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Fernandinos Attend Emerging And Re-emerging Diseases Summit [ Friday | 11th day of August, 2017 | 6 days ago ]


Barangay Officials from the 35 barangays of the City of San Fernando and personnel from the city, provincial and regional health offices converged at the Heroes Hall on August 11 for the ‘Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases Summit'.

Organized by the City Health Office, in partnership with the Department of Health Region 3, the activity seeks to raise the level of awareness of Fernandinos on the mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue and Japanese Encephalitis (JE),
Among the topics discussed were the JE Global, Philippine and Regional update; epidemiology and case definition of JE, specimen collection and transport and availability of diphtheria anti-toxins; and presentation on environment sanitation, vector surveillance and different mosquito species.

Rural Health Physician and Communicable Diseases Cluster Program Medical Coordinator Dr. Renely Tungol said that aside from dengue cases, the City Health Office is also in full monitoring of JE adding that since last year, there have already been 25 JE cases in San Fernando, one of which was reported dead.

"Dapat pong maging aware ang ating mga kababayan na may ganitong klase na ng sakit na galing din sa lamok. Kapag po kasi tag-ulan mas prominent ang mga lamok kaya hinihikayat namin ang lahat na panatilihing malinis ang kanilang mga bakuran," she added.
Tungol also mentioned that while there is no specific treatment for this endemic disease, the city will offer free JE vaccine for prevention starting next year.

"Ang target na mabakunahan ay yung mga edad 9-15. Sa ngayon, kapag may suspected case tayo dinadala natin sa Jose B Lingad Merorial Regional Hospital para sa mga tests at kukuhanan sila ng dugo na dadalhin sa Manila for confirmation," she said.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed the importance of keeping the Fernandinos updated on the different diseases in order to maximize the prevention efforts of the entire community.

"Tayo po ay nasa iisang komunidad at mahalaga na alam natin ang nangyayari sa ating kapaligiran. Sana ay makiisa tayo sa lokal na pamahalaan sa mga hakbang upang maiwasan o masugpo ang ganitong klase ng sakit," he added.

Also present during the activity were Councilors Harvey Quiwa and Angie Hizon.


200 Fernandinos Employed Through ‘TUPAD' Program [ Thursday | 10th day of August, 2017 | 1 week ago ]


A total of 200 Fernandinos signed their contracts for employment during the "Tulong Hanapbuhay Para sa Disadvantage Workers (TUPAD)" Orientation and Contract Signing on August 9 at the Heroes Hall.

This was initiated by the Local Government of San Fernando,through its City Employment and Services Division, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment and Provincial Government of Pampanga.

TUPAD is one of the programs of DOLE that aims to provide emergency employment for displaced workers and unemployed.

"Ang mga beneficiaries natin ay magtatrabaho sa loob ng sampung araw at sasahod sila ng 3,600 pesos," DOLE Pampanga Field Office Labor and Employment Officer Arlene Tolentino said in an interview.

"Sila ay protektado sa kanilang pagta-trabaho dahil bibigyan din natin silang Personal Protective Equipment na akma sa kanilang trabaho. Makakatulong natin sila sa pagpapanatili ng kalinisan sa ating kapaligiran dahil ang kanila pong gagawin ay ang paglilinis sa ating mga drainages na naaayon ngayong tag-ulan" Tolentino said.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago stressed that the city actively supports programs that provide employment opportunities to the Fernandinosso they can improve their quality of life with dignity and responsibility.

"Prayoridad ng Syudad San Fernando na ang lahat ay magkaroon ng maayos at disenteng trabaho, ito ang susi sa pagkakaroon ng maayos at masaganang buhay na siya ding tulay sa pagkakaroon ng maunlad na syudad." Santiago said.


CSF Joins Simultaneous ASEAN Lantern Lighting [ Thursday | 10th day of August, 2017 | 1 week ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando on Tuesday joined the simultaneous ASEAN lantern lighting in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Harvey Quiwa, Reden Halili, Nelson Lingat and BJ Lagman, City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan and other department heads, and members of the Giant Lantern Festival executive committee led the ceremonial lighting of the ASEAN lantern in front of the Heroes Hall building.

