Marikina readies for November 1

In observance of the annual All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day commemoration, the city government of Marikina will be implementing traffic rerouting scheme in order to prevent congestion of major thoroughfares due to the volume of people that are expected to visit Loyola Memorial Park and other cemeteries in Marikina on October 30 to November 2.

Starting 12n.n. of October 30, the local government will implement a one-way traffic scheme on the stretch of A. Bonifacio Avenue where the only vehicles to be allowed passage are those going to Marikina City from Quezon City. Motorists going outside Marikina though Quezon City are advised to take Marcos Highway via Gil Fernando Ave. or Old J.P. Rizal Street. The one-way traffic scheme will end on November 2 at 12n.n.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Marikina advises people not to bring prohibited items such as liquor, pointed objects like knives, playing cards or any object used in gambling, firearms, radio, and videoke/karaoke machines to the cemetery.

In case of emergencies, the city government will deploy several emergency assistance teams at the Loyola Memorial Park and other cemeteries. This includes PNP-Marikina,  Rescue 161, Office of Public Safety and SecurityCity Transportation Management and Development Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, and City Health Office.

According to Mayor Del De Guzman, this re-routing plan has used for the past fifteen years and has been proven effective.

“We hope that the public will continue to support and follow the scheme to avoid inconveniences and problems during the celebration.” De Guzman said.


Major changes to Marikina’s Christmas Tiangge

Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman announced four major changes to its Christmas Tiangge or night bazaar this year in terms of its location, organizers, product mix, and rental price.

From the Marikina River Park, the city government transferred the tiangge to the Central Parking Area fronting the Marikina City Hall.

It will also be organized by the local government itself instead of private organizers which was done in the previous years.

For this year, 60 of the 506 tiangge stalls are allotted for locally made products.

“The original objective of the trade is to promote Marikina-made products to customers from outside so their money is infused into the local economy,” De Guzman said, adding that what happened in the past was the other way around — the money of Marikenyos were taken by outside retailers and siphoned out of Marikina.

The stall rental is also 40-45% cheaper compared to previous years. For the whole duration of the night bazaar, rental for each stall is PhP50, 000 for Marikina products and PhP55, 000 for non-Marikina products.

The night bazaar will be open from October 28, 2011 to January 6, 2012.

De Guzman said the threat of the river overflowing and the accumulation of trash and garbage in the river are primary reasons for the transfer of the tiangge to the central parking area.

“It was terrible to see garbage from the night bazaar floating along the river so we had to move it to avoid further degradation of the river.

The City Council is supporting the said move through an ordinance initiated by Councilor Susana Magtubo.

Another benefit is residents can now use the Marikina River Park and its jogging and biking lanes, skating rink, flower beds and tree planting pockets, picnic grove, camping ground, and playground during the Christmas Season.

Marikina gets two new fire trucks

The local government of Marikina recently bought two powerful fire trucks to further enhance the city’s capability to battle fire and other calamities.

The fire trucks were officially turned over to the Marikina’s Bureau of Fire Protection last Monday, October 17, during the employees’ and officials’ flag raising ceremony.

A fire truck will be stationed on each of the two districts of Marikina . One will be placed at the Barangay Parang Fire Station while the other will be at the Central Fire Station in Barangay Sta. Elena.

“It is a terrible experience to be a fire victim. It leaves a scar in one’s psyche. Thus, we should do everything possible to stop fire as soon as it starts,” De Guzman said.

Meanwhile, as the Christmas season is approaching, De Guzman reminds the residents to be careful in buying and using Christmas lights and decorations as these are the most usual cause of fire during the season.

It is recommended to limit the use of Christmas lights and avoid keeping them turned on during the whole night so it will not cause overheating and short circuits.

Moreover, residents are warned about buying cheap and substandard Christmas lights. It is advised to look for the Philippine Standards (PS) and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) marks.

“It would be better if the residents only buy Christmas lights that have been checked by the government. The residents’ cooperation on this would help keep the Christmas season peaceful and disaster-free,” De Guzman added.

Marikina to celebrate Horror Week

Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman invites everyone to come and join in the staging of Marikina City’s Horror Week 2011 from October 24 to 30 at the Plaza de los Alcaldes, Marikina City Hall Compound.

Themed “Katakut-takot na Katatakutan-Ikalawang Yugto”, Horror Week features different activities where everyone can participate like the Halloween Costume Parade, Freaky Dance Craze, and the Fright Night.

The Halloween Costume Parade is the highlight of the celebration, which will be held on October 28 at the Freedom Park. The contest has categories “Supernatural/Scary”, “Bloody/gory”, and “Futuristic/Alien/Fantasy”, where kids, adults and groups can participate.

The weeklong activities feature Fight Night where free showing of famous horror films will be held starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Plaza de los Alcaldes. This will be shortly followed by the Freaky Dance Craze (a monstrous and ‘spook-tacular’ horror dance contest) which shall be participated by a group with 7 to 10 members showcasing their dancing skills in horrifying/scary attire and music.

“We will continuously make programs for the Halloween so our residents can have fun and enjoy during this season,” De Guzman said.

