DAGUPAN CITY – Bangus Festival 2018 was formally opened following the lighting of one of the iconic landmarks of the city – the Pantal Bridge along the De Venecia Expressway Extension in Barangay Pantal on March 23.

Leading the lighting ceremony were Congressman Christopher De Venecia, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, Councilors Maybelyn Dela Cruz Fernandez and Jose Netu Tamayo along with Dr. Nene Villaflor, past president of Inner Wheel Club of the Philippines, Perla Tanedo of the Lions Club, Philips Lighting country manager Jagan Srinivasan, the women’s group of Barangay Health Workers, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Samahan ng Kababaihan sa Dagupan and employees of the city government.

Using Philips Lightings’ state-of-the-art light solutions, both sides of the bridge were installed with LED lamps, which glow in different colorful lights at night.

“As our city was not spared by the effects of global warming, the city took the initiative of installing LED street lights in this bridge as an initiative to help save the environment. The LED street lights are the cleanest, most energy efficient and eco-friendly gadget aside from effectively reducing electric consumption, maintenance and repair cost,” said Councilor Maybelyn Fernandez, chair of the Women’s March Summit held on the same day at CSI Stadia with Senator Cynthia Villar, Cagayan Valley Province Board Member Perla Tumaliuan, Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman and PhilHealth Regional Vice President Atty. Rodolfo Del Rosario Jr. as guests.

She added that this project means more savings on public funds in keeping with the principle of good governance and public trust.

The lighting of the Pantal Bridge coincidentally during the month of March was significant for two reasons: first, it was because the event kicked off  the celebration of the 2018 Bangus Festival and secondly, because of the Women’s Month celebration.

“Tulad ng poste na nagbibigay liwanag sa gitna ng kadiliman, ang ating mga kababaihan ay isa sa mga haligi ng ating lipunan,” said Councilor Fernandez.

The lady councilor thanked Mayor Fernandez for taking the bold step in encouraging the public to use LED lights which is in line with Dagupan’s vision to become a Smart City of the North.

The Pantal Bridge was inaugurated on May 18, 2008. It is one of two connecting bridges along the De Venecia Expressway Extension built across fishponds and swamplands in the outskirts of the city.

The highway is the biggest project in the city constructed by the government through the initiative of then Speaker Jose De Venecia Jr. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/March 26, 2018)