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DILG CONDUCTS TRAINING PROGRAM FOR NEWLY-ELECTED BARANGAY OFFICIALS

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 ESTABLISHMENTS ALONG BINLOC SHORE DEMOLISHED

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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SEN. TOLENTINO’S VALENTINE DATE WITH DAGUPEÑOS

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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REGION 1 MEDICAL CENTER BOOSTS HEALTHCARE SERVICES WITH PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER AND NUCLEAR FACILITY

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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UNITE TO ACT FOR THE UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

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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CHILDREN’S SUMMIT 2024 SUPPORTS U.N. 17 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

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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‘SAVING MAX’ ANIMAL ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN DAGUPAN

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.

 

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BALAY SILANGAN REFORMATION CENTER OPENS IN DAGUPAN

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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DAGUPAN COMMEMORATES GEN. MacARTHUR’s 79th LUZON LANDING

Dagupan City has paid tribute anew to the memory and greatness of Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the 79th Luzon Landing Anniversary of the famed United States commander and his men at Bonuan Tondaligan Blue Beach, the site believed to be the actual location where they landed to pursue their mission in liberating the Philippines from Japanese colonization.

Mayor Belen Fernandez led the early morning event on January 9 at the refurbished MacArthur Park as she underscored the significance of emulating the good deeds of MacArthur and other war heroes and building a culture of integrity and accountability in public office.

“Gen. Douglas MacArthur had said his famous line ‘I shall return.’ For me I say, I have returned to help the people of Dagupan,” the local chief executive stated.

Highlight of the affair was a reenactment of the Luzon Landing with MacArthur, U.S. soldiers and Bonuan villagers which was followed by floral offerings at the memorial site by the different offices, government agencies, barangay councils, civil society groups, non-government organizations and other stakeholders.

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FOOD BAZAAR NOW OPEN AT TONDALIGAN FERDINAND

Stalls offering assorted food products are now open at Tondaligan Ferdinand Beach in barangay Bonuan Gueset as part of the ‘One Bonuan, Pakanan ed Baybay’ Food Bazaar project of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region I in coordination with the local government of Dagupan.

Some 30 Dagupeño entrepreneurs are the first batch of beneficiaries of the Nego-Stall livelihood project which is also in line with the celebration of DOLE’s 90th year anniversary.

Joining the opening of the livelihood opportunity on December 1 that also aims to bolster One Bonuan’s (Bonuan Gueset, Bonuan Boquig, Bonuan Binloc) tourism capabilities were DOLE Regional Director Exequiel Ronie Guzman, Acting City Mayor Bryan Kua, Dagupan City Fiesta 2023 Hermano Mayor Councilor Marcelino Fernandez, Public Employment Services Office-Dagupan Manager Joy Siapno, Tourism Adviser Karlos Reyna and the One Bonuan Barangay Councils.

 

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DAGUPAN RECEIVES ANTI-DRUG ABUSE AWARD FROM DILG

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 REAPS AWARDS FROM DTI’s CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES COMPETITIVENESS INDEX 2023

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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