Mayor Yap turns over brand new motorcycle to the City PNP

         City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap led the simple turn-over ceremony of the brand-new Honda CRF-250 to the City PNP as represented by Chief of Police Lt. Col. Mary Crystal Peralta. The motorcycle will be an additional reinforcement to the monitoring and surveillance operations of the City PNP. To date, the City PNP is actively pursuing its Anti-Criminality Campaign, Oplan Double Barrel, Drug Clearing and Household Tagging, and Training of the Barangay Peace-Keeping Action Team. According to the unit’s year-end report, the City PNP was able to seized more than Php23 million worth of drugs in 91 operations with 127 drug personalities arrested. The unit has also actively conducted lectures and seminars on Anti-Illegal Drug Operations and Advocacy Lectures among the youth. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap recognized the City PNP’s dedication and commitment, “Through the efforts of the City PNP, the peace and security in Tagbilaran City have been upheld. They were also instrumental in the border control and health keeping measures implementation during this pandemic. We are hoping that the new motorcycle will strengthen their efforts”, Mayor Yap said. Aside from the City PNP’s core mandates, the unit is also actively involved in community-based initiatives such as Tree Planting, Kapwa Ko Sagot Ko Program, Flyers Distribution, Information Lectures on Terrorism, and Resistance Education for Illegal Drugs dubbed as PROJECT-READY.

ROTARACT donates swab panels to Tagbilaran City

          The Rotaract Club of Tagbilaran turned over three (3) swab panels to the City Government last April 30.  It will be then given to the City Health Office (CHO) to be stationed in the swabbing center in Brgy. Poblacion 2. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap recognizes the valuable contribution of the various civic organizations in the City, “We are truly grateful for all the help that we have been getting. The support and cooperation from our partner organization makes our burden lighter, we will be forever grateful”, Yap said.

         Just last week, GUGMA Tagbilaran donated digital thermometers and pulse oximeters to COVID-19 patients in Tagbilaran. City Health Officer (CHO) Dr. Jeia Pondoc said this will greatly assist the patients to monitor their health status, “Pulse oximetry is a non-invasive and painless test that measures your oxygen saturation level, or the oxygen levels in your blood. It can rapidly detect even small changes in how efficiently oxygen is being carried to the extremities furthest from the heart, including the legs and the arms. So, for those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, this will assist and guide us on what interventions to take”, Dr. Pondoc said. The pulse oximeter is a small, clip-like device that attaches to a body part, like toes or an earlobe. It’s most commonly put on a finger, and it’s often used in a critical care setting like emergency rooms or hospitals. GUGMA Tagbilaran volunteers distributed the gadgets to the families affected by COVID-19.

Tagbilaran City’s micro-retailers receive safe store kits

The ceremonial turn-over of the safe store kits in Tagbilaran City with (from left) USAID’s SURGE Project Coordinator Dr. Rosalinda Paredes, City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap, Tagbilaran City’s First Lady Jane Yap, and Coca-Cola’s Region Sales Manager Edmar Ibero.

According to the rapid retailer’s assessment conducted by the Philippine Association of Stores and Carinderia Owners (PASCO) from March to April 2020, some 42 percent of sari-sari stores and 75 percent of carinderias were forced to close when the hard lockdown was imposed in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The micro-retailers in Tagbilaran City were not exempted. The strict health protocols limited their day-to-day transactions resulting to decreased sales. 

To help these enterprises, the USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project, Coca-Cola Philippines, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) launched the Safe Store Project (SSP). SSP aims to support the reopening of the sari-sari store in a safe and sustainable manner despite the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap emphasized the critical role of the sari-sari store in supplying the basic goods in the community, “We need to find practical solutions to help our micro-retailers become more resilient both for the owners themselves and customers. We need pro-active efforts to combat the negative effects of this pandemic and seek ways to adopt to the new normal”, Yap said.

With this plastic barriers, sari-sari store owners can continue with their livelihood in this new normal business environment. USAID’s SURGE Project Component Lead 3 Celso Enriquez stressed that reviving the economy by pushing for the recovery of the micro-enterprises is crucial, “Most sari-sari store owners are run by women entrepreneurs. SSP is part of the Women’s Development and Global Initiative (WGDP) that is implemented in many countries including the Philippines which fosters women empowerment through capacity building and enhancing entrepreneurial capabilities. Helping these women entrepreneurs through the provision of the safe store kits is a much-needed boost”, Enriquez said.

Tagbilaran City’s First Lady Jane Yap also commended the initiative. Yap being the founder of Mutya Cares Foundation and Gugma Tagbilaran is also a major advocate of women empowerment, “As they re-open their sari-sari store, owners have to ensure their safety and that of their customers through the strict observance of strict health protocols. The safe store project is a unique opportunity to resume their businesses in a safe manner”, emphasized FL Yap.

