City Mayor

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez

A.B. Fernandez Avenue, Dagupan City

 

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF LUZON
Bachelor of Science in Management, 1977

UNIVERSITY OF LUZON
Doctorate of Humanities on Public Administration,
Honoris Causa
November 10, 2011

LYCEUM NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Doctorate of Public Administration, Honoris Causa
September 24, 2015

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

HONORS, AWARDS, RECOGNITION

  • As Local Chief Executive for Dagupan, earned the following awards for LGU:
  1. DAGUPAN CITY HEALTH OFFICE BEST IN IMPLEMENTATION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES PROGRAM (REGION 1),
    2017 PAMMADAYAW TI DOH, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Convention Hall, San Fernando City, La Union, December 14, 2017
  2. 3RD RUNNER UP FLAME AWARD 2017 PAMMADAYAW TI DOH, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Convention Hall, San Fernando City, La Union, December 14, 2017
  3. National finalist Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities, December 12, 2017 at Malacañan Palace
  4. 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance Awardee, SGLG National Conferment Ceremony at Manila Hotel, City of Manila, November 27, 2017
  5. BALON DAGUPAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR, WINNER 2017 National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Children’s Choir category National Music Week and National Finals Weeks at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on November 23 and 24
  6. SAMAHAN NG MGA MALILIIT NA MANGINGISDA SA DAGUPAN CITY NATIONAL FINALIST, 4TH ST VINCENT DE PAUL NATIONAL AWARDS, ADAMSON UNIVERSITY THEATER, SEPETEMBER 26, 2017
  7. BALON DAGUPAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR-CHAMPION, 2017 NATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITIONS FOR YOUNG ARTISTS (NMCYA)
  8. Awarded the 2016 DILG Seal of Local Good Governance, SGLG National Conferment Ceremony at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Pasay City, October 27, 2016
  9. 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
  10. National finalist Presidential Award for Child Friendly Cities, September 26, 2016 at Malacañan Palace
  11. Top 2 Outstanding Tech4Ed Center, July 22, 2016 awarded by Department of Information and Communication Technology
  12. 2016 Malaysia International Children’s Choral Festival Champions, July 16, 2016 at Shah Alam City Council, Malaysia
  13. 2016 Regional Literacy Award, July 2016 awaded by Department of Education Region 1
  14. 2016 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit, April 24, 2016 awarded by  Council Board of CWC
  15. Most Institutionalized City Advisory Council of 4Ps, February 12, 2016 awarded by DSWD Regional Office 1
  16. 2016 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance, January 29, 2016 awarded by Council for the Welfare of Children
  17. The coveted 2015 DILG Seal of Good Local Governance, November 28, 2016 awarded by RCC, Department of Trade and Industry
  18. 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
  19. The coveted 2015 DILG Seal of Good Local Governance, conferred at the Oasis Hotel, 17 September 2015
  20. 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
  21. 2015 Philhealth Agila Award for the Best Forerunner in Sponsored Program Implementation – City Category, May 28, 2015 awarded by Phil Health, Region 1
  22. 2015 Region 1 Most Child-Friendly City, February 18, 2015 awarded by Department of Social Worker and Development, Region 1
  23. 2015 Gawad Kalasag Exceptional Risk Reduction and Management Service Award, February 15, 2015 awarded by PDRRMC
  24. 2015 Natataging Lingkod-Maralita awarded by Department of Social Worker and Development, Region 1
  25. 2015 Most Resourceful City by the League of Cities of the Philippines
  26. 2015 Rafael M. Salas Population and Development Merit Award
  27. 2015 Gawad Kalasag – Independent Component City Category, Region 1
  28. Most Functional City Advisory Council of 4Ps in Region 1
  29. 2015 Gawad Kalasag Exceptional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service Award
  30. 2015 Natatanging Lingkod-Maralita Awardee
  31. 2014 Seal of Good Local Financial Housekeeping, July 13, 2015 awarded by  Department of Interior and Local Government
  32. 2014 Gawad Kalasag Exceptional DRRM Service Award, February 6, 2015 awarded by OCD, NDRRMC
  33. 2014 Hall of Famer with Plaque of Recognition, November 19, 2014 awarded by Dangerous Drugs Board
  34. 2014 Second Place, Search for Outstanding Libraries with Services for People  with Disabilities, November 4, 2014 awarded by National Library of the Philippines
  35. 2014 Commendation for Outstanding Leadership  for Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, October 7, 2014 at Milpitas City Government, USA
  36. 2014 Best Police Station, July 7, 2014 awarded by Police Provincial Office
  37. 2014 Best Local Chief Executive Awardee, June 30, 2014 awarded by PNP Regional Office 1
  38. 2014 Second Runner-Up, Most Outstanding LGU-Implementer Coastal Resource Management (City Category) awarded by Regional Development Council 1
  39. 2014 DILG Seal of Good Local Financing awarded by Department of Social Worker and Development, Region 1
  40. 2014 National Finalist – Presidential Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance
  41. 2014 Hall of Famer with Plaque of Recognition awarded by Dangerous Drugs Board Secretary Antonio Bebot Villar Jr.
  42. 2012-2013 Ten Outstanding Civil Registry Offices in the Philippines (Extra Large Category), September 8, 2014 awarded by Philippines Statistics Authority
  43. DAGUPAN CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY OUTSTANDING TECH4ED CENTER NATIONAL AWARDEE, 12th Knowledge Exchange Conference-Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Heritage Hotel Manila, September 15
  44. BALON DAGUPAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR, ANI NG DANGAL AWARDEE – National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA), 9th Ani ng Dangal awarding ceremonies, February 27, Bureau of the Treasury main office in Intramuros, Manila
  45. National Competitiveness Council, Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index from Rank #44 (2014) to Rank #19 (2015) to Rank #15 (2016) to Rank #13 (2017)
  46. Ranked #1 in Most Competitive Component City- 2016, Region 1, National Competitiveness Council, Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index
  47. Ranked #1 in Government Efficiency- 2016, Region 1, National Competitiveness Council, Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index
  48. Ranked #1 in Economic Dynamism- 2016, Region 1, National Competitiveness Council, Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index
  49. Ranked #2 in Infrastructure- 2016, Region 1, National Competitiveness Council, Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index
  50. Ranked #1 as 2017 Most Competitive City in Region 1, National Competitiveness Council, Cities & Municipalities Competitiveness Index
  51. 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
  • She was also conferred the following distinctions:
  1. Appointed as 2013-2016 Regional Peace & Order Council (RPOC) Chairperson Region 1
  2. 2015 Batch Valedictorian by the League of Cities of the Philippines
  3. 2014 Pangasinan Achiever Awardee by the Pangasinan Association of Columnists & Editors
  4. 2014 Best Local Chief Executive Awardee by the PNP Regional Office I
  5. 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)
  6. 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