It was during the culmination program of the women’s month celebration that City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap announced the livelihood program for the women’s organization in Tagbilaran, “I fully recognize the valuable contributions of the women in the community. You serve as an anchor in your family, being the one who nurtures your children and look after the needs of your husbands. Your role in the community can also never be denied. You have been a major catalyst in the various programs of the City Government. Thus, it is my desire to empower and capacitate you through a micro-financing program. The City Government will give Php300,000.00 as capital in each of the women’s organization in every barangay. But you have to submit a financial plan detailing how you will utilize the financial assistance. You have to make sure that the project will be sustainable, so that the capital infusion given you will be recouped”, Yap said. Mayor Yap also took the opportunity to thank Deputy Speaker and Cong. Art Yap for the Php15 million financial assistance given to Tagbilaran City. The affair served as the culmination program for the Women’s Month Celebration in the City. Prior to the event, series of activities were already conducted to enrich the knowledge and skills of the women groups. Exposure trips, skills training, and a free manicure and pedicure session were held. Tagbilaran City Women’s Coordinator Margie Buhay thanked all the barangay women coordinators for their active participation.
It was an event buzzing with youthfulness and dynamism as City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap welcomed the Liga ng mga Barangay Congress delegates from the City of San Pablo, Laguna. Mayor Yap in his welcome message stressed the importance of the good governance in the barangays, “In the eyes of our constituents in the barangays, you are the closest thing that represents our government. It is your sincerity, dedication and service to your respective constituencies that will establish the trust between the people and the government. And when good governance and citizen mobilization come together, barangays become centers of progress and innovation,” Yap said.
It was an afternoon filled with beauty and confidence as the 15 lovely Mutya candidates showed off their grit during the mock pageant in Bohol Tropics Resort. No less than the pretty and glowing Mutya Chair Jane Yap welcomed the candidates, parents, barangay captains and guests in the occasion. Though 6 months on the family way, Yap supported the candidates and emphasized that Mutya has reinvented and redefined beauty through the years, “They are not just beautiful , they are here with a purpose in mind. Each candidate carries with her an advocacy which aims to impact the community”, Yap said. Three girls stood out in the event, Mutya sa Poblacion 3 Sheila Marie Fraser, Mutya sa San Isidro Kristine Joy Duterte, and Mutya sa Bool Fretzie Joyce Astronomo. Jonas Borces of Kagandahang Flores said these were the girls who truly exhibited the principles of the 3-day training on personality development, ramp walking, and communication skills. The results would not have any bearing in the grand coronation night. Events expert Joseph Alexis Cadelina directed the event. Columnist and blogger par excellence Raul Orimaco Gatal were also in attendance. The official candidates for the pageant are as follows, Fretzie Joyce Astronomo from Brgy. Bool; Carla Mae Telmo from Brgy. Booy; Alkalee Bangalao from Brgy. Cabawan; Dennissa Lorelle Owen from Brgy. Cogon; Celina Villoceno from Brgy. Dao; Kyle Bustamante from Brgy. Manga; Chariz Maricar Echavez from Brgy. Mansasa; Angel Ann Calimbayan from Brgy. Poblacion 1; Irah Farinas from Brgy. Poblacion 2; Sheila Marie Fraser from Brgy. Poblacion 3; Kristine Joy Duterte from Brgy. San Isidro; Andrhea Lanit from Brgy. Taloto; Maria Zandra Genieve Hontanosas from Brgy. Dampas; Irish Viviene Cruz from Brgy. Tiptip, and Gypsy Jhaira Balahay from Brgy. Ubujan.
Photo shows some of Tagbilaran City’s swimming champs, Anthony Jude Presas (right), a Grade 8 student from the Holy Name University who won 3 golds and 2 silvers and Charlynn Alyssa Romanos (left), a Grade 11 student from VDT who won 6 golds and 1 silver in Swimming in the recently concluded CVIRAA in Dumaguete City. Presas also won 4 golds and 2 silvers in the qualifying leg of Batang Pinoy Visayas in Iloilo. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap has always been fully supportive of the Tagbilaran delegation in CVIRAA and Batang Pinoy. The Local Chief Executive has regularly subsidized the athletes’ training, food, transportation, and uniform.
14 out of the 15 barangays in Tagbilaran City are now enjoying the benefits of a covered court, thanks to the dogged determination of City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap who have made infrastructure development a priority, “Our heavy investment in infrastructure development has opened many opportunities for Tagbilaran City. New businesses came in and tourist arrivals have increased. With that in mind, we would also concentrate in developing the infrastructure in the barangays, paving the way for opportunities to also come their way”, Yap said. Photo shows the newly-constructed covered court in Brgy. Ubujan with Mayor Yap, barangay officials of Ubujan led by its Brgy. Capt. Mary Jane Ruiz, San Isidro’s Brgy. Capt. Fausto Budlong, and Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Officer (PDRRMO) Anthony Damalerio.