Nueva Caceres remained the capital of Ambos Camarines and, later, of the Camarines Sur province until the formal creation of the independent component city of Naga on December 15, 1948 by virtue of Republic Act No. 305, sponsored by  Rep. Juan Q. Miranda, becoming one of the few independent component cities in the country. 

























































































































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Gabriel H. Bordado, Jr.

Vice Mayor

Right at the start of his term as City Vice Mayor, Gabriel “Gabby” Bordado Jr. clearly articulated the path the 8th Sangguniang Panlungsod would take in its bid to craft legislative measures directly addressing the concerns of the city while at the same time sustaining the time-honored principle of “shared responsibility” conceptualized by City Mayor Jesse M. Robredo.

“The 8 th Sangguniang Panlungsod will be proactive, its legislative agenda always in anticipation of the city's ever changing needs and vast potentials for growth,” Vice Mayor Bordado, a former city information officer, acting city administrator and three-term city councilor , said.

As expected, the city councilors have been responding with characteristic zeal, deftly stretching, at times, the boundaries of legislative – and executive -- prerogatives. Such a set-up has proven to be a boon for the Nagueños inasmuch as the Sangguniang Panlungsod endeavors to go well beyond the confines of the session hall to serve its constituencies.

In fact, from July 1, 2004 up to June 30, 2005, the 8 th Sangguniang Panlungsod adopted a total of 405 resolutions and enacted 92 ordinances covering such areas as urban development and socialized housing; labor, livelihood and employment; environment and land use; public utilities; women and family; youth and sports development; culture and heritage; public health and safety; agriculture, trade, business and industry; infrastructure; tourism and foreign relations.

The local legislators have taken to heart the principle of “shared responsibility” as espoused by the city mayor. Thus , on top of their legislative work, they have been actively involved in a number of development programs and projects being undertaken by the city government.

Vice Mayor Bordado himself (who, as councilor, authored legislative measures leading to the creation of such institutions as the Metro PESO, the Naga City Investment Board, the Integrated Livelihood Master Program, the Naga City Council for Culture and the Arts, and the Galing Pook award-winning Productivity Improvement Program. He was also co-author of the Urban Poor Program and I -Governance Ordinance ) is in charge, along with the First Lady, lawyer Leni Gerona-Robredo, of the Libro Para sa Futuro/Sa Pagbasa an Pag-asa Program. Among other things, the program seeks to promote reading as a tool for self-improvement and to secure the very future of the city. He will soon be linking up with the University of the Philippines at Los Baños College of Economics and Development to facilitate the implementation of several projects aimed at rationalizing development planning and policy-making in the city, among other things.


Atty. Esteban R. Abonal (Ret. Judge)


“Steve”, as he is fondly called by friends, came from a humble family but through his patience, determination and persistence, he succeeded to become a key player in the community.

He started in the government service in August 1949 as a lowly janitor while pursuing his studies at night. He was soon promoted as clerk messenger, then clerk typist, stenographer, law clerk, chief clerk, then as special counsel in the city prosecutors office. He later became a municipal judge in Minalabac, Camarines Sur, and later as regional Trial Court Judge.

Seen as a pillar of wisdom and dignity, Judge Abonal after retirement from the judiciary was twice elected as Naga City Councilor (1992-1995, 1995-1998), then as City Vice Mayor for another two terms (1998-2001, 2001-2004), and now again on his second term as City Councilor (2004-2007, 2007-2010). To date, he has rendered a total 58 years in government service. Under his watch, the senior citizens, WWII veterans, and persons with disability were given much time and support as among the priority concerns of his legislative agenda. His other legislative concerns include the revision and codification of the transport and traffic code, the health and sanitary code, and the building code. He also attends with dispatch to all pending cases before the Blue Ribbon and Administrative Cases Committee.


Lourdes V. Asence, M.D.


Another former city vice mayor (1988-1998), Dr. Lourdes V. Asence comes back to serve at the City Council to bring before it concerns for the welfare of disabled people, senior citizens and women, and lending to the legislative body a distinct motherly touch. Aside from health issues, she is also involved in agriculture development, tourism, cooperatives and livelihood.

