City Mayor

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez

A.B. Fernandez Avenue, Dagupan City

 

HONORS, AWARDS, RECOGNITION

  • As Local Chief Executive Dagupan, earned the following awards for LGU:
    1. Back-to-back Champion, 2019 Region 1 Athletic Association Meet (R1AA) with 87-GOLD, 64-SILVER & 55-BRONZE
    2. Model LGU for Implementing Day Care Service (ECCD) programs, San Fernando La Union, March 1, 2019
    3. NATIONAL ANTI-DRUG ABUSE COUNCIL SILVER AWARDEE (95% RATING- IDEAL PERFORMANCE)- Tent City, Manila Hotel, Metro Manila on December 28, 2018
    4. OVERALL MOST COMPETITIVE CITY (Component City Category) – 2018, Region 1, National Competitiveness Council, Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index
    5. Ranked #1 in Government Efficiency- 2018, Region 1, National Competitiveness Council, Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index
    6. Ranked #1 in Economic Dynamism- 2018, Region 1, National Competitiveness Council, Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index
    7. 2018 National Competitiveness Council, Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index Rank # 14 – National Overall Competitiveness, Rank #13 -Nationwide Economic Dynamism, Rank #7 – Nationwide Government Efficiency
    8. 2017 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities – Most Child-Friendly City In The Country (Independent Component City Category), conferred by President Rodrigo Duterte during the Gawad Parangal held at the Heroes Hall in the Malacañang Palace on December 5
    9. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Best Performing Shared Service Facilities (SSF) project in Pangasinan and in the entire Ilocos Region, SSF Awarding and Recognition Ceremony at Hotel Ariana in Bauang, La Union on December 7
    10. Balon Dagupan Children’s Choir, Semi-Finalist, and 2nd Runner Up during the MBC National Choral Competition held at the Aliw Theater, December 4 to 8, 2018
    11. “Masidhing Paghanga” award by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), given on November 8, 2018 at Sulo Riviera Hotel, Diliman Quezon City, Metro Manila
    12. 2018 NATIONAL AWARDEE -Outstanding Local Government Unit, National Literacy Awards for Outstanding LGUs on Literacy Programs (Independent Component Cities), Hotel Supreme Convention Plaza in Baguio City on September 6
    13. Outstanding Local Government Unit (Independent Component and Component Cities), 2018 Regional Literacy Awards, awarded by Department of Education Regional Office I )
    14. Champion, 2018 Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) MeetChampion, 2018 Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) Meet   Best Performing Delegation (Over-all) and Best Performing Secondary Delegation with 71 gold, 51 silver, and 34 bronze medals at Alaminos City, February 10-15
    15. National Awardee – 2017 Outstanding Local Civil Registry Office (Super Extra Large Category) of the Philippine Statistics Authority during the 9th National Workshop on Civil Registration, June 6, 2018 at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City
    16. 2017 Best City in Region 1 in the Implementation of Infectious Diseases Program, Pammadayaw ti DOH 2017, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Convention Hall, San Fernando City, La Union, December 14
    17. National finalist Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities, December 12, 2017 at Malacañan Palace
    18. 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance Awardee, SGLG National Conferment Ceremony at Manila Hotel, City of Manila, November 27, 2017
    19. Balon Dagupan Children’s Choir, Champion- 2017 National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Children’s Choir category, November 26 at Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)
    20. Samahan ng Maliliit na Mangingisda sa Dagupan City (SMalManDaCi) – National Finalist, St. Vincent de Paul National Awards during the 4th St. Vincent de Paul National Awarding Ceremony, Adamson University Theater, September 26, 2017
    21. DAGUPAN CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY, OUTSTANDING TECH4ED CENTER (Emerging Center Category), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) 12th Knowledge Exchange Conference, Heritage Hotel in Manila, September 15, 2017
    22. Recognized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the region as the Best Performing PESO (City category), 2017 Regional PESO Congress and Year-End Performance and Assessment, Savannah Hotel Resort in Angeles City, Pampanga, February 26-28
    23. Ranked #1 as 2017 Most Competitive City in Region 1, National Competitiveness Council, Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index
    24. Ranked #1 in Infrastructure, Ranked #1 in Government Efficiency, Ranked #1 in Economic Dynamism in the 2017 Regional National Competitiveness Council, Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index
    25. Awarded the 2016 DILG Seal of Local Good Governance, SGLG National Conferment Ceremony at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Pasay City, October 27, 2016
    26. Selected by the Office of the Vice President as among the 50 pilot beneficiaries of Angat Buhay Program last October 10, 2016 at SMX Convention Center
    27. National finalist Presidential Award for Child Friendly Cities, September 26, 2016 at Malacañan Palace
    28. Top 2 Outstanding Tech4Ed Center, July 22, 2016 awarded by Department of Information and Communication Technology
