Presentation of the Executive Agenda 2010-2013

Note: The following is the Executive Agenda presented by Hon. Mayor Helen C. De Castro 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


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. 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;

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;

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.

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.

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

E. The Municipal Investment Incentives Code

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.  //


Message of Mayor Helen C. De Castro

Submitted on 2009/10/12 at 3:42am

NOTE: This message was delivered during the Opening Program of the 6th Pista sa Kabubudlan, held on October 9-10, 2009, at the Bulan Ecopark, Barangay Calomagon.



Helen De Castro  “Dios marhay na hapun tabi sa iyo entero.

Dako-dako na onra nan kaugmahan na i-welcome ko na naman kamo entero sa ika-unom na pagselebrar ta san Fiesta sa Kabubudlan o Feast of the Mountains. Ini na Fiesta sa Kabubudlan sayo na na institutionalized event didi sa ato bungto.

Sa sulod sin nakaagi na lima kataon, luway-luway na inbag-o ta ini na lugar, nan luway-luway na inpatalubo ta an mga puno sin kahoy na ato intaranum. Niyan imud ta na an bunga san ato kapagalan. Ini na Ecopark sayo na espeho o panalmingan san mga gusto ta ikontribuer o idanun para sa kaayadan san kapalibutan ta.

Pero, gusto ko tabi kamo padumdumun na ini na inhihimo ta dire ini dapat nagtatapos sa pagtanum ta lang sin puno didi sa Ecopark. Para sa ako, an katuyuhan sini na Fiesta sa Kabubudlan an magtukdo, an mag-edukar, an maghikayat sin sayo na adbokasiya o awareness para pagmakulugan ta an kapalibutan ta.

San nakaagi na semana, entero kita nakabalita san nangyari sa Metro Manila. Makamumundo an epekto sadto na pag-uran nan pagbaha. Nan hasta niyan, dire pa nag-uudong an pag-uran sa Northern Luzon. Dara tabi ini sin Climate Change na epekto san Global Warming.

An sabi san mga scientists tabi, na puwera san tama na pagtapuk basura, an pinakasolusyun talaga sa Global Warming an ibalik ta an mga puno sa kinab-an. Na kaipuhan magtanum, magtanum, magtanum kirita puno.

An activity ta didi sa Ecopark dapat idara ta sa iba na lugar, o mismo sa mga natad o lugar nato. Kaya ngane. Otrohon ko tabi na an Fiesta sa Kabubudlan is more of an advocacy, an educational venture, creating an awareness among us of the need to preserve Mother Earth. We owe it to ourselves, we owe it to the next generation after us. We are stewards of God’s creation, of Mother Earth. Magiging kumpleto lamang tabi an kaogmahan ko bilang mao an nagbatug sini na Ecopark nan Fiesta sa Kabubudlan kun maimud ko na insasabuhay na san kada taga- Bulan an tunay na pagmakulog sa kapalibutan.

Sa sulod sin lima na kataun na pagselebrar, naimud ko tabi an pambihira na pag responde san mga taga-Bulan sa panawagan ko na mag-atender kamo sini na Fiesta Sa Kabubudlan. Nan naimud ko tabi an pambihira na entusiasmo san manlaen-laen na sector san bungto ta, lalo na an mga kabatan-an. Dahil sini, dire masukol an pagpasalamat ko sa kada sayo sa iyo. Nan gusto ko tabi maintindihan san kada sayo na ini na aktibidad, binatugan ko lang, pero wara iba na mapadagus kundi karamu, kirita entero, dahilan sa nakasalalay sa kada sayo sa ato, sa ato entero na tawo, an puturo san ato kinab-an.

Sayo sa gusto ko ibalita sa iyo na san September 30, an Ecopark an napili na Regional Winner sa Brigada Ahensiya Search san Civil Service Commission. Inkikilala na tabi an Fiesta sa Kabubudlan dire lang didi sa bungto ta kundi maski sa iba na lugar didi sa Probinsiya ta, nan sa Rehiyon Bikol. Nan dahil sa internet , naniwala ako tabi na maabut an panahun makikilala an mga taga-Bulan dahil sa inhihimo ta niyan, nan para sa kapalibutan ta. Makikilala nira na an mga taga-Bulan maaram magmakulog nan magpasalamat sa biyaya san Mahal na Diyos sa ato nan ini lalanganan o hihirutan ta. Kaugmahan ko sabihun na didi sa Bikol kita lang an may-on sin irog sini na institutionalized event.

Gamitun ko man tabi ini na oportunidad na pasalamatan an mga bisita ta na maging parte san ato aktibidad. Nagparagal sira na makaabut didi sa Bulan nan didi sa Ecopark.

May manlaen-laen kita na aktibidades niyan na adlaw nan lalo na an tree-planting activity sa aga. Makisumayo kamo sa amo, magpartisipar tabi kamo, nan iudok niyo sa boot niyo an hihimuon ta. Kaupod sa pagtanum ta an pagkamoot, sinseridad, pag-asa nan pagpasalamat. Ihuring ta sa mga puno na itatanum ta, nan sa ingud na tatanuman ta na dire kita nalilimut sa pagpasalamat sa Mahal na Diyos. Nan ihuring ta sa hangin niyan, nan ipaabut sa Mahal na Dios, nan sa mga nilalang niya, sa mga bayong, sa mga panganuron, na hihimuon ta an obligasyon ta para maging mapresko gihapun an kapalibutan. Ihuring ta sa puso ta, na nagtutubod ako sa hihimuon ko niyan para sa kapalibutan, nan pagbaba ko sa bulod na ini, dara ko an aspirasyun sin pakisumayo sa kapalibutan, nan ibabalangibog ko sa bilog na komunidad yuon na pag-asa nan aspirasyun.

Sa entero na huyaa niyan, nan pati na sa mga maabut pa taud-taud o sa aga, inpapaabut ko tabi an pasalamat sa kada sayo sa iyo. Mabuhay po an kada taga-Bulan, mabuhay kirita entero.

Happy Fiesta sa Kabubudlan! Salamat, Dios mabalos.”  //


Submitted on 2009/10/12 at 3:39am



Bulan, Sorsogon, October 10, 2009:

 “Grabe an tawo! Gulpi an tawo niyan! Mas daghan niyan kaysa last year!” Overwhelming! It was the Woodstock, Bulan Version! These were the remarks heard from organizers, media reporters, traffic enforcers and observers as thousands of Bulan citizens turned up to attend various activities in celebration of, and in response to the call of Mayor Helen De Castro to, the 2009 Fiesta sa Kabubudlan (Feast of the Mountains) held on October 9-10, at the Bulan Ecopark in Barangay Calomagon. This is the sixth year of this kind since the Lady Mayor started it all in 2004. Observers estimate that over eight thousand people came to the celebration. An average of five thousand people used to come to the Ecopark celebration during the last five years. But this time even the parking lots were more than jampacked and authorities have to locate a new site for the vehicles.

As early as Thursday, a day before formal activities were to begin, groups of young people were already setting up camps and pitching tents, even as LGU organizers were making final preparations for the busy two days ahead. Enterprising citizens , with their panindas, were already busy selling goods to the early comers.

By Friday morning, a steady stream of vehicles and people, some hiking, braving the dust, made way to the Ecopark, about seven kilometers away from the town center. It was a good and busy day for many tricycle drivers fetching passengers. This went on until midnight. Traffic was busiest between 3:00 PM until ten in the evening.

Young and old, students and teachers, barangay officials tugging along their residents, boys and girls scouts, families, along with their children, even babies and toddlers, visitors from the neighboring towns of Juban, Matnog and Irosin came. Groups of youngsters from barangays Casini and San Agustin, in Irosin registered their attendance. As of eight in the evening, registration officers already recorded 156 groups and organizations. Many more were coming and many others missed the registration. An Israeli tourist came and stayed during the festivities. Tents and huts soon filled up the designated camping area. The camp area already filled up, many decided to pitch their tents, even in undesignated areas. One teacher commented that , “ Baga ini an Family Day, a Youth Day, an Environmentalist’s Day all rolled into one.”

Traffic Safety officers, with the assistance of police interns from the Solis Institute of Technology, Barangay Tanods and other volunteers were kept busy all throughout. Police authorites from the Bulan Municipal Police Station and the 509th PPMG kept the peace and order. The Rural Health Unit First Aid Team and the Bulan Rescue Team were on hand to assist people in need. The LGU ambulance stood nearby. The Kabalikat Civicom, and other civic groups like BANWA, BEAT and Uswag-Bulan, were on hand to extend assistance to the participants. The Bulan Fil-Chinese Volunteers Fire Brigade did their share by keeping the roads watered and freed off dust near the Ecopark. Despite the stream of vehicles traveling back and forth the site, not a single accident or untoward incident was recorded. Everything went according to public order and safety plans.

After lunch, even before the Opening Ceremonies, the organizers already conducted the “Laro ng Lahi” contests like Palosebo, Tubi-Tubi-ay, and other local and traditional games.

At the Opening Program, municipal officials led by Mayor Helen De Castro,together with Vice-Mayor Manuel Gogola and the Sangguniang Bayan Members, formally declared the Fiesta open. The Governor sent her representative, Dr. Librada Esplana. The speakers spoke on the need to avert Global Warming and Climate Change, and the tragic experiences from calamities as a result of unwanton destruction of the environment. Mayor De Castro exhorted the participants that before they were to plant the seedlings the next day, they have to offer prayers of hope and, thanksgiving to God. She said that this environment activity should not end with the tree-planting activity, but rather, participants should, when they come down the Ecopark, bring along with them that aspiration and desire to help Mother Earth, by planting trees anywhere they can, especially in their own backyard. She said that this environment activity is more of an advocacy, a movement, an educational venture on the ecology. Cultural numbers were also presented. The “Fiesta sa Kabubudlan” March or Theme Song, written and composed by Mr. Edwin Gloriane, was played for the first time. Once legislated, this shall be the official song of the annual celebration.

Mayor Benito Doma of Prieto-Diaz town and Visitors from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Los Banos came. They gave lectures and workshops to the Bulan audience. Mayor Doma, an awardee-mayor, lectured on Mangrove Reforestation , while the DOST researchers, Dr. Emelyne Cortiguerra and Mr. Eduard Bonong, gave lectures and demos on charcoal bricketting, an alternative form of livelihood, instead of cutting trees for charcoal. It was attended by members from NGO’s and cooperatives in Bulan.

In the evening, a pageant in search of the “Diyosa ng Kalikasan” was conducted. It focused on awareness for the environment. Also named were the “Diwata ng Hangin”, “Diwata ng Tubig”, “Diwata ng Kabundukan”. Seven beautiful contestants represented their schools. Winner as Diyosa ng Kalikasan was Lily-Ann Gaton of Alcoba National HS. Named as Diwatas were Patricia Molina of SLI-KRAMS, Jeneza Bon of JP Laurel HS, and Margie Mirabel of Magic 5 Organization. In order to participate in this pageant, the representative had to register by way of contributing twenty seedlings to the organizers. The gowns donned by the contestants were from recycled indigenous materials.

After the pageant search, a ten-minute fireworks display wowed the entire camp. A disco-dancing, attended by hundreds of people followed. It went on until dawn of the next day. Even as other activities were going on, every place in the Ecopark was filled with people just enjoying, singing, strolling, playing, or promenading. The clear moonlit sky even brightened the celebration.

At 6:30 o’clock on Saturday, a Holy Mass of Thanksgiving, presided by the Bulan Parish Priest, Fr. Ernie Mendina, was celebrated. Mayor Helen de Castro and the municipal officials, employees and the participants were in attendance.

The highlight of the celebration, the tree-planting activity after the Holy Mass was a rare experience to many, even emotional and poignant, as adults overhear children and youngsters, heeding the appeal of Mayor De Castro, whispering to the plants and to the soil, and praying, as they plant their seedlings. One Boy Scout was overheard, “ Sana tabi mawara na an mga baha sa Bulan.” Another, “Please tabi, ayaw na pagpabagyuha sa Pilipinas, kay kairuman san mga Pilipino!” Another girl, prayed, “Sige ha, pagbalik namo otro taun kisyera maimud ko ikaw na dako na na puno.” The more than one-hectare land prepared for planting by the MENRO and the GSO was not enough space for planting, as other participants simply helped together carefully handle one seedling to be planted. It became more of a symbolic action to many, even as they promised to instead plant trees in their own communities. The organizers did not expect nor anticipate the great increase in the number of participants this year. They promised a bigger planting areas next year. The garbage site-turned Ecopark is a 14.5-hectare lot donated by the late Ambassador Tomas G. De Castro, uncle-in-law of Mayor De Castro.

After the Tree-planting activity, a kite-flying contest was conducted. Twelve beautiful kites, expertly crafted by members of the competing groups, were pitted against each other. The winner was from Team Barangay Inararan, led by Team Leader Robert Cadag. They won P2,000. Runners-up were from Team Barangay Zone 8, and Team Danao National High School.

Even as the majority of the attendees already packed up by midday, many others opted to stay a little longer to enjoy the surroundings of the camp. Mayor De Castro and the employees thanked everybody and she personally saw to it that everybody was safely on the way home upon leaving camp. The campers enthusiastically promised Mayor de Castro that they shall continue cooperating with her leadership and programs even as they profusedly thanked her for the great and unique experience, and that they anticipate a bigger celebration next year. The Mayor also thanked the municipal employees for the excellent, accident-free and peaceful celebration. Of particular mention, the Mayor acknowledged the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources under Ms. Kelly Tan, the foremost department involved in the organization of the event. She noted of the professionalism and devotion to work of the municipal employees who helped her achieve a goal in public service, even as she emphasized that this is an unending crusade to save the environment.

All the four Bulan radio stations gave full coverage to the event. Thus giving the other citizens all over Bulan a chance to monitor everything that was taking place in the Ecopark. //


The Bulan Town Fiesta

(Bulan Observer Quick Press)

 by: jun asuncion

fary's wheelThe people of Bulan have just celebrated their Fiesta from May 30-31. A town Fiesta functions as a bonding mechanism for it stresses the cultural traditions we have as one people, highlighted by events such as Miss Bulan Coronation Night, Bulan Basketball Championship, colorful parade and marching music, singing  or dancing contest, different awarding ceremonies at the Plaza Rizal (now named as Freedom Park), the  carnival with fairs and circuses, games and magicians, the visiting Ferris wheel (I prefer to call it fairy’s wheel), visiting market  and vendors from all over Bicol showcasing their different products and food specialties and the many guests from the neighboring islands of San Jacinto and Masbate.

As a boy I always enjoyed the town fiesta for somehow the whole town vibrates with life, colors, images and sounds-for my senses becoming magical. I was not involved directly either in sports, dancing or musical competitions nor was I a part of the town  parade but somehow you feel you are a part of the whole thing. And I felt happy and excited, alive and  proud. A town fiesta is like celebrating the birthday of the town. It is an event for everybody, rich or poor. Everyone is supposed to feel happy and proud, every Bulaneño. It is a time with friends and relatives and an opportunity to know other people.

In my time in Bulan, when it comes to marching music, I remember with delight the Banda Duran, owned by Mr, Duran, whom I remember  also served as a town councillor at that time and he lived somewhere there in between of the now existing Solis Institute of  Technology and the Las Palmas Subdivision.

When it comes  to basketball, well , these were the Basketball dream teams of Bulan- and of my youth: The Warlords, The Lucky Guys and The Vigilantes! They dominated the basketball scene of  Bulan at that time. I still remember the faces of  their most famous players, the high scorers, the rebounders and the best forwards. But in Canipaan, there was once this young towering man with whom we used to play street basketball in Loilo Street who later made it  in the 1980’s to the Philippine Basketball Association with the Ginebra Team, whose coach was the mercurial Robert Jaworski: He was Dante Gonzalgo. I already knew at that time that he would be a very good basketball player- and he made it to the top.

