Increase production revenues in Quezon city needed – Belmonte
Although Quezon City (QC) is constantly running among the best revenue generating cities, The Mayor, Joy Belmonte, said there was much room to improve to raise the city's income per head. "Many say we are the most wealthy city with a P18.5 billion budget and then we even passed a supplementary budget of another B6 billion. But we must remember that those are in absolute terms, not the head , "she explained in a recent news briefing. "If you're talking about the head, we're not a wealthy city at all. We have a lot more people," said Belmonte. Although QC is usually compared to the city of Makati, the latter has almost the same budget as QC but only a fraction of the city in terms of population and size. "We have 3.1 million people and we are one fourth of Manila Metro, so in other words, we can not talk about income in absolute terms, but we have to talk about it in terms of size and demography of a city." In terms of total assets, QC has been called the country's richest city for many years. However, in the COA report for 2017, Makati QC said the richest local government unit. Despite the close figures of Quezon City and Makati, the Makati population of 588,894 compared to QC is almost three million, according to the 2015 census. Meanwhile, QC is a land area of 165 square kilometers versus 27 square kilometers Makati.