Mahinungdanon nga adlaw ha iyo ngatanan!
I have always believed that the true test of our ability and capacity is to always challenge it. In doing so, we can rejoice on the accomplishment or we may grow from the lessons.
Catbalogan City’s hosting of the United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) Conference and Executive Bureau (ExBu) Meeting from April 04-07, 2017 has been both a development and a discovery, being the first for Catbalogan and the first for Eastern Visayas Region. It has opened doors of opportunities for partnerships and coordination while unraveling our capacities and challenges.
As the capital of Philippines’ third largest island and gifted with unspoiled natural sites, delectable cuisines, and warm people, we believe Catbalogan City is one of the reasons that indeed, it is more fun in the Philippines.
With an increasing number of tourist arrivals, hotels and bed capacity, venues for events and conferences, Catbalogan City is more than ready. With the assistance of various national, regional and local agencies as well as the support of numerous partners and supporters, we believe it is high time that the world sees and savors what generally the Philippines can offer.
It has been said that a city’s greatest asset is its people. So whatever we may lack in terms of modern structures and facilities, we will make up for with our inherent hospitality, courteousness and graciousness of spirit.
As a network of emerging cities all over the world, the UCLG gives us the opportunity to interact with other towns, cities and provinces that are either confronted with the same challenges and concerns that we face or can offer the possible answer or solution to these. In all of these, we may be different but we are also similar in many ways and these similarities will pave the way for the sharing of ideas and solutions, which will serve as a strong foundation of our meaningful partnerships. Our participation serves as a reminder that we are playing an important role in the development of other communities across the globe. This in itself serves as a source of pride for us Catbaloganons.
“Kauswagan Kalibutan” in our local dialect literally translates to “progressive world” and this can be achieved by creating connections for sustainable societies, which is echoed in our chosen theme for this convergence. We believe that to address the current issues of today, we must consistently connect and collaboratively contribute to the solutions.
It is what we have right now that will reflect how much more we can achieve, and by hosting the UCLG ASPAC Conference and Executive Bureau Meeting, we hope to open our doors to such an opportunity.
Stepping forward, expanding farther, and developing further.
“Ini nga aton panhingkamot ini para matagan hin oportunidad an aton mga parupangisda ngan mga gugti nga negosyante nga maibaligya deritso an ira mga isda ngan ha aton mga molupyo nga makapalit ha barato nga presyo tungod nga naibanan na an proseso han pagbaligya,” Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan shares during the meeting last March 21, 2017 at Cocina de Cabral convening fish brokers and fish dealers who will now be transferred to our new and recently-completed fish port located at Catbalogan Pier.
The said project was funded by the Philippine Fishery Development Authority (PFDA) budgeted with P25,000,000.00 on their 2014 Development Accelerated Program (DAP) but was deferred due to unconstitutionality findings by the Supreme Court but was finally completed on 2016.
Purpose of the PFDA project was to construct a facility that will help reduce post-harvest losses by providing a facility that wherein fresh catch can be immediately sold, stored, processed or shipped to markets.
Catbalogan City recorded 5,350 fisherfolks as of December 2014 wherein it ranked 32nd in the whole nation, 10th in the region first for the whole island of Samar, which was recognized as one of the 100 Municipalities of the FishR Program of the Department of Agriculture/ Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) and a recipient of the Gawad Parangal in 2015.
“We have always believed that our people deserve services that are accessible, affordable and available to all,” Mayor Step highlights during the meeting.
(Photos by Paulus Aragon, Article by Ador Hurtado)
And who to better inspire women on Women’s Month than their fellow strong women who are changemakers and trailblazers in our society.
Catbalogan City Government in coordination with the Local Council of Women (LCW) and the Gender and Development (GAD) Council in partnership with New Life Christian Center organized last March 18, 2017 a unique forum dubbed as “Women Inspiring Women” at Payao, Catbalogan City.
More than 500 women and advocates were gathered and took inspiration from the seven (7) notable women from different fields and expertise.
Anchored on this year’s theme “We make change work for women”, the said activity was aimed to celebrate women’s journey by sharing inspiring stories of change in their chosen fields, to encourage their fellow women to be empowered and to love themselves.
“This is a venue for us, to be inspired and appreciate each other and create an environment supportive of each other,” Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan shares.
The celebration of Women’s Month every March is anchored on Presidential Proclamation 227 series 1988 mandating the said celebration to give due recognition to the contributions of Filipino women to our society.
(Photos by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado)
Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan met with the stallholders of the current public market last March 15, 2017 as assisted by our City Treasurer, City Economic Enterprise and Public Utility Officer and Barangay 06 Chair along with representatives of Primark Properties, Inc. relative to the temporary relocation site as the construction of a new market-mall will commence.
