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Catbalogan City’s Festival Queen in Sinulog through the years

Here’s a throwback to the years when our very own Tribu Katbalaugan represented Catbalogan City in the annual Sinulog Festival of Cebu City.A salute to our four (4) Festival Queens who not only brought pride and honor to our city but humbly praised and offer thanksgiving to Señor Santo Niño:

– Ms. Mary Faith Voz Libres (2018), 1st Runner-Up
– Ms. Samar Mohamed Bautista Bandoukji (2017)
– Ms. Reignna Azucena Tan Mondoy (2016), 4th Runner-Up
– Ms. Joemelina Alvarina Delantar (2015), 4th Runner-Up.

Viva Señor Santo Niño!Viva Pit Señor!


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Online registration closed for 2020 Kapaskohan ha Katbalogan

Online registration has closed last December 15, 2020 for the 2020 Kapaskohan ha Katbalogan.

Three (3) registrants for the online caroling;Ten (10) for the step high triple threat;Nineteen (19) registrants for the vlogging contest; andSeventy-five (75) for the mobile photography.

Submit your video and photo entries until December 20, 2020 to or at City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office (CTCAIO) located at Captivating Catbalogan Center, 2nd Floor of Concesa Building, Corner Rizal Avenue and San Francisco Street.Best of luck! #kapasakohanhakatbalogan#catbalogancity#kulturakatbalogan#captivatingcatbalogan#christmas2020#december2020#derechouswagcatbalogan

Catbalogan City Plaza glows anew

City Mayor Dexter Uy led the launching of the newly-renovated city plaza earlier tonight, December 16, 2020 with no less than Governor Michael Tan as one of the guests.

The plaza now boast a lighted dancing fountain serving as a good backdrop to our very own unique Rizal Statue and the plaza has a new design reminiscent of Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay with a local twist.

“Mahihinumduman naton nga dida han September 2019 natabo an groundbreaking ceremony hini nga project nga nahimugso pinaagi han Local Government Support Fund – Assistance to Cities under han Green Green Green Program han Department of Budget and Management o DBM. Usa an Catbalogan han 144 pa nga iba na mga ciudad ha Pilipinas hini nga programa nga an panuyuanan nga maging livable ngan sustainable an mga Ciudad pinaagi han pagpaupay han mga public open spaces,” City Mayor Dexter Uy shares.

This project although funded by DBM, was counterparted by the city government and was proposed during the administration of City Mayor, now City Councilor Stephany Uy-Tan as an effort to revitalize our City Plaza and to highlight further our very own Rizal Statue.

“Dapat dida unta ini han August mahuhuman, pero tungod han pandemic han COVID-19, na-delay ini nga project. Pero timing la liwat, na yana nga Kapaskohan aton aabrihan ini nga Plaza and Fountain para mayda naton kadtuan apisar hini nga aton ginaatubang na pandemic. Pero ine nga pag abre mayda duwa nga aaroon namon nga butang tikang ha iyo:

1. Kun mabisita kamo, alayon la, SUNOD KAMO HAN HEALTH PROTOCOLS sugad han pagsul-ot han mask ngan face shield, social distancing, ngan iba pa nga mga pamaagi.

2. Buligi kami niyo PAGPAURA hine nga lugar pinaagi han pagmintenar han KALIMPYO hini. Alayon la, ayaw naton ruba-a, ayaw bis la diin maghapil hin mga basura, kay in inga lugar, diri ini repleksyon la han city hall kun di repleksyon naton ngatanan como mga Catbaloganon,” Mayor Dexter further emphasized.

For the general public, the lighted dancing fountain is open only between 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM everyday and strict requirements are being implemented such as “no mask, no face shield, no entry”; maintain social distancing; maintain cleanliness of the surroundings; throw garbage at trash bins; and other reminders as signages are posted conspicuously.

The city hall building was also lighted with Christmas hues of yellow, red and green; and a Christmas Belen is at the stage made by local sculptor commissioned last 2018.

One of the highlights during the said event was the relaunch of the Christmas Music Video of the city government highlighting the “Spirit of Love” in this year’s season amidst the current pandemic.

