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77th Agew na Dagupan: Pamagalang ed Pamilya

Today we commemorate the 77th Founding Anniversary of Dagupan City.

On this day, the last speaker of the Commonwealth of the Philippines and first duly elected House Speaker of the 1st Congress of the Philippines, then Speaker Eugenio Perez Sr. authored Republic Act 170 or the City Charter of Dagupan which then President Manuel Roxas signed into law on June 20, 1947 that converted Dagupan into a city.

There is so much to say, but I would rather ask everyone here to look around, and you would know what our coming together here means.

There is a saying, “if you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together. “

Sa Dagupan, araw araw kong pinipili ang makasama at paglingkuran ang pamilyang Dagupeño. Our identity as a city is found in community, in every family, as is our sense of peace and hope.

For all of us, no matter the shape of our families, you can expect a compassionate leadership that is intentional, inclusive, and conscientious.  Hindi lang ngayon ninyo matutunghayan kundi araw-araw niyong masasaksihan na nakatutok ang buong puwersa ng Dagupan — ang ating mga Barangay officials, mga barangay volunteers, ang ating mga doktor at nurses, ang mga kawani ng gobyerno, sa paglilingkod sa bawat pamilya, anuman ang hugis o anyo nito — at kasama diyan ang mga pamilyang itinataguyod ng mga mahihirap, ng mga single parents, ng mga LGBTQ, mga walang hanap buhay, mga pamilyang naghihikahos at walang kakayahan mapag-aral ang kanilang mga anak sa kolehiyo, mga pamilyang kapos sa pera na malapatan ng mabisang gamot at mabigyan ng libreng pagsusuri.

Today, we offer under one roof, as many services we can give for every family. You have always depended on the city government to do this because we are a people who value results over excuses.

Marami nang pagbabago ang naisagawa mula noong ako ay unang makapaglingkod bilang inyong mayor noong 2013.  Hindi lang natin hinangad na makapaglingkod sa bawat pamilya, kundi hangad din po nating makiisa sa puso ng bawat Dagupeño.

Namumuhunan tayo sa tagumpay ng mga pangarap at mga panaginip ng bawat pamilya. In Dagupan, we support the dreams of every family, including the dream of every child who deserves to experience life in all its fullness, and this includes the right to early childhood development and pre-primary support and literacy, to free public education. We are committed to make sure that our people are provided with the proper services.

In Dagupan, we highly value the happiness and welfare of families because we are partners. Sa paglipas ng halos 77 years mula ng tayo ay hinirang bilang isang malaya at maunlad na lungsod, pinakamakahulugan ang ating mga serbisyo na hinahatid sa bawat pamilyang Dagupeños, because we always underscore the significance of the gift of families as the mightiest symbol of Dagupan’s strength and progress.

As your city mayor, you will expect that we shall always be at the forefront of strengthening and supporting families to nurture, protect, educate, and equip children for a dynamic, challenging, and ever-changing world. We will strengthen social and health programs for our youth, women and children, for senior citizens, for differently abled people, for those who are unemployed, for those who struggling to keep their communities clean and safe.

Sa ating pagsasama-sama ngayon, lagi nating aalalahanin na walang makapipigil at walang makabibigo sa ating hangarin na hatiran ng paglilingkod ang bawat pamilyang Dagupeño, because we will ensure that Dagupan shall always be livable for people of all ages, for every member of the family, because our prosperity in the long term depends on it. Families are worth prioritizing because we are particularly invested in the success of our communities.

Perhaps the best indication of a thriving city is the desire of ordinary people to raise their families within it.  Today, thousands of families of 178,000 Dagupenos have chosen to call our city their home because we bring to them, straight to their doors, to their bedside, all the services they rightfully deserve. We are doing all of these because if we are to remain strong into the future, families should have a great city to call home, and Dagupan should have loving families to call residents.

As we gather here to honor this important moment in our history, let us not forget the hardship and the dedication and commitment of our forefathers. Let me take this opportunity to remind my fellow public servants —- our elected officials, my fellow workers in government, to always commit their services with love, so we can properly deliver the needs of our people.

