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Senior Citizens Get Free Movies In CSF [ Wednesday | 9th day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


Mayor Edwin Santiago led the launching of “Libreng Sine Para sa Senior Citizens”, the program that gives free movie privilege for elderly Fernandinos in any movie houses of malls located at the city.

During the program that were simultaneously held at SM Downtown, SM Pampanga, and Robinsons Starmills, the mayor cheered the participants saying that senior citizens in San Fernando are “in good hands and all social programs of the city are implemented as the city government’s way of showing gratitude and love our elders.”

“Looking at the happy faces of our parents makes my day, they deserve all the privileges and benefits we are giving” said Santiago.

“As of now, we have 23,000 registered senior citizens and we are in close coordination with them”.

He also announced that the city will soon acquire a service vehicle for the use of the city’s office of senior citizen’s affair.

“Napakasaya namin dahil ramdam namin na importante kami kahit matanda na kami” said Rogellio Santos, 70 years, a residente of Barangay Dolores.

Also present at the launching rites are Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Nelson Lingat, Jacklyn Calimlim, BJ Lagman, and Harvey Quiwa.

Councilor Quiwa, who sponsored the ordinance in accordance with the Senior Citizens Act, said that the activity is a joint effort between the city government and private sectors “to provide efficient services to the people”.

Vice Mayor Lazatin echoed this explaining that the city council “unanimously” approved the ordinance. “We give our full support to the mayor particularly in programs that benefit our elderly constituents.”

The senior moviegoers would just have to present their senior citizen’s card or Fernandino access card to watch any movie of their choice every Monday.


CSF Joins Nutrition Month Celebration [ Tuesday | 8th day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


The City Government here through the City Health Office has lined up several activities for this year’s Nutrition Month celebration.

With the theme, “Kalamidad Paghandaan, Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan”, the month-long celebration will highlight activities that give emphasis on the importance of nutrition during calamities and disasters.

“Health is a major component of emergency preparedness, it is important that while we focus in disaster preparedness, we fight malnutrition particularly among infants, children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, and older persons” said Mayor Edwin D. Santiago during the unveiling of the calendar of activities held during Monday flag raising program last July 7.

City health officer Eloisa Aquino, for her part, reported that a citywide supplemental feeding program will be launched on some areas that have high malnutrition rates. “From July to December, we will monitor their health conditions.”

Other highlights during the month of July includes: interactive lecture on nutrition program for families of nutritionally depressed barangay and lecture-demo on urban gardening from July 7-16, nutrition program management seminar on July 9-11, nutrition emergency orientation seminar on July 15-23, little doctors and nurses training on July 21-29, and basic support seminar for organized women on july 22-30.

The city will also start its six-month-long supplemental program for pregnant women this month.

Nutrition Month is observed every July of each year pursuant to Presidential Decree 491, in a bid to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.


EdSa Launches Taskforce Kaayusan Para Sa Kaunlaran [ Tuesday | 8th day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


Mayor Edwin Santiago announced the creation of Taskforce Kaayusan para sa Kaunlaran [TKPK], the city’s newest team that will maintain the cleanliness and orderliness along the city’s major thoroughfares last July 7.

“Ang grupong ito ang titiyak na malinis ang ating mga kalsada, trabaho din nila sigurin na lahat ng ating mga batas ukol sa kalinisan at kapaligiran ay naipapatupad” said Santiago.

The mayor said the taskforce duties and responsibilities are to discuss issues concerning the San Fernando’s main roads and waterways, formulation of a master plan for future development like road widening project, greening and traffic re-routing scheme.

TKPK shall convene on a monthly basis and report to the local chief executive on their accomplishments. It will be composed of city hall offices such as City Planning and Development Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, City General Services Office, City Engineer Office, City Agriculture and Veterinary Office, City Marshalls, Philippine National Police, City Health Office, Traffic Management Division, City Assessor’s Office, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Association of Barangay Captains, Multi-Sectoral Governance Council, Department of Public Safety & Order, Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Environment.


