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CSF Holds Second SAFRun [ Monday | 27th day of July, 2015 | 2 years ago ]
The City Government of San Fernando through its City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office conducted the second year of San Fernando Run or SAFRun held at Heroes Hall on July 26.
With a theme titled, “Pamilya at Pamayanang Handa Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa,” more than 300 participants coming from different parts of the province and neighboring places joined the said activity.
SAFRun aims to create awareness among the community in preparation to disasters and calamities that may arrive at any time.
In his opening remarks, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Raymond Del Rosario said that holding a fun run in the community is a faster and more efficient way of raising awareness.
“Not just for the sake of running, tayo ay may gustong ipakita at ipaintindi sa mga tao na ang takbong ito ay inaalay natin sa ating kalikasan. Panahon na naman ng tagulan at sana maging handa tayo sa pagdating ng mga kalamidad,” said Del Rosario.
For his part Mayor EdSa said that conducting this kind of activity allows Fernandinos to be aware of disasters and at the same time they get to enjoy and be fit.
“Sa pangunguna nang ating CDRRMO, isinagawa nila itong ikalawang SAFRun, na naglalayon na mabigyan ng kaukulang pansin ang kapaligiran natin at kung paano magiging handa sa mga parating na kalamidad. Nais natin maipakita na handa ang ating siyudad, handa rin ang mga mamamayan.”
The run is divided into three categories namely the 3 kilometer, 5 kilometer and 10 kilometer.
The 3 kilometer category will cover the path starting from Heroes Hall, Capitol and back to Heroes Hall, 5 kilometer category from Heroes Hall up to Consunji Street and back to Heroes Hall and 10 kilometer category from Heroes Hall to Consunji Street back to Heroes Hall twice.
From the 3 kilometer category, landing in third place male category is Rolando Dizon, second place is Jerrymie Vergara and first place for male category is Jomari Punay, landing in third place for the 3 kilometer female category is Camille Yabut, 2nd place goes to Fatima Infante and first place goes to Athena Veronica Sahi.
For the 5 kilometer male category, third place goes to Jonie Villagamaz, second place goes to Rey Romero and first place goes to Raymond Mondarez, for the 5 kilometer female category, Daniella Joy Tanig lands in third place, Lou Pineda in second place and Jennifer Patdu claims first place.
And for the 10 kilometer male category, Reynaldo Mondares ends in third place, Redentor Sales in second and Michael Canlas in first place, while in the female category, Rose Larios bagged third place, Mercy Guarin in second and emerging as the first female 10 kilometer finisher is Tricia Guinto.
The San Fernando Run is in its second year of celebration in line with the celebration of July as Disaster Consciousness Month.
CSF And DOLE Partner For Fernandinos [ Wednesday | 22nd day of July, 2015 | 2 years ago ]
More than two hundred Fernandinos coming from different barangays in the city benefited from the joint program of the city government of San Fernando and the Department of Labor and Employment.
Through the City Employment and Services Division, marginalized workers were awarded with personal protective equipment under the “Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para Sa Disadvantaged Workers” or TUPAD Program.
According to Chief Local Employment Officer Arlene Tolentino of Pampanga Field Office, TUPAD is one of the programs of the Department of Labor and Employment which aims to provide emergency work to displaced or marginalized citizens in the community.
A period of 10 days will be consumed under the program and will be paid by the DOLE of a minimum wage amounting to three hundred forty nine pesos daily.
The beneficiaries received protective equipment such as working boots, cap, t-shirt, mask and gloves that will be used in their assigned work.
“Ang gagawin po nila ay maglilinis sa kanilang locality, it’s a community activity wherein pwede sila maglinis ng mga kanal, magrepair ng mga public facilities or any other activities,” said Tolentino.
The said program is under the Bottoms Up Budgeting wherein the national government together with the local government unit join forces to implement the TUPAD program.
A twenty percent share will be given by the local government unit of San Fernando for the project cost while the remaining will be shouldered by the Department of Labor and Employment.
For his part, Mayor EdSa said that this program of DOLE, is one way of helping fellow Fernandinos to have a job and earn a living for their family.
“Nakikita natin ang malasakit ng DOLE sa ating mga kapwa Fernandinos. Nabibigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga taong walang trabaho na magkaroon ng pansamantalang pagkakakitaan. Ito ay isang halimbawa ng bayanihan dahil tulong tulong tayo.”
Mayor EdSa is encouraging Fernandinos that don’t have a job to engage in the activity of the city in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment in creating a substantial living especially those who belongs in the marginalized sector of the community.
