It has been a month already since I took my oath to be of service to all of you. That was also the day when I shared to you my vision of Catbalogan City as a place where progress emanates from the will of the people.
My interaction with various sectors in the weeks that followed served as a very significant move towards fulfilling this vision. The visits to the different facilities such as the public market, the terminal, the cemetery, slaughterhouse and other barangays gave me a glimpse into the real situation of my constituents and provided me with the needed information on how to address your issues and concerns.
For this reason, I wish to thank you all for your warm reception towards me during these visits and consultations. Thank you for your openness and patience, which enabled all of us to focus on the most important thing – that is finding solutions and improving our city rather than pointing out weaknesses or faults.
Your comments, ideas and suggestions during these times helped me veer my perspective towards the right direction and prepared me for the challenges ahead. This is because the information that I gleaned helped me in identifying which programs and project to implement to better address your needs. Moreover, there was never a time that I felt alone because I have with me all of your hopes and aspirations.
Although this first month has been very challenging, a baptism of fire for me, it was also very rewarding and educational. My experiences during this period taught me to walk at your side, not ahead of you and that the best form of progress is one that resonates with your voice.
Most importantly, it is through these hopes and aspirations that were brought up during the consultations, meetings and visits that inspired me to create a Social Contract, which shall guide us every step of the way in pursuing our vision for Catbalogan.
Our act of signing this contract signals the start of bigger responsibilities as we tackle the different projects and policies contained here. While greater challenges are in store for us, there is also a greater promise for a better future for our youth. Let this Social Contract serve as a symbol of our common goal, our shared vision and most of all, our willingness to work hand-in-hand to make this vision a reality.
This is where we shall draw our strength from in the days to come.
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Watch the live fight via the LED Billboard TV on SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014, 09:00 AM at Catbalogan City Plaza brought to you the City Government of Catbalogan and Cignal TV.
In an effort to assist and sustain livelihood opportunities among farmers, The City Government of Catbalogan through the Office of the City Agriculturist turned-over seven (7) collapsible dryers to farmers’ association in the city last March 28, 2014 at the City Plaza.
Said farm support was given to the following associations:
- Iguid Farmers’ Association
- New Mahayag Farmers’ Association
- Mahayagnon Multi-Purpose Cooperative
- Old Mahayag Producers’ Association
- Bangon Farmers’ Association
- Palanyogon Farmers’ Association
- San Vicente Farmers’ Association
City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan was personally present during the said turn-over along with City Councilor and Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee Chair on Food and Agriculture Hon. Maximo Max Pescos.
The efforts of the current administration is anchored on its commitment to provide support to livelihood and economic sustainability as a mean to address poverty and food stability.
(Data provided by the Office of the City Agriculturist; Photos by Paulus Aragon)
Colourful and symbolic artworks by students took center stage during the culmination of the Women’s Month Celebration last March 31, 2014 at the City Plaza as winners of the Poster-Making Competition were announced on this very day.
Ronald Badiola, a BS Information Technology major from Samar State University, placed first in the College Division and received a cash prize of 1,000 Pesos. Following in second place with a cash prize of 700 Pesos is BS Criminology Major Kenneth Francis Cartel while landing in the third place is Victor Bryan Coronel, a BS Information Technology Major from Samar College. He received a cash prize of 500 Pesos.
The College Category of the Poster-Making Competition was organized by
the Waray-waray Youth Advocates coordination with the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP), the City Government and the Samar State University.
Reimon Asis of Eastern Visayas Regional Science High School grabbed the first place for the Secondary Division along with the corresponding cash prize of 800 Pesos. He was followed in second place by Renan J. Dote of Guinsorongan National High School who received a cash prize of 500 Pesos and Eduardo Abawag, Jr. of Silanga National High School in third place, who received a cash prize of 300 Pesos.
In the Intermediate Division, which is open to 5th and 6th graders, Annamyr Labanda of Catbalogan II Central Elementary School was the first place winner while Marieta Giray of Catbalogan I SPED placed second. Mujaireen Lagazo of Lagundi Elementary School landed in the third place, to complete the winners’ circle in this division. The three placers received cash prizes worth 500 Pesos, 300 Pesos and 200 Pesos respectively.
Lanz Paul Lapura of Catbalogan I SPED received a cash prize of 400 Pesos after topping the competition in the Primary Division, which is open to all 1st to 4th graders. Placed behind him are Catbalogan III Central Elementary School’s Rhezandy Mae Pamplina in the second place with a cash prize of 300 Pesos and Jonea Tan from Samar College in third place who received a cash prize of 200 Pesos.
