A NIGHT OF LOVE AT LINTAON PEAK

A NIGHT OF LOVE AT LINTAON PEAK

The City Mayor of Baybay, Hon. Carmen L. Cari conceptualized an event that will gather all the aspiring ballroom dancers with their friends and family on the night of love at the Pavilion Hall, Lintaon Peak, as a post-valentine celebration which falls in the Chinese New Year.

This event was organized by the Baybay City Tourism and Investment Promotion Office (BTIPO) , spearheaded by Ms. Josh Granada-Gutierrez.

A total of 275 guests and balik-baybay visitors coming from Maasin City Southern Leyte, Ormoc City, and from the different parts of the region graced this newly launched event. It was spiced up by one the best band in the region, the M1s Pure Soul of Southern Leyte in rendering beautiful love songs and much more, in giving the twists to fire up the event. Also, the organizers tapped the Sutuwaki Catering Service from Ormoc City to give a good food to the guests.

A Night of Love in Lintaon Peak is the second event that happened in the Pavilion Hall, Lintaon Peak. As of the moment, this hall is still not accepting reservations for events until such time that there will be an official release of the ordinance from the City Government of Baybay. Moreover, they have been continuously doing improvements such as the installation of the street lights and the construction of the comfort room in the site, to ensure that guests and visitors going to Lintaon Peak are safe and secured. Most importantly, that they will surely have a worthwhile and fun filled experience. | Mark Unlu-cay

Baybay City Fire Station speaks of illegal refilling of LPG into butane canisters

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Baybay City Fire Station speaks of illegal refilling of LPG into butane canisters

Possible explosions are highly likely to occur, which could lead to possible loss of lives and damage to properties, following fire accidents due to the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) refilled in butane canisters.

In an interview with Fire Safety Inspector SFO2 Paul Morata, of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Baybay City, he emphasized safety concerns over cheap costs of refilling butane canisters with LPG. SFO2 Morata said this amidst the alleged proliferation of illegal refilling of LPG in butane canisters in Cebu that has been transported to Baybay City for trading.

“Refilling butane canisters only costs Php8.50 to Php12.00 compared to buying the LPG priced at over Php200 for 2.5 kilograms and Php600 for 11 kilograms but the cheap price comes at a cost,” added Morata.

On the other hand, SFO3 Helcon Dela Torre, the Chief of the Administrative Section of the Baybay City Fire Station revealed that LPG-refilled butane canisters had proliferated in Mindanao and Cebu and is now starting to grow in Negros Oriental and Leyte.

“The Department of Energy in the Visayas (DOE-Visayas) has noted three (3) related explosions in Cebu, due to the use of LPG-refilled butane canisters, although no fatality has been recorded,” dela Torre said.

“We are strengthening the monitoring of the backyard refilling of LPG in butane canisters, but we can only do much due to our very limited manpower,” added Morata.

P/SUPT. RAMIL AMODIA, Chief of Police of the Baybay City Police Station, however, said that pursuing the people behind the backyard refilling of LPG into butane canisters can be difficult because this is usually done inside their residences, which make it riskier on the part of their family members.

Thus, to be effective in the campaign against the backyard refilling of LPG into butane canisters SFO3 dela Torre said that the community plays a very important role, especially that they too are placed in a risky condition.

 “Section 3 of Presidential Decree 1865 states that it is illegal to trade, sell, distribute or haul LPG-refilled butane canisters without permit from the Department of Enery and those found guilty will face two (2) to five (5) years of imprisonment or a fine of Php20,000 to Php50,000 or both, in the discretion of the court. But in case of second and subsequent conviction under this act, the penalty shall be both fine and imprisonment,” added dela Torre.

Dela Torre explained that the Local Government Units’ support is very critical to put a stop to the illegal refilling of LPG in butane canisters and in selling the same.

It could be recalled that SFO3 dela Torre expressed his concern about this problem during the first City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) Meeting and said that an ordinance, once in place, will facilitate the implementation of this act.

Dela Torre ended the interview by saying that, “What is cheap can be very lethal and costly in the end.”  (Jason Ybanez, CIO Staff and Marissa M. Cano, CIO III)

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Baybay City Police Station Reveals Requirements for Securing a Police Clearance

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BCPS Reveals Requirements for Securing a Police Clearance

Police clearance is a government document that is released to an individual upon request. This certificate ensures that you cleared of any unlawful activities and has not been involved in any criminal act. According to PSUPT RAMIL N. AMODIA Chief of Police of the Baybay City Police Station (BCPS), the police accepted as a valid ID and can also be used for legitimate identification purposes.

As a part of safety precautions, some company employers require a Police Clearance in hiring qualified employees. Securing passports and other government IDs may also require a police clearance.

However, like other public documents such as the Barangay Clearance, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance and the Voters’ Certification from the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), a Police Clearance is valid only for one (1) year. This means that in case you will need a police clearance again, you must secure another after its expiration date.

