SAG extractors needs to be provided with alternative livelihood

Currently, there are nineteen (19) sand and gravel extractors in Barangay Cogon, Baybay City, Leyte.  This was revealed by the Punong Barangay of Barangay Cogon, Hon. Teresita Saguinsin Pialago, during the meeting called by Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Conservation and the Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of the City of Baybay to discuss about the sand and gravel extraction at the Pagbanganan River.

She added that SAG extraction is their main source of income of the residents in Barangay Cogon and if the law against sand and gravel extraction will be strictly implemented, they need to have an alternative livelihood.

Punong Barangay Pialago revealed that way back 2016 the SAG extractors of Barangay Cogon and Zone 1 were organized by the city’s Civil Society Organization (CSO) Desk Marissa M. Cano to qualify for the Sustainable Livelihood Project (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the Bottom’s up Budget (BUB) Program of the national government.

The CSO Desk even met the SAG extractors in Zone 1 in the evening just to encourage them to participate but most of them decided not to join the organization. Thus, the CSO Desk opened the membership to interested residents of Barangay Cogon which is now the Association of the Women and Men of Barangay Cogon for Sustainable Livelihood.

The organization availed of a HALF MILLION worth of SLP from DSWD where ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00) was released to each of the 50 members of the organization, which they must pay back to the organization in one (1) year, without interest.  Sad to know, many of the SAG extractor members of the organization have not fully paid the amount to the organization until now.

The Association of the Women and Men of Barangay Cogon for Sustainable Livelihood is now lending the amount that they have collected to members and non-members in the barangay and this helped the residents a lot, especially during the time of the pandemic. The SAG extractors, on the other hand, continued to extract sand and gravel along the Pagbanganan River despite the constant reminder for them to stop from the Local Government Unit of Baybay and Punong Barangay Pialago.

After Typhoon Agaton, the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau Regional Office 8 (MGB Region 8) personnel inspected the bridges in the city and caught them in the act extracting sand and gravel. Hon. Pialago said that the MGB geologists reminded them that what they are doing is illegal and must be stopped immediately. But this reminder seemed to fall on deaf ears until Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Member, Hon. Carmen L. Cari herself was able to take a picture of the sacks of sand and gravel piled near the Duncaan Bridge. Thus, the call for the said meeting.

While in an interview with Forester John Jochiel M. Artajo, Law Enforcement In-Charge of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (City ENRO), he said that they may be getting only few sand and gravel compared to those with quarrying permits but theirs a continuous extraction thus may have extracted even more SAG than them.

In a meeting with the SAG extractors, Forester Artajo revealed that they even said that they are helping the government so that the water on the Pagbanganan River will not overflow, as what they are doing is like dredging the river, but Forester Artajo explained that there are proper authorities who are mandated to dredge the river.

During the meeting of the Association of the Women and Men of Barangay Cogon for Sustainable Livelihood  on January 22, 2023, Punong Barangay Pialago said that she submitted the names of the SAG extractors to the presiding officer, Vice Mayor Atty. Ernesto Butawan, for appropriate action.

The said meeting was attended by Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Members Hon. Filemon Avila, Hon. Jorge Rebucas, Hon. Carmen Cari, Hon. Romulo Alcala, Hon. Dr. Fulton Ike Arradaza, Hon. Dominic Junie Murillo, Liga ng mga Barangay President Hon. Philip Siu, Barangay Cogon Punong Barangay Hon. Teresita Pialago, Zone 1 Punong Barangay Mario Cellona, Anna Judessa Alfante and Junsith Sabelino from the 5th Leyte Engineering District-Department of Public Works and Highways (5th LED-DPWH), and For. Emmanuel Tan and For. Joan Joyce Canoy of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Community Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-CENRO).  (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


City Agriculturist explains why farmers must insure their crops with PCIC

Sixty-three (63) farmers of the City of Baybay received indemnity checks from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) just lately. 2023).

These include farmers from Barangays Plaridel (3), Gabas (8), Marcos (5), Gaas (10), Kan-ipa (7), Kilim (7), Maganhan (1), Gacat (1), Sta. Cruz (7), Patag (3), Maybog (2), Caridad (1), Hilapnitan (1), Kansungka (2), Balao (1), Kabungaan (1), Butigan (2) and Kabalasan (1).

