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Catbalogan to celebrate 11th Charter Anniversary on June 16

Exactly two (2) months from now, Catbalogan City will be celebrating its 11th Charter Anniversary — 11 years since Catbalogan became a city through Republic Act No. 9391.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Catbalogan Cityhood: Chartering the Course of Changes” as a collective commitment in leading Catbalogan City to greater heights amidst challenges.

June is also celebrated as “Philippine Environment Month” and “Celebrate Sea Month” by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 237 series of 1988 and Presidential Proclamation No. 1512 series of 2008 respectively.

It is on these proclamations that the City Government of Catbalogan is conducting several activities to celebrate relevant commemorations in order to raise awareness among the people of Catbalogan on these events as well as to generate support and commitment to significant advocacies and concerns.

(Photo and article by Ador Hurtado)

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Catbalogan Women’s Congress celebrates womanhood

More than 1,000 Catbaloganon attended the Women’s Congress held today, March 22, 2018 at Provincial Covered Court as part of the 2018 Women’s Month Celebration organized by the City Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System.

The one-day affair involved discussion on relevant topics concerning women such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Federalism, which was discussed by Atty. Ryan Legisniana Estevez who is currently the Undersecretary for the House of Representatives under the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office of the Office of the President along with Ms. Maria Marjorie Jaramilla of PDP-Laban in Region 8.

Free services were also offered such as blood pressure monitoring, diabetes screening, ferrous sulphate supplementation, which were offered by the City Health Office; family planning services by the Provincial Department of Health (DOH); as well as free services offered by TESDA, Philippine Red Cross – Catbalogan City, Western Samar Chapter, Social Security System, and other government agencies.

An oath-taking among members of the Local Council of Women was also conducted during the said congress led by no less than City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, who is a strong advocate of women empowerment.

Mayor Step encouraged everyone especially fellow women to be strong partners, not just of their respective families but of the community as well further emphasizing the important role that women play in our society.

She further emphasized that this activity was part of her commitment to Catbaloganons of bringing in closer the social services that the local government is mandated to deliver to all people through her “City Hall at your Doorstep” program.

(Photos by Roldz Larios; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Catbalogan Buntis Congress gathers for Women’s Month celebration

Almost 200 pregnant mothers flocked Barangay Guinsorongan Covered Court this morning, March 21, 2018 for the Buntis Congress in celebration of the 2018 Women’s Month led organized by this city government through the Catbalogan Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System.

Led by no less Catbalogan City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, she emphasized her administration’s commitment of delivering accessible and available basic services to all Catbaloganons anchored on her “City Hall at your Doorstep” program.

Before giving out buntis kits that contained essential items for mothers, Mayor Step strongly encouraged the mothers to avail of the free maternal services being offered at the City Health Office, which banners one of her pillars of development dubbed as “Serbisyo panlawas papakusgon”.

Attendees of the said congress were also able to avail of free manicure, pedicure, massage and haircut courtesy of TESDA Samar; free seedlings were also distributed by the City Agriculture’s Office; free negosyo assistance service courtesy of DTI.Samar; live birth registration through the City Civil Registrar’s Office; orientation on prenatal services, expanded program on immunization and postnatal services by the City Health Office; and an orientation on responsible parenthood and family planning courtesy of the City Population Office.

Anchored on this year’s Women’s Month celebration, the theme “We Make Change Work for Women” highlights the empowerment of women as active contributors to and claimholders of development as well as anchored on the commitment of “Malasakit at Pagbabago” or True Compassion and Real Change.

(Photos by Roldan John Larios and Bambie Espino; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Catbalogan Women’s Congress 2018

In celebration of the 2018 Women’s Month, the City Government of Catbalogan through the City GAD Focal Point System is organizing the Women’s Congress on March 22, 2018 at Samar Provincial Covered Court and to commence at 08:00 AM.

Hear inspiring words from women of various backgrounds and who excelled in their respective careers and avail various services at the event.

