EXECUTIVE AGENDA 2010-2013

Note: The following is the Executive Agenda presented by Hon. Mayor Helen C. De Castro presented before the Sangguniang Bayan of Bulan during its Inaugural Session on July 5, 2010 at the Sangguniang Bayan Session Hall. (PIO Bulan)

Inaugural Session

Presentation of the Executive Agenda

SB Session Hall

July 5, 2010/ Monday

EXECUTIVE AGENDA 2010-2013

By Mayor Helen C. De Castro

Honorable Vice-Mayor and Presiding Officer Marnellie Robles

Honorable Members of this August Council

Honorable Barangay Officials

Heads of Offices of the Local Government Unit

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Good morning to all of you!

It is with honor and pleasure that I congratulate the Honorable Vice-Mayor and the Members of the Sangguniang Bayan of Bulan.

Today, the just concluded political exercise had given us the fresh mandate to lead our people for the next three years. I am deeply elated by the warm trust and confidence. We venture into a new beginning for our Municipal Government. And it is us, the new officials of this beloved town who will be instruments in ushering in that new beginning.

Tradition has it that as we start our work as the new officials of Bulan, it is necessary that we first meet, and set down in fundamental terms the basic blueprints for the next three years. These fundamental principles of local governance shall guide and direct our actions. It is necessary that we should be able to work in solidarity.

It has been mandated by law that the Office of the Local Chief Executive, or the Mayor, and that of the Sangguniang Bayan, as a collegial body, are co-equal in power and authority. According to law, one cannot do without the other. It is my firm belief that collaboration and harmony, whether constructive or critical, between these two offices, must always work for the betterment and welfare of our community. Even ideologies or political differences must not be obstacles with what we want to achieve or accomplish. Even within a deliberative body like the Sangguniang Bayan, your discussions and debates, your opinions and views, your political differences and affiliations, can be worked out to produce a syntheses of ideas and plans that can be concretized into policies, programs and projects.  Our people must not suffer or be sacrificed just because we differ in our views. We are supposed to be held together by our desire to serve Bulan.  The Executive Department shall heavily rely and depend upon your ideas, crafted into legislations, which we pray shall be great in quality, pro-active, pro-poor and pro-peace.

If I were to be asked as a re-electionist mayor, all I want is that we shall be able to help realize the vision for our beloved community – a safe, peaceful, progressive place to live in. It is not an easy task however, in a growing town like ours. The challenges are multi-faceted; the tasks enormous, the efforts needed are great. But it shall all depend upon ourselves as leaders and stewards of Bulan. We are here for the next three years to keep, protect and take care of this community. It ought to be our political philosophy that while we have the privilege of power and authority, we are also servants and stewards of our people. And many of our people are expecting much from us.

Bulan, being a premier, first-class town in Sorsogon must continue in its eminence as a model community. We have been looked up to by many of our neighbor communities. But more importantly, Bulan has a bigger number of souls with more needs to take care of.

Honorable Ladies and Gentlemen, I am respectfully setting down before you our three –year Executive Agenda, which shall serve as the bases of our development plans. And this shall need the necessary legislative support. We are fortunate, that in this my third term, we shall be having the Community-based Monitoring System (CBMS) and the State of Local Governance Report (SLGR) and the data therein shall be  guides for all of us in both the Executive and Legislative aspects.

Allow me therefore to enumerate on our three-year Agenda:

  1. 1. We shall continue all along to strengthen, improve, enhance and institutionalize the HELEN Program – Health, Education, Livelihood, Environment, Nutrition and Food. These are the major programs which include the auxiliary/component programs, we are pursuing. These wide-ranging and general scope of activities shall, in one way or another, necessitate legislation, especially in its funding and budgetary support; we are improving and streamlining our educational assistance and support to poor but deserving Bulaneno college students; we are going to build a bigger and better Bulan Health Center and Birthing Facility, and we wish to purchase a Mobile Clinic to serve our far-flung barangays;
  1. 2. We need to strengthen and improve on our Peace, Order and Public Safety programs, especially in the areas of anti-illegal drugs program, Traffic Management programs, Disaster Management and Risk-reduction Programs, and the protection of our women, children and the elderly. We shall strengthen our relationship with the Philippine National Police, and when opportunity arises in terms of funds, we shall make necessary provisions and facilities to our police, fire and force-multiplier groups;
  1. 3. We shall put more emphasis on our Economic Agenda. I believe that notwithstanding the gains we have, if our constituents do not have gainful employment, much is useless. It is an obligation that we have to look in to. In this regard, the concerns and tasks are daunting, considering our limited resources. But we shall make sure that we shall make strong steps in this area like helping our farmers and fishermen with a Revolving Fund or Capitalization Scheme to improve on their productivity; We shall institutionalize the Municipal Investment Incentive program to attract investors to our town; we shall improve on our technical-vocational training activities for the youth and women sector; strongly coordinate and network with job placement agencies;

It is our plan to institutionalize the Coastal Resource Management Programs as this is vital to the fishing industry of our municipality, through artificial reefs installations, strengthening of the Bantay-Dagat program; and plans for seaweeds production programs.

