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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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The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has spearheaded a training program for incumbent barangay officials dubbed as Barangay Newly-Elected Officials (BNEO) Towards Grassroots Renewal and Empowerment for Accountable and Transparent (GREAT) Program from February 26-27 at the Emerald Hall of CSI Stadia.

Mayor Belen Fernandez welcomed the opportunity for community leaders to work together in solidarity to promote solutions in effectively addressing the challenges in the city even as she emphasized the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations that serves as a blueprint for global communities to achieve for an inclusive and sustainable future.

The opening day includes an overview of the BNEO GREAT program; Basics of Republic Act (RA) 7160 (Local Government Code of 1991); Barangay Development Plan and Capacity Development Agenda; Barangay Budget; and Salient Features of RA 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees; while sessions on Program, Project and Activity Prioritization; Participation in Governance; and Public Ethics and Accountability were slated on the final day.

DILG Provincial Director Virgilio Sison, City Local Government Operations Officer Royolita Rosario, Liga ng mga Barangay President Lino Fernandez and Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Bradley Benavides joined the opening program.

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Illegal structures along the shoreline of Bonuan Binloc have been dismantled by joint elements of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), City Engineering Office and Philippine National Police-Dagupan on February 15 as part of Mayor Belen Fernandez’s determined efforts in protecting Dagupan’s coastal areas and boosting its famous beach attractions.

Untenured occupants have no legal authority to occupy the area aside from the fact that no building permits have been issued to the owners, according to the CENRO while City Legal Officer Atty. Aurora Valle said the area is classified as a foreshore land and thus considered as a public domain which can never be the subject of appropriation.

The ‘One Bonuan’ project composed of barangays Bonuan Gueset, Bonuan Binloc and Bonuan Boquig, highlights the promotion of Tondaligan Ferdinand as a signature tourist landmark while a 20 million-peso worth One Bonuan Tourism Pavilion sponsored by Sen. Risa Hontiveros will soon rise, also in Bonuan Gueset, to attract more tourists and investors.

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Senator Francis Tolentino treated Dagupeños with Valentine’s Day surprises during his visit to the city on February 14 by distributing cash grants thru the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program and wheelchairs to indigent patients. The lawmaker also offered free legal advice and notarial services courtesy of the Philippine Legal Justice Center. Mayor Belen Fernandez welcomed Sen. Tolentino’s various contributions to Dagupan including the upgrading of roads and drainages even as the senator hailed the mayor’s priority projects for health care.

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Dagupan City’s status as premier health care provider in Northern Luzon has been proven anew with the inauguration of the Region 1 Medical Center’s (R1MC) Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the groundbreaking of its Nuclear Medicine Facility on February 13 at the R1MC Bonuan Binloc.

Mayor Belen Fernandez recognized the significant contribution of the R1MC ably led by Medical Center Chief Dr. Joseph Roland Mejia, in putting a premium on healthcare delivery and services to give utmost importance to people’s lives.

“The Center for Disease Prevention and Control shall well serve as a guide to formulate more effective strategies to address the challenges in the healthcare industry and in order for the government and stakeholders to prepare for any potential health threat, comparable to the global-scale impact of COVID-19,” she stated.

Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire joined the event as she informed that the nuclear center includes a cancer institute and a dermatology center to cater to the extensive needs of patients who come to R1MC even from different parts of the region.

Important personalities instrumental to the establishment of R1MC’s new structures also graced the occasion namely, former Speaker Jose de Venecia, Jr., former 4th District Representative Manay Gina de Venecia, 4th District Rep. Christopher de Venecia and DOH Regional Director Paula Paz Sydiongco.

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A huge crowd of students from Dagupan’s public and private schools, government employees, barangay councils and volunteers display an act of oneness as they participate in a UNITY WALK from the Dagupan City Transport Terminal to the CSI Stadia on Feb. 5.

A prelude to the opening of the annual CHILDREN’S SUMMIT with the DEPED scheduled from Feb. 5-7 with some 20,000 participants, the event seeks to promote actions for the 17 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS of the UNITED NATIONS.

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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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A call to curb the rate of victims of the rabies virus in Dagupan City was launched on February 2, thru Mayor Belen Fernandez’s ‘Saving Max’ project in coordination with the City Veterinary Office.

The activity was held in barangay Bonuan Gueset with the support of the Barangay Council led by Captain Noel Bumanglag, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation President Councilor Bradley Benavides, Bonuan Gueset SK Chairperson Tala Paras and Bonuan Binloc SK President Klee Alcaide.

According to the mayor, records show that approximately 100 to 200 patients fall victim to animal bites, mostly from dogs and cats, as she advised residents to report any animal concern to the Saving Max Hotline Number 0985 453 5555 to help promote animal welfare.

Anti-rabies injections and consultations were also provided during the activity with Dr. Michael Maramba of the City Veterinary Office.