Good Housekeeping Award for Samal Island {0}

Congratulations to Samal:

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) XI awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping for local government for the year 2011 this last September at Davao del Norte Provincial Capitol. Island Garden City of Samal is the only city in the region to win the award in recognition of its highly transparent and accountable governance.

This is an important matter as not only does it show that Samal Island is supporting President Benigno Aquino’s initiative, but it also comes with a P3-million prize which can be used by the City as counterpart funds for programs and projects under the Millennium Development Goals.
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IGaCoS Reclassified as 4th Class City {0}

Samal View

During his recent State of the City Address (SOCA), Mayor Aniano P. Antalan revealed that the Island Garden City of Samal is now a 4th class city instead of the previously held 3rd class designation. They fell P1 million short of the 3rd class ranking due to uncollected taxes. The largest portion of those delinquent taxes belonging to Ekran Berhad for the vacant Samal Casino.

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The History of Samal Island {17}


In the early Spanish regime, during the reign of Don Jose Uyanguren of Davao City , a certain Island within the DAVAO Gulf was named “ SAMAL” in recognition to the settlers who migrated from Jolo and Basilan called the “ISLAMIC TRIBAL GROUP” or “ ISAMAL” . Most of the settlers lived along the coastal areas and only few in the hinter lands. Their daily primitive way of acquiring foods is through fishing, farming, and hunting within the vicinity.

The island was created into a municipality named as “ Municipality of Samal” and Barrio Peñaplata was the center for commercial economic and government operation. At that time , the municipal councilors of Samal found its concept of local autonomy and effective delivery of services. They therefore decided to create another municipality in order to be effective and autonomous in governance. Mayor Simplicio Obenza , Sr. made his iniative to the speedy creation of two municipalities.

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IGaCoS Official Site {0}

I’ve had a link to The Official Website of the Island Garden City of Samal on my sidebar from the beginning of my blog. It has been an invaluable resource, and I don’t hesitate to admit that I’ve used it quite a bit.

I find the site to be a little bit confusing in regards to it’s organization. They have changed things around recently, but I’m not sure I find it any easier to get the information. And with that re-org there is some missing content.

That said, I think it’s worth your time to take a look around if you are interested in learning more about Samal Island. I’ll continue to use them as one of my main resources, and when doing so my hope to bring to front some things that may get buried there.