Pay your taxes on time

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Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman reminds all the city’s taxpayers to be prompt in paying their dues such as real property tax or amilyar. 

The statement was made after the City Treasurer’s Office has prepared and made available the Statement of Account (SOA) which is issued to taxpayers in order to inform them of the amount that they will be paying starting January 2014. 

“With the early availability of the SOA, we are hoping that our residents will be able to pay their taxes promptly next year. The tax that we pay significantly helps build the city as it is the main source of funds which the government uses for its programs, projects, and services,” De Guzman said. 

 SOA is now available at Window 64 and Window 65 of the City Treasurer’s Office.

 According to City Treasurer’s Office In-Charge of Office Thelma Quilingking, SOA states the certain amount of tax to be paid by a taxpayer as well as important contact information which enables faster and more efficient coordination between them and the city government.

 Meanwhile, City Ordinance 88, Series of 2010 states that taxes paid in full from the period January 14 to March 31, 2014 shall be reduced by 50%, while taxes paid quarterly shall be reduced by 10%.

 For questions, inquire at the City Treasurer’s Office at the 1/F of Marikina City Hall, or call (02) 382-4183.


Marikina, feeling good about christmas

Marikina Christmas Tree

As part of the Sapatos Festival 2013, the city government of Marikina formally inaugurates the Sapatos Central today (Sept 30). The said one-stop shop sells genuine Marikina shoes at price 30% cheaper compared to their commercial counterparts.

The inauguration was spearheaded by Vice Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz and other city officials, along with guests of honor, veteran morning show hosts Winnie Cordero and Ariel Oreta.

“Sapatos Central sells quality Marikina shoes known for durability, comfort and affordability. These shoes are made by 48 shoe companies that joined this year’s shoe festival. We guarantee the caliber of these footwear products since they undergo strict quality check,” Cadiz said.

Aside from the shoes on sale, Sapatos Central features a 20-feet giant Christmas tree adorned with 315 shoe lasts as main embellishment.

Themed “I Feel Good!”, the Sapatos Festival 2013 likewise launched today its Shoe Caravan and Mega Shoe Sale to Metro Manila local government units (LGUs) and neighboring towns. It visits Valenzuela City today (until Oct 2). It is also set to visit the following LGUs: Malabon City (Oct. 3); Antipolo City (Oct 4-6); Caloocan City (Oct 7); Navotas City (Oct 8); Quezon City (Oct 9-10); Pasig City (Oct 11); Taguig City (Oct 14-15); Pateros (Oct 16-17); Muntinlupa City (Oct 18); San Juan (Oct 21-22); Manila (Oct 23-24); Pasay City (Oct 25); Paranaque City (Oct 28-29); Las Pinas City (Nov 4-5); Makati City (Nov 6-7); and Mandaluyong City (Nov 8).


Marikina kicks off yearly sapatos festival


With the success of Marikina City’s shoe festival in 2011 and 2012, the city government of Marikina will again stage the said celebration this year.
The Sapatos Festival 2013 themed “I Feel Good!” which runs from September 16 to December 30 features an array of exciting activities prior to its festival week on November 11-15. One of these activities is the opening of the first leg of the Mega Shoe Sale at the Eastwood City Walk Plaza on Saturday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Gracing the occasion are guests Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Department of Trade and Industry National Capital Region Director  Ma. Grace Soller, and actor Dennis Trillo.
Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman who will lead the ceremonial rites invites everyone to join the festivity and support the local shoe industry.
“Marikina’s footwear products are known for durability, comfort and style. We bring them to your localities during the duration of the shoe festival, so we encourage everyone to avail of our products sold at very reasonable price,” De Guzman said.
Mega Shoe Sale will also be opened in Lucky Chinatown Mall (Sept 28-29), SM City Marikina (Oct. 19-20), and Sta. Lucia East Mall (Oct. 26-27). Metro-wide Shoe Caravan will also be opened from September 30 to November 8 at different Metro Manila cities and municipality.

