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DILG, DOST, DTI Laud CSF’s E-Governance [ Monday | 23rd day of June, 2014 | 3 years ago ]
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Department of Industry (DTI) cited the city government of San Fernando as one of the local government units (LGU) ready to embrace the automation scheme for business permits and licensing system.
During the forum “Innovation and Connectivity through Technology” held June 17 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Manila, DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero with DTI Undersecretary Nora Terrado awarded the plaque of citation to the LGU in recognition of the city's compliance with the standards for processing business permits.
Receiving the award were Executive Assistant and Information Officer Michael Sicat and Business License and Permits Division chief Joseph Garcia.
“The automation of business registration processes will build the capacities of local governments and will make the services of government more efficient comparable (to) other Asian countries” said Panadero.
In San Fernando, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago believes that the holistic approach to governance is a key ingredient in earning national recognition, resulting to numerous awards including the hall of fame award given San Fernando for being one of the Most Business Friendly Local Government Units in the country.
“Aside from making our services faster, embracing technology [e-governance] will cut the red tape, attract more businesses and make our LGU more competitive and business-friendly,” the mayor said.
To date, San Fernando was able to fast track its services on the issuance of business permits. What used to be a week-long process, securing a permit in the city now takes only twenty minutes.
“This is also a way of promoting transparency in government” added Santiago, explaining that all transactions made by the city government are shown on its official website at www.cityofsanfernando.gov.ph.
Business application forms of the city were also made downloadable, as with the full disclosure report of the city government. The city hall is also complying with ISO 9001:2008 standards, making the city a prime spot for business.
CSF Deploys “Kawal Ng Kalikasan” [ Tuesday | 17th day of June, 2014 | 3 years ago ]
In a bid to promote environmental protection and awareness, the city government here will deploy volunteers who will serve the public as “Kawal ng Kalikasan”.
In line with this, the San Fernando Environment and Natural Resources Office headed by newly-installed Engr. Anele Culala held a symposium on environmental laws and enforcement at the Heroes Hall on June 16. This was attended by almost 100 volunteers coming from the barangay level, civic organizations, personnel from PNP, among others.
“We will train these volunteers to become Kawal ng kalikasan or Soldiers of the Environment, they will be deputized and given the authority to uphold city’s ordinances on environment” said Culala.
She disclosed that the corps of soldiers will assist in the implementation of the R.A. 9003 or commonly known as the ecological solid waste management act of 2000.
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that this project will boost environmental programs because of the participation of the city’s 35 barangays
“Ang lahat ng programa, lalo na ang mga pang-kalikasan, ay magiging epektibo kung uumpisahan sa ating mga barangay” said Santiago.
The mayor also bared his dream of making the component city as the most livable community by embracing both development and environmental protection at the same time.
“Kasabay ng progreso at kaunlaran, magpapatupad tayo ng mga programa na magpapanatili sa ganda ng ating kaliksan” he said.
CSF Convenes LEDAC [ Friday | 13th day of June, 2014 | 3 years ago ]
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago convened recently the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) to study the city’s legislative agenda and ensure that programs implemented are consistently promoting inclusive development.
In a four day conference held at Hotel Patio Pacifico Boracay Malay Aklan held June 4-7, Mayor Santiago who also chairs the LEDAC discussed the programs of his administration with the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and the city department heads.
The conference is also a tool to harmonize and strengthen the working relationship of the legislative and executive branches of the city government and a strategy in enhancing development management and administration especially in the implementation and fund prioritization of plans, programs and projects.
From the period of July 2013 to May 2014, a total of 183 city resolutions and 23 city ordinances were passed through LEDAC.
Some of these notable legislations includes the stockpiling of rice in preparation for calamities, creation of disaster management plan, CSFP ecological solid waste management program phase II, implementation of Jobstart Philippines program, ratification of reproductive health care and wellness clinic, breastfeeding station, ordinances regulating the use of headsets, earphones, earplugs and other similar gadgets while driving, crossing the streets, or when operating motorized vehicles, or tools or equipment, free parking spaces for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWD’s), “Tree Planting Ordinance”, free movies for Senior Citizens in all cinemas operating in the city, among others.
A handful proposed legislations were also discussed such as public-private ordinance, extensive training to all barangay tanods, use of speed gun along McArthur Highway, E-scholar program, City Wide Waterways Clean-Up Month, rehabilitation of the two public markets, monitoring of internet service providers, barangay revenue code, among others.
