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Caravan of Government Services to be held in the city

A Caravan of Government Services is set to be held in Catbalogan City on November 21, 2013, which will bring together various government agencies to deliver a range of basic services and/or assistance to the people of Catbalogan and Samar in general.

Said services include: Medical/Dental Services, Social Services, Employment and Livelihood Services, Licensing and Registration Services, Certificate Issuances and Legal Services, and Trade and Agri-Fair.

In lieu, Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan attended a Preparatory Meeting last October 30, 2013 at DMB Conference Room, Marasbaras, Tacloban City to discuss on various arrangements and preparations.

Said caravan is being organized by the Office of the Ombudsman Regional Office VIII, Region Eight Administrators League (REAL), Regional Development Council and the Association of Resident Ombudsman (ARO) of Region VIII.

(Photos courtesy of Blendz Tuazon, Office of the City Mayor)

PAMBANSANG PAHAYAG NI KAGALANG-GALANG BENIGNO S. AQUINO III PANGULO NG PILIPINAS MULA SA PALASYO NG MALACAÑAN INIHAYAG SA ISANG LIVE TELECAST

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Sana nga po, alang-alang sa inyong mga nagtiwala at bumoto sa kanila, ay tinutupad ng mga opisyal na ito ang kanilang sinumpaang tungkulin. Sana nga po, may paliwanag kung paanong nangyaring ang mga benepisyaryo ng pekeng NGO na pinili nila, ay listahan lang pala ng mga board passer na hinugot lang mula sa diyaryo. Pero parang ang hirap na pong maniwala sa mga palusot, kung sa paulit-ulit nilang paggamit ng pare-parehong NGO, ni minsan ay hindi nila sinilip kung nakakaabot sa taumbayan ang perang inilaan nila para dito. Medyo mahirap o imposible na po talagang ipaliwanag ito.

Sa sobrang hirap nga pong ipaliwanag, tila sinunod na lamang nila ang payo ng isang matandang pulitiko sa kanilang kampo: Kung hindi mo kayang ipaliwanag, palabuin mo na lang lahat; kung hindi mo kayang bumango, pabahuin mo na lang lahat; kung hindi mo kayang gumuwapo, papangitin mo na lang lahat. Narinig naman ninyo ang hirit nila: Pare-pareho lang naman daw kaming lahat.

Ang tugon ko po diyan: Hindi tayo pareho. Hindi kami nagnakaw, at hindi kami magnanakaw; kami ang umuusig sa magnanakaw. Itinalaga po natin ang mga taong may paninindigang tuparin ang kanilang mga sinumpaang tungkulin. Di po ba’t ang itinalaga nating liderato ng Commission on Audit ang sumuyod sa mga dokumento, kaya’t natuklas ang mga pang-aabuso sa PDAF? Di ba’t nakakaasa tayo ngayon sa patas at makatarungang imbestigasyon, dahil katuwang sa tuwid na daan ang Ombudsman na atin ding itinalaga?

Linawin na rin po natin: Hindi pork barrel ang Disbursement Acceleration Program. Sa kabuuang DAP releases noong 2011 at 2012, siyam na porsyento po nito ang ginugol sa mga proyektong iminungkahi ng mambabatas. Hindi rin po pagnanakaw ang DAP. Ang pagnanakaw, ilegal; ang paggastos gamit ang DAP, malinaw na nakasaad sa Konstitusyon at sa iba pang mga batas. Pangalan lang ang DAP ng isang proseso ng paggastos sa perang natipid, at sa iba pang nalikom na kita ng inyong gobyerno. Saan po nanggaling ang perang ito? Nagmula ito sa pagtigil natin sa kuntsabahan sa kontrata, tong-pats, overpricing, at kickback. Nagmula ito sa maayos na paggugol ng budget. Nagmula ito mula sa dagdag na kita mula sa matinong koleksyon ng buwis. Nagmula ito sa tapat na pamamahala sa mga GOCC; halimbawa ang MWSS, na dating nababaon sa utang, pero ngayon, taun-taon nang nag-aabot ng dibidendo sa gobyerno. Savings, above-target na koleksyon, at mga bagong revenue ang resulta ng tamang pamamahala. At dahil sa DAP, naitututok ang pondo sa mga proyektong nasa loob rin naman ng budget at totoong may pakinabang sa atin.

