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.
In behalf of City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap, Tagbilaran City’s First Lady and Mutya sa Tagbilaran Chair Jane Yap encouraged hundreds of supporters to rally behind the cause of the initiative. For years now, the City Government has been faithfully supporting Alay Lakad. Mayor Yap said that it is more than just a walk, Alay-Lakad represents the fulfillment of dreams, “It is an expression of commitment for the scholarships given to the out-of-school youths and a manifestation that we are valuing education. It is a known fact that people backed up with good academic credentials are given more opportunities and privileges than those who doesn’t”, Mayor Yap added. This pioneer “walk” for a cause aims to raise funds for the education and training of out-of-school youths. Gov. Arthur Yap, Vice-Governor Rene Relampagos, 1st District representative Cong. Edgar Chatto, and Tagbilaran City’s First Lady Jane Yap were the front-runners in the event. The 2019 Alay-Lakad misses also graced the stage to drumbeat the occasion’s advocacy led by Herma Darien Pamplona of the Holy Name University, Candy Eastman representing DepEd-Tagbilaran City Division, Kathleen Ausejo representing DepEd-Bohol Division, and Carla Mae Telmo for the City Government of Tagbilaran. Mote than thousands of participants from the national government agencies, local government units, and non-governmental organizations joined the Alay Lakad 2019.
City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap led the induction ceremony of Persons with Disability (PWD) in Barangay Dao with its newly inducted president, Nicefora Gementiza. Also in attendance were Dao Barangay Kagawad Susie Romo, PWD Focal Person Servidia Biloy, PWDTC President Mitchie Lungay and PWDTC Head Cleofe Polestico
City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap joined the ribbon cutting and blessing of the new office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Alturas Mall. Together with LTO Region 7 Regional Director Victor Emmanuel Caindec, Alturas Group of Companies General Manager Marlito Uy and Congressman Edgar Chatto representative Tatay Billy Tongco, this new LTO nook will receive all applications, from new driver’s licenses, student permits and renewal of licenses. This LTO Tagbilaran Licensing Extension Office is located at the 4th Floor of Alturas Mall
It was a proud moment for Tagbilaran City as Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap, together with First Lady Jane Yap received the CSC PAGASA award from His Excellency, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chair Alicia Dela Rosa-Bala in the Rizal Ceremonial Hall in Malacañang Palace. Mayor Yap is the only elected official who won in this year’s search for outstanding government workers and was also the lone winner from the Central Visayas. The CSC PAGASA award is given to government workers based on their outstanding performance, the sustainability of their contribution, its impact, reliability, and effectiveness. Out of the 17 semi-finalists from all over the Philippines, six were declared as grand winners. The four individual winners are Senior Scientist Research Specialist of the Philippine Carabao Center Dr. Wilma Del Rosario from Nueva Ecija, Agriculturist II Rico Galinato from the Provincial Government of Dinagat Islands, Associate Professor II Lovella Velasco from the Nueva Vizcaya State University, and City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II from Tagbilaran City, Bohol. While the group winners under the CSC PAGASA award were the Tagumpay Agrivolving Fund of the City Government of Tagum, Davao Del Norte, Tagum’s Integrated Management and Sustainable Environmental Approach to Coastal and Underwater Resources, and VSU Cocotech GenMovers.
Mayor Yap also graced the 119th anniversary celebration of the CSC in Region 7 was the conferment of awards to outstanding public servants in Region 7 also unfolded. Leading the pack under the CSC PAGASA award Regional Winner is City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap, while the Regional Winner for the Dangal ng Bayan was Mayor Pryde Henry Teves. Both advanced to the National Level, but it was only Mayor Yap who was finally declared as national winner. CSC Region 7 Director Beth Mateo and Atty. Gina Crucio handed the award to Mayor Yap along with City Human Resources Officer Cathelyn Torremocha.