By: Flor Jackson

NAVAL, Biliran – The support of the Navaleños to the local government unit (LGU) of Naval headed by Mayor Susan Parilla as the town celebrates today, Monday, September 26, the 151st Pueblo Day was overwhelming as some 3,000 participants joined in the parade along the major street of Naval from the Naval cathedral to the municipal grounds for the commemorative program.

The participants were composed of the officials and residents of the 26 barangays of the municipality, officials and employees of the LGU-Naval, students and faculty of the different schools in Naval to include the Naval State University (NSU) through its President Dr. Edita Genson, national government agencies (NGAs), cooperatives, private organizations and other private groups, all wearing very colorful t-shirts that identify their group that made the parade festive.

In his welcome remarks, Vice-Mayor Redentor Villordon thanked the participants for their enthusiasm and overwhelming support to the observance of the occasion.

He said, the celebration of the Pueblo Day dates back in September 1860 when Naval first became a “pueblo” or town and also a new parish of the Roman Catholic church.

Part of the commemorative program in today’s celebration was the talk of Professor Rolando Borrinaga, a historian who hails from the town of Naval and presently a professor of the University of the Philippines (UP) School of Health Sciences in Palo, Leyte on the “Significance of the Pueblo Day of Naval”.

He took note of the theme of the celebration which relates environment to development as he said, it is the concern of all Navaleños that as we move on to development, let us also show our concern to protect our environment.

He made special mention to one of the tourist attractions of Naval which is the Banderahan beach where some 1,200mangrove seedlings were planted during the Alay Lakad 2011 spearheaded by Naval-LGU jointly with the provincial government of Biliran in September 18. The mangrove tree planting was done to preserve the area from erosion.

For her part, Mayor Susan Parilla in her inspirational message also thanked the Navaleños especially those who joined in the parade for their attendance and support to the day’s activities to highlight the celebration of the event.

She informed the Navaleños of some of the her administration’s accomplishments for this year which include the completion of the legislative building; installation of the wi-fi free zone at the municipal hall where everyone can avail of the free internet service within the Naval municipal grounds; tilapia seeding program at Caraycaray River and other inland bodies of water in identified barangays of Naval; Caraycaray River cruise in Cararycaray River, the longest River in Naval which is ideal for river cruising and one of the tourist attractions in the municipality; improvement of the water system in Sitio Campuding in Barangay Caraycaray and many other projects.

She thanked the SB members, department heads and other officials of Naval-LGU for their support which made possible the implementation of these projects.

She likewise thanked the farmers from the 26 barangays of Naval for their active participation in the Agro-Industrial Fair held at the municipal grounds for one week, which was one of the highlights of the celebration.

“Let us all enjoy the occasion and let’s look forward to more Pueblo Day celebrations ahead as Naval moves on to progress”, she said.

This year’s celebration of the 151st Pueblo Day of Naval rests on the theme “Naval: Balancing Economic Development with Environmental Protection”. (FJ/PIA 8 Biliran)

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