Pangilinan shared that "the activity was conducted in more than 50 local government units in the country that either served as venues for previous and present ASEAN meetings and activities and hosts of ASEAN centers and institutions or have signified interest to participate in the golden celebration."

Designed by renowned Fernandino craftsman Arvin Quiwa, the lantern features the ASEAN logo and its colors, and the national symbols of the Philippines such as the Sampaguita flower and Anahaw leaf.

City Local Government Operations Officer Engr. Algy Canlas, in his welcome remarks, said the commemorative event also seeks to raise the level of awareness of the public on the importance and benefits of the ASEAN community.

"This lantern guides the path of the ten ASEAN member states towards peace and security, prosperity, and socio-cultural development," he added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said it is a privilege for the city of San Fernando to be part of this historic event highlighting that the ASEAN has facilitated a closer economic, political, social and cultural cooperation among countries.

"Without each one of us, the impossible will remain as it is, but because we come together as one, we can truly achieve the far-fetched dreams to be possible," he added.
Meanwhile, another ASEAN lantern was also lighted up at the City Hall along with the giant lanterns which were displayed since Christmas season in 2016.


CSF Bags Regional Gawad Kalasag For Fifth Time [ Thursday | 10th day of August, 2017 | 1 week ago ]


For the fifth time, the City Government of San Fernando bagged the Best City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councilaward under the category of Component or Independent City forexcellently implementing and promoting the programs that build resiliency in communityduring the 19th Gawad Kalasag Award heldAugust 7 at Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija.

Gawad Kalasag stands for "KAlamidad at SAkuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan."
Conferred by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and Office of the Civil Defense, the awarding seeks to recognize the local DRRMC's, private groups and institutions that have shown exceptional courageousness, selfless and heroism in times of disasters and calamities.

Forthe Basic Search and Rescue category, the San Fernando Rescue Unit (SAFRU) was awarded as second place for Best Government Emergency Response Management for exemplary showing the good practices in operations response and preparedness in times of emergencies.

Other cities that were awarded for Best City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council were Balanga City (2nd place) followed by Palayan City (3rd place).

For the Best Government Emergency Response Management, the awardees were PDRRMO Tarlac (1st place) and PDRRMO Bulacan (3rd place).

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago lauded the efforts of the personnel of both CDRRM and SAFRU for leading the way towards a prepared and resilient community.

"Hinahangaan ko ang ating mga emergency personnel sa kanilang determinasyon, katapangan at katatagan upang makapagbigay ng maayos na serbisyo sa mamamayan," Santiago said.
The city mayor addedthat this recognition serves as an inspiration todo better for the safeness of the Fernandinos.

"Mas lalo nating paiigtingin ang mga trainings nila ng sa ganon ay mas lalo pang gumanda ang kanilang pagseserbisyo at mga programapara sa kahandaan ng syudad," Santiago added.
Also present during the awarding were City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, Chief of Staff Engr. Remedios Agoncillo, City Local Government Operations Officer Engr. Algy Canlas and CDRRMO personnel headed by Raymond Del Rosario.


282 Fernandinos Now Job-ready Through JobStart [ Monday | 7th day of August, 2017 | 1 week ago ]


Some 282 Fernandinos are now ready to enter the workforce after completing the 10-day life skills training under the JobStart program of the City Government of San Fernando, in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment, Government of Canada and Asian Development Bank.

The graduation ceremony held August 4 was led by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Davao City Representative Karlo Alexei Nograles, DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione, DOLE Provincial Chief Arlene Tolentino, Chief of Staff Engr. Remedios Agoncillo and Rotary Club of San Fernando President Fernando Caylao who represents the Jobtart Philippines Program partners.

