By Chito Chavez
The Quezon City government has pledged to donate more funds to the regional peace and order council to assist in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Metro Manila residents.
Through Resolution No. 7766-2019 introduced by Councilor Raquel S. Malangen, the Quezon City Council has authorized Mayor Herbert M. Bautista to grant a P10 million financial aid to Regional Peace and Order Council-National Capital Region (RPOC-NCR)
The grant seeks to help the council perform its mandate of crafting policies that promote peace and order in Metro Manila as well as providing venues for the convergence of stakeholders to address public safety concerns.
“The donation of the said amount is necessary to promote and provide support to the Regional Peace and Order Council in the National Capital Region (RPOC-NCR) to attain its mandate and objectives,” the resolution read.
In 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Bautista as RPOC-NCR chairperson.
Under Bautista’s leadership, RPOC-NCR has been cited as one of the best peace and order councils in the country by the President.
RPOC-NCR also hosted the 1st Peace and Order International Summit attended by local and foreign chief executives representing 56 council members in the country and abroad.
Also, the Quezon City Council passed an ordinance authorizing Bautista to sign a deed of donation on five motorcycle units for the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
City Resolution 7562-2018, introduced by Councilor Godofredo Liban II, states that the local government aims to provide assistance to the MMDA in delivering its basic services, such as planning, monitoring and supervision within Metro Manila.
The QC government under the Bautista administration also has consistently cooperated with the MMDA in easing traffic congestion in major thoroughfares through its Department of Public Order and Safety.
Bautista is currently the chairperson of the Metro Manila Mayors’ Council (MMC), MMDA’s governing and policy-making body.