CSF Distributes Educational Assistance To 2,000 Students [ Monday | 7th day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


More than 2,000 Fernandino students received grants for their college education from Mayor Edwin Santiago during the distribution of Educational Scholarship Assistance Program [ESAP] held at Heroes Hall on July 7.

“This is in line with our desire to give as many young Fernandinos as possible the opportunity to experience quality education” said Santiago.

The mayor explained that depending on their economic status, student-recipients may receive three to five thousand pesos as subsidy per academic year which will be awarded directly to their schools.

However, the qualified student must maintain a grade of 80% for general weighted mean and must voluntarily undertake and participate in at least one community service sponsored by the city government.

“We must instill sense of responsibility to our children especially to our scholars” said Santiago noting that one of his advocacy is to ensure that “every Fernandino graduate will choose to work in San Fernando instead of looking for greener pasture abroad.”


JobStart PHL In San Fernando Starts July 8 [ Friday | 4th day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) and the City Government of San Fernando are inviting young Fernandinos aged 18 to 24 years old to participate in JobStart Philippines program at Waltermart Mall on July 8 to 16.

JobStart, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Canada, is a program aimed to assist unemployed youth in looking for decent jobs through lectures on career decisions, technical and life skills, among others.

"This supports the priority agenda of the city government which is employment generation. We feel very lucky that the City of San Fernando has been chosen as one of the pilot LGUs for JobStart," said San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago.

The mayor said it complements the initiative of the City Government for attracting investments as it prepares "inexperienced young Fernandinos" become job-ready.

This will open 360 positions for Fernandino youth as they receive seminars on enhanced career guidance, knowledge on labor market information, as well as life skills training. Afterwards, they will be referred to potential employers for technical training and internships.

The success of the pilot strategies could translate to JobStart services for all San Fernando constituents in the future.

"This project enables the Dole to partner with employers through a training internship of up to six months. Employers who participate in the program will receive funding support, in return for taking on high school or college graduates as interns for up to six months," said Dominique R. Tutay, Director of the DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment. “They will devise, implement, and monitor implementation of their training plans for the youth as part of the partnership.”

Under the program, the youth beneficiaries will receive stipends during training and at least 75 percent of the minimum wage from the employers during internship.

To qualify, applicants need to be between 18-24 years old, at least a high school graduate (and may include college graduates and undergrads); have no job experience or have not more than one year of experience; currently not in employment, nor enrolled in school or in any training, and actively seeking employment.

Applicants are also encouraged to bring their valid IDs and copies of their latest school transcripts or training certificates and register at Waltermart Mall.

Queries on the JobStart registration can be addressed by calling the San Fernando Public Employment Service Office (Peso) through its manager, Donny M. Sayre at (045) 961 6601 or via email pesocsf@gmail.com.


CSF Celebrates Disaster Consciousness Month [ Tuesday | 1st day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


With July as National Disaster Consciousness Month, San Fernando Mayor Edwin D. Santiago today highlighted the month-long celebration by unveiling the city government's program of activities during the Monday flag ceremony at the City Hall.

This year, the theme "Kahandaan at Kaligtasan ng Pamayanan, Pundasyon ng Kaunlaran" will guide the conduct of the activities aimed to promote public awareness on natural hazards and disseminate information on the steps to be undertaken to mitigate the adverse effects of such hazards.

A thanksgiving Mass at the Heroes Hall followed by a motorcade around the city proper will serve to drum up public awareness and support to the importance of disaster risk reduction and sustainable development for the Fernandino. Expected to attend are representatives of national agencies and various organizations from the private and public sectors, among others.

A seminar on how to use practical tools to determine the vulnerability of residential structures will be conducted by San Fernando’s Risk Reduction and Management Office on July 2.

