The Tagbilaran City DepEd Division gathered
once again to celebrate its 16th Founding Anniversary themed with
“Sailing Stronger, Reaching Higher @ 16”. This annual fete is an occasion where
the City Division recognizes and affirms the valuable contribution of the public-school
teachers in the advancement of education in the City.
City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap in his
message underscored the proactive partnership of the City Government and the City
DepEd, “We in the city government will always be your faithful partner in
uplifting the quality of our education. We have the Special Education Fund to
finance the city’s various programs for education. To encourage more students to attend school,
we continue to provide our public-school students with free school supplies,
bags and school uniforms. We also
provide feeding programs, medical, dental, and laboratory supplies, various
tools for vocational programs, science equipment, sports equipment, and
incentives. Continuous improvement of
the school infrastructure is also our priority.
In fact, the construction of additional classrooms, covered courts and pavements
has been constantly on the move. I am happy to say that our partnership has
accomplished so much. With our unified effort, we hope to see a better future
for our children and our people as we work together for a progressive and
united Tagbilaran”, Yap said. Notable personnel from the Division attended the
event led by DepEd Region 7, Dr. Emerson Degamo, Governor Edgar Chatto, Cong. Rene
Relampagos, Former City DepEd Superintendent Dr. Virginia Zapanta, OIC-City DepEd
Superintendent Dr. Neri Ojastro, City SDS Dr. Marcelo Palispis, CID Chief Dr.
Elisea Dela Torre, and SGOD Chief Dr. Beatriz Luga.
has been trailblazed by the City Government last year, with the e-payments
being adopted by the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) and the City
Treasurer’s Office in all the payment of taxes. Two accredited banks, DBP and
Landbank, were tapped to partner with this endeavor. With the help of
USAID-SURGE, the project took off. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap signed a
Memorandum of Agreement with the external stakeholders to seal off the
commitment. Mayor Yap during his panel defense for the Most Business Friendly
award among the Philippine Camber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) judges
emphasized the value of e-payments, “Paying online is one of the innovations
that we have adopted in the City. We believe that it would be a game-changer in
the way we deal with our financial transactions”, Yap said.
To date, the
USAID e-Peso represented by Cheryl Balingit and Vicky Puzon conducted a two-day
training on how to promote paying online using social media platforms such as
Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Balingit reiterated the importance of paying
online in the first session, “With health, we know that our aim is to improve the
health conditions of an area. But for e-peso, why do we need to convert cash
into electronics? Because it can drive economic growth, paying online removes
frictions in the transaction. Like for example, big businesses need to transfer
money to the suppliers, the old practice is to use checks. But if you have a
way to transfer the money electronically, it will improve efficiency. Moreover,
e-payment accelerates financial inclusion, only 26% of the whole population
maintains a bank account, a large chunk of Filipinos remains unbanked. Even if
people are far from commercial institutions, they can still do banking with
e-payment. And I think the most obvious benefits of paying online is it
promotes safety, convenience, and transparency, said Balingit.
Latest data shows that the rate of e-payment
transactions in the Philippines is at 2%. Thus, intensive promotions are
undertaken to increase e-payment subscribers. Balingit said the aim is to improve
the enabling environment for e-payments, support the expansion of e-payment
infrastructure to increase the volume of e-payments transaction volume, and
expand e-payment adoption in partner cities. Communication and M & E
specialist Vicki Puzon that people have to change its perception with regards
to paying online. Issues surrounding its safety should be addressed. Thus,
Puzon said that before designing a campaign for e-payments, barriers must be
identified first to come up with solutions and address specific behaviors. Awareness
raising should start with the identification of the barriers and providing
logistical information to motivate people in trying out a new behavior. With
the advent of social media, Puzon said this would be an ideal platform to raise
awareness. To date, there are 124.2 million in the Philippines who have mobile
subscription and out of this number, 76 million are active users of social
Barangay Governance is an effective
jumping board to leverage our initiatives to a greater whole. If we want to
spur development, it is most crucial if we prioritize our barangays.
Notwithstanding its readiness amidst natural and man-made disasters. This was
the gist of the Liga Provincial Congress of Laguna held in Tagbilaran City. Led
by Laguna Vice-Governor Karen Agapay and Laguna DILG Provincial Director Engr.
John Cerez, the occasion saw the convening together of all the barangay
officials in Laguna pursuing a common cause. City Mayor John Geesnell
“BABA” Yap also reiterated the importance of resiliency and cited
Tagbilaran City’s strategic measures in disaster preparedness.
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.