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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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

Mega Job Fair

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.