Deworming Tablets for Marikeños

The city government of Marikina received de-worming tablets donated by the Rotary Club (RCSFDM) and the Inner Wheel Club of the Philippines, San Francisco Del Monte Chapter during turnover rites held on September 19 in Marikina.

According to Marikina Mayor Del R. De Guzman, the donated medicine contributes greatly in the fight of eradicating worms from inside the body. Healthy children without worms are less prone to diseases.

Through the de-worming project of the RCSFDM, Marikina city has received 30,000 chewable tablets (Mebendazole, 500mg).

Mebendazole tablet is a candy-like medicine which is given to children aged 2 to 18 years old. A single tablet can remove threadworm, hookworm, roundworm, whipworm and tapeworm from a child’s body.

At the moment, the City Health Office is planning to organize programs in distributing the donated tablets to the barangays of the city. It is expected that the distribution of medicines will start on October until November of this year.

1st DELeague Open Invitational Basketball Cup


The 1st DELeague aims to contribute to the promotion of Marikina as The Sports Capital of the Philippines while giving commercial teams, cities, and provinces an opportunity to promote their brand and products.

The participation of former PBA players, namely Nelson Asaytono, Paul Alvarez, Biboy Simon, Kiko Adriano, Marlon Basco, Banjo Calpito and Chad Alonzo will add spice to this exciting league.

The games will be played every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 7-10 in the evening.

MARIKINA: We are ready for 2012 Palarong Pambansa

Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman assured Department of Education (Dep-Ed) officials about the city’s preparedness and commitment to excellence if chosen as host for next year’s Palarong Pambansa.

“We know you won’t settle for second best. So we reiterate our commitment to excellence. We have a legacy to perpetuate,” said De Guzman.

Dep-Ed officials acknowledge Marikina’s strengths contributed to its being shortlisted, “Marikina is multi-awarded city that is cleanest in the metropolis. Its citizens are disciplined, it has unparalleled emergency services, a multi-awarded police force, and is a Galing Pook awardee for local governance.”

De Guzman revealed that more than 90 awards have been bestowed on his city whose pioneering programs continue to be replicated nationwide.

Marikina resonates in discipline, order, and character. Every resident has a story to tell about its metamorphosis and transformation as a city and as a people.

The city boasts of the most seasoned emergency unit that undergoes regular training, seminars, and equipment upgrade to keep it in tip-top shape for any eventualities.

The Marikina Police Force is acknowledged as the best in the East and can be relied upon to keep the Palarong Pambansa 2012 safe and secure. Thus, free of worries, athletes can now concentrate on performing at their best and winning.

The mayor describes Marikina as a clean and green hall-of-famer that maintains cleanliness as a way of life, “A virtual feast for your senses that one immediately notices the differences and distinction.”

De Guzman reiterates that only Marikina can offer visiting athletes the city itself as a classroom and laboratory for hurdling life’s challenges and emerging triumphant in life.

He appeals to Dep-Ed officials to choose Marikina since it has been decades since the Palaro was held in Metro Manila.

Marikina’s bid is in line with its positioning as the country’s Sports Hub.

Marikina offers mobile passport service

The city government of Marikina through the Local Civil Registry (LCR) in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is facilitating mobile passporting services on September 17, 8 a.m., at the Marikina City Hall Quadrangle.

The project entitled “Mobile Passport Service 2011” caters to 300 Marikina residents who can comply with the requirements on a first come, first served basis.

Interested applicants are advised to submit the following requirements: (for new application) National Statistics Office-issued original birth certificate; two valid identification cards; and copy of marriage certificate for married women; and (for renewal) photocopy of expired passport with latest arrival and departure record. Applicants with lost expired passports must submit an affidavit of loss and must present all the documents required for new application. Once accepted, applicants are scheduled for interview on October 15.

Aside from the residents, the project can also accommodate 300 city government employee applicants who are advised to submit requirements on September 14-16.

Mayor Del De Guzman lauded the efforts of the DFA in providing Marikeños the convenience of facilitating their passports. He also advised all interested parties to avail of the offered services.

“This project is a commendable one. We would like to encourage all interested applicants to complete and submit their requirements early,” De Guzman said.

LCR advised that payment for processing fee of PhP 1,200 must be done on October 15. The release of passports will be on November 12.

Every year, an average of four mobile passporting services is conducted by the city government and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

For queries, call LCR at (02) 646-0373.

Marikina sets 4th Mega Job Fair for 2011

Aiming at providing the residents job opportunities to achieve economic independence, the city government of Marikina through the Labor Relations and Public Employment Service Office (LRPESO) will conduct its 4th Mega Job Fair for 2011 on Friday, September 16, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Marikina Sports Park.

