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CSF OPENS INTER-BARANGAY VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY [ Tuesday | 25th day of April, 2017 | 1 day ago ]


The City of San Fernando (P) Inter-Barangay Volleyball Tournament 2017 was officially opened over the weekend.

This year's tournament is participated by 21 barangays which include Barangay Bulaon, Northville Calulut, Del Rosario, Dolores, Juliana, Malino, Quebiawan, Saguin, San Agustin, San Felipe, San Isidro, San Jose, San Juan, San Nicolas, San Pedro, Sindalan, Sta Lucia, Sta Teresita, Sto Nino, Telabastagan and Maimpis..

The opening ceremony was held at the Maimpis Barangay Covered Court, leading the ceremonial toss was Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with Barangay Captains Romy Dizon (Maimpis) and Jun Ong (Juliana).

In his message, Mayor Santiago emphasized that sports is very important for Fernandinos particularly the advantages of it provides to the youth.

"We want Fernandinos to become disciplined and healthy. By engaging yourself into sports, you will learn the importance of discipline, determination, perseverance and hard work. Most importantly this is a venue to build camaraderie with each other", he said.

The mayor also disclosed his plans of strengthening the sports sector in the city by building a Mini Sports Center in Barangay Del Rosario, and other amenities for the youth.

"We are planning to build a sports center for you to use during your sports activities. We will build swimming pool, gyms, basketball courts, among others" said Mayor Santiago.

Meanwhile, Dizon expressed his gratitude to the city government for launching programs for the youth.

"We are thankful to our city for activities like this. I am also encouraging all the barangays to participate in this activity. Hopefully next year, all the barangays will join this tournament" he said.


CSF Conducts Waterways Clean-up Drive [ Tuesday | 25th day of April, 2017 | 2 days ago ]


In line with the observance of International Earth Day, the City Government of San Fernando Pampanga through its Environment and Natural Resources Office conducted over the weekend clean up drive on its waterways with the theme "Pagkalinga sa Kalikasan at Kapaligiran, Kaligtasan ng Buhay ay Makakamtan."

All major waterways of this city were cleaned by personnel from the city government headed by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago; other participants are from the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, Department of Public Works and Highways, academe sector, and other civic society group.

The operation was held in areas which include portions of San Fernando River (Baluyut Bridge), Baritan Creek, Sta. Teresita Creek (along Mc Arthur Highway), Magdalena Creek, Dolores Creek, Sampaloc Creek, and Sto. Niño

According to CENRO Chief Engr. Anele David, this activity is conducted in the city every year. She explained that clean-up drive aims to help and save the environment.

"Our aim is to save the environment and help it, it [clean-up drive] is held regularly in preparation for the rainy season. We ensure that all creeks are in good conditions, we see to it that they won't overflow or clogged" she said.

For his part, Mayor Santiago said that environmental protection and preservation is among the top priority programs his administration.

"Having a clean and peaceful city will lead us to further development" said Mayor Santiago.


CSF Farmers' Field School Produces Graduates [ Thursday | 20th day of April, 2017 | 7 days ago ]


At least 30 farmers from Barangay Maimpis have completed their 16-week season long training under the program dubbed ‘Farmers' Field School on Corn Production' of the City Government of San Fernando in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture.

The awarding of certificates during the graduation ceremony held today was led by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor Nelson Lingat, City Agriculture and Veterinary Office-OIC Cristina Sangumay, City Corn Coordinator Francisco Cangco, and representatives from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.

Sangumay said the training started in December last year and farmers were taught of cultural management including seed selection and land preparation; planting nutrient management and integrated pest management.

The barangay have allotted a 500 square meter learning site for the farmers. They were also provided with seeds, fertilizer and planting equipment from DA and the local government.

"Ito din yung tinatawag natin na ‘Paaralang Walang Dingding' kung saan tinuturuan namin ng libre ang mga magsasaka tungkol sa episyenteng pamamaraan ng pagtatanim at tutulungan din silang ibenta ang kanilang mga produkto," Sangumay added.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago stressed that amidst the advancement of technology, San Fernando strives to maintain a viable agriculture. He added that farming also serves as a tool in food sustainability and environment conservation.

