Belen set to review new city hall plan
INCOMING Mayor Belen Fernandez said she will soon find out more about the detailed plans for the planned new Dagupan City Hall complex to be built in front of the old city hall as proposed by outgoing Mayor Brian Lim on her first day of office on July 1.
She said she expects the city engineer, planning and development officer and budget officer to provide the details.
Speaking on Bombo Radyo Dagupan, Fernandez, however, did not give any indication whether she will continue with the project but simply looking forward to see the complete plan including source of funding for it.
She said City Engineer Nestor de Vera and Planning and Development Officer James Fernandez would have the detailed plan of the project while Budget Officer Jessa Rayupa would know about the funding for the plan.
The planned project is set to be constructed in front of the old city hall, built sometime in 1925, presently housing some offices of the Dagupan City government.
Initially, reelected Vice Mayor Bryan Kua—right after their proclamation— hinted that he and incoming Mayor Fernandez will evaluate the project and may continue it if all the legal processes were observed.
In the same talk with Bombo Radyo Dagupan, Fernandez revealed she will no longer prioritize building the new city hall she envisioned in 2019 in Barangay Pantal, and instead will give focus on resuscitating the economy of the city adversely affected by the pandemic and provide jobs to the unemployed.
Lim already tore down parts of the eastern and western wings of the city hall that left many offices relocated to other buildings and disorganized.
Demolition of parts of the western and eastern wings of city hall happened few weeks before the election and the groundbreaking rites for a supposed new city hall complex occurred just three days before Dagupeños cast their votes.
Asked where she will hold office, Fernandez said she can hold office in the city plaza under the tensile cover she once helped build or even in her own vehicle as long as she can perform her duties. (Leonardo Micua)
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