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CSF Honors Student Achievers [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga has given recognitions to Fernandino students who have distinguished themselves in different competitions held in Central Luzon.

During the Flag raising activity held at the City Hall, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago has awarded certificates of recognitions to these students who have responded to “the city’s call for excellence of turning ordinary into extraordinary.”

“This emulates our administration’s battle cry: Fernandino First! The achievements of our youth represent our efforts in the government” said Mayor Santiago.

Among the recipients are four students from the City College of San Fernando [CCSF] who bested other representatives from eleven colleges and universities in the Inter-Collegiate Quiz Bee held at the Jose Feliciano Colleges, Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga last January 29. These students are Reine David and Roger Lasi, both Education Math Major; Banjo Somera, English Education Major; and Adrian Quiambao, Bio Science Major.

Other CCSF students who received citations are Gideon Ramos, Business Administration student, for winning the second place in solo singing contest and Limarah Gutierez, Information Technology student for earning the third spot in declamation contest during the recently concluded Association of Local Colleges and Universities Region 3 Meet.

Student-athletes who bagged awards during the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association Meet 2016 were also recognized. These are [Elementary Level] Ivory Jade Guevarra, who was named as the most outstanding swimmer and a qualifier for the Palarong Pambansa 2016; Sophia Syyap, gold medalist; Allison Abilay, bronze medalist; Adrienne Elejandrino, bronze medalist; [Secondary Level] Kelly De Guzman, silver medalist; and Rolly Dela Cruz, bronze medalist.

CSF Holds 'school Presscon' [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga hosted this year’s Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) 2015 held at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center on January 7, 2016.

Thousands of campus journalists from public and private elementary and high schools in Region 3 participated in the various writing and broadcasting competitions which the city hosted for the first time

In his speech, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago expressed his view on the importance of campus journalism in achieving government transparency and accountability.

“Napakahalaga ng role ng mga educators sa paghubog ng isang mamahayag, hindi lang kakayahan ang importante kundi ang kaniyang determinasyon at ‘puso’ sa pagsusulat” he said.

The mayor underscored that media is the fourth branch of the state noting that “news media is responsible to inform the public about the dealings of the government which makes it essential to the healthy functioning of the democracy”.

Department of Education Region 3 Director Malcom S. Garma expressed his gratitude to the City Government and Mayor Santiago’s benevolence for hosting the event.

“This year’s RSPC should have been held in Aurora Province last December but because of onslaught of typhoons, we postponed it and we are very thankful to Mayor Santiago for hosting this event” he said.

The conduct of RSPC is pursuant to Republic Act No. 7079, otherwise known as the Campus Journalism Act of 1991.

CSF Commends PNP For Anti-crime Efforts [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Uplifting the morale and drive of the San Fernando PNP and Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams in performing their respective tasks, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago commended some personnel for relentless anti-crime efforts.

During the Monday Flag raising ceremony (February 15), Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, Councilor Angelica O. Hizon, Chief of Police Superintendent Jean S. Fajardo presented a city resolution giving recognitions to 25 PNP personnel for a successful police operation which resulted in the arrest of alleged drug pushers, and the seizure of shabu, drug paraphernalia and assorted firearms, hand grenades, ammunitions and cash money.

“This intensified campaign against drugs which resulted in the arrests of suspects is another major accomplishment of our PNP as they collared a group that victimizes our peace loving populace particularly our youth” said Mayor Santiago.

Vice Mayor Lazatin noted that “the PNP truly deserves the commendation and recognition especially among the duly elected leaders of the City as the chosen representative of the people in governance.”

The recipients of this commendation are PCINSP Jan Carl Nacpil Gopez, PINSP Wemerra Jean D. Saldia, PINSP Richard M. Rosario, SPO2 Honorato Oñate Maraña, SPO1 Rufino A. Peralta Jr., SPO1 Rogelio Javier, PO3 Dennis Oñate Maraña, PO3 Nida Bartolo Kabiling, PO3 Marlon Rimando Nerona, PO2 Ryan Nelson Reyes Moran, PO2 Gamaliel Tiongson Paderan, PO1 Zeus De Guzman Bugarin, PO1 Peter Latimer Asegurado Lingat, PO1 Jahnel Fajardo Chou, PO1 Dave DV Santos, PO1 Andrei Cabi Andres, PO2 Ed Millan David Panlilio, PO1 Jose Emmanuel Coteng Rivera, PO1 Joseph Pelayo Gamboa, PO1 Reny Almandres Merindo, PO1 Rhuel Arellano Salamanca, PO1 Allen Jay Simbe Solmerin, PO1 Reynaldo Asuncion Sumira Jr., and PO1 Donnielee Torres.

