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2,055 College Students Receive Scholarship Grants [ Tuesday | 9th day of October, 2018 | 2 weeks ago ]
“Lagi kong sinasabi na ang edukasyon ang siyang magdadala sa atin sa rurok ng tagumpay, kaya naman kayong mga kabataan, huwag ninyo sayangin ang pagkakataon na makapag-aral kayo. Iyan ang hinding-hindi makukuha sa inyo, kahit sino man,”
was Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago’s gentle reminder to the 2,055 college students
in the City of San Fernando who were beneficiaries of the Educational
Scholarship Assistance Program (ESAP) during the ‘Awarding of Scholarship
Grants and Financial Assistance for College Students’ on October 6-7, 2018 at
the Mini Convention Center, Heroes Hall.
year, the local government has 1,110 new set of scholars and 945 old scholars
coming from the city’s thirty-five (35) barangays.
cash grant depends on what category the student belongs depending on his or her
general average. Full merit scholars receive 15,000 every semester, has 90 and
above average and enrolled in courses preferred by the city government such as
criminology, environmental science, social work, and midwifery.
scholars receive 7,500 every semester, must maintain an average of 85-89 and
also enrolled in preferred courses of the city.
student who has 80% general weighted average receive 5,000 every semester.
an interview, John Peter Andrei Quiambao, a two-year full merit scholar
studying in Our Lady of Fatima University, expressed his gratitude to the Local
Government of San Fernando for having this program, which is truly beneficial to
their education expenses.
“Napakalaking tulong po nito sa amin,
kasi po hindi na po masyado mahihirapan yung mga magulang ko po sa paghahanap
ng panggastos sa aking pag-aaral. Maraming salamat po kay Mayor EdSa sa
ibinibigay niya pong scholarship,” Quiambao said.
his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago lauded the efforts of the scholars and
the unconditional love and support of the parents to their children. He
believes that ‘education is the key to for the better future’ but unfortunately
not everyone can afford it, this is why the Local Government puts education as
the top priority.
“Asahan ninyong hindi kami titigil sa
pagsuporta sa inyong pag-aaral, dahil dito sa Syudad San Fernando walang
kabataang Fernandino ang maiiwan. Kayong lahat ay magtatapos sa pag-aaral at
giginhawa ang inyong pamumuhay, at malay natin isa sa inyo ang tatayo dito at
magtutuloy sa aming mga magagandang nasimulan,” he ended.
3rd District Representative Cong. Aurelio ‘Dong’ Gonzales also
graced the awarding ceremony.
CSF Calls For Rabies Prevention, Awareness [ Tuesday | 9th day of October, 2018 | 2 weeks ago ]
Rabies virus is now a serious matter in our society that needs to be addressed immediately and properly. In this way, the Local Government of San Fernando highlighted rabies prevention, awareness, and responsible pet ownership to some Barangay Health Workers and Barangay Councilors during the ‘Rabies Prevention and Responsible Pet Ownership Forum’ on October 2, 2018 at the Mini Convention Center, Heroes Hall.
Spearheaded by the City Health Office
and in partnership with the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office the said
program seeks to inform the public on how to prevent themselves and their
animals on rabies virus.
During his presentation, City
Veterinarian Dr. Ryan Paul Manlapaz, discussed the proper ways on how to care
and treat their pet animals.
“Ang mga hayop parang tao din sila,
kagaya natin ay kailangan din nila ng masustansyang pagkain, malinis na inumin,
maayos na silungan at upang makaiwas sila sa sakit ay kailangan din na paliguan
sila ng dalawang beses sa isang linggo,” he said.
Manlapaz furthered that pet animals,
particularly dogs should be ‘vaccinated against rabies’.
“Ang vaccine po kasi, ito yung
proteksyon na binibigay sa mga aso upang makaiwas sila sa sakit at upang hindi
sila makapagbigay ng sakit sa iba. Bukas ang City Agriculture and Veterinary
Office (CAVO) kung nais niyo pong ipa-konsulta yung mga alagang hayop nyo,” he
Meanwhile, Communicable Disease
Coordinator Dr. Renely Tungol informed everyone that the city has zero cases of
human rabies virus for almost seven years.