Lastly, topping the Kindergarten Division and receiving a cash prize of 300 Pesos was Mariel Antivo of San Andres Elementary School, followed by Erica Beth Binar of Catbalogan IV Central Elementary School in second place and Ejay Aspiro Badiola of Samar College in third place. They received a cash prize of 200 Pesos and 100 Pesos respectively.
The criteria used in determining the winners were Creativity, Relevance to the theme, Color Harmony, Uniqueness and Neatness. While the competitions were held on March 10, 2014, all of the works were exhibited at the City Plaza starting March 11 up to the day of the announcement of winners.
The total development and empowerment of women is a State policy enshrined in the 1987 Philippine Constitution, which specifically provides that “The state recognizes the role of women in nation-building, and shall ensure the fundamental equality before the law of women and men”.
Proclamation No. 744 issued last December 06, 2004 has declared the Last Monday of March of Every Year as “Women with Disabilities’ Day” believing that women with disabilities are part of society and as such, deserve equal rights in the field of law and in all aspects of human endeavour.
This year’s celebration adopted the theme “Isulong: Pantay na Karapatan para kay Juanang may Kapansanan”, which aims to highlight and integrate the needs and concerns of women with disabilities to ensure their participation in all aspects.
In support of the said celebration, The City Government of Catbalogan through the City Gender and Development (GAD) Council has organized a get-together among women with disabilities with an activity dubbed as “Pagkatitirok: Pagtitipon ng mga Juanang may Kapansan” last March 30, 2014 at Guinsorongan Beach.
City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan who initiated the said activity, was personally present to extend encouragement and support to these women who are worthy of salute and a source of inspiration.
The said activity incorporated discussions on Magna Carta for Persons with disabilities, a cooking demonstration, and a discussion on their issues and concerns.
The City Social Welfare and Development Office has recorded nearly 200 women with disabilities, which majority attended the said activity. Apart from the celebration, the women were able to bring home not only grocery packs for their families but a lifted spirit and a renewed outlook in life.
(Data provided by the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development; Photos by Paulus Aragon)
In coordination with Samar State University College of Graduate Studies under the Masters in Public Management Program, the newly-created City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) has recently conducted a seminar-workshop on the Formulation of Barangay Solid Waste Management Plan with its pilot barangay at Barangay Cabugawan last March 23 and 30, 2014.
The training was set to provide the Solid Waste Management Committee and officials of Barangay Cabugawan and other stakeholders the learning experiences in the effective and efficient management and disposal of solid wastes in the area based on the standards set by the National Solid Waste Management Commission of the Philippines.
Through open discussions and interactive workshops, participants were provided with the tools, techniques and strategies in the formulation of solid waste management systems particularly designed for the said barangay.
The said workshop was given free through the subject MPM students in partial fulfilment of the subject “Strategic Development Planning” under the instruction of Mr. Edgardo Guya of the MPM Program, CGS, SSU.
Topics covered were on the following: Overview of the Solid Waste Management Sector, LGU Mandates on Solid Waste Management, Policy and Implementation Issues and Recommendations, Good Practices in Solid Waste Management, Situational/SWOT Analysis, Establishment of Planning Framework, Planning the Sustainable SWM Plan/System, Preparation and Implementation of the Action Plan, and Presentation of the said plan.
Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan personally attended the commencement exercises last March 30, 2014 at the said barangay wherein the output and plans were presented to her for critiquing and approval.
After the said seminar-workshop, the City ENRO is set to roll out the said strategy at select poblacion barangays intended to infuse and influence values and consciousness on environmental protection and on solid waste management.
Despite the office being newly created by the administration of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, it is currently facing a great challenge in terms of waste management. Despite the challenge, the said office is armed with programs, projects and activities that can sustainably and holistically address the said issues.
(Data provided by the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources; Photos by Paulus Aragon)
As part of the 2014 Women’s Month Celebration, the City Local Government Operations Office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in partnership with the City Social Welfare and Development Office and the City Gender and Development (GAD) Council has organized an orientation among Barangay Chairs for the Referral System on Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) last March 25, 2014.
The one-day orientation was categorised into two parts: the lecture discussion and workshops on proper filling up of forms and on stepping forward to sustain the gains of the program. The lecture proper had Atty. Reynante Evangelista discuss on RA 9262 or the Anti-VAWC Act; City Local Government Operations Officer Mr. Jose Obrero discussed on the role of barangay officials in the implementation of laws on violence against women as prescribed under DILG-MC 2004; Men Opposed Violence Everywhere (MOVE) Catbalogan City Chapter President Mr. Virgilio Rojas on how men can be part in the prevent of theses cases; and PNP Women and Children’s Desk Officer Ms. Jobelle Magdasoc discussed on the situationer on VAWC cases in Catbalogan City.
