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CSF, Red Cross Ties Up For Bloodletting Activity [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


The local government, in cooperation with Philippine Red Cross, held its Voluntary Blood Donation Activity at the city hall.

Members of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and some government employees participated in the activity.

With the theme “Dugo ko, karugtong ng buhay mo”, the city aims to collect more than 50 blood bags to ensure the sufficiency of blood reserve in its respective Rural Health Unit.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin Santiago lauds all the blood donors for their volunteerism. “You are all considered heroes for serving as instruments in saving others’ lives,” he added.

Mayor Santiago also disclosed the city’s plan of coming up with an Executive Order to create a Blood Council before this month ends. This move will make it easier for the health experts to look for possible blood donors that will match the need of the patients in case of emergencies.

The city’s blood unit mostly caters patients infected with dengue, suffering in cancer, and even those who undergo surgical operations.

Dr. Renely Tungol, Rural Health Physician and Voluntary Blood Donation Coordinator said the activity aimed at promoting voluntary blood donation for it also has a good effect in the donor’s health.

“It’s good for our body to donate blood. It stimulates the body to produce blood cells,” she explained.

The bloodletting activity is lined up for Kaganapan 2016 in celebration of the 15th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando.


CSF Sets Schedule For ‘Kaganapan 2016’ [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


The City has its schedule loaded with various activities this February as ‘Kaganapan 2016,’ a celebration in line with the 15th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando, kicks off.

Mayor Edwin Santiago yesterday led the unveiling of calendar of activities for this year’s affair.
It was followed by a simultaneous clean-up drive participated by members of the LGU and volunteers from private sectors.

The activities lined-up for the first week of February include the Photo Exhibit at SM Downtown (February 1-7); Food Agro Industrial Trade Fair in front of the city hall (February 3-6); Thanksgiving Mass (February 4); and the commencing of the ‘Palarong Empleyado’ (February 5).

One of this year’s highlight is ‘The Outstanding Fernandino Awards’ which will take place at the Heroes Hall on February 4.

Meanwhile, thousands of unemployed ‘Kabalen’ will also have the opportunity to pursue a career through this year’s City Job Fair at SM City Pampanga happening on February 6.

February 9, on the other hand, will be filled with back to back events such as the Launching of ‘Kasalesayan ning San Fernando’ Coffee Table Book; Launching of Star ka San Fernando Tour and Teacher’s Heroism Day.

The city has also set health-related activities like Blood Letting (Feb 10), Fernandino First Rainbow Run II (February 12) and Cycling Caravan (February 13).

Be entertained as the Pet Mo, Show Mo happens on February 11 followed by Harana sa Kababaihan on the 12th.

Moreover, the Kaganapan 2016 shall conclude on Valentine’s day as Fernandino couples tie the knot in the annual ‘Kasalang Balen.’


CSF Named As Child Friendly LGU [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando, under the stewardship of Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, was named by the Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Social Welfare and Development as a Child Friendly Local Government Unit for promoting programs aimed to uplift the living conditions of Fernandino youth.

Mayor Santiago received the recognition presented by the provincial government during the Flag raising ceremony held at the Capitol grounds.

With its commitment of implementing various child friendly programs, San Fernando is among the 17 cities and municipalities in the province who were recognized.

With Mayor Santiago’s administration, the city has always been very instrumental in the provision of welfare and development programs for the children particularly on education and health. Programs are laid down in adherence to the four basic rights of the children which are survival, protection, development and participation.

“This made San Fernando an environment for children to grow and develop their full potential in every stage of development, from conception in the womb to adolescence period” said Mayor Santiago in interview.

He added that the city believes that the prime indicator of a successful child – friendly local governance is its institutional transformation that is rooted to a significant change in values and practices of the community, in which the family, the church and the school institutions plays a vital role.

“Investing fully in children today will ensure the well – being and productivity of future generations for decades to come” said Mayor Santiago noting that the “programs are geared towards an enabling environment for children to grow and develop their full potential in every stage of development, from conception in the womb to adolescence period.”

