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




January 22, 2015


Maupay nga aga ha iyo nga tanan!

As early as today, we can easily conclude the primary purpose for the construction of this building, which is to facilitate better coordination between the Provincial Auditing Team and the different offices and agencies here in Samar. Through better inter-office coordination, we can increase the efficiency in the auditing of government transactions and as a result, create a clearer, more comprehensive picture of the financial state of the province.

Such a mandate requires another important factor that this office easily achieves, and that is independence. This office is intended to provide a place where our Provincial Auditing Team can attend to the demands of their job without fear of bribery, harassment or any other form of repercussion from high-ranking government officials. But more than the comfort and convenience, our ultimate hope is this office will usher in a new era of enthusiasm and passion for the job among the employees.

If an office serves as an embodiment of the ideals and principles espoused by the agency occupying it, then let the Provincial Satellite Auditing Office serve as a reflection of the transparency and fiscal responsibility that the Commission on Audit has always been known for. Let it symbolize the integrity and authority of this office, which you, the employees, have worked so hard to achieve and which, you have successfully maintained over the years.

The building itself may be completed in a couple of years from now, but upholding the qualities and virtues that it stands for will entail due diligence and commitment from the individuals who shall enter it. Hence, it is my hope that the four walls that shall be eventually erected will serve as a constant reminder to them of the significance of their duties.

Korean investors inspects site of the Sky City

Officials of the ODIN Energy from South Korea recently visited Catbalogan City to inspect on the location of the soon-to-be-constructed ODIN Tower.

Said investors were personally assisted by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, City Councilor Beethoven “Bembot” Bermejo, City Engineer Rico Macabare, City Administrator-Designate Dennis Cosmod, and City Tourism Officer Ador Hurtado at the actual site where on going road opening is being made.

The said ODIN Tower will be 13 floors tall and will house 2-3 floors of government offices, 1 viewing deck floor and 1 floor of restaurants and shops.

(Photos by Michael Balan)

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Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan receives Korean investors

ODIN Energy headed by its President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mrs. Young Mi Back, Vice President Richard Yo Songsuk, Technical Adviser Soo Yun Song along Director Gisung Back with met with Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan to finalize the agreements on the contract for the construction of a wind and solar source tower.

It can be remembered that officials of ODIN Energy was in Catbalogan City last September 2015 to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the City Government of Catbalogan.

This time, the visit was made to finalize the agreements as to the financing scheme and the sharing of stakes to the partnership. Discussed during the said meeting, a 70:30 scheme is to be implemented with 70% to be financed by the city and 30% by the investors. This is also same with the possible generated power from the tower, which majority will go to the city.

Incorporating with the suggested design, the engineers and architects of both sides are to finalize the design and the costing of the said tower.

(Photos by Michael Balan)

#catbalogancity #catbaloganskycity #stepforwardcatbalogan#odinenergy

Catbalogan City Division wins at EVRAA 2016

Congratulations to our young athletes under the Division of Catbalogan City, Department of Education for winning in the recent Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA) 2016 held at Ormoc City.

Our elementary athletes ranked 9th out of 13 delegations and our secondary athletes placed 10th out of 13 delegations.

Cheers to our PALARO qualifiers and let us support them as they banner Catbalogan City!

Catbalogan City joins EVRAA 2016 in Ormoc

City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan along with City Councilor Beethoven “Bembot” Bermejo attended the 2016 Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA), which was hosted by the City Government of Ormoc and the Division of Ormoc City, Department of Education.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon)

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ICLEI assists city in climate change adaptation plan formulation

As a follow up to the Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) writeshop attended by Catbalogan City last year, the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia thru Communications Officer, Mr. Vince Marin met with the city’s Climate Core Team last January 29, 2016 to finalize the said LCCAP.

The members of the city’s climate core team include representatives from City Engineering, City Health, City Agriculture, City Environment, City Planning and City Investment Promotions.

The formulation of LCCAP for each LGU is mandated by DILG in compliance with the Climate Change Act of 2009 or RA 9729 stating that the LGU shall “be the frontline agencies in the formulation, planning and implementation of climate change action plans in their respective areas”.

(Photos by Blendz Tuazon)

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Catbalogan receives international grant for sustainable fish farming

Good news to the fisher folks of Catbalogan City. Happening at the moment is the project launching of “A Resilient and Resilience Enhancing Danggit Farming”. A CSO led project endorsed by the City of Catbalogan through Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan and funded by International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives ICLEI-ACCCRN.

The activity is attended by ICLEI Communications Officer Jon Vincent Marin, Eastern Visayas Network of NGO’s and PO’s led by Mr Don Mabulay, SSU Outreach Program through Dr. Rene Diokton, City environment Officer Edgar Guya, City Councilors Ernesto Arcales, Beethoven Bermejo and Renante Aquino and the media led by PIA Infocen Manager Ninfa Quirante. Below is the message delivered by the Mayor for the event.


I personally convey my warmest greetings to everyone to this project launching. Good afternoon.

To our guests from ICLEI and other guests who are not from Catbalogan i would like to extend to my most hospitable welcome greetings as you take your first steps in our beloved city, Catbalogan City, the city of manaragat.