CSF Presents New Star Barangay [ Wednesday | 22nd day of July, 2015 | 2 years ago ]
City of San Fernando’s Quebiawan and San Nicolas are now part of the LGU’s STAR Barangay program and will receive a grant of P300,000 each for their major projects geared toward the development of their community.
“Sukatan ng Tagumpay ng Aktibo at Responsableng Barangay” enjoins local communities to adopt the Performance Governance System and pass through four stages—Masigasig, Matuparin, Maasahan, and Matagumpay—toward achieving their set goals.
Leading the awarding of certificate of award, trophy, barangay marker- STAR Masigasig na Barangay, and a 300,000 worth of incentives are Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Nelson Lingat, Harvey Quiwa, BJ Lagman, and City Administrator Fer Limbitco.
These barangays underwent series of activities and workshops and have crafted their Barangay Development Plan, Barangay Development Investment Plan, and Barangay Governance Scorecard.
Representing their villages are Chairman Henry Lugtu of Quebiawan and Chairwoman Rosemary Calimlim.
To date, there are 14 barangays in the city that passed stages of the program.
CSF Names Top Taxpayers [ Wednesday | 22nd day of July, 2015 | 2 years ago ]
The local government unit of San Fernando, Pampanga under the leadership of Mayor Edwin D. Santiago has given recognition to the top corporations and individuals that have paid the highest business and real property taxes for 2014 “steering economic development” in the city.
The giving of honors was held during the recognition of top taxpayers and stakeholders day last July 16 at the Heroes Hall. This was attended by city government officials and department heads and was witnessed by District Representative Manny Villar of Las Pinas who also heads the Committee on Trade and Industry in Congress.
The top twenty real property taxes awardees are (top three) SAN MIGUEL BREWERY, INC., SM PRIME HOLDINGS, INC., BEVERAGE PACKAGING SPECIALIST, INC. followed by (in no particular order) LANDCO PACIFIC CORPORATION, SINGIAN BROTHERS CORPORATION, S & L, INC., TAN SONG BOK REALTY DEV’T CORP., CALUAG, MELCHOR & VILMA, PAMPANGA’S BEST, INC., ST. CATHERINE REALTY, SWEET CRYSTAL INTEGRATED SUGAR MILLS, INC., SMC NORTH POULTRY PROCESSING PLANT, INTERBEV PHILIPPINES, INC., SARIMANOK FEEDS COMP., INC., WILLIMSON, INC., UNIVERSAL ROBINA CORP., PEPSI-COLA PRODUCTS PHILS., INC., LUZVIMINDA LANDHOLDINGS, INC.,ROBINSON’S LAND CORP.,SAN MIGUEL YAMAMURA PACKAGING CORP. (METAL CROWN PLANT).
For the top ten business tax payers under single proprietorship category, awards were given to (top three) MARILOU T. ESPIRITU (TURQUOISE CONST. & TRDG.), JOSEFINA T. SIY (AA SAVER’S MART), EDGARDO CHUA (KING’S LUMBER & HARDWARE), followed by (in random order) MARICHU CHOI (MKC MARKETING), GARY LAURENCE PATAWARAN (LA CORONA READY MIX CONCRETE), JOHN DARIUS VILLANUEVA (JOHMIN FOOD SERVICES), ROMEO SICAT (CHAMIAN COMMERCIAL), ANGEL WIJANGCO (GOLDEN MIX CONCRETE PLANT), CRESENCIO GOMEZ (CJ LHANZ TRDG. & COMP. CTR.), RICO URQUICO (RSU RATTAN FURNITURE).
For the top twenty business taxpayers, (top three) SUPER VALUE, INC. (SM SUPERMARKET), UNITED LABORATORIES, INC., PMFTC, INC. followed by WALTERMART SUPERMARKET, INC., SAN MIGUEL BREWERY, INC., SAN MIGUEL FOODS, INC., MEGA ASIA BOTTLING CORP., COSMOS BOTTLING CORP., KAREILA MANAGEMENT CORP. (S & R), STAR APPLIANCES CENTER, INC., UNAHCO, INC., COCA-COLA FEMSA PHILS., INC. MANDURRIAO STAR, INC. (DEPT. STORE – SM DOWNTOWN), SAN MIGUEL YAMAMURA PACKAGING CORP. (METAL CROWN PLANT), SAN MIGUEL YAMAMURA PACKAGING CORP. (FOOD MANUFACTURING), TOYOTA SAN FERNANDO PAMPANGA, INC., PEPSI-COLA PRODUCTS PHILS., INC., ZUELLIG PHARMA CORPORATION, SM PRIME HOLDINGS, INC., MANILA NORTH TOLLWAYS CORP.
