DAGUPAN CITY – For Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, empowering the city’s future leaders is just as important as her other responsibilities as a local chief executive.
The Dagupan mayor inspired some 100 youth leaders composed of junior and senior high school students of the Dagupan City National High School during a leadership training held at the school’s Abong na Alumni on February 15.
In her message, Fernandez relayed her life’s journey from the time she decided to become a businesswoman and what inspired her to transition into politics, resulting in her election as a city councilor, vice mayor and mayor.
She also underscored the importance of being a leader with integrity and shared how such trait aided her in lifting the city from its previous state of bankruptcy and corruption to what it is now.
“As a leader, you should make sure that you have to lead by example. As a leader, you have to have a vision and the passion to serve the people. You also have to have humility because aside from decision-making, you have to listen – to consult the people, and at the same time, give credit to whom credit is due,” added Fernandez.
She also detailed the growth and development of the city in all aspects including its finances and its growing support to education, youth and sports development, under an administration free from graft and corruption.
In closing, Mayor Fernandez urged the students to assess themselves in accordance with their interests, while taking into mind factors such as skills and demand when it comes to choosing their respective career paths.
“You have to think about your vision, your passion while also making sure to think of how you can help other people, ” said Fernandez. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)