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CSF Leads Cycling Caravan [ Monday | 9th day of February, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

A cycling caravan took place last February 7 as part of Kaganapan 2015, the 14th anniversary celebration of the cityhood of San Fernando.

Led by the Kaganapan 2015 Committee under its chairperson Virgilio Cortez and the San Fernando Sports Council, the caravan covered 36 kilometers from the City Hall through all but four of the city’s barangays, up to the Heroes Hall.

“Our goal in doing this cycling caravan is to promote and make our constituents aware that cycling is the most efficient mode of transportation. It’s environment friendly and at the same time, it’s good for our health,” explained the caravan committee’s co-chairperson. Engr. Jose Diaz.

In his remarks during the opening program, Mayor Edwin Santiago said that the city has an advocacy to promote the use of bicycles in the city as an alternative mode of transportation to the jeepney which can harm the environment through its emission of smoke.

As a highlight at the start of the caravan, the mayor also declared the City of San Fernando a bicycle-friendly city, but also admitted the need for legislative support in the creation of bicycle lanes on all city roads.

He added that he intends to invite neighboring municipalities to do the same as this means a holistic approach to this program.

Different cyclist groups from all parts of San Fernando and other towns joined the caravan.

This activity of the city government is in accordance with the 12-point agenda of the Santiago administration which, among others, promotes a clean environment in the city and health and wellness among Fernandinos.

CSF Celebrates Citywide Clean Up Day [ Monday | 2nd day of February, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, together with the City Environment and Natural Resources Office [CENRO] headed the citywide clean up day on February 1.

City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, Councilor Benedict Jasper Lagman, CENRO Officer Engr. Anele David, Kaganapan 2015 Chairperson Gil Cortez and San Miguel Brewery Junior Executive Francis Sison started the program with opening remarks and the pledging of vows to protect the environment.

“Here in San Fernando, we celebrate the citywide clean up every February first, starting from Barangay Telabastagan up to Barangay Pandaras. We coordinate with every sector to help us in cleaning our city,” said Mayor Santiago.

In line with this, City Council Committee on Environment Chairman, Councilor Benedict Jasper Lagman stated that they are really sincere when it comes to promoting the welfare of the environment.

“We are practicing the RA 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act in our city, last month, we just implemented the No Plastic Ordinance and we can see that the establishments and the people are cooperating with us,” Lagman added.

Different departments from the City Government of San Fernando in cooperation with different sectors of the community took part in the cleanup day.

Mayor EdSa, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor Lagman, personally took part in the activity by sweeping the sidewalks along V. Tiomico Street, beside the wet market and back to Consunji Street.

The Citywide Clean up is just one of the activities in the upcoming celebration of the 14th Cityhood Anniversary of the City of San Fernando on February 4.

CSF Awards MRF Materials To HOAs [ Wednesday | 21st day of January, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando through its environment and natural resources office has awarded building materials for the construction of materials recovery facilities [MRF] to some 21 Homeowners Associations [HOA] in line with the celebration of the Zero Waste Month.

The awarding ceremony was headed by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with SP Committee on Environment chairman Councilor Benedict Jasper Lagman, and was witnessed by CENRO chief Engr. Anele David and some barangay officials in the city.

The recipients who were subsidized includes HOAs in St. Augustine Village, Vista Rica Subdivision, Fiesta Homes, Greenville Subdivision, Alasas Village, North Breeze Subdivision, Avida Residences, Krystal Homes, Dela Paz Sur Village 2, San Isidro Village, Holy Angel Village Phase IV, Villa Isabel 3 Subdvision, EMS Barrio, Palermo/Felman Subdivion, Villa Lourdes, Florida Residences, Lourdes Heights Subdivision, Hacienda Royale, Roseville Heights Subdivision, and Sto. Domingo Village.

This move, according to CENRO chief Engr. Anele David, is in connection with the LGU’s 12 point agenda that includes environmental protection, “Malinis na kapaligiran, Fernandinong maka-kalikasan.”

She noted that, at present, there are 170 operational MRFs in San Fernando including those who operate in all barangays of the city.

The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act or Republic Act of 9003 orders all LGUs including component cities like the City of San Fernando to decentralize garbage collections.

