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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 City launches localization of sustainable development goals

As a grand finale to the two-day conference, delegates and foreign guests were treated to a night of culture, advocacy and commitment during the Mayor’s Night last December 08, 2017 at the City Plaza.

Traditional songs, dances and cultural performances served as the prelude to the major event of the night, which was the launching of Catbalogan City’s Localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and was formally introduced by no less than City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan who was at the forefront of the advocacy.

Dubbed as “An 17 nga Turumanon han kada Catbaloganon”, which relates to the 17 goals that all nations of the world has committed to achieve by 2030, Mayor Step shared her passion towards these advocacies and in order to equally share this passion among all Catbaloganon, localizing it to the words and aspects that are understandable and relatable is the effective way and ultimately contribute to its achievement.

“Let us make everything tangible to our people. I want each and everyone of us to take part and you cannot take part in something you don’t understand. That is why I want people not to run before me, I want all Catbaloganon to run beside me,” Mayor Step shares.

She further emphasizes that “Catbalogan may be just a small city to the world, but we are still part of this global commitment and we are also vulnerable to this challenges.”

Catbalogan and Mayor Step has always been the lead in the region in terms of climate change adaption and mitigation, disaster risk reduction, and sustainable development through local implementation of various international commitments through its international networks and memberships.

The said conference was hosted by the city government in partnership with Team 54 Project and The Climate Reality Project.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon & Angelo Tizon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Second day of international climate change conference ends with rich sharing

The second and last day of the “Kasugbong Kalibutan: International Climate Change Conference” was highlighted by renowned speakers from various relevant fields such as on urban planning, disaster resiliency, environmental management, educational support, and even on research on development.

Leading the list of speakers was Architect Felino Palafox, Jr. who is a world-renowned urban planner; Atty. Violeta Seva who is an advocate of ‘Making Cities Resilient Campaign’ of UNISDR; Ms. Eugenia Bautista of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office – Regional Office 8; Ms. Eden Dadap of the Department of Education – Regional Office 8; and Ms. Hillary Diane Andales of Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Eastern Visayas Campus who bested 11,000 young learners from 178 countries to bag the third annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge (BJC) Prize, earning over P20 million in prizes.

Catbalogan City hosted the two-day conference in partnership with Team 54 Project and The Climate Reality Project from December 07-08, 2017 at M Grand Royale Resort gathering more than 200 attendees from different sectors and fields advocating towards addressing climate change.

City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan further highlighted the conference with the launching of the ‘Localization of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)’, which served as a finale during the Mayor’s Night at the City Plaza.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon and Angelo Tizon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Climate Change Conference delegates parade around Catbalogan City

Delegates of the “Kasugbong Kalibutan: International Climate Change Conference” took to the streets of Catbalogan City to campaign for environmental awareness and reforms.

City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan led the climate walk as the main host of the said conference in partnership with Team 54 Project and Climate Reality Project.

The said walk started at the city plaza gathering more than 200 delegates and ended at the capitol grounds for a short program led by Climate Reality Project – Philippines Country Manager, Mr. Rodne Galicha.

The said international climate change conference was the first of its kind held in the whole region with Catbalogan City at the forefront of the advocacy.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Catbalogan City hosts international climate change conference

Converging under one relevant cause, the City of Catbalogan hosted the first-ever international climate change conference in partnership with Team 54 Project and Climate Reality Project.

Dubbed as “Kasugbong Kalibutan”, which literally translates to ‘global partner’, the conference theme emphasizes the significant role that everyone plays towards addressing the impacts of climate change.

Government workers and officials, students and from the academe as well non-government organizations and socio-civic groups attended the opening program last December 07, 2017 at M Grand Royale Resort, which was further highlighted with the esteemed speakers from Climate Reality Projects in India, Ms. Elsie Gabriel and the Philippines, Mr. Rodne Galicha as well as Earth warrior herself, Miss Earth 2017 – Ms. Karen Ibasco.

Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, being the host city, passionately shared her commitment towards environmental protection not just because of Catbalogan’s vulnerability to the impacts but because of deep concern for the place that we live in.

Being a member herself of the Compact of Mayors, which is a global coalition of city leaders committed to address climate change and prepare for future impacts, Catbalogan City has been at the forefront in these advocacies with various memberships such as UCLG ASPAC and ICLEI among others — committing globally and acting locally.

