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City organizes people’s organization for eco-tourism program

After a series of community workshops at Buri Island facilitated with the assistance of DTI-Samar, the team organized by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan further assisted Barangays Estaka and Cabugawan in creating a people’s organization that will be the lead group that will implement the city’s new eco-tourism project in the said island.

Now to be called BIPA or Buri Island People’s Association, the new group is composed of individuals representing the sectors of fisherfolks, women, senior citizens, people with disability, and transport group who will be the target beneficiaries as well as the implementer of the two (2) projects in the said barangays.

To be assisted and monitored by the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office (CTCAIO) and the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (City ENRO), these pet projects of Mayor Step is primarily aimed at creating alternative livelihoods for the constituents of Buri Island while instilling environmental consciousness and pride of home.

The new association to be registered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has also elected among themselves their officers who will be the key individuals for the two projects along with the other members committed to help Buri Island not just prosper but also to protect and preserve their natural treasures.

(Photos and Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Catbalogan receives seal of child-friendly for three years in-a-row

Catbalogan City receives 2016 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) from the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) as awarded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Receiving on behalf of the local government was City Social Welfare and Development, Ms. Nida Aroza during the regional awarding held at Tacloban City.

The SCFLG is a recognition system for LGUs that deliver positive results for children’s well being wherein a Child Friendly Local Governance Audit Team otherwise called the Interagency Monitoring Task Force (IMTF) conducts audit among cities and municipalities based on twelve (12) criteria ranging from health, nutrition, school retention and completion, reduction of child labor cases and other exploitations, legislative measures in placed, and many more.

Catbalogan City has consistently received the said seal since 2014 on its very start of implementation anchored on the “Child-Friendly Philippines: A Caring and Protective Society for, by, and with the Children” advocacy and programming framework launched by the said national council.

(Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Island folks people undergo economic programming workshop

Committed towards ensuring a responsive local government, the City Government of Catbalogan with the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry – Samar (DTI.Samar) conducted a community consultation and LRED workshop last July 18, 2017 at Buri Baras Beach among sectoral groups from Barangays Cabugawan and Estaka.

LRED or Local and Regional Economic Development was introduced by GTZ, which introduces a systematic series of workshops wherein key stakeholders and institutions work jointly to create a unique advantage for the locality and its firms, tackle market failures, remove bureaucratic obstacles for local businesses and strengthen the competitiveness of local firms.

The City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office (CTCAIO) and the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (City ENRO) assisted the said workshop, which fleshed out the issues of the community, the solutions identified by themselves, the city’s upcoming projects, and the sustainability of said projects as part of a holistic program.

Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan and her local administration has identified Buri Island as part of the priority development areas and as included in the City’s Local Development Investment Plan (LDIP) which specifies investable and implementable economic development plans, programs and activities.

(Photos and Article by Ador Leanda Hurtado)

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Catbalogan strengthens program against schistosomiasis

Led by our City Health Office, a Mass Drug Administration for Schistosomiasis was launched last July 20, 2017 at Barangay New Mahayag, Catbalogan City, an endemic barangay for the disease.
With the continued commitment of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan under her “Serbisyo Panlawas papakusgon” or a strengthened health services, this activity was conducted to help address the burden brought about by the disease.
A total of 237 school children out or 260 or 91.15 % was administered with the drug of choice and was given supplementary feeding prior to the administration.
The Mass Drug Administration is set to be implemented in all endemic barangays of this city to address schistosomiasis, which is a blood fluke infection caused by a parasite called Schistosoma Japonicum.
(Photos by Dr. Amalia Tirazona; Article by Roldan John Larios)
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Landslide in Barangay Mercedes

Based on the report submitted by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), 25 families are affected, 11 households were evacuated with two (2) totally damaged houses and three (3) partially damaged houses due to the landslide at Barangay Mercedes last night, July 19, 2017.

Our City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) have already interviewed affected families relative to our possible relocation or financial assistance.

