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Philippines’ most competitive city cited as outstanding corn achiever

By Jason B. Neola

NAGA, a multi-awarded city, which is also the Philippines’ Most Competitive Component City for years 2015 and 2016, has achieved another triumph in the field of agriculture when it was adjudged the country’s Outstanding Corn Quality Achiever-City Category for this year.

What made this development even more celebratory, aside from receiving the award for 3 consecutive years since 2014, is that 3 more awards were received by the city government from the search which is being conducted under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture: the Outstanding City Agriculturist, the Outstanding City Corn Coordinator and the Outstanding Agricultural Extension Worker.

It was also the third time that City Agriculturist Maria Edna Bongalonta was conferred with the award along with CAO’s Corn Technician Benedicto Heraldo who has been named Outstanding Agricultural Extension Worker from year 2014 to 2016. Named Outstanding City Corn Coordinator is Engr. Menandro Calingacion.

The 4 national awards (with that of the city government, included), were received on November 16, this year, in Koronadal City in South Cotabato nine days after the CAO awardees received the same titles in the regional competition held last November 7, 2016 at the Villa Caceres Hotel here.

Naga, Siruma sign pact on sisterhood


SIRUMA Mayor Sandy Ondis (left) and Naga Mayor John Bongat (right) sign the memorandum of agreement that establishes the sisterhood relationship between the country’s most competitive component city and the town believed to be the next favorite tourism destination in the Bicol Region. Right photo shows Ondis passes a symbolic key to Bongat as gesture of the town’s acessibility and openness as a sister city. The act was reciprocated by the visiting city officials when Bongat handed over the city’s symbolic key to the municipal mayor. JBN/CEPPIO

By Jason B. Neola

SIRUMA, Camarines Sur — Even the white and peach-colored beaches of this faraway town appeared jubilant as they shone brightly when local officials here found an ally that believes in the municipality’s potential to be Bicol’s next favorite tourism destination 111 kilometers north-northeast of Naga City.

This, when the sisterhood relationship between the local government of Naga and Siruma was officially confirmed thru the signing of a memorandum of agreement on November 10, this year, here.

Naga’s signing of the agreement was done on the strength of a resolution sponsored by City Councilor Sonny Rañola authorizing Naga Mayor Bongat to enter into sisterhood agreement with the municipal government of Siruma.

The accord encourages the two parties to develop camaraderie and goodwill while both endeavor to achieve mutually productive, beneficial and significant results from joint undertakings that both local government units will initiate for the best interest of their respective municipalities.

The pact, which was signed by Bongat, Siruma Mayor Sandy SR. Ondis and their respective vice mayors, carries a provision which states that the two parties will be helping each other in the promotion and enhancement of the local tourism industry.

Eco-park faces improvement to ensure optimal utilization

By Jason B. Neola

NAGA CITY — The city government thru the Naga City Ecology Park Botanical, Zoological and Recreational Center Development (BZRCD) Task Force is finalizing the blueprint for the Naga City Ecological Park’s physical improvement to ensure its optimal utilization as recreation center.

The project, which is being pursued as mandated by Executive Order 2016-016 which was issued by Mayor John G. Bongat on June 24, this year, aims to develop the present park into Naga City Ecology Park Botanical, Zoological and Recreation Center to realize its potential by developing and converting it into an economic enterprise.

Mayor Bongat said that the task force is commissioned to draft, consolidate, and present proposals for the development of the facility to be able to offer enjoyment, education and benefit to the people.