"Isa po sa mga isinusulong natin sa syudad ang pagtatanim dahil malaki ang impact nito sa ating lokal na ekonomiya at sa pamamagitan nito ay makasisiguro tayo na may kakainin pa ang mga susunod na henerasyon," Santiago said.


CSF Holds Free Seminar For Entrepreneurs [ Thursday | 20th day of April, 2017 | 7 days ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga through its City Investment and Promotions Office and the Department of Trade and Industry Region 3 conducted a free seminar to help budding entrepreneurs in starting their own business.

Dubbed as "Finding the Right Market and the Right Product", this seminar was opened to the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises sector of the city last April 19 at the Heroes Hall.

The topics of discussion covered the steps on how to start a business, the concept of entrepreneurship, project identification, business plan preparation and business registration.

DTI resource person and consultant Dennis Orlina pointed that "it is important for starters to properly choose the right product for the right target market."

"Our nation is being globally competitive hence an entrepreneur must think better business strategies and must be wiser in using investments" he said.

To further promote entrepreneurship, the CIPO through the Negosyo Center has also organized various related trainings as part of the center's business information and advocacy services for this year.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago also encouraged students to avail of the seminars of the city which will provide them information on what business they could start with other than finding a job after graduation.

Those interested to avail similar trainings on entrepreneurship may visit the Negosyo Center at the City Hall Annex (Old DFA Building) in Barangay San Juan or call (045) 961-8722.


CSF Receives New Dump Truck From Capitol [ Wednesday | 19th day of April, 2017 | 1 week ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando received a brand new dump truck from the Provincial Government of Pampanga, through its Environment and Natural Resources Office.

This was formally turned over to Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago by Governor Lilia Pineda during Monday's flag raising ceremony at the Capitol Grounds.

PENR Officer Arthur Punsalan said they have allotted around 50 Million pesos for this project which benefits the 18 cities and municipalities of the province.

"The donation of dump trucks was funded through our quarry collection. All mayors have signed a Memorandum of Agreement that requires the full responsibility of each LGU on the use and maintenance of the truck," Punsalan added.

For his part, Mayor EdSa extended his gratitude to the provincial government for its all-out support in various waste segregation programs.

"This dump truck, which can hold about 14 tons of waste, will fasten the garbage collection in the community. Waste Management has always been challenging but rest assured that the City of San Fernando will continue to strive towards zero waste and a greener environment," Santiago said.

Meanwhile, also present during the activity were Councilor BJ Lagman, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Anele David, City General Services Officer Engr. Michael Quizon, and Public Order and Safety Coordinating Office head Engr. Romel Salvador.


PAGCOR To Extend Assistance To CSF Barangays [ Tuesday | 11th day of April, 2017 | 2 weeks ago ]


Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation will soon extend assistance to the barangays of this city.

This was announced by PAGCOR Chief Executive Officer Andrea Domingo during an orientation program entitled "The role of PAGCOR in present day society" which was held at the Heroes Hall on April 6.

In her message, Domingo underscored that the assistance to be given to the city's 35 barangays is among PAGCOR's many commitments to the country, as more than half of the agency's revenues go to the government and other mandated contributions.

"We will provide computer set every barangay, televisions unit for integrated schools, and health kits for barangay health centers, and school buildings" Domingo said.

A former Pampanga congresswoman, Domingo also expressed her awe in the transformation of the City over the past decade.

"Hinahangaan ko po ang mga barangay officials at ang City Government kung kaya naman ay tutulungan natin sila sa pagpapabuti ng kalagayan ng Siyudad" she added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago expressed his gratitude to PAGCOR for its willingness to extend assistance to the Fernandino community.

He also commended Domingo for her enthusiasm in reaching out to Local Government Units.
"Ipinagmamalaki natin siya [Domingo], nanggaling siya sa atin at ang puso nya ay palaging pabor sa tao, palaging malapit sa mga tao at maka-baranggay", Mayor EdSa said.


CSF Commemorates Araw Ng Kagitingan [ Monday | 10th day of April, 2017 | 2 weeks ago ]


In a brief yet solemn ceremony, the city government here joined the entire nation in commemorating the 75th National Day of Valor or Araw ng Kagitingan on Monday, April 10, at the Old Train Station in Barangay Sto. Niño.

