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

 

13570330_10208471627685794_1221377222_o119th Philippine Independence Day Message:

 

 

Para sa kinatawan ng Pambansang Polisya dito sa Lungsod ng Catbalogan, Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas, 8ID, mga pinuno ng iba’t ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan, mga opisyales sa ating Ciudad at Barangay, mga Kapwa Ko kawani ng Local na Panggobyernohan ng acting Ciudad, mga Catbaloganon, Samarnon at katulad kong Pilipino, isang mapayapa ang mapagpalayang umaga para sa ating lahat!

Una sa lahat, nais ko pong pasalamatan ang mga kinatawan ng iba’t ibang ahensya ng gobyerno at pribadong sektor sa inyong pagdalo sa napakaespesyal na okasyong ito. Ang pagtitipong ito ay simbolo ng ating matibay na pagsasamahan, na bunga nang ating pagtutulungan at pagkakaisa para makamit ang ating mga mithiin para sa lungsod na ito. Sa mga ganitong pagtitipon ay mas nadarama natin na tayo ay mga Catbaloganon. Ngayong araw na ito, na kinikilala bilang Araw ng Kalayaan ng ating bansa, nararapat lang na mas manaig sa ating mga puso ang pagiging Pilipino.

Matatandaang isa sa mga makabuluhang pangyayari sa araw na ito, isang daan at labing siyam na taon ang nakararaan, ay ang pagwagayway ng bandila ng Pilipinas sa unang pagkakataon. At mula noon, mapa-cebuano man o ilonggo, tagalog man o chavacano, waray man o ilokano, katoliko man o muslim, mayaman man o mahirap, ang watawat na ito lang ang syang tinitingala, nirerespeto at binibigyang pugay natin lahat.

Pagkatapos po mating matuklasan at malaman ang historya ng sting watawat, ano po ba ang inyong nararamdaman? ‘Di po ba nakakagalak? Nakakatindig balahibo? Nakakaparangya? Sa Kabila ng mga pinagdaanan ng mga Pilipino at nalampasan Ang lahat andito tayo ngayon na nagdiriwang ng ating araw ng kalayaan at nagbibigay pugay sa ating watawat. Kaya’t sa lahat po ng mga dumalo ngayon, ang inyo pong presensiya at pagsasakripisyo sa ilalim ng unit ng araw, pag susuot ng damit na nagpapatunay ng ating pagmamahal sa ating bansa, muli maraming maraming salamat.

Ngayong taong ito ang tema ng ating pagdiriwang ay “Kalayaan 2017: Pagbabagong Sama-Samang Balikatin.”

Dalawa ang nasa isip ko ng malaman ko ang temang ito:
1. Ang kalayaan ay makakamtan kung sama sama tayong magsasakrispyo at mag aalay ng kung ano mang maiaambag natin. Ito ay tumutukoy sa nakaraan;
2. Ang kalayaan ay makakamtan ng lubusan kung ito ay nagdudulot ng reporma, pagbabago at transpormasyon ng ating mga kumunidad at boung bansa. Ito ay tumutukoy sa kasalukuyan at hinaharap.

Pano ko po nasabi ang naunang pahayag? Nang nakaraang linggo lang po, sa pamamagitan ng taunang Planning at Budgetting ng Lungsod sa Mariveles, Bataan, nakita namin at naramdaman kung gaano kahirap ang pinagdaanan ng mga Pilipino para lang makamtan natin ang ating kalayaan mula sa mga mananakop. Ang Bataan po ay an lugar kung saan nagsimula ang death march at ang lugar kung saan nagkaroon ng matinding bakbakan ang mga Hapon at mga hukbo ng Pilipino at Amerikano kung saan libo libo ang nagbuwis ng buhay. Ibig sabihin, totoo talaga na bilang Pilipino dapat nakahanda tayo na mamatay at mag alay ng buhay para sa kalayaan nito. Mga panghuling kataga na iaawit natin sa Lupang Hinirang, “Ang Mamatay ng Dahil Sayo”