We want to provide a Bagsakan ng Bayan, or a convergence terminal for all our local products.

We intend to now construct a Poblacion Terminal for all our Tricycles, Pedicabs, and Jeepney and Aircon Vans Sector. This job sector is very important in our growing economy.

And we intend to pursue our Farm-to-Roads programs as we have been wont to do. Our Road Program has been one of the greatest assets of this incumbent Administration. These economic arteries provide the lifeline to and from our barangays. Life has been a lot easier with improved roads, better bridges and all the necessary infrastructures to help our constituents be fully engaged in economic activities, have better access to education, health and social services from the local government;

All we have to do is to be creative and be resourceful in sourcing out ways and means for these local projects.

  1. 4. It is our executive plan, that in my third and final term, we hope we shall finally be able to put and set in place a comprehensive Tourism, History and Culture Heritage Development Program. This is a legacy I wish to leave to our next set of leaders and to our people. It is an ardent dream that we can have a Bulan Heritage Museum. History and Culture is the soul of the Tourism Industry. While we have the Padaraw Festival now fully in place, we must let spring forth and let flower the beauty of our identity as a community. A political philosopher once said that our political maturity as a nation or as a community is greatly dependent on our historical maturity. Leaders are poor who have no sense of history and identity. And our people also need to be inspired and be transformed by the lessons of our local history. History is a bond that makes our present and future stronger.

In this regard, we also intend to put in place a concrete program for Poblacion Improvement as the Poblacion is the showcase of the whole town — cleaner and better-looking streets and walkways, a good marketplace and greener surroundings. We have to work hard to clean up and protect our Managa-naga River, which has been an icon of our town. There is a positive psychology in greener, cleaner surroundings, especially in the Poblacion.

  1. 5. We need a new Cemetery or Municipal Memorial Park. Our LCR data says that we have an average of 450 deaths a year. This goes along with our burgeoning population. Our cemeteries are now congested and it is time we look for and build a new one to give greater dignity to loved ones who have passed away. And this shall need your greatest support.

On top of all of these plans, we in the Executive Branch would like to inform this Honorable Body, that in line with the Executive implementations of vital ordinances and codes, I think it is necessary that we have to review the following:

A. The Bulan Revenue and Tax Code

B. The Bulan Public Market Code

C. The Bulan Integrated Traffic Management Code

D. The Agriculture and Fisheries Code of Bulan

  1. E. The Municipal Investment Incentives Code
  2. F. The Zoning Ordinance

The Sangguniang Bayan must also come up with the Integrated Safety Code of Bulan and an Investment and Business Code. We must review our Disaster Management Code. It is also a must that the Sangguniang Bayan must work with the Municipal Planning and Development Office in updating the Municipal Socio-Economic Profile. The MSEP is a comprehensive volume of local governance literature that is the very basis of all our development and investment efforts. We cannot do without it.

I wish to also respectfully inform you that I would like to certify as urgent legislative matter the reconstitution of the different LGU organizations like the Local Development Council, the Health Board, the School Board, the Personnel Selection Board, the Municipal Child Protection Council, the Local Peace and Order Council and all the mandated local councils necessary to immediately put in place our tasks and functions in governance.

Also, it has become imperative that with the modern methods of governance, administration and supervision and the complications of local governments, it is necessary that the executive department, together with the legislative branch, must be kept abreast of all department activities. Thus we are planning to go full computerization in our municipal government. We shall network and wire the office of the Local Chief Executive with all our departments. This will make our task of governance, easier, facile and more convenient.

I hope that with Vice-mayor Robles at the helm of this Honorable Body, there will be a new impetus for the Sangguniang Bayan. In other localities, the Sangguniang Bayan is a source of pride and honor for the community. We hope this Council shall be that.

We must have foresight in the next 20 years of governance. Bulan is fast-growing and fast-expanding. The Sangguniang Bayan must come up with a very comprehensive Urban Expansion Program from which we shall initiate our Urban Planning and Development activities.

I hope you will not begrudge me if each one of us shall keep this list as a checklist, and that we keep on checking it so that we shall be able to accomplish them.

“A Public Office is a Public Trust” so we are being constantly reminded, and as the motto of this Council goes that we have to render “Service with Integrity”. So be it.

We are looking to a very productive term of office. During the campaign period, we have promised a lot to our people, and now that we have been endowed with that privilege of service, and power, it behooves all of us to do so as a matter of gratitude to our people. It is a sacred oath, a duty, a call; we cannot turn our backs from.

Once more, congratulations to all of us. Good luck and may God bless us in our endeavors and may God bless our beloved town.