Through our local history and shared experiences, we have always assured ourselves that no matter how uncertain the future remains, we know that our strong sense of solidarity and cooperation will always lead us to greater feats.

Sa Dagupan, heto na po ang bagong marka ng isang mapagkalinga na pamahalaan. Isang pamahalaan na may pagdamay sa kung ano ang pinakamahalaga at pinakamatimbang sa puso ng bawat Dagupeno: ang alagaan at mahalin ang kanyang pamilya.

Sa harap ng maraming hamon at pagsubok, pangungutya at pambabastos ng iilang taong walang pagpapahalaga sa ating mga gawain, hindi tayo matitinag.

Bago ang pumutok ang araw, palagi ko inilalapit sa Panginoong Diyos na lagi akong turuan na makapaglingkod ng tama, maayos at mahusay.

Panalangin ko lagi sa Panginoon na mabigyan tayo ng sapat na lakas, ng matatag na puso na hindi pinanghihinaan.

Panalangin ko na hindi lamang tayo gabayan na maging magaling sa lahat ng bagay, panalangin ko rin mabigyan tayo lagi ng isang mabuting puso.

Mabuting puso ang dalangin ko, dahil ito po lamang ang aking maibibigay ng buo sa bawat pamilyang Dagupeno: isang pusong tapat sa paglilingkod.

Dahil kapag ang isang lider at isang pamahalaan ay naglilingkod ng tapat, makikinabang ang lahat.

Maraming salamat po at Maligayang Agew na Dagupan!

Mayor Belen’s Speech during the 77th Agew na Dagupan
Dagupan City Plaza, June 20, 2024




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A phenomenal crowd of approximately one million during the BANGUSAN STREET PARTY on April 30 has reaffirmed the BANGUS FESTVAL’S influence as a focal center of attraction in Dagupan City.

Touted as ‘BEST BANGUS FESTIVAL EVER’, the star-studded event which took place along Judge Jose de Venecia Highway, started off with Mayor Belen Fernandez leading national figures, city officials, celebrities and guests in the ceremonial lighting of grills followed by the actual grilling of some 20,000 pieces of the fresh, succulent milkfish.

Among the attendees during the lighting of grills were Congresswoman  Lani Mercado representing  Sen. Bong Revilla; Ella Cruz representing Sen. Imee Marcos; Former Sen. Francis Pangilinan; Sen. Lito Lapid; Department Of Tourism USEC Ferdinand “Cocoy” Jumapao; Chief Operating Officer of Tourism Infrastructure And Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) Mr. Mark Lapid; Department of Tourism Regional Director Joseph Francis “Jeff” Ortega, PNP Regional Director PBGEN Lou Evangelista; Department of Health Regional Director Dr. Paula Paz Sydiongco; LTFRB Regional Director Atty. Anabel Marzan-Nullar; PNP Provincial Director Col. Jeff Fanged; Cong. Christopher “Toff” De Venecia; Hon. Manay Gina De Venecia;  Former Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr; Vice Mayor Dean Bryan Kua; Coun. Jeslito “Jigs” Seen;  Coun. Dennis Canto; Coun. Michael Fernandez and former Coun. Maybeline Fernandez; Coun. Marcelino Fernandez;  Coun. Bradley Benavides; Former Councilors Joey Tamayo, Karlos Reyna and Joshua Bugayong; CENRO OIC Engr. Noriel Nisperos; Executive VP Veterans Federation Mike Villareal; Dr. Ashok Vasandani; Rocky Vasandani;  Atty. Chel Diokno;  Atty. Liberato Reyna; Dagupan City Chief of Police PLTCOL Brendon Palisoc; BFP C/Insp Michael John Escaño; city government department heads; barangay councils and Sangguniang Kabataan councils.

Senate President Miguel Zubiri, Sen. Francis Tolentino, Sen. Bong Go, House Speaker Martin Romualdez and wife, Yedda Marie Romualdez and Sen. Loren Legarda meanwhile, sent warm video greetings.

