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LTO, PNP nab 12 fixers in Quezon City

Oct 21, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The 12 fixers face charges for violating the Anti-Red Tape law and the Quezon City Anti-Fixing Ordinance, among others

NABBED. The Land Transportation Office, in coordination with the Philippine National Police, has apprehended 12 fixers in Quezon City.

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.

As QC clears 5 barangays of ASF, another case monitored

Oct 18, 2019 - 2:39 PM

Barangay Commonwealth could be cleared of African swine fever by October 18, QC Mayor Joy Belmonte says

ASF-CLEARED. Barangay Pasong Tamo is one of the five barangays cleared of African swine fever. However, two other barangays have yet to complete culling of pigs within their area. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gubat QC: Where nothing goes to waste

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:30 AM

What to expect at Gubat? Recycled interiors and banana leaves for plates – strictly kamayan-only!

African swine fever creeps into more Quezon City barangays

Oct 09, 2019 - 6:10 PM

There are now 5 barangays in Quezon City with confirmed cases of African swine fever

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

Police arrest Quezon City's most wanted

Oct 05, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Jason Serbito is arrested for figuring in 4 carnapping incidents

NABBED. Police nab the most wanted man in Quezon City. QCPD photo

QC, SEAOIL Foundation, SPARK! launch development guide to good GAD governance

Oct 04, 2019 - 6:55 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Since its launch in 2017, LIPAD Pinay has engaged over 50 barangay leaders and empowered 160 women micro-entrepreneurs

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT. Women micro-entrepreneurs with QC Mayor Joy Belmonte and Maica Torres of SPARK! Philippines at LIPAD Pinay Replication Manual Launch on October 4. Photo courtesy of SPARK! Philippines.

It’s UPCAT, ASHAPE weekend! Expect heavy traffic in Diliman-Katipunan area

Oct 04, 2019 - 9:02 AM

The streets around UP and Ateneo are expected to be jammed. Those not taking the entrance exams, avoid the area.

EXAM WEEKEND. UPCAT and ASHAPE test takers should expect heavy traffic this weekend as both exams will be administered on the same days. Photo by Angie de Silva

African swine fever detected in third Quezon City barangay

Oct 01, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Those tested positive for ASF in QC are hogs raised in the backyards of barangays Bagong Silangan, Payatas and Tatalon

THIRD STRIKE. Similar to Barangay Payatas, African swine fever in Barangay Tatalon came from backyard hog raisers.. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

Malasimbo Festival announces first lineup of artists for 2020

Sep 27, 2019 - 7:12 PM

Mike Love, Jesus Molina Quartet, Uncomfortable Science, and Brigada are among the artists slated to perform at the festival's 10th anniversary

MALASIMBO FESTIVAL. The annual music festival celebrates its 10th year at a new, more accesible venue. File photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

All major roads cleared, QC targets obstructions in smaller streets next

Sep 27, 2019 - 1:54 PM

The city government says it will address complaints from netizens, who send photos of sidewalks, streets, and alleys with obstructions

TO BE CONTINUED. Road clearing operations in Quezon City will now move to smaller streets, alleys, and thoroughfares, after removing illegal obstructions from major public roads. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/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

Martial Law museum set to open by 2022

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The Freedom Memorial Museum wll follow the 'brutalist' design that won the contest launched by the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission

Fearing big loss, Payatas hog raisers refuse to surrender livestock

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:55 PM

The proposed P3,000 rate does not sit well with hog raisers because full-grown pigs can be sold for P8,000 to P9,000

NO SURRENDER. Barangay Payatas, Quezon City is home to many illegal hog raisers, some of whom refuse to surrender their pigs for the financial assistance to be provided pale in comparison to the income from their livestock. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DA confirms hogs in 2 Quezon City barangays positive for African swine fever

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:03 PM

The QC government orders the immediate culling of all hogs in backyard piggeries in barangays Bagong Silangan and Payatas

ASF. Backyard hog raiser Julian Gregorio feeds his hogs in their backyard in Greenland in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

New Quezon City police chief vows punishment for errant cops

Sep 17, 2019 - 6:07 PM

This follows the claim of PDEA chief Aaron Aquino that recycling shabu has become 'rampant' within the police force

CRIME PREVENTION. Colonel Ronnie Montejo speaks before the Quezon City Police District at Camp Karingal. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