A poster-making competition which will highlight the creativity of young Fernandinos is scheduled on July 8.

On July 10, several volunteers from the city’s 35 barangays are expected to finish their rescue training.

Also, the city was invited to participate in the 11th Central Luzon First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated external Defribillator Olympics in Bulacan.

On July 27, a fun-run with distance categories of 3, 5, and 10 kilometers will start at the Heroes Hall, simultaneous with an open house exhibit of the San Fernando’s Heritage District.

Scheduled to cap the celebration on July 30 is a Kapihan ng Mamamayan in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency.


CSF Recognizes Waste Segregation Champ [ Friday | 27th day of June, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga has given recognition to villages that have shown best practices on garbage segregation during the search for model barangay on ecological solid waste management program held at Heroes Hall last June 26.

According to Environment and Natural Resources officer Engr. Anelle David, San Fernando is one of the LGUs that strictly comply with R.A. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

“By complying with this law, we are able to divert our waste to 59% biodegradable materials from a mere of 12% back in 2002, and this was made possible through the participation of our barangay, thus we are recognizing their efforts” said David.

She noted that having a Material Recovery Facility is a criterion to adjudge the winners.

For the large population category, two consecutive year champion Barangay Maimpis was able to best again other contenders, making it the first hall of fame awardee, followed by Telebastagan, and Sta. Lucia for the second and third place. While for the small population category, a new champion emerged, Barangay Alasas, followed by Dela Paz Sur, and Juliana respectively.

For his part, Mayor Edwin Santiago said that his administration prioritizes programs that promote environmental protection such as waste segregation.

“I am happy to know that down to the barangay level, we are able to instill in the minds of Fernandinos the importance of taking care of our environment” said Santiago underscoring the activity is an example of citizen participation in government.”

“Garbage is a major concern for all of us, even in foreign countries, the only way to solve this is we [government officials] empower stakeholders to help us solve this problem” he added.

He disclosed that the city government is providing as much as P150,000 to its barangay as subsidy for the construction of MRF.

Cash prizes were also given to winners, P15,000 for the first place, P10,000 for the second place and P5,000 for the third place.

“This is an additional assistance for the maintenance of their MRF” said Santiago.


Mayor EdSa Convenes Local Development Council [ Friday | 27th day of June, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


Mayor Edwin Santiago convened the San Fernando's Local Development Council recently to study the city's annual investment program for 2015.

The meeting which was held at the Heroes Hall last June 24 was attended by the Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, barangay officials, city department heads, representatives from various organizations including private and public sector, among others.

The law states every LGU such as San Fernando must implement projects and program under three sectors such as general public services, economic services, and social services.

“At this early we must identify the projects and programs for 2015 so that we can plan and give budget for them” said Santiago.

Among the projects discussed were maintenance of peace and order, traffic enforcement, strengthening the education sector, health and public services, barangay empowerment, improvements of roads and bridges, flood control schemes, and programs that will boost economic activity in the city.


CSF Celebrates Arbor Day [ Friday | 27th day of June, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


Mayor Edwin Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin headed the simultaneous city wide tree planting activity in celebration of Arbor Day last June 25.

According to City Environment and Natural Resources officer Engr. Anelle David, more than 700 mahogany trees were planted in the 35 barangays of the city.

“We will not stop here, our aim is not just to plant trees but to grow them said David explaining that the city government will regularly monitor the growth of the planted seedlings.

Mayor Santiago, for his part, bared his plan of making the city’s 16 hectare material recovery facility located in Barangay Lara as an eco-park for tourists.

“This is the first step of rehabilitating this place that used to be a dumpsite, in the near future this will be a model park to prove that development can be achieved without sacrificing the environment” said Santiago.


CSF Promotes Biking For Clean Air [ Monday | 23rd day of June, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


Mayor Edwin D. Santiago over the weekend said that the city government will be promoting the use of bicycle as a means of transportation in a bid to combat climate change and keep the air clean.