Seven concert stages strategically positioned starting at CSI STADIA up to De Venecia Highway provided fun and entertainment until 1 a.m. of the following day with artists such as Ben & Ben, Juan Karlos, Flow G, Pastel Sky, Fumiya, Spongecola, Derrick Monasterio, Elle Villanueva, Glaiza de Castro, Lexi Gonzales, Angel Guardian, Buboy Villar, Boobay, Pepita Curtis, Ian Red, The Woov, Sniwt and the Kuya Mads, Selestin, Outplayed, Skusta Clee, DJ Toni, Nik Makino, Mayo Marte, DJ Sofia Miguel, DJ AE Nathalie and BINI.

The 2024 Bangus Festival received outpouring support from sponsors which contributed to its success.


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Cluster Six composed of barangays Pantal, Lucao, Lasip Chico, Malued and Tapuac emerged as champion in the Gilon, Gilon ed Baley Streetdancing Competition held last April 26 at the City Plaza as part of Bangus Festival 2024.

The group which bested 26 other barangays from five other clusters received the top cash prize of P150,000 even as it was also adjudged first place in the Best in Streetdancing category with P20,000 and the solo winner for Best in Musicality.

Last year’s Gilon, Gilon champ, One Bonuan (Cluster Three) composed of barangays Bonuan Gueset, Bonuan Boquig and Bonuan Binloc, clinched the 1st runner-up title with P100,000 cash prize and garnered 2nd place for Best in Streetdancing with P15,000.

One Bonuan also bagged the crowd-favorite Best in Costume Award with P20,000 cash prize.

Cluster Two comprising the eastern barangays of Mamalingling, Bolosan, Mangin, Salisay, Tambac and Tebeng finished as 2nd runner-up while also bagging 3rd place in Best in Streetdancing with P10,000.

The remaining clusters namely Cluster One (Mayombo, Bacayao Norte, Bacayao Sur, Caranglaan and Herrero- Perez), Cluster Four (Brgy. I, Brgy. II&III, Brgy. IV, Lasip Grande, Pogo Grande and Pogo Chico) and Cluster Five (Calmay, Carael, Lomboy, Poblacion Oeste, Pugaro and Salapingao) received consolation prizes.

A thanksgiving event in honor of Dagupan City’s patron, St. John the Evangelist, the Gilon, Gilon ed Baley is a much-anticipated event which showcases the fishermen’s style of harvesting the tastiest milkfish in the world found only in Dagupan.



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Approximately 12,000 runners from Dagupan City proudly showcased their support to the city government’s ‘Goodbye Basura’ campaign by joining the Barkada Fun Run ‘Batik Parad Kalinisan na Dagupan’ held on April 26 along De Venecia Highway as part of the 2024 Bangus Festival.

Participants received marathon singlets/t-shirts courtesy of Milo upon registration where they brought along empty plastic bottles/sachets for Mayor Belen Fernandez’s waste management program which entails proper segregation of waste materials including ‘Holcimable’ wastes such as plastic bottles, styrofoam, sando bag, food wrappers, sachets, foils, clothings, shoes, slippers, bags without hardware, cigarette butts,  rubber, tetrapacks, and others.

In partnership with renowned cement manufacturer, Holcim Philippines, the materials will be used as an alternative raw material or alternative fuel for cement processing with the end goal of finally closing Dagupan’s more than 60-year-old dumpsite in Bonuan Tondaligan.

Joining Mayor Fernandez for the early morning sports activity were Vice Mayor Bryan Kua, Coun. Marcelino Fernandez, Coun. Jeslito Seen, Tourism Consultant Karlos Reyna, former councilors Joshua Bugayong and Atty. Jose Netu Tamayo, Events Consultant Rex Catubig, Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO) OIC Engr. Noriel Nisperos, Commission on Population and Development Acting Regional Director Aileen Serrano, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Pangasinan Cluster 2 Leader Melinda Buada, DILG Dagupan City Local Government Operations Officer Royolita Rosario, Dagupan City Philippine National Police OIC PLtCol Brendon Palisoc, City Fire Marshall CInsp. Michael John Escano, city government employees, national government agencies and volunteers.

On April 30 last year, a DILG -spearheaded ‘Buhay Ingatan, Droga’y Ayawan’ (BIDA) Bayanihan ng Mamamayan Fun Run was also supported by some 12,000 runners at the same venue prior to the Bangusan Street Party ‘Kalutan ed Dalan’ in a bid to raise awareness on the ill effects of illegal drugs.

