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Catbalogan City Airport readies its first commercial flight

By the initiative of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, a team was recently sent to the regional office of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines(CAAP) in Tacloban City to finalize the coordination for the operationalization of Catbalogan’s Buri Airport.

The team was composed of officers from the City Mayor, City Legal, City Investment Promotions, and the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information that are assisting the scheduled operation of Air Juan for its initial flight route from Cebu by the end of November or early of December 2017.

Air Juan is a Filipino company that operates seaplanes, land planes and helicopters providing fast and convenient air transport services to the Philippines’ most beautiful destinations with a corporate office at Bonifacio Global City serving operations in Manila, Palawan and Cebu.

Catbalogan Buri Airport, which has a 1.2km concrete runway is already ready to accommodate land planes, which Air Juan will be using for its operation in Catbalogan and even turbo propeller planes that major airlines like Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines offer, as shared by CAAP Area Manager, Engr. Danilo Abareta.

Also revealed during the said meeting was the scheduled expansion of Catbalogan Buri Airport by 2018 as funded by CAAP, per instruction of Secretary Art Tugade of the Department of Transportation – Philippines(DOTr) as one of its priority projects.

The operationalization of Buri Airport comes at a perfect time since the city is set to host another international conference in December 2017 by the Team 54 Project.

In partnership with the Provincial Government of Samar, the said international conference is expected to gather more than 200 climate change leaders and advocates from across the globe and the highlight of which is the awarding of these changemakers and trailblazers in combatting and addressing the issue on climate change.

CAAP has been one of the significant partners of the city government especially with its first international conference hosting last April 2017, which was greatly acknowledged as the team gave out plaques issued by Mayor Step and from the UCLG ASPAC – United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific.

With majority of the things now set for the operationalization of Catbalogan Buri Airport, Mayor Step urges all Catbalogan to fully support this major endeavor and propel the city to greater heights… forward, farther, further.

(Photos and Article by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #buriairport #caap #airjuan #stepforwardcatbalogan#captivatingcatbalogan #kauswagankatbalogan #kasugbongkalibutan

Shellfish Advisory from BFAR issued for Cambatutay Bay in Samar

The City Health Office through Shellfish Bulletin No. 36 Series of 2017 of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources hereby announces the total ban of all shellfish coming from the various seas around Catbalogan including that of Maqueda Bay.

Please be advised!

Mayor Step attends International Conference in China on marine economy and urban development

Our very own City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan was recently in Fuzhou, China to attend the 2017 UCLG ASPAC – United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific Council Meeting and was one of the panelist for the symposium on “Marine Economy and Urban Development”.

This was a follow-up to the conference held in Catbalogan City last April 2017 where many significant agreements were made and important new committees were forged that were geared towards sustainable development through mutual cooperations betweens cities and provinces across Asia and the Pacific.

“We are very honored to represent Catbalogan City to the UCLG ASPAC Executive Bureau Meeting as well as in the symposium with a topic that is very evident in Catbalogan – marine economy and urban development”, Mayor Step shares.

Mayor Step, being the Co-Chair for the Standing Committee on Women in Local Governments was tasked to lead the said committee in the Fuzhou Conference, which aims to empower women who are in key positions in local governments as well as encourage more participation of women local leaders especially in UCLG ASPAC targeting a 25% women participation.

UCLG ASPAC is the biggest of the 8 regional sections of UCLG, which is a worldwide association of local government organizations recognized by the United Nations and nominates 10 out of 20 members of the UNACLA – the first advisory body of local authorities affiliated with the UN.

(Photos by UCLG ASPAC and by Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan; Article by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #uclgaspac #exbu #stepforwardcatbalogan#kasugbongkatbalogan #sustainabledevelopment

Catbalogan celebrates 2017 National Children’s Month

The City Government of Catbalogan through the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) joins the nation in celebrating the 2017 National Children’s Month.

Anchored on the theme “Bata: Iligtas sa Droga!”, several activities are lined up in coordination with various agencies such as the Division of Catbalogan City, Department of Education; the Liga ng mga Barangay; the City Social Welfare and Development Office; the City Youth Development Office; the Philippine National Police and the Catbalogan Auxilary Traffic Brigade; the Catbalogan City Supreme Student Council Federation; the Local Youth Development Council; and others.

The celebration of the National Children’s Month is pursuant to RA 10661 or the National Children’s Month Act, which was to commemorate the landmark adoption of the Convention of the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly last 1989 geared to instill its significance in Filipino consciousness.

#ncm2017 #catbalogancity #childrensmonth #november2017#kasugbongkatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan #stepforwardcatbalogan

Catbalogan continues with cultural heritage mapping

Continuing with the second module of the Cultural Heritage Mapping Project of the Provincial Government of Samar, the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office conducted an orientation last November 04, 2017 at SP Session Hall.

The said module will cover the built and intangible heritage of Catbalogan City after completing with the first, which covered plants and animals, landscapes and marinescapes as well as natural views.

The whole project is being facilitated by the renowned heritage conservationist, Professor Eric Zerrudo of the UST Graduate School – Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and of Environment in the Tropics (UST GS – CCCPET) and will cover all 24 municipalities and 2 cities under the whole Samar Province.

Apart from the elementary and secondary teachers under the Division of Catbalogan, Department of Education who started with the first module and continuing the second, several college scholars are set to join with the cultural mapping.

This cultural heritage mapping will produce a database of all cultural properties of Catbalogan both tangible and intangible and will be used for the city’s programming for tourism and economic projects as well as for the academe for curriculum inclusion that are geared towards a population that is aware and engaged in preserving, protecting and promoting our culture.