Indeed, culture is one aspect that unites us Catbaloganons and this pandemic is no excuse to celebrate Christ’s birth with joy and jubilation but with precaution and protection.Derecho uswag, Catbalogan!

(Photos by Michael Balan; Report by Ador Hurtado) #catbalogancity#greengreengreen#cityplaza#derechouswagcatbalogan#kapaskohanhakatbalogan#kasugbongkatbalogan#captivatingcatbalogan#kauswagkatbalogan

City distributes education assistance to PWD students

Last Saturday, December 12, 2020 the City Government of Catbalogan through the Catbalogan City Social Welfare & Development Office (CSWDO) rolled out its educational assistance to 168 students who are persons with disabilities (PWD).Each student received P1,480.00 as part of the city’s educational assistance taken from the 1% of the total annual budget allocated exclusively for senior citizens and PWDs.

This educational assistance program has been a regular program of the city government as strongly supported by City Mayor Dexter Uy and his administration.Under the CSWD Office, an established Person with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) coordinates all PWD-related programs, projects and activities of the city government ensuring not only representation but active participation.

Persons with disabilities (PWDs), according the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

All opportunities must be afforded to persons with disabilities not because they are at a disadvantage but mainly because it is their human right.


Catbalogan pays out educational assistance to child laborers

177 child laborers in Catbalogan City were the beneficiaries that were provided educational assistance amounting to P1,000.00 each.

Beneficiaries were identified through a survey conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on who are engaged in child labor and survey was validated by Catbalogan City Social Welfare & Development Office (CSWDO) if said child laborers are currently enrolled in school.

According to Article 137 of the Labor Code, “No child below fifteen (15) years of age shall be employed, except when he works directly under the sole responsibility of his parents or guardian, and his employment does not in any way interfere with his schooling.”

Furthermore under the same law, “Any person between fifteen (15) and eighteen (18) years of age may be employed for such number of hours and such periods of the day as determined by the Secretary of Labor and Employment in appropriate regulations.”

Republic Act No. 7610, as amended, otherwise known as the “Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act” was signed into law on 19 December 2013 provides for special protection to children from all forms of abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation and discrimination, and other conditions prejudicial to their development including child labor and its worst forms.

The payout of the said educational assistance was coincided with the anniversary of DOLE last December 08, 2020 as part of their Project Angel Tree, which is a component of the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program that provides an array of social services that range from food, clothing, educational assistance or school supplies, and even work and training opportunities made available by sponsors or benefactors (‘angels’) to child laborers and their families.

Following after the turn-over of educational assistance, the CSWDO will conduct an assessment on future possible programs to their families such as livelihood assistance in partnership with DOLE.

Ultimately, the main objective is to have a child labor free community on various fronts such as Child Labor Free Establishments that promotes compliant and socially responsible business practices, and Child Labor Free Barangays, which aims to free identified barangays from child labor, and also to influence change, identify allies, and solicit commitments of support of stakeholders.

And this is greatly supported in Catbalogan City through City Mayor Dexter Uy under his administration.

(Photos by Sandy Palomas; Report by Ador Hurtado)


Catbalogan City joins global campaign to fight climate change

Catbalogan City Hall joins cities around the world in support to fight climate change.

Last December 12, the city hall was lit in green to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement adopted by 195 countries in 2015 at the 21st Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to combat climate change.

The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.

To achieve this long-term temperature goal, countries aim to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible to achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century.

The Paris Agreement is a landmark in the multilateral climate change process because, for the first time, a binding agreement brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects.

Catbalogan City, being a member of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and of UCLG ASPAC – United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific supports this global cause and commit to work with other cities and agencies to prevent the acceleration of climate change.


If you and your friends are aging 10 – 15 years old or have relatives interested to join the “Kapaskohan ha Katbalogan: Online Trio Caroling Contest”, group yourselves into three (3) and register your group at until December 15, 2020 at 05:00 PM.

See the specific guidelines below for your guidance.


Open to Catbalogan City residents aging 15 – 25 years old, form a group of three (3) dancers and register your group at until December 15, 2020 at 05:00 PM.

See the specific guidelines below for your guidance.


Vlogger ka ba?

Vlogger ka ba? Api na!

Register yourself at until December 15, 2020 at 05:00 PM.

See the specific guidelines below for your guidance.