Para Games set in Marikina

To show the city’s support to athletes with disabilities, the city of Marikina shall be hosting the upcoming PhilSPADA National Games on February 3 to 6 in the Marikina Sports Park.
The Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PhilSPADA) National Games is a tournament that consists of athletes with disabilities competing on different kinds of sports.
According to PhilSPADA President Michael Barredo, the tournament aims to give them a chance to compete in tournaments like professional athletes.
“We are giving them the opportunity to show their skills as well as to prove that they can also excel in their chosen sports,” Mayor Del De Guzman said at the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum in Manila.
“We want to invite everyone to watch the PhilSPADA National Games not just to support the athletes but also to encourage families with disabled children to let them compete in sports,” he added.
Sports included in the said tournament are different kinds of target, water, and ball sports like wheelchair basketball, volleyball and many more.
The Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled- National Paralympic Committee of the Philippines (PhilSPADA-NPC) is a national sports association for people with disabilities tasked to spearhead all activities related to sports and physical fitness of Filipino persons with disability.
The said tournament is organized by the PhilSPADA-NPC together with the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

Padyak Na!

Padyak Na! Route
January 22, 2012 7:00 a.m.
Freedom Park, Marikina

Start – Freedom Park
Left to Shoe Avenue
Right to V. Gomez
Left to J.P Rizal St.
Straight F. Santos St.
Right to Old J.P. Rizal St.
Straight San Antonio de Padua Church
Right to Marikina River Park
Right to Homeowner’s Drive
Left to Opal St.
Right to Diamond St.
Left to Florentino St.
Right to Alfelor St.
Left to Daang Bakal
Right to Del Carmen St.
Right to Lourdes St.
Straight Crystal St.
Left to Calcite St.
Right to G. Del Pilar St.
Right to Ordoñez St.
Right to Katipunan Ave.
Left to Pio del Pilar St.
Right to Azure Extension
Right to Green St.
Straight Katipunan Extension
Right to Sumulong Highway
Left to Mc Donald’s Ave.
Right to Capt.Venciong St.
End – Freedom Park

Running shoes. More fun in the Philippines

Women wearing high-heeled shoes take part in the “Tour de Takong” (stiletto shoe race) race in Marikina on November 18, 2011. More than 100 residents participated in the contest as part of Sapatos Festival to promote the city as the shoe capital of the Philippines.

Let’s pay our dues on time! -Mayor Del

Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman encourages all businessmen in Marikina to register early and process requirements necessary for the operation of their businesses such as business permits and licenses.
The application is accepted and processed from January 1 to 20 by the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) for permits and licenses for new and renewal of businesses in the city.
According to BPLO chief Atty. Nancy Teylan, the following documents are required for acquiring permits and licenses:
For new businesses:
  • Zoning Clearance
  • Barangay Clearance
  • Occupancy Permit/Change of Use of Certificate
  • Fire Inspection Certificate
  • Sanitary Permit
  • Photos of the establishment (showing signboard and sidewalk)
  • City Environmental Management Office (CEMO) Certificate
  • Lessor’s Permit (Contract or Lease)
  • Others [Photocopy of Lessor’s Business Permit and Contract of Lease, Franchise Agreement (Franchisor)]
  • National Agency Clearances [SSS Registration, SEC Certificate of Authority to operate (Lending Company)].
For renewal:
  • Barangay Clearance
  • Quarterly VAT Returns or Monthly Percentage Tax (for corporations and other BIR-registered businesses)
  • Sanitary Permit
  • Engineering Inspection Certificate
  • Fire Inspection Certificate
  • City Environmental Management Office (CEMO) Certificate
  • Contract of Lease and Lessor’s Business Permit
  • Others (CVO Inspection Certificate [Meat/ Chicken Dealers and stores only, CAM/MTCAM Registration (Computer/Internet only), MVCCI Registration]
  • National Agency Clearances [Franchise Agreement (Franchisor), SEC Certificate of Authority to operate (Lending Company)].
Teylan explained the importance of acquiring business permits, “Business permits are important as they are usually one of the requirements in processing documents for cases like bank loans. Also, it serves as proof that the operation of the business is legal, preventing unscrupulous elements from taking advantages of the business owners.”
Also, paying dues is a way of supporting the city’s coffers which are allocated and spent for various city projects. It also indicates the businessmen’s compliance to the national law that states that all business operators must acquire permits and licenses.
In September 2009, PhP384 million worth of properties, including businesses, were destroyed by the typhoon Ondoy in Marikina. However, the city showed signs of its recovery as 2,225 (as of December 15) new businesses have opened in 2011.
For the city government, it is a sign that the city has started to regain the confidence of investors.
“This will eventually translate to more jobs for our residents, as well as infuse more funds for developmental projects,” said Mayor R. Del de Guzman
De Guzman encourages businessmen to register their businesses on the given dates to avoid further delays. For more information regarding permits and licenses, contact the Business Permits and Licensing Office at (02) 646-2354.

DILG gives seal of good housekeeping to Marikina

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) recently awarded Marikina City with the “Seal of Good Housekeeping” due to its compliance to the Full Disclosure Policy (FDP) of the said agency.
The award entitles the city PhP 25 million worth of financial assistance from the DILG through its Local Government Support Fund (LGSF).
“We are happy that the city is chosen as one of the most transparent cities in Metro Manila. We will continuously provide our residents with good governance,” Mayor Del De Guzman said.
Aside from Marikina, the cities of Caloocan, Makati, and Navotas in the National Capital Region were also awarded the seal of good housekeeping by DILG .
The financial assistance shall be allotted for the construction of a four-storey building in Brgy. Sta. Elena intended for the Children-In-Conflict-with-the-Law .
The building will have rooms for mentally-challenged, abused, and street children. Moreover, it will be provided with an activity center where they can play as well as a livelihood room where they can learn.
Marikina was chosen because of its compliance to the FDP which encourages all local government units to follow the straight and narrow path of transparency aimed at minimizing, preventing, and completely ridding the government of graft and corruption.
The FDP requires local government units to post their budgets, finances, and bids in the Commission on Audit (COA) website, other government sites, general circulation newspapers, etc., so the people will know what is going on with their government and their transactions.