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Insfrastructure and Development

More budget for drainage- SP

By Armie B. Gunay, CEPPIO

The members of the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), headed by Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion, expressed their plan, during the 73rd Regular Session last Tuesday, January 9, on allotting additional budget to the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) for the repair and construction of drainage canals in the city that are causing flooding especially those in the low- lying areas.

Engr. Leon Palmiano, head of the CEO, reported to the August body during their recent session, the current situation of drainage canals in the city where he, basing from the reports of the barangay officials, identified before the council the areas needing drainage repairs.

In support of the proposed project, several SP members suggested the conduct of ocular inspection and investigation in the given areas and come up with solutions to mitigate flooding.

A budget of around 50M is estimated to support the project, not including the additional fund needed for the yet- to- be identified areas needing same project, which include the barangays of Bagumbayan Sur, Calauag and Liboton, among others, as identified by Councilor Joselito Del Rosario, as well as those already existing drainages identified by Vice Mayor Legacion which accordingly, needs to be rehabilitated, but can only be de- clogged for now to ensure clear passageways to connect in the identified storm drainages.

In an interview, Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion shared that they already advised Engr. Palmiano to coordinate with the Mr. Ernesto Elcamel, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) as they are seeing a portion of the Calamity Fund under the Naga City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office CDRRMO, as one possible source to finance the construction and repairs of drainages.

Engr. Palmiano and Mr. Elcamel is yet to discuss the proposal to use portion of the Calamity Fund of the CDRRMO for the project to which Mayor John Bongat holds the final decision.

Bongat sees bullish Naga in 2015 and beyond

CITY Mayor John G. Bongat is bullish that Naga as the center of trade and commerce in Bicol will continue to ram through as the most dynamic economic power in this part of the country until the succeeding years of his administration and even beyond.

Speaking before the city’s local traders, entrepreneurs and businessmen during the first quarter general membership meeting and induction of the new officers and members of the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) last Feb. 20 at the Avenue Convention Center here, Bongat said that the city is looking forward to the establishment of two more huge shopping malls this year, even as a new one will soon be opened for business within the onset of the second quarter of this year.

Alongside with this is the start of construction of a 5-storey building that will house the expanded office of IBM Naga near the SM City Naga and the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum at Central Business District 2. With its completion, more jobs will be created in addition to the present roll of young employees at the three BPO companies that Naga is currently hosting: Concentrix, IBM Naga, and Stellar.

LGU Naga to put up new public cemetery

By Jason B. Neola

NAGA CITY — Two to three years from now, the city government will be running a new public cemetery as it closes the operations of the old one, which is now fully congested, located along the Maharlika highway in Barangay Concepcion Pequeña, here.

City Budget Officer Francisco Mendoza, who heads the Tombstone Committee, said that his group is now in site selection process to determine where the P165-M facility shall be put up.

The putting up of public cemetery is indicated in the Local Government Code under the basic services provisions.