Liga Marikina set for April 1

THE CITY government of Marikina will launch the “Liga Marikina 2012 Inter-Barangay Sports Festival” on Sunday, April 1, 5:30 p.m., at the Marikina Sports Park.

The Liga Marikina is a sports event aimed at discovering new sports talents at the barangay level. In the said Liga, athletes from the 16 barangays of the city will compete in various sports events.First batch of sports in the Liga Marikina are Basketball (elimination rounds to be held at Tambay Kay Lim Court); Volleyball (at San Roque Gym); Badminton (at the Marikina Sports Park); and Chess (at Parang Pavillion).The said sports are divided into several divisions: Basketball (girls, midgets, juniors, seniors); Volleyball (boys, girls); Badminton (men’s double, women’s double, mix double); and Chess (mix of boys and girls).”The Liga Marikina also promotes the importance of sports in leading long, quality, and healthy lives for all Marikeños,” Mayor Del De Guzman said.It is expected that 1,632 athletes will participate in the first batch of sports in the Liga Marikina where 768 players are for basketball, 384 players for volleyball, 384 players for badminton, and 96 players for chess.

More sports will be added after March. The said Liga will last until the end of May and all final competitions will be held at the Marikina Sports Park.

“Tournaments like this are very beneficial to the youth as it enables them to stay fit and productive, to harness their skills, and prevents them from getting involved with bad vices. It likewise fosters camaraderie and sportsmanship among our residents,” De Guzman added.

The Liga Marikina 2012 Inter-Barangay Sports Festival is spearheaded by its Organizing Committee led by Chairman Rudy Francisco, Sports Director Sonny Manucat III, Administrative Officer Monroe Cueson, and Event Organizer Norman Afable.

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Support the Marikina Marathon: Save the Marikina Watershed

Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman invites everyone to join the upcoming DEL Run (Marikina Marathon) on April 22, Sunday, 5am, at the Marikina Sports Park (MSP).
The DEL Run (Marikina Marathon) is a fun run open to all which is aimed at gathering funds to plant tree seedlings in the Marikina Watershed.
According to Gil Munar, Committee Head of the DEL Run, the organizers committed 10 trees to be planted in the Marikina Watershed for every registered runner. The fun run aims to gather 5,000 runners equivalent to 50,000 tree seedlings planted in 20 hectares of land within a protected area in Rizal province.
“We are inviting everyone to join as this marathon does not only promote good health to the runners but it will also benefit the Marikina Watershed which is the city’s first line of defense every time rain falls. Joining the marathon will surely save many lives from floods,” De Guzman said.
There are three different categories in the fun run which are 5K, 10K, and 21K. The categories shall also be divided into Male and Female Divisions. Cash prizes shall be awarded to the runners first to complete each category.
In the 21K category, first placer shall receive PhP10,000; second- PhP7,000; and third- PhP5,000. For the 10K category, first place- PhP5,000; second- PhP3,000; and third- PhP2,000. While for the 5K, first place- PhP3,000; second- PhP2,000; and third- PhP1,000.
There are also special awards to be given away like PhP1,000 each for the first below 10 years of age to finish the 5K and 10K race. Meanwhile, PhP1,000 shall also be given to the first 60 years old and above to finish the 21K race.
The route for the 5K run would start at the Marikina Sports Park going to Sumulong, then to the banks of the Marikina River, and back to MSP. For the 10K run, from MSP, runners will go to Sumulong, to the banks of the Marikina River, going to Barangay Tumana, Barangay Malanday, then back to MSP.
Meanwhile, the route for the 21K run will start at MSP, going to Sumulong, then to the banks of Marikina River, going to Barangay Tumana, running along J.P. Rizal Street to Bayan-Bayanan, Barangay Marikina Heights, Kalayaan Avenue, Sumulong, and finally heading back to MSP.
Registration is ongoing. Booths shall be available in SM Marikina, Graceland Mall Plaza, Marikina Puregold branches, Marikina Sports Park, and the Labor Relations and Public Employment Service Office.
The registration fee for the 5K and 10K run is PhP400 while for the 21K run is PhP500. A singlet shall also be given upon registration.
The DEL Run is spearheaded by the city government of Marikina in cooperation with the Rotary Club Zone of Marikina and Department of Environment and Natural Resources. It is supported by Meralco, SM Marikina, Manila Water, Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation, Arms Corporation, Delfi Foods, Puregold, and Millex Construction.
For registrations and additional information, please contact the (02) 681-9277.

Run for Marikina Watershed

Aimed at restoring the Marikina Watershed, the city government of Marikina will launch the DEL Run (Marikina Marathon) on April 22, Sunday, 5am, in the Marikina Sports Park.

The DEL Run (Marikina Marathon) is a fun run open to all which will gather funds to plant tree seedlings in the Marikina Watershed.

Five thousand (5,000) runners are expected to join the said marathon which will bring about 50,000 tree seedlings.

Currently, the DEL run’s committee is eyeing for in-kind or in-cash sponsorships for the race, as it is a marathon benefiting the said watershed.

“We hope for this event to be a success as the Marikina Watershed is the city’s first line of defense every time rain falls. Either joining the marathon or being a sponsor, this can surely save many lives from floods,” De Guzman said.

