Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Monday told national government agencies to avoid wastage of funds and inconvenience to the public.
Belmonte said national government agencies must properly coordinate with the Quezon City government infrastructure projects.
She issued the call after receiving complaints that several national government offices are not properly coordinating their infrastructure projects with the city government.
“Close coordination between the city government and national government agencies would avoid duplication of projects and promote efficient planning and delivery of services for QCitizens, not to mention judicious allocation of public funds,” she said.
“In addition, proper alignment would avoid or minimize any hassle the projects may bring to our QCitizens, especially on traffic flows that may hamper their travel to work, school, or any destination,” she added.
Lawyer Dale Perral, city engineer, said Ordinance No. SP-2939 of 2020 requires all government agencies, offices and government corporations to coordinate with the city government all infrastructure projects whether currently implemented or in the planning stages.
“The ordinance mandates all national government agencies to coordinate with the QC government through a written correspondence indicating pertinent details about the project to the Office of the City Mayor,” he said.
The Office of the Mayor would issue a certificate of coordination to allow the granting of permits, clearances or other documents issued by the city government to any national project.
The city government is looking into the possibility of imposing administrative and even criminal penalties on those who fail to coordinate their infrastructure projects with the city government, pursuant to the National Building Code of the Philippines.