She added that the City Health Office
has various programs and services for Fernandinos to fight this virus.
“Dahil po iyan sa programa ng city
government, na ang bakuna laban sa rabies ay ating nabibigay sa publiko. Ang
CHO po ay may Animal Bite Center, na kung saan nagbibigay ito ng libreng bakuna
sa mga taong nakagat ng kahit anong hayop. Mayroon din po tayong five (5) rural
health units at forthy-five (45) barangay health stations na maaari niyo pong
bisitahin at handang magbigay ng serbisyo,” she said in an interview.
For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’
Santiago reiterated that ‘health’ is one of the city’s priorities for he
believes that everyone and even animals should be healthy and fit, in order for
the city to achieve a ‘healthy and safe community’.
“Sa lahat ng bagay, lagi natin
isaalang-alang ang ating kalusugan. Hindi natin magagawa ang mga ninanais natin
kung tayo ay sakitin at kung ang komunidad natin ay malapit sa anumang sakit.
Ang Syudad San Fernando po ay sinisiguro na ang bawat Fernandino ay malusog,
masigla, at masaya sa pamamagitan ng mga iba’t-ibang serbisyo na tiyak na
makakatulong sa inyong lahat,” Santiago said.
CSF Recognizes Religious Groups’ Great Contributions [ Tuesday | 9th day of October, 2018 | 2 weeks ago ]
Spiritual leaders from the Values Formation Council of the City of San Fernando attended the “Minister’s Appreciation Day” organized by the Local Government through its Community Affairs Division on September 28, 2018 at the Holiday Land.
Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago graced the said event by expressing his gratitude to the
leaders for their great contributions towards sustainable growth and
development in the city.
“Ang Syudad San Fernando, ay
naniniwala na ang kaunlaran ay ating makakamit kung ang bawat sector ng
mamamayan ay aktibong nakikibahagi sa pagtataguyod ng maayos at mapayapang
pamayanan, nagagalak ko pong sabihin na malaking papel ang inyong ginampanan sa
pagtahak ng Syudad sa kaunlaran kaya naman taos-puso akong nagpapasalamat sa
furthered that the city continues to strengthen its relationship between the
public and private sectors, because he believes that they play a huge role in
shaping a better San Fernando.
“Sa kabila ng tagumpay na tinatamasa
natin ngayon, ay huwag natin kalimutang bumalik at magpasalamat kung sino ang
dahilan nito, at yun ang Panginoon. At iyon ang ipinamulat sa atin ng religious
sector, kaya naman nagpapasalamat tayo dahil tinutulungan nIla tayong maging
isang mabuting tao na siya namang daan patungo sa tagumpay ng komunidad,” he added.
Bishop Emerson Cruz from the Bible Baptist Temple expressed his gratitude to
the local government for their warm welcome and support.
“Ni minsan, hindi namin naramdaman na
kami ay hindi kabilang sa lugar na ito. Tunay ngang, walang maiiwan at
sabay-sabay ang pag-unlad. Asahan niyo po na ang ang aming sector ay handang
umalalay sa inyo tungo sa pagpapalaganap ng kabutihan sa puso at isip ng bawat
the local government also staged an awarding of certificates of recognition to
the participants for their unending support in the city’s plans and programs.
CSF Steadfast In Strengthening ECCD [ Tuesday | 9th day of October, 2018 | 2 weeks ago ]
“Nagagalak po ang aking puso, at dito po sa Syudad San Fernando ginanap ang assembly na ito, kung saan maaari ko pong ibahagi sa inyo ang mga best practices ng aming Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) na amin pang mas pinalalakas at pinatatag. Pero isa lamang ang aming pinaniniwalaan na ang “ECCD is the answer key to social development”.
This was Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’
Santiago’s statement during the 2018 Community-Based Early Years Fair on
September 27, 2018 at the Mini-Convention Center, Heroes Hall.