Tungkol naman po sa pangalawang pahayag, na ang kalayaan upang lubusang makamtan ay dapat maging susi sa tunay na reporma, pagbabago at transpormasyon ng ating mga pamayanan at boung bansa. Simple at payak lang po ang mga katagang ito, ang bansang malaya ay dapat buo, may pagkakabuklod buklod at lahat ng mga tao rito ay iisa ang layunin, maisakatuparan ang mga reporma at pagbabago. Hindi po kalayaan ang palaging pagtutol at palagiang pagpapahayag ng diskuntento kung sa unang pagkakataon pa lang po ay naging bigo na tayo na tumulong at makipagkaisa sa bansa. Bagkos tayo ay naging sagabal sa kaunlaran at mabilisang pag usad ng bansa. Ito din ay nagbibigay ng pahiwatig na ang kalayaan ay dapat nagdudulot ng kapayapaan at demokratikong dialogo sa mga mamamayan nito. Kung may kalayaan dapat mayroong kapayapaan.
Ang Araw ng Kalayaan ay hindi lang tungkol sa isang araw na tayo ay umaalala sa kabayanihan ng nasiunang mga Pilipino para makamtan ang kalayaan, higit sa lahat, sagisag ito ng ating pagkakaroon ng iisang lahi, iisang kasaysayan at iisang bansa.

Sa panahon ng paglipana ng “fake news” at pag-igting ng debate tungkol sa kahalagahan ng simbolismo, ito ang natatanging simbolo na dapat nating paniwalaan. Ngunit wala pong saysay ang simbolismong ito kung hindi tayo kikilos ng naayon sa pinapahiwatig nito. Kaya naman, gamit ang bandilang ito bilang ating inspirasyon, nararapat lang na tayo ay magkaisa sa pagkamit ng pambansang kaunlaran at pagbabago.

Madalas nating naririnig ang sabi-sabing ang rehiyonalismo, o ang pagpabor sa interes ng kanya-kanyang rehiyon, ang nagiging balakid sa pagkamit natin ng pambansang pagkakaisa. Mangyari lang po na ilagay natin ito sa tamang perspektibo. Sabi pa nga ng ating nasirang Senadora Mirriam Defensor Santiago, “kahit kailan ay hindi masama ang magmahal” – basta’t ang pagmamahal natin sa ating lugar ang syang magiging pundasyon ng pagmamahal natin sa ating bansa. Lagi nating iisiping ang lahat ng ating ginagawa para sa ating siyudad o munisipyo ang siyang ambag natin sa mas malawakang pagkilos upang maisakatuparan ang pambansang pagbabago.

At nagawa nga po natin ito noong tayo ay tumulong sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong Yolanda, noong tayo ay nakisimpatya sa mga naapektuhan ng gulo sa Marawi at higit sa lahat ay noong buksan natin ang ating siyudad para sa pagdaraos ng isang internasyunal na kumperensya. Hindi ba’t ang ating pagiging Catbaloganon ang umiral ng mga panahong ito? At hindi ba, ang nagtulak ng diwang ito sa atin ay ang ating pagiging Pilipino? Isipin na lang nating sa mismong araw na ito, ang lahat ng Pilipino saang parte man ng bansa ay isa lamang ang nasa isip – at yan ay ang kabuluhan ng araw na ito sa kanilang buhay.

Magsilbing paalala sana ang taunang selebrayong ito na ang bansang Pilipinas ay nabuo at naitatag sa hirap at sakrispisyo, at ito ay magpapatuloy na magiging bansang malaya at maunlad kung ang bawat isa sa atin ay magsisikap, magpapakahirap at magsasakripisyo. Ang Araw ng Kalayaan ay nararapat lamang ng sumimbolo ng pagbabago na sama sama nating babalikatin.

Maraming salamat po at maligayang araw ng kalayaan po sa inyong lahat!

#independenceday #arawngkalayaan #arawngkalayaan2017#ilovecatbalogan #catbalogancity #stepforwardcatbalogan

Regional Job and Business Fair 2017

Trabaho! Negosyo! Kabuhayan!

The 2017 Regional Job and Business Fair organized by the City Government of Catbalogan scheduled today, June 15, 2017 at City Plaza as part of the 10th Charter Anniversary Celebration of Catbalogan City.

More than 10,000 job vacancies are available for both local and foreign employment, so apply now!

This is being made in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office VIII and the Technical Educational Services Development Authority (TESDA) Regional Office VIII as assisted by the City’s Public Employment Services Office (PESO).

