Discover the City of Catbalogan! A mouth-watering cuisine... The colorful tradition and festivities... Embark on an exhilirating adventure... Indulge the perfect bliss of calm and comfort... And a bit of everything...
Discover the City of Catbalogan!1 A mouth-watering cuisine...2 The colorful tradition and festivities...3 Embark on an exhilirating adventure...4 Indulge the perfect bliss of calm and comfort...5 And a bit of everything...6

A message from the City Mayor

Maupay nga adlaw ha iyo nga tanan!

Una han nga tanan, karuyag ko magpasalamat ha mga bibo, mga cute ngan mag-ilob nga kabataan nga umapi ha aton Awareness Walk kanina la. Nalilipay ako nga bisan ha sugad hini nga edad, ginpapakita na niyo nga interesado kamo nga ma-involve ngan magkamay-ada hin role para ha mga aktibidades ug panhitabo ha aton siyudad. Nagpapamatuod la ini nga bisan kamo mga bata, maaram kamo han iyo mga katungod ug iyo mga kapas nga bumulig para ha kaupayan han aton siyudad.

Of course, this would not have been possible without the parents and teachers who are with us today, not only to ensure their children’s and students’ safety during the walk, but also to encourage them to take an active role in our society. Ginpapakita la dinhi an importansya han pagburublig han Local Government Unit, Academe, pamilya ngan iba pa nga sector ha pag-ensure nga madako an aton kabataan nga responsable ug mabinuligon nga mga ulitawo ug daraga ha masunod na panahon.

The empowerment of our children, as well as their integration into socio-civic affairs, is the main thrust of the National Children’s Month Celebration, which we are conducting right this moment.

Pinaagi hini nga aton selebrasyon, nga mayda tema nga “Bata, Kasali Ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga”, karuyag namon ipasabot ha iyo, nga bisan kamo mga bata pa nga nadepender ha iyo mga magulang, importante la gihapon an iyo mga opinion, an iyo mga nahuhuna-hunaan ug iyo mga ginbubuhat, ngan kun tatagan la kamo hin iksakto nga bulig, kun tututduan la kamo han tuhay nga mga pamatasan, mayda kamo maico-contribute nga kaupayan ha iyo tagsa-tagsa nga panimalay, o bisan pa ha iyo komunidad.

These convictions have guided me in selecting programs that will benefit the children of Catbalogan City. Tikang ha paghatag han suporta ha aton mga special children, ha pagpapatindog hin public day care ha kada barangay, ngadto ha aton paniguro nga magkamay-ada hin iksakto nga nutrisyon an aton kabataan, ngan yana an aton pinakabag-o nga program – an libre nga transportasyon para ha mga nang-iiskwela ha northern barangays pinaagi han City School Bus.

All these we do to lay down the proper foundation for your physical, mental, emotional and social growth. Ini nga tanan, ginhahatag ha iyo han siyudad basi waray makaulang ha iyo development mintras kamo aada pa ha stage han pagdiskubre hit iyo mga talent, abilidad ug potentials.

Most of all, ini nga tanan ginbubuhat naton basi umabat it aton kabataan nga ginhihigugma naton hira. Diri makuri magmotivate han usa nga bata kay an ira la karuyag nga higugmaon naton hira. An maupay pa gud hito, kun ano an imo ginhatag, asya liwat an ira dadad-on hasta hira dumako, ngan asya liwat an ira igtututdo ha masunod nga henerasyon.

Let us all therefore make a concerted effort in empowering our children as an act of love for them, for the next generation and for the city. Let us also remember that the greatest contribution of our children is their ability to give us hope – a hope that tomorrow will be better just by doing a simple act of love.

Maupay nga salamat ngan HAPPY CHILDREN’S MONTH ha iyo nga tanan.

City launches Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance Search

In celebration of the 22nd National Children’s Month pursuant to DILG Memorandum No. 2014-108 enjoining all local government units to celebrate with the theme, ”Bata Kasali ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga!”, the Local Government Operations Office in Catbalogan City has recently launched the “Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance” last October 17, 2014 at Twin’s Resto Bar.

Called the Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA), the audit system will measure LGUs performance in the delivery of services that would generate positive results for children.

