Barangay Loyola Heights

Barangay Captain Caesar Marquez

The Barangay Loyola Heights brochure describes the Vision-Mission of the Barangay as follows:

Vision: To build a progressive model community that effectively responds to its members’ needs through pro-active public service programs implemented by leaders who will be able to lead by example.

Mission: To provide services that reach out to Loyola Heights’ diverse constituency comprised of residential communities, campuses, and business establishments, and to initiate programs that will ensure a harmonious, peaceful, safe, responsible, eco-friendly and progressive community.

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Mr Caesar Marquez, Punong Barangay, is now on the 3rd year of his term.  At first, Mr Marquez simply wanted to rule a community in which the constituents would learn to implement the law, rules and regulations.  He knew he needed to start with 2 things: ensure the security of the community, and unite the efforts of the various stakeholders: the individual villages that made up the Barangay, the Parish (Our Lady of Pentecost Parish), the staff of the local government unit, the authorities of the schools belonging to the Barangay…  As soon as he accomplished this, he knew he was off to really carrying out the functions of a barangay leader, as spelled out in the Vision and Mission as stated above.

I would like to highlight here 2 important hallmarks of his having been Barangay Captain: (1) Peace and order, and (2) Education.

Peace and Order: Surely this is a very important component of the tasks of any Barangay Captain.  And visibly this has been accomplished by Mr Marquez: my friends who enter the village as guests would invariably notice and make remarks about the silence and security that they would “feel” as soon as they come in.

Mr Marquez says that he has managed to bring down the crime rate in the Barangay by as much as 90% from the time he took over.  This he achieved in collaboration with the competent PNP Station 9 which received the “Most Outstanding Police Station” award from the Department of Interior and Local Government.  Col. Palisoc in fact is on his 3rd term as station commander, evidence of the efficiency and effectiveness of the tandem in this area.

Education: In his message on the Barangay Loyola Heights brochure, Mr Marquez says “the barangay…prides itself on being called the “Gateway to the Educational Hub of Quezon City“, being surrounded as it is by such universities as Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College, proximate parts of University of the Philippines Diliman, etc.  It is, thus, important to draw from this “intellectual power and energy source” and deliver literacy and education to those who are less fortunate.

Some of the highly successful components of this educational effort are: (a) the Barangay Day Care Center, for children 0-7 years of age; (b) the Interactive Children’s Learning Program (ICLP) for those in the 7-13 years age bracket; (c) the delivery of the Alternative Learning System from Commission on Higher Education (CHED); (d) Vocational Courses, and (e) the high-potential “e-Eskwela”, which is digital-based learning.  Originally envisaged for the provinces, Barangay Loyola Heights’ e-Eskwela is the first urban-based application of the local government unit (LGU) learning system.  There are large numbers of youths from the nearby schools that volunteer regularly to give tutorials under these various initiatives, but since the national educational system demands a gargantuan effort on the part of each citizen, this portion of the barangay’s functions is continually in need of hands –minds and hearts, above all– to provide non-stop the needed academic as well as extra-curricular ‘fuels’ of these youths who badly need training.

Kudos to Barangay Captain Caesar Marquez!

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I call on all the constituents of Barangay Loyola Heights, Quezon City, to close ranks with Mr Marquez so we can put in our share in the fulfillment of the Vision-Mission of our beloved Barangay 🙂

Related stories or links:

Our Lady of Pentecost Parish

OLPP Facebook Group

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2 Responses to “Barangay Loyola Heights”

  1. Jojo Says:

    I agree Mr. Marquez is a good man with good intentions. Sad to say that the security of Loyola Heights seems to be limited to the subdivisions. Please take a look around our community. Houses outside subdivisions have been vandalized and robbed, public signs destroyed, cars parked outside vandalized, robberies and snatching by repeat offenders, and the ever notorious tricycle drivers who rule the streets. Some have even said that residents from areas where there are tricycle terminals were being constantly harrassed by tricycle drivers and the Barangay has not been able to do anything about it.

    Despite all these, I still believe Capt. Marquez is a good man and that he can return the peace and tranquility in our area. Not only for the subdivisions, but also for the residents along public roads.

    Should Capt. Marquez require assistance for the increased security of the community, I’m sure many will help.

    • Sonny Says:

      I saw this post as of late while searching some data about our district, and i can’t help but agree on the comment left here by Jojo by replying to this blog site. The post is old but relevant enough for me to retort.

      I have met Mr. Marquez on few occasions in his office due to some serious threats we have been having from many squatter locals and bandits of Pajo and Botocan; two notorious and poorly governed squabble areas which threatens peaceful community of Barangay Loyola Heights.

      I do believe Capt. Marquez has a true capacity to lead but any leader in the same nature of his work, no matter how good, can also fail if such resources and support from the top are insufficient for the good captain to do his job the right way. BUT — Then again, a good community leader and a seasoned one should always strive and never be hindered by whats lacking around him. We believe in him and so he must show resilience in his work. He owes the people that.

      Police Station 9 for me is a different story. They’re skittish, to say the least. You report to them any incidents and i tell you, they wont ask for your name and location. They’ll just ask what street, you say Xavierville Avenue then they say, “okay will check on it” and thats it, they’ll put the phone down and wont ask any information about the caller. It happened to me twice. Then i realize that they didnt pay attention and they are never coming to check.

      The tricycle terminal near Katipunan Avenue, the green trikes, i had heard many complaints about the rudeness of the drivers. And they are one of the noisy vehicles racing in the middle of the night along xavierville avenue.

      Due to the reports already given in the Barangay, and numerous blotters-incident reports we made to Station 9, i already had it. We are tired. And we urgently need the leadership we deserve from the Barangay office of Loyola Heights.

      I believe everything contained in first paragraph of Jojo, and more. I have been living here in Xavierville since i was born during the seventies! I can attest to everything he said and i have our own reports and evidence to prove it.

      Mr. Marquez, please, step up soon. You don’t know most of us since we are all a bit far from your Barangay office but we are watching and we do care. Everybody supported you in office for a reason. We still believe in you. Make everybody in the community under your leadership safe, and soon! I write this in full sincerity and concern not just for myself but for my family and everybody in the immediate community of Loyola Heights, specially the ones outside the high walls of closed subdivisions.

      Jojo was right about his final notes. And ill be happy to be one of the volunteers to help. I hope you can set a community meeting and inform the rest of us so we can all participate and collaborate for the peace and order of Barangay Loyola Heights.


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