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.
Walk for Fun. Walk for Women.
Join The City Government of Catbalogan through the City Gender and Development (GAD) Council in celebrating the 2014 International Women’s Day this March 08, 2014 at the City Plaza.
“Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsuong!”
On March 01, 2014 as part of the month-long celebration of Women’s Month, a simultaneous hanging of streamers were coordinated by the City Government of Catbalogan through the City Gender and Development (GAD) Council.
The city team hung streamers at the following city offices and locations: City Health, City Economic Enterprise & Public Utility, City Veterinary, City Agriculture, and City Hall.
(Photos by Adine Mabag, Eric Pagtabunan, Sophia Marie Martinez and Sidney Lim)
With the theme “Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong!”, the City Gender and Development (GAD) Council in coordination with various national and local agencies are set to conduct activities for the whole month of March as part of the 2014 Women’s Month Celebration.
Together, let us celebrate the role of women in nation and societal building.
As part of its regular program, the Office of the City Health recently conducted its Barangay Health Consultation at Barangay Cabugawan last February 25, 2014.
More than 200 residents of the said barangays received free consultation, free medicines and pneumococcal vaccines administered among senior citizens while nearly 30 dental extractions were performed.
The said medical-dental outreach program is part of the thrust of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan to offer accessible, affordable and available basic services among constituents.
“Pinakusog na Serbisyo Panlawas tikang kan Mayor Step” echoes the commitment of this administration to strengthen basic social services for all Catbaloganons.
(Photos and data provided by Office of the City Health)
On February 25, 2014 at SP Session Hall, nearly 80 individuals representing 50 agencies met for the City Gender and Development (GAD) Council in preparation for the 2014 Women’s Month this March.
The city is set to celebrate a month-long series with activities led by several agencies:
- GAD Coordinator’s Training on March 03 (Division of Catbalogan City)
- Poster Making Contest on March 03-10 (Division of Catbalogan City)
- Fun Walk on March 08 (LGU Catbalogan)
- Photography Contest and Exhibit (Catbalogan City Camera Club)
- Disaster Preparedness Orientation on March 07-08 (City DRRMC & Bureau of Fire Protection)
- Food Processing Training on March 12 (City Agriculture’s Office)
- Tree Planting Activity on March 14 (Samar State University)
- Psycho-Social Sessions to VAWC Survivors on March 17 (City Social Welfare & Development Office, Plan Philippines, PNP)
- Anti-VAWC Training and MOVE Orientation on March 25 (CSWDO & City Local Government Operations Office)
- Buntis Congress on March 28 (City Health Office)
- Culminating and Recognition Activity on March 31
Presidential Proclamation No. 227 series of 1998 provides for the observance of the month of March as Women’s Role kn History Month as well as Republic Act 6949 series of 1990 declares March 08 of every year as National Women’s Day.
Said celebration is aimed at creating awareness of the rights and roles of women in helping shape the nation’s future and to pay tribute to the strong and resilient “Juanas” who brought inspiring changes in the country and across the globe.
This year’s theme “Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong!” echoes the role of women’s strength towards social progress and development.
The GAD Council meeting was convened by Council Chair City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan as mandated by law and as her being one of the staunch advocates of women’s rights and empowerment.
As one of the many identified activities in celebration of the 2014 Women’s Month this March 2014, The City Government of Catbalogan in coordination with Catbalogan City Camera Club (CCCC) organizes the “Kababayen-an: Women’s Month Photography Contest”.
With the theme “Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong!”, the contest aims to celebrate and commemorate the role that women play in societal and nation-building.
For more details, attached are the poster and official guidelines for the said photo contest.
Angelo Dahilig, a fifth grader from San Andres Elementary School was among the top winners in the 11th National Science Quest, which was held recently Teacher’s Camp, Baguio City from February 10 – 12.
Dahilig bested 31 other competitors from all over the country in the Collage Making Contest. Using various scrap materials, he was able to come up with an artwork that best reflects the theme, “Science and Technology Advancement: Enhancing Quality of Life through Invention and Research”.
City Mayor Stephany Uy Tan was able to personally congratulate the student during a courtesy call after the competition. He was accompanied by his coach Rosario Pacayra of Catbalogan III District Elementary School.
The National Science Quest is being held annually by the Association of Science Educators in the Philippines to encourage students to excel in Science through “camaraderie, competition and sportsmanship”. To ensure this, participants go through a rigorous elimination process that requires them to place either 1st or 2nd at the division and regional level before they can qualify for the national level.
(Article by Ms. Lai Minh Mabulay, Office of the City Mayor)
Anchored on the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce poverty incidence by 2015, the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 3 series of 2012 of DBM-DILG-DSWD-NAPC requires all LGU to create a Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) to spearhead the formulation and monitoring of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP).
In consonance with Executive Order No. 003 series of 2014 issued by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan to reorganize the LPRAT for the formulation of LPRAP 2015, a planning workshop was held last February 24, 2014 at Twin’s Resto, this city.
More than thirty (30) were in attendance representing the different concerned LGU Departments along with Civil Society Organization (CSO) representatives that discussed, deliberated and consolidated identified program, projects and activities for 2015 tackling concerns on social welfare, health, agriculture, education among others.
A follow-up meeting is to be scheduled for the presentation of the final action plan, which is to be legislated by the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Catbalogan.
The said national directive to include from the grassroots in the budgetting and planning of the local government is related with the current administration of Mayor Step of an inclusive, participative and empowered form of governance.
(Photos by Ador L. Hurtado, Office of the City Mayor)
In celebration of the 2014 Oral Health Month anchored on the theme “Ngiping Pinagtibay, Ngiting walang Humpay. Para sa Kinabukasa’y Maginhawang Tunay”, The City Government of Catbalogan headed by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan through the initiatives of the Office of the City Health in coordination with the Division of Catbalogan City, Department of Education has conducted a Dental Care Day last February 18, 2014 at the City Plaza.
More than 1,000 pupils from Kindergarten to Grade III coming from Catbalogan I, II, III and IV Central Elementary Schools attended the one-day activity that aimed to promote proper dental care through a simultaneous toothbrushing led by Mayor Step and her two daughters, each participant receiving a dental kit containing a toothbrush and a toothpaste. Moreover, nearly 90 dental extraction was also administered by the medical team.
Highlighting the importance of dental care, Mayor Step encouraged the parents present during the activity to prioritize health especially for growing up children, that with a healthy teeth beams a healthy smile and shines a healthy life.
Also, the Office of the City Health thru the City Dentist, has issued a certificate of recognition to dentally-fit children of Catbalogan I Central School thru the consultation conducted by the City Dentist to recognize and celebrate dental fitness.
By virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 559 dated February 24, 2004 signed by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the month of February of every year is celebrated as National Dental Health Month whose major objective is to arouse dental health consciousness among the people.
(Data provided by the Office of the City Health; Photos by Paulus Aragon)
In celebration of the Heart’s Month, join The City Government of Catbalogan’s valentine offering tonight, February 14, 2014 at the City Plaza with the activity dubbed as “A Night to Remember… Acoustic Night”.
Together with your loved ones, friends and families, witness local artists sing sweet tunes and melodies from 06:00 PM until midnight as we celebrate love and life.
This activity is brought to you by the City Government of Catbalogan.
Tikang han gugma ni Mayor Step.