This area has long been identified to be of high-risk but due to unavailability of possible relocation site, several families are still occupying the said areas. That is why, we have identified a separate area in Barangay Payao to be our relocation site and evacuation center for all vulnerable families as verified by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).

Catbalogan supports national disability prevention and rehabilitation week

Celebrating the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week, Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan made a prior visit to Catbalogan SPED Center, the lone educational facility in the 2nd District, Samar Province that caters to persons with disabilities as accredited by the National Council on Disability Affairs.

The city government fully supports the said institution through a regular scholarship program to the beneficiaries enrolled and as assisted by the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

Between July 17 – 23, 2017 is this year’s National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week with its theme “Karapatan at Prebilihiyo ng Maykapansanan: Isakatuparan at Ipaglaban!”, which calls for the full implementation of laws protecting PWDs in order for them to live meaningful lives and as partners of nation-building.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon)

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National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week 2017

The City Government of Catbalogan joins the nation in celebrating the 39th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week from July 17-23, 2017 as pursuant to Proclamation No. 361 (2000), as amended by Administrative Order No. 35 (2002).

This year’s theme is “Karapatan Pribelehiyo ng Maykapansanan: Isakatuparan at Ipaglaban” focuses on the realization of the fundamental freedoms and rights of persons with disabilities as provided for in existing international mandates and national laws.

The said observance culminates on July 23, which is the birthday of our Sublime Paralytic, Apolinario Mabini, whose exemplary and dedicated heroic acts during the Philippine Revolution has greatly influenced the declaration and observance of the disability prevention and rehabilitation which in effect, has become an outstanding icon for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

This weeklong observance led by the City Social Welfare and Development Office and the Office on PWD Affairs is geared towards stimulating public awareness on the problems of disability, and to encourage every citizen to take active responsibility in the upliftment of the economic and social conditions of the PWDs of our society.

#catbalogancity #ndprweek #PWD #kasugbongkatbalogan#stepforwardcatbalogan

Catbalogan is set to establish an eco-tourism park

Personally checking on the various environmental projects of the city, Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan along with City Environment and Natural Resources Officer, City General Services Officer, and Women Sector Representative inspected over the weekend Barangay Cabugawan’s mangrove area and the Canduyong Islet, which are both marine protected areas.

This is part of the current administration’s thrust of continuously supporting ecological-preservation initiatives considered as climate change mitigation and adaptation programs that are community-led and community-driven.

Mayor Step is set to develop the vast mangrove area as an eco-park that will be managed by fisherfolks and people’s organization within the said barangay as an alternative source of livelihood and employment as well as a tourism development area under the city’s sustainable eco-tourism program.

Believing that tourism is a major element in the city’s economic development, the local government has already started preparing both the sites and the beneficiaries for several development programs as part of its Local Development Investment Plan (LDIP) that identified priority programs that are not only investable but can help improve communities while protecting the environment.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #buriisland #cabugawan #mangrovepark#kahusaykatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan #kasugbongkatbalogan


2017 Nutrition Month launching at Catbalogan IV District School

With nutrition as a crucial element in a child’s development, Catbalogan City Nutrition Council led by Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan is on its rounds among primary schools to distribute nutritional supplements for their regular feeding as well as vegetable seedlings for its in-school vegetable farming.

These initiatives were highlighted as part of the 2017 Nutrition Month celebration anchored on the theme “Healthy Diet, Gawing Habit for Life!”, which aims to promote healthy diets to contribute to the reduction of overweight, obesity and non-communicable diseases.

Mayor Step believes that “having a healthy diet ensures a healthy life” and the city government is in an all-out support to this cause especially in helping marginalized families provide not only educational support but also for the nutritional development of their children.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Mister Manaragat 2017: The Search for Mister Catbalogan City

You might be the next ambassador of Catbalogan City with the responsibility of preserving our culture and protecting our environment while promoting our city to the world.

Apply now!

Visit the Captivating Catbalogan Center now and submit your application form on or before July 27, 2017 and attend the only screening date on July 30, 2017.