Now about the beautiful side of the town Fiesta- the crowning of Miss Bulan. Well, young men were crazy at that time about the Miss Bulans. I was not for I was just a young boy then and there were only two Miss Bulans who remained in my memory: they were my cousins Aurora Salve Asuncion, daughter of uncle Salvador Asuncion of Canipaan and Cecilia Asuncion, daughter of my uncle Robert and auntie Terning Asuncion of Sabang. Yes, they were beautiful and graceful women of Bulan.

A town Fiesta is therefore  indispensable for it has many socio-cultural functions. It is the time when we celebrate as one people and recharge our battery after all the calamities that regularly visit Bulan and the hardship of daily life. We should use this collective event to strengthen ever more our solidarity and loyalty to our town and to our own people.

For me this is also the time to know more about the history of our town, connect oneself with it and reflect on where and how we are now as people of today’s Bulan. For this purpose, I have reprinted here the article from Wikipedia which deals with the facts and figures of  Bulan. I ask  permission to whoever wrote this informative article so I may reproduce it hereunder:


 Bulan, Sorsogon 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia










Bulan is a 1st class municipality in the province of Sorsogon, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population 91,730 inhabitants.


1 A Brief History of Bulan

2 Geography

3 Economy

4 Telecommunications

5 Education                                                            

5.1 Primary Education

5.2 Secondary Education

5.3 Tertiary Education

6 Barangays


  A Brief History of Bulan

“The town of Bulan has a colorful and dramatic history which dates back to the pre-hispanic period. Legend, however, surrounds the name of Bulan.” The term “Bulan” in the local Bulaneño dialect, has several meanings. It may mean the month of the year, or the moon, or a luminary. According to a local historian, the great Valerio Zuñiga, the last meaning, taken in its truest intrinsic sense, is the more accepted term, due to the historical fact narrated by the “mga gurangan”, the old inhabitants of the town. They said that one night, a Spanish scouting expedition coming from the old seaport of Ticao, sailing northward and at the level of the seacoast of Otabi, saw a big and beautiful luminary, the moon, from the right side of their ship. Some of the natives who accompanied the Spanish explorers as guides and crew members, showed happiness and excitement when they saw the moon which radiated its silvery beams in the night. Asked by the Spaniards as to the cause of their excitement , they shouted, “Builan … builan” pointing at the same time to the moon which had caused their happiness. In memory of this happening, the Spaniards named the place, “Builan” when they landed.

Another version goes that one moonlit night, two fishermen ashore were apportioning their catch when the Spaniards who landed in the place approached them for information about the place. Thinking that they were being asked about the full moon rising in the east, they answered, “Bulan”.

Archaeological evidences point out that long before the coming of the Spaniards , the coasts of Sorsogonwere already thriving with communities of settlers dating back to as early as 4,000 B.C., when the Indonesians reached Southern Luzon. The archaeological findings excavated in San Juan, Magsaysay and Gate, which were evaluated to belong to the Ming and Sung Dynasty support the theories of historical researchers that the southernmost tip of Luzon, mentioned by Beyer and other historians, probably including Bulan, showed signs of civilization as far back as 960 A.D. Golden crowns, believed to exist from 91 B.C. to 79 A.D., were also excavated in Bulan. Historical records disclose that in 1569, an expedition led by Captain Luis Enriquez de Guzman and Fray Alonzo Jimenez, an Augustinian Friar , reached Sorsogon soil and found a small settlement of natives engaged in fishing and farming.

This settlement was believed to be Otavi. It was in Otaviwhere Fr. Jimenez, together with Fr. Juan Orta, celebrated the first Mass in Luzon. On May 16, 1572, Capitan-General Miguel Lopez de Legazpi divided what is now Sorsogon Province into various encomiendas, and he allocated “Bililan” (Bulan) as a royal encomienda, which, together with “Uban” (Juban), has a population of 280 or 70 whole tributes. In 1583, the Franciscans began their evangelical work in Sorsogon. Subsequently in 1646, the Franciscans formed Gate as a visita of Bulusan. In January 1690, Builan was constituted as a pueblo civil and Gate was chosen as the townsite. Fray Diego de Yepes assumed administration of the town and at the same time its parish priest. He left Builan sometime in 1696. The growth of Bulan as a town, however, would be arrested as it began to suffer from the pressures of intense Moro raids in Sorsogon which lasted up to the middle of the 19th century. In 1746, a very devastating Moro attack destroyed Gate, which was 12 kilometers distant from the coast. Builan was plundered and razed to the ground. Scores of natives were killed and injured. Women and children were taken as captives. Those who were able to survive escaped the town, fleeing to the hills and hinterlands, abandoning the town totally. For the next 55 years Bulan was erased from the maps.

Towards the latter part of 1799, a Spanish-mestizo from Casiguran, Don Agustin Camposano, came to Bulan to spearhead the re-establishment of the town. On January 1, 1801, the town was refounded along the banks of the “Mariboc River”, in what is now between Sitio Pawa and Barangay San Rafael. Builan, now spelled as “Bulan”, became a duly recognized pueblo under the Province of Albay, with Don Juan Vicente as the first “capitan” or “gobernadorcillo” and Father Manuel Bernardo as the first parish priest. The fortress of the old town, now referred to as “Banuang Daan” stands as a mute testimony to the dramatic rise of Bulan as a community. On May 15, 1801, Otavi was the first barrio recognized by the Municipal Government of Bulan. Later on, Gate, San Juan (Daan) and Buenavista (now part of Irosin) were recognized as barrios. Fifteen years later, sometime in 1815, a killer typhoon struck Bulan, killing many of its inhabitants, destroying their crops and properties. These forced many residents to move westward, to a safer place to avoid the imminent danger of the floods of the River Mariboc. On November 11, 1849, the Claveria Decree was issued in which new surnames for the inhabitants were adopted to facilitate identification.

In 1850, this decree was implemented in Bulan. The families of Bulanwere given new family names, most of which start with the letter “G”. In 1866, the municipal officials of Bulan decided to transfer the town to its present site. A cofradia, formed by Fr. Francisco Roque, was headed by Don Marcial Gillego, the capitan-municipal and an architect. This cofradia (religious confraternity composed of prominent citizens), was given the task of management in the planning and construction of the new town. In 1883, a cholera epidemic, the worst catastrophe to hit Bulankilled 810 persons or 22 percent of the population in a 3-month period. Many prominent citizens also died during that time. Since its founding, and despite some unhappy events in the life of its people, the town continually and steadily began its rise to prosperity. It surpassed other towns in terms of economic activities, and rivalled with the premiere seaport town of Sorsogon. It was now an important and crowded seaport engaging in commercial trade with seacoast towns of Samar and the islands of Ticao and Masbate, the neighbouring towns in Sorsogon and the city of Manila. By the time Sorsogon province became independent from Albay, in 1894, Bulan’s population rose to 11,000. The big Spanish firm engaged in copra and abaca export, the Gutierrez Hermanos, from Manila, established a town branch. Many Chinese traders resided in Bulan. While Bulan was spared the bloody turmoil of the 1896 Revolution, the Spanish Provincial Government undertook measures to preempt revolutionary activities in the towns, and placed under surveillance all persons suspected of bearing sympathy to the revolutionary cause. Arrests and imprisonments took place. In October 1896, Don Teodoro De Castro y Zabala was arrested and incarcerated in Bilibid, because he was found in possession of letters written by anti-Spanish natives in Manila. Don Zacarias Asuncion and other residents suffered the same fate, for having no cedulas personales and for singing anti-Spanish songs. It should be noted here, that on January 4, 1897, one of the sons of Bulan, Father Severino Diaz, a priest at the Nueva Caceres Cathedral, was shot in Bagumbayantogether with 14 other martyrs. They are now referred to as the “Martyrs of Bikol”. In November, 1898, Bulan was visited by three ranking revolutionary leaders, General Jose Ignacio Pawa, General Vicente Lukban, and Col. Pedro Aguinaldo. They declared Bulan under the New Philippine Republic. Elections were also held that year.

On January 21, 1900, at the height of the Philippine-American War, the Americans landed in Bulan. The American soldiers were under the command of Captain Charles Mclane and Lieutenant B.P. Dishky, of the A and B Company of the First Battalion. There was no resistance from the town. In fact, through the efforts and initiatives of the principales of Bulan headed by Don Rufino Gerona, the pacification campaign in Sorsogon gained ground. It was Don Rufino and company who caused the surrender of Col. Emeterio Funes, a provincial revolutionary leader, in 1901. Not to be forgotten during this period between the First Philippine Republic and the American Occupation is the name of Don Julian Gerona, an illustrious son of Bulan who figured prominently in national affairs. He was a friend of Rizal, Mabini and other revolutionary leaders. He also later on became the first Secretary to the First Philippine Assembly of 1907. The name of this Bulaneño will be etched in the annals of Philippine history. Under the Americans, the community of Bulanflourished. Education, trade and commerce, politics and religion were given ample freedom to prosper. The people started organizing labor unions, political parties and community movements. The setting up of womens’ clubs as the Club de la Mujer, and the Jota de Leche and scouting movements were encouraged. When the Second World War broke out, the Japanese Forces occupied Bulan in December 13-14, 1941. Bulan at first offered no resistance to the Japanese invaders who held camp in various parts of the town. Many young soldiers and officers from Bulan though, fought in the battlefields of Bataan and Corregidor.

Many lost their lives and did not return back. Those who survived Bataan, Corregidor and the Death March came back, organized guerillagroups and fought sporadic battles with the Japanese. There were also incidents of deathat the hands of the Japanese Imperial Army, especially that of the thirteen men, mostly Chinese, who were executed in Gate in June 1942. It was also a sad period that the guerilla groups in Bulan were divided into two major factions, the Lapuz group and the Escudero group. Many soldiers and citizens died, suffered and became victims to this bloody rivalry. With the coming of the American Liberation Forces, the guerillas eventually united, but the town of Bulan was burned by the Japanese forces who retreated to Magallanes. There were many atrocities committed during this time. Bulan was liberated from the Japanese by October 1944.

The air-raid shelters and wartunnels at Imelda, Sta. Remedios, Layuan, San Francisco and other places remain as grim reminders of that dark period in Bulan’s history. The process of reconstruction and rebuilding of the town took place after the Liberation. The people of Bulantook to the task, as withother communities in the Philippines, in an effort to regain what was lost during the war. Politics was lively, as with socio-economic activities and religion. Schools flourished, barrios were organized and constituted, citizens’ organizations grew, population increased. By 1960, there were 54,180 persons recorded, up from 13,431 in 1903. By 1972, there were already 63 barangays in Bulan, compared to eleven in 1900. The declaration of Martial Law in 1972 proved to be another chapter in the history of Bulan. It was a period of uneasy predicaments. During these times, many young students from Bulan became involved in activism espousing socialist and radical change. It was brought about by excesses in politics and government, and a desperate look at the deterioration of the quality of life in many levels of Philippine Society. At first, the people of Bulan welcomed the declaration of Martial Law and its promise of a New Society. But as the turn of events deteriorated, people became fearful of the times. From 1973 to 1975, the far-flung barangays and sitios, especially the isolated ones, notably Gabod, Marinab, and the northern barangays became virtual battlefields of the warring government military forces and NPArebels. There were reports of atrocities by both sides, and many barangay residents fled their homes to escape being caught in the crossfire. Proof of this was the rapid decline of population in barrios. Up to the present, there are still pockets of armed resistance offered by the NPA in the hills and barangays of Bulan. Prominent names of Bulan citizens who joined the rebel movements of the 1970’s were the late Antonio Ariado, Ms. Nanette Vytiaco and many others. In the 1986 EDSA Revolt, a son of Bulan stood out in the national scene. Hw was Colonel Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, who later on became a rebel military officer and then a Senator of the Philippine Republic.

The events of 1986 brought new changes in local leadership and in the aspects of Bulan’s community life. In the year 2001, Bulan celebrates her 200th year anniversary or bicentennial, since being refounded along the banks of the Mariboc River. Through the years, Bulan was able to withstand the tests of time, thanks to the resiliency and grace of her people. Bulantoday stands proud for her history and yet humble with the lessons of time. She is now at the forefront of rapid socio-economic and political changes confronting many communities of Philippine Society and in a few years, she will perhaps be Sorsogon’s foremost town. The People of Bulan, a product of the complicated interplay of time, events, race and culture, exudes a character bothcomplex and simple. It is this character that makes him bothreligious and irreverent; stubborn, courageous and proud yet warm and accommodating. He can bend withthe wind but remain strong as not to break. And this character has carried him through both fortunate and difficult times.

The People of Bulan has been shaped by the events of history and has himself shaped history. It is this that will carry this people on, this town on, to the next millennium.


The Municipality of Bulan is strategically located at the southwestern most tip of the island of Luzon and is a premier town in the Province of Sorsogon. It has an area of exactly 20,094 hectares and is the terminal and burgeoning center of trade and commerce of its neighboring towns. It comprises fifty-five (55) barangays and eight (8) zones and is populated by people of diversified origin. This municipality is bounded on the North by the Municipality of Magallanes, on the East by the municipalities of Juban and Sorsogon, on the South by the Municipality of Matnog, and on the West by Ticao Pass. It has a distance of 667 kilometers from Manila, 63 kilometers from the province’s capital- Sorsogon City, 20 kilometers from the town of Irosin, Sorsogon and 30 Kilometers from the town of Matnog.


Residents of the Bulan is now looking forward on its cityhood because of its rapid-economic growth considering the fact that it is sited as the richest municipality in the province and 5th among the 1st class municipalities in BicolRegion with an average annual income of Php 58.8M. If it happens, Bulan will be the second city in the province and will be the 9th in the region.

Major export of this town are from its coastal waters, agricultural lands produce copra, abaca fiber.

Most of the revenues come from the fishing port of Bulan and businesses.

There are three commercial banks in Bulan with two ATM. These are the Philippine National Bank, Metrobank (withATM), and the Allied Bank(with ATM), and Rural Bank of San Jacinto, Masbate.

There are also lending institutions like Intertrade, GSAC, and FALPSI that are very popular to SMEs.


Bulan has fixed landline phones from Digitel and PLDT. Mobile or cellular networks are Globe and Smart Telecommunications Companies. Sun Cellular is also serving on the area


 Primary Education

The Primary Education in Bulan are divided into two Districts, The Bulan North District comprising all the Barangays towards the North coastal Barangays, to the interior land locked northern Barangays. The Bulan South District comprises the southern Coastal Barangays.

Secondary Education

Bulan has many secondary educational institutions. The Largest public high school is Bulan National High School. Formerly, it was the Bulan High School/Bulan Vocational High School, before the former was converted in to Sorsogon State College Bulan Campus. BNHS has satellite Campuses at Barangays Otavi, Beguin, J.P. Laurel, San Juan Bag-o.

There are various private secondary schools. The St. Louise De Marillac School (Formerly Colegio de la Inmaculada Concepcion) a Catholic school run by the Daughters of Charity religious congregation, Saint Bonaventure Academy of Butag, the Southern Luzon Institute-Kenerino Ramirez Asuncion Memorial School (SLI-KRAMS), Solis Institute of Technology, and A.G. Villaroya Technological Foundation Institute.

Tertiary Education

Sorsogon State College (Institute of Management and Information Technology)

R.G. De Castro Colleges (formerly Quezon Academy)

SLI-KRAMS (Kenerino Asuncion Memorial School)

Solis Institute of Technology

A.G. Villaroya (Post-Secondary courses only)

Sun Yat Sen Memorial College (before Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial School)


Bulan is politically subdivided into 63 barangays.

