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CSF Promotes Everyday Family Planning [ Thursday | 29th day of June, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando conducted today the provincial launching of the "Everyday Family Planning" initiative of the Department of Health through a seminar at the Mini Convention Center in Heroes Hall.

This was attended by 150 Fernandino couples with unmet needs or those who wish to stop or delay childbearing but are not using any method of contraception.

With the theme #RoadtoZeroUnmetNeed, the discussion focused on birth spacing or the interval between pregnancies which is ideally 3 years, responsible parenthood, and the need of male involvement in family planning.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said everyday family planning suggests that methods of contraception should be done correctly and consistently to achieve the desired family size and attain health development.

"This activity also seeks to promote localized programs and health policies for family planning particularly the provision of contraceptive commodities," Santiago added.

The City Health Office provides free commodities such as condoms, pills and injectables. Every year, they also conduct free sessions of permanent contraception or tubal ligation for women.

"We are one in the national government's agenda to improve the health and welfare of mothers, children and other members of the family," the city mayor furthered.

CSF Taps Bus Companies For Calamity Response [ Thursday | 29th day of June, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

To address the immediate provision and availability of rescue tools and vehicles during calamities, the Local Government of San Fernando entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with common carriers during the launching of "National Disaster Consciousness Month" on Tuesday.

The signing of MOA was led by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago and representatives from Victory Liner Incorporated, Genesis Transport Company Incorporated and Bataan Transit Incorporated.

It states the free usage of latter's emergency response vehicles, wrecker (tow truck), rescue or heavy equipment, and buses for the disaster management purpose up to the duration of the calamity. It also allows buses to carry big number of passengers in case of evacuation.

Other activities lined up for this month includes the National Disaster Consciousness Month Preparedness Assembly and City/Barangay DRRMC Assembly on June 30.

The Gawad Kalasag 2016 Awarding Ceremonies will be on July 3 while the Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) Simulation Exercise will be held on July 4-7.

To provide relevant disaster preparedness information, there will also be a Sining Kahandaan: School-Based Disaster Preparedness Poster Making Contest on July 11 and Safru Emergency Response Capability and Disaster Preparedness orientation for schools and barangays on July 12-14.

From July 16-26, a Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue Training of Trainers will be held to improve the readiness and agility of the emergency teams.
Everyone is invited to join this year's San Fernando Rescue Unit Disaster Preparedness Run (SAFRUN) on July 30.

On August 4, CDRRMO will conduct the 2nd CSFP Community Disaster Volunteers Capability Assessment.

To prepare everyone in times of calamities and disasters, there will be a CSFP Earthquake and Fire Drill on August 11 to be followed by an Eartquake Resiliency on August 17-18.
In his speech, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago encouraged everyone to cooperate in the different activities aimed at building a disaster-resilient community.

"We must get involved with these kind of activities to develop our disaster preparedness skills. Disasters can happen any time that may affect us in many ways, it is really important that we should be knowledgable and ready to face it," he added.

200 Trees Planted In CSF Crucifixion Site [ Thursday | 29th day of June, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

200 fruit-bearing trees were planted Sunday at the crucifixion site in Brgy. San Pedro Cutud as the City Government of San Fernando celebrated this year's Philippine Arbor Day.

Through the efforts of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, city hall employees; Barangay officials in San Pedro Cutud; and representatives from attached agencies joined hands in planting 100 mango trees and 100 jackfruit at the five hectare lot.

CENR Officer Engr. Anele David said this initiative seeks to give convenience to thousands of tourists who will witness the world-renowned crucifixion rites in the coming years.

"Sa mga darating na taon hindi na magiging problema ang sobrang init dito sa lugar dahil meron na silang masisilungan na mga puno," David added.

Meanwhile, a simultaneous tree-planting activity was also conducted in the other 34 barangays of the city. Each barangay were also provided with fruit bearing seedlings by the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said the local government, through its CENRO, targets to plant minimum of 2000 trees each year to better achieve environmental sustainability and food security.

"We want every Fernandino to consider planting as a regular practice. Trees and plants are very beneficial not only in terms of fighting the adverse effects of climate change but also in increasing food productivity in our city," Santiago explained.

