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Our Heartfelt Congratulations to the Sangguniang Panlungsod, led by City Vice Mayor Maloney Samaco,
for achieving the prestigious recognition as Region 8's National Level Nominee for the 2023 Local Legislative Award.
 
This esteemed award, established in 2006 by the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) in collaboration with the
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), serves as a testament to the outstanding accomplishments of our City's Sangguniang during the period from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022.
 
Their dedication to crafting legislation that contributes to the growth and prosperity of our community is truly commendable.๐Ÿ‘
We extend our best wishes to the Sangguniang Panlungsod as they progress to the national level.
Your exceptional performance in introducing innovative and distinctive practices in local legislation fills us with immense pride.
 
#AjonayMaasin๐Ÿฉท
 
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AUGUST 10, 2023
 
Celebrating 23 years of excellence! ๐Ÿ’—
Join us in commemorating this milestone, as we reflect on our journey and anticipate a brighter future.
Happy 23rd Cityhood Anniversary, Maasin!๐Ÿฉท ๐ŸŽ‰ #MaasinAjonay #MaasinUswagPaMore #23rdCityhoodAnniversaryCelebration
 
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AUGUST 09, 2023
 
          It was a privilege to have DILG Sec. Atty. Benjamin Abalos, Jr. lead the launch of the Buhay Ingatan, Drogaโ€™y Ayawan (BIDA)
Provincial Grand Launch and Fun Run 2023 yesterday at the City Gym.
The event began with an opening program, featuring a keynote message by the Guest of Honor and Speaker,
DILG Secretary, Atty. Benjamin โ€œBenhurโ€ D Abalos, Jr. He emphasized addressing the root causes of illegal drugs,
including arresting drug lords, rehabilitating users, and reducing demand. Thereafter, local chief executives, government agencies, and  stakeholders expressed their commitment to the campaign against illegal drugs through a signing and reading of a unity statement.The BIDA campaign, initiated last year, continues to gather support from national government agencies, local units, private sector, faith-based organizations, and civil society groups. Also present in the event are USEC. for Operations-Atty. Lord Villanueva,
DILG Regional Director Arnel Agabe, Asst. RD Darwin Bibar, Regional Directors of BFP, PNP, and PDEA, Gov. Damian Mercado,
Vice Gov. Rosa Emilia Mercado, Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod
headed by Vice-Mayor Maloney Samaco, Mayors from various municipalities of Southern Leyte, as well as representatives
from PNP, BFP, BJMP, Punong Barangays of the entire province, NGOs, and other civic organizations.
The event wrapped up with a fun run, energetic zumba session, and a presentation of certificates
of appreciation to all participating agencies. #MaasinAjonay #23rdCityhoodAnniversaryCelebration #SDG3 #SDG16
 
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AUGUST 08, 2023
 
             As part of the 23rd Cityhood Anniversary celebrations, the City Government of Maasin,
through the City Tourism Office, officially opened the Maasin City Tourism Week at the Anatalio Gaviola Plaza.
We have prepared the following activities for the entire week: a Photo Exhibit featuring Miss Maasin from the year 2000 to 2019,
City Mayors and Vice Mayors from 2000 to the present, a Food Fest, Pop Dance and Spoken Poetry performances,
the Ajonay Festival, a Photo Contest (to be held during the Ajonay Festival), Amazing Race Competition and Zumba.
Present during the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Hon. Jezzene Gail Paler-Acasio, Hon. Rafael Cromwell Gerong,
Atty. Chen Abrea, Ms. Dainty Ynes Daling, and the rest of the tourism staff. #MaasinAjonay #23rdCityhoodAnniversaryCelebration
 
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AUGUST 07, 2023
 
 
                  The 23rd Cityhood Anniversary of Maasin promises to be another grand celebration filled with a series of exciting activities that
highlight the city's rich history, vibrant culture, and promising future. As the city gears up to mark this momentous occasion, a variety of events have been organized to engage residents and visitors alike. The festivities commence with a spectacular opening program, orchestrated by the city's energetic Mayor Nikko Mercado, and a symbolic unveiling of a special Marker and the raising of Banners,  and the opening of the Food Bazaar. These activities and events for the 23rd Cityhood Anniversary of Maasin aim to bring the community together, foster a sense of
pride in the city's accomplishments, and create lasting memories for all who attend. These will undoubtedly infuse the celebrations with an added spirit of enthusiasm, making this milestone celebration one to remember.
 
