Tagbilaran Cogon Market starts construction

The photo shows City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap, Punong Barangay Nick Besas, Kagawad Grace Melgar, LEIPO Head Beben Inting, Market Administrator Jun Besa, and City Engineer Teodoro Estoque during the groundbreaking and capsule laying ceremony for the construction of the New Cogon Market. The Php 30 million budget for the first phase of the project was given by Sen. Bong Go, while the City Government will finance the second phase which also amounts to Php30 million. The structural frame and basement parking will be the major points in the first phase of construction. In an interview, City Engineer Ted Estoque said that the equipment needed for the construction is now mobilized in the area. The excavation commenced last Saturday. Estoque also added that a temporary location was provided for all the vendors and carenderia stall owners affected by the project.  

Mayor Yap also emphasized that the design of the building which would be undertaken during the second phase will utilize elements to reinforce safety during this COVID-19 pandemic, “As we slowly reopen our economy in the wake of the pandemic, we will make sure that our facilities will incorporate building design and systems that can help control the spread of the disease. Ventilation will be a priority, physical distancing solutions like the use of acrylic shields and no-contact handles will be used. Handwashing stations will also be installed. All these safety measures will be considered to prevent infection and loss of productivity”, Yap said.

Tagbilaran City releases guidelines for the opening of salons and barbershops

          Through the Office of the City Administrator Cathelyn Torremocha, the City Government of Tagbilaran issued minimum requirements for the opening of barbershops and salons. These instructions were based on the guidelines set by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

          The owners of these establishments are mandated to submit proof of compliance by submitting pictures to the City Administrator’s Office within a period of 10 (ten) days after the receipt of the notice. The rules specifically tasked all barber shops and salons to post signages regarding the use of face masks, social distancing, and the prohibition of bringing unnecessary companions. Further, an alcohol should be placed at the entrance, along with a foot bath disinfectant. The guard should check all the clients / individuals entering the establishment with a thermal scanner. Certain protocols should also be in place like distancing of chairs for at least 1 meter apart, visible markings to guide the clients, proper ventilation, courtesy booth where all the personal effects of the clients will be deposited, sanitizing equipment and tools, and plastic-covered furniture.

         The proper disposal of waste and regular disinfection of the business establishment are also required. This includes the sterilization of the workstations before and after each service. The use of cashless payment is also encouraged. Specific employee protocols should also be observed. DTI will strictly monitor that employees with COVID-19 symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 patients will not be allowed to work, wearing of any piece of jewelry will be strictly prohibited, employees should observe proper personal hygiene, and the mandatory wearing of face mask, face shield, eyeglasses or goggles, hair caps, and closed shoes. Business owners should also fill-out the Workplace Health Contingency Plan, the forms can be secured in the City Administrator’s Office.

         A joint inspection team from the City Government and the DTI will be conducting an inspection of all business establishments, failure to comply with the guidelines can be the basis for the suspension of the business operation. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap remains optimistic that the local economy can bounce back from this pandemic, “We will move forward and look ahead to the promise of a bright future. We will not be saddled with fear, instead we will all strive to follow the safety guidelines issued by the national government. These measures will help us to be mindful and vigilant about our safety. We need to help each other fight this invisible enemy; we will not allow it to cripple our local economy”, Yap said.   

 

Mayor Yap, grateful to DICT for including Tagbilaran in the 25 digital cities

Tagbilaran City was listed in the Digital Cities 2025 as announced by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), and Leechiu Property Consultants. The cities were chosen based on 4 parameters: talent availability, infrastructure, cost, and business environment. These parameters are the indicators which signals that the city is ready to attract investors in the IT business processing management industry. The other 24 cities are Balanga City, Batangas City, Cabanatuan City, Dagupan City, General Santos City, Iligan City, Iriga City, Laguna Cluster (San Pablo, Calamba, and Los Baños), Laoag City, Legazpi City, Malolos City, Metro Cavite (Bacoor City, Imus, and General Trias) Metro Rizal (Taytay, Cainta, and Antipolo City), Olongapo City, Puerto Princesa City Roxas City, San Fernando City, La Union, San Fernando City, Pampanga, San Jose Del Monte City, Tacloban City, Tarlac City, Tuguegarao City, Urdaneta City, and Zamboanga City.

According to the statement released by DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II, the Digital Cities 2025 is targeted to build the resiliency of the IT-BPM sector as an engine of growth for the Philippine economy. It is also hoped that it would bridge industry progress in the countryside to strengthen local economies. Honasan said that these 25 new locations, alongside with the Centers of Excellence and established Next Wave Cities, will serve as investment destinations for a thriving digital economy. Despite the impact of the recent pandemic on the Philippines’ economy and business environment, both the public and private sectors are looking for ways to continue moving forward. The Digital Cities 2025 initiative aims to bring the country a step closer towards becoming a more digitally-enabled nation, a prime investment destination that is both relevant and globally competitive.

Tagbilaran City provides livelihood assistance

           Barangays Bool and Mansasa got blessed last week as the launch of the “Baba Yap Agri-Vet Program” was conducted in the said district. Led by City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap, City Agrivet Head Dr. Genette Egos, and Punong Barangay Bernadette Blanco, the first batch of recipients received seedlings, seaweeds and live chickens. Mayor Yap stressed the importance of this initiative during this pandemic, “This will help in the sustenance of the day-to-day needs of our constituents. Aside from providing a fresh supply of produce, it will also give them an opportunity to earn an extra income”, Yap said. The initiative is a wholistic approach, the Balik-Bakuran Program promotes backyard gardening, Yamang-Dagat Alagaan advocates the preservation and protection of our marine resources, BABAhagiang Karne Program is all about livestock and poultry, and Yakap Aking Alaga Program encourages Tagbilaranons to be responsible pet owners.  

            And since this is a continuing program,  different set of beneficiaries will receive the livelihood package. The office of City Agrivet will regularly monitor the recipient’s progress. Distribution in Barangays Poblacion I and III is scheduled next week.

 

 

Tagbilaran City tests LSIs with PCR, even without symptoms

City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap tasked City Health Officer Dr. Jeia Pondoc to be on top of the testing and monitoring of the quarantined OFWs and Locally Stranded Tagbilaranons, “The City Government has allocated funds for the PCR testing of both the OFWs and LSIs. Although it is not required by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). We made sure that all incoming Tagbilaranons should be tested. This is to ensure that no local transmission would happen. Safety will always be our main priority, both for the returning Tagbilaranons and the local residents”, Yap said.

CHO Officer Dr. Pondoc is literally the woman of the hour. Regular rounds in all the quarantine facilities are strictly conducted. To date, PCR testing was already given to 739 Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) and OFWs. PCR tests were also administered to those exhibiting influenza-like symptoms, authorized persons outside residences including uniformed personnel (APOR), and asymptomatic and symptomatic health care worker who had close contact with a COVID-19 positive. Dr. Pondoc said that every quarantine facility in Tagbilaran City is equipped with an area for PCR testing and swabbing. Dr. Pondoc also assured the Tagbilaranons that all medical personnel assigned in the testing is furnished with a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and strictly observes hand hygiene. The data regarding the details of the testing is collected through phone calls to avoid exposure to the medical health worker who conducted the test. Dr. Pondoc also gave assurance that those medical workers who have conducted the tests will be quarantined for 14 days, aside from the mandatory PCR testing. Dr. Pondoc also stressed that once you are negative on the test, it does not mean that you cannot be infected with COVID anymore. Protocols like proper hand washing, social distancing, and wearing of face masks should still be strictly observed. To date, there are 6 active cases in Tagbilaran City, all of them are asymptomatic, and 3 has already recovered.

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