This event is the only activity in Samar island along with the other in Tacloban
City for Leyte island recognized by DOLE and the national government as part of the 2017 Philippine Independence Day celebration.

#catbalogancity #charterday2017 #stepforwardcatbalogan #10thcharteranniversary #captivatingcatbalogan #kasugbongkatbalogan #karisyokatbalogan

(Photos by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Leanda Hurtado)

 

Kitchie Nadal set to visit Catbalogan City for the 10th Charter Anniversary

For the first time ever, singer-songwriter and fellow waray-waray KITCHIE NADAL-LOPEZ is set to grace the Catbalogan City stage on June 16, 2017 as part of our 10th Charter Anniversary celebration.

The Charter Day Concert will follow after the “iSkolaRUN 2017: A Benefit Run for the Less Privileged Students” by 9PM at the City Plaza.

Celebrate with us in this meaningful milestone as Catbalogan City steps forward, expands farther and develops further!

Pre-Registration for Regional Job and Business Fair commences on Independence Day 2017

Pre-registration for the 2017 Regional Job and Business Fair has officially started last June 12, 2017 and will run until June 14, 2017 at the City Hall Lobby.

The 2017 Regional Job and Business Fair in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office VIII will be held at the City Plaza on June 15, 2017 as part of the 10th Charter Anniversary of Catbalogan City.

More than 3,000 job vacancies for both local and foreign companies are available for all qualified applicants.

Catbalogan City pays homage and salute to the Philippine Flag

As the symbol of independence and the freedom from oppression that was first hoisted and waived some 119 years ago, the Philippine flag today is our symbol of hope and unity.

The City Government of Catbalogan on June 12, 2017 organized its short but meaningful program for the 119th Declaration of Philippine Independence joining the whole nation in honoring the flag and the forefathers who fought blood, sweat and tears to free our nation from the oppressors and invaders.

One of the highlights of the said program was the cultural and historical presentation of secondary and tertiary schools in the city that depicted the “Evolution of the Philippine Flag” as facilitated by the Division of Catbalogan City, Department of Education along with the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office along with the City Youth Development Office.

The raising of the flag and the singing of the Philippine National Anthem was lead by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan along with representatives from the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army; Philippine National Police; Philippine Coast Guard; Bureau of Fire Protection; Bureau of Jail Management and Penology; City Officials; City Departments; Deped Catbalogan City Division; Samar State University; Mt. Huraw Lodge No. 98; and other guests.

A tribute to the Philippine Flag was made by members and officers of the Mt. Huraw Lodge No. 98 Free and Accepted Masons that highlighted the flag’s history as “shaped by the strong hands of time, given life by freedom-loving people and blessed language at the helm of nations…”

Ending the formal program was Mayor Step independence day message that anchored on this year’s theme of “Kalayaan 2017: Pagbabagong Sama-Samang Balikatin” and that freedom is of the past, the current and the tomorrow that awaits, stating that “Una, ang kalayaan ay makakamtan kung sama sama tayong magsasakrispyo at mag aalay ng kung ano mang maiaambag natin. Ito ay tumutukoy sa nakaraan. Pangalawa, ang kalayaan ay makakamtan ng lubusan kung ito ay nagdudulot ng reporma, pagbabago at transpormasyon ng ating mga kumunidad at boung bansa. Ito ay tumutukoy sa kasalukuyan at hinaharap.”

She further reminded everyone that this annual celebration was formed and established with difficulties and sacrifices and this country shall remain free and progressive if each and everyone shall strive, struggle and sacrifice and that “Ang Araw ng Kalayaan ay nararapat lamang ng sumimbolo ng pagbabago na sama sama nating babalikatin.”

This eventful celebration served as a prelude to Catbalogan City’s 10th Charter Anniversary this 16th of June, emphasizing the lessons from the struggles and the learnings from the challenges as it steps forward to development, farther into betterment and further into advancement.

(Article by Ador Hurtado; Photos by Michael Balan and Paulus Aragon)

#kalayaan2017 #independenceday #catbalogancity #stepforwardcatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan #kauswagankatbalogan #kasugbongkatbalogan #kahusaykatbalogan #kulturakatbalogan

Catbalogan City prepares for 2018 operations

In preparation for the upcoming 2018 operations, heads of city departments and program units of Catbalogan City Government were in Bataan for a series of planning, budgeting, procurement updating, program assessment, and benchmarking as initiated by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan.

