MARIKINA City is yet to consider the plan of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to transfer the Manila City Jail to the Manila Boys Town Complex.
Marikina City administrator Jun Aguilar said on Monday the city government is “open for a dialogue” with Manila officials about the matter.
The Manila Boys Town provides shelter for children and elders alike who have experienced abuse, exploitation and abuse.
“Boystown is intended to provide health and wellness, and to protect the welfare of everyone there,” he said.
He added tha the transfer of Manila City Jail to the Boys Town area “may affect the image of Marikina.”
“(The transfer) may have an effect on the residents of Barangays Fortune and Parang in terms of security,” he said.
Aguilar also said such endeavor may violate Marikina’s zoning ordinance. “Institutional kasi ang Boys Town.”
Section 25 of Ordinance 303, or the city’s revised zoning ordinance passed by the city government in 2000, states that only health centers, schools, religious structures and other government and private buildings should be built in institutional zones.
“Sana sumunod sila sa zoning ordinance,” he said referring to Manila city officials.
The 23-hectare land in Barangay Parang where the Manila Boys Town Complex currently stands was donated to the City of Manila in the 1950s.