Paano gumagana ang mekanismong ito? Simple lang po. May mga ahensya, na sa iba’t ibang kadahilanan, hindi agad naipapatupad ang mga proyekto nila; mayroon namang masigasig at mabilis magpatupad ng mga proyekto. Kapag naantala ang pagpapatupad ng proyekto, natural, hindi rin ito gugugulan ng pondo. Hindi po natin hinahayaang matulog ang pondong ito: humanap tayo ng programang nakapila sa ilalim ng ahensyang mabilis magpatupad, at doon natin itinutok ang pondong natipid, pati na rin ang dagdag na perang kinita ng ating gobyerno. Mas mabilis at napaaga ang pagdating ng benepisyo sa mamamayan, at mas masinop at epektibo nating nagugol ang perang taun-taong nakalaan sa ilalim ng Pambansang Budget.

Kayo nga po ang magsabi: Mali ba ito? Kailan pa naging masama ang paghahanap ng konstitusyonal na paraan para makapaglingkod ng mas epektibo sa taumbayan? Dahil po sa DAP, napondohan ang Project NOAH, na nagbibigay ng tama at agarang babala kung may sakuna. Dahil din sa DAP, sa ilalim ng Training-for-Work Scholarship Program ng TESDA, mayroong halos 150,000 na Pilipino ang napag-aral; di bababa sa 90,000 sa kanila ang may trabaho na ngayon. Nakinabang din po ang ating Air Force at kapulisan; nakapagpatayo tayo ng kalsada, classroom at ospital sa Mindanao at sa iba pang bahagi ng bansa; naibalik ang benepisyo ng mga empleyado ng DepEd noong nabayaran ang kanilang GSIS premium na matagal nang di nababayaran ng pamahalaan; at marami pang ibang programa at proyektong may tunay na pakinabang sa Pilipino.

Malaki rin ang naitulong ng DAP sa nangyayaring pag-arangkada ng ating ekonomiya. Sabi pa nga po ng World Bank, nag-ambag ang DAP ng 1.3 percentage points sa ating GDP growth noong ikaapat na quarter ng 2011. Ikumpara po natin: Hindi ba’t noong sila ang nasa poder, “Sick Man of Asia” ang tawag sa atin? Ngayon, mamili na kayo sa mga bagong bansag sa atin ng mundo: Asia’s fastest growing economy, Rising Tiger, Brightest Spark. Isama pa diyan ang nakuha nating investment grade status mula sa tatlong pinakatanyag na credit ratings agency. Ang pag-angat na ito, at ang tinatamasang benepisyo ng ating mga kababayan, lalo na ng mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan– ito po ang bunga ng tamang paggastos, sa halip na pagnanakaw. Ang perang dating kino-corrupt, napakinabangan na ng taumbayan, lalo na ng mahihirap.

Ipaliwanag na rin po natin itong President’s Social Fund. May mga pagkakataon po na kailangan ng agarang pondo para tumugon sa mga biglaang pangangailangan. Halimbawa: ang tulong para sa pamilya ng sundalo’t pulis na nasawi sa pagresponde sa MNLF-Misuari Faction sa Zamboanga, gayundin sa paghahatid ng ayuda nang sumalanta ang bagyong Sendong. PSF po ang pinanggagalingan nito; kung wala nito, kung walang calamity o contingency funds, mananatili silang nagdurusa.

