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Bongat cites gains in trade, bares new Naga dev’t plans

By Jose B. Perez

A NEW city police office will rise in a new site while Magsaysay Avenue, otherwise known as the city’s food and entertainment strip, will undergo redevelopment and re-greening before his term ends, according to Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat.

Bongat was the guest of honor during the press conference hosted by the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) on Monday, July 3, at Avenue Plaza Hotel and at the formal opening the next day, on July 4, of the annual Bicol Business Month at SM City Naga.

Some concerned citizens had woken up in horror one morning when they found out that the old big narra and acacia trees along Magsaysay Avenue had finally been cut down — literally to pieces — to give way to the road widening project of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

The city mayor said they have already inked the deed of donation for 3 hectares of land from the 17-hectare property of the city government along Almeda Highway to be used as site for the new police office to be built by the Philippine National Police. Within the site will also be located the city government-run City College of Naga, Land Transportation Office, equipment and field office of the Metro Naga Water District, and other offices that need bigger spaces, the mayor added.

Mayor Bongat, together with DTI Regional Director Joy Blanco, formally opened the 3rd Bicol Business Month Tuesday afternoon along with MNCCI President Gilbert Albero and BBM 2017 Chairman Ferdinand ‘Dondon’ Sia.

State of Our City Report 2017

Bongat stresses faith in Nagueños, bares triumphs

By Jason B. Neola

NAGA CITY — Stressing his faith in Nagueños that he said never wanes in spirit to bring out the best in Team Naga, Mayor John G. Bongat asked his constituents to continue to join him in the journey towards his third and final term in office.

First elected to the post in 2010, Bongat, whose term as city mayor here will end in 2019, pleaded before the jampacked People’s Mall on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, for the public’s all-out support to his administration: “In this last term of mine, I appeal to you to give it your all. “Itao na nindo an gabos na suporta asin tiwala na hinahagad ko para sa padagos na marikas na pag-uswag kan satuyang ciudad.”

The mayor recounted the days when he was city councilor in 2001 up to the time he was elected city mayor. He said he did his best during those days because he believes that his constituents deserve no less.

“You have proven to be Team Naga’s reliable partners through the years, never waning in support to bring out the best in us. My first and second terms have been a sweep in our favor, phenomenal as it has been, the so-called Ubos kun ubos, Gabos kun gabos,” he said.

2017 Mayoral awardees to be announced this week

MAYOR John G. Bongat is set to announce this week the successful nominees to this year’s prestigious Mayoral Awards.

Inside sources said at least 32 from 44 30 nominees received by the Mayoral Awards Committee have made it to the elite list of successful nominees by the Board of Judges led by Dr. Elna N. Chia, M.D.

The committee said it took the Board of Judges more than a month to validate, evaluate and finally choose the best among them for conferment by the city mayor.

The mayoral awards and the annual search for outstanding citizens of Naga is one of the highlight activities of the city’s annual celebration of its charter day on June 18. Conferment of the awards, however, will be held on June 17, on the eve of the city’s charter day, at Avenue Convention Plaza.