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SPES Grantees In CSF Receive Salaries [ Friday | 16th day of June, 2017 | 1 week 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 | 2 weeks 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."

CSF Hosts Training For Drug Rehabilitation Practitioners [ Wednesday | 14th day of June, 2017 | 2 weeks ago ]

As part of its continuous effort of spreading awareness about drug addiction treatment, the City Government of San Fernando conducted a two-day training-workshop on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing for Substance-Use Disorders: Hands on Assessment, Triage and Treatment in Community-Based Rehabilitation Centers.

The activity was realized through the initiative of the City Health Office, headed by Dr. Eloisa Aquino, in partnership with the Department of Health Region 3.

This was participated in by rehabilitation practitioners composed of nurses, doctors and social workers from Health Offices in different cities and municipalities in Central Luzon.

Aquino said the guest speakers are two notable professors from the University of Pennsylvania (Osteopathic Medicine) and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic.

"We have invited experts who can give us a clearer understanding on the rehabilitation process including Patient Psycho education; Epidemiology; and effective Coping Skills & Counselling, among others," she added.

CHO also reported that from December 2016 to present, an estimated of 150 suspected drug users have already undergone initial screening and counselling.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said this training is very timely and relevant as the city intensifies its anti-drug abuse campaigns aligned with the programs of the National Government.

"We are one in the thrust to eradicate substance abuse; we are one in believing that we can only be economically competitive if we have a strong and durable peace and order," Santiago added.

CSF Scholars Attends Disaster Preparedness Seminar [ Wednesday | 7th day of June, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]

Beneficiaries of the Educational Scholarship Assistance Program of the City Government of San Fernando attended a seminar on disaster preparedness as part of their community service.

The forum, conducted by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, was held for two days to accommodate all 2,074 college stduents from different schools in the city.
Jayson Caguiat, head of ESAP, said that aside from receiving cash assistance for their enrolment every semester, the beneficiaries should also voluntarily undergo trainings about disaster resiliency and recovery.
"Gusto natin sa syudad San Fernando na maging handa ang lahat sa oras ng ano mang sakuna o kalamidad. Maaaring magamit ng mga kabataang ito ang kanilang mga kaalaman sa oras na kailanganin ng sa gayon ay makatulong din sa komunidad," Caguiat added.
Another highlight of the program is the awarding of ESAP scholars who graduated in 2017 with Latin Honors.
Each of them received cash grants from the City Government headed by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago.
In his speech, Mayor Edsa said "education is the key for the progress of the city. Every Fernandino youth deserves to have an education, but unfortunately, not everyone can afford it. Since education is the administration's top priority, the city holds some programs like, Educational Scholarship Assistance Program to assist the students in their school expenses. "
"Ang susi para umunlad ang syudad ay ang edukasyon, pero hindi lahat ay may kakayahang makapag-aral, kaya naman angsyudad ay laging nakaalalay sa inyo upang ipagpatuloy ninyo ang inyong pag-aaral. Prayoridad ng syudad San Fernando ang edukasyon ng bawat isa." Santiago added.

CSF Slates Philippine Environment Month Activities [ Tuesday | 6th day of June, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]

The month of June is focused on preserving and protecting Mother Earth as the City Government of San Fernando observes Philippine Environment Month with the theme "Connecting People to Nature."

This year's celebration kicked off June 5 which also marks World Environment Day.

Highlight of the activity is the presentation of the newly hailed Lakan ning Kalikasan Renver Ryan Sicat and Mutya ning Kalikasan Jhackie Brendan Garcia, respectively.

The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) will also hold City Solid Waste Management Board Meeting on June 8; City of San Fernando Water Resources Management Board Meeting on June 15; and Seminar on Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics and Household Products on June 20.

In an effort to improve the air quality in the city, there will be "Bantay Tambutso" Random Vehicle Testing along Jose Abad Santos Avenue Road on June 8 and 22.

This coming June 9, foreign guests will get the chance to attend a Plastic Bag Regulation Eco-tour.

On June 23, CENRO will host the Environment Month program featuring the Eco-Fashion Competition.

More than 1,500 seedlings will be planted during the citywide Arbor Day celebration on June 25.

This year's Barangays that demonstrated best practices on Ecological Solid Waste Management will be awarded on the 30th.

The celebration will culminate with a three-day Fernandino YES-O Network Environmental Youth Camp from July 7 to 9.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago encouraged every Fernandino to do their share in conserving the natural resources by participating in the different activities launched by CENRO.

"You can show your love for the environment even in the simplest ways like adopting the practice of reuse, reduce and recycle. The time to act is now," Santiago added.

CSF Recognizes Outstanding Fernandino Students [ Tuesday | 6th day of June, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]

Some 600 Grade 6 students from both public and private schools in the City of San Fernando who graduated with highest honors, high honors and with honors in Academic Year 2016-2017 were recognized during the Mayor's Academic Excellence Award held June 3 at the Heroes Hall.

Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago, together with City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Imelda Macaspac, led the distribution of certificates and cash incentives to the oustanding students.

In his speech, Santiago lauded not only the students for their hardwork but also the parents for their unending support and sacrifices.

"Malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa inyong mga magulang dahil sa pagtataguyod ninyo sa pag-aaral ng inyong mga anak. At sa inyong kabataan, naniniwala ako na sa pamamagitan ng inyong galing at katalinuhan, kayo ang magtutuloy sa aming nasimulan." Santiago said.
Santiago also added that the City Government is always willing to help the students in their education since it is the administration's top priority.

"Walang nanunungkulan ang hindi gustong mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang ating mga anak, kaya naman asahan niyo na hangga't nandirito kami ay tutulungan namin kayo," Santiago said.

The recognition rites which now marks its third year was also attended by Assistant Schools Division Head Dr. Ronnie Mallari and Chief of School Governance and Operations Division Fernandina Otchengo.

CSF Celebrates LGBT Month For The First Time [ Tuesday | 6th day of June, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]

In an effort to promote gender equality and social inclusiveness, the City Government of San Fernando kicked off today its very first celebration of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) June Pride Month.

This was realized through the initiative of the City's Gender and Development and SIWALA—a citywide LGBT organization, headed by Randy Ocampo, which was formed last year.

During a press conference, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said the celebration will give the members of LGBT the chance to reiterate their call for openness and acceptance while showcasing their talents as well.

"We want to develop a community that values respect for all. Each member of the society, regardless of gender, has his or her own skills and unique talents which greatly contribute to the city's prosperity," Santiago added.

The activities lined up for this month include an on-the-spot poster making, poetry writing and photography contest to be held on June 9. All entries for the said competition will then be exhibited at the SM Downtown from June 15 to June 29.

Everyone is encouraged to converge for the LGBT Walk of Pride on June 16.

On June 19, the city will hold a tribute program dubbed "Handog ng LGBT sa mga Fernandino: Libreng Pagpapapogi at Film showing para sa mga Kalalakihan."

A forum on Discrimination Amongst LGBT in the workplace will also be conducted on June 23.
To culminate the celebration, there will be a cultural night highlighting the LGBT Model of Excellence Award which will be followed by a theater play on June 29.

Fernandinos Urged To Display Philippine Flags [ Thursday | 1st day of June, 2017 | 4 weeks ago ]

In observance of the National Flag Day, the City Government of San Fernando on Monday distributed Philippine flags to Barangay Officials, schools, private sectors, Masonic District (region 3) and other attached agencies.

Hundreds of flaglets were also given to the city hall employees and other participants during the flag raising ceremony held at the Heroes Hall. This was followed by a traditional flag salute by a masonic lodge member.

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 179, s. 1994, the city government urges every Fernandino to display the Philippine flag in all offices, government agencies, business establishments, schools and private homes from May 28 to June 12.

Below is a link for the Proper use and display of the Philippine Flag

Inter-Barangay Tournament 2017 [ Thursday | 1st day of June, 2017 | 4 weeks ago ]

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago led the awarding of winners for this year's Inter-Barangay Basketball and Inter-Barangay Volleyball Tournament following the back to back championship games held May 29 at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

Congratulations to all the winners!
Volleyball Girls
Champion: Barangay San isidro
1st Place: Barangay Sindalan
2nd Placer: Barangay San Nicolas
3rd Placer: Barangay San Jose
Most Valuable Player: Rona Cristobal

Volleyball Boys
Champion: Barangay San Jose
1st Place: Barangay Juliana
2nd Place: Barangay Sindalan
3rd Place: Barangay San Felipe
Most Valuable Player: Arvey Galang

Division A
Champion: Barangay Baliti
1st Place: Barangay Sta. Lucia
2nd Place: Barangay Calulut
3rd Place: Barangay San Jose
Most Valuable Player: Frank Oliver Yco

Division B
Champion: Barangay Dela Paz Norte
1st Place: Barangay Del Pilar
2nd Place: Barangay Maimpis
3rd Place: Barangay Lourdes
Most Valuable Player: Jasper Salenga

Transgender Wins Miss Gay Fernandino Festival Queen 2017 [ Thursday | 1st day of June, 2017 | 4 weeks ago ]

Shun Ichiro Mallari, a 23 year-old transgender, was crowned Miss Gay Fernandino Festival Queen 2017 during the coronation night held over the weekend at the Heroes Hall.

"This is my second attempt in this pageant and I'm happy that I've finally won the title. I want to spread awareness about HIV, so that everyone will be knowledgeable on what it is and how to prevent it," Mallari said in an interview.