Mayor EdSa said the city, through its Public Employment Service Office, has already produced a total of 911 JobStart graduates since its implementation in 2014 wherein San Fernando was among the four local government units that piloted the program.

"This is already our fifth batch and we strive to further increase the employability of youth-at-risk by providing free life skills & technical skills training and appropriate internships," Santiago added.

For his part, Guest of Honor and Speaker Congressman Nograles, who is also the principal sponsor of the JobStart law in the congress, lauded the city government of San Fernando for maintaining a 98% placement rate that contributes to the reduction of youth unemployment not only in Central Luzon but also in the entire country.

"Bumaba ng 298,000 ang bilang ng mga unemployed youth dito sa atin. Ibig sabihin, mas dumami ang mga kabataan na nakakapagtrabaho at malaking bagay ang mga ginagawang hakbang ng mga LGUs tulad ng San Fernando," he added.

Juriel Daraway, one of the JobStart graduates, said she is extremely happy for being a beneficiary of this program that has helped her boost confidence and enhance interpersonal skills which are essential in seeking a job.

At the age of 20, Daraway wants to land a stable job to sustain the needs of her three children and aid the medication of her mother and sister who both suffer leg injuries caused by a recent accident.

"Gusto ko pong tustusan ang pangangailangan ng pamilya ko at mai-ahon sila sa hirap. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa syudad sa pagbibigay sa akin ng oportunidad para muling makabangon at mas magpursigi para sa magandang kinabukasan," Daraway added.

Meanwhile, a mini job fair attended by 14 local companies was also launched after the graduation program to allow the beneficiaries find suitable internships or get hired directly from their desired companies.


Top Taxpayers In CSF Recognized [ Monday | 7th day of August, 2017 | 1 week ago ]


Some 76 companies and individuals in the city of San Fernando were recognized by the Local Government, through its City Treasurer's Office, for having the highest tax contributions that resulted to a total of P1.26 billion revenue collection for the year 2016.

The awarding ceremony was held during the "3rd Stakeholders' Day and Recognition of Top Taxpayers" on August 3 which was led by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and Guest of Honor and Speaker Senator Sonny Angara.

They were also joined by City Councilors Angie Hizon, BJ Lagman, Ruping Dumlao, Harvey Quiwa and Reden Halili, Bureau of Internal Revenue Regional Director Atty. Jethro Sabarriaga, City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, City Treasurer Mary Ann Bautista, City Assessors' Office OIC Luz Bautista, Business License and Permit Division Chief Joseph Garcia and City Economic Enterprise Division Chief Mila Rivera.

2016's top real property taxpayers are San Miguel Brewery Inc. (Rank 1); SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (Rank 2); San Miguel Beverage Packaging Specialist Inc. (Rank 3); San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corporation (Rank 4); Robinsons Land Corporation (Rank 5); Luzviminda Land Holdings Inc. (Rank 6); Pepsi-Cola Product Philippines, Inc. (Rank 7); Universal Robina Corporation (Rank 8); Willimson Inc. (Rank 9); St. Catherine Realty Corporation (Rank 10); PASUDECO (Rank 11); Interbev Philippines, Inc. (Rank 12); SMC North Poultry Processing Plant (Rank 13); Tan Song Bok Realty Development Corporation (Rank 14); Sarimanok Feeds Company, Inc. (Rank 15); Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils., Inc. (Rank 16); Singian Brothrs Corp. (Rank 17); Pampanga's Best Incorporated (Rank 18); P.A. Alvarez Property Ventures Inc. (Rank 19); and Caluag, Melchor & Vilma (Rank 20).