The awarding is held annually to recognize the efforts of LGUs who actively gears towards a ‘friendly Philippines: A caring and protective society for, by and with the children.’
Also present in the awarding ceremony were local officials and representatives from other recipients including the cities of Angeles and Mabalacat; and the municipalities of Guagua, Porac, Lubao, Sta. Rita, Floridablanca, Sasmuan, Arayat, Sta. Ana, Bacolor, San Simon, Apalit, Macabebe, Minalin and Sto. Tomas.

Child-Friendly LGU. Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago receives the ‘Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance Award’ presented by the provincial government during the flag raising ceremony held Monday at the Capitol grounds.

Child-Friendly LGU. The city government of San Fernando, under the stewardship of Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, is among the 17 LGUs ,in the province, recognized as ‘Child Friendly Local Government Unit’ by DSWD and DILG.


CSF Launches Oplan Goodbye Bulate [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga and the Department of Health Region 3 (DOH R3) conducted a simultaneous school deworming on Wednesday, January 21, as part of the program dubbed as

This program covered children who are studying from Kinder to Grade 6 in all elementary public schools of the city to prevent the detrimental effects of soil-transmitted helminthiasis.

In San Agustin Integrated School, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor Ayzel Macalino, and other officials led the administration of the deworming medicine to children aged 5 to 12 years.

City Health Officer Dra. Eloisa Aquino reminded the public that children can get infected as their bare hands touch the soil while playing or holding something that dropped on the soil and other scenarios.

She explained that deworming of children is a good strategy to reduce the burden of infections because such will create a positive impact on children’s education and health wherein the children will become more active in their studies and school performance.

Mayor Santiago for his part said that the success of this program relies heavily not only with the government but more importantly on the support of the children’s parents and relatives.

He also underscored that the city’s health programs are available and accessible to all. “Palagi pong bukas ang ating mga Rural Health Units at Barangay Health Stations kung saan libre po ang konsulta at ilang mga gamot.”


CSF Honors Student Achievers [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga has given recognitions to Fernandino students who have distinguished themselves in different competitions held in Central Luzon.

During the Flag raising activity held at the City Hall, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago has awarded certificates of recognitions to these students who have responded to “the city’s call for excellence of turning ordinary into extraordinary.”

“This emulates our administration’s battle cry: Fernandino First! The achievements of our youth represent our efforts in the government” said Mayor Santiago.

Among the recipients are four students from the City College of San Fernando [CCSF] who bested other representatives from eleven colleges and universities in the Inter-Collegiate Quiz Bee held at the Jose Feliciano Colleges, Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga last January 29. These students are Reine David and Roger Lasi, both Education Math Major; Banjo Somera, English Education Major; and Adrian Quiambao, Bio Science Major.

Other CCSF students who received citations are Gideon Ramos, Business Administration student, for winning the second place in solo singing contest and Limarah Gutierez, Information Technology student for earning the third spot in declamation contest during the recently concluded Association of Local Colleges and Universities Region 3 Meet.

Student-athletes who bagged awards during the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association Meet 2016 were also recognized. These are [Elementary Level] Ivory Jade Guevarra, who was named as the most outstanding swimmer and a qualifier for the Palarong Pambansa 2016; Sophia Syyap, gold medalist; Allison Abilay, bronze medalist; Adrienne Elejandrino, bronze medalist; [Secondary Level] Kelly De Guzman, silver medalist; and Rolly Dela Cruz, bronze medalist.


CSF Holds 'school Presscon' [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga hosted this year’s Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) 2015 held at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center on January 7, 2016.

Thousands of campus journalists from public and private elementary and high schools in Region 3 participated in the various writing and broadcasting competitions which the city hosted for the first time

In his speech, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago expressed his view on the importance of campus journalism in achieving government transparency and accountability.

“Napakahalaga ng role ng mga educators sa paghubog ng isang mamahayag, hindi lang kakayahan ang importante kundi ang kaniyang determinasyon at ‘puso’ sa pagsusulat” he said.

The mayor underscored that media is the fourth branch of the state noting that “news media is responsible to inform the public about the dealings of the government which makes it essential to the healthy functioning of the democracy”.

