DAGUPAN CITY – “We have achieved most of the goals that we have set in the last three years and we are on the road to achieving more in 2016 and, with God’s continued graces, make another history!”
These were the words of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez as she challenged every Dagupeño to join her in embracing the future together and make history as she embarks on serving the city for another term starting June 30, when she and six of the winning city councilors under Team Belen were sworn into office.
The councilors are Maybelyn Rose Dela Cruz Fernandez, Dennis C. Canto, Alvin T. Coquia, Jose Netu M. Tamayo, Jeslito C. Seen and Marvin V. Fabia.
All took their respective Oaths of Office before Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Caridad V. Galvez as administering officer in ceremonies held at CSI Stadia.
Mayor Fernandez said that in her first term she stabilized the city’s financial status from one riddled with deficits and debts to a city with a positive revenue earning position by instituting monitoring mechanisms; renewed and re-energized investor confidence through a simplified business application and procedure; and was able to deliver basic social services in multi-fold through consultation and community participation.
A month before the end of her first term, the city’s 2015 Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) was finally passed and signed into law to replace the outdated 1978 CLUP and the necessary Zoning Ordinance was likewise passed into law.
For this historical undertaking, Mayor Fernandez is grateful that these two legislations will finally bring Dagupan within the vision of local and international investors.
With the signing of Proclamation No. 1302, series of 2016, amending Proclamation 98 by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III segregating a portion of the national park in Bonuan Binloc for the Waste to Worth Project, Fernandez expressed hope that the city’s 50 year old garbage problem in the dumpsite will be finally out to a close.
In her second term, Mayor Belen promised to continue with the successful wrappers to pavers project with Unilever Philippines and the Gulayan sa Paaralan with DepEd; the dredging of the rivers and the revival of the “Adopt a Estero” program adopting incoming Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez’ similar clean-up drive in Metro Manila.
She is also going to pursue a more intensified “ocean clean-up” drive in coordination with the Ocean Conservancy International to be part of her Coastal Management Program “Health Ocean, Healthy People.”Continue with the demolition of illegal fish pens which already resulted in the dismantling of 423 structures.
“With this, we prevented 1.5 million bags of feeds and residuals from polluting our river. Aside from no fish pen policy, we will soon implement a plastic, debris and fishnet recovery program so we can help our fishermen with their livelihood and make the river free from pollution and plastics,” said Fernandez.
Mayor Fernandez also promised to strive hard to make Dagupan a flood-free city by securing National Agency Projects under the Duterte Administration whom she openly supports.
“Yet, we all know that Government cannot do all these alone. I am proud to say that in my three years as Mayor, civic participation has been the main engine for development. They do so because they trust in our government and they agree with the projects that we are implementing,” said Fernandez. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/June 30, 2016)
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