SSP distributed the safe store kits to 200 women micro-retailers in Tagbilaran. DTI Provincial Director Ma. Soledad Balistoy also praised the initiative as it encompasses the aim of the agency in empowering entrepreneurs, “This partnership is truly a testament that we are one in restarting our recovery efforts towards building a better and resilient Philippines”, Balistoy added.   

TaskUs grows further with latest expansion in Tagbilaran City

           TaskUs, the leading tech-enabled business services company delivering Digital CX, AI Operations, and Content Security to the world’s most innovative companies, today announced the opening of its newest site in Bohol, Philippines.  The upcoming site in Tagbilaran City, Bohol will be no different. The site will offer extraordinary recreation areas with vibrant color schemes as exhibited by an indoor basketball court shown in the photo. 

         To celebrate the milestone event, TaskUs held a virtual concert which featured Filipino-Australian actor and singer James Reid. The digital event was streamed via TaskUs’s social media accounts. Ten lucky TaskUs teammates and applicants were given the chance to meet and greet James Reid virtually after the concert.

         Already operating in technology hubs globally, including the United States, European Union, Taiwan, India, and eight other cities in the Philippines, the new TaskUs site expansion in Bohol indicates the island’s significant growth in technology, innovation, and human talent.

         “We’re thrilled to expand our footprint within the Philippines where we already have many TaskUs teammates and an established company culture,” said Chin Monsale, TaskUs VP of Operations for Bohol. “Bohol is an exciting new talent market for us, and we’re looking forward to welcoming the new members of the TaskUs team.”

         The Bohol site will begin 100% work-from-home using Cirrus, TaskUs’s remote work model. Teammates from Bohol will begin their journey at TaskUs from the safety and comfort of their homes as a new workplace will soon be established to support in-person work.

         TaskUs goes to where the talent is, and Bohol’s promising pool makes it the ideal place for the company to make its mark in Visayas. By opening its newest site in Tagbilaran, the company is poised to invigorate local talent development and bring economic growth to the countryside. This move encourages the return of Bol-anons to the region brought about by the increased access to economic opportunities.

        TaskUs has a reputation for offering unrivaled amenities and benefits to attract and retain outstanding front-line talent. 

        TaskUs is an industry leader when it comes to employee benefits. Among others, teammates have access to one-on-one meetings with in-house life coaches and 24/7 psychological and psychiatric services via teleconsultation—which are free. And the system for teleconsultations is being expanded to reach teammates globally.

        Company leadership has also rolled out work-life balance commitments like meeting-free Fridays, no-chat weekends, and the requirement of a truly unplugged vacation.

        Monsale continued, “This expansion comes on the heels of other offices opening worldwide, from Cali, Colombia to Harlingen, Texas. New Bohol teammates will experience a new onboarding and hiring process that we’ve adjusted to meet the challenges of COVID-19, while maintaining the underlying supportive atmosphere TaskUs is known for.”


Tagbilaran City gas stations offer discounts

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic led to an initial drop in prices for petroleum-based products in the world market, and then, just as abruptly, prices rose sharply as producers’ limited production and demand increased. Exorbitant patrol prices have always been a big problem to the Boholano consumers, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. The two major problems of the province right now are the high cost of fuel and the high cost of fish. Hence, there is a request for the local governments to act on it.

As part of the City Government’s efforts to address the problem, a meeting was called attended by the gasoline station owners in the City to discuss a possible rollback of gas products. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap wants to provide relief in this tight financial situation, “We have been extending help to our constituents in terms of health protection against the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with this, we also want to provide some relief in terms of their financial situation. Thus, with the discussions we have had with the gas station owners. We are optimistic that the gas prices will be adjusted accordingly”, Yap said.

These are just few of the initiatives launched by the City Government to help Tagbilaranons deal with the current pandemic. It should be remembered that at the onset of the health crisis, the City Government distributed relief goods in four waves. Grocery items and sacks of rice were given to all registered households in Tagbilaran City. Free vitamins were also given to the different barangay health stations. Regular disinfection to establishments were also conducted. Cash assistance to solo parents, PWDs, and nursing mothers were also provided. Mobile Mercado was set up in the barangays to minimize the crowding of people in supermarkets. Further, contactless transactions inside the City Hall premises were encouraged. The tracking system in the City Accounting Office discourages face-to-face follow-up, the same goes with the e-procurement of the General Services Office. And just recently, the application for the business permits migrated online in adherence to the strict health protocols. Mayor Yap announced that negotiations with a leading pharmaceutical company is underway for the acquisition of vaccines against COVID-19. The pandemic may have changed the way the City Government work, but it could never sidetrack public service.

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