Marikina City is one of the highly urbanized cities in the Philippines. It is located northwest of Metro Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. Covering a land area of 21.5 square kilometer, it is primarily a valley nestled amidst mountain ranges and rolling hills. Its topography in general is characterized by flat terrain with only a portion mildly sloping here generally suitable for urban settlements. Marikina City has sixteen (16) barangays and a population of 525,141 comprising about 11,456 household based on the 2.68% growth rate for the year 2014. The city has a hot and humid climate with an average temperature of 32 o Centigrade.
Ever since Tagaytay City became a full member of the Alliance for Healthy Cities (AFHC) in 2004, health and nutrition services being rendered to its people have remarkably improved. Such improvement is also attributed to the sincerity and unwavering commitment of the local officials coupled with active participation of concerned stakeholders from different sectors: business sector, religious and academe sectors and other non-government organizations and people’s organizations.