According to City Agriculturist Ms. Mora Capangpangan Abarquez, sixty-two (62) of them are rice farmers and only one (1) is a corn farmer. “They had their farms insured with the PCIC and when their farms were damaged by Typhoon Odette and Typhoon Agaton, they immediately reported the incident to the PCIC and the latter conducted validation of their farms thus they were given indemnity checks,“ explained Abarquez.

Ms. Abarquez added that indemnification is an agreement where your insurer helps cover loss, damage or liability incurred from a covered event. Indemnity is another way of saying your insurer pays for a loss, so you don’t have financial damages.

She added that, “The PCIC’s principal mandate is to provide insurance protection to farmers against losses arising from natural calamities, plant diseases, and pest infestations of their palay and corn crops as well as other crops.” Thus, she said that there is no reason why farmers would not insure their farms with PCIC because registration is free.

Ms. Abarquez also said that forms are available at the City Agriculture Office, Second Floor, New Baybay City Hall for those who are willing to have their crops and animals insured with PCIC.

It could be recalled that swine producers who had their pigs insured with PCIC also received indemnity checks because of the damages caused by African Swine Fever (ASF).

Crop insurance is a means of protecting the crops and animals against financial losses due to uncertainties that may arise from crop failures/losses arising from unforeseen threats and hazards that are beyond the control of the farmers.

Thus, according to Ms. Abarquez, “Risks in agriculture such as weather, biological, labor, and health are easily insurable. And because farmers face a lot of these risks, they may reduce the risk by insuring their crops and animals with the PCIC.” (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


Construction of transitional houses by the IOM continues

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Dr. Manuel Icon P. Donaire, Mr. Bezaleel A. Sombilon, and Mr. Jesse dela Cruz of the City Social Welfare and Development Office(CSWDO) of Baybay City and Engr. Christine F. Armenta, Field Assistant Engineer of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) conducted site visitation in Barangay Maganhan and Barangay Kambonggan on January 17, 2023.

This is to check the status of the construction of the IOM’s transitional shelters in the different barangays of the City of Baybay.

In an interview with CSWD Officer Donaire, it is revealed that 156 households from Barangay Kantagnos were rendered homeless by TS Agaton. The first 40 houses funded by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), which were completed by the joint efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Philippine National Police in Barangay Maganhan, have been turned over to the first 40 households on July 15, 2022.

He added that the construction of the second batch of 32 houses, also funded by the OCD, is still on-going also in Barangay Maganhan. While the IOM has already completed 56 transitional shelters (Maganhan = 56, Bubon = 2, Gaas = 1, Sitio Sto. Niño, Zone 1 = 2, & Kan-ipa = 5) for the survivors of Barangay Kantagnos, eight (8) are still on-going and 3 have not yet started, also in Barangay Maganhan. “The remaining 17 households either did not pass the validation of the IOM because they either lived outside of the Evacuation Center or has the capacity to construct their own house,” explained Donaire.

The residents of Barangay Mailhi (268 households) were also displaced by TS Agaton after the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region 8 declared the barangay as unsafe for habitation.  Thus, the Local Government Unit of Baybay constructed 40 permanent housing for the survivors in Barangay Higulo-an, while the IOM is currently constructing 155 transitional houses in Barangay Kambonggan for the residents of Barangay Mailhi.  The rest of the households (74) either lived outside of the Evacuation Center or has the capacity to construct their own house thus were not included in the beneficiaries of the transitional shelters being constructed by the IOM.

It could be recalled that the IOM also constructed 14 transitional shelters in Barangay Bunga and 29 in Barangay Maypatag and these shelters have already been turned over to the identified and qualified beneficiaries. Sixty-four transitional shelters in Barangay Villa Mag-aso have also been occupied by the TS Agaton survivors, while 30 units are still being constructed in the said barangay.

