Author Archive

2019 United Nations Week

Starting today, October 18 until the 24th is celebrated as United Nations Week by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 483 series of 2003 by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Happy United Nations Week!

#unitednationsweek #unitednations #unitednationsmonth #october2019#catbalogancity #kasugbongkatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan#derechouswagcatbalogan

Local Government Month Celebration

The City Government of Catbalogan joins the nation in celebrating the whole month of October 2019 as Local Government Month.

By virtue of DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019-166, the theme for this year’s celebration js “Matalino at Mahusay na Pamahalaang Lokal: Pundasyon ng Makatao, Mapayapa, at Maunlad na Bansa”.

October is celebrated as such to commemorate the enactment of the Local Government Code of 1991, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 63 s. 1992, dated October 02, 1992.

Happy Local Government Month!

#localgovernmentmonth #catbalogancity #october2019#derechouswagcatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan #kasugbongkatbalogan

Catbalogan rolls out comprehensive cultural mapping project

In partnership with the Local Culture and Arts Council (LCAC), the City Government of Catbalogan through the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office (CTCAIO) is rolling out the “Karikohan Katbalogan: Catbalogan City Cultural Mapping Project” in the city.

This project is an offshoot of the 2017-2018 project of the Provincial Government of Samar in partnership with University of Santo Tomas Graduate School – Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment (UST CCCPET) wherein select representatives were trained on cultural mapping and conducted initial mapping.

Locally funded and initiated, this project is set to comprehensively map the cultural assets and components of the 57 barangays of Catbalogan City geared towards creating a database of tangible and intangible heritage of the city with corresponding analysis and recommendations for protection and preservation as well as for programming into the city’s development plans.

Said data will also be used in the city’s comprehensive land use plan (CLUP), which is currently being updated and will also be of great use to the City Schools Division for curriculum and program development.

It is said that the most fundamental goal of cultural mapping is to help communities to be able to recognize, celebrate, and support cultural diversity towards economic, social and regional development.

And this is the same purpose for Catbalogan, to be able to acknowledge and understand the richness or ‘karikohan’ of our heritage because only by understanding that we start to value things; if we value, we tend to care for it; by caring for it, we learn to enjoy it; and once we enjoy it, we understand its meaning; and so the cycle of heritage continues.

(Report by Ador Hurtado)

#karikohankatbalogan #culturalmapping #catbalogancity#kulturakatbalogan #kasugbongkatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan#derechouswagcatbalogan

City Plaza Improvement Project

To be funded by the Green Green Green Program of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) with P12,000,000.00 and to be counterparted by the city government with P10,000,000.00 for a total project cost of P22,000,000.00, the project for the improvement of the city plaza is geared towards developing public open spaces among cities in the Philippines.

Reflected in the foregoing plans are the as-built plan; site development plan; utilities plan for the water system, drainage system, electrical layout, electrical riser diagram; and the planting plan.

Major features of the project are the installation of greeneries in the inner portion of the plaza as well as vertical gardens behind the stage, the installation of water fountains and lighting fixtures, which will further highlight our very own Rizal Statue, one of Catbalogan City’s cultural heritage.

The Green Green Green Program or the Local Government Support Fund – Assistance to Cities of the DBM aims to help city governments improve livability of urban areas through various activities or methods like landscaping, turfing, and tree planting, among others purposes.

The project is said to commence this month and estimated to be completed towards middle of next year complementing the national government’s “Build Build Build” program and strongly supported by the administration of City Mayor Dexter Uy.

(Photos provided by City Engineering Office; Report by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #greengreengreen #derechouswagcatbalogan#captivatingcatbalogan

Bulad Festival 2019 for Ubanon-Boao Fiesta Celebration

From various competitions and outreach activities, this year’s Ubanon-Boao Fiesta Celebration dubbed as ‘Bulad Festival’ highlights the rich traditions of this district in Catbalogan City in honor of Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario de Ubanon who have been our patroness and protectress.

Leading the 2019 celebration are Hermanas Mayores, Mrs. Nilda Gutay-Navarrete and Mrs. Ma. Rosario Gutay-Cadiz who organized a full-packed celebration.

Happy fiesta Ubanon-Boao!
Viva la Virgen!

(Photos by Ubanon-Boao Fiesta 2019)

#NuestraSeñoradelSantisimoRosariodeUbanon #VirgenLaCoronada#PatronessofSamar #buladfestival #catbalogancity #ubanonboaofiesta2019#kamatinumanonkatbalogan #kulturakatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan#karisyokatbalogan

Ubanon-Boao Fiesta 2019

Today is the start of the novena/mass in honor of the Feast of Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario de Ubanon, the first Canonically-Crowned Marian Image of Samar.

This year will be the 119th anniversary of the start of the devotion, 104th anniversary of the establishment of the hermandad and 24th anniversary since its canonical coronation in 1995.

Dubbed as ‘Bulad Festival’, this year’s fiesta celebration is led by 2019 Hermanas Mayores Mrs. Nilda Gutay-Navarrete and Mrs. Ma. Rosario Gutay-Cadiz.

