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Historical Monument Of Jose Abad Santos Unveiled In CSF [ Monday | 19th day of February, 2018 | 5 days ago ]


A historical monument of Chief Justice Jose Abad Santoswasunveiled Monday at the NLEX San Fernando Interchange along Jose Abad Santos Avenue, in the City of San Fernando, in celebration of his 132nd Birth Anniversary.

The construction of theNational Heroes' monument was initiated by the Department of Public Works and Highways 1st District Engineering Office.

During the program, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago thanked the DPWH for installing a memorial along the road that was named after the late hero. He said he hopes that this will remind every passing motorist ortourist of the heroism of Abad Santos.

"It is with pride and honor to have a historical monument built in our city—the hometown of our beloved hero Jose Abad Santos. More than an additional tourist attraction, this monument will surely inspire fellow Fernandinos to reflect and relive the good deeds of the Chief Justice.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Government also hosted a commemorative program which was highlighted by a wreath laying ceremony in front of Abad Santos' monument at the Capitol Grounds.

Present during the activities were Former President and now 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Third District Representative Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales, Davao City RepresentativeKarlo Alexei Nograles, Governor Lilia Pineda, Pampanga mayors, Councilor BJ Lagman, DPWH officials headed by Regional Director Antonio Molano and District Engineer William Bustos, and the descendants of Abad Santos led by his granddaughter Susana Abad Santos Madrigal Eduque.


Mayor EdSa As Guest Speaker On PHS Grand Alumni Homecoming [ Monday | 19th day of February, 2018 | 5 days ago ]


Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago served as a guest speaker during the Pampanga High School Grand Alumni Homecoming on February 14 at the Kingsborough International Convention Center. The said gathering is part of the school's 110th Foundation Day.

This was attended by graduates of the said school from 1946 until 2000 aiming to strengthen camaraderie, reminisce best high school memories and to meet old and new friends.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago extended his congratulatory message to the Pampanga High School for achieving this significant milestone. He also lauded some graduates who have outstanding deeds and excelled in their fields.

"Sa tagal ng panahon, marami sa mga mag-aaral ng PHS na dati ay JASHS o Jose Abad Santos High School ang naging mga matagumpay sa kani-kanilang mga larangan at ito ang repleksyon ng kanilang simula, at dito po yun sa minamahal nating eskwelahan na Pampanga High School," Santiago said.

Santiago was also an alumnus in Pampanga High School, he shared his unforgettable experiences and learnings in his Alma Matter. He also stressed the importance of humility towards achieving excellence.

"Lagi ko nga pong sinasabi, huwag nating kakalimutan ang ating pinanggalingan, huwag natin bibitiwan ang ating mga values na nakuha natin mula sa Pampanga High School, dahil babalik-balikan natin ito. Lagi natin tatandaan ang ating mga pinagmulan, dahil ang mga ito ay ang siyang panday ng ating tagumpay. Ito ang nagpalakas sa atin na harapin ang ating mga anging kinabukasan," Santiago added.

Also present during the event were President of the Federation of Pampanga High School Jose Abad Santos High School Association Foundation (FEPJAAF) Col. Ernesto Dumas and Chairman of FEPJAAF Capt. Conrado Pacla.


Cityhood Trade Fair Opens In CSF [ Monday | 19th day of February, 2018 | 5 days ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando through its City Investment Promotions Office in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry Pampanga Provincial Office formally opened a three-day Cityhood Trade Fair and Diskwento Caravan on February 9 in front of the City Hall. The activity is line with the celebration of the 17th Cityhood Charter Anniversary.

The ceremonial opening was led by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Department of Trade and Industry Pampanga Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio, City Investment Promotions Officer Engr. Remedios Agoncillo, Business License and Permit Division Chief Joseph Garcia, Kaganapan 208 Chairperson Jun Pineda and PESO Manager Donny Sayre.

Dubbed "Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan para sa mga Fernandino" more than 20 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs participated in the said fair which featured the various local products made in the City of San Fernando such as native delicacies, pastries, wood crafts, linen products and other products at affordable prices.

In an interview Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said that the trade fair is one of the city's venue to promote its rich culture and to show the creativity of the Fernandinos who made their own local products and to strengthen those who ventured to entrepreneurships.

"Napakahalaga na tayo mismo ay tumatangkilik ng sarili nating mga produkto. Sa pamamagitan nito, tayo mismo ay nagiging daan upang malaman ng mga turista o ng ibang lugar kung gaano kaganda at kahanga-hanga ang ating mga produkto, ito rin ay pagsuporta natin sa ating mga kababayan upang patuloy silang mahikayat na magnegosyo" Santiago said.
The said fair will end on February 11, Sunday.