With a theme “Inter-Sectoral Dialogue
on Shared Vision and Action for Quality ECCD”, Local Government Units (LGUs) from
North and Central Luzon flocked in the city to share their best practices and
initiatives in delivering quality of education to children.
In an interview, ECCD Council Vice
Chairperson and Executive Director Dr. Teresita G. Inciong lauded the efforts
and initiatives of the local government towards “excellent and sustainable
early childhood education”.
lang pasalamatan si Mayor EdSa, kasi hanga ako sa kanya dahil ang dami niyang
kaalaman at malaki ang pagmamahal niya about childhood education. Kaya
natitiyak ko with his leadership, ang mga batang 0-4 years old ay mabibigyan ng
tamang pag-aruga at magandang edukasyon,” she said.
Inciong furthered that parents should
also do their part in “shaping and molding the capabilities of their children”.
government is doing its best upang masiguro yung development ng mga bata, but
of course, parents should also do their part sa tamang pagpapalaki sa kanilang
mga anak, hindi lang ang lokal na pamahalaan,” she added.
In his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’
Santiago shared the best practices of the city in achieving universal and
malalim ang aking interpretasyon kapag childhood education na ang
pinag-uusapan, lagi kong sinasabi na “it takes a village to raise a child”,
kailangan na magkaroon ng malasakit ang bawat isa dito sa ating komunidad na
magtataguyod sa kapakanan ng mga bata. Kapag edukasyon ang pinrayoridad, tiyak
na maghahatid ito ng “sustainable development” sa pamayanan. Kaya kami dito sa
Syudad San Fernando, ay hindi kami titigil sa pagpapalakas at pagtataguyod ng
tama at dekalidad na edukasyon sa bawat batang Fernandino,” he ended.
Meanwhile, Local Chief Executives
from the City of Sorsogon, Santiago, and Mankayan Benguet shared their ECCD
journey and their innovative strategies.
Paalala Mula Sa Tanggapan Ng Ingat Yaman [ Monday | 1st day of October, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]
Advance Payment para sa Amilyar o RPT 2019
Advance Payment para sa Amilyar o RPT 2019 ay hanggang November 30, 2018:
- 20% Discount - Lote
- 15% Discount - Building and Machinery
Regular 10% discount na lamang sa December 2018 - March 30, 2019
Mayor EdSa Urges ‘peace And Order Officers’ To Be Dedicated [ Tuesday | 25th day of September, 2018 | 4 weeks ago ]
In order to achieve the city’s agenda ‘Kapayapaan at Kaayusan ay Makakamtan sa Nagkakaisa at Disiplinadong Mamamayan’, the Local Government of San Fernando held a ‘General Inspection in Ranks’ among the traffic enforcers and city martials on September 22, 2018 at the Heroes Hall.
This was led by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago together with Public
Order and Safety Coordinating Office (POSCO) Deputy Coordinator Raymond Del
Rosario and Traffic Management Division Chief Ret. Col. Danilo Bautista.
Del Rosario said the aim of the said activity is ‘to deliver
important policy directions, instructions and guidelines, personally to the
peace and order officers’ including their general appearance and proper wearing
of uniform and ID.
During his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago said, in order
to deliver better public service, peace and order officers must possess
self-discipline, dedication to work, and respect to one another.
“Sa kahit anong misyon
o trabaho man, napakahalaga na pinapairal natin ang disiplina, respeto at higit
sa lahat ang pagkakaroon ng dedikasyon sa trabaho. Sa pamamagitan nito, tayo ay
nakapagbibigay ng maayos at dekalidad na serbisyo sa publiko na siya namang
talagang susi upang tayong lahat ay magtagumpay” he said.
Santiago furthered that ‘peace and order officers should also
follow the rule of law’ for them to become an effective leader and implementor.
“Ako ay kagaya niyo din
bilang isang ordinaryong mamamayan na sumusunod sa mga batas at alituntunin,
dahil naniniwala ako na bilang isang lider, ikaw mismo ay dapat matutong
sumunod at makinig upang mas lalo pang maging episyente ang iyong gawain.
