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Mayor: Things coming into place in Dagupan

DAGUPAN — Everything is now coming into place in Dagupan City just more than seven months into the second term of office of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, with the impending approval of the new Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of the city by the National House Land Use and Regulatory Board (HLURB).
This was bared Wednesday by Mayor Fernandez herself, saying they are now only waiting for the secretary of HLURB to conduct another interview with the city officials before finally announcing the approval of the plan.
The CLUP as well as the zoning plan were approved in two separate ordinances passed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) sometime in June last year before Mayor Fernandez began her second term of office.
This will replace the old CLUP and zoning plan approved by the past city council in 1976 during the administration of then Mayor Cipriano Manaois.
The CLUP is a vital document that will be basis of all future developments in the city of Dagupan as it set additional growth areas in the city where businesses and industries could be located.
Dagupan is among the few cities in the Philippines using an outdated CLUP.
Mayor Fernandez said another good development for Dagupan is the expected establishment of the soon-to-be the first of its kind Waste-to-Energy facility that will convert garbage into diesel fuel for jeepneys and machinery.
If things will come into play, this facility would be up by the last quarter of this year or at most by the first quarter of next year.
She said the project's Technical Working Group already endorsed the acceptance by the city mayor of the lone proponent who is willing to build the project at its own expense without any centavo being spent by the local government.
Also, the Tondaligan Park is now being fixed in a bid to make it a tourist destination that can be compared with the best tourist destinations in the country.
At the same time, the more than 50-year-old garbage dumpsite of the city is now finally closed and is being rehabilitated, leveled, and now being covered with sand and gravel, and topped with soil, to allow fruit trees and vegetables to grow.
Moreover, the mayor said traffic along the city streets is now smoother that before with the recent installation of digital traffic lights in separate sections of the central business district and the renewed discipline of motorists and pedestrians.
Meanwhile, the women's center has been opened with an e-library as well as a rescue and evacuation center in the island barangay of Salapingao is now being completed.
The mayor said bidding for the construction of the Bahay Pag-asa, a facility for youth offenders, is about to start in the next few days. (PNA)
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Last Modified: 2017-Sep-19 23.31.24 UTC+0800