As the consultative and advisory body of the city government, LEDAC helps in addressing issues and concerns on San Fernando’s development plans and its implementation.
Independence Day In CSF Shines Despite Weather [ Friday | 13th day of June, 2014 | 3 years ago ]
Despite the gloomy weather yesterday, the City Government here led by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago commemorated the 116th Independence Day with a program attended by at least five thousand Fernandinos coming from all walks of life.
For the opening act, Mayor Santiago together with city officials and employees conducted a wreath laying ceremony for the monuments of both national and local heroes erected at the Heroes Hall compound. This was witnessed by attendees coming from a cross-section of society including government officials, military and police personnel, students, private sector representatives, among others.
In his speech, the mayor stressed the importance of remembering the sacrifices of our fallen heroes saying that “it is our duty to protect their gift [freedom] to us”.
He also encouraged the public especially the youth sector to “emulate the lives of our forefathers and keep the spirit of nationalism alive.”
He also underscored that in modern times the “spirit of independence” can be measured through social economic status.
“Sa panahon ngayon hindi ka malaya kung ikaw ay nahihirapan kaya naman kasabay ng pagpapahalaga natin sa ating Kalayaan ay ang mga programa at proyekto para sa ating mga mamamayan” said Santiago.
The program also highlighted a inspirational talk from Alex Lacson, a Filipino lawyer, author, lecturer, philanthropist and politician best known as the author of “12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help Our Country.”
In an interview, Lacson thanked the city government for showing its love for the country remarking that “good governance is reflected through private sector’s participation in government endeavors which is very evident in San Fernando.”
CSF Supports ‘walk Caravan’ To Enlist Voters [ Thursday | 29th day of May, 2014 | 3 years ago ]
The City Government here led by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago welcomed yesterday the participants of “Walka-walka”, a walk caravan launched by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to raise public awareness on the need for voters to register under a new biometrics system.
The caravan is headed by Comelec spokesman James Jimenez together Region 3 Director Atty. Temmie Lambino along with the staff of the agency. Its objective is to entice voters to visit their nearest Comelec office, it started from the northern part of Luzon and will end at the southern tip of the island.
According to Jimenez, 14 percent of 53 million registered voters or 9.6 million people do not have prescribed biometrics record and they stand to be disenfranchised in the May 2016 election while the list not yet finalized, in San Fernando, the voting population from its 35 barangays has reached 94,021 as of 2013.
Mayor Santiago vowed to strongly support the program by conducting massive information campaign to help people get their records straightened out so they can vote in the next election.
“Ang pagboto ay karapatan nating lahat, kaya kailangan ibigay natin ito sa ating mga kababayan” said the Mayor underscoring that the LGU will help Comelec in establishing satellite registration centers, especially in the remote areas.
“We will also assist in informing the public of the date of registrations so that voters who are still not enrolled in biometrics system can have their pictures, signature and fingerprints taken” added Mayor Santiago.
The registration period for the May 2016 elections has started on May 6, 2014 and last until October 31, 2015, most of the 9.6 million voters without biometrics records were in Region IV-A, Region III and the National Capital Region.
The voters who failed to vote in the last two consecutive elections have been removed from the list of registered voters and they must register anew to vote in 2016.
The Walka-walka will continue from Bicol to Visayas in September and then to Mindanao in December.
CSF Observes “Araw Ng Watawat” [ Thursday | 29th day of May, 2014 | 3 years ago ]
The City of San Fernando started its observance of National Flag Day on May 28 with a program that was attended by a cross-section of Fernandino society including local government officials, and private sector representatives.
In his speech, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago highlighted the importance of barangay-based governance as a manifestation of “the spirit of heroism which was once showed by our forefathers during the Battle of Alapan in Cavite.”
“We are pouring all the efforts of our administration, through social programs and services, on the barangay level so that Fernandinos will immediately feel the presence of the city government,” said Mayor EdSa.
Before leading the ceremonial turnover of the flag to Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Jim Jimenez, the mayor also encouraged Fernandinos, especially those in the private sector, to be involved with his administration. Their participation in governance is an indication of an efficient and effective government.
As part of the program, the Salute to the Flag was rendered by Bro. Jocel Dimalanta of Tiburcio Hilario Memorial Lodge 394.
Flags were also symbolically distributed to barangay and school officials by Mayor EdSa, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Pyestang Fernandino 2014 Chairman Felix Paras, and National Flag Day Chairperson and City Councilot Nelson Lingat.
