Tagbilaran City supports Plantorama Exhibit 2021 in ICM

Plants have provided a relief during this pandemic. Keeping one’s sanity intact, the gardener in us provided the much-needed diversion that was plagued by worries and uncertainties of the COVID-19 health crisis. The rise of the plantitos and plantitas gave way to plant entrepreneurs. And the City Agrivet Office wasted no time and also seized this opportunity to encourage plant growers to transform the green-thumbing hobby to a more lucrative career.

In partnership with Plantorama, a group of plant growers based in Tagbilaran City, the City Agrivet forged a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) pledging promotional support to all the initiatives of the group. First in the list was the Plantorama Exhibit in the Island City Mall which ran from January 11 to 16. The plant exhibit showcased various plants from ornamentals, backyard, and landscaping. According to Dr. Genette Egos, the next batch of the exhibit would also highlight vegetables and fruit bearing plants. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap fully supported the initiative, along with First Lady Jane Yap. FL Yap who is a certified plantita herself emphasized its value, “The peace and serenity which we get from growing plants are indeed therapeutic. Tending plants is a temporary distraction from the stress brought about by the pandemic and it allows us to focus our energy to a more fruitful endeavor”, FL Yap said. The following plant growers participated in the week-long exhibit, Boss Flower Stand & Metal Works, Hanianah Plants & Flowers, G-Bohol Plants, Garden of Eden, Desert Spawn, Rose Garden, Rinette’s Green Alley, Mel’s Beauty Garden,  Jeah’s Gardenville, Christine’s Plants, Pots & Fashion Trends, LJ Ornamental Plants, Claudia’s Mini Garden, Egee’s Garden, Cheya’s Plants, Ornamental Plants Garden Maxine, Beehive57 Gardenscape, Yadnii’s Greenery Garden, Tonet’s Garden and Landscaping, and Health Wealth International Corp.

Online business permits application in Tagbilaran is all set for 2021

          The City of Tagbilaran is on the move to go contactless this 2021. All business permits applications, whether new or renewal, will be done online. Clients are directed to log in at the official website of Tagbilaran City, www.tagbilaran.gov.ph, register an account by clicking the E-Business Permitting and Licensing Portal, fill out the necessary information, and a confirmation notice will be sent in your email. As for the payment, you can just click the link provided in the email which would be sent to you, it will redirect you to online billing. An electronic official receipt will be sent to your email after successfully completing the transaction. Then wait for 1 to 3 working days for the delivery of your business permit. The client can also inquire of the delivery status at 411-22-22 local 777.

           This new method was explained to business stakeholders in Tagbilaran City during the Online Business Forum. Joel Buena, the programmer from the Information Technology Office in the City Government gave a detailed explanation among the business owners, bookkeepers, and accountants on how to go about the system. Several panelists were also present to provide clarifications to the business community led by USAID SURGE’s Program Coordinator Dr. Rosalinda Paredes, Acting City Administrator Cathelyn Torremocha, City Legal Officer Atty. Kathy Blanche Borja-Jamila, BPLO Thea Ivory Parras, City Assessor Fe Almine, City Treasurer Christine Bitoy, City Financial Adviser Primitiva Ontong, City LEIPO Head Bebiano Inting, City Tourism Officer May Hope Arcenal, City Health Officer Dr. Jeia Pondoc, Sanitary Inspector Myla Sumampong, City Fire Chief Marlyn Macatangay, SSS Engr. Alieta Basubas, PAG-IBIG Felix Garan, DTI Ma. Soledad Balistoy, PHILHEALTH Mona Lisa De Vera, Joint Inspection Team Fermin Lumantas, Cresenciano Salvaleon, City Engineers Teodoro Estoque and Gina Inting.  “We will always be behind the welfare and safety of our business owners. Digital technology has helped us to do so. With these online transactions, the health protocols will be strictly observed without compromising our economy”, City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap emphasized.

