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CSF Revisits LDRRM Plan For 2015-2019 [ Thursday | 19th day of October, 2017 | 22 hrs ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, in coordination with the Office of the Civil Defense Region 3, conducted a revisiting of the 2015-2019 Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan on October 18 to 20.

The City Government of San Fernando, in coordination with the Office of the Civil Defense Region 3, conducted a revisiting of the 2015-2019 Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan on October 18 to 20.

This was participated in by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and all department heads of the local government unit and attached agencies under the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Mayor EdSa said the 3-day activity aims to evaluate the implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction programs and assess if these are still aligned with the country's development plan and international agreements such as the Sendai Framework for action which was adopted in 2015.

The Sendai Framework, the successor instrument to the Hyogo Framework for Action, is a 15-year agreement which recognizes the state as the primary responsible for reducing disaster risk and losses. However, it suggests that the responsibility must be shared with the local government, private sector and other stakeholders.

"Our LDRRM plan contains programs, projects and activities focused on four thematic areas namely prevention & mitigation, recovery & rehabilitation, preparedness and response. These are funded by the local government and were conceptualized to strengthen the city's capacity and resiliency in the face of disasters," Santiago added.

For his part, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Raymond Del Rosario said that at the end of the activity, they expect to identify the gaps and problems encountered as well as provide recommendations to improve and strategize the implementation of the LDRRM plan.

"This is the ideal time to conduct a review and revisit since we are in the mid-year of its implementation. I believe we're on the right track; we have accomplished other programmed activities and the others are in the process," Del Rosario added.

17 Fernandino Couples Wed In ‘Kasalan King Barangay Calulut' [ Wednesday | 18th day of October, 2017 | 2 days ago ]

17 Fernandino couples exchanged vows during the "Kasalan king Barangay Calulut" held over the weekend at the St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Church. The said event was sponsored by the barangay council of Calulut headed by Captain Angel Wijangco in partnership with the City Government of San Fernando through its Community Affairs Division.

"Ginagawa natin ito kasi gusto nating tulungan yung mga couples na maging legal na sila as husband and wife pero hindi nila kaya yung mga gastusin ng pagpapakasal. Sa pakikipagtulungan din ng aming parish priest ay nakapagdaos kami ng isang makabuluhang kasalan," said Brgy. Captain Angel Wijangco.

The mass wedding ceremony was officiated by Rev. Fr. Ching Fuertez, parish priest of St Vincent Ferrer Parish Church and organized by the Catholic Women's League Calulut and Sindalan Chapter.

Wijangco also expressed his gratitude to the local government of San Fernando for giving their support to make this event possible and successful.

"Ang City Government of San Fernando sa pangunguna ni Mayor EdSa, ay walang sawang nagbibigay ng tulong sa Barangay Calulut sa tuwing may mga aktibidad dito. Katunayan, sila ang nag-sponsor sa reception ng kasalang ito," Wijangco added.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago encouraged the Fernandino couples to become responsible parents and strengthen their families, since it is the basic unit of society.

"Ang pagkakaroon ng magandang pagsasamahan ng isang pamilya ay siyang tulay sa pagkakaroon ng maayos na komunidad at matatag na syudad," Santiago said.
Also present during the event were City Councilors Harvey Quiwa, Nelson Lingat and Reden Halili.

396 Fernandino College Students Receive Scholarship Grants [ Wednesday | 18th day of October, 2017 | 2 days ago ]

Some 396 college students from the City of San Fernando received their certificates of eligibility as a proof that they were beneficiaries under the City Government's Educational Scholarship Assistance Program (ESAP) during the awarding and orientation of the new set of E-SAP scholars held over the weekend.

ESAP Head Jayson Caguiat said the amount of scholarship grants they can receive depends from their grades and they shall voluntarily participate in at least one community service.
"Dapat yung i-maintain nilang general weighted average is 80% para maging isang scholar sila at diretso na natin itong ibinibigay sa mga schools nila," Caguiat said.

Caguiat also added that full merit scholarships were also given to students enrolled in courses preferred by the City Government such as criminology, midwifery, social work and environmental science.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed that education is the key to have a better future.

"Lagi niyong tatandaan na ang edukasyon lamang ang hinding-hindi nila makukuha sa inyo, kaya bilang kayo ay nabigyan ng oportunidad na makapag-aral, hinihikayat ko kayong magsumikap at pagbutihin ang inyong pag-aaral dahil ito ang magdadala sa inyo sa rurok ng tagumpay," Santiago said.