Mayor EdSa has encouraged every Fernandino to display the Philippine flag in all offices and private residences as a sign of unity with the nation in this celebration that will culminate on Philippine Independence Day on June 12.
The National Flag Day Kickoff Program is part of the activities that the Fiesta Executive Committee composed of private citizens and city hall officials, has lined up for Pyestang Fernandino 2014.
“Cultural Heritage Preservation, A Tool For Progress” -- Mayor EdSa [ Monday | 26th day of May, 2014 | 3 years ago ]
Preserving San Fernando’s rich cultural heritage will help propel it towards its vision of becoming a more progressive and developed “investment hub” in the region.
This was stated by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago during the opening of Pyesta Kultura Kapampangan, the first-ever exhibition of Kapampangan culture featuring trade fairs, local cuisine and arts, traditional games, cultural performances, and opening of selected heritage houses in the Heritage District along Consunji Street in the city proper.
The mayor also bared the plan of his administration to turn San Fernando into a “family-oriented tourist destination” and the “number one choice” for rest and recreational activities north of Metro Manila.
“This activity is just a kick-off for something greater” said Mayor EdSa, explaining that because of its proximity to the airport in Clark and the seaport in Subic, the city has caught the eye of foreign and local investors.
“Of course we are making sure that we are prepared for this through our infrastructure projects and social programs, but what is important is that we preserve our local traditions that will show everyone who we are and how great Fernandinos are” he added.
CYCLING FOR COINS [ Monday | 26th day of May, 2014 | 3 years ago ]
Reviving in the Filipino consciousness the importance of coin circulation while advocating for a healthy and active lifestyle, the Bangko Central ng Pilipinas (BSP), in cooperation with the City Government of San Fernando, conducted last May 24 a “Bisikleta para sa Barya: Cycling Caravan”.
A total of 671 cyclists registered for the 35-kilometer event to help the city alleviate the shortage of coins.
The bike for a cause, as part of Pyestang Fernandino 2014, was graced by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago who highlighted in his speech the city’s continuous plans for cyclists.
“We have always wanted to be the most bicycle-friendly city. As the mayor, I yearn for the security of all cyclists within the city and so the city government will be providing bicycle lanes starting this June,” he said.
The registration fee of P150 per participant was paid in one-peso coins and less, as the activity was also promoted as Cycling for Charity and Coin Re-circulation Program.
The bike run began at the BSP San Fernando Branch in Sindalan and ended up at Robinsons Starmills, Pampanga where cycling caravan chairperson Engr. Ferdinand Caylao turned over the certificates of participation to the bikers and cyclists’ association members.
On hand to render full support to the caravan were Pyestang Fernandino 2014 Chairperson Felix Paras and the BSP staff led by Deputy Director Atty. Tomas Cariño.
Elderly Fernandinos Get Free Vaccines [ Friday | 23rd day of May, 2014 | 3 years ago ]
Around 80 elderly men and women of Barangay Quebiawan were given free anti-pneumonia vaccine shots by the City Government led by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago during his regular outreach mission dubbed as Talakayan at Kapihan sa Barangay in said barangay on Friday, May 23, 2014.
Senior citizens are the target of said immunization campaign since they are very susceptible to pulmonary diseases that can range from mild to severe and, in some cases, fatal.
Under the Santiago administration’s governance agenda on Effective Health Programs, the drive is being carried out in the city's 35 barangays where health workers and nurses of the local government administer pneumococcal vaccination on target beneficiaries.
“We want to have a long-term and sustainable program against diseases. As the city mayor, I want all Fernandinos to become healthy individuals,” said Mayor EdSa in his speech.
Hermiño Lacson, 69, said that as a beneficiary he is very happy to see the government bringing its services almost at his doorstep. “Masaya ako dahil binibigyan kami ng importansya” he said.
Other services included in the barangay outreach mission are the distribution of Fernandino Cards and senior citizen cards, livelihood seminars, job referrals, free anti-rabies shots on dogs, among others.
Informal Settlers No More – Mayor EdSa [ Wednesday | 14th day of May, 2014 | 3 years ago ]
Three hundred house and lot units located in San Fernando Heights, Barangay Malpitic here were awarded to almost 400 informal settler families (ISF) on May 12, 2014 in compliance to the Supreme Court’s Mandamus clearing all waterways of ISF to support the Manila Bay Protection and Clean-up Campaign.
