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.
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.
CMO-PIO (March 19, 2014): Evaluators from the Office of Civil Defense give out their assessment and comments after Butuan City, along with all the other cities and municipalities in the country, conducted an earthquake drill at the City Hall, March 19, 2014. Butuan passed the evaluation and got a satisfactory rate of 84%, according to Ms. Grace Burdeos Espere, Chief of the CDRRMO. This year, Butuan is the pilot city and is representing Caraga Region in the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill.
CMO-PIO (March 17, 2014): In his message during the “Forest in the City Hall Exhibit” Opening, Mayor Jun Amante, via a live phone patch interview, proudly announced that he has already reported the tree planting activity to the Institute of Solidarity in Asia and that he looks forward to telling the same precious story in the 2015 APEC Summit which will be held in the country. The exhibit, which will be open for spectators until Friday, March 21, 2014, is part of the series of activities that will be conducted in connection with the Vision 2020 launching.
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)