The city mayor also added that the government is always ready and willing to extend help for the education of the students, since it is the administration's top priority.

"Ginawa naming unang prayoridad ang edukasyon dahil naniniwala ako na madaming bata ang gustong mag-aral ngunit kapos sila sa buhay kaya hindi nila masustentuhan ito. Kaya asahan ninyong laging nakaalalay ang gobyerno sa inyo upang suportahan ang inyong mga pangarap," Santiago added.

Also present during the program were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors Harvey Quiwa, Nelson Lingat and Reden Halili.

Mayor EdSa Named Outstanding Mechanical Engineer [ Wednesday | 18th day of October, 2017 | 2 days ago ]

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago was recognized as the Outstanding Mechanical Engineer in the field of Government Service during the recently held 65th Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME) National Convention awards night in Pasay City.

The Outstanding Mechanical Engineer (TOME) award is given annually to recognize Mechanical Engineers who excelled in their chosen field of endeavour thus distinguishing themselves in the practice of their profession towards the sustainable growth and development of the society.

Santiago, a licensed Mechanical Engineer who graduated from Mapua Institute of Technology, has been an active member of the PSME since 1981.

Prior to his political career, he worked as a Transportation Manager at Coca-Cola Bottling Corporation and served as a professional consultant to various companies such as CGS Refrigeration and Air-Con and concept builder on land development and systems design and analysis of several real estate developers such as North Breeze Corporation, SANRRO, and KEMMP.

In his speech, Mayor EdSa thanked the esteemed organization for this valuable recognition and stressed that all his accomplishments serve as reflections of his trainings as a Mechanical Engineer.

"The two most important things I've learned that I now apply in fulfilling my duty as a public servant are focus and discipline. Iniiisip nila na kapag Mechanical Engineer ka, pang makina ka lang. Pero hindi, dahil kaya din namin manguna sa ibang larangan partikular sa pagseserbisyo sa ating bayan," Santiago added.

Other recipients of the TOME award in the different fields were Engr. Ronel Baes (Contracting), Engr. Roberto Sala and Engr. Charlito Conesares (Education), Engr. Andresito Desilla (Government Service), Engr. Mark Ryan Sta. Maria (Entrepreneurship), Engr. Neil Reguine (Community Service), Engr. Henry Cabansag (Management), Engr. Arnold Depasucut (Manufacturing), Engr. Edgardo Bacolio (Cement Manufacturing), Engr. Eric Gayares (Consultancy) and Engr. Richard De Leo (Research, Innovation & Invention).

Special awards and recognitions were also given to fellow members and chapters of the PSME, both local and abroad, for their eminent role in observing high ethical practice as Mechanical Engineers.

CSF Conducts Flood Simulation Drill [ Wednesday | 18th day of October, 2017 | 2 days ago ]

The Local Government of San Fernando, through its City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office conducted flood simulation drill on October 13 at Brgy. San Pedro Cutud in line with the Department of the Interior and Local Government's advocacy program dubbed "Operation Listo: Listong Pamayanan."

DILG City Director Engr. Algy Canlas said the activity aims to strengthen the disaster preparedness and resiliency of different flood prone areas; as well as to test the effectiveness of the local government's flood management plans.

"Napakalaking tulong na inilunsad sa atin ito, kasi alam naman natin na ang Syudad San Fernando partikular na ang Brgy San Pedro Cutud ay malapit sa pagbaha sa tuwing panahon ng tag-ulan. Sa pamamagitan nito ay mas lalong malalaman ng mga residente yung tamang procedures sa paghahanda at pati na rin sa pagresponde ng mga disaster volunteers ng barangay. At kung may kakulangan man, malalaman natin kung ano pa yung dapat iimprove," Canlas said.

In an effort to make the simulation realistic, personnel from the CDRRMO together with the Community Disaster Volunteers in Brgy. San Pedro Cutud conducted a typhoon scenario wherein the whole barangay got flooded and the residents were needed to be rescued.

Residents were rescued by the disaster volunteers and they brought with them clothes and other important things before heading to the evacuation center located in Brgy Saguin covered court. This was followed by the distribution of relief goods and sleeping bags.

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Raymond Del Rosario said they are now seeing the positive results of the LGU's continuous efforts in informing and training the Fernandino community on disaster preparation and response.

