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Honest taxi cab driver returns lost phone

By: Armie B. Gunay, CEPPIO

Mr. Noel Marquises, a taxi cab driver from Barangay Balatas, Naga City, received a certificate of commendation from the City Government of Naga, January 15, during the flag raising ceremony of the city hall employees.

The commendation awards and congratulates Marquises for his act of honesty in returning a lost cellular phone property accidentally left on the taxi cab by one of his passengers.

Marquises, upon finding out of the phone left in his cab, proceeded immediately back to the SM taxi bay where remembered picking up his last passenger.

Just in time of his return, the taxi dispatcher called him to inquire of any phone possibly left on his cab and inform him that the passenger- owner of the property was already waiting for his arrival in the area.

Marquises successfully returned the phone to the owner identified as Mr. Karl Llorin, a faculty member of the Ateneo de Naga University.

According to Marquises, the incident is only one of the many same instances he encountered as a taxi driver, yet he took every effort in each situation to make sure that the owner gets back his rightful property.

Beneficiaries receive baking tools from DOLE

By: Armie B. Gunay, CEPPIO

Beneficiary households received a set of baking tools from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) during the Kabuhayan Starter Kit Distribution at the Metro PESO, January 8, 2018.

Thirty- five (35) households from Gawad Kalinga- Barangay Del Rosario benefitted in the community baking livelihood program which is a project under the Bottom- Up Budgeting (BUB) program.

Ms. Corazon Ragas, the project director of GK- Del Rosario, expressed her delight with the tools and equipment received from DOLE.

Kasi yan po ang gusto ming mangyari, may livelihood sinda para makaangat man sinda sa buhay,” explained Ragas.

With her knowledge in baking acquired thru series of trainings and seminar sponsored by the Metro PESO under the Grow Negosyo program, Ragas shared that she is more than willing to impart her skills, and the set of baking tools and equipment given them are truly helpful to their envisioned community bakery project in GK site in Del Rosario.

The distributed kit consists of pastry brushes, measuring bowls, stand mixers, egg beaters, weighing scales, trays, oven, among others.

Mr. Jaime Francisco, Barangay Grow Negosyo Account Officer of Metro PESO, shared that they will also be awarding kabuhayan kits to the basket- making production workers in Barangay Panicuason as well as cooking tools to the bulastog vendors in Plaza Rizal.

With enough fund allocation for their livelihood programs for this year, DOLE is looking forward for more livelihood projects that will be enlisted under their livelihood program.

Naga to better public security programs; New service vehicles for city safety operations

By: Armie B. Gunay, CEPPIO

The Public Safety Office (PSO) presented their three (3) newly- purchased service vehicles, January 8, 2017, Monday, during the flag raising ceremony of the city government employees at the City Hall grounds.

Mayor John Bongat stated in an interview that the newly- purchased units will be of help to the enforcement operations of the PSO.

Para mapakarhay ta talaga an serbisyo sa manlaen-laen na trabaho kan PSO,” explained Bongat.

Mr. Renne Gumba, Acting Department Head of PSO, likewise said that the units will be of help to their conducted operations, specifically of the three (3) task forces— wheel- clamp, city ordinances enforcement and traffic management.

Going beyond the aesthetic value kan vehikulo, an importante po, makatabang ini sa pagtrabaho ta,” explained Gumba.

In line still with the public safety concerns of the city government, Bongat confirmed his directive to the Naga City Police Office (NCPO) in conducting checkpoint operations in random areas of the city.

Mayor Bongat also disclosed their plan in the city government to purchase additional CCTV cameras. The construction of the new command center is also already underway, accordingly, which will manage the CCTV network in the city.

In addition, the city government is planning to implement within this first quarter of the year the new mobile application of the city.

The new mobile application, now being developed by the Information and Technology Office (ITO) of the City Government of Naga, in partnership with the Ateneo de Naga University Computer Studies, as well as the Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology (BISCAST), would be a communication tool providing the public easy access to the three (3) main emergency situation responders— ambulance, police car and firetrucks.

The application will be Waze- based— showing the location of the informant where the summoned responder will proceed for their corresponding operations— a mechanism seen to hasten response of concerned offices during emergency situations.