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Pampanga Agricultural Extension Workers' Congress Held In CSF [ Tuesday | 19th day of September, 2017 | 3 days ago ]

Agricultural Extension Workers from different cities and municipalities in the province attended this year's Pampanga Agricultural Extension Worker's Congress on September 14 which was spearheaded by the Provincial Government of Pampanga in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Region 3.

Dubbed "Kaagapay ng mga Magsasaka sa Kaunlaran," the said congress aims to strengthen the knowledge of the Agricultural Extension Workers so they can help and assist the farmers by informing them on the agricultural practices and the innovations on farming methods.
In her opening remarks, City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay stressed the annual gathering serves as a venue to discuss the plans and programs of different agriculture offices in the province.
"Napakainam na kahit sa isang araw lang ay magkita-kita tayo dito sa congress. Tayo po kasi, even in the midst of calamities ay kailangan natin magtrabaho at mag monitor kung ano man yung mga damages para makagawa ng paraan ang gobyerno kung kailangan mag import upang masuplayan ng pagkain ang lahat," she added.
Sangumay furthered "Sa pamamagitan nito, nalalaman natin kung ano ang mga programa ng DA ng sa ganon ay aware tayong lahat at pwede nating ibahagi at gawin ito sa ating kani-kaniyang lugar."
In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago expressed his gratitude to the Provincial Government of Pampanga for conducting the congress in the city. He also lauded the efforts and the dedication of the Agricultural Extension Workers for helping the farmers in achieving food security and increasing agricultural productivity.
"Malaki ang naiaambag ng bawat munisipyo sa progresibong paglago ng agrikultura sa ating lugar. Kaya't nais din ng syudad San Fernando na patatagin ang pribado at pampublikong ugnayan sa bawat isa. Kailangan natin magtulungan upang mapalakas natin ang ating kakayahang makipagtagisan sa larangang pandaigdigan o global competitiveness ng ating agricultural sector," Santiago said.

San Fernando Hosts CSC's Concert For A Cause [ Tuesday | 19th day of September, 2017 | 3 days ago ]

In line with the celebration of the 117th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, the Civil Service Commission Field Office Pampanga in partnership with the City Government of San Fernando conducted a concert for a cause on September 15 at the Heroes Hall.

Dubbed "Sayaw at Awit ng mga Lingkod Bayani," the activity was attended by council of Personnel Officers and Local Government Unit employees of Pampanga who paid 100 pesos each for the tickets. The proceeds will go to the soldiers of Marawi and Munting Tahanan ng Nazareth, a home for the poor and people with special needs in Mabalacat City.

Highlight of the activity is "The Voice of Lingkod Bayani," wherein six contenders from different municipalities showcased their talents in beating the high notes including CSF's bet Jean Paula Lingat who bagged the 2nd place.

The City Choir of San Fernando and City College of San Fernando Dance Troupe also performed intermission numbers.

CSC Field Office Pampanga Director Dulce Cochon expressed her gratitude to the San Fernando LGU for putting in their efforts to make the event possible and successful.

She also lauded the civil servants for their outstanding contributions in the public service and encouraged them to do what is right to better serve the people towards development.

"Pag-igihan pa sana natin ang ating trabaho upang makapaghatid tayo ng maayos na serbisyo sa ating kapwa," Cochon said.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago said the concert clearly manifests the civil servants' act of "malasakit" to the public especially to those who are in need.

"You play an integral part in the society in achieving accountability, transparency and efficient government. Kaisa din namin kayo sa pagtugon sa pangangailangan ng ating kapwa. Sa lahat ng inyong gagawin, laging isaalang-alang ang kapakanan ng bawat isa at inyong pairalin ang pagkakaroon ng malasakit sa bayan," Santiago added.

LGU Employees In CSF Run Towards Healthy Lifestyle [ Tuesday | 19th day of September, 2017 | 3 days ago ]

Around 100 employees in the local government of San Fernando participated in the "Takbo Kawaning Fernandino Year 4" held September 14 in line with the city's celebration of the 117th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary.

Open to both male and female, the run was divided into three age groups namely A: 20 to 30 years old, B: 31 to 40 years old, and C: 41 years old and above. Its categories include 3k and 5k.