A. Bonifacio (Tinurilan)

Abad Santos (Kambal)

Aguinaldo (Lipata Dako)


Aquino (Imelda)












E. Quirino (Pinangomhan)


G. Del Pilar (Tanga)



J. Gerona (Biton)

J.P. Laurel (Pon-od)


Libertad (Calle Putol)


Magsaysay (Bongog)





N. Roque (Calayugan)



Osmeña (Lipata Saday)


Padre Diaz


Quezon (Cabarawan)

R. Gerona


Roxas (Busay)


San Francisco (Polot)

San Isidro (Cabugaan)

San Juan Bag-o

San Juan Daan

San Rafael (Togbongon)

San Ramon

San Vicente

Sta. Remedios

Sta. Teresita (Trece)




Zone 1 (Ilawod)

Zone 2 (Sabang)

Zone 3 (Central)

Zone 4 (Central)

Zone 5 (Canipaan)

Zone 6 (Baybay)

Zone 7 (Iraya)

Zone 8 (Loyo)


LGU Bulan Joins the Earth Hour Movement

Submitted on 2009/03/26 at 8:37am
 By: PIO-LGU Bulan

Bulan, Sorsogon, March 26, 2009.


 Bulan Town in the Province of Sorsogon, in the Philippines is joining the Earth Hour movement!

Mayor Helen C. De Castro of the Local Government Unit of Bulan leads her community in joining the Earth Hour event on March 28, 2009 from 8:30-9:30 in the evening of Saturday.

In her communications sent to all sectors of the Bulaneno Community – the media, youth, business, labor, religious and academic sectors – Mayor De Castro is exhorting every Bulaneno, young and old alike, to wholeheartedly join and support this event by sacrificing one hour on the evening of March 28 by switching off their lights, electricity, the use of cell phones and the internet.

The three local radio stations -One FM, Veritas FM, and Padaba FM are now airing her taped Earth Hour message every two hours until March 28. These stations will have a countdown to the Earth Hour.

The local cable station, BSTV, is now airing a round-the-clock environment film showing featuring the Earth Hour, the Panahon Na! presentation on Climate Change and the Bulan Environment Program until the Earth Hour event.

The local parish church will be pealing the church bells as a countdown to Earth Hour and will be ringing the bells ten times every tenth minute until the Earth Hour is concluded. The local fire department will sound its sirens to signal the start of the Earth Hour.

One innovation started by Mayor De Castro is that since this is school graduation and closing season, all schools, even after the Earth Hour on March 28, will shut off their lights ten minutes before the start of their graduation ceremonies, as a show of solidarity to the Earth Hour movement-and they will hold numbers to dramatize concern for the environment.

A Texters’ Brigade has been organized to send “Pass an Earth Hour message” to friends and texters around.

In its own little way, the Bulan Community is one with the world in helping Mother Earth.

In the Province of Sorsogon, Bulan Town has been in the forefront of protecting and preserving the Environment. In 2008, Bulan Town was declared a DILG GO FAR Model Town for Solid Waste Management in the whole country. The Local Government Unit also conducts an annual Feast of the Mountains every first Saturday of October and has converted its dumpsite into an ecological park.  (PIO)



Submitted on 2008/12/30 at 5:09am
We are here posting the 2008 Year-end Report of Mayor Helen C. De Castro to the People of Bulan. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all! – From LGU- Bulan PIO…

Mayor Helen C. De Castro
Bulan, Sorsogon



Sa Entero na mga Taga-Bulan,
Sa Pinapadaba Ko na mga Kabungto:

Ini tabi an saiyo Mayor nan Ina san Bungto, si Helen “Baby” De Castro.

Ihahatod ko tabi sa iyo niyan an taunan na report san ato Gobierno Lokal, sa paagi san ako Opisina. Ini tabi an 2008 Year-end Report to the People of Bulan.

Naging tradisyon na san Administrasyon De Castro an magreport saiyo taun-taon tungkol sa mga accomplishments, mga proyekto, mga programa nan mga puwede pa o dapat himuon basi mapakay-d lalo nato an komunidad Bulaneno.

Ini tabi sayo na obligasyon na inhihimo ta sa ngaran sin transparencia nan accountability sa mga taga-Bulan. Didi sa Probinsiya san Sorsogon, solamente an Bulan lang an may irog sini na pag-impormar sa tawo.

Pilosopiya political san ako administrasyon na dapat aram san tawo kun nano an inhihimo o mga nahimuan namo na mga lideres na inhatagan tiwala nan mandato na mao an magkaput nan magmanehar san komunidad, Dire tabi nawawara sa amo isip na kaya kami hinatagan kumpiansa kay basi magiyahan an komunidad sa inlalaoman na kaayadan, pag-unhan, prosperidad sa butnga sin sayo na matuninong nan trangkilo na kapalibutan. Education and Information empowers the people. Empowerment of our constituents help promote and build a participatory governance.

Daghanun na an narecibe ko na mga positibo na feedback nan komentaryo tungkol sini na Annual Report. Nan aram ko na mayoriya san ato mga ciudadano naghuhulat nan nag-aapresyar sini na annual report.


Ini na Report mapaisi gihapon san mga accomplishments nato sa HELEN Program. An HELEN Program mao baga tabi an manungod sa H para sa Health o Salud, E para sa Education, L o Livelihood o Pagbuhay-buhay, E for Environment o an Kapalibutan, nan an N para sa Nutrition. Programa nato ini para sa kaayadan san komunidad ta.

Sa sulod sin lima na kataun, padagus nato na indadagdagan an mga maitindog ta na na pundasyon nan mga accomplishments. Organizado ta na an kada opisina na maasikaso sa pagdeliber sini na mga mayor na serbisyo nan programa.


Unahon ta na muna an programa sa Health o Salud.

San Disyembre 12, inresibe ko an award para sa mga taga-Bulan hale sa Provincial Government komo sayo kita sa mga bungto na inrecognisar sa Sulong Salud Sorsoganon Annual Recognition of Best Health Practices. Patutuo ini na an saato Rural Health Unit ungod nan dedikado sa paghatag serbisyo sa ato mga kabungto.

Sa Maternal and Child Health Program, o programa para sa mga ina nan mga kabatan-an, huyaa an mga nahimo san RHU ta: An para sa mga Ina nan Burod mao an mga minasunod, para sa entero na 63 na barangay:

1. Poco mas o menos 1,700 na burod an inasikaso san mga midwife nan mga nurse ta;
2. Sa mga burod na ini, depende sa situasyon san pagburod nira, nakarecibe sin atensiyon medical nan hinatagan sin bulong na TT1, TT2, TT3, TT4, TT5, TTL, TT2+. May nakarecibe man sa kanira sin partial iron o complete iron supplement para sa pagburod;
3. An mga midwives nan nurses nato sa RHU nakapagpaanak sin 1,743 na burod sa bilog na Bulan. An 178 sini nakadeliber sa RHU Center sa Obrero, nan an 47, sa Otavi Barangay Health Center;
4. Pakapanganak sini na mga burod, kada saro sa kanira nakarecibe sin at least sayo na post partum care-visit san mga midwife, nan naayudahan sira para sa breastfeeding o pagpadudo san ina. Entero man ini na mga nanganak na ina nakarecibe sin Iron nan Vitamin A Supplementation.
5. Importante lang na impormado an mga ina nan mga burod ta san iskedyul san mga centers nira sa kada barangay.

An para naman san mga Bata o Kabatan-an mao ini an mga nahimo para sa kanira san Municipio , sa paagi san Rural Health Unit:

1. Sa Expanded Program of Immunization o pagbakuna, poco mas o menos 1,900 na kabatan-an o mga baby edad 0-11 months old an hinatagan libre bakuna san ato mga health workers sa entero na 63 na barangay. Ini na mga baby, depende sa kanira edad o bulan, nakarecibe libre bakuna sa BCG, Anti-Dipthteria 1, DPT2, DPT3 , Kontra Polio OPV1, OPV2, OPV3, Kontra Tigdas o measles, Kontra Hepatitis B1, Hepatitis B2, Hepatitis B3, nan Vitamin A supplementation;
2. Sa Programang Garantisadong Pambata 2008, nakahatag an RHU sin Vitamin A Supplementation para sa 1,466 na babies an edad 6-11 months; 11,442 na mga bata na an edad 1 hasta 5 anyos; 2,765 na bata na an edad 5 hasta 7 anyos;
3. Sa Deworming o paghimulate san mga bata: 2,910 na mga bata an edad 1 hasta 2 anyos an nahimulatehan, nan 10,020 na mga bata edad 2 hasta 7 anyos an nahimulatehan;

Sa household Salt Testing, basi maggamit sin iodized salt, 1,627 na kabalayan an salt tested san RHU.

Sa Sight Saving program san Municipio, 16 na pasyente na may katarata an in-eksamin ta, nan 6 sa kanira an napa-operahan ta.

Sa sexually transmissible disease, 21 na pasyente an in-aasikaso san municipio sa mga hapdos na ini.

Sa National Tuberculosis Program, o may mga TB, 623 na pasyente an indanunan san municipio. Manlaenlaen na proceso sin pagbulong an inhimo san RHU basi madanunan ini na mga pasyente.

Sa Rabies, 19 na pasyente an dinara sa mga health centers ta nan ini inasikaso man. Sa Filariasis Program, 83, 692 katawo sa bilog na Bulan an pinahatodan ta sin tomada na bulong kontra sa Filariasis o tibak o hapdos na dara san kagat san namok

Sa Diarrheal Disease Control Program o pag-asikaso san mga bata na suka basyada, 461 na bata edad 1 hasta 14 anyos an binulong nato. Puwera suon, 1788 pa na mga bata an nagkaigua kita sa RHU sin Under Five Clinic.

Sa RHU man nan mga Barangay Health Stations ta, nakapakonsulta sa ato an 7,534 na pasyente; nakahatag kita laboratoryo o laboratory Examination para sa 4,647 na pasyentena nagpa-urinalysis, fecalysis, Hemoglobin test, Blood typing, Platelet Count, FBS, nan Sputum examination; 244 sa mga pag-asikaso sa mga samad; Nan 101 na medico-legal cases an inatenderan san ato RHU doctors. Puwera pa tabi sini na laboratory tests san RHU, an ako opisina nag-ayuda sa 174 na mga tawo para makabayad sa mga pagpa-ultrasound nan iba na klase sin laboratoryo sa pribado na clinic.

Sa Dental Program nato, batog na preschoolers hasta daragko na, 2,404 na pasyente an nahatagan sin dental preventive nan curative treatment.

Sa Family Planning Program, 5,425 na inasawhan an presente indadanunan san RHU sa kanira pagplano san pamilya sa mga metodo sin pagpamilya. Puwera pa ini sin pagkondukta sin mga Responsible Parenting Movement Activities na may tig-narapulo na mag-arasawa sa mga barangay san San Franciso, Palale, Cadandanan, JP Laurel, San Juan Bago, Calomagon, Sta Remedios, Fabrica, San Vicente nan Zone 2.

An RHU nagkondukta man sin Environmental Sanitation Program. Invuelto didi an inspeksiyon sin mga water facilities nan mga Food Establishments, pati na an mga sanitary practices san mga punerarya. Nan padagus man an Information, Education, communication campaign nato kontra sa Dengue. Komprehensibo man an monitor nato sa Dengue Watch basi maibitaran ta ini na peligroso na hapdos.

Huyaa pa an mga iba na aktibidades san RHU:

1. Enero hasta Pebrero: IEC tungkol sa Philhealth Card Usage; Filariasis Elimination campaign; Operation Timbang; Implementation of Private-public MIXS DOTS System Health Ptogram Implementation Review; Blood letting and Bloodtyping sa SSC; nan IEC tungkol sa sexually transmitted diseases;
2. Marso-Abril::Buntis Class para sa mga burod na ina; bloodletting activites; Pap smearing test ; RHU Lakbay aral sa mga lugar na may best practices;
3. May: Medical-dental mission sa Bulan South na in-sponsor san LGU, PNP nan Bantay Bayan;
4. Filariasis Test sa 83 na barangay san Bulan;
5. September: Provincial Congress para sa Buntis Congress
6. October: Medical Dental mission para sa mga senior citizens;

Gusto ko man po gihapon ipadumdom na an ato RHU may on na sin duwa na doctor, si Dra. Payoyo nan si Dra. Kates Rebustillo kay talagang kulang na kita mga medical professionals sa mga public health centers ta. Pinasiguro ko na mabudgetan ini na position sin additional doctor sa RHU.

Puwera suon, an Pawa hospital dire na pareho san dati na kulang sa doctor. Niyan, mayon kita inhuron na duwa Visiting Doctors, si Dr. James Apin nan Dr. San Jose, na maalalay kan Dra. Palad lalu na kun Sabado nan Domingo na napahuway man an ato Resident Doctor. Aram man baga nato na ini na Pawa Hospital dire man ini sakop san municipio ta kundi san Gobierno Probinsiyal sa irarum san Gobernador. Pero, ako na mismu an naghimo paagi basi mapagaan ta an situasyon san mga kabungto ta, lalo na an mga pobre na ciudadano na dire makabayad sa mga pribado na hospital o clinic. Nan sayo sa positibo na resulta dahilan san mas naatenderan san mga doctor ta an mga narani sa Pawa, an record na mas daghan na niyan na tawo an nagrarani sa Pawa Hospital kesan sadto na nakaagi na mga panahun na kulang kita sa doktor. Sadto grabe an reklamo sa media tungkol sa maluya na serbisyo san Pawa Hospital, dire na tabi niyan. Kun may-on man, ipaabut po niyo sa ako opisina kay ako mismo an mapaabot kan Gobernadora Sally Lee.

Padagus man an continuing training san ato mga BHWs sa kada barangay kay sira an mga nasa frontlines san health care. Bilog an suporta ko sa budget nan professional development para sa mga BHW.

An ambulancia san municipio nakabiyahe sin 84 beses para sa mga emergency na pasyente puwera lang kun may diperensya ini na sakayan, pero an ako opisina dire nagpapahuway sa pagdanun na makadisponer an ato mga pamilya san pasyente kun emergencia. Nan wara kita sin mga disease outbreaks o epidemics kay ensigida na aktibar an ato RHU nan mga public health service providers sa ananuman na mga problema pangkalusugan.


An masunod na programa mao tabi an Education.

Aram man nato na an pag-asikaso sa edukasyon nasa sayo na nasyonal na ahensiya, an Department of Education o DepEd. Pero dire ini nagangahulugan na dire nagrereparo an gobierno local sa mga puwede himuon basi makasuporta nan makapaunhan sa mga aspeto sin pag-adal san ato mga kabungto na nangaipo sini, lalo na an mga kawaraon nato na ciudadano. Kaya ngane, maski kulang an pundo o budget san municipio padagus kami naghihimu sin mga programa o proyekto na makasuporta sa edukasyon.

Batug pa san mag-asumir si Guiming nan ako bilang Mayor, sayo na ini na sector sa inpokusan namo. Sa katunayan sa panahun ni Ex-Mayor Guiming, pito na barangay public high schools an naitindog nan na-establisar, sa Beguin, San Juan Bag-o, Gate, Butag, Otavi, Cadandanan, nan JP Laurel. An nagkapera sa mga escuelahan na ini mga national high schools na sa paagi sin congressional legislations. Sa turno ko niyan, batog san 2004, insusuportahan san municipio an honorarium san mga volunteer teachers sa mga high schools na ini. Nan daghanun na na infrastructure improvement nan development an indagdag san gobierno local. Testigos sini an mga residente suon na mga barangay.

