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Destroying a heritage

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by Floro Mercene

Politicians of today, for lack of historical sense, prefer the lure of money to investing in endeavors that leave long-lasting legacies. This misplaced perspective has cropped up in the case of Dagupan City, where the city hall, a true heritage and landmark of the place, is being proposed for relocation.

The move to transfer the iconic structure is the brainchild of City Mayor Belen Fernandez whose brother Kerwin is the owner of the 1.2-hectare donated land, a property at the center of the city’s fishpond industry. In the first place, the idea of relocation could not have surfaced had the City Council been an opposition.

Mayor Fernandez, without saying the move would benefit his brother’s land assets in terms of valuation, wrote the City Council seeking authorization for the transfer. Predictably, the local legislature gave its blessing to transform the fishpond.

What added resolve to the city leadership to pursue the agenda despite strong public dissent and call for propriety, was the legal opinion of the city auditor the transfer does not violate the law on anti-graft and corrupt practices.

This argument is flawed. Why would a donated land go back to the original owner? If the fishpond site has been lined up for donation, the donor should be generous to allow the new owner to choose the use of the property.

The proposed site at Barangay Pantal does not qualify as a model government center. Accepting the donation, which the City Council is seriously pursuing, will cost the public close to a billion pesos.

In order to pay the huge loan, it is not farfetched to say the City Council will legislate new tax measures to meet the capital and interest obligations, something that can be greatly reduced if the focus will be on renovating and expanding the historic city hall.

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  • Joey Tamayo

    FAKE OPINION:

    Mr floro Marcene opines:

    “Politicians of today, for lack of historical sense, prefer the lure of money to investing in endeavors that leave long-lasting legacies. This misplaced perspective has cropped up in the case of Dagupan City, where the city hall, a true heritage and landmark of the place, is being proposed for relocation.”

    * THIS IS MISLEADING CONTENTION.

    Mayor Belen and her TEAM are proposing to BUILD A NEW CITY HALL and to leave the old city hall UNTOUCHED, for the following reasons

    1) the site of the old city hall is low lying that the same is susceptible to flooding

    2) the misplaced call to destroy and modernize the old city CANNOT OUT WEIGH the call to PRESERVE the original building structure thereof in order to revere the memory of our past leaders for which reason there is a MOVEMENT to DECLARE the old city hall as a HERITAGE SITE espoused by the cultural and arts Commission of Dagupan. THIS SHALL INSULATE THE OLD CITY HALL FROM ANY MOVE TO DISPOSE OF IT LIKE WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MC ADORE CITY HALL WHICH WAS SOLD BY THE PAST ADMINISTRATION ‼️

    3) With the coming of the SM DAGUPAN, the public clamour is to ease the traffic along downtown and part and parcel of the solution is to move the city hall to Pantal North for this purpose which complies with the duly certified HLURB approved Comprehensive Land Use Plan in accord with section 11 of the Local Government Code

    4) The present city hall rooms are now insufficient to accommodate our employees who are observed by constituents as lacking self-confidence with a cramp work place

    The old city hall was built in 1926 at which time Dagupan population was then 27k more or less. It is now 2017 and Dagupan City have grown with a population of about 175k and a daytime population of 300k more or less. Verily, There is a necessity to provide for a modern shelter for the CONVENIENCE of the people that Dagupan City serves.

    5) A new city hall is the trend amongst our neighboring cities and municipalities. Dagupan as premiere city cannot just be left out especially so that our city is now # 13 in terms of competitiveness way behind other modern cities in Ph which are endowed with new and modern city halls‼️

    6) OLD CITY HALL shall BE CONVERTED AS MUSEUM and shall serve as SATELLITE PAY STATION FOR CITY TAXES and other fees to SERVE THE NEEDS OF DAGUPENOS NEAR THE OLD CITY HALL

    FLORO MARCENE opines additionally:

    “What added resolve to the city leadership to pursue the agenda despite strong public dissent and call for propriety, was the legal opinion of the city auditor the transfer does not violate the law on anti-graft and corrupt practices.

    This argument is flawed. Why would a donated land go back to the original owner? If the fishpond site has been lined up for donation, the donor should be generous to allow the new owner to choose the use of the property.”