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INAUGURAL MESSAGE 2010 of Mayor Helen C. De Castro

The following is the Inaugural Message delivered by Helen C. De Castro, Re-elected Mayor of Bulan, on the occasion of her Oath taking on June 30, 2010. We shall be posting pictures and other materials of interest at the Bulan website before the end of July 2010.

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Mayor Helen C. De Castro

Bulan, Sorsogon

Inauguration and Oath-taking Ceremony

of Newly- elected Municipal Officials

June 30, 2010/ 4:30 PM

Bulan Freedom Park


INAUGURAL MESSAGE 2010

The Honorable MTC Judge Emmerson Carpio;

Mga bag-o na Miembros san Sangguniang Bayan, sa Pamumuno ni

Vice-Mayor Marnellie B. Robles;

Mga Kapwa Trabahador sa Gobierno, mga Serbidor Publiko;

Mga Bisita;

Sa Entero na mga Kabungto Ko, Mga Pinapadaba na mga Bulaneno:

  1. I. INTRODUCTION:

Dios marhay na banggui tabi sa iyo entero!

Pasalamatan ko mun-a tabi an saato Honorable na MTC Judge Emmerson G. Carpio sa pag-onra niya sa ato niyan na magpasumpa sa amo mga Opisyales.  Kaogmahan ko man i-congratulate si Vice-Mayor Marnellie, nan an mga bag-o na Konsehales san Sangguniang Bayan ng Bulan. Congratulations man tabi, nan best wishes sa iyo mga Pamilya, nan an iyo mga kaurupod.

Niyan na adlaw, segun sa mando san ato Konstitusyon, sa entero na gobierno local sa bilog na Pilipinas, kasabay san ato bag-o na mga opiyales nasyonal, may seremonya sin pagsumpa o inagurasyon para sa mga bag-o na elihido na opisyales. Nan didi sa Bungto ta, yaa man kita niyan, nagpapartisipar sa seremonyas na ini, manungod sa destino san padaba ta na bungto, sa paagi namo na hinatagan niyo pagtiwala san nakaagi na eleksiyon. Ini an panahon o tiempo sin paglaom, pagtubod, nan pagpasalamat. As we witness local history unfold before us, and as we aspire to move toward a better destiny, we consider this moment as a moment of hope, faith and gratitude.

  1. II. PAGPASALAMAT:

An una na kamaw-otan ko, nan nato, an pasalamatan an  Mahal na Kagurangnan Dios, kay nangyari nan natapos ini na makasaysayan na Eleksiyon 2010 na matoninong nan matrangkilo. Natubod ako na an Mahal na Diyos man gihapon an may gabay sa ato entero. Ini dahilan na kadaghanan sa ato na mga Pilipino, nato na mga Bulanenyo, nangaradyi nan nagmaw-ot sin mayad na ehersisyo political. Sayo ini na karakter nan ugali sin mga taga-Bulan na dapat nato ika-orgulyo nan ikaogma. Ini na nangyari sayo man na regalo sa ato san Mahal na Kagurangnan.

Ikaduwa, ini man an oportunidad na ipahayag ko, sa ngaran man san ako Pamilya, an Pagpasalamat sa iyo entero, lalo na sa mga nagsuporta sa ako, nan sa amo mga Kaurupod sa Partido san Lakas Kampi CMD, dahilan sa pambihira na tiwala na inhatag niyo sa amo. Personalmente, dako-dako na kumpiansa an inhatag niyo sa ako na iboto gihapon bilang Mayor sa bungto ta sa pangtolo nan ultimo ko na turno. Kadaghan san dapat namo pasalamatan, batog sa mga nag-aasikaso sa Party Headquarters , abot sa mga lideres political, sa mga posters boys, pati sa mga volunteers sa barangay, hanggang sa ultimo na botante na, naasikaso man namo o dire, nagpahudam san kanira suporta sa amo.

  1. III. AN NAKAAGI NA KAMPANYA NAN ELEKSIYON:

Dire ko inhuna, nan talagang napangaratan ako, sa pambihira na resulta san ato eleksiyon local. Grabe ka-overwhelming an pagboto niyo sa ako. Nan ini an primero sa kasaysayan san Bulan na an Mayor hinatagan niyo sin pinakadako na mayoriya. San 2004, 16,500 an boto na hinatag niyo; san 2007, 17,400 na boto. Pero niyan na 2010, mas dako-dako na boto an inpaimod niyo sa paagi sin 23,300 na boto. Nan maski pa ngane biriyoon an boto san duwa ko na kalaban sa politika, naglalamang pa gihapon ako sa kanira sin sobra diyes mil na boto. Nan dire lang tabi yuon, binotohan pa niyo an pito sa mga kapartido ko na mga Konsehales, mayoriya na ini sa Sangguniang Bayan. Natubod ako na ini na pagdesisyon niyo niyan sayo na apirmasyon o pagkumporme sa amo pag-administrar san ato bungto.