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Some 4,000 senior high school students from Dagupan City joined the opening of a two-day Higher Education Institution (HEI) Career Fair conducted by the city government starting April 17 at CSI Stadia as part of the activities for Bangus Festival 2024.

Dubbed as ‘Tagumpay Mo Kabataan, Pangarap ng Dagupan’, the event aims to serve as career development support and anti-illegal recruitment campaign for graduating K to 12 students in public and private schools in the city in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Association of Private Schools, Colleges, and Universities (APSCU) and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO).

Mayor Belen Fernandez encouraged the young learners to reach for their career goals with patience and determination and make the best out of their productive years.

Lectures also include the most in-demand courses, related jobs, employment opportunities and details on various government-recognized programs offered by major universities and colleges in Dagupan aside from technical-vocational courses under TESDA and the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the DepEd.

Mayor Fernandez, Vice Mayor Bryan Kua and heads of concerned agencies and HEIs pledged their commitment to the career fair objectives, as follows: Dr. Christine Ferrer, CHED Regional Director; Joel Pilotin, TESDA Regional Director; Exequiel Ronnie Guzman, DOLE Regional Director; Dr. Rowena Banzon, Schools Division Superintendent; Dr. Carmelo John Vidal, APSCU Metro-Dagupan Chapter President; Ferdinand Jose Merrera, DMW Regional Supervising Labor and Employment Officer; Frederick Gaerlan, DOLE Central Pangasinan Field Office Senior Labor and Employment Officer; Jocelyn Siapno, PESO Manager; Asiacareer Foundation; Dagupan Colleges Foundation; Kingfisher School of Business and Finance; Lyceum Northwestern University; Mary Help of Christians College Seminary; Pangasinan Merchant Marine Academy; PIMSAT Colleges; STI College Dagupan; University of Luzon; Universidad de Dagupan; and PHINMA University of Pangasinan.

The career fair adheres to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal # 8: DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH to promote inclusive and sustained economic growth, employment and decent work for all.

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Dagupan is now a Justice Zone locality following its formal launching on March 20 at the CSI Stadia as part of mutual efforts of the local government unit of Dagupan and the national government thru the Justice Sector Coordinating Council (JSCC).

Composed of the Supreme Court (SC), Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the JSCC aims to promote a coordinated approach to the policy making, planning and operations of legal institutions for the effective and efficient administration of justice.

As the 13th Justice Zone in the country established by the JSCC, Dagupan follows in the steps of Quezon City, the first Justice Zone launched in 2014, and other zones in key cities like Cebu, Davao, Angeles, Bacolod, Naga, Calamba, Balanga, Baguio, Zamboanga, Tagaytay and Puerto Princesa.

Mayor Belen Fernandez, who had sought the JSCC’s support for the city’s desire to host the Justice Zone, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to make the courts, prosecution service, law enforcement and corrections thrive in their respective business in government.

The local chief executive likewise presented the Dagupan City Justice Zone Logo that features the scale of justice, the famous bangus symbolizing Dagupan, 31 bay leaves (laurel) representing the city’s 31 barangays and the Pangasinan tagline ‘PANTATALUSAN, PANDARAGUPAN, PANKAKASAKEY’ that denotes the JSCC’s core principles of Communication, Cooperation and Coordination.

The respective emblems of the SC, DOJ and DILG are also depicted in the center, representing the synergy of the agencies to create the Dagupan City Justice Zone to pursue swift, fair and humane administration of justice.

Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo recognized the efforts of Dagupan’s local justice stakeholders to establish a Justice Zone, calling them as strong partners for justice as he reminded them to ensure their commitment to maintain a gold standard in the said judiciary program.