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Today, I was able to attend the Department of Education's Regional Management Committee Meeting (RMANCOM)
and the installation of their new Assistant Regional Director. This essential gathering afforded me the chance to converse
with eminent DepEd executives, such as Dr. Evelyn R. Fetalvero, CESO III (Regional Director),
Mr. Ronelo Al K. Firmo, PhD, CESO IV (Assistant Regional Director), Dr. Genis Murallos, and Dr. Jocelyn Solana.
Furthermore, I had the distinct honor of being joined by Governor Damian G. Mercado in this event,
further emphasizing our strong commitment to education.
As an attendee, I was able to observe firsthand the commitment and enthusiasm of these leaders
as they discussed crucial issues pertaining to education and the growth of our region.
Assuredly, I will continue to support the DepEd in its mission to provide quality education to all Filipinos. #DepEd
 
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This afternoon, we had an Exit Conference that was conducted at Libhu Hills Resort.
Present during the event were distinguished guests and auditors from the Commission on Audit (COA) Regional Office VIII,
headed by the Regional Director, Atty. Felix M. Basallaje, Jr. Also in attendance were Ms. Ma. Nineveh C. Duarte,
the Supervising Auditor of the Audit Group LGSF-Prov. of So. Leyte, and Ms. Melanie Ann D. Linao, the OIC-Audit Team Leader of Team R8-02, LGSF,
together with Ms. Everlyn S. Icamen, an Audit Team Member of Team R8-02, LGSF.
This event highlights the importance of accountability, transparency, and good governance in every aspect of our operations.
We extend our deepest gratitude to the COA Regional Office VIII and to all the auditors who participated in the successful
conduct of this Exit Conference. In all of our initiatives, we remain committed to upholding the utmost standards of
financial management and transparency. Padajon ta sa pag-ajonay!
 
 
               
Mayor Nacional Mercado - 2023 Soca

Today, I had the privilege of delivering the State of the City Address during the 40th Regular Session of the 9th Sangguniang Panlungsod of Maasin City. It was a momentous occasion where I was able to share with the people of Maasin our city's progress, achievements, and plans for the future.

I emphasized the recovery programs we have implemented after the devastating impact of Typhoon Odette. We made sure that our recovery efforts were focused on providing immediate relief to those who were affected while also laying the groundwork for long-term rehabilitation and development.

I also shared with the audience the many accomplishments we achieved in 2022. We have made significant strides in improving our city's infrastructure, public facilities, and local economy. Our commitment to the 17 SDGs and the NACIONAL-ON-WHEELS program has enabled us to make positive changes in the lives of our citizens.

Moreover, I outlined our progressive plans for the years ahead, including initiatives that will further strengthen our economy, promote sustainable development, and enhance our citizens' access to quality education and healthcare.

With this, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my family, CongW Luz Mercado, and Former DPWH Sec. Roger Mercado, to my wife Deejay my kids Nicole and Lucas, to the Provincial Government headed by Gov. Damian G. Mercado and Vice-Gov. Rosa Emilia G. Mercado, Vice Mayor Maloney L. Samaco, and all SP Members, City Administrator Atty. Romeo R. Geniston, and all department heads, to all the LGU-Maasin City employees, and the entire people of Maasin for their unwavering support and commitment. Together, we will continue to build a brighter future for our city, and I am honored to lead this great community forward.

Thank you, and may God bless us all.

State of the City Address 2023 - Mayor Nacional V. Mercado