Winners in the 5k race for male category were Erwin Manese (A), Jayson Mallari (B), and Jason Caguiat (C). For the 3k race, the winners were Mark Alvin Salvador (B) and Albert Mayled (C).

For the 5k race for female category, the top finishers were Nori Amargo (A), Jenelyn Gantan (B) and Rowena Esguerra (C). While Joanna Aquino and Rosanna Laconico were awarded for topping the list for 3k's B and C categories, respectively.

All those who made it in the top 15 finishers per category also received cash prizes from the local government.

During the program, City Human Resource Development Officer Rachelle Yusi said the activity seeks to promote healthy lifestyle as well as build camaraderie which are essential keys in a workplace.

"Enjoy this day and grab the chance to bond and know more about your colleagues in the city hall premises," Yusi added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" lauded the employees for marking the success of the activity and stressed that this is a good indication of unity among employees.

"It is important that government employees work together towards a common goal because this also reflect their efficiency as public servants," Santiago said.

CSF Strengthens Barangay Anti Drug-Abuse Council [ Wednesday | 13th day of September, 2017 | 1 week ago ]

In its quest for a drug-free city, the Local Government of San Fernando, in partnership with the Philippine National Police and Department of the Interior and Local Government, conducted a "Roll-out training on strengthening of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC)."

Highlight of the activity is the discussion of the city's anti-illegal drugs campaign, short briefing on the composition; roles and responsibilities; and powers and functions of the BADAC and the revised guidelines in the conduct of barangay drug clearing operations.

These were tackled by City Police Chief for Operations P/Insp. Louie Sason, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Representative Glenn Guillermo, City Local Government Operations Officer Algy Canlas and Rural Health Physician Dr. Carlos Mercado.

Also present during the program were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Chief of Police P/Supt. Roland Agohob, Chief of Staff Engr. Remedios Agoncillo and Social Welfare Officer Canneth Mangalus.

Agohob said that despite their continuous efforts and coordination with other concerned agencies, drug related cases that lead to multiple crime incidents have been lingering in the community.

"We need the help of the grassroot level because they have a crucial involvement in the pre, during, and post operations to curb illegal drugs and other substances," Agohob added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed the need to constantly revitalize the BADAC because as the first line of defense, they must be active in leading the fight against illegal drugs in their respective areas.

"The local government is in full support of this campaign. Thus, we want to empower the BADAC as well as emphasize their principal responsibilities to help us improve the peace and order situation in our beloved city," Santiago said.

Mayor EdSa: Government Employees Are Modern Heroes [ Wednesday | 13th day of September, 2017 | 1 week ago ]

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago lauded the employees of the local government unit of San Fernando by calling them ‘modern heroes' in the society during the city's kick-off celebration of the 117th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary on Monday.

"We join the annual celebration to recognize the employees' contributions in the pursuit of a transparent and efficient government. May this also serve as a reminder for all of us to continue manifesting the act of "malasakit" to the public," Mayor EdSa added.

For her part, City Human Resource Development Officer Rachelle Yusi presented this year's calendar of activities which started with the ceremonial awarding of health cards to permanent employees.

"The City Government has partnered with the Philippine British Assurance Company not only to secure the employees' emergency care and hospitalization but to promote health and wellness among all public servants in the city. Each employee is entitled of a maximum benefit limit of P220,000," Yusi said.

Other lined up activities include the Takbo Kawaning Fernandino Year 4 on September 13 wherein the first 150 finishers of different categories will receive cash prizes.

This will be followed by a concert for a cause dubbed "Hataw at Awit ng mga Lingkod Bayani" on September 15.

All proceeds will go to the soldiers of Marawi and Munting Tahanan ng Nazareth, a home for the poor and disabled located in Mabalacat City.

There will also be a Strategic Planning cum Team Building of Skilled and Technical Personnel on September 16.

On the 20th, the city choir will showcase Fernandino talent during the 2017 Government Choral Competition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City.

Birthday celebrators for the months of July to September will have their Values Alignment Course on September 22.

The exceptionally hardworking servants and those who devoted long service will also be recognized thorough the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) on September 25 to be followed by the Loyalty Awards on September 28.