Magsilbi sana kayong inspirasyon sa lahat at umpisahan niyo ang paglaganap ng
kabutihan sa kapwa,”
Senior Citizens In CSF Receive Pension [ Thursday | 13th day of September, 2018 | 1 month ago ]
All smiles were seen in the faces of the 500 indigent Fernandino senior citizens as they received their social pension amounting to 1,500 during the third quarter LGU-Indigent Senior Citizens Social Pension Payout on September 7, 2018.
The Local Government of San Fernando, headed by Mayor Edwin 'EdSa' Santiago, is steadfast in protecting the most vulnerable sector, through social protection
together with its City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWD) and Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA).
The said program is giving an opportunity to some Fernandino senior citizens who were not covered in the social pension program of the Department of Social Welfare
and Development (DSWD), frail, sickly, and not receiving pension from Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), and others.
In an interview, Mayor Edwin 'EdSa' Santiago stressed that the local government is always willing to support the elders, wherein various social services were
intended for them including free medical check-ups in the City Health Office, and free movie pass in cinemas every Monday to ensure and improve their total well-being.
"Isa itong pamamaraan kung paano tayo magpakita ng pagmamahal at respeto sa ating mga nakatatanda. Dahil sila ang dahilan kung sino at ano tayo ngayon. Dito sa Syudad San Fernando, ay walang maiiwan. Sama-sama tayong magbigay ng kalinga sa bawat isa upang sabay-sabay din natin makamit ang kaunlaran,” he said.
CSF Calls For ‘Women Empowerment’ [ Wednesday | 12th day of September, 2018 | 1 month ago ]
Indeed, the month of September is truly a delighted time for Fernandina women, as the City of San Fernando recognizes their vital roles in the society through a ‘Women’s Week’ celebration.
Anchored with the theme “Fernandina,
Kaantabay sa Buhay na ganap, Kabuhayang Matatag, Pamayanang Maunlad”, the local
government, through its Women’s Executive Committee, Gender and Development, and
department heads unveiled the calendar of activities for this year’s Women’s
week celebration in commemoration of the 144th Birth Anniversary of
Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio during the Monday’s flag raising ceremony at the City
This was followed by a press
conference at the Henson-Hizon residence, wherein Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio’s
monument was wreath-laid by some city officials, members of the Women’s Execom,
and ancestors of Dayrit-Panlilio.
During the press conference, Local
Council of Women Chairperson Dr. Leticia Yap said that various programs and
activities were lined-up, highlighting women empowerment in the society.
natin na yung mga activities natin this time ay talagang masusulong yung mga
kakayahan at kalakasan ng mga kababaihan dito sa ating lipunan sa iba’t-ibang
Activities set-up for the said
celebration are Inspection and Monitoring of the ‘Inter-Barangay Gulayan ng mga
Kababaihan Contest (Mid October-Awarding) on September 10.
Simultaneous activities in
introducing Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio will be conducted on September 10-11 such
as Story Telling among Daycare students of the “Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio: Ing
Bayaning Fernandina” and “Isapuso ang Makulay na Buhay ni Nicolasa Dayrit
Pautakan Festival” including colored puzzle game among daycare students, color
the puzzle game and quiz bee for grade 6 students on September 11,
Specialized training on candle
production for Fernandinas and Youth Forum among students will stage on
Also, on September 12, barangay women
of Del Rosario and San Isidro will undergo on ‘food processing followed by
‘fashion accessories making’ on September 13.
On the same day, there will be an
Essay Writing Contest and Empowering Women thru Photography contest and
‘Mompreneurship Trade Fair’ at Vista Mall which will run until September 15.
Government employees will undergo on
a Mental Health and Wellness Forum and OFW Families will have training on
‘financial literacy’ on September 14.
There will also have a “Dream it, Be
it Leadership and Career Path Training” among grade 12 girl students of
Pampanga High school on September 14 and September 24.
Lastly, on September 15, Fernandinas of
Brgy. San Pedro will undergo a ‘foot massage training’.
In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’
Santiago expressed his support to all the Fernandinas.
He hopes that this week-long
celebration will serve as an eye opener to everyone to respect and recognize
the contributions of the women in the society.
“Malaki na ang
naiambag ng mga kababaihan sa ating bansa, isa sila sa mga dahilan kung bakit
patuloy tayong umaangat at nananatiling matatag. Kaya naman dito sa Syudad San
Fernando, ay nagsasagawa tayo ng mga proyekto at aktibidad na may layuning
makilala ang mga natatanging Fernandina sa iba’t-ibang aspeto,” Santiago said.
Mayor “EdSa” Expresses Support To NEU’s Sign Language Programs [ Thursday | 6th day of September, 2018 | 1 month ago ]
Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago received a warm welcome from the whole community of Iglesia Ni Cristo-run institution, New Era University- Pampanga Branch, on September 4, 2018.
President Dr. Nilo Rosas and NEU-Pampanga Branch Director Bro. Alberto Domingo
led the welcoming of Santiago, who served as their events’ guest speaker.
the program rolled on the Launching of the Certification Program for Sign
Language Interpreters, Santiago shared insights on the importance of
implementing PWD (persons with disabilities)-friendly programs.
“Sa oras pa lamang na malaman kong
maglulunsad ng programa ang New Era University para maturuan ang mga tao na
gumamit ng sign language, ako ay natuwa. Ibig sabihin nito, mas mapapagaan ang
komunikasyon natin sa mga may kapansanan, katulad ng may hearing impairment,” expressed
also presented their Sign Language Guide Book and Mobile Application (Iglesia
Ni Cristo SL App), two (2) channels that were created to assist the deaf and
non-deaf INC and non-INC members improve their communication skills in sign
materials contain sign language guides on alphabets, numbers, days, colors,
emotions, greetings, and the like, which are used for daily communication.
“Nais ko din
kayong batiin para sa paglikha ng libro at mobile application para gabayan ang
mga tao sa sign language. Ito ay tunay na napapanahon at naa-angkop sa mga
kabataan ngayon na may malaking impluwensya ng teknolohiya,” Santiago remarked.
Meanwhile, NEU also re-launched their official website, which
can be accessed through www.neu.edu.ph.
Santiago ended his speech by expressing gratitude to NEU for
its initiative towards equality.
“Salamat sa pagtulong sa siyudad na magawa ang misyon nito.
Dahil ang pananaw ng San Fernando, lahat pantay-pantay, anuman ang kasarian,
estado sa buhay, may kapansanan o wala, walang maiiwan,” he ended.
Indonesians Impressed With CSF’s Zero Waste Programs [ Wednesday | 5th day of September, 2018 | 1 month ago ]
Government officials of Bandung, Indonesia led by Mayor Oded Mohamad Danial expressed their admiration to the City Government of San Fernando for its best practices towards zero waste during their visit today.
delegation was welcomed by Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, together with the City
Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) headed by Regina Rodriguez and
Mother Earth Foundation (MEF) chaired by Sonia Mendoza.
short program, Mayor EdSa shared the city’s journey in compliance with the
Ecological Solid Waste Management Act which he admitted was never easy.
then, we saw garbage as one of our biggest problems so we took the challenge of
adopting green practices which eventually resulted into a city that is now
dubbed as one of the Best Zero Waste Models in the Asia Pacific region,” he
furthered that the secret to a sustainable and ecologically-balanced city is
the cooperation of everyone including households, schools and establishments.
the Indonesian team was also toured to Pilar Village, the city’s model
subdivision, for an on-site inspection of its Materials Recovery Facility and observation
of actual garbage collection in the households.
