Showing posts with label San Jose Del Monte. Show all posts
Showing posts with label San Jose Del Monte. Show all posts

Monday, January 4, 2021

SJDM Now Proclaimed as Highly-Urbanized City and Looking Forward for More Developments in 2021

4:40:00 PM


If you have been one of our constant readers, then you have read the development happened in the City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. Remember that I had featured some of the city's achievements and few of their interesting spots to visit. Also I have shared that the city, together with the tandem of Mayor Arthur Robes and Congresswoman Florida Robes, aim to be recognized as one of the highly-urbanized city in the country. That's why non-stop developments were being done.

Just this year, the Covid-19 happened and the City of San Jose del Monte is not spared of the pandemic. Even though the city has been affected by this viral situation, the city, with its public servants continue to do their work 24/7. With this, a dream has finally been realized. At the beginning days of the last month of the year, SJDM was finally recognized and therefore proclaimed as one of the highly-urbanized city by President Rodrigo Duterte.


It was a great news, not only for the people in the city hall but also to the citywide citizens. This does not only means recognition but also opportunities. Yes, opportunities for its people. This news was shared by Congresswoman Robes during the inaugural speech of Congresswoman Robes at the inauguration of the San Jose del Monte Convention Center in Barangay Sapang Palay. She shared the news of the recognition received by the City of San Jose del Monte, which is proclaimed as one of the highly-urbanized city in the country. “I am very honored to announce that President Rodrigo Duterte has declared our beloved city a highly-urbanized city,” Robes said.

“We have long waited for this, and we will work more to make us truly deserving of this proclamation for the people of San Jose Del Monte,” she added. 

Congresswoman Robes continuesly shared about the recognition, Duterte issued Proclamation No. 1057 declaring San Jose Del Monte as a highly-urbanized city “subject to ratification in a plebiscite by qualified voters in the city.”

Congresswoman Robes shared that the President could declare a city highly-urbanized within 30 days after it had reached a population of 200,000 0r more, as certified by the Philippine Statistics Authority. It should also have an income of at least P50 million as certified by the city treasurer. And gladly the San Jose del Monte had achieved both qualifications – as “verified and attested to by the Philippine Statistics Authority and the Department of Finance – Bureau of Local Government Finance, as Duterte pointed out in his proclamation.

“[I]t is a declared policy of the government to support the initiatives of local governments to attain their fullest development as self-reliant communities, and make them effective partners in the attainment of national goals,” the President stated in the proclamation. 

Right before the end of the year and to say goodbye to 2020 a program was held at the heart of the city to show their appreciation and bring good vibes to its constituent. Even for a while let them feel the positive vibes of 2021.

Congratulations to the City of San Jose del Monte for achieving the status of being a highly-urbanized city. Looking forward for more developments in the city. And of course, a big congratulations to the great tandem of Mayor Arthur Robes and Congresswoman Florida Robes, for visioning the city to its achievements.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Congresswoman Florida "Rida" Robes Celebrates Natal Day Unconventionally with Her Constituents

7:13:00 PM

A public servant always thinks of ways to serve the people. Things that he or she can offer for the benefit of the constituents. In today's situation, Public Servants are more than what they are, a soldier, or even a nurse, a frontliners that are willing to risk their lives to bring the needs of the people. No matter what the condition is, these Public Servants do their work wholeheartedly, even though they are to celebrate important occasions in their lives.

In the case of Congresswoman Florida "Rida" Robes, one of the working Public Servant that we know celebrates her birthday unconventionally. She commemorates the occasion with a three-day program that will benefit the constituents that put their trust to her. Of course, the activity was done and still, mindful of the government-imposed policies concerning the health and safety of everyone in this pandemic crisis. Everyone was required to wear masks and do social distancing.

Congresswoman Robes' three-day activities were fully loaded with public servant affairs but I'll be highlighting three programs that concentrate with all the mothers like her. Thursday, June 25, she led the distribution of gift packs tagged as "Timba Pa More Para sa Taga-Lungsod," we all know that the 'timba' is commonly used by the mothers in every house. The gift packs are placed inside the timba or pail. Friday, June 26, she gave the "Dagdag Ayuda" program which is meant for a group of lady tricycle drivers. Lastly, today, Saturday, June 27, Congresswoman Robes brought her "Kusina ni Ate Rida" team to feed people in 59 barangays.

This is probably her small gesture of giving back and giving thanks for the gift of life.