Book On Fernandino Heroine Launched [ Wednesday | 13th day of September, 2017 | 1 week ago ]

In celebration of this year's Women's Week, the City Government of San Fernando, through its City Tourism Office, launched on Monday a book about the life of Fernandinoheroine NicolasaDayrit-Panlilio.

City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan said the launching of the book entitled "Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio: Ing Bayaning Fernandino" is also one of the activities of the 143rd birth anniversary of Nicolasa, a revolutionary nurse and member of La Junta Patriotica de San Fernando.

Pangilinan added that the book was hailed as the winner in the Nicolasa Dayrit Book Writing Competition (Small Book Category) conducted in 2012.

The 12-page book was written in Kapampangan and illustrated by Ms. Nancy Tolentino, a master teacher from the City Schools Division of San Fernando who is currently designated as the OIC Assistant Principal of Malpitic Integrated School.

The book also contains English translation by Dr. Fernandina Otchengco, Chief of School Governance and Operations Division of DepED.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said the lives of local heroes who have greatly contributed in the history should never be forgotten and must be imparted to the youth particularly the millennials and xennials.

"As first of its kind, this book will tell in details the life of a great woman, her untold stories, her sacrifices and contributions to free our country. I enjoin educators, parents and Fernandinos to mold the values of the future generation through this inspiring true story of bravery and heroism," he added.

Women's Week 2017 Chairperson Dr. Leticia Yap, confirmed in a press conference, that the life of Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio will be part of the curriculum of students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 starting this year.

Meanwhile, series of storytelling in different day care centers and public schools in the city have been initiated on September 4.

Fernandinas Undergo Training On Weaving, Welding [ Wednesday | 13th day of September, 2017 | 1 week ago ]

About 50 members of different women's organization in the City of San Fernando attended the two-day "Water Hyacinth Basket Training" from September 7 to 8 as part of Women's Week 2017 celebration.

The activity was organized by the City Investment and Promotions Office (CIPO), in partnership with the provincial offices of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Present during the opening ceremony were CIPO Project Development Officer Jeffrey Yutuc, DTI Pampanga Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio, TESDA Pampanga Supervising TESD Specialist Jenica Dunglao, DOST Pampanga Representative Jesili Reyes and JCE Advance Assessment Center Manager JB Estabillo.

Yutuc said the training involves weaving using dried water lilies and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) or tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, a process commonly used in making baskets and furniture.

"Mahalaga na pareho nilang alam ang dalawang proseso na ito para makatapos ng isang produkto. Tiniyak namin na ligtas itong gawin at hindi delikado para sa mga kababaihan," Yutuc added.

Ordonio, for her part, lauded the local government of San Fernando for actively hosting livelihood trainings for its constituents. She stressed the urgency of having new trained weavers considering the growth of basket industry in the country.

"We continue to gain recognitions because of our quality outputs; so we are currently partnering with businesses and malls that can help us market our products both local and abroad," Ordonio said.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago also thanked all involved agencies for their tireless support to promote productivity and efficiency among Fernandinos. He said these initiatives also boost women entrepreneurship which plays a critical role in economic development.

"Sa ating patuloy na pagkakaisa ay mas maraming kababayan ang natutulungan natin sa pagkakaroon ng sariling kabuhayan na siyang susi sa hinahangad nating kaunlaran," Santiago furthered.

School, Barangay Disaster Response Teams In CSF Test Skills In Disaster Volunteers Capability Assessment [ Wednesday | 6th day of September, 2017 | 2 weeks ago ]

Disaster teams of ten different schools and four barangays in the City of San Fernando put their preparedness skills on test during the 2nd CSF Community Disaster Volunteers Capability Assessment held September 1 at the Heroes Hall.

The activity was realized through the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in partnership with the Department of Education Division of City of San Fernando and Philippine Red Cross Pampanga-Angeles City Chapter.

Present during the activity were City Administrator's Office Engr. Fernando Limbitco and Chapter Manager of the Philippine Red Cross Pampanga-Angeles City Chapter Augusto Ocampo.

Consist of two categories namely Barangay and School, the 14 teams competed in different activities such as information education; bandaging relay; lifting and moving relay and situational analysis. Each group was also rated based on their preparedness capability, knowledge of handling and using disaster equipment and teamwork.

