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Friday, September 16, 2016

A dream come true for Naga River

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Sept. 16 (PIA) – Tomorrow will be the annual fluvial procession where the image of Inang Peñafrancia will be brought back to the Basilica Minore via the Naga River.

Pilgrims who regularly witnessed the river procession will surely notice the development and changes along the Naga River banks made possible by the Naga River Revetment and Flood Control Project which was inaugurated on September 9 and personally graced by Vice President Leni G. Robredo.

City officials led by Mayor John G. Bongat, Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion, City Councilors, Punong Barangays and officials, the media and other stakeholders joined her during the historic occasion.

What used to be just a dream for the revitalization of Naga River is now a realization.

The project worth P375-Million was funded and implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) where P300-Million of which was funded by Camarines Sur 2nd Engineering District.  The P75-Million was through the DPWH Regional Office thru the representation of VP Robredo while she was still the representative of the 3rd District of Camarines Sur. It covers 5,670 linear meters of revetment that spans from Barangay Sabang to Barangay San Felipe, here.

This Naga River Revetment was a dream of the late Jesse M. Robredo when he was still Mayor of Naga City. Due to difficulty in requesting fund from the National Government, for decades this project was all but a dream.

“This is an achievement for everyone, in the sense that it is not only because of one person, not only because the City Government worked hard for it, but of so many people who helped and cooperated for this dream to be realized. With the past administration, our dream was heard as we were given P375-Million to clean the Naga River and maximize its utilization for the benefit of the people,” Robredo stated.

Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat, in his message said that the completion of the project is a meaningful and historic occasion since this has been a long dream here in Bicol and Naga City with the Naga River being used as the primary setting for the Fluvial Procession during the Peῆafrancia Fiesta.

“We now have a river that is clean and convenient for the devotees and pilgrims who pay homage to Our Lady of Peῆafrancia, Patroness of Bicolandia every year in September. Second, this will not materialize if the best did not conspire – with then Congresswoman Leni Robredo who solicited the fund from the National Government and the District Engineering Office for their unwavering sacrifice to fund and implement the project, and for that we are most thankful.”  (LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861474011774/a-dream-come-true-for-naga-river#sthash.sfubUbip.dpuf

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