CMO-PIO (Jan. 06, 2014): Part of his current visit in Butuan City, the People's Republic of China Consulate General Zhang Weiguo attends the Economic and Tourism Dialogue at the City Mayor's Office. In his brief presentation, Mayor Amante emphasized the City Government's goal of graduating 18,000 families from poverty to self-sufficiency via the 2020 Vision of Agro-Forestry, which aims to make Butuan a sustainable economic model and achieve the highest per capita income in Mindanao, via the utilization of the existing 35,000 hectares of timberland. Butuan was dubbed as the Timber City of the South during the 1950’s and with our existing resources, it would not be impossible to go back to such state. The Honorable Mayor also stressed out the City Government's goal of being featured in the next APEC Summit in 2015 and added that to double the value of this Vision; the City Government will also be incorporating agricultural projects. With this dialogue, the City Government hopes to rekindle its trading relations and start new investment ventures with China.
CMO-PIO ( Jan. 06, 2014): The Chiefs of Office of the Butuan City Government convenes for their first meeting for 2014. Mayor Amante pushes for the alignment of each department's 2014 Work Plan for the achievement of the City's 2020 Vision of Agro-Forestry. The Agro-Forestry Vision looks into poverty alleviation through the utilization of over 25,000 hectares of timberland.
CMO-PIO (Jan. 05, 2014): The People's Republic of China Consulate General landed in Bancasi Airport, Butuan City 3:00 PM, Jan. 05, 2014. The Honorable Consulate is here for a 2-day visit and an economic dialogue at the City Mayor's Office on Jan. 06, 2014. He was met by Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. and members of the Filipino-Chinese Chamber here. The Honorable Consulate is looking for possible investment opportunities and rekindle the trading relations between Butuan and China. He was taken to the Balanghai Shrine in Libertad and the Butuan National Museum here right after his arrival. He is set to participate in a tree planting activity at the Bancasi Rotunda before his departure on Jan. 07, 2014.
CMO-PIO (Dec. 30, 2013): The Butuan City Government (BCG) joins the whole nation in commemorating the 117th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal via a Wreath-Laying Ceremony and Program held at the Guingona Park 7 A.M. . The Department of Education – Butuan City Division made sure to give an impressive commemorative for this year, which included folk dances, a recital of Rizal’s poems, and a dramatization of the National Hero’s childhood to his young days up to his death. In his message, Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. emphasized the importance of the choices that we make in our everyday lives, and that we can be heroes in our own little ways if we try to make the right decisions in being good citizens of our country. Only then can we look forward to the future with dignity and attain the true meaning of liberty and freedom, the freedom that Dr. Jose P. Rizal and the rest of our heroes so bravely fought and died for. Also joining the commemoration earlier were Vice Mayor Angelo Calo and the rest of the Honorable Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, Chiefs of Office and employees of the BCG, men and women of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army, Freemasons of the Philippines, Boys and Girl Scouts of the Philippines, and students.
CMO-PIO (Dec. 13, 2013): The newly-renovated Butuan National Museum's Exhibition Galleries have been formally opened for the public through a Soft Launching done last night, Dec. 12, 2013. Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. was joined by the National Museum Asst. Director Dr. Ana Maria Theresa Labrador, National Museum Archaeologist Dr. Mary Jane Bolunia, and Butuan Historical Society President Mr. Greg Hontiveros. City Councilors Samuel Allan Amante and Derrick Plaza also graced the affair, along with DepEd Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Josita Carmen and students from Agusan National High School.
CMO-PIO (Dec. 12, 2013): A joint project of the City Government of Butuan and the Filipino-Chinese Community of Agusan, a total of 5 school buildings (4 of it already completed and 1 to be started for construction) have formally been turned over to the DepEd Local School Board during a ceremony held at Pareja Elementary School, Brgy. Bayanihan, Dec. 11, 2013. During which, DepEd's Computerization Program was also launched. Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. graced the whole activity.
CMO-PIO (Dec. 12, 2013): To achieve its Vision of an Eco-Tourism invested and Agro-Forestry based Industry, Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. and personnel from the City Government of Butuan convened for a 2 and a half day workshop at VJ's Sports Bar along J.C. Aquino Ave., this city, Dec. 9-11, 2013. Institute for Solidarity in Asia's Executive Director Christian Zaens and Program Assistant for LGU Jay Arguelles acted as facilitators during the workshop.
CMO-PIO (Dec. 5, 2013): Brgy. San Vicente made it again in this year's shortlist for Top 3 Most Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Awards, National Category. It can be recalled that the Barangay emerged as the National Winner, beating all the other barangays in the whole country, in last year's incentive awards.
CMO-PIO (Dec. 4, 2013) : Congratulations to the 40 HOLCIM Galing Mason Graduates! They are now working in various on-going building constructions in the City and will soon be employed abroad soon as they finish their local tenure. This program is in coordination with TESDA and the Local Government Unit of Butuan under the administration of Mayor Jun Amante and facilitated through the Office of SP Member Ramon Carampatana.
CMO-PIO (Dec. 2, 2013): As the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) celebrates its 80 years of service, it also turned over to the LGU of Butuan a grant of Php 6.1 Million as livelihood assistance for the latter's 15 organized groups in the different barangays here. SP Member Hon. Samuel Allan Amante and PESO Manager Ronnie Azura received the check during DOLE's Press Conference held at VCDU Prince Hotel, Dec. 02, 2013.