Archive for May, 2014

City receives donations from Chicago

Receiving in behalf of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan was City Councilor Coefredo Tekwa Uy along with Dr. Anna Sophia Lim of the City Health Office and Ms. Nida Aroza of City Social Welfare and Development Office donations from Ms. Myla Perez Chio of Chicago, Illinois, USA last May 30, 2014.

Two (2) wheelchairs and boxes of medical supplies and equipments were turned-over to the said offices intended for fellow Catbaloganons.

Ms. Chio is native of Catbalogan City and is currently working as a Physical Therapist in Northwest Indiana along with her husband and two children.

She was one of the volunteers of Help for Haiyan in Chicago, now known as Sponsor Philippines, who sent truckloads of goods to parts of Leyte and Samar last year.

Sponsor Philippines is non-profit organization based in Chicago, Illinois dedicated to finding and funding worthy short-term and long-term endeavors including, health, livelihood, and rebuilding projects in the Philippines.

(Photos by Merly Lubiano, Office of the City Mayor)

Barangay Old Mahayag fathers undergo ERPAT training

The government in its primordial duty to foster the betterment of Filipino families addresses their need by giving importance and emphasis on the development and enhancement of knowledge, attitudes and skills of fathers in performing their paternal roles and responsibilities, the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) conducted last May 27 – 28, 2014 the Empowerment and Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities Training (ERPAT).

(Data and photos provided by City Social Welfare and Development Office)


iSkolaRUN 2014: Join the Run. Invest in their Future.

In celebration of the 7th Charter Day of Catbalogan City and in partnership with Samar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and Samar Runners’ Club, join this year’s “iSkolaRUN: A 7k Night Run for the Benefit of Less Privileged Students” on June 15, 2014.

Join the Run, Invest in their Future!

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details or inquire with Ms. Romana Basal of the City Tourism & Investment Promotions Office 0915-388-1008)

SP conducts public hearing on proposed Market Code

Considered as one of long overdue legislations affecting the economic capabilities of our city, The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Catbalogan City moves another step closer to approving the Catbalogan City Market Code with the recently-held Public Hearing last May 15, 2014 at the heart of the city’s market operations.

Facilitated by City Economic Enterprise & Public Utilities Officer Mr. Vic Pagarao, the said hearing was attended by market stallholders, vendors and other concerned citizens.

Proponents and Committee Members of the Sanggunian were present, namely: Councilors Junjun Perez, Max Pescos, Renante Aquino, Nanette Jasmin, and Tekwa Uy.

Expressing her support to the movement, Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan was personally present to inform the public of the importance of the said legislation, which movement started during her term Liga Vice President in 2007.

It is the purpose of the Code to make the public market as a responsive and effective instrument of public service as well as a dynamic and viable enterprise to strengthen the financial capabilities of the city.

Contributing to local development, the said market code is aimed at developing, regulating, and standardizing the market systems and to professionalize the market services.

With the said code, the local government may be able to systematically and sustainably develop and improve the market as a structure and a system whether locally funded or through the help of investors.

(Photos provided by the Office of the City Mayor and CEEPUO)

Meeting with Fish Vendors reaches fair agreement

In an effort to address issues concerning delinquencies among stallholders at the Catbalogan Public Market – Fish Section, Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan called up a meeting recently among said stallholders along with Licensing Officer Mr. Arden Cuenco of the City Treasurer’s Office to come up with better terms to pay up interest and other payables due to the city.

Some stallholders have two to four years of unpaid dues with the city and have been inefficient to pay up its dues even with the lose terms of payment.

With the new administration of Mayor Step, believing that in order to deliver efficient and effective services to the people, tax collection must be effective and efficient as well.

At the end of the meeting, the city and the stallholders were able to agree on a new term wherein daily collections will be made until all payables be settled.

Moreover, Mayor Step shared that the LGU is in the process of repairing the facilities at the public market so as to compensate with its stringent collection of taxes and fees.

Diskwento Caravan is set to sell off in Catbalogan City

Through the initiatives of the Department of Trade and Industry – Samar (DTI-Samar) and in cooperation with the City Government of Catbalogan, a DISKWENTO CARAVAN is scheduled on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the City Plaza.

