A MUST READ FOR SENIOR CITIZENS OR FOR FAMILIES WITH SENIOR CITIZENS

Qualified senior citizens must see to it that they apply again for the Social Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC) to be included in the list that will be submitted by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) to the Department of Social welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Office 8 in Tacloban City.

JANUARY 19: A DATE TO BEAT

Senior citizens must apply again for the Social Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC) in their respective barangays.

This was revealed by City Social Welfare and Development Officer of the City of Baybay, Ms. Loreta Malabanan in an interview with the “Nasayod ka ba, Bai?” News Team.

Ms. Malabanan explained that the re-application of the senior citizens to the SPISC was mandated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

This is to clean the list of the SPISC beneficiaries off disqualified senior citizens.

According to the former DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, “Qualified to receive the P500 monthly stipend are senior citizens who are frail, sickly, or have disabilities; are not receiving pension from Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), or Veterans Pension; and do not have a permanent source of income or regular support from relatives.”

In this connection, Ms. Malabanan is reminding the Barangay Captains and the Kagawad In-charge of the Committee on Social Services that they must submit the application forms signed by their respective senior citizens to the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) on or before January 19, 2018.

Ms. Malabanan added that they must interview the senior citizens in their respective barangays the soonest possible time.  She also reminded the senior citizens to see to it that they sign the documents used by the Kagawad In-charge during the interview.

Malabanan reiterated that failure to submit the documents signed by the senior citizens, who had re-applied for the SPISC to their office, on January 19, 2018, means that their names won’t be included in the list that they will submit to the DSWD Region 8 for funding. (Marissa Miguel Cano, City Information Officer III, with reports from Jason Ybañez of the City Information Office)

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IN Cebuano

Kinahanglan nga mag-apply pag-usab ang mga senior citizens ‘ning dakbayan sa Baybay alang sa Social Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC) sa kagamhanan didto sa sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga Barangay Hall.

Kini aron matangtang na sa listahan sa mga Senior SPISC beneficiaries ang mga senior citizens nga dili kuwalipikado niining maong programa sa gobyerno.

Mao kini ang gibutyag ni City Social Welfare and Development Officer Mrs. Loreta Malabanan sa City Social Welfare (CSWDO) ‘ning dakbayan.

Matud pa ni Malabanan nga gikan sa Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD) ang mando nga pa-aplayon pag-usab ang mga senior citizens aron pagseguro nga kadto lamang mga senior citizens nga walay gidawat nga laing pension ang makadawat sa social pension gikan sa kagamhanan.

Nunot niini, gi-awhag ni Malabanan ang mga Kagawad In-Charge sa Committee on Social Services sa matag barangay sa pagkuha na sa CSWDO sa porma nga ilang gamiton sa pag-interview sa mga senior citizens sa ilang barangay.

Gibutyag usab ni Malabanan nga kinahanglan nga ilang ma-interview ang mga senior citizens sa ilang barangay sa labing dali nga panahon.

Kini tungod kay ang dili makasumiti sa mga porma nga gi-fill-apan sa mga senior citizens sa Enero 19 ‘ning tuiga, dili na mahilakip sa ilang isumite nga listahan didto sa DSWD Region 8 aron mapangayo-an og pondo.

Gipahinumdoman usab ni Malabanan ang mga senior citizens nga duha (2) ka mga porma ang ilang fill-upan human sila ma-interview sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga Kagawad In-Charge sa Committee on Social Services.

Alang sa dugang kasayuran bisita lang sa City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) nga anaa mahimutang likod sa General Services Office (GSO) ug pangitaa lang si CSWD Officer Ms. Loreta Malabanan.