Job Fair In CSF Held In Line With The Cityhood Celebration [ Monday | 19th day of February, 2018 | 5 days ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando headed by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago through its City Employment Services Division in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and SM City San Fernando Downtown held a Cityhood Job Fair on February 9 at the said mall as part of the Kaganapan 2018 celebration.

More than 500 applicants have flocked in the job fair and 26 companies participated, comprising of 20 local companies and 6 for overseas.

City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Donny Sayre said the aim of the annual fair is to provide and open up careers for those who are still jobless, are fresh or vocational graduates for them to improve their quality of life.

"Sa katunayan, marami tayong inimbitahang kumpanya mapa pribado man yan o sa gobyerno upang makilahok sa fair na ito para mas malaki ang tsansa na madami ang makahanap ng trabaho," Sayre said.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said that the City Government of San Fernando is always willing to support and help the Fernandinos in creating livelihood opportunities since it is one of the administration's priority.

"Ito ang una nating job fair sa taong ito, asahan niyong patuloy pa rin ang aming pagbibigay ng mas marami pang oportunidad na makapagtrabaho para sa mga Fernandinos," Santiago said.

He also urged the job hunters to come in the city job fair and look for career opportunities that will fit in to their capabilities.

"Huwag niyong sayangin ang mga ganitong pagkakataon, dahil ito ang daan na magdadala sa inyo upang guminhawa ang inyong mga pamumuhay," Santiago added.

Meanwhile, the City government recognized some companies for their exemplary support and providing employment in the city.

Also present during the program were Dole Pampanga Chief Arlene Tolentino, SM City San Fernando Downtown Mall Manager Lana Erroba, Kaganapan 2018 Chairperson Jun Pineda, City Investment and Promotions Officer Engr. Remedios Agoncillo, DILG City Director Engr. Algy Canlas and Department of Trade and Industry Pampanga Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio.


CSF PNP Lauded For Exceptional Response [ Wednesday | 14th day of February, 2018 | 1 week ago ]


Eight Police Officersin the City of San Fernando were recognized by the local government, through its City Police Station, for their diligent effort and timely response in different crime incidents reported in January.

The awarding was led by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Nelson Lingat and Harvey Quiwa together with Deputy Chief of Police PC/Insp. Philip John Pineda.

PO3 Edwin Abad, PO2 Rio Basilio and PO2 Dandy Garcia were awarded for arresting a Bulgarian National named IvayloSashovGalabovwho was caught in the act of ATM Skimming on January 3, 2018 at the vicinity of BPI Family Bank in Barangay San Agustin.

The joint effort of SPO1 Jaime Fredeluces Jr, PO1 Eric Ronald Garcellano, PO3 PablitoEstoque Jr together with Traffic Enforcer MonicoBaluyut Sta. Ana was lauded for successfully responding to a robbing a Beauche International Beauty Producton January 27, 2018 in BarangaySto. Rosario. This resulted to the arrest of a Paul Lawrence Aragon Baun, a resident of Floridablanca town.

On the same day, two minors were also arrested after being caught in the act of dismantling carnapped motorcycles at the Tail Dike in Barangay San Pedro Cutud. The successful operation was conducted by SPO1 Jaime Fredeluces Jr, PO1 EdemjorPodrido, PO1 Jessie Dela Peña together with Barangay Peace Security Officers RinniePacaland Edgardo Casimirowho were also awarded by the local government.

In his speech, Mayor EdSacongratulated all the awardees for their commitment to duty and for their contributions to ensure thesafety and security of the constituents.

"Ipinagmamalakiko ang atingmgakapulisan at mga law enforcers ditosasyudaddahilsakanilangtapatnaserbisyongpubliko. I guarantee that there are no syndicated crimes in our city," he added.


CSF Holds Tribute Concert For LGU Female Employees [ Wednesday | 14th day of February, 2018 | 1 week ago ]


A tribute concert to all empowered female employees of the local government of San Fernando was conducted February 13 in celebration of Kaganapan 2018 and Valentine's Day.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago led the distribution of flowers and chocolates to some 842 female employees of the LGU and attached agencies including Municipal Trial Court in Cities, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Department of Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Commission on Elections and Commission on Audit.