Puwera suon, intindog ta an Heavy Equipment nan Roadbuilding Program kay basi maabrihan, mahingayad, marehabilitar, mamantenir an entero nato na mga tinampo. Sa paagi sini na mga infrastructure programs nan projects, naging masayon o facil an pagbiyahe san mga maestro/maestro nato nan madali na an transportation services para sa mga escuela ta. Dako ini na katipiran sa ato mga magurang, nan deri na delikado an pagbiyahe san mga nasa sector san edukasyon.

Insaysay ko gihapun ini kay konektado ini sa entero na improvements nan mga educational promotion nato sa presente na panahun. Mayad na mapadumdum ta gihapon an ato komunidad sa bagay na ini.

Niyan na taon 2008, daghanun man na mga accomplishments an gusto ko tabi ireport saiyo tungkol sa suporta nato sa Education Program.

San Mayo, iuntindog ko an The Mayor Helen Scholarship Grant na an katuyuhan himuon na iskolar san municipio an entero na high school valedictorian hale sa mga barangay high schools. Sa niyan onom (6) na iskolars an suportado san municipio. Nasa second semester na sira, an lima(5) nag-eescuela sa Sorsogon State College sin BS Accountancy, an sayo(1) sustentado ta sa Technological University of the Philippines sa Manila, BS Accountancy man an inkukuwa na kurso. Entero ini na mga kabatan-an kaya mag-adal pero kawaraon. Kaya an municipio an nagbalukat sa kanira pag-adal.

Dies y siyete (17) na high school graduates an pinaescuela san municipio sa TESDA-sponsored technical-vocational course sa Bulusan National Vocational and Technical School. An gobierno local an nag-tuition sa kanira sa sulod sin sangtaon, may diyo man sira na allowance. Nakatapos na an dies y sais (16) sa kanira. Opat na sa niyan an nasa On-the job Training sa Manila. An iba sa kanira inhuhulat na ma-iskedyul.

Sa Scholarship Facilitation Program, inasistehan san municipio ta an pagkuwa scholarship exams san mga high school graduates nato. 78 an nakapasar nan sa niyan, sa paagi san TESDA, nag-eerescuela na sira sa AG Villaroya, Solis Institute, ACSAT nan sa Bicol Mechant Marine College sa Sorsogon. Sa Ladderized Education Program, inasistehan ta an duwa na graduate na maka-scholarship sa Sorsogon State College sa Sorsogon City.
San Mayo, bilang danun san municipio sa mga estudyante, sitenta (70) na mga estudyante an kinuwa nato para sa Special Program for the Employment of Students o SPES na kapartner an Department of Labor and Employment o DOLE. An sisenta porsyento san suweldo nira kargo san budget san municipio, nan kuwarenta porsyento an sa DOLE. An nakuwa nira na suweldo mao man an inpang-tuition nira san nakaagi na semester.

San school vacation san Abril nan Mayo, inlunsar nato an Career Explorer and Counseling para sa 488 na mga estudyante basi makapili sira sin tama na kurso sa college para sa school opening niyan na First Semester 2008.

Sayo sa mga programa sa edukasyon na insusuportahan san ako Opisina mao ini na Alternative Learning System o ALS, sayo na non-formal education scheme san DepEd para sa mga kabungto ta na dire nagpakatuntong pag-eskuela o kaya dire nakatapos sin elementary o high school. Sa sulod sin pera na semana na pag-eskuela surosabado san mga naka-enroll sa klase na ini, hahatagan sira examinasyon, nan kun makapasar sira san test, tatagan sira sin sayo na completion certificate na katumbas sin pag-adal sa elementary o high school na magagamit nira bilang education credentials. May mga ALS schools kita na in-organizar sa Zone 2, Fabrica, San Francisco nan an mga escuelahan na invuelto mao an Bulan South District nan Saint Louise de Marillac School o dating CIC.

Sa sulod man sini na taon 2008, Siyento Sisenta y nuwebe (169) na mga estudyante hale sa manlaen-laen na escuelahan nan mga barangay an intagan ta sin Educational Assistance. An kantidad san naihatag ta na assistance bale P354,268.10. Entero ini mga pobre na escuela. May sistema man kita sin pagpili o pag- screen sini na mga estudyante.

Sayo sa pinakadako na kadanun san ako opisina sa pagpatupad sin irog sini na social service program mao an Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office o MSWDO, sa pamumuno ni Mrs. Adelfa Espenocilla nan an kaniya mga kaurupod, na mga mayad nan maasahan na mga professional social workers.

Importante sa mga programa na ini an Child and Youth Welfare Program. Kaakibat naman sini an mga programa para sa womens’ welfare nan para sa mga differently abled.

Sa lado san mga kabatan-an: Establisado nan mantenido nato an Day-Care Service Program na saro na mandato san gobierno nasyonal. Sa tutuo, maski may-on sin mga national programs na inpapatupad sa mga lower local governments, madepende man gihapon ini sa mga lideres local na maimplementar suon na program. Maski nanu kamayad na programa nasyonal kun dire ipautob sa local, wara suon mangyayari. Pero dire kita irog suon didi sa Bulan. Deteminado kita na maimplementar ini na mga programa nan puwera suon may mga innovations o improvements pa kita na indadagdag basi lalo maging episyente an programa.

Isaysay ko na niyan an mga programa serbisyo sosyal na nakatakod sa programang pan-edukasyon san ako administrasyon:

1. Day-Care Service Program: Programa ini para sa mga bata edad 3 hasta 6 anyos lalo na sa mga barangay, kun haen kadamay an gobierno sa pag-asikaso san pundasyon sa edukasyon san mga bata na inbibilin san mga magurang sa centers. Programa ini para sa bilog na taun. Integrated ta man sa programa na ini an Early Childhood Care and Development o ECCD, na programang pangnasyonal nan pinakusog ni Governor Lee. May counterpart kita didi na 200,000 pesos;

Sa niyan may-on kita sin 67 na Day Care Centers sa 58 na barangays, nan ini nag-aatender sa 1,050 na mga pres-schoolers. Nan makusug an suporta san municipal government sa pagtrain nan pagdevelop san ato mga Day Care Workers. Maski baga subsidia ini san mga barangay budgets, dako na porsiyento sa training nan capability building sini na mga volunteers an kargo san municipio. May-on kita sin 12 na bag-o na day care workers hale sa Montecalvario, G. Del Pilar, Sta.Teresita, Magsaysay, Pawa, Lahong, Zone 7, Namo, Bical, Osmena, Quezon, San Jose, Calomagon, nan Somagongsong.

Gusto ta man pasalamatan si Gobernadora Sally Lee sa paghatag sin mga uniporme para sa mga Day Care workers nato sa Bulan. Niyan na Disyembre, pinaogma ta man ini na mga mahigos nato na mga day care workers sa paagi sin sayo na Christmas Party.

2. Sa sector san mga Working Children: In-organisar ta an 18 na mga taga-San
Vicente na kabatan-an nan inhatagan ta sira sin psychological and educational intervention kaupod na an mga sessions para sa group work, value formation and self-enhancement. Ini man na mga bata benepisyario san ato Back-to-School Program nan kaupod didi an paghatag sa kanira sin mga kagamitan sa escuelahan basi maka-erescuela guihapon. Tinipon ta man an mga magurang sini na mga bata nan inturukduan san MSWDO sin mga self-enhancement activites nan an tungkol sa derecho sini na mga kabtan-an. An tutuo, dire ta intotolerar ini na mga working children kay bawal ini sa batas, kaya an inhihimo ta sa niyan na matukduan an magurang sa direcho san mga bata nira na dire dapat nag-tatrabaho kundi nasa escuelahan. ;

3. Unlad Kabataan Program o An programa sa Out-of-School Youth o
OSY: Sa taon na ini, may-on kita sin 124 na mga kabatan-an na dire na nag-eerescuela an inasikaso san municipio sa paagi san MSWDO. Hale sira sa San Isidro, Libertad, Laurel, Inararan, Fabrica, San Ramon, Zone 7, Lahong, San Francisco, Aquino, San Vicente, Obrero, Dolos. Sa paagi sini na Unlad Kabataan Program, nakapartisipar sira sa sayo na Orientation Training san Marso 8-9 sa Irosin , Sorsogon. Kaupod man sa mga training o edukasyon nira an team building activities manungod sa self-development, positive values and team work. Intukduan ta sira sin manera sin mga business ventures o pagnegosyo pareho san t-shirt printing. Pasalamat kita sa mga SK Councils san Laurel, Aquino, San Francisco, Libertad, Lahong, Inararan nan San Vicente sa incontribuer nira na pondo basi maging pasil ini na mga programa.

4. Importante man na parte san education program nato an manungod sa pamilya. Kaya mahigos kita sa mga Pre-marital counseling activities san MSWDO. Sa taon na ini, nakaserbi kita sin 210 na pades sin maarasawa bilang preparasyon sa pagpamilya.

5. Mantenido nan insususteneran ta man an ERPAT Program o Empowerment
and Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities para sa mga padre de pamilya. Nag-pakondukta kita sin sayo na educational orientation san Oktubre 6-7 sa irarom san Gender and Development Program. 23 na mga ama ng tahanan hale sa Zone 7, Aquino, Zone 8, Laurel nan Santa Remedios an nag-atender. In eenganyar ko entero an mga padre de pamilya o mga ama didi sa Bulan na mag-entra sini na ERPATS program san municipio. Kontakon lang tabi an ato MSWDO. Daghanun na positibo na bagay an maaraman ta didi.

6. Sayo tabi sa mga programa na harani sa puso ko mao ini na SpEd o Special Education para sa mga bata na buta, ngula, bungol (mga deaf-mute), o mga bata na may kapansanan, na programa san Department of Education o DepEd na nasa Bulan South District. 16 na bata an naka-enroll sa klase na ini. Puro ini mga pobrehon na bata na in-aasikaso sin sayo na mahigus na Special Education Teacher na si Mr. Edmund Morata. May mga kaurupod man siya na mga paratukdo, pero ini si Edmund sayo na bayani sa pag-asikaso sini na mga may kapansanan. Sayo man sa mga kadanun pa niya an saato Municipal Administrator Luis De Castro na matukdo sin computer for the Blind. Dahil ngane sa malumoy man an puso san pamilya ko sa mga irog sini, bulan-bulan, personal na nag-aayuda ako nan an mga bata ko na si Konsehal Dondon nan si Dr. Marlon De Castro na nasa Amerika sin 5,000 pesos para sa kanira pamasahe nan allowance. Nag sponsor man si Konsehal Joey Guban sin sayo na bata na buta na taga-Polot.

Kun sin-o man tabi sa iyo an may mga mayad na buot lalo na an mga nasa abroad, mahuron tabi kami na makadonar kamo sin mga Braille storybooks para sa mga bata nato na may kapansanan.

Sa hanay san ato Sangguniang Bayan, sa pamumuno ni Vice Mayor Awel Gogola, permi man sira naaktibar sa mga barangay na nangaipo sin ayuda sa paagi sin lehislasyon para mapasarig nan mapaunhan ta an sector sa edukasyon didi sa Bulan.

Niyan na taun, maski baga kapus nan kulang an saato mga pundo pero inhinguha san ako opisina, nan sa suporta san Sangguniang Bayan, na makadanun sa mga pangangaipo infrastraktura san nagkapera na barangay didi sa Bulan. Halimbawa, sa Bulan North District Central School -A, in pa-improve nato an School Clinic sa kantidad na 10,000 pesos; in danunan ta an Barangay Otavi na mahingayad an kanira Day Care Center sa kantidad na 32,000 pesos; repair nan rehabilitasyon san classroom sa Calomagon, 150,000 pesos an hinatag san municipio; nagpatindog kita classroom extension sa Fabrica, kantidad 100,000 pesos. Nan yuon tabi na tinampo pasulod sa Bulan National High School, parte suon an patrabaho tabi san municipio, san ako opisina.

Daghanun pa na mga solicitations nan request san mga escuelahan ta, sa elementary, high school o colehiyo man, publiko o pribado, kaupod na an mga teachers groups o student organizations an inhinguha nato tabi na maaktibaran. Dire ko naman kaipuhan isaysay didi an mga padiyo-diyo na mga ayuda o aktibidades pangedukasyon na pag tiniripon ta tabi nakadanun sa ato academic sector. Kaupod na didi an mga sa scouting activites, sports non athletic meets, school trainings, mga pacontest san Deped sa luwas san Bulan, mga extracurricular activites, mga school pageant and cultural presentations nan manlaen-laen pa. Ini tabi sakop san ato paghinguha na maonra ta ini na programa para sa ikaayad san ato komunidad. Nan sayo sa ugali ko na kun kaya man lang san ako iskedyul, nahinguha talaga ako na mabisita an mga escuelahan lalo na kun may mga imbitasyon sira sa mga programa o aktibidades nira.

San Disyembre 12, Biyernes, hinimo ta didi sa Bulan an ikalimang taun na selebrasyon san Bulan Teachers’ Day. Ini na Teachers’ Day sayo na aktibidad na inbatugan ko sa bungto ta san 2004 bilang paghatag onra nan recognisyon sa propesyon nan bokasyon san ato mga paratukdo o edukadores sa Bulan. Maogmahun nan puno sin kahulugan an adlaw san Teachers’ Day didi sa Bulan. Nagtiripon an entero na mga paratukdo sa Bulan, publiko o pribado man, formal o non-formal education man, nan kaupod na an mga retirees nato sa mga naimbitaran. An program na panggabi san Teachers’ Day an sayo sa pinakamakolor nato na aktibidad didi sa Bulan niyan na taun.

Ionabi ko ngay-an tabi na san 2005, nakarecibe ako sin Presidential Plaque of Recognition hale kan Presidente GMA dahilan sa pag-organize ta sini na Teachers’Day.


Pakatapus san Health nan Education Programs, makadto naman kita sa report ko para sa Livelihood component o programang kabuhayan san HELEN Program.
Unahon ta muna an naging mga aktibidades san PESO o Public Employment Service Office san municipio. Ini inkakaputan ni Mrs. Anilin Diaz.

Sayo sa problema nato dire lang didi sa Bulan, kundi sa bilog na Pilipinas, an pagtrabaho o employment. Kaya ngane, naghihinguha an gobierno local ta na maki-tie up sa mga employment agencies basi mahatagan ta oportunidad an mga kabungto ta na naghahanap sin masuludan na trabaho. In-establisar ta an Employment Facilitation Services.

Para sa local na employment, nakitie-up kita sa nagkapera na ahensiyas para sa placement sin mga trabahador. Nagkanhi sa ato an Taytay sa Kauswagan, Inc., Gervasio Security and Investigation Agency, nan an Jolibee Bulan. Sa 388 na aplikante, may nakapasar na 139 na aplikantes, nan niyan may trabaho na.

Para sa trabaho sa abroad, naki-tie up kita na ma-facilitate an pag-apply nan processing san mga aplikante sa tulo na placement agencies pareho san Zontar Manpower Services, Inc., Novation Resources Philippines, Inc., AU Management Services, Inc., na puro accredited san POEA. 150 na aplikante an nakuwa na nan an mga ini nasa proceso na sin final interview nan training. Puwera suon, inaayuan ta sin deployment report ini na mga ahensiyas kay basi masubaybayan ta an mga kababayan na matrabaho abroad.

Para sa Self-employment Program, an KALIPI o Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina, sayo na grupo sin 50 na mga kababayehan sa Bulan, indanunan man san municipio na mafacilitar an financial grant para sa kanira na kantidad 98,000 mil pesos hale sa DOLE para sa kanira livelihood program para sa paghimo sin sabon. Parte man san Women Welfare Program para sa mga kababayehan hale Aquino, Zone 7, nan Laurel an pagkondukta sin Basic Business Management Training san DSWD, nan an flower arrangement training san Provincial Agriculture Office. Inupod ta na sa training na ini an Persons with Disability o may mga kapansanan.