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Congressman Cari sponsors a back-to-back concert for the people of Baybay

The Brownman Revival during their concert at the Baybay City Gym in the evening of December 28, 2017. (Photo Credit:  Jayvee Campomayor, City Information Office Staff, Baybay City, Leyte)

Congressman Cari sponsors a back-to-back concert for the people of Baybay

Time flies so fast when you enjoy the moment. This was how the millennials of the City of Baybay felt when the “Brownman Revival” bade goodbye to the audience at past midnight of December 28, after performing revival songs for around two (2) hours. Women screams and giggles at the start of each song, reminiscing special moments with their loved ones and loved once. 😊

The Baybay City Gym was filled with mostly standing rock music lovers who jammed with the performers, to the extent of coming up the stage to perform with them.

Jason X also gave a very entertaining front act before the concert of the Brownman Revival at the Baybay City Gym.  (Photo Credit:  Jayvee Campomayor, City Information Office Staff, Baybay City, Leyte)

For this, the people of Baybay would like to extend their heartful thanks to Congressman Jose Carlos Cari for sponsoring this concert in celebration of the 2017 Baybay City Fiesta in honor of her Patroness Immaculada Concepcion. (Marissa Miguel Cano, City Information Officer III, Baybay City, Leyte)

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Pomponan national high school bags it all

The dancers of the Pomponan National High School during the Binaybayon dance Ritual Presentation (Photo Credit: Jayvee Campomayor of the City Information Office, Baybay City, Leyte)

Pomponan national high school bags it all

Challenged by its loss over Baybay National High School during the 9th Binaybayon Festival in 2016, the students of the Pomponan National High School doubled its efforts and won both the Street Dancing and the Dance Ritual Presentation during the 10th Binaybayon Festival just lately.

Guided by its theme, “Agricultural-based Production with focus on Jackfruit Production”, the students from the Pomponan National High School managed to get the highest score from the judges against the other contingents from Caridad National High School, Baybay National High School and Plaridel National High School.

The Binaybayon Festival interwove the story about how Baybay got its name, its natural resources, the major products it produces, and the veneration of the people to the blessed Immaculate Conception.

Based on the guidelines, each contingent must have at least 70 dancers, but the maximum number allowed is only 100, excluding the props bearers; and there shall be no children dancers who are below seven (7) years old.

The time allotted for the Dance Ritual Presentation at the Baybay Sports Complex is only seven (7) minutes including the entrance and exit. The contingents may use the Binaybayon Jingle in all parts of the Binaybayon Dance Ritual Presentation or they may use natural sound effects and another music related to the theme for the Part I (Occupational Dance Steps) and Part II (Dance Ritual Steps) to further support the theme of the festival, and the Binaybayon Jingle for the Part III (Dance Praise for Thanksgiving).

While to ensure that the participants are guided accordingly, particularly on the basic dance steps, the festival coordinators, choreographers and musicians of all contingents shall attend the Basic Binaybayon Festival Dance Workshop which shall be facilitated by the Binaybayon Festival Working Group at most two (2) months before the contest.

During her message, Baybay City Mayor Carmen L. Cari thanked the City Tourism Officer, Ms. Josefina K. Granada-Gutierrez and her staff for facilitating the conduct of the 10th Binaybayon Festival.  She also thanked the members of the Binaybayon Fetival Committee: Dr. Ildebrando Buot, Ms. Thelma Zafra and Ms. Joan Cerna-Rapada; as well as the judges for both the Street Dancing and the Dance Ritual Presentation; the Baybay City Division and the different competing schools for completing the 2017 fiesta celebration by putting up the ritual showdown.

The judges for the Street Dancing Competition were Mr. Ernesto Guarino, Antonio Cinco and Mr. Angelo Manapsal, the Chairperson. They adjudged the winner based on the following criteria:  Performance (30%), Creativity (20%), Showmanship (20%), Discipline (20%) and Costume and Adornment (10%).  And for the 10th Binaybayon Festival Street Dancing Competition, Pomponan National High School ranked first; Baybay National High School came in 2nd, Plaridel National High School ranked 3rd, and Caridad National High School ranked 4th.  However, only the first placer, Pomponan National High School, received the cash prize for the Street Dancing Competition.

