A drug-free Marikina

Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro leads random drugtest for Marikina City Government employees and officials Monday, August 1.

Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro leads random drugtest for Marikina City Government employees and officials Monday, August 1.

This is one of the top priorities set by Marikina City Mayor  Marcy Teodoro on his first term as the city’s chief executive officer; and he begins inside the City Hall — ensuring that all of the elected officials and its employees are drug-free.

Right after the flag-raising ceremony last Monday, August 1, one hundred forty-six (146) employees of the City Government of Marikina, including Mayor Teodoro and several members of the City Council, underwent a random drug testing at the Marikina City Hall. It was executed by the City Health Office (CHO).
“I advocate a drug-free Marikina, which is why those who are in the ranks were tested for drugs,” Teodoro said.
The city officials and the randomly-selected employees were instructed to give their respective urine samples to the health officers. The results from the CHO’s laboratory was released yesterday, August 3, and no one came in positive for illegal drugs.
According to Teodoro, the surprise, random drug-test shall continue to make sure that the city government is drug-free. This is also in support of the anti-drug campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Consequently, the City Mayor warns those who will turn out positive. “If someone will turn out positive, it will be dealt with accordingly. We are exercising an abundance of caution when it comes to dealing with drug-related activities,” he said.

High temperature forecasts force Marikina to cancel Annual Grand Parade

Angkan 2015Due to high temperatures forecasted by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in Marikina City including Metro Manila, the Marikina Foundation Day Grand Parade that is supposed to happen tomorrow, April 16, at 4:00 p.m. has been cancelled.

This measure is made by the city government of Marikina to prevent heat stroke incidents to Marikeños especially to those who shall participate in the Ka-Angkan Festival which is annually celebrated in line with Marikina’s founding anniversary on April 16.

According to the combined efforts of the Global Forecast System (GFS), National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), and US National Weather Service, the predicted Heat Index in Marikina City is expected to reach 36.7 degrees Celsius tomorrow at around 2:00 pm., slightly going down to 34.9 degrees Celsius at around 5:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Road closures announced earlier are now lifted and motorists will be able to freely traverse these roads, namely portions of Shoe Avenue, Sumulong Highway, JP Rizal, Marikina Bridge, and A. Bonifacio Avenue. However, despite the lifting of road closures in the afternoon and evening of April 16, the local government is also advising motorists to exercise patience while driving through the town proper of Marikina City, as minor traffic build-up is expected in the said area for the festival and Marikina Foundation Day Grand Concert.

With theme “Sa Kahapong Pinagmulan, Pamana Ngayon ay Kaunlaran”, the festival’s program proper will still be held at the Marikina Sports Center at 6:00 p.m., as well as the Marikina Foundation Day Grand Concert at 7:00 p.m. which will be followed by a fireworks display.

“However festive the event may be, the health of Marikeños is our priority so we decided to cancel the parade which may pose health risk to the participants,” Mayor Del De Guzman said.

This year, Marikina will be celebrating its 386th founding anniversary.

Marikina tops 2nd Manilathon Rescue Challenge

Marikina Rescue 161 undergoes intense training weeks before Manilathon 2016.

Marikina Rescue 161 undergoes intense training weeks before Manilathon 2016.

The city government of Marikina lauds the representatives of Marikina City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MCDRRMO) – Rescue 161 for coveting the championship of the 2nd Manilathon Rescue Challenge which was recently held at the World Trade Center.

MCDRRMO-161 was declared champion in the Group Challenge Event after defeating 13 different groups which consisted of national agencies, local governments, and a volunteer group.

The team showcased their skills in rescuing a victim from a collapsed structure, and proper techniques in vehicle extrication.

MCDRRMO-Rescue 161 is comprised of Ronnie Lazana, Julius Hermogenes, Marvin Hermogenes, Christian Bernal, Ross Henry Magsanoc, Michael Angelo Ong, Darwin de Leon, Al Mikhail Banhi, and Jeremiah Bernardo who received cash prize, a trophy, and individual medals.

“More than the honor, we are grateful for the readiness of our rescue team to save lives in the event of any calamity or disaster. We hold regular training sessions not only for the MCDRRMO but also for personnel and volunteers in our barangays and communities,” Mayor Del De Guzman said.

Residents in emergency situations within Marikina City can dial telephone number 1-6-1 for help and quick response.

Manilathon Champs

First Barangay Fire Olympics

Fire Olympics

The city government advises the motorists to take alternate routes as certain portion of McDonald’s Avenue from Jacamar St. to J. Chanyungco St. in Brgy. Sta. Elena will be closed on Friday, March 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 n.n. at the Marikina Central Parking (located in front of the Marikina Police Station) to give way to the celebration of the National Fire Prevention Month, the First Marikina Barangay Fire Olympics.


First Barangay Fire Olympics

Valentine’s Day treat for Special Children

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Kasabay ng pagdiriwang sa Buwan ng mga Puso, idaraos ng samahan ng Events Specialists and Party Needs (ESPN) at iba pang mapagkawanggawa ang isang Valentine’s Day treat outreach program para sa mga special children mula sa National Capital Region sa darating na Biyernes, Pebrero 12 simula 1:00 ng hapon sa Marikina Sports Center.