“We aim to have at least 250 MRF in our city; this will be managed by private individuals with just a minimal supervision from our part” added David.

With this, the city’s capita spending for garbage dramatically decreased from P70 million to just P12 million pesos or just P12-17 each Fernandino.

For his part, the mayor urged the public to “become proactive in the combat against climate change.”

“Ang isa sa mga pinag-uusapan sa buong mundo ngayon ay ang climate change, at isa sa pinaka-mabisang paraan para labanan ito ay ang proper waste disposal.” “We cannot do this alone, we need your help.”

With the establishments of MRFs, the waste diversion in the city is pegged at 73%. “Sa tamang pagse-segregate ng basura, malaki ang matitipid ng Siyudad sa pagbabayad ng tipping fee. Ang mga natipid na pondong ito ay maaari ng gamitin sa mga programa para sa edukasyon, kalusugan, at marami pang iba.”

“Kung ikaw ay magtatapon ng basura sa tamang paraan, ikaw ay nakatulong upang makapag-aral ang isang batang kapos-palad, gumaling ang may sakit; ikaw ay makakatulong hindi lang sa kapaligiran, pati na rin sa iyong kapwa.”

CSF Celebrates Zero Waste Month [ Tuesday | 6th day of January, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga through its Environment and Natural Resources Office slated the activities in line with this year’s celebration of Zero Waste Month.

During the flag raising ceremony, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, together with city department heads unveiled a calendar of events made from recyclable materials instead of a tarpaulin which is non-biodegradable.

This was witnessed by Councilors Nelson Lingat, Noel Tulabut, Harvey Quiwa, BJ Lagman, and representatives from Mother Earth Foundation.

The month-long program include events such as banning of food waste in city government buildings [January 5], awarding of materials for the construction of recovery facilities for the Home Owners Association [January 9], environmental quiz bee [January 15], participation in the 1st Philippine Zero waste fair in Quezon City Memorial Circle [January 22-24].

On January 29, the city will hold a walk for the environment which will start from McDonald’s Intersection and will end at the Heroes Hall, followed by the recognition of winners of Eco Bag making contest; and on February 1, a city-wide cleanup program will be held.

Meanwhile, Engr. Anele David reminded the public that plastic
regulation will be held every day starting January 1, 2015. “Batay sa ating ordinansa, mayroon ng bayad ang plastic sando bags para sa dry at wet goods at mahigpit na ipinagbabawal ang paggamit ng Styro sa mga produktong pagkain.”

Last year, the LGU implemented Ordinance No. 2014-008 also known as the plastic-free ordinance of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga wherein no store shall utilize or provide free plastic bags as primary and secondary packaging materials on goods to customers except those pre-packed goods by manufacturers while mandating all stores to make available for sale of reusable bags and woven bags for the purpose of carrying out goods from the point of sale.

For his part, Mayor Santiago encouraged everyone to practice proper waste segregation.

“Kung ang lahat ay mag-sesegregate ng basura, malaki ang matitipid ng siyudad sa pagbabayad ng “tipping fee” at ang pondong dapat sanang gugulin dito ay maaaring gamitin sa ibang panlipunang serbisyo gaya ng kalusugan, hanap buhay at edukasyon.”

Earlier, the City of San Fernando was recognized by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) after it topped this year’s Environmental Compliance Audit or ECA and for its environment-friendly programs and projects.

CSF Renews ISO Certification [ Tuesday | 9th day of December, 2014 | 2 years ago ]

After a successful completion of the reassessment of its quality management system, the city government of San Fernando, Pampanga has once again received an ISO seal from the Certification International (CI) Philippines for meeting customers’ needs and expectations.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin presented the certification to LGU department heads and employees during the flag raising ceremony held at the City Hall.

The certificate is valid for three years from September 19, 2014 until September 18, 2017, with the following scope: issuance of business permits; issuance of various real property documents; registration and issuance of birth, death, and marriage certificates; issuance of building and other ancillary permits, certificate of occupancy, fencing permit, sign permit, demolition permit, and small electrical permit, issuance of police clearance.

In a letter, CI Managing Director Renato V. Navarrete congratulates Mayor EdSa for the LGU’s continued use of the ISO 9001-2008 as an instrument for enhancing the competitiveness in the delivery of service. “We look forward to a strong partnership that will maximize your organization’s benefits from its certified quality management system.”

