Feb 10 2016

UMCOR Turns-Over Disaster-Resilient Building to SJCS


Tacloban City – The San Jose Central School received a typhoon-resilient Multi-Purpose Hall and Evacuation Center from United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in cooperation with Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF). A Turn-Over Ceremony was held at San Jose Central School last February 8, 2016. It was participated in by the organization heads, school heads and the Tacloban City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez.

The goal of both organizations – UMCOR and PDRF – is to respond the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis and disasters. These organization worked together to equip the people of San Jose in times of calamities.

Rene S. Meily, PDRF President said “When I was here last time I had the chance to speak during their graduation. I could not find the right words to comfort the students who have gone through the typhoon Yolanda. All I can think of was a verse in the Bible from the 23rd Palm, ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.’ To UMCOR you really put God’s words into actions through this building. So thank you UMCOR for making this a safe haven, a safe place even though many stormy days may come.”

In response, Assistant Gen. Secretary for IDRRR, Rev. Jack Amick said that all they ask in return is for the school to take good care of the building so it may last for many years.“Taking good care of this building means that we are also serving the Lord.”

Mayor Alfred Romualdez, in his message said, “Taclobanons are very thankful that we have Godly men who are helping us construct these buildings, not only to educate us or to give meaning to those who died but to do God’s words. Let me tell you that the ultimate purpose for all of us is to love our fellowmen and to bring them closer to God. Today it happened. We are very happy to inform you that the City Government of Tacloban is allocating budget to maintain this building and to make sure that it will always look new. We believe that this building is an investment not an expense. We will also make sure that we will continue to support the department of education in its future projects.” (JESSEL QUITORIO)

(Photo credits: Timothy John Canes)

Permanent link to this article: http://tacloban.gov.ph/umcor-turns-over-disaster-resilient-building-to-sjcs/

Feb 10 2016

Tagpuro Farmers Association Receives Livelihood Assistance from USAID

tagpuro grain

Tacloban City – The Association of Tagpuro Farmers United for Progress (ATFUP) received a grains warehouse and solar dryer from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in a Turn-Over Ceremony last February 4, 2016. These are among the 30 agro-fisheries facilities that are being constructed as part of the USAID Rebuild Project that promotes livelihood activities to the disaster-affected communities.

The Farmers Association President, Christopher dela Cruz in his speech said that he was not mistaken in asking for help from Mayor Romualdez because it was promptly answered by the City Government.

Mayor Alfred Romualdez praised the members of the Association for seeing smiles on their faces. He emphasized his gratitude for USAID for being one of the organization that immediately helped Tacloban after the typhoon. He also thanked them for helping the people of Brgy. Tagpuro build back their lives through livelihood assistance. “I am very happy that the USAID created a mechanism for us to learn from the devastation that typhoon Yolanda brought. We all know that nothing is permanent. Challenges will always be there. What is important is we learn from them. We are so blessed to be partnered with the USAID that promotes better quality of life for our people.”

USAID Chief Financial Officer Reginald W. Mitchell hoped that the grains warehouse and the solar dryer facility will serve as source of livelihood to address the needs of the farmer’s association and the people of Tagpuro as a whole. “We hope that the Association will have quality products and higher income among its members so that it will help their families rebuild their lives. Let me end by commending the members of the association for the progress that you have made, your hardwork and your fortitude.” (JESSEL O. QUITORIO)

(Photo credits: Timothy John Canes)

Permanent link to this article: http://tacloban.gov.ph/tagpuro-farmers-association-receives-livelihood-assistance-from-usaid/

Feb 10 2016

USAID Turns Over Typhoon-Resilient Classroom Facilities to TCNHS


Tacloban City – The United States Agency for International Development commonly known as USAID, turned over 4 climate-resilient classrooms to Tacloban City National High School last February 4, 2016. This is in close coordination with DepEd and LGU. This is part of more than 250 classrooms that the USAID are building to help the typhoon-affected areas restore access to education. Aside from the classrooms, they were provided with teacher’s start-up kit, teacher’s desk and chair, cabinet and 55 chairs for the students in each classroom.

Mayor Alfred Romualdez in his welcome message expressed how he is glad to see that Tacloban is now on the right track when it comes to establishing mechanisms on disaster preparedness. He especially thanked the US Government and its representatives for being part of the “Build Back Better” scheme of the City Governement of Tacloban. He added that the American people were always there to help the Filipino people in times of need.