The top business taxpayers were divided into six categories. For the manufacturers category, the awardees are PMFTC INC. (Rank 1); Coca-Cola Femsa Philippines, Inc. (Rank 2); UNAHCO Feeds Inc. (Rank 3); ARC Refreshments Corporation (Rank 4); and San Miguel Brewery Inc. (Rank 5).While for the wholesaler, dealer, distributor category, the winners are United Laboratories, Inc. (Rank 1); Zuelig Pharma Corporation (Rank 2); Toyota San Fernando Pampanga, Inc. (Rank 3); Optimized Costumer Solution, Inc. (Rank 4); and Emperador Distillers, Inc. (Rank 5).For retailers category, the top taxpayers are Super Value Inc. (Sm Supermarket – Sm City Pampanga) (Rank 1); Star Appliances Center, Inc. (Rank 2); Kareila Management Corporation (S&R) (Rank 3); Waltermart Supermarket Inc. (Rank 4); And Mandurriao Star, Inc. (Department Store-Sm Downtown) (Rank 5).The awardees for Contactors & Independent Contractors are Manila North Tollways Corporation (Rank 1); Ajinimoto Ohilippines Corporation (Rank 2); The Red Systems Company Inc. (Rank 3); Coca-Cola Femsa Philippines, Inc. (Rank 4); and Toyota San Fernando Pampanga, Inc. (Rank 5). For the services category, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (Rank 1); Robinsons Incorporated "Department Store" (Rank 2); PASUDECO Development Corporation (Rank 3); Solanaland Development Inc. (Rank 4); and Pueblo De Oro Development Corporation (Rank 5) were recognized respectively. Lastly, the top taxpayers for the category Banking & Financial Institutions are BPI Family Bank - San Agustin Branch (Rank 1); Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. (Rank 2); East West Bank Corporation (Rank 3); The Philippine American Life & General Insurance Co. (Rank 4); and Sunlife Grepa Financial, Inc. (Rank 5).

San Fernando Electric Light & Power Company (SFELAPCO) was awarded as the Top Franchise Taxpayer while the SM Prime Holdings was named as Top Amusement Taxpayer.

Single proprietors including Josefina T. Siy ("A.A Saver's Mart") (Rank 1); Edgardo Chua ("King's Lumber Abd Hardware") (Rank 2); Dennis D. Rivera (D.D Rivera Construction &Trading) (Rank 3); Gary Laurence Q. Patawaran ("La Corona Ready Mix Concrete") (Rank 4) and Cresencio M. Gomez (Cl Lhanz Trading & Computer Center) (Rank 5) were also given recognition.

Top business taxpayers in the two public markets in the city were also awarded. For the City (New) Public Market, the recipients are Imelda F. Sarmiento "Ifs Store" (Rank 1); Sally G. Go "Enterprices" (Rank 2); and Jessie Regala "5 J's Chicken Dealer" (Rank 3). Also included in the list are Magdalena F. Siy "Store" (Rank 1); Arnel G. Del Rosario "Arnel & Glo (Meat Vendor)" (Rank 2); and Oscar G. Nucup "Owen Pawnshop and Money Remittance" (Rank 3) for the Old Public Market category.

Barangays Telabastagan, Calulut and Malpitic are 2016's top barangay community tax collectors. And Barangays with high real property tax collection are Barangays Quebiawan, Dolores and San Jose.

Special Citations were also given to active agencies, organizations and companies including Bureau of Local Government Finance –Department of Finance (BLGF-DOF) Region III (Rank 1); Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial (Rank 2); Bataan Transit Co., Inc. (Rank 3); Bureau Of Fisheries And Aquatic Resources (BFAR) (Rank 4); Philippine Institute Of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Pampanga Chapter (Rank 5); Dona Martha Foundation (Victory Liner) (Rank 6); And Genesis Transport Services, Inc. (Rank 7).

In his speech, Senator Angara lauded the outstanding taxpayers not only for contributing to the local economic growth but also for helping the government render more services to the public.

"Maganda ang kapupuntahan ng mga buwis na ibinabayad ninyo sa San Fernando dahil napakarami ng mga proyektong inilatag para sa inyo ng lokal na pamahalaan," he added.

Angara, who chairs the Senate ways and means committee, also shared his stance on the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) Bill of the Duterte administration.

