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Bongat cites gains in trade, bares new Naga dev’t plans

By Jose B. Perez

A NEW city police office will rise in a new site while Magsaysay Avenue, otherwise known as the city’s food and entertainment strip, will undergo redevelopment and re-greening before his term ends, according to Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat.

Bongat was the guest of honor during the press conference hosted by the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) on Monday, July 3, at Avenue Plaza Hotel and at the formal opening the next day, on July 4, of the annual Bicol Business Month at SM City Naga.

Some concerned citizens had woken up in horror one morning when they found out that the old big narra and acacia trees along Magsaysay Avenue had finally been cut down — literally to pieces — to give way to the road widening project of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

The city mayor said they have already inked the deed of donation for 3 hectares of land from the 17-hectare property of the city government along Almeda Highway to be used as site for the new police office to be built by the Philippine National Police. Within the site will also be located the city government-run City College of Naga, Land Transportation Office, equipment and field office of the Metro Naga Water District, and other offices that need bigger spaces, the mayor added.

Mayor Bongat, together with DTI Regional Director Joy Blanco, formally opened the 3rd Bicol Business Month Tuesday afternoon along with MNCCI President Gilbert Albero and BBM 2017 Chairman Ferdinand ‘Dondon’ Sia.

A-PAD holds disaster-resiliency conference for MSMEs in Bicol

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY — A community of entrepreneurs from the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), gathered together at the Villa Caceres Hotel here for the 3-day Business Community Planning (BCP) and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) training seminar primarily to mainstream business community and resiliency of local enterprises.

The activity, which started November 28 and capped its final program on November 30, endeavored to create a more resilient business community, more adaptive to the call of the changing times and enjoin individuals to extend their helping arm to the needy, most especially in times of “most vulnerable situations.”

Maricris Biñas, Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management-Philippines (A-PAD Philippines) regional coordinator in Bicol, explained that the seminar was primarily conducted in cognizance of the great role that Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) play in the development of community disaster resilience.

Bicol biz month all set for Nov. 7 opening

By Jason B. Neola

RIDING high on the theme “Onward Powerhouse Bicolandia,” all is set for the final opening of Bicol Business Month 2016 on November 7 at SM City Naga and at various other venues for the succeeding events lined up for this year’s biggest trade and business event.

The Bicol Business Month is an annual activity spearheaded by the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the strong support of the City Government of Naga and various partner agencies from both the government and private sectors.

Joe Perez, this year’s BBM chair, said that an array of guests and speakers led by no less than Vice President Leni Robredo who will address the Women’s Congress slated on Nov. 26 will top bill the different seminars, forums and symposia to highlight Bicol’s coming of age as an emerging socio-economic powerhouse in this part of the Luzon south of Manila.