The celebration held in lieu of the April 9 actual date of observance of Araw ng Kagitingan also coincided with the commemoration of the infamous Bataan Death March's 75th Anniversary.

To honor the nobility and bravery of our heroes, City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin D. Santiago along with Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin led a wreath-laying in the Death March Marker followed by the flag raising ceremony which was attended by City Hall Employees.

Santiago reiterated in his message the importance of the gathering giving honor and pride to our fallen heroes.

"Sa araw na ito, dinadakila natin ang mga kababayan na nakipaglaban at nagbuwis ng buhay para sa bayan noong 1942. Sa pagbagsak ng Bataan, libo-libong mga Pilipino ang naging bilanggo ng digmaan, sapilitang pinaglakad mula Bataan patungo dito sa San Fernando Train Station, upang muli na namang paglakbayin hanggang Tarlac. Masasabi natin na ang ating kinatatayuan ngayon ay pangunahing saksi sa pagkasawi ng ating mga sundalo, mga kababayan, at marami pang iba.

Ang lugar na ito ay sagrado para sa ating lahat lalong-lalo na para sa mga Beterano" he said.
The mayor also added that Araw ng Kagitingan symbolizes the inspiration that should be understood by the present generation and our future generation.

He said that "heroes and martyrs should serve as an inspiration especially for the youth, for them to understand what they can contribute for the continued development of the Filipinos and our country."

WALL OF VALOR. Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, along with Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, and Councilor BJ Lagman, unveils the Wall of Valor dedicated to the fallen heroes of Bataan Death March during the City of San Fernando's commemoration program for the 75th National Day of Valor or Araw ng Kagitingan on Monday, April 10, at the Old Train Station in Barangay Sto. Niño.


CSF Inaugurates Rehabilitated Public Market [ Thursday | 6th day of April, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]


Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago led today the blessing and inauguration of the rehabilitated wet section (Camarin C) in the City Public Market located at Brgy. Del Pilar.

In his speech, Santiago said the local government allotted 57M pesos for its improvement and rehabilitation which started sometime in July last year.

He furthered that the redeveloping and modernization of public markets, which are the heart and soul of a community, will further boost local economic growth.

"Sustainable public markets offer a wide range of benefits to the citizenry such as attaining food security and providing better marketing opportunities to our Fernandino entrepreneurs and farmers," Santiago added.

With an estimated 3,000 square-meter floor area, the newly constructed building has 98 fixed stalls and 516 tables divided into meat, fish and chicken section.

According to the City Engineer's Office, the operation of the public market shall begin next week.

Meanwhile, the naming of the formerly tagged ‘New Public Market' into ‘City Public Market' is in accordance with the city ordinance No. 2017-017 passed March 15.

Also present during the event were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor BJ Lagman, Councilor Noel Tulabut and City Hall department heads.


SPES Assists Hundreds Of Poor Students [ Monday | 3rd day of April, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]


At least 505 poor but deserving Fernandino students will benefit from the City Government of San Fernando's Special Program for Employment of Student (SPES) this summer.

480 of them will be deployed in different offices and departments in the city hall and shall render service for 22 days.

While the other 25 students will be working in private companies including the City of San Fernando Water District, Laus Group of Companies, Pampanga's Best and CGS Solid Aircon & Refrigeration Inc.

PESO Manager Donny Sayre said the salary for students deployed in the local government offices has been increased this year following the amended SPES loan of Republic Act 10917.
From P349 last year, students will now earn P430 per day that is equivalent to P9, 460 total salary.

"Malaking bagay po ito dahil mas malaki ang maiipon ng mga kabataan na makakatulong sa kanilang pag-aaral," Sayre said.

Meanwhile, those employed by private companies will receive a P364 minimum wage but will work for a longer period not exceeding 52 days.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said that the city government fully supports this program to help students pursue their education which is also his administration's top priority.
"Aside from helping the students finish their studies; this program also prepares them for the real world by engaging them with work experiences," Santiago added.


EDSA Named Most Outstanding Mayor Anew [ Monday | 3rd day of April, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]


Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago was once again recognized as one of the Most Outstanding Mayors in the Philippines by Superbrand Marketing International Incorporated.

Santiago, along with 19 local chief executives, received the award given March 30 at The City Club, Alphaland Hotel in Makati.