    29. Champion – Balon Dagupan Children’s Choir, 2016 Malaysia International Children’s Choral Festival, Shah Alam City Council, Malaysia, July 16, 2016
    30. 2016 Regional Literacy Award, awarded by Department of Education Region 1, July 2016
    31. 2016 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit, April 24, 2016 awarded by Council Board of CWC
    32. Proclaimed as Top 10 Next Wave Cities in the Country by the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO), Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), and Leechiu Property Consultants (LPC) at Makati Shangri-La, March 30, 2016
    33. Most Institutionalized City Advisory Council of 4Ps, February 12, 2016 awarded by DSWD Regional Office 1
    34. 2016 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance, January 29, 2016 awarded by Council for the Welfare of Children
    35. Ranked #1 in Most Competitive Component City- 2016, Region 1, National Competitiveness Council, Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index
    36. Ranked #1 in Government Efficiency- 2016, Region 1, National Competitiveness Council, Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index
    37. Ranked #1 in Economic Dynamism- 2016, Region 1, National Competitiveness Council, Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index
    38. Ranked #2 in Infrastructure- 2016, Region 1, National Competitiveness Council, Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index
    39. The coveted 2015 DILG Seal of Good Local Governance, November 28, 2016 awarded by RCC, Department of Trade and Industry
    40. Finalist 2015 Search for Outstanding Public Libraries and Special Programs on Local History, November 4, 2015 awarded by NCCA, National Library of the Philippines and Philippine Librarian Association
    41. The coveted 2015 DILG Seal of Good Local Governance, conferred at the Oasis Hotel, 17 September 2015
    42. 2015 National Finalist Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Cities, May 8, 2015 awarded by Council for the Welfare of Children, Department of Interior and Local Government and the Department of Health
    43. 2015 Philhealth Agila Award for the Best Forerunner in Sponsored Program Implementation – City Category, May 28, 2015 awarded by Phil Health, Region 1
    44. 2015 Region 1 Most Child-Friendly City, February 18, 2015 awarded by Department of Social Worker and Development, Region 1
    45. 2015 Gawad Kalasag Exceptional Risk Reduction and Management Service Award, February 15, 2015 awarded by PDRRMC
    46. 2015 Natataging Lingkod-Maralita awarded by Department of Social Worker and Development, Region 1
    47. 2015 Most Resourceful City by the League of Cities of the Philippines
    48. 2015 Rafael M. Salas Population and Development Merit Award
    49. 2015 Gawad Kalasag – Independent Component City Category, Region 1
    50. Most Functional City Advisory Council of 4Ps in Region 1
    51. 2015 Gawad Kalasag Exceptional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service Award
    52. 2014 Seal of Good Local Financial Housekeeping, July 13, 2015 awarded by Department of Interior and Local Government
    53. 2014 Gawad Kalasag Exceptional DRRM Service Award, February 6, 2015 awarded by OCD, NDRRMC
    54. 2014 Second Place, Search for Outstanding Libraries with Services for People with Disabilities, November 4, 2014 awarded by National Library of the Philippines
    55. 2014 Best Police Station, July 7, 2014 awarded by Police Provincial Office
    56. 2014 Best Local Chief Executive Awardee, June 30, 2014 awarded by PNP Regional Office 1
    57. 2014 Second Runner-Up, Most Outstanding LGU-Implementer Coastal Resource Management (City Category) awarded by Regional Development Council 1
    58. 2014 DILG Seal of Good Local Financing awarded by Department of Social Worker and Development, Region 1
    59. 2014 National Finalist – Presidential Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance
    60. 2014 Hall of Famer with Plaque of Recognition awarded by Dangerous Drugs Board Secretary Antonio Bebot Villar Jr.
    61. 2012-2013 Ten Outstanding Civil Registry Offices in the Philippines (Extra Large Category), September 8, 2014 awarded by Philippines Statistics Authority
    62. National Competitiveness Council, Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index from Rank #44 (2014) to Rank #19 (2015) to Rank #15 (2016) to Rank #13 (2017)
  • She was also conferred the following distinctions:
  1. Receive commendation by the Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (RJJWC) in guiding trouble youth
  2. TRAILBLAZER AWARDEE in recognition of her pioneering efforts in improving public service and education through the use of Information and Communication Technology. Given during the ICT Summit held at Leisure Coast Resort, Bonuan Dagupan City on June 28, 2018
  3. Commended by the Philippine National Police (PNP) – Regional Office I for her invaluable support in the implementation of PRO1 programs and projects
  4. Appointed as 2013-2016 Regional Peace & Order Council (RPOC) Chairperson Region 1
  5. 2015 Batch Valedictorian by the League of Cities of the Philippines
  6. 2014 Commendation for Outstanding Leadership  for Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, October 7, 2014 at Milpitas City Government, USA
  7. 2014 Pangasinan Achiever Awardee by the Pangasinan Association of Columnists & Editors
  8. Prime mover for the creation and approval of a new Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) from a 38 year-old Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP 1978)
  9. Received Recognition from POEA for her support to OFWs

