Tagbilaran Cogon Market starts construction

The photo shows City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap, Punong Barangay Nick Besas, Kagawad Grace Melgar, LEIPO Head Beben Inting, Market Administrator Jun Besa, and City Engineer Teodoro Estoque during the groundbreaking and capsule laying ceremony for the construction of the New Cogon Market. The Php 30 million budget for the first phase of the project was given by Sen. Bong Go, while the City Government will finance the second phase which also amounts to Php30 million. The structural frame and basement parking will be the major points in the first phase of construction. In an interview, City Engineer Ted Estoque said that the equipment needed for the construction is now mobilized in the area. The excavation commenced last Saturday. Estoque also added that a temporary location was provided for all the vendors and carenderia stall owners affected by the project.  

Mayor Yap also emphasized that the design of the building which would be undertaken during the second phase will utilize elements to reinforce safety during this COVID-19 pandemic, “As we slowly reopen our economy in the wake of the pandemic, we will make sure that our facilities will incorporate building design and systems that can help control the spread of the disease. Ventilation will be a priority, physical distancing solutions like the use of acrylic shields and no-contact handles will be used. Handwashing stations will also be installed. All these safety measures will be considered to prevent infection and loss of productivity”, Yap said.

Gugma Tagbilaran gains support from the private sector

Tagbilaranons unite towards a noble cause — Gugma Tagbilaran. A project aimed at raising funds for the frontliners in Tagbilaran City. Tagbilaran City’s First Lady Jane Yap organized the initiative and has been gaining grounds these past few weeks. Many concerned private companies rallied behind the cause. To date, the financial assistance raked in more than 1 million pesos, aside from the in-kind donations such as the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) from Sec. Michael Dino and Senator Bong Go, Alcohol from Du Ek Sam, Face Masks from the First Consolidated Bank (FCB), and Face Shields from Yuri, Yasmin and Yannis Yap. Food donations are also pouring in, providing sustenance to the City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management staff, medical frontliners, barangay workers, and volunteers. To date, the initiative targets to deliver 500 PPEs to hospitals around Tagbilaran City.

Gugma Tagbilaran partnered with the private sectors in the City to provide medical grade PPEs, food care packages, face shield, masks, hygienic and reusable PPEs made of durable and waterproof material which you can disinfect. Gugma Tagbilaran already gave PPEs to Dr. Bong Lechago and Pulmonologist, Dr. Jesus Bryan Cepedoza. FL Yap saw the need to make the work place safe from hazards which would eventually make or break Tagbilaran City’s stance against COVID-19. The risks faced by the doctors and nurses are mitigated when safety is guaranteed.    

Truly, a major issue with the crisis we are facing today. Standing behind the needs of our medical doctors to arm themselves with the right protective gears as they battle in the frontlines against COVID-19 is crucial. For Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) Donations, you may contact Thea Parras at 0968-853-0908, while you can contact Bianca Olalo at 0908-816-5572 for food donations.

Photo shows Tagbilaran City’s First Lady Jane Yap handing out the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Christian Borja, one of the nurses from the Holy Name University Hospital. . 

Php49.8 million supplemental budget approved to combat COVID-19

          City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap got the full support of the 14th Sangguniang Panlungsod under City Vice-Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso to spur the initiatives of the City Government against COVID-19 when the august body approved the Php49.8 million supplemental budget last week. The ordinance, which is sponsored by Appropriations Committee Chair Jose Esteban Timoteo  Butalid, will source out funds from the Discontinued Projects, Savings from both Continuing and Current Appropriations, and other unappropriated surplus. City Budget Officer Marysol Perocho explained the funds during the session. Perocho said that the Php15.8 million will be spent for purchase of medicines, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the temporary hospital, medical supplies, disinfectants, food for patients, and furniture for the temporary hospital. The remaining Php34 million will be spent for cash assistance and purchase of food packs. The City Government also plans to provide additional relief packs and assistance to the Tagbilaranons, specifically those people whose livelihood were greatly affected by the pandemic.

           Further, the councilors also agreed with the statement of City Councilor Adam Relson Jala, that should the city need more funds, the council is willing to give up their travelling allowance. And Vice-Mayor Veloso also proposed to use the budget for the Legislative Building to augment the city’s measures against COVID-19.

Mayor Yap launches Mobile Kitchen

          To further boost the campaign of the City Government in alleviating the difficulties faced during this pandemic, City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap launched the Mobile Kitchen. This food truck will visit all the Urban Poor Associations in Tagbilaran City to provide nutritious food packs. Three (3) meal sets would be given to each family. Tagbilaran City’s First Lady Jane Yap also took the opportunity to distribute face masks to the recipients. Along with the Urban Poor Coordinator Jose Curso Pamaong, General Services Officer Dr. Chris John Rener Torralba, and City Events Officer Joseph Alexis Cadelina, the food truck had its maiden visit last Wednesday and distributed food packs to 14 urban poor associations in Tagbilaran. The next round of visit will cover the remaining urban poor associations in the City. 


         Frequent updates are also being done by the City Government to keep the people abreast with the latest information. Just recently, Mayor Yap also used the radio to keep people posted with the City’s various initiatives against COVID-19. In the City Government’s radio program, “Magpakabana”, anchored by Feby Ingking, Mayor Yap reminded the people on the importance of the Home Quarantine Pass or HQP, “Allow me to take this opportunity also to remind people nga ang atong home quarantine pass, mao gyud na ang atong gikinahanglan para makasod ta sa establishments nato. Kay ang tumong gyud ni Governor Art Yap, isa lang gyud ka family member ang makasod gyud sa mga groceries, para dili na gyud mag-guot didto and ma maintain gyud nato ang social distancing. So i-remind nato ang atoang mga kaigsuonan nga kinahanglan gyud ug home quarantine pass para makasod sa atong mga establishments”, emphasized Mayor Yap. The City Mayor also thanked the private sector for their generous donations to Gugma Tagbilaran, a project organized by FL Jane Yap to raise funds for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the frontliners, “I would also like to thank sa mga private sector nato nga naghatag pod sa drive ni Jane Yap para makapalit ug mga PPEs. Kay importante pod kaayo ni para sa proteksyon sa atong mga frontliners. Sa pagka-karon lisod pod kaayo maka procure sa mga PPEs, kinahanglanon gayod nato ang tabang. Nakita pod nato ang kooperasyon sa private sectors. Mag-set lang ta ug another time nga pasalamatan nato sila tanan, nga once makumpleto na gyud ni siya”, Yap said. When asked about the Social Amelioration Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Mayor Yap said that the City Government thru the 14th Sangguniang Panlungsod already approved a supplemental amelioration program fund to extend financial assistance worth Php4,000 to qualified SAP beneficiaries who were not extended aid due to limited DSWD funding.

New Tagbilaran DRRM Operations Center soon to rise

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.

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