Marikina to host 6th ASEAN Schools Games

Sports Capital of the Philippines

Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman ensures a memorable and enjoyable sporting event as the city prepares to host the 6th ASEAN Schools Games come November 29 to December 7 this year.


An estimated 1,500 athletes representing secondary schools of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam will be competing in various sport disciplines such as athletics, sepak takraw, golf, badminton, swimming, basketball, gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, and wushu in this annual prestigious sporting event.

“Preparations are underway. Meetings are regularly conducted by the technical working group to ensure guidelines and calendar of activities in terms of preparation are met,” said Arch. Wilfredo Reyes, secretary-general of the organizing committee.

Physical development and repairs on facilities to be utilized during the event are also underway.

“Our sports facilities are compliant to the international standards. However, enhancements on these amenities are also underway such as additional two lanes on the track course and refurbishment of the entire facility,” said Dr. Angelito Llabres, vice chairman of the technical management and games administration and member of the organizing committee.

The tentative locations of the events are as follows: athletics, swimming, table tennis, and volleyball will be held at the Marikina Sports Center; badminton at the Marikina Convention Center; golf at the Valley Golf and Country Club; tennis and gymnastics at the University of the Philippines’ Human Kinetics Gym; and basketball at the Ateneo Basketball Gymnasium.

“Though Marikina is not a first-timer in holding such prestigious events, we take to heart the meticulous preparation to make this sporting event a memorable one not just for the Marikeños but for all the delegates who will come from all four corners of ASEAN Region,” Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman said.


Dolphy’s family supports 2nd International River Summit, holds Dolphy Concert in Marikina

Dolphy CleanUp

The children of Comedy King, Dolphy, support the 2nd International River Summit through the Dolphy Clean Up, the first game application featuring a Philippine icon.


A fun and educational game application that aims to create awareness on the importance of protecting the environment and educate the children on the proper trash segregation and disposal, the said application will be launched on July 25 at the Marikina Sports Center in a star-studded tribute entitled “Minsan Tayo’y Nagkasama Dolphy.”


The event is supported by Smart Communications which will set up a booth that will give the guests a chance to try the game app.


According to Dolphy Para sa Pinoy Foundation Executive Director Yenny Gonzales, the said app’s main purpose of educating the public on the importance of caring for the environment is in line with the 2nd International River Summit with theme “Reviving Rivers, Rebuilding Civilizations”.


Moreover, the support of the Quizon family to the 2nd International River Summit is further strengthened by Ronnie Quizon, through his company, Fore & Aft Management, the summit’s exclusive event and marketing arm. According to the company’s Managing Director, Marijo Viray, Ronnie has been a strong advocate of river protection since the Piso para sa Pasig Movement, a project of former First Lady Ming Ramos. She also added that their company was also involved in the 1st International River Summit held in Iloilo City in May 2012.


The 2nd International River Summit is hosted by Marikina City in partnership with the Rotary Club of Marikina in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). It will be held on November 19 to 21, 2014 at the Marikina Hotel and Convention Center. International and local experts in the field of river and environmental management will once again converge in the Philippines to share their expertise, knowledge, studies and best practices. It aims to identify and put into action long lasting, concrete and doable solutions for river problems.


Meanwhile, those interested to participate and register for the 2nd International River Summit may contact the Summit Secretariat at numbers (02) 975-5112, email or visit the website Those who would like to partner and place ads may contact (02) 985-2227 or email

Immediate clean-up

Immediate cleanup

Immediately after the devastation of typhoon Glenda, the city government of Marikina through its City Engineering Department, City Environmental Management Office (CEMO), River Park Development Office, Parks Development Office (PDO) and Volunteer Management Office (VMO) conducted clean-up drive just like what these personnel are doing at the jogging lane of the Marikina River Park. Majority of the debris that were collected were leaves, branches and trunks of trees and other light materials such as uprooted plants and plastic sheets that were battered by the typhoon’s strong winds. Yesterday, the City Engineering Department collected 40-50 loads of mini dump trucks of the aforementioned debris while CEMO collected 96 cubic meters of the same materials. Presently, the City Engineering Department is simultaneously using 18 trucks, some of which were lent by private companies to beef up clean-up operations in the city’s 16 barangays. To date, the city government resumes regular operations.


Marikina braces for GlendaPH

Marikina City ensures all its evacuation centers in the city’s 16 barangays are ready in case the situation escalates as typhoon Glenda (international name Rammasun) draws near Metro Manila.


The assurance was made after the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised Public Storm Signal Number 2 in Metro Manila and nearby provinces as the typhoon may landfall tonight in the Bicol region and head towards Southern Luzon.


“In times of evacuation, the Department of Education-Marikina activates its system of deploying teachers and principals assigned with respective responsibility in the schools that serve as evacuation sites. They underwent practice and orientation so they are prepared for any eventualities and can be relied on as evacuation camp managers in their respective areas,” said DepEd-Marikina’s Division Coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Dr. Elizalde Cena.


Among the city’s 17 public elementary schools and 15 public high schools, schools serving as evacuation centers for the residents in the riverside communities are Nangka Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 42 classrooms), Hermogenes Bautista Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 36 classrooms), Concepcion Integrated Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 36 classrooms), Malanday Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 60 classrooms), and Sto. Niño Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 25 classrooms). When situation worsens, additional schools such as Marikina Elementary School, San Roque Elementary School, Leodegario Victorino Elementary School, Kalumpang Elementary School, Tañong Elementary School, Barangka Elementary School, Parang Elementary School, Concepcion Elementary School, Marikina High School, and St. Mary Elementary School will be opened to accommodate even more evacuees.


