According to a “Press Statement of the City Government of Catbalogan on cityhood issue,” published on the Samar News.com website, the issue of Catbalogan’s cityhood is not yet settled. Here is a quote from that statement:
As things stand now, Catbalogan remains and still is a city. No more less than the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Hon. Reynato S. Puno, clearly and categorically declared that the decision of the Supreme Court is not yet final and executory. Just recently, on December 10, we filed our Motion for Reconsideration (MR) before the SC.
Pending the resolution of the MR, the City of Catbalogan shall continue to receive the same IRA allocation and other privileges with other cities. All created offices/departments of the city shall remain to exist and function as such.