CDRRM Officer Raymond Del Rosario said the annual activity seeks to develop the skills of the participants to help them lead during disaster as well as to raise awareness on the importance of disaster preparedness and resiliency.

"Ang mga kalamidad at sakuna ay walang pinipiling oras at panahon, kaya naman napakahalaga na ang bawat isa sa atin ay may sapat na kaalaman patungkol sa mga tamang gawain sa pagreresponde," Del Rosario said.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said that the local government cannot do it all alone. Thus, he is encouraging every Fernandino to be prepared at all times so as to lessen fear, anxiety and the damaging effects of calamities and disasters.

"Dapat lagi tayong handa sa ano mang sakuna na pwedeng tumama sa atin kaya naman aming pinalalakas ang kakayahan ng lahat ng paaralan at barangay dito sa ating syudad dahil sila ang kasangga ng CDRRMO sa pagresponde. Sa mga ganitong pagkakataon kailangan ding manaig ang pagkakaisa," Santiago said.

Meanwhile, Brgy. Del Rosario was awarded as champion and also received special awards such as the Early Bird, Best in Bandaging Relay and Best in Lifting and Moving Relay. Brgy. Sindalan was hailed as 1st runner up followed by Brgy. San Juan (2nd runner up) who also won the Best in Information Education and Best in Situational Awareness award for the barangay category.

For the second time in a row, the Information Communication Technology High School was awarded as the champion for the school category. It also received special awards like Best in Information Education, Best in Bandaging Relay, Best in Lifting and Moving Relay and Best in Situational Awareness.

Meanwhile, Panipuan High School was awarded as 1st runner up followed by Lyndale Academy (2nd runner up) with an Early Bird Award.

Best in Uniform award were given to Brgy Sto Nino and Sindalan High as respectively.

CSF Celebrates National Heroes Day [ Thursday | 31st day of August, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]

Local officials in the City of San Fernando led by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin on Tuesday offered wreaths in front of the monuments installed at the Heroes Park in observance of National Heroes Day.

These heroes are Dr. Jose Rizal, Don Pedro Abad Santos, Jose Abad Santos, Andres Bonifacio, Tiburcio Hilario, Nicolasa Dayrit, Benigno Aquino and the World War II Marker monument.

Also present during the wreath laying ceremony were Councilors Angie Hizon and Harvey Quiwa, department heads, heroes' relatives and city hall employees.

This was followed by a short program at the Mini-Convention Center wherein Bonifacio's renowned poem "Pag-Ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa" was performed by the students from Nuestra Senora Del Pilar Integrated School to commemorate the martyrdom of the fallen heroes.

In his speech, Lazatin stressed the importance of honoring and recognizing the heroes' courage, patriotism and sacrifices in exchange of the country's freedom that we enjoy today.

He also urged everyone to continue the good and noble deeds of the national heroes in their everyday lives.

"We can choose to be better Fernandinos by doing what is right. Let us all be Mabuti, Magaling at may Malasakit sa Kapwa. We can be heroes even in simplest way." Lazatin added.

PDuterte Leads Chicken Boodle Fight In CSF [ Wednesday | 30th day of August, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday led a boodle fight in the City of San Fernando to prove that poultry products in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija are safe for public consumption.

He was joined by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol and Undersecretary Berna Puyat, Health Secretary Paulyn Rosell-Ubial, Governor Lilia Pineda, former president and Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, 3rd District Representative Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago and other local officials from the two provinces.

Some 1,000 individuals including government employees, uniformed personnel and poultry raisers also participated and shared different chicken-based meal like fried chicken and quail, chicken adobo, hard boiled eggs and balut.

In an interview, Duterte said he wanted to personally try the local poultry products to prove that these are safe to eat amid the bird flu scare.

"I came here just to eat the chicken and the egg and the balut(s) to assure the public na hindi po delikado, tapos na," Duterte said.

During the program, P29 million worth of indemnity checks were also awarded to affected poultry operators in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija.

Pinol reported that around of 600, 000 birds from San Luis, Pampanga and towns of San Isidro and Jaen in Nueva Ecija were depopulated.

