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.

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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 (https://www.facebook.com/piomarikina) and Twitter (@MarikinaPIO).

Let’s pay our dues on time! -Mayor Del

Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman encourages all businessmen in Marikina to register early and process requirements necessary for the operation of their businesses such as business permits and licenses.
The application is accepted and processed from January 1 to 20 by the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) for permits and licenses for new and renewal of businesses in the city.
According to BPLO chief Atty. Nancy Teylan, the following documents are required for acquiring permits and licenses:
For new businesses:
  • Zoning Clearance
  • Barangay Clearance
  • Occupancy Permit/Change of Use of Certificate
  • Fire Inspection Certificate
  • Sanitary Permit
  • Photos of the establishment (showing signboard and sidewalk)
  • City Environmental Management Office (CEMO) Certificate
  • Lessor’s Permit (Contract or Lease)
  • Others [Photocopy of Lessor’s Business Permit and Contract of Lease, Franchise Agreement (Franchisor)]
  • National Agency Clearances [SSS Registration, SEC Certificate of Authority to operate (Lending Company)].
For renewal:
  • Barangay Clearance
  • Quarterly VAT Returns or Monthly Percentage Tax (for corporations and other BIR-registered businesses)
  • Sanitary Permit
  • Engineering Inspection Certificate
  • Fire Inspection Certificate
  • City Environmental Management Office (CEMO) Certificate
  • Contract of Lease and Lessor’s Business Permit
  • Others (CVO Inspection Certificate [Meat/ Chicken Dealers and stores only, CAM/MTCAM Registration (Computer/Internet only), MVCCI Registration]
  • National Agency Clearances [Franchise Agreement (Franchisor), SEC Certificate of Authority to operate (Lending Company)].
Teylan explained the importance of acquiring business permits, “Business permits are important as they are usually one of the requirements in processing documents for cases like bank loans. Also, it serves as proof that the operation of the business is legal, preventing unscrupulous elements from taking advantages of the business owners.”
Also, paying dues is a way of supporting the city’s coffers which are allocated and spent for various city projects. It also indicates the businessmen’s compliance to the national law that states that all business operators must acquire permits and licenses.
In September 2009, PhP384 million worth of properties, including businesses, were destroyed by the typhoon Ondoy in Marikina. However, the city showed signs of its recovery as 2,225 (as of December 15) new businesses have opened in 2011.
For the city government, it is a sign that the city has started to regain the confidence of investors.
“This will eventually translate to more jobs for our residents, as well as infuse more funds for developmental projects,” said Mayor R. Del de Guzman
De Guzman encourages businessmen to register their businesses on the given dates to avoid further delays. For more information regarding permits and licenses, contact the Business Permits and Licensing Office at (02) 646-2354.

MARIKINA: We are ready for 2012 Palarong Pambansa

Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman assured Department of Education (Dep-Ed) officials about the city’s preparedness and commitment to excellence if chosen as host for next year’s Palarong Pambansa.

“We know you won’t settle for second best. So we reiterate our commitment to excellence. We have a legacy to perpetuate,” said De Guzman.

Dep-Ed officials acknowledge Marikina’s strengths contributed to its being shortlisted, “Marikina is multi-awarded city that is cleanest in the metropolis. Its citizens are disciplined, it has unparalleled emergency services, a multi-awarded police force, and is a Galing Pook awardee for local governance.”

De Guzman revealed that more than 90 awards have been bestowed on his city whose pioneering programs continue to be replicated nationwide.

Marikina resonates in discipline, order, and character. Every resident has a story to tell about its metamorphosis and transformation as a city and as a people.

The city boasts of the most seasoned emergency unit that undergoes regular training, seminars, and equipment upgrade to keep it in tip-top shape for any eventualities.

The Marikina Police Force is acknowledged as the best in the East and can be relied upon to keep the Palarong Pambansa 2012 safe and secure. Thus, free of worries, athletes can now concentrate on performing at their best and winning.

The mayor describes Marikina as a clean and green hall-of-famer that maintains cleanliness as a way of life, “A virtual feast for your senses that one immediately notices the differences and distinction.”

De Guzman reiterates that only Marikina can offer visiting athletes the city itself as a classroom and laboratory for hurdling life’s challenges and emerging triumphant in life.

He appeals to Dep-Ed officials to choose Marikina since it has been decades since the Palaro was held in Metro Manila.

Marikina’s bid is in line with its positioning as the country’s Sports Hub.