Dagupan employees to mark their first full week of work in 2014 with a Mass

January 4, 2014 1:02 pm 

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 4 — Employees of the city government would like to start 2014 right by imploring the aid of Divine Providence when they attend a Thanksgiving Mass at the city plaza following a flag-raising ceremony on Monday, Jan. 6.

City Mayor Belen Fernandez, City Administrator Farah Decano and other ranking city officials will join the Mass, including a short message where the city mayor is expected to give a brief outline of the programs she intends to pursue for the whole year.

Fernandez, who is abroad and coming back to Dagupan yet on Jan. 5, earlier said she will spell out all her programs for the year in the State of the City Address (SOCA) she will deliver before the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) sometime this month.

Decano said the mayor may want to tell her co-workers the rationale behind the launching of the Cultural and Arts and Office headed by Mrs. Dada Sinlao which the mayor has tasked to prepare a year-long program to promote Dagupan's cultural heritage.

It will be a new office separate from the City Tourism Office that will exclusively promote culture and the arts in Dagupan City, including possibly dance sports, said Decano.

After the program, Mayor Fernandez will go to her office to receive all callers, not only from the ranks of city hall employees, barangay health workers and other volunteers, but also barangay officials, heads of national government offices based in Dagupan and also members of people's organizations and civic clubs.

At the same time, Decano confirmed a previous plan of Mayor Fernandez to personally issue business permits to owners of businesses renewing and securing these from the One-Stop Shop Business Center (OSBC).

Thus, a desk was reserved for the mayor at the OSBC from where she will sign business permits to be issued immediately to applicants after they have complied with all the requirements, without them waiting for hours if not days before their permits are issued.

Decano also said that the renovation of the Malimgas Market that was started sometime in December 2013 will continue to make it more business friendly and attractive to both buyers and sellers.

The purpose of the renovation, which was spelled out in the City Development Plan approved by the SP, is to make the Malimgas Market conform with the demands of stallholders and would-be stallholders from the ranks of ambulant vendors who would all be eventually moved there. (PNA)



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