QC’s Film Commission
IN A bid to promote Quezon City to be the center of film making in the country, the city government just did the right thing when it starts off with the creation of a body called the Quezon City Film Commission which now focuses on supporting young directors come up with quality independent movies.
True to its goal, the commission chose from among filmmakers at least three young directors, namely, Joel Ferrer, Alvin Yapan and John Torres who became the recipients of the seed production grant of P.8M each that came from the Office of the Vice Mayor through the QCFC.
VM Joy Belmonte, who is on the frontline of the project, says the independent films to be produced by Ferrer, Yapan and Torres will be showcased in major theaters in the city by second half of 2013 through the Film Festival. “What’s special about next year’s QC Film Festival is that it has the direct support of the local government,” says the young vice mayor as she assures the trio that their movies belong to them and not to the city government.
There’s no stopping for Navotas Mayor John Rey Tiangco whose young administration has been receiving numerous recognitions, the latest of which, is the citation from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) which gave it an “excellent rating” for the city’s implementation and obser-vance of Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) of 2007, the highest among the 17 local government units in Metro Manila.
Cesar Schneider, a DILG official, who presents the result to Mayor Tiangco, says the ARTA survey, as stated in Section 10 of Republic Act 9485 or the ARTA Law of 2007, is used to obtain feedback on how the provisions of the Citizen’s Charter are being followed and how the agency is performing.
On January 3, 2012, DILG also cited the city government as one of the first four awardees of the Seal of Good Housekeeping Award in Metro Manila for displaying good planning, sound fiscal management, transpa-rency and accountability and valuing of performance monitoring.
Trash-for-Cash Drive of DENR
The recycling campaign initiated by the Department of Environment and National Resources in close coordination with the Department of Education deserves much support as it goes on a national scale when it partners with the League of Municipalities of the Philippines.
Under the campaign, which targets over 1,500 municipalities, the DENR pushes the National Eco-savers Program in which students from public schools can get benefits such as cash and school supplies for their recycling efforts.
DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje says: “The agreement (with LMP) will serve as a blueprint for upscaling the NEP to the national level to ensure its institutionalization and sustainability down to the municipal level.” The DENR, which has allocated P50-million for the program’s roll-out, is the agency in charge with the DepEd training the teachers and principals in the particulars of the program.