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

  • GEOCLOUD INTEGRATED INFORMATION SYSTEM TRAINING FOR ADVANCEMENT REGIONAL DISASTER PREVENTION, JAPAN, May 18 -23 2017
  • Presenter- 2017 LUZON ECOZONE SUMMIT at Newtown Plaza Baguio City, March 23-24, 2017
  • Delegate- WCCD GLOBAL CITIES SUMMIT WORLD COUNCIL ON CITY DATA (WCCD), GLOBAL CITIES SUMMIT 2017, Hotel Armani- Dubai, UAE, March 7-9, 2017
  • Philippine Delegate- 2017 FEDERALISM AND GOOD GOVERNANCE BEST PRACTICE LEARNING FOR CHANGE: AN INTERNATIONAL BENCHMARKING PROGRAM, Washington DC, USA, January 23-27, 2017
  • Resource Speaker– UNITED NATIONS OPEN-ENDED INFORMAL CONSULTATIVE PROCESS ON OCEANS AND THE LAW OF THE SEA, United Nations Headquarters New York City, June 13-17, 2016
  • Resource SpeakerThe Newly Elected Officials (NEO) Program- Basic Orientation for Local Chief Executives- Baguio City, August 31, 2016
  • Panelist – 2ND “OUR OCEAN” CONFERENCE, Sheraton Miramar Hotel, Region of Valparaiso, Chile, October 5-6, 2015
  • Panelist – APEC 2015 CITY MAYOR’S FORUM Building Better Cities Cebu City, September 3-4, 2015
  • Resource Speaker 6th GLOBAL CONFERENCE OF THE ALLIANCE FOR HEALTHY CITIES BY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, Hong Kong October 30, 2014
  • Resource Speaker SOUTH ASIA REGIONAL WORKSHOP AND MAYOR’S FORUM Kandy, Sri Lanka, May 8-9, 2014
  • DEVELOPMENT DIALOGUE: BUILDING RESILIENCE AND EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE OF EMERGING CITIES IN ASIA Held at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore March 31 to April 1, 2014
  • 2014 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SMART CITIES, University of the Philippines School of Urban Planning, November 14-15, 2014

EDUCATION

  • LYCEUM NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
    Doctorate of Public Administration, Honoris Causa
    September 24, 2015
  • UNIVERSITY OF LUZON
    Doctorate of Humanities on Public Administration, Honoris Causa
    November 10, 2011
  • UNIVERSITY OF LUZON
    Bachelor of Science in Management, 1977

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • City Mayor  City of Dagupan, 2013 to present
  • Vice Mayor City of Dagupan, 2007 to 2013
  • City Councilor City of Dagupan, 1995 to 1998
  • President CSI Group of Companies, 1997 to 2013