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					                    Naga, Home of a Proud People
                                                                                                                                                                                                             A Quarterly Magazine of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              City Government of Naga
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bicol, Philippines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ISSN 2094-9383
  Naga is undeniably among the oldest storied cities of the Philippines. And it is also among the country’s                                                                                                        JOHN G. BONGAT
fastest-growing economies, always heading for change and transformation.                                                                                                                                              City Mayor

                                                                                                                                                                                                              GABRIEL H. BORDADO, JR.
   Perhaps the best witness to its evolution from a quaint riverine settlement to a bubbling trading powerhouse is                                                                                                City Vice Mayor
the Naga River which flows through the heart of the city’s two business districts --- the old and the new, both
racing to achieve more progress and prosperity while always enabling to do their share in making the city a bet-                                                                                                      JOSE B. PEREZ
ter place to live in. Oldtimers tell us that the river once brimmed with cargo-laden boats and half-naked steve-
dores loading and unloading bales of products and commodities from other towns, especially those that lie                                                                                                     ALEC FRANCIS A. SANTOS
along the banks of the connecting Bicol River downstream to San Miguel Bay. The scene, now enhanced by                                                                                                            Executive Editor
time and modern technology, becomes even more dynamic today, earning for Naga the titles of being most                                                                                                              JASON B. NEOLA
business-friendly while at the same being a most livable city.                                                                                                                                                       Managing Editor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ANSELMO B. MANO~
  After over three hundred years of Spanish colonization and forty years of American rule interrupted by                                                                                                           Layout/Graphics
Japanese invasion that saw the bombing of its imposing colonial structures, the city through the years has                                                                                                     RANDYVIC C. VILLAFLOR
triumphantly risen from the ashes. Its birth and rebirth are largely because of its people whose natural instinct
to survive and eventually to excel in our chosen fields of endeavor are both our vice and virtue.                               4   From Riverine Village
                                                                                                                                    to Throbbing Urban Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JOSE B. COLLERA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 GERALD ENGUERO
  Thus, Naga has produced heroes, martyrs, poets, entrepreneurs and outstanding leaders who altogether, in                          This riverine village is now a bustling city                              ALNOR ROGER A. ALCALA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Editorial Assistants
their own pace and time, were and are contributors to the city’s success and development.
   Today, we, at CityHall, in harmonious collaboration with our fellow Nagueños, are committed to give our
                                                                                                                                6   Naga City’s Historical Landmarks
                                                                                                                                    Historic sites speak of a rich culture
                                                                                                                                                                                                              SHIENA M. BARRAMEDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                JUAN ESCANDOR, JR.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ERNANI B. SURON
humble share in preserving and nurturing the glory of the city’s past by hurdling the demands of everyday life                                                                                                 NICOLAS C. MOTOS, JR.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            FELIMON O. BATURIANO, JR.
as productive citizens because we believe that we ourselves are the builders of our city’s future. Because we are
proud, the Nagueño in us has all reason to celebrate for the bounty that we received from the Almighty, hard-                  12   7th Bicol Business Week /
                                                                                                                                    The 2nd Great Naga Sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                             RODERICK D. REFORSADO
earned blessings that we all deserve to enjoy as we all link arms in building one proud city we can truly call our                  The biggest trade fair combines with huge price cuts                         REUEL M. OLIVER
home.                                                                                                                                                                                                       FLORENCIO T. MONGOSO, JR.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               ALLEN L. REONDANGA
                                                                                                                               13   3 Green, Business-Friendly Projects
                                                                                                                                    Environment and economic development are twin goals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Editorial Consultants

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 This magazine is published
                                                                                                                                                                                                              by the City Government of Naga
                                                                                               JOHN G. BONGAT                                                                                                  thru the City Publications and
                                                                                                   City Mayor
                                                                                                                               18   2011 Mayoral Awards
                                                                                                                                    Outstanding citizens are honored on Charter day
                                                                                                                                                                                                               External Relations Office, with
                                                                                                                                                                                                              editorial office at 2F RSR Library,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              City Hall Compound, J. Miranda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Avenue, Naga City 4400

                                                TEN LITTLE THINGS A NAGUENO SHOULD DO                                          26   Tracing Family Roots Becomes                                                  Tel +6354 473-4432
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fax +6354 811-1286
                                                                                        By Mayor John G. Bongat                     Easy in Naga                                                                Email:

                                                    Inspired by Atty. Alex Lacson’s 12 Little Things A Filipino Should Do.          Genealogical records are accessible at Library

                                                                           1. I THINK POSITIVE and SAY POSITIVE THINGS                                                                     THE COVER
                                                                                 about Naga.
                                                                           2. I keep my surroundings CLEAN and GREEN.
                                                                                                                               31   The Story of Two Streetchildren
                                                                                                                                    Success comes to two dreamers                          SHE deserves to take
                                                                                                                                                                                           the center stage, as far
                                                                           3. I RESPECT THE ELDERLY and MY FELLOW MEN                                                                      as this       magazine’s
                                                                                 at all times.                                                                                             cover and our high
                                                                           4. I am ON TIME, and I WORK HARD and SAVE
                                                                                 for my future.
                                                                                                                               38   Naga, CamSur Welcome
                                                                                                                                    AdCongress Participants
                                                                                                                                                                                           regard for the humble
                                                                                                                                                                                           and yet proud Naga
                                                                                                                                                                                           entrepreneur, are
                                                                           5. I am HONEST in my dealings with others.                                                                      concerned. She, whose
                                                                                                                                    Big media event to draw 5,000 persons                  happy face and radiant
                                                                           6. I STAY AWAY from DRUGS.                                                                                      smiles speak reassuringly of the hustle and bustle of a
                                                                           7. I OBEY TRAFFIC RULES and REGULATIONS
                                                                                 and City ORDINANCES.                          37   Tourism:  Stepping up the Game
                                                                                                                                    City and province attract more tourists
                                                                                                                                                                                           city where the true winners are the hardworking and
                                                                                                                                                                                           honest, regardless of how big or small one’s enterprise
                                                                                                                                                                                           is. After all, most, if not all, of the giant businesses that
                                                                           8. I REPORT ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES to protect myself,                                                               we see today took a humble beginning which reminds
                                                                                 my family and my community.                                                                               us of the ancient merchants, known as ‘Halyao’, by the
                                                                           9. I PAY MY TAXES promptly.
                                                                          10. I BUY LOCALLY MADE PRODUCTS and
                                                                                                                               39   Naga, CamSur Top Tourist Arrivals Anew
                                                                                                                                    Big plans amidst tourism boom
                                                                                                                                                                                           Naga River in pre-Hispanic times: their strong sense of
                                                                                                                                                                                           entrepreneurship and industry continues to thrive up to
                                                                                                                                                                                           this day. Because a community’s greatest resource are
                                                                                 PATRONIZE the Naga City People’s Mall.                                                                    its people, we are not at all surprised that for over 450
                                                                                                                                                                                           years of Bicol’s recorded history, Naga has been and

                                                                                                                               48   LBO:  Serving where it “Hearts”
                                                                                                                                    City Hall comes to Barangay heartland
                                                                                                                                                                                           will continue to be the region’s center of trade, com-
                                                                                                                                                                                           merce and industry.

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                                                                                                                       43 Naga receives US$321,000 grant to revive river
                                                                                                                       44 Bayan Muna, Kabataan partylist to help expand Naga City Youth
                                                      EWS                                                                   Center services
                                                                                                                       44 Naga adopts CBMS to keep track of economic reforms
                                            11 CA affirms possession of lot by City Hall                               46 Naga cited for highest local revenue collection in Bicol
                                            12 MNCCI, exhibitors to stage 7th Bicol Business Week                      50 BSP Naga, a symbol of the city’s financial strength and growth
                                            13 Maogmang Naga: On the go for 3 ‘green’ business-friendly projects       51 City celebrates 37th Nutrition Month; top achievers honored
                                            14 How Naga cut garbage collection by half                                 52 Mayor Bongat activates “Defenders of Naga River”
       The “Naga SMILES to the World”                                                                                                                                                                           Evolving from “An Maogmang
    logo is composed of the two             16 Joint Operations Center for Peñafrancia reactivated                     53 Almeda Highway lights up! Volunteer group greenlighted                             Lugar” (The Happy Place),
    baybayin characters, “na”               16 DepEd and Naga to construct more school buildings                       53 Naga City Homeowners Board: A Sounding Board for                                   Maogmang Naga aims to portray
    and “ga”.                                                                                                                                                                                                more than a happy place but a
                                            17 Pilimania: Greening the city while providing source                           Homeowners’ Concerns                                                            happy people as well.
                                                  for economic development
       “Na”, shaped like a mountain,                                                                                   54 Tour guides trained for surge in tourist arrivals
    provides a strong foundation for the    25 City pushes milk feeding program                                                                                                                                 The first letter of the word
                                                                                                                       54 Naga, finalist in national search for Best Performing PESO
    Narra tree which grew abundantly        26 Tracing family roots becomes easy in Naga                                                                                                                     “Maogmang”, an adjective meaning

    along the Naga River while a zigzag                                                                                                                                                                      “Happy” (Maogma), is a dancing
    line denotes majestic Malabsay          27 New chapel rises at Naga City People’s Mall                                                                                                                   human character, signifying the
    Falls.                                  28 Naga fetes 63rd year of cityhood                                                     EATURES                                                                  dynamic nature of Naga. The sun
                                                                                                                                                                                                             denotes the warm and cheerful
                                            29 Naga’s project monitoring is Bicol’s best
       “Ga”, shaped like a farmer’s                                                                                                                                                                          personality of the Nagueños.
    plow, is symbolic of the Nagueño’s      29 City Hall hires 107 locally-funded teachers                              4 Naga: From a riverine village to a throbbing urban center
    agricultural roots and hardworking      30 Scholarship program takes big leap, gets stronger                                                                                                                 The name of the City itself
                                                                                                                        6 Naga’s historical landmarks
    personality.                                                                                                                                                                                             is composed of the “Voyadores”,
                                            33 Secretary Ona to honor CHO’s accomplishments                            18 Mayoral Awards conferred on 14 Outstanding Citizens                                male devotees cheering Our Lady
       The baybayin Naga characters         33 LGUs emulate Naga’s GROW Negosyo                                        23 Most visited LGU city website in the Philippines                      of Peñafrancia as their brethren
    rest on a wave-like element which                                                                                                                                                                        carry the image of “Ina” on their
                                            36 Nagueños run for Naga River                                             24 Bicol Express Redux
    represents the Naga River and the                                                                                                                                                                        shoulders.
    serpent, which is read in Sanskrit as   36 Naga River Project Team lauded in Singapore                             26 Naga City Hospital: Best primary hospital in Bicol
    “naga”.                                 38 Naga, CamSur welcome AdCongress participants                                                                                                                      Colorful “banderitas” or festive
                                                                                                                       31 CSWDO: The story of two successful street children
                                                                                                                                                                                                             flags adorn the logo to show the
                                            39 Naga, CamSur top tourist arrivals anew                                  32 Smart Buddy: Success comes to those who work for it                                vibrancy of Maogmang Naga – the
                                            40 Local dish gives hope to ‘backyard’ business                            34 Revitalizing the Naga River                                                        City of warm and friendly people.
                                            41 Naga LGU to create database for vision-impaired Nagueños                37 Stepping up to the game
                                            42 Public-Private Partnership in Metro Naga’s socio-economic development   40 NCPO’s station 2 chief named national awardee during 2010 Lead PNP Award
                                            42 Mayor Bongat pushes for gambling-free Naga                              46 ALS: A ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ to Naga’s out-of-school youth and adults
                                                                                                                       48 Lingkod Barangay: Serving where it ‘Hearts’

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                                                                                                                                       This was the reason why              PROUD SONS.
                                                                                                                                                                            These outstanding leaders and
                                                                                                                                  Bishops of Caceres and the Arch-          policy makers are products of
                                                                                                                                  bishop of Manila were sometimes           Naga schools. From left, the late
                                                                                                                                  engaged in interesting controver-         Senator Raul S. Roco, DILG
                                         Now on its 436th year                                                                    sies as in such issues as canonical       Secretary Jesse M. Robredo,

                     : Fromthrobbing urban center
                   ga to a
                            a riverine village                                                                                    visitation and the secularization of
                                                                                                                                  parishes. As papal delegate, Bishop
                                                                                                                                                                            SolGen Jose Anselmo I. Cadiz
                                                                                                                                                                            and Mayor John G. Bongat

                                                                                                                                  Francisco Gainza, then concur-
                                                                                                                                  rently Bishop of Caceres, sat in the          So on the eve of the fiesta, they          This may be so because Naga is home
                                                                                   By Jose B. Perez Editor
                                                                                                    |                             special ecclesiastical tribunal         attacked the Spanish officers’ quarters,     to      prestigious    universities     and
                                                                                                                                  which passed upon the civil             routed them and did battle with the rest     colleges, some of which are among the
                                                                                                                                  authorities’ petition to divest Fa-     of the Spanish community who had             first to be established in the country.
                                                                                                                                  thers Burgos, Gomez and Zamora          established themselves in the convent of     These include the Seminario Conciliar del
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Santissimo Rosario (now better known as

                                                                                                                                  of their priestly dignity. Gainza       San Francisco Church (just opposite
                   ECLARED as a pilgrimage city by no less than President Benigno S. Aquino III in time for last year’s           did not only refuse the petition but    today’s Plaza Quince Martires). When the     Holy Rosary Minor Seminary) founded in
                   300th year of the Bicolanos’ devotion to Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, this original Spanish                  also urged the three priests’           words of the Spanish surrender reached       1793 and the Escuela Normal y Colegio de
                   colonial city 377 kilometers south of Manila has continually transformed itself into a vibrant urban           pardon.                                 Partido, Legazpi, Sorsogon, and Catandu-     Sta. Isabel (now Universidad de Sta.
                   center in the heart of Bicolandia. But despite its evolving landscape, Naga City manages to sustain                                                    anes, all Spanish forces and officers in     Isabel), the first normal school for women
         its quaint charm, its proud heritage and rich history made evident by its ancient churches, an old museum,                   At the time of the Philippine       Bicol withdrew to Iloilo which marked        in the Orient, founded in 1868. Also
         hallowed plazas, and a winding river whose strategic significance dates back to the pre-Spanish                          revolution, Nueva Caceres was the       the end of 300 years of Spanish rule in      located in Naga is the University of Nueva
         colonial era.                                                                                                            center for political discourse in the   the region.                                  Caceres, the first private university in
                                                                                                                                  region. Growing nationalism in the                                                   Luzon outside Metro Manila. Ateneo de
                                                                                                                                  local populace culminated in the           The Spanish regime was soon replaced      Naga University, alma mater of many of
                                                                                                                                  arrests of prominent personalities,     by the Americans under whose adminis-        today’s leaders and policy makers such as
   Naga has been, for hundreds of          It was by this name that the ciudad           This city became the administrative                                                                                           the late Sen. Raul S. Roco and Sandigan-
                                                                                       capital of the region, the seat of epis-   mostly coming from Nueva                tration the city was reduced to a
years, the center of trade, educa-       was identified in the Papal Bull of                                                      Caceres, who were executed on           municipality, officially regaining its old   bayan Justice Francis Garchitorena,
tion and culture, eventually             August 14, 1595 that erected the See          copacy and the trading center of the                                                                                            incumbent DILG Secretary Jesse M. Ro-
                                                                                       riverine villages…”                        suspicion of conspiring against the     name Naga in 1919. Under the
becoming the seat of faith that          of Caceres (together with those of                                                       Spanish rulers. Actually, Bicol’s       Americans, Naga was brought to the           bredo, Solicitor-General Jose Anselmo
once radiated to as far as the rest of   Cebu in the Visayas and Nueva                                                            martyrs of freedom number in            mainstream of a more dynamic socio-eco-      Cadiz and Naga City Mayor John G. Bon-
the Bicol peninsula and the former       Segovia in North Luzon) and made it           BISHOPS
                                                                                                                                  hundreds but fifteen have been          nomic environment.                           gat, is the only Jesuit school in Bicol and
Southern Tagalog province of             the seat of the new bishopric.                                                           singled out as symbols of the rest                                                   Southern Luzon.
Tayabas, now known as Quezon.                                                             The bishops of Caceres occupied a
                                                                                      unique place in the Philippine              because on January 4, 1897, just        ITS PEOPLE
                                           In time, the Spanish city and                                                          five days after Dr. Jose Rizal was                                                       An outstanding facet of the city,
   On his second expedition to this      native village merged into one com-          Catholic hierarchy during most of the                                                                                            according to researchers and visiting
                                                                                      Spanish regime. By virtue of a papal        executed,     eleven      of    these      At the core of Naga’s growth and
region, the great conquistador, Juan     munity divided only by a river and                                                                                                                                            academicians, is the presence of a vibrant
                                                                                      brief of Gregory XIII, all ecclesiastical   Bicolanos were likewise shot in         glorious history are its people. Brave,      civil society. Pioneered in Naga is the
de Salcedo discovered in 1573 a          became popularly known as Nueva                                                          Bagumbayan field (now Luneta) in        highly literate, religious, resilient,
flourishing village called by the        Caceres during the entire Spanish            cases originating in the Spanish Indies                                                                                          Naga City People’s Council, a remarkable
                                                                                      which ordinarily were appealed to the       Manila while the others died in         Nagueños are also known for their            innovation in people empowerment and
natives as Naga.                         colonial period.                                                                         prison or exile. A monument was         friendliness and hospitality.
                                                                                      Pope,     were     ordered      to    be                                                                                         dynamic and inclusive local governance.
                                                                                      terminated there and no longer              built in their honor which is                                                        Atty. Soliman Santos, formerly of the
   In 1575, Capt. Pedro de Chavez,         According to an introduction to the                                                    otherwise known as the Plaza               A high value of maturity permeates        Institute of Popular Democracy, attributes
the commander of the garrison left       book, “Naga, the Birth and                   elevated to Rome. Decisions of bishops                                                                                           this to “Naga’s long democratic tradition
                                                                                      were made appealable to the                 Quince Martires in downtown             their political and civic consciousness as
behind by Salcedo, founded on the        Rebirth of a City” by Danilo Madrid                                                      Naga.                                   seen in the way they choose their leaders    of struggling for freedom, of debates and
site of the present central business     Gerona, “(a)s a village transformed          archbishop and those of the latter to                                                                                            free press, and pluralism and activism.”
                                                                                      the bishops of the nearest See. Thus,                                               and take side on national issues. At the
district (centro) a Spanish city         into a city, Naga became the citadel of                                                       Over a year after the martyrs’     same time, Nagueños are seen as critical
which he named Ciudad de                 Spanish colonial power in Southern           in the Philippines, the decisions of the                                                                                         Significant dates and facts were culled
                                                                                      Archbishop of Manila were subject to        execution, on September 18, 1898        while being civic-minded. They are open      from published articles written by Fr.
Caceres, in honor of                                    Luzon.                                                                    when Nueva Caceres was celebrat-        to new ideas and respectful of other
Francisco de Sande,                                                                   review by the Bishop of Caceres                                                                                                  James O’Brien, S.J., Luis General, Jr., and
                                                                                      whose jurisdiction then extended to         ing its Peñafrancia fiesta, Corporals   people’s opinions.                           Danny M. Gerona.
the governor gen-                                                                                                                 Elias Angeles and Felix Plazo of the
eral of the archi-                                                                    the province of Tayabas (now
                                                                                      Quezon). In this sense, bishops of          guardias civiles convinced their
pelago      who                                                                                                                   fellow Filipino guards not to suffer
came      from                                                                        Bicol were delegates of the Pope and
                                                                                      could be considered primates of the         the same fate as had befallen the
the city of                                                                                                                       Daet patriots in nearby Camarines
Caceres in                                                                            Church of the Philippines.
                                                                                                                                  Norte in what was to be
Spain.                                                                                                                            infamously known as the “Daet

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Down Memory Lane
Naga’s historical landmarks                                  By Jose V. Barrameda, Jr.

                                                                                                                                                3                                                                4
                                                                                                                                                       SITE OF THE CASINO ESPANOL,
 Fearful about the ravages of time and man’s short memory, the author, a respected Bicol historian, lists down at                                      CORNER ELIAS ANGELES AND
 least ten interesting sites and landmarks in the city worth remembering and preserving for future generations to come.                                ARANA STREETS                                                        SITE OF THE CASA REAL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AT GENERAL LUNA STREET

                                                                                                                                                On this site stood the Casino Español, a spacious
     THE NAGA CITY POLICE STATION AT BARLIN STREET                                                                                           building of piedra china and wood that served as the so-
      Site of the Cuartel General of the Guardia Civil in                                                                                    cial and recreational center of the male Spanish popula-          By 1588, the Casa Real stood at this site. It was origi-

      Camarines. It was constructed of granite blocks and                                                                                    tion of Nueva Caceres and neighboring towns.                  nally constructed of light indigenous materials. By 1655,
      wood in 1870.                                                                                                                                                                                        the Casa Real was of bricks and lime. The Alcalde Mayor
                                                                                                                                                Following the discovery of the Katipunan in Manila in      still resided in the building. Because Nueva Caceres was
                                                                                                                                             August 1896, the Spaniards in Nueva Caceres organized         the capital of the province (which at various periods
                                                                                                                                             themselves into homeguards called the Cuerpo de               included Camarines Norte and Albay) the Alcalde Mayor
                                                                                                                                             Voluntarios. Patterning themselves after the Cuerpo           or Civil Governor also thereby exercised administrative
                                                                         SITE OF THE CASA TRIBUNAL
                                                                         AT ELIAS ANGELES STREET                                             Casino Español in Manila, the local voluntarios made the      control over the Spanish city which counted as compo-
    During the mass arrests in September 1896, Florencio                                                                                     Casino Español here their headquarters.                       nent pueblos the pre-Hispanic native villages of Naga,
 Lerma (who was also held in the Casino Español);                                                                                                                                                          Tabuco, and Camaligan.
 Cornelio Mercado; Don Tomas Prieto, alcalde of Nueva                                                                                           When Civil Governor Ricardo Lacosta ordered the
 Caceres; and Macario Valentin were among the first to                                                                                       mass arrests all over Camarines starting in mid-Septem-          By 1792, the Casa Real had been constructed with
 be brought to and tortured in the cuartel.                                                                                                  ber 1896, the Casino Español became one of several hold-      more durable stone materials. After the river’s course
                                                                                                                                             ing areas for harsh interrogation and violent torture.        was straightened and the area up to the present Plaza
     Around midnight of 18 September 1898, Civil Guard                                                                                       Among those taken to the Casino were Antonio Arejola,         Rizal cleared of homes and elevated with earthfill by
 Captain Francisco Andreu, his wife and children, as well                                                                                    Camilo Jacob (from the infirmary of the San Francisco         1839, a new government building replaced the nearly
 as two European Civil Guards, and a Spanish voluntario                                                                                      Church), Florencio Lerma (who was subsequently trans-         century-old Casa Real in 1887. By then it was more
 died in the cuartel when Filipino Civil Guard corporals                                                                                     ferred to the nearby Cuartel General of the Guardia Civil),   popularly referred to as Casa de Gobierno.
 Elias Angeles and Felix Plazo led an uprising of Bicolano                                                                                   Macario Melgarejo, Mariano Ordenanza and Manuel Pas-
 and Tagalog Guards in Nueva Caceres. The action resulted                                                                                    tor, and from Daet, Roman Cabesudo, Ponciano Caminar,             Slightly damaged like other Spanish-vintage buildings
 in the formal surrender of the Spanish colonial govern-                                                                                     Diego Liñan, Valentin Lipana, Gregorio Luyon, Adriano         in the 1898 uprising by Filipinos in Nueva Caceres, the
 ment in Camarines, after more bloodshed, to the Filipino                                                                                    Pajarillo, and Pedro Zenarosa.                                Casa de Gobierno was enlarged and remodeled under the
 forces in the afternoon of 19 September 1898. Ciudad de                                                                                                                                                   American colonial regime following the cessation of the
 Nueva Caceres and the province of Ambos Camarines                                                                                              In 1898, Nagueños attacked the Casino during the           Filipino-American War in Camarines Sur in the early
 thus became the first in the Bicol Region to be liberated                                                                                   bloody uprising led by Elias Angeles and Felix Plazo. The     1900s. The invading Imperial Japanese Army took over it
 by arms after three and a half centuries and prior to the                                                                                   building survived intact until World War II. American         in 1942, and an all-Filipino guerrilla force in Camarines
 arrival of General Emilio Aguinaldo’s republican army in                                                                                    bombs destroyed it in 1945.                                   Sur wrested it back, first in May 1942, for the second
 the city.                                                             Until 1839, the Casa Tribunal or “common house” stood                                                                               time on 13 April 1945 before American soldiers arrived
                                                                   at this site, on grounds prone to flooding from the Naga                                                                                in Naga. Damaged by American bombing raids, the

    Following the organization of a Philippine Constabu-           River that originally ran just behind the building.                                                                                     edifice was reconstructed and enlarged under the new
 lary Detachment in Ambos Camarines on 1 September                                                                                              The Becerra Law gave Nueva Caceres and six other           Philippine Government and remained the provincial
 1901, the cuartel became the PC provincial headquarters.              Following Alcalde Mayor Manuel Esquivel y Castañeda’s                    principal towns in the Philippines the authority to        capitol building of Camarines Sur until a fire destroyed it
 The Constabulary returned to it as its headquarters after         project which rechanneled the twisting river into its                        organize their ayuntamiento similar to those in            on 26 June 1976.
                                                                   present course and reclaimed the low-lying area from

 World War II that saw Naga liberated from the Japanese                                                                                         municipalities in Spain.
 Occupation forces on 13 April 1945 by guerrillas of               Padre Burgos to Dinaga, an improved, beautiful Casa
 Camarines Sur, before American forces got to Naga                 Tribunal which provided free rooms to travelers stood on
 which at that time was the capital town of the province.          less soggy grounds by 1887. The Becerra Law of 12 Novem-
                                                                   ber 1889 gave Nueva Caceres and six other principal towns
                                                                   in the Philippines the authority to organize their
    On 30 March 1978 the century-old building, by then                                                                               PLAZA RIZAL WITH THE OLD PROVINCIAL CAPITOL IN THE BACKGROUND.
                                                                   ayuntamiento similar to those in municipalities in Spain.
 the headquarters of the defunct Philippine Constabulary-
                                                                   The ayuntamiento in Nueva Caceres transacted official
 Integrated National Police (PC-INP) in Camarines Sur,
 was totally razed by fire caused by faulty electrical             business in the Casa Tribunal. On 19 May 1893, the Maura
 wiring.                                                           Law changed the name Tribunal del Pueblo to Tribunal Mu-
                                                                   nicipio, and in Nueva Caceres people began to refer to the
                                                                   elegant ayuntamiento edifice of bricks and wood at the site
                                                                   as the municipio.

