Photo courtesy of Joy Belmonte media group
MANILA, Philippines — Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte is claiming the legacy in public service of her father, former House Speaker and Quezon City mayor Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. as she guns for mayorship in the coming midterm elections.
During his term as Quezon City mayor, the former House Speaker transformed Quezon City into the wealthiest city in the country by providing its residents with livelihood opportunities and other social services. He also managed to improve the city’s road system.
The former Speaker accomplished all of these during the three years of his first term as mayor using only Quezon City’s ample financial resources.
Now as the city’s vice mayor, Joy Belmonte is continuing her father’s legacy with her programs against illegal drugs through the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council which she also heads.
It was also during her watch that the Quezon City Council bagged for the third time the Most Outstanding Local Legislative Award from the Department of Interior and Local Government-NCR.
Vice Mayor Belmonte first showed her commitment to public service when as a fresh college graduate, she served the poor community of Kadingilan, Bukidnon as a volunteer teacher and championed the rights of women.
With former House Speaker Belmonte now retiring from politics, he sees Joy leading Quezon City supported by her credentials and vast experience.
The former Speaker says Vice Mayor Belmonte, if elected as mayor, will prove how capable and ready she is in facing the city’s challenges guided by an unwavering and uncompromising political and moral compass. /muf
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