Free Spay and Neuter for Cats and Dogs along with free rabies vaccines, free deworming, and free vitamins were the highlight of Tagbilaran City’s observance of the Rabies Awareness Day. Held in Barangay Poblacion II, the event drumbeat the importance of keeping our beloved cats and dog healthy and rabies-free. Under the lead of Dr. Victoria Limbaga, the veterinary medical mission encourages all pet owners to avail of the free services. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap’s all-out support to this activity has been evident for five years now.
Throngs of people converged in Plaza Rizal to make a stand for the Filipino Family, carrying banners with family-themed messages. Various groups and organizations led by the City Government employees and personnel woke up early to join the ecumenical prayer followed by the fun walk going to Palma Street, then to Gallares, then finally converging in Plaza Rizal. Food stalls are waiting to meet the hungry palates of the volunteers. The affair was keynoted by the City Government’s Family of the Year awardee, Former Vice-Governor Atty. Dionisio Balite, “Be humble, be honest, and always make time for God”, emphasized Atty. Balite. The message centered on the guiding principles which nurtured the Balite Family through the years.
The winners during the week-long contests were also awarded led by the winner in the 30-seconder infomercial led by the first placer Cogon High School Evening Class, followed by the Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School, and the Holy Name University. The On-the-Spot Essay Writing was conquered by Extemporaneous Speaking was conquered by Bohol Wisdom School Jeska Aaliyah Ocio, Bohol International College Marah Doreen Lerin, and Tagbilaran City Science High School Jarius Zim Pasagad respectively, while the 1st place in the Poster Making Contest was bagged by the Tagbilaran City Central Special Science Elementary School Samantha Dee Requina, 2nd place from Booy Elementary School Kristel Mae Bompat, and 3rd place from Eastern Cogon Elementary School Nicole Duquilla. The Extemporaneous Speaking Senior High Category went to Tagbilaran City Science High School Chen Lomosbog for the 1st place, Holy Name University Geoanne Alyzandra Estrada for the 2nd place, and the Holy Spirit School of Tagbilaran John Christian Buaya for the 3rd place. The Tertiary Category (College) was given to the Holy Name University Peter Wald Saguirel II for the top spot, BISU Main Shaira Jean Jumawid for the 2nd spot, and Tagbilaran City College Cherry Mae Pepito for the 3rd spot. The Jingle-Making Contest aspirants gave an actual performance before its chief judge, Prof. Joshibiah Gaa De Juan. The Tagbilaran City Assembly of God Church won the 1st prize, followed by the Holy Name University, and the Tagbilaran High School – Hearing Impaired respectively.
Acting City Administrator Cathelyn Torremocha thanked all the sponsors led by the DIWA Party List, Chocolate Hills Lions Club, Rotary Club, JCI Phils, Bohol Paddlers, Kiwanis Club, Monde Nissin Corp, SMART, Nestle Phils, Yakult, Nature Spring, BISU Drum and Bugle, DCPNHS Drum and Bugle, HSS Glee and Dance Club, and the Provincial Government of Bohol.
Committee Chair on Ways and Means City Councilor Joseph Bompat convened the public hearing for the Setting of the Environment Usage Fees for the Operation and Maintenance of the Septage Management System in the City of Tagbilaran. Attended by the various stakeholders from Tagbilaran City, the ordinance aims to comply with the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 and thereby ensure the sustainability of water and water safety in Tagbilaran City. The Septage Management Team led by Beben Inting, Ceasar Pelaez, Engr. Estella Margate, and Glenda Maniwang made the presentation. USAID-SURGE Madeleine Sinon, City Councilors Jonas Cacho, Atty. Butchie Zamora, and Vicente Polinar were also in attendance, along with ABC President Fausto Budlong, Punong Barangays Mary Jane Ruiz of Ubujan and Bernadette Blanco of Mansasa.
Tagbilaranon athletes who won in the National Batang Pinoy held in Puerto Princesa paid a courtesy call to City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap. GOLD MEDALISTS were weightlifters Kiesha Mae Felisilda, Carl Joseph Paparon, and Track and Fielder Vincent Al Nino Sarabia, SILVER MEDALISTS were weightlifters Maricar Paparon, Mekinley Claise Dolanas, April Dorango, and swimmer Anthony Jude Presas, BRONZE MEDALISTS were weightlifters James Albert Ramos and Nicol Bitco. Congratulations!
Young and enterprising, the 4H club of the Manga National High School (MNHS) bagged this year Outstanding Farmers Organization award conferred by the Department of Agriculture, Region 7. The award automatically qualifies the group to compete in the national level. The group coordinator Pablita Cabarles was also awarded for her technical expertise. MNHS School Principal Grace Marie Campos said the priority given by the school to aquaculture, agriculture, and animal husbandry has its rewards, “We have received a lot of awards from local, regional, and national organizations. The training received by the students from the City Agriculture Office, ATI, BFAR, and other agencies have definitely empowered them to carry the day-to-day requirements of project”, said Campos. To date, the MNHS garden carries a small farm using containers. The mini-farm also has hogs, chicken, and goats. The students also tried Mushroom Production. Mark Vincent Arabejo, Kyle Ambid, and Ruth Bendanillo, the students behind the 4H club manages the mini-farm from day-to-day.
The Gawad Saka is the most prestigious award given by the Department of Agriculture for outstanding individuals, farmers and fisher folks, as well as rural-based organizations, for their exemplary contributions to the advancement of the agriculture and fishery sectors. The DA emphasized the vital role of agricultural production to sustain food supply for Filipinos. The DA also thanked the farmers in Central Visayas for the contribution to the national gross agricultural production particularly Bohol. The Gawad Saka Award is an incentive program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to encourage the present and future generations to always find ways to expand their capabilities, innovate and make mark in agriculture and continue serving as contributors to food security.