DAGUPAN CITY, June 19 (PIA) — The city government here bared a series of week-long activities leading to the celebration of the 65th Dagupan Day or “Agew na Dagupan” on June 20.
City Information Officer Ana Louise Velasco said activities actually started June 12 during the Independence Day celebration highlighted by a jobs fair in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
On June 14, the training workshop for 88 third year high school students commenced at the training hall of the Department of Education (DepEd) Division office. These students will make up the little or junior officials who will “rule the city hall” for a week from June 18-22.
“From this group will come the junior mayor, vice-mayor, councilors, department heads, and barangay heads for the ‘Manlingcor ya Kalangweran (Youth who will Serve)’ program that will serve as a training ground in leadership and governance for these students,” Velasco said during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) office on Thursday.
The Junior officials took oath yesterday, June 18, at the city plaza.
The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement, a campaign against illegal drugs, took place yesterday along with the awarding of the oldest and happiest Dagupeño.
A Pangasinan vocabulary contest was held on June 16 for radio listeners via texting highlighting the Pangasinan term for English words.
Eyeing the promotion of Dagupan products, an exhibit on the local goods and services will be on display at the city museum.
Investment promotions chief Deborah Castillo said barangay products such as bangus and other shellfish will be promoted to make the products known not only locally, but also internationally.
On June 19, the birth anniversary of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, a wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the hero’s shrine followed by the opening of a Photo and Art Exhibit dubbed “Marlang ya Kabaleyan (outstanding fellowmen).”
On June 20, a wreath will be laid at the shrine of House Speaker Eugenio Perez at barangay Herrero-Perez. Perez was the author of the Resolution creating Dagupan as a chartered city.
This will be followed by a thanksgiving mass at the St. John Metropolitan Cathedral and a Solidarity Parade in the city’s main streets.
The night’s highlight will be the recognition for the 10 outstanding Dagupeños side by side with the city’s biggest taxpayers for business and real property taxes.
June 20 was earlier declared by Malacanang per Proclamation No. 402 as a special non-working holiday in the city of Dagupan to give full opportunity for Dagupeños to participate and celebrate the charter day and jubilee year. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1, Pangasinan)