When asked why she chose to hold such demanding activities instead of just simply celebrating her birthday, Rep. Robes said, "More than being consistent with my role as a public servant, I wanted to spread happiness among San JoseƱos whose lives have been drastically changed by the pandemic. It's just a small gesture from me to hopefully assure them that I am working very hard to make sure that each and every person will be taken care of. Like I always say, 'Nobody will be left behind in SJDM.' This has made my birthday celebration more meaningful."

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Tandem Of Mayor Arthur Robes and Congresswoman Florida Robes Led The Lighting Ceremony To Bring Happiness to San Josenos

8:37:00 PM

The Christmas Tree is one of the many represeentation of Christmas, over the years the tree became bold with different kind of decorations. I think almost every houses and establishments have one Christmas Tree decorated with so many things. For a city, having this one in front of the City Hall brings a different vibe. It's a more festive and happy thoughts. Giving every member of the society something to look forward even when life gets rough.

As what Mayor Arthur Robes' intention when he, together with the City Councils and other LGU officials initiated the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony four (4) years ago, to bring happiness to every San Josenos. This event later on became an annual event that is expected by everyone in the City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. During this year's program of the Lighting Ceremony Mayor Robes made a wishful thinking delivered in a jokingly manner that he hopes to light a Flying Christmas Tree next time that can be seen throughout the entire province of Bulacan, spreading about The Rising City.

The night were also graced by different choirs from different organizations in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. One of the anticipated group to sing is the Tanglawan Singing Ambassadors.

Of course the Lighting of the Christmas Tree is led by the power tandem of Mayor Arthur Robes and Congresswoman Florida Robes that comes with wonderful fireworks at tje background.

To all San Josenos Merry Christmas

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Mayor Arthur Robes Recieves The Seal of Good Local Governance for the City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

10:16:00 PM

Happy and nervous, this is what Mayor Arthur Robes of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan is feeling during a spot interview at The Manila Hotel where the awarding ceremony of DILG's Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) is held. Mayor Robes representing the City of San Jose Del Monte is one of the recipients of the said award. It was indeed a milestone for the city.

The Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) refers to "an award, incentive, honor and recognition-based program for all LGUs, and is a continuing commitment for LGUs to continually progress and improve their performance." According to Mayor Robes the City took time to have this award because of just one aspect, which is part of the requirements to be eligible.

Because of the previous situation the city, the status being awarded with the seal took time  they  to few of the barangays drug free community. Gladly, they were able to complete it. Thus, Mayor Robes is present at The Manila Hotel this morning to receive the award.

With the recognitions and awards received and still receiving by Mayor Robes and the City of San Jose Del Monte, it is indeed becoming a standard to follow and hard to maintain. Mayor Robes admitted that he was nervous but if it is for the city go. It is a good track record of the city that soon will be a highly urbanized city comparable with today's cities in the metro.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Mayor Arthur Robes Celebrates Birthday with Numerous Awards and Recognitions

11:23:00 PM
Mayor Arthur Robes

Mayor Arthur Robes, the current active and hardworking public servant of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, celebrates his birthday with numerous awards recieved, by the city and himself. It was announced during the Flag Raising Ceremony and the First Monday Mass held at the plaza of the San Jose Del Monte City Hall early this morning. It was a day of celebration not only for Mayor Robes but for the whole city of SJDM, Bulacan. A success led by its leader and supported by its followers.

The morning was eventful because aside from the accomplishments and awards received by the city government, it also recognized one of its indigenous member of the society and welcomed as part of the city council.

One of the most highlighted news among the accomplishments and awards received by the city of SJDM was the Seal of Good Local Governance which will be awarded tomorrow. According to, the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) refers to "an award, incentive, honor and recognition-based program for all LGUs, and is a continuing commitment for LGUs to continually progress and improve their performance."

Having this, means the City of San Jose Del Monte and Mayor Robes had done a good job with their performance. According to Mayor Robes "...hindi lang naman to yong award ko, award to ng buong city and sa pagsisikap natin, gusto nating mapaganda ang lungsod... for tagging San Jose (San Jose Del Monte) as the next Rising City or maybe the next highly urbanized city in the country. So, it's not only my accomplishments but big accomplishment of San Josenos."

A blessed Birthday to Mayor Robes!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

My Kwento of San Jose Del Monte'S Artworks About Tanglawan Festival

7:11:00 PM

My kwento or story of the Tanglawan Festival's Art pieces that showcase the beauty of the City of San Jose Del Monte and Mayor Arthur Robes and Congresswoman Florida Robes. Read more and learn about it.