CSWD Officer Donaire lauded the IOM for their commitment to do the task on time, to the extent of not celebrating the Yuletide Season. The LGU of Baybay continuously renders support and assistance to these endeavors of OCD and IOM by providing whatever is needed, especially the purchase of lots where the shelters are constructed. “Baybayanons are truly indebted to the IOM for their unwavering support to the victims of Typhoon Agaton.” (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


First in Region 8: Baybay Delights’ SP Baby Food and Milk Drink

Baybay City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari encouraged the farmers to plant sweet potato as an alternative crop when the price of copra was very low way back 2019.  He said that a farmer will earn more from growing sweet potato compared to coconut farming or rice farming. “If a farmer has 100 square meter land planted with sweet potato, he will harvest 350 kilos of sweet potato tubers which the City of Baybay will buy at P25.00per kilo, regardless of the sizeof the tubers, and he will have a total sale of P8,750,” explained Mayor Cari.

Then, the Rootcrops Processing Center was established at Barangay Cogon of this city to serve as a readily available market for the produce of the sweet potato farmers in the city. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) also gave the City of Baybay an Ice Cream Maker machine thus,  sweet potato-based ice cream are now sold at the Pasalubong Center.  They also produce sweet potato chips that are displayed at the Pasalubong Center and the VIP Lounge located inside the Baybay City Gym.

But since, despite the improved nutritional status of the children in the city, it cannot be denied that there are still a number of malnourished children in the city, Mayor Cari challenged the City Nutrition Action Officer Kristine Shayne Abarquez Castos and Rootcrops Processing Center Manager Dhebie M. Relente to make a baby food and a milk drink for lactating mothers using sweet potato and carabao’s milk as the main ingredients. “Our agricultural programs must be connected to our nutrition program to encourage our farmers to produce more,” added Mayor Cari.

Both took the challenge and on July 6, 2022, they facilitated the Sensory Testing of the baby food and the milk drink, during the launching of the Nutrition Month Celebration, and got positive response from the children who were fed with the sweet potato-based baby food, and positive comments from the lactating mothers who participated the Sensory Testing activity which was held at the Baybay City Gym.

Mayor Cari was pleased with the result of the Sensory Testing, of both the baby food and the milk drink, and ordered that these products will be used in the feeding program of the City stating 2023. In an interview with Mr. Relente she revealed that they are still processing the Rootcrops Processing Center’s Permit to Operate with the  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but the Baybay Delights’ Sweet Potato Baby Food and Milk Drink was launched today (January 18, 2023) at Barangay Caridad of this city. Ms. Castos revealed that Barangay Caridad was chosen as the pilot barangay for this project because they have the most number of pregnant women.

This launching was attended by City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari, Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Member Chair of the Committee on Health Dr. Fulton Ike Arradaza and SP Committee Chair on Agriculture Hon. Dr. Jose Bacusmo, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Leyte Provincial Director Dr. John Glenn D. Ocaña, National Nutrition Commission (NNC) VIII Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., SP Members Hon. Ramon Ronald Veloso and Hon. Dominic Junie Murillo, the members of the City Nutrition Committee, and the Barangay Cardidad Council headed by Hon. Teresita C. Casoy.

During the said activity, Ms. Castos presented the Nutritional Status of the City of Baybay in the last five (5) thus the City of Baybay was awarded the 2021 Green Banner Seal of Compliance during the 2022 Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony dubbed as “Gawad Nutrisyon” held at the Oriental, Leyte on December 28, 2022.  But Mayor Cari said, “We can do more. The SP had provided funds to sustain this program thus and we will be expecting for results, specifically its impact to the nutritional status of the children and the nutritionally at risk pregnant women.”

During the said activity, Visayas State University’s Retired Professor Dr. Julie Diamante Tan discussed about the health benefits of rootcrops as superfood.  She said that sweet potatoes are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, high in antioxidants that protect the body from free radical damage and chronic disease, contain fiber and antioxidants, and are rich in beta carotene and anthocyanins, antioxidants that may help prevent vision loss and improve eye health. Thus, this will definitely boost the city’s nutrition program.

DOST Leyte Provincial Director Ocaña said that they are excited about this another very laudable project of the City of Baybay to eradicate malnutrition using a very cheap product (sweet potato) which is now introduced as a superfood.  Thus, he said that the DOST will provide the necessary technical assistance in the packaging and to extend the lifespan of the product so that mothers may keep them, even without refrigeration, and so that other Local Government Units (LGUs) may avail of this health service of the City of Baybay in the future.

