MARIKINA CITY has given the green light to three government agencies to build and operate their facilities in the city.
To implement this, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro, and officials of the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP), and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) on Tuesday afternoon, October 20, signed Deeds of Usufruct allowing the three agencies to utilize the city’s lands where they can build and operate their facilities.
In usufruct, the ownership and title of the real property remains with the owner, in this case the local government of Marikina City. The DILG, BFP and BJMP, as the usufructuaries are given temporary rights to use and derive benefits from the subject property.
DILG chief lauds Marikina LGU
“Malaki ang pasasalamat ko kay Mayor Marcy sa pagiging kaakibat ng DILG at mga ahensiya nito sa pagpapalawig at pagpapalakas ng programa ng pambansang pamahalaan,” Año expressed.
(Translation: I am very thankful to Mayor Marcy for being a partner of DILG and it’s agencies in spreading and strengthening the national government’s programs.)
“Malaking bagay ang pangunguna ng LGU ng Marikina sa kasunduang pagtibayin ang mga hakbang ng pamahalaan sa pagsiguradong ligtas at panatag ang ating mga mamamayan. At talagang hindi nagpapahuli ang siyudad na ito gaya ng mga nakaraang paglulunsad ng iba pang programa tulad ng Disiplina Muna at Bida ang may Disiplina ng ating Kagawaran,” the DILG secretary further said.
Translation: The Marikina local government unit’s leading in cementing the steps being taken by the government to ensure our citizens’ safety and security is a big thing. This city is not being left behind like in past launch of “Disiplina Muna at Bida ang may Disiplina Ng ating Kagawaran.)
In addition, Año said Marikina has been very proactive in its Covid-19 response, making it one of the cities with lowest Covid-19 transmission in the National Capital Region (NCR).
“With strict implementation of quarantine and health protocols, scaled up contact tracing and, most importantly, the first city to put up a testing laboratory, Marikina has indeed shown to the rest of the country its capability to respond to the public health crisis,” the DILG secretary emphasized.
He also recalled that Marikina City has set the bar high by reclaiming public roads when it emerged as a “Gold Standard” in the road clearing drive.
Per Año: “Such feat is attributed to the policies and ordinances implemented in the city even long before the President (Rodrigo R. Duterte) ordered the clearing efforts.”
“Of course, the culture of discipline instilled and developed in every Marikeño cannot be discounted.Dahil diyan, saludo ako sa inyong lahat at lubos akong nagpapasalamat sa inyong walang sawang suporta (Because of that I salute you all and thank you so much for your constant support).”
For his part, Teodoro said the usufruct agreement is mutually beneficial to Marikina and the aforementioned national agencies,;saying this is a good example of the whole-of-government approach where the local and national governments work hand-in-hand to solve particular problems such as traffic, criminality, and disaster.
“Today, we are making history for our citizens, not only here in Marikina, more importantly for our country. Today, we will enter the mutually beneficial usufruct agreement,” he said.
Safe Philippines National Command and Control Center
“Ang mga kasunduan ay magbibigay ng usufruct rights sa BJMP, BFP, at DILG upang hindi lang makapag set up ng mga pasilidad kundi makapag operate ang mga regional facilities na ito, national facilities na ito sa mga lupang narito sa Marikina,” the mayor added.
Translation: The agreements will give usufruct rights to the BJMP, BFP and DILG to not only build facilities but also operate these regional facilities, national facilities on Marikina lands.
The DILG will build on the land provided by the local government of Marikina the Safe Philippines National Command and Control Center (SPNCCC), one of the flagship projects of Duterte, which aims to address problems such as traditional and evolving threats to public safety and security due to criminal acts, terrorist attacks, fire incidents, traffic congestion, and road accidents using the modern ICT technologies. It will be built in Barangay Nangka, and the land provided for it is 3,425 sqms.
This project is beneficial to the public and the local community as it will promote public welfare, security and peace and order in the city.
State-of-the-art training center
“With activated command center, BFP will be able to scale up its rapid response in times of emergencies while BJMP will further improve its capability in jail decongestion and reformation efforts,” said Año.
Meanwhile, the BFP will construct a BFP-NCR Regional Office, Marikina Central Fire Station, BFP Training Center and Museum on the said land in Barangay Nangka, having a total of 13,067 sqms.
It will build a state-of-the-art training center for its personnel to equip them with skills and knowledge in firefighting, emergency medical services, and search and rescue operations to better serve the public.
BFP said the first ever museum will communicate traditional knowledge of BFP’s history, provide guidance and teaching on questions relating to the history of firefighting services, and educate visitors, especially children about the fire safety related concerns.
The BJMP, on the other hand, will build a jail facility in Barangka village. (✓)
Featured image of Marikina City Hall from city’s online portal.