Today's main attraction of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan is it's Tanglawan Festival that is becoming one of the anticipated events in the city every year after winning over from Singapore the World Guinness Record for the biggest Lantern Parade. To elevate more of the festival, the city government tapped different art organizations to come up with a visual representation and interpretation of SJDM's Tanglawan Festival. And the result was inspiring. Of course, all are through the leadership of Mayor Arthur Robes and the love of Congresswoman Florida Robes for the people of San Josenos.

Last September 10, the actual date of SJDM's cityhood, is the culmination of the 10-day celebration. As part of its activities, the opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Tanglawan Festival 2019 Art Gallery Exhibit started. The said artworks were mounted at the Basement 2, the Government Service Express area inside SM City San Jose Del Monte. The opening ceremony was graced by Mayor Arthur Robes and Congresswoman Florida Robes. The couple gave their appreciation of the artworks and praises to different artists who participated. Mayor Robes, who loves art, disclosed during the event that they are pushing for the construction of the Culture and Art Building that will cultivate the different talented children of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.

The strive to change the city's image has become more visual and firm. The works of the power couple, Mayor Arthur and Congresswoman Florida is becoming the strong foundation of their aim of changing the people's view about, from relocation to destination.

Watch out for the next projects that will bring the City fo San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan to the World-class scene, a highly urbanized city with a world-class destination.

#TheRisingCity #SJDM #SJDMTheRisingCity #KNT #KwentoNiToto

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Rise of San Jose Del Monte, From Relocation to Destination

6:00:00 PM

I have been to San Jose Del Monte before but that was during my high school days. Some of my classmates were from this part of the town and sometimes we stay at their place to do some homework or projects. As I remember it wasn't a city yet but the town is already known because of the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, the replica of the Our Lady of Lourdes in France. That was perhaps the only iconic and religious landmark that I know at that time.

Another information about the town that I've was that it became the home town of many relocated citizens from different nearby cities. It was marked as 'the relocation site'. Too bad that many LGUs considered the town before as the basin of relocated people but that was before. With its booming population, the government had to do something for its people. It has to evolve and flow with the current of change. It had hurdles and issues along the way but the town didn't stop developing and claiming its cityhood, a rising city. Today, they are celebrating their 19th Cityhood Anniversary.

A common phrase about leaders and leadership, which I rephrased, plus added some extra words 'anyone can lead but it takes a true leader to bring his troops to the summit of victory', and that's what the current leadership is doing right now. Leading the city of San Jose Del Monte into a highly urbanized city.

"From relocation to destination" is the phrase that is retained in my mind as the city's current leader, Mayor Arthur Robes together with his wife, Congresswoman Florida Robes, explained and shows the different developments being implemented for the city and its people. He further explained that the private institutions are creating developments in the city so it is just right for the local government to address the situation and create development as well not only for the San Josenions but also to nearby towns and cities. Creating the City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan as the city of destination.

Here are some of the developments in the city, some of the first in the province and in the country that they are now practicing. Some have already been built and some are under construction.

Veterinary Hospital - which is considered as the first Hospital for Animals in the Philippines.

Command Center of the City's Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office - where they will have an MMDA like command center showing the different areas of the city for dispatch of help and rescue. Also, they have the mobile command center where they do on-site rescue operations.

Activity Center and Convention Center - this is catering to big crowd activities of the city.

Of course, some other plans that are soon to see in the City of San Jose Del Monte.

Government Center - where most of the offices is located in just one area.

Esplanade - where they are on the process of stabilizing the river's side. Visitors can actually do boating.

IT Hub - a plan to create an IT Hub to provide job opportunities for the citizens of SJDM.

City College - to house their students and future member of the working class of the society.

Sports Complex and the Olympic-size Swimming Pool - This will be a good venue for sports and nearby town and cities can also be accommodated.

St. Bernadette Children's and Maternity Hospital - where they will have the breast milk bank for those who are in need of breast milk.

Ospital ng Lungsod - the rehabilitation of the hospital to be a first-class hospital but caters to the needy.

People's Park - a park for the growing number of citizens.

During the visit, from only the iconic landmark Grotto, I now have known a lot of things about San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. To meer knowledge to a vast of information that I can share to other people that I know who would love to find a new kind of destination that will not only relieve stress but enjoy history and culture.

Another thing, they have this Tanglawan Festival that you can see and enjoy!

#SJDM #TheRisingCity #SJDMTheRisingCity

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