The judges for the Dance Ritual Presentation, on the other hand, were Ms. Catherine Vestil, Mr. Angelo Manapsal and Mr. Rene Fervelino, the Chairperson.  The criteria they used for judging the ritual showdown were:  Thematic Interpretation (10%), Performance (30%), Choreography (30%), Costume and Props (20%) and Overall Impact (10%).

Pomponan National High School also ranked first in the Dance Ritual Presentation and received a trophy and a cash prize; Caridad National High School ranked 2nd and they also received a trophy and a cash prize; while the Baybay National High School ranked 3rd and received a trophy and a cash prize.  Plaridel National High School, on the other hand, received a Consolation Prize.

In relation to this, Ms. Gutierrez extends her heartfelt thanks to all who, in one way or another, helped in making the 10th Binaybayon Festival a successful one.  She thanked the Philippine National Police, the 78th Infantry Battalion, and the Bus Terminal and Traffic Management Office for ensuring peace and order during the parade and the dance ritual presentation at the Baybay City Sports Complex.  But most of all, she thanked Baybay City Mayor Carmen L. Cari, Congressman Jose Carlos Cari of the 5th District of Leyte and the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod for their all-out support to the annual Binaybayon Festival, most especially in the provision of the needed logistics. (Marissa Miguel Cano, City Information Office III, Baybay City, Leyte)

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PAINTINGS THAT MAKE OTHERS’ DREAMS COME TRUE

Baybay City City Mayor Carmen L. Cari and Sangguniang Panlungsod Member, Hon. Ernesto Butawan enjoys the paintings during the Formal Opening of “Dinhi sa Baybay”:  First Group Art Exhibit of the Visual Arts Association of Baybay (VAAB)

PAINTINGS THAT MAKE OTHERS’ DREAMS COME TRUE

The newly-organized Visual Arts Association of Baybay City (VAAB) put up its first group art exhibit at the Knights of Columbus Building as part of the 2017 Fiesta Celebration of the City of Baybay.

Eleven (11) local artists, some of whom are winners of regional, national and international competitions agreed to put up the exhibit dubbed as “Dinhi sa Baybay” to feature breath-taking sights around the city from December 8, 2017 to January 5, 2018. They also want to help the Special Program for the Arts (SPA) students and pupils of four (4) schools in the city which offers SPA on Visual Arts.  These include the Baybay National High School, Plaridel National High School, Baybay North Central School and Bunga Elementary School.

The artists include Marvin Alidro, Buen Joseph Andrade, Lito Caña, Mizael Cerna, Domingo “Bebot” Flandez, Architect Pauline Cari Perez, Rico Palacio, Dazzilyn Palermo, Dicoper Pernites, Billy Pomida, and Prof. Jude Nonie Sales.

The SPA is a Department of Education (DepEd) Program where talented students undergo screening to determine which of the SPA programs will they take. The choices include Dance, Theatre, Media Arts or Visual Arts.

According to Prof. Sales, the Consultant of the SPA for Visual Arts at the Baybay National High School, “Under the SPA even the students who come from disadvantaged families are given the chance to express their talents, thru the special classes that is being offered by the school, where the students undergo a series of lectures and workshops.”

He added that, “During the Regional Festival of the Arts (RFA), students from the different schools that offer SPA, from the different divisions in Region 8, compete with each other and for almost four (4) years, SPA students from the City of Baybay have been declared as Champions because they have shown their best in either of these categories: Dance, Theatre, Media Arts and Visual Arts.  Hence, the need to hone their talents more.”

Realizing the need for logistics to support the dreams of the SPA for Visual Arts students of the City of Baybay, because the arts materials are very expensive, the artists agreed to donate twenty percent (20%) of the sales of their paintings to buy art materials for the aspiring young visual artists of the city which will be distributed during the visual arts training-workshop which will be conducted by the artists themselves.

They also agreed that a portion of the funds that will be raised from the art exhibit will be used as initial funds for the organization and will be given to the Knights of Columbus as their share for allowing VAAB to use the building for free.