Participants in the Dagupan Justice Zone launching included Atty. Hector Soliman, Senior Advisor for Access to Justice; Hon. Maria Filomena Singh, SC Associate Justice; Hon. Mervin Jovito Samadan, Regional Trial Court Branch 40 Executive Judge and Presiding Judge and Dagupan City Justice Zone Convenor; Hon. Lord Villanueva, DILG Undersecretary for Operations; Hon. Raul Vasquez, DOJ Undersecretary; Congressman Christopher de Venecia, 4th District of Pangasinan; judges of different trial courts; City Local Government Operations Officer Royolita Rosario; Philippine National Police-Dagupan led by P/Lt.Col. Benjamin Palisoc; Bureau of Fire Protection-Dagupan led by FCINSP Michael John Escaño; Vice Mayor Bryan Kua; Sangguniang Panlungsod members Michael Fernandez, Jeslito Seen, Dennis Canto, Marcelino Fernandez, Bradley Benavides; former Councilor Joshua Bugayong; Tourism Consultant Karlos Reyna; and department heads.

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Mayor Belen T. Fernandez has emphasized the need to build stronger alliances in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations (UN) and for young leaders to understand their important role in the UN global agenda during the opening of the 2024 Children’s Summit slated from February 5 to 7 at CSI Stadia.

Prior to the opening ceremony, a ‘Unity Walk’ composed of students from public and private schools; government officials, heads and employees; barangay councils, event sponsors and volunteers was held starting at the Dagupan City Transport Terminal up to the Stadia to display Dagupan’s unity in support of the SDG.

Centered on the theme: ‘Celebrating Children’s Ideas and Actions for United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals’, the three-day event spearheaded by the Department of Education Schools Division Office in coordination with the city government features various activities such as spelling bee, quiz bee, essay writing, exhibits, talk show, sandwich-making, vegetable salad-making, poster-making, graphic and design with some 20,000 participants.

“The SDG aims to effect change, fight poverty and achieve progress by year 2030 and ensuring that no one is left behind,” Mayor Fernandez stated.

A highlight of the affair was a multi-stakeholder signing of partnership to symbolize Dagupan’s commitment to achieve the 17 SDGs that are as follows: No Poverty; Zero Hunger; Good Health and Well-Being; Quality Education; Gender Equality; Clean Water and Sanitation; Affordable and Clean Energy; Decent Work and Economic Growth; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Reduced Inequalities; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Responsible Consumption and Production; Climate Action; Life Below Water; Life on Land;  Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; and Partnerships for the Goals.

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Dagupan City’s ‘Balay Silangan’, a reformation facility for drug offenders, was inaugurated on January 26 in barangay Poblacion Oeste as part of the government’s efforts in curtailing the illegal drug trade and aiming for drug clearance among the 31 barangays in Dagupan.

Mayor Belen Fernandez expressed gratitude to law enforcement and government agencies in the realization of the project to give chance to drug offenders in rehabilitating their lives.

Among the city’s partners are the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine National Police, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Trade and Industry and Bureau of Fire Protection. Financial assistance worth 5,000 pesos and grocery items were handed over to the families of the Balay Silangan clients as part of the program.

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Mayor Belen Fernandez has presented six awards received by Dagupan City during the Gawad Kalusugan 2023 conducted by the Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Region 1 last December 15, 2023 at Thunderbird Resort Poro Point Free Port Zone in San Fernando City, La Union.

The local chief executive announced the city’s latest achievement during the regular flag raising ceremony of city government employees on January 8 at the City Plaza where she expressed gratitude to the DOH for recognizing Dagupan’s health care delivery programs and commended the unwavering dedication of all health care workers in performing their respective tasks.

City Health Officer Dr. Ophelia Terrado received the awards on behalf of Mayor Fernandez.

Dagupan emerged as champion with 70,000 pesos cash prize in the Sandugo Award of the Bannuar Iti Salun -At Award because of its involvement and commitment in the implementation of blood programs where the city exceeded one percent blood donation rate and collected 3,223 blood units under the category of cities/municipalities greater than 75,000 population for calendar year 2022.

Also under the Bannuar award, the city garnered 3rd place for the Universal Health Care (UHC) Arangkada Award for its outstanding support in the implementation of the UHC vision with a cash prize of 35,000 pesos.

Dagupan also clinched four Palbayani Awards one of which is the Good Practices in Health Award because of the city’s identification, documentation and replication of good practices on health and obtaining a score of 100% on good practice criteria initial screening with 50,000 pesos in cash prize.