Department of Education Region 3 Director Malcom S. Garma expressed his gratitude to the City Government and Mayor Santiago’s benevolence for hosting the event.

“This year’s RSPC should have been held in Aurora Province last December but because of onslaught of typhoons, we postponed it and we are very thankful to Mayor Santiago for hosting this event” he said.

The conduct of RSPC is pursuant to Republic Act No. 7079, otherwise known as the Campus Journalism Act of 1991.


CSF Commends PNP For Anti-crime Efforts [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


Uplifting the morale and drive of the San Fernando PNP and Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams in performing their respective tasks, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago commended some personnel for relentless anti-crime efforts.

During the Monday Flag raising ceremony (February 15), Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, Councilor Angelica O. Hizon, Chief of Police Superintendent Jean S. Fajardo presented a city resolution giving recognitions to 25 PNP personnel for a successful police operation which resulted in the arrest of alleged drug pushers, and the seizure of shabu, drug paraphernalia and assorted firearms, hand grenades, ammunitions and cash money.

“This intensified campaign against drugs which resulted in the arrests of suspects is another major accomplishment of our PNP as they collared a group that victimizes our peace loving populace particularly our youth” said Mayor Santiago.

Vice Mayor Lazatin noted that “the PNP truly deserves the commendation and recognition especially among the duly elected leaders of the City as the chosen representative of the people in governance.”

The recipients of this commendation are PCINSP Jan Carl Nacpil Gopez, PINSP Wemerra Jean D. Saldia, PINSP Richard M. Rosario, SPO2 Honorato Oñate Maraña, SPO1 Rufino A. Peralta Jr., SPO1 Rogelio Javier, PO3 Dennis Oñate Maraña, PO3 Nida Bartolo Kabiling, PO3 Marlon Rimando Nerona, PO2 Ryan Nelson Reyes Moran, PO2 Gamaliel Tiongson Paderan, PO1 Zeus De Guzman Bugarin, PO1 Peter Latimer Asegurado Lingat, PO1 Jahnel Fajardo Chou, PO1 Dave DV Santos, PO1 Andrei Cabi Andres, PO2 Ed Millan David Panlilio, PO1 Jose Emmanuel Coteng Rivera, PO1 Joseph Pelayo Gamboa, PO1 Reny Almandres Merindo, PO1 Rhuel Arellano Salamanca, PO1 Allen Jay Simbe Solmerin, PO1 Reynaldo Asuncion Sumira Jr., and PO1 Donnielee Torres.

Six members of BPATS were also recognized for helping the PNP in different operations against robbery and theft. They are Resty Sison and Ricardo Villar of Barangay Calulut; Ricky Lapuz and Edgar Guinto of Barangay San Jose; Edwin Pineda and Ricardo Casimiro of Barangay San Pedro.

Meanwhile, Mayor Santiago also received a deed of donation of eight base radio units from Councilor Angelica O. Hizon to be used by the city police force in its operation.


CSF Commemorates Pedro Abad Santos’ 140th Birth Anniversary [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


To honor his martyrdom and heroism, the local government here, headed by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, held a wreath laying ceremony to honor its local hero Pedro Abad Santos in his 140th birth anniversary.

The ceremony was held Saturday (January 31) morning at the Heroes Hall and was accompanied with a gun salute by the local police.

The mayor said that the wreath laying was done in line with the city’s advocacy of promoting nationalism and patriotism through preservation and promotion of history and culture.


CSF Breaks Ground For Rehabilitation Of New Public Market [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


The city’s New Public Market (Camarin C) in Brgy. Del Pilar is set to have a new face through an improvement, rehabilitation project to be implemented next month.

Led by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, the local government held a groundbreaking ceremony this morning in front of Camarin C building. Joining him were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Nelson Lingat, BJ Lagman, Tino Dizon and staff from the City Engineer’s Office.

City Engineer Efren De Leon said that the demolition of the existing (Camarin C) structure shall begin on March 2.

“After the demolition, the construction of the new building will immediately take place. We have provided relocation tents located within the market area for some 600 affected vendors,” he added.

