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New dump trucks for proposed landfill and garbage collection

By: Armie B. Gunay, CEPPIO

FOR MORE EFFICIENT GARBAGE COLLECTION. The newly- purchased dump trucks getting blessed before the busy tasks ahead. (Photo by: Racso Vitan, CEPPIO)

The City Government of Naga, thru the City Solid Waste Management Office (SWMO), has purchased new dump trucks, in addition to the city’s existing units, to further improve the city’s waste collection and disposal.

Four new dump trucks, with 10- 16 cubic meter capacity each; one (1) mini- dump truck with 4-5 cubic meter capacity, designed for narrower road ways; and two (2) service vehicles were given the ceremonial blessing last Monday, November 6, 2017, at the city hall grounds here.

Engr. Joel Martin of the Solid Waste Management Office said the dump trucks, that cost the total amount of P2.9M are being readied in time for the opening of the new city landfill.

The SWMO is still looking forward to additional four (4) units of landfill- ready dump trucks to be purchased next year.

Para po bago magpoon ang landfill, ready na kita,” explained Engr. Martin.

The new dump trucks will be utilized for faster and more efficient city garbage collection.

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.