Christmas is the most awaited event of the year and what better way to celebrate the Yuletide Season, but to highlight the color and flavor of Tagbilaran. The Tagbilaran City Council for the Culture and the Arts (TCCCA) spearheaded a three-day Christmas Festival showcasing the food, fashion, and flair of all the 15 barangays. The “Lutong Bahay Noche Buena Special Cooking Contest” featured native foods and special dishes. All the barangays participated. While the Miniature Belen Contest highlighted the artistry of the Tagbilaranons, the competition encouraged the participants to use indigenous material to come up with an artful imagery featuring the Blessed Family. Brgy. Taloto won the competition, followed by Brgy. Tiptip, and Ubujan. The Indigenous Christmas Costume Construction Contest was also opened to all barangays. The objectives of which was to instill awareness to the community that everybody can contribute meaningfully in the economic aspect of the community through creating marketable products; showcase the youth’s designing skills through indigenous Christmas Costume Construction contest, appreciate the creativity of young individuals in constructing the costume through the modeling of finished products, and appreciate the culture of the barangay through its artistic design. The work will be judged according to its workmanship, accuracy, speed, and modeling. First prize went to Brgy. Bool, followed by Brgy. Poblacion 2, and Brgy. Taloto. Prof. Joshibiah Gaa De Juan also showcased the talented Chorale Groups from Tagbilaran City led by the Tagbilaran City Government Chorale, HNU Chorale, Major Melody Choir, Himig Diwa, DCPNHS Vocal Music, and the Tagbilaran City Children’s Choir.
City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap has been giving out his all-out support to the initiatives of the TCCCA, “Culture and heritage are an important part of development. The more we are aware of our culture, the more engaged we become. It is always wise to remember that our cultures define our existence and make us who we are. It should be passed on from generation to generation. Our cultural background should never fade into oblivion. A world without cultural diversity will not be as colorful as it is now”, Yap said.
Tagbilaran City is taking disaster risk reduction and management to a new level. A new facility will soon rise in Brgy. Dampas which would be the base of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management’s (CDRRM) 24-hour operations. The new facility will have parking bays for the emergency response vehicles, quarters for its responders, a training hall, offices for the different units of the CDRRMO, and bigger Command Center. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap has taken disaster management seriously since his assumption in office. CCTVs were installed in the strategic entry and exit points in the City. All the public elementary and high schools followed suit. A command center was also constructed equipped with a state-of-the-art communication facility. Mayor Yap also acquired responder vehicles such as the search and rescue truck, water tanker, and ambulances to complete the rescue team of the City. And as to affirm all the hard work which the City has been doing, the Tagbilaran City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRM) was awarded as the CHAMPION in the 21st Regional Gawad Kalasag City DRRM Council Category. Gawad Kalasag or the “Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan”, is the country’s premier annual awards for outstanding contributions in the field of disaster risk reduction and management, and humanitarian assistance. The concept of Gawad Kalasag was adopted from the Filipino term ‘to shield’ which was used by early Filipinos as a means of protection from attacks of enemies or harmful animals. The Gawad Kalasag was established to give recognition or honor to various stakeholders who design and implement the DRMM programs aimed at protecting and shielding various communities against disasters.
Tagbilaran DRRM Action Officer Gerard Lavadia said the award is a testament of the unit’s continuing effort to improve its mandate, “This is a great manifestation that our beloved Tagbilaran City is improving when it comes to prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, and rehabilitation. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our responders, administrative personnel, officers, and to our CDRRMC Chair, Mayor Baba Yap for their hard work and perseverance in delivering quality service to the people of Tagbilaran City. We will do more and share more with our community the essence of true service. Our willingness to serve is not just being measured by any awards, but rest assured that we will always strive to give excellent service to our people, our beloved Tagbilaran City”, Lavadia said.
With the completion of the New DRRM Operations Center soon, disaster risk reduction and emergency management in Tagbilaran City can cater better to its constituents.
the first time in history, the City Government acquired the new 3 DRRM Honda
PCX Motorcycles which will be used to respond to emergencies under the City
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. These motorcycles will help the
CDRRMO responders for a more effective and efficient response specially to
places not accessible by our ambulance. The public are also encouraged to help the CDRRMO responders to give way to responder
vehicles on the road during emergencies.
The streamlined business permits application will start January 2 until January 20, 2020. According to Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) Head Samuel Belderol, no extension will be provided to the registrants. Tagbilaran City businessmen showed prompt and responsible demeanor towards the ruling. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap who has been very supportive in the establishment of business-friendly environment in the City is thankful to the support and cooperation of business owners, “The proactive partnership between the business sector and the City Government is a synergy which would greatly contribute to the development of Tagbilaran. The increase in business income would translate to more services and programs, intended to capacitate and empower the Tagbilaranons,” said Mayor Yap.
The business permitting system which was streamlined from 14 to 3 steps requires the business owners to complete the pre-business registration which means complying with all the documentary requirements before actually starting the business permit application. For new businesses, the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) will look for the certificate of registration from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), certificate of occupancy or lessor’s permit for rented buildings or contract of lease for market occupants, whichever is applicable, and barangay clearance. The City Health Office (CHO) will require the Mayor’s Permit, billing statement from the City Treasurer’s Office and laboratory results of both x-ray and stool. The City Assessor’s will look for the photocopy of the lot where the business is located and tax declaration of the building, the City Treasurer on one hand, will look for the Property identification Number (PIN) and tax clearance. The Office of the Building Official (OBO) will require the certificate of occupancy, but for old buildings (those which existed since 1978 and below), submission of a certification from licensed structural experts are needed. For the Bureau of Fire, new businesses need to fill out the unified application form with the assessment of fees, official receipt of real property tax and certificate of occupancy from OBO.
While the pre-registration requirements for renewal of business permits, the submission of barangay clearance, latest income tax return, Mayor’s Permit, sanitary permit, latest tax declaration of the building, tax clearance, OBO clearance and Fire Safety Inspection Certificate (FSIC) are required. If applicants for business permits comply with the pre-business registration procedures, the release of permits would only take a day or two. The BPLO with the assistance from the USAID-SURGE would also undertake an assessment through on-the-spot surveys to evaluate the effectiveness of the streamlined process, the results of which, will be integrated to continuously improve Tagbilaran City’s business registration system.
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.