LP mayoralty bet in Dagupan bares platform

March 25, 2013 10:46 pm 

DAGUPAN CITY, March 25 –“Pag-asa at Pagbabago (Hope and Reforms).

This is the battlecry of Liberal Party mayoralty candidate Belen Fernandez, current vice mayor of Dagupan City, explaining that this is the core of her campaign platform.

Fernandez said the key to a better Dagupan is good management devoid of graft and corruption pursuant to the "Matuwid na Daan" program of the President.

Fernandez was hailed no less by former Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. as one of the biggest woman business leaders in Northern Luzon having established the City Supermarket Inc., now the leading retail trade establishment in the area.

In an interview, Fernandez said she is running for mayor to finally put an end to the endless abuses committed on small people, like small fishermen, tricycle drivers, vendor and sari-sari store owners who can no longer endure the discriminatory policies of City Hall.

She said these people are always harassed, their goods sometimes trampled upon, pointing out that instead of being given protection, they are also chased like criminals.

Businessmen, too, she said ,were also harassed through the continuous imposition of higher taxes.

If elected, she said, she will end the culture of corruption that had been prevailing here for years, blaming the present administration for the slow economic growth of the city.

She said she will stimulate the economy for it to be able to regain its Class A status after being relegated to Class B.

Fernandez is confident that through efficient management of the resources of the city by means of graft-free governance, Dagupan will be re-installed to its former Class A status.

President Benigno Aquino III earlier endorsed Fernandez and his teammates in the Liberal Party in Dagupan when he visited here twith Team PNoy candidates.

The President said : ” Buo ang loob ko na pag si Belen (Fernandez) ho ang naupo eh talaga naman pong aarangkada ang Dagupan. (I have solid confidence when Belen (Fernandez) is at the helm, Dagupan will zoom faster."

At the same time, Fourth District Rep. Gina de Venecia expressed doubt that the present Dagupan administration is capable of restoring Dagupan's Class A classification.

The congressman blamed the incumbent mayor for the continuous erosion of the image of Dagupan from one that was called "Educational and Business Center of the North" to the notorious name as "drug lair of the north". (PNA)

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