An PESO man tabi nakaigua sin Career Guidance Services o Career Explorer/ Employment Counselling para sa 538 na mga tawo na naghahanap sin trabaho. Sa paagi sini na-igigiya sira kun diin nababagay na trabaho.

Inimbitaran ta man san Septyembre an Department of Foreign Affairs-Regional Office na magkanhi sa Bulan para sa kanira mobile passport processing. Durante san pagkanhi nira, nakaparelease na an DFA sin Machine Readable Passport para sa 65 na mga aplikantes.

Basi man madanunan ta an nasa sector san Transportasyon o pagpasada na makatipidtipid man san kanira mga bayadan sa Land Transportation Office, naki-tie-up kita sa Land Transportation Office o LTO na magkanhi sa Bulan para sa kanira E-Patrol Mobile Registration batug na Agosto 4-hasta Septymebre 15. Maski ngane baga may oru-aberiya san telecommunication lines nira, alagad daghan na mga drivers nato nakakuwa sin mga rehistro, lisensiya nan iba pa na mga papeles sa LTO sa mas barato na kantidad dahil dire na nagkadto pa sa Sorsogon City. Pasalamat tabi kita kan LTO Regional Director Atty Ramon S. Roco, Mr. Juan Bandola nan Mr. Francis Nelmida nan an bilog na staff san LTO Region V sa serbisyo na in extender nira sa ato. An sabi sa LTO, otro taun mabalik guihapon sira didi kay dako na bungto an Bulan para sa vehicle registration.

An agricultura an pinakadako na sector na inhahalean san pagbuhay nan pagkaon san mga tawo didi sa Bulan. Kaya ngane, sa paagi san Municipal Agriculture Office, inhinguha san municipio na makapaabut sa mga paraoma nan paraisda sin mga ayuda sa kagahuman nato nan sa paagi sin mga pakikoordinar nan koneksiyon sa mga ahensiyas na makadanun sa ato.
Sa sulod sini na 2008, ini an mga nahimuan ta sa lado san Agrikultura:

1. Distribusyon sin 35 na orig para sa 35 na paraoma
2. Paghatag sin onum(6) na karabaw sa onum na paraoma
3. San panahun san Krisis sa Presyo san Bugas san Agosto, pagtanum maritatas an pinokusan ta, kaya nagdistribuer kita mga pisog nan itaranum sa 1,700 na kabalayan nan 77 na escuelahan;
4. Nakaayo kita 350 kilos na hybrid yellow corn sa opisina ni Congressman Escudero, pinanghatag ta ini sa 295 na paraoma;
5. Hale sa Department of Agriculture, Gahi sin paray an indistribuer ta libre , 1,683 na sako an inpanghatag ta sa 1,462 na paraoma basi makatanum sa 1683 na hektarya sin pasakay;
6. Nanghatag an municipio sin 100 na pakete sin Zinc Phosphate kontra sa peste na iraga;
7. 57 na paraoma sa kalubihan an nahatagan ta sin agricultural salt fertilizer;
8. Nakikoordinar kita sa Department of Agriculture para sa discount sin abuno sa paray, sa kada bag sin abuno may diskuento na 250 pesos. 1,129 na paraoma an nakinabang sa 2,254 sako sin fertilizer;
9. Naghatag man kita sin 2,000 na pakete sin Bio-N Seed Innoculant sa 500 na paraoma;
10. Naghatag an municipio sin sayo na hand tractor, mechanical Thresher nan Blower sa sayo na kooperatiba sin mga paraoma sa Antipolo, Nasuje, Namo, Inararan nan Calomagon
11. Inayuan ta man sa sayo na Spanish NGO Accion del Hambre an Gate Irrigators Association, kompuesto sin 25 na paraoma, sin sayo na hand tractor;
12. Nagpaloan kita sin 30 sakos na gahi sa 30 man na hybrid rice users;
13. Nagkondukta an MAO sin 3 na Farmer Field Schools sa mga barangay san San Francisco, Lahong, nan Gate para sa 106 na paraoma nan paratanum gulay. 16 na semana ini inkondukta;
14. Nakakuwa man tabi kita sin flatbed mechanical dryer para sa Lafapara cooperative , o mga paraoma san Fabrica, Lahong, Pawa, San Rafael;
15. Sayo na grupo hale sa University of the Philippines an inasistehan ta sa
Pagkondukta/ pag-adal sin pili resin for commercial production;
15. Nakikoordinar man kita sa Provincial Veterinarian para sa condukta sin
pahimulate sa 79 na mga hayup, karabaw, baka, nan inupod ta man an
bakuna kontra rabies para sa 752 na mga kaayaman.
16. Nakadistribuer man kita sin 200 na pidaso sin mga educational materials nan mga basahun para sa mga paraoma nato.

Sa lado naman sin Fisheries o pangisda, na mao an sayo sa mayor na pagbuhay san mga taga-Bulan, ini an mga inhinguha tabi san municipio ta:

1. Nagdistribuer kita sin 13 na bottom set gill nets o hikot para sa pili na mga
paraisda hale sa coastal barangay;
2. Nagpalit -hikot man kita sin legal na hikot didto sa 15 na paraisda na illegal na hikot an ingagamit;
3. Naghatag man kita sin nets nan crablets sa grupo sin Butag Aquasilviculture Fishermen Group. 15 na parakasag an nakinabang sini;
4. Hale man sa Department of Agriculture nakaayo kita sin 11,000 na fingerlings o piyak sin isda, nan ini inbuhian ta sa mga salog, dam nan open water sa 11 na barangay didi sa Bulan;
5. Sa sayo na demo farm sa San Rafael, nagkondukta kita sin semi-intensive milkfish culture training;
6. Padagus an implementasyon ta san Fishery Laws mala ngane kay 20 na paraisda an nadakop ta na nan duwa sini sinang-atan ta na kaso sa korte, dahil sa paggamit dinamita; Sini lang na nakaagi na Disyembre 22, kinumpiskar nato sa relanse an dininamitahan na sobra 80 kilos na sibubog.
7. Sige man nato an monitor san Red Tide na niyan apektado an Sorsogon waters; Sa katunayan nagkumpiskar an ato Market administration sin mga baduy na hale sa Sorsogon Bay na dire dapat ipabakal sa relanse;
8. Hinatagan ta man insentibo an 10 na paraisda na nagsalbar sin pawikan nan mga dolphins didi sa kadagatan san Bulan;
9. Pormal nato na in-organisar san Oktubre, sa danun san Municipal FARMC, Maritime Police, PNP, Market Administration, MAO, an Bantay Dagat Task Force, na kompuesto sin 75 na miembros san mga coastal barangays para magdanun sa municipio sa pag-priber sin illegal na pangisda.
10. Dahil sa Fish Scare na nangyari o nagkaharaduk an mga tawo na magkaraon isda dahil sa balita na an mga isda possible nahiluan sin endosulfan hale sa lumubog na barko Princess of the Stars san Hunyo, naapekataran an pagbuhay san mga paraisda ta nan an mga paratinda sa relanse. Kaya an hinimo ta, kaupod an taga- Provincial Agriculture Office nan MAO, nanguna ako sa Fish-eating Demonstration sa may relanse nan ipaimud sa tawo na dire man kita apektado. Bilang lider dapat ako manguna sa mga bagay na ini na dire mawaraan pag-asa an mga kabungto ta dahil pagbuhay nira an nakataya.

Sa lado sin Kooperatibismo, o an programa para sa mga Kooperatiba, pormal na inluchar san ako Opisina an Municipal Cooperative Development Program nan an pag reorganisar san Municipal Cooperative Development Council san nakaagi na Hulyo 17. An in-appoint ko na consultant sini na programa mao tabi si dating Board Member Joy Dellomas, na labi kaaktibo sa cooperative movement. Siya an magiging kadanun ko basi lalo nato mapakusog ini na programa kun haen daghan an makinabang. Sa katunayan, nakiistorya an cooperative council sa Land Bank of the Philippines basi madanunan an mga grupo na ini na mapaunhan an kanira mga negosyo nan madanunan an mga miembro san kada grupo. Sa paagi san MCDC may-on na kita sin sayo na coordinating agency .

Sa presente tabi, padagus an konstruksiyoin nato san bag-o na Wet Market para sa mga paratinda isda nan karne, nan pag nahuman ta na ini na Wet Section duon ta ibalyo ini na mga paratinda nan yadto na mga dry goods traders didi sa may pader ni Mr. Benjamin Yu sa Padre Diaz Street sa sulod san relanse basi mapaayos ta man an sector san transportasyon sa luwas. An kantidad sini na wet market labi un milyon de pesos.

San Enero, inbatugan ta na tabi an operasyon san Municipal Slaugherhouse didto sa Barangay Zone 7. Didi na tabi an pagbuno nato sin mga orig nan mas malinig,dianis na lugar ini kumparar sadto na luma na carneceria didto sa barangay Obrero. Nan sa paagi sini na karnecieria, mas nakaseguro kita sin mas malinig nan mayad na karne na nag-aagi sin inspeksiyon san ato meat inspector.

Sayo sa inmamalaki nato na programa ini na Tinampo-para-sa-Progreso Program. Dapat marealizar san ato mga nagkapera na kabubungto na dako-dako an impact o epekto san programa patinampo sa pag-unhan san kamonidad. Kun mayad an tinampo, madali an komersiyo, madali an pagbiyahe san tawo, madali an progreso. Kaya ngani mantenido tabi nato an Heavy Equipment Program. Maski luma na an mga kagamitan nato na naipundar pa san gobierno local san panahun ni Ex Mayor Guiming, padagus ini sa pag-asikaso nan pagmantenir san ato mga tinampo sa barangay farm-to-market roads. Idagdag pa nato didi an padiyo diyo na mga pasemento nan imprastraktura na kaya pondohan san municipio. An mga tinampo padagus nato inmantener sini na taon maski ngane kada y vez, nararaot san mga maraot na panahun. Pero dahilan sa padagus an ato programa, maski puropano, an Bulan an bungto didi sa Sorsogon na may mga mayad na barangay road:

1. Kun matatandaan nato, daku-dako na baha, sayo sa pinakadako sa kasaysayan san Bulan nan Sorsogon an nag-agi sa ato san nakaagi na Pebrero 21-22. Naraot an 80 porsyento san mga tinampo ta. Pero dahil san ato Heavy Equipment Program padagus nato na narehabilitar, in-improve, inmantenir, inrepair, in regravelling: Lahong to Beguin Road, Pawa to Lahong Road, Fabrica to San Rafael Road, Abad Santos to San Juan Daan Road, San Juan Bag-o to Abad Santos Road, Fabrica Crossing to Otavi Road, San Ramon Crossing to Butag, Beguin to Jamorawon Road, Jamor-awon to Liman Road., Liman to San Francisco Road, Jp Laurel NIA Road, Hiway Crossing to Somagongsong Road, Hiway to BLISS Road, Buntay to Calomagon Road, Calomagon to Antipolo Road, Barangay Taromata Road, Busay to Calpi Road. Aram ko daghanun pa an mga bisayon ta na tinampo pareho san Calpi-Bical to Dolos Road, nan Padre Diaz Road pero dire kita nagpapahuway sa pag-asikaso san Farm-to-Market Roads na mao an pinakabuhay san ato mga barangay.

2. May mga padiyo diyo man kita na mga Infrastructure projects na importante man sa pagbuhay san tawo sa barangay; pareho san mga minasunod: Jamora-awon construction of riprap, Dolos road concreting, Zone 4 road concreting, Marinab road concreting, San Rafael construction of footbridge, Magsaysay repair of bridge abutment, Concreting of Fabrica-San Rafael Approach, Marinab Approach concreting, Pawa Approach concreting Calpi construction of river control/ slope, Inararan repair of spillway nan construction of flood control.

San Abril 28, 2008, onra san mga taga-Bulan na bisitahon kita ni Presidente Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo sa pagluchar niya san Central Philippine Nautical Highway para sa RORO. Kaupod ni President GMA si DOTC Secretary Leandro Mendoza nan mga haralangkaw na opisyales san Bicol Region. Kun madagos ini na RORO, dako an magiging kaambagan sini na programa para sa ekonomiya san ato bungto.


San Octobre 3, inrecibe san bungto san Bulan hale kan DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno an National Level Award bilang Model Town on Good Practice in Local Governance-Facility for Adaptation and Replication (GO-FAR) Program.

San November 20, inrecibe ko man tabi hale kan Vice-President Noli De Castro an Punong Payan Award of Excellence for Solid Waste Management Category- National Award san League of Municipalities in the Philippines.

San sayo kataon, kita tabi an Regional Saringgaya Awardee for the Ecology.
Entero ini na mga premyo o award na narecibe ko o san bungto ta alay nato sa kada taga-Bulan.

Dahilan san nakikilala na an bungto ta sa Ecological Protection nan Solid Waste Management Program, indadayo na kita san mga hale sa iba na lugar basi adalan lang an programa ta o imudon an lugar ta lalo na an Ecopark. Yaa tabi an listahan san mga grupo sin tawo o LGUs na nagbiista sa ato para sa kanira mga educational tours on Solid Waste Management:

1. Agosto, mga taga-Cataingan , Masbate an nagbisita;
2. September 19-20, mga estudyante hale sa U.P. National College of Public Administration and Governance, Diliman Campus;
3. Octobre 28, mga estudyante hale sa bilog na division san Sorsogon para sa kanira Youth for Environment in Schools o YES-O;
4. November 20-21, 20 na buses sin mga estudyante hale sa Sorsogon National High Scool;
5. December 15, Study Tour san Liga ng mga Barangay hale sa Tigaon , Camarines Sur;
6. December 22, Learning Journey san mga Barangay Officials hale sa Poblacion, Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte.

Niyan na Enero nan Pebrero, inaasahan ta na maarabut an nagkapera pa na mga LGU’s basi mag-adal san Good Practices nato sa Solid Waste Mangement. An Magarao, Camarines Sur, Bato, Catanduanes, nan Paracale , Camarines Norte, nan iba pa para sa kanira Inception Workshop na kita na mga taga-Biulan an matukdo sa kanira.

An programa ta sa kapalibutan mao niyan an sayo na modelo sa bilog na Pilipinas kun kaya ngane, indadayo na kita nan nakikilala na an Bulan. Dire ini mangyayari kun dire tabi sa kooperasyon nan partisipasyon niyo.

Sa sulod sini na taon, san March 24, pinal na nato in-implemetar an Waste Segregation policy nan an “no- segregation , no- collection policy” san basura. Nan dahil may mga programa kita sa recycling and re-use, an dati na 20 metric tons per day na basura na nakukuwa san mga truck ta, niyan nabawasan na, naging 15 metric tons na lang per day.