"Ayaw po natin taasan ng tax ang mga bilihin tulad ng gatas at softdrinks dahil mahirapan ang taumbayan. Naging maayos po ang tax system sa mga nagdaang administrasyon at naniniwala po ako na magiging maayos din ngayon," Angara added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said the general principle of taxation is that taxes are the lifeblood of our nation, and without taxes, our country cannot deliver government services, build much-needed infrastructure projects and function in efficiency.

"Isang malaking tugon sa ating kaunlaran ang patuloy nyong pagtitiwala sa ating mga serbisyo at sa inyong dedikasyon na maging tapat sa pagbabayad ng mga buwis. As our part of commitment to your efforts, the City of San Fernando will continue in giving you the best services in terms of doing business," Santiago added.


CSF Creates Collapsed Structure Search And Rescue Task Force [ Tuesday | 1st day of August, 2017 | 2 weeks ago ]


In preparation for the ‘Big One,' the City Government of San Fernando created a Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue (CSSR) task force composed of five personnel from the Operations and Warning Division of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO).

During Monday's flag raising ceremony at the City Hall, CDRRM Officer Raymond Del Rosario presented the members of the task force namely Jayson Mallari, Erwin Manese, Mark Russel Dimla, Bhryan Rivera and Hanzel Cruz.

Del Rosario said that "San Fernando is among the six LGUs in Central Luzon that has been chosen to create a task force who will be in charge of responding to structural collapse in their respective areas and may also provide assistance in Metro Manila in the occurrence of an earthquake."

The city's task force, together with representatives from the cities of Olongapo, Cabanatuan and PDRRMO of Pampanga, Tarlac and Bulacan underwent a CSSR training course in Tarlac City from July 16 to 24 which was hosted by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council through the Office of the Civil Defense Region 3.

Hanzel Cruz, member of the San Fernando CSSR task force, said they were trained on organizing & starting a CSSR operation, structural triage & the INSARAG (International Search and Rescue Advisory Group), operational safety as well as methods & techniques for searching & locating, shoring, lifting & stabilizing loads and extricating trapped victims.

Other topics tackled were the necessary construction materials, structures & damage types; tools, equipment & accessories for rescuing, and the pre-hospital treatment for victims.

"Ngayon lang ako sumailalim sa ganitong klase ng training at hindi pala ito madali. Gayunman, napakalaking tulong nito hindi lang sa akin kundi sa lahat ng mga Fernandinos. Makakaasa po kayo na gagamitin namin ng buong husay ang lahat ng aming natutunan sa oras na kailanganin," Cruz added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago lauded the efforts of the OCD in providing the city responders with necessary skills and competencies. He added that the city continuously strives to invest on trainings on disaster response and recovery whether it is affected or not by the ‘Big One.'

"The city supports the vision of the OCD towards one resilient Central Luzon. We are currently working on the improvement of our contingency plans and capability building and we develop local responders to ensure the safety of the citizenry at all times," Santiago said.


CSF Recognizes Barangay Nutrition Committee And Scholar [ Tuesday | 1st day of August, 2017 | 2 weeks ago ]


In culmination of the Nutrition Month Celebration, the City Government of San Fernando through its City Health Office, recognize the Most Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Committee and Most Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar during Monday's flag raising ceremony at the City Hall.

Dubbed "Healthy Diet, Gawing Habit for Life", Barangay Dela Paz Norte hailed as Most Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Committee because of its excellent implementation of nutrition programs. Brenda Mendoza from Dela Paz Norte, was recognized as Most Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar because of its proper monitoring of the nutritional status of the children and providing nutrition counseling services to the community.

City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino, said the aim of this awarding is to encourage the barangays to work hard for them to achieve good nutrition in their respective areas.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago, stressed that having a good nutrition is the key of achieving a healthy lifestyle. He encouraged the Fernandinos to participate in the different health programs of the city.

"Nag-uumpisa sa barangay ang pagkakaroon ng malusog na pamayanan, kaya naman kung ang mga Fernandinos ay malulusog at malakas ang pangangatawan, siguradong magiging malusog din at maunlad ang kanilang pamumuhay dito sa Syudad San Fernando." Santiago said.