As per the project’s profile, the new building will be a meter elevated compared to the previous. With a total of 3,500 square-meter floor area, the building shall have 94 fix stalls while more than 500 tables will also be allotted for small-time vendors.

For his part, Mayor Santiago stressed that the rehabilitation scheme is well-planned by various sectors and it aims to address the numerous structural damages in the market.

“We want to modernize our public markets for these symbolize the advancement of our local economy. The markets and the town proper (Poblacion) are the heart of the economy,” he explained.

The City has loaned a total of 57 million pesos from Landbank Lending Center for the implementation of the said project which is targeted to be completed on August 29, 2016.


CSF Bags 5 Health Awards From DOH [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando recently received five health awards from the Department of Health (DOH) for its massive health program during the 4th Central Luzon Excellence Award for Health held in Holiday Inn Clark, Pampanga last February 4.

DOH Regional Director IV Dr. Leonita P. Gorgolon presented to Mayor Edwin “EdSa” D. Santiago the non-communicable disease healthy lifestyle advocate award for Central Luzon, Pulang Laso excellence award for being the best LGU for innovative strategies against human immunodeficiency virus, best city epidemiology and surveillance unit, most organized health emergency and disaster response activity with functional health emergency management staff unit, and Region 3’s outstanding blood program implementer.

“All these awards came from the hard work of our health workers in the city, my role in this is to support them but they are the ones who are implementing it and I laud them for a job well done said Mayor Santiago.

He added that these awards only show that the city is really serious in its health program and that even the DOH has taken notice already.

The mayor also underscored that recognitions and achievements are not just honors but are gauges on how the government serves the people.

Under the EdSa administration, the city government uses a 12-point agenda as springboard to the promotion of inclusive growth among Fernandinos. These sustainable development programs address the birth-to-retirement needs of the citizenry which include health programs dubbed as “Epektibong programang pangkalusugan, produktibong mamamayan.”


Color Run Illuminates San Fernando [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


Different and vibrant colors filled the morning of Fernandino runners as the second Rainbow Fun Run in the City of San Fernando was held.

Hundreds of participants coming various groups registered for the 3 and 5 kilometers categories to experience a unique and fun-filled activity anchored on healthy living.

During his welcome remarks, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago announced his will to support this kind of activity since this is also a way to promote health and wellness in the city as stated in his 12 point agenda which include health programs dubbed as “Epektibong programang pangkalusugan, produktibong mamamayan.”

This year’s winners are: (3k male category) Michael Canlas, 1st place; Reymart Songco, 2nd place; Jerry Vergara, 3rd place; (3k female category) Cherry Ancheta, 1st place; Athena Sahi, 2nd place; Marie Laylay, 3rd place; (5k male category) Redentor Salas, 1st place; Jomari Punay, 2nd place, Jovy Villagamas, 3rd place; (5k female category) Bernadette Dizon, 1st place; Emma David, 2nd place; Karen Guevarra, 3rd place.

The activity is in line with the celebration of the city’s 15th anniversary dubbed as Kaganpan 2016.
Also present in the program were Councilors Harvey Quiwa and Jacklyn Calimlim.


CSF Holds Second Barangay Fire Olympics [ Tuesday | 5th day of April, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


In case of fire and related emergencies in our barangay, are we ready?

The local government here in coordination with the Bureau of Fire Protection conducted today the 2nd City of San Fernando Fire Olympics to strengthen the capabilities of barangay fire brigades.

Held at the Heroes Hall, the event tested the fire response skills of this city’s barangays. Participants competed in drills set by BFP on modified rescue and transfer relay; modified bucket relay; and modified flammable liquid fire extinguishments.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that updating the capabilities of barangay personnel is very important since they are part of the first line of defense of the local government during emergencies.

“We trained our barangay to become prepared because they are often the first ones to help each other before rescuers can come to their aid” he added.

The mayor underscored the need to keep improving and refining techniques to adapt to worst-case scenarios.

The barangay fire brigade from Barangay Sta. Lucia was crowned the grand champion, followed by Del Rosario, 1st Runner up, and Sindalan and Telebastagan, tied at 3rd place.