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

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