The Department of Interior and Local Government – National Capital Region’s Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System made a courtesy call to the Local Chief Executive of Jagna Atty. Fortunato R. Abrenilla on June 19, 2015 during the Annual Investment Programming at Badiang Spring, Anas, Valencia, Bohol. The group is conducting a learning visit to the municipality to visit facilities and offices that are used in and are directly involved in the GAD efforts. Accordingly, the visit is in line with the DILG’s continuous efforts and commitment to strengthen and capacitate the Regional GAD Focal Point System by enriching the knowledge of its members on the various facets of gender-responsive local governance. The team was led by chiefs of different divisions namely Ms. Imelda Basilio, Ms. Helen Verzosa and Mr. Edgar Pacano, Jr. Engr. Gerry V. Araneta gave an overview of the GAD in Jagna and its current status.
The Municipality of Jagna has been recognized as one of the LGUs that have advanced implementation of the GAD being a pilot municipality for its implementation thru the GREAT Women project. (In picture are the DILG-NCR visitors with Mayor Fortunato R, Abrenilla and municipal officials)
Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla delivered his State of the Municipality Address during the 117th celebration of Philippine Independence in front of the vice mayor, members of the 8th Sangguniang Bayan, punong barangays, national agency and provincial agency representatives, civil society organizations, people’s organizations, NGOs and the people of Jagna on June 12, 2015 at the Jagna Municipal Plaza.
In his SOMA, Abrenilla opened with “Governance has been a challenge. Priorities set are ambitious. But if we are not bold in our ambitions and we are not tapping outside participation we are not setting a fertile ground for development.” He highlighted accomplishments in the four sectors – economic, social, environment and administrative. He emphasized participatory governance stating that in the setting of priorities, the LGU encourages the participation of civil society organizations, POs, NGOs. Plans are crafted with the participation of these sectors.
He thanked the officials, LGU employees and partners for the hard work put into the realization of plans and programs. He said that even if programs and plans seem unachievable because of the great cost and hard work requires, it is realized if all stakeholders work together in unity.
The celebration of Philippine Independence was also highlighted with the unveiling of the Capt. Gregorio “Goyo”
Jagna municipal officials led by Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla unveiled the Capt. Goyo Marker on June 12, 2015 in honor of Jagna’s local hero Capt. Gregorio Casenas leading revolutionaries in the fight for freedom against the Americans.
Casenas marker. Capt. Goyo is Jagna’s local hero who figured in the unfortunate Lonoy massacre in the Easter Sunday of April 1901. To give tribute to his heroism and to make it known to the Jagnaanons until the future generations who he is and his significance to Jagna’s history, a monument was erected in his honor and during the celebration of the 117th Philippine Independence the LGU unveiled a marker bearing the information about Capt. Goyo and the Lonoy Massacre. It was after the unveiling that all LGU offices, provincial and national agencies, non-government organizations, civil society organizations, people’s organizations, private and religious sector offered their flowers.
Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla issued Executive Order No. 20 entitled “AN ORDER BANNING THE USE OF STYROFOAM FOOD PACKS IN ANY LGU-FUNDED MEALS”. The EO cited provisions of RA No. 9003 on the protection of public health and environment under the ecological solid waste management program specifically on the utilization of environmentally-sound methods and solid waste avoidance and volume reduction.
The use of styropacks on food take-aways during seminars, trainings and other activities has been a practice at the LGU assuming that it is safe. In reality results of research established styrene, a component of the material of the styropack, as a possible human carcinogen.
Moreover, garbage generated by the use of styropacks adds up to the solid waste problem of the municipality.
With the mentioned rationale, the EO was signed on April 27, 2015 which was effected immediately distributing copes to LGU departments and food establishments who cater to the meals of the LGU.
The Municipal Nutrition Council (MN) and the Jagna Emergency Medical Rescue Unit (JEMRU) brought evaluators from the national and regional levels to visit Jagna and evaluate the said units of the Local Government Unit. The MNC evaluation was conducted on May 26-29, 2015 and the JEMRU evaluation was conducted on May 26, 2015.
The Municipal Nutrition Council after 3 Green Banner Awards in Nutrition in the years 2010, 2011, 2012 earned the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) in 2013. To be able to get the Nutrition Honor Award for 2015, the highest award to be conferred to a city or a municipality, it has to maintain its national standing for 2014 as CROWN Maintenance Awardee thus the evaluation. A score of 95 for 2014 performance must be earned by Jagna to enable the municipality to get the Nutrition Honor Award in 2015.
