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San Fernando Celebrates Women’s Month [ Monday | 2nd day of March, 2015 | 3 years ago ]

The City government of San Fernando through its Gender and Development Office unveiled this month’s line up of activities in celebration of Women’s Month 2015.

During the flag raising ceremony, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin and the department heads led the unveiling of activities.

The month long celebration of Women’s Month includes the Gender and Development Walk and Pampering Day on March 6, Fernandina First Purple Run on March 13, and Zumba Festival on March 25.

On March 10, the Gender and Development office of the city government will hold a discussion on the rights of women and men in terms of social and family responsibility.

According to Committee Chairperson on Women and Family Affairs, Councilor Jack Calimlim, women nowadays play a vital role on the progress of the society, working side by side with men in attaining a more progressive city.

“Dapat din na magbigay respeto ang lalaki at babae sa isa’t isa para naman makamit natin ang equality sa ating lipunan. Nais natin na magkaroon ng magandang samahan ang bawat tao,” added Councilor Calimlim.

For his part, Mayor EdSa said that he thanks every Fernandinas for contributing an important role in the society. He said that with everyone’s mutual cooperation, San Fernando will be a city of equality.

“Noon pa man, nakikita natin na may equality sa ating siyudad. Sa city government pa lang, mapapansin niyo ang dami nating babaeng department heads at dahil sa kanilang tulong, maayos nating napapatakbo ang siyudad,” said Mayor EdSa.

BFP Holds First Fire Olympics [ Thursday | 26th day of February, 2015 | 3 years ago ]

The Bureau of Fire Protection in San Fernando held Thursday, February 26 its first Fire Olympics as part of the preparation for March as Fire Prevention Month.

Led by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, BFP Regional Director Aloveel Ferrer and City Fire Marshal Chief Inspector Myra Feliciano, the said event is the first ever Fire Olympics in the city.

The affair was attended by volunteers from Barangays San Pedro Cutud, Santo Nino, Santo Rosario, Del Rosario, Maimpis, Juliana, San Jose, Santa Lucia and Malpitic, and representatives from the industrial sector, ISLA LPG Corporation and Petron Gasul.

“Ang pagsasagawa natin ng Fire Olympics ay para ma-enhance ng ating barangay at industrial fire brigades ang kanilang fire-fighting skills,” said Fire Marshal Feliciano.

She also stressed that they aim to develop the readiness and awareness of the volunteers in terms of fire fighting and disasters that might hit their respective places, in which case, these volunteers will be well-equipped.

For his part, Mayor Santiago said that the basis of a strong economy does not rely only on the capacity of the city to produce goods for its people, but is also reflective of the city's disaster readiness and preparedness.

“Ang Pilipinas ay isa sa mga lugar na prone sa kalamidad, ngunit isa din tayo sa mga hindi pa ganoon kahanda. Pero sa siyudad natin, patuloy tayo sa pagsasagawa ng mga programa para sa kahandaan sa sakuna,

Fernandino Couples Wed On Valentine’s Day [ Tuesday | 17th day of February, 2015 | 3 years ago ]

A mass wedding was held last February 14 in celebration of Valentine’s Day and the last installment for the celebration of Kaganapan 2015, the 14th celebration of the cityhood of San Fernando.

Led by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, City Civil Registry Officer Rimando Umali, Kaganapan 2015 Chairperson Virgilio Cortez and Co-Chairperson of Kasalang Balen Engr. Jose Diaz, the mass wedding covered a total of 89 couples all from the 35 barangays of the city.

“Our goal in doing this Kasalang Balen is to give chance to those who wants to get married but cannot afford the expenses. Also, we want to lessen the couples who engage into live-in lifestyle,” said Engr. Diaz.

For his part, Mayor Edwin Santiago in his opening remarks said that getting married is like building an institution wherein this is the smallest unit of the government and that the society is widely depending on every Filipino family.

As the highlight of Kasalang Balen, Mayor Santiago stressed that marriage in the Philippines is a pillar, a building ground of the society that is why they support them by doing these kinds of activities.