The second and last day of the conference is expected to bring in more nationally-acclaimed speakers as well as regional and local champions on climate change resiliency and environmental advocacy.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon & Angelo Tizon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Miss Earth 2017 visits Catbalogan’s catholic school

As a prelude to the “Kasugbong Kalibutan: International Climate Change Conference” happening tomorrow here in Catbalogan City, Miss Earth 2017, Ms. Karen Ibasco visited the youth environment leaders of St. Mary’s College of Catbalogan (SMCC) to campaign for environmental awareness specially for the young Earth warriors of Catbalogan.

The said conference is being hosted by the City Government of Catbalogan in partnership with Team 54 Project, which is an African initiative that raises awareness on the impacts and solutions to resolving climate change in Africa through a global perspective.

It will be from December 07-08, 2017 at M Grand Royale and will gather foreign and local environmental advocates and will be highlighted by the launching of Catbalogan City’s localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the strong initiative of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan.

(Photos by Michael Tuazon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Catbalogan City beefs up security for international conference

Security is being finalized as the local security committee plans the upcoming international conference.

The Samar Provincial and City Police Offices are equally securing the two-day event to be held at M Grand Royale Resort in partnership with Team 54 Project. “Kasugbong Kalibutan: International Climate Change Conference” will be the second international conference hosted by the city government following after the UCLG ASPAC Conference & Executive Bureau Meeting last April 2017.

2017 World AIDS Day

The City Government of Catbalogan through the Local AIDS Council (LAC) and in partnership with various local organizations is commemorating today, December 01, 2017 the 2017 World AIDS Day with our “REDvocacy Campaign”.

Several activities include school caravan, HIV prevention workshop among key affected sectors, condom distribution, community outreach, male intervention advocacy, tourism sites visitation, and other targeted activities.

These activities are geared towards raising awareness among key populations as well as increasing public attention to eradicate stigma and discrimination about this global concern.

City conducts massage training for island folks

Geared towards developing the workforce of the residents of Buri Island as initiated by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan as part of the Buri Island Development Plan, another skills training was conducted at Barangay Estaka in partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Samar Provincial Office.

The training, which was on “Basic Body Massage cum Entrepreneurial Development” was assisted by the Public Employment and Services Office (PESO) and ran from November 6-17, 2017 was able to equip more than twenty (20) residents who are now licensed by TESDA on the said specific skill.

Aimed at capacitating the interested constituents of the said barangay, the initiative is geared towards becoming an alternative livelihood for these residents as an answer to the increasing demand on massage service.

This initiative coincides with the plan of Mayor Step of developing the whole Buri Island as the next sports eco-tourism destination in the city with the highly-successful Buri Inflatable Water Park that was assisted by the city and the ongoing development of the Cabugawan Mangrove Eco-Park.

The city plans to put up more social enterprises that would help local residents be employed and while helping protect the rich biodiversity of the island.

Mayor Step believes that “in order to sustainably address poverty in the community, people must be equipped not just with financial capital but most importantly with the proper skills and attitude in order to economically and socially improve”.

(Photos and report provided by Ms. Maila de Guia; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Catbalogan prepares for 30th year commemoration of Doña Paz tragedy

Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan together with Ms. Charo Cabardo, co-chair of the Local Culture and Arts Council (LCAC), Ador Hurtado and Michael Labendia from the Office of the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information together with Catbaloganon sculptor, Mr. Joel Pragas later followed by City Councilor Beethoven “Bembot” Bermejo visited the Pieta Park, the only memorial of the deadliest peacetime maritime tragedy in history — the MV Doña Paz tragedy.

Scheduled to groundbreak next month is the planned renovation of the whole park just in time for the 30th year commemoration wherein a shrine is to be designed by Mr. Joel Pragas and a museum that will house related memories as well as the names of the claimed lives not just to remember the story but most importantly to remember the lessons of that part of Catbalogan’s past.

Mr. Pragas is also doing a Marian image to be erected at Barangay Mercedes in time for its 100th year fiesta celebration in 2019, in honor of Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes wherein Councilor Bermejo is part of the organizing committee.

“Ini nga mga buruhaton, deri la kanan ciudad na pangobyernuhan kundi kanan bug-os nga mga Catbaloganon; sanglit pag-urusa kita para matagan hin importansya an aton gin-agian para han tiarabot nga kabubuwason”, Mayor Step shares.

It was in December 20, 1987 when MV Doña Paz on its way to Manila with most passengers from Catbaloganon and nearby municipalities in Samar and Leyte, collided with oil tanker MV Vector that resulted to an explosion, later claiming more than 4,000 lives.

Mayor Step believes that it may have been a dark and tragic part of the city’s history, we must always look back and remember in order to forward hope despite all the adversities that may come our way. Because by remembering the past, we are reflecting on the present and readying for the future.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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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)

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