It could be recalled that in June 13-30, 2017 six (6) of the said artists, which include Caña, Cerna, Flandez, Perez, Pomida and Sales (also known as Hugpong Sabado: Baybayanon Artists Group) also put up an art exhibit dubbed as “Arte sa Diyes”: An Art Exhibit for a Cause, as part of the 10th Charter Day Celebration of the City of Baybay.  They were able to raise funds which they used in the conduct of the Visual Arts Training at the Conference Hall of the Baybay City Division on June 30, 2017 where more than a hundred SPA students had undergone hands-on training with the artists themselves.

 

Participants of the Training-Workshop on Visual Arts in action at the Conference

Hall of the Baybay City Division. (Photo Credit: Architect Pauline Cari Perez)

 

Both art exhibits were facilitated by the City Information Office of the City of Baybay. (Marissa Miguel Cano, City Information Officer III, Baybay City, Leyte)

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Baybay City passes it all!!!

(From the left) Officer-in-Charge City Local Government Operations Officer, Ms. Estela I. Creer, Baybay City Mayor Carmen L. Cari and Vice Mayor Michael L. Cari received the Seal of Good Local Governance Award at the Manila Hotel, Tent City on November 27, 2017 (Phot Credit: Ms. Portia Bongalos, Baybay City Mayor’s Office).

Baybay City passes it all!!!

The City of Baybay got the 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) even if the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) adopted a more stringent assessment criterion of 4+1, with the inclusion of peace and order as one of the core areas.

According to Officer-in-Charge City Local Government Operations Officer of Baybay City, Ms. Estela Creer, “The Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) recognizes the good local governance practices and good initiatives of the local government units and once the LGU passes the Seal of Good Local Governance, it is tantamount to saying that the Local Government Unit is compliant to the mandates of the law.”

Ms. Creer added that to get the SGLG Award the LGUs must pass the four core areas which include Good Financial Housekeeping, Social Protection, Disaster Preparedness, and Peace and Order; and at least one essential area, either Business Friendliness and Competitiveness; Tourism, Culture and the Arts; or Environmental Protection.  But in the case of Baybay City, it passed all the core and essential areas of the 2017 SGLG.

And to think that the City of Baybay had just celebrated its’ 10th Charter Day, its local officials, employees and constituents must really be proud of this accomplishment of being one of the only three (3) cities in Region 8 who got the 2017 SGLG. The two (2) others were Maasin City and Tacloban City.

However, OIC-CLGOO Creer revealed that the biggest challenge which the Baybay City LGU faced in the assessment was on the number of barangays that have been declared as drug-cleared by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).  “The process was quite tedious, but the city was able to comply with the requirements, same is true with environmental management,” added Ms. Creer.

 “But the City Mayor Carmen L. Cari, the Sangguniang Panlungsod, the Heads and Section Heads of the different offices, the employees and the constituents of the city really prepared for this award not just for three months but for the whole year.  In fact, it has become a way of life, a culture in the city.  There is a conscious effort in all Baybayanons to bag the most prestigious award a Local Government Unit can get, and they did,” ended Ms. Creer.

In an interview with the City Mayor she said that this is a dream come true.  It could be recalled that during the national SGLG evaluation, which was held on August 24, 2017, she said that, “As a leader and Mayor, this is an award I have always wanted because it is an affirmation of how right and good the services we are delivering to our people are. It is a validation of our belief that government services come with the right attitude, the right competence and integrity.”

While, the Evaluators’ Team Leader, DILG Region XI Assistant Regional Director Wilhelm M. Suyco, CESO IV forestalled, even before the evaluation started, that “I have a feeling that what the Mayor said will come true.”

DILG Region XI ARD Suyco also explained that in validating SGLG nominees, one region validates another region to avoid bias.

It could be recalled that 81 provinces, 145 cities and 1,489 municipalities were subjected to the SGLG assessment but only 28 provinces, 61 cities and 359 municipalities got the 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance and these LGUs are now eligible to access the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) to finance their local development initiatives.  (Marissa Miguel Cano-City Information Office III, Baybay City, Leyte)

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