Dire ko maiwasan sa okasyon na ini, na  magpahayag sa iyo  na ini na nag-agi na Kampanya nan Eleksiyon, sa pamate ko, mao na an pinaka-emosyonal na Eleksiyon para sa amo. Masasabi ko na mao ini an pinaka-emosyonal, nan nagdara sa amo sin grabe na kamunduan  sa dahilan na nakahampang namo an sayo na grupo sin mga kandidato na wara na sin hinimo sa tribuna o entablado kundi isabotahe, pakaraoton nan raw-ayon an pangaran san Pamilya De Castro sa hampang san Publiko sa Bulan. Alagad, tinios mi yuon, pinasensiya, pinatawad, nan dire kami nagbaba sa level nan klase san kanira pamumulitika nan pangampanya. Mas naghurandig nan nagtiwala kami sa pagiging matured san mga taga-Bulan. Mas nagtubod kami sa konsensiyoso na pagtimbang san mga taga-Bulan, nan sa pagdesisyon niyo para sa ato puturo. Personal namo na kaogmahan na dire kamo nadara san klase san kanira pangampanya, alagad lalo niyo pinaimod tabi na habo kirita sini na mga paagi sin politika.

Sa parte po namo na Pamilya De Castro, ini po na pagboto niyo sa ako na makumplehan ko an saako ikatolo na turno, sayo na pagpaimod tabi  pambihira na paghatag po niyo na mga taga-Bulan sin pagtiwala nan  pagpadaba sa amo. Kun iisipon baga, batog pa kan Guiming nan hasta niyan na turno, onom na na turno na dire niyo kami sinalidahan, nan bihirahonon an irog sini na mga situasyon politika sa ato komunidad. Alagad gusto mi tabi ipaisi sa iyo na dahilan sini na kumpiansa niyo, lalo tabi kami nagpapakumbaba sa iyo. Permi nakatanom sa puso nan isip namo na ini na tiwala inpahudam lang niyo sa amo. Nan aram namo na wara sin bagay na permanente sa kinab-an, lalo na an pagpugol sin autoridad nan poder. Naglilipas nan naglalaos an mga lideres. Importantehon didi na pilosopiya an tungkol sa integridad sin serbisyo publiko.

Sa mga dire nakasabay sa ako dahil sa manlaen-laen na rasones, personal man o politika, inpapaabot ko sa iyo na huyuon tabi an ungod ko  na pagrespeto sa derecho nan desisyon niyo. Padagos ako na mahinguha, bilang mayor nan magurang san bungto ta para sa kaayadan san entero. Dire tabi ako Mayor san mga nagsuporta lang sa ako, kundi Mayor tabi ako san entero na taga-Bulan, nan responsibildad ko an kaayadan san entero na taga-Bulan. Padagos ako na mahimo sin paagi, na awt pa man, magkasarabay nan magkasarayo kirita. Kirita-kita na mga taga-Bulan an dalan sa pag-unhan o pag-roro ta; wara iba kundi kirita–kita an madaramayan.

An saiyo tiwala, suporta nan pagsakripisyo sosolian namo sin tunay na pagserbisyo segun san mandando san amo posisyon sa abot san amo makakaya.

  1. IV. PILOSOPIYA POLITIKAL SAN ADMINISTRASYON DE CASTRO:

Sa Administrasyon san De Castro naging pilosopiya political na namo na an ananuman na desisyon, pagmanehar, pag-unhan o pagbabag-o san Komunidad, an dapat na sentro an Tawo, kita na mga Bulaneno. Pagtubod san amo Administrasyon na an kada ciudadano ta may dignidad na dapat irespeto, ipromoter nan paunhanon. Ini sa paagi sin Empowerment o an derecho na makapartisipar sa pagbilog sin mga desisyon para sa bungto ta. Mangyayari yoon sa paagi sin sayo na responsable na paggogobierno. We as leaders, are called to that Social Responsibility and a Concientisized Leadership that shall inspire our people to action and actualize and concretize the potentials of our people and our community.

Sa solod sin dowa na turno o seis anyos na ako an saiyo Mayor, naghinguha an saamo liderato na makaambag nan makadanun sa pagpundar, pagtindog nan pagpatalubo sini na bungto ta. Inaako namo na dire man kami an dahilan kun nano kay progresibo nan mayad an bungto ta. Kamu na mga ciudadano an dahilan kun nano kay progresibo nan mayad an bungto ta. Kami na mga lideres kasangkapan lang na mahatagan direksiyon yoon na progreso nan kaayadan. Magiging arogante kami kun sabihon namo na kami na mga lideres an nagdara sin progreso sa Bulan. Dire tabi. Kamo tabi an dahilan san pagprogreso ta. We leaders are just stewards of the community. This is a fundamental political philosophy that should make us leaders serve with humility.