For his part, Mayor EdSa encourages city hall employees to “give more” for the Fernandino community.

“Lalo pa nating pagbutihan ang paglilingkod sa ating mga kababayan, ito ang diwa ng Fernandino First, ang magbigay ng mabuting serbisyo sa mga mamamayan.”

Notice Of Sale Of Delinquent Real Property [ Wednesday | 3rd day of December, 2014 | 2 years ago ]

The City of San Fernando (P) auction committee shall hold an auction sale of real properties with delinquent tax payments on land building and machineries at 9:00 am, on December 18, 2014, entrance lobby, Heroes Hall, San Juan, this city.

City Treasurer Mary Ann Bautista said that this auction is by virtue of the provisions of Section 260 and 263 of the Local Government Code of 1991 (RA 7160), wherein properties certified to be delinquent in the payment of real property taxes shall be put into auction to satisfy all delinquent real property taxes, penalties, and cost due thereon as of date of sale.

“All concerned taxpayers are advised to settle/update realty tax arrearages before said date to avoid inclusion of their properties” said Bautista.

The list of delinquent properties was released by the city government and can also be downloaded at its official website, and

Meanwhile, all prospective bidders are also requested to verify the properties to be bidded with the city assessor’s office and the register of deeds of Pampanga.

There will be a pre-registration of interested bidders a day before the auction sale at the city treasurer’s office where they will be assigned their permanent individual bidder’s number.

Duly authorized representatives shall be required to present a notarized special power of attorney or a secretary’s certificate and/or board resolution, in case of corporation.

Upon registration, the participants shall pay a non-refundable amount of one thousand pesos (Php 1,000.00) to cover the costs of printing, miscellaneous and other incidental expenses during the auction sale.

Duly registered participants will be given their copies of lists of properties for auction, rules, regulations and conduct of public auction and bidding form.

The properties listed are subject to changes due to settlement of the account by the Delinquent taxpayers.
For more details, please contact us thru telephone nos. (045) 961-2138 or (045) 963-5124 loc 212 or 222, or visit the city treasurer’s office, City Hall.

CSF Implements Smoke Free City Law [ Thursday | 30th day of October, 2014 | 2 years ago ]

Cigarette smoking in public places is now prohibited in this city starting today [October 30].

This was after the launching of the Smoke-Free Ordinance which prohibits the use, sale, distribution and advertisement of cigarettes, other tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes in public places, private workplaces, market, public conveyances (tricycle, bus, PUJ), parks, walkways, transport terminals, and other public facilities where crowd of people would gather.

A walk for a smoke-free city that started from Intersection, Dolores to City Hall highlighted the launching activity; this was followed by Free Zumba dance which was participated by employees, students, private individuals, and representatives from different sectors.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, for his part, said that the law is in compliance with R.A. 8749 or the Clean Air Act of 1999 which declares the right of every citizen to breathe clean air.

“Isa itong radikal na hakbang pero kailangan maipatupad para sa ating mga kababayan lalo na ang mga kabataan”.
The mayor also disclosed that he is a habitual smoker but with this ordinance he will quit smoking.

“As a leader, I must set a good example, that’s why starting today; I will quit [smoking] and I also encourage every Fernandino to stop this unhealthy habit” he said.

Councilor Celestino Dizon, chairperson of the Committee on Health and Sanitation and the author of the ordinance explained that the implementation of the law is still in its initial phase stage and shall be fully implemented after a massive information dissemination drive has been made.

However, he reminded that selling or distributing tobacco products in schools, public playgrounds or facilities frequently visited by minors, is not allowed.

“Pwede pa rin magtinda basta may layong 100 meters sa mga lugar na pinagbabawal natin, in this case, mula Intersection Dolores hanggang City Hall, bawal manigarilyo at magtinda ng sigarilyo.”
According to the ordinance, the city shall allow designated smoking areas as long as it is approved by the Health and Engineering Offices of the LGU.

A task force will also be created to aid in the implementation and enforcement of the law. They can also apprehend persons caught smoking in prohibited places.