Under the CFLGA, all cities and municipalities shall be assessed to gauge their level of performance in implementing child-friendly programs and instituting measures that promote children’s welfare.

Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan was personally present with other members of the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) who pledged their support to the Four (4) Basic Rights of Children along with several Barangay Chairs of the city.

“Ini nga pagkatitirok in nagpapasabot ha aton nga an Children’s Month in diri la para ha mga bata. Ha luyo han mga magrisyo ug maenjoy nga mga aktibidades nga aton gin-andam para hini nga bulan, pirmi naton hinumdumon nga an ungod nga purpose hini nga selebrasyon amo an paghuna-huna han mga sakto nga pitad para naton maprotihiran an ira katungod ug maseguro an ira pagdako nga mga displinado ug responsable nga mga tawo nga mapupulsan han aton komunidad.” Mayor Step shares.

(Article by Ador Hurtado; Photos by Paulus Aragon)

VanAralan beneficiaries extend community outreach service

Nearly 100 beneficiaries who graduated from the first batch of the VanAralan Computer Literacy Program extended their services during the Community Outreach Service last October 18, 2014 at Barangas 06, 07, 08 and 09 Poblacion.

They conducted cleaning among sidewalks and even repainted the Day Care Center at Barangay 09 as part of their giving back to the community after undergoing the free program of the City Government of Catbalogan and AiHu Foundation.

This free computer literacy program is part of this administration’s commitment in offering opportunities for educational and skills development through technology.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon and Community Development Program Facilitators)

Catbalogan DRRMC undergoes regular weekend drill

As part of its regular refresher training, members of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) underwent a weekend drill last October 18 and 19, 2014 at Oras, Eastern Samar.

Training course included Water Search and Rescue (WASAR), Bandaging, Extrication and other necessary emergency drills. Leading the team was CDRRMC Action Officer Mr. Eliot Lopez, Jr. who assisted in the said training.

Members of the CDRRMC are from various socio-civic organizations and communication groups in the city, ensuring wide and meaningful participation of people’s organizations in the affairs of the local government unit.

With the current thrust of the administration of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan in promoting a resilient and prepared community, it is one of its priority programs aimed at ensuring a safe and secure Catbalogan.

Republic Act No. 10121 otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 is the governing policy strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System approved on May 27, 2010 by the President of the Philippines.

(Article by Ador L. Hurtado; Photos provided by CDRRMC)




City gears for the observance of Undas 2014

With majority of Catbaloganons expected to flock to the Public Cemetery for the “undas” this coming November 1 and 2 2014, the City Government sees the likelihood of accidents and other emergencies needing immediate attention. Because of this, an inter-agency team consisting of the PNP, traffic enforcers, civic organizations, medics and personnel from the Rural Health Unit was formed to conduct round-the-clock monitoring and assistance at the cemetery on these dates.

As part of the preparations, the team has already conducted an ocular inspection of the site to see the proper location assignments for medics, civic orgs and other concerned groups. Designated parking areas will also be identified to facilitate the fast loading and unloading of vehicles and ensure the smooth flow of one-way traffic.

On October 31, 2014, the “bisperas”, the City Health Office-Sanitary Roving Team will conduct chlorination of potable water in the area, while food safety monitoring shall be conducted the following day. The team is also planning to install search lights and maps indicating the location of the different assistance desks.

(Article by Ms. Lai Minh Mabulay; Photos by Michael Balan)

GSIS President dialogues with stakeholders

With its mandate of securing the future of all employees of the Philippine government, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) represented by President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara conducted a Stakeholders’ Dialogue last October 17, 2014 at Samar State University Audio Visual Room.

The said dialogue was made in connection with the opening of its new branch office at Del Rosario Street, which was assisted by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan.

Present during the said dialogue were representatives of various government offices and agencies in the province, mostly from local government units as well as other pensioners who took the opportunity to personally seek clarifications and advise on various concerns.

GSIS, which has a lone branch in Catbalogan City catering to the whole province is mandated to provide and administer a pension fund that has the following social security benefits: compulsory life insurance, optional life insurance, retirement benefits, and disability benefits for work-related accidents and death benefits.