“Ang pag-aasawa ay hindi biro. Nagtatayo ka ng isang institusyon, nagpupundar tayo ng isang pamilya na inaasahan ng lahat ng Pilipino.Ito pala ay isang responsibilidad na aakuin natin sa ating mga magulang,” Mayor Santiago added.

The city also provided the couples’ wedding rings and food packages as well.

Kasalang Balen is the capping celebration of Kaganapan 2015, the celebration of the 14th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando.

New Vehicles Ready To Serve Fernandinos [ Tuesday | 17th day of February, 2015 | 3 years ago ]

Faster and more efficient delivery of LGU services await Fernandinos as the city government here acquire more service vehicles for public use.

This was stated by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago during the blessing and inauguration of the 39 newly acquired vehicles by the city government held in front of the City Hall on February 16, 2015.

These include two dump trucks, four mini dump trucks, two garbage compactors, one fire truck, one back hoe, one military truck, two military jeeps, eight motorcycles, an ambulance, carriers, vans, SUVs, among others.
“With this, we will boost our services, and make our programs more effective and more efficient” said the mayor.

“Lalo nitong mapapaganda ang ating mga programa lalo na pagdating sa waste collection and segregation, mapapabilis ang pagresponde sa panahon ng sakuna, kalamidad, emergency situations, at pagtugon sa mga pangangailangan ng ating mga Fernandino.”

The mayor added that a victory bus was also purchased and will be used by registered senior citizens. “Like what I promised late last year, we will provide free rides for the elderly.”

The mayor, in his speech, has urged all public servants including officials and employees to make the services of the city government extra ordinary by “serving the public from the heart”.

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin together with Councilors Harvey Quiwa, BJ Lagman, Angie Hizon, Nelson Lingat and department heads of the city were also present to witness the program.

CSF Collects 1 Billion Revenue Target [ Tuesday | 17th day of February, 2015 | 3 years ago ]

The City of San Fernando, Pampanga has reached the first billion of its revenue goal for 2014 with a total revenue collection of P1.077 billion, sourced mainly from business taxes and realty taxes paid by business owners and real property owners in this city.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago pointed out that “without increasing taxes, the city was able to realize 92% of its last year’s target pegged at P1.17 billion budget.
According to the mayor, the dependency of the LGU to the national government’s internal revenue allotment is only 44% meaning “San Fernando’s local income source is stronger at 56%.”

Compared to year 2013, the total revenue collection of the city increased by 9% or an additional P91 million. The biggest share was from business tax which increased by 7% to P354 million or 58% of the P606 million local revenue and real property tax which increased 9% to P81 million or 13% of the city’s income
“The city’s continued financial stability has been buoyed by strong investor confidence, as shown by the increase in its business tax collections and significant number of registrants each year.”

Last year, the city Business License and Permits Division registered more than 1,000 new businesses and more than 7,000 business renewals.

He noted that before the implementation of the revised revenue code and general revision of real property values in 2009, the city has only a regular income of P766 million. “The city government has been consistently beaten its target, the increase of almost 50% is enormous from then.”

“We have done this because of our increasing efficiency in business permits processing and in the collection of business and realty taxes.” In 2014, the city was again recognized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry as the most business friendly LGU in the country.

“We are thanking the investors, private partners, and stakeholders for the continued support they have given us, we hope to gain the same support for the year 2015 with our P1.29 billion target as we plan to fund more capital intensive projects and improvements.”

CSF Beefs Up Sanitation Drive In Barangays [ Friday | 13th day of February, 2015 | 3 years ago ]

The first batch of Barangay Sanitation Brigade members in the City of San Fernando underwent last February 12 an orientation on disease prevention and control.

Conducted by the City Health Office (CHO), the training seeks to teach participants sanitation strategies and techniques to prevent the spread of diseases and other public health concerns in their respective barangays.

