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.
Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan along with City Councilors Tekwa Uy and Max Pescos attended the dialogue with residents of Barangay Silanga regarding the NO BUILD ZONE on DANGER ZONES, which initiative came after Typhoon Glenda struck the region.
28 families were evacuation during the height of the typhoon while two (2) totally damaged and 26 partially damaged houses were recorded under the City Social Welfare and Development Office.
These series of dialogues is part of the commitment of the current administration to protect the life and limbs of Catbaloganons especially during calamities and disasters.
(Photos by Paulus Aragon)
On July 17, 2014, a team led by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan visited early morning the Barangay of Iguid to assess the damages brought by Typhoon Glenda.
As part of the recent move of The City Government of Catbalogan to establish a NO BUILD ZONE/DANGER ZONE at several coastline barangays, the city team composed of CDRRMC Action Officer Eliot Lopez and CPDC Engr. Arnaldo Aroza conducted a dialogue among the residents of Barangay Iguid so as to inform them of this policy.
Mayor Step along with City Councilor Tekwa Uy initiated the said dialogue to encourage residents to relocate to safer locations and to offer them several options being undertaken by her administration.
Mayor Step is committed to ensure a safe and secure community to avoid any further damage or loss to lives or property especially during calamities.
(Photos by Paulus Aragon)
With the coastal communities bearing the brunt of Typhoon Glenda, City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan consulted with the concerned chairmen about temporarily cordoning said areas pending assessment as to whether these are safe for residency.
In a meeting with the chairmen of barangays Mercedes, Maulong, Bunu-Anan, Guinsorongan, 06 Poblacion, 03 Poblacion and Ibol where households situated near the shores were washed out, the mayor had expressed concern about the possibility of evacuees returning to the said areas despite the danger that they have just encountered.
Urging the barangay chairmen to be firm in convincing their constituents to avoid resettling near the sea, she explained that what had transpired during the typhoon is a warning in itself regarding the risk attached to living near the coast. Because of this move, the resettlement of the affected families from these areas was made a top priority.
In agreement with the mayor, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Eliot Lopez said that allowing the families to return to their previous residence near the shore will make them vulnerable once again to future storms and typhoons.
While assessment is ongoing, the cordoned areas shall be considered as no-build zones. In connection to this, City Economic Enterprise and Public Utilities Officer Vic Pagarao has suggested that for this duration, no electric or water connections shall be allowed to discourage individuals or families from settling there.
Representatives from the Samar Electric Cooperative have expressed their willingness to coordinate with the City Government particularly in obtaining clearance from the latter so that they can avoid putting electric connections in the prohibited areas.
(Article by Ms. Lai Minh Mabulay; Photos by Paulus Aragon, Office of the City Mayor)
“Ha akon pagbinalik-balik han mga barangay tikang han akong paglingkod, akon gud gintatagan duon nga waray pamulitika an karuyag han presente nga admnistrasyon nga umabat ngan mahibaro kamo nga may gobyerno nga aada para ha iyo labi na gud ha mga kalamidad.” Mayor Step addresses residents of Barangay 03 Poblacion last July 16, 2014 on the establishment of a NO BUILD ZONE POLICY along the seawall area, which was greatly affected by Typhoon Glenda.
With the said new policy, the residents are given several housing and livelihood assistance through the many programs of the city government to ensure that they are to live in a safe and secure community along with a sustainable source of income for economic stability.
“Uotro ko, waray dulaw waray pula, waray pinultika. An aton kinahanglan yana an pagintindihay ngan kooperasyon ngan yana pala nagpapasalamat ako han iyo pamati ha amon kay ini diri para ha amon kundi para ha iyo labi na gud han iyo mga anak.” Mayor Step added.
(Photos by Paulus Aragon)
A day after Typhoon Glenda struck the region, Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan called for an Emergency Liga ng mga Barangay Meeting last July 16, 2014 to discuss on the damages brought by the typhoon.
