By John Aldrin Casinas
Marikina City will soon have a One-Stop Shop for its shoes, Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said.
The One-Stop Shop will benefit the city’s businessmen and shoemakers,” Teodoro said in a statement on Sunday.
“If before, people have a hard time looking for shops, they can just go to this shop where all designs from various shops will be displayed and sold,” he said.
At the One-Stop Shop, customers can buy Marikina-made products in few pieces or by the bulk.
“We want customers to have an experiential experience in buying shoes,” the mayor said.
He said that based on a shoe test, Marikina’s shoes can last for a year, unlike imported shoes that only last for more or less three months.
The city government will also soon build a shoe tech school that will teach and train future shoemakers.
Teodoro said work on the three-story school building could start in two to three months.
The P60-million school will be built inside the campus of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina.
The project is expected to finish in the third quarter of 2020.
To further promote the city’s shoe industry, shoemaking courses were offered in junior and senior high school programs in the city.
The curriculum, Teodoro said, will soon have a national certification from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).