The participants are volunteers deputized to assist the city government in maintaining sanitation in the city’s 35 barangays.

Chief Environmental Health Officer Dunn Patrick Imana said that the seminar will equip health workers with the necessary skills to pursue and maintain cleanliness in their areas.

“They [Sanitation Brigade] are scheduled to inspect every deep well, water pump and house to remove health hazards.”

The City Health Office is strictly monitoring every barangay for dengue, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases.

In line with this, a citywide search-and-destroy-mosquito-breeding-places will be held in the following weeks.

The public is also urged to practice cleanliness daily in their households.

Stress Management Seminar Held For CSF Employees [ Friday | 13th day of February, 2015 | 3 years ago ]

Employees of the City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga underwent last February 12 a seminar to master different stress management techniques for increased work performance.

Conducted at the Heroes Hall by the City Health Office, the seminar aimed to help the participants understand the importance of time management in meeting meaningful goals and objectives, as well as the need to prioritize various tasks and to integrate professional and personal goals for a more balanced work-life program.

“As public servants, it is expected that each employee exerts additional effort and time in performing his or her tasks” said City Human Resource Management Officer Rachelle Yusi, noting that “extra efforts like this are in fact the foundation of increasing one’s work productivity which leads to an organization’s continuous improvement.”

“Doing these consistently takes toll that usually results to physical and emotional stress which will affect their future overall output.”

In an interview, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago stressed that the city’s workforce is the most vital part of his administration. “Ginagawa natin ito para tulungan ang ating mga empleyado na parehong maging epektibo sa trabaho at sa kanilang mga pamilya.”

“Mahirap ang makipagtrabaho kaya ang gusto natin, huwag ma-stress ang ating mga empleyado. Para sa akin hindi sila mga manggagawa bagkus sila ang katuwang ko sa pagbibigay ng serbisyo sa ating mga ka-siyudad,” added the mayor.

Trade Fair Highlights Fernandino Culture [ Tuesday | 10th day of February, 2015 | 3 years ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga headed by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, is holding an agro-industrial trade fair from February 2-14 in line with the 14th cityhood anniversary of this city.

Themed as “an afFair to remember”, the five-day activity is showcasing the indigenous products of Fernandinos like wood crafts, water lily handicrafts, fresh farm products, authentic Campangan cuisine and native delicacies.

In an interview, Mayor Santiago bared that a new vision is being drafted for the LGU and that is to become “the center for Capampangan culture, heritage, culinary and arts.”

“May binubuong bagong bisyon para sa San Fernando. Iyan ang magiging sentro ng kulturang kapampangan dahil katungkulan ng lahat ng mamamayan sa lungsod ang pagpapalago ng kulturang Fernandino. Culture marks our identity as a people so it should be enriched and preserved.”

The fair was organized by the Kagananpan Executive Committee chaired by Gil Cortez, City Agriculture and Veterinary Office led by Myrna Manabat, City Economic Enterprise Division managed by Levi Tiomico, and the City Tourism and Investment Promotion Office.

“We are expecting a positive response from the local buyers and even entrepreneurs to remain remarkable” said the mayor.

He noted with this, small and medium economic enterprises will have more opportunities and will also promote healthy competition with giant companies including malls. Likewise, he added activities like this will revitalize the city’s public markets which are considered as cultural treasures.

“Bahagi ng kultura nating mga Fernandino ang mga palengke kaya palalakasin natin ang ating kalakalan at industriya. Ipapagawa natin ang ating mga palengke to give enough spaces to our micro enterprises.”

“Ang gusto natin ay magkakaroon ng masiglang investment promotion, trade fairs at road shows ukol sa mga produkto ng San Fernando. We will push not only the One Town One Product program; we will involve everybody through the One Barangay One Product program.”

Women entrepreneurs who went trainings under the city’s Gender and Development Office and who recently received financial aid from the Self Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) Program had also set up stalls in the fair to showcase their products.

CSF Leads Cycling Caravan [ Monday | 9th day of February, 2015 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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.

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