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San Fernando Launches TOFA [ Tuesday | 2nd day of June, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


The city government of San Fernando, during the flag raising ceremony, launched the search for The Outstanding Fernandino 2016.

The unveiling was led by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Councilor Angie Hizon, Co-Chairperson of TOFA, Councilor Harvey Quiwa, Councilor Noel Tulabut, Councilor Lito Ocampo, Councilor Nelson Lingat, TOFA Chairperson Mr. Franco De Jesus, Mr. Michael Quilala, Dra. Leticia Yap, Ms. Melanie Briones,Mr. Alfrito Mah and City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco.

According to TOFA Chairperson Franco De Jesus, during the press conference, he stated that The Outstanding Fernandino Award grants the most prestigious award by the city government.

He also added this award has three objectives and these are to give honor and recognition to outstanding Fernandinos who have excelled in their fields of endeavor and professions and contributed to the welfare of the Fernandinos, to preserve the Fernandino culture and tradition by way of honoring those who have shared their talents and efforts to the success and glory of the Fernandinos and lastly, to provide an inspiration to the young Fernandinos by paying tribute to those who have completed greatly to the welfare of the city and its people.

There are twenty categories available and these are in the field of Religious Service, Environment Care and Preservation, Education, Law, Agriculture, Science and Technology, Social Service, Military Law and Enforcement, Medicine (including Health Services/Allied Medical Profession,) Business, Culture and Arts (including Heritage and History,) Community Service, Parenthood and Family, Senior Citizens Service, Sports, Media, Youth Service, Government Service, Entrepreneurship, Person with Disability.

De Jesus pointed out that there are certain criteria to be followed when nominating a Fernandino for the award.

“Here are some of the minimum requirements needed in order to be accepted as one of the nominees, they should be born in San Fernando or at least one of the nominee’s parents is a Fernandino or they should be a resident of San Fernando for the past 15 years,” said De Jesus.

“They must be of good moral character and has exceptional personal conduct or exemplary accomplishment, outstanding achievement in his/her chosen field that has contributed to the enhancement of the reputation of the Fernandinos.”

“Must have a documented proof of the nominee’s outstanding works or accomplishments and lastly, they must be nominated by a resident, group of individuals or recognized organization in the city,” added De Jesus.

For his part, Mayor EdSa pointed out that this is a way to recognize Fernandinos and it’s a way of communicating with the community.

“Ang pamamaraan ng pakikipagcommunicate sa ating mga Fernandino ay yung nirerecognize natin yung mga efforts na ginagawa nila para sa kaunlaran ng siyudad, humahanap tayo ng role model sa ating community, para sila ang maging ehemplo,” said Mayor EdSa.

He explained that starting from 2016; the TOFA will be done every three years to give ample time for the nomination and selection.

The awarding will be on February 04, 2016 and will be considered as one of the highlights of the cityhood anniversary of San Fernando next year.


CSF Celebrates National Flag Day [ Friday | 29th day of May, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


Local government officials and employees here led by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago started today the celebration of the National Flag days until June 12.

A commemorative program hosted by the City Tourism and Investment and Promotions Office and the Pyestang Fernandino 2015 executive committee coincided flag raising rites at the Heroes Hall with performances from the city choir and a recital of the salute to the flag.
This will signal the city’s 15-day countdown to the 117th Philippine Independence Day on June 12.
In his speech, Mayor Santiago enjoined all Fernandinos to display the Philippine Flag in all offices, agencies, and instruments of government, business establishments, schools, and private homes to commemorate the date the national emblem was first unfurled after the Philippine Revolutionary Army overcame the Spanish conquerors in the Battle of Alapan in Cavite in 1898.
“Our flag symbolizes our unison as Filipinos and as Fernandinos” said Mayor Santiago noting that “the era we live in doesn’t require us to go into war against colonizers, we still have our own battle and that is to fight corruption and poverty.”
He added that “displaying the flag is a way of accepting the challenge for a better future posted by our forefathers and fallen heroes.”
“Tayo ang tulay ng mga kabataan upang sila ay makatawid sa isang mas magandang kinabukasan.”
The mayor has also given instruction to install Philippine flags in city government buildings and major thoroughfares.