NNC VIII Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Dotollo, on the other hand, extend his congratulations to the Baybay City LGU for garnering the Most Innovative Award by producing “Idol Ko Si Nanay” lectures in video, which facilitated the conduct of the Mother’s Class despite the pandemic. Encouraged also by the thoughts of Mayor Cari, Dr. Dotollo revealed that the NNC, through the Regional Nutrition Council, passed resolution No. 3, Series 2022 to use sweet potato as an alternative food for rice in Region 8. (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


Construction of additional housing units for TS Agaton Survivors from Barangay Mailhi

“There is a need for back-filing and additional personnel to fast track the construction of the temporary shelters for 155 survivor families of Barangay Mailhi.”  This was revealed by the National Coordination and Camp Manager (CCCM) Officer of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Ms. Maria Perpetua Bulawan, during her visit to the New Baybay City Hall to update Baybay City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari on the status of the project.

It could be recalled that 254 families in Barangay Mailhi were displaced by Typhoon Agaton after the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Geologists declared Barangay Mailhi as unsafe for habitation.  The City of Baybay, thru Mayor Cari and the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) headed by Vice Mayor Atty. Ernesto M. Butawan, approved TWENTY THREE MILLION PESOS (P23M) to construct 40 units of permanent housing for the said families. And because of the high cost of each housing unit, the Baybay City LGU, thru the leadership of Mayor Cari, is currently looking for funds or possible donors, for the construction of the additional permanent housing units.

This is where the International Organization for Migration (IOM) came into the picture.  They are now constructing 155 transitional shelter units for the TS Agaton survivors of Barangay Mailhi at Barangay Kambonggan of this city and according to Ms. Bulawan, they can fast track its construction given additional manpower. City Social Welfare and Development Officer Dr. Manuel Icon Donaire also revealed that there is a need for the back-filling of the said area.

CSWDO Donaire also explained that the IOM is only constructing 155 temporary shelters because the remaining 59 surviving families of Barangay Mailhi are now living outside of the Evacuation Center. He added that the City of Baybay leased the land where the said temporary shelters are being constructed, for two (2) years, with the hope that by that time, all the permanent housing units in Barangay Higulo-an will already be completed.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is part of the United Nations System as the leading inter-governmental organization promoting since 1951 humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all, with 174 member states and a presence in over 100 countries. IOM has a presence in the Philippines since 1975. Here in the City of Baybay, aside from the construction of transitional shelters, the IOM also implemented Cash-for-Work which benefited the survivors of TS Agaton. (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


Consultation is the key towards development

“The Mayor and the Sangguniang Panlungsod has no monopoly on the programs and projects to be implemented and how these must be implemented. You, being the implementers, can suggest whether to stop or continue its implementation, or to suggest other programs, provided these decisions are backed-up by figures.”

This was reiterated by Baybay City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari during the presentation of the 2022 Accomplishments by the City Agriculture Office, headed by Ms. Mora Abarquez, and the City Engineering Office, headed by Engr. Ranulfo Tagolgol.

Mayor Cari said that he wants to see the impact of the projects on the lives of the beneficiaries. He also wants to see if these programs and projects are not completed on time, and the reasons for the delay, and the proposed solutions.

It could be recalled that the Local Government unit of Baybay, through the City Agriculture Office, implemented several agriculture and fisheries programs to ensure food security in the City of Baybay. This will not only to improve the buying capacity of its populace, but also protect Baybayanons from the global food crisis. Mayor Cari clearly stated in his 2022 State of the City Address (SOCA) on June 16, 2022 that the farmers and the fisherfolks will be trained and provided with the inputs that they need in preparation for the food crisis in 2023, which according to economic experts, “The Food Crisis of 2023 is going to be far worse than most people would dare to imagine.”

The City of Baybay also included in its 2022 Annual Investment Program several infrastructure projects in the different barangays of the City of Baybay to facilitate economic development in the said barangays. All these programs and projects are a product of the consultations with its stakeholders, thus the need to step-up its implementation.