The project will open 1,000 jobs to interested applicants for drivers, factory workers, service crews, call center agents, sales ladies, and other positions coming from some 40 companies, local and overseas agencies, manpower agencies, and call centers.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and at least high school graduate.

Mayor Del De Guzman encourages all qualified job-seeking residents to avail of the opportunity.

“With these job fairs, we are able to continuously provide our residents the chance to get a good job, so we invite everyone to grab the opportunity,” De Guzman said.

Further, the LRPESO is currently conducting in-house hiring services for YHMD International Manpower Services Inc., an overseas company that needs 300 service crews and 100 delivery drivers, as well as for the RP Roppean, a manpower agency, which is currently in need of drivers, sales ladies, and office staffs.

LR PESO advises all interested applicants to bring multiple copies of their resume, and to wear appropriate attire during application.

Meanwhile, LRPESO will organize another Mega Job Fair on November 25.

Marikina offers free training on handicraft-making

The city government of Marikina through the Marikina Livelihood Training Center (MLTC) is currently offering free training on handicraft-making using recycled materials.

By promoting recycling, the city encourages residents to reuse environment-friendly materials and create new products from them.

The training is held from Mondays to Fridays, 1-4 p.m. at the MLTC training room at the mezzanine floor of the Marikina Sports Park . It began last September 5 and will end on September 23.

This project was derived by MLTC from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) Green Skills Training.

Mayor Del De Guzman lauded the initiative of MLTC in espousing an environment-friendly project while giving its beneficiaries livelihood opportunities.

“MLTC adopted the program from TESDA to give Marikenyos an alternative source of income while reducing the volume of trash that Marikina produces everyday,” De Guzman said.

Environment-friendly materials are being used for the training. This includes old newspapers, magazines, and even water hyacinths, and shellwood glue, an organic and chemical-free form of adhesive made from plants. It also uses recyclable materials such as sando bags.

The participants are taught 15 different designs of bags, basket, wine casing, and plate trays. They were also given business seminars to help them start on their own businesses.

According to MLTC, training fee for recycled materials handicraft-making is  PhP4,000 in a regular training center. With this, De Guzman encourages all interested parties to enroll in other projects of MLTC.

“I encourage all interested parties to sign up in a livelihood training project like this to help them learn additional skills and earn additional income for their families,” De Guzman added.

Interested parties may call MLTC at telephone numbers (02) 482-7172.

Marikina only city in Metro Manila with fewer dengue cases

Marikina City has the lowest incidence of dengue in the National Capital Region and is the only one that has fewer cases now compared to last year’s.  Mayor Del De Guzman attributes this to the determination of local officials to lick the problem, and the cooperation of its residents to keep their surroundings clean.

According to Dr. Anthony San Juan of Regional Epidemiological and Surveillance Unit- Center for Health Development for Metro Manila (RESU-CHDMM), Marikina has the lowest number of cases in National Capital Region (NCR).

In 2010, 292 dengue cases were reported in the city from the months January to August. But in 2011 of the same period, the number dropped to 245, recording a change rate of -16%.

According to De Guzman, the local government attributed the decrease in the occurrence of dengue to the local government’s focused anti-dengue campaign not only during the rainy season as dengue is a year-round disease.

“We are encouraging all other local government units to prioritize and be consistent in implementing programs that will eradicate dengue in their respective areas,” De Guzman said.

According to Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Honnielyn Fernando, the City Health Office (CHO) conducts a year-round health education campaign focusing on dengue to communities with constant reminder to parents to clean their surroundings especially possible mosquito breeding areas.

In the second quarter of the year, the CHO has met with barangay and city officials, non-government organizations, and school officials regarding their consistency of the campaign against the disease.

Other local government offices are also actively doing their tasks to keep dengue at bay. The City Environmental Management Office (CEMO) takes charge of regular clean-up drives while the City Engineering Office conducts citywide declogging activities to prevent stagnation of water in the passages such as canals.

Moreover, the city government conducts preventive fogging and space spraying in all over Marikina , puts larvicides in canals, and sets Olyset (mosquito repellant-treated nets) in public schools to kill mosquitoes that might carry dengue virus.

According to CHO, Marikina uses up 1,155 liters of fogging chemicals each year as well as 800 liters of larvacide which is jointly funded by Department of Health and the local government.

For suspected, probable and confirmed dengue patients, the CHO also offers free complete blood count (CBC) test and free medicine for hydration and paracetamol.

“We are sharing our anti-dengue practices with other LGUs in the hope that they will benefit from them and challenge them into minimizing dengue in their own backyards” De Guzman added.