Discover the City of Catbalogan! A mouth-watering cuisine... The colorful tradition and festivities... Embark on an exhilirating adventure... Indulge the perfect bliss of calm and comfort... And a bit of everything...
Discover the City of Catbalogan!1 A mouth-watering cuisine...2 The colorful tradition and festivities...3 Embark on an exhilirating adventure...4 Indulge the perfect bliss of calm and comfort...5 And a bit of everything...6

Catbalogan opens Eco Park prior to Earth Day 2018 celebration

As a prelude to the 2018 Earth Day celebration, the City Government of Catbalogan held its soft launching of the Cabugawan Eco Park at Barangay Cabugawan, Buri Island, this City last Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Led by no less than City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan during the said soft launching, the eco park highlights the 3-hectare mangrove area made accessible through the 350-meter-boardwalk that stretches around the protected area with three gazebos, which will serve as a pitstop during eco-educational tours inside the park to be coordinated by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office.

The said eco park in Barangay Cabugawan will be managed by the barangay government and is part of the ecotourism program of the city through its Sustainable Tourism and Ecological Protection (STEP) Program under the Office of the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information.

The said program covers the whole island of Buri as included in the Buri Island Development Plan made in partnership with the Samar State University (SSU).

According to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), mangroves and their ecosystem is important because they are home to a variety of marine life including plant species as well as a primary coastal protection for communities.

According to WWF, more than 35% of the world’s mangroves are already gone, which figures is as high as 50% in countries such as India, the Philippines, and Vietnam, while in the Americas they are being cleared at a rate faster than tropical rainforests.

With this effort of the city government to not just protect the mangroves but to emphasize and highlight its importance, the eco park will also be a source of livelihood and employment for residents of Barangay Cabugawan through this social enterprise.

(Photos from City Mayor’s FB Page; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Mayor Stephany featured on 2017 UCLG annual report

Our very own City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan was featured in the annual report for 2017 of the UCLG ASPAC – United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific under its highlights section for the topic “Women Leadership”.

Catbalogan City, being an active member of the network and after hosting the Executive Bureau (ExBu) Meeting and Asia Pacific Conference in Catbalogan City last April 2017, Mayor Step was elected as the Co-Chair for the Standing Committee of UCLG ASPAC.

UCLG is a worldwide association, and the only local government organization recognized by the United Nations. It nominates 10 out of 20 members of the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA), the first formal advisory body of local authorities affiliated with the UN.

The Asia and Pacific region is the biggest of the Regional Sections in UCLG with linkages to more than 7,000 local governments. It represents well over 3.76 billion people- making up more than half of the world’s population– and incorporates economically fast developing countries such as China, India, and Indonesia.

(Report by Ador Hurtado)

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Catbalogan to celebrate 2018 Earth Day with Climate Reality Project Philippines

The City Government of Catbalogan in partnership with the Climate Change Commission PH and The Climate Reality Project Philippines is celebrating the 2018 Earth Day on April 22, 2018 with the following activities:

– Jog-Bike-Walk for Earth (05:30 AM at City Plaza)
– Earth Bus: Biyaheng Kalikasan (06:00 AM onwards at City Plaza)
– Climate Reality Connectors Training (01:00 PM onwards at Lucas Wharf)
– Campus Corps Program (01:00 PM onwards at SP Session Hall)
– Public Film Showing of “Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (06:30 PM onwards at City Plaza)

And on April 21, 2018 (Sunday) will be the Soft Launching of Mangrove Boardwalk and School-Based Solid Waste Management at Barangay Cabugawan, Buri Island.

This year’s Earth Day theme is “End Plastic Pollution”, which emphasizes the call to change human attitude and behavior about plastics that threatens the survival of of our planet and humanity as a whole.

Join us in the fight against plastic pollution!

(Article by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #earthday #endplasticpollution #earthday2018#stepforwardcatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan #kasugbongkatbalogan

Catbalogan City back on track in championing nutrition program

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Regional Office 8, Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) recently conducted a 2-day Monitoring & Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) of Catbalogan City Nutrition Program implementation, last April 11-12, 2018.

The Team was headed by Ms. Ullasini J. Pangan, NNC RO 8 Manager; Mr. Antonio Pueblos and Ms. Cecilia Tibo from the Media Group HIMSOG-8; Ms. Alba Gadin, Samar Provincial Nutrition Action Officer; and Ms. Divina L. Piscos, DOH Representative.

The objective of MELLPI Monitoring & Evaluation is to 1.) Assess the efficiency of local level plan implementation, as indicated by the outreach activities undertaken relative to the local nutrition action plan, funds expanded as well as the management and support given by the local executives and other implementing agencies; 2.) Measure changes in weight status of preschool and school children; 3.) determine the extent to which nutrition is integrated into local development plans and programs;
4.) advocate for continuing support to local nutrition programs, and 5.) Provide technical support

As reflected from their assessment report, some elements of Catbalogan City’s intervention are commendable and some needed improvement. Hence, recommendations were endorsed to Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan for her and the City Nutrition Council’s implementation.

“Ini usa nga pagpapamatuod nga an malnutrition kaya naton masolbar pinaagi han paghatag hin pundo para han mga program, pag-implementar kaupod an aton City Nutrition Council (CNC) nga kaugop naton an mga Barangay Nutrition Schoolar (BNS) ha mga barangay,” Mayor Step shares.

“Catbalogan City is back on track in championing nutrition program,” as shared by National Nutrition Council Region VIII.