RA 9262 is the “ANTI-VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN ACT OF 2004, was adopted / signed on March 8, 2004 and took effect last March 27, 2004. It is the law penalizing acts of violence against women and their children as a public crime. These acts include physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence and economic abuse.
The 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) revealed that one in five women aged 15-49 has experienced physical violence since age 15; 14.4 percent of married women have experienced physical abuse from their husbands; and more than one-third (37%) of separated or widowed women have experienced physical violence, implying that domestic violence could be the reason for separation or annulment.
The steps that the city engages in through the initiatives of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan are small but relevant steps towards elimination of these social issue that affects not only children and women, but families and societies in general.
(Photos and data provided by the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development)
For a series of recognition exercises, the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) led another recognition event last March 24, 2014 at Samar State University Mercedes Campus.
Attending in behalf of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan was City Councilor and OIC Mayor Maximo Max Pescos who gave the welcome remarks of the said recognition day.
This was the second batch of recognition exercises being organized by the CSWDO, which is aimed at assisting children in their formative years affecting their learning capacity, creativity, social interaction skills, and other various section of their capacity.
337 children alongside their parents and guardians, coming from the six barangays were recognized for completing the day care program
of the city government. Said barangays include Poblacion 1 (Salug 1), Poblacion 2 (Salug 2), Mercedes, Maulong, Pupua and Payao.
Currently, Catbalogan City has 68 Day Care Centers jointly managed by the each respective Barangay Councils and the CSWDO across majority of the barangays serving 3 to 5 year old children.
(Photos and data provided by the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development)
312 children from fifteen (15) barangays were recognized by The City Government of Catbalogan through the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) as part of its Day Care Service Program last March 22, 2014 at Samar National School.
These children came from the following barangays: Poblacion 03 to 12, Socorro, Lagundi, Guindapunan, Munoz, and San Pablo, which recognition was attended by the Barangay Chairs of the said barangays.
Attending in behalf of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan was City Councilor and OIC Mayor Maximo Max Pescos who expressed his delight and congratulations not only to the children but to the parents and guardians who are achievers as well for the time, love and dedication given to the children.
The Day Care Service is one of the programs of the City Social Welfare and Development Office which provides supplementary parental care to children aged 3 to 4 years old. The care the child gets during these formative years would significantly affect his learning capacity, creativity, social interaction skills, and the entire gamut of an individual’s capacity.
(Photos and data provided by the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development)
As the ones who will be monitoring the implementation of the local Anti-Littering Ordinance and other environment-related policies of the city, a lecture about Solid Waste Management and Proper Waste Disposal and Segregation were given to members of the Catbalogan Auxiliary Traffic Brigade.
With City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Edgardo Guya and DENR Focal Person Adelaida Abenir as resource speakers, the topics were selected to make the participants understand why such are important and how crucial their roles are in its implementation.
The traffic enforcers were also trained on Radio Communications by SGT. Ronilo Caballero with assistance from CPL Jason Colinayo, both from the 8th Infantry Division. The said skill will be useful to them when it comes to coordinating with each other as the city aims to go full force in addressing its concerns on proper waste disposal and environmental protection.
said topics were tackled on the first day of the three-day training conducted by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC). The traffic enforcers were divided into two groups. The training for the first batch was conducted last last March 17 – 19, 2014 while the training for the second batch was conducted last March 20 – 22, 2014.
The second part of the three-day workshop, which was on First Aid and Basic Life Support, were conducted on the second and third day. Mr. Kenneth Rey Hong and Ms. Maria Daphne Rachel Delgado, MD served as Resource Speakers for this period.
(Article by Ms. Lai Minh Mabulay, Office of the City Mayor)
In celebration of the 117th Anniversary of the Philippine Army, the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division of the Philippine Army in Camp Lukban, Maulong highlighted its celebration with a series of Civil Military Operations activities at the Catbalogan City Plaza last March 22, 2014.
One of the highlights was the Photo Static and Kinetic Displays of the division, which opened to the public their equipment, vehicles, paraphernalia, photos and other items aimed at reaching out to the public their “Bayanihan” activities of the division.
The said celebration was culminated with a concert of their military band on the evening of the said day playing to upbeat and contemporary tunes to the delight of the audience despite the intermittent rain showers.
The 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army is currently being headed by Major General Jet B. Velarmino, Commanding General.
(Photos by Severino Renomeron)