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 on UCLG ASPAC Hosting:


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.

Catbalogan opens EV region’s first floating swimming pool

Launched as the FIRST IN THE REGION, the floating swimming pool or the “swimming pool in the sea” of the Deped Catbalogan City Divisionsituated at Barangay Cagutsan Sierra supported by the administration of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan is a unique intervention for budding athletes who has no access to traditional swimming pool but who excels in the said sport.

Taking inspiration from the consistent win at EVRAA or the Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association for the swimming category, Catbalogan City has invested in the said sport and focus on honing athletes to be more competitive through an accessible, available and affordable sports facility.

Present during the said launching last April 10, 2017 were DepEd Regional Director, Dr. Ramir Barberan Uytico and the Executive Director of Move.PH, Mr. Rupert Ambil II alongside City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan and DepEd City Division Superintendent, Mr. Cristito Eco along with the barangay officials of Barangay Cagutsan, townsfolk, athletes and coaches under the said division.

The said sports facility is the first in Eastern Visayas region and the second in the Philippines after Panabo City, which was launched during the 2015 Palarong Pambansa.

This initiative is part of the thrust of the administration of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan to support young athletes to excel at certain social aspects like sports to help in their personal development as well as in community development.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado)
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Catbalogan City hosted the region’s first international conference

And the game-changer of it all was City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan who took the challenge of hosting the UCLG ASPAC Conference and Executive Bureau (ExBu) on April 04-07, 2017 in Catbalogan City, the first international conference in the whole Eastern Visayas region.

Nearly 200 foreign delegates were present during the opening ceremony last April 05, 2017 at the newly-constructed convention center of M Grand Royale Resort for a mix of learning and entertainment that were provided by select international and local trailblazers of various fields as well as the support of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).

During the said day as well was the reading of Catbalogan Declaration by the mayors of cities and municipalities across Asia and the Pacific, which reinforced their commitment of localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda setting the frameworks to address social issues as well as setting the global standard for sustainable urban development.

Catbalogan City only became a member of UCLG ASPAC in 2015 but has already played a significant role in various international commitments, knowledge-sharing opportunities, and taking a firm stand on global concerns.

(Article by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #uclgaspac #hosting #kauswagankalibutan#forwardfartherfurther #captivatingcatbalogan #cityoffirsts #samar#ASPACMeetUp #stepforwardcatbalogan


Eastern Visayas youth gather at international pre-conference in Catbalogan

With a gathering of more than 500 young people and youth advocates from across the region, the Youth International Pre-Conference was held at Samar State University Audio Visual Center last April 04, 2017.

It was the first convergence of young people with select local and foreign speakers and resource persons that guided the participants in crafting its very own manifesto,later called as the “Catbalogan Youth Declaration” that called for meaningful participation and involvement on various concerns of the said sector.

The pre-con was part of the First Session of the UCLG ASPAC – United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific Executive Bureau (ExBu) hosted by Catbalogan City from April 04-07, 2017.

(Photo by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #uclgaspac #uclg #ASPACMeetUp #kauswagankalibutan#cityoffirsts #ssu #samar #youngpeople #internationalhosting#stepforwardcatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan #youth#forwardfartherfurther

City convenes Nutrition Council with strong support from various sectors

Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan has convened our City Nutrition Council (CNC) last March 23, 2017 at Twins Resto as part of their regular meeting.

CNC is mandated by the national government tasked mainly to formulate and implement local food and nutrition policies, plans and interventions for nutrition improvement as well as monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of our the City Plan of Action for Nutrition.

Members of this council are school heads of all district elementary, secondary schools, as well as concerned city department related to health and nutrition.

(Photos by Michael Balan; Article by Ador Hurtado)

Catbaloganons organize Barangay Assemblies; Mayor Step reaches out

Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan visited Barangays Payao, Silanga, and 09 Poblacion among other barangays during their said assemblies last March 25, 2017.

By virtue of RA 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991 and by order of DILG Secretary Sueno under Memorandum Circular No. 2017-31, all barangays are mandated to conduct a “Barangay Assembly” at least twice a year to hear and discuss the semestral report of the barangay concerning its activities and finances as well as problems affecting the barangays.

“An aton naman presensiya kumo local government unit han Catbalogan in para ipaabot an iba-iba nga programa ngan paghatag han sakto nga impormasyon para iklaro an mga diri mga asya nga genpapagawas nga storya han mga iba na tawo nga an toyo la an pagraot han aton administrasyon ngan pagruba han mga hunahuna han mga taga barangay. Ini liwat an higayon para direkta magpakiana o manginsayod an mga kulop,” she emphasizes during her visit.

“This is part of our continued commitment to a not only a working government but also a listening government because through them, we are guided of what interventions be made to ease if not solve their problems from their perspective,” Mayor Step shares.

(Photos by Michael Balan, Paulus Aragon; Article of Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #kasugbongkatbalogan #barangayassembly#stepforwardcatbalogan


School Board convenes as school semester ends and new period commences

Last March 24, 2017, Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan has called for a meeting among the Local School Board (LSB) to get updates on all implementation in relation to education sector, as one of the priorities of her administration.
Our Local School Board (LSB) is a special body created by virtue of Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991 (LGC 91), whose duty is to allocate the Special Education Fund (SEF) to meet the supplementary needs of the local public school system.
Present were members of said board most especially our partners from the Division of Catbalogan headed by Sir Cristito Eco along with sectoral representatives as well as several departments from our city government.
We are very fortunate that through Sir Eco of the Catbalogan City Division whose vision is congruent to ours aimed at making our education services more accessible, available, affordable if not free to all our constituents.
(Photos by Michael Balan; Article by Ador Hurtado)
#catbalogancity #lsb #localschoolboard #stepforwardcatbalogan

Earth Hour 2017

Tonight, March 25, 2017 between 08:30 PM to 09:30 PM, let us turn off all non-essential lights and electrical appliances in support to the global event EARTH HOUR 2017.

#catbalogancity #earthhour #stepforwardcatbalogan#kasugbongkatbalogan

Catbalogan’s GAD Council reconvenes before Women’s Month ends

As part of the 2017 Women’s Month celebration, Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan convened the City Gender and Development (GAD) Council on March 22, 2017 to update all council members as to the implementation of various programs, projects and activities.

Members of the GAD Council are concerned city departments as well as representatives from the academe, security sector, women’s organizations, young people, barangays, faith-based organizations, civil society groups, and marginalized sectors like PWD, senior citizens, and others.

Discussed as well during the said council meeting was the identified proposals for 2018 for consideration of the whole council in preparation for the budgeting process to commence this 2nd quarter of 2017.

The creation of GAD Council is anchored on Republic Act No. 9710, otherwise known as the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) wherein all local government unites shall adopt gender mainstreaming as a strategy to promote women’s human rights and eliminate gender discrimination in their systems, structures, policies, programs , processes, and procedures.

This year’s Women’s Month celebration is anchored on the theme “WE Make Change Work for Women”, which emphasizes that women should be active drivers in bringing about positive changes, and that they should also reap from development efforts.

(Photos by Michael Balan; Article by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #womensmonth #wemakechangeworkforwomen#bilangbabae #womensmonth2017 #stepforwardcatbalogan#kasugbongkatbalogan

City fish dealers and fish brokers prepare for transfer to new city fish port

“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)movie Finding Dory streaming

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Catbalogan market stallholders attend orientation on relocation

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.