Six members of BPATS were also recognized for helping the PNP in different operations against robbery and theft. They are Resty Sison and Ricardo Villar of Barangay Calulut; Ricky Lapuz and Edgar Guinto of Barangay San Jose; Edwin Pineda and Ricardo Casimiro of Barangay San Pedro.

Meanwhile, Mayor Santiago also received a deed of donation of eight base radio units from Councilor Angelica O. Hizon to be used by the city police force in its operation.

CSF Commemorates Pedro Abad Santos’ 140th Birth Anniversary [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

To honor his martyrdom and heroism, the local government here, headed by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, held a wreath laying ceremony to honor its local hero Pedro Abad Santos in his 140th birth anniversary.

The ceremony was held Saturday (January 31) morning at the Heroes Hall and was accompanied with a gun salute by the local police.

The mayor said that the wreath laying was done in line with the city’s advocacy of promoting nationalism and patriotism through preservation and promotion of history and culture.

CSF Breaks Ground For Rehabilitation Of New Public Market [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The city’s New Public Market (Camarin C) in Brgy. Del Pilar is set to have a new face through an improvement, rehabilitation project to be implemented next month.

Led by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, the local government held a groundbreaking ceremony this morning in front of Camarin C building. Joining him were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Nelson Lingat, BJ Lagman, Tino Dizon and staff from the City Engineer’s Office.

City Engineer Efren De Leon said that the demolition of the existing (Camarin C) structure shall begin on March 2.

“After the demolition, the construction of the new building will immediately take place. We have provided relocation tents located within the market area for some 600 affected vendors,” he added.

As per the project’s profile, the new building will be a meter elevated compared to the previous. With a total of 3,500 square-meter floor area, the building shall have 94 fix stalls while more than 500 tables will also be allotted for small-time vendors.

For his part, Mayor Santiago stressed that the rehabilitation scheme is well-planned by various sectors and it aims to address the numerous structural damages in the market.

“We want to modernize our public markets for these symbolize the advancement of our local economy. The markets and the town proper (Poblacion) are the heart of the economy,” he explained.

The City has loaned a total of 57 million pesos from Landbank Lending Center for the implementation of the said project which is targeted to be completed on August 29, 2016.

CSF Bags 5 Health Awards From DOH [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando recently received five health awards from the Department of Health (DOH) for its massive health program during the 4th Central Luzon Excellence Award for Health held in Holiday Inn Clark, Pampanga last February 4.

DOH Regional Director IV Dr. Leonita P. Gorgolon presented to Mayor Edwin “EdSa” D. Santiago the non-communicable disease healthy lifestyle advocate award for Central Luzon, Pulang Laso excellence award for being the best LGU for innovative strategies against human immunodeficiency virus, best city epidemiology and surveillance unit, most organized health emergency and disaster response activity with functional health emergency management staff unit, and Region 3’s outstanding blood program implementer.

“All these awards came from the hard work of our health workers in the city, my role in this is to support them but they are the ones who are implementing it and I laud them for a job well done said Mayor Santiago.

He added that these awards only show that the city is really serious in its health program and that even the DOH has taken notice already.

The mayor also underscored that recognitions and achievements are not just honors but are gauges on how the government serves the people.

Under the EdSa administration, the city government uses a 12-point agenda as springboard to the promotion of inclusive growth among Fernandinos. These sustainable development programs address the birth-to-retirement needs of the citizenry which include health programs dubbed as “Epektibong programang pangkalusugan, produktibong mamamayan.”

Color Run Illuminates San Fernando [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Different and vibrant colors filled the morning of Fernandino runners as the second Rainbow Fun Run in the City of San Fernando was held.