Daghanun an mga aktibidades nato sa bilog na taun 2008. Huyaa tabi an mga minasunod:

1. San Marso, inkondukta nato an “Bayabay sa Tinampo” o Information, edication campaign tungkol sa environment programs nato;
2. Pebrero hasta Marso, in-implementar nato an Mayor Helen Poblacion Improvement Program; paayus, palimpiya san mga kanal sa poblacion, pagayun san mga parking areas , pagpintura san mga gutters nan mga poste san ilaw;
3. Inluchar ta man san Marso an Search for the Cleanest, Greenest and Model Poblacion Barangays on Solid Waste Management . Katuyuhan sini na ma-enganyar ta an mga barangay sa poblacion na maghiringuha sa pagpakay-ad man san kanira mag lugar bilang parte san kabilugan na paghinguha nato entero sa municipio. Huyaa tabi an resulta kada bulan batug san iluchar nato ini na pakontest:
Marso: Zone 8, First Place; Zone 1, second; Zone 5, third
Abril: First Place an Zone 8, Zone 4, second; Zone 1, third
Mayo:Zone 8 an First Place; Obrero, second, Zone 5, third
Junio: Zone 8, first; Obrero, second, Zone 4, third

San Hulyo, inbarahin ta ini na mga barangay sa duwa na kategoriya, nan an pag-evaluar, naging quarterly o kada tulo kabulan na.. Category A an entero na Zona san Poblacion; nan Category B an entero na Adjacent Barangays. Kaya mao ini an minasunod na mga resulta:

July, August, September Quarterly evaluation:
Category A: Zone 8 first, Zone 4 second, Zone 5 third;
CategoryB: Obrero first; Sta Remedios second; Managa-naga, third

An para sa 4th Quarter evaluation tabi, October, November nan December,
sa Barangay Night 2009 na nato i-anunsiyo.

4. San Agosto hasta Septyembre, inkondukta nato an duwa ka bulan na Symposium/Infromation drive tungkol sa solid waste management nan global warming and climate change sa mga escuelahan san pobalcion nan roadside barangays

5. San Septyembre, inkondukta san DILG Regional Office an Capability
Building Activity for Bulan Good Practice Project Team sa irarum san DILG GO-FAR Program. Intukduan na an project team ta kun pan-o i-handle san municipio an mga maarabut na bisita sa Bulan.

6. San Octubre 3-4, inkondukta nato an ika-opat na Annual Fiesta sa
Kabubudlan 2008 didto sa Calomagon Ecopark. Labi 5,000 na mga tawo, hale sa mnalaen-laen na lugar sa Bulan an nag-entra sa mga aktibidades nato lalo na an tree-planting activites ta . Nagkaigua man kita sin Laro ng Lahi, Environmental Film showing, overnight camp-out, pa disco nan banal na misa.

Gusto ko tabi pasalamatan an entero na barangay, escuelahan, mga organisasyon nan mga fraternity sa padagus niyo na pakisumayo sa ato programa pangkapalibutan. Nan gusto ko man tabi hatagan onra nan pagpasalamat an Technical Working Group sa pamumuno ni Ms. Kelly Tan kay sira an dako ko na kadanun basi maisulong ko ini na bisyon para sa Bulan.

An goal o katuyuhan nato tabi sini na environment program mao an ” Building a small space of hope in the big wide face of Mother Earth.”


An programa nato sa nutrisyon o pagpakay-ad sa salud san ato mga kabatan-an nakasulod man tabi sa mga departamento san Rural Health Unit, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, Municipal Agriculture Office nan koordinado man ini sa Department of Education.

In-appoint ko tabi sa Municipal Nutrition Committee bilang Action Officer mao si Annie Lolos. Siya an nagsusubaybay san entero na aktibidades sini na comitiba.

Sa sulod sini na taun, pareho man san sayo kataon, in monitor san ato Nutrition Committee an status san nutrition san ato mga kabatana-n batug sa pre-school hasta sa elementary level. Kumpleto an mga datos nato hale sa DepEd, MSWDO, RHU nan ini in-eebalwar nato bulan-bulan basi masubaybayan nato an kamutangan san mga bata.

May-on kita na-monitor na 598 pre-schoolers nan 195 na elementary-level pupils na undernourished hale sa 13 na barangay san Bulan.

Batug na Oktubre hasta niyan na Disyembre, nagkondukta kita sin supplemental feeding tolo kabeses an semana para mapakay-ad nato an nutrition status sini na mga bata, nan ini na aktibidad inhihimo nato didto sa Alberto De Castro Elementary School sa Sabang, Zone 2. Naniwala kita na kaipuhan consistent an feeding program para maka-cope up ini na mga bata. May sistema kita sin pagmonitor kun na-attain na nato an obheto.

An municipio san Bulan ungod sa pagpatupad san Over-all Implementation san Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition. Sa katunayan sayo kita sa mga bungto san probinsiya na positibo an ebalwasyon sa pagpatupad sini. Nan sayo kita sa pinakadiyo an prevalence of malnutrition.

Sayo na grupo na kadanun ta sa comprehensibo na implementasyon san programa mao an BNS o Barangay Nutrition Scholars. May-on kita sin 72 enrolled BNS sa 57 na barangay. Onum na barangay an wara pa BNS. Maski baga nasa subsidiya san barangay ini na mga BNS, alagad, nag-aasiste pa gihapon an municipio sa kanira.

San nakaagi na Disyembre 18, nagkondukta kita sin sayo na feeding program para sa 1,500 na kabatan-an sa Plaza Rizal. Inpapasalamatan ta man tabi an nagkapera na mga kabungto ta na personal nan pribado na nag-pi-feeding sa mga lugar nira. Salamat po sa bulawan niyo na mga boot na madanunan ini na mga undernourished na mga bata. Ingagahuyan ta man an mga kabungto nato, lalu na an mga fraternities nan civic groups o an mga nasa abroad na kabungto na gusto magdanun, open po an municipio sa magiging pagdanun niyo. Ikoordinar lang po nato sa Municipal Nutrition Committee.

San nakaagi na Disyembre 28, binisita kita sin sayo na grupo sin mga Canadian nan Australian Nationals na nagdonar sin weighing scales o timbangan san mga bata. Ini na pakikoordinar sa paagi san kagahuman san Municipal Nutrition Committee.


Sini na taun 2008, inagihan man kita sin mga kalamidad na nangaipo sin aksyon san ato gobierno local, lalo na san Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council o MDCC. San Pebrero , sobra sayo kasemana kita inuran sin makusugon nan naranasan ta an sayo sa pinakadako nan pinakahararum na baha didi sa bungto ta san Pebrero 20 hasta 22. Ini an ikaduwa sa daragkuon na baha na tuminama sa ato sa sulod sin duwa kataun. An sayo nangyari san Mayo 2007.

An kaayadan lang sa naging paghanda nato kay Pebrero 15 pa lang naghinguha na kita makikoordinar sa Provincial Disaster Council nan Pebrero 18, inaktibar ko na an MDCC nan an mga BDCCs. Naging ungod an pabayabay nato sa radio, mobile patrols, BDCCs, nan entero na klase na alarm system inhimu ta.

Dahilan sini, wara kita sin nai-rehistro na namatay dahil sadto na baha. Pero dire nato naibitaran an destroso sa mga pananum, mga negosyo, fishponds, nan mga imprastraktura. Nadanyos an agrikultura nato sa kantidad na 11 milyones pesos, nan sa imprastraktura umabot sa 30 milliones pesos. Daghanun na pamilya an in-ebakwar ta nan inayudahan san MSWD nan MDCC sa mga evacuation centers. Entero an 63 na barangay puro may mga evacues na nairekord. Alagad naging preparado kita sa sitwasyon na ini.

San Hunyo 20-22 uminagi an Bagyong Frank nan san Septyembre an Bagyong Pablo, alagad sa entero na mga maraot na panahun na ini, permi naging preparado an MDCC. Wara sin buhay na nabutang sa peligro dahil sa kahandaan san mga taga-Bulan.

San Nobyembre 14, nasunog an sayo na block kun haen daghan na negosyo an nakatindog. Pasalamat kita sa mga nagresponde na bumbero hale sa iba na bungto, nan lalo na an Bulan Fire Protection Unit nan Bulan Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce Fire Brigade nan an manlaen laen na organisasyon na nag-akuder basi dire na ini magkalat sa iba na lugar sa Sona 6.

Sayo sa inhimo nato dahilan sini na paghampang nato san mga kalamidad mao an pag-organisar nato san Bulan Rescue Team na pinamumunuan ni Konsehal Simmy Gerona. Ini na action team kompuesto sin lima katawo na magagahuyan maski nanu na oras kaipuhan lalo na kun panahun sin kalamidad o emerhensiya Ini na grupo may pormal nan propesyonal na training sa disaster situations.. Nan sa koordinasyon sa Pulis, Kabalikat, BEAT, nan MDCC, epektibo ini na grupo na makaayuda kun kaipuhan. Pasalamatan ta man tabi an National Office of Civil Defence dahil sa an Bulan tinagan nira sin duwa na lifeboat na magagamit sa mga emergencia.

An Bulan Rescue Team nakaayuda man sa pag retrieve sadto na unom na bangkay na napadpad didi sa kadagatan san Bulan hale sa Romblon sa lumubog na Princess of the Stars san Sulpicio Lines dahil sa Bagyong Frank.

Sa niyan tabi, lalu nato inpapakusog an koordinasayon nato sa RDCC nan Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, lalo na ini na in organizar ni Gobernadora Sally Lee na Provincial Public Safety Office.

Sa lado tabi san transportasyon. An Bulan sa niyan may-on na sin dako na volume sin public transport vehicles lalo na sa poblacion. Nakarehistro na kita sin sobra sangribo na pedicabs, 1400 na motorized tricycles, 40 na public utility jeepneys na miembro san asosasyon didi sa Bulan, 12 na minibuses, 10 na aircon vans, nan poco mas o menus, 30 na manila bound buses, Idagdag pa didi an ginatos na mga single motorbikes, mga bisikleta nan mga private vehicles nan trucks. May-on man mga kolorum na mga sakayan na ingagahuyan nato na magparehistro na san kanira mga sakayan. San 2005, nakarekord kita sin 199 na aksidente, nan san 2006, 225 na aksidente sa tinampo , kadaghanan sa single na motor nan tricycle. Nan kada taun nagdadagdag ini na statistika sin aksidente.

Sa niyan, mahigpit kita sa pag-implemntar san Annual Orientation Seminar para sa mga nagkukuwa sin MTOP o MPOP. Dire ta in tatagan prangkisa an mga nasa tricycle o padyak na wara sini na seminar. Kaya kun wara sin permit an sakayan san mga nagpapasada puwede ini masita dahil sa pagiging kolorum. Ikatolong taun na ini na inhihimo ta.
Sayo pa sa katuyuhan sini na seminar an basi makaaram an mga drivers ta sin traffic rules and regulations nan makaibitar sa aksidente.

San Disyembre 2-5, nagpakondukta ako sin opat kaadlaw na seminar training workshop para sa treinta na tanods san poblacion, onum na traffic officers, mga pulis na naka-assign sa traffic section nan mga empleyado san municipio. An nagtukdo sa kanira sayo na eksperto hale sa LTO. Sa Enero niyan na masunod na taun, pormal na matrabaho na tabi an traffic management team nato sa poblacion, basi tabi maging trangkilo nan disiplinado an saato trapiko.

Gusto ko man tabi ireport sa iyo na ini baga na paradahan san mga traysikol ta sa hampang san Botika Mayralda, hampang san Diamond Bakery, hampang san Plaza Rizal nan sa may kara Dopols, inpaayus man tabi nato yuon bilang parte san ato programa sa mas bisay na pagparada. Kun mahuman na tabi an wet market section, ibabalyo ko na tabi entero ini na mga paratinda didi sa almacen ni Mr Bina Yu, nan ipapahingayad ko man nan pagayunon an mga paradahan san mga paratraysikol duon. Pati na tabi yadto na sa may Zone 6 area. Sayo man ini sa mga magayun na plano na naisip ni Konsehal Dondon De Castro bilang Chairman san Committee on Public Utilities., nan gusto ko maimplementar nato ini sa 2009. Sa otro taun, magiging magayun na yuon na lugar sa may paradahan san relanse apesar na mas dire na peligroso sa mga pedestrians nan motorista nato.


Madagdag pa ako sin report tungkol sa mga Social Services Program, puwera san mga namensiyonar ko na kanina.
Kun iisipon baga tabi, entero ini na mga programa nato puro social services, o mga programa para sa tawo, particular para sa mga taga-Bulan.

Pilosopiya political san ako Administrasyon na , “Man is the center of all development”. Kaya ngane tabi, sa abut san kakayahan san municipio, entero an programa nato puro para sa kaayadan san mga taga-Bulan.

1. Sa paagi san Department of Environment and Natural Resources, nan sa ayuda sa pagproceso san ato Tasador Municipal o Assessor’s Office, narealizar nato an pagdistribuer sa programang “Handog Titulo Program” sin 600 hektaryas na ingod sa Barangay Sagrada nan Quezon para sa 275 na recipients;
2. Inasistehan san municipio an mga residentes san Barangay Somagungsong para sa kanira socialized resettlement site para sa 210 na lote;
3. Sa lado san social care san MSWDO, may nai-rekord sa municipio na 18 na kaso sin Children in Conflict with the Law o mga bata na delinquente, inasikaso ini san mga personnel ta basi madanunan an mga bata na ini segun sa Child and Youth Welfare Code.
4. Sa lado san Women Welfare Program, may naireklamo sa municipio na 31 na kaso sin pang-abuso sa kababayehan, 19 an physically battered women., 7 na kaso sin economic abuse, 5 na kaso sin emotional and psychological abuse. Tolo na sini an nasang-atan ta sin kaso dahil sa pagmaltrato sin babaye. Inpapatanidan ta an sin-o man na ugali an mag-pakulog babaye o asawa o bata na dire maalang-alang an gobierno local na idemanda an sino man na naglalabag san batas sa pagprotehir san kababayehan.
5. Sa problema sin pang-abuso sa mga kabatan-an , nakarecibe kita sin 34 na kaso sin pang-aabuso sa mga bata; 13 na kaso sin rape, 8 an insang-atan na kaso, 5 an nasa imbestigasyon; sa kaso sin acts of lasciviousness o pangbastos sin bata , may 6 na recorded, nagsang-at na kita sin sayo na kaso, 5 an nasa proceso; sa kaso sin pagpakulog bata, 9 an naireklamo, 1 an may kaso; sa kaso sin trafficking, 6 na hale sa Matnog an inbalik ta sa Matnog for referral sa kanira MSWDO. In papadumdum nato an sino man na tawo na mang-abuso bata, lalo na kun kapamilya, na dire kami mapahunod sa iyo kun an kaayadan san bata an nakataya.
6. Sa lado man sin paghatag mga ayuda pinansiyal sa mga nangaipo: 1,173 katawo an nagrani sa ako opisina para ma-ayo sin mga ayuda medical, pangpalubong, nan iba pa na asistensiya na nagkakantidad sin 1,485,245 pesos; Para sa Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation o AICS, nakahatag kita para sa 230 katawo sin 77,675 pesos;
7. Sa serbisyo san truck sa mga burial services, nakapahudam kita san sakayan sin 135 na beses;
8. Sa lado san Senior Citizens, padagus an saato pagimplementar san Senior Citizens Act, kun haen nag-iisyu kita sin Senior Citizens Discount Booklet nan IDs para sa mga benepisyo san mga kagurangan ta. Sa niyan naka-isyu na kita suon na mga papeles para sa 3,185 katawo . Organizado ta naman an harus entero na mga senior citizens sa kada barangay. Si dati Konsehal Joe Tan an in-appoint ko na OSCA chairman o Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs.


An opisina san Civil Registrar may-on man mga programa basi mapakay-ad nato an civil registration san mga taga-Bulan. Batug na Enero hasta Disyembre 2 sini na taon, nakaisyu an opisina sin sertipiko para sa 2,095 na mga bag-ong panganak na babies, 228 na kinasal, nan 478 an binawian sin buhay sa mga taga-Bulan. An presente ta na populasyon nasa poco mas o menos 95,000 katawo na.

Nagkondukta man sin mga Mobile Activities an LCR basi makakadto an opisina sa mga barangay nan makadanun sa civil registration. An mga lugar na nabisita san LCR mao an mga Barangay san Obrero, Namo, Calomagon, Zone 4, Zone 6, Padre Diaz, Managanaga, Zone 2, Beguin, San Isidro, Nasuje. Nagpa-Mass Wedding kita sa Calomagon san Mayo.