This project launching means so much to me, to the city government and to the beneficiaries. As the city mayor whose administration have been tested by various environmental disturbances such as typhoons of the likes of yolanda, glenda, ruby, seniang and amang, and recently even though we are not feeling its extreme effects, the el nino phenomenon, i vowed to make every aspect of the city, our economy, our people, our infrastructure, our energy sources and even the livelihood and agriculture of our ordinary citizens, to be adaptive or resilient to environmental or climate changes.

This vision however is unrealistic without the commitment and utmost support of technical partners. With this, on behalf of the city my sincerest thanks to ICLEI-ACCCRN for granting this project tagged as A Resilient and Resilience-Enhancing Danggit Farming’ Project under their Engagement Building Small grants fund. This is a very big opportunity for the city especially to the beneficiaries to be able to enhance production of danggit, in which its quality is competitive to existing rivals in the markets at the same time less likely to be affected by extreme environmental events. Aside from being an opportunity, the city is also challenged to be both a model and a best practice in climate adaptive programs such as these. We want to show the world (the universe rather) that we are not simply a city of manaragat, but a city which is strong and resilient enough to adjust and fit to the demand of times and with people who are adaptive to the changes of the world.

To the project implementors:
1. Regularly update me of the progress of the project
2. Dont hesitate to ask support from the city to improve the project implementation
3. Make the project result to a applaudable output worthy of replication

Thank you very much!

#catbalogancity #accrn #iclei #sustainability #stepforwardcatbalogan

Kasalang Bayan 2016

The City Government of Catbalogan through the City Civil Registrar’s Office is set to celebrate love and unity through the annual conduct of KASALANG BAYAN.

This year, 250 couples will get to experience a sponsored Civil and Church Mass Wedding on February 22, 2016 on “first come, first serve” reservation only at Civil Registrar’s Office.

This is being made possible through City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan.

The following are the requirements for both Civil Wedding and Church Wedding:

a. Civil Mass Wedding (for both individuals)
– Birth Certificate / Baptismal / Voter’s Registration
– Cedula 2016
– Parent’s Consent or Advice (Ages 18 – 22)
– Marriage License

b. Civil Church Wedding
– Bring baptismal certificate (couple)
– Verify if underwent church confirmation “kumpirma” already, please put note of your application if no
– Attend seminar at church on the following schedules: February 07 (1st Sunday), February 13 (2nd Saturday), February 14 (2nd Sunday), February 20 (3rd Saturday), February 21 (3rd Sunday)
Snacks and lunch will be provided by the City Government in all these seminar.

Fore more details, please contact City Civil Registrar’s Office at (055) 543-8565 or visit their office at Ground Floor (beside City Assessor’s Office) City Hall Building, Rizal Avenue, Catbalogan City.

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Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan unveils SMB Eastern Visayas – Samar Region as Labor Law Compliant

Speech of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan
Maupay nga aga ha iyo nga tanan!
Being one of the city’s most reliable and trustworthy corporate partners, particularly for our annual Manaragat Festival Month-long Celebration, I welcome this development with much hope and optimism. With its new headquarters, I look forward to SMB’s more palpable and vibrant presence in the province. May it pave the way for a more personal and hands-on service to your consumers.
And in light of its recent status as a Labor Law-Compliant Establishment, I also wish to commend the SMB for associating this milestone with a very sensitive and oftentimes divisive issue of labor-management relations. It emphasizes an important grain of truth that labor is the lifeblood of every business and their contribution is valuable in steering a business towards success.
Through this particular achievement, SMB has successfully shown that tending to the inner workings of a business, specifically by giving special attention to labor issues, is an effective strategy that will bear external benefits. To borrow the words of our reigning Ms. Universe Pia Wurtzbach, SMB has also proven that it is a company that is “confidently beautiful with a heart”.
A transfer often signifies a new beginning and in this case, I am sure that it means the beginning of better and greater things for SMB. This latest feather in its cap only cements your image as a leader in business and beyond.
Damo nga salamat!
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City trains MSMEs through DTI’s BUB Project

BuB Training on Business Plan Preparation through DTI


Speech of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan

The wisdom of supporting entrepreneurs is not just rooted on economic principles, it is based on social factors as well. Business is a window into our society. By supporting local businesses; we are, in effect, promoting our way of life and by investing on what is “sariling atin”, we are laying the foundations for a more sufficient and sustainable economic development.

Through the courses that will be given to you in the course of six days, we intend to target growth through various angles of business management so that our Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, or MSMEs, will be empowered and eventually become economic leaders themselves.

Diri la naton ginlalatag an dalan, aton liwat gibubutang an haligi, pader ngan atop komo pagsiguro nga mag-iiha ngan magigin marig-on an iyo mga negosyo. Karuyag liwat namon ipakita nga an aton City Government, desidido nga maghatag ha iyo han hul-os nga serbisyo ngan pag-atender ha iyo mga panginahanglan.

An amon panuyuanan dinhi, diri la mga mag-succeed kamo ha negosyo, karuyag liwat namon nga kamo an magin modelo para ha iba nga mayda liwat plano magtindo han ira kalugaringon nga negosyo.

In light of this, you are not just ordinary businessmen, we also see you as our collaborators in promoting a culture of entrepreneurship and industry – one where the promotion is done more by deeds than by words.

Usa ini han aton mga stratehiya ha pagpauswag han aton siyudad, ngan kamo nga aanhi yana an magigin frotnliners hini nga misyon.

Salamat ha iyo pag-atender yana!

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