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.
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 Regional Directors of the national agencies, 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.
Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., met with PCSupt Dominador E. Aquino, Jr., Regional Director of the Police Regional Office 13, to discuss on the existing security issues in a brief dialogue at the City Mayor’s Office, March 21, 2014.
Throughout the dialogue, Mayor Amante was keen on establishing a cooperative effort with the Philippine National Police to address a number of concerns including motorcycle theft and the seemingly-unending rampant illegal drug trade.
“We need to work in this together”, Mayor Amante said to PCSupt. Aquino. “Let’s strengthen BADAC because we have to stop illegal drugs from its roots. There should be an internal effort involved especially on those identified barangays with illegal drug trade going on.” Mayor Amante stressed out.
The Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC), created in accordance to Sec. 16 of the Local Government Code of 1991, to effectively address the problem on illegal drugs and ensure community peace and harmony.
“If BADAC hasn’t been functioning, it’s high time that it should be activated. Our City DILG will look into this.” Mayor Amante strongly suggested.
In addition, the Honorable Mayor announced that a Php2.5 Million budget has been allocated for CVO trainings this year and that the Moral Recovery Program of the City will be incorporated into the barangay level, as well, which will be helpful strategies in the elimination of illegal drug trade.
“Also, if there is a need to mount more CCTVs in the city, then we will do it the soonest time possible.”, Mayor Amante assured everyone at the meeting. “Since these CCTVs have so far been helpful, we will do what we can to improve this system. But let’s not only focus on crimes committed on the barangay level. Let us also look into the scenarios inside banks and other private establishments. Let’s coordinate with them regarding security concerns and see what we can do. I believe there is already a City Ordinance which requires them to mount CCTVs, but let’s look into how we can improve the existing measures.”
“With the motorcycle thefts, first and foremost, it is the responsibility of the owner to secure his property. However, we should aid them also. Let’s release a list of safety measures for all the motorcycle owners out there.”, Mayor Amante went on. “We can advise them where and where not to park, advise them to always secure their motorcycles with chains and padlocks, all those stuff. We should come up with the public advisory the soonest time possible”.
Also in the meeting was Col Romeo Palgue, City Deputy for Administration of the Butuan City Police Office, and some personnel of the PRO 13. (D. Generalao/CMO-PIO)
To alleviate the livelihood of its citizens, the Butuan City Government creates partnership with regional line agencies after the Memorandum of Understanding with the Congressional Office of Hon. Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Technical Education and Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) was formally signed over a short ceremony to close the Forest in the City Hall Exhibit at the city hall lobby, March 21, 2014.
Part of the economic and social interventions that will be carried out will be livelihood programs and skills training for economically-challenged families.
The DTI will ensure the increase in livelihood options while the TESDA will make certain for the increase in employment opportunities to the unemployed 4Ps beneficiaries.
Serving as witnesses to the new partnership were SP Members Hon. Ferdinand Nalcot and Hon. Rema Burdeos. (D. Generalao/CMO-PIO)
CMO-PIO (March 20, 2014): Mayor Jun Amante delivering his presentation and answering questions during the Open Forum at the recent 2014 Asia-Pacific Agricultural Policy Roundtable at the Marriott Hotel in Manila, March 17-18, 2014. The activity was directed towards regional integration with its main focus on the rural development and rice industry whilst strengthening further the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Program. It can be recalled that Butuan City was the first LGU to ever create a PPP code.