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CSF Allots PCF For Farm-to-market Roads [ Thursday | 23rd day of February, 2017 | 2 days ago ]


The Alasas to Del Rosario road in the City of San Fernando was made more accessible to the public following the completion of the upgrading and concreting project initiated by the local government.

This farm-to-market road project was realized through the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) given by the Department of Interior and Local Government.

City Local Government Operations Officer Engr. Jose Algy Canlas said PCF is an incentive fund awarded to qualified LGUs to support programs and projects that are consistent with the national goals and priorities.

"In 2014, the city received a total amount of P 3 Million for being a recipient of the DILG's Seal of Good Local Governance in recognition to their outstanding performance," Canlas added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said that the implementation of this program will further help the local government in the delivery of basic services to the grassroots.
"Our city continuously grows in terms of economic and development and we do not want our constituents in the rural areas to be left behind," he added.

The Alasas to Del Rosario road serves as an interconnectivity road that benefits thousands of Fernandinos particularly residents of Barangays Alasas, Del Rosario, San Isidro and Magliman.

"Through the accessibility of this road, we can also attract our rural constituents to market their products in the local markets," Mayor EdSa ended.


CSF Donates Rescue Equipment To PAF [ Tuesday | 21st day of February, 2017 | 4 days ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando on Monday donated used rescue equipment amounting to more than P 400,000 to the Philippine Air Force (PAF), 2nd Air Force Wing Reserve in Clark Air Base.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago led the formal turn-over of used equipment to B/Gen. Artemio Adasa, Jr., Wing Commander of 2nd Air Force Wing Reserve and Col. George Tagle, Commanding Officer of 2nd Air Reserve Center.

The donation includes 4 rubber boats, 6 trauma bags, triangular bandage, throw bag and a rescue static which were utilized by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office during their previous operations.

In his speech, the city mayor said the transfer of equipment aims to build strong partnerships to capable agencies in order to enhance disaster resilience within the community.

"The Philippine Air Force has been our active partner during rescue and relief operations. We hope to aid them in prolonging their commitment to render fast and safe response to their call of duty," Santiago added.

CDRRM Officer Raymond Del Rosario, for his part, shared that PAF played a significant role during the onslaught of Habagat intensified by Typhoon Maring in 2012.

"They were among the first to respond and give assistance to Fernandinos who are then affected by the flood brought about by the heavy rains that even breached the tail dike in Brgy. San Pedro," Del Rosario explained.

Meanwhile, PAF has given Certificates of Appreciation to Mayor EdSa, Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco who were also present during the ceremony.


CSF Holds Phil-China Traditional Cultural Fest [ Tuesday | 21st day of February, 2017 | 4 days ago ]


In an aim to strengthen amicable ties between Philippines and China, the City Government of San Fernando on Monday hosted the 17th annual Philippine-China Traditional Cultural Festival at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

The festival was jointly sponsored by the local government, through its City Tourism and Investment Promotions Office, Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc., Filipino Chinese Amity Club, Inc., and Quanzhon City Cultural Troupe.

Representatives from China have showcased their skills in acrobatics, martial arts or commonly known as Kung Fu and Marionette puppetry show.

Different genres of music and dances were also presented to the Kapampangan audience.
Meanwhile, Filipino performances included drum and lyre exhibition by the students from Pampanga High School and an instrumental presentation by Dolores Elementary School Rondangklung Ensemble.

The Holy Angel University dance theater also performed some of the popular dances in China including lion dance, fan dance and lantern dance.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago extended his warm gratitude to the Chinese partners for showing their rich culture and tradition to the Filipino community.

"This event is a celebration of friendship, between two countries, through a cultural show. We thank you for letting us see a glimpse of your beautiful tradition in China," Santiago added.
The Festival culminates the celebration of the 16th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando or Kaganapan 2017.


CSF Cycling Caravan Attracts Thousands Of Cyclists [ Wednesday | 15th day of February, 2017 | 1 week ago ]


Thousands of cyclists took to the downtown streets of the City of San Fernando during the 2017 Cycling Caravan held over the weekend.

For this year, the caravan covered a 47 Kilometer route from Consunji Street, in front of City Hall, up to the Heroes Hall in Brgy. San Juan.
Dubbed 'Padyak para sa Kalusugan at Kalikasan', Mayor Edwin 'EdSa' Santiago stressed that the annual activity aims to promote good health and a greener environment through biking.

Last year, the city launched its first phase of bicycle lanes which are accessible along the stretch of Lazatin Boulevard.
"Cycling is a cheap yet efficient mean of transport. Aside from the fact that it improves one's overall fitness level, it can also help reduce traffic congestion and minimize air pollution," added Mayor EdSa.

Also present during the caravan were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Community Affairs Division Head Engr. Jose Diaz and Kaganapan 2017 Chairperson Robbie Hizon.

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CYCLING CARAVAN.
Mayor Edwin 'Edsa' Santiago promotes the importance of cycling during a caravan held February 4 in line with the celebration of Kaganapan 2017.