Part of this is attributed to the deployment of one Barangay Nurse for each of the city’s 31 barangays who function efficiently in coordination with barangay health workers, barangay service point officers, barangay nutrition scholars and the barangay council, according to Mayor Fernandez.

Moreover, the Dagupan City Health Office bagged a Palbayani Award as Top Implementer on Pharmaceutical Management for its outstanding support and commitment in the implementation of pharmaceutical management program and antimicrobial stewardship program, with a cash prize of 30,000 pesos.

Another Palbayani Award  was conferred to the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) for its outstanding practices as functional CESU and its exemplary surveillance response in preventive outbreaks, with 20,000 pesos cash prize and finally, also under the Palbayani Award is the Chikiting Ligtas Lakas Award for Dagupan in its support to the DOH’s Measles Rubella -Oral Polio Vaccine -Supplemental Immunization Activity where the city achieved the highest coverage of eligible children during the activity, bagging a cash prize of 20,000 pesos.

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Dagupan City’s exemplary efforts in complementing the national government’s anti-illegal drug campaign was recognized by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as it accorded Dagupan with the Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) Performance Award under the Independent Component/Component Cities Category during the 2023 Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week Celebration and Regional Awarding Ceremony on November 24 at the La Union Convention Center, San Fernando City, La Union.

Mayor Belen Fernandez was represented by Sangguniang Panlungsod Member Michael Fernandez in receiving the award where the city garnered a score of 100 in the 2023 ADAC Functionality Audit.

The local chief executive has hailed the performance of the Philippine National Police-Dagupan led by P/Lt. Col. Brendon Palisoc, Barangay Councils, Sangguniang Kabataan Federation and all stakeholders in the anti-drug abuse crusade.

The awarding was attended by regional and provincial officials/representatives of the DILG, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine National Police, Department of Health and other stakeholders.

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Dagupan City bagged several awards namely Top 1 Most Competitive in Infrastructure; Top 2 Most Competitive in Economic Dynamism; and Top 3 Most Competitive in Resiliency, all under the Component Cities Category during the Rimat Ti Amianan- Pammadayaw Ti Siglat Ken Laing Ti Ilokano – Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) 2023 Awarding Ceremonies conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry Region 1 last November 23 at the La Union Convention Center, Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union.

Mayor Belen Fernandez, who was on an official trip, was represented by Sangguniang Panlungsod Member Michael Fernandez and his wife, former Coun. Maybelyn Fernandez in receiving the prestigious awards that recognized Dagupan’s effectiveness in governance.

The ranking of cities and municipalities were based on the sum of their scores on the five pillars of CMCI: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Resiliency, Infrastructure and Innovation.

In 2013, the DTI, National Competitiveness Council and Regional Competitiveness Committees developed the CMCI with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development.

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𝙇𝙄𝙆𝙉𝘼𝘼𝙔 𝘽𝘼𝙇𝙀𝙔: 𝐎𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐄𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐲 𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐠𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐠 𝐊𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐚𝐧

Mayor Belen Fernandez’s speech during the 𝙇𝙄𝙆𝙉𝘼𝘼𝙔 𝘽𝘼𝙇𝙀𝙔: 𝐎𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐄𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐲 𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐠𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐠 𝐊𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐚𝐧 on November 08, 2023.

Allow me to express my delight and my pride to speak to all the newly elected barangay and SK officials in the City of Dagupan.

I am happy because we have concluded probably one of the most peaceful, orderly, and fair elections we have seen in Dagupan. I am happy that our people are happy with the choices. They have spoken and they have spoken convincingly and strongly as they entrust you the welfare of the community for the next two years.

Masasabi ko rin na nakakabilib na makita at basahin ko sa inyo ang inyong panunumpa dahil alam kong sa loob ng dalawang taon, makakatrabaho ko kayong lahat sa ating mga gawain sa barangay. Ako po ay ang pinakamapalad na Mayor ngayon dahil nalalaman kong bawat isa sa inyo ay aking magiging aktibong partner dahil sa tibay ng inyong pagkahalal nalalaman kong kayo ay napili dahil kayo ang pinakamagaling, pinakamahusay at bukod sa lahat, may matibay na paninindigan sa pagmamahal sa lungsod ng Dagupan.

