Free pneumonia vaccine for Marikina seniors

As lung diseases become rampant during the rainy season, the city government of Marikina through the City Health Office (CHO) and the Office for Senior Citizens’ Affairs (OSCA) will provide free pneumonia vaccination for the senior citizens of Marikina.
This project will start on July 2, Monday, during the city governments’ weekly flag-raising ceremony where chairmen of senior citizen offices in each of the 16 barangays in the city will be the first to receive the vaccination.
The said project shall then be implemented in the 16 barangays of the city where free pneumonia vaccinations are scheduled from July 2 to July 13.
The city government allotted an estimated PhP6M to provide 6,000 pneumonia vaccines for the elderly Marikeños.
According to Mayor Del De Guzman, the local government delivers the project this July as lung diseases are common during the rainy season.
“Pneumonia vaccines cost more than PhP1,000 in private hospitals and clinics. So to help our senior citizens coming from the marginalized sector, we provided them with these vaccines,” De Guzman said.
The recipients were chosen by the senior citizens’ offices in each barangay and were asked to fill up an adult vaccination card. Recipients are then asked to bring their adult vaccination cards and a valid senior citizens’ ID during vaccination.
“The effectivity of the vaccines lasts for five years. We are planning to have this project again next year but for a different set of senior citizens,” said Rodolfo De Guzman, Officer-in-Charge of the OSCA.
For the schedules of the vaccinations in each barangay, please contact the Office for Senior Citizens’ Affairs at (02) 646-2367. 

Register your dogs and cats now!

To further promote responsible pet ownership, the city government of Marikina through the City Veterinary Office (CVO) will hold its annual pet registration from August 8 to September 30 in 15 barangays of Marikina.
This is in accordance with the passed Ordinance no. 62, Series of 2007. The said project shall be implemented according to the following schedule:
August 8-12
Sta. Elena
Infront of Barangay Hall
Sto. Niño
Manotoc Subdivision Covered Court
August 15-19
San Roque
San Roque Health Center
Kalumpang Barangay Hall
August 22-26
Infront of Barangay Hall
Jesus Dela Peña
Infront of Barangay Hall
August 29-September 2
Infront of Barangay Hall
Industrial Valley Complex
Infront of Barangay Hall
September 5-9
Infront of Barangay Hall
Concepcion Uno
Barangay Hall Gym
September 12-16
Concepcion Dos
Infront of Barangay Hall
Infront of Barangay Hall
September 19-23
Marikina Heights
Brampton Park
September 22-23
Pugad Lawin Covered Court
September 26-30
Infront of Barangay Hall
According to the CVO, pet owner registrants are advised to bring the following: (for new applicants) 3-R sized photo showing their pet’s whole body, 2×2 picture of the pet owner, and PhP75 registration fee; (for renewals) documents from previous registration and PhP75 registration fee.
If the pet owned has already received an anti-rabies vaccine from a private veterinarian, the registrant must present a certificate of vaccination.
“We have to ensure our resident’s safety from the danger brought by rabies from animals. This is because the rabies virus can possibly be transferred though their saliva when they bite people. The city government also wants to promote responsible pet ownership to its residents,” said City Veterinarian Dr. Manuel Carlos.
The CVO also reminds the residents that taking care of any kinds of pets and animals are prohibited in resettlement areas like Barangay Tumana.
In the year 2010, there are 15,149 pet registrants in the city while there are 14,022 registrants in the year 2011.

Marikina City hosts Olympic Day Celebration

Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman thanked the Philippine Sports Commission for making Marikina Sports Park the venue of the recently held Olympic Day Celebration, which is held for the Filipino athletes competing in the upcoming London 2012 Olympics.
The Olympic Day Celebration marks the beginning of the Filipino athletes’ fight for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London this July. It is spearheaded by the Philippine Sports Commission which also aims to recognize the talents and skills of Filipino athletes.
The activity was attended by 300 athletes from the National Sports Association and Marikina Sports Association as well as 1,500 students from Sta. Elena High School, Sto Niño Elementary School, and Malanday National High School.
“This is our simple way of giving them strength and showing them that the city of Marikina as a whole supports them in their upcoming fight in the London 2012 Olympics,” De Guzman said.
Moreover, according to De Guzman, the said Olympic Day Celebration was also a way to encourage young students in Marikina to play and get involved into sports.
The students were taught by the Filipino athletes different kinds of sports like Table Tennis, Soft Tennis, Lawn Tennis, Basketball, Boxing, Taekwondo, Gymnastics, Badminton, Arnis, Water Polo, Volleyball, Karatedo, Sepak Takraw, and many more.
“Marikina city is continuously promoting the good benefits of sports to its residents. This does not only help them stay physically fit but it also helps them stay away from bad vices as they are being preoccupied with worthwhile activities,” De Guzman added.