QC culls pigs, adds checkpoints to help contain African swine fever

Sep 16, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Slaughterhouses and major public markets are also being monitored to prevent the entry of both African swine fever-infected meat and double dead meat

CONTAINMENT. Around 50 pigs from illegal backyard raisers in Barangay Bagong Silangan have been culled as of 4:00pm on Sunday, September 15. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Quezon City to build more community playgrounds

Sep 14, 2019 - 2:20 PM

City Resolution 7889-2019 aims to provide more outdoor space for children and to promote traditional Filipino games

LOOK: Ninoy Aquino monument in Quezon City removed

Sep 13, 2019 - 3:44 PM

City officials say the transfer of the Ninoy Aquino monument to a new site – preferably one named after the late senator – would help ease traffic in the area

A NEW HOME? The Ninoy Aquino monument in Quezon City will be relocated either to the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center or to the Manila Seedling Bank. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

'Temptation Island' actress Deborah Sun arrested in buy-bust operation

Sep 09, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Sun and her daughter Angela are arrested in a joint operation by the QC Police and PDEA

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

Quezon City's quick response programs in the spotlight on Joy Belmonte's 9th week

Sep 02, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Preemptive disaster response measures save the city from massive flooding

ONE STEP AHEAD. QC Mayor Joy Belmonte oversaw declogging operations and vendor registration on the week of August 26-30. Photo courtesy of Quezon City Public Affairs Department

QC mall offers free parking space to help ease traffic congestion

Aug 30, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Jeepneys, UV express vans, and tricycles can now load and unload passengers in parking area of Crossroad Tandang Sora

FREE TERMINAL. Crossroad Tandang Sora mall offered to let public transport vehicles load and unload passengers in their parking space for free. Photo courtesy of Quezon City Public Affairs Department

Oops? QC barangay goofed in releasing cane toads to estero

Aug 29, 2019 - 9:07 AM

A well-meaning barangay captain in Quezon City, who mistook cane toads for bullfrogs, errs in thinking his action can solve the dengue problem in his area. In fact, he likely creates a new problem.

INVASIVE. File photo of a Central American Cane Toad of the species Rhinella marina, previously known as Bufo marinus. Shutterstock.com

'Walang maiiwan': Belmonte addresses QC displacement, traffic, and health in the week of Aug 19-23

Aug 25, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte makes clearing operations sustainable by relocating displaced vendors and barangay halls, allocating more buses, and possibly opening up more tricycle routes

LAHAT UUNLAD. On the week of August 19-23, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte addressed displaced vendors and commuters, among others. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Preemptive measures 'spared QC from Ineng floods' – city gov't

Aug 24, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Dredging and declogging activities ordered by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte 'facilitated the speedy flow of rainwater in QC's drainage system,' says a city official

DECLOGGING. Quezon City's DRRMO says pre-emptive dredging and declogging saved the city from Saturday floods. Photo courtesy of Quezon City Public Affairs Department

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

Aug 21, 2019 - 6:24 PM

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

LEASE UNUSED PROPERTIES. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte asks national government agencies to allow them to facilities in their unused properties to accommodate those displaced by clearing operations. Photo from Quezon City Public Affairs Department

Vice Ganda urges government to create LGBTQ+ bathrooms

Aug 18, 2019 - 2:04 PM

'Kung hindi kami matatanggap, bigyan kami ng CR. Gusto lang po naming umihi at dumumi. Yun lang yun,' says the TV host

Gretchen Diez files discrimination complaint vs Araneta Center

Aug 16, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Gretchen Diez asks the Quezon City Pride Council to conduct a formal investigation into the incident

FORMALIZED. Transgender woman Gretchen Diez held a close door meeting at the Quezon City Hall with the Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte along with the pride council to further discuss the ramifications of the implementation of gender neutral facilities, particularly its restrooms that are non discriminatory to the LGBTQ community. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Araneta-Aurora intersection to close nighttime from August 15 to 21

Aug 15, 2019 - 9:30 PM

The closure will give way to the girder launching for the Skyway Stage 3 project

SKYWAY CONSTRUCTION. The intersection of Araneta Avenue and Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City will be closed for certain hours in August 2019 due to the Skyway Stage 3 construction. Screenshot from Google Maps

Not just mayor, schools: Quezon City barangays can declare #WalangPasok

Aug 15, 2019 - 12:40 PM

The Quezon City government says barangay chairpersons also have the authority to suspend classes and work in their respective jurisdictions