    *TO THIS I SAY THAT THE OPINION IS SUPER FAKE.

    This is super fake because the writer of the opinion is arrogating unto himself the PREROGATIVE AND PRIVELEGE of a DONOR to put a condition to the use of the land donated under our civil law.

    The CITY has opened to all landowners of land at Pantal North to give equal chance to make an offer to donate their properties. However, there is only one standing donation that is the FREE LAND of Mr Kerwin Fernandez brother of Mayor Belen.

    THE OPINION WRITER can also make an offer to donate his property at PANTAL NORTH without condition and the city may consider his offer to donate ⚠️

    BY USAGE, a donor of a private land reserves his prerogative to put condition to use of a donated property to avoid any other use by the donee in order to ensure that the property shall be used for the public purpose intended by the donor.

    Mr MARCENE OPINES lastly,

    “The proposed site at Barangay Pantal does not qualify as a model government center. Accepting the donation, which the City Council is seriously pursuing, will cost the public close to a billion pesos.

    In order to pay the huge loan, it is not farfetched to say the City Council will legislate new tax measures to meet the capital and interest obligations, something that can be greatly reduced if the focus will be on renovating and expanding the historic city hall.”

    * THIS IS SUPER FAKE CONCLUSION by Floro Marcene‼️

    This is so because MAJORITY OF ALL RESIDENTS INCLUDING LEADERS OF THE BUSINESS SECTOR HAVE UNITED that the CAUSE FOR THE NEW CITY HALL IS A FIGHT FOR A NEW ECONOMIC BEGINNING AND WORK FOR ALL, RICH AND POOR ALIKE.

    FURTHER, the city council has NOT YET DISCUSSED what structure is to be built upon the donated lot simply because the city engineering and the city planning has not yet presented its plans as to what structure to be built ????

    WHERE DID MR FLORO MARCENE get his figure? Mars?

    BESIDES, PANTAL NORTH is the best suitable place to transfer our new city hall in Dagupan city. THIS TO CREATE A NEW SPARK OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY TO A PLACE THAT IS YET UNDEVELOPED AS RESERVED PLACE OF FUTURE NEW CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT.

    The HLURB of PDU30 APPROVED and CERTIFIED COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLAN 2015-2025 provides that our future CITY HALL shall be at PANTAL AREA ????

    Any place that is alien from the approved plan is unauthorized by law ???? considering that pantal area approximates CENTRALITY and ACCESIBILITY per expert urban planners in accord with sec 11, Local Govt Code ⚠️

  • Joey Tamayo

    FAKE OPINION:

    Mr floro Marcene opines:

    “Politicians of today, for lack of historical sense, prefer the lure of money to investing in endeavors that leave long-lasting legacies. This misplaced perspective has cropped up in the case of Dagupan City, where the city hall, a true heritage and landmark of the place, is being proposed for relocation.”

    * THIS IS MISLEADING & MURKY CONTENTION.

    Mayor Belen and her TEAM are proposing to BUILD A NEW CITY HALL and to leave the old city hall UNTOUCHED, for the following reasons

    1) the site of the old city hall is low lying that the same is susceptible to flooding

    2) the misplaced call to destroy and modernize the old city CANNOT OUT WEIGH the call to PRESERVE the original building structure thereof in order to revere the memory of our past leaders for which reason there is a MOVEMENT to DECLARE the old city hall as a HERITAGE SITE espoused by the cultural and arts Commission of Dagupan. THIS SHALL INSULATE THE OLD CITY HALL FROM ANY MOVE TO DISPOSE OF IT LIKE WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MC ADORE CITY HALL WHICH WAS SOLD IN THE PAST‼️

    3) With the coming of the SM DAGUPAN, the public clamour is to ease the traffic along downtown and part and parcel of the solution is to move the city hall to Pantal North for this purpose which complies with the duly certified HLURB approved Comprehensive Land Use Plan in accord with section 11 of the Local Government Code

    4) The present city hall rooms are now insufficient to accommodate our employees who are observed by constituents as lacking self-confidence with a cramped work place

    The old city hall was built in 1926 at which time Dagupan population was then 27k more or less. It is now 2017 and Dagupan City have grown with a population of about 175k and a daytime population of 300k more or less. Verily, There is a necessity to provide for a modern shelter for the CONVENIENCE of the people that Dagupan City serves.

