Operation KKK

The first day of the “Operation Kalinisan, Kaayusan, at Kapayapaan (Operation KKK) was peaceful as most residents voluntarily helped and cooperated in the said drive.
This is as reported by City Administrator Victoriano A. Sabiniano, Jr. to Mayor Del De Guzman. The first Operation KKK was held in Barangay Nangka on Tuesday, February 21.
During the said drive, the city government fixed hanging electrical wires, trees, checked the proper disposal of garbage, proper use of sidewalks, peace and order, traffic rules, sidewalk vendors, stray animals, and many more.
The city government also checked stores, weighing scales, and ambulant vendors in Barangay Nangka.
“Despite receiving some resistance and reactions from the residents, we are still able to carry out the operation well. Following the city’s ordinances still prevailed to retain discipline among our residents,” De Guzman said.
“We also politely reminded the residents regarding the city ordinances they have to follow,” he added.
The Operation KKK will also visit the remaining 15 barangays of Marikina. Three days shall be allotted for the drive in each barangay.
The said operation consists of volunteers, police, and people from different local governmentoffices as well as officials from the visited barangay. They also distributed leaflets to remind the residents about the ordinances they have to follow.
Moreover, this will be a regular activity of the 16 barangays of Marikina to retain the discipline among its residents and make sure that every Marikeño follows the law.
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Education for all

The city government of Marikina through Mayor Del De Guzman and Kagawad Mirvic Jay “VJ Tambuli” Sabiniano in cooperation with the Life and Livelihood Assistance Foundation (LALAF) recently launched an Alternative Learning System (ALS) for prisoners in Marikina.
 
ALS is a non-formal education where people unable to study were given a chance to finish secondary education and receive a diploma without undergoing to school for four years.
 
The Marikina City Jail- “Karunungan ay Mahalaga sa Edukasyon ay- Pag-asa”, aims to give prisoners a chance to study while inside the jail.
 
“Even though they committed crimes and are imprisoned, they still have the right to be educated. This will greatly help them when they are already out of the prison as they can use their acquired knowledge to start anew,” De Guzman said.
 
Classes are from 8:30am to 5:30pm from Monday to Friday. Each day has three classes with a total of 93 students. An Instructional Manager from LALAF serves as the lecturer for the ALS.
 
After four months, the participants shall take the Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency Test where they’ll also receive a diploma.
 
LALAF is a non-profit organization which aims to transform the youth and communities through effective education, skills development, values education and discipleship. One of their flagship projects is conducting non-formal education for out-of-school youth with the help of the Department of Education.
 
“We are thankful to everyone who help and support the programs of the city government like the Alternative Learning System. We are aiming to further increase the literacy rate of Marikina and provide education for all,” De Guzman added.

Marikina offers free summer livelihood training

Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman invites Marikeños to join the free livelihood training the Marikina Livelihood Training Office (MLTC) offers this summer.

Aimed at promoting economic empowerment, the MLTC offers free livelihood training courses such as hairdressing; beauty care; massage therapy; food processing; bread/pastry production; reflexology, acupressure and therapeutic massage; dressmaking and tailoring; basic photography; hotel and restaurant services; green skills handicraft; and beadworks/jewelry-making.

Aside from these, new courses shall also be available this year like ice cream-making; enhanced flavored taho-making; Tshirt printing and painting; basic shoe and slipper-making.

“We are aiming to start the trainings by May or June this year. As of now, we are already accepting applications for the courses we offer. For each course, we will accept at least 15 students and a maximum of 25 as per the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) policy,” said Nenita Santos, livelihood project officer.

The MLTC also offers one-day training courses for making dishwashing soap, fabric conditioner, detergent powder soap, perfume, chocolate, candle, instant juice, Chinese dimsum-making, and snap hydroponics.

“The MLTC allocates a training period of one week to four months, depending on the course they chose. This is to ensure that the participants acquire full knowledge on the courses,” Santos added.

The free trainings are open to all Marikeños aged 16 years old and above. Interested individuals must submit 2 pcs 1×1 picture and a photocopy of community tax certificate (cedula)/barangay clearance, and voter’s identification card/voters verification slip.