                                                                        During the American colonial regime and the
                                                                   Commonwealth period, the building became the Municipal
                                                                   Presidencia. Destroyed by American bombs in World War
                                                                   II, it could not be immediately rebuilt as the city hall of the
                                                                   new city government of Naga. After the century-old Span-
                                                                   ish cuartel being used by the PC-INP burned down in 1978,
                                                                   the city government transferred the Naga City Police De-
                                                                   partment to a new building constructed at the cuartel site.
                                                                   The former police headquarter building on this site then
                                                                   became the Naga City Library until the latter’s transfer
                                                                   to its new, modern building at the City Hall
                          PLAZA BISHOP JORGE BARLIN                complex.
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                                                                         His most visible legacy is the present Universidad de
                                                                      Santa Isabel which he established first as a primary                                CALLE DE LEGASPI
                                                                      school for girls in 1868, then as the first Normal College                          (WESTERN PORTION OF

                                                                      for women in the Philippines, called the Escuela Supe-                              PANGANIBAN DRIVE)
                                                                      rior, in 1875. Appropriately, the school later featured a
                                                                      gate to Via Gainza.                                               Until the 1830s, this street did not exist. It was part of       Following its passage by the Sangguniang Panlungsod
                               CALLE VIA GAINZA
                               (PENAFRANCIA AVENUE)                                                                                  the marshy land of the pre-Hispanic village of Naga then        on 18 October 1989, Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo
                                                                         On the same year that he opened the Escuala Superior,       bordered by the eastern bank of the Naga River.                 approved the ordinance that changed the name of the
                                                                      Bishop Gainza organized and successfully held in Nueva                                                                         bridge to honor the memory of Lt. Delfin C. Rosales who
        Peñafrancia Avenue was first known as Via Gainza in           Caceres the first agricultural and industrial exposition           By 1839 when the river had been straightened to its         sustained mortal wounds from enemy fire while rescuing
     honor of Bishop Francisco Gainza, O.P. (1863-1879), the          ever in the Bicol Region during the Peñafrancia festivities.   present course and the swampy land all the way to               a fallen guerrilla soldier on the bridge during one of the
     25th and considered by many to have been the greatest            He extended the novenary in the Metropolitan Cathedral         Dinaga had been filled up, a rudimentary road from the          most significant events of the city’s history in the 20th
     Spanish bishop of the See of Caceres.                            to Saturday, a practice observed to this day and opened        side of the ayuntamiento building appeared. It served as a      century—the Battle for Naga in April 1945.
                                                                      with the annual traslacion of the Lady of Peñafrancia          short cut from Calle Real to the new western bank of Rio
         Until around the second quarter of the 19th century,         down the length of what is now Peñafrancia Avenue that         Naga. A light bridge of wooden planks and bamboo

     the thoroughfare was an unpaved road that stretched              once was named Via Gainza in his honor and memory.             railings provided the first direct link to the other side of
                                                                                                                                     the river, to the Camino Real (now Panganiban Drive)

     from the Peñafrancia Shrine in present-day Barangay                                                                                                                                                            SITE OF THE HOUSE OF BICOLANO
     Peñafrancia to the San Francisco Church in front of what                                                                        that led to Pili and points beyond. A solidly constructed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MARTYR TOMAS PRIETO (CORNER
     is now the Plaza de Quince Martires. Under his prelacy,                                                                         bridge around the middle 1800s eliminated the need for                            _
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PANGANIBAN DRIVE AND
     Gainza widened and paved the road with cobblestones                            CALLE REAL                                       heavy, wheeled vehicles to take the roundabout way via                         PENAFRANCIA AVENUE)
     and extended it to its present junction with the western                       (ELIAS ANGELES STREET)                           Pueblo de Tabuco road to reach the Camino Real in the
     end of Panganiban Drive that was then known as Calle                                                                            Pueblo de Naga. Vehicular traffic through the short cut
     Legaspi. Bishop Gainza’s design had the road provided                                                                           increased and it gained importance as a commercial ar-              Around half a century after Governor Manuel
     with two outer lanes for opposing vehicular traffic and a                                                                       tery. When the colonial authorities during the second           Esquivel’s reclamation project, Don Tomas Prieto
     middle lane for pedestrians.                                        Calle Real was one of the earliest streets in Spanish       half of the 19th century began to improve roads and             acquired a residential lot on which he built a large house
                                                                      Nueva Caceres. It was laid out at about the time that the      name them after illustrious Spaniards, the once lowly           of stone and wood on this site. On the ground floor he
        His episcopal rule saw the improvement of the Metro-          Castilian settlement was established as a city towards the     footpath became Calle de Legaspi.                               put up his pharmacy store, the first one in the province.

     politan Cathedral along with various churches in his See         close of the 1500s.                                                                                                            His botica soon became a commercial success and also a
     that at the time encompassed the Bicol Region and the                                                                                                                                           favorite meeting place for resident and visiting ilustrados.
     eastern seaboard of Luzon up to Palanan, Isabela. Bishop            Originally, Calle Real ran in a northwesterly direction.                        PUENTE DE NAGA                              Gifted with a photographic memory, he entertained his
                                                                      From the eastern end of present-day Caceres Street (origi-                         (LT. DELFIN ROSALES BRIDGE)                 friends and guests who included a Freemason and fellow
                                            Gainza gave
                                            immediate, particular     nally Calle Padian), it skirted the western bank of the                                                                        pharmacist from Cavite, Victoriano Luciano (likewise
                                            emphasis to the           original course of the Naga River at the central downtown                                                                      executed in 1896), with verbatim recitations of passages
                                                                                                                                         Before Alcalde Mayor Manuel Esquivel undertook his
                                           reconstruction and         area. It ended just beyond the Casa Real, and was                                                                              and even chapters of politically banned publications,
                                                                                                                                     reclamation project, the area bisected by the Rio Naga
                                          beautification of the       connected by an unpaved road (in the area of P. Burgos                                                                         including Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.
                                                                                                                                     east of Calle Real was part of the Pueblo de Naga. At that
                                         Peñafrancia Shrine           Street now) along the northern side of the same river to
                                                                                                                                     time, Naga was accessed from the Ciudad de Nueva
                                         which he found on            the San Francisco Church in the east.                                                                                             Born on 18 September 1867, Tomas Prieto was the
                                                                                                                                     Caceres via Tabuco or by another bridge of wooden slabs
                                        arrival in a state of utter                                                                                                                                  youngest of six children of Dee Se Co, a Chinese from
                                                                                                                                     at the river’s original bend south of the San Francisco
                                       disrepair. A born linguist,       By the first half of the 19th century, Calle Real had                                                                       Amoy, China, who took the name Marcos Prieto upon his
                                                                                                                                     Church. This latter bridge led to a road that is now
                            he wrote the definitive history of        been reoriented and lengthened in a more northerly                                                                             baptism, and Juana Antonio, a resident native of Nueva
                                                                                                                                     approximately Balintawak Street and ran in a north to
                             the Patroness of Bicol in the            direction that it retains to the present. The paved Calle                                                                      Caceres. He spent his early years in the family house
                                                                                                                                     southwest direction to the Pueblo de Tabuco. Perpendicu-
                              vernacular in 1866, which               Real provided a wide and impressive avenue to the                                                                              which was then at Calle Padian in what is now a part of
                                                                                                                                     lar to the road in Naga was the Camino Real going to Pili.
                              provided a tremendous impetus           present site of the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Seminario                                                                      the Naga City public market. Following his studies in the
                               to the increase of devotees to the     Conciliar, the bishop’s palace, and the Colegio de Santa                                                                       Seminario Conciliar de Nueva Caceres, he enrolled in the
                                                                                                                                        Following the completion of Esquivel’s project around
                              Ina. On that same year’s fiesta,        Isabel.                                                                                                                        University of Santo Tomas in Manila where he earned a
                                                                                                                                     1839, a road was laid out on the new western bank
                               he delivered his sermon in the                                                                                                                                        Bachiller en Artes degree. He pursued further studies in
                                                                                                                                     opposite Camino Real. It became Calle de Legaspi. With
                                   Bicol language.                       On 15 January 1929, the Municipal Council of Naga                                                                           pharmacy and passed the examinations with the highest
                                                                                                                                     the appropriation of government funds in 1844 for the
                                                                      (the name which had replaced Nueva Caceres)                                                                                    grades (sobresalientes) in 1888.
                                                                                                                                     construction of a sturdier link between the two points,
                                                                      unanimously passed a resolution asking for
                                                                                                                                     the existing light bridge was replaced with a massively
                                                                      authorization to conduct a drive for public voluntary                                                                              By 1895 he was alcalde (equivalent to mayor) of
                                                                                                                                     designed one of concrete with work starting in 1847. The
                                                                      contributions to fund the construction of a                                                                                    Nueva Caceres. He still held the position when Spanish
                                                                                                                                     bridge was named Puente de Naga, and until the early
                                                                      monument to Elias Angeles. Twenty-nine years later,                                                                            voluntarios from the Casino Español arrested him in his
                                                                                                                                     parts of the 1900s people referred to it by that name. In
                                                                      in 1958, the proposal remained unacted on. In the                                                                              fairly new residence late in the evening of 16 September
                                                                                                                                     the 1920s the bridge, together with the Camino Real, was
                                                                      meantime, Calle Real had been renamed Calle Elias                                                                              1896.
                                                                                                                                     renamed in honor of Bicolano Jose Maria Panganiban, a
                                                                                                                                     leading light in the Propaganda Movement.

                                                                                                                                     LT. DELFIN ROSALES BRIDGE
                                                                                           CENTRO NAGA.
                                                                                           General Luna Street in the 1960’s.

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     On 11 November 1896, Don Tomas Prieto’s house on          the Filipino Guardia Civil contingent led by corporals Elias
 this site and the properties of others arrested and eventu-   Angeles and Felix Plazo rose up in arms against the colonial
 ally executed with him were confiscated by the govern-        government towards midnight of 18 September 1896.
 ment on grounds of rebellion and disloyalty. Nearly two       Following another attack by the Angeles-Plazo forces the
 months afterwards, a Spanish military tribunal on 29          next day, Civil Governor Vicente Zaidin sent a letter from
 December pronounced him and his fellow-accused guilty         San Francisco accepting the demand for the surrender of the
 of the crime of rebellion as defined in Articles 229, 230     Province of Ambos Camarines to the Filipinos. In the after-
 and 232 of the Codigo Penal para Filipinas. He was exe-       noon of 19 September, a delegation of Spaniards proceeded
 cuted by firing squad at 7:00 o’clock in the morning of 4     from San Francisco to sign the protocol of the surrender in
 January 1897 at Bagumbayan Field in Manila together           the Colegio de Santa Isabel, which became the seat of the
 with his elder brother, Rev. Fr. Gabriel Prieto, and nine     new Filipino government of the province formed by Elias
 others from Nueva Caceres, namely, Rev. Fr. Severino          Angeles that same day.
 Diaz, Rev. Fr. Inocencio Herrera, Manuel Abella,
 Domingo Abella, Camilo Jacob, Florencio Lerma, Mariano           Reduced to rubble by the heavy bombing of Naga in
 Melgarejo, Cornelio Mercado, and Macario Valentin.            World War II, the church remained in ruins until the
 With his priest-brother Gabriel, Don Tomas Prieto             present new edifice was constructed.
 epitomized the sacrifice and invaluable contribution of
 the Chinese-Filipino mestizos to the cause of Philippine      SOURCES AND REFERENCES
                                                                                                                                                         CA affirms possession of lot by city hall
 independence. He left behind his wife, Filomena

 Pasion, a niece of Mariano Arana, another martyred            Domingo Abella. Bikol Annals: The See of Cacere, Vol.1. Manila, 1954.                                                                                                     By Juan Escandor, Jr.
 Bicolano from Nueva Caceres, and four young children.         Leon Sa. Aureus. “Third Annual Report of the City of Naga. Fiscal Year Ending
 He was twenty-nine years old.                                 June 30, 1952.” (Mimeo)
                                                                                                                                                               LAIMING a major victory against an “ejectment         to an event beyond the control of parties concerned, or force
                                                                                                                                                               order” issued by a regional trial court (RTC) here    majeure, bad faith could not be attributed to the City.”

                                                               Jose V. Barrameda, Jr. “A Filipino-Chinese Martyr.” Encounter                                   in favor of private claimants regarding a five-
                                                               Magazine, January 1989.
                                                                                                                                                   hectare lot occupied as the city’s seat of governance since           “Here lies the modification of our previous judgment on
                     SAN FRANCISCO CHURCH                                                                                                                                                                            the finding that the deed of donation was lost without bad
                                                               Julian B. Jose. “The Filipino Martyrs from Kabikolan.” Encounter Magazine,          1954, an amended ruling of the Court Appeals (CA) “annulled
                                                               January 1989.                                                                       and set aside” the RTC decision that ordered the city govern-     faith on the part of the City, and therefore, the latter must be
                                                                                                                                                   ment to vacate the premises and pay private claimants the         allowed to present secondary evidence to prove the gratuitous
                                                               Codigo Penal y Ley de Enjuiciamento Criminal. 3ra edicion. Madrid: Centro
                                                                                                                                                   amount equivalent to monthly rentals of P250,000 beginning        conveyance in its favor,” the new CA ruling declared.
                                                               Editorial de Gongora, Calle de San Roque,1. 1896.
    The church and parish of San Francisco antedated the                                                                                           Nov. 3, 2003 “for the use and enjoyment of the questioned
 erection of the Diocese of Caceres in 1595 by nearly two      Francisco Gainza, OP. The Lady of Peña de Francia. Jose V. Barrameda, Jr.           property.”                                                            The appellate court accepted the secondary evidence of
 decades.                                                      (trnsl). Naga City: Synergetic Communication Systems, 1981.                                                                                           donation presented by the city government comprising seven
                                                                                                                                                       Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat, a lawyer by profession,       letters and resolutions of the city council mentioning the
                                                               Danilo Gerona. Naga: The Birth and Rebirth of a City. Naga City: LGU Naga,                                                                            donation of the five-hectare property.
    Initially of bamboo and other light materials, the         2003.                                                                               announced in a press briefing that the latest ruling of the
 church was built on this present site originally on a                                                                                             Fourth Division of the CA, which copy the city legal counsel
 north-south orientation. Its puerta mayor faced its parish,   Marcos Gomez, OFM. A Friar’s Account of the Philippine Revolution in Bicol.         received on July 28, 2011, has reversed its earlier unfavorable      “To the mind of the Court, aside from the foregoing docu-
 the pre-colonial pueblo of Naga which lay across the          Apolinar Pastrana Riol, OFM (trnsl). Manila: Regal Printing Co., 1980.
                                                                                                                                                   decision by acknowledging the donation of the five-hectare        mentary evidence, the entry of the City into the property and
 Naga River that at that time curved from its southerly                                                                                            property and the forfeiture of claim since it took the private    subsequently, by the other government agencies which had
                                                               Felix de Huerta. Estado Geografico, Topografico, Estadistico, Historio-Religioso,
 course to a westerly direction before winding southward       de la Provincia de San Gregorio Magno . . . Binondo: Imprenta de M. Sanchez         claimants to question after 49 years possession of the land       constructed their office buildings thereon, without objection
 again alongside present-day Elias Angeles Street.             y Cia, 1865.S                                                                       by the city government.                                           from Don Macario or that of the other officials of the Subdi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     vision who were privies to the donation, is solid proof that,
                                                               Legajo 52 #12 – Camarines Sur. The Philippine National Archives.                                                                                      indeed, the donation in question was consummated,” the CA
    In the mass arrests of September 1896, the infirmary                                                                                              Judge Felimon Montenegro, of RTC Branch 26, in his deci-
 and basement of the San Francisco parish house were           Francisco Mallari. Vignettes of Bicol History. Quezon City: New Day Publish-        sion on June 20, 2005 ordered the Naga City government and        ruled.
 used for the interrogation and torture of some of those       ers, 1999.                                                                          other government offices situated therein to “immediately
 arrested in Nueva Caceres and from as far as Libmanan.                                                                                            vacate” the five-hectare property that according to him be-            The CA ruling further stated: “In addition, respondents
                                                               Pambansang Surian Pangkasaysayan. Kalendaryong Pangkasaysayan 1521-                                                                                   [heirs of Mariano] can also be said to be guilty of laches. Pe-
 Among the detainees were Mateo Antero, Leon Hernan-           1969. Manila, 1996. (1st ed. 1970)                                                  longs to the heirs of Don Macario Mariano.
 dez (who was transferred to the provincial jail where he                                                                                                                                                            titioner’s [Naga city government] possession cannot be said
 died from more torture), Camilo Jacob (transferred to the     Juan Francisco de San Antonio, OFM. The Philippine Chronicles of Fray San              Montenegro set a P2.5M monthly rental for the five-            to have been merely tolerated. It must be stressed that the
 Casino Español), Eugenio Ocampo, Severo Patrocinio,           Antonio. Manila: Casalinda and Historical Conservation
                                                                                                                                                   hectare property from November 3, 2003 (the date the eject-       construction of the city hall and the other government build-
                                                               Society, 1977.                                                                                                                                        ings happened gradually, or one building or office at a time.
 Pablo Perpetua (later also taken to the provincial jail),                                                                                         ment case was filed) until the city government vacates the
 Celedonio Reyes, Juan Razonable, and Vicente Ursua.           Carmen San Buenaventura. “The Revolt in Naga.” 1934. (Typescript)                   questioned property, the amount to be paid to the heirs of        Yet, respondents nor their predecessor in interest never ques-
                                                                                                                                                   Mariano led by Danilo Mariano, one of the petitioners.            tioned the on-going construction. Even after the death of Don
    The infirmary, convento, and the church itself became      Jacinto Ursua and Ignacio Meliton. “Martires Bicolanos: Un Episodio de la                                                                             Macario in 1971, respondents did not take any action to re-
                                                               Revolucion del ’96.” Naga, Camarines Sur, 1940. (Typescript)                                                                                          cover the questioned lot from 1971 until 2003 when the
 the refuge of some 400 men, women and children when                                                                                                 The CA affirmed on March 7, 2011 Montenegro’s decision
                                                               Manuel Villanueva y Sarremo. Declaracion Jurada. 1938.                              but modified the monthly rentals to P250,000 from P2.5M.          ejectment suit was instituted despite their insistence that the
     SAN FRANCISCO CHURCH AND PLAZA QUINCE MARTIRES            (Handscript)                                                                                                                                          donation of the lot to the city did not push through as the
                                                                                                                                                      Since then both the Mariano heirs and the city government      contract to build the government center was not awarded to
                                                               Notes taken during interviews with Hon. Gabriel P. Prieto in                                                                                          them.”
                                                               Quezon City, 1959.                                                                  filed their motions for reconsideration that resulted to the
                                                                                                                                                   CA reversing its earlier decision to affirm the RTC’s “eject-
                                                               Ramon Olaño provided documentation on the date of the Provincial Capitol            ment order”.                                                          But the CA ruling emphasized that “pursuant to Section
                                                               fire on 26 June 1976.                                                                                                                                 18, Rule 70 of the Rules of Court which states that judgment
                                                                                                                                                     Asked to comment on the latest CA decision, Danilo Mar-         rendered in a case for ejectment shall be conclusive with re-
                                                                                                                                                   iano said they will elevate the case to the Supreme Court.        spect to possession only and in no wise binds the title or af-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     fect the ownership of the land.”
                                                                                                                                                      In its earlier decision, the CA averred that the supposed
                                                                                                                                                   donation of the property dated August 16, 1954 was not con-           Councilor Nelson Legacion, also a lawyer and one of the
                                                                                                                                                   summated due to the absence of original or certified true         battery of lawyers who helped defend the city government,
                                                                                                                                                   copy of a donation document.                                      said they will hence file in court the “quieting of title” of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     five-hectare property, even as the Marianos are elevating the
                                                                                                                                                       Reversing itself, the CA said that the non-production of      case to the Supreme Court.           Bicol Mail, Aug. 4, 2011
                                                                                                                                                   the original or certified true copy of the donation “was due
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   volunteers from private sectors
                       Great Naga Sale, Halyao Awards among trade show’s highlights                                                                                                                                                will be joined by the personnel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of the Philippine National Police
                                                                                                                                                       Maogmang Naga:                                                              and the Philippine Army.

          MNCCI, exhibitors stage 7th Bicol Business Week                                                                                              On the go for                                                                   The follow-on activity will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   held in agricultural and residen-
                By Jason B. Neola
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tial zones of the city’s 27
                                                                                                                                                       ‘green,’ business-                                                          barangays, especially in the open
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   spaces along urban poor sites,
                                                                                                                                                       friendly projects                                                           housing subdivisions and vacant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   public school lots. An economic
                                                                                                                                                                              By Jason B. Neola                                    greening movement, Pilimania is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   under the city’s Greening, Envi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ronment Protection, Entrepre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   neurship and Tourism (GrEET)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Program      sanctioned    under

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mayor John Bongat’s Executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Order No. 2011-13.
                                                                      The Bicol Business Week, on the                                        HE City Government is vigorously                  City Engineer Leon B. Palmiano
                                                                      other hand, is best known for its                                      pursuing three environmental                 IV said that with the proposed road,         Madam Farah Bongat, chair-
                                                                      Best of Bicol Expo, Construction                                       projects in line with its vision of a        which has a width of 15 meters and
                                                                      Materials Show, Inventor’s Fair, Job                                                                                                                         person of the Pilimania 2011 Ex-
                                                                                                                                             Maogmang Naga.                               a length of 1.2 kilometers, there will
                                                                      Fair, Businessmen’s Symposium,                                                                                                                               ecutive      Committee, said the
                                                                      Technology Investment Forum, and the                              The projects will allow the city to con-          be no need for garbage trucks to pass    planting of pili trees is expected
                                                                      Halyao Awards, a night of tribute to Bicol’s outstanding       vert its garbage into environment-friendly           through Bgy. San Isidro proper to        to improve the city’s air-shed
                                                                      businessmen.                                                   energy, strengthen its campaign for clean            unload their trash to the energy fa-     quality as it would lessen the ill
                                                                                                                                     air and place community-based entrepre-              cility, shortening the route by 2.6      effects of carbon monoxide since
                                                                         The Halyao Awards gives honor to Bicol’s top business       neurship on a wider plane while raising              kilometers.                              the plant exhibits a high carbon
                                                                      icons of the year, each representing a Bicol province, whose                                                                                                 absorption rate.
                                                                      outstanding business acumen, character and interaction         the people’s consciousness towards envi-
                                                                                                                                     ronment protection and conservation.                     City ENRO Oscar P. Orozco said
                                                                      with his/her community are worth emulating by fellow                                                                the Korean firm CJ Global promised
                                                                      businessmen and the people that he/she serves.                                                                                                                   As a component of a multi-
                                                                                                                                                                                          to finance the P16-M road                pronged program that advances
                                                                         Imperial said the BBW continues to become an excellent      The updates on these projects:                       construction once the land donation      the city’s environmental and
                                                                      avenue for investors from various national and multina-                                                             has been completed.                      economic goals, the tree planting
                                                                      tional companies who see the potential of exploring oppor-        On waste-to-energy, the City Environ-                                                      activity aims to have planted and

              ONNING this year’s battle cry, “Bicol Heats Up!,” the   tunities and partnering with entrepreneurs.                                                                           Apart from electricity, the waste-
                                                                                                                                     ment and Natural Resources Office had                                                         grown at least 30,000 pili trees
              7th Bicol Business Week is seen to become a “riot”                                                                                                                          to-energy facility can also produce
                                                                                                                                     begun negotiating with 19 landowners in                                                       by December 2012.
              for both shoppers and retailers as Naga establish-         Fortunately, this year’s BBW almost coincides with the                                                           asphalt and methanol as by-
              ments once again sell their products at bargain         20th South Luzon Area Business Conference organized by         Langon, Cararayan, this city, for possible
                                                                                                                                     donation of land that will serve as road             products for road construction and              Pilimania Project Officer
              prices.                                                 the Camarines Sur Chamber of Commerce and Industry                                                                  fuel for LPG, engines and motor
                                                                      which will be held at the Camarines Sur Convention Center      right of way.                                                                                 Michael D. Rico said alongside
      This, after the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and                                                                                                                                  vehicles, respectively.                  the         environmental gains,
                                                                      from August 25 to 27, 2011 at the Camarines Sur
 Industry (MNCCI) announced that this year’s biggest trade fair       Convention Center.                                                Mayor John G. Bongat said the proposed                                                     bigger opportunities to enhance
 will be more dynamic and colorful “since we have included the                                                                       construction of the road facility, once                 CJ Global has already established     the city’s One Barangay One
 Great Naga Sale as major part of the activity and have designated       Already, the Camarines Sur Chamber of Commerce and          completed, will shorten travel time in               an office in the city in preparation     Product Program (OBOP) can also
 separate booths for the garage sale to be managed by entrepre-       Industry has disclosed the setting up of 30 booths for         going to and from the proposed $70-M                 for the construction phase of the        be achieved by nurturing the
 neurs coming from various provinces and cities in the Bicol          exhibitors and entrepreneurs attending the South Luzon         plant that will produce, through gasifica-           waste-to-energy plant.                   plant since pili nut is now fast
 Region.”                                                             Business Conference.                                                                                                                                         becoming a favorite delicacy
                                                                                                                                     tion, low-priced and environment-friendly
                                                                                                                                     energy out of the city’s garbage.                        Based on the memorandum of           among domestic and foreign
     MNCCI President Philip T. Imperial said all the six Bicol             Among the important persons invited to attend the                                                              agreement entered into by and
                                                                      biggest business conference in South Luzon are presidential                                                                                                  tourists.
 provinces and the City of Naga will have their exclusive                                                                                                                                 between the city and CJ Global, the
 “nights,” including Iriga City which will share with Catandu-        sister Ballsy Aquino Cruz, inspirational speaker Bo               Yeon-Joo Choi, chairman of CJ Global
                                                                      Sanchez, Gov. LRay Villafuerte, Francis Kong, Congressman      Co., Ltd., said the facility will generate an        facility will start operation by 2013.     The Pilimania portfolio also in-
 anes on the sixth night of the event. The City Government of
 Naga is fully supportive of the Bicol Business Week, having al-      Luis Villafuerte, Senator Pia Cayetano, Cong. Teddy Casiño     estimated output of 18 megawatts daily                                                        cludes plans for the establish-
 lowed the free use of the Coliseum (for 7 days) on top of the fi-    and US-based Bicolana businessman Ms. Loida Nicolas            from more or less 200 tons of solid waste               Unlike the ordinary process of        ment of protected areas in the
 nancial assistance it provides to the chamber every year             Lewis.                                                         collected from the city’s homes and busi-            incineration, gasification is zero-      city called “Protected Pili Green
                                                                                                                                     ness establishments.The converted energy             waste and there would be no toxic-       Spots” to be managed by
    A festive opening for the Great Naga Sale will be held at the                                                                    produced “will be made available to local            fume emission or effluent that will      barangay councils’ Pilimania
 Plaza Quezon in the city’s old business district which will be                                                                      power users.”                                        end up on the ground or run              patrollers, civic groups, and
 followed immediately by a parade of floats to be participated in                                                                                                                         through any body of water.               private corporations under a
 by all the six provinces in Bicol. The parade will wind up at the                                                                                                                                                                 public-private partnership.
 Naga City Coliseum.                                                                           Lewis                                                                                      PILIMANIA EVENT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mrs.    Bongat    calls    on
    The August 26-September 2 trade show with the Naga City                                                                                                                                   On Pilimania, First Lady Farah       various groups to volunteer as
 Coliseum as the main venue, will highlight new opportunities                                                                                                                             Bongat and the Pilimania movers          patrollers that will adopt a site
 through business matching among exhibitors and entrepre-                                                                                                                                 from the public and private sectors
 neurs who may come from as far as Manila                                                              Cayetano
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   where they can plant and
                                                                                                                                                                                          will hold another simultaneous           nurture pili trees, donate funds
                                                                                                                                                                                          citywide planting of pili trees in       for grafted pili and seedling
     A brainchild of Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat which is
 now on its second year, the Great Naga Sale aims to re-energize                                                                                                                          October or Noveber, this year.           acquisition, or buy Pilimania
 local businesses by offering 10% to 50% sales discounts to                                                                                                                                                                        paraphernalia like t-shirts, key-
 customers and shoppers during the lean month of August,                                                                                                                                                                           chains, car hangers, commemo-
 preparatory to the hyperactive month of September when the                                                                                                                                  This time, the members of the         rative pins, bag tags, mugs,
 city plays host to the annual Peñafrancia Festival, Bicol’s                                                                                                                              barangay councils and other              tumblers and the like.
 regional fiesta.