Sa solod sini na primerong duwa ko na turno, naghinguha an saiyo lingkod, kaupod an Sangguniang Bayan,  na makalatag sin mga programa nan mga proyekto na makadanun sa pag-unhan san komunidad ta. Pinulsuhan nato an mga pangangaipo san ato mga ciudadano, both real and perceived, maski ngane baga daghanun an mga limitasyon ta, lalo na sa budget, pondo o rekursos pinansiyal. Pero dire man lang  pinansiya an kaipuhan para sa sayo na komunidad, kundi an mayad nan matoninong  na pag-urupod-upod  nan an pagmantenir sin mas masarig nan matibay na social fabric san mga Bulaneno.

Over the last six years, despite our limitations, our Local Government Unit tried to be as creative and as resourceful in order to meet the needs of our constituents.

  1. V. MGA PLANO  SAN  GOBIERNO LOKAL, 2010-2013:

Sa aga, Hulyo 1, mabatog na naman an panibag-o na turno san amo Administrasyon. Panibag-o ini na agyat sa amo na mga elihido na lideres, alagad padagos kita na ingigiyahan san bisyon nan misyon nato na makamantenir sin sayo na trangkilo, matoninong nan nagkakasarayo na komunidad, nagbabantay nan nagpopromoter san dignidad san ato mga konstituentes, nagpoprotehir san ato kapalibutan, habang insususog nato an sayo na sustainable development nan progreso san bungto ta, basi mapakay-ad ta an kamutangan san ato mga ciudadano.

An masunod na tolo kataon importante para sa ako sa dahilan na gusto ko man makabilin sin sayo na legasiya sa komunidad ta — legasiya sin tultol, mayad nan de-integridad na serbisyo publiko. Kun anano an naimud niyo na kahigusan nan seryoso na trabaho sini na nakaagi na duwa na turno, mas lalo pa namo inpapangako na  maiimudan niyo kami sin mas masigasig, mas maagap na pag-asikaso. Dire tabi mabag-o an klase sin panerbihan namo sa iyo, nan dire mabag-o an klase sin paki-upod namo saiyo.

Onra nan kaogmahan ko, na ilatag niyan sa iyo, an mga plano nan programa san ato Gobierno Lokal sa maabot na tolo kataon, sa paagi san ako Opisina nan Administrasyon.

UNA – Ipapadagos nato an HELEN PROGRAM — Health, Edukasyon, Livelihood o Pagbuhay, Environment nan Nutrisyon. Sa solod sin onom kataon, ini na lima na basic services programs an naging giya ko sa pag-administrar san Bulan. Lalo nato ini i-improve o pakay-adon. Kun ananuman an naging mga kakulangan hihipnuan ta basi lalo maging episyente an delivery ta sin basic services; Sa lado san Edukasyon, naging mainit ini na isyu san nakaagi na Eleksiyon. An ato mga educational programs lalo nato i-institutionalize, pero realistic, segun sa kakayahan ta sa pondo o budget local. Nagpa- preparar na ako sin sayo na komprehensibo na Educational Assistance Program para sa mga poor but deserving Bulaneno College Students basi maka-ayuda  sa kanira pag-escuela.

Mapatindog kita sin mas dako na Bulan Health Center nan Birthing Facility didi sa may Barangay Aquino, botnga san 509th Police Station nan Municipio. Isyu baga ini na Pawa Hospital ta, pero dire nato sadire yuon na pasilidad kaya limitado an pagdanun ta doon.  Mas masayon na para sa ato an mga emergencies lalo pa na duwa na an Ambulancia ta.

IKADUWA — Lalo ta tabi pakusugon an Peace and Order nan Public Safety Programs. Nagdadako an Bulan, nagdadaghan an papolasyon, mas nagdadako an mga bisita ta sa bungto. Ini sa paagi sin mas mayad nan mas episyente na Traffic Management Program, kumprehensibo na Disaster Management Program, Anti-Illegal Drugs Advocacy, nan Women and Children’s Rights Advocacies;

IKATOLO —  Hatagan  ta sin mayor na atensiyon an pagpakusog san Ekonomiya ta sa Bulan, sa negosyo, sa pag-oma, pangisda; Hahatagan ta  pansin an livelihood trainings ta; techno-vocational skills enhancement programs para sa mga out-of school youths, nan graduates nato; job placement activities kadanon an mga placement agencies. Plano ta  na pakusugon nan ma-institutionalize an Coastal Resource Management Programs pareho sin pag-instolar mga artificial reefs sa ato kadagatan basi mag-daghan an isda ta; pakusugon lalo an Bantay-Dagat program; mapaadal  kita sa Seaweeds Production kay may resources kita didi; Nan mabutang kita saro na Revolving Fund para sa kapakinabangan san mga paraoma nan mga paraisda. Ipupursige ta na an Investment Incentives activities para sa mga investor sa negosyo didi sa Bulan; Mabutang kita Bagsakan ng Bayan sa may Old Jeepney Terminal sa relanse, para sa mga produkto ta didi sa Bulan; lalo nato mamanteniron an mga Farm-to Market Roads nato — padagos na pag-abri, pagmantenir nan pag-improve suon na mga arterial roads para sa mga kabarangay ta; Nan mahanap kita paagi na maka source out kita mga proyekto pang-imprastraktura, hale kan Governor nan National Government na makadanon sa pagbuhay ta didi sa Bulan.

