Progressing Malabon

January 07, 2019

Oreta: ‘Kinaya Naten, Ituloy Naten’

KICKING off 2019 with a big-bang, Mayor Antolin “Lenlen” Oreta III delivered his State of the City Address (SOCA) yesterday and bared his administration’s recent achievements and the executive agenda he will pursue onwards.

Speaking before thousands of Malabonians gathered at Malabon Amphitheater, Oreta’s SOCO was also on simultaneous telecast in Plaza Concepcion and Tugatog Covered Court.

The event was jumpstarted with a video footage showcasing how the city had progressed and gained prominence in various developmental fields.

In his address, Mayor Oreta took pride in being awarded with the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), testifying the city’s accomplishments despite being one of the “low-lying-flood-prone areas” in the Metro Manila.

He also disclosed his administration’s nutrition programs by reducing malnutrition rate more than half to 6.94 percent from 16.3 percent in 2013.

The city executive attributed this to the concerted efforts of the city nutrition team led by its Action Officer and his better half, Chef Melissa Sison-Oreta, who spearheaded the innovative 90-day supplemental feeding program evolving to the “Karinderia para sa Kalusugan ni Chikiting” (KKC) and the “Buntis-Chikiting Patrollers” (ButChiPats), aimed at improving the health conditions of mothers and children alike.

The services of the Ospital ng Malabon (OsMal) were also upgraded recently.

In education, school buildings classrooms and child development centers were mostly renovated and repaired, more teachers were hired and trained, the city public library was technologically improved and the City of Malabon University (CMU) was also upgraded at global standards with enhanced curriculums and academic programs.

Attesting the quantifiable accomplishments aside from the SGLG are citations from the National Nutrition Council (NNC), Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Administration (PDEA), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Bureau of Local Government Finances-Department of Finance (BLGF-DOF).

With commendation for good financial housekeeping, the Oreta administration won the trust and confidence of its taxpayers, raising Malabon as a billionaire in generated revenue amounting to P1.76 billion in 2018 from a meager P836,897,265.69 in 2012.

The Mayor also sworn to sustain the city’s growth through more public-service-oriented-projects as the 3-storey “Bulwagang Kalinga” building for the senior citizens, social welfare and development and urban poor clients of Malabon.

The DILG represented by Regional Director Juan Jovian E. Ingeniero took time in awarding the P5.1 million Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) owing to the granting of SGLG to the city.

When asked about the use of word “naten” instead of “natin” in his mantra, Oreta explained “Instead of ‘natin’ with only an ‘I’ in its tin, to me TEN is a better syllable representing the multitude of Malabonians in unison towards a common goal of progress and development.”

With utmost family-centered values, Oreta ascribed to the advancement of Pamilyang Malabonianas the main driving force for his unrelenting public service.

“These were all achieved with everyone’s help and hard work, thus let us pursue further. Sa tulong po ninyo, lahat kinaya NATEN at muli ay sama-samang ITULOY NATEN!”, he said.