“All the livelihood trainings given by the MLTC are TESDA-accredited. Our residents shall be provided with quality trainings for them to be able to find quality jobs here and abroad,” De Guzman said.

For more information, contact the Marikina Livelihood Training Center at (02) 482-7172.

Marikina intensifies disaster preparedness campaign

The city government of Marikina continuously intensifies its disaster preparedness campaign in case of an earthquake hitting the area.
 
According to the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), Marikina is one among the cities in Metro Manila covered by the West Valley Fault System which is already ‘mature’ for movement.
 
The fault line has a range of 5.8 kilometers in Marikina alone covering Brgy. Industrial Valley Complex, Brgy. Concepcion I, Brgy. Barangka, Brgy. Malanday, and Brgy. Tumana. The entire fault line is approximately 135 kilometers in length passing through some areas of Metro Manila like Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, Makati, Pateros, Taguig and Muntiunlupa. 

According to the Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study (MMEIRS) of Dr. Jane Punongbayan of Phivolcs, in anticipation of a strong earthquake (estimated 7.2 magnitude) hitting Marikina, it is estimated that the city may have 2,600 deaths and 8,800 injuries.
 
“We are very much aware that the Valley Fault System will pose great danger to Marikina in case of an earthquake. That’s why the city government ties up with non-government organizations as well as the community in preparing for a possible earthquake attack,” De Guzman said.
 
The Marikina City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Marikina conducts regular earthquake drills on all public and private schools, government establishments, and business establishments in order to create awareness and familiarize the people on the actions that must be done during an earthquake.In addition, in case a strong quake results in collapse of strictures, the city’s Rescue 161 can use a set of equipment intended for searching and rescuing trapped persons in collapsed buildings. Likewise, it will soon use Vibroscope, an instrument thatis used to detect trapped victims 8-12 meters deep in the rubble.

Moreover, the city government also advices each family to prepare safety plans and emergency stock which consists of food, water, transistor radio with extra batteries, whistle, medicines, and other provisions. Having plans and being prepared increases the possibility to survive an earthquake.
 
“Being prepared is still the best solution as we can’t predict when an earthquake may happen. We are requesting the community to cooperate with the city government especially during earthquake and fire drills,” De Guzman added.
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Marikina Arts Festival 2012

The city government of Marikina officially started the celebration of the Marikina Arts Festival 2012 during the employees’ flag raising ceremony.
This is in line with the celebration of the Philippine Arts Festival of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts which has the theme “Tradition and Innovation”.
The festival aims to further promote Philippine arts and the Filipino’s regard for local arts and culture.
The celebration started through a symbolic opening together with Mayor Del De Guzman, Marikina’s Outstanding Artists namely Fernando Josef, Maria Regalado Yusi, Peter de Guzman, representatives of Nona Garcia and the late Simeona Chanyungco. Also, Dr. Gerard Rey Lico, Head of the National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts is present on the ceremony.
“The city of Marikina greatly appreciates art. Through the Marikina Arts Festival, we can promote and support Filipino artistry featuring the life-transforming works of our local-artists,” De Guzman said.
The exhibit entitled PA(ng) LABAS architecture+cinema Projecting Filipino Space in Cinema together with the Outstanding Artists of Marikina in the Marikina City Hall Quadrangle also opened today which will last until the end of the month.
On February 7, there will be a poetry reading workshop in the Worlds of Butterflies in Marikina Heights followed by a film showing in the Teatro Marikina from 10am to 2pm on February 8. Closing ceremonies and other culminating activities shall be held in the Kapitan Moy Plaza on February 23 at 4pm.
The annual celebration of National Arts Month started with the signing of Presidential Proclamation 683, in 1991, declaring February as National Arts Month. Over the years, the city government of Marikina organizes events and activities to highlight the artistic brilliance of Marikeños.
“We also aim to inform the Marikeños that the city government prepares various art-related activities and make it accessible to them,” De Guzman added.