The National Evaluating Team was led by Maria Cynthia Vengco of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Manila. Members are Mr. Armando Manglicmok also of the NNC, Mr. Michael Pablan of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Ms. Eden Rouela Ruta of the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines (NFP) and Mr. Teddy Pelaez of the Department of Health. Assisting in the evaluation were Dr. Parolita Mission, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator NNC RO 7, Ms. Nasudi Soluta also of NNC RO 7 and Ms. Juliet Manliguez of the Provincial Nutrition Office.
On the same day, a team of evaluators headed by Office of Civil Defense 7 Regional Director Olivia Luces evaluated the JEMRU. The JEMRU was the municipality’s entry into the Regional Gawad KALASAG Award for the categories on Government Emergency Response Management, Heroic Act/Deed during Emergency Response and Rescue Operations. The Gawad KALASAG is the country’s premier annual awards for outstanding contribution in the fields of disaster risk reduction and management and humanitarian action. Other entries of Jagna are Special Recognition Awards, Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC), NGO/CSO partner (BIDEF) and Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management (Can-upao).
Top: Nutrition evaluation presentation of the National Evaluating Team headed by Ms. Maria Cynthia Vengco with the municipal officials, members of the Municipal Development Council and members of the Municipal Nutrition Council. Bottom: Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla welcomes the regional evaluating team for the JEMRU headed by OCD RDO 7 Olivia Luces with the members of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.
The Jagna Team in the Boholympics ranked 2nd over-all with players, municipal officials and coaches during their presentation after the flag raising ceremony at the municipal hall grounds on May 24. Events participated were dancesports, volleyball, badminton, soccer, tennis, table tennis, athletics, basketball and cycling. Ms. Geneva Cadua, the reigning Miss Jagna Boholympics was chosen as the 2nd runner up in the search for Miss Boholympics 2015.
From l to r: Mrs. Marilou V. Naldoza, JaSMED Coordinator; Mr. Catalino B. Berro, Tourism Officer; Vice Mayor Bonifacio J. Vitrudes, Jr.; Mrs. Teresa Gina S. Ranan, composer; Anne Bethany R. Basilio, performer; Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla; Mr. James Cyril R. Tadena, music arranger; Mr. Samuel C. Octubre, judge; Mr. Marianito Jose Luspo, chairperson of the Board of Judges for the Calamay Jingle. (photo by Samuel “Bebot” Octubre)
The 1st Calamay Festival official jingle is entitled “Calamay sa Jagna. Dali Na, Palit Na, Kaon Na” composed by Mrs. Teresa Gina Ranan, arranged by Mr. James Cyril Tadena and performed by Anne Bethany Basilio. The entry won the nod of the judges headed by no other than Mr. Marianito Jose Luspo, director of Cultural Affairs of Holy Name University with two other judges Mr. Samuel C. Octubre and known Jagnaanon composer and musician and Mr. Catalino B. Berro, Jagna’s Tourism Officer. The judging was done at the Capt. Goyo Hall on April 24, 2015.
Seven entries were submitted. All entries were submitted by Jagnaanon composers and musicians. Entry number 1 words and music by Mr. Winefredo Bertumen and interpreted by Mr. Socrates Bajamonde entitled “Calamay sa Jagna”; entry number 2 composer, arranger and interpreter is Mr. Raymond S. Cruel with a title “Paboritong Calamay”; entry number 3 was composed by Mrs. Luz L. Ranara, arranged and interpreted by Mr. Raymond S. Cruel entitiled “Lamiang Calamay”; entry number 4 is titled “Calamay Nailhan Na Sa Tanan” with lyrics/music by Mr. Adhz Dags, arranged by Mr. Bogex Luna and interpreted by Mr. Ramel Aceron. “Calamay, Perte G’yong Lamia” is entry number 5 composed, arranged and interpreted by Mr. Bogex Luna. Entry number 6 is “Calamay sa Jagna Hastang Lamia” composed by Silmarjonito Daguplo, arranged by Silmarjonito Daguplo and Bogex Luna and interpreted by Bogex Luna. Entry number 7 is titled “Calamay Sa Jagna. Dali Na, Palit Na and Kaon Na” was composed by Mrs. Teresa Gina Ranan with musical arrangement by Mr. James Cyril Tadena and performed by Anne Bethany Basilio.
To add a festive mood to the 1st Calamay Festival, the working committee conducted the Calamay Jingle Contest. The 1st Calamay Festival on April 28-30, 2015 is a celebration to showcase the world-renowned product of Jagna, the calamay. To protect this century-old tradition and expand the livelihood of the calamay makers, the Calamay Festival was conceptualized. This Calamay Festival will inform locally and internationally that the calamay of Jagna is the original. Jagna is calamay and calamay is Jagna.