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.
Being a coastal city that has embraced “Manaragat” as its social, economic and cultural brand, marine protection is an advocacy that is close to the hearts of Catbaloganons.
Hence, with the City Government at the forefront, Catbalogan City took part in the worldwide observance of the International Coastal Clean-Up (ICC) Day last September 20, 2014. The LGU has also enjoined the participation of concerned agencies such as the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), Philippines National Police (PNP), 8th Infantry Division (8ID), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Samar National School – Youth for Environment for School Organization (SNS-YES-O).
The thirty participants from each participating agencies concentrated in the coastal areas of Pier 1 and Brgy. Guinsorongan. For a wider coverage, City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan also signed Memorandum Circular – 108 series of 2014, in which she also enjoined six island barangays and 24 coastal barangays to conduct a coastal clean-up in their respective jurisdictions.
Started in 1986 by an organization named Ocean Conservancy, the ICC was organized to raise awareness about the importance of preserving and maintaining the cleanliness of oceans and other bodies of water as a way of saving marine life and ecosystems.
(Article by Ms. Lai Minh Mabulay, Photos by Paulus Aragon)
She further committed to continue strengthening partnership with other stakeholders to deliver a much effective health services under her thrust “Serbisyo Panlawas nga Pinakusog”.
The schedule of dental services is every Monday and Wednesday at the City Health Office, every Tuesday and Thursday is barangay consultation and every Friday is devoted for the dental care of pregnant women.
(Article and Photos by Roldan John Ponay Larios, City Health Office)
Consultative Meeting was organized last September 10, 2014 regarding the proceeds of the recently-concluded “SkolaRun” held last June 16, 2014 in celebration of the 7th Charter Day of Catbalogan City.
Among those present were the different stakeholders (DTI, DENR, NSO, PHILHEALTH, AFP, PNP, CWD, TESDA, SAMICO, BIR, NFA, DEP.ED) who participated in the fund raising run for the less privileged students.
The business sector being represented by the SCCI and Samar Runners Club for rendering its technical assistance. The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) has identified the criteria as to the identification of beneficiaries.
The City Government of Catbalogan being the host city of the said event, sponsored a dinner for all the participants. Tourism is one of the flagship program of Mayor Step’s administration believing to spur up the city’s tourism industry and economic activities.
The City Government of Catbalogan through the City Health Office strongly supports the Department of Health in its quest to immunize all children below 5 years old against Measles, Rubella and Polio.
The launching was held at Brgy. Canlapwas, Catbalogan City because the said barangay is considered a high risk area and the most populous barangay in the city.
The activity was highlighted with the presence of the very supportive City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan.
“Ini nga pagbakuna han mga kabataan usa nga pamaagi para malikyan an mga sakit na Measles, Rubella ngan Polio” she quipped.
She also stressed that there is no reason that the parents will not let their children be vaccinated considering the immunity that the children will get from the vaccine.
A supplemental feeding was also conducted parallel to the theme, “Maupay nga Panlawas han mga Kabataan Urusa naton nga Makakab-utan, Pinaagi hin hin Masustansiya nga Pagkaon ngan Bakuna Kumpletuhon”
A total 683 children was vaccinated against Polio and 605 against Measles and Rubella and were subsequently given supplemental feeding.
The program is set to run until the end of September targeting almost 14, 000 eligible population in the entire city.
(Article by Roldan John Ponay Larios, City Health Office; Photos by Paulus Aragon)
Through the City Social Welfare and Development Office, the City Government of Catbalogan is set to turn-over temporary bunkhouses situated at Villa Paula Housing at Barangay Guinsorongan to families affected by Typhoon Glenda on September 10, 2014.
Expected guests are DSWD Regional Director Nestor Ramos, Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Blanche Gobenciong, and DOH Regional Director Dr. Jose Llacuna, Jr.
