Archive for December, 2013

Barangay Maulong brightens in time for Christmas

Barangay Maulong brightens in time for Christmas.24 new lamp posts out of the total 59 have already been installed at Barangay Maulong. Said lamp posts are LED

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(Light Emitting Diode) quality, each using 45 wattage only and has a higher lumens.

Former Mayor now Councilor Coefredo Tekwa Uy provided the information as he has been monitoring the installation of the said units.

The move to install more lamp posts into LED light is the initiative of the current administration of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan to be more resource efficient, environmentally-sound, and to address the criminality in the city by providing brighter streets in time for the Christmas Season.

STEP forward Catbalogan!


Pasko Caravan ends with a Christmas Special at City Plaza

The City Government of Catbalogan in coordination with various groups and organizations has initiated efforts thru #SalbarSamar to help in the rescue and operations at the many typhoon-stricken areas in the region.

In this Christmas Season, we have launched the “PASKO CARAVAN: 9 Days of Smiles and Joy” that toured around areas in Samar and Leyte as

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a step towards healing by spreading the spirit of compassion, happiness and sharing.

As we move forward, allow me to thank everyone for all your patience, keen understanding and meaningful participation as we continuously strive to make Catbalogan City more progressive and better.

As a culminating activity, we are inviting everyone to the CHRISTMAS SPECIAL on December 23, 2013, 5-6 PM (Feeding/Games) 6-9 PM (Mini Concert with Songs and Mascots) at the City Plaza.

Together let us make every child smile this Christmas!

Maupay nga Pasko ug Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tuig!

Students and teachers alike donate used and new toys thru #SalbarSamar

Students and teachers alike donate used and new toys to #SalbarSamar Relief Operation, received at the Office of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan.

The Division of Catbalogan City donated several boxes of toys collected from the different elementary districts in the city. Meanwhile, Samar National School (SNS) Supreme Student Government thru their Officers and Adviser personally turned-over their collected toys and play materials.

These form part of Mayor Step’s effort to make this Christmas season more meaningful especially for the children affected by the Super Typhoon Yolanda with the theme “Let us make every child smile this Christmas…”

Although the 9-Day Pasko Caravan commenced last December 15, donations are still being collected at the City Hall. Just visit

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9 Days Pasko Caravan moves with warm Christmas spirit

PASKO CARAVAN thru #SalbarSamar leaves today for a 9-day tour among typhoon-affected municipalities in Samar and Leyte featuring a mini-concert featuring various artists, a toy-giving moment with Santa Claus, a puppet and magic show, games and a lot more surprises.

Toy donations are still welcomed at the City Hall so drop your gifts for the benefit of our young children this season of giving.


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“Let us make every child smile this Christmas…”

Mayor Step distributes relief goods at Sierra Islands

“Waray dulaw, waray pula, waray pinulitika” says Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan during the relief packs distribution at the seven island barangays of Sierra Islands last December 13, 2013.

Through the assistance of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), the following number of relief packs relief packs were distributed, each containing two kilos of rice and several canned goods:

– Barangay Buluan = 165 relief packs

– Barangay Canhawan Gote = 115 relief packs

– Barangay Cinco = 250 relief packs

– Barangay Bagongon = 210 relief packs

– Barangay Mombon = 180 relief packs

– Barangay Cagutsan = 267 relief packs

– Barangay Rama = 435 relief packs
Although the city was spared from the calamity brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda, The

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Sangguniang Panlungsod of Catbalogan City declared the city as under “State of Calamity” through Resolution No. 2013 – 83 dated November 11, 2013. With the difficulty of resources and the source of livelihood of many families, the current administration has felt the need to provide assistance to assure the constituents of the presence of the government in these trying times.

Mayor Step stressed that a politician and an official like her must not only be seen in public during election, but most especially during this time of crisis. That is why she prioritized to be personally present to give our such relief goods to her constituents to assure that the local government is very much present and supportive.

Mayor Step also gave out candies to children through the assistance of Unified Cavite Mountaineers, Inc. calling themselves PATOLA. The group initially extended relief operations to Eastern Samar last December 01, 2013. Patola is one of the many volunteer groups coordinating with #SalbarSamar Relief Operations.

(Photos by Ador Leanda Hurtado, Office of the City Mayor)

Trece Martires City extends relief at Basey & Marabut thru #SalbarSamar

Through the assistance of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan through the #SalbarSamar Relief Operations, the City of Trece Martires, Province of Cavite visited typhoon-stricken municipalities of Basey and Marabut last December 11 and 12, 2013.

Trece Martires City Mayor Melandres G. de Sagun along with his team of doctors, nurses, rescue volunteers and other officials stationed at Basey on its first day and at Marabut on its second day to conduct medical missions, distribution of relief goods, toys, and medicines.

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conducted stress debriefing and medical consultation as well as a mini-concert on the evening. At Day 02, they distributed 800 relief goods and 1,000 school supplies at Barangays Odoc and Ferreras of Marabut, Samar and distributed used clothing at Barangay San Antonio, Basey, Samar.

Mayor Step then played host during its dinner on their last day at her office along with City Councilor Coefredo Tekwa Uy. Mayor Step extended her heartfelt gratitude to the team of Mayor Melandres along with City Administrator Marina Castillo, CDRRMC Head Engr. Kenneth Morales, and other officials.

Closing Ceremony and Ceremonial Entrustment of Firearms

The 8th Infantry Division Philippine Army has recently conducted its Closing Ceremony of its Philippine Army Candidate Soldier Course (PACSC) Class 327-13 ctw Jungle Warfare and Mountain Operations Course (JWMOC) and the Ceremonial Entrustment of Firearms last December 12, 2013 with its Guest of Honor no less than 1st District Representative Congressman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento at Camp Lukban, Maulong, this city.