The city has also given special awards to Imelda Sarmiento,business taxpayer in new public market, Magdalena Siy, a business taxpayer in old public market, SFELAPCO as the top franchise taxpayer, Brgy. Calulut, top barangay community tax certificate collector, Brgy. Quebiawan, top barangay real property tax collector.
The city also cited institutions and organizations that have helped in its tax collection campaign, these are Department of trade and industry R3, Bangko sentral ng Pilipinas CSFP, Muslim community, Federation of parent-teacher association, and City schools division.
In an interview, Mayor Santiago thanked the private sector for helping the city government in steering economic growth and development in the city.
“Your diligence in paying your obligation makes the city what is now today. The reality is that tax is the lifeblood of the government, without tax, the government cannot run” said Mayor Santiago.
The city government was able to reach its first billion last year without increasing business taxes and RPT. “This has snowballed development and progress in our city” added the mayor.
CSF Wins Most Competitive City [ Monday | 20th day of July, 2015 | 2 years ago ]
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago received the awards of the city given by the National Competitiveness Council during the 3rd Regional Competitiveness Summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center on July 16.
The City ranked 10th in the Economic Dynamism Pillar among the component cities category, ranked 5th in the Infrastructure Pillar among component cities, placed 3rd in the Government Efficiency Pillar and bagged the 2nd spot for the Overall Most Competitive City under the category of component cities.
The National Competitiveness Council, through the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index, has been conducting this summit in order to search for the Local Government Unit in terms of competitiveness to raise the overall competitiveness of the country.
The Cities and Municipalities Index is a program in which the NCC encourages all LGUs to submit necessary data that will be used in calculating their overall competitiveness.
Three pillars namely the Economic Dynamism Pillar, the Government Efficiency Pillar and the Infrastructure Pillar that consists a total of 28 indicators that is used to calculate the data submitted by the LGUs.
One hundred forty two cities and nine hundred seventy eight municipalities or a total of 1, 120 Local Government Units out of 1, 634 participated in the said event.
For 2015, a percentage of 68% was recorded compared to 2013's 17% of covered Local Government Units which means the growing number of LGUs participating in the summit signifies a higher awareness on the importance of stronger commitment to improve their performance.
Local Government Units were divided into four categories and these are 3rd to 6th class municipalities, 1st to 2nd class municipalities, component cities and the highly urbanized cities.
The program is conducted by the national competitiveness council aligned with the goal to improve the country’s overall competitiveness through collaborative effort between national and local government agencies.
City Of San Fernando Conducts 13th LEDAC Conference [ Monday | 20th day of July, 2015 | 2 years ago ]
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago recently conducted the annual Legislative – Executive Development Advisory Council Conference (LEDACC) to review and gather all details in making sure that all the programs and projects of the city government are being implemented for the benefit of the society in attaining a more progressive city.
Joining him in the conference is Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod and department heads of the city government.
The three day conference held at Tagaytay Highlands, Canlubang, Tagaytay, Mayor EdSa complimented both the executive and legislative body in producing quality programs for the city as well as the Sangguniang Panlungsod members in creating ordinances and resolutions for the betterment of the Fernandinos.
Mayor EdSa also discussed the programs of his administration that will be administered to all, together with the Annual Investment Program of the departments to ensure quality services and transparency among budgeting of all offices.
“Ginagawa natin ito para makapag-formulate ng ating mga agenda na kung saan tayo papunta at kung ano ang mga na-accomplish natin na trabaho. Ang gusto natin ay tayo ay magplano, kung ano ang plano ng legislative, susuportahan ng executive and vice versa. Ito ay para na rin sa ikabubuti ng kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan.”
The said conference is a way of creating a harmonious relationship between the legislative and executive branches of the city government, giving way to a sturdy working relationship, and improves the implementation and fund allocation of the city’s upcoming programs and projects.
As of January to July 2015, a total of 84 city resolutions and 15 city ordinances were passed with the help of the Sangguniang Panlungsod and through the Legislative – Executive Development Advisory Council.
Some of these known legislations are the ordinance designating a motorcycle lane on the major thoroughfares in the city, ordinance creating a Philhealth Capitation Fund from the Family Profile Rate Fund, ordinance on prohibited drag racing within the territorial jurisdiction of the City of San Fernando, ordinance on issuance of permit to operate on tricycles operating as public convenience, ordinance on the enactment of the Gender and Development Code of the City of San Fernando and the 2015 Poverty Alleviation Ordinance.
The annual Legislative – Executive Development Advisory Council is the city’s way of brainstorming in addressing issues and concerns on the development of programs and projects together with its implementation for the benefit of all Fernandino.