Also, an On-the-Spot Poster-Making Contest was held as part of the month long celebration. Erica Lady Ceina De Ocera from San Fernando Elementary School hailed as 1st place, followed by Sharon Renee Quizon from Telabastagan Integrated School (2nd place), and Patrick Saballa from Calulut Integrated School (3rd place).


SAFRUN Pushed In CSF Despite Rain [ Tuesday | 1st day of August, 2017 | 2 weeks ago ]


Despite monsoon rains brought by Typhoon Gorio, the City Government of San Fernando conducted the 4th Disaster Preparedness Run dubbed "SAFRUN" on July 30.

Some 300 runners not only from San Fernando but even other towns in Pampanga and as far as Metro Manila and Pangasinan competed in three race categories namely 3K, 5K and 10K.
Organized by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the activity is annually held in line with the celebration of National Disaster Consciousness Month now turned National Disaster Resilience Month.

"Ang pagkakaiba lang po dati nung NDCM pa sya, pinapaalam lang natin sa mga tao yung mga hazards na dala ng mga kalamidad. Pero ngayon na NDRM na, gusto natin na ma-involve sila sa paghahanda at matuto silang bumangon pagkatapos ng negatibong epekto na pwedeng idulot ng kalamidad, said CDRRM Officer Raymond Del Rosario in his speech. "

Del Rosario also thanked all the runners who came despite the inclement weather. He said the local government hopes to attract more running enthusiasts in the coming years to further enhance the disaster preparedness and resilience of the participants, especially Fernandinos.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago commended the runners' dedication and commitment to their sport that adheres to the city's vision for a healthier and more resilient community.

"Ito po ay patunay lang kung gaano katatag ang mga Fernandino at kapwa natin Pilipino dahil hindi kayo nagpatinag sa sama ng panahon. Umaasa po ang buong syudad na sa pamamagitan ng ganitong programa ay lalo pa tayong maging handa na humarap sa ano mang klase ng kalamidad, Santiago added.

Meanwhile, the winners for the 3K male category were Ronnel Oranda (1st place), Marcelino Galang Jr (2nd place) and Ruben Nedroda (3rd place). For female category, the winners were 1st place Janice Patdu (1st place), Bea Bianca Nasal (2nd place) and Tricia Guinto (3rd place).

The first three finishers for the 5K male category were Charlie Dela Cruz (1st place), Alvin Castanares (2nd place) and Reynante Torio (3rd place). While, the female awardees were Cherry Doronila (1st place), Jennifer Patdu (2nd place) and Jessica Estolano (3rd place).

For the 10K male category the winners were Junel Gobotia (1st place), Kurt Jamar Lamparaz (2nd place) and Jomari Jovelo (3rd place). Awarded for the female category were Lyka Sarmiento (1st place), Katrina Pangan (2nd place) and Steffani Calilung (3rd place).

Special awards were also given to Jovie Villaganas (Early Bird), Jhun Lingat (Best in Running Outfit) and the 64 year old Arturo Pili (Oldest Runner)


Cases Of Late Registration In CSF Decrease [ Friday | 28th day of July, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]


The cases of late registration of birth, death and marriage certificates in the City of San Fernando have decreased for the last five years.

This was announced by City Civil Registrar Rimando Umali during the 4th CSFP Convention of Partners in Civil Registration held July 28 at the Heroes Hall.

"Mula po sa 25% late registration noong 2013, ngayon po nasa 8% na lang dahil po ito sa ating patuloy na pakikipagtulungan sa iba't-ibang sektor na katuwang natin sa pagrerehistro," said Umali.

The annual event convenes barangay officials, court secretaries and personnel from hospitals, health offices, schools, churches, funeral parlors and cemeteries to refresh them with the new processes, policies and important laws on civil registration.

During the program, Umali also presented the state of civil registration in the city for the year 2016 that has visibly increased compared to the previous years.