Three different categories are available in the fun run which are 5km, 10km, and 21km. The categories are also divided to Male and Female Divisions. Cash prizes shall be awarded to the runners first to complete each category.

In the 21km category, first placer shall receive PhP10,000; second- PhP7,000; and third- PhP5,000. For the 10km category, first place- PhP5,000; second- PhP3,000; and third- PhP2,000. While for the 5km, first place- PhP3,000; second- PhP2,000; and third- PhP1,000.

There are also special awards to be given away like PhP1,000 each for the first below 10 years of age to finish the 5km and 10km race. Meanwhile, PhP1,000 shall also be given to the first 60 years old and above to finish the 21km race.

For interested sponsors and runners, please contact Gil Munar, Del Run project director at telephone numbers (02) 681-9277.

Weighing scale inspection

Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman ordered the Marikina Public Market Office (MPMO) to inspect weighing scales used in different public markets in the city to ensure that innocent consumers weren’t victimized by abusive vendors.

This is due to the reports and complaints being received by the city government regarding inaccurate weighing scales used in different markets in Marikina.

According to the passed Ordinance no. 283, Series of 1997 or “Weights and Measures Regulation Ordinance of 1997,” the use of under-weighed scales or the placing of any metal, gadget, or concealed materials in a weighing scale to reflect a greater weight on any good or merchandise is prohibited.

“We won’t allow the practice of under-weighing commodities as it is considered as fraud. Anyone caught violating this will be rightfully punished,” De Guzman said.

As a response, the MPMO continuously conducts surprise inspections to penalize vendors using inaccurate weighing scales. The MPMO wants to ensure the security and right of every consumer of buying products they rightfully deserve. Moreover, these inspections are also conducted during the Operation Kalinisan, Kaayusan, at Kapayapaan (OKKK) in the 16 barangays of the city.

According to Ordinance no. 160, Series of 2001 (which amended Ordinance No. 283, Series of 1997), anyone who violates the Weights and Measures Regulation Ordinance of 1997” shall be penalized with a fine of PhP1,500 and confiscation of the used weighing scale for the first offense; PhP3,000 and confiscation of the used weighing scale for the second offense; and PhP5,000 or six months to one year imprisonment plus the revocation of business license and permits, and the closure of the business establishment for the third offense.

Penalties as well as the re-sealing fee for the weighing scale shall be paid in the Office of the City Treasurer. It shall be paid from five to seven days upon confiscation to avoid an increase in the penalty.

“To our vendors, we must make sure that the weighing scale we use is accurate to avoid problems. Let us not abuse innocent consumers and we should be fair in weighing the goods and merchandise we sell,” said Dr. Ramonito Viliran, market administrator.

For more information, or to report vendors using inaccurate weighing scales, please contact the Marikina Public Market Office at (02) 646-1996.

Marikina to establish more rescue satellite stations

Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman ordered the establishment of Rescue 161 Satellite Stations in two barangays of the city to immediately address possible emergency situations in the areas.
This is due to the passed Ordinance no. 02, Series of 2012, which permits the establishment of Rescue 161 satellite stations for Barangay Fortune and Nangka.
According to De Guzman, the two barangays were among the densely populated areas in the city and the establishment of a satellite station of Rescue 161 is highly needed.
As stated in the City Planning and Development Office records and based on the 1.14% growth rate given by the National Statistics Office, Barangay Fortune has an estimated population of 32,791 on 2011 and is expected to rise to 33,164 at the end of this year. Meanwhile, Barangay Nangka has a population of 37,206 last year and is expected to rise to 37,631 by the end of 2012.
“Health welfare and safety is one of the city government’s priorities. By having a satellite station, we can bring those services closer to the people and the community,” De Guzman said.
With satellite stations, the Rescue 161 can immediately conduct 5-minute quick response program which was developed to address the concerns of its constituents during emergency situations.
The city government shall provide each barangay their needed ambulance, medical personnel and other needs regarding health and safety.
As of now, the Rescue 161 satellite station of Barangay Fortune can be found in its barangay hall. On the other hand, construction of the satellite station in Barangay Nangka is currently ongoing.

Marikina celebrates Women’s month

Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman invites Marikeños to join the Women’s Health Forum on March 8, from 8:30am to 5pm, Training Room 1 and 2, at the 5th floor of the Marikina City Health Office (CHO).
 
This is the city government of Marikina’s celebration of the International Women’s Health Day and National Women’s Health Month in the country.
 
The said health forum aims to educate and create awareness to women regarding diseases like Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer, and Sexually Transmitted Disease. Smoking Cessation Program and Family Planning shall also be discussed in the forum.
 
“Every woman plays a great role in our society, especially to the lives of each and every one of us. We should take care of them especially their health. That’s why we launched projects which will benefit women like this health forum,” De Guzman said.
 
The forum shall be ended by providing medical services to its participants like Breast Cancer Screening, Cervical Cancer Screening, Bone Screening, Diet Counseling, and other diagnostic services for women.
 
The Women’s Health Forum is open to all females from Marikina. One hundred women are expected to join including guest relation officers, pregnant teenage girls, and walk-in patients.
 
“We encourage women to join the said health forum as several medical services shall also be provided to them,” De Guzman added.
 
For questions and more information regarding the Women’s Health Forum, please contact the City Health Office at 997-1108 or 997-4130.