THE local government unit (LGU) of Marikina City is offering a P5,000 reward to anyone who could provide any video or photo of people caught vandalizing in the city.
The reward was part of the intensified campaign against anti-vandalism ordinance in the city.This is why Marikina City has almost no vandalism unlike other cities in the metropolis, according to Acting City Administrator Adrian Salvador.
He said Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro wants the city of Marikina to be the epitome of discipline.
“The cleanliness here in Marikina City signifies how disciplined and organized the city government is. Clutter is equal to chaos that is why Mayor Teodoro ensures that the local government of Marikina always keep the city clean, and free of vandalism,” said Salvador.
“Marikina residents are very active when it comes to reporting vandalized walls and signages,” he added.
Salvador said the photo or video will be used as an evidence against anyone who vandalised a property.
Violators of Ordinance No. 017 or Marikina City’s Ordinance Prohibiting Vandalism will be penalized as follows:
1st Offense- P3,000 fine, plus 40 hours or five days of community service, and pay for the restoration of the defaced property.
2nd Offense- P4,000 fine, plus 80 hours or 10 days of community service, and pay for the restoration of the defaced property.
3rd Offense-P5,000 or an imprisonment for 30 days but no more than six months, or both at the discretion of the court, including payment for the restoration of the defaced property.
The defaced properties, Salvador said, are being painted with “Marikina Art.” Marikina Police said “Marikina Art” beautifies the vandalised properties.
“The ‘Marikina Art’ was adopted by MMDA before. It started here in Marikina City,” Salvador said.
Because of the effective anti-vandalism drive of the Marikina LGU, Salvador said there are only very few cases of vandalism in the city.
In fact, the Marikina Police said they only apprehended three people in 2018.
The Marikina Police is attributing the low rate of vandalism to their well coordination with the Marikina LGU.