4 in 1 event topbills Catigbian gathering
by Rey Anthony Chiu
Tagbilaran City (13 October) -- A long shot to the moon has become a shot in the arm for Catigbianons who would mark October 16 a big day here.
During this day, the town sees the realization of an otherwise ambitious dream, and as a result, gives the local economy a boost of stimulants.
The day also marks Catigbian’s formal receipt of the sum of more than P41M in funds, implemented projects and on going programs set to plow the town’s dreams into fertile fields of promise.
The dream of swimming out of poverty has preoccupied local leaders led by Mayor Roberto Salinas and Vice Mayor Fortunato Concon. Their biggest hope, a boost of infrastructure that could complement the reforms they have started in empowering the people to struggle out of the hole.
Livestock auction market
That day, Catigbianons, visitors and guests would converge for the grand inauguration of the modern P9M Catigbian Livestock Auction Center (CLAC) at the Public Market Compound here.
The CLAC is a centerpiece infrastructure support molding the backbone of a modernized Kabawan, an ongoing tradition of large livestock auction market that rose from a humble nook in the town’s old public market.
From its beginnings, the livestock auction market gets the spur from local officials who see the business potential of a modernized process and the ripples the local trading could send to the town’s economy. The center now, reportedly the biggest in Bohol sits in a hectare compound with the center’s modern facilities that vows to contest the country’s biggest auction markets.
With the huge market potential for the center, no less than Finance Undersecretary Roberto Tan comes here to lead local officials in the ribbon cutting ceremonies and unveiling of the P9M building plaque.
With him would be Governor Erico Aumentado, Bohol First District Representative Edgar Chatto, Vice Governor Julius Caesar Herrera, Agriculture Executive Director Eduardo Lecciones, OIC manager Armando Titong, Provincial Veterinarian Stella Marie Lapiz, Mayor Roberto Salinas and Vice Mayor Fortunato Concon with the Sangguniang Bayan members.
Dr. Lapiz, one of the key initiators of the project would give the overview of the livestock auction center operations and the intricacies of market operations and its sustainability.
Similarly, to present a view of the livestock industry and its status in the region is Joel Elumba, livestock division chief from the Agriculture field office in Cebu.
A livestock handler’s registration and licensing procedures orientation would be given by Roseller Piedad from the livestock registration of the same office.
Farm to market road
After the event, the launching of the P20.7M Baang-Liboron-Triple Union farm to market road follows.
The project, pre-identified by local officials gets the help of the Agrarian Reform Community Development Projects 2 (ARCDP 2) in funding support as the town also strews in its local counterpart.
The crucial road link opens a long dreamt access to these hinterland barangays and affords the rural residents a better road for facilitated product transport to the town markets or the main highway.
Residents also consider the new network as a direct access to government social services and cuts travel time of economic goods reaching their place. To complement the fund, the local government did not mind committing local counterpart funds in land acquisition. Beneficiary barangays also shared by pledging free labor for road maintenance and upkeep.
For the ARCDP 2, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Director Datu Yusoph Mama and technical advisor Adelberto Baniqued joins local officials in the launching.
Another bounty, this one banks directly on to the children of Catigbian is the ceremonial turn over of three classrooms in two buildings at Mantacida National High School.
The school buildings, funded as priority by Rep. Chatto is estimated roughly at P1.2M, with the current going rate of school classrooms at P345 to P400T plus local counterparts.
Department of Education Division superintendent Cerina Bolos gets the key from Rep. Chatto, Gov. Aumentado, Mayor Salinas, Barangay Chairman Benito Cano and would hand it to Melita Maglajos.
Finally, putting the final touches to the empowerment of people so they could independently work out a way out of the mires of poverty, the town also launches on that day the Farmers’ Information and Technology System (FITS) while also unveiling the marker.
Though of still undetermined value, Catigbian inked a pact with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the system that allows the town to benefit from technology resources from the national science agency.
The FITS offers a variety of services ranging from technological to information, a massive bank of resources that can be accessed at the FITS center below the Catigbian Conference Hall at the market compound.
To make the event even more exciting for the people, Mayor Salinas said he is organizing a raffle which may add up to the memorable day.
For the people attending the event, they could win a set of ducks for dispersal and backyard reproduction, some 4 heads of goat, two piglets, a cow and a carabao.
Another distribution of 8 piglets for breeding and fattening happens as a cap for the event.
All of these to help the people get the shortest route our of the hole of poverty that has almost drowned the hopes of people here. (PIA) [top]