The presentation was attended  by Vice Mayor Atty. Ernesto M. Butawan and Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Members Hon. Jorge Rebucas, Hon. Romulo Alcala, and Hon. Dominic Junie Murillo, City Administrator Atty. Florante Cayunda Jr., and the Department and Sections Head of the Local Government Unit of Baybay. (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


Tanan nga nagsalig sa lubi sa ilang kapanginabuhian, kinahanglan nga magparehistro sa NCFRS

Nagpadayon pa ang registration alang sa National Coconut Farmers Registration System (NCFRS) sa buhatan sa Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).

Mao kini ang gitataw ni OIC Provincial Coconut Development Manager Danny “Daboy” Ramos sa PCA Northwestern Leyte and Biliran dili pa lamang dugay.

Kahinumdoman nga gipahigayon sa dakbayan sa Baybay ang Information Caravan on the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Plan (CFIDP) diin gitataw ni PCA Regional Manager III Joel O. Pilapil nga kadto lang mga narehistrong mag-uuma sa lubi ug mga trabahante sa kalubihan ang makabenepisyo sa mga programa ubos sa Republic Act 11524 o ang Coconut Farmers and Industry Fund Act.

Nunot niini, gi-awhag ni OIC Provincial Coconut Development Manager Ramos ang tanan nga mga katawhan nga nagsalig sa lubi sa ilang kapanginbuhi-an sa pagparehistro gilayon sa ilang buhatan. “Ang mga nanag-iya og 5 hectares nga kalubihan paubos, mga farmer laborer o farm worker, mga owner-tiller, bisan ang mga saop pwede basta giila sila sa mga tag-iya sa yuta nga ilang gisaopan, pwedeng magparehistro sa NCFRS, hasta ang mga sobra sa 5 hectares ang kalubihan, pwede gihapong mag-register sa NCFRS kay naa man ‘sab lain nga programa ang gobyerno para ilaha,” dugang pa ni Ramos.

Angayang masayran nga segun sa RA 11524, kinahanglan nga ma-finalize na sa PCA ang listahan sa tres milyones (3M) ka mga coconut farmers sa tibuok Pilipinas human sa noventa (90) ka adlaw, gikan sa effectivity sa maong balaod kaniadtong Marso 13, 2021, apan wala kini nila naapas gumikan sa pandemya. Busa, human gilunsad ang CFIDP dinhi sa dakbayan sa Baybay kaniadtong Septiyembre 28, 2022, subling nag-awhag ang PCA sa pagparehistro sa mga coconut farmers aron makapahimulos gayud sila sa mga programa nga gilatid sa gobyerno alang kanila.

Gibutyag ni Ramos nga 404,000 ka mga coconut farmers ang kinahanglan nga marehistro sa Region 8 samtang, segun sa ilang gipahigayon nga NCFRS Registration sa tuig 2018, gibutyag ni Ramos nga mikabat sa 5,913 ang nakaparahistro nga mga coconut farmers sa dakbayan sa Baybay didto sa ilang buhatan. Nunot niini, dungan sa updating sa listahan ug sa registration sa mga bag-ong mga coconut farmers, 6,800 ka mga coconut farmers ang ilang target nga marehistro sa dakbayan sa Baybay.

Gibutyag ni Ramos nga miadto na sila sa mga barangay aron magpahigayon og Registration Orientation apan daghan ang mga registration forms nga wala na nahibalik sa ilang buhatan.

Nunot niini, gibutyag ni Ramos nga sigurado lang nga nahilakip sa NCFRS ang usa ka coconut farmer kon nakadawat na siya sa iyang Enrolment Client’s Copy diin makita ang iyang Reference/Control Number. “So, bisan pakon naka-fill up na mo sa form sa una pa pero wala mo makadawat sa enrollment client’s copy, nagpasabot kana nga wala pa mo marehistro sa NCFRS ug dili gihapon kamo mo-qualify sa mga programa ubos sa CFIDP,” dugang pa ni Ramos.

Busa, gi-awhag ni Ramos ang mga coconut farmers dinhi sa dakbayan sa Baybay nga muadto gayud sa ilang opisina nga anaa mahimutang sa Zone 18 ‘ning dakbayan tungod kay aduna silay mga staff nga maka-assist kanila sa pag-fill-up sa registration form ug aron madawat usab nila dayon ang ilang Enrolment Client’s Copy.

