MALABON CITY – Malabon City Mayor Antolin Oreta III said the local government’s total revenue collection touched P1.7 billion in 2018, representing an 110-percent increase from P836.9 million in 2012.
In his recent State of the City Address (SOCA), Oreta attributed its much higher tax collection to good financial housekeeping as well as trust and confidence of taxpayers in the city.
The city mayor cited his administration’s accomplishments for 2017 and outlined his executive agenda for this year.
Oreta took pride in receiving from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) despite the city being one of the “low-lying-flood-prone areas” in Metro Manila.
He also mentioned 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).
Oreta said the malnutrition rate dropped to 6.94 percent from 16.3 percent in 2013 under his nutrition programs.
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 saKalusugan ni Chikiting (KKC)” and the “Buntis-Chikiting Patrollers (ButChiPats)” aimed at improving the health conditions of mothers and children alike.
He also reported the renovation of Ospital ng Malabon as well as livelihood programs which focused on aiding employment as well as training and augmenting livelihood capabilities of Malabonian entrepreneurs.
Oreta cited the Senior Patrollers and Techie na sina Lolo’t Lola as among projects improving the productivity and stature of the city elders.
In education, school buildings classrooms and child development centers were built or repaired, more teachers were hired and trained.
The city public library was technologically improved and the City of Malabon University (CMU) was enhanced, adhering to global standards with better curricula and academic programs.
Furthermore, he said numerous infrastructure projects complemented the local government’s program on children’s welfare, peace and order, housing, flood mitigation/disaster resilience, anti-illegal drugs campaigns, sports enhancement especially among young people.