CMO-PIO (May 08, 2014): Regulatory Simplification for Local Gov't Unit Project: Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS) at VJ's Sports Bar and Ihaw-Ihaw, J.C. Aquino Ave., Butuan City. The activity takes upon the completion of a 4-stage dev't program of the current BPLS and simplify the process of acquiring a business permit. Guest Speaker is Prof. Simeon Ilago from the Local Governance Academy and World Bank.
CMO-PIO (May 07, 2014): Mayor Jun Amante officiated the oath-taking of the new members composing the People's Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) at Almont Hotel's Inland Resort. Chairman is Atty. Nerio R. Rosales and members include Atty. Josefe Sorrera-Ty, Dr. Evangeline P. Jamili, Hon. Jeremiah P. Cafe, and Vice Mayor Angelo S. Calo.
The much talked-about plans of performing a dredging activity in the Agusan River, after its initial arrangements were put off due to some circumstances that needed consideration, may possibly push through after all as members of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau arrived here to conduct necessary preparations for the said dredging.
The information was personally disclosed by Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. in his speech during the Groundbreaking and Capsule Laying Ceremony for the construction of two multi-purpose halls in Brgy. Mahay, April 28, 2014.
The group, an affiliate of the Department and Natural Resources, is now on its 2nd phase of scooping to prepare the Agusan River for huge projects including the possibility of dredging or the process, as in the case of the Agusan River, of scooping out mud to deepen the river and prevent its waters from overflowing during rainy days.
The whole concept of dredging began when Mayor Amante, Vice Mayor Angelo S. Calo and Cong. Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun explored possible solutions to the long-existing problem of flooding in Butuan. (CMO-PIO)
CMO-PIO (April 28, 2014): Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. led the Groundbreaking and Capsule Laying Ceremony for the new Multi-Purpose Building that will soon rise in Brgy. Mahay. Also present during the ceremony were Vice Mayor Angelo Calo, City Councilors Serge Pascual and Jaime Cembrano, and representatives from A. Brown Company. This is a joint project of the Butuan City Government and A. Brown Company.
CMO-PIO (April 28, 2014): To present the current malaria status here, the Butuan
City Health Office, in coordination with the Department of Health XIII, conducted a
Press Conference at Luciana Convention Center. This was headed by City Councilor
and Chairman of the Committee on Health and Sanitation Virgilio Nery, Jr. with City
Health Officer Dr. Joyce Hidalgo and attended by members of the local media.
During the press con, it was revealed that Butuan City has no cases of malaria
since 2011 up to present. If sustained, Butuan City will officially be declared
malaria-free by 2017.
The Butuan City Government is now gearing up for yet another feat in this year’s
National Literacy Awards as it formally started the task of preparing its official entry
to the said award-giving body.
“Out of all the highly-urbanized cities in the country, we emerged as the
Top 3 in the last National Literacy Awards in 2012. We now aim to achieve
higher than that.”, Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. asserted during the technical
working group’s meeting which was done at the 2nd floor of the City Public Library,
April 22, 2014.
Councilor and now the Chairman of the Committee on Education, Science
and Technology Ramon P. Carampatana also stressed the same thing. “We were
already there at the Top 3. That’s all the more reason for us to go up. Let’s do this.”
All the local government’s programs and advocacies that highlight the
fortification of education not just among children, but uneducated adults including
members of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) here were presented and each given a
rundown as to how it should be incorporated to the city’s official entry, also
emphasizing its relationship with the current Agro-Forestry Vision of the Butuan City
Very keen on the technicalities of the whole process of identifying,
packaging and submitting the official entry was Councilor and Chairman on both
the Committee on Health and Sanitation and the Committee on Environment and
Natural Resources Virgilio G. Nery, Jr. “It is important that we can support the
data we have. It should be complete and we should also be knowledgeable and
competent so we can provide answers during evaluation”.
Grow a Million Trees and Clean Ground Zero Waste were just some of the
programs identified including regular programs implemented by the Offices of the
City Population, City Social Welfare and Development, City Nutritionist, City
Agriculturist and the City Environment and Natural Resources.The city’s official
entry will be submitted to the National Literacy Council in Manila by the end of this
month and results for the national qualifiers will be announced within the following
month. (D. Generalao/CMO-PIO)
A total of 2000 bags of free rice seedlings were distributed to 1,500 farmer
recipients from 48 barangays here during a Ceremonial Distribution held at the DOP
Center, Tiniwisan, March 04, 2014. According to City Agriculturist Engr. Alberto B.
Buca, the recipients were those farmers whose rice fields were damaged during the
onslaught of Typhoon Agaton first quarter of this year. Records from the City
Agriculturist’s Office have previously revealed that a total of 2,898 hectares of rice
field worth Php32.8 Million was damaged due to the continuous rains and flooding
brought about by the said typhoon. Of the 2000 bags, 1,500 of these came from
the local government unit of Butuan while the remaining 500 bags were provided
by the Department of Agriculture. (D. Generalao/CMO-PIO)
From the previous annual allocation of Php226,000 which can only
accommodate 113 registered senior citizens at Php2,000 each in the year
2010 to 2012, this year’s budget for mortuary assistance to deceased senior
citizens has significantly increased and almost doubled up to Php450,000.
This recent development, after much effort from City Councilor and
Chairman of the Committee on Social Services and Senior Citizens
Ferdinand Nalcot, has finally pushed through and is now seen to be
able to cater to almost twice the previous number of senior citizens
whose families were able to claim mortuary assistance in the recent years.
An important reminder though, Hon. Nalcot emphasized during the
interview, that the surviving family of the deceased senior citizen should
be able to submit the pertaining documents within 3 months after the
death of the member. It is also essential, Hon. Nalcot added, that
the deceased senior citizen is an identified member of the Office for
Senior Citizens Affairs and a resident of Butuan City.
CMO-PIO (April 14, 2014): Butuan City passed the Initiation Stage of the Public
Governance System (PGS) under the Institute for Solidarity in Asia. The 4-stage
program aims to identify the "Islands of Governance" which will be featured
during the APEC 2015 Summit in Manila. Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. MD
successfully presented his Revalida last April 11, 2014, at the Sofitel Philippine
Plaza in Manila.
CMO-PIO (April 9, 2014) : The Butuan City Government joined the whole Filipino nation in
commemorating this 72nd Araw ng Kagitingan at the Veterans Monument, Butuan City
Library Compound . The ceremony was participated by the Local Gov't Officials, Chiefs of
Office, Regional Directors, Boy and Girl Scouts of the Phillipines, local media, and the living
veterans with thier spouses, sons, and daughters.