CSF Promotes Use Of Recycled Materials Through Fashion Show [ Thursday | 29th day of June, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

In line with the celebration of Philippine Environment Month, the City Government of San Fernando through its City Environment and Natural Resources Office conducted on June 23 the 3rd Eco Fashion Competition at the Heroes Hall.

Twenty contestants from both public and private schools in the city showcased their creativity in making their own costumes by using indigenous and recyclable materials.

CENR Officer Engr. Anele David said the activity seeks to increase environmental awareness and encourage everyone to be resourceful.

"Our everyday lives depend on the many benefits from the environment and nature, it is now time that our environment benefits from us," she added.
David furthered "instead of throwing the trash, we may convert it into something more productive. We can create and transform clothes by means of eco-friendly methods such as reusing and recycling."

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed the importance of teaching the youth the proper ways of preserving and protecting the environment.

"We should inculcate environmental practices among the young generation, at their early age, because in the future they will be the one to benefit from it."

Meanwhile, Joaquin Siriban from Information Communication Technology Highschool and Alecsandra Valencio from Lyndale Academy were hailed as champion for this year's Eco Fashion Competition. Their runners up were Adrian Paul Benitez from Maimpis High School and Angela Manaloto from Information Communication Technology Highschool (1st runners up) Randell Jan Rivera and Aira Shane Mandap from Northville High School respectively (2nd runner up).

CSF Conducts "Bantay Tambutso" [ Thursday | 29th day of June, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

To improve air quality, the City Government of San Fernando through its City Environment and Natural Resources Office, conducted a random vehicle testing or "Bantay Tambutso" on June 22 along the Jose Abad Santos Avenue road.

CENRO Public Services Officer Elisabeth Bungag said this program will be conducted every two weeks to decrease the level of air pollution and reduce carbon footprints.

This is in line with the programs that the CENRO is pursuing to ensure a progressive air quality management in the city, thus keep the air healthy.

Public utility jeepneys and trucks using an opacimeter device. Those who will fail the test will be issued with Temporary Operator's Permit by the CENRO.

"The fine is amounting to P2,000 and it has to be paid at the Land Transportation Office within 72 hours to get their licenses back," Bungag added.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago said the local government ensures to manage urbanization and industrialization in the city without compromising the natural resources.

"We will continue to promote programs that protects and conserves the environment bacause we want the next generation to have a clean and fresh air to breathe," Santiago said.

The activity is still in line with the celebration of Philippine Environment Month.

CSF Promotes Cycling For Good Health, Environment Conservation [ Thursday | 29th day of June, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

Hundreds of cyclists joined today the City of San Fernando's fifth "Padyak para sa Kalusugan at Kalikasan," a cycling activity aimed at promoting good health and environment conservation.

The participants are from different bikers' association in the city and the towns of Arayat, Candaba, Guagua, Mabalacat, Minalin, Sto. Tomas and Mabalacat City.

This year, the caravan covered a 33 kilometer route from Waltermart to the northern barangays that ended at the Heroes Hall.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said the annual gathering of cycling enthusiasts is beneficial not only to the participants but also to the entire community.

"Ang regular na pagbibisiketa ay isang magandang paraan ng pag-eehersisyo at makatutulong ito upang mabawasan ang bigat ng trapiko at ang polusyon sa ating kapaligiran," he said.

Santiago also shared the city's initiative to strictly observe bicycle road rules and safety through a proposed ‘Bicycle Promotion' ordinance.

"This covers the creation of more bike lanes and it requires business establishments to provide bike racks," the city mayor added.

EdSa Celebrates Birthday With Elderlies, PWDs [ Thursday | 29th day of June, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago celebrated his 60th birthday on June 21 through a "Handog Pasasalamat" program for the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities in the City of San Fernando.

The three-part activity started at Santiago's birthplace Barangay San Pedro Cutud wherein medical and dental mission were offered to the constituents.
Senior Citizens in the said barangay received their free anti-pneumonia vaccines from the City Health Office.

Through the City Social Welfare and Development Office, gifts and food packs were distributed to some 400 elderlies and PWDs in Cutud.

