Despite the pandemic, Tagbilaran City is hopeful for the future. In fact, a series of planning sessions are currently being conducted to come up with a recovery plan which aims to rebuild confidence and seek ways to adapt to the new normal. Assisted by Dr. Rosalinda Paredes of the USAID-SURGE and Arch. Liza Macalandag, the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) served as the secretariat of the Technical Working Group (TWG).
The CPDO led by Engr. Estella Margate would be responsible in documenting the proceedings of meetings, facilitates sectoral sessions, and data gathering. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap heads the TWG, supported by the various department heads in the City and private stakeholders from the business, academe, and non-governmental organizations. The TWG has the main responsibilities of assessing the risks and vulnerabilities of Tagbilaran City in the midst of COVID-19; review the level of preparedness and response interventions in managing the risks; assess the challenges and impacts to the economy, environment, infrastructure, and social sector. The TWG will formulate the sectoral strategies and plans to enable the City to recover and respond from the impact of the COVID-19 and come up with a Local Economy Re-Start Plan as required by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).
Mayor Yap recognizes the importance of a recovery roadmap, “Given the negative impacts brought about by the pandemic to our employees, to our students, to our businesses, and to our families, it is imperative that we should plan and analyze our options. We do not know when this pandemic will end, we are not given a timeline. Thus, we need all the ideas to craft a plan that will reshape our strategy to ensure resilience in situations like COVID-19. A plan that would capacitate every sector to rise up and move forward”, Yap said.