Making a difference in public service

February 05, 2019

MALABON is making a big difference in  delivering public service. A project that will bring  city hall services closer to barangays was recently unveiled by the city government of  Malabon.

A brainchild of Mayor  Antolin ‘Lenlen’ Oreta lll, the project called ‘Kalingang Malabonian’ was launched on January 26 and 27  in barangays of Maysilo and Santulan, and February 2 and 3 in  Tañong, San Agustin and Tugatog, respectively.

The social service event will subsequently be conducted  throughout the 21 barangays of the city, aiming to facilitate the free delivery of public service to its residents. “We need to bring the government closer to the people and find ways to ease up daily living of every Malabonian,” Oreta said.

Thousands of Malabonians availed of the offerings, bringing along their families and neighbors to enjoy the series of the weekend affair. Kalinga on its pilot launch conducted medical and dental services, assistance for cataract operation, vitamins and medicine distribution, nutrition, HIV/AIDS and family planning consultations/counselling, vegetable seeds distribution and gardening inputs, giving out of anti-dengue/mosquito repellant mix, minor repair of household appliances, repair of clothes, free haircut, declogging of canals and issuance of senior citizen, persons-with-disability and solo parents identification cards.

Desks for application and consultation on Pag-ibig, and Philhealth, pre-registration for scholarship programs, senior high school and college registration and inquiries by the City of Malabon University (CMU) and City of Malabon Polytechnic Institute (CMPI), application for social pension, medical and burial assistance through the Mayor’s Public Assistance Service (MPAS), free city heritage tour registration and job hiring through the Public Employment Services Office (PESO) with their private counterpart were all set-up.

Inquiries and filing of application for Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) copies as well as assistance on birth, marriage or death certificate matters, along with tax related inquiries and verifications on real estates are also accommodated. Help desks addressing applications and concerns on building, demolition, excavation, electrical wiring and other permits were also made available to assist clients.

Public service partners such as Maynilad, Meralco, PLDT, K-Card and Mary Kay make-ups were also present for their service offerings. Toddlers and children brought to the occasion were engaged in either story-telling, parlor games, coloring or drawing sessions in child-friendly-areas to savor the family atmosphere of the jam-packed service gathering.

Clients were served with free porridge by the city’s mobile kitchen and assorted breads by Malabonian ‘Pandeladies’ while ice-cream servings, taho, fish balls and kikiams were made available for all, during all of the initial Kalinga rounds.

Oreta acknowledged the volunteerism displayed by city employees and numerous other helpers who performed their duties in the program with him, as he also thanked the constituents who availed of the services for their cooperation and support.

With the mayor in the 4-day event series was his Pamilyang Malabonian team composed of former Congresswoman Jaye Lacson-Noel, Councilor Bernard Dela Cruz other city councilors and special guests who met and greeted Malabonians in the occasion. During the programs, groceries, bags and T-shirts were raffled to lucky spectators to spice-up their queue.

A consistent advocate of empowerment and good governance, Oreta has been decisive in delivering much needed social service to the constituents all through his decade long public service stint. Upon the determined direction of Oreta, other villages are lined up to host Kalingang Malabonian these succeeding weekends.

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