Ex-mayor endorses transfer of Dagupan city hall

DAGUPAN CITY — City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez found a reliable ally in her plan to transfer the Dagupan City Hall when former mayor Alipio Fernandez Jr. lent his voice on the issue after being silent for a while.

The former mayor who ruled Dagupan for 12 long years, said he favored the transfer of the city hall as Dagupan would need a new growth center.

Arriving from the United States where he was on a vacation, the former mayor was among those who was present when Mayor Fernandez delivered her State of the City Address (SONA) zeroing on “Peaceful, Orderly, Safety and Resilient City” at the CSI Stadia Monday morning.

“It (transfer of the city hall) is a positive sign since we need a growth center outside of the city proper,” former mayor Fernandez said.

After serving as Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration, Alipio Fernandez Jr. came back as mayor in 2007 and picked Belen Fernandez as her running mate. Both won in that election.

They again ran together in 2010 but only Vice Mayor Fernandez was reelected. Alipio Frnandez Jr. was defeated by comebacking Benjamin Lim.

In 2013, Belen Fernandez who always considers Alipio as her mentor in politics, trounced the incumbent Lim for her first term as city mayor and was unopposed in 2016.

When asked by newsmen if he endorses the transfer of the city hall to the De Venecia Expressway Extension, the former mayor said: “Of course, I am in favor. We really need to open a new growth center,” insinuating that the transfer of the city hall will open new areas for growth.

“As presented by Mayor Belen in her SONA, there are positive growth signs that are expected. So we should welcome it,” he added. lvmicua/PNA-northboundasia.com