NAVOTAS Mayor John Rey Tiangco said that an ordinance has been passed by the Sangguniang Panlunsod officially recognizing San Jose as the city’s patron and protector.

Under the same measure, the mayor said the first Sunday of May has been declared as the ‘Pistang Bayan ng Navotas.’

Simultaneously, the city enshrined the image of San Jose Glorioso as a cultural heritage treasure through the same ordinance unanimously enacted by the council members and approved by the mayor.

The city government said residents have already been devotees of San Jose even when Navotas was still a ‘visita’ of Tondo more than 400 years ago.

Designating San Jose as our City Patron and Protector reflects our deep-rooted reverence and unwavering devotion to him,” he added.

The National Historical Commission recognized San Jose Parish Church, the oldest church in the city, as “Simbahan ng Navotas.”

Preceding the declaration ceremony, a solemn mass was conducted on Sunday and graced by Rep. Toby Tiangco and wife, Michelle.

The Navotas lawmaker also joined Bishop Pablo Virgilio David in the unveiling of the plans for the San Jose Perpetual Adoration Chapel and the San Jose Glorioso statue at the church patio.

San Jose, revered as the patron saint of workers, families, and communities, occupies a special place in the hearts of Navotas residents,” the congressman said.

           101% polio vaccine coverage set

Mayor JRT revealed that the local government has vaccinated 101 percent of its target population for ‘Chikiting Ligtas 2024.’

Navotas is the first among cities in northern Metro Manila to reach its target.

The City Health Office recorded a total of 16,062 children immunized against polio.

Of this number, 661 children were 0-23 months old while 15,401 were 24-59 months of age, the CHO said.

Tiangco encouraged parents and guardians to have their children vaccinated against the poliovirus, which is a potentially debilitating disease that affects the spinal cord and muscles.

It is especially dangerous for children five years old and below.

There is currently no known treatment for polio and vaccination is the only effective way to prevent the possibility of an outbreak, the Navotas mayor added.