Her runners up were Christian Santos (1st runner up), Bembem Manansala (2nd runner up), Wendel Miranda (3rd runner up) and Tyra Lagman (4th runner up).

Mallari, who bested 11 aspirants, also bagged 6 special awards including Miss Congeniality, Ms. Professional, Best in Costume, Netizen's Choice Award, Texter's Choice Award and Best in Swim wear.

Meanwhile, Miss Telegenic, Best in Long Gown and Best in Talent awards were given to Christian Santos. Miss Photogenic was Amber Salonga and Ms. Belite Body was Wendel Miranda.

Miss Gay Fernandino Festival Queen 2017 Chairperson Angie Hizon said the pageant was held to recognize and appreciate the talents of the LGBT community. She also expressed her gratitude to Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago and the rest of the officials for their unendless support to this kind of competition.

"Simula ng maging mayor si Mayor Edsa sa syudad,ay nakilala ang mga LGBT, at nagsimula ang Ms. Gay Fernandino, na magpahangga ngayon ay nandito pa din, dahil sa walang sawang pagsuporta ni Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago, kaya naman malaki ang aking pasasalamat sa ating butihing mayor."

For his part, Mayor EdSa said the pageant shows how smart and creative the members of LGBT's are. He also encouraged everyone to respect and support all those who belong to the third sex.

"Through our city's Gender and Development Focal System, we see to it that there is gender equality and ensure that everyone benefits our social and public services " Santiago said.

Also present during the coronation night were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and Pyestang Fernandino 2017 Executive Committee headed by Boy Santiago.

Mutya At Lakan Ning San Fernando 2017 Crowned [ Thursday | 1st day of June, 2017 | 4 weeks ago ]

Barangay Maimpis' lass Vanessa Yvonne Sicat and Barangay San Agustin's pride Paolo Santiago were crowned as Mutya at Lakan ning San Fernando 2017, respectively.

The coronation, held Saturday at SM City Pampanga, was led by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago; Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin; Councilors BJ Lagman and Harvey Quiwa; and Pyestang Fernandino 2017 Executive Committee.

Sicat outshined 11 other candidates after bagging numerous awards such as Best in Casual Wear, Best in Long Gown, Miss Ever Bilena, Mutya Heyday's choice, Ms. GNN 44 Telegenic and The Orchid Gardens Ambassadress.

The 21-year old Santiago who bested 10 aspiring gentlemen was also awarded as Best in Swimwear, Best in Formal Wear, Best in Barong Tagalog, Mr. Photogenic, Mr. Black Beauty, Lakan Heyday's choice, Mr. Dermcare, SunStar Lakan Darling of the Press and The Orchid Gardens Ambassador.

Landing 1st runners up in the prestigious competition were Jhackie Brendan Garcia of Brgy. Dolores for Mutya and Renver Ryan Sicat of Brgy. Sindalan for Lakan.

While, Brgy. Dela Paz's bet Erica Kate Manliclic (Mutya) and Brgy. Panipuan's representative Jasfer Sabile (Lakan) were both awarded as 2nd runners up.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago challenged the candidates to foster goodwill and serve as role models to their fellow Fernandinos, at all times.

"Win or lose, may you continue to do your share to help us, in the City Government, attain a more progressive and livable home for everyone," Mayor Edsa said.

Del Pilar Beauty Is Little Miss Fernandina 2017 [ Thursday | 1st day of June, 2017 | 4 weeks ago ]

Angelica Shayne Legaspi of Barangay Del Pilar was named as Little Miss Fernandina 2017 during the coronation night held May 26 at SM City Pampanga.

The ten year old girl outshined 11 candidates after bagging numerous awards including Little Ms. McDonalds, Best in Talent (1st Runner up), Best in Summer Wear, Best in Evening Gown, Ms. Winsome Smile, and Prinsesita ning Flores De Mayo.

Other candidates who landed in the top 5 were Yvonne Sarah Garcia of Brgy. San Juan (1st Runner up), Rhian Bongalon of Brgy. Del Rosario (2nd Runner up), Ashley Salunga of Brgy. Telabastagan (3rd Runner Up ) and Kezia Yutiese Cudia of Brgy. Quebiawan (4th Runner Up).

During the program, the City Government also recognized the parents of all the candidates through a special tribute.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said that the event is not merely a showcase of talents but also a way of acknowledging parents who nurture their children to become better Fernandinos.

"We see to it that our programs and initiatives benefit the children because we believe that they are the hope of tomorrow. Together, let us build a more harmonious and livable home for them," Santiago added.

This year's Little Miss Fernandina is chaired by City Budget Officer Eda Panganiban.

Also present during the event were Councilor BJ Lagman, Pyestang Fernandino 2017 Chairperson Boy Santiago and City Local Government Operations Officer Engr. Algy Canlas.

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