Residents of Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City, on Monday night, Aug. 5, 2019 wade through a knee-deep flood water along AFP Road brought by southwest monsoon due to Tropical Storm Hanna. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tropical Typhoon Hanna s located 815 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan, almost stationary in that spot, with maximum winds of 85 km/h and gustiness of up to 105 km/h. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Fire janitress? LGBTQ+ party calls for SOGIE awareness instead

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:03 PM

LGBTQ+ Partylist points out how the incident shows a need to improve training and education about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in the Philippines

SOGIE. LGBTQ+ Partylist calls for the passage of the SOGIE equality bill after the arrest of trans woman Gretchen Custodio Diez in a protest on Wednesday, August 14. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

What is QC's ordinance against LGBTQ+ discrimination all about?

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Quezon City's 'most advanced' Gender-Fair Ordinance is friendly to the LGBTQ+ community. The city is said to be the first to pass anything like it.

Roman to LGBTQ+: 'Demand from gov't what is due us as human beings'

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman and the Makabayan bloc formally file a resolution seeking a probe into the harassment of trans woman Gretchen Custodio Diez

EQUALITY. LGBTQ+ rights advocates and Representatives Arlene Brosas (L) and Geraldine Roman (center) hold a press conference on August 14, 2019. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Farmers Plaza apologizes to Gretchen Diez, distances from errant employee

Aug 14, 2019 - 5:23 PM

'We hope this isolated incident, clearly a mistake committed by an agency worker not organic to our company, does not define our lasting good relations with all our customers,' Farmers Plaza management says in a statement

DETAINED. Transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez at QCPD Station 7. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Groups to QC gov't: Enforce anti-discrimination ordinance

Aug 14, 2019 - 12:14 PM

An incident of discrimination against a transgender woman in Quezon City triggers calls for change from politicians and businesses alike

Joy Belmonte condemns Cubao mall's disregard of QC Gender Fair ordinance

Aug 14, 2019 - 11:39 AM

This comes after the Farmer's Market mall in the Araneta Center blocked trans woman Gretchen Custodio Diez from using the women's restroom

FIRM STAND. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte condemns the discrimination gainst Gretchen Custodio Diez. Photo by Quezon City Public Affairs Department

Joy Belmonte: Who's 'private organizer' collecting fees from vendors?

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:06 PM

(UPDATED) 200 vendors pay at least P480,000 a month to a company whose administrator could not present a contract nor an updated business permit

ILLEGAL. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte discovers that a private 'organizer' has been collecting fees from vendors under the Luzon flyover without a contract with city hall. Photo from the QC Public Affairs Department

Quezon City court halts EDSA provincial bus ban

Aug 02, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 223 says the controversial bus ban has 'far-reaching effects'

BUSES ALONG EDSA. A Quezon City court has issued a preliminary injunction stopping the implementation of the controversial provincial bus ban. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Haw Haw Milk Candy ice cream exists at The Lost Bread

Aug 02, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Wondering haw this tastes? Head over to The Lost Bread and try a scoop!

Cops arrest, detain NDF members even without valid warrants

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Alexander and Winona Birondo face charges of obstruction of justice and illegal possession of firearms and explosives, which their lawyers have dismissed as 'ridiculous and harebrained'

ARRESTED. NCRPO Chief Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar and Quezon City Police Chief Police Brg. Gen. Joselito Esquivel shows on the TV monitor the alleged members of leftist group who was arrested over obstruction of justice and illegal possession of firearms and explosives. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC stops Quezon City from auctioning off U.P. Technohub

Jul 22, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Supreme Court rules that the University of the Philippines cannot be made to pay taxes for the Technohub property. This exemption does not cover assets acquired under the UP-Ayala Land contract.

NO SALE. Supreme Court rules the University of the Philippines is exempt from real property taxes. Photo from WikiCommons

Joy Belmonte won’t entertain endorsement letters for QC employees’ promotion

Jul 20, 2019 - 9:58 AM

'Lahat po ng gustong magpa-promote o ma-promote, ‘wag po kayong magdala ng recommendation letter sa padrino ‘nyo, at hindi na po kayo mapro-promote kahit sino pa man ang padrino mo,' the Quezon City Mayor announces at a meeting

QUEZON CITY CHIEF. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte addresses the city's Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council on July 19, 2019. Photo from the Quezon City Public Affairs Office Facebook page