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 2013. 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 Government.
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)
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. (D. Generalao/CMO-PIO)
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.
CMO-PIO (April 02, 2014): "It is our goal to make the city a center of meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibits and holding such a big activity [like this one] in Butuan is a fulfillment to that task.", Mayor Amante proudly said in his speech during the opening of the 7th Philippine Association of Building Officials (PABO) National Convention that was held in the city. More than 400 building officials from different provinces, municipalities and cities all over the archipelago joined in the said activity, according to Archt. John Paul Velasco, OIC of the City Architects Office.
CMO-PIO (March 31, 2014): To wrap up the celebration of Juana's Month 2014, Juana's Culmination Day, a program overseen by the City Population Office and participated by the Women from the different barangays here was held at the FSUU Gymnasium, March 31, 2014.
CMO-PIO (March 31, 2014): In commemoration of the 493rd Anniversary of the First Mass Celebration in Butuan, a Latin Mass was held at Guingona Park, March 31, 2014. This was participated by Mayor Jun Amante, the City Councilors , the Regional Directors of the RLAs, Chiefs of Office and employees of the BCG, media, and various local organizations.
CMO-PIO (March 26, 2014): "You just don't know how much pride and honor you have brought to the city" - Mayor Jun Amante's message to the athletes and coaches during the 17th CRAM Victory Party at Sprinkles Water Park, March 26, 2014.
CMO-PIO (March 26, 2014): Mayor Jun Amante meets up with the Chiefs of Office and the Agro-Forestry Executive Council (AFEC) to discuss matters concerning the current agro-forestry thrust of the Butuan City Gov't, including preparations for the very first Forest Festival here and the Institute for Solidarity in Asia Convention in Manila, in which Butuan will be "initiated" along with the other ten cities in the country that will hopefully be among those that will be featured during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in 2015.