Archive for August, 2014

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Manaragat Festival joins Samar Day 2014


Catbalogan Bus Terminal gets a total clean-up August 1, 2014 in compliance to the lined-up activities of the Provincial Cooperative Development Council (PCDC) and the City Cooperative Development Council (CCDC) to pursue its Social Responsibility. This activity coincided with the “Grand Opening Salvo” of the City Fiesta Month-Long Celebration.

Some forty-eight (48) coop members and officers along with City Employees were responsible in undertaking the task.

Spiritual Divine Barangay Business Service Coop (SDBBS Coop) – 8
Catbalogan Public Market Vendors MPC (CPMV-MPC) – 14
Ornamental Producers Cooperative (OPC) – 4
Samar TELOF Employees MPC (STEMPC) – 3
Samar Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SAMICO) – 4
Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) – 1
New Catbalogan Fish Vendors Stallholders MPC (NCFVS-MPC) – 2
Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) – 1
City Cooperatives Office (CCO) – 5
City Economic Enterprise & Public Utility Office (CEEPUO) – 5
Catbalogan Municipal Employees MPC (CAMEMCO) – 1

The Clean-Up Drive was originally concentrated at the Bus Terminal located at Piers I & II as the identified site. However, it stretched up to the outskirts of the Bus Terminal (Curry Avenue) down to Corner Del Rosario St. where Rose Pharmacy is located.

All cooperatives are required by CDA of their Development Plan, activities that would form part of their Social Responsibility. This activity is initially undertaken, effective this year 2014, and onward. The City of Catbalogan has been nominated for the “Gawad Parangal” of the Cooperative Development Authority-Region 8 for the year 2013 and is trying to maintain its good status, thus, its active participation in all cooperative activities.

Mr. Victor D. Pagarao being the Chairman of the Catbalogan Municipal Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative and concurrently the City Economic Enterprise & Public Utility Officer has been instrumental to this activity as member of the PCDC and CCDC, and, the Bus Terminal as the identified site facilitated by CEEPUO.

(Article by Ms. Merle Barro Muñoz, Photos by CEEPU Office)


Catbalogan City officially begins its Manaragat Festival Month-long Fiesta Celebration today as it marks the 10th year of its main cultural brand – the Manaragat Festival.

Taking its cue from the theme, “Karisyo Katbalogan: 10 Years of Celebrating Catbalogan’s Captivating Contrasts”, the month of August is expected to be packed with various programs and activities starting with the Opening Salvo later this evening at 7:00pm at the City Plaza.

With the Coca Cocal Bottlers, Incorporated and San Miguel Beer Corporation as corporate sponsors, this year’s celebration include old favourites and new events meant to entertain Catbaloganons from different walks of like. It features staple highlights like the Festival Showdown, which will showcase the performance of various schools, Miss Manaragat 2014, the SMB Night and the Catbalogan Young People’s Day. To be added to these are the staging of the 1st Miss Maqueda Gay, which was made possible through coordination with the Samar Stellars’ Society, the 1st Mister Manaragat, 1st Maqueda Bay Body Building Competition and the 2014 Karisyuhan Street Party.

Aside from the cultural presentations from the academe and talent competitions that have been the source of public entertainment at the City Plaza, Catbaloganons will also see sports action via the 1st Mayor Step Under 18 Inter-Barangay Basketball Tournament and the 1st Mayor Step Inter-Town Basketball Tournament, the Billiard Tournament and the Catbalogan Fiesta Run.

With the addition of the Stakeholders’ Nyt which was meant to be a night of fun for its partner agencies and organizations, the city has also retained the celebrations reserved for the city’s sectoral partners like the Senior Citizens’ Night, Barangay Night and Employees’ Night.

(Article by Ms. Lai Minh Mabulay, Office of the City Mayor)

2014 Manaragat Festival: August Month-long City Fiesta Celebration


City Health holds last batch of Bridging Leadership Training of Barangay Officials

The Office of the City Health has conducted the last batch of Bridging Leadership Training among barangay officials last July 30 – 31, 2014.

The said training is an initiative of my administration to address the health inequities by instilling to the local officials the ownership and accountability regarding the different health issues at the barangay level.

This activity was conceived when our City Health Officer and I attended the Municipal Local Governance Program sponsored by the Department of Health in partnership with the Zuellig Family Foundation.

Part of the training is for the barangay to establish the Barangay Health Board as well as to create a Barangay Health Plan which will be the guide of the barangay officials in implementing health programs of the government.

Health has been a priority of this administration in line with the Kalusugang Pangkalahatan or Universal Healthcare Program under the Aquino Health Agenda of President Simeon Benigno Aquino III.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon, Article by Roldan John Ponay Larios)