Because “Women Make Change”, this activity is spearheaded by no less than City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan who strongly advocates for engagement and empowerment of women in our local communities.

Presidential Proclamation No. 227 series of 1988 provides for the observance of the month of March as Women’s Role in History Month; RA 6949 series of 1990 declares March 8 of every year as National Women’s Day; and Presidential Proclamation No. 224 series of 1988 declares the first week of March of each year as Women’s Week.

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Catbalogan Buntis Congress 2018

Calling all pregnant women, this is your day!

Join the City Government of Catbalogan through its Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System for the 2018 Buntis Congress on March 21, 2018 by 08:00AM at Barangay Guinsorongan Covered Court.

Because “We Make Change Work for Women”, the said congress is being organized in celebration of the 2018 Women’s Month highlighting the role of women and their empowerment as active contributors the communities’ sustainable development.

This also form part of the thrust of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan of bringing the government services to the people through her “City Hall at your Doorstep” program, a more accessible and available local government.

(Photo and Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Catbalogan Buri Airport now operational thanks to Air Juan

“Kun magkaka-urusa kita ngatanan, waray hingyap nga deri makakab-utan.”

This was the statement of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan during last Saturday’s grand launching of the operationalization of Catbalogan City’s Buri Airport where domestic airline company Air Juan will fly to and from the queen city of the south, Cebu City.

No less than Presidential Management Staff Undersecretary Ferdinand “Andy” Cui, Jr., who is a fellow Catbaloganon extended the strong support of the national government under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte through the government agencies of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

Usec Cui revealed that in order for Catbalogan airport to be able to accommodate bigger airplanes and more destinations, it must be able to extend its existing 1.2 km airstrip length to 1.5 km and for this, the national government is ready to fund this infrastructure project.

Air Juan’s President, Mr. John Gutierrez further assured their commitment of bringing in more flights and other destinations within their coverage in order to create new and memorable leisure experiences for Filipinos and visitors to our country believing that Catbalogan has the great potential being Samar island’s main capital.

Catbalogan City is their first destination in the island of Samar, following after the opening of Biliran and Maasin routes in 2017 and now also connecting to Ormoc City all bound for Cebu.

The Provincial Government of Samar represented by Board Member Nancy Rosales extended its full support of Governor Sharee Ann Tan to the airport’s operationalization, which complements its recently-held national lunching of Spark Samar tourism campaign that is geared towards bringing in more tourists and investors to our beautiful island thereby contributing to socio-economic development.

Catbalogan Buri Airport is situated at Buri Island, some 6km away from the downtown area and is home to 3 barangays, namely: Barangays Estaka, Cabugawan and San Roque comprising roughly more than 2,000 population total.

Buri Island is positioned as an ecotourism destination of Catbalogan City under its Sustainable Tourism and Ecological Protection program of both the Offices of City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office and the Environment and Natural Resources.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Blood Donation for First Quarter of 2018

A voluntary blood donation program dubbed as “Dugo hin Paglaum para ha mga Catbaloganon” is currently being held today March 12, 2018 at Cocina de Cabral, Catbalogan City.

This regular program is geared towards ensuring the availability of fresh blood products for the utilization of those who are in immediate need of blood transfusion.

The City Government of Catbalogan through the leadership of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan is continuously committed to support.

(Photos by Oscar delos Reyes, Article by Roldan Jon Larios)

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Sinulog award received in Catbalogan after an awarding mishap

And the award was rightfully given to Catbalogan City thanks to Mr. Jess Anthony dela Cruz, Program Director of the Sinulog Festival 2018 during their personal visit to the Office of the City Mayor today, March 12, 2018 here in Catbalogan City.

The award, which was the “Best in Festival
Costume” was originally awarded to Ms. Daanbantayan last January 19, 2018 only to be revealed later on January 21, 2018 that said award rightfully belonged to our festival queen, Ms. Mary Faith Tan-Voz Libres during the claiming of prizes at Sinulog Foundation, Inc. in Cebu City.

