Joy Belmonte, Quezon City, 2019 Newly-Elected Local Officials First 100 Days

Joy Belmonte, Quezon City

QC eyes lease of national gov't properties for displaced vendors, barangay halls

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte says the National Housing Authority, for example, can help by leasing out its unused properties so the city can build markets for former sidewalk vendors

21.8.2019

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte says the National Housing Authority, for example, can help by leasing out its unused properties so the city can build markets for former sidewalk vendors.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte says the National Housing Authority, for example, can help by leasing out its unused properties so the city can build markets for former sidewalk vendors

MANILA, Philippines – Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte called on national government agencies to provide local governments with relocation sites for vendors and barangay halls displaced in the course of implementing theIn an interview after the city's commemoration of Ninoy Aquino's death anniversary on Wednesday, August 21, Belmonte said clearing operations in QC are 83% complete. These operations have led to the demolition of facilities that encroach sidewalks, including barangay halls and vending stalls.

I find that that's not sustainable and you're just adding to the hunger of families," said Belmonte., nakikiusap lang ako na 'yung mga ahensyang ito mag-cooperate din sa local governments if we need to relocate some of our vendors or some of our barangays,"

For instance, Belmonte led the demolition of a barangay hall in Damayang Lagi on August 16. She already had an alternative barangay hall made of two 40-foot container vans that were set up on a property of the Department of Finance. Belmonte had spoken with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, who allowed a long-term lease on the property.

Belmonte said she is also in the process of constructing small, narrow stalls that can be stationed on tertiary roads and barangay roads without causing obstructions. Further, vendors will only be allowed to sell goods during a certain time of the day, when roads are not so busy. –

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