Dr. Asence has been linking up with private entities, government agencies and academic institutions in a bid to strengthen the city's agricultural and tourism programs. She is also very active in the conduct of medical missions in far-flung barangays as well as in the empowerment of women in the farming sector through the provision of technical and financial support.

Dr. Asence worked hard for the passage of the ordinance creating a new socialized medical program to be administered by the city government itself.

She earned her medical degree at the University of Santo Tomas and has been a general medical practitioner since 1962. Dr. Asence has 12 children by Ernesto G. Asence Sr. (deceased). She is President of the Rural Improvement Club of Naga and the Bicol Region aside from being Chairperson of the Philippine National Red Cross and the Girl Scouts of the Philippines – Naga City Council. She is also active in religious organizations.


Atty. John G. Bongat


Atty. John Bongat, the consistent topnotcher councilor of Naga City , continues to add fresh views and vitality of youth to the Sangguniang Panlungsod. Now on his second term (2001-2004; 2004-2007), Atty. Bongat is the author of a number of landmark ordinances particularly on peace and order as well as trade and industry.

It is his legal expertise that he brings to the fore as he takes the lead in institutionalizing, through novel legislation, people's direct participation in crime prevention and control by creating and mobilizing neighborhood crimewatch groups (Ordinance No. 2005-031) revising Ordinance No. 2003-020 which he also authored back in 2003) known as Bantay-Kataid (BANKAT) Brigades with a mass-base of more than 3,000 volunteers all over the 27 barangays of the City, and in the strengthening of the local business sector thru the establishment of the so called Naga City Business Registry Databank (Ordinance No. 2005-008). To protect small businesses, he co-authored Ordinance No. 2004-003, giving incentives to Barangay Micro-Business Enterprises as defined in Republic Act No. 9178. To prevent the City's student population from cutting classes, he authored the Naga City Anti-Truancy Ordinance (Ordinance No. 2004-096).

He also authored, among other innovative legislative measures, Ordinance No. 2002-065, establishing the Life Improvement thru Friendly Education (L.I.F.E.) Counselling Center , aimed at providing confidential counselling services to those indulging in drug use but are desirous of going back to the fold of drug-free life. Aside from counselling, the Center is also offering legal services for the rehabilitation particularly of youthful drug users. He was the proponent of Ordinance No. 2003-037, which prohibits the indiscriminate inscription or putting of politicians' names on permanent structures of buildings constructed using government funds.

Never waning in brilliant ideas, Councilor Bongat has indeed added more life to the city government's passion for excellence in local governance and integrity in public service.


Atty. Salvador M. del Castillo


Atty. Salvador M. Del Castillo is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to his election as city councilor last year, he was the city accountant and acting city administrator. Atty. Del Castillo has been working with the city government for over three decades.

During his first few months as city councilor, Badong Del Castillo set the groundwork for the codification of the various revenue-generating ordinances of the city from 1976 to 2004 leading to the passage of the landmark legislative measure otherwise known as Ordinance No. 2004-123.

This year, Councilor Del Castillo is pushing for the approval of, among other things, an ordinance mandating the numbering of all residential, commercial and industrial building in the city. He believes that such a measure will enhance the response mechanisms of the police and fire management stations, the emergency rescue units, and the barangay councils.

With his comprehensive background in local government operations, particularly in the areas of accounting and financial management, Councilor Del Castillo has proven to be a valuable asset of the 8 th Sangguniang Panlungsod even as a “rookie”. Chairing two pivotal committees (ways and means as well as laws and ordinances) , the CPA lawyer always finds himself in the thick of things, so to speak, as he tangles with the veteran members of the council during regular or special sessions.

Del Castillo

Maria Elizabeth Q. Lavadia


Although a first-termer, her election to office did not bring her jitters for she has been exposed to public service for almost 20 years when her husband Jun was Barangay Chairman and became an ex-officio member of the Sanggunian and until finally getting himself elected as regular member of the city council.

Babet, as she prefers to be called, has always been by the side of her husband as they always work together in the name of public service.

With her experience and competence, Babet is expected to deliver with maximum results the various tasks that has been entrusted to her at the Sanggunian.

Among her favorite committee chairmanships is the Committee on Family and Human Rights which seeks to protect the interest, as well as uphold the integrity and well-being of every Nagueno and his family.