Dahil noong araw, inabuso ang pondong ito, baka raw abusuhin namin ito ngayon– kahit walang paratang ng pagnanakaw o kamalian ng paggamit. Ang mungkahi ng ilan, tanggalin na lang. Makatuwiran po ba ito? Maganda po sana kung ganoong kasimple, pero paano po kung magkaroon ng sakuna? Buwenas na tayo kung may session sa Batasan; mahina po ang apat na buwan ng debate at pakikipagpalitan ng sulat sa Kongreso bago maaprubahan ang pondong puwedeng gugulin. Kung ikaw ang nasa Zamboanga, at humihilab ang sikmura ng anak mong iyak nang iyak, matatanggap mo ba kung sabihin sa iyo ng iyong gobyernong, pasensyahan muna tayo? May pera naman po, at may sapat tayong mekanismo upang siguruhing mapupunta ito sa dapat kalagyan. Tama bang ipagkait ang kalinga sa ating mga kababayan?

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Ito po ang masasabi ko sa kanila: Kung sa tingin ninyo, titigil ako sa pag-usig; kung sa tingin ninyo, maililihis ninyo ang atensyon ng publiko; kung sa tingin ninyo, makakatakas kayo sa pagnanakaw; nagkakamali kayo ng tantya sa akin, at sa taumbayang Pilipino. Baka naman po may natitira pang kabaitan sa inyo. Sana po, gumawa na kayo ng kilos para naman sa kapwa ninyo, at hindi lang para sa sarili.

Nang bumalik sa bansa ang aking ama noong ika-dalawampu’t isa ng Agosto 1983, may nakahanda siyang talumpati. Hindi na ito narinig ng mga Pilipino dahil sa tarmac pa lang, pinaslang na siya. Sa talumpati, sinipi niya si Archibald MacLeish: “How shall freedom be defended? By truth when it is attacked by lies.” Ngayong sinusubok ng mga kasinungalingan at panlilinlang ang karapatan ng mga Pilipinong magkaroon ng isang tapat na pamahalaan, tanging katotohanan lamang ang wastong sandata. Sa gabing ito, inilatag ko sa inyo ang tunay na konteksto ng mga nangyayari sa ating bayan. Mangyari po sanang sa darating na mga araw, pag-usapan ninyo ito sa kani-kaniya ninyong mga pamilya, grupo, at komunidad, at doon bumuo ng sariling mga kaisipang nakatuntong sa katotohanan.

Mga Boss, marami na tayong pinagdaanang laban. Nagpapasalamat ako dahil gaano man kasahol ang mga paninira at pagsasabotahe, hindi kayo bumitiw, hindi kayo sumuko, at pinatunayan nating walang maaapi kung walang magpapaapi. Ngayon, ang mga tila nagsamantala sa atin ang gustong idiskaril ang kurso natin tungo sa ating mga pangarap. Hindi ako naniniwalang papayag kayo dito. At habang nandiyan kayo, patuloy akong maninindigan.

Panatag ang loob ko, nasa poder man ako o hindi, na kayo mismong mga Boss kong maayos ang kaisipan at nasa tamang lugar ang puso, ang magpapatuloy at magtatapos ng laban. Dito nagmumula ang aking lakas at katatagan ng loob. Di ba’t kailan lang, ang umiiral na siste ay isang taumbayang nagsawa nang mangarap, nagsawa nang pumalag, nagsawa nang makiambag? Ngayon, napakarami na nating sama-samang pumapanday ng positibo at makabuluhang pagbabago sa lipunan. Tiwala akong mas masigasig pa ninyong papanigan ang tama, ang makatotohanan, at ang makatarungan. Kaya nagpapasalamat ako, dahil alam kong tuloy na tuloy pa rin ang ating martsa sa tuwid na daan.

Muli, magandang gabi po sa inyong lahat.

 

Mayor Step attends 6th OCTUBAFEST of An Waray Party-list

Now on its 6th year, the annual “Octubafest” organized by the An Waray Party-list celebrates our local coconut wine and its cultural significance in our region.

