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City, MNCCI open K-12 education summit

NAGA City Mayor John Bongat, President Gilbert Albero of the Metro Naga Chamber of and Industry (MNCCI), and Schools Division Superintendent William Gando of the DepEd Naga City Division Office Wednesday morning formally opened the Education Fair, another highlight activity of the ongoing Bicol Business Month, at the SM City Activity Center here.

The trio, along with MNCCI directors, Division school officials, City Councilor Nathan Sergio, teachers and students, witnessed the opening of the exhibits by participating schools and other supportive private companies.

Mayor Bongat lauded the school officials, well as the MNCCI, for taking the initiative in putting in the forefront the government’s K-12 and TVET programs. He said education is the foundation of good business and that the two must complement each other in plotting the country’s future by preparing the youth with proper knowledge and skills for them to become dynamic players in nation building.

Naga’s top 2014 taxpayers named, hailed

TOP TAXPAYER. Mall Manager Wesley Villanueva (in striped shirt) of SM City Naga receives from city officials led by Mayor John Bongat and Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion the plaque for SM Holdings, Inc. as Top Taxpayer under the Business Tax National Corporation category. CEPPIO

SHORTLY after delivering his State of the City Report AT THE People’s Hall here, Mayor John G. Bongat, along with the other city officials, led the awarding of recognition plaques to the city’s top taxpayers for 2014 Tuesday morning.

While there were a total of 130 top taxpayers which include private firms (local and national), individuals, banks, and corporate establishments who received recognition, we can only summarize the Top 5 in each taxpayer category for want of space.

Under the Business Tax-National Corporation category, the following were the Top 5 (in descending order): SM Prime Holdings, Inc., Mainstream Business, Inc. (SM Dept. Store, SM Business Center, etc), Supervalue, Inc. (SM Supermarket), Freemonth Foods Corp. (Jollibee), and Golden Arches Dev. Corp. (McDonalds).

2014 Halyao awardees honored

By Bong Villacruz

NAGA CITY — A founder of an IT college, two agri-business entrepreneurs, and a successful businesswoman will be honored as Outstanding Bicolano Businesspersons of the Year while a hardworking multi-tasking construction businessman from Iriga City and a forward-looking pili nut food processor from Sorsogon City were hailed as this year’s Young Bicolano Entrepreneurs in the 2014 Halyao Awards held Saturday night, August 30, at Royale Emelina (formerly Starmark), along J. Miranda Avenue (infront of Naga City Hall), this city.

The honors were presented by Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat, President Nicolas Beda A. Priela of the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Daet Mayor Tito Sarion, Amy Villafuerte, chairperson of the 10th Bicol Business Week, and Jose B. Perez, chairman of the Halyao Awards 2014.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano who was invited as guest of honor and speaker did not make it to the ceremonies because of heavy rains in Metro Manila that did not allow his chopper to take off for Naga.