Naga mayor Bongat leads Tabang Mayon mission
By Armie B. Gunay LEGAZPI CITY --- Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat and his team from “Tabang Mayon”, the humanitarian mission of the City of Naga for Mayon evacuues arrived here early Tuesday morning with three truckloads of relief goods and a lorry truck to extend help to victims of the Mayon’s ash flows and explosions during the last few days. The people of Naga City and various private organizations sent sacks of rice, noodles, canned goods, hygience kits, face towels, face masks, and other basic items to at least three indeitifed evacuation centers in the towns of Camalig, Guinobatan, and Ligao City that were hard hit by continuous ash falls and explosions even on the day that Mayor Bongat and company were distributing the relief goods and meeting up with the evacuees. The Naga team were received by Camalig Mayor Maria Ahrdail Baldo and her brother Vice Mayor Carlos Irwin Baldo; in Guinobatan by Mayor Ann Yap Ongjoco and Vce Mayor July Tingzon; and Ligao City Mayor Patty Gonzalez-Alsua who remarked that they were thankful that help arrived from Naga City even before they asked for it. A truckload of relief goods consisted of 30 sacks of rice for each evacuation center and assorted food items and canned goods, as well as hygiene kits that include toothbrushes, toothpastes, sanitary napkins, body soaps, diapers, face towels, and bottled water. The Metro Naga Water District also sent its Lorry truck to deliver potable drinking water in the evacuation centers. The recipient evacuation centers visited by the mayor and his team were Comun Elementary School in Camalig, Albay, the Mauraro High School in Guinobatan, Albay, and a school-evacuation center along Sabloyon highway in Ligao City. The team is composed of various chiefs and personnel from the City Government of Naga, the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI), the Metro Naga Water District (MNWD), the Naga City Urban Poor Federation, the Naga City Hall Press Corps, Tierra de Ibalon Tours that lent an air-conditioned bus to join the caravan, and others who donated relief goods and assistance to the humanitarian mission.