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                                                                                                                                A waste-picker earns an average of P200 a day selling the           MATERIALS RECOVERY
                                                                                                                            items collected to recyclers and compost makers. The group also
    Requiring a clear-cut policy
on and best result from the
                                               Garbage collection                                                           sells to Manila-based recycling establishments and local malls
                                                                                                                            with environment-related projects, according to Martin.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Lately, he says, many food businesses have almost
                                                                                                                                                                                                    altogether stopped using Styrofoam and plastic utensils,
city’s clean air campaign, Mayor
Bongat promised to provide two                 takes an efficient                                                                 The creation of the group is actually part of the waste
                                                                                                                            diversion goal and waste segregation scheme of the city. So far,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    opting instead for washable plates, utensils and glasses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Another factor that adds to the decline in garbage is the
units of smoke-testing machines
for diesel and gasoline fuelled
vehicles that crisscross the city’s
                                                 turn               By Shiena Barrameda                                     coupled with the operation now of some materials recovery fa-
                                                                                                                            cilities, they have been instrumental in decreasing the average
                                                                                                                            of garbage collected per day by the city by more than 50
                                                                                                                                                                                                    materials recovery facilities or MRFs, including the new one
                                                                                                                                                                                                    put up at the Naga City Peoples’ Mall (public market).
                                                                                                                            percent,” he adds.                                                         The MRCs are common points in villages or places
                                                                                                                                                                                                    where residents bring their garbage and sort them

    Through the smoke-testers,                      LMOST every night at around 9, a couple with their two young                Martin says that even before the SWMO was created as a              out, separating the reusable or recyclable ones
ENRO personnel will effectively                     boys in tow are on a bicycle with a sidecar, stopping at Jaime          separate independent department from the City Environment               from the residual wastes which have no use
determine whether or not                            Hernandez Avenue in front of the first gate of University of            and Natural Resources Office in January this year upon the di-          anymore.
motor vehicles plying the                           Nueva Caceres in Naga City.                                             rective of Mayor John Bongat, average daily garbage collection
streets of the city are within the
                                         They are a common sight around the place, periodically stopping at piles of        in Naga from January to October last year went down to 57.1               These residual wastes are the ones that the
smoke emission standards
                                      trash contained in plastic bags or in trash bins (ready for pick up by dump trucks)   tons—thanks to the waste-pickers program that was started that          garbage trucks pick up and take to Balatas
allowed by the Philippine Clean
                                      along the road, and inspecting the entire heap for recyclable items and those that    year.                                                                   Dump in Barangay Balatas on the outskirts.
Air Act of 1999.
                                      can be turned into compost.
                                                                                                                            SEGREGATION WORKS                                                         Naga has six functional MRFs in
    In a dry run conducted last
                                          This done, they load the dirty treasures into the sidecar and rearrange the                                                                               Barangays    Sabang,   Triangulo,
June 26, this year, only 8
                                      trash they do not need into a neat stack before leaving it behind and proceeding          This figure was only a dream in 2008 and 2009, when the             Calauag, Mabolo, Bagumbayan Sur
vehicles passed the test for
                                      to scour the streets for more trash.                                                  daily garbage collections were 140-160 tons and 100-120 tons,           and public market.
anti-smoke belchers among the
                                                                                                                            respectively, he says.
27 vehicles flagged down by the
                                          The couple are among some 70 “waste-picker” volunteers of the Naga City                                                                                       “We are planning to put MRFs in
city ENRO. 19 automobiles or
                                      Solid Waste Management Office (SWMO), who have been trained by the city                  Martin also credits the significant decline in collected garbage     all barangays of Naga,” Martin says.
70 percent of the total number
                                      government to help its 27 barangays reduce garbage on pick-up points in side-         to the people’s newfound awareness on waste segregation, thru
of vehicles tested failed.
                                      walks or road shoulders on the streets before they are eventually picked up by        effective information dissemination down to the household                  He acknowledges some problems
                                      dump trucks.                                                                          level.                                                                  of disciplining most residents on
   The campaign for clean air is
                                                                                                                                                                                                    how to properly dispose of their
mandated by City Ordinance
                                      WATCHGROUP                                                                                Our residents have realized that they could benefit greatly         trash, but he adds that he
No. 99-084, otherwise known
                                                                                                                            from reusing some of their trash,” Martin says. “I think this is        remains hopeful that more and
as “The Anti-Smoke Belching
                                          “These people are mostly former regular scavengers until we detained them         already the result of all our efforts in campaigning for the            more people will eventually be-
Ordinance of the City of Naga,”
                                      for leaving in disarray the garbage piles around Naga which is violative of local     recycling and reusing of garbage, upon instructions of the              come concerned with environmen-
authored by former City
                                      ordinance,” says Joel Martin, head of the SWMO and the Naga City Motorpool.           Mayor.”                                                                 tal protection issues.
Councilor Simeon F. Adan.
                                         Martin says the scavengers have been transformed into “responsible” waste-           He calculates that if Nagueños continue to subtract from their          “As for now, we do our job so we
    The Ordinance covers all
                                      pickers and are now called the “environmental watch group.”                           household refuse all the reusable and compostable products,             can deliver the best service that we
types of motor vehicles,for pri-
                                                                                                                            the daily garbage collection may even go down to 40                     can give for a cleaner Naga.”
vate use or used as a public util-
                                          The group is composed of poor and unemployed people who make a living             percent in the next few months.
ity vehicle, whether registered
with the local Land Transporta-       through salvaging and selling nonbiodegradable or recyclable trash, such as plas-
                                      tics, to junk shops and making compost fertilizers out of those biodegradable,            Martin believes that the stricter monitoring of establish-
tion Office or elsewhere in the
                                      such as corn husks.                                                                   ments, particularly food businesses, has helped the SWMO in
country as long as they traverse
                                                                                                                            its waste management campaigns.
any highway, road or street
within the territorial jurisdic-          Before being registered into the group, its members undergo a weeklong
tion of the city.                     training at the SWMO, where they learn how to recycle garbage and how to
                                      restack residual or remaining trash in a cleaner way, Martin reveals.                 Actuaries to hold 52nd nat’l convention in Naga

   Stationary engines like
generators, waterborne vehicles       NIGHT WORKERS                                                                                   OLLOWING the footstep of other prestigious organiza-            t Life insurance and pre-need firms are required by law
like motorboats and motor                                                                                                             tions holding their national conventions in this part of        to engage the services of an actuary. There are more than a
launchers as well as agricultural         They are then assigned to areas close to their communities. They are seen                   the region that serves as a convenient hub to other             hundred such companies and only 64 actuaries (Fellows of
equipment are likewise covered        usually at night, before the garbage trucks arrive, wearing green and yellow                    tourist destinations in Bicol, the Actuarial Society of the     the Actuarial Society of the Philippines) to service their
by the provisions of the              T-shirts.                                                                             Philippines has slated to hold its 52nd annual convention here in         needs. In addition, actuaries work as consultants, designing
Ordinance.                                                                                                                  Naga City on November 10-11, 2011 with the Avenue Plaza Hotel             and pricing employee benefit programs. Health insurance
                                                                                                                            as the venue of its national gathering.                                   companies also employ actuaries.
   Orozco said actual tests on
anti-smoke belching will soon                                                                                                   An actuary is a trained professional who analyzes the financial           The society’s membership is categorized into fellow,
be conducted once the remain-                                                                                               impact of future events such as accidents, natural catastrophes,          associate, and affiliate. As of April 2011, there were 246
ing important details of their                                                                                              illnesses and other occurrences, as they relate to the business of        members composed of 64 fellows, 58 associates, and 124
operations have been threshed                                                                                               insurance.                                                                affiliates.
out and finalized with partner
government agencies like the                                                                                                   The society’s theme for the convention is “Leading through                City Mayor John G. Bongat will give the welcome mes-
LTO and the Department of                                                                                                   Changing Times” which focuses on many significant changes that            sage when the convention opens on November 10 at the
Environment and Natural                                                                                                     the actuarial profession experienced in recent times, and the             Avenue Plaza Hotel here. This event takes place a few days
Resources.                                                                                                                  changes expected ahead.                                                   before another grand event kicks off on the same month
                                                                                                                                                                                                      in Naga City and the CamSur Watersport Complex at the
                                                                                                                               Actuaries formulate statistical models and combine these with          provincial capitol in Pili, Camarines Sur: the 2011 Philip-
                                                                                                                            their knowledge of business practices and human behavior to pro-          pine AdCongress – the biggest gathering of the country’s
                                                                                                                            vide such estimates. They are essential members of the manage-            top advertising outfits and media networks held once every
                                                                                                                            ment team of life insurance and pre-need companies.                       2 years.

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Joint Operations Center
for Penafrancia reactivated
                                    By Jason B. Neola

                                                                                                                                           CITY MAYOR John
        MPRESSED by its success last year when the city celebrated                                                                         G. Bongat and
                                                                                                                                           First Lady Farah
        the tercentenary of the Bicolanos’ devotion to Our Lady of Pe-                                                                     led the ceremo-
        nafrancia, Mayor John G. Bongat, in close coordination with                                                                        nial planting of
the Archdiocese of Caceres, issued Executive Order No. 2011-026                                                                            Pili seeding at the
reconstituting and reconvening the Peñafrancia Inter-Agency Task                                                                           Naga City Hall
Group- Joint Operations Center (PIATG-JOC) that will ensure the                                                                            last April 2011.
smooth and safe conduct of this year’s 301st Peñafrancia festivities.

   Last August 27, at the Archbishop’s residence, Most Rev. Leonardo

Z. Legaspi, O.P.,D.D., Archbishop of Caceres, and Mayor Bongat led
the formal signing of a memorandum of agreement that calls for the
collective role of all concerned stakeholders in the maintenance of                                                                               N the early morning of June 17, 2011, a day before Naga’s 63rd anniversary
peace and order during the September fiesta. The agreement also                                                                                   celebration as a chartered city, city hall employees and barangay officials
sought to enhance quick response in times of emergencies and other                                                                                trooped to their specific areas of assignment for a simultaneous citywide
eventualities that may erupt when over a million guests, devotees                                                                                 planting of pili tree seedlings.
and pilgrims come to the city annually for the 3-week religious and
civic festivities.                                                                                                                             The activity signaled the formal launch of “Pilimania,” an advocacy that will even
                                                                                                                                             more popularize the health and economic potentials of the indigenous Bicol-grown
    The partner agencies that have enlisted their commitment and                                                                             nut.
specific tasks as provided for in the memorandum of agreement are:
Philippine National Police, Army, Navy and Air Force; Coast Guard;                                                                               First Lady Farah R. Bongat who chairs the Pilimania 2011 Executive Committee
PNP Maritime Group; PNP Highway Patrol Group; Naga City Police                                                                               said the activity is but part of a multi-pronged program to advance the local
Office; Bureau of Fire Protection; Bicol Medical Center; City Engi-                                                                          government’s environmental and economic targets by planting 30,000 pili trees
neer’s Office; City Environment and Natural Resources Office; City                                                                           throughout the city by December 2012.
Motorpool Division; Camarines Sur II Electric Cooperative; Metro
Naga Water District; Kabalikat 645; Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa
Pilipinas; and Public Safety Office.
    Public Safety Officer Lito del Rosario who has been designated
                                                                                                                                                Greening the city while providing
executive officer of the Center explained that clusters will be created
for security, medical services, and information assistance. A fluvial
                                                                                                                                                source for economic development
                                                                                                                                                                                              By Jason B. Neola
task force will also be created to focus on concerns regarding the flu-
vial procession with the Philippine Coast Guard as the lead team for                                                                            Mass planting primarily took place in agricultural and residential zones of the city’s 27
this task.                                                                                                                                    barangays, including open spaces in urban poor sites, housing subdivisions, and vacant
                                                                                                                                              school lots.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FIRST LADY
                                                                                                                                                 A Pilimania Gallery and Maogmang Naga Job and Trade Fair at Plaza Quezon was also                          Farah R. Bongat
                                                                                                                                              opened in cooperation with Bionet, DA, DOST and DTI which jointly conducted updates
 Naga & DepEd to construct                                                                                                                    on the Pili Industry sector and lectures on Pili nutrinomics, particularly on livelihood and
                                                                                                                                              nutritional benefits of pili.
 more school buildings                                                                                                                           The First Lady said the planting of pili trees is expected to improve the city’s air-
                                                                                                                                              shed quality as the tree lessens the ill effects of carbon monoxide since the plant

                                            By Ernani B. Suron
                                                                              PEACEFUL FIESTA.                                                exhibits a high carbon absorption rate.
                                                                              Archbishop Legaspi (above photo) and Mayor Bongat meet
       DUCATION Secretary Armin A. Luistro and City Mayor John G.             with men in uniform to ensure orderly conduct of the              Pilimania Project Officer Michael D. Rico says that apart from the
       Bongat recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement on                    Peñafrancia Fiesta.                                             environmental gains, the city will also obtain bigger opportunities to
       National and Local Counterparting for Classroom Construction,                                                                          enhance its One Barangay One Product (OBOP) program because the
which initially will see the rise of at least ten classrooms in the city’s                                                                    pili nut is now a fast-growing delicacy among domestic and foreign
elementary schools.                                                                                                                           tourists.

                                                                                Under the agreement, the city and DepEd will bear                 Also included in the Pilimania portfolio is the establishment of
   Beneficiaries of this first set of new classrooms are: Tabuco Central
                                                                             the cost of the project on a fifty-fifty sharing, the first      protected areas called “Protected Pili Green Spots” to be managed by
School (two 2-storey classrooms); Grandview Elementary School
                                                                                                                                              barangay councils, Pilimania patrollers, civic groups, and private
(completion of two 2-storey classrooms); Balatas Elementary School           half to be borne by the city government while the
                                                                                                                                              corporations under a Public-Private Partnership.
(completion of two 2-storey classrooms), and Teodora Moscoso                 other half will be released by DepEd upon certification
Elementary School (two 2-storey classrooms). The entire project costs        by the city that the latter has already expended fifty              Green spots planted with less than a hectare of pili trees will be
about P6,724,000.                                                            percent of the project cost and that such project had            managed by the barangay while those validated to be one hectare or
                                                                             been 50% completed based on the program of works.                more will be placed under the supervision of the city agriculture
   Underscoring education as a top priority of his administration,                                                                            office.
Mayor Bongat said that the counterparting agreement “will put                   The completed classrooms will eventually become
premium in the further improvement of the quality of basic and func-         the property of the Department of Education as                     Supported by Mayor Bongat’s Executive Order No. 2011-13, Pilimania
tional education here in the city and the best way to start it is to ad-     provided for in the same agreement.                              as an economic greening movement is being pushed under the city’s
dress the problem of classroom shortage in the public schools.”                                                                               Greening Environment Protection, Entrepreneurship and Tourism
                                                                                                                                              (GrEET) Program.
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                     14 Mayoral Awards
                                                                                                                                              Her sacrifices earned her prestigious awards such as           Amidst these obligations, Engga still finds time to serve
                                                                                                                                          Gintong Ina Award, Outstanding Bicolana given both by           as a catechetical volunteer at the Carolina Elementary
                                 Outstanding Citizens conferred this year’s                                                               the Philippine University Women Association and Zonta,
                                                                                                                                          and Outstanding Doctor by the Philippine Women’s Uni-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          School upon the request of the Catholic Sisters of Mt.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Carmel Parish.
                                                                                                                                          versity Medical Association.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             This unassuming Gilda “Engga” E. Orlina, the widow, the
                                                                                                                                            The humanitarian services of this public-spirited Doctor      Mother, the lavandera, the market cleaner, the canteen

                                                                                                                                          continue even after semi-retiring from medical practice         cook, and the community volunteer worker, is the model
                     T La Piazza of the posh Avenue Plaza Hotel, fourteen outstanding citizens hogged the limelight as they               within the confines of her medical clinic in her home,          of a hard-working, family-centered, single mother whose
                     received their medallions and plaques for the 2011 Mayoral Awards.                                                   offering as much comfort and help especially to senior          simple life made a difference in the lives of her children.
                                                                                                                                          citizens, the handicapped and indigents of the City.
                     The awards night was the culminating segment of Naga’s 63rd foundation anniversary as a chartered
                 city that its proud citizens celebrate every 18th day of June.
    Solicitor General Jose Anselmo I. Cadiz, himself a mayoral awardee seven years ago, was this year’s guest of honor and
 speaker. As model citizens, he encouraged the awardees to continue the good deeds they have been doing so that others will
 emulate them and thus help our city truly become a happy place proud of its heritage where happy people live.

   Mayoral awards committee chair J. Antonio A. Amparado said that the committee for over two months screened, validated,
 and evaluated all the nomination papers and personal circumstances of some 24 nominees.
    They were weighted on their (a) personal qualifications, (b) moral integrity, (c) community involvement, (d) degree of
 commitment, and (e) positive contribution to the city’s growth, honor and glory.

    There were four award categories conferred: 1) Distinguished Mayoral Award, 2) Special Mayoral Citation, 3) Mayoral
 Recognition, and 4) City Excellence Award.

    The Distinguished Mayoral Award is the highest city award given to only one Nagueño awardee each year for one’s
 outstanding performance or service during the past ten years.

                                                                                                                                            GILDA EBRADA ORLINA
                                                                                                                                            Special Mayoral Citation
                                                                                                                                                                                                          ROTARY CLUB OF NAGA EAST
                                                                                   DR. LOURDES V. ASENCE                                    A WIDOW FROM BARANGAY PACOL, Naga City, is the                Special Mayoral Citation
                                                                                   Distinguished Mayoral Award                           epitome of a true Filipina Mother, caring and self-                 IF A SINGLE PHRASE COULD SUMMARIZE the advocacies
       The Special Mayoral Citation is given to no more than five awardees                                                               sacrificing.
                                                                                    KNOWN BY MANY MONIKERS LIKE Doktora of                                                                                and deeds of the Rotary Club of Naga East (RCNE), the words
     each year for one’s outstanding performance and service for the past
                                                                                the indigent Nagueño and the Mother of the Naga City                                                                      “service” and “education” would portray the best line. It is
     five years.                                                                                                                             Although Engga, as she is fondly called, finished only
                                                                                Hospital, Dr. Lourdes V. Asence has become synony-                                                                        a perfect combination where the act of service to the people
                                                                                mous with the title “Public Servant”.                    second year high school, she has strongly believed and           is to educate and share the fruits of learning experience
       The Mayoral Recognition is given to no more than ten awardees an-                                                                 impressed upon her children the saying: “Education is the        with others.
     nually for one’s extraordinary act of heroism, valor, and/or civic duty,                                                            Key to Success.”And this was her guiding principle in life.
     including act of honesty worth emulating.                                     When the good “Doktora” graduated from UST, she
                                                                                opted to pursue her medical practice here in Naga                                                                           The appeal imbued by the Rotary Club of Naga East among
                                                                                City. It was a way of giving back to the City and the       Even with a simple and austere way of life, she engaged       the Nagueño people has reached the different ends of
       The City Excellence Award, on the other hand, is given to a Nagueño                                                               herself as a “lavandera” for her neighbors and as a Naga City
                                                                                people she loved and thanking God through her                                                                             communal service. Its countless book donations to different
     who has brought singular honor, recognition and positive impact to                                                                  Public Market cleaner. But through motherly care and
                                                                                undying compassion for poor patients.                                                                                     elementary schools, driven by the advocacy for the love to
     the city by the award given the nominee at the national or interna-                                                                 guidance, all her children became not only college degree-       learn, has helped students of endless potentials to take a
     tional level (i.e. top 10 in national Board or Bar examinations, winners                                                            holders but also successful professionals.
                                                                                    Her dedication and love for the poor is evident in                                                                    step closer towards success. Their SPED Development and
     in sports and other competitions). This award is given within the cal-
                                                                                the practice of her profession, through free medical                                                                      Continuation Programs sewed the ends and goals of both
     endar year immediately preceding the city awards presentation.                                                                         Her eldest, Efren, is now a Police Chief Inspector assigned
                                                                                services offered to the countless who cannot afford                                                                       students and instructors.
                                                                                the high cost of health services, the initiation and     to Naga City Police Office. Janet, her second child, now
       The following are this year’s Mayoral awardees:                                                                                   works in a Manila publishing house. Her youngest, Myra, is           As Naga SMILES to the world, RCNE brings rich SMILES

                                                                                conceptualization of affordable medical services to
                                                                                Nagueños through the establishment of the Naga City      now a researcher in the University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba City      to our community. No matter how we perceive its size, the
                                                                                Hospital, and with her work in women’s awareness         in Japan.                                                        smiles RCNE brings cannot be contained by any limits or
                                                                                and role in nation building and development thru the                                                                      boundaries.
                                                                                RIC programs and family planning, agriculture and           She now raises the young minds of her grandchildren.
                                                                                livelihood, all deserve a lasting recognition.           At present, she works at the Naga College Foundation
                                                                                                                                         canteen to provide for their basic needs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                             RICARDO E. PEREZ
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Mayoral Recognition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                RICARDO E. PEREZ CLAIMS THAT he was born from a
                                                                                                                                                                                                            family with Aeta blood, tracing this heritage from his
                                                                                                                                                                                                            grandmother who was taken by a Spanish officer to be his
                                                                                                                                                                                                            wife. Due to this undeniable kinship with the tribesmen
                                                                                                                                                                                                            in Iriga that he and his family had invariably adopted as
                                                                                                                                                                                                            an extension of their own family since 2001, Perez or
                                                                                                                                                                                                            “Kasag” (short for Kastilang Agta) has been a constant
                                                                                                                                                                                                            visitor in the settlement area as the Aeta’s protector,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            consultant, philanthropist and resident anthropologist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               He used his talents as a journalist and summoned sup-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            port from different sectors for the improvement of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            lives of the Aeta. With financial, legal and medical assis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            tance from supporters, Perez was able to transform the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            community into a semi-progressive settlement which now
 SENTRO NG ALTERNATIBONG LINGAP PANLIGAL                                                                                                                                                                    has a multi-purpose hall, several additional dwellings
 Special Mayoral Citation                                                                                                             ROSANNA MERLITA E. ILAGAN                                             places for its 40 or more residents, and fishponds full of
   IN A COUNTRY WHERE POWER and influence reign over                                                                                  Mayoral Recognition                                                   carp and tilapia fingerlings which were donated by the
 society’s common people, SALIGAN serves as a shield of                                                                                 “MAN HAS NO LIMITS. In fact, he can define and re-define his        Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
 protection woven from commitment and knowledge by its                                                                                own capacity to achieve.”
 volunteer-members and supporters.                                                                                                                                                                              Perhaps the greatest contribution that Kasag was able
                                                                                                                                          This is the guiding principle that gave Ms. Rosanna Merlita E.    to give to the Oyanggo tribe was the electrification of the
    The SALIGAN Bikol is recognized as one of the few non-                                                                            Ilagan the strength and the courage to pursue a life devoted to       entire community by the Camarines Sur Electric Coopera-
 government organizations in the region that interacts with                                                                           providing a bright future for her children.                           tive (CASURECO) III which willingly placed lines on the
 the local government through membership and participa-                                                                                                                                                     humble settlement for free after Perez’s intensive cam-
 tion in various groups which are geared towards the                                                                                     Ms. Ilagan’s passion for service has paved the way for her be-     paigning.
 improvement of life for women, farmers, workers,                                                                                     coming one of the essential movers of the Parents and Teachers
 fisherfolk, and other basic sectors of society.                                                                                      Association of the Tinago Elementary and High School. Drawn by           Aside from livelihood projects, Perez is also responsible
                                                                                                                                      destiny to a life of service, she firmly believes that there should   for the education of several young members of the tribe.
     Here in the City of Naga, SALIGAN forged an even                                                                                 be no child left idle or inactive. A strong learning foundation is    He and his family have sponsored the education of around
 stronger partnership with the LGU with its inclusion into                                                                            the key to success. To assure this development, she believes that     30 elementary pupils and five Aeta high school students
 the board of the Naga City People’s Council since 1998. It     JUSTICE RAMON A. CRUZ                                                 parents, teachers, and the government should provide proper           who are all studying in Naga City.
 has also taken part in vital developments in the Naga City     Mayoral Recognition                                                   guidance for growing students.
 Urban Development and Housing Board, as well as the Naga
 City Council for Women.                                           IF MAN’S DESTINY IS written in the stars, then Justice Ramon          Ms. Ilagan is a graduate of the University of Nueva Caceres and
                                                                A. Cruz’s constellation would shine brightly in the darkness of       former CAT officer. A product of her alma mater from one of the
    It was also responsible for the drafting and advocacy for   space.                                                                top sections, she became a proponent of childhood development.
 landmark policy measures that led to the creation of the In-                                                                         Once an inspiring teacher, Ms. Ilagan is the ultimate icon of a
 vestment Board, Implementing Rules and Guidelines of the          A true-blooded Nagueño in deed and in thought, and a talented      mother, a teacher, and a model citizen.
 Kaantabay sa Kauswagan, and Women Development Code.            basketball athlete, Justice Cruz is the epitome of the perfect
 It has played a role in the establishment of Barangay          citizen, responsible and devoted to the rule of law.                     A commited educator. A true Nagueño.
 Women’s and Children’s Desks in the 27 barangays of the
 city and Local Sectoral Representation that will give voice        The first Nagueño to become a Court of Appeals Justice, Justice
 to marginalized sectors of society.                            Cruz is an alumnus of Naga Parochial School and Ateneo de Naga
                                                                High School. He took up AB Political Science as his pre-law course
     Due to active participation of SALIGAN, Naga City has      at the University of Nueva Caceres. After passing the Bar Exams
 attracted the attention of the Ford Foundation to include it   in 1982, he started his law profession at his own law firm, Cruz
 and SALIGAN in the Paralegal Education Skills Advance-         and Cruz Law Offices. He also worked as a legal counsel for
 ment and Networking Technology (PESANTech) in the              different groups and companies.
 1990s as among the 21 areas in the Philippines benefited
 by the projects KAISAHAN and BALAOD. At present, Naga               His judicial career started in November 1999 when he was
 is among the eight pilot areas being handled by SALIGAN        appointed as the Presiding Judge of Branch 21 of the Regional Trial
 and PLAN Philippines under the project funded by the Eu-       Court in Quezon City where he would soon become the president                                                                                                     RODOLFO S.B. VIRTUS, JR.
 ropean Union called Strengthening Civil Society in Elimi-      of the Judges’ Association. His judicial career soared further when                                                                                               City Excellence Award
 nating Violence Against Children in the Philippines. It also   he was appointed as a Court of Appeals Justice in 2009.
 paved the way for the inclusion of Naga among the 14 part-                                                                                                                                                 For representing the country in two international events,
 ner cities in the project. Institutionalizing Local and            His college Dean Corazon A. Tordilla describes him as one of                                                                            namely, the 5th World Youth Congress in Istanbul, Turkey
 National Partnerships to Address Urban Poverty and Home-       the most outstanding men in Naga. Aside from excelling in his                                                                               and the ASEAN Youth Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam, both in
 lessness in the Philippines, supported by the Fund for         field, Justice Cruz has also mastered the way of balancing a                                                                                2010, where he was hailed for his active involvement as
 International Development of the United Kingdom through        tedious life of public service with his family life, with his wife                                                                          youth leader in addressing the challenges of the Millennium
 partnership with the Philippine Support Service Agencies.      Grace and three children.                                                                                                                   Development Goals as envisioned by the United Nations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            His participation in these prestigious events underscores the
     As the refuge of the common people, SALIGAN has                “He is not out there to please anyone. In fact, he is a very                                                                            fact that the Nagueño is truly globally conscious of his
 become a champion of people’s rights, taking the lead in       low-key guy and that makes him charming, simple and humble,”                                                                                important role in the international community.
 defending the weak and the oppressed against injustice.        says Dr. Marilou Cruz-Sarmiento, Justice Cruz’s sister.

