Hon. John G. Bongat
John Garcia Bongat, the eighth local chief executive of the City of Naga, entered public service as a City Councilor in 2001. A topnotcher member of the Sangguniang Panglunsod for three consecutive terms, he has authored hundreds of ordinances and resolutions, making him one of the most prolific councilors Naga has ever had.
Mayor Bongat finished his elementary schooling at Naga Parochial School. He then went on to study at Ateneo de Naga High School. His exposure and dedication to public service at an early age drove him to study Political Science at Ateneo de Manila University. While in college, Mayor Bongat also mentored and helped educate underprivileged children in Quezon City.
After finishing his bachelor’s degree at Ateneo de Manila University, Mayor Bongat went on to study law at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.
Prior to his becoming an elective official, Mayor Bongat practised his law profession with two reputable firms in Makati, before being appointed Corporate Secretary and Assistant Vice President of Megaworld Corporation. Believing that those who have less in life should have more in law, Mayor Bongat, as a young lawyer also served as National Director for Legal Aid of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, providing free legal assistance to fellow Filipinos in need.
In 1998, he returned to Naga to continue his private practice, before becoming a councilor in 2001.
During his nine years as city councilor (2001 to 2010), Mayor Bongat authored a number of landmark ordinances that focused on peace and order, as well as trade and industry. He is the author of the Bantay Kataid (volunteer neighborhood watch), the i-Serve Program, and the Naga City Business Registry Databank ordinances. He also chaired the city government’s multi-awarded Project Monitoring Committee, the city council’s Peace and Order, and Appropriations committees, among others.
In May 2010, Mayor Bongat won overwhelmingly on a platform of leadership by example, further cementing his motto that, “Leadership is action, not position.”
In the May 2013 elections, almost unopposed, Mayor Bongat was given a fresh mandate by his fellow Nagueños.
Like his predecessor, the late DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo, Mayor Bongat continues to bring honor to the city, the latest of which, among others, is Naga’s being adjudged this year 2015 as the overall No. 1 Most Competitive Component City in the Philippines. Being a grand slam winner, the City of Naga made a historic , clean sweep of all three (3) competitiveness indicators: No.1 in Economic Dynamism, No. 1 in Government Efficiency, and No. 1 in Infrastructure, jumping in overall competitiveness rankings (by the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines) from 9th place in 2013 and 3rd Place in 2014. Naga was likewise chosen in 2013 and 2016 as one of the 10 next wave cities of the Philippines. Also in 2014, the Lee Kuan Yew Institute of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore has recognized Naga’s ICT-driven project entitled ”Using ICT for Civic Engagement towards Responsive Decision-Making” as the “Most Inspiring Innovation in E-Government and Participatory Innovations” in Asia.
Mayor Bongat’s aggresive pro-investment platform has yielded positive results. In 2014, BLGF certified that Naga has developed a strong local revenue base (from real property and business taxes) because of its robust economy, controlling a 44% share in the total revenues of all 7 cities in the Bicol Region.
Because of its sterling performance in government efficiency, infrastructure and economic dynamism, the City of Naga has been hailed again this year by the National Competitiveness Council as the country’s Most Competitive Component City. Re-elected as the city’s Chief Executive for a third consecutive term (2016-2019), his last, Mayor John Bongat, with his aggressive and game-changing leadership, braced by a solid foundation of good governance, will continue to lead his beloved city to greater heights.