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Naga bikefest reels off

ON Saturday, Nov. 12, at 6:00 a.m. the city’s bike enthusiasts, groups, barangay officials and city hall employees and officials will be pedaling along the major roads in the city covering 20-25 kilometers in celebration of the National Clean Air Month and as part of Bicol Business Month 2016.

They are expected to arrive at the City Hall grounds for the formal opening of Bike Fair and Exhibits, blessing of bicycles intended for City Hall–sponsored bike loan beneficiaries, and the inauguration of Bike Parking Rack as part of the declaration of Naga City City Hall as Bike-Friendly Government Office under City Ordinance No. 2008-068.

First Lady Farah R. Bongat, event chair, said that from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. on that same day will be a series of activities to be held in their respective venues inside the City Hall grounds. These include the presentation of the Naga City Bike Members Database and Updates, Bike Forum on LGU Naga Programs for Bike Community thru Comprehensive Bike Ordinance to be presided over by Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion, Commendation and Awarding Rites for participating partners, groups, bike teams, and bike stores.

Afternoon activities will consist of bike competitions for fixies, BMX, MTB, and folding bikes in collaboration with Fixed, Inc. and Enduro CamSur; Competition Proper with Live Band; and the awarding of competition winners.

At 6:00 p.m. will start the fellowship with a rock band acts in partnership with Metal Knights Production and T-Back Tea and Deli.

Naga to re-stage bike fest in clean air month celebration

Lady bikers procure their favorite bicycle accessories and parts at a bike store which was set up at the City Hall grounds during last year’s bike fest that conducted every year in celebration of the National Clean Air Month which falls in the month of November.  JBN file photo

By Jason B. Neola

NAGA CITY — Around 500 bicycle riders will zoom their way in a solidarity ride via the city’s on and off roads to promote Naga as bicycle-friendly city while drumming up support to the local government’s environment-friendly initiatives that are defined under Republic Act 8749 known as the Clean Air Act of 1999.

The event, which will be participated in by different bike groups and enthusiasts in this city including barangay officials and volunteers, City Hall employees and officials, will be conducted on November 12, this year, when the city celebrates the National Clean Air Month.

First Lady Farah R. Bongat, chairperson of the 2016 Naga City Bike Festival, said the bike fest is a sporty strategy of the city government to promote biking as one mode of transportation, a healthy way of achieving physical fitness and as an outdoor fun and recreation.

Brgy-based strategies to preserve Mt. Isarog protected areas mulled

By Jason B. Neola

NAGA CITY — The Mt. Isarog Guardians (MIGs) commissioned by the city government here to preserve the flora and fauna at Mt. Isarog Natural Park (MINP) came together to draw up plans that will spare the highland from poaching and treasure hunting.

One way to do it is to provide offenders and would-be offenders with livelihood opportunities.

The idea came up during presentations in a workshop by 42 forest protectors which include barangay officials and barangay tanod (watchmen) whose villages are within the coverage of the protected areas of this city and the neighboring town of Calabanga.