The beneficiaries are from Barangays Saguin, San Jose, Pandaras, Del Rosario, San Agustin and San Pedro, who have lived along the San Fernando River, San Agustin Creek, Saguin Creek and Balimbing Creek in this city.
The San Fernando Heights Resettlement Project Turnover Ceremony was led by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago and 3rd District Representative Congressman Oscar S. Rodriguez together with National Housing Authority (NHA) Deputy Area Manager Engr. Romuel Alimbuyao.
“To lessen the everyday struggle of our fellow Fernandinos living beside creeks, the city government, in partnership with NHA, awarded housing units for those who are in the danger zone especially this rainy season,” stressed Mayor EdSa.
“For the awardees, you are now the model community of the city for never again will you be called informal settlers,” he added.
Congressman Oca Rodriguez, who spearheaded the project in 2013 during his term as mayor of this city, led the much-awaited awarding of door keys to the beneficiaries. He handed these over to Maribel David, the first of the six ceremonial awardees and president of homeowners in San Fernando Heights.
Also present during the program were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, NHA officer in charge and project manager for Pampanga, Bataan and Zambales Ines Gonzales, City Councilors Nelson Lingat and Noel Tulabut, and the barangay captains and kagawads of Malpitic and San Jose.
After the turnover, each housing unit will soon receive individual water and power services to be installed by the San Fernando Electric Cooperative and San Fernando Water District. CSFP-CIO
LGU, DILG Increase CSF Kagawads’ Familiarity With Governance [ Monday | 12th day of May, 2014 | 3 years ago ]
Barangay officials from the 35 barangays of the City of San Fernando recently went to Baguio City on a "Lakbay-Aral" sponsored by the city government and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The learning activity, held April 30 - May 2, 2014, was intended to widen barangay kagawads' knowledge and understanding of how good governance and shared responsibility can bring about the holistic development of society.
Divided into three clusters, the participants were deployed to two local government units and a university campus to observe best practices according to areas of study, namely, agriculture in the municipality of Bauang, La Union; environment, in Naguilian, La Union, and investment, at the Benguet State University.
According to Mayor Edwin Santiago, the barangay, though known to be the smallest unit of government, plays an integral factor in uplifting the lives of Fernandinos. He urged the barangay officials to pursue the practices they have learned during the seminar and apply them in their respective areas of responsibility.
For his part, San Fernando DILG officer Engr. Algy Canlas thanked the participants and the city government in helping to make possible said seminar.
Also present during the gathering were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Nelson Lingat, Lito Ocampo, Noel Tulabut, BJ Lagman, and other city officials and employees. CSFP-CIO
TESDA Head Commends EdSa For Employment Thrusts [ Monday | 14th day of April, 2014 | 3 years ago ]
CSFP - Mayor Edwin D. Santiago recently received kudos from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Secretary Joel Villanueva for his full support to the technical-vocational (tech-voc) sector.
The commendation was given during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Philippine National Skills Competition held April 7 at the King’s Royale Hotel and Resort this city.
“I want to commend Mayor EdSa’s governance efforts in strengthening and upholding TESDA especially the tech-voc sector. And the good thing about this competition is they’re not competing with their competitors. They’re competing with standards,” said the TESDA head. “Tatak TESDA, tatak world-class,” he added.
Villanueva also cited the country’s preparation for the 2014 ASEAN Skills Competition to be held this October in Vietnam.
“Whoever wins in the national competition will be our country’s representative to the ASEAN competition and we expect more medals this year,” he announced.
“For great partnership with the industry, President Noynoy Aquino doubled our funds for the training for work scholarship program so that there’s no reason for Filipinos to be unemployed,” Villanueva added.
As Mayor EdSa welcomed the delegates and other participants, he highlighted the foremost item on his governance agenda which is employment for all Fernandinos.
“In behalf of the City of San Fernando, we are privileged to host this year’s five competition areas in Region III. I am one proud city mayor to be given the opportunity to witness the display of Fernandino talents and skills,” he added.
Around 80 delegates from different regions of the Philippines will be competing in the areas of Beauty Therapy, Cooking, Fashion Technology, Hairdressing and Restaurant Services on April 8, 9 and 10.
“Region III is the defending over-all champion and we would like to keep it that way so as to provide the career path destined for every Fernandino and Kapampangan,” said Mayor EdSa as he concluded his speech.
Also present at the opening ceremony were regional heads of other agencies from all over the country.
The awarding ceremony will take place on April 11 at Tandang Sora Hall, TESDA Women’s Center.