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PIA CamSur CommNet officers take oath of office

By Jason B. Neola

THE Philippine Information Agency Camarines Sur Communicators Network (PIA Camarines Sur (CommNet), an organization of public information officers working at local government units and other public agencies, recently conducted its oath-taking ceremonies for the new set of officers.

The newly elected officers pledged to serve their roles from 2024 to 2026. The simple ceremony was administered by AKO Bicol Partylist Representative Jil D. Bongalon.

THE new set of CommNet officers along with the members of the local media. JAM MADRID PHOTO

Executive Officers:

President: Raul Aspe Jr. (Philippine Statistics Authority)

Vice-President: Grace Rojas (Land Transportation Office-Naga)

Secretary: Ma. Cleofe Baraero (National Irrigation Administration)

Treasurer: Madel Alacar (Dept. of Trade and Industry-Naga)

Auditor: Allan Salvador (LGU San Fernando)

Board of Directors:

Lovella Guarin (Dept. of Agriculture)

Rosalyn Perida (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority)

Charlie Rosari (LGU Milaor)

Allen Reondanga (LGU Naga)

Army Major Frank Roldan (DPAO, 9ID, Philippine Army)

Pat Felizmenio (Dept. of Science and Technology)

Queenie Agsao (Social Security System, SSS)

The swearing-in ceremony was administered by AKO Bicol Partylist Representative Jil D. Bongalon. During an open forum and press briefing, officers expressed their gratitude to AKO Bicol for its support and funding assistance.

Notable projects include scholarships, infrastructure development, lifeline projects, and landmark legislation such as the Media Workers Welfare Bill, which has already passed the third and final reading in the House of Representatives.

Allen Reondanga, head of LGU Naga’s City Events, Protocol, and Public Information Office (CEPPIO), commended the AKO Bicol Partylist for the multimillion-peso Medical Assistance for Indigent and Financially-Incapacitated Patients (MAIP) not to mention the several millions of pesos more which were spent for the construction of the city’s road widening projects and other lifeline and infrastructure facilities.

AKO Bicol Partylist, led by Representative Zaldy Co, collaborates with the Department of Health (DOH) to provide essential medical assistance to indigent patients in the Bicol Region. Their commitment underscores the importance of accessible healthcare for all residents.

Bongalon said that Mayor Legacion had discussed already with Rep. Co his (Legacion’s) future plans for Naga and how AKO Bicol can contribute to their realization. The collaboration between LGU Naga and AKO Bicol aims to achieve growth and development for the welfare of the constituents.

The partylist works closely with both private and public hospitals in the region. By facilitating access to medical resources, Ako Bicol Partylist ensures that indigent patients receive the necessary care.

In response to inquiries about the current political climate in Albay, Bongalon characterized the ongoing bickering among political leaders as normal. However, he also acknowledged that the “messy” situation will add an interesting dimension to the preparations by political camps for the 2025 national and local elections. (Please see related story on page 1, Rosal camp abandoned)

Meanwhile, there are reports suggesting that Bongalon is being groomed to be the next congressman in Albay’s first district. He confirmed this news, stating that his final decision on whether to run for the position will be made in October of this year, when the prospect of him running for the congressional seat appears strong and promising.

Bongalon emphasized that while his name is often mentioned as a contender for the position, he views it as part of his duty as a public servant to listen to the voice of the people. While the option is on the table, no final decision has been reached yet.


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