On that same schedule will also be the awarding of DTI’s Bagwis Award, a certification of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Seal of Excellence given to responsible establishments that upholds the rights and welfare of consumers.

Seven (7) major consumer brands are set sell their products at discounted prices during the said one-day caravan. The said caravan has previously been conducted recently at Calbayog City and soon at various locations in the region as part of its public service commitment.

Summer Dance Craze gathers youth through music and dance

As one of the Priority Youth Development Projects of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, the STEP High Summer Dance Craze is set to provide the youth with an opportunity to showcase and develop their talent, ability and skills while enjoying the summer break.

More than 1,000 youth were clustered into six, namely: Cluster 1 (Canlapwas, San Andres and Upland Barangays), Cluster 2 (Poblacion 1-13, Munoz, San Pablo and Mercedes), Cluster 3 (Southern Barangays), Cluster 4 (Coastal Barangays), Cluster 5 (Sierra Group of Islands), and Cluster 6 (Norther and Upland Barangays).

Said clusters are being assisted by select choreographers and rehearsals are identified among select schools and covered courts.

The first cluster to select dancers and practice were from the Sierra Islands, which was last May 02 – 04, 2014 to cater the seven (7) island barangays.

All of these six clusters divided into High School and College Categories will compete to a grand showdown on May 21, 2014 at the City Plaza.

This is part of the commitment of Mayor Step to involve meaningfully young people in the government affairs and provide them avenues for development.

Barangayan 2014: Summer Roll Out of Basic Services – Brgy. Rama

In an effort to bring all basic social services to the barangays, Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan has organized the Barangayan 2014, a summer roll-out of basic services, which started at Barangay Rama, Sierra Islands last May

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09, 2014 participated in by the following offices:

– City Health Office
– City Civil Registrar
– City Agriculture
– City Veterinary
– City Social Welfare and Development
– City Environment and Natural Resources
– City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
– City Nutrition

Services included free circumcision, free medical and dental mission, free live birth registration, free seeds distribution, free animal rabies vaccination, and awareness

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sessions on disaster prevention as well as on health and nutrition.

The City Health Office were able to administer 85 circumcisions, nearly 900 health consultation, and nearly 80 dental extractions.

The teams are set to visit select barangays for the whole month of May as an effort of the current administration to an inclusive, participative, transparent and empowered local governance.

(Photos by the Office of the City Health)

Catbalogan joins other cities towards Climate Change resiliency

Key officials of the City headed by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan attended an orientation workshop on Upscaling Climate Change Initiatives conducted by Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) on May 08, 2014 at Twin’s Restaurant, Catbalogan City.

Output of the workshop was a memorandum of understanding between the City of Catbalogan and the ICLEI-SEA-Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia Incorporated to further push the current initiatives on climate change resiliency in the City of Catbalogan.

Catbalogan was chosen by the network as one of 9 cities targeted by the network to give technical assistance in the initiatives for climate change resiliency program.

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability is the world’s leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development.

It is a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities, 450 large cities and urban regions as well as 450 small and medium-sized cities and towns in 83 countries.

City sponsors Dance Workshop for young talents

As part of her efforts to promote culture and arts especially among the young people of Catbalogan City, Hon. Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan has tied up with Region 8’s Artist-in-Residence Odon Sabarre in opening a Summer Dance Learning Workshop.

A renowned dance expert who has enjoyed a colourful career in ballet, Sabarre, a native of Calbiga, Samar has agreed to this partnership with the City Government of Catbalogan in a bid to revive the culture of dance among the young minds of Catbalogan City.

Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan said that “Children ages 4 years old and up can now avail of the LGU program by simply having their name registered and enrolled at the Mayor’s Office to avail of the free dance lessons on cultural dance, ballet, jazz, hiphop, hawaiian, ballroom and tahitian. This program will not only

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Open to children aged 4 years old and below, the dance classes are held regularly every Thursday at Samar National School Social Hall. Now with 50 children enrolled, enrolment and registration is still ongoing. Interested parties may contact Laiminh S. Mabulay at the Office of the City Mayor at (055) 251-3106 for any inquiry.