Angayang masayran nga atol sa information caravan,  gitataw usab ni PCA 8 Regional Manager Pilapil nga tumong sa CFIDP nga mahatagan ug giya o direksiyon ang nagkadaiyang mga ahensiya sa kagamhanan nga gitahasan sa pag-implementar sa mga programa nga gilatid sa nahisgotang balaod.

Matud pa niya nga diez bilyones ka pesos (P10B) ang gigahin nga pondo sa unang tuig pa lang sa implementasyon sa RA 11524 nga naglangkob niining mosunod: 1) Social Protection; 2) Coconut Farmers Organization and Development; 3) Hybridization; 4) Community-based Farm Enterprise Development; Farm Rehabilitation and Improvement; 5) Integrated Coconut Processing in downstream products Shared Facility Processing; 6)Support Services; 7) Innovative Research Projects and their Practical Application on Coconut Processing Production and Distribution; ug 8) Monitoring and Evaluation. (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


Barangay Kabungaan usa sa mga SBDP recipients sa Rehiyon Otso

Usa ang Barangay Kabungaan sa dakbayan sa Baybay sa dos cientos (200) ka mga recipients sa Support to Barangay Development Program (SBDP) dinhi sa Rehiyon Otso.

Ang SDBP mao ang pondo nga gihatag sa nasudnong kagamhanan aron matubag ang panginahanglanon sa mga barangays dinhi sa Rehiyon Otso nga nag-atubang og dakong hulga gumikan sa rebeldeng grupong New People’s Army (NPA).

Nasayran nga nagsumite og mga project proposals ang nahisgotang mga barangay ug gi-download sa nasudnong kagamhanan ngadto sa mga Local Government Units (LGUs) ang pondo aron ma-implementar kini sa gikatakdang oras. Apan inay nga baynte milyones ka pesos, cuatro milyones ka pesos nalang ang gihatag sa national government ngadto sa mga barangay karong tuiga.

Usa kini sa mga gihisgotan atol sa gipahigayon nga Regional Development and Security Forum for Local Chief Executives in Eastern Visayas dili pa lang dugay (Nobyemre 11, 2022) didto sa Summit Hotel sa dakbayan sa Tacloban.

Gitambungan kini sa mga representante sa National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), Joint Regional Task Force 8-Technical Working Group (JRTF8-TWG), sa unom ka mga Gobernador sa Sidlakang Kabisay-an, 37 ka mga Mayor o sa ilang representante, ug 200 ka mga Punong Barangay nga recipient sa SBDP, lakip na niini silang Kabungaan Punong Barangay Hon.  Geronimo Casil ug Barangay Secretary Perlita Manatad.

Atol sa iyang pagpakigpulong, nagkanayon si National Security Adviser and NTF-ELCAC Vice Chair Clarita P. Carlos nga napakyas sa pag-implementar sa mga proyekto nga ilang gi-propose, sulod sa duha ka tuig nga tagal, ang mga barangay nga unang nakadawat sa baynte milyones ka pesos nga SBDP hinungdan nga nagka-uyon ang NTF-ELCAC nga menosan ang pondo sa SBDP gumikan sa kakulang sa absorbtive capacity sa mga barangay. Ang lain pang hinungdan sa pagmenos sa pondo nga gigahin sa SBDP mao ang pandemya diin mikunhod ang tax collection sa gobyerno.

Atol usab sa maong forum, nagpresentar sa ilang mga Accomplishments and Challenges ang unom ka mga Gobernador ug gitubag usab sa nagkadaiyang mga ahensiya sa gobyerno ang mga concerns nga gipadayag sa mga Punong Barangay, mga Mayor, ug mga Gobernador. Sa iyang kabahin, nagkanayon si Secretary Carlos nga iya kining ilakip sa report nga iya unyang isumite ngadto kang President Ferdinand Romuladez Marcos II. (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


11 ka mga BLGUs nakadawat og FA gikan sa Baybay City LGU

Usa sa mga good governance practices sa Lokal nga Kagamhanan sa dakbayan sa Baybay mao ang pag-download sa pondo ngadto sa hingtungdan nga barangay alang sa ilang priority project.