Dahil wara na kita masyado problema sa Bus Terminal sa Fabrica, popokusan ko naman niyan na didi sa Poblacion mahingayad,  mapormal nan mapagayon an paradahan o Terminal san mga paraTraysikol nan Parapadyak, nan kaupod na didi an de-kalidad na Jeepney nan FX Vans  Terminal. Sayo ini na sector sin pagbuhay na maw-ot nato na mapamutang man sin mayad.

IKAOPAT — Ipapadagos ta na an sayo na komprehensibo na Tourism, History and Culture Heritage Development Program. Ini na programa sa turismo, historya nan kultura an kalag (soul) sin sayo na komunidad. Pobre kuno an sayo na komunidad na wara labot o pakamangno o pag-intindi sa sadire na kaagi-agi, nan inutil kono an mga lideres na dire nagmamangno sa kasaysayan san kaniya komunidad na mao an sugpon nan giya/guide san presente nan puturo ta. An sabi sin sayo na German Philosopher, na ngaya, a community is only politically mature depending upon its own historical maturity. Mapokus kita sa sayo na comprehensibo na Poblacion Improvement Program kay basi kaaya-aya an ato Poblacion. An Pblacion baga an pinaka-bintana san ato bungto.

IKALIMA — Mahanap na kita, nan kun puwede, makapatindog na sin bag-o na Sementeryo o municipal memorial park, possible sa may Lahong o Beguin o Fabrica, harayo na sa sentro dahilan na may long-term focus ini.

Sa Lunes, Hulyo 5, hihimuon nato an Executive- Legislative meeting sa Inaugural Session san Sangguniang Bayan na inpapamunuan niyan ni Vice- Mayor Marnellie. Imbitado tabi nato an entero na Kapitanes san Bulan nan an mga Department Heads san Municipio kay basi  mailatag nato an Executive nan Legislative Agenda  para sa masunod na tolo kataon. Didi nakasalalay an magiging direksiyon san ato Gobierno Lokal. An saako Executive Agenda ipapahayag ko sa kanira sa Lunes.

Sa niyan, mas mapapadali na nato na maaraman an mga kaipuhan pangkomunidad nato dahilan sa naipamutang na nato an Community-Based Monitoring System o CBMS, nan an SLGR o State of Local Governance Report. Ini an reference points nato san mga development prospects nato para sa Bulan.

  1. VI. PAGLAOM PARA SA BUNGTO TA:

Sa primerong duwa na turno, may had-it ako na basi kun ikumparar an amo administrasyon sa mga nakaagi na administrasyon, nan dire ko maabot an inlalaom sa sayo na lider. Alagad niyan, yuon na had-it nasalidahan sin mas hararom na kumpiansa, dahilan sa inpaimod nan inpahudam niyo na tiwala sa ako tabi. Niyan, mas inspirado nan mas may pokus nan direksiyon ako dahil sa iyo.

This Inauguration Event is a moment of challenge, and of hope, of faith, and of thanksgiving. As it is necessary, we shall move on to help better the Bulaneno Community, not in a laxed pace, but vigorous and strong, sure and undaunted.

Bilang Lider, aram ko tabi na nakaatang sa ako an magub-at na kargo sin sayo na magurang. Simbagon ko ini dire lang sa iyo kundi sa Mahal na Dios. Simbagon namo ini dire lang sa presente na henerasyon kundi parte man kami na responsable sa kaayadan san maabot na henerasyon nan puturo san bungto ta. An pagdesisyon ta niyan sayo na pagdesisyon sa puturo nan destino ta.

Ini tabi na pagdesisyon niyo na itiwala sa amo an pagrenda san gobierno local ta dire namo sasayangon. Hihirutan mi ini na tiwala, nan papakay-adon namo an pag-asikaso sa obligasyon na inpakargo niyo sa amo.

Pero, aayuon ko gihapon tabi an saiyo mahalagahon na paki-kooperar nan kolaborasyon sa ato Gobierno Lokal. Entero an mga plano nan hihimuon namo wara saysay kun dire tabi niyo kami danunan. Daghanun an gusto namo himuon, pero kaipuhan mi an danun niyo.

An sabi ni Presidente Abraham Lincoln san Amerika, na ngaya, “The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time…”.  Ngaya, an kadianisan san puturo kay kada adlaw mo lang ini inlalakaw. Simplehon lang ini na kaisipan pero hararomon an kahulugan.