This is the third time that Mayor EdSa was awarded by the prestigious award-giving body for his invaluable commitment to public service and notable contributions in nation-building.
In his speech, Santiago said he is honored and grateful to be included in the list of recipients for this year. He also lauded the efforts of the people behind this success.

"I accept this recognition, with pride, in behalf of my colleagues who have been one with me in our vision and mission for our beloved city. I also thank my fellow Fernandinos for putting their trust in me and in participating towards the attainment of common good," he said.

Under his stint, the City of San Fernando received its second Hall of Fame award as Most Business Friendly City and was hailed as the second Most Competitive City in the entire country.

Some of Mayor Santiago's accomplishments include the implementation of programs on tax incentives, trade promotions, livelihood trainings, friendly-legislative policies, ISO-certified quality management systems without red tape, and, most important, transparency and good governance.

Meanwhile, other Kapampangan awardees are Mayor Emmanuel Alejandrino of the municipality of Arayat and Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan of Angeles City.

Along with them are Mayor Herbert Bautista of Quezon City; Mayor Celso Dator of Lucban, Quezon; Mayor Bernard Dy of Cauayan, Isabela; Mayor Faustino Dy III of San Manuel, Isabela; Mayor Ferdie Estrella of Baliwag, Bulacan; Mayor Chevylle Farinas of Laoag, Ilocos Norte; Mayor Richard Gomez of Ormoc, Leyte; Mayor Jessie Galano of Paoay, Ilocos Norte; Mayor Christopher Gonzales of Guian, Eastern Samar; Mayor Rolly Guiang of Santa Marcela, Apayao; Mayor Randy Macapil of Linamon, Lanao Del Norte; Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi of Imus, Cavite; Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla of Bacoor, Cavite; Mayor Ramil Rivera of Cabiao, Nueva Ecija; Mayor Arturo Robes of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan; Mayor Meynardo Sabili of Lipa, Batangas; and Mayor Carmelo Villacete of Piat, Cagayan.


CSF Gets Highest Jobstart Placement Rate [ Tuesday | 28th day of March, 2017 | 4 weeks ago ]


The City of San Fernando's Public Employment Service Office (PESO) was recognized by the Department of Labor and Employment for having the highest job placement rate for the JobStart Philippines Program.

DOLE Pampanga Labor and Employment Chief Arlene Tolentino presented the Certificate of Recognition to Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, and PESO Manager Donny Sayre during Monday's flag raising ceremony.

Tolentino said San Fernando garnered a total of 98% placement rate during the Wave 1 Rollout implementation of JobStart followed by Quezon City with 97% and Caloocan City with 90%.

In his speech, Mayor EdSa lauded the efforts of the PESO for providing full-cycle employment facilitation services that include life skills trainings, job matching to seeking employment.

"I commend you for consistently ensuring ample job opportunities for our Fernandinos. This award is a testament of your hard work," Santiago added.

In 2013, the City of San Fernando pioneered the JobStart Program, a project of DOLE in partnership with the Government of Canada funded by the Asian Development Bank that benefits at-risk youth by helping them find employment.


Barangays Compete In CSF Fire Olympics [ Friday | 17th day of March, 2017 | 1 month ago ]


Six barangays in the City of San Fernando on Friday tested their fire response skills during the 3rd Fire Olympics (Barangay Category) held at the Heroes Hall grounds.

Hosted by the Bureau of Fire Protection, the competition was participated in by Barangays Del Rosario, Maimpis, San Isidro, San Pedro, Sta. Lucia and Sto. Nino. Each barangay fire brigade team is composed of fifteen members and must be headed by a local official.

City Fire Marshal Chief Inspector Myra Feliciano said the events contested this year include Hose Laying and Replacement of Busted Hose, Bucket Relay, and Flammable Liquid Fire Extinguishment.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said the annual activity seeks to raise the level of preparedness of front liners and citizens in fire suppression and safety response.

"We want to equip them with updated knowledge on fire prevention so that they know how to properly respond in case a fire hits their area, thus reduce its impact and avoid casualties," Santiago added.

Meanwhile, Barangay Sto. Nino bagged first place while Barangays San Pedro and Sta. Lucia ranked second and third place, respectively.

Special awards like Best in Uniform, Most Disciplined Team and Best Muse were also given.

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