Dagupan invests heavily on the youth


GUIDED by the highest ideals of Jose Rizal, the city government has provided its youth its biggest hope for a better future.

This was assured by Mayor Belen Fernandez during the 122nd Death Anniversary and Martyrdom of Dr. Rizal in front of his monument at the city plaza on December 30.

Fernandez said following the national hero’s bid that “the young are the fair hopes of the Fatherland,” the Dagupan government has been investing its resources for the welfare of the young and proof of this, she said, was the recognition of the city as the Most-Child friendly City among independent component cities nationwide last year.

Dagupan bested cities of Naga, Ormoc and Cotabato. The citation was handed by President Rodrigo Duterte during the Gawad Parangal at Heroes’ Hall in Malacanang on December 5.

“We have thrown the full weight of our city to ensure the protection, survival, development and participation of young people in our government programs,” said Fernandez as she thanked the Department of Social Welfare, the Department of the Interior and Local Governments, and the Council for the Welfare of Children for the award.

“The national award is a testament to our Unliserbisyo commitment for all young Dagupenos so that they can have a better quality of life, welfare and education,” she said.

Fernandez said inspired by Rizal’s ideals, Dagupan continues to to believe that the young people “would win the future for us”.

“Just like Rizal, we believe that our children are our true source of indescribable joy and hope. We should continue to work harder to pursue these programs because we believe that a city that takes care of its children takes care of the future.

Meanwhile, Adelfo Valle of the Pangasinan Lodge No. 50 said in a tribute to Rizal that the national hero was “human just like us but he taught that anyone can do heroic deeds in his own exceptional ways” (Leonardo Micua)

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