Sta. Catalina. On the Move!. Presented Through. Engr. Carlos R. Asuncion. Mayor. Investment and Opportunities Roadshow 2008. Republic of the Philippines. Province of Ilocos Sur. Municipality of Sta. Catalina. P R E S E N T S. Sta. Catalina. Larga!. Growth and Opportunities for 2008. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Sta. CatalinaOn the Move!
Engr. Carlos R. AsuncionMayor
Investment and Opportunities Roadshow 2008
Province of Ilocos SurRepublic of the Philippines
Municipality of Sta. Catalina
P R E S E N T S
Growth and Opportunities for 2008Larga! Sta.
Engr. Carlos R. AsuncionMayor
In every success story
there are “Inconvenient Truths”
there are challenges
and missed opportunities
Sta. Catalina is a Success StoryHowever, its long journey to Today, is paved with years of hard, trying times. It has
gone through the challenges, problems, and missed chances..
Just as any other town, county, or district in the Philippines or in America.
Let us have a look at this community’s hard journey to successand remarkable resilience…
Spanish Period: The Birth of Sta. Catalina
As oral and written tradition would state, the town was born during the earlier years of the Spanish occupation of the Philippines.
Along the Christianization that ensued with the occupation of the entire archipelago, the Spaniards started its centuries-long rural establishment which included:
Church “Munisipyo” Expanded pathways Plaza Spanish culture and tradition
In fact, it would take more than 300 years to transcend both the good and ills of this period.
American Period: New way of doing things
As the long Spanish era drew to a close centuries later, the Americans came and established new systems. Governance of the territory and of the local communities saw a dramatic change. Western-style administration and lifestyles started a cascade of effects which are seen and felt even to this very day.
The colonization of the Philippines contributed to Sta. Catalina’s development with
Concrete roads Neo-classical structures Government structure and institutions
Commonwealth Period: Our time had come
As the Philippine islands were eventually given autonomy from its American liberators, it was also given a chance to govern its affairs exclusively.
This short period of the commonwealth gave a genuine albeit short opportunity to 2 prominent “Catalinians” to hold the Mayor’s seat in succession.
They continued and built up on the legacy of the colonial past and contributed greatly to the establishment of Sta. Catalina’s identity in the field of Agriculture.
Japan InvadedHistory has taught us of the unbelievable human torment of this period. The
unbearable stories of our grandfathers could only scratch the surface of this period’s dark legacy on the country and on Sta. Catalina.
But as Providence designed, our nation and our town were to live and tell its story.
We were free…again.
The Philippines, and more specifically, the rural town of Sta, Catalina experienced a long period of self-sustained development. It grew as a primary vegetable bowl in its own right.
Over the years, and 17 local executives later, the town struggled to develop albeit, painfully, but definitely. It was a steady period of change and progress in all aspects of Sta. Catalina’s community.
Administration over this period were noted for their focus on integrity, leadership and communal welfare, as it did for positive economic strides.
Everything was growing, looking up..
but History took a turn
Sta. Catalina faced stagnation
Sta. Catalina was rated by statistics of the Philippine Government as a 5th class municipality, with a reputation of being one of the lower income towns of the northern region of Luzon.
During the period, we experienced
A deteriorating local Economy Under-developed Tourism Disintegrating infrastructure Cultural stagnation Administrative Lapses on Development Projects
Sta. CatalinaTodayThe leadership of Sta. Catalina realizes the importance of local and national connections. It actively Develops alliances, partnerships and goodwill.
Sisterhood with Hawaii Networking with Senator Mar Roxas
Supporting National Pride: Manny Hosting celebrity visitors
Sta. CatalinaTodayThe Asuncion administration is mindful of our waste as we develop. We endeavor to Mitigate the Environment Footprint by conducting cleanup campaigns.
Regular cleanups Coastal Cleanup
Involving Communities Leading by example
Sta. CatalinaTodayWe are also Beautifying several landmark features of the municipality to complement the internal development underway.
Beautification of Quirino Park Landscaping the Municipal Gardens
Paving the Plaza Pathways Paving the Perpetual Help ShrineLandscaping the Church Grounds
And of course, all these goals, programs and efforts need continuous monitoring. It entails government leadership with the cooperation of citizens in Sta. Catalina and in diaspora. We need to keep the momentum strong and going, as the chief executive, I am committed to transform our town into a municipality we can all share pride in. Together with your support and through Cooperativism, Revival and Advocacy-the thrust of my administration, we can all say finally and with conviction: