MORE THAN 4,300 MARIKINA HOUSEHOLDS ENERGIZED
MARIKINA CITY – The Marikina City government has provided electricity to more than 4,300 households since the inception of its electrification program some years ago.
Some 4,315 households have been connected to power lines between March 2017 and January 2019 under the Marikina Community Electrification Project (MCEP), based on data from the Marikina Community Electrification Office (MCEO).
Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro initiated the local electrification program when he assumed the post in 2016 to provide access to every household.
Teodoro recognized that several residents still have no electricity due to several challenges including the application for electrical permits in Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), the country’s largest power distributor.
As part of its electrification efforts, the local government signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA0 with Meralco.
In November 2017, the local government included the issuance of building permits in order to speed up the city’s total electrification.
Teodoro himself distributed these electrical and building permits to Marikina residents every Monday at the city hall. Before issuing these documents, they attend a seminar to discuss the project in detail and provide safety tips.
Meanwhile, the city council reminded businesses that they have until January 21 to renew their licenses and pay their business taxes to avoid incurring penalties and surcharges.
Business permits in the Philippines are valid for a year. They must be renewed within the first 20 days of the following year.
“This is the period for renewal of business permits and licenses. From January 1 to 20 is the period for renewal of business permits and licenses without incurring penalties and surcharges. Since January 20 falls on a Sunday, the last day will be on January 21,” said Nancy Teylan, head of the city’s Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO).