Wednesday, April 30, 2008

meeting the folks at Barangay Dagum

Early this week, Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento met with the officials and residents of Brgy. Dagum. The meeting was part of the preparations for the MEDCAP of the USNS Mercy personnel.

As of the last update, preparations are being made to have the mission conducted at the old campus of the CKC Herman Gmeiner Elementary School which is located in Brgy. Dagum.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Rice Situationer

Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento recently convened the People's Committee, a special body composed of representatives of the various stakeholders of the City. Included in the agenda of the said meeting was a report on the Rice Situationer in Region 8.

The City Mayor presented figures regarding rice production and consumption in Region 8. These figures (which was provided by DA RO8 and updated on March 24, 2008) gave a reassuring picture of rice production/ availability.

The report acknowledged that There's a looming world rice shortage; and that it could impact on the country's export volume and consequently, food security. On the other hand, it noted that:
1. Both national and regional outputs continue to grow;
2. In Region 8, rice output in year 2007 grew by 143%, the highest for any region in the country and affording the region a sufficiency index of 115%;
3. Apparently, the best way to forestall the situation from ever happening is by relying on / appealing to our local capability to produce more, reduce post harvest losses and increase efficiency in rice use (i.e. reduce wastage in home consumption).

Monday, April 28, 2008

Nijaga's new lamposts

The new lamposts at the Nijaga Park have been lit. Workers are still doing their job putting in place brick tiles on the sidewalk. The lampsots of the same style have been installed at the Rueda Street Walkway.

(Here are some pix taken by Ami and Bon. My apologies, these were taken using camera phones)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Drug Pushers in the City

Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento with Calbayog Police Chief P/Supt Isaias Tonog recently presented to the media two suspected drug pushers.

Live-in partners Reggie Arma and Jean Vertrudes who are residents of Brgy. Aguit-itan were apprehended with 6 grams of shabu in their possession. The suspects who are currently detained at the PNP Calbayog temporary lock-up cell will be charged with violation of Section 5 of R.A. 9165.

Mayor Sarmiento with P/Supt Tonog and the suspects (l-r) Jean Vertrudes and Reggie Arma.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

"Earth Day" at DepEd Calbayog

DepEd Calbayog yesterday ended their two-day Orientation and Workshop on Division Solid Waste Management. The activity commenced on April 22. It was some kind of an Earth Day Celebration for the said agency.

Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento was on hand to deliver a report on what the City Government is doing with regards to Solid Waste Management.

Mayor Sarmiento as he delivered his report. Seated are (l-r) Calbayog East Central School Principal Primitva Jalayajay, Science Education Supervisor Rose Paragas and City Schools Division Superintendent Edita Paculan.

On the other hand, Mr. Sun Kwon Chun, a Korean national who is into into Jathropa plantation paid a courtesy call on the City Mayor. Mr. Sun later on turned over a check amounting to 57,000 pesos to the Calbayog City National High School. The amount will be used for the purchase of 100 units of armchairs for the said school.

Calbayog City National High School Principal Lolita Alera as she received the check from Mr. Sun Kwon Chun. With them are (l-r) Mayor Mel Sarmiento, Mr. Moon Shik Kim and Mrs. Edita Paculan.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day in Calbayog 1

Mayor Mel Sarmiento was in Barangay Cagbilwang (Oquendo District) early this morning to be on hand for the simple Earth Day Program which was spearheaded by the ABC President, Councilor Bombie Enriquez. In attendance were the officials and residents of the said barangay, officials from the barangays near the Watershed area and the some employees from the Environment Office.

Together with the issues on climate change and other environmental concerns, details about the LGU's PILI planting program was tackled. It should be noted that the said program was put in place as an alternative job or means of livelihood for the illegal loggers apprehended in the watershed area. As of today, some 65,000 pili trees have been planted in the area.

Mayor Mel Sarmiento as he stressed a point during the celebration. Listening to him is ABC President Bombie Enriquez.

Monday, April 21, 2008

an update: The Calbayog Pier

I got hold of some pictures of the Calbayog Pier. These pictures were taken about a week ago and it shows the progress of the project being undertaken at the area.

"So near yet so far" is the most common line uttered by passengers who get "stranded" aboard THE VESSEL OF THE ONLY SHIPPING COMPANY plying the Cebu - Calbayog route when the said vessel arrives in Calbayog on a low tide. I dunnow the exact details of the project, one thing for sure, it is supposed to provide some sort of an axtension, so as to let the vessles dock even on low tide (I hope).

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

USNS Mercy in Calbayog

The USNS Mercy will be coming back to Calbayog. As per details provided by the City Health Officer, Dr. Cesar Sabenicio, the Mercy mission will have two components namely, the ENCAP and MEDCAP.

The ECNCAP (Engineering Civic Action Program) will be held from May 10, 2008 to June 10, 2008. It will include the following:
- Construction of Main Health Center in Brgy. Capoocan
- Construction of Sewage Disposal Facility at Greenland Subdivision in Brgy. Rawis
- Repair of the Sta. Margarita Health Center, Botika ng Barangay at Brgy. Ilo and repair of the Gandara District Hospital.

The MEDCAP (Medical Civic Action Program) will be conducted from June 1 to 13, 2008 in the following places:
- San Isidro, Northern Samar: June 1 & 2
- Gandara: June 4 & 5
- Sta. Margarita: June 7 & 8
- Calbayog City: June 10 - 13

Details of the the Mindanao leg of the mission has been reported in ABC News and San Diego News.

For other details, you may also check this link.

Friday, April 11, 2008

and yet another update

I passed by the Nijaga Park yesterday afternoon. Workers were busy putting on bricks on the walkway / sidewalk along the Gomez (street) side of the said Park. Still part of the beautification of the said park. A few weeks ago, the first set decorative lamposts were intalled in the area.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

just an update

Hi there! I'm back. So sorry for giving no updates the past week. Do you still remember my post about the LGU project putting in place the Rueda Street Walkway? Work is still ongoing in the area. A few weeks ago, they have intalled the new lamposts, similar to the ones installed at the Nijaga Park. And when I went to TTMIST yesterday, this is what I saw, I mean the pictures below. Some workers busy with the next phase which is concreting of the sidewalk from Mercury Drugstore to the TTMIST gate.

And yup for those have been out of Calbayog for so long, especially those from TTMIST, you now have to pass through the main gate along Rueda Street (the other gate is in front of the DPWH office). The main gate which is familiar to many generations of Tancinco studes and alumni (what do we call them?) has been closed and arrangements are being made for it to be utilized by the DepEd employees and students from Calbayog East Central School. And what happens to the gate at East or the Division Office. It is supposed to be closed as the area always gets congested with PD cabs and other vehicles especially during rush hours when students enter and leave the school premises; and in case of an emergency, that scenario could pose a problem to the BFP Fire Trucks stationed in Hamorawon.