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Bislig City – The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) headed by Mr. Orbele Carmen conducted the three-day Vehicular Accident Medical Responders Training last February 19 to 21, 2015 at the City Hall Compound, Poblacion. Carmen designated Randy Bucani as the Course Coordinator being the President of the Bislig City Emergency Medical Responders. Officers and members of the Traffic Management Group led by the City Assistant Administrator Cicero Bacolod, SangguniangPanlungsod Member Aaron Castillo, Committee Chair on Disaster Preparedness and Management, as well as other City Medical Personnel attended the training as instructed by Mayor Librado C. Navarro.

As front liners and trained responders on the accident scenes, the CDRRMO included the Traffic Management Group in the training not only to implement the proper handling in transporting the victims of the accidents but also to assist in the immediate delivery of medical service.

There were 23 initial participant of the said training, 21 of which graduated. With the knowledge they gained, they are expected to share and propagate their learnings to their co-workers and subordinates in order to prevent any interruption in giving emergency medical responses. During the training, ‘doing the right things right on time’ was given significance for more injury prevention and save more lives and properties.

City Mayor Librado C. Navarro and Vice Mayor Jonas A. Cacayan personally bestow fishing gears and accessories to the beneficiaries


Bislig City – Fisher folks from the City’s coastal barangays recently received several kinds of fishing gears as part of the livelihood assistance from the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Local Government Unit of Bislig City.

Bislig Updater learned that the Deep Sea Fishing Project and the Aquamarine Development Program are the livelihood projects jointly supported by the DA-BFAR and LGU Bislig City. “this program aims to fast tract the achievement of the City’s vision to be a leading producer of aquamarine products through ecologically sound fishing operations”, Mayor Navarro said. “This will give the families of the fishermen a sustainable livelihood to support their needs and to provide for their children’s education”, Mayor Navarro added.

The Caramcam Fishermen’s Association led by its officers with their president Mr. Leonilo S. Maganyanpersonally received the fishing items that were awarded by the City Mayor Librado C. Navarro. The items given to the fisher folks include a 1.82 Gross Tonnage Double Engine fishing boat with two 10 HP diesel engine, GPS Furuno GP32 Navigator, SSB Radio and 11 plates of 12 volts batteries, as well as various fishing gear and accessories with the total cost of Php 575,000.00. folks by handing out fishing gears with an equivalent amount of Php 50,000.00.

With wide smiles,  Leon Conde, AlmenManlucob, Alfredo Manlucob, EdelbertoCutoban, Arsenio Ellar, and RomnickAgusa all from Sta. Cruz, Bislig City received the fishing items; GenerosoCagampang of Bgy. Pamanlinan, MaanueDemonteverde of Bgy. Poblacion, and Gorge Maputol of Bgy. Mangagoy also got the same assistance. This is funded solely by the Local Government Unit of Bislig City which was taken from the 20% of Economic Development Fund (EDF).

In addition to the individual recipients of fishing gears, this Aquamarine Development Program also provides assistance to the Caguyao Seaweeds Farmers Association by granting them 145 rolls of ropes, 6,400 pieces buoys, and 4,166 kgs. of seaweeds propagules with the corresponding cost of Php 375,000.00. DA-BFAR Caraga and LGU Bisligshared a total of Php 250,000.00 and Php 125,000.00 respectively which benefited 66 members of the association.

These programs only showed the City Government  Officials concern to support its people towards the attainment of its vision to be the leading producer of aquamarine products in southern Philippines, and eventually in the whole country

The Department of Agriculture’s Aquamarine Development Program also identified two groups of fisher

Bislig City Officials: Mayor Librado C. Navarro and SP Member Gines Ricky J. Sayawan, Sr. join the group of differently-abled persons during their production number.

The saying “those who have less, give more” was no more than a strong belief of Hon. Librado C. Navarro. Until, he encouraged the group of PWD’s of this city to hold a certain occasion that will not only prove his belief right, but at the same time will enable the PWDs to change their current image as assistance-needing people.

Hon. Mayor Librado C. Navarro spearheaded the creation of a steering committee for events, chaired by the City Administrator Mr. Charlito Lerog, and in association with the Persons with Disability Affairs Office, through the office head Joselito Buenaflor, a fund raising activity which was held December 6, 2014. The “Gasa: A Theatrical Performance Featuring the Persons with Disability of Bislig City” was a very successful event with the full support and cooperation of various local and national government agencies, BCCWSP, GOs/ NGOs and POs.

According to the report of the PDAO Head, Joselito Buenaflor, these PWDs thru their fund raising activity “GASA” were able to raise a total amount of Php 151, 290.00 and were also able to give financial assistance to four livelihood projects, namely: Candle Making at Bgy. Cumawas with the amount of Php 5,000; Catering by the Deaf Association at Bgy. Mangagoy amounting to Php 10,000; Woodcraft and Furniture of Bgy. Kahayag and Bgy. Tabon at the amount of Php 20,000; lastly, Hog Raising at Bgy. San Fernando at Php 5,000. A total of 43 adult PWDs availed and benefited financial assistance from the proceeds of this variety show of the differently-abled persons.

