More good, green jobs for ‘QCitizens’ by 2030 – Belmonte

More good, green jobs for ‘QCitizens’ by 2030 – Belmonte

October 29, 2022 @ 3:31 PM 1 month ago

QUEZON City Mayor Joy Belmonte has joined world leaders in calling for a common effort to create 50 million good, green jobs by the end of the decade during the C40 World Mayors Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“Quezon City’s vision of a liveable, green, and sustainable city is centered on building an economy that ensures equitable access to environmental goods now and in the future. We believe that creating jobs that sustain a healthy environment provides equal benefits to nature and people, especially the marginalized.”

The city’s food security program, Grow QC, has provided relief to help residents recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and build resilience through nutrition and employment schemes, she said.

Grow QC, which was also one of the 2022 C40 Cities-Bloomberg Philanthropies awards finalists, has established 337 urban gardens and 10 model farms that created a livelihood for 4,119 urban farmers, 258 displaced workers and 298 vendors and jeepney drivers.

Through the initiative, idle lands were also converted into productive, green, urban farms that reduce carbon emissions as well as empowers the next generation of urban farmers who were previously earning minimal or zero income.

C40 Cities Executive Director Mark Watts has commended Mayor Belmonte for spearheading the program.

“Mayor Belmonte has shown us the job she has created: converting idle land into urban farms in Quezon City, bringing healthy food to the table for the families when Covid lockdown had affected supplies. From 1,400 jobs, Mayor Belmonte told me that there are now 15,000 jobs. So I guess it is the kind of inflation that we like,” Watts said.
QC bags various awards from PCCI, DTI

The city government, meanwhile, has received awards from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) for providing exemplary service to businesses in the city through efficient and convenient processes.