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                                                                                                                                                                                             Most visited LGU city website in the Philippines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    By Anselmo B. Maño

                                                                                                                               OVETAILING the Internet phenomenon in the         websites, emulating Naga’s tool for informa-     dialogue among Naga’s stakeholders, inside
                                                                                                                           D   1990s, the city government of Naga promptly
                                                                                                                               joined the bandwagon, creating its own
                                                                                                                                                                                 tion, transparency and accountability in local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the country and those overseas, as well as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  invite other people worldwide, especially
                                                                                                                               website in 1997, in time for the Palarong                                                          investors and tourists who would like to
                                                                                                                               Pambansa that the city hosted at that time.            Traffic into the most admired website       know more about the place even before they
                                                                                                                                                                                 consistently progressed and remarkably out-      have actually set foot in the city, known as
TRISHA NICOLE T. AMAN                                         TATYANA MARIE U. GONZAGA                                            Starting off with a 56 KBPS modem and a        ran even the websites of bigger and relatively   “Maogmang Naga”.
City Excellence Award                                         City Excellence Award                                            Pentium II server, the city’s has     more popular cities in the country.
                                                                                                                               since then become an innovator among LGUs                                                            Indeed, with its enhanced content and new
For having won the Bronze Medal in the 2010 China Junior      For garnering the Bronze Medal in the 2010 China Junior          in the use of technology as a tool for                 Drumbeating his “Naga SMILES to the         design, the website continues to draw more
High School Mathematics Olympiad held in Tianji, China        High School Mathematics Olympiad and subsequently being          governance.                                       World” promotions, advocacy and marketing        visitors, making the most visited
and subsequently for being conferred the 2010 YES Award       conferred the 2010 YES Award by the Department of                                                                  program, Mayor John Bongat who took over         and admired LGU website in the country, as
by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) that       Science and Technology (DOST) that undeniably brought                     For that trailblazing effort, the city   the city’s helm in July 2010, accordingly        shown by number charts, related statistics,
brought honor, recognition and positive impact to her         glory and honor to the City of Naga through academic ex-                  received so far 4 national and one       introduced a new concept design as he            and other information found below.
fellow Nagueños and her beloved City of Naga.                 cellence.                                                                 international web awards. More           sought to make it more interactive
                                                                                                                                        LGUs came to set up their own            to reach out and encourage more

 IMELDA R. BRAZAL                                                                         RYAN A. OLIVA
 City Excellence Award                                                                    City Excellence Award
                                                                                                                               Naga has a three-month global Alexa Traffic Rank of 505,516.
 For her exemplary achievement by placing 5th in the          For topping the National Nursing Licensure Examination       It is estimated that 93% of visitors to this site come from the            (1) The rank is calculated using a combination of average daily
 National Board Examination for Librarians, and receiving     given last December 20, 2010, an honor that has been         Philippines, where it has attained a traffic rank of 1,851. About          visitors and pageviews over the past 3 months. The site with the
 the Local Service Award as Outstanding Student Assistant     received with so much pride and recognition by his fellow    8% of visits to the site are referred by search engines. Visitors          highest combination of visitors and pageviews is ranked #1.
 and Iskolar kan Ciudad from the Naga City Scholars Guild     Nagueños, which shows once more that the City of Naga is     spend approximately 65 seconds on each page view and a total
 that brought honor, recognition and positive impact to her   truly a center for quality education and academic            of 20 minutes on the site during each visit.                               (2) The rank by country is calculated using a combination of
                                                                                                                                                                                                      average daily visitors and pageviews from users from that
 fellow Nagueños and beloved City of Naga.                    excellence.                                                                                    ALEXA INTERNET TRAFFIC                   country over the past 3 months. The site with the highest
                                                                                                                                                                                                      combination of visitors and pageviews is ranked #1 in that
                                                                                                                                                                                                      country and updated daily.

                                                                                                                                               The website is TOP 490 in the Philippines                 Alexa Internet, Inc., a California-based subsidiary of
                                                                                                                                            with a 3-month aggregated historical traffic   is known for collecting complex data on browsing.
                                                                                                                                            data of 507,687 from millions of users world-           It computes traffic ranking by analyzing the web usage in millions
                                                                                                                                            wide based on the similar Alexa Traffic                 of its toolbar users. The information is sorted, sifted, anonymized,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    counted and computed to get the traffic ranking worldwide and in
                                                                                                                                            Ranking. JULY 2011                                      a particular country, such as the Philippines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The website Royal Pingdom reported that there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      are 234 million websites all over the world as of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      December 2009 where in that year alone 47
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      million were added to the previous count.
 MICHAEL GLENN E. FUENTEBELLA                                 JOGAR B. TOSOC
 City Excellence Award                                        City Excellence Award                                                                                                                 Google in the later part of 2008 announced that they had indexed
                                                                                                                                                                                                 over a trillion unique URLs indicating how massively information
For being chosen as one of the Most Outstanding Civil         For receiving the Model for Innovation Award, First Place,                                                                         in the worldwide web are circulating every second to over 2 billion
Engineering Students of the Philippines in 2010, that high-   in the East-West Knowledge Leaders Program sponsored by                                                                            Internet users. The biggest users by far in the Asian zone are China
                                                              the Japan-American Institute of Management Science in                                                                              (with around 420 million Internet users), followed by the Philip-
lights once again the Bicolano youth’s academic excellence                                                                                                                                       ines, Malaysia and Taiwan.
and campus leadership which presages a future society of      Honolulu, Hawaii last October 2009 to January 2010; and
responsible and productive citizens whose vision and goal     recognition for academic excellence and potential
is to advance a sustainable and progressive community.        contribution to international understanding and goodwill
                                                              given by the Fujitsu Scholarship Program last January 12,
                                                              2010 in Tokyo, Japan.

The other members of the awards committee chaired by Mr. J. Antonio Amparado are: Fr. Rex Andrew C. Alarcon of the Arch-
diocese of Caceres, Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Philip T. Imperial, respected Bicol historian
Jose V.                Barrameda, Dr. Elna N. Chia of the Camarines Sur Medical Society, Metro Naga Development Council
Executive Officer Sieglinde B. Bulaong, and DWNX Station Manager Al Ubaña.

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                                                                                                                                   The Bicol Express did safely bring the two of                    I am certain that Austen’s obser-
                                                                                                                                 us back to Naga but our lives – and the lives of               vation still proves relevant to those
                                                                                                                                 the rest of the group – would be drastically al-               who have experienced the thrills and
                                                                                                                                 tered.                                                         spills of the legendary Bicol Express.
                                                                                                                                                                                                If only for this then, the national gov-
                                                                                                                                    Since then, the Bicol Express alternately un-               ernment must ensure the long-term
                                                                                                                                 derwent periods of rehabilitation, neglect, and                viability and stability of the newly
                                                                                                                                 even decay – which did not necessarily mirror                  resuscitated train line so that the
                                                                                                                                 the stages of my life. Yet its sights and sounds               current and coming generations will
                                                                                                                                 still linger in my mind, bringing with them                    also have their collective memory of
                                By Gabriel Hidalgo Bordado, Jr. | Vice Mayor                                                                                                                    a reliable yet economical transport
                                                                                                                                 memories, both joyous and sad, that nourish
                                                                                                                                 the soul.                                                      mode – and not just of a spicy dish of
                                                                                                                                                                                                chilis and native anchovies cooked in

                                                                                                                                     Yes, memories mean a lot. As Jane Austen                   coconut milk!
                The Bicol Express seemed to                                                                                      wrote almost two centuries ago, “if any one
                                                                                                                                 faculty of our nature may be called more pow-                  First published in the Sunday
                bookmark the times of my life.
                                                                                                                                 erful than the rest, I do think it is memory.                  Inquirer Magazine, August 7, 2011
                                                                                                                                 There seems something more speakingly in-
                                                                                                                                 comprehensible in the powers, the failures, the
                                                                                                                                 inequities of memory, than in any other of our
                                                                                                                                                                                                     THEN AND NOW.
                                                                                                                                 intelligences. The memory is sometimes so re-                       Photo above right is an old Prestige rolling
                                                                                                                                 tentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others,                    stock during PNR’s heyday in the 70s
                                                                                                                                 so bewildered and so weak; and at others

                                                                                                                                                                                                     while below is the new Hyundai Rotem
           T was the summer of 1964 and I had just completed my third year                                                                                                                           diesel multiple unit Bicol Commuter
           of elementary education. My parents bundled us up – the entire ca-                                                    again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Express (Commex) train that goes with
           boodle of six kids with me as the eldest – and two aunts who served                                                   to be sure, a miracle every way; but our power                      the on-going rehabilitation of the Naga-
           as our nannies. We were bound for Manila on board the storied Bicol                                                   of recollecting and of forgetting does seem pe-                     Manila run.
           Express.                                                                                                              culiarly past finding out.”
I don’t recall how we all managed to squeeze into two economy seats. What I                                                                                                                                                  PHOTOGRAPHY
still vividly remember was the exhilaration of riding in a train and the rising                                                                                                                                              Vic Nierva
expectation of seeing the great city, a big deal for me who grew up amidst the                                                                                                                                               Ron Cruz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Gina Sicam
ricefields and dusty streets of the then parochial Calabanga in Camarines

    While my elders complained of the heat, I simply soaked in the
ever-changing scenery (including the awe-inspiring view of Mt. Bana-                                                                                                               Battling malnutrition
haw) and the cacophony of sounds emanating from the train which,
for a 9-year old barrio kid, further heightened the excitement and even
                                                                                                                                                                                  City pushes milk feeding program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      By Jason B. Neola

the mystery of the summer outing. The Bicol Express did live up to my
                                                                                                                                                                                            URTHER enhancing its award-winning                that the program has two components: com-
    As I grew up, the Bicol Express seemed to bookmark the times of my                                                                                                                      anti-malnutrition program, the City               munity milk feeding and school-based milk
life. In the early 1970s, my girlfriend Gina (who eventually became my                                                                                                                      Population and Nutrition Office is imple-         feeding. Under the first component, bene-
wife) and I used to take the Bicol Express back to Naga during semestral                                                                                                                    menting its Community Milk Feeding                ficiaries are preschool malnourished chil-
breaks at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños. Having hopped                                                                                                           Program that Mayor John G. Bongat expects will              dren aged two to six years old. Target
onto the train at the College (the name of the barangay where UPLB is                                                          MILK FEEDING PROGRAM                               bear significant results.                                   beneficiaries for the second component are
                                                                                                                               Mayor John Bongat, assisted by City Councilor                                                                  Grade One pupils regardless of age and nu-
located) station, we usually found that seats were no longer available.                                                        Nene de Asis and Population and Nutrition
We made do with the platform connecting two train coaches. Oh, we                                                                                                                   This took off after the enactment of City Ordi-           tritional status.
                                                                                                                               Office Manager Teresita del Castillo, distribute
didn’t mind the 10-hour ride and the danger lurking on that platform.                                                          milk packs to some 250 children as part of the     nance 2011-016 that provides funds to bring milk
Of course, for people in love, nothing else matters – and the Bicol                                                            city government’s milk feeding program, in         to undernourished children in the city’s 27                   The beneficiaries under both groups will
                                                                                                                               partnership with Land O’ Lakes. The milk           barangays.                                                  receive 200/180 ml. fresh or chocomilk per
Express could very well attest to that!                                                                                        packs, processed by Land O’ Lakes, are pur-                                                                    child per day except Saturdays, Sundays and
                                                                                                                               chased by the city government for the feeding
   When President Marcos declared martial law in 1972, the Bicol                                                               program in Barangays Calauag and                      Recently, the city government and the National           holidays for a duration of 120 days.
Express again played a role (supporting or otherwise) in what could                                                            Cararayan where a high malnutrition rate has       Dairy Authority inked an agreement where the
                                                                                                                               been noted among children by the City              city will purchase milk from the NDA whose                    City Population and Nutrition Officer Tere-
turn out to be an unraveling chapter in my young adulthood.                                                                    Population and Nutrition Office. The program,      coordinators will also assist in the monitoring of          sita A. Del Castillo said CPNO personnel and
                                                                                                                               launched April 11, 2011, is meant to improve
                                                                                                                                                                                  pre-feeding, feeding and post-feeding procedures.           the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) were
    Distraught by the uncertainties of the times but somehow consoled by the unexpected and protracted vacation, I, along      the nutritional status of children of vulnerable
                                                                                                                               age, particularly pre-schoolers, and provide                                                                   able to register 210 program beneficiaries
with 14 other UPLB schoolmates who were members of the UP Sarong Bangui, decided to go home via the Bicol Express. As          livelihood opportunity, to member-farmers of          These specific procedures include: identification        from Barangays Calauag and Cararayan.
the train stopped at the Lucena station, a squad of Army troopers in full battle gear boarded the train coach we were in and   the dairy cooperative that          produces       of target areas and children beneficiaries and de-
arrested 13 of my companions. The experience was terrifying, to say the least. And so traumatized was the other guy who        the local milk for the feeding           pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                  worming of identified beneficiaries; and orienta-             A primer on the government’s milk feed-
wasn’t arrested that he actually joined the Philippine Marines a few months later.                                             gram. Due to its sustained feeding and
                                                                                                                               nutrition program, Naga City has been top          tion on milk feeding among Barangay Nutrition               ing program states that healthier children
                                                                                                                               performer as far as the national government’s      Scholars, Barangay Health Workers, school                   and wealthier farmers are the twin goals of
                                                                                                                               nutrition program is concerned. The Naga City      nurses/teachers, collaborating agencies, parents            the NDA which strives to generate funds
                                                                                                                               Government has been awarded a Hall of Fame
                                                                                                                               in the Nutrition Honor Roll by the Nutrition       and beneficiaries.                                          from government and private sources for the
                                                                                                                               Council of the Philippines.       Raquel Buere                                                                 Philippine Milk Fund as mandated by the
                                                                                                                                                                                    City Nutrition Officer I Raquel Buere explained           National Dairy Development Act of 1995.

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     Tracing family roots                                             Naga City Hospital: Nominated                                                                                              Chief of Naga City Hospital Luningning Luciano, M.D.

     becomes easy in Naga                                             for best primary hospital in Bicol
                                                                                                                                                                                                 and her staff.

                                   By Shiena Barrameda
                                                                                                   By Jason B. Neola

                                                                                      PRIMARY hospital that offers services
                                                                                      under the areas expected of a
                                                                                      secondary hospital and manned by a
                                                                                      workforce that seriously pursues and
                                                                                      raises the level of its professional
                                                                            An inspection team from the regional office of
                                                                        the Department of Health saw the Naga City Hos-

                                                                        pital a notch higher when it evaluated the hospital’s
                                                                        nomination in the search for the best government
                                                                        hospital in the primary hospital category in Bicol
             RACING one’s family origins is now easy in Bicol
                                                                        this year.
             after the Naga City Family History Center was
             opened to the public last April 11, 2011.
                                                                             But to Dr. Luningning A. Luciano, chief of
        The Center, which is located at the Raul S. Roco Library        hospital, the nomination comes only secondary to
     next to the newly inaugurated Bienvenido N. Santos                 the more challenging task of seeing to it that the                                                                             The chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe sits on the second floor of the
     Special Section, was transferred by the Church of Jesus            hospital’s mission and vision are satisfactorily met.                                                                          Naga City People's Mall (formerly the Naga City Public Market),
     Christ of Latter-Day Saints from Panganiban Drive to the                                                                            First to be certified as breastfeeding hospital in            through contributions by stallholders and private donors for the
     City Hall compound to make the microfilm archive of birth             The Naga City Hospital, the only hospital funded         Camarines Sur, the Naga City Hospital was also among               marketgoers’ and traders’ religious obligations and services.
     and death certificates available to anyone who would like          and operated by a local government unit (LGU) in            the pioneering government hospitals to be accredited
     to do research on the origins of their family.                     Southern Luzon, has of late reported a 612 percent          by PhilHealth. It was also graded very satisfactory to
                                                                        increase in the number of patients attended to,             excellent in terms of personnel performance.
         City Mayor John Bongat signed the Memorandum of                treating an average of 285 patients per day com-
     Agreement on behalf of the City Government for the                 pared to 40 when it began operating in 1991.                     Luciano said the achievements are offshoots of
     establishment of the Center together with Floro Gamil of                                                                       various initiatives undertaken by the hospital designed
     Philippines Stake Zion and Councilor David Nathan Casper              As a primary hospital, the NCH also renders              to enhance the hospital’s information, leadership and
     Sergio, proponent of the city resolution that made the             services in General Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics,       human resource management, including performance
     transfer possible.                                                 and minor surgery.                                          improvement of personnel who undergo regular
                                                                                                                                    orientation on proper care of patients and their rights,
          The Family Center here, according to City Librarian               Luciano explained that the the hospital adopts          including ethics in public service.
     Federico Vinluan, is the second of its kind in the Philippines     new measures every year so that necessary upgrad-
     after the one in Makati City.                                      ing in its services can promptly be met, including             On physical development, the hospital has recently
                                                                        the performance targets of the personnel.                   completed the construction of a spacious and comfort-
         Vinluan said the records present in the microfilmed                                                                        able waiting area for patients and clients and the expan-
     archive were provided by the Archdiocese of Caceres, span-             This year, the NCH seeks to continuously pro-           sion of the laboratory section where drug tests are being
     ning more than 100 years into the past.                            vide quality curative care thru a more efficient and        conducted, including hematology, clinical microscopy,
                                                                        responsive technology-driven medical service                blood chemistry and microbiology.
         “I believe that this endeavor would add more pride in          “which can be attained by taking necessary actions
     the hearts of Bicolanos and Nagueños by bringing them              based on the outcome of satisfaction surveys given
                                                                        to patients and other stakeholders periodically.”                                                                               Fr. Rex Hidalgo leads the opening prayer with Archbishop
     closer to their roots,” Sergio said. “Aside from this, it is a
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Leonardo Z. Legaspi, O.P., D.D. witnessing the rites.
     better system of keeping records. Instead of having our
     records on paper that will some way or another be easily
     destroyed by time and the environment, we now have them
                                                                            The DOH inspection team has found out that
                                                                        NCH, though a primary hospital, is well-equipped          New chapel rises at
     on sturdy microfilms.”                                             with     facilities that are required of secondary
                                                                        hospitals like pharmacy, dietary, laboratory, x-ray
                                                                                                                                  Naga City People’s Mall
         Sergio disclosed the Church of Latter-Day Saints here          and ultrasound, which are added factors that made
     provided the two microfilm viewing machines and two new            the city-run hospital worthy of nomination as the

     sets of desktop computers in the RSR Library while the city        best government primary hospital in Bicol.
                                                                                                                                             pon the initiative of stallholders, private citi-
     offered the location for the center.                                                                                                    zens, and the local Church, a small chapel
                                                                           The latest of these facilities is the newly-acquired
                                                                                                                                             funded by private donors and consecrated to
                                                                        P456,000-Autoclave Machine, a device that
                                                                                                                                             Our Lady of Guadalupe was constructed at the
                                                                        sterilizes medical equipment to prevent the spread
                                                                                                                                  second floor of the Naga City People’s Mall (formerly called
                                                                        of infection before it can be used.
                                                                                                                                  the Naga City Public Market).
                                                                           Thru these “secondary area” facilities, NCH has
                                                                                                                                     Mayor John Bongat, First Lady Farah, and other city offi-
                                                                        a formidable ancillary unit “which is being kept
                                                                                                                                  cials attended the consecration last April 10, 2011 with
                                                                        along with other equipment and apparatus
                                                                                                                                  Archbishop Leonardo Z. Legaspi and Msgr. Zosimo Sañado
                                                                        previously acquired from the time the hospital was
     The Family Center has a network of 4,500 facilities                                                                          leading the ceremony.
     accessible through http// which offers the         established in 1991,” Luciano added.
     public access to genealogical records all over the world. It
     already has centers in more than 80 countries the first of                                                                                                                                        Mayor John Bongat and First Lady Farah Bongat cut the ceremonial
     which is found in Salt Lake City, Utah in the United States.                                                                                                                                      ribbon at the newly-built chapel.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      City Hall hires 146
Naga fetes                           63 rd year                                                                                      Naga’s project monitoring
                                                                                                                                     is Bicol’s best
                                                                                                                                                                                                      locally-funded teachers
                                                                                                                                                                                                      and 41 non-teaching
of cityhood                           By Shiena M. Barrameda
                                                                                                                                                                                                      personel By Neil Romano Manaog