Ms. Libres who won as 1st Runner-Up in the 2018 Sinulog Festival Queen Competition also bagged the “Best in Solo Performance” and the “Best in Group Presentation” awards.

Mr. dela Cruz who personally handed the trophy, sash and an additional cash prize to Ms. Libres extended its sincerest apology on behalf of Sinulog Foundation Inc. to Catbalogan City for the mishap and even brought the actual tabulation sheets of the said competition as proof of the final results.

It was also revealed that a separate press release will be published by the Foundation to rectify the said mistake.

City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan warmly welcomed the gesture of the Foundation to correct the mistake and somehow eliminate all doubts regarding the said competition and further assured the support of Catbalogan City through Tribu Katbalaugan in future competitions.

City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Officer, Mr. Ador Hurtado who was the Contingent Coordinator during this year’s participation to Sinulog Festival shared that Tribu Katbalaugan may not be joining in 2019 not because of the recent mishap but due to its plan of participating an international cultural festival happening soon.

Catbalogan City won 1st Runner-Up in the Street Dancing competition and a 2nd Runner-Up finish in the Ritual Dance competition under the Free Interpretation (FI) category during this year’s Sinulog Festival, which was its fourth year in-a-row participation to one of the country’s grandest festival.

It was earlier announced that Catbalogan will be taking a hiatus in the forthcoming Sinulog in order to reflect, rediscover and perhaps to rebrand Tribu Katbalaugan — Catbalogan’s official festival contingent.

(Photos by Blendz Tuazon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Catbalogan supports national launch of Spark Samar

Catbalogan City Government through City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan extends full support to the Provincial Government of Samar during its national launching of Spark Samar Travel Fair 2018 today, March 09, 2018 here at SM Megamall.

Initially launched in 2015 as a tourism campaign, Spark Samar was remodeled and now being used as a development brand of the provincial government geared towards social-economic development of marginalized sectors of the communities.

Present during the said event were officials from the Department of Tourism(DOT), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as well as the different mayors of the local governments units under the province.

The purpose of the two-day travel fair was to generate more awareness of Samar Province and in turn generate more tourist arrivals and investments while protecting the natural resources of the island.

Catbalogan City being the provincial capital of Samar, positions as the jump-off point of all destinations of the program having the most number of tourism establishments like hotels and restaurants while serving as the economic center with the most number of banks, money remittances and others.

Because the spark was ignited, you will indeed experience the captivating fun that can only be found in Catbalogan!

(Photos by Ador Hurtado, Roldan Larios, Blendz Tuazon & Dennis Cosmod; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Air Juan tests flight at Catbalogan Airport

Today, March 06, 2018, officers of Air Juan and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) were in Catbalogan Buri Airport for its TEST FLIGHT prior to its official maiden flight scheduled next week.
The group flew in from Cebu City via Biliran, which took around more than an hour with the said stopover.
It was revealed that if any schedule bound to and from Catbalogan will be booked in full, there will be no need to stop at Biliran and thus would only take fifty (50) minutes for the whole direct trip.
Impressed with the stunning view of the whole island and the good condition of the airport compared to other airports where they operate, the assessing representatives from CAAP and from Air Juan only requested that all entry and exit points around the airport must be closed for at least an hour before any scheduled flights to avoid any untoward incidents.
This was further emphasized because they are positive that although there will be just two (2) flights per week for now, the frequency may increase and may even include other destinations in the coming months.
Present during the assessment were local representatives from the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Catbalogan City Auxillary Traffic Brigade – CCATB, and from the Office of the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information who facilitated the activity.
The Air Juan maiden flight is scheduled on March 17, 2018 and scheduled flights will be every Saturdays and Mondays of every week and complete air fares and other details at (
(Photos by Blendz Tuazon; Article by Ador Hurtado)
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