(Photos by report by Ms. Elizabeth Velasco)

#catbalogancity #citynutritioncouncil #nutrition #stepforwardcatbalogan#captivatingcatbalogan

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)

#catbalogancity #charteranniversary #stepforwardcatbalogan#kasugbongkatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan #11thanniversary#environmentmonth #celebrateseamonth


City Youth Office to hold 2nd Mayor Step Summer Sports Clinic

Spearheaded by the Catbalogan City Youth Development Office, register now your kids for the 2nd Mayor Step Summer Sports Clinic at the City Hall Lobby.

In partnership with the City Sports Development Council, the following are the available sports for the summer clinics:
– Basketball
– Volleyball
– Badminton
– Table Tennis
– Lawn Tennis
– Track and Field
– Baseball
– Softball
– Swimming
– Boxing
– Taekwondo
– Arnis
– Archery
– Chess

City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan believes that through sports, young people will not only development their physical strength but also learn life values and skills like sportsmanship, camaraderie, strategizing, and others.

“Usa ini nga oportunidad nga mayda mahibaruan an aton mga kabataan pinaagi ha sports labi na yana nga waray na mga klase an mga eskwelahan,” Mayor Step shares.

The said sports will be conducted at different locations in the city both private and public spaces also in partnership with various stakeholders.

This was the output during the conducted sports forum with coaches, trainers and sports enthusiasts, who themselves will assist the enrollees in the said clinic.

Registration will last until April 14, 2018 at the City Hall Lobby and the opening ceremony will be on April 23, 2018.

For more details, you may contact the Office of the City Mayor at (055) 543 8000 or Ms. Carlynne Lim at 0916-702-8781 / 0908-585-0509.

(Photo by John Forbes; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Catbalogan celebrates 2018 Philippine Veterans Week

In celebration of the 2018 Philippine Veterans Week (PVW), we have publicly played today and will replay tomorrow evening the documentary on General Douglas MacArthur and a separate documentary on the second world war veterans from Eastern Visayas provided by DOT Eastern Visayas.

This was the same films played during the DOT Eastern Visayas Showcase last March 2018 at DOT Central Office in Makati City as the whole region prepares for the 75th Leyte Gulf Landings Anniversary Commemoration this October 2019.

The Battle of Leyte Gulf is generally considered to have been the largest naval battle of World War II and, by some criteria, possibly the largest naval battle in history. Although only a local holiday in Leyte, the Leyte Landing is commemorated every year on the same date by Filipinos and World War II veterans. The Leyte Landing Anniversary reminds us the landing of General Douglas MacArthur and his troops in Leyte as well as his famous words, “I have returned.”

This year’s PVW celebration is anchored on the theme “Kagitingan at Pagmamahal sa Pilipinas Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago”, which aims to revive KAGITINGAN or the culture of heroism and love for country, to strengthen our citizens’ collective sense of national pride and patriotism, and prepare the Filipino youth as they become our future defenders and leaders who emulate the valor our veterans demonstrated, which this valor will serve as a guide to achieve lasting peace and progress.

“An aton tim-os nga pagpapasalamat han aton mga veterans nga dako kaupay an nahibulig han paglutas han aton nasod han panahon han giyera”, Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan shares.

She further emphasized that “being heroes in today’s world need not always end in bloodshed but everyday, our people battle social issues of poverty, ignorance and even disinformation and we must always fight for our rights and for our people.”

Happy Veterans Week!

(Photos by Ador Hurtado & Adine Mabag; Article by Ador Hurtado)

#pvw2018 #philippineveteransweek #catbalogancity #stepforwardcatbalogan#captivatingcatbalogan #kasugbongkatbalogan #kadaankatbalogan


BIR opens satellite office in Catbalogan City

Through the relentless efforts of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, Catbalogan City has now a satellite office of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) now located at Barangay Mercedes, this City.

Yesterday, April 06, 2018 was the inaugural ceremony of the said satellite office, which can now accept related transactions wherein taxpayers and business owners need not travel far just to transact their concerns.

This is a big relief to small businesses and even to fellow government offices and agencies that transacts with BIR because it would entail lesser traveling cost and lesser travel time for all.

“Dako kaupay ini hiya nga bulig para han aton mga Catbaloganon ug mga Samarnon ha hagrani nga mga munisipyo nga makapag-transaksyon ha hirani nga lugar para makaminos hin gasto hin pasahe kumadto ha hirayo nga opisina,” Mayor Step shares.

The new satellite office of BIR is conveniently located at the former warehouse of Pepsi-Cola Company just across QT Gasoline Station.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #bir #satelliteoffice #stepforwardcatbalogan

Easter Sunday 2018

Easter, also called Pascha (Greek, Latin) or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD.

It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

#eastersunday #sunday #resurrection #holyweek2018 #catbalogancity#kamatinumanonkatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan #kulturakatbalogan

Semana Santa 2018

Various communication groups along with our police force are strategically assigned in different locations in the city as more people are expected to gather during this year’s Holy Week.

Our City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) including our local DRRM council members are available 24/7 to respond to any emergencies.

It is expected to swell up to several thousands on Friday as people gathers for the Good Friday Procession, which has been a yearly tradition of procession of beautifully adorned carros and carrozas depicting the passion and death of Jesus Christ.

On Saturday morning where the long tradition of ‘Estacion Publico’ is held along major streets of the city, more people are also expected to attend.

“Thank you to all the reliable men and women who are keeping Catbalogan City safe and secured”, City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan shares.

‘Semana Santa’ or Holy Week is one of the religious traditions in Catbalogan that has been practiced since the Spanish times and has been carried to the present with the same piety and reverence.

Catbalogan City and the Church of St. Bartholomew the Apostle has celebrated in 2016 its 400th year anniversary as the cabecera or capital of the whole island of Samar and the residencia and mission center of the Jesuit missionary since 1616.

(Photos and Article by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #holyweek2018 #semanasanta2018 #cdrrmo #ldrrmc#stepforwardcatbalogan #kasugbongkatbalogan