Hundreds of participants coming various groups registered for the 3 and 5 kilometers categories to experience a unique and fun-filled activity anchored on healthy living.

During his welcome remarks, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago announced his will to support this kind of activity since this is also a way to promote health and wellness in the city as stated in his 12 point agenda which include health programs dubbed as “Epektibong programang pangkalusugan, produktibong mamamayan.”

This year’s winners are: (3k male category) Michael Canlas, 1st place; Reymart Songco, 2nd place; Jerry Vergara, 3rd place; (3k female category) Cherry Ancheta, 1st place; Athena Sahi, 2nd place; Marie Laylay, 3rd place; (5k male category) Redentor Salas, 1st place; Jomari Punay, 2nd place, Jovy Villagamas, 3rd place; (5k female category) Bernadette Dizon, 1st place; Emma David, 2nd place; Karen Guevarra, 3rd place.

The activity is in line with the celebration of the city’s 15th anniversary dubbed as Kaganpan 2016.
Also present in the program were Councilors Harvey Quiwa and Jacklyn Calimlim.

CSF Holds Second Barangay Fire Olympics [ Tuesday | 5th day of April, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

In case of fire and related emergencies in our barangay, are we ready?

The local government here in coordination with the Bureau of Fire Protection conducted today the 2nd City of San Fernando Fire Olympics to strengthen the capabilities of barangay fire brigades.

Held at the Heroes Hall, the event tested the fire response skills of this city’s barangays. Participants competed in drills set by BFP on modified rescue and transfer relay; modified bucket relay; and modified flammable liquid fire extinguishments.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that updating the capabilities of barangay personnel is very important since they are part of the first line of defense of the local government during emergencies.

“We trained our barangay to become prepared because they are often the first ones to help each other before rescuers can come to their aid” he added.

The mayor underscored the need to keep improving and refining techniques to adapt to worst-case scenarios.

The barangay fire brigade from Barangay Sta. Lucia was crowned the grand champion, followed by Del Rosario, 1st Runner up, and Sindalan and Telebastagan, tied at 3rd place.

CSFP's Go-Bag Mobile Application Launched [ Friday | 22nd day of January, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

CSFP's Go-Bag Mobile Application was successfully launched and is now available at Google Playstore. Android mobile phone users can download and enjoy what this mobile app has to offer.

As part of our commitment to build a disaster-resilient City,
the Management Information Technology Division together with the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga launched a mobile application named Go-Bag!

Go-bag is a kit which contains basic materials and life saving measures that can be used whenever families have NO access to basic goods because of a disaster or an emergency. It can provide the needs of a family for the first 72 hours.

Go-Bag mobile application is packed with these special features:
* Push Notification
- Receive important notification straight to your mobile phone for important news, events and announcements such as class suspension, storm signals, flooded areas, traffic updates, etc.
* How safe is your house?
- Self-check for Earthquake Safety of Concrete Hollow Block (CHB) Houses in the Philippines
* Important Reminders
- Reminders what to do in case of Earthquakes, Typhoons, Floods and Fire
* Emergency Hotlines
- Have instant access to emergency hotlines such as CDRRMD, SAFRU and PNP and can call directly thru your mobile phone

But wait! There's MORE! You can enjoy its thrilling game wherein you collect all materials that Go-Bag should contain and watch out for the wrong one! Get your highest score and share it to facebook, gmail, SMS and twitter with a hashtag of #gobag and #gobagpoints

DOWNLOAD, PLAY and SHARE your Go-Bag points NOW!

Children's Month Activities Slated [ Thursday | 5th day of November, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

With the theme “Pamahalaan at Komunidad Sama-samang itaguyod Kaligtasan ng Batang Fernandino,” activities for child protection and rights fill the month of November, spearheaded by the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) chaired by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago and the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).
On November 2, the “Share a Joy and Donate a Toy“ scheme in offices of the city government started to benefit day care children.

In partnership of the provincial government, the city shall launch provincial children’s congress at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center on November 12.

Delegates from this LGU shall participate on the regional children’s congress in Angeles City while a feeding program and health education seminar shall be simultaneously held to street dwellers on November 17.
Officers of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children will have a capability building seminar in Magalang, Pampanga on November 19 to 20.

