Everything went smooth and orderly in Talisay City in the conduct of Barangay Elections last October 28. Members of the police force were deployed in various areas to maintain peace and order as well as help the City COMELEC in the poll proceedings. "I am happy that people in Talisay took time to go out and exercise their right of suffrage," said Mayor Eric Saratan.
"The winners are elected leaders of the community and immediate partners of the City in building a peaceful, progressive and productive City," Mayor Saratan pointed out.
TALISAY CITY - Rosalinda Tuvilla II, 20 years old and a 4th year Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology student at University of Negros Occidental–Recoletos, was elected as No. 3 Kagawad at Barangay Matab-ang, Talisay City.
Talisay City youngest Barangay Kagawad RJ Tuvilla elected as No. 3 Kagawad of Barangay Matab-ang, Talisay.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
"RJ" to friends, she said she decided to throw her hat into the political arena and emerged as one of the choices for Barangay Elections after the no hold-over of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials.
Tuvilla told NDB that she decided to run for Barangay Kagawad to ensure representation of the youth at the Barangay Council. "Since the SK elections were postponed this year, it would be difficult for the barangay council to craft measures that would help the youth since we have a new and dynamic generation that only the younger ones can relate to," said said.
A 2-day Performance Governance System (PGS) Re-visioning Workshop recently held at the Minuluan Hall, Public Plaza, Talisay City to gather various City officials, department heads and representatives of the different sectors of the City, will convene to revisit the City’s vision and refine it to become more relevant and realizable.
Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan leads the Performance Governance System (PGS) Re-visioning Workshop recently at the Minuluan Hall, Public Plaza, Talisay City.* (Talisay CMO/EL photo)
The said workshop is one of the preparatory activities of the Board of Investments (BOI), in coordination with the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) and National Competitiveness Council (NCC), in relation with the possible showcasing of City of Talisay in the 2015 APEC Summit.
Weeks before the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu, the Talisay City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO) was able to send its members on a week-long training for relief, rescue and safety at the Amity Safety Academy.
Various City employees, members of the DILG, BFP and Police attended the training and were able to update themselves with various techniques and approaches in case the need arises.
It is also expected that the attendees can echo the training they underwent to their respective offices so that others may be informed.
The Talisay Basketball Athletic Club (TBAC): Mayor Eric Saratan Cup has recently-opened at the Talisay City gymnasium.
TBAC Vice President Tata Piurque, who spoke on behalf of club President Rolin Meliton who is out of the country, during the opening rites, thanked Mayor Saratan for the support he has extended to the club. Saratan pioneered the club as chairman-emeritus.
"I would also like to encourage everyone to do their share in supporting the club’s goals and plans," Piurque stressed. "We need everyone’s commitment in our club because we have established this together. It means that everybody should work in order for us to achieve our targets," he added.
Piurque also asked its member’s presence during election and meeting, saying, this is not only of the officers’ obligation but our responsibility as club members.
French visitors to the Social Business Summit recently in Manila went to Talisay City for a courtesy visit to Mayor Eric Saratan where they shared their expertise in dairy products to be produced in Negros.
The group is also looking into forging ties with Talisay on establishing hotels and eco-tourism related ventures as well as putting up a hospitality training center and a Gawad Kalinga Hope Village in Barangay Cabatangan.
The visiting group composed of Gerard Tizzani, Isabelle Lo Presti, Patricia Niego, Jean Pierre Beaumont and Liliale Dubessy says that there are a lot of economic and tourism potentials in Talisay.
Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan solemnized 15 couples coming from various Barangays at the Dela Rama Hall, Talisay City Hall. Thirty individuals - with their godparents in attendance - were united as husband and wife at around 10am Wednesday. This highlighted the program of Talisay which is based on the basic unit of society which is the family.
The Mayor lauded the efforts of the couples who enlisted themselves and availed of the ‘Kasalan sa Barangay’ mass wedding program of Talisay.
Couples kiss at the Dela Rama Hall, Talisay City Hall during the Kasalan sa Barangay.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
Mayor Eric told the couples that it is important to be wed. "It is the symbol of unity of two individuals who are living together and starting their respective families," said Mayor Saratan.
Barangay Concepcion, Talisay City is known for the Maradula Festival – a way of thanksgiving of the people for another abundant year. The place is the fruit bastion of Talisay City and the Negros Island when it comes to lanzones, rambutan, marang and durian. This year the celebration enjoined people of Concepcion as well as visitors from neighboring cities as the said festival had made its mark in the local tourism as well as its economic potential.
Maradula Street Dancing, highlight of the festivity of Barangay Concepcion, Talisay City that gathered a large crowd.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
Guests coming from Bacolod, Silay and other cities said that they were surprised that a festival such as the Maradula gained their attention not only by going to the place and buy fruits but enjoy the festivity as a whole. The street dancing competition where dancers were divided into various clusters came out stunning with the costumes and face paints that made them stand out.
Costumes in lively colors at the Maradula Festival 2013 in Barangay Concepcion, Talisay City* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
IN JUBILATION. Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan dances with the streetdancing contestants during the Maradula Festival of Barangay Concepcion in the city.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
Streetdancers started from the entrance of the barangay to the Barangay Concepcion Elementary School where the competition was held.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)