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_oStatement of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan during the AACCUP Accreditation at SSU:



To Samar State University headed by University President Dr. Marilyn D. Cardoso, Vice Presidents, Deans of Colleges and Directors of External Campuses, faculty members, non-teaching staff,

To the Accrediting Agency for Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP) Evaluators headed by the Overall Coordinator Dr. Brigida Goscom.

To the Governor of the Province of Samar, Hon. Sharee Ann Tan Delos Santos and her staff present

To the students, headed by the SSC President of the Main Campus, Jason Ty.

Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good Morning!

Welcome to the Trading and Services capital of the entire Island of Samar!

It is indeed a pleasure to welcome you here in Catbalogan on behalf of all Catbaloganons.

I am also extending my sincerest thanks to Samar State University for always inviting me to be part of the accreditation process of this great university.

For many years now, I have seen the transformation and evolution of Samar State University and the crucial role it played in the development of our communities.

In my previous engagements with the university during accreditation visits of AACCUP especially if I am tasked to welcome our guest accreditors, I have always emphasized two important points:
1. The partnerships that LGU Catbalogan and SSU have forged in furtherance of the shared vision of both institutions for an improved and sustainable society
2. The points of consideration why SSU should be granted with passing status in every accreditation process.

Today, I will still mention these two points. I will repeat all these again and again just to convince the AACCUP Team that it is not just the documents that tells a great and overwhelming picture of SSU but also as perceived by the Local Government Unit of Catbalogan.

I have to admit that the LGU with its limited financial and human resources but overwhelming responsibilities has to source out resources, expertise and talents from other institutions and organizations. Fortunately, Samar State University fills a substantial portion of this gap. To mention:
1. The university provides community activities to various barangays in the city that supplements and complements the LGU programs in fishery and countryside development through livelihood trainings, technology transfer, capability building trainings and skills enhancement sessions.
2. The university is also a valuable partner in Information, Education and Communication campaigns on health, environment and disaster risk and resiliency campaigns of the city
3. The university is also undeniably very supportive to the city by offering its facilities and premises for use during city events
4. And lastly, some of its personnel and professors are also in their individual capacities extending meaningful services to the city.

Also to convince our accreditation team, I should not fail to mention the following four reasons why for us in the LGU, SSU should not and must never fail in any accreditation process. These are, SSU has:
1. Outstanding Instruction, Outstanding Graduates
2. Relevant Researches, High Impact Extension Services
3. Competent Faculty, Proactive and Supportive Administration
4. Socially and Culturally Mindful University

1. Outstanding Instruction, Outstanding Graduates
You can check all these things in the accreditation documents, only one school in Catbalogan or even in the Province of Samar has garnered high passing percentages in licensure examinations as a matter of fact consistently garnered 100% passing percentage in Nursing Licensure Examinations, produced topnotchers in Engineering and Education Board Examinations, and has produced hundreds of graduates both undergraduate and graduate courses every year.

The eventual effect to the LGU or City in general is that it contributed to poverty incidence reduction because SSU helped in developing highly skilled individuals who are competitive in their field of specializations and have high degree of employability. The higher number of employed Catbaloganons, the higher the earning that our Catbaloganon families will have, the lower the poverty incidence.

2. Relevant Researches, High Impact Extension Services

These two functions are core functions of a state university. But beyond being functions, these helped LGUs and communities covered by the research and extension programs of SSU to develop new strategies to solve community problems, stimulate participation of locals in meaningful community actions and appreciate raw and indigenous approaches towards creating new ideas and products.

With this, LGU Catbalogan is very thankful and appreciative of the meaningful partnership it forged in various research and extension services with SSU such as Buluan Extension Service, Pantaw Pankomunidad Project in Baragay Ibol on Rock Oytser production, Skills and Livelihood Trainings, Solid Waste Management Programs in Barangays Cabugawan and Poblacion 13 and the future undertakings on helping Barangays in formulating Development Plans and the ODIN Wind Energy wherein there are already preliminary talks of SSU being the local technical partners of our Korean Investors.

The university is also targeted by our environment council or team to be the agency who will help us in the green house gasses inventory within the city of Catbalogan as part of our commitment for the Compact of Mayors during our international engagements in South Korea, Indonesia and in the future in Bogota, Colombia and Quito, Ecuador this October 2016. In line with our vision to make Catbalogan a resilient and sustainable city livable for all.

3. Competent Faculty, Proactive and Supportive Administration
If the LGU will be outsourcing talents or skilled individuals, one of the institutions that we always consider is SSU. Many of the faculty members of the university have been invited to become members of various technical working groups, and councils of the City and even rendered special tasks during major events of Catbalogan. To name a few, the Planning and Research Department of the University crucial role in the formulation of the Ten Year Solid Waste Management Plan passed last July this year, membership and active involvement of the GAD Director to the Local Council for Women, outsourcing faculty and student facilitators and organizers to Three Catbalogans Youth Leadership Summits, expertise of Language Professors and the unparalleled service rendered by the ICT Director in providing high technology judging system during Manaragat Monthlong Activities, and hiring of faculty lecturers during trainings.

