Butuan Makes Historic Vision 2020 Launching This ancient and historic kingdom of Butuan is now out to show the rest of the Philippines why its rich history isn’t only limited to its balanghai boats as it remarkably gathered thousands of people to join in the launching of Vision 2020 via a simultaneous tree planting activity yesterday, March 16, 2014.
Arriving at the area as early as 5 am and not paying much attention to the scorching heat of the sun later on that Sunday morning, the tree planters, all coming from various organizations both from the public and private sectors, lined up along the 5km stretch of the Bancasi Rotunda towards the boundary of the Bancasi-Bonbon road with their planting necessities, ready to plant 1,500 mahogany and narra trees and start a life-long commitment for Butuan.
On the forefront of the momentous activity was Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. who, from the start of the preparations, never doubted the support of the Butuanons for Vision 2020. “The support we receive especially in today’s launching is really very overwhelming. This is more than what we prayed for and I’m just so thankful to everybody for doing their share. A little help goes a long way, and yes, it is still a long way to go for us to achieve Vision 2020, the road can get bumpier, but if we are in this together, we can overcome whatever obstacles there are along the way. Being united as one people. That matters greatly. And today is a great start.” Mayor Amante said.
Led by the Honorable Vice-Mayor Angelo Calo, the members of the 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod, were also there to solidify their commitment to Vision 2020. Hon. Samuel Amante, Hon. Virgilio Nery, Hon. Ferdinand Nalcot, Hon. Ramon Carampatana, and Hon. Rema Burdeos, each planted a tree along with their respective families.
The Butuan City Government Chiefs of Office and employees also came in full force and just as well committed themselves, along with everyone else who planted that day, to not just nurture and protect the trees, but to remain responsive to their obligations to this once-still city that is now slowly unmasking itself to be one of the most competitive cities down South and rise beyond expectations. (D. Generalao/CMO-PIO)
To initiate the onset of the Butuan City Government’s Vision 2020, a total of 1,500 mahogany trees will be planted during the simultaneous tree planting activity along the stretch from Bancasi Rotunda going towards the boundary of Bancasi-Bonbon road on March 16, 2014.
Around 7,500 people coming from the different public and private sectors, including regional line agencies, bankers, academe, medical societies, sports clubs, and the local tri-media are expected to join this noble cause of not only doing a simple act to help save the environment, but to help attain the aspiration of Butuan becoming a model for a sustainable forest-based economy in the country through Vision 2020.
“We want to instill to our people the value of commitment”, Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. said. “The commitment of those people who will plant the trees will not stop after they have planted them. They will be committed to visiting their trees on a regular basis, water them, check on them. And to make sure that these trees will not wither and die, to make sure that their planters have really been exercising their commitment, the Forest Grow A Million-Tree Project or what we now call as the Forest GAMP has been created for this purpose. They will be responsible for the monitoring of this project”, Mayor Amante added.
Vision 2020, which states that, “By 2020, Butuan will be a model for sustainable forest-based economy in the country, thereby giving its people the highest per-capita income in Mindanao”, is now the foremost point of all the BCG’s goals, with the Honorable Mayor previously having asserted that individual visions and missions of every Office in the local government unit here should be in-sync and supportive to it.
The new vision has earned mixed reactions from the Butuanons, but Mayor Amante, now more than ever, remains determined and optimistic. “More than the comments, positive or negative, the important thing here is that each of us should be able to do something for Butuan. What have we done for Butuan? Let’s ask ourselves that and let’s all start from there.” (D. Generalao/CMO-PIO)
CMO-PIO (March 11, 2014): To showcase the local products of our women, Juana's Fiesta Caravan has officially opened at the Butuan City Hall Lobby. The 3-day event is in line with the celebration of the 2014 Nat'l Women's Month Celebration.
CMO-PIO (March 10, 2014): Mayor Jun Amante and Dr. Takao Furuno, Founder of the Int'l Rice-Duck Farming Network in Asia, exchanged tokens of appreciation during the opening of the 3-day 8th Int'l Rice-Duck Conference at Almont Hotel's Inland Resort, Butuan City. The conference gathers Integrated Rice-Duck Farming System (IRDFS) experts and farmer practitioners and supporters, as well as development investors, from all over Asia to share and exchange knowledge and innovations that highlight IRDFS as a climate-smart agriculture system, as well as a social enterprise business model that addresses rural poverty. And to signify support to the Butuan City Government's Vision 2020 of becoming a premiere forest-city, the participants will be conducting a tree planting activity on March 11, 2014.