              MBUED with a deep sense of pride and patriotic
              fervor, the city government here, in partnership
              with various sectors of the community, includ-
              ing barangay officials, church leaders, the
              academe, and the youth, has lined up an array
                                                                       Mayor Bongat, Vice Mayor Gabriel H. Bordado, Jr., city of-
                                                                   ficials and special guests led by DILG Secretary Jesse M. Ro-
                                                                   bredo as guest of honor, proceeded to Plaza Quezon for the
                                                                   raising of the Philippine flag and the Naga City banner to sig-
                                                                   nal the start of the parade and program at Plaza Quezon, fea-
                                                                                                                                      T       HIS city’s Project Monitoring Committee was once
                                                                                                                                              again selected as Outstanding Local Project Moni-
                                                                                                                                              toring Committee for 2010 by the Regional Project
                                                                                                                                     Monitoring Committee (RPMC) of the Bicol Regional
                                                                                                                                     Development Council.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       T         O help address the lack of teachers in the Divi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 sion of City Schools this school year, the city
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 government of Naga, through Mayor John G.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Bongat, hired 146 teachers and assigned them to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the different public elementary and secondary
 of activities leading to the city’s 63rd charter anniversary      turing dance and musical numbers and a fancy drill and                                                                             schools in the city.
                                                                                                                                        In his earlier letter to Mayor John G. Bongat, RPMC Chair-
 on June 18 and the national celebration of Dr. Jose Rizal’s       majorette exhibition by students from the city’s different
                                                                                                                                     man Atty. Romeo C. Escandor said the Naga City PMC would              Last year, Naga’s public schools, enrolment totaled
 150th birth anniversary on June 19.                               schools.
                                                                                                                                     be conferred the outstanding local project monitoring com-       39,115 and is expected to increase in the succeeding years.
      With the tri-color as the overarching motif, the cele-                                                                         mittee under the city category.                                  According to Mayor Bongat, the hiring of locally-funded
                                                                      Before noon was the groundbreaking ceremony for the                                                                             teachers by the city seeks to address the lack of plantilla
 bration actually kicked off as early as May 28 with the
                                                                   proposed Rotonda de Naga at the Roxas-Panganiban-                                                                                  teaching positions, in order to lower the teacher: student
 hoisting of flag at Plaza Quezon for the celebration of the                                                                             This year’s project monitoring committee of Naga City is
                                                                   Magsaysay avenues intersection, where a Pilgrimage City                                                                            ratio to a manageble 1:45 and improve the learning envi-
 National Flag Day. From there on followed the ‘Dugo ng                                                                              headed by topnotch City Councilor Cecilia de Asis who
                                                                   monument has been planned to be erected.                                                                                           ronment.
 Bayan’ or Blood Donation drive at the Naga City People’s                                                                            replaced erstwhile City Councilor Bongat when the latter was
 Hall at the City Hall compound, the GSM Barangay Night                                                                              elected mayor in the 2010 local election.                             Each year, teachers for local funding are recruited,
                                                                      The much-awaited 2011 Mayoral Awards took place at
 on June 10, the public presentation of the finalists and                                                                                                                                             evaluated and appointed before the start of the school year.
                                                                   6:00 o’clock in the evening at La Piazza Hall, Avenue Plaza
 judging of submitted designs for the Pilgrimage City Land-                                                                             The city government had been awarded with similar recog-      From January to April, teacher applicants take examinations
                                                                   Hotel with Solicitor-General J. Anselmo I. Cadiz as guest
 mark at the proposed Naga City rotonda on June 11 and the                                                                           nition during Bongat’s chairmanship of the committee             and proficiency tests and conduct teaching demonstrations
                                                                   speaker.                                                                                                                           and interviews before they are recommended by principals
 meaningful 113th Independence Day program at Plaza                                                                                  because of its close monitoring and vigilance on how public
 Quezon last June 12.                                                                                                                funds were spent in the implementation of all the infrastruc-    to the division. So that teachers could prepare the lessons
                                                                      For the first time last June 19, the Naga City government                                                                       on time for the school year, they are appointed prior to the
                                                                                                                                     ture and non-infra projects in the city.
                                                                   and the provincial government of Camarines Sur jointly                                                                             opening of classes. This also prevents backlogs in compe-
     Also last June 12, Mayor John Bongat and the city offi-                                                                                                                                          tencies that should be achieved in the classes.
                                                                   commemorated the 150th birth anniversary of our national
 cials led the groundbreaking of the Centro Naga Welcome                                                                                 The award, which was conferred by the RDC on May 27,
                                                                   hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, at downtown Naga’s Plaza Rizal, in
 Arch at the foot of Puente de Claveria Bridge in Bgy. Tabuco,                                                                       2011 at the Estevez Hall, NEDA Region V, in Legazpi City, is         According to DepEd Naga Schools Division Superinten-
                                                                   collaboration with the Knights of Rizal and the Naga City
 followed by another flag-raising ceremony at SM City Naga                                                                           the city’s fourth.                                               dent Diosdado M. San Antonio, hiring of locally funded
                                                                   Division of the Department of Education.                                                                                           teachers is one of his priorities. He expresses his gratitude
 and, in the evening, ballroom dancing at the people’s hall.
                                                                                                                                        In 2007, the city government garnered the award for the       to the local government for its readiness in filling the gap
                                                                       Sir Simeon F. Adan, regional deputy commander of the                                                                           in teaching manpower. The city government. likewise hired
     Early morning on June 17, city hall employees, private                                                                          most outstanding PMC which was followed in 2008 when it
                                                                   Knights of Rizal in Bicol said that the good thing about the                                                                       41 non-teaching personel (security guards, clerks, etc.)
 sector participants, and barangay officials lined up the city’s                                                                     got the second place and in 2009, again as most outstanding.     needed by the schools.
                                                                   celebration was that after so many years, both the provincial
 major streets, school grounds and vacant lots for the mass
                                                                   and city officials were celebrating together in one venue an
 planting of pili seedlings as Pilimania rolled off to its core                                                                        City Councilor de Asis said the monitoring committee is           Conceived under the Local Government Code, the Naga
                                                                   honored day for the national hero.
 of activities, including the Pilimanialympics and the Kinalas                                                                       requesting the Department of Public Works and Highways           City School Board (NCSB) draws 1% from the income
 Food Festival at Plaza Quezon in the afternoon.                                                                                     (DPWH) to direct all its regional directors and district         derived from real property taxes to support the local edu-
                                                                                                                                     engineers to furnish all the local project monitoring            cation system.
       On Saturday, June 18, a “Diana” all over the city                                                                             committees with programs of work as a tool for promoting
                                                                                                                                     greater social accountability.                                       Its P50-million annual allocation does not only allow
 welcomed the dawning of the golden rays off the sun,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      NCSB to provide for locally funded teachers. It also
 presaging a very important day, the Naga City Charter                                                                                                                                                finances the conduct of teacher enhancement programs and
 Anniversary. As if on cue, a fun run (Dalagan para sa Salog),                                                                          De Asis further said that they are also requesting the mem-   provides support funds for student development projects,
 sponsored by the Camarines Sur Bankers Association reeled                                                                           bers of the Bids and Awards Committee in the city (BACs) to      classrooms, IT equipment and additional books and learning
 off along the city’s major streets, and wound up in time for                                                                        furnish the monitoring committee copies of all infrastructure    resources. NSCB likewise caters to special projects like feed-
 the thanksgiving mass at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral                                                                            projects so that necessary monitoring can be undertaken even     ing, alternative learning and summer enrichment programs.
 while contingents for the civic and military parade arrived                                                                         before the projects are completed.
 for the ensuing parade.                                                                                                                                                                                  The Board is composed of two private school
                                                                                                                                                                                                      principals, the president of the Metro Naga Chamber of
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Commerce and Industry, the chairman of the Naga City
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Peoples’ Council and eight official members representing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      the community’s various sectors, and chaired by no less
                                                                                                                                                                                                      than the Mayor himself. (with inputs from NCSB Adminis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      trator Ernani Suron).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TOWARDS TRANSPARENCY.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    City Councilor Nene de Asis, Chair of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the City’s Project Monitoring Commit-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tee, along with PMC Member City
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Councilor Jose Tuason, receive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the trophy for Outstanding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Local Project Monitoring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Committee in the Bicol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Region. Others in photo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (from left) are Rosario
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reodique, Rose Ciudadano
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and Angel Gonzales, all of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            City Planning and Development
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Office that provides technical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          support to the PMC.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         RANDY VILLAFLOR

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     Scholarship program takes big leap,                                                                                      CSWDO: The story of two
                                                                                                                              successful street children
     gets stronger By Ernani B. Suron

                                                                                                                                                                                                      By Jason B. Neola

                                                                                                        F        OR 20-year-old Neil Breech Lalas and Mario V. Sadia,
                                                                                                                 19, there is more to the City Social Welfare and De-
                                                                                                                 velopment Office than doling out rice, cash or med-
                                                                                                                 ical assistance, tiklad and relief goods to indigents,
                                                                                                                 especially during typhoons and other calamities.

                                                                                                               For them, the CSWDO is a beacon that guides lost
                                                                                                                                                                            and Development Officer of the Philippines. Reblando was
                                                                                                                                                                            also awarded as Outstanding Men-Public Sector of Naga City
                                                                                                                                                                            by the Naga City Jaycees during that same year.

                                                                                                                                                                               Thru the CSWDO, Neil was enlisted in the city govern-
                                                                                                                                                                            ment’s Sanggawadan program while Mario and his other
                                                                                                                                                                            younger brother and sister were taken into custody when he
                                                                                                        individuals to brave life’s tough journeys and send them clearly    refused to go to school. Many times Mario would stow away
                                                                                                        to a shore of peace and contentment.                                because he felt he could sustain himself by straying in the
                                                                                                            Indeed, the CSWDO, through the exemplary performance
                                                                                                        of its duties has brought honor to the city with the following        Being a Sanggawadan beneficiary, Neil was able to pursue
                                                                                                        awards: 1st Place, Child Friendly City in the Bicol Region;         his elementary education with free school supplies and free
                                                                                                        Second Runner Up, Child-Friendly City (component city cate-         supply of rice based on his actual attendance in school. Mario
                                                                                                        gory) in 2002; First Runner-Up, Child-Friendly City in 2004;        was finally endorsed to stay and study at the School of Don
                                                                                                        and eventually the Most Child Friendly in the National Search       Bosco in Alabang which helped him take the Alternative
                                                                                                        for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities in 2007 and, again,    Learning System (ALS) that qualified him to enroll in second-

                                                                                                        the Most Child-Friendly City (highly urbanized city category)       ary and vocational courses.
            HE city’s tertiary scholarship program is                                                   in 2008.
                                                            INSPIRING THE CITY SCHOLARS.
            getting stronger and more responsive to the     Mayor John Bongat, together with the                                                                              Because of the assistance extended by the city
            needs of the young populace under the           members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod          How Neil and Mario came to love the CSWDO began when             government thru the CSWDO, both young men are now
            dynamic leadership of City Mayor John           headed by Vice Mayor Gabby Bordado,         they were as young as 6 and 5 years old. Personnel from the         better equipped to face life’s challenges.
            Bongat.                                         congratulates all the city scholars and     office, seeing their sorry plight offered help to send them to
    The City Mayor, in his State of the City Report on      their parents during the Welcome and                                                                              Neil, who had graduated salutatorian at Tabuco
                                                            Orientation Program last June 4, 2011 at
January 25, 2011, underscored the need for an               the newly constructed Naga City People’s
                                                                                                                                                                            Elementary School, valedictorian at the Naga City
increased budget for the tertiary scholarship program       Hall. In his message, the City Mayor           CSWDO workers had since then been conducting “rescue             Science High School in 2007, and Magna Cum Laude with
in the wake of economic difficulties and rising cost of     called on all city scholars to study hard     operations” for children straying in the streets or skipping      distinction in Accountancy and Achievement Award at
college or tech-voc education.                              and complete their studies until they             school to earn a living.                                      Ateneo de Naga University last March 2010, will now be
                                                            become professionals and skilled workers                                                                        taking this coming October the licensure examinations for
    From 173 scholars last school year, a total of 460      which are vital in the city’s economic                    Today, LGU Naga has promised to become even           Certified Public Accountants.
students have been awarded scholarship grants for this      growth.                                                more aggressive in protecting the welfare of
school year, a manifestation of the city’s resolve to                                                              children, especially the indigent ones who need            Mario who had the opportunity to completely reform his
effectively implement Ordinance No. 2010-063,              National Secondary Achievement Test                     stronger hands to help them.                             image from a naughty and playful street child to one of Don
otherwise known as Naga’s Tertiary Scholarship Pro-        (NSAT) or at least 80% average with no                                                                           Bosco’s diligent students is now among the best and trusted
gram. This ordinance, which was enacted last               failing grade in any subject or has not                    Only recently, City Mayor John G. Bongat sought       bakers of a well-known bread shop in Naga and Bicol, Baker’s
December 7, 2010, was authored by City Councilor           yet completed a tertiary course, except                 to finalize plans to provide shelter to abandoned        Plaza.
Nelson Legacion and co-authored by Councilor Ray-an        for vocational scholars; (c) should have               and neglected children through its Center for Chil-
Cydrick Rentoy with the full support of the members        a weighted average of at least 2.5 or                 dren at the Metro Naga Sports Complex in Barangay            Neil, who feels grateful for what he is now, vows: “I want
of the Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor         80% in the last semester in college; (d)                     Pacol where they can participate in worthwhile      to be an instrument of change to other youth who have the
Gabriel Bordado, Jr.                                       should have passed the entrance exam-                           endeavors while waiting for the next             passion for learning but cannot afford the
                                                           ination, if required, of the school where                        enrolment under the close watch of              cost of education. I want to support
  The city scholars underwent qualifying examination       he or she intends to enroll in; (e) the                           CSWDO.                                         those who are like me
and screening administered by the Education, Scholar-      gross annual income of his/her                                                                                   for I know their feelings.”
ships, and Sports Office (ESSO), a new office created      parents/guardians must not be more                                       Growing up without a father’s
under Ordinance No. 2011-001. Records show that 335        than P180,000.00; and (f) is not                                    affection and guidance, Neil had to             For Mario, he wants to reunite
of these scholars are enrolled in bachelor degree          presently enjoying any scholarship or                                peddle his mom’s homemade “yema”            with his family. He said his family
courses while 125 of them are taking up technical          study grant.                                                           to augment his family’s daily             is the greatest gift by God to man
vocational education and training (TVET).                                                                                         subsistence while Mario worked as         and that he would do everything to
                                                               In his message during the Welcome                                watch-your-car boy to help his ailing       search for his family so that they
      Poor but deserving students enrolled or are          and Orientation Program for scholars                                mother feed his other siblings.              can live together again.
enrolling in any college or technical vocational           last June 4, 2011, the city mayor assured
education courses are eligible for admission to the        the scholars and their parents that edu-                               The “rescue” mission is part of the            SUCCESS STORIES.
scholarship program. A qualified applicant (a) must be     cation will always be on top of the                                mandated task of the local government              Neil Breech Lalas and
a Filipino citizen and resident of the City of Naga who    agenda of his administration, proof of                            to extend special protection to children            Mario Sadia, despite
is not more than 25 years old (at the time of the filing                                                                                                                         difficulties, have chosen
                                                           which is the passage of the 2011 Exec-                         and spare them from abuse, exploitation and
                                                                                                                                                                                 to tread the right path.
of application), with good moral character and does not    utive-Legislative Budget of Naga City                         discrimination as provided for in RA 7610.              At right is CSWDO Head
have any derogatory record; (b) must be a high school      where the education sector was given                                                                                  Jaime Reblando.
graduate with 75% percentile rank or above in the          substantial budget allocation compared                               The CSWDO is headed by Jaime R.
                                                           to previous years. “Let us put our money                        Reblando who has been named 2004
                                                           where our mouth is,” stressed Mayor                             Outstanding Local Social Welfare and
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                                                                      But the CPA-lawyer was quick to add that he doesn’t feel        At the 2nd Salud Bicolnon Award rites
                                                                   bitter about his being a former janitor, a job that he faith-
                                                                   fully delivered for almost 10 years to keep him in school.
                                                                   He said the lowly task helped him build his dreams and de-
                                                                                                                                     Secretary Ona to honor                                       LGUs emulate
                                                                   velop the low-profile nature in his character.                    CHO’s accomplishments                                        Naga’s GROW
                                                                      “I told myself that I would not sweep the floor for the        and Mayor Bongat’s efforts
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Negosyo By Jason B. Neola
     Success comes to those who work for it
                                                                   rest of my life and that I have to pursue my education no
                                                                   matter what happens if only to find the way out.”                 in Emergency Management

                                                                                                                                    T                                                             O
                                By Jason B. Neola                                                                                                                       By Jason B. Neola
                                                                       Although he regarded his being a city councilor a twist                                                                               NE of the best ways for an LGU to win the
                                                                   of fate since his elective position was outside his chosen ca-

                                                                                                                                          HE regional office of the Department of Health in                  fight against poverty is to empower micro-
                                                                   reer path, he said, “I can assure the public that I am doing                                                                              entrepreneurs in the barangays.
           E is known to many as Smart Buddy. He is friend and                                                                            Bicol will give due recognition to the City Govern-
                                                                   my utmost to be an effective public worker.”
           brother to everybody and took the smart path to rise                                                                           ment of Naga under Mayor John G. Bongat as an ef-
           from poverty so that he could help more, especially                                                                            fective partner in the DOH’s “Iligtas sa Tigdas ang        This was stressed in the forum organized by the
                                                                     One of the best legal minds in the city council, Councilor                                                                   Philippine Commission on Women in Davao City last
those that have less in life but whom he hopes would someday                                                                              Pinas 2011” campaign.
                                                                   Buddy chairs and co-chairs key committees as he also                                                                           Aug.17, this year, for concerned government workers
live a better life that he enjoys now.                             authored and co-authored significant measures that are             The 2nd Salud Bicolnon Awards which will honor other        from Luzon and Mindanao where the city government
                                                                   mostly related to finances of the city government.               deserving LGU partner-implementers, non-governmental          of Naga was the assembly’s resource LGU.
    City Councilor Salvador “Buddy” del Castillo had served as
                                                                                                                                    organizations and other national agencies and members
janitor in the same corridors of the Naga City Hall where he is       Life was tough then for young Buddy that he had to work       of the health sector, will be held on September 1, this          The Naga City Government shared with the partici-
now looked up to as a distinguished and honorable member of        as janitor if only to send himself to college where he spent     year, at the Concourse Convention Center in Legazpi City.     pating government workers the best practices of the
the Sangguniang Panlungsod while he keeps his same amiable         six years – from 1971 to 1976 – to finish his 4-year Bachelor                                                                  city’s Barangay GROW (Growing Opportunities for
bearing and personal touch that bespeak of his humble begin-       of Science in Commerce major in Accountancy course at the          The Naga City Health Office, headed by Dr. Vito ‘Butch’     Wealth) Negosyo project.
nings.                                                             University of Nueva Caceres.                                     Borja II, has been successful in the implementation of its
                                                                                                                                    Measle Rubella Supplemental Immunization. He will be             Metro PESO Project Development Officer Mike Rico
    “I feel I am on cloud nine every time I see my situation now      “Yes, I was a janitor at City Hall, but I didn’t sweep my     accompanied by EPI Coordinator Rosalina Rillo to receive      said a similar event will be conducted for LGUs in
as one of the policymakers in the city government, a very rare     way to reach a higher level of employment, everything went       the awards in behalf of the city government.                  Luzon and Visayas on August 31 to Sept. 1 at the
opportunity which is entirely different from when I was here       through a process until I became a Certified Public Ac-                                                                        Manila Century Park Sheraton Hotel, where the city’s
at the same hall 41 years ago working as janitor,” he said.        countant,” he said.                                                 DOH Secretary Enrique T. Ona will be the guest of          success story will again be put in the spotlight.
                                                                                                                                    honor during the award rites.
                                                                      Buddy’s motto in life Carpe Diem, “Seize the day!”, had                                                                        Naga City’s GROW Negosyo is a collaboration of the
                                                                   taught him to be realistic in responding intelligently and ap-      Bicol DOH Regional Director Nestor F. Santiago, M.D.,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  city’s 27 Punong Barangays, and the Sanggunian’s Com-
                                                                   propriately to the challenging needs of his career.              in his letter to Mayor John G. Bongat said the city mayor’s
                                                                                                                                    efforts as partner in health emergency management will
                                                                                                                                                                                                  mittee on Livelihood and City Government livelihood
                                                                                                                                    also be acknowledged in the ceremonies.                       program implementers like the Naga City Council for
                                                                      The former City Accountant said he became a lawyer                                                                          Women which pushes for women micro-entrepreneur-
                                                                   without even thinking of becoming one. “What was in my              The DOH, as part of its mandate, has been initiating       ship policies and programs.
                                                                   mind was to study law to obtain some basic knowledge             health reforms in close partnership with various sectors
                                                                   which I could apply to some official actions that needed         of society which “provided us significant accomplish-            GROW Negosyo is one of the centerpiece projects of
                                                                   legal           understanding. He successfully passed the        ments for our clientele and across sectors of our             the Bongat administration which seeks to raise the
                                                                   bar and the rest is now history.                                 communities.”                                                 barangay level employment rate, establish improved
                                                                                                                                                                                                  household             income levels, develop a proud
                                                                      He rose as chief of the City Accountant’s Office in 1993        Dr. Borja attributed the success of the city government’s   barangay-owned product, encourage the emergence of
                                                                   after 23 years in service as laborer-janitor, Internal Central   campaign to the nurses and midwifes at the City Health        model entrepreneurs and attain the city government’s
                                                                   Officer, Auditing Examiner, Accountant II, and Accountant        Office who are indefatigably “working in the barangays        vision for economic empowerment.
                                                                   IV in the city government, in that order.                        and coordinating with the barangay officials, including
                                                                                                                                    Barangay Health Workers as partners, in order to provide          Among the key strategies being adopted to ensure
                                                                     He was appointed Acting City Administrator in 1998 until       significant accomplishments for the well being of the         the continued operations of identified micro-enter-
                                                                      he was elected City Councilor in 2004.                        city’s residents.”                                            prises are capability-building trainings and seminars,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  consultation/business counseling and constant project
                                                                                For his integrity and exemplary track record as                                                                   monitoring of beneficiaries, identification of barangay
                                                                                   a dedicated public servant, he was a recipi-                                                                   ME champions and role models, and identification of
                                                                                      ent of the prestigious “Dangal ng Bayan”                                                                    industry business counselors from among the liveli-
                                                                                       Award in 1995 given by the Civil Service                                                                   hood program implementers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Metro PESO’s Enterprise Development Center
                                                                                           But Buddy’s luck and hard work do                                                                      recommends policies and directions as regards projects
                                                                                         not end there. Reports said he is being                                                                  and advocacies while strengthening the city’s income-
                                                                                          eyed to head the Bureau of Local                                                                        generating programs to ensure stable fund source. The
                                                                                           Government Finance (BLGF) by the                                                                       Center has forged strong partnerships with the private
                                                                                            Aquino administration.                                                                                sector, NGOs/POs, NGAs and the Barangay Councils to

                                                                                                                                                                                                  ensure significant triumphs in the furtherance of en-
                  Councilor del Castillo has laid the groundwork                                  The former janitor who now                                                                      trepreneurship and livelihood development in the
                  for the codification of various revenue                                       stands shoulder-to-shoulder                                                                       barangays to help families uplift their standard of living
                  generating ordinances of the city from 1974 to                                 with peers in both the law                                                                       and build self-confidence among them as members of
                                                                                                  and accountancy professions                                                                     a productive community.
                  2004, which eventually led to Ordinance No.                                      is not about to rest on his
                  2004-123, also known as “An Ordinance                                             laurels, as more good
                  Codifying and Revising the Various Revenue                                         opportunities continue to
                  Ordinances of the City of Naga, and for other                                       come his way.
                                                                                                                                                                DOH Secretary Enrique Ona
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                                                                                                                                       The DARE course, as pointed out          mayor) and the rest of Team Naga        any undertaking. The NRRP

                                                                                                                                       by Dr. Tuminez, would try to             were determined to implement it.        apparently has the authority, with
                                                                                                                                       enchance      the     participants’      Barely three weeks after their          no less than the city government
                                                                                                                                       knowledge and skills while at the        Singapore sojourn, they managed         of Naga, the Roman Catholic
                                                                                                                                       same time encouraging them to            to get a resolution from the City       Church, and even the Regional
                                                                                                                                       “learn from the experience of            Council        declaring         the    Development Council backing it

                  the Naga River
                                                                                                                                       Singapore and from direct expo-          revitalization of the Naga river as     up.
                                                                                                                                       sure to this city-state.” She also       a top priority project of the city
                                                                                                                                       advised them to “network with            government of Naga. The Catholic        Public acceptance on the other
                                                                                                                                       one another to share insights and        Church, through Archbishop              hand, has been gaining tremen-
                                                                                                                                       explore opportunities for mutual         Leonardo Z. Legaspi himself, also       dous headway with almost all
                                By Gabriel Hidalgo Bordado, Jr.                                                                        support and learning in the              expressed unequivocal support for       sectors of the community
                                                                                                                                       future.”                                 the project. By all indications, the    endorsing the project. The ability
          (This article formed part of the presentation made by the                                                                                                             project was off to a good start.        angle, however, remains a bit
          author, with Mayor John Bongat and City Planning and                                                                         TEAM NAGA                                                                        hazy considering the estimated $8
          Development Officer Wilfredo Prilles Jr. at the 2nd Leader-                                                                                                              Bongat then issued an executive      million capital outlay for a project
          ship in Local Government Program at the National Univer-
          sity of Singapore last May 30, 2011. The program was                                                                           Team Naga (as it was dubbed in         order creating a multi-sectoral task    cycle spanning five years. But the
          sponsored by the World Bank Institute (WBI) and the Singa-                                                                   Singapore) was composed of then          force headed by the CPDO to over-       World Bank had noted the
          pore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SMFA). Incidentally, Team                                                                  incoming and now Mayor John G.           see the implementation of the           earnestness of Team Naga and the
          Naga (Bicol)-Philippines was adjudged by the WBI and the                                                                     Bongat, a lawyer; City Planning          project. The new mayor decided to       vast potentials of NRRP.
          SMFA as the top performing team in the first edition of the                                                                  and Development Office (CPDO)            take the bull by its horn, so to
                                                                                  FOR CLEAN RIVER.
          program in 2010, which drew participants from 5 nations.)               Bordado, Prilles and Bongat in Singapore forum.      Chief Wilfredo Prilles Jr., a            speak, and address head-on the              In a letter dated April 14, 2011
                                                                                                                                       graduate of Cambridge Univer-            “squatters problem,”        i.e. the    and addressed to Mayor Bongat,
                                                                                                                                       sity;   City     Engineer     Leon       informal settlers on the river-         WB official Jose Eduardo Campos
                                                                                                                                       Palmiano IV, concurrently the            banks. And he was taken aback by        disclosed that “ over the course of

 W                  HEN the Naga River overflowed at
                    the height of typhoon Bebeng’s
                    fury, 22 out of the 27 barangays
                    of Naga City were inundated,
                    forcing more than a thousand
 families to seek shelter and surcease in strategically
 located evacuation centers in this heartland of Bicol.

                                                                 Despite (or because of) its
                                                            strategic importance, the Naga
                                                            River has to contend with
                                                            siltation, pollution and atten-
                                                            dant problems spawned by
                                                                                                  and results) piloted at the pres-
                                                                                                  tigious National University of
                                                                                                  Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew
                                                                                                  School of Public Policy.

                                                                                                  DARE PROGRAM
                                                                                                                                       dean of the college of engineering
                                                                                                                                       of a local university; City Budget
                                                                                                                                       Officer Francisco Mendoza, who
                                                                                                                                       also handles the city’s agriculture
                                                                                                                                       portfolio; and this contributor.
                                                                                                                                       After the 10-day DARE Course,
                                                                                                                                       the team audaciously unveiled
                                                                                                                                                                                the settlers’ willingness to pull out
                                                                                                                                                                                of the restricted area for as long as
                                                                                                                                                                                they would be given by the city
                                                                                                                                                                                government a place where they
                                                                                                                                                                                could re-settle.