“My father used to tell me stories about Gen. McArthur’s ‘I shall return.’ When I got older I realized, actually, the Americans never left. They were with us all the time. They were like brothers to us.”

USAID Chief Financial Officer Reginald W. Mitchell in his speech praised the students and the teachers for despite the suffering in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda, smiles remained on their faces. “I’ve heard a lot about the massive destruction of typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in Leyte. We saw how the people of Tacloban City suffered in this disaster. I am truly pleased to see the progress that you have accomplished and the smiles back on your faces.” He also emphasized the importance of education in poverty alleviation as a basic human right in which everyone should have access.

Deped Regional Director Luisa Yu thanked the US Government especially the USAID, for helping build back the hopes and dreams of the students of Tacloban City National High School. (JESSEL O. QUITORIO)

Permanent link to this article: http://tacloban.gov.ph/usaid-turns-over-typhoon-resilient-classroom-facilities-to-tcnhs/

Feb 10 2016

Tacloban City Rises 3 Places Up at EVRAA 2016 Overall Results

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Tacloban City – Six days since its opening, EVRAA 2016 held it closing ceremony at Ormoc City Sports Complex last February 6, 2016. This was participated by different divisions in Eastern Visayas namely: Biliran, Baybay City, Borongan City, Catbalogan City, Calbayog City, Eastern Samar Division, Leyte Division, Maasin City, Northern Samar Division, Samar Division, Southern Leyte Division, Tacloban City and Ormoc City as the host city.

Attended by the division heads, local and regional officials, EVRAA 2016 started its closing ceremony with the athletes’ entrance around the Sports Complex, announcement of the final results and the closing of EVRAA 2016 formally done by the Regional Director Luisa Yu.

Tacloban City Division ranked sixth out of thirteen divisions in the overall result of EVRAA 2016—4th place in the elementary level and 7th place in the secondary level. Garnering 25 gold (16 for elementary and 9 for secondary), 36 silver (10 for elementary and 26 for secondary) and 37 bronze (15 for elementary and 22 for secondary). This is thre places higher than the previous year which was held at Baybay City. For the demo sports, with 1 gold, 2 silvers and 6 bronzes, Tacloban City placed 4th. For the special awards, Tacloban City won 1st place in the Best in Athletic Uniform award and 3rd place in the Cleanest Delegation award.

Tacloban City delegates stressed that representing the city is already an honor for them. (JESSEL O. QUITORIO)

(Photo grabbed from EVRAA 2016-Ormoc City Facebook Page)

Permanent link to this article: http://tacloban.gov.ph/tacloban-city-rises-3-places-up-at-evraa-2016-overall-results/

Feb 04 2016

Tacloban City Delegates Join as Ormoc City Opens EVRAA 2016

EVRAATacloban City – The Tacloban City delegates joined the formal opening of EVRAA 2016 at Ormoc City Sports Complex last January 31, 2016. It was participated by 13 divisions from Eastern Visayas namely: Biliran, Baybay City, Borongan City, Catbalogan City, Calbayog City, Eastern Samar Division, Leyte Division, Maasin City, Northern Samar Division, Samar Division, Southern Leyte Division, Tacloban City and Ormoc City. There were 635 delegates from Tacloban City and 531 of them compose the athletes.

Despite drizzles and intermittent rains, the EVRAA 2016, graced by local, regional and national officials, held its opening rites with a parade around the city, freeing of doves and firework display, with the theme, “Creating Opportunities Accelerating Success for Sports Development through K-12.”

Department of Education Regional Director Luisa Bautista-Yu, who formally declared the event open emphasized in her speech the importance of sports in every student. “Sports involve physical and mental training. If we continue to involve our students in athletics, it will develop their self-esteem. This will give them self-assurance that they can overcome adversities in any endeavor.” She further explained their critical role in the full development of students and athletes. “Our role is crucial in the holistic development of our students. Our athletes have been excelling in both physical and mental arenas. I could proudly say that we have achieved our mission in as far as the objectives of the basic education is concerned. This would not be possible without the help of our stakeholders.”

Dr. Yu especially mentioned the Local and City Governments for recognizing supporting their athletes who have potentials and in turn bring honor to the cities and municipalities.

