By Rey Anthony Chiu | 09:35 PM June 20, 2022
The drumbeats and the frantic shuffle of the feet interspaced by the hindfeet kicking characteristic of a carabao again brings to the town the festive Katigbawan parade with school contingents showing the traces of being streetdancing champions bringing the town’s highlight kabawan in the 73rd Foundation Days.
Spilling to the town’s streets in celebration for a loosened restriction from the pandemic, the dancers also depicted the town’s successes as Mayor Elizabeth Mandin-Pace delivered her State Of the Municipality Address, June 17.
The showcase of talents and traditions especially in the field of performing arts also happened to be among the most visible marks Catigbian obtained in the most recent years.
In 2019 for example, Catigbian National High School street dancing contingent emerged the champion in the Sandugo Street Dancing, the town’s Daygon Contest entry for that same year came out second, and not to mention the towns Cultural Collective already joining performances in and outside of the town.
In her SOMA, Mayor Mandin continued the tradition of excellence in fiscal management with no less than the Bureau of Local Government and Finance bestowing to Catigbian the most coveted Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping.
Moreover, the town also garnered the Commission on Audit’s citation of Unmodified Opinion, the highest rating for local government fiscal management.
And the town got it three years in a row, the mayor revealed in her annual address.
In the annual ranking of Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI), Catigbian took a large leap from 96th in 2020 to 31st in 2021.
The ranking is based on the sum of scores on Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Resiliency.
With agriculture a key driver in the town, the local government invested P 6,899,215.00 in farmers’ support in seeds, seedlings, and subsidies, as the national government granted to farmer organizations farm machineries to improve mechanized farming for lesser costs and efficient farming.
Since then, 31 farmers availed of tractor services, plowing and harrowing an additional 16.15 hectares of land while the LGU earned from the tractor rental amounting to P 41,940.00.
As a key rice producing town, the LGU spent Php 972, 535 for the Rice Program benefiting 1, 771 rice farmers over the past 3 years. Another P5.8M went to support the towns livestock projects, the mayor reported.
With transporting farm produce getting costlier due to bad roads that ruin harvests before they could reach the markets, spent P22.3M for the road infrastructure development from 2019-2021 from the local development funds.
The national government through the Department of Public Works and Highways, also put up infrastructure projects for Catigbian worth P307,561,780 both completed and ongoing such as roads, multi-purpose buildings, flood control projects and waterworks alone.
For the sum of P 90 M, the town has already completed projects worth P 73M while about P17M worth of projects are ongoing.
Seeing the critical role of potable water to health and safety, the town invested P35.7M for this key need.
Surviving in the pandemic proved to be tough for Catigbianons, that the town, in collaboration with government agencies hired 774 individuals under DOLE’s TUPAD, 250 youths engaged under the Government Internship Program while the LGU hired 60 students with counterpart from the DOLE-SPES Program.
Across the years, about 110 Catigbian youth earned certifications for employment under TESDA’s
welding, carpentry, driving, electrical installation management, and cake making, to make them employable.
In her third year, Mayor Mandin is credited the award from the DA for the 3rd Highest Insurance Coverage Agri- Fishery Stakeholders for All Lines, All Program 2020 Among 27 Municipalities, 2nd Highest Insurance Coverage ( 3,192 Agri- Fishery Stakeholders) For All Insurable Commodities under the Registry System for Basic Sector in Agriculture (RSBA).
In the environment sector, aside from the continuing efforts to maintain a green town, Catigbian was among the Top 10 Best Performing LGU- For Ecological Solid Waste Management Best Practices for 2018-2020, an award given by the Provincial Government of Bohol.
The mayor also reaped in her term, the 2018 Seal of Child Friendly Governance, the Pagtinabangay Award for the Belen Contest aside from a Belen Contest finalist, the Red Cross Dugong Bigay, Dugtong Buhay Award as well as the recent NCCA award on the Haligi ng Dangal People’s Choice Awards by NCCA in May 2022, capping the mayor’s first term. (rahc/PIA_7/Bohol)