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!

Samar youth undergoes workshop on cultural and heritage preservation

A mix of students and out-of-school youth from Calbiga, Catbalogan and Zumarraga, of ages 15-25 years old participated in the Layag Samar Youth Camp held last February 21 and 22 at the New Maqueda Bay Hotel and Rosario Hills respectively. This gathering of the youth is one of the scheduled activities created for the different sectors of society to collaborate in activities leading to the preservation of our rich culture and heritage.

While it was expected that the participants should have artistic inclinations, their talents were further improved through breakout sessions in drama, dance, music, literary and visual & traditional arts. The finale of the said activity, which also served as their outputs was a showcase of talents, integrating arts, heritage, climate change adaptation, disaster preparedness and all other lessons they have learned in the series of workshops.

This activity is part of the Layag Samar Project, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding between The City Government of Catbalogan, the Samar State University, the Samar Island Heritage Foundation, and the funding agency which is the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

(Photos by Manong Mike)
#CatbaloganCity #LayagSamar #NCCA#CaptivatingCatbalogan #KarisyoKatbalogan #CuatrocientosCatbalogan#StepForwardCatbalogan

Philippine Reclamation Authority signs cooperation deal with Catbalogan for a reclamation project

The Philippine Reclamation Authority represented by Atty. Janilo Rubiato (General Manager and Chief Executive Officer) and City of Catbalogan (Stephany Uy-Tan, City Mayor) finally sealed an agreement that would pave way for the establishment of a new industrial and commercial hub in the City through the 330-Hectare Reclamation Project to be situated at Barangay Maulong, Catbalogan City.

This project will address the scarcity of land area for industrial and commercial purposes within the city that would greatly ease congestion within the present Business Center and would complement the City’s rapid economic growth/activity.

The signing of the Expression of Collaboration is just part of many vital steps that PRA and LGU Catbalogan have to go through in order to realize the said project. Should the reclamation project becomes reality, the proposed economic zone of Catbalogan will be situated there in which major manufacturing, commercial, production and industrial establishment will be built.

Also present during the said signing of Expression of Collaboration were Atty. Al Agra, Chairman and Atty. Joseph John Literal, Assistant General Manager, all from the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA).

Kasalang Bayan 2017 goes green

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, nearly 200 couples will get to experience a sponsored Civil Mass Wedding on February 27, 2017 at Samar State University Gymnasium.

One unique feature of this year’s KASALANG BAYAN is the environmental “touch” wherein all couples will get the opportunity to plant fruit “couple tree” at Barangay San Andres to be maintained by the City Agriculture’s Office.

This is being made possible through City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan as part of its “Services at your doorSTEP”, offering basic services direct to the people.

Believing that “It paghigugma parehas hit pagtatanom, matubo kun gin-aataman, malalaya kun ginpapabay-an”, Mayor Step incorporates the love for our environment while sharing true love’s sweet promise.

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.

‪#‎catbalogancity‬ ‪#‎kasalangbayan2017 #lovemonth #mayforever#lovewins ‪#‎stepforwardcatbalogan‬

Catbalogan prepares for launching of Therapeutic Community Team

By request of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, being the chairperson of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC), the said council was convened last Friday, February 17, 2017 to discuss on the implementation of the scheduled activities of various agencies under the council relative to anti-drug abuse advocacies.

Highlight of the meeting was the creation of the Therapeutic Community Team with trained members under the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) of the Department of Justice only in 2016.

The said TC Team will coordinate and collaborate with the Barangay and other institutions in campaign against illegal drugs by implementing programs and projects that strengthen the community initiatives and family values.

TC is a tool that Paro is part of PPA uses to prepare client for reintegration to the community as reformed, rehabilitated, productive, drug-free and law abiding person anchored on five (5) distinct categories of activities that help promote the change:

– Relational/Behavior Management
– Affective/Emotional/Psychological
– Cognitive/Intellectual
– Spiritual
– Psychomotor/Vocational-Survival Skills

The TC Team is said to be launched on March 08, 2017 in time for International Women’s Day through a simultaneous anti-drug abuse caravan in select barangays.

(Photos by Mercedes Adap)

#cadac #catbalogancity #antidrugabuse #tcteam#stepforwardcatbalogan

City Government of Catbalogan joins the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders in celebrating the Rare Disease Day 2017

The City Government of Catbalogan joins the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders in celebrating the Rare Disease Day 2017 on February 28, 2017.

With the release of Presidential Proclamation No. 1989 on February 8, 2010 declaring the last week of February as ‘National Rare Disease Week’, the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders, Inc. (PSOD) has taken the initiative in coordinating public and stakeholder awareness on the promotion and protection of the welfare of Filipinos with rare or orphan disorders.

