The local government unit (LGU) of Marikina City has inked usufruct deeds with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP), and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to allow the said agencies to use the lands of the city to build and operate their facilities.

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On Tuesday afternoon (October 20), Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro, Interior and Local Government Sec. Eduardo Año, BFP chief Director Jose Embang Jr., and BJMP chief Director Allan Iral forged the usufruct deeds at Kapitan Moy in Barangay Sta. Elena, Marikina

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.”

Año expressed gratitude to the Marikina LGU for letting the DILG, BFP, and BJMP utilize the city’s lands to build their structures.

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“We are very thankful to Mayor Marcy Teodoro for being a partner to the DILG, and its agencies in strengthening the programs of the national government,” he said in Filipino.

“Marikina LGU leading the way is a big thing for us. In the agreement, we are fortifying the steps taken by the government in ensuring the safety of the public. Marikina has been leading the way ever since, such as the launching of our agency’s ‘Disiplina Muna’ and ‘Bida ang may Disiplina’ programs.”

Following the inking of the usufruct of Marikina LGU, the BFP, the BJMP, the DILG secretary expressed bullishness this can shore up the capabilities of public safety institutions in terms of reducing criminality and improving the management of fire services, jail services, disaster risk reduction, and traffic.

Under the usufruct, DILG is provided by the LGU with a 3, 425-sqm lot in Barangay Nangka, Marikina where they will construct Safe Philippines National Command and Control Center. According to the city government, the project will be beneficial to the public and the local community as it will promote public welfare, security, and peace and order in the city.

“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,” Año said.

BFP is also provided 13, 067 sqms of lot in same barangay where the BFP-NCR Regional Office, Marikina Central Fire Station, BFP Training Center and Museum will be constructed.

The state-of-the art training center for its personnel will equip them with skills and knowledge in firefighting, emergency medical services, and search and rescue operations to better serve the public.

The first ever BFP 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.

BJMP was given 8, 993 sqms in Barangay Nangka where they will construct a jail facility that meets the minimum rules or requirements for the treatment of prisoners set by the United Nations (UN) such as the provision of adequate facilities for personal hygiene, bedding, physical exercise, medical and psychiatric services, conference rooms for visitors and counsels, access to books, and exercise of religion.

The usufruct agreement, Teodoro said, is mutually beneficial to Marikina and the aforementioned national agencies, noting that it is a good example of the whole-of-government approach where the local and national government work hand-in-hand to solve particular problems such as traffic, criminality, and disaster.

“We are making history for our citizens, not only here in Marikina, more importantly for our country. We will enter the mutually beneficial usufruct agreement,” said the mayor.

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