Pinaagi niini, gawas nga masunod gayud ang nakabutang sa ilang plano, makatutok usab ang mga kawani sa City Engineering Office (CEO) ‘ning dakbayan sa mga priority projects usab sa Lokal nga Kagamhanan sa dakbayan sa Baybay.

Mao kini ang gitataw ni Baybay City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari atubangan sa mga Punong Barangay sa noventa y dos (92) ka mga barangay ‘ning dakbayan.

Matud pa ni Mayor Cari nga sa higayon nga napatik na ang priority project sa usa ka barangay sa Annual Investment Program (AIP) nga gi-aprobahan sa City Development Council (CDC), kinahanglan nga ila kining i-follow-up dayon didto sa CEO aron ikapatuman sa labing dali nga panahon.

Samtang, sa higayon nga ila nang madawat ang pondo alang sa ilang priority project, kinahanglan nga ila dasyon kining i-implement tungod kay kinahanglan nga ma-liquidate sa barangay ang pondo nga ilang nadawat sulod sa duha (2) ka tuig. Kini aron subli silang makadawat og pondo gikan sa Baybay City LGU alang sa uban pa nilang mga priority projects nga dili kayang pundohan ginamit ang National Tax Allocation (NTA) sa barangay, nga mas nailhan sa tawag nga Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

Angayang masayran nga gisugdan ni Mayor Cari ang pag-download sa pondo sa mga barangay projects ngadto sa hingtungdan nga mga barangay kaniadtong tuig 2019. Iyang nakita nga epektibo kini nga pamaagi tungod kay daghan ang mga proyekto nga nahuman sa gikatakdang panahon ug napuslan na sa mga molupyo sa ilang barangay.

Matud pa ni Mayor Cari nga dako usab ang gikatabang sa gipahigayon nga surprise monitoring ni City Accountant Jay Austero ngadto sa mga barangay tungod kay madasig ang mga barangay officials nga humanon gayud ang proyekto sa gikatakdang panahon.

Lakip sa mga nakadawat og financial assistance gikan sa Baybay City LGU kagahapon (Nobyembre 9, 2022) kining mosunod nga mga barangay: 1) BARANGAY SAN ISIDRO – FA for the Construction/Concreting of Barangay Road Hinubigon (Hanging Bridge) = P370,000.00; 2) POBLACION ZONE 19 – FA for the Improvement of Barangay Hall, Construction/Rehabilitation of the Tanod Outpost = P650,000.00; 3) POBLACION ZONE 6 – FA for the Improvement of Barangay Hall, Construction/Rehabilitation of Tanod Outpost = P200,000.00; 4) BARANGAY CANDADAM – FA for the Construction of Pathways & Construction of Open Canal at Sitio Ligaya = P1,500,000.00; 5) BARANGAY SAN AGUSTIN – FA as Livelihood Project on Rice & Feeds of the San Agustin Vendors Association = P150,000.00; 6) BARANGAY MAYBOG – FA for Improvement of Water System & Construction of Waiting Shed = PP500,000.00; 7) BARANGAY COGON – FA for Completion of Health Center Extension, Construction of Waiting Shed = P520,000.00; 8) BARANGAY SAPA – FA for Construction of Waiting Shed, Construction Pathways and Construction of Drainage Canal = P450,000.00; 9) BARANGAY LINTA-ON – FA for the Construction of Comfort Rooms at the Barangay Gym & Construction of Daycare Center = P550,000.00; 10) BARANGAY GABAS – FA for Improvement of Health Center & Construction of Waiting Shed = P450,000.00; ug 11) BARANGAY BANAHAO – FA for Improvement of Barangay Health Center & Concreting of Pathways = P650,000.00

Malaomon si Mayor Cari nga masugdan gilayon ang implementasyon sa nahigsotang mga proyekto aron mapahimuslan gilayon kini sa mga molupyo sa ilang barangay ug sa uban pang mga molupyo sa dakbayan sa Baybay. (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)


Kadasig sa Lokal nga Kagamhanan ang pagbag-o sa mga reforming residents ug mga drug surrenderers

“Kon wala ‘ni nga mga programa, sayon ra g’yud ninyo ang pagbalik sa paggamit og iligal nga druga. Kay ang usa ka adik, inig mata sa buntag mogamit na pud. Pero kamo, naningkamot ‘mo nga makalikay na niini kay naa ‘mi ug naa ang inyong mga minahal sa kinabuhi nga nagsuporta ug nagpangga ninyo.”