Atty. Nelson S. Legacion


Atty. Nelson S. Legacion is a practicing lawyer and an incumbent councilor of the City of Naga. As a member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, he is chairman of the Committees on Education, City Properties, and Games and Amusement. He is also a member of the Committees on Laws and Ordinances, Blue Ribbon, Barangay Affairs & Disputes, Women & Gender Development, Urban Poor Affairs, Senior Citizens, and Family & Human Rights. He co-sponsored the QUEEN Ordinance and is the forefront in the implementation of the city's QUEEN as well as Summer Enrichment programs. The first seeks to ensure that all public school children in Naga City will be able to access and complete elementary and high school education while the second aims to help raise the level and quality of education in the city.

Prior to his election as city councilor, Atty. Legacion served as City Legal Officer from July 2001 to March 2007. As such he lawyered for the city and its officials. He prominently figured in defending the city of Naga and various offices in the ejectment suit filed against them and successfully obtained from the Supreme Court a Temporary Restraining Order that thereby prevented claimants from taking over and obtaining possession of the city hall and other government offices. To date, the battle for possession of the said government properties continues at the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.

Atty. Legacion worked in SALIGAN, a legal resource non--government organization involved in providing legal services to the underprivileged and less fortunate members of the society. He also taught at the College Department of the Universidad de Sta. Isabel and in the College of Law of the University of Nueva Caceres.

He is an alumnus of Claret Formation Center in Quezon City where he completed his AB Philosophy and of the University of Nueva Caceres where he finished his Bachelor of Laws. The latter recently conferred on him the University's Diamond Achievement Award.

Atty. Legacion is married to Atty. Eloisa Escueta-Legacion wth whom he is blessed with four children, namely; Nathaniel Emil, Neal Emerson, Nadine Eina and Nepthali Eman.


Jose Mari J. Mercado


As executive vice president of the Liga ng mga Barangay, Barangay Captain Jose Mari Mercado of Pacol took over the reins of the league when Barangay Captain Lavadia decided to run for a regular council seat. He now represents the city's 27 barangay councils in the SP.

His neophyte status notwithstanding, Councilor Mercado has demonstrated his capability to handle legislative work. As chairman of the Committee on Market Affairs, he worked closely with the Naga City People's Council in coming up with appropriate legislative measures to streamline the operations of the public market.

Councilor Mercado was also the co-author of an ordinance affirming the power and authority exercised by representatives of the NCPC and of the Liga ng mga Barangay to participate as full members of the different standing and special committees, task forces, councils or boards of the city government of Naga.

In the coming months, Councilor Mercado is determined to craft a market code, a uniform barangay tax code and an assistance program for all the barangay councils. He will also facilitate the conduct of a continuing education program for all barangay officials.


William G. del Rosario


Councilor William G. Del Rosario comes to the Sanggunian as an advocate for micro and small enterprise promotion, and barangay development. He is involved in the food processing industry; and finds time to actively play his role in business organizations such as the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Association of Camarines Sur Food Manufacturers and Processors, and the Naga City Supermarket Meat Vendors Association. He also served as trainor/consultant for various meat processing programs of the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

Councilor Del Rosario is now reviewing and revising, if necessary, all resolutions and ordinances pertaining to infrastructure and city properties to make them attune with the requirements of a burgeoning urban center. He has also been at the forefront of the moves to conduct skills development programs and to facilitate the transfer of appropriate technology.

Responding to the call of Mayor Robredo for the creation of more livelihood opportunities, Councilor Del Rosario is helping oversee the actual implementation of “Task Force Kabuhayan Para sa Kaunlaran at Kinabukasan” (One Family-One Livelihood).

Before winning a seat in the Sanggunian, Councilor del Rosario had a 12-year stint as barangay leader. Under his watch as Barangay Captain in 1998, Barangay Dayangdang was cited by the Department of Interior and Local Governments and the Philippine Alliance of Citizens for Democracy as one of the 15 “Most Outstanding Barangays in the Philippines '.

del Rosario

Bernadette Florendo- Roco


A former First Lady (she is the wife of former Naga City Mayor Sulpicio ‘Cho’ Roco), Badette, as friends lovingly call her, worked as Budget Officer and Personal Assistant at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) after graduating at the Ateneo de Naga.

