Quezon City is the largest city in the National Capital Region. We’re almost 1/3 of the NCR. We have a population of 2.93 million. The administration of our mayor, Mayor Herbert Bautista, has initiated all of our efforts based on three pillars: one, effective and responsive governance, two, reduction in the destruction of the environment. And of course, safety and security. Towards these ends, we have instituted the city’s green building code ahead of the national government. Therefore, a construction of new buildings must be done in a clean manner. There is a rating system. We follow the international ratings system for green buildings.
We are also have energy extraction facilities on our old dump sites. They produce around 600Kw of energy, which is used by the facility and the rest is sold privately. Through working through public-private partnerships to build our waste-energy facility, we are increasing our energy capacity. In terms of environmental protection, the Environment Department is promoting the reuse and adapting of electric vehicles. We have also established a command and control system where we control the rollout of our CCDB network, both for disaster response and for security and traffic management.
Regarding our “smart initiatives,” we have established a smart payment system for property and business taxes. We’re on our fourth tier of setting up mobile payments of taxes. We have just begun to accept online payments for taxes. Correct me if I’m wrong, but we’re also the only city in the Philippines that has issued official electronic receipts. So, when you pay your taxes, everything can be done online.