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

#catbalogancity #teamtourism #culturalmapping #kulturakatbalogan#captivatingcatbalogan #kadaankatbalogan #kamatinumanonkatbalogan#ustgscccpet #sparksamar #bungkaras

Catbalogan cooperatives office wins again at national

And a notch higher!

Congratulations to the City Cooperatives Office of this city government headed by City Cooperatives Officer, Mr. Vivencio Eslopor II along with his abled office personnel for bringing yet again another award to Catbalogan City.

For the component city level, Catbalogan won 2nd Place for the Gawad Parangal of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) as awarded last October 27, 2017 at EDSA Shangri-la Manila, a place higher since they won third last year and a consistent national finalist for two years in-a-row.

“Usa han mga iginduduso han presente nga administrasyon an pagbulig han aton mga mulupyo pinaagi deri la hin paghatag ayuda nga pinansyal han aton mga kooperitiba labis na an pag-edukar ngan pagtutdo hin mga skills pinaagi hin mga trainings para masustinar an operasyon han kada tagsa nga kooperatiba”, Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan shares.

She further mentions that “As Mayor of this city, we are extending our strong support to our cooperatives for we believe in their capacity to develop our communities and their families.“

“Bisan ano pa kaupay an mga programa han Ciudad kun waray mga beneficiaries ngan mga kasugbong nga ma-partisipar ngan maugop, deri gihapon magiging manilampuson an mga program naton,” Mayor Step further emphasized.

The Gawad Parangal of CDA is an annual awarding for exceptional cooperatives and partners around the country stimulating economic creativity and innovativeness not just in providing the services to the people but most importantly addressing poverty alleviation through economic empoverty, which cooperatives provide.

(Photos by City Cooperatives Office; Article by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #gawadparangal #cda #cooperatives #stepforwardcatbalogan#kadungganankatbalogan #kauswagkatbalogan #kasugbongkatbalogan#captivatingcatbalogan

Barangay Outreach continues at Barangay San Andres

STEP UP FOR HEALTH: Barangay Outreach continues to roll today October 24, 2017 at Brgy. San Andres, Catbalogan City.

Anchored on its promise to step up the health services to its people, the employees of City Health Office thru the support of Hon. Stephany Uy-Tan, continued to ensure accessibility of its services to the grassroots.

Routine consultation, dental services, health education and provision of free medicine were among the services rendered.

Catbalogan Bliss Community School wins at regional band competition

Congratulations to our very own Bliss Community School for winning as the CHAMPION for the Junior Division of the 2017 Banda Rayhak Drum and Lyre Regional Competition.

They also won Best in Conductor, Best in Pintados Theme, Best in Costume, and Best in Mallet Section all for the same division held at RTR Plaza, Tacloban City last October 20, 2017 organized by Pintados Foundation, Inc. and the Provincial Government of Leyte.

Last year, they won 2nd Place in the Banda Rayhak and in Catbalogan City, they are the reigning champion for the elementary division and have actually consistently won the same title for four years in-a-row already.

Thank you for making us proud to be Catbaloganon!

(Photos by Rene Castino and Maxuel Acutin)

#catbalogancity #blisscommunityschool #bandarayhak2017 #champion#kadungganankatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan #stepforwardcatbalogan#ilovecatbalogan

Catbalogan City wins again at Regional Gawad Parangal 2017 awarding of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA)

For four (4) consecutive years, Catbalogan City’s Cooperative Office has won as the Best LGU Cooperative Office for the Component City Category.

“It’s really my pride to congratulate our City Cooperative Officer Sir Vivencio “Vince” Eslopor II and his office team as well as all the active cooperatives in the city for without them, this award will not be possible” City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan shares.

She further mentions that, “Bisan gaano kaupay an mga programa han Ciudad kon an mga beneficiaries diri magpartisipar, diri gihapon magiging manilampuson an mga program naton.”

Also awarded in the said ceremony was Kasugbong Multi-Purpose Cooperative (KMPC) in Catbalogan City who bagged the Best Cooperative for Small Cooperative Category for the whole region.

The said regional awarding held at Tacloban City was coincided with the 2017 Cooperative Month celebration with this year’s theme of “Cooperatives: Empowering the Poor and the Vulnerable Towards Job Creation and Poverty Eradication”.

#stepforwardcatbalogan #ilovecatbalogan #catbalogancity#bestlgucoopoffice #cooperative #captivatingcatbalogan#kauswagkatbalogan #kasugbongkatbalogan

Catbalogan rolls out first module of Cultural Heritage Mapping

City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan through the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office convened last October 14, 2017 select primary and secondary teachers under the Division of Catbalogan City of the Department of Education for the roll-out of the Cultural Heritage Mapping Project of the Provincial Government of Samar.

The said project was being implemented for all 24 municipalities and 2 cities under the province and in coordination with the UST Graduate School – Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics (UST GS – CCCPET) and will map all natural heritage, built heritage, movable and intangible heritage and others covered under the said project.

An estimated of nearly 100 school teachers were identified to map all barangays of the city and to be assisted by the barangay officials as well as city scholars being sponsored by the city government.

“Tanan nga mga mauswag nga ciudad ha bug-os nga kalibutan, nasusukol it kamauswag ha pagkilala hit ira gin-agian o history, mga kalungganayan o treasures, ngan iba pa nga magpapakilala kun ano an mayda hira,” Mayor Step shares the importance of heritage to the development of any city.

Mayor Step further emphasized that by knowing our heritage will we learn to appreciate, to care and to protect for this generation and for the next.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #culturalheritagemapping #kulturakatbalogan#captivatingcatbalogan #stepforwardcatbalogan

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