An Sangguniang Bayan sayo sa dako na kadanun san ako Opisisna nan san mga departamento sa paghimo sin mga programa san Gobierno Lokal sa paagi sin mga kaipuhan na lehislasyones o mga batas-lokal. Ini sa pamumuno san ato Vice-Mayor na si Honorable Manuel Gogola.

Sa sulod sini na taun, nakahimu nan nakapasar an Sangguniang Bayan sin 68 na mga resolusyunes nan 9 na ordinansa. Presente man sira naghihimu sin mga pag-adal para sa pag rebisa san Municipal Revenue Code nan Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

Basi mapakay-ad lalo an kanira mga pagtrabaho sa sulod san Konseho, ini na mga miembros san Sangguniang Bayan nagpakondukta para sa kanira kaayadan sa trabaho sin sayo na Training -Workshop on Parliamentary Procedures and Administrative Investigation san nakaagi na Oktubre 20-21. Ini inasistehan san ato DILG Office.


San Disyembre 17, eksakto sangtaon na san abrihan nan mag-operate na an Bulan Integrated Terminal.

Ini na terminal sin mga bus, sayo baga na plano segun sa Urban Expansion Program san Municipio , sa dahilan na nag-dadako an bungto ta nan kaipuhan ta na i-plano an paghiwas nan pagdako san poblacion. Sa sulod sin 10 o 20 anyos batug niyan, ini na presente na poblacion maiswag na an development paluwas san Banuang Daan River . Sayo pa, maski diin kita na ciudad o bungto magkadto, kadaghanan san kanira terminal yadto na sa luwas san boundary san poblacion o sentro, Sayo ini na long term-planning na nangaipo sin pagsabut san ato mga kabungto.

Batug na iplano nan intindog hasta na mag-operate na ini, naging kontrobersiyal ini na proyekto. Sa katunayan, an mga tawo na dire naruyag sini lalo na an mga nasa lado san opsisyon sa politika local nagsang-at sin kaso o reklamo kontra sa ako bilang mayor.

San Oktubre 2007, san sayo kataun, kinasuhan ako san mga nagpetisyon, sa pamumuno ni Atty Redentor Guyala nan Albino Guyala, kaupod an siyam na iba pa sin kaso sibil na mandamus, temporary restraining order nan writ of preliminary injunction sa Regional Trial Court Branch 65. Alagad san Enero 10, 2008, binasura san Korte ini na kaso nira kontra sa ako. An hinimo nira nagsang-at gihapon sin Motion for Reconsideration. San Abril 10, 2008, In orderan ako san Korte na maghatag sin sinumpaan na kasuratan na entero an papeles san Terminal in sumiter ko na sa COA o Commision on Audit. In himo ko tabi ini.

Pakatapus sini na order san Korte, nagsang-at gihapon ini na mga kalaban mi sin panibag-o na Motion to Suspend Operation of Bulan Central Bus Terminal sadto mismo na Abril niyan na taon. Dinagdagan pa nira ini sin sayo na klase sin supplemental petition para sa COA. Alagad san Oktubre 20 niyan na taon, binasura na naman san Korte an kanira Motion to Suspend Operation san Terminal, pero tinugutan sira na marekesa an mga papeles sa COA tungkol sa Terminal. Komo wara man kami intatago, kumporme ako sini na desisyon.

Pero dire pa sira nakuntento san desisyon san Korte san Oktubre 20, nagsang-at gihapon ini na mga nagpetisyon sin sayo na Motion for Partial Reconsideration. Alagad, san nakaagi na Disyembre 12, binasura na naman san Korte an kanira petisyon.

Dire ko aram kun san-o man lang ini maurudong na mga tawo, an imud ko ngane dire ini maurudong. kaya ako man preparado sa paghampang sa kanira. Aram ko na an permi motibo sini politika . Kunsabagay sayo kita na demokratiko na nasyon, nan may derecho man sira maghaput maski hanggang sa Korte Suprema. Alagad, naoogma ako na maski porupano maaram an Korte ta maghatag sin desisyon nan hustisya nan ini na mga petisyon nira ibarasura san Korte.

Sa niyan tabi, fully operational na an Terminal ta. Otsenta porsyento san mga nag-aagi didi mga hale sa Isla san Ticao nan Masbate Mainland. Nan daghanun na na positibo na karanasan o pangyayari an ato nairekord. Mas organizado, mas trangkilo, mas malinig, mas kumbeniente, mas disiplinado an transport system nato dahil sa terminal. Tutuo na may mga nai-encuentro pa kita na mga problema o may narerecibe pa kita na mga reklamo, pero insigida nato ini inaaktibaran, lalo na san Terminal Management nan kapulisan ta. Sangtaun pa lang tabi ini nan kun baga sa tawo, bataonun pa, pero, maski ngane sa niyan pa lang in-place na an entero ta na kaipuhan para sa kaayadan san mga nagbibiyahe nato na mga kabungto nan kapuwa kataraning na bungto. Maabut an oras na lalo nato ma-iimprove an sistema nato sa Terminal. Mismo an mga tag-ibang lugar na apresyar sa ato dahilan sa inhihimo ta sa terminal. Dire ko na tabi isaysay pa an mga positive records nato kay halabaon ini.

Batug san itindog an terminal, nakarehistro na kita sin poco mas o menus 300,000 mil katawo na naggamit paluwas nan pasulod san terminal. Nakapadispatsa na kita sin poco mas o menos 8,500 na biyahe paManila puwera pa san biyahe hale Manila, nan nakalikom na kita sin gross income na 2.6 milyon pesos. Maabut an panahun na marerealizar nato na mayad an foresight o pananaw sa puturo san ato mga lideres sini na bungto.


Daghanun pa tabi an gusto ko ipaabut na accomplishments san Administrasyon ko, pero insumada ko lang an mga sa paniwala ko mga importante na puntos na dapat maaraman tabi niyo sa paagi sini na Report.

Bilang lider, ina nan mayor san padaba ta na komunidad, pagsadire niyo ako. Nan ini inpanuga ko sa iyo sa kampanya, nan oro-adlaw ko indudumdum. Nan ini inpapanindugan ko. May mga panahun na sa katrangkiluhan san ako pagturog kun katutnga may napukaw sa ako sa balay kay may nangaipo san desisyon ko o aksyon ko bilang lider. May mga panahun na nadesisyon ako na aram ko may makukulugan sin buot lalo na kun kaapin sa politika o parientes, alagad inpipiyongan ko ini kun kaayadan san kadaghanan o san bungto an nakataya. May mga panahun na habu na magkiwa san lawas ko kay pagal na ako maghapun sa opisina pero napirit ako na himuon yuon na trabaho dahil obligasyon ko bilang lider nan mayor. Wara man tabi sin Mayor na otso oras lang an adlaw para sa trabaho pareho san ordinaryo na empleyado.. Magurang ako san bungto ta nan an sayo na magurang dapat aligmata sa pangaipo san kaniya pamilya.

Kaya ngane, nahiyom na lang ako , kun may mga tawo, na dahil sa politika, an paghuna mo sira lang an maaram magmakulog sa komunidad . As if patriotism and love for community is exclusive!. Didi ko naimud nan nareparo an ati san politika na may mga nagkapira na tawo na dahil gusto man magpakila na padaba nira an komunidad hihimuon an entero na ratakon, dustaon nan pakaraoton ka. PERO, didi ko man naimud nan namatean an rinibo na mga taga-Bulan, bata nan gurang, pobre nan mayaman, na silensyo na nagpapadaba sini na bungto nato sa paagi sin pagpartisipar sa mga programa nan mga aktibidades san komunidad.

Dire tabi ako nagrereklamo o nag-aagrangay sa gub-at san responsibilidad nan obligasyon san katungdan na intiwala, inkumpiar nan inhunod niyo sa ako. Gusto ko ipaliwanag na kun may mga kakulangan man kami na opisyales niyo, o ako bilang mayor niyo, an saiyo pagsabut nan pagpasensiya o dispensa an inaayo namo. Abierto tabi an saako opisisna sa mga agrangay man niyo tungkol sa amo kakulangan. Naniwala ako na mas may bunga na dianis an dialogo kaysa komprontasyon nan pakihiran o pakaraot..

Naging tradisyon na didi sa bungto ta, batug san mag-ingkod mayor si Guiming nan magsalida man ako, an municipio nato an sponsor san New Year’s Eve Mass sa simbahan. Sa atubangan san Altar nan sa hampang niyo entero, nagpapakumbaba kami sa mga kakulangan , kaluyahan, mga imperfeksiyon namo bilang lider sin sayo na komunidad. Nan permi kami naayo pangadye hale sa iyo na gabayan kami sin sayo na solomonic wisdom para sa Bulan.

Sa solod sin 12 y media kataon, batug san 1995, intugutan niyo kami sin pambihira na tiwala sa pagrenda san komunidad ta. Inpapaisi tabi namo kamu na dire namo yuon insasayang na tiwala niyo. Gusto namo makabilin sin sayo na legasiya sin liderato na may onra nan integridad lalo na para sa mga kabatan-an nato didi sa Bulan.

Bag-o tabi ako magtapos sini na Report, imbitaran ko tabi kamo sa tradisyonal na New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display pakatapos san New Year’s Mass na i-sponsoran san Gobierno Lokal. Makadto tabi kirita pakatapos san Misa sa may Pier 2, dire na sa Plaza, kay basi maibitaran ta an aksidente o sunog. Puwede man kita mag-imud sa may Pier Uno. Matatan-aw man ini na fireworks display hale sa baybayon san Zona 2 pakadto sa may Zona 7.

Asahan po niyo na padagus an pagpadaba namo sa komunidad ta. Wara madanun sa bungto ta kundi kirita.

Sa ngaran san ako Pamilya, ini an saiyo mayor, HELEN DE CASTRO, nagpapakumbaba tabi sa iyo. Inpapaabut ko tabi an sayo na Maogmang Pasko nan pangadye ta an Progresibong Bag-ong Taon 2009!


Submitted on 2008/12/11 at 9:34am
Press Release
Local Government Unit of Bulan


Bulan, Sorsogon, November 21, 2008


 The League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) cited Mayor Helen C. De Castro of Bulan, Sorsogon as one of the Most Outstanding Mayors in the Philippines in the area of ecological protection during the League’s 2008 General Assembly at the Manila Hotel on November 19-21, 2008. Vice-President Noli De Castro, representing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo presented Mayor De Castro a Special LMP Medallion and a Plaque of Commendation for her efforts.

In 2004, Mayor De Castro, full of vision and zeal for the environment, launched her Solid Waste Management Program, and this led to the institutionalization of the town’s annual Feast of the Mountains and the establishment of the Bulan Ecological Park out of the once municipal garbage site. This site is now becoming a model for other communities.. Early this year, the Municipality of Bulan was awarded the GO-FAR award by no less than DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno. Bulan is now a replicating LGU nationwide. Last year, Bulan was a Saringaya Awardee of Bicol. It can be recalled that the De Castro Administration, since the time of former mayor Guillermo De Castro, has already been a consistent winner in regional and national awards on the environment. The incumbent mayor is continuing this legacy.

The LMP is composed of all the more than 1,500 municipalities in the country, represented by their mayors. This year’s general assembly feted about twenty municipalities with trailblazing and innovative programs, and Bulan is one of them. (PIO, T. Gilana)


Press Release

By  Tonyboy ( PIO, LGU-Bulan)

Bulan, Sorsogon – October is declared as the Month in honoring the Elderly, and the Bulan Senior Citizens, responding to the call for activeliness in community undertaking, came in big numbers representing various Senior Citizens’ groups.

The Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA), headed by former Councilor Joe Tan, under the supervision of the MSWDO and the Office of the Mayor, prepared several activities for the Month for Elders. It was also supported by various Senior Citizen Organizations like the BASCA, headed by Mr. Jose Jolloso, Veterans Post-Bulan Chapter, headed by Mr. Florentino Loilo, GRETA under Mrs. Benita Guan and the FSCAP under the leadership of Mrs. Nelly Diesta. This year’s theme is “Mga Senior Citizens, puwede pa makadanon sa pag-unhan san Bulan” (Senior Citizens, contributors to Bulan’s progress).

On October 4, during the Fiesta sa Kabubudlan, the elderly came and joined the Tree Planting activities at the Eco park.

On October 6, 800 undernourished children were attended to by the elders as they conducted a feeding program at the Bulan Freedom Park.

On October 11, the Bulan Lions Club helped in ECG examinations for the elderly at the Pawa Hospital.

On October 14, some 800 elderly came for the medical and dental activities intended for them at the Sabang Park, sponsored by the LGU. Mayor Helen De Castro, in a gesture of goodwill, also provided snacks for all of them. Present to extend medical assistance were Dr. Ludovic Tan, Dr. Tita Fe Palad, Dr. San Jose, Dr. James Apin, Dr. Estrella Payoyo, Dr. Kates Rebustillo and Councilor-dentist Jolife Dellomas, Dr. Visconde and Dr. Marilou Jimenez. The Bulan Rural Health Unit also assisted.

During the Culminating Activity on October 18, a HATAW physical exercises were rendered by the Senior Citizen. It was lead by Mrs. Anilin Diaz. Also present during the program, were Mayor Baby De Castro, Kgd. Dondon De Castro, Kgd. Joey Guban, Kgd. Goto Geronga and Kgd. Jolife Dellomas.

Mayor Helen De Castro has been greatly supportive of the senior citizen sector, especially thru the OSCA. (PIO, LGU-Bulan)

From Mayor’s 2007 Report to the People of Bulan, 2008/10/23 at 5:46 AM

CNH (Central Nautical Highway) – An Opportunity (And A Challenge…)


by rudy bellen


Attached is an excerpt from a news article of Manila Bulletin last April 29, 2008 during the launching of the Central Nautical Highway by no less than Pres. Gloria Arroyo seeing off roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) three day sea caravan plying the maiden route taking off from Bulan port. This is the last leg that completes a sea route connecting Bicol and Mindanao, the final component of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) via the central seaboard. The other two are : 1.) Western Nautical Highway (western seaboard) via Batangas port linking Manila and Dipolog, and  2.) Eastern Nautical Highway (eastern seaboard) via Matnog connecting Samar/Leyte to Surigao City. The CNH is an intermodal transport system offering a safe, affordable transport alternative to travel across the central Philippines or the Visayas. It links Sorsogon, Masbate, Cebu, Bohol, Camiguin, and Misamis Oriental in Mindanao, it also seeks to reduce travel and trade costs and consequently boost economic development in the countryside.


–> see Manila Bulletin Online for the original of the following report:

 by Genalyn D. Kabiling

“Filipinos can now enjoy a safe, affordable transport alternative to travel across the central Philippines or the Visayas. President Arroyo yesterday launched the Central Nautical Highway (CNH) that seeks to reduce travel and trade costs and consequently boost economic development in the countryside.


The Central Nautical Highway is an intermodal transport system linking Sorsogon, Masbate, Cebu, Bohol, Camiguin, and Misamis Oriental. It completes the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) composed of 17 ports across the country, inaugurated by the President in 2003.

Accompanied by Transportation and Communications Secretary Leandro R. Mendoza, transport officials, and local executives, Mrs. Arroyo kicked off a three-day sea caravan in Bulan, Sorsogon, where she switched on the lights showing the ports in the central seaboard.

Under the Central Nautical Highway, the ports are located in Bulan, Sorsogon, Masbate City, and Cawayan in Masbate; Bogo and Cebu City in Cebu, Tubigon and Jagna in Bohol, Mambajao and Benoni in Camiguin, and Balingoan, Misamis Oriental.

