Dagupan unveils corporate seal

IT’S official. Dagupan City has a new seal corporate seal replacing the more than 50-year old design.

Mayor Benjamin Lim, together with the Sangguniang Panlungsod, unveiled to the public Monday the new corporate seal designed by Dr. Carmelo John E. Vidal.

The seal was chosen among 28 entries from the “corporate seal redesign” contest sponsored by the city government for the purpose of updating the seal to depict the city’s dynamic evolution through its economic, social and cultural history.

Among the objects integrated in the new seal are: bangus, 31 stars representing the barangays in the city; seven wave crests, representing the rivers traversing the city; a torch, a symbol for education; and a gear, for commerce.

The new seal still bears the horseshoe magnet, the railway, the road, and the “Sigue Dagupan” ribbon of the old seal.

Mayor Lim said the original seal designed by Bishop Mariano Madriaga was never registered with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National Historical Commission (NHC), and it no longer represents the aspirations of the people of Dagupan.

Vidal, who holds a master’s degree in public administration and a doctorate in arts, is the director of the Center for Integrated Extension Services (CIES) and coordinator of the National Service Training Program (NSTP) of the University of Luzon.

Vidal received a cash prize of P50,000. Runner-ups Yusof Ferrer and Patrick Henry Bacolor received P30,000 and P20,000, respectively.

The 10 semifinalists received P1,000 each. (PIA-Pangasinan)

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