DAGUPAN CITY — The city of Dagupan beckons investors with a promise to them of fast, hazzle-free and zero graft and corruption in the processing of all their papers and other requirements.

“We put the Daang Matuwid at heart here and see me and if anyone would be coming to you and ask for grease money for them to expedite your papers,” Mayor Belen Fernandez told investors.

Fernandez called on businessmen who want to invest their money in Dagupan to deal directly with the Dagupan City Investment and Development Board (DCIDB), an office tasked to make it easier for investors to come and do business in the city.

The DCIDB, headed by former banker Rudy Ramos, was given the mandate to assist investors and facilitate all the things that that they need in so a short time, without them paying anything, except the legitimate fees that they ought to pay the city government, said Fernandez.

The board would be the one for instance to follow up to ensure that you will have electric and water connections and all the things that you need when you will start your business , including the guarantee that you will be safe in our city, she said.

The putting up of the DCIDP was among the measures put in place by Fernandez to ensure a business-friendly atmosphere for the city so Dagupan will stay on top and not overtaken by its neighbors.

Among the firms that already operate here include the Sta. Lucia Realty Corp., which is now developing a high-end residential subdivision in Bolosan and a few other companies putting up subdivisions in Barangays Tapuac, Lucao and Bonuan, and the Golden Dragons which now starts to build a shopping mall called City Mall in Barangay Mayombo.

Fernandez said Dagupan continued to maintain the lead in commerce and trade in Pangasinan but a new Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) must be approved to become the road map of development of the city till 2015.

The ball is now in the hands of the city council on when they will approve the amended CLUP as they have finished all the public hearing required, she said. PNA