City, Showcases Fernandino Talents [ Friday | 29th day of May, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


Nine Fernandinos coming from different barangays shared their talents during the Fernandinos Got Talent Season 4 held on May 27 at Barangay Sto. Rosario.

This was led by the City Tourism and Investment Promotions Office as part of the celebration of the city’s Pyestang Fernandino.

The contestants were Evelyn Bautista from San Pedro, Louie Munoz from Northville, Shaina Anne Navarro from Dolores, Magnificent Duo Kids from Dolores, Jowen David from Dela Paz Sur, Ina Evangelista from San Agustin, John Ronald Bondoc from Juliana, Yoji Valerie Dy from Northville and El Gamma Dance Compay from Lourdes.

Joining them are judges Hans Lee, Jumar Duque and Jeff Ganda.

Also present in the event were Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, Councilor Harvey Quiwa, Pyestang Fernandino Chaiperson Ramon Cabral Jr., Vega Pacla, Michelle Ong and Relia Ong.

Four contestants made it to the finals round and these were Navarro, Magnificent Duo, Evangelista and David.

The criteria for judging are 20 percent for the costume, 50 percent for the stage presence, 15 percent for audience impact and 15 percent for the overall performance.

Placing third was singer from San Agustin, Ina Evangelista, coming up second was the magnificent duo, first place was given to Jowen David and Shaina Anne Navarro was hailed as the grand champion of the Fernandinos Got Talent.

According to grand winner Shaina Navarro, she is very happy to have won the title, given that there are also many contestants who sing very well.

“Siyempre po masaya ako at ako nanalo. Malaking tulong po sa akin ung prize na nakuha ko dahil magagamit ko ito lalo na pasukan na,” said Navarro.

For his part, Mayor EdSa is promoting the activity since it’s a way of showing the talents and abilities of every Fernandino.

The Fernandinos Got Talent is one of the city’s activities in celebrating the Pyestang Fernandino.


Industrial Trade Fair Opens In The City [ Friday | 29th day of May, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


More than twenty food businesses joined the Food Agro Industrial Trade Fair held by the city government of San Fernando through its City Tourism and Investment Promotions Office on May 26.

The ribbon cutting was led by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, City Tourism and Investment Promotions Officer Ching Pangilinan and Business License and Permit Division Officer in Charge Joseph Garcia.

According to City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan, the trade fair is a regular activity of the city government and is being done during thematic festivities such as the Kaganapan, Pyestang Fernandino and Giant Lantern in order to add color to the celebration.

Not only that, Pangilinan added that the trade fair is also a way of promoting the products of every Fernandino.

“It generates local income, lalong lalo na sa mga local entrepeneurs natin dito sa ating siyudad,” said Pangilinan.

Meanwhile, Mayor EdSa stressed that by organizing a trade fair, the city is promoting the products of each barangay, since the city has been organizing the project OBOP: One Barangay, One Product.

“Nasusuportahan natin ang ating mga kababayan, para mabigyan sila ng pagkakataon na makilala and ang kanilang produkto. Isa itong magandang pagkakataon upang maipakita ang sariling produkto ng mga Fernandinos,” said Mayor EdSa.

He also encourages Fernandinos to buy the local products in order to generate income for the local industry and make use of the products made by the different sectors of the community.


Residents Benefit From Medical Mission And Operation Tuli [ Friday | 29th day of May, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


More than one hundred residents from Barangay San Agustin benefited from the Medical Mission and Operation Tuli held by the City Health Office on May 17.

The activity is in line with the celebration of the World Family Doctors Day with a theme “Family Doctor Para Queng Bawat Pamilyang Kapampangan” and is in partnership with the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians Pampanga Chapter and the Department of Family and Community Medicine Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital.

This was attended by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino, Rural Health Unit IV Dr. Maricel Lapid, Barangay Captain Amando D. Santos and representatives from the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians Pampanga Chapter.

According to City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino, they are creating this kind of activity to extend the city’s health services and programs to the community and with the help of different organizations.

“Not only we did a medical mission but we also conducted a Tuli Operation because this is a summer program of the city,” said Dr. Aquino.

With this, they also awarded a notable family, a member of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps in their efforts to lift themselves from poverty and create a more established lifestyle with the help of the city government.

Meanwhile, Mayor EdSa stressed that one of the main goals of the city is to have a healthy community in order to have a more productive city.

He also pointed out that their top priority is to provide the children the right amount of nutrition for them to be more productive in school and may help them in becoming successful in the future.

“Gusto natin na sa simula palang tinutulungan na natin ang mga mamamayan. Sa mga kababaihan, nais natin na sa pagbubuntis pa lamang nila hanggang sa kanilang pagtanda, tayo ay nakaantabay para masigurado ang kanilang kalusugan,” added Mayor EdSa.

Mayor EdSa is encouraging all Fernandinos to support and maximize the use of the city’s medical services.


Machineries Awarded To Farmers [ Thursday | 21st day of May, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


The city government of San Fernando through its City Agriculture and Veterinary Office, on Friday, distributed different farm machineries to Fernandino farmers held at the Central Terminal.

This was led by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, City Agriculture and Veterinary Officer Myrna Manabat, and representatives from the Department of Agriculture Region III.

22 farm machineries were given to farmers from different parts of the city in line with mayor EdSa’s advocacy to promote farming amongst Fernandinos.

Seventeen shallow tube wells and five complete hand tractors were presented to the farmers.

According to CAVO Officer Myrna Manabat, these machines will be used by the farmers for land preparation and will also cost them less compared to their traditional way of farming.

“Yung mga magsasaka nakakatipid sila, meaning yung production cost nila ay lumiliit din. Mas magiging profitable ang farming nila kapag may machines na sila,” said Manabat.

A total of 25 to 30% will be lessened to the farmers’ expenses, giving them more savings.

The funds used to purchase the machines came from the Bottom’s Up Budget in coordination with the Department of Agriculture Region III and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

For his part, Mayor EdSa pointed out that one of his agenda is to promote and help fellow farmers in the city.

“Ang pagbibigay natin sa kanila ng mga makinarya ay isang malaking tulong para mas mapadali ang kanilang produksyon. Sila ang nagtatrabaho upang tayo ay may maihapag sa kanila,” added Mayor EdSa.

The City of San Fernando is pushing for a more progressive farming industry to provide for Fernandinos and neighboring provinces as well.


City, All Set For Pyestang Fernandino [ Tuesday | 12th day of May, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando, on May 11, held a press conference regarding the preparations and activities that will be held during the Pyestang Fernandino.

This was attended by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, Chairperson of Pyestang Fernandino, Mr. Ramon Cabral Jr., Councilor Angie Hizon, and Councilor BJ Lagman, Councilor Harvey Quiwa, members of the PyestangFernandino executive committee and City Tourism and Investment Promotions Officer Ching Pangilinan.

With a theme, “Balen a Masaya, Bie Masaplala,” the city presented their calendar of activities for the celebration of the patron saint of San Fernando.

According to Pyestang Fernandino Chairperson Ramon Cabral Jr., the celebration of this event can be traced a long time ago and has been a tradition in the city.

“A Fiesta is a Filipino tradition, it is our way of thanksgiving to an abundant life. It’s a day of joy, merriment, peace as we celebrate the feast day of our saint, Saint Ferdinand of Castille,” said Cabral Jr.

Different activities are all set up for the feast, some of these are the Pyestang Fernandino Street Party and Car show, Agro-Industrial Trade Fair, Pyestang Tiangge, Flores De Mayo, Serenata at Polosa, Fernandinos Got Talent and the Mutya at Lakan ning San Fernando.

Meanwhile, City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan, during the presscon said that they are supporting the Agro-Industrial Trade Fair especially for it supports the local products of the Fernandinos.

“We have 50 distributors that will participate in our fair but we are supporting our women sectors especially those who underwent livelihood trainings and also, we are promoting the One Barangay, One Product of our city,” added Pangilinan.

For his part, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago stressed that having the Pyestang Fernandino is a way of promoting the culture and tradition of the Fernandinos.

“Bilang Kapampangan, nais natin na tayo, ang San Fernando ay maging sentro ng Kapampangan culture dito sa Pampanga, kung kaya naman taon-taon tayong nagsasagawa ng pyesta. Naipapakita natin dito ang ating paraan ng pagpapayabong ng kultura,” said Mayor EdSa.


Mayor EdSa Leads Death March Anniversary [ Monday | 13th day of April, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


World War II veterans and their families attended the 73rd anniversary of Death March held at the City Train Station on April 9.

The commemoration was lead by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, Councilor Nelson Lingat, and City Tourism and Investment Promotions Officer Ching Pangilinan.

Also present in the activity are members from the Veterans Federation of the Philippines, District Deputy Grand Master, Masonic District Region III – A, Very Worshipful Ernesto Dumas, members of Tiburcio Hilario Memorial Lodge no. 394 and Pampanga Masonic Lodge no. 48, Pedro Abad Santos Memorial Chapter – Order of Demolay, Samahan ng mga Kababaihan para sa Kaunlaran ng Santo Niño, SAFER Runners, Multi Sectoral Governance Council Executive Director Angelo David, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Amelia Julian and Department of Education – City Schools Division Principals.

According to Mayor EdSa, April 9 is an important day that created a mark on the history of Filipinos and especially to the Fernandinos, who showed courage and fought for the freedom of the country.

“Ipinagdiriwang natin ang Death March para manatili ang alaala ng mga kasamahan nating mga Pilipino na lumahok dito at tumayong simbolo ng katapangan at kagitingan,” said Mayor EdSa.

He also added that the Train Station in the city has a huge part in shaping the history of the country during World War II since this was a witness to the cruelty of the oppressors that took thousands of lives, both Filipinos and other foreign men.

For his part, SAFER Runners head, Edmundo Paez said that running from Bataan to San Fernando is a great way to show their commemoration on the day of Valor, adding, that in their own little way they could show others the importance or the goal of their run.

Meanwhile, City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan stated that they are going to include the Train Station and preserve it to become one of the tourists’ destinations promoting the rich heritage and culture of the city.

“The city was able to get funding from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone [TIEZA] to restore the Train Station. We were able to have it restored through this grant given by them. We’ve also had it marked as a historic structure by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines,” said Pangilinan.

For now the city government of San Fernando is doing everything to restore the site much more the history that lay within the walls of the San Fernando Train Station.


CSF Launches Inter-Barangay Basketball Tournament [ Wednesday | 8th day of April, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


Barangay basketball teams gather round last March 29 as the city government of San Fernando launched the Inter-Barangay Basketball Tournament at WalterMart.

Lead by city mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, Councilor Ralph Daniel Henson, Councilor Harvey Quiwa and barangay captains.

According to Committee Chairperson on Entertainment, Games and Amusement, Councilor Ralph Daniel Henson the Inter Barangay Basketball Tournament is a good starting ground to build camaraderie and sportsmanship towards other players.

He also added that this will also focus on the ability of the young Fernandinos since they will be able to enhance their skills in playing and build trust among their team.

For his part, Mayor EdSa pointed out that he wants the city to be active in all activities because he wants the city to be progressive.

“Pinalalakas natin ang sports sa ating siyudad, lalo na sa mga kabataan. Ginagawa natin ito para magkaroon sila ng hilig sa sports. Paraan natin ito para sa ating mga kabataan na magkakaisa at makipag-ugnayan sa ating gobyerno hanggang sa barangay,” said Mayor EdSa.

All 35 barangays will be joining the tournament including Northville.


Mayor EdSa Named As Most Outstanding Mayor Of PHL [ Thursday | 26th day of March, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


Mayor Edwin D. Santiago has been chosen as one of the country’s most outstanding mayor for the year 2015 by the prestigious worldwide organization Superbrands Marketing International (SMI).