Held last October 30, 2013 at Leyte Park Convention Center, Tacloban City, City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan attended in behalf of the City Government of Catbalogan. Present during the said event were then Party-list Representative Florencio Bem Noel and Leyte Governor Dominic L. Petilla, avid supporters of the tuba industry in the region.

The tuba industry is considered as one of the many regional products considered truly our own. Also one of the most promising indigenous industries that significantly contributes to those living in rural communities, Region VIII is the third largest coconut producing region in the country as shared by the

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Octubafest was first held in 2008 and in 2009, it attempted to beat the Guinness Book of World Records with the most number of participants in a wine tasting event.

(Photos courtesy of Blendz Tuazon, Office of the City Mayor)

Caravan of Government Services is set to visit Catbalogan

A Caravan of Government Services is set to be held in Catbalogan City on November 21, 2013, which will bring together various government agencies to deliver a range of basic services and/or assistance to the people of Catbalogan and Samar in general.

Said services include: Medical/Dental Services, Social Services, Employment and Livelihood Services, Licensing and Registration Services, Certificate Issuances and Legal Services, and Trade and Agri-Fair.

In lieu, Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan attended a Preparatory Meeting last October 30, 2013 at DMB Conference Room, Marasbaras, Tacloban City to discuss on various arrangements and preparations.

Said caravan is being organized by the Office of the Ombudsman Regional Office VIII, Region Eight Administrators League (REAL), Regional Development Council and the Association of Resident Ombudsman (ARO) of Region VIII.

(Photos courtesy of Blendz Tuazon, Office of the City Mayor)

New RDO pays courtesy call with City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan

New RDO pays courtesy call with City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan

Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue District Office No. 87 in Catbalogan City has a new Revenue District Officer by the name

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CITY MAYOR APPEALS TO RETAIN LOCAL REVENUE OFFICE IN CATBALOGAN

With the transfer of the local district office of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to Calbayog City looming in the horizon, Catbalogan City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan made a final effort to keep said possibility at bay with a compelling and urgent appeal to BIR Commissioner Kim Henares.

Through a formal letter dated October 21, 2013 sent to the BIR National Office, the city mayor asked for her time to talk to her and express the sentiments of Catbaloganons regarding the impending transfer of BIR – District Office 87 to Calbayog City. She was then referred by Henares’ secretary to Deputy Commissioner Celia King.

“Ginpaabot ngan ginpaintindi ko kan Deputy Commisioner King kon ano an Catbalogan tikang pa han una nga panahon ngan abot yana. That we are the capital town and district offices have always been in our area since time immemorial. Ginpakita ko kun ano it kapas ngan kun ano it may ada an Catbalogan” said the mayor when asked about what happened during her meeting with King in her office last October 24, 2013 at around 9:00 am.

As the recognized capital of the province, and even way back when Samar Island was not yet divided into three separate provinces, national government agencies and private companies had naturally set up their branches in Catbalogan, making the city a one-stop-shop for various transactions.

This status was further bolstered by the city’s strategic location of being at the center of the province, which provides a convenient travelling distance for those coming from neighbouring municipalities, making it a suitable economic, political, educational and cultural hub of the Province.

These sentiments already echoed the justifications that she gave to Henares through her letter, where she had written that the distance is also a primary factor as to why Mayors from other municipalities, her “trading partners”, are also opposed to the said transfer. “The approved transfer will create a scenario wherein the RDO of the Province will no longer be at the center but at the opposite end or border side of the Province of Samar”, she had written.

It is for these reasons that she concluded that the Revenue District Office 87 will be able to serve a better majority of Samar’s populace if it stayed in Catbalogan City. “Nag-appeal gud ako nga pamatian kita nira kay we are a booming city ngan baby pa an syudad tapos tatanggalon nira an BIR ha aton nga asya an usa ha mga major factors nga nakakapabuhi han aton ekonomiya,” according to her.