From 6,728 in 2015, the number of birth registration doubled to 12, 403 in 2016. The City Civil Registry Office has also recorded a total of 1,275 marriage and 3, 516 death last year.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago lauded the CCRO for their efforts in ensuring that all Fernandinos are legally registered. He also stressed the importance of getting registered on time to avoid inconvenience in case the civil certificates are needed.

"Aside from helping the government establish the occurrence of birth, death and marriage, civil registration also gives you the access to exercise your rights to study, vote, drive, marry and entitlement, among others," Santiago said.

CCRO is also conducting a Mobile Civil Registration Outreach Program in different schools and barangays in the city to help unregistered students and residents with the requirements for the issuance of their certificates.


4P's Beneficiaries From CSF Receives Philhealth [ Friday | 28th day of July, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]


More than 2,000 beneficiaries of the government's Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P's) from the City of San Fernando received their PhilHealth Member Data Record under the program of "Alaga Ka, para sa Maayos na Buhay" during the PhilHealth Roadshow 2017 on July 26 at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

Governor Lilia "Nanay" Pineda together with Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago led the awarding, aiming to make health as top priority for the marginalized sectors by giving free medications and hospitalizations in partnership with the Philippine Health Corporation (PhilHealth).

Governor Lilia "Nanay" Pineda encouraged the beneficiaries to use their PhilHealth if needed. She stressed that, even poor families deserves to have health cares.

"Gamitin ninyo yang mga Philhealth nyo, kung may nararamdaman kayo wag na nating hayaan pang lumala ang inyong sakit dahil mas lalaki pa ang gastos ninyo. Asahan niyo na laging nakaalalay ang gobyerno sa inyo upang tulungan kayo sa inyong mga pangangailangan sa kalusugan." Pineda said.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago, express his gratitude to the Provincial Government of Pampanga for helping the Fernandinos through this program.

"Napakapalad natin na mayroon ganitong programa na nakalaan para sa mga mahihirap na walang kakayahang makapagpagamot. Asahan niyong ipagpapatuloy ito ng gobyerno, dahil alam namin kung gaano kahalaga ang kalusugan sa bawat isa." Santiago said.

Meanwhile, also present during the event were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilor Harvey Quiwa and Board Members Rosve Henson and Jun Canlas and Philippine Councilor's League Pampanga Chapter President Fritzie Dizon.


CSF Addresses Traffic Problems Through Summit [ Wednesday | 26th day of July, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]


In a bid to address traffic congestion in the city, the Local Government of San Fernando conducted the first traffic summit yesterday at the Heroes Hall.

This was participated in by different transport groups, barangay officials, government agencies, non-government organizations, and representatives from schools, churches and malls.

The summit is the start of a series of consultations and collaborative efforts from the local government unit and our stakeholders in order to give viable solutions for the city's traffic operations.

Ret. Col. Danilo Bautista, Officer in charge of the Traffic Management Division (TMD), said the summit aims to identify the causes and effects of the rising volume of vehicles in the city and get recommendations from the stakeholders involved.

"Among the cited problems during the summit were the insufficiency of parking spaces in fast food chains, obstruction of ambulant vendors in major thoroughfares, and the lack of discipline of public utility vehicles' operators,"Bautista added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said the city is pushing for the institutionalization of the Public Order and Safety Coordinating Office to spearhead the effective planning andfocusing on the issues of traffic jam.

"We are continuously adding manpower in the TMD and we are striving to provide our personnel with skills and educational trainings and keep them well informed on the national and local traffic rules to effectively manage traffic," Santiago added.

Under the New San Fernando concept, the city mayor also plans to implement a comprehensive Land Use Plan to decongest the city's central business district. To improve accessibility in main roads, the local government will also focus in traffic management modernization.

Meanwhile, city officials led by Mayor EdSa and Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and all stakeholders signed a pledge of commitment to implement and initiate policies and solutions; and abide by the traffic laws towards a more sustainable road, transport and traffic management in San Fernando.

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