"Masasabi nating handa ang Syudad San Fernando sa kung ano mang kalamidad dahil hindi tayo tumitigil sa pagbibigay ng mga trainings sa ating mga rescuers. Gayundin sa ating mga barangay, sinisikap nating makapagbigay ng trainings at seminars sa kanila dahil napakahalaga na ang barangay mismo ay handa dahil sila ang aming kasangga," Del Rosario said.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago encouraged everyone to participate in the activities of the government regarding disaster preparedness considering that emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere.

"Ang lahat ng trainings na ibinibigay ng gobyerno patungkol sa kahandaan sa oras ng kalamidad ay napakahalaga, dahil hindi lahat kaya ng gobyerno, kailangan ang partisipasyon ng bawat isa upang mas lalo tayong handa na harapin ang mga kalamidad na maaring tumama sa atin," Santiago said.

Meanwhile, certificates of appreciation were given to Brgy. San Pedro Cutud, Brgy. Saguin and City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for their contributions in making the activity possible and successful.

Also present during the activity were DILG Provincial Director Myrvi Apostol Fabia, Barangay Captains Zoilo Castro (San Pedro) and Cristina Lagman (Saguin).

National Mental Health Awareness Week Observed In CSF [ Wednesday | 18th day of October, 2017 | 2 days ago ]

The Local Government of San Fernando in partnership with the Department of Health Region 3 celebrated National Mental Health Awareness Week on October 13 at the Heroes Hall.

Dubbed "Kumusta ka? Tara usap tayo!" the whole day program seeks to raise mental awareness among the youth by giving them lectures and activities on how to overcome depression and stress that can lead to suicide.

"Hanggang ngayon, malala pa rin yung diskriminasyon na nangyayari sa mga nakakaranas ng mental issues. This activity is a good opportunity to highlight the needs of a person who is suffering from mental health problems. Sa pamamagitan ng mga activities ngayon ay lalawak ang kaisipan ng mga kabataan at makakatulong sa kanila ito para ma-determine nila kung ano ba ang tama at mali," said DOH Chief Health Program Officer Frances Prescilla Cuevas.

DOH Assistant Secretary of Health Office for Technical Services Dr. Maria Francia Laxamana gave tips on how to deal with depression and stressed that face-to-face social contact is an effective way to reduce its risk.

"Bago pa man mag proceed into depression yang nararamdaman mo, ilabas mo na yan. Call a friend para mapag-usapan yan. Huwag kimkimin ang nararamdaman, always remember there is someone who is willing to listen and understand you," Laxamana said.

DOH also conceptualized and put up 12 booths for various fun and light activities on how to ease depression and stress. These include "Once Upon a Talk", "Pop Your Advice" and "Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga."

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago urged the youth to engage in different social and physical activities organized by the local government to keep themselves consistently active. He also stressed the importance of building a stronger spiritual life by restoring faith in God.

"Marami pa kayong pwedeng gawin sa buhay ninyo, malayo pa ang mararating niyo kaya wag niyong hayaan lamunin kayo ng kalungkutan at depresyon. Dito sa Syudad San Fernando, gusto nating maging isang mentally healthy city, kaya kayong mga kabataang Fernandino magpakatotoo kayo sa inyong mga sarili," Santiago said.

CSF Welcomes Delegates From Bulacan [ Wednesday | 18th day of October, 2017 | 2 days ago ]

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, together with City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan, welcomed in the City of San Fernando the local officials and department heads from Baliwag, Bulacan led by Municipal Mayor Ferdinand Estrella on October 13 for their benchmarking activity.

Estrella said the purpose of their visitation is to know the best practices of the City of San Fernando that may be used as their basis and guide in improving their tasks in local governance.

He also expressed his gratitude to the city hall employees for their warm accommodation and letting them experience Fernandino hospitality.

"Hindi kami nagsisisi na ang San Fernando ang aming piniling bisitahin, tunay ngang isa na itong maunlad at progresibong syudad dahil sa mahusay na pamamalakad ng mga nanunungkulan ditto," Estrella said.

Meanwhile, department heads of the City of San Fernando took part in informing the delegates on the programs and initiatives of their respective offices or departments.

Business License and Permit Division (BLPD) Chief Joseph Garcia presented the achievements of their office and discussed the speedy yet efficient process of applying business permits while City Treasurer Mary Ann Bautista highlighted the importance of taxation in the city or municipality towards government efficiency and transparency.