Anchored on a participative, transparent and empowered local governance, Mayor Step is strongly leading and aligning all programs, projects and activities towards a responsive intervention catering to all Catbaloganons and with emphasis on vulnerable groups and key sectors.

The Municipality of Mariveles, City of Balara, and the Provincial Government of Bataan hosted several learning opportunities and immersions on their various industries and
historical sites that served as learning engagements and partnership opportunities for Catbalogan City.

Believing that local governance is a shared task and that knowledge is best shared, activities such as this is a chance for growing cities like Catbalogan to experience first-hand the best practices and key strategies that can be fitted to Catbalogan City’s own challenges.

(Photos and Article by Mr. Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #stepforwardcatbalogan #planning #budgeting#mariveles #balaracity #bataan #captivatingcatbalogan

Catbalogan engages men on anti-VAWC project

Catbalogan City’s Gender Focal Point System (GFPS) celebrates Father’s Day through a series of public fora on male involvement for gender equality and women’s rights and organizing of Men Opposed VAW Everywhere or MOVE.

MOVE is an organization of men who committed themselves to be actively involved in the elimination of VAW and specifically seeks to speak out against VAW and formulate male involvement and actions against VAWC.

The project will roll out in barangays, academe, government agencies within the month of June (considered as father’s month) and expected to popularize this advocacy down to the communities.

These are being led by the City Social Welfare and Development Office in coordination with the City Gender and Development Council now replaced by GFPS as fully supported by Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan. “Because gender and development is not just about women and our rights, our partners and counterparts — the men — are crucial in the success of this intervention” Mayor Step shares.

Mayor Step considers GAD as one of her flagship programs being an advocate herself and believer of women empowerment as an inclusive and transformative initiative that will address the current social problems that societies face.

(Article and Photos by Ms. Myra Tambor)

#catbalogancity #MOVE #genderanddevelopment #GAD #fathersday#fathersmonth #stepforwardcatbalogan #kasugbongkatbalogan#captivatingcatbalogan

City Hall refurbishes GAD Corner

Visit our GAD corner located at the second floor, across the Office of the City Mayor for any resource material about gender and development.

This GAD corner is an initiative of the City Gender and Development Council through the City Gender Focal Point System (GFPS) as part of the commitment of the administration of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan.

Gender and Development (GAD) refers to the development perspective and process that is participatory and empowering, equitable, sustainable, free from violence, respectful of human rights, supportive of self-determination and actualization of human potentials that seeks to achieve gender equality as a fundamental value that should be reflected in development choices and contends that women are active agents of development, not just passive recipients of development.

2017 Regional Job and Business Fair on 10th Charter Anniversary

Trabaho! Negosyo! Kabuhayan!

Be a part of Catbalogan City’s biggest convergence of employment opportunities on June 15, 2017 at the City Plaza for the REGIONAL JOB & BUSINESS FAIR.

This is being organized by the City Public Employment Services Office (PESO) in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment(DOLE) Regional Office VIII in celebration of Catbalogan’s 10th Charter Day Anniversary.

More than 3,000 job vacancies are open for both domestic and foreign employment. A Pre-Registration will be held from June 12-14, 2017 at the City Hall Lobby. For more details, you may call City PES Officer, Ms. Maila de Guia at (055) 534-8000.

Forward. Farther. Further.

#catbalogancity #jobandbusinessfair #charterday #dole #labor#stepforwardcatbalogan #forwardfartherfurther#captivatingcatbalogan #kasugbongkatbalogan

Catbalogan joins 2017 National Environment Month celebration

iSkolaRUN 2017

Join the RUN.
Invest in their FUTURE!

In celebration of Catbalogan City’s 10th Charter Anniversary, we bring you again the iSkolaRUN: An Annual Benefit Run for the Less Privileged Students of Catbalogan City scheduled on June 16, 2017 in cooperation with Samar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and Samar Runners Club(SRC).

#iskolarun2017 #catbalogancity#forwardfartherfurther
#stepforwardcatbalogan #karisyokatbalogan#captivatingcatbalogan

 

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