NAGA CITY, June 24 (PIA)- Mayor John Bongat's State of the City Report on June 19, Wednesday, may look like the usual delivery of his annual accomplishments to his constituents, but what made it different is, this will be his reportage after successfully completing his 9-year full term as the city's Chief Executive.
Bongat's development agenda focused on the improvement of the city's services in the following areas of concerns; Health and Nutrition, Education, Housing and Urban Poor, Livelihood, Arts , Culture and Sports, Employment, Peace and Order and Public Safety.
Dubbed as H2ELP, this agenda helped spur Naga's holistic approach in addressing various concerns of its constituents. It did not only showcased the city government's best practices but pointed out how it was sustained, institutionalized and nurtured under Bongat's administration.
Moreover, Bongat's consistent and untiring presence in every significant celebration of the city, whether it is big or small- are testimonies of how he personally chose to oversee and ensure that these programs will benefit his constituents and his beloved city as a whole.
With health and nutrition as his priority, Bongat raised the program's budget from P46M in 2010 to 153M to guarantee that all Naguenos will have access to better health services. Dental services were improved with the acquisition of a mobile dental van that visits far-flung city barangays. For patients with tuberculosis, Bongat established a TB-DOTS room for patients and put up the Naga City Teen Center for peer counseling of youths who needs emotional guidance.
On top of this, he was also instrumental in raising the number of birthing center from 5 in 2010 up to 17 in 2019, which gave more poor families an access to better, safe and easy facilitation of giving birth despite their location.
The Kaantabay sa Kauswagan (Partner for Progress), the city's amelioration program, allowed more than 10, 146 families to have a decent place where they can stay. Even the employees of the city government who wish to have a home that they can call their own, were given opportunities thru a low-payment scheme housing units provided by the city at Johnville, Subdivision I, Brgy. Del Rosario, in Naga City.
A total of 76 Educare Centers were established in different parts of the city with 88 accredited teachers. A total of 26,000 pre-schoolers were accepted under the said program since 2010.
The city's growth was also fuelled by the presence of big IT-BPM companies like IBM, Concentrix, Stellar and Quantics which provided employment to thousands of employees, not just from Naga City but coming from its neighboring municipalities.
The list is long but Mayor Bongat prided himself the most with the institution of transparency, accountability and good governance under his leadership that radiated in almost all of his instituted reforms and programs. The many prestigious awards, nominations and attributes to Naga City under his stewardships, already speak of a man of character who built his legacy under people's participation, love and trust. (LSMacatangay,PIAV/Camarines Sur)