    5) A new city hall is the trend amongst our neighboring cities and municipalities. Dagupan as premiere city cannot just be left out especially so that our city is now # 13 in terms of competitiveness way behind other modern cities in Ph which are endowed with new and modern city halls‼️

    6) OLD CITY HALL shall BE CONVERTED AS MUSEUM and shall serve as SATELLITE PAY STATION FOR CITY TAXES and other fees to SERVE THE NEEDS OF DAGUPENOS NEAR THE OLD CITY HALL

    FLORO MARCENE opines additionally:

    “What added resolve to the city leadership to pursue the agenda despite strong public dissent and call for propriety, was the legal opinion of the city auditor the transfer does not violate the law on anti-graft and corrupt practices.

    This argument is flawed. Why would a donated land go back to the original owner? If the fishpond site has been lined up for donation, the donor should be generous to allow the new owner to choose the use of the property.”

    *TO THIS I SAY THAT THE OPINION IS SUPER FAKE.

    This is super fake because the writer of the opinion is arrogating unto himself the PREROGATIVE AND PRIVELEGE of a DONOR to put a condition to the use of the land donated under our civil law.

    The CITY has opened to all landowners of land at Pantal North to give equal chance to make an offer to donate their properties FOR CITY HALL PURPOSE. However, there is only one standing donation that is the FREE LAND of Mr Kerwin Fernandez brother of Mayor Belen.

    BAKET NAMAN MAGBBIGAY NG LUPA SI MR KERWIN FERNADEZ PARA SA GAMIT NA HINDI PANG CITY HALL, KUNG ANG PANGAMGAILANGAN NG CIUDAD AY PARA SA CITY HALL?

    THE OPINION WRITER can also make an offer to donate his property at PANTAL NORTH without condition and the city may consider his offer to donate ⚠️

    BY USAGE, a donor of a private land reserves his prerogative to put condition to use of a donated property to avoid any other use by the donee in order to ensure that the property shall be used for the public purpose intended by the donor.

    Mr MARCENE OPINES lastly,

    “The proposed site at Barangay Pantal does not qualify as a model government center. Accepting the donation, which the City Council is seriously pursuing, will cost the public close to a billion pesos.

    In order to pay the huge loan, it is not farfetched to say the City Council will legislate new tax measures to meet the capital and interest obligations, something that can be greatly reduced if the focus will be on renovating and expanding the historic city hall.”

    * AGAIN, THIS IS SUPER FAKE CONCLUSION by Floro Marcene‼️

    This is so because A MAJORITY OF ALL RESIDENTS INCLUDING LEADERS OF THE BUSINESS SECTOR HAVE UNITED that the CAUSE FOR THE NEW CITY HALL IS A FIGHT FOR A NEW ECONOMIC BEGINNING AND WORK FOR ALL, RICH AND POOR ALIKE.

    FURTHER, the city council has NOT YET DISCUSSED what structure is to be built upon the donated lot simply because the city engineering and the city planning has not yet presented its plans as to what structure to be built ????

    WHERE DID MR FLORO MARCENE get his figure? Mars?

    BESIDES, PANTAL NORTH is the best suitable place to transfer our new city hall in Dagupan city. THIS TO CREATE A NEW SPARK OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY TO A PLACE THAT IS YET UNDEVELOPED AS RESERVED PLACE OF FUTURE NEW BUSINESS HUB.

    The HLURB of PDU30 APPROVED and CERTIFIED COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLAN 2015-2025 provides that our future CITY HALL shall be at PANTAL AREA ????

    Any place that is alien from the approved plan is unauthorized by law ???? considering that pantal area approximates CENTRALITY and ACCESIBILITY per expert urban planners in accord with sec 11, Local Govt Code ⚠️

    Chair, Laws and Ordinance Committee
    Sangguniang Panglungsod
    Dagupan City

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