                                                                                                                                                                                  In the ensuing months, partner-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        a 12 month follow-up, the Naga
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        City Leadership Team continually
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        impressed the DARE program with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        plans to revitalize the Naga River.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Specifically, we were impressed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        by your team’s enthusiasm to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        identify adaptive leadership and
                                                            human       transgressions    all          “This program begins with       what would be known as the Naga          ships with other sectors were           communication strategies to
 STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE                                       through the decades. Now, it is       the premise that urbanization is     River    Revitalization     Project      forged, a conceptual design             address the Naga City River
                                                            a mere shadow of its former self      a driving force for change in the    (NRRP).                                  contest launched, consultations in      Challenges.” He likewise informed
     Bane or boon, the river has been inextricably          with a water quality barely sus-      world. Cities are engines of         .                                        the 10 riverine barangays               the mayor that Team Naga was
 intertwined with the history of the ancient city           taining aquatic life. During the      growth, but they also pose           THE NRRP                                 conducted, and the “Run for Naga        selected by the WB and the Lee
 formerly named Ciudad de Nueva Caceres, one of             incumbency of Mayor (now              serious      challenges       for                                             River” series held to further raise     Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
 the five original Spanish settlements in the country       Department of the Interior and        governance and infrastructure           Among other things, the project       public awareness. Negotiations          as the top performing team in the
 established way back in 1586. The river actually           Local Government Secretary)           for economic growth and              will entail the crafting of a            with the United Nations Educa-          first ever DARE program in 2010.
 bisects the city into two distinct districts. In the       Jesse Robredo, he implemented         quality,” Dr. Astrid Tuminez,        comprehensive urban infrastruc-          tional and Scientific Organization
 olden days, the northern district was the seat of the      the “Save the Naga River”             assistant dean for executive         ture program, the physical upgrad-       (UNESCO) and the Cities Develop-            All these may augur well for
 local civil Spanish government and the Catholic            program aimed at reversing the        education of Lee Kuan Yew            ing of the riverbanks, and the           ment Initiative for Asia (CDIA) are     “the river that runs through the
 ecclesiastical entity whose power and influence,           deleterious effects of the            School of Public Policy, said in     establishment of water treatment         underway to secure technical and        heart of Bicol”, as one blogger
 according to historical records, spanned as far as         unhampered and, for certain           her welcome remarks.                 facilities to address river pollution.   financial assistance.                   aptly puts it. And with some help
 Nueva Ecija in Central Luzon. On the other hand,           periods in history, unregulated                                            The CPDO contends that the NRRP                                                  from Ina (the Bicolano term of
 Chinese merchants and artisans, along with the na-         use of the waterway. It proved            According to Dr. Tuminez,        will dovetail with the initiatives       THE 3 A’s                               endearment for Our Lady of
 tives, congregated in the southern district.               to be an uphill battle until last     the city government officials        “in poverty alleviation as well as                                               Peñafrancia), it can truly be
                                                            year when Naga, still under the       “will play a key role in creating    good governance and responsible             For sure, the project won’t be a     transformed into the river of life.
     Beyond its historicity, the 1.5- kilometer (even       stewardship of Mayor Robredo,         structures and implementing          citizenship” with the end in view        walk in the park—although mini-
 stretching up to 15 kilometers at its headwaters,          was selected, through a highly        strategies for more inclusive        of enhancing the city’s “livability.”    parks and walkways along the                                PHOTOGRAPHY
 according to a technical paper) Naga River plays a         competitive process, by the           growth and development.” But                                                  riverbanks will form part of the                            Bong Bajo
 significant economic role, irrigating the city’s fertile   Ministry of Foreign Affairs of        she posed some intriguing            The proposed project, widely             grand design. As pointed out in
 upland barangays where vegetables and other cash           Singapore and the World Bank          queries regarding fund sourcing,     acclaimed in Singapore, was              the DARE program, one needs the
 crops thrive, and nurturing the once expansive rice-       Institute to represent (along         upgrading service delivery and       certainly not a flash on the pan- or     3 A’s—authority, acceptance and
 fields of the lowlands. It is also the venue of the        with     Quezon      City)   the      quality of life of city residents,   a ripple in the river. Lawyer            ability – to insure the success of
 annual fluvial procession in honor of Bicolandia’s         Philippines in the 5-nation           and getting the support of the       Bongat (by then a full-fledged
 patroness, Our Lady of Peñafrancia. Incidentally, this     executive program on leader-          people to sustain development
 devotion, which draws almost a million devotees,           ship in local government code-        programs and projects.
 has been going on for 300 uninterrupted years, its         named DARE (decision, action
 tercentenary having been marked last year.

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 Naguenos run                                                   Naga River Project Team                                           How Naga is boosting its tourism efforts
 for Naga River                                                 lauded in Singapore                                             Stepping up to the game

                                                                            By Shiena M. Barrameda                                      By Alec Francis A. Santos
           OME three thousand participants joined the “Run                                                                                                                                                                                      Bong Bajo
           for Naga River” last April 16, 2011.

                                                                                                                               B        ICOL has taken great strides in the tourism world, becoming the “must go to” place in the country. Right at the heart
                                                                                                                                        of the land of volcanoes and chili is Naga City, a premiere destination city visited by millions of travellers every
                                                                                                                                        year. The City’s charming allure, with a much simpler pace of life is complemented by its cosmopolitan nature.

                                                                                                                                  As the undisputed center of trade
                                                                                                                               and commerce, education, culture
                                                                                                                                                                            Through effective and regular
                                                                                                                                                                         dialogue with the private sector thru
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ACTO also conducted preliminary ocular
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  inspections upon request by owners and
                                                                                                                               and the arts, as well as religion in      various tourism-related organiza-        provided recommendations to help improve
                                                                                                                               Southern Luzon, Naga once again           tions, as well as developing standard    their establishments. By helping local
                                                                                                                               took center stage during the tourism      tour packages and itineraries            businesses comply with DOT standards, the
                                                                                                                               boom in the province and in the re-       anchored on Naga’s unique history        City Government aims to ensure a high
                                                                                                                               gion, owing to its dynamic economic       and rich natural biodiversity on Mt.     probability of accreditation approval by the
                                                                                                                               environment and wealth of quality         Isarog, the ACTO has set the stage for   DOT.
                                                                                                                               amenities catering to the needs of        the successful development of Naga’s
                                                                                                                               tourists.                                 tourism landscape.                          The City is also poised to develop the lush
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  forests and rumbling waterfalls of Mt. Isarog

                                                                                                                                  A large majority of visitors who          Aside from its usual function as a    into an eco-adventure destination. Barely 30
                                                                                                                               head to the province to experience        tourist assistance center for visitors   minutes from downtown Naga, Mt. Isarog
                                                                        HE World Bank has selected the leadership team         extreme water sports and athletic         in Naga, the ACTO is also imple-         Natural Park boasts of at least four waterfalls
    The project, a joint effort of the Archdiocese of                   behind the Naga River Revitalization Project           events stay, dine and shop in Naga,       menting regular tour facilitator         within 45-minutes of each other, thick forest
 Caceres and the City Government of Naga, was aimed at                  (NRRP) as top performer under its inaugural DARE       boosting the local economy and            trainings for college students,          canopies, a breath-taking sunset view of
 raising funds and awareness in the rehabilitation of the       training program, earning Mayor John G. Bongat and Vice        further promoting the City. Market-       professionals and even retirees.         Metro Naga and even Camarines Norte and a
 storied Naga River. In enjoining everyone to take part in      Mayor Gabriel Bordado, Jr. an invitation to share their        ing studies have shown that personal      Given the large number of visitors,      wide variety of endemic flora and fauna.
 the rehabilitation program of the river, Caceres Arch-         experience before international participants for this year’s   referrals, particularly through social    conventions and national and inter-
 bishop Leonardo Z. Legaspi said: “We are reviving not          edition of the event.                                          networking sites and the internet,        national events in the province and          Part of the East Highland Tourism Zone,
 only a body of water but we are reviving the life and                                                                         are four times more effective than        the City, there was an urgent need to    the slopes of Mt. Isarog is home to several
 identity of Bicolanos as well.”                                     Jose Edgardo Campos, World Bank Institute manager         advertising, reaching four times          train a pool of highly-qualified tour    resorts, the most notable of which is the
                                                                in charge of the program, said Team Naga was selected in       more people than conventional             facilitators to ensure the comfort and   Panicuason Hot Springs Resort where guests
    He said the Naga River is not only integral to the          a competitive process because “it made the best use of (the    advertising. Banking on this research     safety of guests in Naga.                can immerse themselves in geothermal pools
 devotion of Our Lady of Peñafrancia (where a fluvial           DARE) program to enhance your knowledge and skills;            finding, Naga City Mayor John G.                                                   reaching 39°C (102°F) while listening to the
 procession is held in Her honor every September) but           learn from the experience in Singapore and from your           Bongat ordered the creation of the           With R.A. 9593 or the Tourism Act     mighty rush of the Inarihan River, bringing
 also vital to every Bicolano.                                  direct exposure to this city-state; and apply the concepts     Naga City Marketing and Promotions        of 2009 in full swing, local govern-     endless torrents of cool rainwater from Mt.
                                                                to explore opportunities for your team and city’s future.”     Group, headed by Mr. Reuel Oliver,        ment units were empowered to take        Isarog to San Miguel Bay.
    Mayor John Bongat emphasized that through unified                                                                          head of the Naga City Investment          bigger responsibilities and become
 efforts to revitalize the River that gave Naga its life, “we        DARE is shorthand for “Decisions, Actions, Results:       Board (NCIB).                             stakeholders in the quest for a               Guests who have taken in Naga’s rich
 can ensure the future of Naga as a vibrant community.”         Leadership in Local Government,” a program launched in                                                   robust tourism industry and conse-       history thru its old buildings and churches
                                                                2010 jointly sponsored by the WBI, the Singaporean                 The group was a crack team of         quently, a more progressive              and who have experienced jungle fever thru
   “What we will do next will define our future as a city       Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Lee Kuan Yew School        City Government officials as well as      economy. In support of the               eco-tourism destinations can unwind at the
 and as a people,” the mayor added.                             of Public Policy.                                              employees tasked to study ways to         Department of Tourism’s (DOT) goal       Magsaysay Lifestyle District where dozens of
                                                                                                                               effectively promote Naga not only as      of ensuring that tourism-oriented        restaurants, cafes and bars await avid visitors
    The formal run kicked off shortly after a brief                “Over the course of the 12-month follow-up, the Naga        a tourist destination but also as a       establishments comply with interna-      longing for entertainment and a plain good
 program and pre-run stretching exercises at Plaza              City Leadership Team continually impressed the DARE            magnet for investors. The group           tional standards, Mayor Bongat           time. Establishments offer everything from
 Quezon that started at about 4:30 a.m. Opening                 Program with project plans to revitalize the Naga River.       incorporates marketing principles         issued Executive Order 2011-005 to       signature cocktail drinks and beer buckets to
 messages were imparted by Mayor Bongat and Mgsr.               Specifically, we were impressed with your team’s               with viral marketing strategies and       effectively implement the guidelines     international coffee brands. Guests can also
 Zosimo Ma. Sañado, Run for Naga River project chair.           enthusiasm to identify adaptive leadership and communi-        studies in detail the City’s target       for DOT accreditation.                   take a bite of Bicol and Naga with many
                                                                cation strategies to address the river’s challenges.” Campos   market segments for focused                                                        restaurants offering hot and spicy Bicolano
    All runners wound up at Porta Mariae, the designated        added.                                                         promotions.                                  To realize the City Government’s      dishes like laing, pinangat, Bicol Express, and
 finish line, at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral grounds,                                                                                                                objective of high-standard services      kinunot.
 where there was a brief program and awarding of prizes              Inspired by the Naga River project, this year’s DARE          The Arts, Culture and Tourism         from establishments catering to
 and trophies to winners.                                       program will be held in Singapore from May 22 to June 2,       Office (ACTO), on the other hand, set     tourists, the ACTO has adopted and          Guests often realize that one visit to Naga
                                                                2011, focusing on “Riverfront Re-Development and Water         out to implement the functions and        updated DOT guidelines for dissemi-      is never enough and that the City is better
   The activity is part of the main project, “Salog Kan         Management.”                                                   duties it was entrusted with during       nation to primary tourism establish-     experienced with friends and families. Naga
 Buhay” which initially gathered and named the best                                                                            the office’s creation (pursuant to E.O.   ments like hotels, tourist inns and      may not be as large as other urban centers in
 concept designs to be used and modified in the                     Mayor Bongat and city officials presented the City’s       2010-007, June 30, 2010) in the           travel and tour agencies. Guidelines     the country but it is jampacked with every-
 revitalization of the now polluted and crowded river.          experiences under NRRP on May 30, capped by the                early months of the Bongat adminis-       were also distributed to secondary       thing and anything visitors can ever wish for
                                                                presentation of the Top Performer Award by Dr. Liu Thai        tration, defining its functions,          tourism establishments like              – a truly Maogmang Naga.
   Runners took the main streets around the city proper         Ker, the man behind the successful implementation of           goals and objectives while formu-         restaurants, cafes and bars to help
 and crossed the seven bridges of Almeda, Magsaysay,            public housing in Singapore and the formulation of a           lating plans to address problems en-      owners assess their facilities,          The Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (ACTO) is
 Colgante, Delfin Rosales, Tabuco/Puente de Claveria and                                                                       countered by the City’s tourism           products and services. Staff from the    located at the ground floor of the Raul S. Roco
                                                                vision for the current and further urban development of                                                                                           Library Bldg., City Hall Compound. Questions?
 Sabang that span the Naga River.                               the city state.                                                industry.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Please email, or call +63 54
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4783987 or fax +63 54 4722652.

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                                                                                                                                             BICOL PRODUCTS.
       5,000 delegates to arrive in November                                                                                                 Mayor Bongat and AdCongress chair Sandy Prieto-
                                                                                                                                             Romualdez visit the ‘Pasalubong’ Center at the Naga
                                                                                                                                             City People’s Mall during the latter’s familiarization
 Naga and CamSur welcome AdCongress participants                                                                                             visit to the city.              JOSE COLLERA                Naga, CamSur top tourist

                                By Jason B. Neola                    PEACE AND UNITY.
                                                                     Photo Below. CamSur Gov. LRay Villafuerte and Naga Mayor John G.                                                                    arrivals anew

                                                                     Bongat flash the “peace” sign along with members of the AdCongress22
                                                                     executive committee headed by Sandy Prieto-Romualdez (seated,
                         AGA and CamSur will be home to the          second from right) and Andre Kahn (seated, third from right).                                                                                  NCE again, Camarines Sur and this city topped the regional
                         22nd Philippine Advertising Congress!”                                                                                                                                                     distribution of incoming travelers for the year 2010, ac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cording to the latest data released by the regional office of
    Thus announced Sandra Prieto-Romualdez, 22nd PAC chair-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the Department of Tourism based in Legazpi City.
 person, during a forum held at the Marriott Hotel in Parañaque
 City last August 23, this year, before newsmen and members                                                                                                                                              By an overwhelming margin, Camarines Sur and Naga City posted a
 of key media organizations “who are hosting this year’s Ad-                                                                                                                                          total of 2,330,116 domestic and foreign tourist arrivals for the period
 Congress with the Advertising Board of the Philippines (Ad-                                                                                                                                          January to December 2010. This is 48.75 percent higher than previous
 Board).”                                                                                                                                                                                             year’s performance of 1,566,447.
     The event, which is being held every two years, has invited    Tutssel of Leo Burnett Worldwide, and Geoff Tan of                                                                                    On foreign travelers, Camarines Sur and Naga City churned out a
 world-class speakers “who are expected to provide the atten-       Singapore Press Holdings.                                                      Mayor Bongat has prepared a 2-day                  total of 461,053 arrivals for 2010, a figure that is four times over than
 dees with inputs to face the unique set of challenges and real-                                                                            heritage and eco-adventure tour to bring the              what Albay/Legazpi City produced during the same year which stood
 ities that the industry is facing nowadays.”                          Local speakers include broadcast bigwigs Eugenio Lopez               AdCongress participants and visitors to the               at 116,011. The regional total in foreign tourist arrivals for 2010 was
                                                                    III of ABS-CBN, Felipe Gozon of GMA and Manuel V.                       city’s major tourist destinations.                        posted at 681,134, which was 36.49 percent higher or 233,493 more
     Prieto-Romualdez, president/chief executive officer of the     Pangilinan of TV5.                                                                                                                than the previous year’s 447,641.
 Philippine Daily Inquirer, said: “AdCongress22 expects 5,000                                                                                   Bongat said the city, which plays host to
 delegates and guests to troop to Camarines Sur and Naga City       GAME CHANGERS                                                           close to a million Peñafrancia visitors every                Camarines Sur/Naga’s combined tourist arrivals, as in previous three
 as the big event which is slated on November 16-19, this year,                                                                             year, is ready with its 4,593 star-rated hotel            years, represent more than two-thirds of the Bicol regional total, which
 will be held at the CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC).”               Filipino “game changers” in the arts and sports will also             room capacity to accommodate the guests, ex-              for this year was pegged at 3,122,156, the highest so far since tourism
                                                                    share their learnings in a panel discussion.                            hibitors, VIPs and tourists that are coming to            was given a serious look as a major industry in Bicol.
   Camarines Sur along with the City of Naga is the No. 1 tourist                                                                           the AdCongress.
 destination in the country according to the latest data released       They include award-winning film director Brillante                                                                               Albay and Legazpi City combined placed second in the ranking of
 by the Department of Tourism.                                      Mendoza, furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue, and                          Gov. Villafuerte added that apart from the             tourist arrivals with a total of 299,363 for both domestic and foreign
                                                                    Philippine “Azkals” national football team members                      beautiful experience that the visitors will get           tourists, and a 27 percent growth rate over previous year’s 235,857.
    The biennial event is being organized by the Advertising        Alexander Charles Luis Borromeo and brothers Phil and                   from the province they will also be awed by
 Board of the Philippines to promote development and greater        James Younghusband                                                      Naga’s Spanish colonial churches and other                    Third place is the island province of Masbate with 160,584 tourist
 interaction among players in the industry.                                                                                                 ancient landmarks.                                        arrivals. Unfortunately, the figure is 7 percent lower than what the
                                                                         Panelists representing the fashion industry include                                                                          province registered in the previous year which was better at 172,242.
    “It is a chance for all practitioners to learn new techniques   designer Marlon Rivera, president and chief creative                        The governor said the provincial govern-
 in marketing communications from world-class, local and            officer of Publicis Manila; and Preview Magazine’s Pauline              ment is currently building 80 units of new                   Camarines Norte placed fourth with a total of 138,151 tourist arrivals
 international speakers,” Prieto-Romualdez said.                    Suaco-Juan and Vince Uy.                                                wood cabins to bolster CWC’s Villa del Rey                for 2010, a 15.56 percent improvement over its 2009 performance of
                                                                                                                                            accommodations. “These extra rooms are                    119,542 tourist arrivals. Fifth is Sorsogon which mustered a total of
    This year’s local and international speakers include leading       Hosting this year’s AdCongress with the AdBoard is the               designed to house a minimum of two guests                 101,799 tourist arrivals, a 21 percent growth over previous year’s
 voices in marketing, advertising, mass media, and sports and       United Print Media Group, the Internet and Mobile Mar-                  per room which should allow us therefore to               84,354.
 the arts.                                                          keting Association of the Philippines, the Independent                  accommodate additional 200 delegates.”
                                                                    Blocktimers Association, the Cinema Advertisers Associ-                                                                               The island province of Catanduanes, which is at the bottom of the
     A featured speaker, Charlene Li, is a coauthor of the best-    ation of the Philippines and the Outdoor Advertising                        Business Mirror Vice-President on Corpo-              regional ladder, suffered a 15 percent decrease in tourist arrivals in
 selling book “Groundswell.” A pioneer in social media, Li was      Association of the Philippines.                                         rate Affairs Ricky Alegre, chairman of the                2010, with only 92,143 tourist arrivals compared to previous year’s
 cited in 2010 as one of Top 100 Most Creative People in                                                                                    Special Events Committee, said the race to                108,923.
 Business.                                                             Camarines Sur Gov. LRay Villafuerte has called on the                CamSur and Naga begins November 14. “And
                                                                    prospective AdCongress22 participants “to come over and                 in the middle of seminars and exciting games,                According to Tourism Regional Director Nini Ravanilla, the region’s
    Also addressing the congress is Patrick Shult, president of     feel that rock star treatment being given traditionally by              there will be trade exhibits, very much unlike            banner tourist attractions, which she dubbed as Bicol’s tourism icons,
 FremantleMedia Southeast Asia, the company that brought            the province to its visitors and guests.”                               the traditional tiangge, which will be the best           remain to be Camarines Sur’s Watersports Complex and the Caramoan
 smash TV franchises like “American Idol” to Asian households.                                                                              place for brands to really show off what                  peninsula, Naga City’s Peñafrancia Festival, Albay’s Mayon Volcano, and
                                                                        Naga Mayor John G. Bongat, for his part, assured the                they’ve got.”                                             Sorsogon’s Butanding interaction.
     Other foreign speakers include Charles Cadell of McCann        participants that “your stay in Naga is one hell of a good
 Worldgroup; Ricky Ow of SPE Networks-Asia; Laura Wendt of          time” because of Nagueños’ hospitability, good food and                    “Special tents will be built around CWC for                The comparative data for the regional distribution of travelers are
 Disney Channels; Jason Choi of Chell Worldwide Inc.; John          accommodation, and exciting places to visit.                            the showcase – and this time, we are encour-              based on figures submitted by accommodation establishments, such as
 Miller of Nestlé Philippines Inc.; Joeri Van den Bergh, co-                                                                                aging trade exhibitors to make their designs              hotels, inns, beach resorts, and other billeting facilities where tourists’
 founder and “Gen Y” expert of InSites Consulting; Mark                                                                                     as game-changing as possible,” he added.                  stay are accordingly recorded in the establishment’s logbook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bicol Mail, June 2, 2011

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                                                                             Toasted siopao, like kinalas, is an innovation by
                                                                         Nagueños from the ordinary steamed siopao or Chi-

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Naga LGU to create database
                                                                         nese meat buns. The toasted version has a longer

 Local dish gives hope                                                   shelf life compared to the steamed ones. Although a
                                                                         variation of siopao, it has a different kind of dough

 to ‘backyard’ business                                                  which can be described as creamy, as well as
                                                                         crunchy.                                                                                                                         for vision-impaired Nagueños

                                  By Shiena M. Barrameda
                                                                            Both the kinalas and toasted siopao are sold in
                                                                         small “carinderias” (canteens) or “turo-turo” around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     HE Naga City Government is setting up a
                                                                         Naga City at low prices ranging from seven to fifteen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     database on vision-impaired individuals in
                                                                         pesos per piece or bowl.
                                                                                                                                                       NAGA’S FINEST.                                                the city while it is mulling to extend more
                                                                                                                                                       The men and women of Naga PNP Station 2                       projects and services to the sector.
                                                                             Leandro “Chef Doy” Sto. Domingo, an interna-

                                                                                                                                                       are proud of their badge and uniform.
                                                                         tional chef and owner of a local high-end restaurant
                                                                         in Naga, said that kinalas is incomparable to other Fil-                                                                            Tess B. Domer, officer-in-charge of the City Hall-
                                                                         ipino dishes due to its exotic ingredients that might                                                                            based Resource Center for the Blind, said an out-
                                                                                                                                                OLICE Chief Inspector Benigno F. Albao, Sr., chief of
                                                                         seem revolting to other people.                                                                                                  reach program is presently being carried out, giving
                                                                                                                                                Naga City Police Station 2, was adjudged winner of
                                                                                                                                                                                                          way for the holding of evaluation and identification
                                                                                                                                                the 2010 Lead PNP Award “for his commendable              of skills, proficiencies and capabilities of vision-
                                                                            “The main ingredient of kinalas, which is the skin         performance worthy of emulation by every member of the
                                                                         of a boar’s head or sometimes the brain of a pig or                                                                              impaired persons in the city.
                                                                                                                                       Philippine National Police.”
                                                                         cow, is often met with disbelief by other Filipinos,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             She said data are being collated to make available
                                                                         and most especially the foreigners,” Chef Doy said. “I           PNP Director General Raul Bacalzo, during ceremonies held       all relevant information regarding every visually
                                                                         am not locally from Naga so I can say how Manileños           at the PNP Training Service at Camp Crame, last July 27, 2011,     challenged individual who might be found useful for
                                                                         like me would feel when they learn about what’s in            said Albao’s records stood out as an inspiration for all police-   possible employment in the future.
                                                                         the bowl of a kinalas. But now that I have been living        men and policewomen to continue to encourage reform,
                                                                         here for five years and have already acquainted my-           change and excellence in service.                                     She said the undertaking is in line with Mayor
                                                                         self with the dish, all I can say is that it is the richest                                                                      John Bongat’s call for providing the visually-
                                                                         tasting native food we ever had.”                                What impressed more the members of the screening and            challenged the opportunity to harness and develop
                                                                                                                                       the national selection committees were the commendable             their potentials and become productive just like a
                                                                            Bongat added that as the most popular native food          accomplishments obtained by Albao’s police station whose           regular person.
                                                                         of Naga, kinalas reflects the character of the common         personnel did not stop from performing their duties to ensure
                                                                         Nagueño who is innovative and resourceful with the            peace and order in their assigned area despite the limited            The Center also conducts training and counseling
                                                                         drive to rise above his simple beginnings toward a            equipment and logistical support coming from the                   to clients who wish to achieve personal growth and
                                                                         better life.

                                                                                                                                       government.                                                        develop their potentials. Counseling involves break-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          ing down fears, misconceptions, and overprotection
                                                                                                                                           In an interview, Albao attributed the station’s exemplary      that ironically are being perpetrated by members of
         HE most popular local dish endemic in this city was given

                                                                            NCPO’s station 2 chief named                               performance to the station’s indefatigable personnel and the       the visually-impaired’s own family.
         its very own annual festival in order to celebrate its
         unique origin and give more hope to ‘backyard’ or house-                                                                      members of the Barangay Intelligence Network who are
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Domer pointed out that even parents of visually-

                                                                            national awardee during 2010
         hold businesses.                                                                                                              extending all-out support to maintain the peace and order
                                                                                                                                                                                                          handicapped preschoolers and out-of-school youths
                                                                                                                                       situation and public safety in the 11 barangays under the
    The first “Kinalas” Festival, launched in honor of the tasty and                                                                                                                                      are encouraged to participate in the activities they
                                                                                                                                       station’s jurisdiction.