The hardworking ladies were also serenaded through live performances of Filipino pop and R&B band South Border,home growntalents of the Cityband and Councilor Harvey Quiwa.
In his speech, Kaganapan 2018 Chairperson Jun Pineda said the activity is one of the highlights of the annual festivity of the Cityhood Charter anniversary.

"Tunaynahindimatatawaran ang inyongpagseserbisyosapubliko kaya namannais naming ihandog ang espesyalnaarawnaito para sainyo," he added.

Mayor EdSa, for his part, said this is a celebration of love and gratitude for the dedicated women in the workforce who are empowered to build a more prosperous society.
"Ditosa San Fernando, bida ang mgakababaihandahilisinusulong ng lokalnapamahalaan ang pagkakapantay-pantay ng kasarian at ang kanilangmgakarapatansapamamagitan ng iba't-ibangmgaprograma," the city mayorexplained.

Also present during the program were Office of the President Communication and Social Affairs Director Sonny Borja and wife Boots Borja, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Angie Hizon, BJ Lagman, RedenHalili, Tino Dizon, and Kaganapan2018 co-chairpersons Alex Magsino and Robbie Hizon.


CSF Acquires ‘Gulong Ng Karunungan' Vehicles [ Wednesday | 7th day of February, 2018 | 2 weeks ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando on Monday received two multi-purpose cabs dubbed ‘Gulong ng Karunungan' from the Philseven Foundation Inc., a corporate social responsibility arm of the 7-eleven operators in the Philippines.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Councilor Nelson Lingat and President of 7-eleven Philippines Steve Chen signed a Memorandum of Agreement and Deed of Donation/Acceptance for the formal turn-over of the vehicles to the local government.

The ‘Gulong ng Karunungan' cabs which are equipped with educational materials and school supplies will serve as mobile for Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) targeting children ages 0-4.

Assistant City Social Welfare and Development Officer Aileen Villanueva said the vehicles will be deployed in Barangay Del Pilar and Northville due to the absence of ECCD facilities in their area.

"We will also be sending volunteers who will teach our beneficiaries on a daily basis until they complete an entire school year," she added.

For his part, Mayor EdSa extended his gratitude to the foundation for choosing the city of San Fernando as their beneficiary, first in Pampanga.

"Your extended help for our Fernandino children will matter a lot to them not because of the provision of material gains but because of the lifetime seeding of knowledge and life skills that will enable them to live a better life," he added.

Meanwhile, Mayor EdSa together with the city councilors and department heads, led the blessing of the 22 newly acquired vehicles of the LGU.

Among these are the fire truck, tow truck, military jeeps, and adventure patrols that will be utilized to enhance the city's peace and order and public safety.


CSF Kicks Off Palarong Empleyado Year 4 [ Wednesday | 7th day of February, 2018 | 2 weeks ago ]


In line with the celebration of 17th Cityhood Charter Anniversary, the City Government of San Fernando through its City Human Resources and Development Office launched ‘Palarong Empleyado Year 4' on February 6 as part also of the city's Health and Wellness program.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago led the ceremonial lightning of torch to formally open this year's tournament that aims to promote camaraderie and build sportsmanship among the employees in the Local Government of San Fernando.

The annual activity started with a parade and followed by a short program at the City Hall Atrium. Four teams will be competing this year in the following activities Basketball, Billiards, Scrabble, Chess, Badminton, Volleyball and Table Tennis.

Also present during the program were Kaganapan 2018 Chairperson Jun Pineda and City Human Resources and Development Officer Rachelle Yusi and other department and division heads of the Local Government Unit.


Riverwalk In Brgy. Sta. Lucia Made Passable [ Wednesday | 7th day of February, 2018 | 2 weeks ago ]


The newly concreted Riverwalk in Brgy. Sta Lucia, City of San Fernando was blessed and formally turned over to the Local Government of San Fernando, headed by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, on February 5.

An estimated 280 meter stretch of the Riverwalk was made more passable to the public following the completion of the cementing and beautification project initiated by the Rotary Club of San Fernando (P).

Also present during the activity were Councilors BJ Lagman and Nelson Lingat, members of the Rotary Club of San Fernando headed by President Engr. Ferdinand Caylao, Kaganapan 2018 Chairperson Jun Pineda, Brgy. Officials of Sta. Lucia headed by Capt. Herman Quiwa and some city hall employees.


Rotary Club Of San Fernando Names Outstanding LGU Employees [ Tuesday | 6th day of February, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]


The Rotary Club of San Fernando, Pampanga in partnership with the local government named on Monday the recipients of the first ‘The Outstanding Public Service (TOPS)' award.