The city mayor also visited the neighboring barangays which are Sta. Lucia and San Nicolas where gift giving ceremonies were conducted, respectively.

In his speech, Santiago expressed his gratitude to all those who have supported him throughout his personal and political journey.

"Natutuwa ako na naipagdiwang ko ang aking kaarawan kasama ang mga taong malalapit sa puso ko. Ang araw na ito ay aking pasasalamat sa inyong lahat, ito ay araw niyo rin," Mayor EdSa added.

Also present during the activity were his family, friends, city officials represented by Councilors BJ Lagman and Harvey Quiwa and City Hall Department heads.

City Gov't Employees Attend Seminar On Toxic Chemicals In Cosmetics And Household Products [ Thursday | 29th day of June, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

In line with the celebration of Philippine Environment Month, the City Government of San Fernando through its City Environment and Natural Resources held a seminar on Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics and Household Products on June 20 at the Heroes Hall.

Dubbed as "Kapaligiran, Kaligtasan ng Buhay ay Makakamtan", this seminar was attended by the City Government employees. The speakers from the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources identified some beauty and household products that contain dangerous ingredients that can be harmful for our skin and how to avoid it.

EMB-DENR speaker Juvy Jurado said that some of the ingredients in personal care and beauty products are not so good for our skin. She discussed the five scariest ingredients mixed in beauty products that we use every day, without knowing its side effects to our skin.

"Since everyone is aiming for better appearances, some consumers do not check what ingredients are actually being put into that product." Jurado said.

The Health Effects of Personal care products was discussed by EMB-DENR Engr. Kristine Pacate. She said that, even beauty products have an ugly side. She reminds everyone to make sure, that the personal care products we use are really safe.

Meanwhile, EMB-DENR speaker Engr. Lily Castro, discussed about the Household Hazardous Waste. She emphasized that as a consumer, we must know first if the products that we use every day in cleaning our homes are safe, because some of the products may contain harmful ingredients that may lead into cancer.

"Most of us are using soaps, detergents and air-fresheners to keep our houses odorless, but if the product that we use has destructive ingredients, it can be unsafe to us especially if inhaled or touched." Castro said.

Castro gave some tips on how to use properly the products to ensure the safeness of everyone.

"Wear face mask and use safety gears when cleaning your homes to avoid contact in eyes and skin. In buying a product, you must go for the suitable products, not the fake ones. Check and read its label and understand well if it is good to your skin and appropriate to use in your homes."

Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago's administration focuses on preserving and protecting the environment of the city. He believes that having a clean environment, is the key for the safeness of every Fernandino.

Mayor EDSA Gears For New San Fernando [ Thursday | 29th day of June, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago presented on Tuesday the City Government's proposed projects and initiatives for the coming years as it gears for a new San Fernando.

This was held during his fifth State of the City Address or "Ulat sa Bayan" attended by thousands of delegates from public and private sectors and local officials in the city.

Santiago said the new San Fernando concept sums up the mission to become a Dream City that is greener, livable, smart, sustainable and socially inclusive.

"This signifies our intent to bring in more dynamism in local governance and a call for the people to know that we are in the height of doing new things," he added.

The city mayor also cited the top priority projects including the rise of alternate urban centers and construction of a 7-hectare Special Economic Zone in Barangay Calulut.

Through a Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Santiago identified seven growth centers to decongest the existing central business district and enhance other activities in terms of food security, agri-industry, urban-rural linkages and mixed-use development.

"Sa atin, nakikita na ang buong probinsya ng Pampanga ay magiging Megalopolis. Dahil bilang sentro, tayo ang magiging lokasyon ng mga serbisyo. This will require us to take advantage of our proximity at the Clark International Airport and Subic Bay by being an active player in the Golden Triangle," he said.

He also pointed out the city's accomplishments for the year 2016 following the 10-point agenda under his administration.

In terms of Education, San Fernando was among the cities that has fully implemented the K-12 program of the National Government.

Fifteen school buildings (84 classrooms) which accommodate 43,200 students were built last year. While, additional 23 classrooms in different public schools were repaired and rehabilitated.