To guarantee evacuees’ safety during their stay, each school has been inspected recently by the School Repairs and Maintenance Office (SRMO) and ensured that its facilities such as classrooms and restrooms are working soundly and efficiently.


In relation, the city government through the City Health Office also alerts its eight medical teams composed of four health personnel each who would be deployed to the evacuation centers to check on evacuees’ medical condition. Medicines such as antibiotic, paracetamol, mefenamic acid, cough tablet and syrup, antacid, ointment, oral rehydration solution (oresol), as well as multi-vitamins, and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C supplement) have been allocated.


“We ensure that every evacuee’s medical needs are taken care of in order to prevent any occurrence of disease in the evacuation center,” said City Health Officer Dr. Alberto Herrera.


For Brgy. Tumana resident Carmela Salazar, the presence of health workers in the evacuation centers gives her and her family a sense of relief knowing that these health professional can be reached when a need for medicines and medical check-ups arises in the evacuation centers.


“The service that these health workers provide during a calamity is really something we should be thankful for. When we need to evacuate, we’d feel complacent that Marikina City has this kind of service,” she said.


Aiming for zero casualty, the city government of Marikina keeps a keen eye on the track of Glenda. It likewise ensures that barangays covering the riverside communities namely Brgy. Nangka, Brgy. Tumana, Brgy. Malanday, and Brgy. Sto. Niño are ready in case the situation worsens in the next couple of days.

Rescue personnel underwent skills training to ensure capability during disaster

Rescue 161

Despite the implementation of preemptive measures to mitigate the effects of disaster, the city government of Marikina intensifies its skills training for the rescue personnel of Marikina Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) to help ensure the disaster readiness of the city especially this rainy season.


MDRRMO personnel underwent various trainings, namely boat handling wherein skillful maneuvering of fiberglass boat is learned; swift water rescue and water search; basic water rescue; and basic emergency response.


“Although we prioritize flood preemptive measures in order to significantly reduce instances that might require rescue, our MDRRMO consistently finds means to tackle every aspect of disaster and risk reduction management such as undergoing these significant trainings. The move is done to ensure the city’s response personnel are more than capable and equipped with proper skills should the need for rescue arises,” Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman said.


De Guzman also expressed his gratitude to other government agencies such as the Office of Civil Defense for the swift water rescue and water search and rescue training provided, as well as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority for the boat handling and basic water rescue training provided.


“We do not rest on our laurels. We see to it that despite having our system in place, we also have these skillful rescue men to rely on when situation gets worse,” De Guzman added.


To date, Marikina City has 26 rescue personnel that are ready to save lives in times of disaster. These men are specialist in all types of disaster response such as water rescue, collapsed structure search and rescue, as well as first aid management in response to road accidents and all kinds of medical emergencies. 


Existence of these skilled personnel has given residents a sense of relief knowing that the city’s response personnel have proper training.


“For me, knowing that the rescuers of the city have undergone proper training gives me relief that they know what to do. This encourages me to trust that these unsung heroes can guide us to safety once we find ourselves in an untoward situation caused by a disaster, specifically floods brought forth by the rainy season,” said Genesis Mori, a resident from Brgy. Parang. 


Since 1993, Marikina has put in place its emergency response team Rescue 161 and landline hotline number 1-6-1 which can be dialed in times of medical emergencies and rescue operations within the city. It is also now accessible to Globe mobile subscribers by dialing (02) 161.

Marikina pushes further transparency in all government transactions

Document Tracking System

The public can now access and monitor the progress of their documents sent to the city government of Marikina.


The city government of Marikina, through the collaborative efforts of General Services Office (GSO) and Management Information System and Call Center (MISCC), has recently provided the public with a Document Tracking System (DTS) kiosk located at the ground floor of Marikina City Hall.


By using this machine, the public can now personally monitor the development concerning the processing of their documents (e.g. letters, requests, purchase orders, vouchers, among others) at the city government offices. By simply keying in the tracking number in the search box and pressing the enter key or the search button, individuals can now view their document’s current location, remarks, and who, when and at what time it was received.  Tracking number is indicated below the bar code of the GSO-provided received copy of documents.


“We acknowledge transparency as a key component in providing genuine public service, especially in the government. One way of showing transparency is by providing our citizens with accessible windows of information,” said Adrian Salvador, head of the GSO and the initiator of the idea. “Through this machine, the citizens can now be informed as they now have first hand means of monitoring the progress of their documents,” he added.


In as early as 2002, the DTS used primarily by the GSO has helped in the process of organizing, tracking, monitoring, and safekeeping of documents of the city.


Now with their documents tracked using the DTS kiosk, residents have started to recognize its usefulness and marvel at how transparent a local government like Marikina could be.


“It will be of great help to us since tracking our documents will be much easier. We can personally see our document’s progress. Loss of documents can be significantly reduced or there will be none at all. With this system, I now believe that transparency is possible in all government transactions. If Marikina can do it, it can also be done in other LGUs,” said Menard Quinto, a resident of Brgy. Concepcion Dos.


With the DTS accessible, it is also hoped that transparency in all city government transactions will be pushed further.


According to records, the city government of Marikina through its GSO receives an estimated average of 150-200 documents per day.