Precioso an kada adlaw kun ini hatagan mo sin puso nan kahulugan.  Inpapangako ko sa iyo na hihimuon ko,  bilang Mayor niyo, na an kada adlaw magiging adlaw sin serbisyo publiko na may integridad nan may pagmakulog. Padaba ta ini na bungto nan dire ta siya pababayaan.

Magdaranunan nan magkasarayo kita para sa kaayadan san bungto ta.  Salamat, nan Dios Mabalos tabi sa iyo entero!

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Bulaneno community in the U.S. sends shipment of gifts to Bulan

Bulan, Sorsogon, January 6, 2009: How wonderful it is to know and feel that even if Bulanenos are far away from home they do not forget their fellow Kabubungtos down here. It warms the heart indeed.

This as news was received of an incoming shipment of gifts due to arrive at the Cebu International Port by January 18th.  The donated items came from many Bulanenos now living in the United States, who made the effort of collecting different items to send here and be used by our local institutions.

Ma. Alice Santos-Alino, Chief Fundraising Organizer from Oroville, California, together with her family, and Cecille Manalac, helped pool into one the efforts of many other individual  Bulanenos and groups from various parts of the States.

Various items like books, medical and hospital supplies, clothes, toys, computers and accessories and many others are due to be distributed to many groups here in Bulan like the Bulan Library, the Bulan South Central School Special Education Center, MSWDO Center for the Disabled and Differently-abled Persons, Rural Health Unit, Barangay Otavi Lying-in Clinic, Barangay San Francisco Lying-in Clinic, MSWDO, Youth Enhancement Center of the Parish of the Immaculate Conception Church.

Mayor Helen De Castro and Municipal Administrator Luis De Castro, who happens to be in Cebu for a national convention on coastal resource management  by the time the shipment arrives, are due to pick up the goods. And even here in the Philippines, other Bulanenos, like Erlinda and Carling  Corsiga offered their help to transport to Bulan from Cebu the shipment.

In Oroville, California, several key community organizations helped in the effort like St. Thomas the Apostle School, St. Thomas the Apostle Church parishioners, Knights of Columbus, Interact Club from Oroville High School, Boy Scouts, Oroville Library and many others. Forty-three volunteers turned up to help sort, pack, carry and heave cargo. Even the community media  like Channel 12/24 came to shoot live footage, and so did the Mercury Register of Oroville and the Enterprise Record of Chico City to write on the activity.

Bulanenos who made possible this wonderful gesture were, aside from Alice’s (Monette, Alice’s husband,  and son Niko) and Cecille’s families were Gary De Castro, Cynthia Francisco-Talarico, Lorraine, Romy and Sandra Francisco, Maricar Opena-Gritter, Naomi Honasan- Nicdao, Dalmy Francisco, Eddie Broquesa, Raul and Nellie Tariga, Teresa Baldillio-Tariga. Funds from the Bulan Reunion activities of 2002 in  Vallejo, California, and 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada ( thru  Minnie Ramos-Wimperis) were also used in paying the shipping costs.

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RGCC/QA Alumni starts Homecoming Activities in February

Bulan, Sorsogon, January 6, 2010:  The R.G. De Castro Colleges/ Quezon Academy Alumni Association is now in the midst of preparations for the 2010 Grand Alumni Homecoming, in celebration of the School’s 6oth Foundation Anniversary, with several activities in February.

Alumni Homecoming Chief Coordinator Antonio G. Gilana announced over the YFM’s Radio Program “Tapatang Primo Bajaro” on Sunday said that the RGCC/QA administration, with the assistance of the alumni group, is slated to hold several activities like the Homecoming Opening Salvo and the RGCC Cup Chess Tournament during the first week of February. The alumni association shall also sponsor this year’s Valentine’s Day Ball at the Bulan Freedom Park on February 14. This benefit dance shall be used as a fund-raising activity for the various activities in May.

The Grand Alumni Homecoming will be held on May 26, 2010, and alumni leaders are expecting that this homecoming activity shall be one of the biggest ever for the school. RGCC, formerly Quezon Academy, was  founded and established in 1950 by the late Rafael G. De Castro. It now celebrates 60 years, and is  one of the most enduring schools in Bulan Town. RGCC is now managed by the late founder’s son, Atty. Gary R. De Castro.

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Mayor De Castro reports of Administration’s 2009 accomplishments

Bulan, Sorsogon, January 2, 2010: As a matter of transparency and accountability, Mayor Helen C. De Castro delivered her  sixth report to the People of Bulan over the four radio stations of Bulan beginning December 31 through January 2, this year This was to be her final report as she now seeks a third term as mayor of Bulan town.

The Report to the People of Bulan, the local equivalent of the State of the Nation Address,  is a yearly report made by the Local Chief Executive at the end of the year when she informs the community of what her administration has accomplished over the year. This practice has been started by her predecessor-husband Guillermo De Castro. It was only during the term of these two local executives that this information program was done.

The 62-page, two-and-a-half hour report covered various accomplishments in the programs of health, education, livelihood, environment, social services, peace and order, and the frontline services of the LGU departments. It was also published via the Internet.