Tacloban City Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Carmelino Bernadas in an interview said that they are grateful to the City Government of Tacloban especially to Mayor Romualdez for trusting and supporting the athletes. He said that the Government’s support in Sports in turn take the students away from unwanted activities. He exclaimed that the support they are receiving make them persevere in bringing home the bacon. (JESSEL O. QUITORIO)

Permanent link to this article: http://tacloban.gov.ph/tacloban-city-delegates-join-as-ormoc-city-opens-evraa-2016/

Feb 01 2016

City Councilor Cristina Visits Outreach Program at Brgy. Tagpuro



Tacloban City – A medical mission was held last January 27, 2015 at Brgy. Tagpuro, Tacloban City lead by Councilor Romualdez. The transitional shelter residents received free dental and medical check-up, and haircut services. There were also feeding of the malnourished children and late registration of live birth. A total of 67 households availed of the free services.

Julita Lima, the leader of the Tagpuro transitional shelters said that she was very thankful to Councilor Cristina because of the prompt response to their request for medical mission.

“ Ma’am Cristina immediately responded to our request that is why the people here in Brgy. Tagpuro are grateful to the Councilor and Mayor Romualdez.”

Councilor Romualdez assured the Brgy. Tagpuro constituents that the City Government of Tacloban is doing its best to transfer the residents into more comfortable shelters, “It is our hope that very soon you will all be moved to your permanent homes. Our Mayor is making sure that everything is set when you transfer. But for now let us take care of our health first,” she assured them all. (JESSEL O. QUITORIO)

Permanent link to this article: http://tacloban.gov.ph/city-councilor-christina-visits-outreach-program-at-brgy-tagpuro/

Feb 01 2016

24 Pedicab Drivers Receive Livelihood Assistance from the City Government


Tacloban City – Last January 26, 2016, the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program of the Department of Labor and Employment, in partnership with the City Government of Tacloban through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), turned over 24 units of pedicab to 24 pedicab drivers from Tacloban City. These pedicabs are part of the 85 units of pedicabs to be released by DOLE as livelihood aassitance.

Ms. Emilia A. Cruz, PESO Manager, thanked everyone who partnered with them especially the Mayor Romualdez and Councilor Romualdez for their support. She added, “I would like to thank the representative from DOLE because of the livelihood assistance they have given to us. In fact last December 2015, there were three livelihood assistance given to the people of Tacloban. In return, we would like to ask for your cooperation to take good care of your pedicabs because you will earn from it. It will help your families. I must say, you are all lucky because of all the pedicab drivers in Tacloban City, you were the recipients.”

City Councilor Christina G. Romualdez in her message said that the pedicab drivers are inspiring people because no matter how hard their job is, they always find ways to smile. “You (pedicab drivers) are an inspiration because we all know that driving a pedicab is not easy. That is why you are here now. These pedicabs are blessings from God so you really have to take good care of them.” (JESSEL O. QUITORIO)

Permanent link to this article: http://tacloban.gov.ph/24-pedicab-drivers-receive-livelihood-assistance-from-the-city-government/

Jan 22 2016

Mayor Romualdez Visits the Medical Mission at Suhi Health Center on his Birthday



Tacloban City – It is a rare for someone to celebrate a very special day in a medical mission, but nothing can stop Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez from doing it on his birthday. Yesterday, January 14, 2015, Hon. Mayor Alfred, together with City Councilor Christina Romualdez, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos and Yedda Marie Romualdez, was greeted with a birthday song by recipients of medical services at Suhi Health Center.

The medical mission offered children feeding, haircut, medicine supply, health check-up and dental check-ups. They also addressed the problems of the residents regarding birth certificates and death certificates.

In his message, Mayor Romualdez emphasized that he is very happy that he is not alone in celebrating his birthday because of the people who were with him believed in his advocacies, “Ako ay nalilipay dahil hindi lang kayo (constituents) ang kasama ko pero binisita ako han akon patod hi Bongbong (Sen. Marcos).” According to Mayor, he is very thankful to Sen. Bongbong especially during the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda because Sen. Bongbong helped him in so many ways.

Senator Bongbong Marcos gave assurance to the Taclobanon constituents that they are doing their best to help the people of Tacloban, “Hanggang matapos ang ating reconstruction, hanggang matapos ang ating rehabilitation, asahan po ninyo na hindi kami titigil. Si Cong. Martin makakasama ko, pati si Mayor and of course pati si Councilor Christina ay patuloy naming kinukulit and Manila kung ano na, ano yung tulong, saan napunta yung pera, ano yung gagawin pa at ano yung kailangan pa nilang gawin dito (sa Tacloban). We did not stop. Since November 8, 2013 na kami ay tuloy-tuloy na naghahanap ng paraan para tulungan kayong lahat.” He added that, “Ganyan ang Waray! Ipakita natin hindi lamang sa buong Pilipinas kundi sa buong mundo na kahit Waray-Waray tayo ay nakangiti pa rin.”

