Marikina disposes confiscated firecrackers

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Several types of firecrackers were confiscated in the past several days and are scheduled to be disposed today, January 5. This is in accordance with City Ordinance No. 27, Series of 2008 which prohibits the manufacture and sale of firecrackers, pyrotechnic devices and other similar devices and explosives in the territory of Marikina City.

The confiscated items were drenched in drums of water by the Office of Public Safety and Security (OPSS) at an open space fronting the Marikina City Hall. After drenching in water, they are to be turned over to the City Environmental Management Office (CEMO) for proper disposal. Among the illegal firecrackers seized were 81 pcs. and five bundles of Kwitis; one Sixteen Shot; 76 pcs. Fountain; one Helicopter; 310 pcs. and 393 bundles of Luces; 49 pcs. and two boxes of Judas Belt; 60 pcs. and one pack, and 70 boxes of Five Star; 109 pcs. of Whistle Bomb; three pcs. of Boga; one piece Sawa; at several boxes of Piccolo.

 According to the Philippine National Police-Marikina, the city had a firecracker-related injury count of 32, while one person was hit by a stray bullet in Brgy. Malanday while celebrating the New Year.


Undas Traffic Rerouting Scheme

Undas 2015-1 Undas 2015-2In observance of the All Saints’ Day, the city government of Marikina will be implementing traffic re-routing scheme to prevent traffic congestion at major thoroughfares due to heavy volume of people that are expected to visit Loyola Memorial Park and other cemeteries in the city.

Starting 12:00 n.n. of October 30, the City Transportation Management and Development Office (CTMDO) will implement a one-way trafficscheme on the stretch of A. Bonifacio Avenue which will only allow vehicles going to Marikina City from Quezon City.

G. Puyat Street will be one-way going northbound while J. Cruz Street will be one-way going southbound. Lopez-Jaena will be used as two-way street for emergencies, government vehicles, and tricycles only.

Meanwhile, vehicles going to Quezon City from Marikina are advised to take Marcos Highway via Gil Fernando Ave. or Old J.P. Rizal Street. According to CTMDO, although the said one-way traffic scheme is expected to be lifted on November 1 at 12:00 n.n., it can still be further extended depending on the volume of people still at the cemeteries at the aforementioned date and time.

As Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman hopes for a peaceful and meaningful observance of the All Saints’ Day in Marikina, the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Marikina advices the public to refrain from bringing prohibited items such as liquor, pointed objects such as knives, playing cards or any object used in gambling, firearms, radio, and videoke/karaoke machines in the cemeteries.

In case of emergencies, several emergency assistance teams will be deployed by the city government at the Loyola Memorial Park and other cemeteries.

Okto-beer-fest in Marikina



The city government of Marikina through the Office of the Vice Mayor (OVM) and San Miguel Brewery, Inc. invite everyone aged 18 years old and above to Okto-beer-fest 2015 on Friday, October 23, starting at 5:00 p.m. at Ming Ramos Lane, Marikina River Park.

This one-night celebration will feature live performances from Filipino bands Spongecola, Moonstar 88, Join the Club as well as from other local bands and surprise guests.

For only PhP100, tickets to this event are available at the OVM. For every ticket purchase, bearer is entitled to one glass of beer and a chance to win various items at a raffle draw during the event.

“We would like to thank the management of San Miguel Beer for choosing Marikina as its venue for Okto-beer-fest 2015. As it is going to be a night filled of entertainment, we would like to remind everyone coming to drink responsibly to maintain peace and order in our city,” said Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman.

Some 3,000 participants are expected to come in the event.

For queries, call the Office of the Vice Mayor at (02) 645-6407 and look for Ramil Villareal.

Marikina joins Metro Shake


The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)-organized Metro-wide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (MSED) dubbed “Metro Shake” will be held all over the National Capital Region (NCR) on Thursday, July 30 starting at 10:30 in the morning. Marikina City, being part of the NCR, will have its share of the drill.

The Marikina City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MCDRRMO) is preparing for the event which will be participated in by all of the city’s 16 barangays, 32 public schools, select private schools, business establishments, and government establishments like Marikina City Hall, Healthy City Center, and Amang Rodriguez Medical Center.

At 10:30 a.m., all Marikeños are expected to do the “Duck, Cover, and Hold” drill, act according to appropriate conduct before, during, and after an earthquake, and practice familiarization of their respective evacuation sites. To further improve simulation exercises, barangay officials will conduct scenarios mimicking clearing of debris, response to persons trapped inside a structure, fires, and the likes.

The main activity for the event is the Scenario 3 which is assigned to Marikina City. In Scenario 3, authorities shall simulate the collapse of a bridge located along Marcos Highway (at the west bank of Marikina River near Marcos Bridge and FVR Road). There will be Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) in the simulated rescue operation that will be led by MMDA, Marikina’s own Rescue 161, and Philippine Red Cross.

Marikina City’s performance during the drill will be evaluated by authorities from the Department of Education, PNP Marikina, BFP Marikina, Philippine Red Cross Marikina Chapter, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, the Magdalo, Marikina Settlements Office, and Marikina City’s Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) Team.