The Search For Cleanest Creek In CSFP Is On [ Tuesday | 7th day of July, 2015 | 2 years ago ]
The city government of San Fernando, Pampanga is now searching for the cleanest creek in its 35 barangays.
During the recently concluded recognition of model barangays in solid waste management programs, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engineer Anele David announced that the LGU will cite six barangays that have the cleanest creeks in the city.
“Its length must be at least 1000 meters and for those who don’t have creeks or with creeks of less than the prescribed length, they may choose to adopt from nearby barangays” explained David.
The competition will start on August 1 to April 22, 2016. During this period, CENRO and the board of judges composed of members of the CSF Water Resources Management Board will conduct unscheduled monthly inspections.
The criteria also include the long term plan for the rehabilitation of the creek clean-up and rehabilitation in Barangay Development Plan, enactment of illegal dumping ordinance, information campaigns, community involvement during LGU clean-up day every first Saturday of the month.
These contenders shall be vying for the title of most improved creek, best barangay on enforcement, best barangay of institutionalization, and the top three cleanest creeks. The awarding ceremony will be during the Earth day celebration next year.
Interested participants may get or submit their form at the CENRO office in the City Hall Annex [former DFA building] on or before July 15.
Art Contest Highlights ‘disaster Consciousness’ [ Tuesday | 7th day of July, 2015 | 2 years ago ]
Students coming from elementary and high school level competed Tuesday in an on-the-spot poster making contest to showcase awareness and knowledge in disaster risk reduction.
Dubbed as “Sining Kahandaan 2015”, the inter-school competition is in lined with the city’s observance of National Disaster Consciousness this month. 33 participants coming from public and private schools in the city vied for honours under the theme “Pamilya at Pamahalaang Handa, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa.”
For elementary division, winners are Astrid Raela Concepcion of Sindalan Elementary School (first place), Marc Manarang of Lyndale Academy (second place), and Eunice Serrano of Achiever’s Special Education Center (third place). Topnotchers in junior division are Angelica Sebastian of Sindalan High school (first place), Jena Miranda of Lyndale Academy (second place), and Christian Canlas of ICT High school (third place).
“This will promote awareness on natural hazards especially with students and the academe sector” said Mayor Edwin D. Santiago adding that this [competition] shall inform the Fernandino families on the right actions to be taken during emergencies.
The month of July is declared as the National Disaster Consciousness Month by virtue of Executive Order No. 137 on August 10, 1999, to focus on raising public awareness of, and establishing safe and resilient communities against disasters.
Fernandinos Graduate From ALS Program [ Tuesday | 7th day of July, 2015 | 2 years ago ]
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago led the graduation of students in the Alternative Learning System program held at the Mini Convention Hall on July 6.
A total of ninety five students benefited from the said program of the city in partnership with the Department of Education, which aims to help people who do not have access or ability to have formal education in schools, thus giving them a substitute to gain knowledge and skills through the Alternative Learning System.
According to Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Esperanza Laya, this is an opportunity for the parents to provide an alternative education for their children, and a starting point for the children to have a better future, since everyone is entitled to have a free basic education.
The Alternative Learning System is composed of two major programs; one is the Basic Literacy Program and the Continuing Education Program – Accreditation and Equivalency.
For his part, Mayor EdSa said that he is fully supporting the initiative of the Department of Education in giving free education to Fernandinos who doesn’t have the means to acquire formal education in schools.
“Ang magandang edukasyon ay hindi lang nangyayari o nanggagaling sa loob ng silid-aralan. Nais natin ipaalam sa lahat na kahit saan ay maaaring makakuha ng libreng edukasyon lalo na at nariyan ang ALS. Dahil nais na rin natin na ang ating siyudad ay makilala bilang isang komunidad ng mga ekselenteng Fernandinos.”
Alternative Learning System education provides ten programs; Basic Literacy Program, Accreditation and Equivalency Program, Indigenous Peoples Education, Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education in Alternative Learning System (ALIVE in ALS,) Alternative Learning System for Differently-Abled Persons (ALS-DAP,) Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH,) Parent Education, Family Basic Literacy Program (FBLP,) Radio-Based Instruction (RBI) and the Informal Education for Disadvantaged Children.
The only difference between formal education and the ALS Non-formal education is the setting. Formal education is provided inside the classrooms and is headed by trained formal school teachers.
Meanwhile, the ALS Non-formal Education is being conducted outside school premises such as the community learning centers, libraries, multi-purpose halls and being managed by ALS facilitators.
The city government of San Fernando is fully supporting the ALS Education and is inviting all Fernandinos who wants to access free basic education.