Meanwhile, military and police personnel who assisted to contain the Avian Influenza in the affected areas were also given certificates of commendation from the President and the DA.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, for his part, extended his gratitude to the president and other concerned agencies for their support to the poultry industry and local poultry raisers whose livelihood has been devastated due to avian influenza outbreak.

"We know that most poultry supplies come not only from Pampanga but also from other parts of Central Luzon; unfortunately, the crisis has greatly affected and even cut the demand of chicken and eggs. Kaya naman kami ay patuloy na nakikiisa at nagsasagawa ng ganitong mga aktibidad at umaasa kami na muli ng tatangkilikin ng publiko ang mga manok at itlog na galing dito sa atin, Santiago said."

CSF Ensures Chicken, Eggs Safe To Eat Amid Bird Flu [ Friday | 25th day of August, 2017 | 4 weeks ago ]

Mayor Edwin "EdSa' Santiago and Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin on Friday led a feast of chicken and eggs in a boodle fight conducted during the ‘Kapihan at Talakayan' in Brgy. Panipuan to promote that it is safe to eat poultry products amid bird flu crisis.

They were also joined by Third District Representative Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales, Jr., City Councilors Angie Hizon, BJ Lagman, Reden Halili, Harvey Quiwa, Nelson Lingat and Ruping Dumlao, department heads, Brgy. Panipuan officials headed by Captain Roberto Maglalang, representatives from the Department of Education and local poultry meat dealers and vendors.

City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay said the food served was supplied by poultry companies such as Minalin Poultry & Livestock Cooperative and Red Dragon Farm and private partners such as Fresh Options and McDonalds as promotion to the province's poultry industry.

"Nagcommit sila na ipapakain ng libre ang kani-kanilang mga produkto bilang pakikiisa sa ating kampanya na ligtas kainin ang mga manok at itlog sa ating syudad," Sangumay said.
During the program, City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino discussed the proper handling and cooking of food highlighting that properly cooked chicken meat and egg is safe for consumption.

She also emphasized the importance of early consultation at the nearest health centers for patients with Influenza-like Illness. She further advised the public to practice "cough etiquette" and "proper hand washing".

"No study has shown that the bird flu virus can be transmitted through cooked food. Let us always be mindful of the 5 keys to safer food of the World Health Organization which are (1) keep clean, (2) separate raw and cooked, (3) cook thoroughly, (4) keep food at safe temperatures and (5) use safe water and raw materials, " she added.

For his part, Mayor EdSa urged the public not to panic over the issue because the local government is taking necessary actions and strict monitoring to ensure the safety of every Fernandino.

"We have regulated the movement of poultry and it's by products. Tayo din ay patuloy na nakikipag-ugnayan sa National at Local government at iba pang ahensya para mapanatiling ligtas ang bawat isa at tuluyan ng masugpo ang bird flu," the city mayor added.

Meanwhile, the city officials also led the blessing and inauguration of the newly completed projects in Brgy. Panipuan which includes the two classroom buildings for high school students and the improvement and concreting of roads in Purok 2 and Purok 7.

5,000 Students Attend Education Fair In CSF [ Friday | 25th day of August, 2017 | 4 weeks ago ]

More than 5,000 Grades 10 & 12 students from all public high schools in the City of San Fernando are expected to attend the first Education Fair from August 16-18 at the Mini Convention Center, Heroes Hall.

The three-day activity seeks to guide the incoming Senior High School and College students in choosing the right K-12 strand or course based on their interest and the available job opportunities in the city.

This was realized through the City Public Employment Service Office in partnership with the Department of Education, Department of Labor and Employment and—a non-government organization based in Manila that connects students to education opportunities through an online platform and promotes career awareness among the Filipino youth.

Various schools and universities in the City have also participated in the said fair to provide the students a comprehensive understanding on the different programs and scholarships they offer.

"Aside from the career orientation, we also let the students determine the right school based on their desired courses and the availability of resources," PESO Manager Donny Sayre said in an interview.

He added that the DepEd also conducted a survey to identify what strands or courses are chosen by majority of the students.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed the importance of guiding the youth in choosing their respective career path to reduce job mismatch and unemployment rate in the city.

"Education and employment are our top priorities in the city because we believe that these two play an integral role towards sustainable development. Thus, improve the quality of life of every Fernandino," Santiago said.

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