This morning as your formally take your oath, I wish to remind that the  paramount concern of our city government remains to be the unity of the whole city behind the cause of justice and dignity, to lift those who live in conditions of poverty, ignorance, and lack of opportunity, so that together we may form one united political community.

Hinihiling ko sa bawat isa sa inyo na — at marami na po ang personal na nagpunta sa aking tanggapan upang iparating ito — na ang pagkakaisa ay maging iisang adhikain natin dahil sa ating tapat na paniniwala na ang pagkakaisa ay ang unang hakbang upang tayo ay makaraos na dito sa gitna ng problema kung nasaan tayo, especially now were still recovering from the pandemic, sa gitna ng krisis ng ekonomiya, sa gitna ng walang humpay na pag-atake ng illang tao na pabagalin ang ating pag-unlad dahil hindi pa rin nila matanggap ng kinalabasan ng eleksyon ng 2022.

Hindi naman tayo palaaway, hindi naman tayo naghahanap ng gulo. Subalit ginagawa pa rin natin ang ating buong makakaya, na buo ang ating lakas, sa kabila ng pagpapahirap, panghihiya, pambabastos at panggigipit ng iilan tao.  Ang hangad lang natin ay magkaroon ng disenteng buhay para sa ating sarili, para sa ating pamilya, para sa ating lungsod.

The people need our unity… and in doing so, let us always remind that the general welfare is the supreme law.

I ask each of you to journey with me as we continue to transform Dagupan City into the kind of community our people deserves. Lahat ng ating mga plano at mga pangarap ay abot kamoy at maisasakatuparan natin kung nagkakaisa tayo.

As newly elected officials, you are have an invaluable role in achieving this dreams because I HAVE always believed that the barangay system, if properly harnessed, can provide great benefits to the country in molding the desired cultural and social character of Dagupenos, and boosting the engine of growth of our city.

Mataas ang ating inaasahan at tiwala sa lahat ng mga barangay at SK officials na maging epektibo sa pagtupad ng inyong mga tungkulin. Nagbabago na ang pulso ng ating mga kabaleyan sa paglipas ng mga panahon, tayong mga napiling lingkod bayan ay inaasahan makapaghatid ng serbisyo ng mas higit pa sa nakasanayan. Hindi na pupuwede ang puwede. Our people have set up to to the highest standard in the performance of our duties and responsibilities.

The truth we need to do more what is required do. The truth is, much of our responsibilities, though not written in the Local Government Code, is still within our competence to perform. I enjoin all our barangay officials to appreciate all your written powers to enable you to perform your responsibilities successfully.

Please do not forget that the 1991 Local Government Code has vested you with more power than you realize and you possess greater responsibility and accountability.

Exercise your power with fairness, with prudence, with competence, with the highest ethical standards and with utmost fidelity to the people’s trust And the last thing we need in our beloved city is abusive, incompetent and corrupt officials.

Mahalaga ang ating tuloy tuloy na ugnayan sa pagitan ng ating mga barangay and SK councils at ang inyong pamahalaang lungsod dahil naiintindihan naman nating hindi sapat ang resources ninyo sa barangay.

Maaasahan po ninyo ako na ako ay makikipag-usap at makikinig sa bawat isa sa inyo sa inyong mga pangangailangan ng inyong mga nasasakupan.  Bottom line, kung successful tayo sa barangay, all the way up to the city hall, successful tayo. At kung may isang barangay lang ang magkaproblema sa ating city, nasa balita ka na agad. Please let us help each get each other’s backs.

I hope despite the different candidates that we will all have in the past election, you can keep your unity sa Liga ng mga Barangay at sa PEderasyon ng Sangguniang Kabataan because kailangan may kakapitan tayo. Kailangan, anuman ang diperensya natin sa pulitika, pagdating sa Liga at sa SK, pagdating sa kailangan sa barangay, lalo sa mga emergency, we can always tap each other, call each other, and be a text message away.

Huwag tayong bibitaw sa isa’t isa. Kayo ang aking partner sa barangay, kapit kamay tayo upang abutin natin ang ating mga pinakamatayog na pangarap para sa tagumpay ng ating mga plano para sa lungsod ng Dagupan.