Archive for July, 2013
In preparation for the upcoming 2013 Manaragat Festival: August Month-long City Fiesta Celebration, Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan being the over-all chair of the committee of the celebration met the Cultural Coordinators of the different schools under the City Division, Department of Education last July 31, 2013 at her office.
With the assistance of Ms. Maribel Ruedas, ESP Designate for Cultural and Special Events of the City Division, the meeting was attended by Districts 1 to 5 for the Elementary, Silanga National High School, Catbalogan National Comprehensive High School, Pangdan National High School, Samar National School, Guinsorongan National High School, Antonio G. Tuazon Memorial High Tuazon, Eastern Visayas Regional Science High School, and Samar College.
Said meeting was the finalization of schedules of cultural presentations of the said schools as well as
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the participation to the different competitions organized by the city government.
With the recent outbreak Paralytic Shellfish Poising “Red Tide”, the Local Government Unit of the Municipality of Tarangan headed by its Municipal Mayor Danny Tan along with its Councilors met with City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan to discuss on how to manage the said outbreak.
The meeting was assisted by City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Arnaldo Aroza, OIC City Engineer and City General Services Officer Engr. Rico Macabare
and was later on followed by Catbalogan Vice Mayor Art Sherwin Gabon.
Agreements made during the meeting was the plan for the transfer of the City Dumpsite far from the creek to address the issue. Moreover, within the existing dumpsite, a filtration mechanism is to be established.
The dumpsite of Catbalogan City at Barangay New Mahayag has long been pointed as a contributory to red tide outbreaks but no conclusive and direct link has ever been established either by any authorities or agencies.
Nearly 100 graduates proudly paraded last July 30, 2013 at the City Plaza during the
Graduation Rites for the Accreditation and Equivalency Passers under the Alternative Learning System of the Division of Catbalogan City.
Guest Speaker was no
less than City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, an advocate of education for all who made mention of “Learning as they say is a lifelong process and that education is not preparing for life but is life itself.”
In an effort to establish an inclusive, participative and empowering form of governance, City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan gathered more than thirty (30) representatives of accredited Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) last July 30, 2013 at the SP Session Hall.
Facilitated by City Local Government Operations Officer Mr. Jose Obrero and Local Poverty Reduction Action Program – NGO Representative Ms. Myra Tambor, the assembly of CSOs was in preparation for the formulation of Mayor Step’s Social Contract for her Three-Year Term.
Said social contract will incorporate all her programs and plans during her administration covering from Good Governance, Administrative, Social, Economic and Environmental Management.
“It may be difficult to adopt all the suggestions, proposals and recommendations, but rest assured that all sectors will be tackled and incorporated in my administration.” as shared by Mayor Step.
With the 30 days that has passed, Mayor Step is working doubly hard not only to affect change in the government but for these positive changes to be felt by her constituents.
(Article by Mr. Ador Hurtado, Office of the City Mayor; Photos by Mr. Michael Balan)
Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee Chair on Peace and Order Hon. Coefredo “Tekwa” Uy led the City Peace and Order Council Meeting last July 29, 2013 at SP Session Hall.
Agenda discussed were on the following: Curfew, Traffic Flow especially at Samar National School and Samar College, Traffic Signs, Regulation of Internet Cafes, stricter implementation of Anti-Gambling Ordinances and Proposal on Regulation of Beerhouses operating at nearby school and only until 01:00 AM.
Present during the meeting were different socio-civic groups, from the Philippine National Police, City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Agriculture, City Legal, City Prosecutor, City Auxilary Traffic Brigade, Liga ng mga Barangay, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, City Local Government Operations Office and others.
Tasks were assigned among members and a follow-up meeting is scheduled on August 02, 2013 among its Executive Committee Members.
Monthly Liga ng mga Barangay Meeting scheduled last July 29, 2013 was Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan’s turn-over of Aneroid Blood Pressure Apparatus and the Real Property Tax (RPT) Barangay Share.
Said BP apparatus was under the City Nutrition Council Program Fund, which was aimed to assist Barangay Health Workers in providing accurate health readings among its constituents.
Meanwhile, assisting Mayor Step in the turn-over of RPT was City Treasurer Elizabeth Lim and Liga ng mga Barangay President Hon. Edward Uy, who later received the highest RPT share among all the 57 barangays of the city.
The continued assistance and support of the current administration to barangays was Mayor Step’s continued dedication instilled by her father, now City Councilor Coefredo “Tekwa” Uy with his motto “An Barangay Pina-ura”.