This was stated during a cycling caravan and fun run which was sponsored by the LGU with the help of Walter Mart last June 21. The event was participated by more than two hundred bike enthusiasts and runners coming from the city and nearby areas.

“Naniniwala tayo na ang pagbibisikleta ang pinaka-episyenteng paraan ng transportasyon at kung mahihikayat natin ang ating mga kababayan, mababawasan ang mabigat na daloy ng trapiko, at maisasalba ang kalikasan” said Santiago.

He disclosed that in order to realize this dream of making San Fernando as the “most bicycle friendly community”, his administration requested assistance from the central government in putting up a “bicycle lane” in the city’s major thoroughfare.

By doing this, Santiago underscored, the city is gearing up in becoming the most livable place where development is achieved without sacrificing the environment.

The mayor noted that such initiatives are not exactly unheard of, in fact, non-motorized travel has been integrated in the road systems of foreign countries.

He also urged the public to explore more options and choose the best alternatives of transportation saying that “this program will not only alleviate environmental concerns, but it will also promote a healthier regimen for the Fernandinos.


EdSa Celebrates Natal Day Through Public Service [ Monday | 23rd day of June, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


Instead of extravagant and flashy celebration, Mayor Edwin Santiago chose to spent his natal day by outpouring social programs of the city government to hundreds of Fernandinos last June 21.

The mayor led the city’s health team composed of doctors, nurses, midwives, health workers and volunteers in conducting medical and dental services to residents of Barangay San Pedro Cutud, the community where Santiago grew up.

“Ang kaarawan ay isang pasasalamat, sa Panginoon, sa mga kasama sa buhay, hindi kailangan ng magarbong pagdiriwang para dito” said Santiago.

He noted that as a public servant he is happy to be in service of the Fernandino community during his very special day.

“Masaya ako dahil kasama ko ang aking mga katrabaho sa paglilingkod sa aking mga kababayan” added Santiago.

Included in the highlight of the immersion was the giving of anti-pneumonia vaccine shots to hundreds of elderly, dental check-ups and operations to children, medical consultations to pregnant women, giving of vitamins and supplements to the sick, and many more.

Santiago also reported that the support for the city’s rural health units will be intensified so that Fernandinos will no longer have to go to private hospitals and pay for medical fees.

“Palalakasin natin ang mga rural health units at mga birthing stations upang matugunan ang mga pangangailangan medikal ng lahat” he said.

He also disclosed that the Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office manifested its interest to open a satellite office in San Fernando to help in providing the medical needs of the poor.

To cap the event, residents received their Fernandino cards, the all-in-one access cards for the services offered by the city government.


PCSO Distributes Medical Equipment To All CSF Barangays [ Monday | 23rd day of June, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, during his weekly Talakayan at Kapihan sa Barangay on June 19 in Brgy. Sindalan, was handed loads of medical equipment from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office by one of its directors, Atty. Aleta Tolentino.

“Our city is very fortunate because it’s not everyday that we get a visit from PCSO. They bring their services down to the barangays as what my administration has been doing,” said Mayor Santiago.

The mayor, whose birthday falls on June 21, said that he no longer yearns for personal gifts but only desires continuous relay of good public service to all Fernandinos.

Also present were the 35 barangay captains of the city who received medical equipment for their health centers. These included nebulizers, blood pressure monitors and wheel chairs.

“As your fellow Kapampangan, it’s good to be back here but it’s nicer to see good developments in San Fernando. In PCSO, under the administration of our President Noynoy Aquino, the programs are also allotted to the barangays,” said Atty. Tolentino.

The Talakayan at Kapihan sa Barangay was launched to focus more on the needs of the 35 barangays of the city.

The program was followed by a medical and dental mission, in coordination with City Health Office.

A ceremonial distribution of PhilHealth cards also took place to signify imminent coverage of residents of Barangay Sindalan.