The said bunkhouses through the Share a Temporary Home Program (STEHP) has been made through the support of Villa Paula Housing Corporation, Catbalogan City Water District, SAMELCO II, DJ MOD/DCASH, Katbaloganon Association in Canada and Katbaloganon Association East Coast – USA.
Catbalogan Bus Terminal gets a total clean-up August 1, 2014 in compliance to the lined-up activities of the Provincial Cooperative Development Council (PCDC) and the City Cooperative Development Council (CCDC) to pursue its Social Responsibility. This activity coincided with the “Grand Opening Salvo” of the City Fiesta Month-Long Celebration.
Some forty-eight (48) coop members and officers along with City Employees were responsible in undertaking the task.
Spiritual Divine Barangay Business Service Coop (SDBBS Coop) – 8
Catbalogan Public Market Vendors MPC (CPMV-MPC) – 14
Ornamental Producers Cooperative (OPC) – 4
Samar TELOF Employees MPC (STEMPC) – 3
Samar Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SAMICO) – 4
Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) – 1
New Catbalogan Fish Vendors Stallholders MPC (NCFVS-MPC) – 2
Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) – 1
City Cooperatives Office (CCO) – 5
City Economic Enterprise & Public Utility Office (CEEPUO) – 5
Catbalogan Municipal Employees MPC (CAMEMCO) – 1
The Clean-Up Drive was originally concentrated at the Bus Terminal located at Piers I & II as the identified site. However, it stretched up to the outskirts of the Bus Terminal (Curry Avenue) down to Corner Del Rosario St. where Rose Pharmacy is located.
All cooperatives are required by CDA of their Development Plan, activities that would form part of their Social Responsibility. This activity is initially undertaken, effective this year 2014, and onward. The City of Catbalogan has been nominated for the “Gawad Parangal” of the Cooperative Development Authority-Region 8 for the year 2013 and is trying to maintain its good status, thus, its active participation in all cooperative activities.
Mr. Victor D. Pagarao being the Chairman of the Catbalogan Municipal Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative and concurrently the City Economic Enterprise & Public Utility Officer has been instrumental to this activity as member of the PCDC and CCDC, and, the Bus Terminal as the identified site facilitated by CEEPUO.
(Article by Ms. Merle Barro Muñoz, Photos by CEEPU Office)
Catbalogan City officially begins its Manaragat Festival Month-long Fiesta Celebration today as it marks the 10th year of its main cultural brand – the Manaragat Festival.
Taking its cue from the theme, “Karisyo Katbalogan: 10 Years of Celebrating Catbalogan’s Captivating Contrasts”, the month of August is expected to be packed with various programs and activities starting with the Opening Salvo later this evening at 7:00pm at the City Plaza.
With the Coca Cocal Bottlers, Incorporated and San Miguel Beer Corporation as corporate sponsors, this year’s celebration include old favourites and new events meant to entertain Catbaloganons from different walks of like. It features staple highlights like the Festival Showdown, which will showcase the performance of various schools, Miss Manaragat 2014, the SMB Night and the Catbalogan Young People’s Day. To be added to these are the staging of the 1st Miss Maqueda Gay, which was made possible through coordination with the Samar Stellars’ Society, the 1st Mister Manaragat, 1st Maqueda Bay Body Building Competition and the 2014 Karisyuhan Street Party.
Aside from the cultural presentations from the academe and talent competitions that have been the source of public entertainment at the City Plaza, Catbaloganons will also see sports action via the 1st Mayor Step Under 18 Inter-Barangay Basketball Tournament and the 1st Mayor Step Inter-Town Basketball Tournament, the Billiard Tournament and the Catbalogan Fiesta Run.
With the addition of the Stakeholders’ Nyt which was meant to be a night of fun for its partner agencies and organizations, the city has also retained the celebrations reserved for the city’s sectoral partners like the Senior Citizens’ Night, Barangay Night and Employees’ Night.
(Article by Ms. Lai Minh Mabulay, Office of the City Mayor)