For their part, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Iris Biliwang and Supervising Administrative Officer Aileen Villanueva shared their plans and techniques in providing technical assistance and support to the community.

Lastly, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (CDRRMO) Raymond Del Rosario talked about the city's innovative strategies and tactics in disaster response and recovery.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago encouraged the municipal officials to always aim for excellence, work hard and be united to achieve a sustainable and livable municipality.

"Kami dito sa Syudad San Fernando ay nag-umpisa lamang sa isang pangarap. Nangarap lang kami na magkaroon ng maayos at maunlad na syudad at sinabayan namin ito ng pagsisikap. Kaya gaya namin, ay hinihikayat ko din kayong maging mapangarap para mas lalo pang lumago at umunlad ang Baliwag Bulacan," Santiago said.

CSF Partners With East West Seed To Improve Vegetable Production [ Thursday | 12th day of October, 2017 | 1 week ago ]

With an aim to increase the production of quality vegetables in the city, the Local Government of San Fernando started recently its partnership with the East West Seed—an innovative company engaged in the development, production and distribution of vegetable seeds.

During the Regional Champions Day held October 12 in celebration of the 35th anniversary of East West Seed, City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay said the seed company has helped them developed the 1-hectare city nursery, located in Brgy. Lara, into a demonstration farm wherein various agricultural techniques using farm-ready seedlings are introduced to the Fernandino farmers.

"There have been improvements in the production of vegetable varieties in our city and we hope that this partnership continues to flourish with other municipalities so we can maximize farm productivity in the entire province," she added.

The city nursery grows different kinds of leafy, cucurbits and solanaceous vegetables. These include okra, pepper, cucumber, eggplant and tomato, to name a few.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago acknowledged the joint effort of the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office and the East West Seed for promoting sustainable agriculture that helps increase the income of fernandino farmers.

"Farmers are the backbone of the economy. With these innovations in farming, you also help boost vegetable consumption in the community that will lead in the rise of local demand, "Santiago added.

Meanwhile, East West Seed has also recognized 35 farmer heroes from all over Region 3 for their outstanding performance in farming thus playing an important role in the development of the Philippine vegetable industry.

Also present during the activity were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, East West Seed personnel represented by Marketing Supervisor Jeffrey Rodriguez, Representative from Provincial Agriculture Lolita Mandap and City Agriculture and Fishery Council Chairman Antonette Zapata.

CSF Celebrates Youth Week 2017 [ Monday | 9th day of October, 2017 | 2 weeks ago ]

To kick off this year's celebration of Youth Week, the City Government of San Fernando in partnership with the Rotary Club of San Fernando (P), presented on Monday the newly selected Youth Officials composed of 44 students from 23 public and private schools in the city.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago led the oath taking ceremony of the students who will be involve in the local government unit's workforce and various programs from October 9-13.

In his speech, Santiago urged the young officials to do their share to realize the city's mission to develop a livable, ecologically-balanced and economically-viable Model City through effective and socially inclusive governance that will enhance the quality of life of Fernandinos.

"Ipagpatuloy ninyo ang mga nasimulan dahil darating ang araw kayo naman ang tatayo sa harapan bilang mga lider at kami ang makikinig sa inyo. Congratulations!" he added.

For his part, Rotary Club of San Fernando President Engr. Ferdinand Caylao thanked the LGU for supporting their endeavors for 26 years now.

"I asked our city hall employees to welcome the students. May you help us in transforming them into great leaders who will serve the community in various capacity in the future," Caylao added.

Riona Bianca Basco and Frances Gail Mendoza will lead the new set of officials as the Youth City Mayor and Youth City Vice Mayor, respectively.

They are joined by 10 Youth City Councilors namely Marc Andrei Cumbe, Yeng Lingad, Trebor Aiv Nervey Yambao, Raven Jan Rabago, Jhio Rhey Detros, Lee Harvie Dizon, Elmer Dela Cruz, John Lawrence Mendoza, Jeflien Bundalian and Mary May Domingo.