Mao kini ang gipalanog ni Baybay City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari atol sa iyang inspirational message sa gipahigayon nga Recognition Rites and Re-integration program of Balay Silangan and Community-based Drug Rehabilitation Program (CBDRP) nga gipahigayon karong adlawa (Nobyembre 7, 2022) didto sa Binaybayon Convention Center sa Barangay Hibunawan ‘ning dakbayan.

Matud pa ni Mayor Cari nga tinuig nga gigahinan og pondo sa Sangguniang Panlungsod ang mga Anti-Illegal Drugs Program sa siyudad sa Baybay, namalit sa gikinahanglan nga mga butang, ug nagsuweldo og mga tawo aron makabalik ang mga drug surrenderers sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga pamilya ug sa komunidad nga ilang gipuy-an.

Gibutyag usab ni Mayor Cari nga dako nga pondo ang gigahin sa Lokal nga Kagamhanan sa dakbayan sa Baybay karon alang sa skills training sa mga graduates sa Anti-Illegal Drugs Program sa dakbayan sa Baybay. “Tudlo-an mo og abilidad, tagaan pa ‘mo og allowance samtang nag-training, tagaan ‘sab mo og mga kagamitan, ug tagaan pa g’yud mo og puhunan,” dugang pani Mayor Cari ug naghugyaw angmga graduates niining maong kasayuran.

Angayang masayran nga sa pagka karon, ang Balay Silangan Drug Reformation Center pa lang sa dakbayan sa Baybay ang nag-operate nga Balay Silangan sa tibuok nga lalawigan sa Leyte. Regular usab ang pagpahigayon og CBDRP dinhi sa dakbayan sa Baybay uban sa panabang sa mga partner agencies and individuals ug siyento porsiyento usab ang suporta nga gihatag sa Baybay City LGU sa PNP-initiated Wellness and Recovery Program (WRP).

“Ingon niana ka-seryoso ang Anti-drug Abuse Program nato para sa mga drug surrenderers sa atong siyudad ug hinaut nga inyo gayud kining ipadayon kay mao kini ang makapadasig kanamo nga inyong mga local officials kon inyo gayud kining ipadayon ug makita sa uban ang resulta sa atong mga programa,” panapos ni Mayor Cari.

Si Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 8 Regional Director Edgar T. Jubay, sa iyang kabahin, nagkanayon nga ang mga graduates sa mga susama niini nga mga programa ang nagsilbing inspirasyon sa mga law enrforment agencies nga sama sa PDEA tungod kay nagpamatuod lamang kini nga misalig sila sa mga programa sa gobyerno. Busa, malaomon siya nga wala nay mahisalaag pa kanila ug padayon na gayud nga molikay sa dili maayong bisyo.

Hinuon, gidayeg ni RD Jubay ang mga reformists tungod kay matud paniya nga ang usa nga labing mahinungdanon nga tipik sa kausaban sa ilang kinabuhi mao ang ilang pag-angkon sa sayop nga ilang nabuhat ug nga ila na kining gibasulan.

Sa katapusan, gipahalipayan ni Department of Health (DOH) Region 8 Assistant Regional Director  Rodolfo Antonio Albornoz ang Baybay City LGU gumikan sa multi-sectoral approach nga gihimo niini aron magmalampuson ang Anti-Illegal Drugs Program sa dakbayan sa Baybay.

Samtang sa mensahe ni DOH Region 8 Regional Director Exuperia Sabalberino nga gibasa ni ARD Albornoz, nagkanayon siya nga, “Today, we are celebrating not only the winning of the Baybay City LGU but also the success of the graduates. As products of the CBDRP and the Balay Silangan, you will re-enter our society as individuals reborn, as people who shed off the curse of drugs. It is said that we all make mistakes but they need not define us. We hope you rise above and use the lessons you have learned and the growth you have achieved in making the best version of yourselves.” (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)