Day care students are set to attend a Camp Bulilit Program at the Heroes Hall on November 23. On the other hand, a forum for out of school youth is scheduled on the following day (November 24).
Meanwhile, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago will deliver his state of the children’s report during the LGU’s 2nd Children's Summit on November 26.

To cap the month-long celebration, a seminar on proper nutrition shall be launched followed by a supplemental feeding program on November 27.

Previously, the children’s month is observed during October but because of Republic Act 10661 signed by President Aquino, November was declared as the National Children’s Month starting this year.

CSF All Set For Undas 2015 [ Friday | 30th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando is all set for the observance of Undas or the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days on November 1 and 2, respectively.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said some departments of the local government have been given separate tasks to provide security and convenience to those who will visit departed loved ones in cemeteries and prevent any untoward incident or accident from taking place.

“Every year, we always prepare for this day. We will do our best to make sure nothing untoward happens during this day,” Santiago said.

The mayor also warned that liquor ban in cemeteries will be strictly enforced and that the possession of deadly weapons will be penalized.

The city will ensure these primary functions: round-the-clock security, medical service and traffic assistance. There will be helpdesks and first-aid tents ready to provide information and medical assistance to the public in the city’s more than 10 cemeteries.

Aside from members of the City of San Fernando Police, all personnel from the Traffic Management Division [TMD], San Fernando Rescue Unit [SAFRU], City Marshals Unit, and some volunteers will be deployed to ensure peace and order within the vicinities of cemeteries and provide assistance to any assistance to visitors.

TMD chief Renato Pineda advised the public about the traffic rerouting scheme on November 1. “Magiging one-way ang portion ng Mc Arthur Highway Intersection (Dolores) patungong Jose B. Lingad Hospital at kabayanan, tanging mga light vehicles lang ang makakadaan dito. Kung magmumula ka naman ng City Hall, maaring gamitin ang St. Dominic Corinthian road palabas ng Jose Abad Santos Avenue.”

He noted that the city will limit vehicles passing along General Hizon avenue in Barangay Sto. Rosario. “Pwede nilang gamitin ang mga barangay roads gaya ng sa Del Pilar. Marami tayong ilalagay na directional signs para hindi malito ang mga byahero.”

A clearing and road maintenance operation shall be conducted starting October 31 on entrances and exits in order to avoid traffic.

Likewise, a Motorist Assistance Centers along major thoroughfares including JASA will be manned by city personnel.

First Negosyo Center In Pampanga Opens In CSF [ Thursday | 29th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

It’s all systems go for the first-ever Negosyo Center in Pampanga after the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of San Fernando launched the facility October 28 at the old DFA building in the City of San Fernando.

“Today’s launching is very timely as San Fernando was just awarded as the Most Business-Friendly LGU. No doubt this Negosyo Center is bound to be successful,” said City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago during his speech at the launching.

He added that the center will boost the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

On the other hand, DTI Assistant Secretary Blesila Lantayona commended the city for its support.

“From my experience in Region III, specifically in Pampanga, I laud the LGU of San Fernando and the private sector’s effort on such endeavor,” said Asec. Lantayona.

To further strengthen their working ties, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the LGU and DTI was inked by Mayor EdSa and DTI Pampanga Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio, with the participation of Pampanga Chamber of Commerce (PAMCHAM) president Jess Nicdao and SMED Council Chairperson Teresa David-Carlos.

A wall of pledge was also signed by the officials as a symbol of unity, solidarity and commitment.

The Negosyo Center is a one-stop-shop where doing business is made easy particularly for MSMEs within an area. To date, there are 89 such centers in the country, with six in Central Luzon and five set to be launched.

Such centers are provided for under Republic Act No. 10644 or the “Go Negosyo Act” authored by Senator BAM Aquino that seeks to strengthen (MSMEs) to create more job opportunities in the country.

Present at the event were Congressman Oca Rodriguez, City Councilors Nelson Lingat, Harvey Quiwa, Ayzel Macalino and Jacklyn Calimlim, Pampanga 2nd District Board Member Anthony Torres, Luke Buniel of the Office of Senator BAM Aquino and DTI Region III Director Judith Angeles.

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