Sapatos Festival 2013 will be formally opened on Monday, September 16, 8:00 a.m.with the inauguration of Patio Del Zapateros, a one-stop shoe shop located inside the city’s cultural zone (along J.P. Rizal Street, beside Shoe Museum and across Our Lady of the Abandoned Church). It sells genuine Marikina-made shoes at price 30% cheaper compared to counterparts sold in commercial establishments.


Marikina Police nabs robber who raped dentist

Arrested was robbery with violence and rape suspect Jerome Villareal after casing, surveillance, and stake out operations in Bagong Nayon 1, Antipolo City on September 4.

The manhunt operation came about as a result of the robbery-holdup of Michael Caguiat y Fernandez along JP Rizal, Sto. Niño, Marikina. Caguiat identified Villareal as his perpetrator from the Rogue’s Gallery shown to him by police. The Station Intelligence Branch of Marikina PNP spearheaded the operation which resulted into the arrest of Villareal in Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Antipolo City.

Prior to his arrest, Villareal was already facing before the Prosecutor’s Office in Marikina City several cases filed against him such as robbery with rape, robbery-hold-up, robbery, carnapping, and violation of RA 6539. Subsequently, PNP-Marikina identified Villareal as cohort of Edwin San Juan y Lucero who is tagged as the No. 1 Most Wanted Person of Marikina City Police Station. Presently, authorities are conducting continuous follow-up operations for possible arrest of other cohorts of Villareal.

Marikina hailed for ‘zero leptospirosis’

Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman lauds the prompt action of the City Health Office (CHO) in order to keep leptospirosis at bay after the recent onslaught of southwest monsoon in the city.
According to City Health Officer Dr. Alberto Herrera, the city has recorded zero leptospirosis case.
“We consider this a success since riverside communities in seven of the 16 barangays of the city were submerged by flood water when Marikina was hit by Habagat yet we managed to keep our city leptospirosis-free. We attribute this to the prompt action of the CHO that immediately distributed Doxycycline prophylaxis in the evacuation centers as well as informational flyers about the said disease,” De Guzman said.
CHO distributed Doxycycline prophilaxis to 2,436 individuals from the period August 21 until the 30th.
Leptospirosis is a disease that affects the kidney and causes death when not immediately treated.

Marikina readies for rainy season

Rescue 161In preparation for the coming rainy season, Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman reminded the city government offices of the importance of readiness of equipment as well as city government personnel for any eventualities the season may bring.

With this De Guzman, ordered an inventory of rescue equipment which the city may use in times of flooding and disaster. He likewise reminded the personnel of Marikina City Disaster Risk-Reduction Management Office (MCDRRMO) and Rescue 161 to continuously conduct drills and exercises in order to further improve their disaster management and response capability.

“All disaster-related offices should be ready for any eventuality,” De Guzman said.

The city has an array of water rescue equipment such as rubber boats, PVC boats, polyethylene rescue boats, speed boats, rescue ram, life ring buoy, rescue cans, night vision binoculars, vibrascope victim locator system, wet suits, and many other tools which can be used to save lives.

Along with the instruction, De Guzman ensured readiness of the city’s rescue personnel particularly in the area of water rescue. Personnel of MCDRRMO and Rescue 161 are regularly undergoing water rescue skills exercise on a weekly basis.

In addition, the City Engineering Office regularly conducts declogging operations of the waterways through manual and mechanical procedures. In 2012, it declogged waterways in 211 streets (29,747 meters) using manual procedure, and 174 streets (22,754 meters) using mechanical procedure. In the first quarter of 2013, it declogged the same in 56 streets (7,755 meters) and 45 streets (5,650 meters) using manual and mechanical procedures respectively. The type of garbage Marikina recovers from its waterways includes plastic bags, plastic wrappers, dilapidated pieces of furniture, Styrofoam, and other debris from neighboring localities that pass through the Marikina River and other creeks.

In line with this, De Guzman calls for the participation and cooperation of everyone to help prevent flooding.

“Marikenyos continue to be disciplined in disposing of our garbage. It is those coming from our neighbors that is causing us a lot of problems,” De Guzman added.