(Metro News) House numbering system in Marikina is critical for emergency response

November 26, 2009 2:58 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 26 — The city government of Marikina has implemented a house numbering system to drive home the importance of clearly identifying houses and structures in the city.

Mayor Marides Fernando said the system provides crucial information for administrative, emergency response, mapping, routing and navigation, and many other purposes.

Asked why is there a need to replace old numbers, Fernando said that with the new system, numbers are chronologically arranged. Aside from easy location and identification of houses, establishments and vacant lots, the new and permanent numbering system enables faster delivery of services and prompts response of policemen, firemen, and/or medical personnel to emergency situations.

“This new system is expected to prevent delay in the delivery of mails, subscriptions, and utility bills like water and electricity,” the city mayor said.

She also said that the house numbering system is especially useful for the City Treasurer’s Office (Real Property documents), City Assessor’s Office, and Management Information System (Graphic Information System Mapping).

The city government gives residents up to one year to use the old number. After a year, old number plates will be removed.

Fernando said that they will impose penalties for non compliance with the new numbering system after the one year grace period has elapsed.

“As stipulated in section 8 of City Ordinance 57, series of 2009, any owner of a house who refuses or prevents an authorized city personnel from installing the house number plate on his property shall be fined P1,000 per day. In addition, any owner of a house or structure or premise who deliberately defaces, damages, or detaches the new house number will be meted out a P5,000 fine,” Fernando said. (PNA)



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