The Horror Week is prelude to the Marikina Christmas celebration dubbed “Dito Exciting Lagi ang Pasko 2” which the city will be holding from October 24, 2011 to January 15, 2012.

For registration and more information, call 942-2359 or 475-4719.


Marikina shoe moving on

Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman

Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman reported that sales generated by their Shoe Caravan continues to increase as they visit different cities in Metro Manila to promote quality Marikina-made shoes.

The Shoe Caravan is an activity in line with the celebration of the Sapatos Festival in Marikina which runs from October 3 to November 18. The festival aims to revitalize the shoe industry in the nation’s Shoe Capital.

During the first week of the Shoe Caravan, the shoe manufacturers from Marikina grossed Php2,365,762.00 in sales. Meanwhile, they grossed an amount of Php3,091,089.00 in sales on the second week. If the trend continues, sales per city visited is expected to rise in the following weeks as awareness spreads.

“The results are very encouraging. The participating shoe manufacturers are happy especially since their sales continue to increase each time,” De Guzman said.

The mayor thanked the mayors of Valenzuela, Malabon, Navotas, Caloocan, Taguig — the cities visited by the Shoe Caravan since most of them ordered shoes from Marikina to be given to their employees.

The shoe caravan will also visit Pateros, Muntinlupa, San Juan, Manila, Pasay, Paranaque, Las Pinas, Makati, and Mandaluyong.

During De Guzman’s term as the Congressman of District II in Marikina, he authored the Republic Act No. 9290 otherwise known as the “Footwear, Leather Goods, and Tannery Industries Development Act” which encourages people to support, promote and encourage the growth of small and medium enterprises belonging to Footwear, Leather Goods, and Tannery Industries.

The said law mandates the government and encourages the private sector to source their footwearand leather goods needs from domestically accredited producers and manufacturers of products of said industries.

“If the government and the private sector would support and patronize the said industries for their employees as stated the R.A. 9290, it would greatly help Marikina as most footwear and leather goods come from here,” said De Guzman.

Valenzuela to order shoes for employees from Marikina

Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian announced that they will order thousands of pairs of shoes from Marikina.

The shoes will be given away to employees of the city government this Christmas.

Gatchalian surprised Mayor Del de Guzman of Marikina with his announcement during the recent Marikina Shoe Caravan visit to Valenzuela.

According to De Guzman, the Shoe Caravan aims to reawaken other cities consciousness about Marikina being the Shoe Capital of the Philippines as well as to promote and showcase proudly Marikina-made shoes.

“Now is the best time to buy your new pair of shoes since the caravan carries quality-made shoes where patrons can choose from different varieties and brands at discounted prices. So, better wait for us to visit your city,” said De Guzman.

The Shoe Caravan will also visit the cities Malabon, Navotas, Caloocan, Quezon City, Pasig, Taguig, Pateros, Muntinlupa, San Juan, Manila, Pasay, Parañaque, Mandaluyong , Las Piñas, and Makati.

The Marikina mayor also pitched for LGUs to purchase shoes made in Marikina instead of imported ones, as it will help generate more jobs and also revive the shoe industry in the city.

De Guzman revealed that he ordered 35,000 pairs of shoes to be given away to all elementary and high school students of Marikina’s public school system.

De Guzman is the author of Republic Act No. 9290 otherwise known as the “Footwear, Leather Goods, and Tannery Industries Development Act” which requires government agencies to purchase products made by these industries and encouraging the private sector to do the same.

Marikina formally started its 2-month celebration of the Sapatos Festival on Monday, October 3 until November 18.

Other activities include the Shoe for a Cause, Shoe Exhibit, Feast of St. Crispin, Re-launching of the Shoe Museum, Jazz Up my Shoes, Singing Sapatero at Mag-aareglo, Shoe Cosplay, Fashion Shoe, Tour de Takong Stilleto Race, Shoe Float Parade, Gabi ng Parangal, and the Konsyerto sa Plaza.

1st DELeague cagefest tips off Saturday for free

The opening day of the DELeague commercial basketball tournament is free to the public this Saturday, October 8.

This was revealed by Kap Odie Francisco, Execom Chairman, after many residents requested it from Mayor Del De Guzman.

However, Francisco explained that the entrance is free for the opening day only. An entrance fee of ten pesos will be charged in succeeding games.

Games are held every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at the Marikina Sports Park.

Opening ceremonies will start at 6pm to be followed by a match between Hobe Bihon and Jaram Hauling at 7pm. The game between Sta. Lucia and Philippine Army is at 8:30pm.

Matches on Sunday, October 9, are between St. Patrick’s Edseca and Investwell followed by Dr. Tam’s Miracle Tea and 7-11 Three Broches.

Thirteen teams are competing at the 1st DELeague: Sta. Lucia, Philippine Army, Dr. Tams Miracle Tea, Three Broaches (7-11), Hobe Bihon, Jaram Hauling Corp, St. Patrick’s Edseca, Juson Quality Tapes, Atoy Body Kit’s (Congre 1), Marikina Selection, Invest Well, MBL Selection, and ACS.