                                                                            Lead PNP Award
saucy dish that goes by the same name, was celebrated last June 17,                                                                                                                                       are doing in the community “so that we can come
2011 by the local government under the leadership of Mayor John                                                                                                                                           up with effective family counseling and promote
                                                                                                                                           He said members of the police force and the Barangay           positive attitudes among them.”
G. Bongat with the help of Nagueño small businessmen engaged in                                                                        Information Network volunteers would even use their
the production of “kinalas” and toasted siopao.                                                                                        personal motorcycles in conducting beat patrols.                      She said that through strong partnership with
                                                                                                                                                                                                          parents, we can help them develop themselves
    The objective is to promote the native dish and eventually elevate                                                                   Named as 2010 Mentor Leader for the prestigious Lead PNP         through educational techniques and activities and
it to the same popularity status that other Filipino foods like La Paz                                                                 Award, PCI Albao was accorded with medal and trophy by the         the stimulation of their senses despite their impair-
Batchoy and Sisig enjoy nationwide.                                                                                                    PNP command group and directorial staff led by PNP Chief           ment.
                                                                                                                                       Director General Raul Bacalzo during the thanksgiving dinner
    A native dish that is described as a “common man’s meal” due                                                                       and awarding ceremony hosted by the PNP Project Manage-               The project, headed by Dr. Josephine Robredo-
to its inexpensive recipe consisting of unusual ingredients like beef                                                                  ment Office.                                                       Bondoc, is a joint undertaking of the Jose Robredo
bulalo and the skin of a pig’s head or cow’s gradually boiled in beef                                                                                                                                     Foundation, City Councilor Nathan Sergio who is the
broth until extremely soft and syrupy. Local historians ascribe to it                                                                     He also received a P250,000 cash prize, laptop, .45 caliber     chairman of the group called Persons with Disabilities
as one of the oldest cooking practices of ancient Bikolnons.                                                                           pistol, and a scholarship for a graduate course.                   (PWD) and the Resource Center for the Blind. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                          center is located at the ground floor of the Raul S.
    The festival was meant not only to celebrate the decades of                                                                                                                                           Roco Library, City Hall Complex, Naga City.
                                                                                                                                          Director General Bacalzo also announced that the PNP will
existence of the native noodle soup, which was an innovation                                                                           give Albao’s police station four sets of desktop computers, a
brought about by the hard times during the 1970s when Martial                                                                                                                                             Bicol Mail, May 12, 2011
                                                                                                                                       multimedia projector, and a brand new patrol car to be taken
Law was still at its height, and even earlier, City Tourism Officer                                                                    from the 2011 procurement budget and donations from
Alec Santos stressed. The festival coincides with the celebration of                                                                   private organizations.
Naga as one of the municipalities of the province of Camarines Sur
until its declaration as an independent chartered city on June 18,                                                                         Albao said the Naga City Police Station 2 was given honor
1948.                                                                                                                                  and recognition because of its personnel’s determined effort
                                                                                                                                       to bring change and transformation in the Philippine National
    Bongat said that other than a cultural event, Kinalas Festival is                                                                  Police.                                                               CENTER FOR THE BLIND.
also meant to enhance the economic potential of all local dishes like                                                                                                                                        Not all essentials are visible to
the toasted siopao and pili nuts which could help small ‘backyard’                                                                        From the time he assumed office as PNP Chief, Bacalzo has          the eye.
businesses, usually run by housewives, to grow.                                                                                        been pursuing the PNP-Integrated Transformation Program,
                                                                                                                                       through the Program Management Office (PMO), the central
                                                                                                                                       management facility for all PNP reform programs and projects.
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                                                                                    The DILG will designate the regional and

       As espoused by MNCCI’s CorPlan 2011
                                                                               provincial LED focal persons, organize the
                                                                               regional and provincial economic transforma-         Naga receives
      Public-Private Partnership
                                                                               tion teams, coordinate LGSP-LED initiatives at
                                                                               the regional-provincial level, and identify policy   $321K grant
                                                                                                                                    to revive river
                                                                               issues related to LED and local governance.

      in Metro Naga’s socio-                                                      As for the MNDC, an alliance of 15 LGUs, the
                                                                                                                                                      By Juan Escandor, Jr.
      economic development                                                     Council will be responsible for the issuance of

                                                                               an executive order creating the LED Core Team,
                                          By Jason B. Neola                    technical working group, and multi-stakehold-
                                                                                                                                                USHING a step further the multi-

                                                                               ers working group in the municipalities. It will
                                                                                                                                                million-dollar revitalization project
              HE Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MNCCI)             also conduct review and finalize the organiza-
                                                                                                                                                for Naga River, the city government
              recently organized a meeting of public and private               tion of the three groups, pass a resolution
                                                                               authorizing its chairperson to enter into a          here got US$321,000 grant as technical
              development partners whose tactical alliance is expected to                                                           assistance by the Cities Development Initiatives
              bring in various projects and activities that will spur socio-   memorandum of agreement with LGSP and
                                                                               DILG, and implement, monitor and evaluate            to Asia (CDIA) in conducting pre-feasibility
              economic growth in Metro Naga.                                                                                        study.
                                                                               alliance LED initiatives, review and update
                                                                               alliance socio-economic and ecological profiles
    The July 20 activity held at MNCCI was initiated under the Chamber’s       and formulate the alliance’s vision, mission and         Karin Eberle, CDIA team leader, said the         PHOTOGRAPHY
 corporate plan (CorPlan 2011) which aims to include the building up of                                                                                                                  Wally Ocampo
                                                                               goals.                                               approved grant for Naga City was the fastest
 linkages and initiatives with other sectors to realize a more vibrant                                                              approval so far since the funding agency was
 economy in Naga and its neighboring towns.                                                                                         established in 2007 by Asian Development                 She said the pre-feasibility study will deal with integrated concerns in
    Those who attended the meeting were: DILG Regional Director Blandino       Mayor Bongat                                         Bank (ADB) and the Government of Germany,
                                                                                                                                    with additional funds from Sweden, Austria,
                                                                                                                                                                                         river revitalization including drainage, solid waste disposal, water treatment
                                                                                                                                                                                         and other infrastructure.
 Maceda, mayors and representatives of LGUs comprising the Metro Naga
 Development Council (MNDC), a core team from the Local Governance             pushes for                                           Spain and Shanghai People’s Municipal Govern-
                                                                                                                                    ment.                                                    Eberle disclosed the CDIA project assistance to Naga City is the second
 Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED), represen-
 tatives from the Bicol Association of Tourism and Hospitality Educators       gambling-free                                           “We’ve never experienced such a fast and
                                                                                                                                                                                         to be approved in the Philippines after Iloilo City which earned a similar
                                                                                                                                                                                         assistance for its central terminal.
 (BATHE), Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges and Hotels, Restaurants, Resorts
 Association of Bicol (HRRAB) and Chamber officials.                           Naga By Shiena M. Barrameda                          efficient process (but with Naga City),” Eberle
                                                                                                                                    mused, during a press conference last weekend           The pre-feasibility study of the Naga River revitalization project will be

                                                                                                                                    at the Avenue Plaza Hotel here.                      conducted by several foreign and local consultants who will finish the job
     Referred to by the Chamber as a “simple get-together,” the gathering                                                                                                                within a six-month period. Eberle pledged to continuously provide
 effectively provided the attendees with the opportunity to seriously dis-                 AGA Mayor John Bongat has                    She mentioned Naga City’s track record in
                                                                                           ordered then PNP City Director Vert                                                           assistance to Naga City with regards to the financial component of the river
 cuss a portfolio of projects, especially tourism-related ones, for Metro                                                           good governance and transparency practices           revitalization project.
 Naga.                                                                                     T. Chavez to stop all kinds of gam-      with regards to the approval of the application
                                                                                           bling within the city's jurisdiction.    for assistance to the revitalization project             It is expected that from the result of the pre-feasibility study, specific
    MNCCI President Philip T. Imperial said CorPlan 2011 is being pursued           According to Mayor Bongat, he does not                                                               concerns to revitalize Naga River can be packaged independently with
 in the hope that the Chamber can help alleviate poverty in rural areas.       tolerate any kind of illegal gambling, consistent           Eberle said the size of the city, city        detailed costing that can be offered to investors.
                                                                               with the main thrust of his administration.          development plan, and disaster risk manage-
    Thru the LGSP-LED assistance, LGUs are hopeful that they can come up                                                            ment plan were also considered in the approval          Covering a wide-range of concerns, the Naga River Revitalization Project
 with effective approaches to address the economic conditions of their             Mayor Bongat said no permit has been issued      of the application for technical assistance by the   aims to improve livelihood, reduce disaster casualties, promote environ-
 respective locality.                                                          to any betting-based gambling operation sanc-        CDIA.                                                mental consciousness and tourism, enhance the river’s aesthetic and
                                                                               tioned by PCSO/PAGCOR in the city, so any                                                                 historical value and create alternative water-based transportation.
     LGSP-LED is being funded by Canadian International Development            collection of betting inside the city is deemed          She also noted the importance of the river
 Agency (CIDA) that supports collaborative efforts among local government      illegal.                                             revitalization project to the cultural heritage of      In the same occasion, Mayor Bongat announced some P60M infrastruc-
 units for them to become more competitive and business-friendly in                                                                 Naga City, one of the five oldest settlements in     ture commitment from the national government through the Department
 pursuit of a sustainable economic development.                                   On May 4, 2011, the Naga City Council’s           the country established in 1575.                     of Budget and Management (DBM).
                                                                               Committee on Games and Amusement,
    MNDC Executive Director Sieglinde Bulaong said the alliance will work      presided by Committee Chairman, lawyer Sal-              Eberle revealed, in a letter of approval sent    Bongat said the Naga River Revitalization Project has already secured
 for the establishment of an enabling environment under a Public-Private       vador del Castillo, heard pending applications       to Mayor John Bongat dated Feb. 15, 2011, that       endorsement from the National Economic Development Administration
 Partnership that encourages competitiveness and harmonious collabora-         on operation of Small Town Lottery, Loterya ng       the financing of the pre-feasibility study is        (Neda) in which the infrastructure components are to be considered priority
 tion among shareholders with common or complementary interests.               Bayan, Virtual games and Casino.                     covered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für             in the 2012 national budget.
                                                                                                                                    Internationale Zusammernarbeit (GIZ) funds at
    A memorandum of Agreement has been entered into among Naga                    Meanwhile, DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo        the disposal of CDIA.                                  He said the budget for the infrastructure components of the revitalization
 Mayor John G. Bongat as chairperson of Metro Naga Development Council,        commended the city government for coming                                                                  project will be sourced from the budget of the Department of Tourism (DOT).
 Director Maceda and Marion M. Villanueva, field director of LGSP-LED,         out with Executive Order No. 2011-023 which
 that will become the basis of collaboration for the development               directed the Naga City Police Office to create a
 partners.                                                                     Special Unit on Anti-Gambling. Such move,
                                                                               according to the DILG Secrtetary, “is in accord                GRANT. Mayor John
      The alliance will pursue development projects in Metro Naga by           with His Excellency President Benigno S.                        Bongat, with Karin Eberle
 setting first the fundamentals for the implementation of LGSP-LED             Aquino III’s vision of tuwid na landas.”                        of CDIA and Vice Mayor
 projects to ensure satisfactory results.                                                                                                      Gabriel Bordado, faces the
                                                                                   The special unit, according to the mayor’s                   media to explain the
    Under the Agreement, LGSP-LED will provide technical and financial         executive order, shall be composed of highly                     project grant.
 assistance in the implementation of alliance-LED strategic actions, develop   trained organic members of the PNP who are
 training modules on sustainable local economic development, share on          proven for their reputation of integrity and
 related research, reports and publications on LED, and provide technical      dedication to service. They will carry out the
 assistance in the conduct of feasibility studies and project proposals        function of enforcing all anti-gambling laws in
 preparations.                                                                 the City of Naga with strong determination, and
                                                                               without fear or favor.
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  Bayan Muna, Kabataan                                                                                                              Naga is pilot city to
  partylist to help expand                                                                                                          mainstream OFW issues                                              Aside from this, Navidad said that IOM found out from the
                                                                                                                                                           By Shiena Barrameda                      Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) that 14%
  Naga City Youth Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                    of households in this city have at least one family member work-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ing overseas.
  services     By Jason B. Neola                                                                                                           In response to the seemingly unstoppable phenom-
                                                                                                                                           enon of migration among Filipinos to other coun-
                                                                                                                                           tries, an international organization is girding up to         Navidad added that the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Naga
                                                                                                                                           assist local governments in mainstreaming the            would play the primary role in mainstreaming migration issue

                                                                                                                                                                                                    through its power of legislation that would address, among
                                                                                                                                    issue of migration for better management of remittances         others, the proper management of OFW remittances and the
               YOUTH Center annex will be constructed to                                                                            that families of overseas workers receive.                      flowering of enterprenuership and livelihood among OFW fam-
               expand services to the city’s youth.                                                                                                                                                 ilies.
                                                                                                                                     Last August 13, 2011, the International Organization for
                                                                                                                                    Migration (IOM) hosted a Multi-stakeholder Workshop on             Jocelyn Hapal, Regional Director of OWWA, confirmed that
      Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño was in Naga April 15                                                                             Migration and Development in order to lay down the is-          there are more or less 52,000 Bicolano OFWs listed this year.
  as the guest of honor during groundbreaking ceremonies                                                                            sues of migration and how they affect society.                  She added that around 4,500 of these are from the city of Naga.
  for the planned annex, which includes provisions for a
  fitness gym and office space for government agencies                                                                                 Mr. Ovais Sarmad, Director of Manila (Global) Admin-            She added that Naga City is the LGU in Bicol with the most
  catering to the youth.                                                                                                            istrative Center and Chief of Mission of IOM, said that         number of OFWs followed by Iriga City, Nabua and Pili in Ca-
                                                                                                                                    they hope to make Naga City as pioneer local government         marines Sur and Sorsogon City in Sorsogon province.
                                                                                                                                    that will put into motion the idea of mainstreaming mi-
     Mayor John G. Bongat and City Councilor Nathan Sergio                                                                          gration by other LGUs in the country.
  welcomed Casiño to Naga and expressed gratitude over                                                                                                                                                 Hapal expressed OWWA’s support for the mainstreaming of
  the partylist representative’s generosity. Casiño explains                                                                                                                                        migration in Naga City because it would benefit the private and
                                                                                                                                        “We aim to help families of OFWs make the best out          public sector that could lead to more economic developments.
  that the Php 4 million slated for the construction of the                                                                         of their remittances,” Sarmad said. “The success in Naga
  two-story building was sourced thru the efforts of Bayan                                                                          would be the start.”                                               “We can tap these resources for the city’s development,”Hapal
                                                                   Also present during the groundbreaking ceremony were Sang-
  Muna and Kabataan Partylist. He also expressed delight                                                                                                                                            said. “Naga has a reputation for good business climate. I think
                                                                guniang Federation President Dan Paolo Morales and City Youth          Sarmad stressed that the objective of IOM is to educate
  over the City’s plan to establish a fitness gym at the said                                                                                                                                       it would greatly help us all.”
                                                                Mayor Jenny Orpia. Both youth leaders said that the expansion       families on livelihood and entrepreneurship so they may
  building. Casiño and boxing champion Rep. Manny
                                                                of the present youth center will greatly help Naga’s youth. Bayan   put up business using remittances from OFWs as capital             Naga City Mayor John Bongat said that the city is already doing
  Pacquiao are co-authors of a bill calling for the creation
                                                                Muna members, City Youth Officials, SK Federation officers, and     to generate more income for daily needs.                        its part in support of creating businesses owned by families of
  of fitness gyms in the country’s LGUs.
                                                                youth representatives from Bicol Habitat were also present during                                                                   OFWs and repatriates by speeding up processing of their appli-
                                                                the event. Meanwhile, Mayor Bongat believes that the youth              Conrad Navidad, IOM representative for Naga City,           cation for business licenses and permits.
     The proposed structure will house the office of the                                                                            explained that mainstreaming of migration does not pro-
                                                                center should really be for the youth’s benefit and not only in
  City’s Sangguniang Kabataan Federation, according to                                                                              mote migration itself. He stressed that the projects of the        Bongat stressed that the OWWA satellite office located inside
  Mayor Bongat. He says that there is also a plan to invite                                                                         IOM do not necessarily encourage brain drain but intend         the city hall compound and the Metro Public Employment
  the National Youth Commission to transfer their                                                                                   to support the creation of enterprises among OFW fami-          Services Office (MetroPeso) serve as focal points for OFWs and
                                                                  “Our youth is our nation’s greatest resource and we have the      lies to fight poverty which is the root cause of migration.
  regional office to the main building. In addition, the City                                                                                                                                       their Bicolano families here.
                                                                supreme obligation to ensure that they have a better and brighter
  Government has secured a donation of several
                                                                future”, says the Mayor.                                               Navidad explained that the city of Naga was specifically         The IOM, after a series of consultations with various sectors
  computer sets for a low-cost internet cafe housed at the
                                                                                                                                    chosen as pilot LGU for the project due to its trailblazing     in the city, is now in the process of drafting a development plan
  Youth Center. The mayor explains that the cafe will cater                                                                         efforts in local governance and economic triumphs
                                                                   Both Mayor Bongat and Rep. Casiño believe that that the                                                                          that will include guidelines and provisions to better address the
  to Naga’s youth.                                                                                                                  characterized by its healthy business environment.
                                                                proposed building will be finished before the year’s end.                                                                           issue of migration at the local government level, Navidad said.

Naga adopts CBMS to keep track of
economic reforms
                                               os   Jr.
                                  By Nicky Mot

 N           AGA City is the latest local government unit (LGU) that has
             adopted and implemented a unique database system that
             allows policymakers to keep track of their economic reforms.

     City Mayor John G. Bongat decided to adopt a Community-Based
 Monitoring System (CBMS) that aims to provide policy makers and
 development implementors with a good information base for tracking
 the impact of microeconomic reforms and policy shocks. No less than
 DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, who was the guest speaker during its            For his part, Naga City Vice Mayor Gabriel Bordado      So far, almost 35% of the total city households have             program implementors with a good information base for
 formal launch April this year, lauded Naga’s involvement in CBMS,          said that CBMS will serve as their baseline in          already been enumerated. Households along the Naga River,           tracking the impact of various economic reforms on the
 which he said, will tell the LGU “if what they’re doing is right.”         monitoring and determining the impact of the city       as part of the River Revitalization Program, were prioritized       vulnerable groups in society.
                                                                            government’s programs and services.                     in the survey. The data collection phase of the project is
     “CBMS would guide LGUs to focus their plans on the basic and                                                                   expected to be concluded before the end of October 2011.                 Current applications and uses of CBMS are in local
 essential needs of the community,” Robredo added.                               “This system will also help us determine which     CBMS Module II or Data Encoding and Map Digitizing will             planning and budgeting, design of poverty reduction and
                                                                             economic areas we should focus on to better serve      soon start after computers have been set up and support staff       related development programs, focused targeting, localizing
     The Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) is an organized            our people,” Bordado added.                            trained on data encoding.                                           the Millennium Development Goals, and program-impact
 process of data collection and processing at the local level and of                                                                                                                                    assessment.
 integration of data in local planning, program implementation and             Data collection and field editing (CBMS Module I)       Developed in the early 1990s, the CBMS now has a unique
 impact-monitoring. It is a system that promotes evidence-based policy-     started last June 2011 after more than a hundred        feature which uses information technology to protect the                 The enumerators are composed mainly of Barangay
 making and program implementation while empowering communities             enumerators from the city’s 27 barangays underwent      data from natural and man-made calamities and the confi-            Nutrition Scholars, Barangay Health Workers, Barangay
 to participate in the process.                                             a 5-day technical training.                             dentiality of the data gathered to provide policymakers and         Secretaries, students, and other barangay officials.
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                                                                                                                                               Rocesiel, Wyndee Shane and Marita are now among the               Of course, they also credit the city government for the

     ALS: A ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ to city’s                                                                                     1,200 out-of-school youth and adults (OSYAs) who are enrolled
                                                                                                                                           in Naga City’s Alternative Learning System (ALS). This gives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 strong support and the help of of barangay councils and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 various NGOs who are concerned about uplifting the

                        out-of-school youth and adults
                                                                                                                                           them hope to see the light of education and become productive         lives of those in the dark because they could not other-
                                                                                                                                           citizens someday.                                                     wise go to school for economic reasons.

                                                                                                                                           THE ALS                                                                    Universidad de Sta. Isabel and the Naga College
                                By Jason B. Neola
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Foundation are the two leading service providers by way
                                                                                                                                               Through a memorandum of agreement signed April 2011,              of implementing the basic literacy and A&E program
                                                                                                                                           the city government, in partnership with the Naga City School         contracted to them by the ALS and eSkwela.

                                                                                                                                           Board, the Commission on Information and Communication
                                                                                                                                           Technology (CICT) and the City Schools Division of the Depart-             It would just take a few more months before
               HEIRS are inspiring storylines that will                                                                                                                                                          Roseciel, Wyndee and Marita could rejoin the formal
                                                                                                                                           ment of Education established the eSkwela Center to provide
               encourage others who have less in life to                                     Marita Gonzales’ story is fit for the                                                                               education system and seek higher education to finally
                                                                                                                                           OSYAs access to knowledge through the use of interactive
               dream and pursue a better life.                                            “Maalaala Mo Kaya” TV soap opera. A native                                                                             realize their dreams to the fullest.
                                                                                                                                           multimedia learning materials beside printed versions of DepEd-
                                                                                          of a remote village in Guinobatan, Albay, she    Bureau of Alternative System’s core modules.
                                            that compelled                                had never been to school.
           To the family of                 me to skip                                                                                         A flagship project of the CICT, eSkwela utilizes an ICT-
       16-year-old                          school and join                                                                                enhanced education program for out-of-school learners, equips
                                                                                             “I was only tutored by my maternal aunt
       Wyndee Shayne                        my teen-age                                                                                    them with new skills and competencies, and allows them to
                                            tropa who                                     to count, write my name, do housekeeping
       Bico, sending                                                                                                                       review for the Accreditation & Equivalency Exam so that they
       her to second-                       taught me to                                  and nothing more.” With her small savings,
                                                                                                                                           can rejoin the formal education system.
       ary school was                       smoke and                                     21-year-old Marita traveled to Naga to look
       to deprive the                       drink and for-                                for a job that would allow her to save for her        Under the agreement, the city government provides funding
       family of its                        get about my                                  education to become a teacher.                   for the operation of the eSwela Center, computer units, multi-
       basic needs. She                     dream to become                                                                                media and network peripherals and air-conditioning units, while
       lamented                             a policewoman.”                                  She was hired as household help by a          ensuring the continuous supply of power and broadband Inter-
       that                                                                               family who was                                   net connections.
       while                                   For single                                 kind enough
       she                                 parent Roseciel                                to enlist her                                         Naga City, under its Alternative Learning System has so far
       grew                                Sambajon, now 23, it                           in the Al-                                       posted 135 passers in the Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E)
       up she                              was her father’s untimely                                                                       Program in 2009 and 129 in 2010, making the city Number One
       found                               demise that forced her to quit school.                                                          in the region in terms of passing percentage.
                                           Her ambition to become a physical              Learning
       in “a                               therapist gone, Roseciel ended up              System.
                                                                                                                                                At present, there are four learning session and every week
       very                                living with a man whom she later                                                                in the eSkwela Center with at least 250 OSY and OSA enrolled
       discour-                            broke up with after giving birth to two                                                         in each session. There has been an increase in enrollment, ac-
       aging                               children.                                                                                       cording to ALS Coordinators Adelaida Bables, Arnel Evangelista
       situation                                                                                                                           and Dolores Evangelista, because of the enormous campaign
                                                                                                                                           waged by Ms. Felomina L. Cecilio, DepEd Naga-ALS Education
                                                                                                                                           Supervisor, to bring out-of-school youth and adults into the

                                                              SOUND REVENUE COLLECTION.
                                                              Naga City Treasurer Helen Rosales, City Administrator Jun
                                                              Mongoso (in behalf of Mayor John Bongat) and City Assessor
                                                              Ramon Albeus proudly display their certificates for working hard
                                                                                                                                                The awards, each given to the mayor, Mrs. Rosales
                                                              to make Naga attain the highest local revenue per capita among                and Mr. Albeus, were conferred during ceremonies
                                                              cities in Bicol.                  Photo by Randy Villaflor                    held at the Tanchuling International Hotel in Legazpi
                                                                                                                                            City last May 23. The awarding ceremony was the high-

                                                                                                                                            light of the opening program of the 5-day 2nd quarter
                                                                                                                                            2011 conference of the Regional Association of
                                                                      HE City Government of Naga, through Mayor John G.
                                                                                                                                            Treasurers and Assessors of Region V (REGATA V) being
                                                                      Bongat, City Treasurer Helen T. Rosales and City Assessor
                                                                                                                                            held in this city.
                                                                      Ramon R. Albeus, has been honored with a Certificate of
                                                           Recognition for attaining the highest local revenue per capita among
                                                           cities in Bicol for the year 2010.
                                                                                                                                            EFFECTIVE RESPONSE.
                                                                                                                                            Naga Mayor John Bongat, Vice Mayor Gabby Bordado assisted by
                                                               This also means that Naga City achieved the lowest dependence                PSO Executive Director Lito del Rosario, BMC Medical Director Dr.
                                                           on the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) among all cities in Bicol by             Efren Nerva (left), and Gen. Josue Gaverza (extreme right) of the
                                                           collecting P323.17 million for calendar year 2010 against an average             Philippine Army, among others, signed the pledge of support during
                                                           annual income of P366.972 million.                                               the formal blessing of the City Central Communication Center, a
Naga cited for highest                                                                                                                      new Public Safety Office and Risk Reduction Management Office.
                                                                                                                                            Others who attended and gave support were Regional Director
                                                              OIC Regional Director Florencio C. Dino II of the Department of
local revenue collection and                               Finance Bureau of Local Government Finance told Mayor Bongat that
                                                                                                                                            Bernardo Alejandro of the Civil Defense Office, Dr Rose Rempillo
                                                                                                                                            of the DOH-Health Emergency Management Staff and NTC Director
                                                           “The ratio of .881 is indicative of the continuing efforts of your city          Ariel Padilla.
least dependence on IRA                                    toward local fiscal autonomy.”                                                   RANDY VILLAFLOR

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             Lingkod Barangay Office                                                                                                   community-based activities; Federation of all      specific activity like during Christ-   “Murang       Palibing”     is    now
                                                                                                                                       student fraternities in Naga City to give one      mas, independence day, religious,       “Disenteng Palubong” to give all

        Serving where it ‘Hearts’                                                                                                      blood compact-type arrangement of all
                                                                                                                                       school-based and non-school based frats,
                                                                                                                                       pseudo frats, gangs, etc. to avoid conflicts,
                                                                                                                                                                                          Peñafrancia and sports events.