Philippine Primark Properties, Inc. (Primark) is a company engaged in town center development for commercial leasing. Primark is heavily involved in the establishment of town centers in emerging cities and in first to fourth class municipalities where there is rapid urbanization and steady growth in consumption patterns. The Company’s key tenants are SM Savemore Market for basic commodities, Ace Hardware for home & office needs, BDO or Chinabank for banking transactions and other food chains, store outlets and drug stores for other needs.
As a follow-up activity to the last local coordination meeting, we have convened a bigger crowd of volunteers and partners in preparation for our hosting of the UCLG ASPAC – United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific Conference and Executive Bureau (ExBu) Meeting in April 2017.
Various committees were present and parallel committee sessions were conducted to update and coordinate upcoming schedules and preparations.
This milestone event is not just a challenge to the local government but a great opportunity as well. And we are very much happy to have an overwhelming wave of support from various ends despite the dissatisfaction and distrust of several individuals relative to this event.
The City Government of Catbalogan through the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) in partnership with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Catbalogan conducted its 1st Catbalogan City Fire Olympics – Barangay Fire Brigade Category last March 10, 2017 at City Plaza.
Said activity was in celebration of National Fire Prevention Month per Proclamation 360 of former president Corazon Aquino signed in 1989 aimed “to disseminate knowledge in the field of burn prevention and to enhance education in all phases of burn care”.
In support to the national campaign of the President Rodrigo Duterte against drug abuse and in celebration of the International Women’s Day, an “Anti-Illegal Drugs Caravan and the Launching of the Therapeutic Community Team of the City of Catbalogan” was organized today, March 08, 2017 at SNS Covered Court.
One objective of the activity was to officially launch Catbalogan City’s anti-drug abuse rehabilitation program, which one of the elements is the Therapeutic Community Team (TC Team) and another is to celebrate the International Women’s Day by virtue of Republic Act (RA) 6949 series 1990.
Catbaloganons walk for International Women’s Day bannering a campaign on women empowerment and anti-illegal drug campaign last March 08, 2017.
More than 300 participants from secondary schools, men in uniform, barangay officials and city employees joined the morning walk today, March 08, 2017 from the City Plaza around major streets and thoroughfares carrying banners and statement placards that called for women empowerment and anti-illegal drug abuse.
This activity was spearheaded by the multi-sectoral councils of Gender and Development (GAD) Council and City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) as part of the women’s month celebration and in support of the national campaign against illegal drugs.
It is said that women holds half of the world, a task that is daunting to realize but comforting to recognize.
Happy Women’s Month to all the women by heart and in mind who continuously shape the present and the future that awaits.
CADAC and GAD Council convened last March 02, 2017 at City Mayor’s Office by memorandum of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan who chairs both councils.
The meeting was in preparation for the month-long celebration of women’s month 2017 with this year’s theme “We make change work for Women”.
The activity was attended by the members of Catbalogan Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) and Gender and Development (GAD) to specifically take up the issues on the launching of a Community-Based Rehabilitation Program and launching of the Therapeutic Community Team (TCT) to be part of the highlights of the Women’s Month celebration along side with the the “Women inspiring Women Forum” and the launching of Barangay VAWC Desk Hotlines.
The national women’s month celebration every March is part of the worldwide observance of the International Women’s Day.
Part of the celebration on March 08, 2017 is a motorcade to be followed by the unveiling of women’s month information materials, which will be put up in strategic places to ensure wider session of women’s rights and protection.
(Photos and article by Ms. Myra Tambor)
The Youth for Peace Katbalaugan Chapter hosted the 1st Regional Meeting, Strategic Planning and Assessment 2017 of Youth for Peace Philippines, Inc. Eastern Visayas (YFPPI) last February 25-26, 2017 at SP Session Hall at City Hall and Multi-Purpose Building at Camp Lukban, Brgy. Maulong, Catbalogan City.
The regional meeting was attended by 35 delegates from the 5 provinces of Eastern Visayas region together with the Civil Military Officers from every unit of the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army.
Its objective is to convene all existing YFPPI organizations, assess the challenges and to come up with an annual plan for 2017.
The Youth for Peace Philippines organizations here in Eastern Visayas were the outcome of the Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) initiated by the Philippine Army and supported by the respected municipalities and cities while the Youth for Peace Katbalaugan Chapter is the outcome of the YLS supported by Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan since 2012.
Said regional meeting was fully supported by Mayor Step as part of her commitment towards the development of young people wherein she herself was a product of various youth trainings and workshops by non-government organizations like FPOP-Samar and WARAYA, which is a partner of this activity.
The activity were sponsored by the City Government of Catbalogan in partnership with the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army and supported by the City Youth Development Office, Waray-Waray Youth Advocates (WARAYA) and Junior Chamber International, Catbalogan Balud, Inc.
(Photos by Jovic Belangel Rapanan & Camp Lukban; Article by Mark Mark Bons Mabutin Fernandez)