CYCLING CARAVAN. Thousands of cyclists join this year's caravan held over the weekend as part of the the celebration of Kaganapan 2017


100 Fernandino Couples Wed In 'Kasalan King Balen' [ Wednesday | 15th day of February, 2017 | 1 week ago ]


Some 100 Fernandino couples were married for free in a mass ceremony dubbed ‘Kasalan king Balen’ on February 11 at the Mini Convention, Heroes Hall.

This event was held in line with the celebration of the 16th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando and in observance of the Civil Registration Month this February.

During the wedding rites officiated by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, he said that the "Kasalan king Balen" is conducted yearly to "help couples who want to have legitimate relationships but cannot afford the wedding expenses."

Aside from free rings, cakes and food packages, the city government also sponsored the issuance of marriage licenses and contracts.

"Hinihikayat din natin sila ng magparehistro ng tama hindi lang ng kanilang mga kasal kundi maging ng mga kapanganakan o kamatayan ng kanilang mga kapamilya," Santiago said.
Mayor Edsa also extended his congratulatory message to the couples and stressed that a successful marriage greatly contributes to the common good and the city’s prosperity.

"Ang masayang pagsasama ay sangkap ng isang matatag na pamilya na siya namang susi sa nagkakaisa at matagumpay na komunidad," Santiago added.

Also present during the event were Board Member Rosve Henson, Kaganapan 2017 Chairperson Robbie Hizon with co-chair Jun Pineda, Community Affairs Division Head Engr. Jose Diaz, City Civil Registrar Rimando Umali and representatives from the Philippine Statistics Authority and Lumina Homes.

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KASALAN KING BALEN. Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago officiates the wedding of some 100 Fernandino couples during the annual kasalan King balen held February 11.
KASALAN KING BALEN. Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago poses in a photo opportunity with couples who were married free during the kasalan King balen held Saturday. With him are Community Affairs Division Head Engr. Jose Diaz, City Civil Registrar Rinmando Umali, Kaganapan 2017 vice chair Jun Pineda with Chairperson Robbie Hizon and representatives from Lumina Homes.


Female Employees In CSF Receives Valentine Treat [ Wednesday | 15th day of February, 2017 | 1 week ago ]


Female employees from the City Government of San Fernando received their early valentine treat during the program dubbed "Tribute to Women: Harana 2017" held February 13.

A total of 755 female personnel from the Local Government Unit (LGU) and attached agencies including Municipal Trial Court in Cities, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and Department of Education participated in the event.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago, Councilor Reden Halili, Kaganapan 2017 Chairperson Robbie Hizon and Co-Chairperson Jun Pineda led the distribution of roses and souvenir items.
Meanwhile, male department heads led by City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco also took part in serenading the women with various love songs.

"This annual gathering is our simple way of extending our gratitude for your hard work and dedication in public service while doing your personal duties as mothers and sisters to your families," Mayor EdSa said.

He added, "Being a woman is never easy but is something that you should be proud of because you contribute a lot in the community's success. Rest assured that the city will continue its programs aimed at empowering women."

Initiated by the Gender and Development in coordination with the City Human Resources and Development Office, the activity is held in line with the celebration of Kaganapan 2017.


CSF Holds Phil-China Traditional Cultural Fest [ Wednesday | 15th day of February, 2017 | 1 week ago ]


In an aim to strengthen amicable ties between Philippines and China, the City Government of San Fernando on Monday hosted the 17th annual Philippine-China Traditional Cultural Festival at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

The festival was jointly sponsored by the local government, through its City Tourism and Investment Promotions Office, Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc., Filipino Chinese Amity Club, Inc., and Quanzhon City Cultural Troupe.

Representatives from China have showcased their skills in acrobatics, martial arts or commonly known as Kung Fu and Marionette puppetry show.

Different genres of music and dances were also presented to the Kapampangan audience.
Meanwhile, Filipino performances included drum and lyre exhibition by the students from Pampanga High School and an instrumental presentation by Dolores Elementary School Rondangklung Ensemble.

The Holy Angel University dance theater also performed some of the popular dances in China including lion dance, fan dance and lantern dance.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago extended his warm gratitude to the Chinese partners for showing their rich culture and tradition to the Filipino community.

"This event is a celebration of friendship, between two countries, through a cultural show. We thank you for letting us see a glimpse of your beautiful tradition in China," Santiago added.
The Festival culminates the celebration of the 16th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando or Kaganapan 2017.


CSF Receives BUB Check From DTI For Investment Projects [ Wednesday | 15th day of February, 2017 | 1 week ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando receives from the Department of Trade and Industry a check amounting to P600, 000 which shall be utilized for proposed projects under the 2016 Bottom-up budgeting (BUB).

DTI Regional Director Judith Angeles and Pampanga Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio formally turned over the check to Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago, together with City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco during Monday's flag raising ceremony.

Mayor EdSa said the amount is intended for the Industry Clustering Development Program of the city that helps Fernandino entrepreneurs market their products into the local and national market.