Some roads in the city that will be utilized as evacuation centers will also be closed. Some 40 personnel from the Traffic Management and Enforcement Division (TMED) will be deployed to help ease the flow of traffic in the city’s major thoroughfares. Several roads that are expected to be affected by the drill are J.P. Rizal St. corner W. Paz St., Shoe Ave. corner W. Paz St., J.P. Rizal corner V. Santos St., E. Gonzales St. corner J.P. Rizal St., Cirma St., FVR Road (going to Riverbanks Center), Lopez Jaena St., and Don Gonzalo Puyat St. (front of Loyola Memorial Park).

The cities of Marikina and Pasig are designated as the Eastern Sector in the said drill. The same designation will be used in an actual earthquake occurrence. According to MCDRRMO, in an actual massive earthquake occurrence, the Emergency Operating Center (EOC) for these two cities would be located at the LRT-2 Santolan Station where the boundaries of these two cities meet. This EOC would serve as the forward command post of national government agencies such as the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The Metro Manila Development Authority organizes the Metro Shake in preparation for a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that would be made possible by the West Valley Fault. The 100-kilometer fault runs through 42 barangays in Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, Makati, Taguig, Muntinlupa, and 30 barangays in Bulacan, Laguna and Cavite.

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Mega Job Fair in Marikina

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An annual job fair will be held in Marikina City on Friday, July 17, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Old Lobby of the Marikina Sports Center.

Aimed at increasing the number of employed Marikeños through this event dubbed “Mega Job Fair 2015”, the city government through Labor Relations and Public Employment Service Office (LRPESO) taps some 50 private local companies and 10 international companies to offer slots in the said fair.

Interested job applicants must be at least 18 years of age, at least high school graduate and must bring copies of their resume or bio data during the event.

According to LRPESO, there will be slots for office, accounting, business process outsourcing, customer service, and technical support personnel.

“It is noteworthy that there are many jobs to be offered in the fair. The job locations would be concentrated in Metro Manila such as in Makati City and Quezon City. We will also accommodate an unlimited number of applicants so it is better for them to come on time,” said Mayor Del De Guzman.

Meanwhile, those who will miss the opportunity can still have their chance at another Mega Job Fair which the city government will hold on October 16, Friday, at the Old Lobby of the Marikina Sports Center.

Friendship, discipline, sportsmanship and more at the Summer Sports Camp

2015 Summer Sports CampTo promote an active, healthy way of spending summer vacation, the city government of Marikina offers Summer Sports Clinic to its Marikina residents aged 7-16 years old.

The sports clinic provides free tutorial on arnis, basketball, swimming, mixed martial arts, baseball/softball, football/soccer, karatedo, tennis, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, badminton at wrestling. Classes are held in the months of April and May at the Marikina Sports Center.

In a statement, Mayor Del De Guzman urged Marikina’s youngsters to take advantage of the opportunity to take up and be proficient in at least one sport.

To sign up, interested individuals must submit the following: photocopy of his/her parent’s voter’s identification card or Barangay Certificate; photocopy of his/her school identification card; and 1×1 photo.

“Sports teach not just techniques and strategies but also important values such as friendship, discipline, sportsmanship and perseverance. These are life skills which will guide your choices and actions as you get older,” he explained.

 For Brgy. Concepcion Uno resident Jaime Olivarez, joining in the said sports program is an effective way to make his children become productive. His three children have been participating in the Summer Sports Camp in the past four years.

 “Every year, when the school year is about to end, we would always ask our kids as to which among sports discipline offered (in the summer program) they would like to enroll in. This is a great program for us because the venue of the training is near and the training is offered free of charge,” Olivarez said.

Interested parties may sign up at the Marikina Sports Center from Mondays to Fridays. Trainings are offered on a “first come, first served” basis. For questions, call telephone numbers (02)646-1635.

Car rentals warned against carjacking modus

Car Rental Killing SuspectMarikina Mayor Del De Guzman appeals and warns the public to take extra precautionary measures especially those who are ­offering car rental services.

De Guzman’s statement was made after Leonard Jose Bacani, 35, married, businessman, and a resident of SSS Village, Brgy. Concepcion Dos, Marikina City was killed. Bacani was the owner of the car which his customer rented and attempted to steal but eventually used by the suspect to kill him in the chase.

“Please take extra caution when dealing with transactions like this because criminals disguised as ordinary persons are taking advantage of the opportunities. It is advisable to ask for pertinent documents like identification cards and Police Clearance, as well as document (photo or video) the transaction process just like what Bacani did. If possible, conduct a background check before closing any transaction. This measure can ensure our safety especially now that the summer season is drawing near and there will be vacations and out-of-town trips and car rentals will be on high demand,” De Guzman said.

Although the crime involving Bacani was committed outside Marikina, De Guzman hopes it will be solved in the soonest possible time.

“We trust the capability of the authorities of Mendez, Cavite in giving justice to our fellow Marikenyo. We would like to express our deepest sympathy to his bereaved family,” De Guzman added.

De Guzman likewise instructed Marikina Police Station headed by PS Supt Vincent Calanoga to feed him regular updates on the development of the case.