QC for corruption and taking advantage of other people. Photo courtesy of Quezon City Public Affairs Department