These officers will also work hand in hand with the youth representatives for the different departments including Aaron James Sampang as Youth ABC President, Mikaela Rubio as Youth Sangguniang Panlungsod Secretary, Princess Calbang as Youth City Administrator, Maron David as Youth City Planning and Development Coordinator Officer, Apiwat Jongpattana as Youth City Treasurer, Jeana Mikaela Guese as Youth City Accountant, Marie Ann Campos as City Budget Officer, Romy Sumarago Jr. as Youth City Legal Officer, Elsa Endomo as Youth City Human Resource Development Officer, Jesusa Pamintuan as Youth City Engineer, Kyla Marie Tapang as Youth City General Services Officer, Jamilah Tricia Noble as Youth City Social Welfare and Development Officer, Marylyn David as Youth City Health Officer, Tracy Nicole Macawili as Youth City Assessor, Katherine Joy Manlutac as Youth City Environment and Natural Resources Officer, Janet Morales as Youth City Tourism Officer, Kurt Christiana Tungcab as Youth City Agriculture and Veterinary Officer, Jasmin Lacson as Youth City Registrar, Daniel Sembrano as Youth City Disaster Risk Reduction and
Management Officer, Matt Jason Manalang as Youth City Chief of Staff, Charteiza Imari Sayco as Youth City Information Officer, Hazel Aquino as Youth City Department of the Interior and Local Government Director, John Lee De Jesus as Youth City Schools Division Superintendent, Jan Ronel Mortega as Youth City Chief of Police, Joanna Marie Borla as City Fire Marshall, Winslet Aragona as City Jail Warden, Jonna Garcia as Youth City Auditor and Micaela Adriano as Youth Public Employment Service Office Manager and Alion Evaristo as Youth City Public Order and Safety Coordinating Officer.

Selected for the division head positions were Noel Ibanez as Youth City Business License and Permit Division Chief, Shyrine Jimenez as Youth Local Building Official Division Chief and James Maui Cabaya as Youth City Chief Management Information and Technology Division Chief.

World Teacher's Day Celebrated In CSF [ Monday | 9th day of October, 2017 | 2 weeks ago ]

Hundreds of teachers from the City Schools Division of San Fernando gather at the Heroes Hall on October 5 to celebrate World Teacher's Day.

Realized in partnership with the local government, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said in his speech that the annual celebration seeks to recognize the educator's unwavering service and commitment towards a better Fernandino community.

"Allow me to thank all of you for playing an integral role in honing the fullest potentials of the youth to be the hope of the future. As we gear towards a new San Fernando, I encourage you to teach the children to dream big and aim for excellence," he added.

To keep the teachers motivated, the first official hymn of the City Schools Division entitled "Aim High DepEd San Fernando" was also launched during the program. This was composed by Jay Gopez and sung by Janette Amores, Edna Suarez, Edgar Yutuc and Mario Deraco.

94 teachers were also awarded as "Superheroes in the Classroom" for their outstanding performance for School Year 2016-2017 (October to March) and 2017-2018 (June to September), respectively.

The first set of awardees were Norcelyn Panlilio, Kimberly Castro, Danilo Alata, Mark Anthony Lazaro, Marichu Santos, Estella Azcune, Edgar Pineda, Vernalyn Guevarra, Jennifer Malig, Charmain Alcantara, John Kevin Garcia, Rosalina Tanedo, Mina Batac, Nenita Tiomico, Veronica Gozun, Paulina Ancheta, Antonette Cadiang, Anna Bernadette Pineda, Jen Kathlyn Batas, Carmencita Sunglao, Marlen Del Rosario, Danica Ramirez, Rachelle Lacson, Regina Castro, Elizabeth Olalia, Nida Aldana, Alicia Pagcu, Erlinda Sunga, Lilibeth Tejones, Rezzy Gopez, Vivian Saulo, Rodrigo Magpayo, Joan San Juan, Debbie Urbano, Maricar Dizon, Lilia Baluyut, Charisse Mae Canlas, Marnellie Malit, Erlinda Castillo, Jennie Lyn Manalang, Ma. Annie Nombre, Rhoda Joyce David and Nianita Pamintuan.