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Bulanenos celebrate Christmas and New Year joyously, peacefully

Bulan, Sorsogon, January 1, 2010: It was the most peaceful, yet joyous Christmas day and New Year’s day for the Bulan community, even in the midst of an economic crises, as not a single incident of crime or victim of firecrackers were recorded in the blotters of the police or in the records of the local clinics and hospital.

As early as December 16, people flocked to the Parish churches of the Immaculate Conception, Saint Bonaventure in Butag, Saint Anthony of Padua in San Francisco, and the barangay chapels for the traditional 9-day Misa de Gallo Novena Masses or Simbang Gabi. And the early morning air was cold as the Siberian winds began drifting to this side of the globe.

On the 16th, schools were already celebrating their own merrymaking activities and community Christmas programs. By the 18th, various groups were also holding their Christmas parties – the Senior Citizens on the 16th , the BHWs on the 17th , the LGU on the 18th  , and so on until Christmas day. From the 16th on to Christmas eve, children carolers  were an ubiquitous sight in all areas of the town.

To add to the festive atmosphere, the local government unit once more decorated the poblacion, from the Bulan Terminal to downtown. The center of the attraction, especially to children, were the traditional giant Christmas tree and the Belen at the town center, which later on was featured by the GMA 7 and the ABS-CBN 2 channels. And the tarpaulined greetings from the May 2010 elections candidates were now omnipresent as well.

Sabang Park was teeming with people every night, especially with the Christmas school break. And the fair-skinned Bakasyonistas were once more around.

The Poblacion main Church was, as always, jampacked with people on Christmas day and New Year’s day.

There was a section outside the Old Municipio, were firecrackers and fireworks were on sale.  This was constantly monitored by the police and the LGU authorities to check on the safety of the area. Many of the items would soon be sold out.

Bulan folks have now caught up with the rest of the country in meeting the new year with a bang, with firecrackers and with a fireworks display. This fireworks has been started by Mayor Guiming De Castro in 1998, and has now been anticipated yearly by the local folks. This year the fireworks started early at 9:00 in the evening before the New Year’s Eve mass. People, families with even their very young children crowded the shorelines, Pier Uno and the Bulan Coastway to watch a fifteen-minute display sponsored by the Local Government Unit. In the last few years the fireworks were usually done after the New Year’s eve mass. But since many of the children were by then asleep, Mayor de Castro decided to do it earlier, so that children can watch it. It was as usual successful and accident-free.

This year’s New Year’s eve mass was concelebrated by the parish Fathers led by Parish Priest Fr. Ernie Mendina. After the Mass and before the final blessing, as has been a tradition now, the Mayor delivers a New Year’s message, sort of a civil Orbi et Orbe,  to the people of Bulan.

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LGU-Bulan 2010 Budget at 118 Million Pesos

Bulan, Sorsogon, December 31, 2009: The Sangguniang Bayan has passed Appropriation Ordinance No. 02, series of 2009, authorizing the Annual Budget of the Local Government Unit for Fiscal Year 2010 in the total amount of 118,197,163.00 pesos covering the various expenditures for the municipal government.

In her Budget Message, Mayor Helen De Castro emphasized the need to judiciously manage the finances of the Local Government Unit to properly address the growing needs of about a hundred thousand people in the municipality, through the various programs of her Administration especially in the areas of Health, Education, Livelihood, Environment and Nutrition/Social Services (HELEN Program).

Of this amount, P98,197,163.00 shall come from the Local Government share from the Internal Revenue Allotment, while an estimated P20,000,000.00 shall be from the local taxes and revenues  to be generated by the economic enterprises facilities like the Public Market, the Terminal, the Community Park, the Muncipal Fishport and various other revenue-generating activities.

The bulk of the expenditures, amounting to P54,173,506.00 shall go to General Services accounts like personnel services. Social Services Sector gets a share of P15,989,236.41, with Health taking in P8,884,993.00.The Economic Services Sector expenditures  are expected next year to be in the amount of P11,281,176.60.

For Other Services, which includes Statutory Obligations, the 20% Community Development Fund comes in the amount of P19,639,432.60. Five percent or P5,909,858.15 is reserved for the Calamity Fund. P63,000 has been allotted as Aid to Barangays. A Lumpsum Appropriations of P2,500,000.00 as Terminal Leave Pay is also intended this year for out-going elective and other appointive officials.

Debt-servicing stands at P8,640,000.00 to cover payments for loans made by the Local Government Unit, and these include the Bulan Integrated Terminal and the DOF Premiumed Loans for the public market.

More municipal roads are due for repair and rehabilitation this year on account of the floods that caused much destruction this year, and the LGU is making sure that the pool of equipment is properly maintained to ensure consistent operation.

The municipal government is still waiting for the full implementation of the budget pending final approval by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, which has the power to review and/or reject the municipal proposal.

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