In wake of Dagupan’s impressive showing at the latest Philippine Competitiveness Index which had the city being adjudged as the most improved among all cities in Region 1, Mayor Belen Fernandez said she is pulling out all stops to ensure that her area-of-jurisdiction is included in the top locations in the country.
“No one could have imagined Dagupan would get to where we are now in a short span of time,” the lady politiko said.
Noticeably, in this competitive index, Dagupan advanced in ranking while its neighbors declined, she added.
From 2013 to 2016, Dagupan made a big leap by landing in the number 15 spot among cities throughout the country in the Philippine Competitiveness Index.
The city for four straight years has closed the books with an actual revenue growth from P512 million in 2010 to P756 million in 2016.
Fernandez started her term in 2013 and was reelected for another three years in office in 2016.
“I am happy to report that we have consistently posted exponential cash surplus for four straight years, capped by our strongest showing in 2016 by an all time high of more than P120 million ,” the Dagupan mayor added.
The aggressive tax mapping, collection efficiency strategies and issuance of notice of delinquencies also resulted in improved collections in business taxes and license fees from P37 million in 2010 to P67 million in 2016.
The operation of the city’s renovated restrooms continues to be impressive, notching a spike in earnings from P650,000 in 2010 to more than P7 million in one year.