Happy fiesta Ubanon-Boao!

(Photo by Ubanon-Boao Fiesta 2019; Report from Manuelito Sultan Uy)

#NuestraSeñoradelSantisimoRosariodeUbanon #VirgenLaCoronada#PatronessofSamar #buladfestival #catbalogancity #ubanonboaofiesta2019#kamatinumanonkatbalogan #kulturakatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan#karisyokatbalogan

Bulad Festival 2019

Starting tomorrow, October 11 until the 20th will be celebrated as Bulad Festival as part of the Ubanon-Boao Fiesta Celebration in honor of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, whose feast day is every third Sunday of October.

This year’s celebration is being led by Hermanas Mayores Mrs. Nilda Gutay-Navarrete and Mrs. Ma. Rosario Gutay-Cadiz with a series of socio-civic activities.

Happy Fiesta Ubanon-Boao!

(Photos by Ubanon-Boao Fiesta 2019)

#buladfestival #october2019
#ubanonboaofiesta2019 #catbalogancity #ourladyofthemostholyrosary#captivatingcatbalogan #kamatinumanonkatbalogan #kulturakatbalogan

Catbalogan Mayor delivers his First 100 Days Report

With a crowd of more than a thousand in attendance at the Provincial Covered Court, City Mayor Dexter Uy delivered his “First 100 Days Report” earlier this evening, October 08, 2019 exactly his 100th day after being sworn into office last July 01, 2019.

His accomplishment report was anchored on his platform of governance carried from campaign to office, which were about ensuring continued progress, developing a livelier economy, expanding social services, strengthening employment and tourism, putting more focus on education and sports, and continuing a committed care for all Catbaloganons. 

Centering on ‘cooperation and discipline’, Mayor Dexter extended appreciation to the different city departments, national agencies, development partners, and everyone who contributed to the successful and meaningful conduct of the various programs, projects and activities that benefitted the population.

One of his highlights in the report but said to be challenging was President Duterte’s directive, which was enforced by the Department of Interior and Local Government relative to the controversial road and sidewalk clearing. 

Despite the noticeable difference among roads and sidewalks in the city, this was a hot issue among many fronts, which Mayor explained “Kun mayda man kamo nakikita nga diri pa nasunod, diri iton tungod kay gin-exempt nira, mayda gud la pipira nga nakontra ngan diri nasunod.”

“Waray ini pinili, an lista han waray sumugot han mando, ginforward na ha Prosecutor’s Office for appropriate action,” Mayor Dexter shares.

From completed infrastructures, conducted capacity building trainings, turned-over assistance, and implemented policies, Mayor Dexter further emphasized that the accomplishments he shared was just a meager 10% of what can still be accomplished, “Damu pa an mga adlaw, pero mas damu pa an trabahoon”, he remarks.

And he finally emphasized that progress must be a shared responsibility not just of those who serve in the government but for everyone as he mentions that “Pakianhi niyo an gobyerno kun ano an iya mahihimo para ha iyo kay katungod ito niyo ngan responsibilidad ito han gobyerno.”

However, “pakianhi liwat niyo an iyo mga kalugaringon kun ano an iyo mahihimo para makabulig ha aton sosyedad,” Mayor Dexter shares as he finally encouraged everyone to help each other “para han duruderecho nga pag-uswag han Catbalogan!”

(Photos by Motion Act Studio; Report by Ador Hurtado)

#first100days #catbalogancity #dexiplinacatbalogan#derechouswagcatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan #kasugbongkatbalogan

City breaks ground for several infrastructure projects

Committed to providing better infrastructure facilities to the constituency, a groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday, September 25, 2019 for three infrastructure projects, namely: Provision of PWD ramp and Pedestrian Lane Markings; Upgrading and Maintenance of various roads and streets; and the Fabrication and Construction of Street and Traffic Signages.

A total of 6.8 Milion pesos were appropriated by the city government for the three projects taken from its development funding. 

The projects are geared towards ensuring better accessibility for persons with disabilities as well as for the general public anchored on the recent mandate of the national government for the road clearing operations and to standardize the street signages along downtown area for better traffic management.

City Mayor Dexter Uy led the ceremony along with City Councilor Stephany Uy-Tan and the members of the City Tourism Council for the said projects.

(Photos by Motion Act Studio; Report by Ador Hurtado)

#infraproject #catbalogancity #derechouswagcatbalogan#captivatingcatbalogan #kauswagkatbalogan

Auditions to commence today!

Are you all ready for the two-day auditions?

Head out now to Samar National School and audition to be part of the Philippine contingent to the 2020 Singapore Chingay Parade!

Although that may be just an icing on the cake, to be part of the contingent would mean strenuous rehearsals, learning new knowledge on cultural heritage as well as on physiology and kinetics, and ultimately to be organized as Catbalogan City’s dance theater group. 

Are you up for the challenge? 
Aato Catbalogan!

#chingay2020 #catbalogancity #tribukatbalaugan#captivatingcatbalogan #kasugbongkatbalogan #kulturakatbalogan