Danial, for his part, said their team was greatly impressed with CSF’s
approaches in waste management calling it ‘extraordinary and ideals-based’.
added that the Bandung Government is looking forward to a formal partnership
with San Fernando to further promote zero waste and pursue more positive environmental
activity is part of MEF’s Zero Waste Cities Network program which main
objective is to connect citizens from different countries who shall work
collaboratively to reduce waste.
from the City of San Fernando, the Indonesian delegates is also set to visit
Programs For CSF-LGU Employees Lined Up For PCSA 2018 [ Tuesday | 4th day of September, 2018 | 2 months ago ]
“Sa ating pagseserbisyo bilang kawani ng gobyerno, lagi nating i-linya ang ating trabaho sa mga bagay na isinusulong ng Civil Service Commission (CSC). Dapat tayo ay maging ‘Maka-Diyos’, ‘Makatao’, ‘Makabayan’, pati na ang pagiging ‘Makakalikasan’.
was Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago’s remark to the officials and employees of the
Local Government of San Fernando, as the city officially kicks-off its
observance of the Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA) 2018 on September
3 at the City Hall.
the past 118 years, through this observance, CSC has been implementing
initiatives to mold the capabilities of public servants in the country, being
the “premiere human resource institution of the Philippine Government.”
the city joins CSC in PCSA 2018, it presented lined-up activities including the
“ARTA Watch” (Anti Red Tape Act Watch) on the frontline offices of the CSF-LGU,
which already run on July 24 and will end on September 19, 2018.
activity included in this observance is the first-ever “City Employees’
Outreach Program” which was already launched on September 3, and will benefit
street children, mendicants, and orphans in CSF, through a donation of school
supplies and hygiene kits.
“Action Officers of the Day”, which will give chance to all employees to be action
officers in a particular amount of time, will meanwhile run on the whole month
of September. This aims to enhance the customer service skills of the
“Mind Matters: A Mental Health Awareness Forum/Workshop”, aimed to orient the
employees about the importance of ‘balanced mental health state”, will also be
part of the celebration, happening on September 14.
film showing and group discussion for CSF-LGU section chiefs will be staged on
September 20, which aims to enhance employee productivity, balanced work, and
family relations, while, the third run of “Value Alignment Course” will be held
on September 18.
who have rendered ten (10) years and succeeding five (5) years of service in
the city government will meanwhile be recognized, through the “Loyalty Awards
2018”, happening on September 21.
“Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence” (PRAISE), an
award-giving event which focuses on recognizing outstanding individual and
group employees will also be part of the celebration and will transpire on
September 26, the “CSC Month Zumba for a Cause” will be held, through the
initiative of CSC Regional and Field Offices III and LGUs around Pampanga.
CSF Sets Alay Lakad 2018 In November [ Tuesday | 4th day of September, 2018 | 2 months ago ]
The City Government of San Fernando has scheduled this year’s Alay Lakad “Walk for a cause” on November 23 with the theme “Abe-abe lumakad para king Panyulung da reng Kayanakan.”
It will start at 6:00 a.m. with four assembly points
namely Petron Gas Station at Tagulod, Brgy. Del Pilar; MVP Building at
intersection; Pampanga Capitol Grounds; and V. Tiomico Extension.
Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago said the event is
held annually in partnership with the Alay Lakad Foundation to provide
educational assistance to qualified Fernandino out-of-school youth and give
technical support to the self-employed and other marginalized individuals.
This year, the committee seeks to raise
P500,000 funds to support the 90 sholars who are currently enrolled in
different schools and universities in the province.
The city mayor committed to provide the same
amount as the city government’s counterpart to help finance more beneficiaries.
“Education is a lifelong process at ito ang
nagsisilbing matibay na pundasyon ng mga kabataan sa pag-abot ng kanilang mga
pangarap. Ito ay isang bagay na hindi kailanman mawawala sa kanila at siya ring
bubuo sa kanilang pagkatao,” Mayor EdSa stressed.
Meanwhile, Alay Lakad 2018 Chairperson Engr. Felix
Paras noted that aside from the usual walk, an “Alay Lakad Hymn” composition
contest will also be opened to all aspiring students.
“On the event proper, special awards will also be
given to the biggest and most colorful delegations as well as to the oldest
participant. The committee will then choose Ms. Alay Lakad 2018 from the muses
of participating schools or agencies,” he added.