QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista has approved a measure for a P1 increase on admission fees in cinemas for the benefit of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and National Scouting Month in October.
Bautista signed Ordinance No. 2725 authored by District 1 Councilor Elizabeth Delarmente to support the Boy Scouts’s developmental programs and foster leadership among the youth.
The additional P1 on all admission fees in cinemas in the city shall be used to fund the city’s Boy Scouts’ activities and programs, the ordinance states.
“Prominent among the activities and series conducted by the BSP-Quezon City Council are those geared towards the promotion of the moral, spiritual and physical well-being of the youth; the development of sports and livelihood, and; assisting in the promotion of the environment and waste management program and community development of the city government,” the ordinance read.
The city is home to 11,361 registered Boy Scouts.
Meanwhile, with three areas in Quezon City identified as having a high concentration of street children, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte on Wednesday proposed a care center for them modeled after the Kuya Center for Street Children.
She visited the Kuya Center, a 27-year-old facility in Cubao, and said she wanted to put up a similar facility since the local government still has no provision to care for street kids.
Belmonte said the welfare of the city’s children must be one of the priorities of the city government, which needs to allocate more resources and manpower to care for street kids.
“I dream one day that there will be no child suffering poverty and working for his or her family,” she added.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development identified Kalayaan Road, Barangay E. Rodriguez and Quezon Avenue as three out of 10 areas with the highest concentration of street children in Metro Manila in 2015.
At the same time, the city council passed humane relocation plan for informal settler families.
The 37-member city council passed City Resolution 7528 for the approval and adoption of the formulated relocation and resettlement action plan for the informal settlers under the local inter-agency committee’s Likas program.