                                                                                                                                                                                             GENIO NAGUEÑO evokes the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  indigent Naguenos a dignified,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  graceful exit. LBO is currently
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  undertaking a study on which fu-
                                                       By Mon Baturiano, Jr.                                                           shun violence and hazing, promote peace and        inspiring message of learning and       neral services to partner that will
                                                                                                                                       harmony ala PACO (Peaceful Alliance for Co-        education     for   bright     boys,    provide a beyond the usual package

                                                                                                                                       existence of Organizations); institutionaliza-     athleticism, wittiness, friendliness,   for a reasonable price of P3,500-
              HE Lingkod Barangay Office, under the able               BOLUNTERISMO MISMO! – A quarterly IEC tool to provide           tion of yearly PACO Awards for the most            sportsmanship, patience, and all        4,000. With the impending over-
              tutelage of its hands-on and very energetic head,     Nagueños especially the willing and able volunteer “warm           productive organization; and the Federation of     the cardinal virtues that it could      loading of the current capacity of
              Ruel Ojeda Barrios, is gearing towards new            bodies” and grassroots (class CDE) sectors a FORUM to learn,       all homeowners in Naga City to give one            exemplify to the numerous (ages 2-      the only public cemetery in Naga
 activities, projects and programs to effectively implement its     understand, know, interact, contribute and share IEC               venue for community sharing and enhanced           18) patrons.                            City in Concepcion Pequeña, the
 mandate in bringing City Hall right within the barangay            materials from the top-level cascading down to the hard-to-        livability of all homeowners; institutionalize                                             LBO will likewise make representa-
 heartland and strengthening as well its linkages with all          reach sectors to facilitate effective communication of top level   Homeowners Green Olympics. Also in the                NINA NAGUEÑA evokes the              tions     to     the     CMO/CPDO-
 sectors of the community.                                          management vision-mission, policies and other concerns.            pipeline is the Federation of Kasambahay in        inspiring embodiment of a little        Zoning for the evaluation of new
                                                                                                                                       Naga City whose significance in community-         Maria Clara (Niña being a little girl   site of an accessible, flood-free and
     Supervising its complement of fifteen barangay develop-            LBO’s Multicultural Affairs Unit which will tackle the         building has been amplified by the passage of      in Spanish) full of gaiety, activity,   suitable public cemetery within the
 ment-oriented operators, the former Sangguniang Panlungsod         concerns of expats/emigrants from other cultures (including        the Kasambahay Bill empowering them as             playfulness, and creativity.            territorial confines of the city.
 city councilor on youth affairs has embarked on novel              brother Muslims, Lumads, Aetas, indigenous groups) who             “Kasambahay, Kasambuhay---Kasangga sa
 concepts in community affairs coordination and frontline           have opted to stay in Naga City (apart from the tourists/vaca-     Buhay Nagueno.”                                       As a potent IEC tool especially          All these new approaches in
 services delivery.                                                 tioners) by doing the referrals, outright response, corrections,                                                      among Nagueño children, it could        barangay      coordination      and
                                                                    remedies, assistance within the means of the office which              Technical assistance on the drafting/up-       be     used     for    the     city’s   volunteerism endeavors are on top
    Completing LBO’s “all-star” cast are: seasoned community        could have multiplier effect in terms of building a positive       dating of Barangay Services Charters that          numerous health, environment,           of the regular year-round programs
 organizers Rolly Bosquillos, Laarni Nabua, Raymond Fuerte,         outlook/image about the city in its bid to attract more            will provide common template and model for-        drug-free, sports and cleanliness       and activities of the Lingkod
 Socorro Padua, artists Ser Villegas Jr. and Nick Clidoro, Floro    foreigners-cum-investors and/or brand the city as a special        mat among the 27 barangays to facilitate           consciousness drives aside from its     Barangay Office that include: refer-
 “Idol” Candelaria Jr, Rene “Barok” Templonuevo, Ana Alberto,       haven for local and overseas retirees/pensioners/balikbayans.      greater understanding and information              usual utility in family-bonding         rals on medical needs, streetlights,
 Joseph Canon, Edison Dy-Cok, Jay Penas and Nestor Resurrec-                                                                           dissemination for the greater good of the          occasions like baptisms, birthday       potable      water     needs      of
 cion. Former City Hall Matters editor Mon Baturiano, Jr. of the       i-Serve SEES u!: Serving Effectively and Efficiently with a     barangay residents. This will also assist the      parties, visitations of sick kids,      indigent/marginalized sectors to
 Office of the City Administrator joined the group in August        Smile. Apart from the existing routinary services provided by      barangay governments in their vision-              school activities and the likes.        different agencies; referrals on
 together with Jose Red, Jr. of the City Agriculturist Office.      the i-Serve, this program as attached and linked to the            mission-goals-objectives processing including                                              livelihood assistance to concerned
                                                                    Lingkod Barangay Office framework to capitalize on the             barangay seal, logo, and other programs            Other usefulness will be:               agencies; Bayanihan sa Barangay
   LBO’s programs are anchored on the tenets of good gover-         wealth of survey data, knowledge and understanding of the          development in partnership with the DILG–          - Welcoming of dignitaries at the       and     the     monthly     sectoral
 nance: (1) seamless performance that nurtures accountability;      local communities to serve students, researchers, community        Naga under the Barangay AGAD Program in-              Naga Airport, visitors, tourists,    consultations including the much-
 (2) transparency, sense of ownership and informed decision         organizers and other LGUs in their research studies and the        troduced by DILG Sec. Jesse M. Robredo.              etc.                                  appreciated Joron Joron sa Barangay
 through participation and collective actions; and (3) integrity.   like. In-house researches on current social behavioural                                                               - Public and Private School-based       which was pioneered and set into
                                                                    deviancies (drug addiction, family size, women empower-                  Genio Nagueño and Nina Nagueña:                activities                            motion by the City Mayor himself,
 NEW INROADS TO OUTREACH                                            ment) and other socio-political issues could be initiated and      Power imaging and impact-messaging the             - Metro Naga Coliseum-based             the indefatigable Atty. John G.
     Inspired by the philosophical wisdom of the “TEN LITTLE        supported by the office in partnership with researchers and        city’s visions and policies through Naga’s           activities                            Bongat.
 THINGS TO DO” authored by the City Mayor himself, Atty.            institutes from the academe and NGOs.                              “Mascutes”                                         - People’s Mall-based activities
 John G. Bongat, the LBO as a team, aside from its usual routi-                                                                                                                           - City Hall activities                     LBO with COO Barrios at the helm
 nary functions and special projects, is keen on realizing the         Matuwid na Landas sa Maogmang Naga: PNoy’s Inter-               Taking its cue from the highly successful          - Motorcades/rivercades                 was very active in pushing for the
 following new pursuits:                                            face with the grassroots - This provides regular interfacing       Jollibee mascot which literally carried the                                                Naga CIty HELPLINE 3000 during its
                                                                    between barangay and national agencies/offices that have im-       brand on its wings, the City Government of           Dignified Exit: Disenteng Pali-       inception stage as well as the
    SERBE (Sentro Nin Bolunterismo) Making Volunteerism             pact on the lives of the simple barangay folk like DTI, BIR,       Naga could replicate via the introduction of its   bing for Nagueños – Long gone is        geographical numbering of all
 Work in Naga City - Guided by the wisdom and moral phi-            PNP, DENR, DOJ, DILG, Cooperative Development Authority,           localized version that cater to both gender,       the parochial concept that “barato      primary and secondary CASURECO
 losophy of the TEN LITTLE THINGS TO DO authored by his             DPWH, and National Food Authority. Perhaps the first of its        thus, GENIO NAGUEÑO and NINA NAGUEÑA.              na kaya, pwede na” (it’s cheap          II line posts for easy and hassle-free
 Honor Mayor John G. Bongat, the program is aimed at making         kind in Philippine governance to bring PNoy’s Development                                                             somehow it’s ok!)---a third world       location of areas during times of
 volunteerism a collective, conscious effort of all Nagueños        Agenda down to the grassroots.                                     Naga’s two “MASCUTES” – the only Philip-           culture that Naga City has              emergencies.
 and a tool for making a big difference in the lives of the                                                                            pine LGU with “mascutes” for IEC delivery to       gradually departed from, thus,
 ordinary barangay folk.                                              RABUZ organization’s expanded role as decloggers dur-            its grassroots. The mascutes must be de-           henceforth the erstwhile called            Working together and serving
                                                                    ing flooding, pre-flood and post-flooding as well as               signed in such a way that they could be                                                    where it “Hearts”, LBO will truly
     Naga City is keen on positioning itself as a bulwark of        fumigators in dengue/malaria-prone areas within the city           suited with attire/adornments typical of the                                               paved the way for the vision of
 volunteerism wherein various pro-bono activities, giving aid       thus promoting volunteerism at the grassroots level and                                                                                                       Matuwid na Landas sa Maogmang
 and assistance to the needy, are regularly undertaken at the       supporting Mayor John Bongat’s Happy Go Linig Program.                                                                                                        Naga.
 same time empowering both the beneficiaries and the volun-
 teers with the latter genuinely inspired on making a differ-         Organizational development of key sectors of Naga City
 ence for the good of the community and not driven at all by        to build partnerships and alliances with various stakeholders
 any monetary incentives in return.                                 for local development and to promote volunteerism and
                                                                    marshal charitable efforts in one huge FOCUSED endeavour
   To be galvanized are strong linkages with volunteer private      year after year thus eliminating charity works that are
 and public institutions including the national agency respon-      unconnected, fragmented and with lesser community impact.
 sible for the promotion and coordination of volunteerism           These include the Federation of Socio-Civic Clubs in Naga,
 work in the country --- the Philippine National Volunteer          Federation of School Government bodies in both Public/
 Service Coordinating Agency.                                       Private Schools Associations in Naga City to give one
                                                                    voice/forum to all private-public school concerns for better
    Tapped as the maiden activity along this initiative is the      City Hall-Public schools synergy; institutionalize PARTNER
 Dalagan para sa Bolunterismo SERBE RUN 2011! (Make a dif-          Award (Public-Private Assns Responsible Towards Naga’s
 ference, join now and help SERBE volunteers!) to be slated         Education and Revitalization) and promote volunteerism in
 sometime in the 3rd quarter of 2011.

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     BSP Naga, a symbol of the                                                                                                          City celebrates
                                                                                                                                        37th Nutrition Month;
     city’s financial strength and                                                                                                      top achievers honored
                                               By Shiena M. Barrameda                                                                                                                                    By Gerald Enguero

                                                                                                                                                   AILED as one of the country’s top local
                                                                                                                                                   government units that have been successfully
             TS newly-built modern edifice formally blessed last June 22, this year,                                                               implementing the government’s nutrition
             the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), located along Roxas Avenue (Di-                                                     program, the city government of Naga through its Popu-
             version Road) near the Central Business District II (CBD II) in Barangay                                                   lation and Nutrition Office last July 29, 2011 highlighted
       Triangulo in Naga City will be fully operational in November this year,                                                          the celebration of the 37th Nutrition Month by giving
       offering its services to its clients.                                                                                            due recognition to top performers that include outstand-
                                                                                                                                        ing Barangay Nutrition Committees, Barangay Nutrition
         The BSP Naga, according to Director Danilo Calumag, is already the fifth                                                       Scholars, partner civic organizations, and other stake-
       modern and spacious edifice that BSP built outside Metro Manila.                                                                 holders.

          The BSP building’s blessing and ceremonial inauguration was graced by                                                            With the theme, “Isulong ang Breastfeeding – Tama,
       Naga Mayor John G. Bongat, BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr., other                                                           Sapat at Eksklusibo,” the culminating program was held
       members of the BSP Monetary Board and Camarines Sur Governor Luis Ray-                                                           at the Regent Hotel Convention Center with Naga City
       mond F. Villafuerte, Jr.                                                                                                         Mayor John G. Bongat, who chairs the city’s Nutrition
                                                                                                                                        Committee, commending the awardees, citing their un-
          Excited about the good signs that progress is marshalling fast in the city,                                                   selfish efforts to promote best nutrition care and prac-
       some Nagueños keep track of the progress of the building’s construction by                                                       tices, especially to the city’s growing children, and their
       posting pictures in progressive phases on the internet’s social networking sites                                                 pregnant and lactating mothers, whose health and better
       and blogs.                                                                                                                       nutrition speak well of the city’s future.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar
          During the same date of its inauguration, BSP Naga accordingly relaunched                                                        The Nutrition Awards Search Committee headed by            (BNS) is aimed at evaluating the performance of BNS and
       its Economic and Financial Learning Program (BSP-EFLP) through learning ses-                                                     Teresita A. Del Castillo, City Nutrition and Population Of-   checking improvement of the nutritional status of every
       sions held June 22-24 at Villa Caceres Hotel where important points and                                                          ficer, chose this year’s awardees for the following           barangay in the city. Ms. Marilou P. Cañete of Concep-
       banking activities were also discussed to promote greater awareness and un-                                                      awards/projects: “Taranoman sa Tamang Nutrisyon”,             cion Grande was awarded Regional Outstanding
       derstanding of essential economic and financial issues obtaining in the coun-                                                    “Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Committee and Out-            Barangay Nutrition Scholar and took the award with a
       try.                                                                                                                             standing Barangay Nutrition Scholar” and the “Search for      trophy and P11,000 cash prize. Cañete was 4th among
                                                                                                                                        Model Breastfeeding Barangay.”                                the finalists in the national Search for 2009 National
             By educating stakeholders, the BSP hopes to build more effective                                                                                                                         Outstanding BNS.
       partners out of its clients in maintaining effective monetary policies, as well                                                      Launched by Mayor Bongat last August 20, 2010 at
       as in ensuring stronger and safer banking and payments systems.                                                                  Pacol Elementary School, Taranoman sa Tamang Nu-                 Introduced for the first time this year, the Search for
                                                                                          BANGKO SENTRAL NG PILIPINAS.                  trisyon aims to improve the nutritional status of school      Model Breastfeeding Barangay aims to promote and
       BSP for students and OFWs                                                          Frontlining Bicol’s financial growth          children by using vegetables as main ingredients in the       encourage mothers to breastfeed their infants and estab-
                                                                                          and dynamism.                                 school feeding program. It also aims to encourage school      lish breastfeeding centers in the barangays. Barangay
          The main targets of BSP-EFLP are students and OFWs.                                                                           officials and school children to plant vegetables and         Concepcion Grande was adjudged first placer, which

                                                                                                                                        fruits as means of producing healthy food for home and        took the cash prize of P30,000; Barangay Sta.Cruz got
          A financial expo was later organized for the benefit of students who wish       The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is      community. The program was soon implemented by the            the 2nd place and received P20,000.00. The 3rd place
       to know the system of banking and how it affects the economy of the                  the central bank of the Republic of the     different public elementary schools in Naga. Fifteen          went to Barangay Carolina, which received P10,000.00.
       country.                                                                             Philippines. It was established on 3 July   schools were cited for their commendable efforts in the       The 4th and 5th placers which received Certifications of
                                                                                             1993 pursuant to the provisions of the     implementation of the program. For Small Area Category,       Merit were Barangays Mabolo and Concepcion Pequeña,
          Another seminar was also put up for OFWs and their families in order for           1987 Philippine Constitution and the       Naga Central School I got the first place; Teodora            respectively.
       them to learn the intricacies of managing their remittances from the countries                                                   Moscoso Elementary School was awarded second; Grand
                                                                                           New Central Bank Act of 1993. The BSP        View Elementary School got the third place; the fourth           Naga City’s excellent performance in health care has
       they work in.
                                                                                            took over from the Central Bank of the      place went to Tabuco Central School; and the fifth place      been recognized by different national and regional or-
          The Naga City Deck, a blog maintained by Naguenos for wider information           Philippines, which was established on 3     to Naga Central School II. For Medium Area Category,          ganizations. Last July 7, 2011, Naga was honored by the
       by Bicolanos here and abroad has been following the progress of the building         January 1949, as the country’s central      Don Manuel Abella Elem. School obtained the first place;      Philippine Association of Nutrition in Ilocos Norte as one
       since April of last year.                                                              monetary authority. The BSP enjoys        Dr. Domingo Abcede Elementary School was awarded              of the Outstanding Implementers of the Pabasa sa Nu-
                                                                                          fiscal and administrative autonomy from       second; Tinago Central School got the third place; the        trisyon program. Ms. Ma. Lourdes Vega of the National
         Now that the building is almost complete, clients may already inquire about       the National Government in the pursuit       fourth place was awarded to Mabolo Elementary School;         Nutrition Council and Ms. Arlene Reario handed out the

       the services that the bank offers even if its formal grand opening will yet take         of its mandated responsibilities.       and the fifth place to Triangulo Elementary School. For       Certificate of Merit which the city has, so far, received
       place in November, this year.                                                                                                    Large Area Category, Panicuason Elementary School got         for the third time.
                                                                                                                                        the first place; Villa Grande Elementary School was
                                                                                                                                        awarded second; Concepcion Grande Elementary School              The Naga City government has been carrying out in-
                                                                                                                                        got the third place; the fourth place was awarded to Pacol    novative programs to further improve Nutrition and
                                                                                                                                        Elementary School; and the fifth place went to Sabang         Health Care services being offered to Nagueños. These
                                                                                                                                        Elementary School. Mayor Bongat and Dr. Diosdado M.           programs include Supplement Feeding, Nutrimix, Nutri-
                                                                                                                                        San Antonio, OIC-City Schools Division Superintendent         Dunong, Nutri-Ataman and Nutri-Nanay. Ms. Del
                                                                                                                                        handed out plaques of commendation and garden tools           Castillo stressed the success of all these programs lie not
                                                                                                                                        to the awardees.                                              only in the different implementing agencies but in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                      active support being given by the people of the city.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Naga City Home-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 owners Board: A
                                                                                                                                                   Almeda Highway                                                Sounding Board for
                                                                                                                                                   Lights Up; Volunteer                                          Homeowners’
                                                                                                                                                   group greenlighted                                            Concerns                   By Mon Baturiano, Jr.
                                                                                                                                                                       By Mon Baturiano, Jr.

                                                                     The Lingkod Barangay Office headed by Ruel Ojeda Barrios coordinated
                                                                                                                                                   A           T around 7pm last August 26, 2011, the
                                                                                                                                                               city’s circumferential road, Almeda High-
                                                                                                                                                               way, was illuminated by no less than
                                                                                                                                                   Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat who is very deeply
                                                                                                                                                   concerned for the safety and traffic convenience of
                                                                     with various stakeholders and private as well as government agencies for      the commuters, motorists and residents along the
Making the Streams of Volunteerism Flow in Naga City                 the successful launching of the new movement in Naga with commitments
                                                                     enshrined in the signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
                                                                                                                                                   new highway amid reports of intermittent vehicular
                                                                                                                                                   accidents and some reported highway stick-ups.
Mayor Bongat activates                                                                                                                                 Mayor Bongat immediately directed the General
“Defenders of Naga River”                                              Punong Barangay Jose Importante spoke in behalf of all the
                                                                    eleven barangays and reiterated their all-out commitment to                    Services Office to install eco-friendly lighting system
                                                                                                                                                   along the diversion highway and tapped the Lingkod
          By Mon Baturiano, Jr.                                     clean up the Naga River and restore its pristine attributes.

                                                                                                                                                   Barangay Office headed by Ruel Ojeda Barrios and the

                                                                        Mayor John Bongat, for his part, lamented the sorry state                  barangays concerned to organize a community-based
                                                                    of Naga River in view of the absence of a sustainable program                  volunteer organization called the Volunteers Corps of              N response to the clamor of the growing and yet
          N a historic move unprecedented in the history of Naga    to revitalize it. Without timely intervention by all the stake-                ALMEDA HIGHWAY (VoCAH), the group is tasked to                     unrepresented homeowners’ sector in Naga City to
          City’s riverine lifeline aptly called Salog nin Buhay,    holders, its neglect could eventually lead to its eventual decay,              provide back-up support to the GSD in reporting of                 address its pressing and unique concerns, Mayor John G.
          various agencies linked arms to heed the call of Naga     the mayor warned.                                                              busted, broken, defective lights and be the counter-          Bongat last August 22, 2011 initiated the organization of the
     City Mayor John G. Bongat for a collective cause to save and                                                                                  part of the BANKAT association at the Almeda Hi-way           Naga City Homeowners Board whose members are composed
     defend the Naga River.                                           “Naga River”, according to the energetic Mayor, “is God’s gift               area and partner of the Public Safety Office in main-         of various representatives from the city’s subdivisions.
                                                                    to the Nagueños having spawned its growth and development                      taining public safety in the said area.
       More than the expected number of volunteers came from        for eons and centuries and although it is scientifically classi-                                                                                 In attendance at the meeting held at the Senior Citizens
     the cross section of the community led by the Guardias de      fied as a non-living thing which cannot on its own protect it-                   Present in the ceremonial lighting and volunteerism         Building inside the Naga City Hall compound were the presi-
     Maria, uniformed personnel, maritime students from the         self from irresponsible ‘acts of men,’ through the collective                  pledging aside from Mayor Bongat were Vice Mayor              dents and officers of DECA Homes Northfield, Monterey Vil-
     Mariners Polytechnic Colleges, and from the eleven riverine    efforts of all Nagueños, Naga River could rise Phonenix-like as                Gabby Bordado together with City Councilors, and              lage, Parkview Village, San Alfonso Village, San Francisco
     barangays of Naga. These are Barangays Felipe, Balatas,        a living, soulful thing as a haven for both flora and fauna to                 Punong Barangays Andres Panis, Jr. of Concepcion              Village, Aeroville, among others.
     Peñafrancia, San Francisco, Dayangdang, Tinago, Lerma,         give life, meaning and aspirations for the thousands who can                   Pequeña, Elmer Baldemoro of Concepcion Grande and
     Tabuco, Sabang, Dinaga and Mabolo.                             find full economic use of its existence.”                                      Jose Peñas of Del Rosario, including officers and                 For one, Mr. Joson, president of DECA Homes Northfield
                                                                                                                                                   members of homeowners associations of adjacent                expressed joy over this overture of full support from the City
         Gracing the event, aside from Mayor Bongat, were City         The launching of the Defenders of Naga River Movement                       Villa Grande, Villa Concepcion, St. Jude, and St. Thad-       Mayor and conveyed his subdivision’s willingness to cooper-
     Vice Mayor Gabriel H. Bordado. Jr., City Councilors Nelson     was in full support of the April 18, 2011 Fun Run in what has                  deus, among others.                                           ate with the various activities of the city geared towards
     Legacion and Ray-an Cydrick Rentoy, the Philippine Na-         become the first of a series of activities aimed at drumbeating                                                                              volunteerism and active community-building. He lamented
     tional Police headed by its OIC-COP Police Director Antonio                                                                                LIGHTED HIGHWAY. Mayor John Bongat switches on the street-
                                                                    awareness among Nagueños about the City Government’s                                                                                         as well the lack of a garbage disposal mechanism in front of
     Gardiola, Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine Army                                                                                  lights at the Almeda Highway with city and barangay officials.
                                                                    efforts to revitalize the Naga River.                                                                                                        their subdivision which is under the territorial jurisdiction of
     and Philippine Air Force, Philippine Coast Guard, PNP-Mar-                                                                                                                                                  Canaman, Camarines Sur.
     itime Group, Camarines Sur Bankers Club, the academe rep-          The first “Run for Naga River” was conceptualized and
     resented by Dr. Emelita O. Menes of the UNC Graduate           planned by both the local government, under Mayor Bongat,                                                                                         Mayor Bongat reiterated the city’s full commitment and
     School, and the Punong Barangays of the eleven riverine        and the Archdiocese of Caceres, led by Archbishop Leonardo                                                                                   support to the homeowners’ activities more particularly on
     barangays.                                                     Z. Legaspi, O.P., D.D. as a joint activity to help promote the                                                                               public safety, health and cleanliness and enjoined all to par-
                                                                    Naga River Revitalization Project (NRRP).                                                                                                    ticipate in the city’s Happy Go Linig Program to assure every-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 one of a clean, hygienic and healthy living.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Complementing the clean and green program is the planned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 conduct of the First Mayor JGB Inter-Subdivision Homeown-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ers Greening Olympics with the aim of promoting livability,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 environmental harmony and greater involvement in commu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 nity-building initiatives among homeowners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Lingkod Barangay Office headed by Ruel Ojeda Barrios
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 will undertake the organizational development and other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 concerns of the new city board while Mr. Mon Baturiano, Jr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 will act as the Board’s Program Coordinator.

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                                                                      Santos said the tour service covers visits to the 17th century
Tour guides trained for                                            Peñafrancia Shrine, 18th century Minor Seminary, Cathedral,
                                                                   Basilica and museum, and general assistance from the airport
surge in tourist arrivals                                          to hotel, around the city, until departure from the airport.

                  By Juan Escandor, Jr.                               “Initially, we have agreed at a rate of P800/day to P1,500/day

                                                                   as tour service fee for a group of 12 to 25 persons,” he said.
          RACING for a surge of more tourists in this city            Making his first earnings from tour guide service, after years
          touted as the Pilgrimage Capital of Bicol, the city      of being an overseas Filipino worker in Middle Eastern coun-
          government has trained and organized a core of           tries and Taiwan, Benito Nate Jr. is more than happy touring
tourist guides ready to provide tour services within the city.     Chinese teachers and students around the city.
    Alec Santos-- Arts, Culture and Tourism Officer-- said            Nate narrated he easily interacted with the Chinese because
the city government initiated last August 2011 a training          he speaks Mandarin like them, and that he was even treated
program aimed at responding to the demand for tour guide           just like one of them.
service brought about by some 600,000 tourists visiting this
city last year, excluding the estimated 1M pilgrims and               He said he did magic tricks for the Chinese kids while they
devotees during the Peñafrancia religious feast in Septem-         were on the bus in between the sites which is his additional
ber.                                                               service to his package.
   Santos said the training program, built into the tourism           Santos said the tour guides were given lectures on the basics
industry, would provide decent jobs to freelance workers as        of tour guiding, history of Naga City and eco-tourism adventure;
they sell the city through its historical and religious sites.     and tested by practical application of theories learned through
                                                                   mock tours within the city. The guides were also given written
    One of the oldest Spanish settlements in the country,          examinations on English grammar, sentence structure, word
Naga City boasts of Spanish-period structures and religious        usage and vocabulary.
artifacts for its site tour within a one-kilometer radius of the
central business district.                                             Santos said the city tourism office will serve as the coordi-
                                                                   nating and referral center of tourists and travel agencies who
   Santos said whole year-round, hotels in Naga City with a        are in need of tour guides.
total number of 2,493 rooms are 70 percent occupied.
                                                                      He explained that the transaction of tour service is between
 “We want to respond to the demand for tourist guides              their accredited tour guides and their clients, travel agencies or
whom travel agencies seek to make the stay of tourists             individuals.
memorable and informed,” Santos said.
                                                                     Santos boasts of language-specific tour guides who can speak
   He said 47 training graduates are now accredited to prac-       Mandarin, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian and English
tice and collect city government-sanctioned fees for tour          among the specialized services the city-hall accredited tour
guide service.                                                     guides provide.

Naga finalist in
national search for
best performing PESO
              By Roderick D. Reforsado

T      HE Metro Naga Public Employment Service Office
       (Metro PESO) has been nominated as finalist to the
       Search for National Best Performing PESOs, the
awarding of winners to be held on October 6, 2011 during
the 11th National PESO Congress at Insular Hotel in Davao

   As winner in the regional search, Naga’s Metro PESO was
chosen for its exemplary performance and achievement in
the implementation of its Employment Facilitation Pro-                Evaluation period for the search covered the months of
grams that include impressive impacts on the following cri-        January to December 2010.
teria: Labor Market Information; Career and Employment
Advocacy;      Implementation of DOLE Programs; Employ-                Metro Peso was headed by Florencio T. Mongoso until June
ment–related Awards from prestigious organizations; and            2010 when he was appointed as City Administrator by the new
Leadership in organizations which contribute to generation         city leadership. The vacant position was then assumed by Reuel
of employment.                                                     Oliver as Acting City PESO Manager.
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