City Of San Fernando Did It Again! CSFP Wins The 2014 Most Business-Friendly LGU Award [ Monday | 27th day of October, 2014 | 2 years ago ]

The City of San Fernando, Pampanga is once again named by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry as 2014 Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit of the country in the city level category.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago received the award from PCCI President Alfredo Yao at the 40th Philippine Business Conference and Expo in Manila Hotel which was graced by President Benigno S. Aquino III as the keynote speaker and guest of honor last Friday.

“After earning the Hall of Fame Status in 2010, we rested for three years to give way to other aspiring LGUs. Now, after a short break, we made it again” said Mayor Santiago adding that the award is a testament of the city’s collective effort to become “globally competitive” in preparation for the Association of Southeast Asians Nation’s summit to be held in the region next year.

The award showed that San Fernando excels in the fields of trade, investment, tourism and promotions, public-private partnership, inter-local government unit relations, quality management systems and innovations, and quality customer’s service.

“We maintain transparent and responsible governance, which is accountable to the people. With our fiscal discipline and streamlined internal processes, we have been attracting investors who have remained in our city.”

To date, the city government has 7 IT-enabled core processes, 27 installed application systems, 48 ISO-certified procedures that resulted a dramatic decrease in “red tape”.

“If your requirements are complete, it will only take less than 20 minutes to get your business permits in San Fernando” said Mayor Santiago.

He noted that the customer rating satisfaction for LGU services was pegged at 99.92% and capital investments in the city ran up to 57 billion pesos, owing to big-time investors like Century Properties and Ayala Land.

At present, a total of 8,293 registered businesses are operating in the city.

Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, who was also present in the awarding ceremony, said that another factor that makes investors flock in the city are legislations which grants them incentives.

“We have passed the investment-incentive code that gives tax discounts for new industries that will operate in our city.”

Witnessing the event are Councilors Harvey Quiwa, Benedict Jasper Lagman, Ayzel Macalino, City Administrator Fernando Limbitco, Human Resource Officer Rashi Yusi, Treasurer Mary Anne Bautista, Environment Officer Anele David, Engineer Efren De Leon, Information Technology Officer Dexter Dancel, Civil Defense Officer Raymond Del Rosario, Investment Promotion Officer Jeffrey Yutuc, Business and License Division Chief Joseph Garcia, Internal Control Division Chief Sharlene Bundalian, and Multi-Sectoral Governance Council Chairman Loi David.

Along with the award is a donation of a new school building for the city by PCCI.

11-more Day-care Centers In CSFP Accredited By DSWD [ Wednesday | 8th day of October, 2014 | 2 years ago ]

With eleven-more day-care centers and workers accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga guarantees the delivery of quality early childhood care and development programs to Fernandino children.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago announced the results of the accreditation during the kick-off program for the city’s observance of children’s month yesterday. These day-care centers are from Barangay Sta Teresita, San Felipe, Magliman, Dela Paz Sur, Lourdes, San Isidro, Alasas, Quebiawan, San Juan, and two from Dolores.

Of the 48 existing day care centers operated by the LGU, a total of 25 accredited day care centers are now accredited.
With this the mayor noted that, San Fernando was able to comply with DSWD standards of having at least fifty percent accredited centers. “Hopefully, all the remaining day-care centers will also be accredited by next year.”

“This is also to ensure that the educational and social welfare of toddlers are met to provide our children with the best education that our city can provide.”

Last year, 14 other day-care centers and teachers were also given accreditation.

CSF Slates Children’s Month Activities [ Tuesday | 7th day of October, 2014 | 2 years ago ]

The well-being of the Fernandino children is the focus of October as the city government here celebrates National Children’s Month with the theme, “Bata Kasali Ka, Ikaw Ay Mahalaga.”

Activities for the celebration started today as Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor Nelson G. Lingat, and members of the Local Council for the Protection of Children, unveils the calendar of activities after officiating city hall employees in donating books and old toys for daycare pupils.

On October 8, participants from the city’s 35 barangays will undergo children’s rights advocates training at the Heroes Hall while a seminar on values transformation for parents will be simultaneously held in the LGU’s 49 daycare centers.

In line with the LGU’s programs for out-of-school youth, a mural painting competition shall be held on October 10 and a seminar on stress management shall be hell on October 23.