Iba’t ibang sorpresa ang naghihintay sa mga dadalo tulad ng magic show, balloon show, ventriloquism, puppet show, bubble show, at iba pa. Tampok din ang mga mascots, clowns, jugglers at balloon twisters na magdadagdag ng saya sa nasabing aktibidad. Bukod sa mga nabanggit, makakatanggap din ang mga dadalo ng iba’t ibang freebies tulad ng sorbetes, hotdogs at maging oral health care sets, at mga laruan. “Tayo sa pamahalaang lungsod ay natutuwa bilang host ng ganitong adbokasiya sa dalawang magkasunod na taon.

Tayo ay nagpapasalamat sa samahan ng events specialist at party needs para sa pagsasagawa ng aktibidad na ito. Inaanyayahan natin ang mga magulang at tagapag-alaga ng mga special children na dalhin sila at makibahagi sa Valentine’s Day treat na ito,” wika ni Mayor Del De Guzman.

Matatapos ang programa sa isang makulay na fireworks display.

Marikina Mayor to citizens: Thank you for doing your obligation

Marikina Mayor Del De GuzmanMarikina City Mayor Del De Guzman expressed his gratitude to the residents who dutifully paid their taxes in 2015.

His statement was made after business and real property tax records last year was released showing the actual tax collection which surpassed the target collection.

According to the City Treasurer’s Office, the city generated a business tax income of PhP 539.2M from January 2 to December 31, 2015. This is 0.8% higher than the PhP 535M collection target. On the other hand, the real property tax income reached PhP 390.8M which is 6% higher than the PhP 367.8M collection target.

“Year 2015 was a good and productive year for us, and so we are extending our gratitude to every Marikeño who dutifully paid their tax obligations. These taxes are very vital in the accomplishment of our projects,” De Guzman said.

Pay your dues on time

Through these taxes, scholars under the College Educational Assistance Program benefitted, as well as those who received financial and medical assistance. Forty-three units of rain water harvesting units were built which were distributed to 34 public schools and eight government buildings. Likewise, road, sidewalk, and drainage improvements were accomplished. Health centers and classrooms at different barangays in the city are now being built with the help of Rep. Romero Federico Quimbo of the 2nd District of Marikina City.

“We believe that through the support of our fellow Marikeños, we can complete all of our priority projects on time,” De Guzman added.

Upcoming projects for 2016 include the construction of Phase 2 of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina (SSS Campus), Marikina Trade Center, Gender and Development building,  and a water retarding pond.

Marikina Mayor reminds taxpayers of their obligations

Pay your dues on time

As a way of starting the calendar year free from the hassles of responsibilities, Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman reminds all taxpayers and investors in the city to have their tax obligations as well as business permits and licenses filed and paid on time.

De Guzman emphasizes the importance of tax collection to the continuous progress of a city like Marikina and encourages taxpayers to pay early at the Marikina City Hall and not wait for the last minute.

To avoid the 20% penalty with their business permits for the late payment of business tax, business owners are advised to register or renew their businesses starting today until January 20, 2016. Business tax shall be paid at Windows 6-8 of the City Treasury located at the first floor of the Marikina City Hall.

According to the Marikina Revenue Code of 2013, aside from the 20% penalty, there will also be an added 2% penalty for every month thereafter if the owners failed to register their business on time.

“We don’t want our business owners to carry this burden of penalty just because they miss it out, or just procrastinate, or simply because they find business filing an inconvenient errand. In Marikina, the Business Permits and Licensing Office is our one-stop shop because of the creation of the Marikina Business Portal. This is a web-based information system that interconnects different offices related to business license processing. It is an electronic workflow that has a database of registered businesses and provides an opportunity for approving offices to schedule site inspections and update business records without requiring applicants to go to each office,” De Guzman said.

BPLO reminds business owners to display their business plates with 2016 sticker and “Billing and Permit” together with the official receipt in public view.

Meanwhile, with the 7th City Council’s passage of Ordinance 67, Series of 2015 called “Ordinance granting graduated reduction on real property tax for calendar years 2016-2018 in the city of Marikina” (which was later amended by Ordinance 71, Series of 2015), Marikina’s real property taxpayers can still avail of the following reduction: 40% for calendar year 2016; 30% for calendar year 2017; and 20% for calendar year 2018.

As of December 17, 2015, 99.6% (PhP533.1M) of the PhP535M target has already been collected by city government for business tax. As of this writing, BPLO has already hit its target while102% (PhP375M) of the PhP367M target has been collected from real property tax.

“I could not ask for any other birthday wish than to give our residents and taxpayers the rightful service that they deserve. With this, I urge our employees to give them the best service possible,” said De Guzman, who is celebrating his 53rd birthday on January 9.

Along with Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), Marikina City recorded PhP1.609B or 92% of its PhP1.757B income tax target (as of December 17, 2015). This 2016, the city government targets PhP1.861B tax collection.

Taxes collected help in continuous building of a city like Marikina. They are utilized to budget its key services as well as programs and projects such as in the areas of infrastructure, health, education, livelihood, housing, peace and order, environment, and disaster responsiveness.


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