Lorna Lagarte, a resident in the barangay and one of the recipients of medical services, wished Mayor Romualdez good health and long life. (JESSEL O. QUITORIO)

Permanent link to this article: http://tacloban.gov.ph/mayor-romualdez-visits-the-medical-mission-at-suhi-health-center-on-his-birthday/

Jan 22 2016

Pericohon Fire Victims Receive Financial Assistance during the Birthday of Mayor ASR


Tacloban City—On January 14, 2015, as he celebrates his birthday, Mayor Romualdez together with City Councilor Christina Romualdez, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Yedda Marie Romualdez and Jude Acidre spent time with the fire victims that left families at Pericohon, Tacloban City homeless. Their arrival was good news to the fire victims.

The victims of fire that happened on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2016 at Pericohon, Tacloban City will receive the financial assistance from the City Government to help them rebuild their lives.

Sen. Bongbong Marcos said that he is very thankful for the warm welcome and emphasized that he is only there to give help to the fire victims, “Kami ay nandito lamang para magbigay ng kaunting tulong sa mga naging biktima ng sunog noong January 1 at sana kahit sa ganitong maliit na pagtulong ay maging happy naman ang inyong new year.” Sen. Marcos also did some of the distribution of the financial assistance to the victims who were all smiling as their names were called.

On his speech, Mayor Romualdez praised the victims by saying, “Nagpapasalamat ako sa inyong lahat, sa tibay ng loob ninyo, at ayaw niyong maging biktima, at tayong lahat ay tumayo at lumaban at tinulungan natin yung kapwa natin at nagkaisa tayo para makabangon ang ating siyudad. Kaya lubos-lubusan akong napapasalamat sa inyo.” He further added that even though the residents have been through a lot, their smiles are from ear to ear. “Yun lang ang kailangan namin, kahit trabaho kami ng trabaho makita lang namin nalilipay kamo okay na sa amin. Salamat hin madamo. At lagi tayong magpapasalamat sa Diyos sa mga blessings natin at lagi tayong magkakaisa para sa pagpadayon at sa progreso talaga ng Tacloban,” he concluded.

Elvira Sabulao, a resident of Pericohon and a fire victim wished Mayor a happy birthday. She was thankful that the City Government responded immediately by giving relief goods to the victims, “Nagpapasalamat kami kan Mayor ngan hit iya mga urupod kay rumesponde hira dayon, naghatag hin relief goods han mga nasunugan. Happy birthday, Mayor!”

Despite all that the victims have been through, the visitors were overwhelmed and thankful for the warm welcome that greeted them. (JESSEL O. QUITORIO)

Permanent link to this article: http://tacloban.gov.ph/pericohon-fire-victims-receive-financial-assistance-during-the-birthday-of-mayor-asr/

Jan 22 2016

Taclobanons Show Love to Mayor Romualdez on his Birthday


Tacloban City—On his last term as the City Mayor, Mayor Alfred Romualdez celebrates his birthday on January 14, 2016 in the company of constituents of Tacloban City his birthday last January 14, 2016. Well-wishes were posted on City Hall and social media showing the love of the Taclobanons to Mayor Romualdez.

Senator Ferdinand “Bong-bong” Marcos shared how proud he is to see Mayor Romualdez show courage, compassion and hard work despite how difficult the situation is, especially during typhoon Yolanda. “Alfred has inspired not only us in the family, but also the people all over the world. He sacrificed a lot of things and he never stopped doing everything he can that’s why I keep on saying, Alfred, you are my hero,” he said.

First Lady and Councilor Cristina Romualdez expressed her gratitude to all the people who showed their love to them especially to the Mayor. “Mayor Alfred is serving the people and the Lord while he is aging and that is what makes his birthday each year meaningful,” she said.

Hon. Alfred Romualdez said that this is the warmest greeting he had in his nine years as Mayor. “Thank you everyone especially to my wife who never left my side during those nine years in the service. I wouldn’t trade those exciting years for anything.” (THEA FAITH SON)

Permanent link to this article: http://tacloban.gov.ph/taclobanons-show-love-to-mayor-romualdez-on-his-birthday/

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