Marikina mayor reminds internet cafes to implement ban on students during school hours

Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman reminds all Internet cafe and computer rental shop owners to religiously exercise their authority and rights on prohibiting students and minors renting their computer units during school hours.

“Since classes have started already last month, we have reminded all computer rental shop owners that the city government has been conducting inspections in computer rental shops since the passage of our ordinance. This is done to avoid students cutting classes just to play computer games or visit social networking sites,” De Guzman said.

This is stated in Ordinance No. 44, Series of 2006 which regulated the establishment and operation of Internet cafes or computer rental shops/computer gaming shops in the city of Marikina.

According to the said ordinance, students and minors who visit the said establishments should be prohibited from playing computer games especially during school hours that can adversely affect their performance in school.

De Guzman also reminded computer rental shop owners about the prohibited activities stated in the said ordinance like sexual acts; pornographic materials; use or trade of illegal drugs, liquor, and cigarettes; and gambling.

Also, establishments are required to place signboards in their shop stating, “Internet pornography and on-line gambling are prohibited!”

Any student of minor age who shall enter Internet cafes or computer rental shops must present his identification (ID) cards and class schedule issued by the school’s Registrar’s Office.

Moreover, for both students and out-of-school minors, entry to the premises during curfew hours (11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. of the following day) is likewise prohibited unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Regular inspections are being conducted by the city government to ensure that students are not loitering in computer shops during school hours.

An inspection team composed of representatives from Business Permit and Licensing Office, Office of Public Safety and Security, Department of Education- Marikina, Bantay Bayan, and Barangay employees shall roam around the city to ensure effective implementation of the said ordinance.

Owners, proprietors, and managers of Internet cafes, computer rental or computer gaming shops shall be penalized with a fine of PhP5,000 for every violation they commit.


Suspension of classes

photo by: Walter Bollozos/PhilStar

Only Mayor Del De Guzman is authorized to announce suspension of classes during typhoons in the city of Marikina.

This was decided during the consultative meeting held today in the Shoe Hall of the Marikina City Hall spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Marikina and was attended by Mayor Del De Guzman, the city councilors, Public Information Office, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, barangay officials, and principals of public schools.
It was discussed in the said consultative meeting the contents of the Executive Order (EO) No. 66 which includes rules on the cancellation or suspension of classes and work on government offices due to typhoon, flooding, other weather disturbances, and calamities.
Barangay Captains, on the other hand, have decided to conduct an assessment of their respective barangays during calamities and inform De Guzman who shall give the final decision on suspension of classes.
“With the help of our barangay captains, we will assess the situation in Marikina to decide whether to suspend classes or not. We will be following the contents of the EO 66,” De Guzman said.
It is stated in the EO 66 the right time for assessment, decision-making, and announcement in the cancellation of classes. For morning classes, assessments should be done from 2am to 3am, decision-making from 3am to 4am, and the announcement at 4am to 4:30am. Meanwhile, for classes in the afternoon, assessment should be done from 8:30am to 9:30am, decision-making from 9:30am to 10:30am, and announcement at 10:30am to 11am.
According to DILG-Marikina, in the absence of De Guzman, Public Information Officer Paul Edward Sison, as the assigned focal person, will be the one to give announcements to media outfit and networks as well as through other forms of communication like the social networking sites Facebook ( and Twitter (@MarikinaPIO).

Commuting? Make it Marikina.

There is one thing all of us working citizens have in common: most of us commute to work. But unlike the routine ways of rush hour commuting in other cities, here in Marikina, specially on this part of the city, Brgy. Industrial Valley Complex, everyday is an adventure. Just imagine riding a pedicab that runs along the Marikina river with this beautiful scenery. It may not be fast or even comfortable, but it is surely an experience you would want to try.

Online games? Make it Marikina.

If you ever find yourself wanting to take some extreme stuffs, you might want to visit the Marikina Sports Center and experience Marikina zipline. The Marikina Sports Center zipline is open to public every Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 2 pm to 9 pm for only 100 pesos.

Sports for all? Make it Marikina.

To show the city’s support to athletes with disabilities, the city of Marikina hosted the PhilSPADA National Games last February 3 to 6 2012 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.