This year’s slogan is “With Research Possibilities are Limitless”, which is a call upon researchers, universities, students, companies, policy makers and clinicians to do more research and to make them aware of the importance of research for the rare disease community.

Republic Act No. 10747 or the Rare Disease Act of the Philippines was signed into law in March 2016. The law seeks to “improve the access of patients diagnosed to have a rare disease, or patient highly suspected of having a rare disease, to comprehensive medical care and to timely health information to help them cope with their condition.”

#catbalogancity #rarediseaseday2017 #psod #stepforwardcatbalogan#captivatingcatbalogan

Catbalogan hosts provincial planning of employment coordinators

Catbalogan City hosted the Community Training and Employment Coordinators (CTEC) Provincial Meeting and Planning Workshop last February 09-10, 2017 held at Casa Cristina Hotel in partnership with TESDA Samar Provincial Office.

The objective of the activity is to come up with a clear and defined programs for the services to be provided by the CTECs in their respective offices.

The CTECs are mandated to deliver the programs and services of TESDA by capacitating the skilled workers through provision of trainings and assessments for faster employment opportunities.

This initiative is part of the 14-Point Agenda of TESDA, which serves as the framework for designing programs that would cater specifically to the needs of identified groups such as: urban & rural poor, farmers, fisher folks, indigenous people (IPs), women, rebel returnees/combatants, drug dependents, repatriated OFWs, out-of-school youths (OSYs), micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), family enterprises, and local government units (LGUs).

(Photos and information provided by City PESO, Ms. Maila de Guia)

#catbalogancity #peso #tesda #planningworkshop #captivatingcatbalogan

Catbalogan joins awareness on prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation

Catbalogan City joins the nation in the 21st National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.

This is in observance of Presidential Proclamation No. 731 series of 1996 that declares the 2nd week of February of every year as “National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation” or also known as “Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (CSAAW)”.

With this year’s theme “We are the solution!”, this emphasizes the need for us to be actively involved in partnering with various agencies and organizations to end this abuse.

Mayor Step chosen as Mayor of the Month of UCLG ASPAC

Our very own Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan chosen as Mayor of the Month of the published newsletter of UCLG ASPAC for the month of February 2017.

Catbalogan City has been a member of UCLG ASPAC since 2015 and this availed many of its international conferences, trainings and partnerships geared towards developing local government units relative to sustainable development.

UCLG ASPAC – United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific is the biggest of the eight (8) sections of UCLG, which is a worldwide association of local government organisations that dates back to 1913 and is the only local government organisation recognised by the United Nations given the privilege to nominate 10 out of 20 members of UNACLA, which is the first advisory body of local authorities affiliated with the UN.

Catbalogan City is set to host the UCLG ASPAC Executive Bureau Meeting in April 2017 here in or very own captivating city of contrasts.

#catbalogancity #uclg #uclgaspac #stepforwardcatbalogan#captivatingcatbalogan

Catbalogan City gets international exposure on gender programs

Catbalogan City’s initiatives on women empowerment and gender equality featured on UCLG e-Newsletter for January edition.

UCLG ASPAC – United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific is one of the Regional Sections of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), an amalgamation of International Union of Local Authorities, United Towns Organization (UTO), and World Association of the Major Metropolises (METROPOLIS). UCLG was established on 1 January 2004 and is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain.

Following this unification, UCLG ASPAC was established in Taipei on 14 April 2004, as the new entity of IULA ASPAC. UCLG ASPAC is the key knowledge management hub on local government issues in the Asia Pacific region.…/docs/women_campaign_in_catbalogan

#catbalogancity #stepforwardcatbalogan #uclgaspac #uclg#captivatingcatbalogan #karisyokatbalogan

Catbalogan women undergoes workshop on arts, heritage & disaster preparedness

The partnership of the City Government of Catbalogan with Samar State University, National Commission for Culture and the Arts and One Samar Heritage Center in the Layag Samar Project has brought pro-active cultural renaissance to different sectors of society such as the group of women from Catbalogan City who joined in the recently concluded Women’s Workshop on Arts, Heritage and Disaster Preparedness in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Participants were able to identify their role in educating the community on climate change and heritage through the various artistic methodologies prepared for them like group games, body part isolation excersises, song improvisation and adaptation or salin-awit and dialogues on issues and conflicts regarding disaster preparedness and climate change. The two-day workshop was culminated by heritage site visits and short lecture on Guiuan heritage.