(Article by Ador Hurtado; Photos by Paulus Aragon)

GSIS Catbalogan transfers to a new building

On October 17, 2014, Catbalogan City branch of Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) transfers to a new building formerly occupied by Landbank Philippines beside Zenco Footstep situated at Del Rosario Street.

Present during the said ribbon-cutting was no less than GSIS’s President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara and was assisted by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan.

The GSIS is created by Commonwealth Act No. 186 that was passed on November 14, 1936, and later amended under Republic Act No. 8291 dated June 24, 1997. GSIS, as designed in its charter, is a social insurance institution under a defined benefit scheme. It insures its members against the occurrence of certain contingencies in exchange for their monthly premium contributions.

The GSIS Branch in Catbalogan City is the lone branch catering to the whole Province of Samar for both 1st and 2nd districts.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon)

City Division conducts Mini-Olympics for Children

In celebration of the 22nd National Children’s Month, the Division of Catbalogan City, Department of Education (DepEd) conducted a Mini-Olympics of Indigenous Games for children last October 18, 2014.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon)

Catbalogan receives national recognition for cooperative efforts

During the Awarding Ceremony of the 2014 Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Gawad Parangal held last October 16, 2014 at Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City, The City Government of Catbalogan through its City Cooperative Office was recognized as a National Nominee for the Best Performing LGU – Cooperative Develpment Office Category after having won as a CDA Regional Winner as endorsed by the CDA Tacloban Extension Office.

City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan received the award along with City Cooperative Officer Vince Eslopor II as one of the five (5) nominees nationwide along with other recognized local government units.

“I would like to commend the effort and passion given by the the head of our City Cooperatives Development Officer Sir Vince and his staff and the cooperatives in Catbalogan. Of course, to Vice Mayor Art Sherwin Art L. Gabon and to our council members, to all our department heads and employees thank you for helping me and doing your part to give better life to our people, to make them feel that we are here for all of them, and to make all of them proud to be Catbaloganons.” Mayor Step shares.

The Gawad Parangal award recognizes cooperatives, local government units, partner organizations and cooperative leaders in recognition of exemplary performance, best practices and good governance and in bringing responsive services to the people and to the community.

(Article by Ador L. Hurtado; Photos from the page of Hon. Stephany Uy-Tan)

Catbalogan attends information caravan for 2015 GPBP

Invited and organized by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Office VIII, local government units within the province of Samar converged at New Maqueda Bay Hotel for the Information Caravan on 2015 Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP) last October 16, 2014.

Discussed during the said caravan were the projects being funded by DA for 2013, 2014 and 2015 under the GPBP, formerly known as the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) Process.

Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB), formerly called Bottom-up Budgeting, is an approach to preparing the budget proposal of agencies, taking into consideration the development needs of cities/municipalities as identified in their respective local poverty reduction action plans (LPRAP) that shall be formulated with strong participation of basic sector organizations and other civil society organizations.

Despite the low turn-out of attendees from different LGUs, the caravan was able to answer queries and concerns from Agriculturists, Local Engineers, Local Planners and Local Government Operations Officers who are in the lead of the GPBP implementation.

It was also an opportunity for LGUs to identify the lacking requirements and fast track the download of allocated budget.

(Photos by Ador L. Hurtado, Office of the City Mayor)

Mayor Step responds to a request of a senior citizen

A 69 year old resident of Barangay Maulong wrote a letter to Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan requesting for a wheelchair to assist her in her daily routine after she has suffered a heart stroke, which led her paralysis.

Through the assistance of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, Mayor Step visited Ms. Albutra at her residence last October 13, 2014 to personally hand-over the wheelchair.

To the delight of Ms. Albutra and her fellow senior citizens, Mayor Step extended her wholehearted assistance and her commitment to ensure that all sectors of the community are acknowledged and assisted.

“An aton mga lolo ngan lola dako kaupay an ira importansya ha aton komunidad kay hira in naghahatag hin paggiya basi han ira mga eksperyensa ug gin-agihan. Sanglit kinahanglan matagan hira hin maupay nga panginabuhi ngan importansya sugad man han ginhihimo hini nga presente nga administrasyon.” Mayor Step shares.

(Article by Ador L. Hurtado; Data provided by the CSWDO; Photos by Michael Balan)

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