Archive for March, 2015

Mayor Step attends DAR’s 2015 Women’s Month Culmination

Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan’s Message during the Women’s Month Culmination of the Department of Agrarian Reform – March 30, 2015

Maupay nga aga ha iyo nga tanan!

Congratulations ha iyo manilampuson nga pagsalin-urog han Bulan han Kababayen-an. If this culminating activity is a reflection of your month-long celebration, then I can see that it had been a month full of activities, meaningful messages, solidarity – all of which are in celebration of the women’s role in nation-building.

Diri na bag-o an pagkakamay-ada han kababayen-an ha mga importante nga posisyon ha gobyerno. Masisiring naton nga ini an primero nga breakthrough nga aton naabot parti han kampanya para gender equality.

But despite this breakthrough, gender discrimination and abuse remain a sad reality. Ini nga reyalidad an nagtutdo ha aton nga diri an paghingada ha poder han gahum an pinaka solusyon ha aton problema. Usa la ini nga pitad. An pinaka-challenge ha aton an kun papano naton mababag-o an nakahigaraan na nga mga kadaan nga panhuna-huna hiunong han posisyon han babaye ha aton sosyedad.

It is not about getting into the system, it’s about reforming the system. Komo mga babaye nga opisyal, kinahanglan naton ipahamtang nga an aton ginduduso nga gender equality, kampanya gihapon kontra diskriminasyon ngan para mapalawig an hustisya ha aton lugar.

Karuyag ko tagan hin duon an importansya hini tungod han aton sitwasyon yana nga panahon hiunong han climate change. Parti na yana han aton normalidad an mag-andam para han posibilidad nga magkamay-ada han baha, landslide, flash floods o storm surge tungod han grabe nga pagbabag-o han panahon dara hini nga climate change. Ha sugad hini nga sitwasyon, waray na kita lugar para diskriminasyon kay an aton kontra diri na an kababayen-an o an kalalakin-an, kundi an aton mismo kalibungan.

Gender war is but a trivial matter compared to what we are facing now. Babaye ngan lalaki kinahanglan yana magburublig ha pagprotihir ug pagpreserba han aton mga komunidad. It is no longer just a matter of equality but also a matter of survival.

Para ha akon, amo ini an pinaka-essence han pagigin babayi nga leader ug opisyal. It is not just about empowering women to realize their full potential. Neither is it just about finding her place beside – allow me to stress beside and not ahead – the opposite sex. Women empowerment is about all these and one more thing – and that is to assume her rightful position as an active player in the development of our country.

Ha pagtatapos, damo nga salamat ha iyo paghatag han pribilehiyo nga magyakan hiunong hini nga importante hin duro nga iristoryahon. Kunta may napurot kamo nga lesson ha ako mga ginshare ha iyo.

(Photos by Michael Balan and Paulus Aragon)


Catbalogan prepares for incoming typhoon Chedeng

As Tropical Cyclone #ChedengPH nears the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan called for an emergency internal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) this morning, April 01, 2015 at her office to prepare for the possible hit.

Present during the meeting were PAG-ASA Catbalogan’s Chief Meteorological Officer Eduardo Dela Cruz, PNP Chief of Police Carlito Abriz, CDRRMC Action Officer Eliot Lopez, Jr., CLGOO Jose Obrero, City Health Officer Dr. Gerarda Tizon, City Agriculturist Daniel Daguman, and other representatives of concerned agencies and offices.

Chedeng has now been elevated to a Super Typhoon according to US Navy and Air Force’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) as it packs maximum sustained winds of 205 kph and gustiness of up to 240kph.

A follow-up meeting is scheduled this afternoon with all barangay chairs to coordinate with the early deployment of food supplies and to conduct information dissemination among residents at flood and landslide-prone areas.

(Photos by Blendz Tuazon)


City ENRO partners with SSU on SWM Plan formulation

Last March 28 – 29, 2015 at Twin’s Resto, barangay officials of Barangays 11 Poblacion, 12 Poblacion, 06 Poblacion and 07 Poblacion attended the Seminar-Workshop on the Formulation of Barangay Solid Waste Management Plan as initiated by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office and Samar State University’s College of Graduate Studies.

The creation of a Barangay Solid Waste Management Plan for each barangay is necessary in creating the over-all City’s Ecological Solid Waste Management Plan as mandated by R.A. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

The City’s ESWM Plan shall cover ten years instituting an effective and sustainable solid waste management plan with primary emphasis on implementation of all feasible re-use, recycling and composting programs.

This is part of the administration of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan in ensuring a clean, ecologically-balanced and sustainable environment for all Catbaloganons.

(Photos by City ENRO)

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Catbalogan receives regional officials for an EU-funded project

Regional Director Imelda Lacers of the Department of Budget and Management (CBM) and In-Charge of Office (ICO) Teresita Atuel of the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) – Department of Finance along with representatives of the Department of Interior and Local Government, and the National Economic Development Authority paid a courtesy call with City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan last March 30, 2015 as part of its Regional Inter-Agency Team (RIAT) for LGU-PFM 2 “Support to the Local Government Units for More Effective and Accountable Public Financial Management (LGU PFM 2 Project)”.