With much of the hopes of Catbaloganons resting on her shoulders, the mayor’s efforts seem to have paid off as the Deputy Commissioner saw a room for discussion since some steps have been overlooked before the decision to transfer was made. Headway seems to have been reached through this meeting as on the evening the same day as the meeting, a text brigade spread which said:

“At long last, a glimmer of hope and a golden opportunity for those opposing the transfer of the BIR District Office to Calbayog! Officers from Revenue Region 14 and Revenue District 87 have been summoned to appear at the office of BIR Deputy Commissioner Celia King on November 4 to explain why the BIR District Office is to be relocated in Calbayog City…”

Hopes that were sparked by this text message were dashed just as quickly when it was followed by another informing that another invitation to bid was received recently by the Revenue District Office 87.

Amid accusations that the City Government is being complacent, the lady City Mayor had already issued a press statement through her Facebook page that the City Government is “doing everything in its power” to block the transfer of BIR to another area. She also posted on the same page the contents of a letter previously sent to Commissioner Henares, which led to the fateful meeting with King.

With further developments about the outcome of her meeting still pending, Mayor Uy-Tan made an appeal to her constituents for unity in the face of this current challenge. “Let us keep our hopes up and continue to pray for more blessings. Let us join hands for the challenges ahead as we STEP forward for Catbalogan,” was her final appeal.

City moves for the Rehabilitation of Slaughterhouse

Relative to the intention of the City Government of Catbalogan to avail funding and technical assistance under the Meat Establishment Improvement Program (MEIP) of the Department of Agriculture – National Meat Inspection Service (DA-NMIS) for the rehabilitation/improvement of the city slaughterhouse, City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan along with several officers from concerned departments attended the Social Preparation Orientation Workshop (SPOW) last October 23-25, 2013 at Malolos City, Bulacan per invitation from DA-NMIS.

Concerned departments were from the City Engineering Office, City Planning and Development Coordinating Office, and from the City Veterinary Office. The said workshop was undertaken to fully orient the representatives about the mechanics of the program, which initial assessment of the application considered Catbalogan City a possible beneficiary of the said program.

The current City Slaughter House averages 20-head daily slaughter of hogs, however said structure is dilapidated and has never underwent any repair or rehabilitation for several underlying factors.

In view of the dire state of the City Abattoir and the risk to public health of its sub-standard facilities present, the former administration has respectfully pleaded with urgency that Catbalogan be considered one of the beneficiaries of a Slaughterhouse Grant/Aid for 2014 of DA-NMIS. Since 2005, Catbalogan has been applying for the said grant/aid and has faithfully followed up such application for seven years.

Under the new administration, the City Government has allocated P 8 Million Pesos for the construction of a new slaughterhouse, whose total estimated cost is P 16 Million Pesos. Moreover, it has also committed to the creation of a City Meat Inspection Service under the Regulatory Division of the City Veterinary Office and the enactment of the city ordinances pertinent to meat inspection.

LGU-Catbalogan City is being positive that said grant be awarded for this would greatly support the much needed rehabilitation.

(with reports from the Office of the City Veterinary; Photos courtesy of Blendz Tuazon, Office of the City Mayor)

Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan issues press statement on BIR Catbalogan Transfer

I would like to assure everybody that the City Government is doing everything in its power to retain the office of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) here in Catbalogan City. For the information of everybody, this issue started last year and interventions were made by then mayor now 1st Councilor Hon. Coefredo T. Uy to address this and block its impending transfer.

With the matter of the failure of bidding that recently occurred, the issue has resurfaced with the blame being pointed at the current administration.

Two weeks before said failure of bidding happened, we had the chance to talk with our new Revenue District Officer Mr. Conrado Tangkia regarding this matter when he made his courtesy call to us and I have asked his help on what should be done. At some point, I have even expressed that if necessary; I am willing to talk to

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We have since sent a formal letter to BIR Commisioner Kim Henares to appeal to her to hear our justifications for opposing this transfer, which included the opposition of our local business sector as well as other municipalities who find a trip to Catbalogan City for their BIR-related transactions more convenient than a trip to Calbayog City for the same purposes.