Other recipients of the award were Recita Espenocilla, Alma David, Conrad Beltran, Zenaida Feliciano, Zharmaine David, Rubie Ann Quaimbao, Ma. Katrina Guzman, Aileen Sazon, Fatima David, Faith Lozada, Moises Flores, Alberto Celon, Angelina Bundalian, Rose Ann Magtoto, Marifel Mercado, Marites Nunga, Richard Gomez, Arlene Dizon, Marissa Waniwan, Alanie Villanueva, Catherine Patiu, Adela Sampang, Ruby Razon, Wilhelmina Caguiat, Celeste Tayag, Maricar Dungo, Rowena Quevedo, Cristina Punsalan, Elsie Lacson, Febe Lingat, Gloria Del Rosario, Precious Marie Richards, Anicia Pamintuan, Kelvin Montilla, Mary Ann Gomez, Rebecca Dakis, Jocelyn Villanueva, Antonio Canlas, Carmelita Mangio, Donnalyn Tulabut, Cristina Paula Pineda, Joven Flores, Elena Marie Guintu, Maria Rita Catingco, Michael Quiazon, Francia Reyes, Airamae Mallari, Rowena Santiago and Jaime Mangune.

Also highlight during the celebration was the 2nd Lakan at Mutya ning Fernandinong Talaturu which showcases the talents and skills of the teachers. This year's winners were Mark Anthony Sawal and Mary Ann Lalic (Lakan & Mutya 2017); Kim Harold Mallari and Patricia Mae Sioson (1st Runners up); and Kelvin Montilla and Nikka Marie David (2nd Runners up).

CSF, DTI Kick Off Consumer Welfare Month Through Fun Run [ Monday | 2nd day of October, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry Pampanga, kicked off yesterday the celebration of Consumer Welfare Month through a fun run.

Open in 3K and 5K categories, the activity was participated in by some 200 runners from different cities and municipalities in Pampanga and Metro Manila.

DTI Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio said this was simultaneously held nationwide not only to promote health and wellness but also to raise awareness on consumer rights and responsibilities.

"Our theme for this year's celebration is ‘Consumer Rights in the Digital Age,' we are encouraging the public to always be vigilant when buying goods and products," she added.
Ordonio also thanked the local government unit of San Fernando for helping them towards the success of the first Consumer Fun Run.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed that this activity serves as a venue to disseminate information on consumer related matters to both public and private sector.
"Every consumer plays a vital role in the economy, therefore, each of us must be updated on the policies and rules set by the authorities to avoid being misled by product claims," the city added.

Meanwhile, the winners of the race for the 5K men division were Reynante Torio (1st prize), Mark Anthony Oximen (2nd prize) and Raymart Songco (3rd prize). For the women division, the first three finishers were Estefanie Calilung (1st prize), Sarah Orsajes (2nd prize) and Vilma Papa (3rd prize).

For the 3K men division, the winners were Marcelino Goleng Jr., (1st prize), Archie Abayon (2nd prize) and James Pineda (3rd prize). While the women who also emerged as victors were Trisha Anne Onofre (1st prize), Shantelle Canlas (2nd prize) and Royena Pabustan (3rd prize).

Special awards were also given to Rudy Flores (Oldest runner); Shantalle May Rosales and Louis Sacramento (Youngest runners); RAM Group (Big group delegation); Marcelino Goleng Jr.; (Colorful outfit); Jay-Ar Gonzales (Honoraria for the warm up instructor); and James Pineda and Trisha Onofre (Early birds).

CSF Provides Free Spay, Neuter Services [ Tuesday | 26th day of September, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]

The local government of San Fernando, through its City Agriculture and Veterinary Office, has provided free spaying and neutering services for dogs and cats on September 26.

City Veterinarian Dr. Ryan Paul Manlapaz said the activity seeks to promote responsible pet ownership as well as to control the population and reduce unwanted pregnancy among animals.

"Ang pinaka-concern natin dito ay ang kalusugan ng ating mga alagang hayop. Hindi natin nililimitahan ang bilang ng kanilang mga anak bagkus ay gusto nating tiyakin na sila'y ligtas at manatiling malusog. Delikado na kasi manganak ang isang hayop kapag umabot na sa edad na 8-9," Manlapaz explained.

For her part, City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay said the activity was realized, through the partnership of the Pampanga State Agricultural University and International Wildlife Coalition Trust, in line with the celebration of World Rabies Day on the 28th.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago expressed his gratitude to the PSAU and IWCT for partnering with the city of San Fernando in providing compassionate animal care.

"Napakalaking tulong nito sa ating mga kababayan sapagkat hindi na nila kailangang gumastos sa operasyon ng kanilang mga alagang aso't pusa," he added.

The city mayor also stressed that promoting animal health and wellness is also a way to prevent the incidence of pet-associated diseases in the household.

CAVO will also conduct Animal Impounding Operation on September 27 to be followed by a free rabies vaccination scheduled on September 28 at the Old DFA Building.

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