Aside from assisting certain livelihood projects, the PDAO was also able to support the academe group by giving learning materials to Mangagoy SPED Elementary School, amounting to Php 21,000;

Mangagoy Resource Center at Php 5,000; Tabon SPED High School at Php 10,000; And for Brgy. San Vicente at Php 5,000. A total of 95 PWD children were given the opportunity of new learning instruments for a brighter future. They also supported the constructions of the buildings of the Caramcam Elementary School and Mabog Elementary School with the total assistance of Php 10,000 each school, and at the same time benefiting 29 PWD children.

The said variety show has been an effective way of showcasing the talents of the differently-abled persons and at the same time, enabling them to raise funds not only for themselves but for the privileged and less privileged PWDs alike. The image of the PWDs as the people to be helped out by the government and the private sector was eradicated; instead they became gift-givers to those who are in need. They were once known as “disabled persons”, now they are “differently-abled” people whose physical abilities and capabilities maybe limited up to certain point – some maybe unable to talk, hear, see, walk, and even mentally challenged– but were able to prove that having less does not hinder them from giving more. Help is not what they seek; instead it is what they give.

After the event, Mayor Navarro has recognized the efforts of all Bislig’s differently-abled persons in making the show possible and he was proud to say that the PWDs were never a burden; instead they are strong contributors to the development and progress of Bislig City.

CITY MAYOR Librado C. Navarro together will eleven other City Officials recently attended a three-day seminar on the Basic Class modules of the Performance Governance System (PGS) in Amorita Resort, Panglao, Bohol, February 2-4.

The event is conducted by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA). The Basic Class features module on the fundamentals of the PGS with focus on the initiation and compliance stages. It features an underlying theme of laying down the groundwork on what governance reform entails.

As envisioned, Mayor Librado C. Navarro together with other attendees intends to serve the Bisliganons with the best governance system.
With the new strategies they will learn from the said seminar, we can expect Bislig Team's governance capabilities to further strengthen and to connect them to a larger movement for transformation in the public sector.

The attendees city office heads and officials are Mayor Librado C. Navarro, Atty. Leoderico P. Avila, Atty. Daisy A. Ronquillo, Mr. Charlito R. Lerog, Mr. Aprodecio A. Alba Jr., Mr. Renefredo G. Camba, Mr. Jose O. Climaco Jr., Mrs. Primacar R. Subibi, Mrs. Olivia P. Bagasbas, Ms. Alice D. Millan, Mr. Demetrio A. Diga Jr., Mr. Rusderico C. Formarejo.


With Tinuy-an Falls, the countrys version of Niagara Falls as a backdrop, PHLPost launched the third set of topical stamps featuring seven "wonder" falls in a program held in Bislig City, Surigao Del Sur in 7 November 2014.

PHLPost Postmaster General and CEO Josie M. Dela Cruz presented the said third quarter issuance of topical stamps to Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel and Bislig City Mayor Librado C. Navarro, two of the top local executives in the said home of Tinuy-an Falls.
The stamps feature photos of seven waterfalls in the country shot by FUNtastic Philippines whose members are travel and photography enthusiasts who hope to showcase the grandeur of the Philippines through photos.
One of the primary features in the stamps is the Tinuy-an Falls in the southern island of Mindanao. It is the main tourist attraction in Bislig, a city known as the “Booming City by the Bay.”
Tinuy-an Falls, which measures 95 meters wide and 55 meters high and touted as "Niagara Falls of the Philippines," is a white water curtain that flows in three levels and is said to be the widest waterfall in the Philippines. Every morning, the area shows a rainbow between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Postmaster General Dela Cruz said that the issuance of topical stamps has been a tradition in order to highlight tourist destinations and attractions in the country to popularize them and lure more tourists.
The six other falls featured in the third quarter issuance are: Balagbag Falls and Pinlac Falls (Quezon Province), Merloquet Falls (Zamboanga City), Tinago Falls (Lanao Del Norte), Hagimit Falls (Samal Island), and Asik-asik Falls (North Cotabato).
About 104,000 copies of the topical stamps featuring different waterfalls, in four designs, were printed using imported unwatermarked paper, in PhP10.00 denomination. Also available are souvenir sheets sold at PhP40.00 each.
The photos of the falls featured in the stamps were shot by Rolino Bucao Jr., Ruwen Verdaguer, Jeffrey Rilles, and Teofanes Ramiro; while those in the souvenir sheet and OFDCs (Official First Day Covers) were by Loel Lamela, Richelli Castellano, and Jerson Flores. Jose Antonio A. Jayme is the layout artist.
The topical stamps and souvenir sheets are available at the Post Shop, Philately and Museum Division, Manila Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and at all Regional Offices of PHLPost.
Source: www.phlpost.gov.ph

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