If the business sector wants to retain BIR, if the national investors investing in our city wants to retain BIR, how much more ako nga Catbaloganon ngan nanay han syudad, nga an hingyap an makahatag hin maupay nga serbisyo para han ngatanan para mapadayon an pag uswag han Catbalogan? We believe that retaining the BIR Office in Catbalogan City is advantageous to us not only because it will ensure efficient and quality services but also because its presence is instrumental to the economic growth of our city.

Keeping the BIR in Catbalogan City is among the top priorities of my administration as it complements our thrust of bringing economic development. We are not taking this for granted. At this point I would like to appeal for everybody’s patience, understanding and support in tackling this problem. Let us not be sidetracked by the negativity and instead work together and focus on our ultimate goal of making Catbalogan City a Local Government Unit that is progressive and responsive to the needs of its people.

Catbalogan attends DILG Orientation on Enhanced BPLS Program

On October 24, 2013 at Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall, representatives of various National Government Agencies and several departments under The City Government of Catbalogan attended the orientation on Enhanced Business Permit and Licensing System Program.Representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Samar, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue District Office No. 87, Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) were present. From LGU-Catbalogan City, the offices of the City Treasurer, City Assessor, City Planning and Development Coordinator, City Engineering, City Local Government Operations Office, and the Office of the City Mayor were present.

BPLS Program Officer Mr. Marlon Camilon from DILG Samar discussed the salient features of the program, which basically aims to regulate business activity in compliance to RA 9482 or the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) of the Philippines and the Joint Memorandum Circular of DILG and DTI to streamline and unify business registration. As shared by Mr. Camilon, the purpose of the program is to ensure that there should only be one (1) assessment, one (1) payment, maximum of two (2) signatories and maximum of five (5) steps in registering a business.

The simplification program is good for the private sector, good for the LGUs and for the society in general. It is aimed at helping businesses start, grow, thrive and expand by ensuring that the procedure is simple, predictable and transparent.

Should the current administration signify its commitment to participate in the program, it will be second to Calbayog City in the Province of Samar to participate and comply with the enhanced program.

This new program is being received warmly by the administration of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, which is set to submit its intent as part of Mayor Step’s commitment to support the business sector through a transparent, participate and empowering form of governance to create a business-friendly environment.

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during the said orientation was to reorganise the inter-agency Joint Inspection Team (JIT) whose task is to inspect establishments as to compliance to established standards set by various agencies as well as to business registry with the LGU.

(Article and Photos by Mr. Ador L. Hurtado, Office of the City Mayor)

 

“Dugo Mo, Kinabuhi Ko” Bloodletting Activity

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The Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) bloodletting team spearheaded by Dr. Ernesto Miralles, EVRMC – Blood Bank Chief along with several staff from EVRMC Tacloban City were present to collect the said donations as assisted by the medical staff of the City Health Office.

City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan personally extended her support during the activity who dropped by at the health center despite her busy schedule. “Nagpapasalamat ako han mga Catbaloganon nga naghatag deri la han ira dugo labis na gud han ira oras ngan suporta nga kun diin igkasi Catbaloganon man liwat it nakakatagamtam didto ha EVRMC.” she said.

Each donor received free lunch and a small package of goods containing five (5) kilos of rice and several canned goods and condiments as a token of appreciation for their participation and support.

The voluntary bloodletting program is embodied in Republic Act 7719 promoting bloodletting to discourage sale of unsafe blood in commercial blood banks.

Catbalogan City in 2012, was one of the recipients of the Regional Sandugo Award from the Department of Health (DOH) during its Health Achievers 2012 Awarding Ceremony. The Sandugo Award is the highest award given to local officials supporting the voluntary blood donation

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(Photos courtesy of Mr. Michael Balan)

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