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Catbaloganon farmers receive farm equipment worth P5.25M

The City Government of Catbalogan is a recipient of the 2016 Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) program of the Department of Agriculture through the Regional Field Office 8 under the Infrastructure Support for Sustainable Rice Production Program via Provision of thirty-three (33) units of tractor and twenty (20) units of Mechanical Thresher in the amount of Five Million Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Pesos (PhP 5.25 M).

Thirteen (13) farmers association registered at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) were the recipients of the said units along with the city’s nursery during the turn-over held at City Plaza last February 06, 2018 with Atty. Salvador Diputado as the guest representative from DA-RFU 8.

City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan was personally present during the said turn-over along with City Councilor Max Pescos and the respective Barangay Chairs and Kagawads of the identified thirteen (13) barangays.

“Ini nga activity gintatawag naton nga turn-over ceremony, pagbalhin hin katungdanan — deri panhatag. Karuyag namon ipasabot nga gintatapuran namon kamo hini nga mga equipment deri como nga beneficiaries, kundi como kasugbong namon nga nakakakontribwer para ha kauswagan han aton siyudad”, Mayor Step shares.

Mayor Step further emphasized that all these support are provided so that farmers can have a sustainable means of livelihood and in turn address poverty and social inequities.

Catbalogan City through the leadership of Mayor Step is assisting indigent families and households through various programs and projects geared towards economic and social development.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado with reports from City Agriculture’s Office

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Catbalogan City prepares for Sinulog 2018

We crawled, we swam and we flew… all these for Señor Santo Niño!

From the presentation in 2015 depicting how the Little Child healed the community caused by diseases due to ecosystem imbalance, to saving the lives of fishermen attacked by a giant sea creature, and to the realization that even dark creatures like bats are also God’s beautiful creations, Señor Santo Niño has and will always be the highlight of each presentation in the annual Sinulog Festival of Cebu City.

For its fourth participation, Catbalogan City’s official festival contingent — Tribu Katbalaugan, is set to tell the story of a city, some say folkloric while some say futuristic.

Nonetheless, it will highlight how Señor Santo Niño and the strong faith of Catbaloganon can transcend beyond cultures, progress and time.

Viva Pit Señor!

(Photos by Jupert Sison, Rolan Garcia, and Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

#catbalogancity #happynewyear #2018 #captivatingcatbalogan#karisyokatbalogan #teamtourism #stepforwardcatbalogan

Miss Manaragat 2017 is the Festival Queen for Sinulog 2018

Reigning Miss Manaragat, Ms. Mary Faith Voz Libres is set to represent Tribu Katbalaugan as the Festival Queen in the upcoming Sinulog Festival 2018 in Cebu City.

Best of luck and make us all proud!
Viva Pit Señor!

Step High Christmas Dance Craze gathers young talents

As part of the “Kapaskohan ha Katbalogan” program, a modern dance competition dubbed as STEP HIGH Christmas Dance Craze was organized last December 29, 2017 at the City Plaza as organized by the City Government of Catbalogan through the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office.

Local talent groups participated in the city-wide competition as part of the initiative to share the “Spirit of Love” as led by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan.

(Photos by Michael Tuazon)

City reaches out to children for its Spirit of Love Christmas Outreach

Ending 2017 with a fun and festive mood, City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan together with the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office along with the City Youth Development Office conducted a Christmas Outreach among CSWD-identified indigent children at the City Plaza.

An afternoon of games, food and performances from the winners of the STEP HIGH Christmas Dance Craze made the event memorable to more than 100 children who later received gift and food packs as well as some “pamaskuhan” from Mayor Step herself.

This caps off the “Kapaskohan ha Katbalogan” program initiated by Mayor Step anchored on the theme “Spirit of Love ipaangbit ta!”, which calls for sharing and giving of blessings to all those who need it most in the most joyous season of the year.

(Photos by Ma. Theresa Joy Nabore; Article by Ador Hurtado)


Catbalogan suspends classes on December 18, 2017

City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan by virtue of Executive Order No. 45 series of 2017 suspends all classes in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Levels in both Public and Private Schools today, December 18, 2017.

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Catbalogan reports zero casualty after Tropical Storm Urduja

Catbalogan City reports zero casualty after Tropical Storm ravaged the region.

As reported by the City’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC), some 3,157 individuals from 829 families were evacuated to 18 evacuation centers mainly composed of public schools, barangay halls, and even churches in the city.

Said evacuees were given relief goods as prepositioned by the City Social Welfare and Development Office and some are now returning to their respective homes today as clear skies have already appeared in the city.

Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, who chairs the CDRRMC even posted online of the need for cooperation among residents especially when forced evacuation is needed in areas prone to landslides and flooding to avoid danger and further damage.

At least five (5) barangays reported landslides and majority of the downtown streets experience heavy flooding during the onslaught of TS Urduja.

The City Government is on heightened alert as another typhoon is said to arrive over the coming week and Mayor Step further encourages residents to be always prepared and ready.

(Photos by Blendz Tuazon & Dennis Cosmod; Report from City DRRMC; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Catbalogan City suspends offices on December 15, 2017

By virtue of Executive Order No. 44 series of 2017 issued by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, work in all public and private offices are suspended this afternoon of December 15, 2017 due to Tropical Storm Urduja.

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City’s Sangguniang Panlungsod convenes to declate Catbalogan under State of Calamity

The Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday morning December 15, 2017 passed a resolution declaring the City under the state of calamity due to Typhoon Urduja. Declaring a certain locality under state of calamity allows or has the following effects:

A. Price Control for Basic Necessities and Prime Commodities

RA 7581, Section 6(1): “Price freeze for basic necessities is implemented for 60 days unless lifted… Prices of basic necessities in areas under a state of calamity shall automatically be frozen at their prevailing prices or placed under automatic price control whenever.”

RA 10121 Section 17(a): “Imposition of price ceiling on basic necessities and prime commodities by the President upon the recommendation of the implementing agency as provided for under Republic Act No. 7581, otherwise known as the ‘Price Act,’ or the National Price Coordinating Council.”

RA 10121 Section 17(b): “Monitoring, prevention and control by the Local Price Coordination Council of overpricing/profiteering and hoarding of prime commodities, medicines and petroleum products.”

B. Granting of No-Interest Loans

RA 10121 Section 17(d): “Granting of no-interest loans by government financing or lending institutions to the most affected section of the population through their cooperatives or people’s organizations.”

C. Appropriation for Calamity Funds

RA 10121 Section 17(c): “Programming/reprogramming of funds for the repair and safety upgrading of public infrastructures and facilities.”

RA 7160: “Automatic appropriation is available for unforeseen expenditures arising from the occurrence of calamities in areas declared to be in a state of calamity.”

RA 7160: “Local government units may enact a supplemental budget for supplies and materials or payment of services to prevent danger to or loss of life or property.”

Section 321: “A supplemental budget may also be enacted in times of public calamity by way of budgetary realignment to set aside appropriations for the purchase of supplies and materials or the payment of services which are exceptionally urgent or absolutely indispensable to prevent imminent danger to, or loss of, life or property, in the jurisdiction of the local government unit or in other areas declared by the President in a state of calamity.”

Section 324(d): “Five percent (5%) of the estimated revenue from regular sources shall be set aside as an annual lump sum appropriation for unforeseen expenditures arising from the occurrence of calamities: Provided, however, that such appropriation shall be used only in the area, or a portion thereof, of the local government unit or other areas declared by the President in a state of calamity.”

D. Importations and foreign donations

RA 10121 Section 18 (a): “The importation and donation of food, clothing, medicine and equipment for relief and recovery and other disaster management and recovery-related supplies is hereby authorized in accordance with Section 105 of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines, as amended, and the prevailing provisions of the General Appropriations Act covering national internal revenue taxes and import duties of national and local government agencies”
RA 10121 Section 18 (b): “Importations and donations under this section shall be considered as importation by and/or donation to the NDRRMC, subject to the approval of the Office of the President.”

E. Others

1. Special Emergency Leave. A five-day emergency leave shall be granted to government employees affected by natural calamities/disasters.

They can apply for five straight working days leave or on a staggered basis. This special emergency leave of absence will not be deducted from the employees’ leave credits.

The following shall be the reasons for the special emergency leave:
· Urgent repair and clean-up of damaged house
· Being stranded in affected areas
· Disease or illness of employee brought by the natural calamity/disaster
· Caring of immediate members of the family affected by the natural calamity/disaster.

This special emergency leave can be availed of by the affected government employee within 30 days from the first day of the calamity declaration by the proper government agencies or authorities.

2. Authorization for the importation of rice under Section 6 of RA 8178, the Agricultural Tariffication Act;

3. Entitlement to hazard allowance for Public Health Workers (under Section 21 of RA 7305, Magna Carta for Public Health Workers).

4. Entitlement to hazard allowance for science and technological personnel of the government under Section 7-c of RA 8439.

(Photos by Vice Mayor Art Sherwin Gabon)