CMO-PIO (March 10, 2014): A total of 25 “Nego Karts” were officially turned over to the fortunate beneficiaries during this morning’s flag ceremony at the Butuan City Hall Grounds. These “Nego Karts” are a product of the joint initiative of the Butuan City Government and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to provide livelihood assistance to deserving individuals/families here. In his message, DOLE RD Atty. Johnson Cañete advised the beneficiaries to nurture and develop this opportunity given to them. The “Nego Karts” are already business-ready and complete with the necessary materials like stoves and water jugs for immediate operations.
CMO-PIO (March 03, 2014): The 2014 Women's Month Celebration in Butuan City kicked off with a fun walk from the Provincial Capitol to the City Hall Grounds and a short opening program attended by the City Gov't Officials, Punong Barangays, and members of the women's associations from all over the city. Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chair Etta Rosales surprised everyone when she arrived unannounced with CHR RD Atty. Marilyn Pintor during the program.
CMO-PIO (March 1, 2014): Mercury Drug Foundation's Oplan Bigay Lunas in cooperation with the Butuan City Gov't.
CMO-PIO (Feb. 27, 2014): BXU Bags 4th Consecutive Championship! During the 17th Caraga Reg'l Athletic Meet Awarding Ceremony in Tandag City, the Butuan delegation was officially declared as the champion for both elementary and secondary levels, defending its grandslam title and defeating 11 participating divisions from all over Caraga Region.
In the implementation of R.A. 10022 or otherwise known as The Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, a number of partner agencies including the Local Government Unit of Butuan City has formally engaged in an undertaking with the Department of Labor and Employment – National Reintegration Center for OFWs (DOLE-NRCO), through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signing at Bo’s Coffee, Feb. 13, 2014.
The recent move by the LGU of Butuan is focused on intensifying and updating its existing programs and corresponding services related to conducting relevant skills training for OFWs and their families through the Butuan City Manpower Training Center (BCMTC) and facilitating local and overseas employment through its Public Employment Services Office (PESO).
In addition to its current responsibilities, as stated in the MOA, the LGU of Butuan will also assign a Focal Person to facilitate the concerns of OFWs and their families, organize a group or committee that will provide appropriate services to the OFWs and their families, and assist in the identification, establishment, monitoring and evaluation of livelihood projects for OFWs and families.
Further, the MOA stipulates that programs shall be technology-driven, resource-based, and sustainable for OFWs and their families, and that the partner-agencies shall be responsible for providing trainings, technologies and resources.
Other partner agencies include the regional offices of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Public Service Employment Office, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Training Institute, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Commission on Higher Education, Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board, Professional Regulation Commission, National Food Authority, Social Security System, Home Development Mutual Fund – Pag-ibig, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Land Bank of the Philippines – Butuan City Branch, Land Bank of the Philippines – Butuan Lending Center, and Saint Joseph Institute Of Technology, Butuan City. (D. Generalao/CMO-PIO)
The local government here is already finalizing its plans for the upcoming Women’s Month Celebration on March. This, as the members of the Gender and Development Coordinating Council (GADCC) convened at the City Mayor’s Conference Room 2 in the afternoon of Feb. 17, 2014.
Chaired by the Honorable City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. and co-chaired by SP Member and Chairman on the Committee on Women, Children and Family Concerns Hon. Rema E. Burdeos, this year’s celebration will launch new activities that will focus on the theme, “Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong!”
Among the new activities to be showcased is the women’s association logo-making contest on the second week and the unveiling of the winning logo on the last day of the month-long celebration. Participating in this contest with cash prizes at stake will be women from the different barangays here. The winning logo will then be officially used by the women’s association.
The month-long calendar of activities also consist of Juana Walk for a Change – a fun walk which will commence from the Provincial Capitol to the City Hall grounds, Juana’s Fiesta Caravan – a 3-day fair of various products originally handcrafted by members of the different women’s organizations here, Juana Be Healthy and Beautiful – a whole-day showcase of wellness services for women ranging from free medical and dental check-ups to makeovers to legal consultations, Juana’s Pep Talk – a weekly on-air discussion of women’s rights over participating radio stations, and Juana’s Night – a night of fun specially prepared for the women. (D. Generalao/CMO-PIO)