DAGUPAN CITY – Five infrastructure projects of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez will soon rise following separate  groundbreaking ceremonies on June 25.

Fernandez, accompanied by this year’s batch of “Manlingkor Ya Kalangweran” officials headed by Young City Mayor Jalen Kody Miles Fernandez and  Department of Education (DepEd) officials headed by Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Lorna Bugayong, first led the groundbreaking of about-to-be constructed three-storey nine classroom building of the Calmay Elementary School.

Aside from accommodating more students, the new school building could also serve as a rescue and evacuation center during floods, storm surges and other calamities.

Fernandez also led the groundbreaking of a three-storey Special Science Building at Malued Elementary School, that will soon replace the one-storey building originally constructed in the area.

Meanwhile, three more infrastructures will be constructed at the Tondaligan Blue Beach in Bonuan Gueset, in line with its continuing redevelopment.

First is the addition of a second pavilion in the Mayor’s Pavilion near the Japanese Garden, to be funded partly from the Good Local Governance Incentive Fund won by the city when it bagged its third Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) last year.

A Balon Dagupan Gazebo will also be put up beside the Children’s Playground, a project that will complete the second phase of  the Children’s Park by the beach.

The last infrastructure that broke ground is the soon-to-be constructed new City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) building just beside the Children’s Park.

This will be the second building of the CDRRMO and will serve as covered garage and storage area of all water transportation vehicles such as speed boats and motor boats, and will feature facilities such as a monitoring and communications room.

The construction of a CDRRMO building by the beach also seeks to enforce safety and security in the area with the help of the lifeguards and the Philippine Coastguard.

Corollary to this, two units of Comfort Rooms and a Bath House by the Tondaligan beach were also formally opened during the event.

These units consist of eight comfort rooms, two comfort rooms for persons with disabilities (PWD), six shower and wash areas with separate rooms for males and females.

On the continuous development of the beach, Fernandez disclosed that 36 beach sheds are now operating temporarily, with six stalls to be rented out.

Mayor Fernandez said that the groundbreaking ceremonies were held simultaneously so that the “MYKs will know what the city government is doing.” (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)