A drug awareness seminar is also scheduled in partnership with the Department of Education on October 11. On October 14, a feeding program for street children shall be held in front of the City Hall.

San Fernando will also host Children’s Congress on October 17 and October 24 at the Mini Convention of its Heroes Hall. The culminating activity will feature a seminar on the rights of children and leadership training for students on October 29.

The celebration of national children’s month is mandated by a proclamation of then President Fidel Ramos in 1993 and the Philippine constitution, which recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building.

In his speech, Mayor Santiago stressed that he believes that “the future lies in the hands of the next generation.” “Our role is to make sure that they will be productive not only for their own growth but for the whole nation” he said.

CSF’s 2015 Local Development Fund Priorities Identified [ Monday | 29th day of September, 2014 | 2 years ago ]

To ensure sustained progress in San Fernando, the city’s Local Development Council (LDC) reconvened on September 25 at the Heroes Hall at the instance of its chairman and presiding officer Mayor Edwin D. Santiago.

Tackling the utilization of the 20% of the city’s Local Development Fund, the council has identified environmental management, social and economic development as its priorities for 2015.

Topping the list is Economic Development that includes procurement of engineering equipment, with a budget allocation of 52,200,073.20, followed by Environmental Management that was appropriated P31,750,000, and Social Development with P17,450,000.

“We are taking the initiative for the development programs of San Fernando. The city with its 35 barangays, has persisted in pursuing good governance to achieve a common goal, and that is sustainability,” said Mayor EdSa.

Also discussed were reports on disaster preparedness that falls under the Santiago administration’s 5th agenda item “Katiwasayan at seguridad ng mamamayan,mapayapang pamayanan.”

Present at the meeting were City Councilors Lito Ocampo, Noel Tulabut, BJ Lagman, Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) President Angel Wijangco, and Engr. Ferdinand Caylao who represented 3rd LDC members present were City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, Multi Sectoral Governance Council (MSGC) members, city government department/division heads and barangay officials of the city.

CSF Salutes Outstanding Employees [ Monday | 29th day of September, 2014 | 2 years ago ]

The City Government here has recognized the dedicated service rendered by its employees and officials by giving awards during the culmination of the civil service month held Monday at the City Hall.

Through its Programs on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE), the City Human Resource Management Office (CHRMO) identified 8 employees and 12 offices that rendered exemplary service to the city government and for the Fernandinos.

The awardees are divided into 7 categories and received cash prizes. This includes Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin who was given a special citation award for being named as one of the outstanding legislator recently. Also cited for individual category is Ms. Donalene Megino for joining the ranks of the top 10 agriculturist 2014. They both received P3,000.

For the group category, the LGU Internal Monitoring Team headed by Ms. Sharlene Bundalian received a total of P16,000 for being an instrument for the city government to earn the 3rd place in the 2013 Top 10 Most Competitive Cities in the Philippines, 2013 Most Successful LGU in the Institutionalization of Reforms, and 2013 Best LGU Customer Relations.

The San Fernando Rescue Team received P10,000 for bagging the Gawad Kalasag for year 2013-2014 and 11th place in Central Luzon First Aid Rescue Olympics.

The City Choir was given P8,000 for making it as 3rd runner up in Civil Service National Choral Competition.

Mr. Carlito Ong, a worker under City General Service Office, received the lifetime service award and the amount of P20,000.

The city government also gave recognitions to those employees who pursue their studies in masteral programs. Receiving P5,000 each are Rachelle Yusi, Human Resource Officer, Cristina Sangumay of CAVO, Aileen Villanueva of CSWD, and Engr. Erwin Quimabao of CEO-LBOD.

The most punctual award was given to Alex Soto of the City Administrator Office for acquiring no late and only three absences for one year.

Meanwhile, the City Schools Division get P30,000 for besting the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, Administrator Office, and CHRMO (received P5,000 each) in the Best Balance Scorecard Practitioner Category.

The CAVO agriculture division was named as the Best Group and received P25,000 surpassing the SAFRU, Mega Force, Sagip Ilog, and Composting team.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, in his speech, said that the city’s workforce is behind in the success of the LGU hence it is his job to recognized the effort of the employees by setting direction to increase the efficiency and capabilities of the human resource.