Former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta passes away at 75

Robie de Guzman   •   May 15, 2020   •   1048

MANILA, Philippines – Former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta has passed away at the age of 75, her son announced on Friday.

On his Facebook page, Malabon City Mayor Antolin “Lenlen” Oreta said his mother died on Thursday, May 14.

He did not disclose the cause of his mother’s death.

“On behalf of my family, it is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my mom at 10:48 p.m. of May 14,” his post read.

Mayor Oreta described his mother as a public servant who devoted her life to the country and her adopted hometown of Malabon.

“She was a loving grandmother, mother, and wife and a friend to those whose lives she touched,” he said. “We ask for your prayers for mom. Thank you.”

Oreta was the youngest sister of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., whose assassination in 1983 sparked protests that led to the people power revolt in EDSA which ousted then President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.

Oreta was elected senator in 1998 but before joining the Senate, she represented the district of Malabon-Navotas at the House of Representatives for three consecutive terms.

At the House of Representatives, she became the first woman to hold the position of assistant majority leader.

During her time at the Senate, she pushed for bills focusing on education, and the welfare of teachers, among others.

Among her bills that were enacted into law was the Republic Act (RA) 8972 or the Solo Parent Act and the RA 8980 or the Early Childhood Care and Development.

She is survived by her husband, Antolin Oreta Jr, and their four children. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Malabon City Mayor Oreta gets COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   March 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Malabon City Mayor Lenlen Oreta on Tuesday confirmed he tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Nagpa swab test tayo as part of contact tracing. Today, lumabas sa resulta na positive ako sa Covid-19,” Oreta wrote on his Facebook account.

The mayor said he is asymptomatic and will be working at home in the following days.

Nagpa swab test tayo as part of contact tracing. Today, lumabas sa resulta na positive ako sa Covid-19. Bagamat wala…

Posted by Lenlen Oreta on Monday, March 22, 2021

An ongoing contact tracing is also being conducted for those he interacted with in the past few days, he said.

Oreta reminded the public to strictly observe health protocols to help prevent further transmission of COVID-19.

“This only shows na matindi pa rin ang epekto ng COVID-19 sa Malabon. Matinding pag-iingat ang kailangan lalo na ang pagsunod sa mga health protocols,” he said.

“On behalf of the city, we would continue to ensure that we bring down the cases ng COVID dito sa ating siyudad,” he added.

Malabon vaccination plan targets 180,000 residents to receive vaccine

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 2, 2021

MALABON, Philippines — Malabon City targets 180,000 of its residents to get inoculated with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), the vaccination program of Malabon can begin in March or April once the procured vaccines arrive in February.

Malabon procured P50 million worth of COVID-19 vaccines. The city already designated 11 vaccination sites and also targets to inoculate 1,100 individuals per day. Medical frontliners and the elderly are the main priority of the city’s vaccination program.

Malabon Mayor Antolin Oreta will also voluntarily get vaccinated to encourage his constituents to receive the vaccine. He reported that only 30% of the residents are willing to get inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We still have to convince the masses na kailangan, importante magpabakuna. Maybe set an example papabakuna din tayo (that it is necessary, important to get vaccinated. Maybe set an example, we will also get inoculated). I think that’s one aspect of it,” he said.

Oreta is also open for Malabon residents to choose the brand of the vaccine they want to receive. -AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Undocumented fish imports seized in Malabon City

Marje Pelayo   •   December 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 467 boxes of imported fish of different species were seized from two dealers during a recent market denial operation in Malabon City.

In a report published on Wednesday (December 2), the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) said the illegal packages were seized by the agency’s team of law enforcers and fisheries inspectors in an operation held on Monday (November 30).

The operation is in line with the directives from BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona to intensify efforts against illegal importation.

According to the report, one of the fish dealers was unable to present the necessary importation documents of fish intended for wet markets when asked by authorities.

The required documents include Sanitary and Phytosanitary Import Certificate, delivery receipts, and transport clearance, without which is a violation of Sec. 105 or unlawful importation and exportation of fish or fishery species of Republic Act (RA) 8550, as amended by RA 10654 and in relation to FAO 195. 

Meanwhile, the delivery receipt presented by the second dealer does not match the delivery receipt being issued by the alleged importing company, as per verification with the importer.

Notices of Violation for the filing of administrative cases were already issued to the dealers of imported fish. 

The seized items, which include boxes of galunggong, mackerel, squid, yellow tail salmon, and moonfish, are kept in a storage facility under the custody of the apprehending team.

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