The employment rate of the city has also continued to increase through several job fairs conducted yearly.

Mayor EdSa proudly shared that in 2016, a total of 2,317 Fernandinos were hired through referrals, skills registry and job matching initiatives of the city.

Other highlights in his report were the city's initiatives on public order and safety, health and wellness, infrastructure, environment protection, tourist attraction, good governance, and investment promotions.

Santiago concluded by challenging every Fernandinos to "Think Big, Dream Big, and Work for it." He also asked the education sector to hone the younger generations to become the face of the new San Fernando by preparing them for life.
"Do things right for the benefit of our children. Sila ang mukha ng bagong Fernandino," he ended.

LGBT Members In CSF March Towards Equality [ Thursday | 29th day of June, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) members and advocates in the City of San Fernando march through the downtown streets on Friday afternoon to reiterate their call for openness and equality.

Dubbed ‘LGBT Walk of Pride,' the participants wore shirts representing the rainbow colors of the LGBT movement and carried torches that symbolize hope and acceptance.

A short program also took part in front of the City Hall through the initiative of the Gender and Development and SIWALA organization.

The City Health Office gave tips on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and stressed the importance of voluntary HIV screening and testing in reducing the infection rate in the country.

This was followed by the ceremonial signing of Pledge of Support led by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago, GAD Focal Person Amalia Catacutan and this year's winners of Miss Gay Fernandino Festival Queen competition.

In her speech, GAD Focal Person Amalia Catacutan expressed her gratitude to the Fernandinos and delegates from other towns for actively joining their move to Gender equality.
"Natutuwa ako na marami ang nakiisa sa ating programa. Umaasa ako na sa pamamagitan ng mga ganitong aktibidad ay patuloy na nating makakamit ang pantay-pantay na pagtingin sa bawat kasarian," she added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said the main objective of the celebration of LGBT June Pride Month is to empower and uplift the image of those who belong in the third sex and further reduce stigma and discrimination among them.

"It is in this way that the local government shows its appreciation to the contributions of the LGBT community to the society. Let's stand together for their rights." he added.

SPES Grantees In CSF Receive Salaries [ Friday | 16th day of June, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

The first batch of grantees under the City Government of San Fernando's Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) received their salaries on June 12aftercompleting their 22 days of service in different offices and departments in the City Hall.

Public Employment and Services Office Manager Donny Sayre said a total of 237 beneficiaries received P9, 460 each.
"This amount is very helpful to the students as it will be used for their school expenses.Weencourageour Fernandino youth to grab the opportunities given to them by the government," Sayre added.
In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago assured that the students also learned a lot especially in the field of public service.
He added that the program ensures to prepare students to be job-ready by providing them essential seminars and trainings.
"Our SPES grantees are now ready to face the real world because of the experiences they have. I hope that they will apply all theseonce they get employed." Santiago said.

Thousands Join Independence Day Commemoration In CSF [ Wednesday | 14th day of June, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

Thousands of delegates from different public and private sectors in the province joined yesterday the City Government of San Fernando's commemoration of the 119th Philippine Independence Day.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago led the symbolical releasing of doves that signifies the country's freedom after a decade-long Spanish occupation. He was joined by the City Councilors, Pyestang Fernandino 2017 Executive Committee and Regional Directors from government agencies.

This was followed by a Civic Military Parade from the City Hall to Heroes Hall wherein cultural and religious festivals were represented.

The city officials also laid wreaths to the monuments of our National Heroes at the Heroes Hall.

During the program, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago challenged the Fernandinos to responsibly use the freedom our heroes fought for and keep the spirit of nationalism alive.
"Mga Kababayan, ngayon na hawak natin ang ating kalayaan, sama-sama tayo na maging sandigan ng isang malayang pamayanan," Santiago said.

He also expressed sympathy for the victims of attacks in Marawi and called for continuous prayers for peace in Lanao Del Sur and the entire country.

The city mayor furthered "Ngayon na ang ating bansa ay nasa estado ng kaguluhan sa Mindanao, lalo nating paigtingin ang pagpoprotekta sa ating kalayaan."

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