The mayor personally received this recognition from the SMI officials headed by President Harry Tambuatco and Chairman Karl Maclean at Makati Sports Club last March 25.

The MOMA (Most Outstanding Mayor Award) promotes the works of the mayors for their singular or collective efforts toward nation building. SMI deemed that Mayor EdSa’s programs on social services, projects on climate change, biodiversity education, housing, peace & order, health, infrastructure, income and livelihood are worthy of the title “outstanding”.

“This award is not because of just one man, this is the result of collaborative efforts in our local government” said the mayor noting that “awards, for me, are gauges to measure how the government serves the people.”

The mayor, during his first term, created a 12-point agenda that now serves as the LGU’s springboard to the promotion of inclusive growth among Fernandinos. These sustainable development programs address the birth-to-retirement needs of the citizenry, “making the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, a livable home for everyone.”

With his stewardship, the LGU bagged its fourth most business friendly city title and was able to collect 1 billion pesos revenue without increasing taxes.

“Our battle cry Fernandino First is call for excellence. It is ever present that, when responded to, will turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, and will make possible our vision of inclusive growth for all” he furthered.

Along with Mayor Santiago in the MOMA rosters are another two mayors in Pampanga, Edgardo Pamintuan of Angeles City and Emmanuel Alejandrino of Arayat. Other awardees are Joseph Estrada of Manila, Herbert Bautista of Quezon City, Esterlina Aguinaldo of Praxedes, Cagayan Valley, Celso Dator of Lucban, Quezon, Bernard Dy of Cauayan, Isabela, Faustino Dy III of San Manuel Isabela, Napoleon Edquid of Candelaria, Zambales, Gerald Galvez, Sophia Palacio of Calatagan Batangas, Shierre Palicpic of Pagbilao, Quezon, Reynaldo Parojinog of Ozamis, Misamis Occidental, Meyanardo Sabili of Lipa, Batangas, and Ferdinand Sales of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.


CSF Launches SPES Program [ Friday | 6th day of March, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


Five hundred Fernandino students are set to become part of the city government’s workforce in line with the Special Program for the Employment of Students [SPES] under the leadership of Mayor Edwin D. Santiago.

A joint program between the city government and Department of Labor Employment, SPES aims to give employment opportunity to students. It assists poor but deserving youth intending to pursue their education by encouraging employment during summer, Christmas vacation or any time of the year for students in the tertiary, technical, or vacational level.

The program is part of the city government’s development agenda for employment dubbed as “Sapat na pangkabuhayan sa mga Fernandino tungo sa maunlad na pamumuhay.”

The first batch of these beneficiaries will start on April 6 while the second batch will be employed on May 2. They will be assigned in departments that are in line with their courses, and will receive minimum wage under the supervision of the City Employment Service Division.


Hundreds Of Fernandinos Served In CSF Serbisyong Barangay [ Friday | 6th day of March, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


More than 500 Fernandinos residing in Barangay Telebastagan benefited from the medical and dental mission held by the city government led by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago during his regular outreach mission dubbed as Serbisyong Barangay last March 6, 2015.

This is part of Mayor Santiago’s regular ‘barangayan program’ every Friday which also include services like the issuance of Fernandino Access cards, applications for Educational Scholarship Assistance Program and City College scholarship, anti-rabies vaccination, distribution of solo parent and PWD identification cards, skills registry system, issuance of senior citizen id and purchase booklet, free hair cut, manicure, massage, among others.

“Ito ay simpleng trabaho lang pero ang slogan namin ay make ordinary services extra ordinary for our constituents” he said.

Laboratory services such as fecalysis and urinalysis were also facilitated by the city’s health office represented by doctors and nurses, while senior citizens and kiddie beneficiaries also received vitamins and supplements.

“We are bringing our services right at the doorstep of our constituents said Mayor Santiago noting that “the city government, under his leadership, is doing its best to make all services more effective and more efficient.”

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