A strong advocate for the rights and welfare of women, children and the environment, Roco was among the first termers who earned the most number of votes placing her third in the race to the 10-member Sangguniang Panlungsod.

Even before she was to take her oath as a newly-elected city official, Badette as a private person was named Saringaya Awardee for 2007, for her outstanding and unselfish work in the protection of the environment.


Ray-An Cydrick G. Rentoy


As Chairman of SP Committee on Youth and Sports Development, his priority legislative measures geared towards upholding the rights and welfare of the youth, being the partner of the city government in its development goals most beneficial not only to the youth sector but also to the entire constituency.


David Casper Nathan A. Sergio


A “Dangal ng Bayan” awardee of the Civil Service Commission. In 1997, he was also singularly chosen as “Model Public Servant of the Year” by the Kilosbayan Foundation, chaired by ex-Senator Jovito Salonga.

He now chairs four Sangguniang Panlungsod committees, namely: Land Use, Energy, People Empowerment and Urban Poor Affairs. Though a neophyte in the legislative work, he has already authored five novel city ordinances.

Aside from legislative work, he chairs the city’s Housing Board and the pro-consumer Price Watch on Petroleum Products. Recently, he was also designated as Director for the Naga City Blood Program.

Prior to making himself available for a post in the City Council, he is backed by 18 years of work experiences in the city’s executive department, having served as Secretary to the Mayor for 8 years and chief of Urban Poor Affairs Office for 10 years.

During his stint in UPAO, he conceptualized the city’s mass housing initiatives, known as the “Kaantabay sa Kauswagan” Program, which has reaped national and international recognition from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and the United Nation Centre on Housing Settlement (UNCHS). The program has resolved with finality many long-standing land tenure problems in the city. As Secretary to the Mayor, he also handled special projects, including the five-kilometer Almeda Highway road opening and construction project deemed impossible by some, which exemplifies private-public sector partnership. When acting concurrently as OIC Civil Registrar, he revolutionalized office procedures and introduced improvements now beneficial to all clients, managing the LCR staff with the slogan “serve it fast, serve it right”.

An activist. A former Naga City Youth Mayor, he was president of the student council in the Ateneo de Naga where he took Liberal Arts and Commerce (LIACOM) degree. He turned down a prestigious job offer from the Presidential Management Staff right after graduation in 1989, and accepted a more fulfilling task in the City Government of Naga. Two years into City Hall, he was chosen overwhelmingly by the employees as their president, and has since dutifully fought for their rights and welfare for five consecutive years. 

A member of cultural groups Naga Historical Society and Sumaro Bikolnon, and of radio group Kabalikat Naga Central (KB 645).

A polio survivor, but enjoys extremes such as mountaineering and driving sports motorcycle.  He is simply “Nathan” to most people.


Jose A. Tuason


“Seling”, as his friends like to call him was born on March 19, 1942 in Barangay Tabuco, Naga City. He is happily married to Nelly Catimbang-Tuason, a public school teacher in Naga City.

Seling finished his elementary education at the Naga Parochial School and his secondary studies at the Ateneo de Naga High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Nueva Caceres. For his post-graduate course, he completed his Master of Arts in Management at the prestigious Asian Institute of Management.

He was Chief of Police at the Naga City Police Station (1991-1992) when he received the Mayoral Distinguished Award by the Naga City Government and the Best regional Chief of Police conferred by the regional Command of the Philippine National Police, all in year 1992. During the same year, the Naga City Police Station that he headed was chosen as the Best Police Station (urban city category) of the Philippines.

As a comebacking first term city councilor (he was elected city councilor in 1995-1998), he presently holds the chairmanships of the Sanggunian Committees on Children, Infrastructure and Public Order.

Among his priority legislative agenda are the amendment of the existing “Helmet Ordinance” and the creation of public parking areas in private idle lands within the business district of the city to decongest traffic in the area and ensure smooth flow of traffic thereat. Because of his proven track record and credentials, Seling was approvingly chosen at representative of the Sangguniang Panlungod to the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB).


Gil A. de la Torre

SP Secretary