City Observes Nutrition Month [ Monday | 6th day of July, 2015 | 2 years ago ]
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago led the unveiling of the calendar of activities for the city’s observance of nutrition month this July during the Monday flag raising program held at City Hall.
Themed “Timbang Iwasto sa Tamang Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo”, the LGU will be intensifying public awareness on the role and importance of proper nutrition and physical activity in preventing overweight and obesity among the general public.
“Overweight and obese people are at risk for developing certain conditions including high blood pressure which can lead to death” said City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino.
For his part, Mayor Santiago noted that Fernandino’s health and nutrition is among his priority program under his twelve point agenda dubbed “Epektibong programang pangkalusugan, produktibong mamamayan”.
With this, activities which highlight the importance of active lifestyle will be launched throughout this month.
These include Inter-Barangay Zumbaers Biggest Loser which will culminate on July 24; Ay Bigat! Timbang ay Dapat lamang sapat from July 6 to December 2015, a weight challenge program for overweight city hall employees; series of interactive lectures on nutrition program for organized women, July 7-25; a seminar on Nutri-Talk (Disease Cure thru Nutrition), July 14 and 21; Forum on Overweight and Obesity, July 16, 17, and 20; Little Doctors and Nurses Training, July 17 October 30; Little Doctors and Nurses Summit, July 21, 2015; a talk on consumers awareness on organic agriculture, July 22; save mommy and baby advocacy seminar, July 23; Fernandino Master Gulay (kalabasa-Malunggay Cooking Challenge), July 24; Youth Summit, July 28; Best Hataw Zumba Fest and Nutri Jingle Competition, July 29; wall mural competition, launching of pinggang fernandino and search for 10 kumainments ambassador.
The city will also participate in a global simultaneous breast feeding event dubbed as “San Fernando Latch on!” from July 31 to August 1.
CSF Activates Emergency Operation Center [ Monday | 6th day of July, 2015 | 2 years ago ]
The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga has activated its emergency operation center in preparation for the possible effects of Tropical Storm Egay which made landfall over Isabela last Saturday.
“As early as Tuesday last week, the city’s disaster council has convened its members to monitor the situation and undertake precautionary measure,” Mary Luanne David, Administrative Officer of City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO).
The council is composed of five committees including alert and monitoring, response coordination, operational coordination, information management, and resource mobilization.
“Once na may advisory na ang national [DILG], we are activating our emergency operation center dito sa Heroes Hall para mas madali ang mobilization ng ating mga manpower” added David.
During emergencies, the LGU through its CDRRMO assemble human resources from its departments and attached agencies like the Philippine National Police and Bureau of Fire and Protection, civic organizations like the Philippine National Red Cross, barangay personnel, volunteers, among others to assist in calamity response operations.
Although, not affected by Tropical Storm Egay, David said that the city has made necessary preparations for natural hazard such as typhoons; in fact, equipments for rescue operations and relief goods were procured and presently prepositioned to strategic areas.
According to NDRMMC advisory, Egay has remained almost stationary over Luzon Sea and expected to exit Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday morning (July 9).
City Offers 100% Tax Incentives To New And Expanding Investors [ Wednesday | 1st day of July, 2015 | 2 years ago ]
The Local Government Unit of San Fernando, Pampanga will give as much as 100 percent incentive in business tax to new and expanding investors in the city.
This was announced by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago who also heads the Investment Incentive Board (IIB) during the Investor’s Forum held at the Heroes Hall recently.
“We are now accepting applications for the Investment Incentive Grant to new and expanding investors in the city that falls under the city’s investment priority areas” said Mayor Santiago.
In accordance with the City Ordinance No. 2011-020 also known as the 2012 Investment Incentives Code these includes business in manufacturing, services, industrial estate, agri-business, heritage sites, eco-tourism, waste management facilities, businesses that produce and develop renewable source of energy, and new and expanding labor intensive business enterprises.
“This Code aims to attract new investments, both local and foreign, keep and retain existing investments and encourage their expansion by creating a business-friendly environment” added the mayor noting that this law shall spur economic development and generate income and employment for Fernandinos.”
The applications for incentive grants will be validated and approved by the IIB composed of both public and private sector representatives from the city, Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Federation of Homeowners of the City, and the Federation of Pampanga High School/Jose Abad Santos Alumni Associations Foundation (FEPJAAF).
One of the pioneer beneficiaries who received 100% tax incentives is Hilcres Management Corporation for the Best Western Bendix Hotel located at Barangay Dolores. Another potential investor for this is the Event Center of Laus Group of Companies.