(Photos courtesy of Mr. Michael Balan)
USAR is described as a multi-hazard discipline involving the location, extrication and initial medical stabilization of victims trapped in confined spaces due to natural disasters, structural collapse, transportation accidents, mines and collapsed trenches. (source: Wikipedia)
The Office of Civil Defense – Regional Office (OCD-RO 8) OIC Regional Director Rey M. Gozon conducted the said orientation for volunteers of the City Government’s local coordinating body known as Systematic Technical Emergency Preparedness – Unified Program (STEP-UP Tekwa Cares).
As she welcomed the delegates and participants, City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan thanked Director Gozon for personally spearheading the said activity. She also urged the volunteers who were present to become active partners of the City Government in ensuring the safety and security of the public.
The said orientation is in itself a preliminary activity in preparation for the actual training to be held this September 2013, which will be participated in by representatives of the Local Council on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (LCDRRM).
Natural calamities in the form of floods and landslides in recent years have brought the public’s attention to the importance of disaster preparedness as another development indicator.
This orientation as well as the eventual training was meant to increase the capabilities of the city’s volunteers in responding to pleas for assistance. The training will also be aimed at strengthening the city’s network of concerned agencies to make their response quicker and more effective.
Enhancing the skills and capabilities of the city volunteers go hand-in-hand with the purchase of modern rescue and first-aid equipments made by the City Government last year to ensure a more comprehensive response to emergencies and disasters. Among the purchased equipments were CCTV Cameras that were installed in various streets to combat crime in the urban areas.
Under the new administration, the STEP-UP was established as a 24-hour hotline to coordinate and facilitate the cooperation between various agencies and organizations responding to calls for help.
The orientation on urban search and rescue operation and the incoming training comes at an opportune time as STEP-UP volunteer aides go into full working mode with the recent connection of GLOBE and BAYANTEL phone lines meant to accommodate as many emergency calls as possible.
City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan attends Department of Health’s Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP) Orientation for Local Chief Executives last July 24, 2013 at The Oriental Hotel Leyte, Palo, Leyte.
Kalusugan Pangkalahatan is the health reform agenda of the Department of Health whose aim is to provide financial risk protection for all Filipinos, especially the poor, by ensuring universal health coverage. KP seeks to ensure equitable access to quality health care by all Filipinos beginning with those in the lowest income quintiles.
Mayor Step’s commitment to KP can be gleaned from one of her pillars of administration, S, “Serbisyo panlawas papakusgon”, which is directed towards
not only improving the health facilities but widening the scope of services as well. Starting with the creation of District Health Centers at different barangays to cater to far-flung, upland and island barangays. Another is the improvement of laboratory services by offering new additional laboratory tests.
geared towards improving the quality of life of every Catbaloganon.
(Article by Ador L. Hurtado, Office of the City Mayor; Photos by Blendz Tuazon)
Addressing her former schoolmates at St. Paul’s School of Business and Law (SPSBL), Catbalogan City Mayor Stephany “Step” Uy-Tan stressed the need for a concerted action between the bar, the bench and the law professors “to improve the deteriorating standard of legal education”.
According to her, “We have to equip ourselves better so that we will not only keep pace with the current developments but also meet the demands of the future”.
As a Guest of Honor last July 21, 2013, during the induction of the new set of student government officers of SPSBL College of Law, Step expounded on the value of law and legal education in preserving the sanctity of the rule of law and democracy in the country.
Urging the audience consisting of law faculty members and students to strive for “a legal education that upholds a culture of excellence”, she said that there is a need for everyone concerned to address the defective areas of the law profession. “Unless pragmatic steps are undertaken without loss of time, Legal Education will suffer and consequently the country’s justice delivery system will stand diluted” she stressed.
Step was joined by other speakers led by SPSBL President Atty. Absalon Apostol and which included School of Law Dean Vincent Albano and Tanauan Mayor Pelagio Tecson. She was previously enrolled in the said college and took classes for one semester. When politics beckoned, she stopped her studies to concentrate on her campaign for the mayoralty post.
(Article by Ms. Lai Minh Mabulay, Office of the City Mayor; Photos by Mr. Michael Balan)
In order to accommodate and maximize the registration of Sangguniang Kabataan voters, COMELEC moves the registration process at the City Plaza.
Registration for the Barangay Elections are still on-going at the COMELEC Office at the 3rd Floor of the Catbalogan City Hall.
Registration started last July 22, 2013 and will last for 10 days until July 31, 2013.
(Photos courtesy of Mr. Michael Balan)