The President later sent off the RORO (roll on, roll off) caravan, boarded by passengers mostly members of the media, in Bulan.  From Sorsogon, Mrs. Arroyo boarded a helicopter and travelled to the two ports of Masbate for similar send-off ceremonies.

The President first inaugurated the port of Masbate City, the first national port in the island province. The port exclusively handles containerized cargo among the Bicol terminals, aside from bulk commodities. Its fastcraft operations connect Bicol main with the port of Pilar, Sorsogon.



So what does it means for us? For me, I can see a great opportunity and benefits that Bulan would gain as the main gateway to one of the most dynamic regions in the Visayas and northern Mindanao. This nautical highway has put Bulan as the most strategic location linking directly to the tourist famous destinations of Cebu, Bohol and Camiguin. It also links us directly to Misamis Oriental in northern Mindanao – site of the biggest Hanjin Heavy Industries’ (HHI) investments (a staggering US$2B), together with the other HHI facility at Subic, these investments when completed would propel the Philippines as the 3rd biggest

shipbuilder in the world just behind South Korea and Japan even surpassing Spain.

 Just imagine, if the enterprising Cebuanos – comparable to Japanese, with no mango plantations yet they are best known for their dried mangoes, guitars, and other famous Cebuano products, would be directly passing Bulan, they might as well discover our native products and services which they can probably help us market through out the world. Or, help us develop our beautiful natural sites not only in Bulan but at the other places in Bicol as well, by putting up and developing tourism oriented facilities. Germans in Bohol are only confined today in their sanctuary in Panglao and other Bohol beaches but once they started to discover the beauty of Bicol they might change their mind. I was once surprised to find in the internet spectacular photos of the Butag bay and sunset at Sabang beach taken by no less than German adventurers!

  This direct “contact” is not feasible before as there’s no alternative land/Ro-Ro transport to offer, Cebuanos, Boholanos and other Visayans prefer to fly or take ferries direct from Manila to their final destinations thereby bypassing Bicol. But now they have the choice and option increasing the chances of more regional trades and tourism activities subsequently capital movements that would boost economic developments. This will also open up intra regional migrations, both for Bulan and the greater Bicol area vis a vis Central Visayas and Northern Mindanao.

  Let us not forget foreign tourists as well, with the big Hanjin investment at PHIVIDEC, Misamis Oriental, expect a throng of Koreans and other nationalities excitingly discovering this part of the country – and what does it means for us? Well, this is another opportunity to take advantage of, for us to globalize our products and services catering to international customers and so on. There is a never ending prospect for us!

 This is exactly what I told Letty in my response to her Kabatas’ blog on her gripes about the status of Bulan today, that there are now lots of strangers and “invaders”. I informed her that this is the strength of our town – a local melting pot, naturally and strategically situated at the crossroads of an important, very dynamic region, they know there is an opportunity. That this is a challenge for the local leadership to hasten, tap and reap the benefits of the blended talents of the local and “migrants” and transform our town to be one of the most vibrant, prosperous and flourishing trading post in our region.

 What should be done? There are lots of things to do if we don’t want to miss this once a in a lifetime opportunity. First we must get our acts together. We need to apply the three C’s of progress – Collaborate, Complement and Cooperate.

· Collaborate – Team up, this call for the public and private sector to work together in partnership. Be proactive. Put first things first and begin with the end mind – no place for lapses, blunder and oversight.

· Complement – Harmonize and supplement, make up for the weakness of the other. Seek first to understand then to be understood. Instead of opposing and rivalry that would create hostile environment, identify strength and niche products or services specific to a place that would give rise to specialization and originality.

· Cooperate – Assist, pool resources, do your part, synergize.

 Another C to watch out is competition, be prepared and organize ourselves for a tough and challenging competition from other contenders. Though Bulan is the official designated CNH Ro-Ro port, Pilar town is aggressively gearing up themselves as an alternative route of the CNH, its fastcraft operations connect Bicol main with the ports of Masbate city or Aroroy town. While they have fastcrafts Bulan has nothing to speak of.

 Second, we must educate our people and make liquid clear the importance of being a tourist or stranger friendly citizens. This negative trait of some of our folks has been with us ever since. I remember one time on one of my occasional break when I went home together with my wife and daughter; we took a bus and upon arrival at the Bulan bus terminal the usual boorish “baggage” boys were banging each other to get first and grabbed our luggage. My wife and daughter were so shocked and afraid so I have to step up and threatened them; coincidentally I was sporting a short cut hair then, they thought I was a military man and they backed off. But the experience doesn’t stop there, after several days of our stay; there was news of a man from Masbate who ran amock at the market. The poor man was “pushed to the wall” by successive depressing events that happened to him – he is traveling back home because his wife passed away, he and his daughters did not catch the last trip to the island and was forced to sleep and wait for the next day trip at the bus terminal, when they woke up, their belongings were nowhere to be found. He reported the incident to the police but instead of helping him, he was passed around and worst of all his young daughters were harassed and molested by the ill mannered “baggage” boys. So there he goes, he went wild and stab every person in his way.

If you have spent some vacation trip at Bohol, there you’ll discover the true meaning of tourist friendly phrase. Hotel staff would politely refuse any form of tips; folks are so friendly and always ready to assist any stranger in their community.

 What do we have to offer? I think we have ample natural and human resources readily available for development and advancement. Butandings (whale sharks) is not exclusive to Donsol alone; we have plenty of it in our waters too. These gentle giants are not confined at Sorsogon bay for their food requirement, in fact they are grazing outside of the bay and most are in Ticao Pass because their food (planktons and small shrimps) are carried upstream by the converging Pacific Ocean and China sea in San Bernardino Strait. Many of our fishermen can attest to this phenomenon. We also have the giant Pasa-pasa (Manta Rays) and plenty of it is right in our waters.

 We have beautiful and unique (margaja sand) beaches from Danao all the way to Marinab, there are exciting diving sites, too, especially in the Butag bay. Possibly under our waters were old age shipwrecks – from Spanish to WWII eras which are a main draw for the diving enthusiasts. Maybe we can convince tours and travel agencies to put Bulan (and Sorsogon province) in their radar maps for their tourist promos as an alternative to other known and crowded beaches of the country.

 We have an airstrip that should have been fully maximized instead of being a grazing place for the carabaos (some portions were already converted to rice paddies). This is one asset that other towns doesn’t have aside from Bacon, and should be an enticing factor for those who don’t want to travel overland from Manila all the way down to Bulan. Small aircrafts and STOL (short take off/landing) crafts can easily be accommodated by this facility. I can still remember when Air Force can even land their cargo planes on it. Maybe some enterprising entrepreneurs can start a chartering business for this purpose.

 Other things to remember. We should also learn from the experience of other towns, like Matnog – it is one of the first municipalities to have the Ro-Ro facility and has been there for some time now, but no significant progress has been achieved by the town. Why? We should gain knowledge and be taught from their failures, acquire and leverage from the know how and technology of the progressive ones.

 As a logistics person, I recognize and see a need for support facilities for the Ro-Ro port to operate efficiently. I think the controversial Bulan Central Terminal (BCT) has its function and purpose after all. But from my point of view, I cannot see the relevance – in any way I look at it, how it would best support the Ro-Ro port from its current site. It is too far! The ideal site should be right beside the port so the arriving and departing passengers would not be inconveniently shuttling or going back and forth. This will irritate the exhausted travelers, besides being time consuming additional expenses would be incurred by the passengers just to catch up with connecting rides. It can be also a temporary holding area for the cars and buses that are waiting for their turn to board Ro-Ro ships, eliminating long queues and crowding of vehicle thereby resulting to a smooth and efficient port operation.

 Lastly, I see a need to relocate the port in five years time or less with an assumption that there would be an unprecedented growth in the number of travelers. The port should be relocated outside of the town proper with enough provisions and support facilities to encourage and promote continued usage. The current road leading to the facility is too narrow and not adequate enough to sustain the volume of vehicles that would be traveling to and from the docks. This would create congestions and gridlock

I know this is only a fraction of a long list of what to do and what do we have and may have forgotten other things that should be done to make our town an organized, equipped and a prepared community for the forthcoming progress. You may add other relevant infos and suggestions that would be of help.

I firmly believe that our town has a bright future and it is starting to manifest now.


Bless us all.





















The Future Of Bulan

(This is my reponse to attybenji’s comment on Stop it now- or the strength of the Barangay)

 Thanks for your comment and for your updating me about the SK. With you Bulan has found another spokesman in its fight for progress. You know I’m beginning to dislike the word corruption for it seems to me that it  has been overused and “corrupted”  already and so  seems to be losing its semantic power. People have been desensitized already to it that it seems they don’t react to it anymore. The whole world is using this term and since there  are countless cultures and mentalities throughout the world, each with different history, religious beliefs and stage of development, the word itself  cannot  claim to have a universal meaning, for in practice, what is considered already as  a form of corruption in one country is viewed maybe in another country as a form of virtue. Corruption is defined in many ways : philosophical, legal, moral, political, etc. Theoretical definitions have in general one thing in common, i.e., a negative one. But it is in different cultural settings where the word loses it’s theoretical significance and gives way to local practices. Corruption is consciously or unconsciously linked with the moral concept of right and wrong, or of what is allowed or not allowed as in law. However, we know for instance that in one city or province, what is right or wrong, what is allowed or not allowed, may differ practically from another city or province even if the said cities or provinces belong to the same country. Even in Europe, things vary from country to country, or even from city to city within the same country. Federalism contributes also to plurality of legal definitions. And hyper-democratism has paved the way to cultural and moral relativism.

So let’s talk about the fight for progress. In this way we keep our positive mindset intact and maybe we can count more on the participation of many tagaBulans. The word progress is commonly understood as positive. You and me understand one thing when we hear for instance description like progressive person or town. Forget the philosophers, for if they would want it, they could transform this word into a negative one. What is important is that in practice, we all agree that is positive and that is universal in meaning. Check out all the dictionaries that you know and you’ll find no negative association to it. I like the simple definition of it as ” to advance, to move forward, to gain”. Even Physics I think would define it something like ” a motion in space from point a to point b”, in biology it means “growth”. When a school child progresses, this is  big news for the parents, a reason to celebrate! In human societies, progress means therefore positive development, an event that is in accordance with the universal human instinct of improving the quality of life by acting upon the given physical world and the society to where he belongs so that his needs for food, shelter, participation and protection are satisfied.

The lack of food, shelter, participation and protection is still a problem today, not only to the first homosapiens that inhabited the earth. This is a problem in our modern-day Bulan. For though technologies have advanced since human discovered how to produce fire to our modern internet technology, there are still tagaBulans who have nothing to eat and no protection, no shelter and no chance to participate ( to work or get employed). For many of our kabungtos these needs are not being satisfied. This is the reason why we turn back to the institution that is established to address to these needs- the government. The government is primarily there to work on how to improve the quality of life of its constituents, this is a social contract that we do during elections with the government that we elect. We entrust them the power to manage the resources for them to offer and coordinate solutions to the problems of the people. For a mayor therefore to run away with the kaban ng bayan ( public treasury) is a disgrace.

I understand that all our efforts that we exert now is focused on preventing the kaban ng bayan to be stolen again by a thief so that this could be used to the  last cent for the progress of Bulan. Would you consider the children to be happy when the father would come home with no more left for them by spending his money in a drinking-spree with barkadas (friends) after work, or a mother who spends the money for her beauty kits? Many tagaBulans are unhappy. Many kabataans (youth) are without life perspective .

Every tagaBulan should participate in bringing the town forward and do what is right. That’s the reason why I do not agree with Pimentel’s reasoning why he is for the abolishment of the SK. Do you still remember the saying “like father, like son”? To abolish the son, we should rather first aboilish the father. To put an end to SK due to “fund irregularities”  is to suggest that we put an end to all, if not many, municipal and city governments throughout the entire country, including the national government itself. For where in our country can you not find “fund irregularities”? Wherever transparency in politics is regularly avoided, common sense would make us  assume about fund irregularites- as the case maybe in Bulan. And to say ” due to the absence of serious efforts to prevent  (…fund irregularities ) ”  is already to accept for these “father” public officials that they are not serious enough and have failed themselves. For how can they blame the young ones when by  being crook themselves they cannot train their sons and daughters anymore, or  teach them what is wrong and what is right for they themselves do not know the distinctions of these simple categories anymore. To distrust the youth is to distrust the future. This is not in accordance with the concept of progress that we have talked about. To forget the youth is to forget tomorrow and to have no more faith in human society. I say it again that the survival of society depends on the visions of the youth and naturally on the good things they have learned from their elders. The survival of Bulan depends on the youth of Bulan of today. Remove the youth of today and you’ll have an empty place once called Bulan in a few years. Don’t train the youth of today, and you will have a government in the future that is the same as today’s government. Do you like to continue with this  poverty and ignorance and with this poor quality of governance in Bulan for the next fifty years? I still firmly believe that there is no other way than to train the youth for Bulan to progress, much like a father who trains his young son the trade of farming or fishing so that this son  would survive when he is no longer around.

The problem with the SK that Pimentel mentioned is the result of the ineffective political leadership in all levels of governance in our country.We don’t punish the young ones  for emulating the bad things we showed to them. We adults should rather behave well. In other words, it is the frame that must be changed, not the picture, for the frame is defective and doesn’t keep the picture solidly and securely in place. I know that to raise our voice against their plan to abolish the SK is almost like blowing in the wind. But since we love Bulan, we must continue with what we tagaBulans consider is right for our survival, and that is in the first place by not giving up our young tagaBulans,  but in continuing  in one form or another with their training and involvement in Bulan politics- with or without Pimentel.

jun asuncion

Bulan Observer

A Government Run Like Hell

  Thank you prodebate4 for sharing your thoughts and your battles in life. Our country is still in experimental stage, still searching for the best form of government and leadership, the so called search for identity after the historical traumas that twisted our perception and development, divided and wounded us deep and rendered weak our collective soul. Some neighboring asian countries seem to have already found the political and economic order that fit them, they are able to stand up after the fall, for they had also their share of traumas. This is individual psychology manifesting itself among nations. Some are strong and recover quick, some are weak and need more time to heal. Your fight against the Marcos rule was just the beginning, for though you won, the battle has just begun. This is now a fight on the educational level. Rebellion doesn’t solve the problem, as experience has shown us. We now canalize our political energies into a form of change that even the youngest in the family will comprehend and able to participate. No more rebellion and bloodshed for they bring only more wounds and sufferings, and on this level, the young ones and the weak can not participate, thus leaving us a lost and weak generation again after the fighters had grown old or disappeared. In this way, development is not possible. This is why we’ve remained stuck to Manuel Quezon’s  “a government run like hell by Filipinos” even up to this day.
  No more rebellion, but our fight against corruption and corrupt government officials continue as well as our fight in protecting the integrity of the people of Bulan. Bulan Observer contributes to this task by continuously observing our town
and commenting to the developments happening and spreading it around the globe. It is my goal to link Bulan Observer to national and international institutions already established and recognized worldwide like Transparency International, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, etc. so that we will be more effective in combating corruption and abuses. Bulan Observer has no other wish than to see – today and tomorrow- a municipal government of Bulan that is not run like hell by vicious and repressive people devoid of insights and visions, but by progressive, intelligent and dignified politicians and  public servants equipped not only with real visions for their constituents but with the courage to give far-ranging solutions to the problems of employment, health care, nutrition, housing, education, security and environmental protection , to name just a few.
Well, for our mission for life, I wish you a lifetime of patience. Without somebody sacrificing, no goal can ever be achieved.
jun asuncion

Bulan Observer