143 fresh graduates of the Army Candidate Soldier Course attended the said ceremony along with their proud parents and loved ones. The course was a twenty-week training that lasted from June to November 2013, that transformed and molded the new recruits from being “boys” into real ‘men”. The said intensive training program consisted of three (3) phases: Transformation Period, Basic Squad Training, and Application of Knowledge.

After the rigorous Basic Military Training, the said candidates underwent a 7-week specialization training on Jungle Warfare and Mountain Operations Course, which dealt with the following features: Basic Individual Survival and Combat Skills; Basic Combat Tactics, Techniques and Procedures; Special Operations; Basic Concept of Squad Operations and Employment; and Test and Application or Field Training Exercises. After completing and passing the rigid training, they are now enlisted into the Philippine Army with the rank of Private.

“This batch had a very significant role in responding to Yolanda’s rubbles as they not just 8ID Stormtroopers but Super Typhoon Troopers” says Rep. Sarmiento.

Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan participated in the ceremonial entrustment of firearms along with other guest and officials like Governor Sharee Ann T. delos Santos, Diocese of Calbayog Bishop Isabelo Abarquez, Private Sector Representative Alvin Laohoo, St. Mary’s College of Catbalogan representative, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) representative and Office of the Presidential Affairs for Peace Process (OPPAP) representative Ms. Imelda Bonifacio.


City inks MOA with DILG RO8 for enhanced BPLS

The City Government of Catbalogan represented by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Local Government Academy of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) represented by DILG Regional Director Pedro A. Noval last November 11, 2013 at DILG Regional Office VIII, Tacloban City for the RSP BPLS Program.

The Regulatory Simplification Project (RSP) for Enhanced Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) Program for LGUs is geared to support and improve LGU ‘s regulatory systems and processes aimed at encouraging investments and increasing local revenue, which shall ultimately result to more and better service delivery to the constituents.

Although the city has been implementing the BPLS, the program of the DILG will provide an enhanced and much faster system for the issuance of permits and licenses that will encourage more applicants and thereby increase necessary revenues.

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.

Said partnership with the DILG is part of Mayor Step’s thrust to create a climate conducive to local investment and businesses.

Present during the said MOA signing were City Local Government Operations Officer Mr. Jose Obrero and other DILG regional staffs.

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

City Hall cancels Christmas Party; joins Toy Drive for Children

Catbalogan City had been fortunate enough to come out of the ordeal brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda unscathed and with our resources and facilities still intact. Despite the many losses and destruction, we are left to hope of better days.

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, let us be reminded of its true essence and meaning – the spirit of giving and sharing to those who are in need.

City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan through Memorandum Circular No. 72 series of 2013 cancels the conduct of the City Hall Christmas Party in consideration of the recent tragedy brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda and in solidarity with our suffering brothers and sisters.

This Christmas season, we hope to take the initial steps towards the healing of the children in affected areas by spreading the spirit of compassion, happiness and sharing by launching the “Pasko Caravan: 9 Days of Joy and Smile”, this December 15 to 23, 2013. This 9-day affair will feature a mini-concert featuring various artists, a toy-giving moment with Santa Claus, a puppet show and medical mission; to be held in various typhoon-affected municipalities.

While we are aware that toys and cards do not count as pressing necessities, we still believe that through a small act of giving or a few words of comfort, we are filling a deeper hunger for hope and that by doing so, we are helping them move on from this incident and grow up with a more positive outlook in life.

Hence, the City Hall Employees donated used and new toys to be distributed during the said 9-day Christmas Caravan, which was collected by the Office of the City Mayor.

Let us share the spirit of Christmas by extending any form of donation or assistance to our #SalbarSamar, our official relief operation initiative. For inquiries, please visit the Information Desk at the City Hall Lobby.

Interested individuals and organizations may still donate through #SalbarSamar and inquiries may be done with the following numbers:

0998 – 356 – 7636 (Smart) and 0915 – 697 – 6213 (Globe)


Katbalaoganon Foundation gathers artists for a benefit concert

City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan attended in behalf of the City Government of Catbalogan last December 08, 2013 at The Fort Strip the Benefit Show of Katbaloganon Foundation, Inc. for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Samar.

The said benefit show dubbed as “Operation: Bulig Kita (Let’s Help) featured artists and singers like Regine Velasquez, Martin Nievera, Isay Alvarez, Lolita Carbon, Isabella Gonzales, Nanette Inventor, Roderick Paulate, Jacqui Magno, Richard Merck, The Voice Philippines Finalist Radha, Ka Roger and Friends, Jon Santos, Judy Ann Santos, Robert Seña, Catbaloganon Tessie Tomas, Jessa Zaragosa and many more.

Katbalaoganon Foundation, Inc., which currently held Ms. Tessie Tomas as the President has partnered with Maybank for the said musical comedy show. “The proceeds of this show will go to community rehabilitation, including building temporary shelters and eventually more lasting structures” KFI said in a separate statement.

“Over the past two weeks, KFI has been able to send three truckloads of relief goods to Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan victims in the Samar towns of Basey and Marabut through the generosity of our many donors and volunteers and in coordination with Fr. Cesar Aculan of St. Bartholomew Parish, Catbalogan City, who distributes the repacked goods to the beneficiaries. Together, we have modestly met some of the victims’ emergency needs, such as rice, bottle water, canned goods, medicine, clothes and candles,” KFI said in a statement.

The Katbalaoganon Foundation, Inc. (KFI) was organized by the concerned Catbaloganons in Metro Manila and registered as a non-stock, non-profit organization with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1988.

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