They were Alicia Dungca for Early Childhood Care and Development category, Evelyn Manabat for Health Care Services category, Bernan Bie for Utility Services category and P03 Edwin Abad for Public Order and Safety category.

For the Outstanding Traffic Enforcer award, Romeo Tungcab outshined his co-nominees Joey Magtoto, Ronald Palma and Joseph Lacson after being hailed as the winner.

All awardees received checks amounting to P10,000 pesos each and Plaques of Recognition from the Rotary Club.

In his speech, Rotary President Ferdinand Caylao said their organization seeks to recognize employees with exemplary and valuable contributions towards the timely and efficient delivery of public services in their respective fields.

"We are one with you in developing our city and we see how that many of the employees of San Fernando LGU are really dedicated and committed to their jobs. However, the public sees the other face, but we are here to tell you that you are doing a good job," he added.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, for his part, extended his sincerest gratitude to the Rotarians for actively partnering with the local government and for appreciating the efforts of Fernandino public servants.

"Congratulations to all our deserving employees. May this recognition spur the productivity and enthusiasm of the entire workforce to mark positive improvements in local governance," the city mayor said.

Meanwhile, in memory of the late Rotarian Eddie Chua also known as the traffic czar, the awarded police and traffic enforcers were also given "golden whistles" to signify authority of duty.

Also present during the awarding were Councilors Angie Hizon, BJ Lagman, Nelson Lingat and Ruping Dumlao, other members of the Rotary Club and the Youth City Officials.


Animals Show Off Skills In CSF's ‘Pet Mo, Show Mo' [ Tuesday | 6th day of February, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]


Some 40 animals show off their skills and unique features during the 6th ‘Pet Mo, Show Mo' in the City of San Fernando on February 3.

The activity is annually organized by the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office in line with the celebration of the Cityhood Charter Anniversary of San Fernando also known as Kaganapan.
This year, the participating pets include dogs of different breed and reptiles such as snake, turtle and iguana.

Pet owners were given opportunity to dress and flaunt their pets as the competition was divided into four major categories namely Cool and Dandy, Glamour and Style, Tough and Glory and Intergalactic.

Under the Cool and Dandy category, the winners were the dogs owned by Joey Alcantara for Most Friendly Pet, Liezel Grieney Nedia for Most Behave Pet and Justine Carl David for Best Groomed Pet.

Dog owners Arnold Salas won Most Beautiful Pet, Bernie Blim won Look Alike Pet
and Francis David won Best Dressed Pet under the Glamour and Style category.
For the Tough and Glory category, Monica Lazatin and Julies Nedia received the Most Clever Pet and Best in Talent Pet awards.

This year's Most Exotic Pet is a mexican gragon fish axolotl owned by Rogelio Ryan Nedia while the Ugliest Pet is an Iguana owned by John Gopez. Both are under the Intergalactic category.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said he is delighted that more Fernandinos are now engage in pet ownership which for him is beneficial in many ways.

"Aside from the numerous health benefits, owning a pet is also vital in boosting social interaction and keeping the balance of mother nature. That's why we encourage every owner to treat their pets with respect and affection," Santiago added.

Also present during the activity were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and Kaganapan 2018 Chairperson Jun Pineda.


CSF Holds Arts And Crafts Fair [ Sunday | 4th day of February, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]


In celebration of the 17th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando and National Arts Month this February, the City Government holds an Arts and Crafts Showcase Exhibit at the Old Train Station.

This was formally opened Friday by Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago, Councilor BJ Lagman, Kaganapan 2018 Chairperson Jun Pineda and CSFP Arts and Culture Council Chairperson Dr. Lourdes Javier.

The three-day exhibit features the masterpieces of renowned Kapampangan artists Erwin Dayrit, Alvaro Jimenez and Don De Dios.

These include 12 paintings with an array of bright colors, patterns and various intricate wire sculptures.

In an interview, Mayor EdSa said he is deeply in awe of the exhibited artworks that have truly proven the talent and creativity of the Kapampangan people.

"The City of San Fernando will continue to discover potentials and present to the world what is truly Kapampangan and what it is that makes a Fernandino in its goal to become a preferred tourism destination," he added.

Santiago also stressed that the artworks are ‘display-worthy' and will serve as inspiration to the young Fernandino aspirants to pursue artistic careers.

The exhibit will run until February 4 and is open for free to the public.

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