Through the facilitation of City Local Government Operations Officer Jose Obrero and City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Arnaldo Aroza, the barangays are set to comply with the submission of damage reports as to houses, agricultural crops, fishery, commercial and others.
These said reports are to be consolidated along with other various data as an endorsement to the The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Catbalogan City for the declaration of Catbalogan City being under the State of Calamity.
Further discussed during the said emergency meeting was the initiative to prohibit the construction of any properties along identified “no build zone” or “danger zones”, mostly along several coastal sections of the city.
Mayor Step is set to conduct dialogues with constituents of various barangays of the said affected areas about the prohibited areas.
(Photos by Paulus Aragon)
The city team led by Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan met with residents and business owners at Barangay 06 along seawall area regarding the move of the city to establish a NO BUILD ZONE at the said area. This move of the local government was borne out of the recent damage brought by Typhoon Glenda last July 15, 2014. Although no casualty was recorded in Catbalogan City, many coastal barangays were greatly affected.
“Aanhi kami yana ngan personal ko gud nga karuyag kamo makaatubang ngan makastorya kay maaram kami nga deri kamo nahingangaturog paghinunahuna ano an iyo maupay buhaton ngan kon ano an mahibubulig han gobyerno.” says Mayor Step.
Mayor Step further assures that her administration will be doing all the necessary assistance with regards to their relocation. One option is the ongoing Housing Resettlement Project at Barangay Lagundi in partnership with the National Housing Authority, another option is to avail of a housing assistance through the City Social Welfare and Development Office coupled with livelihood assistance to ensure that their source of income will not be affected or should they opt for a Balik Probinsya assistance for them to safely return to their home provinces.
The said dialogue was supported by City Councilor Jeffrey Uy, CPDC Engr. Arnaldo Aroza, CEEPUO Vic Pagarao, CDRRMC Action Officer Eliot Lopez, PNP Chief Carlito Abriz and several agency representatives along with the Barangay Officials of the said barangay.
(Photos by Paulus Aragon)
In an effort to personally assess the damages brought by Typhoon Glenda, Mayor Step personally visited the areas of Pier Uno, Pier Dos and Seawall Area along with City DRRMC Action Officer Eliot Lopez, CPDC Engr. Arnaldo Aroza, CEEPU Officer Victor Pagarao and PNP Chief Carlito Abriz in coordination with the Barangay Chairs concerned at the said area.
An emergency Liga Meeting was to be scheduled later that afternoon to instruct Barangay Chairs on the filing-out of damage reports to be collated as the CDRRM Council recommends to The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Catbalogan City the declaration of Catbalogan City being under a State of Calamity.
These reports will serve as basis for the consolidation of the actual damages including estimated costs of said damages to be submitted to relevant agencies and offices for funding allocation and other support.
(Photos by Paulus Aragon)
After a nightlong vigil, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) once again met this morning to talk about follow-up activities that will now focus on assessing the damages wrought by Typhoon Glenda in the different barangays.
Four 6-man teams composed representatives from the City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Agriculture Office, Philippine Coastguard, the City Health Office and Emergency Rescue Team, were formed and given the task of visiting the island barangays to extend relief goods and assess the damages that have been wrought by the said typhoon. These were the same barangays which the City Government was unable to reach at the height of the typhoon due to sea turbulence.
Another team was formed to assess the typhoon’s impact on the city’s trade and commerce and its public utilities such as the market, port and terminal. City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan also consulted the body about the need to declare a State of Calamity in the city.
Other topics that were of main concern were the clearing of debris in affected areas, assistance to families that were rendered homeless by the calamities and the assessment of the evacuated areas as to whether these are still safe for residency.
(Article by Lai Minh Mabulay; Photos by Blendz Tuazon, Office of the City Mayor)
#CatbaloganCity and other parts of #Samar has now been degraded to Signal Number 1.
SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN NUMBER TEN
TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING: TYPHOON “GLENDA” (RAMMASUN)
ISSUED AT 11:00 PM, 15 JULY 2014
TYPHOON “GLENDA” INTENSIFIED FURTHER AS IT TRAVERSES RAGAY GULF AND MOVES TOWARDS SOUTHERN QUEZON.
Location of eye/center: At 10:45 PM today, the eye of Typhoon “GLENDA” was located based on all available data and Baler Radar Station at 65 km Southeast of Alabat, Quezon (13.6°N, 122.6°E).
Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph.
Movement: Forecast to move West Northwest at 19 kph.
Typhoon “GLENDA” is expected to cross Metro Manila before noon tomorrow and exit Landmass via Zambales by Wednesday evening. It will be at 450 km Northwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday evening.
PUBLIC STORM WARNING SIGNAL #3 (Winds of 101 -185 kph is expected in at least 18 hrs)
Catanduanes, Albay, Burias and Ticao Islands, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Marinduque. Quezon including Polilio and Alabat Is., Batangas, Laguna, Rizal , Cavite, Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales and Metro Manila.
Potential Impacts of the Winds
•Heavy damage to agriculture
•Some large trees uprooted
•Majority of nipa and cogon houses unroofed or destroyed considerable damage to structures of light to medium construction
•Moderate to heavy disruption of electrical power
and communication services
•Travel by land, sea and air is dangerous
PUBLIC STORM WARNING SIGNAL # 2 (Winds of 61-100 kph is expected in at least 24 hrs)
Nueva Ecija, Southern Aurora, Pangasinan, Northern parts of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Is., Romblon and Masbate, Northern Samar.
•Moderate damage to agriculture
•Rice and corn adversely affected
•Few large trees uprooted
•Large number of nipa and cogon houses partially
or totally unroofed
•Some old galvanized iron roofing may roll off
•Travel by all types of sea vessels is risky
•Travel by all types of aircrafts is risky
PUBLIC STORM WARNING SIGNAL #1 (Winds of 30-60 kph is expected in at least 36 hours)
Rest of Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, the rest of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Biliran, Northern Cebu including Cebu City, Camotes and Bantayan Is., Northern part of Leyte, Eastern Samar and Samar
•Twigs and branches of trees may be broken
•Some banana plants may tilt or land flat on the ground
•Rice in flowering stage may suffer significant damage
•Some nipa and cogon houses may be partially unroofed
•Sea travel of small seacrafts and fishing boats is risky
•Public Storm Warning Signal elsewhere is now lowered.
•Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signal #3, #2 & #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal #3 and #2 are alerted against storm surges of up to three (3) meters.
•Estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5 – 30 mm per hour (heavy – intense) within the 500 km diameter of the Typhoon.
•Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the Eastern seaboards of Luzon and of Visayas.
•The public and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5 AM today.
TYPHOON #GLENDAPH UPDATE:
As of 10:00PM, per information from the City Social Welfare and Development Office, the following is the updated list of evacuees at each respective evacuation centers:
- San Bartolome Church — 156 families
- Silanga Elementary School — 94 families
- Canlapwas Church — 242 families
- Mercedes Church — 130 families
- Mercedes Elementary School — 120 families
- Catbalogan II Elementary School — 5 families
- Samar State University — 19 families
- Ubanon Church — 113 families
- Bunuanan Elementary School — 200 families
- Bliss — 22 families
- Barangay 04 Barangay Hall — 2 families
- Sto Nino Church — 190 families
- San Andres Church — 70 families
- Estaka Church and Barangay Hall — 22 families
- Cabugawan Elementary School — 45 families
- Pupua Barangay Hall and Elementary School — 84 families
- Iguid Day Care Center – 78 families
- Payao Elementary School and Provincial Engineering — 109 families
- Samar National School — 199 families
- Barangay 01 Brgy Hall — 7 families
- Barangay San Pablo Brgy Hall — 8 families
- Catbalogan IV Elementary School — 38 families
- Socorro Elementary School — 19 families
TOTAL — 1,972 families