More than 82k individuals get QR code

          As of January 7, 82,983 Tagbilaranons already got their respective QR codes, while residents from other municipalities in Bohol who applied for QR codes totaled to 13,563. This initiative is pursuant to Executive Order No. 41 Series of 2020 by the City Government of Tagbilaran. Thru the City DRMM, the provision of QR codes to Boholanos will be soon be completed. This system will help streamline the contact tracing process for confirmed COVID-19 patients by using the digital technology to identify possible close contacts, eliminating the traditional health declaration forms by using digital logs when entering public and private establishments. Instead of writing your contact details on a piece of paper, the QR code can be shown to any establishments within Tagbilaran. which can be scanned using a mobile phone.  Once scanned and verified, the database will show the whereabouts of the individual in a certain establishment at certain time. The system also flags individuals who are under quarantine. The scanner will send an alert to the establishment is an individual is placed under quarantine. The QR code can be stored in your mobile phone or you can print it like an ID.

         City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap said that this is a major leap towards adjusting to the new normal, “The QR code would help us in our fight against COVID-19. By observing strict health protocols like wearing our masks, washing our hands, and observing physical distancing, and QR codes, we can proceed with our daily transactions. This will assure customers they can visit and transact with establishments. Aside from facilitating faster contact tracing, these QR codes can give our businesses the much-needed boost”, Yap said. The CDRRM already deployed 448 verifier apps to business establishments within Tagbilaran.

         QR codes registration is currently on the move in the City Hall Grounds and in designated stations in the 15 barangays. Tagbilaranons aged 15 and up will be provided with a QR code. The contact tracing system was developed by Revosys, a Tagbilaran-based developer. A Memorandum of Agreement was forged between the City Government and Revosys. The CDRRM already deployed 448 verifier apps to business establishments in Tagbilaran.

Tagbilaran City and Cagayan De Oro promotes handwashing

The screenshot photo during the virtual signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the handwashing stations to be set up in Tagbilaran City and Cagayan De Oro. From upper right hand is Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, Charlito Manlupig of the Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap, and Francis Bernard Batoy of the Bohol Integrated Development Foundation. 


USAID’s SURGE Project singled out two cities to advocate the importance of handwashing, Cagayan De Oro and Tagbilaran City. The Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines Incorporated (CCFPI) will fund the installation of handwashing stations in key strategic areas, while the partner non-governmental organizations, the Balay Mindanaw Foundation Incorporated and the Bohol Integrated Development Foundation respectively, will manage the funds, ensure the compliance of recipients, and ensure the safety of public and workers during the actual installation of the handwashing facilities.

The LGUs on one hand should designate a Focal Person who will be responsible in assisting the local counterpart of USAID’s SURGE in the identification of sites, distribution water lines, IEC campaigns, monitoring of the facilities, and the site’s regular inspection and maintenance. In the City of Tagbilaran, eight (8) handwashing sites were identified, namely the Tagbilaran City Tourist Seaport; Causeway Fishport; Tagbilaran City Integrated Bus Terminal; Tagbilaran Central Public Market; Cogon Public Market; Manga Public Market; Plaza Rizal, and CPG Park. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap and Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, with the partner NGOs led the virtual signing via Zoom.

Tagbilaran City’s Musical Dancing Fountain unveils its color and rhythm

The centerpiece in the City Hall Grounds is finally completed! The Musical Dancing Fountain along with the Advent Wreath, Nativity Scene, and the City Hall Park had its blessing last Thursday led by City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap. Despite the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, the programs and projects in the City Government of Tagbilaran keep on pressing on and moving forward. Mayor Yap said that we need to look forward to the future and not dwell on the difficulties of the past, “We may have been delayed by the challenges brought about by the threat of COVID-19, but we won’t stop achieving our targets. It’s not important what have happened in the past, the important thing is where are we heading. We will keep our priorities in focus”, Yap said.

The City Government Building which is a prominent landmark along the area will surely attract more visitors. The Musical Dancing Fountain will dazzle the Tagbilaranons from Tuesday to Sunday, 7 to 8 in the evening. The Tagbilaran City Park which is a joint project between the City Government and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will be open daily to the public from 6 to 9 in the evening. The public is strongly advised to observe strict health protocols, such as the wearing of face masks and physical distancing. Mayor Yap is optimistic that these new scenic areas in the City can provide the necessary breather to the public as we bravely faced the pandemic.  

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