Tagbilaran City Government gives hazard pay to employees

All-inclusive, this is what the City Government is aiming for in its assistance program during this COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, aside from the relief assistance given to it constituents, City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap also took into consideration the welfare of the City Government personnel. Mayor Yap with the support of the 14th Sangguniang Panlungsod will give hazard pay to all its workers. This is based from the Administrative Order #26 issued by Pres. Duterte and Civil Service Resolution No. 2000540, it outlined that employees assigned as skeleton workforce shall be entitled to Hazard Pay on top of the Compensatory Time-Off or Overtime Pay as well as other applicable allowances, subject to accounting rules and regulations. From regular to job order employees, all personnel in the City Government who reported for duty during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) are entitled to a hazard pay. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap and the 14th Sangguniang Panlungsod valued the remuneration to the employees to compensate the risks that the City Hall personnel have given, “These personnel have reported for work to make sure that services are given effectively to the public amidst the pandemic”, Mayor Yap said.

The City Government of Tagbilaran adopted an alternative work arrangement to limit the movement and transaction within the City Government. Foremost, this is the recommended method to protect both the employees and clients from getting infected of COVID-19. The Work from Home is for those employees who are below 21 years old and those who are 60 years old and above, as well as those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, or other health risk, and those pregnant women, including those who reside with the aforementioned, and are residing in areas under GCQ, shall be under Work from Home Arrangement, except when their work are indispensable under the circumstances or when office work is permitted. The Skeletal Workforce is a work set-up which divides the employees to man its respective offices, the entire workforce of a certain department is spread into the entire work week. The Four-Day Compressed Work Week maybe observed from Monday to Thursday, Tuesday to Friday or any combination of the four workdays to ensure that there are employees reporting for the whole work week. The Staggered Working Hours is a set-up wherein the LGU shall strategize the adoption of the staggered working hours of employees to limit the number of officials and employees at any given time. The agency head shall ensure that the employees remain flexible in making themselves available for work duties outside of core hours if required. These alternative work arrangements are designed to ensure the delivery of public services despite the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Yap, grateful to the cooperation of the barangays

          City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap extended his gratitude to the cooperation and support which the Punong Barangays have shown during this pandemic. During its regular meeting led by Liga ng mga Barangay President Fausto Budlong, Mayor Yap thanked the assistance which the barangay officials have shown during the distribution of the relief assistance, data-gathering, and monitoring, “Your solid support has made our initiatives successful. The efforts and sacrifices which you and your staff have shown have helped the constituents and made this challenge bearable. We at the City Government will always be grateful to what you have done and is continually doing. Together, we can overcome this difficulty and emerged victorious”, Yap emphasized. The regular meeting took on the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) as its lead resource person.

           CDRRM Action Officer Gerard Lavadia, with Chao Longjas and Emmanuel Supremo took turns in discussing various protocols on disaster preparedness and mitigation. The lecture was focused in ensuring the safety of the barangay as well as its neighboring areas. The CDRRM personnel taught the barangay officials how to limit the exposure of the barangay residents to potential cases of COVID-19 infection, ensure the peace and order in case of a possible infection, and the team also provided guidelines on how to contain the spread of the virus in case a COVID-19 infection occur in the barangay. Lavadia also outlined a protocol in case a certain barangay needs to be locked down. Further, guidelines were given in the preparation for barangay isolation. All these protocols were laid down to prepare the barangay officials of various scenarios which may happen in the midst of this pandemic. All the Punong Barangays and their emergency staff attended were present in the lecture. #StandTogetherTagbilaran 

Tagbilaran City gives 1 sack of rice

After distributing relief packs to the barangay, Tagbilaran City will give another set of relief assistance, and this time, a sack of rice. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap with the support of the 14th Sangguniang Panlungsod strongly pushed for the distribution as relief assistance, “This pandemic has resulted to families being displaced in their jobs and in their businesses. We want to extend assistance in any way we can. A sack of rice would definitely go a long way in the sustenance of each family in Tagbilaran. We have been thinking of various ways to alleviate the difficulty experienced during this crisis. In fact, we have the Mobile Mercado to ensure their safety and convenience, we have established an online shopping system with the help of SK officials to reach out to those who have no means to go out like our senior citizens. By standing together, we can overcome this pandemic and move forward”, Yap said.

The smooth working relationship between the Executive and the Legislative has definitely blessed the Tagbilaranons. Mayor Yap and the 14th Sangguniang Panlungsod worked together for the Php96.9 million supplemental budget presented by City Budget Officer, Marysol Perocho. The funds will be used to augment the budget for the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other important medical supplies for the COVID-19 response. Mayor Yap is indeed thankful to the proactive synergy between the Executive and Legislative, “The 100% support we received from the 14th Sangguniang Panlungsod is giving us a valuable headway to strengthen our stance against the threat of COVID-19. Their trust in the programs which we have planned is not only a manifestation of their dedication to serve the people, but also shows their commitment to a meaningful and shared governance”, Yap said.   

Tagbilaran City celebrates Christmas Festival

Christmas is the most awaited event of the year and what better way to celebrate the Yuletide Season, but to highlight the color and flavor of Tagbilaran. The Tagbilaran City Council for the Culture and the Arts (TCCCA) spearheaded a three-day Christmas Festival showcasing the food, fashion, and flair of all the 15 barangays. The “Lutong Bahay Noche Buena Special Cooking Contest” featured native foods and special dishes. All the barangays participated. While the Miniature Belen Contest highlighted the artistry of the Tagbilaranons, the competition encouraged the participants to use indigenous material to come up with an artful imagery featuring the Blessed Family. Brgy. Taloto won the competition, followed by Brgy. Tiptip, and Ubujan. The Indigenous Christmas Costume Construction Contest was also opened to all barangays. The objectives of which was to instill awareness to the community that everybody can contribute meaningfully in the economic aspect of the community through creating marketable products; showcase the youth’s designing skills through indigenous Christmas Costume Construction contest, appreciate the creativity of young individuals in constructing the costume through the modeling of finished products, and appreciate the culture of the barangay through its artistic design. The work will be judged according to its workmanship, accuracy, speed, and modeling. First prize went to Brgy. Bool, followed by Brgy. Poblacion 2, and Brgy. Taloto. Prof. Joshibiah Gaa De Juan also showcased the talented Chorale Groups from Tagbilaran City led by the Tagbilaran City Government Chorale, HNU Chorale, Major Melody Choir, Himig Diwa, DCPNHS Vocal Music, and the Tagbilaran City Children’s Choir.

City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap has been giving out his all-out support to the initiatives of the TCCCA, “Culture and heritage are an important part of development. The more we are aware of our culture, the more engaged we become. It is always wise to remember that our cultures define our existence and make us who we are. It should be passed on from generation to generation. Our cultural background should never fade into oblivion. A world without cultural diversity will not be as colorful as it is now”, Yap said.

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