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									Sta. Catalina
  On the Move!

                                  Presented Through
                           Engr. Carlos R. Asuncion

                 Investment and Opportunities Roadshow 2008
        Republic of the Philippines
              Province of Ilocos Sur

    Municipality of Sta. Catalina

                PR E S E N TS

     Larga!Sta. Catalina
Growth and Opportunities for 2008

                 Presented Through
           Engr. Carlos R. Asuncion
In every success story
there are “Inconvenient Truths”
there are challenges
and missed opportunities
      Sta. Catalina is a Success Story
However, 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 success
                          and 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
Development Starts
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

This short period of the commonwealth gave a genuine albeit short
opportunity to 2 prominent “Catalinians” to hold the Mayor’s seat in

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 Invaded
   History 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 Republic
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

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 5 th 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
      Project execution
      Budget allocation
      Progress monitoring

Generally, the municipality was going through a period of perennial slump cycles.
        We never lost hope

and instead of complaining of a sorry state,
   we acted and made sure our call for
            change was heard.
            Sta. Catalina Today

      Sta. Catalina is fast becoming a municipality of Growth and
      Opportunity. It is making giant strides in all aspects.

   Business and the local Economy is up
   Tourism is booming
   New infrastructure projects underway
   Cultural Revival
   Administrative Progress on Development
      Project execution
      Budget allocation
      Progress monitoring
Sta. Catalina Today
The local government is aggressively Developing Infrastructure to support the
growth momentum of Sta. Catalina, and to further allow future development.

Concreting of Quirino and Major Roads   Building a reinforced Zigzag Seawall

    Creating Canals and Spillways          Developing Secondary Roads
Sta. Catalina Today
We are Priming the local economy by focusing our marketing efforts on
organically-grown vegetables and finding new ways to distribute them to markets.

   Finding new ways of planting        Showcasing our products

  Growing “Organic-only” vegies      Expanding the plant varieties
Sta. Catalina Today
Sta. Catalina’s current leaders are vigorously Developing a strong Agriculture
Sector through the distribution of tools, equipment and training.

     Using Alternative Fertilizers         Distributing Farm Equipment

Developing new farm-to-market roads Tapping new sources of agriculture financing
Sta. Catalina Today
Sta. Catalina is looking forward to evolving a healthy and health-conscious
community. It aims to Bolster Healthcare services.

    Reviving the Rural Health Clinic    Supporting the Youth in Sports

 Conducting Surgical-Medical Missions   Distributing PhilHealth Cards
Sta. Catalina Today
Your local government is also Empowering the people; letting them share the
duties and fruits of leadership and highlighting their role in community-building.

     Empowering Women-folk              Showcasing Women Leaders

     Holding Consultations            Recognizing Youth Achievement
Sta. Catalina Today
The 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. Catalina Today
The 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. Catalina Today
We are also Beautifying several landmark features of the municipality to
complement the internal development underway.

  Beautification of Quirino Park   Landscaping the Municipal Gardens

           Landscaping the Church Grounds
     Paving the Plaza Pathways      Paving the Perpetual Help Shrine
Sta. Catalina Today

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:

Larga Sta. Catalina!

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