Mayor Oca Malapitan
By Junex Doronio
July 3, 2021
CALOOCAN CITY – Apparently living up to his family name, Caloocan City Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan has driven his political opponents in frustration as their PR (public relations) ‘demolition job” only backfired with the residents saying he is easy to approach and he has transformed this city from being dirty and dangerous into a clean, peaceful and progressive urban center.
This was the assessment of political strategist Bong Padua when interviewed by Maharlika TV over a cup of coffee at the “legendary tropical” hang-out of veteran reporters of CAMANAVA (Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuela).
‘It’s really the performance that really matters to the Caloocan City residents,” Padua quipped.
He noted that for five consecutive years, Caloocan City under the administration of Malapitan was awarded the Seal of Good Local Governance.
Mayor Oca was also named as Most Outstanding Public Servant by the Golden Glove Annual Award, Padua added.
Under the administration of Malapitan, the University of Caloocan City was established and two modern medical centers were built – the Caloocan City Medical Center (CCMC) and the Caloocan City North Medical Center.
Aside from the two medical centers, the Caloocan Puericulture Center and Maternity House at the annex building of CCMC along Mabini St. has been upgraded.
Malapitan said this new facility will focus on the special care of children and women, including the rearing or hygienic care of children; specifically the prenatal care of unborn children through attention to the health of pregnant women.
He added that there is now a facility that caters solely to women and children, including their needs before, during and after giving birth.
A new medical department, the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center is also housed in the Puericulture Center, focusing on the speedy recovery of heart attack patients and other disabilities and disorders due to sickness or genetically / inborn conditions.
In addition, the dental care department is also housed in the building to administer dental care treatment and procedures to patients.
Acknowleding the drug problem, Mayor Oca also built a two-storey Drug Rehabilitation Center in Brgy. Camarin and the Balay Silangan Rehabilitation Center.
A sports buff, Malapitan put up a Buena Park Sports Complex in the University Hills subdivision and the Caloocan City Sports Complex in Brgy. 173.
He also renovated the Maypajo and Langatay public markets.
Meanwhile, leaders of the Malapitan Pa Rin Movement said the issue of political dynastism seems hollow and ineffective in this city.
They said that just like having a good and bad cholesterol, Mayor Oca and his son 1st District Representative Dale “Along” Malapitan, have proven to be a good one and the issue of political dynasties do not affect their performance and public service.
The younger Malapitan is being pushed by several civic organizations and youth groups to run for mayor while Mayor Oca has been urged to seek the congressional seat in the 1st district that will be vacated by his son. (ai/mtvn)