LEGAZPI CITY: Seven years after super typhoon Reming hit Albay, this city is fast regaining its lost glory.
This was revealed by Mayor Noel Rosal who said the people of Tacloban should learn from the experience of Legazpi City that continues to soar high in spite of what happened.
Super Typhoon Reming hit Albay on November 30, 2006, killing more than a thousand people and leaving a trail of destruction in its path.
Several barangays in Albay, such as Padang in Legazpi City, Banag in Daraga town, and Maipon in the municipality of Guinobatan were buried with mud from the slopes of Mayon Volcano.
But the strong partnership between the government and private sectors in Albay helped regain the glory of the capital city of the province.
“After Reming, Legazpi’s comparative business tax reached P263,522,742.16 in 2013. If Legazpi was booming before, we are rising again after this catastrophe,” Rosal said.
“Today, Legazpi has the highest income throughout the Bicol region surpassing Naga City,” he added during his Ulat sa Bayan [Report to the People] held at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation.
To prove that the city government is taking care of the poor, Rosal said that in 2013 at least 23,717 poor families were issued Philhealth cards.
Legazpi also had 579,470 tourists—an increase of 32.27 percent compared in 2012 with 438,100 tourist arrivals.
Other projects lined up for the development of Legazpi include a P14.63-million multi-purpose hall that could accommodate 3,000 people during disasters; the P80-million Legazpi City Hospital for the poor to decongest the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital; the P140-million Yawa bridge with four lanes; the P200-million mega highway; the P8-million Dapdap housing project; and P10 million for classrooms.