"We will help our micro, small and medium enterprises sector in terms of product development and improvement as well as in the packaging of their locally produced items," Santiago added.

Also present during the awarding were City Investment and Promotions Office (CIPO) Officer-in-Charge Engr. Remedios Agoncillo, City Local Government Operations Officer Engr. Jose Algy Canlas, City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan, City focal person for DTI project Jeffrey Yutuc, DTI-BUB focal person Rhia Laxa and personnel from CIPO.


CCSFP Holds Human Rights Seminar For Teachers [ Wednesday | 15th day of February, 2017 | 1 week ago ]


The City College of San Fernando Pampanga on February 9 hosted a seminar dubbed ‘Teaching peace, human rights, and sustainable development in the 21st century' which was participated in by academic personnel from different colleges and universities in Central Luzon.

CCSFP Officer-in-charge Tricia Gayle Bondoc said the forum seeks to raise awareness on human rights and its importance for the protection of one's life, dignity and self development.

"Ito po yung napapanahon ngayon. As educators, we should know the rights of each individual and pass it on to the younger generation for them to avoid being discriminated or abused," she added.

Other topics discussed include the pedagody how to teach peace and the effective ways to involve the youth in addressing current social, economic and environmental issues.

For his part Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said that the academe serves as the key player in preparing the students for the real world.

"Everything starts with education. Here in the city, we place the highest premium on education because we believe that educated citizens are the key to the city's prosperity," said Mayor EdSa.


CSF Bags Excellence Award For Health [ Wednesday | 15th day of February, 2017 | 1 week ago ]


The Local Government of San Fernando was once again recognized by the Department of Health for its exemplary health care programs during the 5th Central Luzon Excellence Awards for Health held Thursday at the Royce Hotel Casino in Clark Freeport Zone.

This year, the city bagged the Outstanding Healthy Lifestyle Advocacy award which was received by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago, together with City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino and Rural Health Physician Dr. Emerito Mercado.


The award is given to LGUs that actively support and contribute to the ‘Pangkalahatan Kalusugan' program of DOH.


Mayor EdSa also signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the DOH Region 3, represented by Asec. Leonita Gorgolon, on the speedy implementation of the upgrading of health facilities in the city.


San Fernando is one of the eleven selected towns, in the province, to receive funds from the regional government in order to facilitate the construction of barangay health stations.


"This would be of great help as we continue to bring various government services down to the grass root level. Rest assured that we will prolong our commitment to provide quality healthcare programs to our constituency," Santiago said.


CSF Promotes Responsible Pet Ownership [ Wednesday | 8th day of February, 2017 | 2 weeks ago ]


The Local Government of San Fernando, through its City Agriculture and Veterinary Office, on Sunday hosted an activity aimed at promoting responsible pet ownership dubbed "Pet Mo, Show Mo."

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said this serves as a venue for Fernandino pet lovers to learn more about proper animal handling from experts and, at the same time, showcase their pets' skills.

"Our city offers various pet care services like free anti-rabies vaccination and quarterly deworming sessions," Santiago added.

He furthered "just like humans, pets also deserve to be taken care of. The way we treat our pets reflects the kind of person we are."

Out of 71 participants, the city recognized 12 owners whose pets outshined during the show.
The dogs owned by Joey Alcantara and June Pascual bagged the Most Friendly and Most Behave Pet, respectively. General Lansangan and Manuel De Jesus' pets, on the other hand, tied up in the Best Groomed Pet award.

Most Beautiful Pet is a Cane Corso dog owned by James Gopez while the Best Dressed Pet is Bernie Blim's German shepherd. Francis David with his Poodle won the award for Look Alike Pet.

A native pig owned by Ronaldo Media is this year's Most Clever Pet. Best in Talent is Francis Ocampo's German shepherd dog.

Most Exotic Pet is a Bearded Dragon owned by Arriane Tulabut. The Ugliest Pet award was given to Aaron Yusi with a French bulldog and Franco Nery, a Shar Pei dog owner.


Hundreds Hired On The Spot In CSF Job Fair [ Wednesday | 8th day of February, 2017 | 2 weeks ago ]


Some 117 applicants were hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) in a city job fair conducted by the local government of San Fernando at SM Downtown on Saturday.

The City Employment and Services Division, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, registered a total of 654 applicants coming from different barangays in the city and other neighboring towns.

CESD further reported that 22 companies participated in the event that produced a total of 1,845 local and 750 overseas job vacancies.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said this activity seeks to speed up the meeting of hiring companies or employers and qualified workers.

He also expressed his satisfaction with the results noting that this is just the first among four job fairs that will be hosted by the city this year.

"Taun-taon po ay nagkakaroon tayo ng apat na Job Fairs sa syudad. Simula pa lang po ito at sisikapin po naming makapaghandog ng mas marami pang trabaho at pangkabuhayan sa ating mga kababayan," he added.

Meanwhile, applicants who did not make it to the job fair are still encouraged to submit their resumes at the CESD or Public Employment Service Office located at the city hall.