The City Government of Catbalogan was chosen as one (1) of the focus local government units (LGU) under the said European Union (EU) funded project.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the achievement of the MDGs and poverty reduction in the Philippines, in line with the 2011-2016 Philippine Development Plan, through improved public finance management (PFM) resulting in improved delivery of basic services by local governments.

It is said to address issues in the PFM system of local governments, which includes revenue generation, budgeting, accounting, auditing, cash management, debt management and public sector reporting on financial operations.

(Photos by Michael Balan and Paulus Aragon)

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Catbaloganon farmers attend training on intensified climate resiliency

In partnership with the Rice Watch Action Network (RWAN/R1) and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), the City Government of Catbalogan through the City Agriculture’s Office conducted an “Intensified Training on Climate Resiliency Field School (CrFS)” from March 23 – 27, 2015 at PBSP in Barangay New Mahayag, this City.

The CrFS is a climate change adaptation and early warning service for agriculture, which was patterned after the Farmers Field School (FFS) which was designed for Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Like the FFS, the CrFS is a season-long training conducted in the field, learner-centered, participatory, and relies on an experiential learning approach.

R1’s CrFS module promotes awareness on climatic factors affecting crops, the use of a variety of climate-friendly farming approaches that not only focuses on management of a specific crop. The module inherently promotes diversification as a climate resiliency and sustainable measure. It also highlights the importance of organizing into a farmers’ organization that could help them access government support programs, as well as the necessity of crop insurance to shield the farmers from the ravage of changing climate.

R1 is a group of organizations working individually and collectively to pursue policy changes in rice particularly in the area of trade and the nature of rice farming systems in the Philippines.

Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) is the largest corporate-led social development foundation in the Philippines. Committed to poverty reduction, PBSP is the first of its kind in Asia leading the promotion and practice of corporate social responsibility (CSR). PBSP operates nationwide, with programs in Education, Health, Sustainable Livelihood, Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development, and the Environment implemented with partners and communities as empowered players in development.

(Photos by Michael Balan)

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Barangay Women Extravaganza – Final Leg

As the last leg of the caravan of services for women, the City Gender and Development Council (GAD) and the Local Council of Women (LCW) conducted a Barangay Women Extravaganza at the City Plaza last March 27, 2015.

The City Social Welfare and Development conducted a Skills Training on Breadmaking, Meat Processing and Motorcycle Repair with the assistance of TESDA Samar to equip women and family leaders in their livelihood.

(Photos by Michael Balan)


City breaks ground for the slaughterhouse infra project

The City of Catbalogan is very much fortunate to be one of the recipients of the National Abattoir Development Project of the National Livestock Program of the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) for the Construction of our City Slaughterhouse as manifested during the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signing held last February 27, 2015 at NMIS National Office.

A groundbreaking ceremony was conducted last March 25, 2015 at the actual site of the proposed project at Diversion Road, Barangay Mercedes, this city.

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

Under this new administration, our City Government is allocating P 8 Million Pesos for the construction of a new slaughterhouse, whose total estimated cost is P 16 Million Pesos. The city is also committed to the creation of a City Meat Inspection Service under the Regulatory Division of the City Veterinary Office.

(Photos by Michael Balan)

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Catbalogan receives Best PhilHealth Partner Award in EV

The City Government of Catbalogan through the City Health Office receives Best PhilHealth Partner Award “TOP PERFORMER RANK 1” Best LGU Partner Award in Eastern Visayas last March 26, 2015 at Tacloban City.

Catbalogan City was the only city government to be awarded of by Philippine Health Insurance, Corp. besting other 143 municipalities and cities in Eastern Visayas.

“More than just a health matter, it has been our belief that this partnership with the PHILHEALTH is based on the principle of social equity. As our very own national hero Dr. Jose Rizal once said, “those who have less in life should have more in law”. Health care being one area where the wide gap between the rich and the poor is most evident, it is our obligation as leaders to make quality health services more affordable and more accessible to the common “tao”,” shares Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan.

(Photos by Michael Balan)


Catbaloganon women dances for fellow women

Organized by the New Life Christian Center’s Women of the Nations, a “Zumba Night” was conducted at the City Plaza last March 20, 2015 as part of the 2015 Women’s Month Celebration.

Nearly 100 women from all ages and all walks of life danced to the beat and sweated the night out as an effort to not only promote a healthy lifestyle but in celebration of women’s role in the society and in nation-building.

Said activity was just one of the many activities organized by different members of the City Gender and Development (GAD) and the Local Council of Women (LCW).

(Photos by Blendz Tuazon)

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City consults barangay women for the GAD Code review

The City Gender and Development (GAD) Council consults barangay women with regards to the review of the city’s GAD code last March 13, 2015 at SP Session Hall.

Attendees were mostly barangay health workers (BHW), barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) and community-based volunteers (CBV) from different barangays.

Objective of the said activity was to consult the women sector on the needed recommendations for the revision of the GAD code, which contains all the policies and mechanism geared towards women empowerment.

Also, it was made in celebration of the 2015 Women’s Month organized by the City Government headed by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan.