Alive and kicking

THERE’S no doubt, my Kumpadre,  many friends’ friend, the former vice mayor of Malabon City, Arnold Vicencio has passed away and that’s for good, so to speak as he rejoined the Almighty. Rest in peace my good friend.

As he left us, reports or shall I say rumors have circulated all over about Mayor Canuto “Tito” Oreta saying he has also expired after he has been on an indefinite leave at the City Hall due to his lingering illness brought about by this killer cigarettes.

No less than his nephew, Antolin “Lenlen” Oreta, who’s now the acting mayor, refuting such nasty talk.

In a phone conversation, the younger Oreta, the son of ex-Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta and first cousin of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, just laughs off the nasty rumor about his uncle.

“There’s no truth about it, it’s just tsismis. My uncle is very much still alive and he’s resting and recovering at his home,” says the acting mayor.

With that as many, especially the old ones, would say, Mayor Tito, who has been well-loved by the people for his genuine kindness and generosity, will live much longer as expected as more and more are praying for him.

He’s the kind that helping    others is the best in life he can offer to mankind and, for sure, acting Mayor Lenlen can easily emulate what his good uncle has been doing for Malabon residents and the latter is showing it, good for the city folks.

Valenzuela is Best LGU

Mayor Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian of Valenzuela City deserves a pat on the back for another recognition his administration has received.

Having chosen as a model of effective governance and excellent public service as it bests other local government units (LGUs) all over the country, the city was bestowed as Local Government Unit Luminary for 2011 in the 1st Meralco (Manila Electric Company) Luminaries Awards.

Humbled by the latest feat which he says wouldn’t be achieved had it not been for the full cooperation of all sectors in the city, Mayor Gatchalian says it inspires the city officials and employees to do more for the constituents.

“Let this be an inspiration for all of us here at the city government for us to be more dedicated and sincere in serving the people without waiting for something in return” the mayor, who is the vice president of the League of Cities of the Philippines for Metro Manila, says.

According to city’s Public Information Officer Ahna Mejia, the award was given to the city government for its prompt delivery of basic services and social welfare and development programs, and utilizing the benefits of public-private partnership in bringing about positive change in the lives of the city folks.

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