All these involvements happened because of the proactive and supportive administration even before the time of Dr. Simon P. Babalcon Jr., to the time of Dr. Eusebio T. Pacolor and now with Dr. Marilyn D. Cardoso.

4. Socially and Culturally Mindful University

When we repackaged the tourism brand of the Catbalogan into the City of Manaragat, the university especially its cultural department easily adopted the same in its performing groups. I still can remember that it was SSU that represented Catbalogan in provincial festival competitions in Calbayog City. Up to the quest for Sinulog and Aliwan Championships, SSU has been a valuable partner. We never had hard time tapping faculty members and students to join us in our first ever Sinulog participation. Almost half of our dancers and talents and as a matter of fact our lead dancers in our Aliwan participation were from SSU. Meaning we will always be very grateful to this University for helping us, and the entire Catbalogan in achieving Tribu Katbalaugan’s Grand Championship in the Festival of Festivals, Aliwan Fiesta.

Also, the university played a very important role during the onslaught of 2014 and 2015 typhoons, namely Glenda, Ruby, Seniang and Amang. The university opened its doors as an evacuation center of those Catbaloganons who are at high risk areas. From the bottom of the hearts of our City leaders,

These top reasons gave the LGU reasons also to keep supporting the University in various ways such as:
1. For students, we are investing more than four million pesos per year to support our almost 1000 scholars in their tuition and other school needs. With a complimentary program for our scholars through the SPES (Special Program for Employment of Students) during summer.
2. For faculty, the LGU if I remember it right upon request and following the usual procedure has always granted full assistance to their activities from technical to logistical support especially in their extension activities.
3. For the administration, rest assured that the City would maintain its good and strong partnership with SSU. As the saying goes, we will hold our hands together, as we STEP forward together.

Thank you and may God bless you!

Bloodletting activity on December 12, 2016

Donate blood, be a HERO.

Join the city government’s Bloodletting Activity on December 12, 2016 at City Health Office, Pier 2, Barangay 04, this city.

In selecting a potential donor, there are several factors to consider:
a. Age – 18 to 60 years old
b. Weight – at least 60 kgs
c. Sex – Both men and women are accepted donors
d. No tattoos on the body
e. Has not undergone a recent surgical procedure.
f. Prospective blood donor should not drink any alcoholic beverages a day before the scheduled bloodletting.

For more information, kindly call the City Health Office at (055) 251-6937.

#catbalogancity #bloodletting #stepforwardcatbalogan #blooddrive

Catbalogan commemorates 2016 World AIDS Day

The City Government of Catbalogan joins the world in stepping up the works on HIV and AIDS prevention, management and control.

December 01 is commemorated around the world as the World AIDS Day as a global event to raise awareness on HIV and AIDS, to eradicate stigma and discrimination towards those affected, and to commemorate those who have died because of the said global pandemic.

Series of activities are to be conducted starting today as coordinated by the Local AIDS Council (LAC) anchored on the theme of the UNAIDS, which is “Hands up for #HIVprevention“.

Catbalogan tourism sites turn orange for VAW-free community

Catbalogan joins the national observance of the 18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW) by putting orange flags in its tourism sites.

Tourism is considered one of the most important sectors in the Philippine economy as it employs over 5 million people and constitutes almost 11% of the country’s GDP. Data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) shows that total earnings gained from tourism activities for the first half of 2016 amounted to an estimated Php 127.37 billion. This marks a 14.7% increase from Php 111.05 billion total earnings for the same period in 2015 (DOT, 2016).

Women make up between 60 to 70% of all workers in the tourism industry (ILO, 2013). Although the tourism industry has created economic opportunities especially for women, it has also poised negative effects concerning women’s human rights. Women can become vulnerable and sadly, become victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking – which forms part of the larger social issue referred to as Violence Against Women (VAW).…/Orange-Your-Icon-violence-again…

(Photos by Adine Mabag)

#catbalogancity #captivatingcatbalogan #endVAW #vawfree #orange

Andres Bonifacio Day

Today we celebrate the birthday of one of our national heroes, Andres Bonifacio who is considered as the Father of Revolution.
As we reflect on his life, let us be reminded of the continued struggle we Filipinos face in today’s challenging world and the heroism that this world demands from all of us.
Let us continue to fight for what is right and continue to love our country not only for ourselves but for the generations to come.
“Aling pag-ibig pa ang hihigit kaya sa pagka-dalisay at pagka-dakila gaya ng pag-ibig sa tinubuang lupa? Aling pag-ibig pa? Wala na nga, wala.” – Andres Bonifacio
#andresbonifacio #nationalholiday #hero #stepforwardcatbalogan #catbalogancity

Catbalogan campaigns to end VAW

The City Government of Catbalogan joins the national observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women!

VAW-free community starts with ME!

#endVAW #18daycampaign #VAWfreePH #catbalogancity#stepforwardcatbalogan

Catbalogan relaunches commitment to MASA MASID

Catbalogan City Government headed by Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan relaunched the city’s commitment to the MASA MASID program last November 29, 2016 at Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall.

Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Ilegal na Droga or MASA MASID is the program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) aimed at encouraging communities to take a proactive stance in the government’s fight against corruption, illegal drugs, and criminality.

Under DILG Memorandum Circular 2016-116, the program has four main thrusts: information and education campaign in communities for government programs against corruption, illegal drugs and criminality; creation of a reporting mechanism on illegal drugs-related activities; formulation of community-based rehabilitation programs; and revive the spirit of volunteerism by creating a volunteer-friendly atmosphere for organizations that wishes to be partners for change.

Present during the said activity were the barangay chairs of different barangays of the city, from the religious sector, from the Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Jail Management & Penology, and other sectoral representatives who affixed their signature to the commitment to the said program.

#catbalogancity #masamasid #dilg #stepforwardcatbalogan

Catbalogan to host international meeting of cities and LGUs

And it’s official, Catbalogan City will host the First Session of UCLG ASPAC Executive Bureau 2017!

Catbalogan City is a member of the UCLG ASPAC or United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia, which is one of the Regional Sections of UCLG, an amalgamation of International Union of Local Authorities, United Towns Organization (UTO), and World Association of the Major Metropolises (METROPOLIS) and was established on 1 January 2004 with its headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

This important activity is a first for Catbalogan City and even in the whole island of Samar to host an international gathering of Mayors and Governors from cities and provinces across Asia Pacific, which is through City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan’s steadfast leadership coupled with strong networking and partnership-building.

An estimated of 80 local chief executives are expected to attend the Executive Bureau meeting while an estimated of nearly 300 participants are expected to attend the Asia Pacific conference, which are several of the activities for the 3-day international event.

#catbalogancity #stepforwardcatbalogan #uclg #uclgaspac

Centro Mall opens new branch in Catbalogan City

Centro Fashion Department Store (FDS) opened its newest branch in Catbalogan City situated at Allen Avenue (across Petron Gasoline Station) last November 25, 2016 with no less than its Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Melchor Gaspar and Senior Vice President, Mr. Carlo Meynard Rimando gracing the opening and blessing along with our very own City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan representing the city.

Centro Mall first opened its doors in 2007 with its first ever branch at the public market and has steadily been one of its high grossing branches in the whole country.

Despite the new development of renovating the whole public market into a mall-market model thru a private company, which would mean displacing their first branch, Centro FDS has opened a separate branch to hold its strong market in the city and in the whole island of Samar.

#centromall #catbalogancity #stepforwardcatbalogan#captivatingcatbalogan #karisyokatbalogan

Local AIDS Council convenes for WAD 2016

Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV and AIDS) is a spectrum of conditions that is a global pandemic.

The City Government of Catbalogan thru our Local AIDS Council (LAC) convened for a meeting as called for by Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan on November 24, 2016 to prepare for the 2016 World AIDS Day (WAD) commemoration, an internationally recognized day to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS, reduce stigma and discrimination, and commemorate those who have died from the disease.

The sectoral council identified several activities ranging from media campaign, exhibits, parade, medical mission, concert and other advocacy campaigns aimed at raising awareness of the disease and how to protect oneself.

This year’s theme according to UNAIDS is “Hands up for #HIVprevention” as an effort to restrengthen the efforts on HIV prevention.

The UNAIDS Prevention gap report shows that worldwide an estimated 1.9 million adults have become infected with HIV every yearfor at least the past ve years and that the number of new HIV infections is rising in some regions. The report shows that HIV prevention efforts must be reinvigorated if the world is to stay on the Fast-Track to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

#catbalogancity #wad2016 #worldaidsday #stepforwardcatbalogan

(Photos by Grace Nube and Michael Tuazon)


Catbalogan & DepEd Division wins big at regional

The Brigada Eskwela is our version of modern ‘bayanihan’ where all sectors pitch in to make sure that our schools are clean, safe, disaster-prepared and conducive to learning.

The Catbalogan DepEd City Division and the Local Government Unit of Catbalogan City recently received the following awards during the awarding at Ritz Tower de Leyte, Tacloban City last November 18, 2016:

1. Hon. Stephany Uy-Tan – Most Outstanding Education Stakeholder.
2. Silanga Elementary School – Brigada Eskwela Best Implementing School, Elementary Level, Small School Category 2016-2017.
3. Catbalogan 1 Central School and Speed Center- Brigada Eskwela Best Implementing School, Elementary Level, Big School Category 2016-2017.
4. Silanga National High school- Brigada Eskwela Best Implementing School, Secondary Level, Small School Category 2016-2017
5. Samar National School- Brigada Eskwela Best Implementing School, Secondary Level, Big School Category 2016-2017
6. Mr. Jojit M. Casiño, Principal, Jose P. Casiño Sr. Memorial School Catbalogan City as 3rd Place Winner -Brigada Eskwela Best Implementing School, Elementary Level, Exceptional School Category 2016-2017.

All of these just show how the City Government supports quality education as one of Mayor Step’s thrust and advocacy stepping towards development.

(Photos by DepEd City Division; Article by Michael Tuazon)

#CatbaloganCity #StepForwardCatbalogan #citydivision #deped #captivatingcatbalogan #karisyokatbalogan