Under the leadership of Mayor Raymund C. Uy
CALBAYOG CITY-Sixty days after his assumption into office, Mayor Raymund C. Uy has proven that he means business when he set that transparency, restoration of order, dynamic economy, and future orientation for Calbayog shall be his banner programs for the local government.
To promote transparency in his administration, he centralized the procurement systems, works and processes. He also encouraged all the departments under LGU Calbayog to use social media platforms to showcase their respective work accomplishments and use the same as a means to communicate or disseminate ideas or information to the clients or constituents.
To pivot LGU Calbayog back to the prescribed systems, processes, and work methods as mandated by law, the city mayor encouraged the Business Permit and Licensing Office to revisit the business permit status of all existing establishments in Calbayog.
He also spearheaded the restoration of order, cleanliness and sanitation along city streets by initiating relocation to the public market with financial assistance for displaced illegal street vendors.
Mayor Uy has also ordered the prompt payment of salary for regular employees. Furthermore, he ordered the updated payment of job order workers such as traffic enforcers, community mobilizers, street sweepers, watchmen, drivers, security and technical staff, and contract of services.
As a result last July and August 2022, salary and/or wages for employees under Job Orders and Contract of Services schemes were already given, a far cry from the previous practice wherein wages of the Jos were delayed by several months.
In support to the thrust for back to normalcy, the members of the Sanggunian Panlungsod have conducted series of public consultations with representatives from the riding public and the transport groups to discuss new traffic rules, route and fare regulations.
To boost the economic activities in the locality, the incumbent administration has pushed tourism as one of its core programs.
By revisiting the existing tourist spots, it is sending signal to both domestic and foreign tourists, including potential investors, that Calbayog is now open for business. The construction boom nowadays is proof that business and other income generating opportunities abound across the city.
To support the local farmers and fishermen in Calbayog, the LGU through the City Agriculture Office, launched the Agri-Aqua Fair that displayed for sale farm and marine products from the locality. Such activity is geared towards giving marketing assistance and opportunity to local farmers and fishermen to augment their income.
Mayor Uy also inaugurated the new hanging bridge going to Barangay Palanogan.
According to the Local Chief Executive, having road access in far-flung areas will make the transport of farm products easier and faster, thus the residents in these barangays will be able to earn a living.
To further boost the dynamic economy of the city, Puregold Calbayog Branch opened last September 8, 2022. Its presence in the locality opens additional business and employment opportunities for the Samareños.
In keeping up with recent trends, LGU Calbayog is implementing digitalization and full automation of business permit and licensing processes to uphold transparency, eliminate corruption and discrimination, and promote speedy transactions.
This September, Mayor Uy spearheaded the launching of the Management Information System Command Center that monitors the 80 CCTV cameras installed in major thoroughfares within the city proper. These CCTV cameras monitor both criminality and garbage littering. In addition, Mayor Uy is set to open 911 hotline.
In accordance with the future orientation thrust of the LGU, the management of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) set up GSIS Service Desk in Calbayog City to bring the agency’s services nearer to its clients.
Last September 9, 2022, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Calbayog Offsite Office was formally opened.
According to Mayor Uy, the satellite office of the PRC here in Calbayog will be a big help in accommodating the transactions not only for the Calbayognons but for the entire Samar Island.
MA. RISSA T. COLICO/LIZA V. LEGITIMAS