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Description: Mayor Belen Fernandez is best known for her unparalleled dedication to promoting quality education and health services for the poor. Even before her first involvement in politics as a city councilor

Mayor Belen Fernandez is best known for her unparalleled dedication to promoting quality education and health services for the poor. Even before her first involvement in politics as a city councilor in 1995, she has consistently championed various advocacies that advance the welfare of the underprivileged. Since 1982, she has helped sustain Day Care Centers and supported countless feeding programs and medical missions for her poverty-stricken townsmen.

As a leader in action, Mayor Fernandez has successfully chaired numerous projects that raised awareness of different issues concerning the city. One of the biggest events she handled was the Bangus Festival in 2007 until 2010, during which she was the vice mayor. With the goal of boosting the city’s tourism and strengthening the bangus industry, the annual festival was soon considered as a world-class cultural party in Luzon.

Her firm belief in good governance has also earned Mayor Fernandez the trust of many of her constituents.  Her innovation in governance that prompted greater public openness, transparency and accountability has brought Dagupan City’s council closer to the people. Formal sessions of the Sangguniang Panlungsod were opened to barangays, and coverage of committee hearings were made accessible.

As for her other projects, Mayor Fernandez has shown her heart for the youth with the programs she pioneered for the young generation. Her anti-drug campaign called Barkada Kontra Droga has made sure that no Dagupeño suffers from drug addiction. Her solid fight against the use of illegal drugs eventually won her the Most Outstanding Anti-Drug Program Implementer Award in the country in 2011. She has likewise been recognized for her steady efforts in enhancing educational activities such as science fairs and the Children’s Congress. In addition, her Gulayan sa Paaralan and Pagsasarili programs have improved the quality of schools and the lives of children.

Being a public servant by heart, Mayor Fernandez’s philanthropic deeds usually don’t go unnoticed. She has been identified as the person behind the Goodwill Link, which assembled the largest gathering of donors from the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce for greater public service and growth. She also serves as a role model for the business community, having been tagged as the top taxpayer for family-led business ventures when she was still the president of the CSI Group of Companies. She has likewise been given the Most Successful Woman in Pangasinan title after demonstrating her prowess in business and finance.

Today, Mayor Fernandez focuses on leading her city to a Balon Dagupan (New Dagupan). She aims to build a better neighborhood with a people who value and are proud of their being Dagupeños.




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