Archive for April, 2011

Pag-IBIG Forum

On April 20, 2011 at SP Session Hall, the Regional Office of the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or also known as Pag-IBIG Fund conducted a Forum with the Employees of the City Government of Catbalogan. The forum served as a Loan Counseling, a requirement for those interested to apply for Housing Loans.


GSIS Courtesy Call & UMID Enrolment

GSIS Officers and Staff paid a courtesy call with City Mayor Coefredo “Tekwa” Uy on April 14, 2011 at City Mayor’s Office. It was part of GSIS’ initiative to reach out more government organizations about their programs.

Apart from the courtesy call, Mayor Tekwa’s UMID was enrolled by the GSIS staff.


Mayor Tekwa turns-over Shallow Tube Well

April 04, 2011
Catbalogan City Hall Lobby

City Mayor Coefredo T. Uy officially turns over a Shallow Tube Well assisted by City Agriculturist Ruth Dasal to Barangay Bangon represented by Barangay Captain Alfredo Gualba.



Catbalogan joins Step Juan Bai – Candle Lantern Flying


City Councilor Stephany Uy-Tan attended the Candle Lantern Flying last April 12, 2011 at the Tacloban City Hall Grounds. The said event was organized by the Step Juan Bai, a Manila-based Non-Government Organization which aims to raise funds for children with cancer. Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez and wife City Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez graced the event

The said activity serves as a stopover for the main activity, “Walk for a Cause”,being conducted by artist and mountaineer Mr. Tomas Leonor, who has been walking all over the country to generate support and awareness for children with cancer of Philippine Children’s Medical Center.

Site Inspection by Berkman Int’l, Inc. & DOT-RO8


As part of the Samar Island Tourism Master Development Plan Project of DOT, consultants from Berkman International, Inc. and from DOT-RO8 visited Catbalogan City on April 07, 2011 specifically at Buri Island, being the identified and proposed tourism site of the City Government of Catbalogan.

The team was assisted by Assistant City Planning and Development Coordinating Officer / Tourism Officer-Designate Raulito Reyes and City Councilor Stephany Uy-Tan. Also present were from Samar Provincial Tourism Council represented by Samar Chamber of Commerce and Industy President Dr. Dominador Cabanganan and Ms. Rosalina Golong from the Provincial Agriculture’s Office along with Department of Trade and Industry-Samar representative Maricel Navarra.

The consultants went to Barangay Cabugawan and Barangay Estaka to get a perspective around the island. To get a top view around the island, the team was gladly entertained at the residence of Mr. Gerry Muñoz who warmly welcomed the guests.

The team of consultants were Dr. Victoria Apuan, a Sociologist and Gender Specialist; Professor Reil Cruz, the Marketing Specialist and the Dean of the Asian Institute of Management; and Architect Aaron Lecciones, an Architechtural Designer.

DOT-8 conducts workshop on Tourism Plan Preparation

The tourism stakeholders of the three provinces of Samar gathered for the Samar Island Tourism Master Development Plan Workshop from March 30 to 31 at the New Maqueda Bay Hotel in Catbalogan City. The two-day activity was organized by the Department of Tourism – Regional Office 8 (DOT-RO8).

The Department of Tourism also brought along a team of experts from the Berkman International Incorporated (BII), a private professional consulting and project management firm contracted by the DOT for the purpose of preparing the Tourism Master Development Plan (TMDP). The BII team was led by former DOT Undersecretary Dr. Evelyn Pantig and also included Professor Reil Cruz, the Marketing Specialist and the Dean of the Asian Institute of Management; Dr. Victoria Apuan, a Sociologist and Gender Specialist; Ms. Elizabeth Espino, a Landscape Architect and Land Use Planner and Ms. Agatha Gatbonton who is the BII Product Development Specialist.

The workshop was meant to assist the three provinces in the preparation of their respective Tourism Master Development Plans (TMDP) on which the tourism plan for the entire island shall be based on. It was designed according to the project’s objective of creating a Samar Island Tourism Master Development Plan (SITMDP) that balances economic development and environmental preservation. DOT and BII endeavours to come up with a framework that will veer towards community-based empowerment that values the preservation of the area’s natural resources and cultural heritage.

To attain these objectives, the first workshop had each province identifying the existing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in their area. This exercise enabled the participants to identify traits, resources and policies that could hinder or facilitate their growth. It also enabled them to identify certain circumstances that they should take advantage of, avoid or prepare for. These learnings were taken into consideration in the second workshop as the participants formulated their Mission, Vision, Goals and Objectives. The last workshop was the Selection/Identification and Reprioritization of Tourism Development Areas.

Based on the workshop inputs, the SITMDP shall be formulated containing other key information including an an assessment of how existing policies, resources, constraints and threats affect each province’s potential growth. The plan will also cover a wide range of data ranging from a conceptual design for the Tourism Areas for Development (TDA) including a development strategy and targets with timeframe and cost, to an investment portfolio for the identified TDAs, Strategic Destination Areas or Tourism Enterprise Zones. A marketing strategy, implementation strategy and monitoring and evaluation system are also incorporated in the plan.