In an interview with PSUPT AMODIA, he revealed the requirements for securing a police clearance. These include the Community Tax Certificate, commonly known as “cedula” which is issued by the City Treasurer’s Office; the Barangay Clearance which can be secured from the barangay where the applicant is residing; two (2) pieces 2×2 ID picture; Official Receipt for the Police Clearance Fee, in the amount of one hundred pesos (Php100.00), from the City Treasurer’s Office; one (1) Documentary Stamp which can be secured at the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in the amount of thirty pesos (Php30.00), and the Filled-out police clearance application form which will be given by the Desk Officer at the police station, upon request.

Particularly in the City of Baybay, the Police Clearance can be acquired at the new Baybay City Police Station located at the Diversion Road in Barangay Gaas, Baybay City, Leyte.

Considering its distance from the poblacion, and the difficulty to get a public transport from the new Baybay City Police Station back to the poblacion proper, it would be wise to bring all the necessary requirements before going to the police station. (Jason Ybanez, CIO Staff and Marissa M. Cano, CIO III)

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GAD Conducts Capability Building Training for CSOs in the City

Two representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office 8, WLFO, LEO III Ms. Darwinda C. Labastida (second to the left in front) and Senior LEO Engr. Primo Guarin (Third from left, in front) discussed on how to make a Project Proposal. (Photo Credit: Jayvee Campomayor, City Information Office Staff)

GAD Conducts Capability Building Training for CSOs in the City

Organizations are often required by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to submit proposals to enable them to avail of their DILEEP.  These proposals undergo competitive screening thus, proposals must be well-written, with program designs and project details carefully planned and thought of.

Thus, the Gender and Development (GAD) Office of the City of Baybay spearheaded a 2-Days Orientation and Project Proposal Write shop with the DOLE Region 8 personnel.

This was held at the Women’s Training and Development Center at Barangay Cogon, Baybay City, Leyte and was attended by DOLE-registered farmers and women’s associations in the city.

These include Gabas Farmers Association, Bunga Compact Farmers Association, Bunga Women’s Association, Kansungka Agricultural Farmers Association, Matam-is Farmer Association, Gacat Women’s Association, Gubang Farmers Association, Kan-ipa Irrigators Service Association Incorporated and Barangay Hipusngo Farmers and Fisherfolks Association.

According to GAD Focal Person, Ms. Mora Abarquez, they convened the said organizations to help and guide them in developing project proposals for the livelihood projects of their choice.

Ms. Abarquez added that, “We must capacitate the organizations that we are assisting to enable them to stand on their own.” (Marissa Miguel Cano with reports from Jayvee Campomayor, City Information Office Staff)

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20 Percent% Discount on RPT for Prompt Tax Payers

Baybayanons sat in front of the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) while waiting for their turn to be entertained by the concerned staff (Photo Credits: Jason Ybañez, City Information Office Staff)

 

20 Percent% Discount on RPT for Prompt Tax Payers

The City of Baybay is now offering 20% discount on Real Property Taxes (RPT) but only for prompt and non-delinquent tax payers.

According to City Treasurer, Mrs. Evelyn Pernites-Relente the city offers early payment discount to encourage more people to pay their RPT on time and for them to avoid the corresponding penalty for paying beyond March 31, 2018.

Mrs. Relente explained that the penalty for delinquent tax payers is 2% per month.  Thus, if a taxpayer will pay his/her RPT on April 1, 2018, the penalty of 8% will automatically be added to the taxpayer’s bill.

However, the maximum allowable penalty for delinquent RPT taxpayers is only 72% because according to Mrs. Relente the law mandates that the penalty for RPT shall not exceed 36 months.

It could be recalled that the first-ever Local Revenue Code of the City of Baybay was approved in 1991. Since then, the Baybayanons enjoyed a very low RPT.  “In the old Local Revenue Code, the assessed value of the land, building, equipment or machineries is multiplied by 1% plus another 1% for the Special Educational Fund (SEF) for the Local School Board,” explained Mrs. Relente.

She added, however, that due to the constant prodding of the Department of Finance (DOF), the Sangguniang Panlungsod enacted the Baybay City Revenue Code of 2017.  And after several finance committee meetings and public hearing, the same was approved on May 9, 2017 and was implemented starting August 1, 2017.

Under the new tax code, the assessed value will be multiplied by 1.5% of the basic plus another 1% for the SEF.

In relation to this, Mrs. Relente calls upon the RPT taxpayers to take advantage of the 20% discount that the Local Government Unit of the City of Baybay is offering until March 31 of this year.

To facilitate the paying of either the real property tax, community tax certificate and the like, the City Treasurer’s Office placed this registration area to ensure that the first come, first served basis is properly implemented. (Photo Credits: Jason Ybañez, City Information Staff)

It could be recalled that as early as January 2, 2018 the City Treasurer’s Office set-up waiting areas for the Baybayanons who will pay their Real Property Tax (RPT), community tax certificate (CTC), and fees and charges this year.

They also set-up a priority number registration area to ensure that the first come, first served policy is implemented without fear or favor. (Marissa Miguel Cano, City Information Office III, with reports from JasonYbañez, CIO Staff)

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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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