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Fernandino Students Receive Education Subsidies [ Tuesday | 21st day of November, 2017 | 4 days ago ]

The first batch of beneficiaries under the High School Subsidy Program of the City Government of San Fernando received their financial assistance over the weekend.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago led the distribution of P2,000 cash allowance to each beneficiary. He was joined by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Nelson Lingat and Harvey Quiwa and Program focal person Ace Sison.

Santiago said the program will benefit more than 2,500 junior high school students who are bonafide residents of the city.

"Nagkaroon ng school-based assessment sa pakikipagtulungan sa Department of Education. Hinanap namin yung lahat ng mga kabataang Fernandino na naka enroll ngayon bilang Grade 10 sa mga pampublikong paaralan dito man sa syudad o maging sa mga karatig bayan," Santiago added.

To qualify for the program, the students were only required to submit their identification cards, 2x2 pictures, birth certificates, and voter's ID of their parents.

"Ang mga programa ng lokal na pamahalaan para sa mga kabataan ay tuloy-tuloy dahil pag-apak nila ng kolehiyo ay may naghihintay na Educational Scholarship Assistance Program o kaya naman ay maaari din silang makapag-aral ng libre sa ating City College," Mayor Edsa added during his speech.

Meanwhile, the last awarding of subsidies will be on November 25 at the Heroes Hall Mini Convention Center

Mayor EdSa Receives PhilHealth Advocate Award [ Tuesday | 21st day of November, 2017 | 4 days ago ]

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago was recognized as PhilHealth Advocate by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation Region 3 during the PhilHealth Region 3 Performance Recognition and Awards Night on November 17 at the Widus Hotel, Clark Pampanga.

PhilHealth Region 3 Vice President Walter Bacareza said the awarding seeks to recognize the Local Government Units and stakeholders who support and implement the PhilHealth programs.

"Ito yung tamang pagkakataon na mabigyan ng pagkilala yung mga partner agencies at LGUs natin na walang sawang sumusuporta sa mga programa ng PhilHealth upang bigyan ng magandang kalidad na health services ang kanilang mga nasasakupan," Bacareza said.

Bacareza furthered that Mayor "EdSa" deserves the said award because of his strong and unending support to the National Health Insurance programs to achieve a Universal Health Care. Through his initiative, the city of San Fernando was also cited with the highest number of enrolled members in PhilHealth under the program of "Philhealth Para sa Masa."
"In fact, 98% ng populasyon ng City Government ay covered na ng Philhealth. It really shows that Mayor "EdSa" wants to ensure the health of his constituents by providing them an equitable health care," Bacareza added.

In his speech, Mayor EdSa" expressed his gratitude to the PhilHealth Region 3 for recognizing his efforts in giving quality health service to Fernandinos. He said that every Fernandino, especially the poor, must have access to quality health care.

"Isa sa aking mga agenda ay ang mabigyan ng maayos at dekalidad na serbisyong pangkalusugan ang mga Fernandino. Kaya naman, asahan niyong mas pag-iigihan pa namin ang pagbibigay ng programang patungkol sa kalusugan upang masiguro na ang lahat ng Fernandino ay malulusog at ito ang daan upang magkaroon ng masigla at maunlad na pamayanan," Santiago added.

Meanwhile, the Birthing Station 3 in San Jose which is facilitated by Dr. Renely Tungol, was also recognized as Outstanding Rural Health Unit with the highest Maternal Care Package utilization not just in Region 3 but also nationwide.

Sanduguan Farmers Association In CSF Receives Farm Machineries [ Tuesday | 21st day of November, 2017 | 4 days ago ]

The Sanduguan Farmers Association in the City of San Fernando received new farm machineries and irrigation equipment worth more than P4M from the office of Third District Representative Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales Jr. on Friday.

The turn over ceremony of one unit of four-wheel tractor and six units of shallow tube well was led by Gonzales, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay, Sanduguan Farmers Association Chairman Manuel Fajardo and Pampanga-Bataan Irrigation Management Office Manager Engr. Prudencio Santos.

Gonzales said that the local government of San Fernando, through its City Agriculture and Veterinary Office, submitted in May this year a resolution earnestly requesting for the allocation of farm machineries to the Fernandino farmers.

"Nangako po ako na bibigyan ko kayo ng kagamitan para sa pagsasaka at hindi ko po kayo binigo. Maging ang mga karatig bayan dito sa tersera distrito ay tumanggap din ng mga kagamitan tulad nito dahil gusto nating palakasin ang pagsasaka at agrikultura hindi lang sa San Fernando kundi maging sa buong distrito," he added.

For her part, Sangumay said the tractor will be utilized by the members of the Sanduguan, while the shallow tube well will be distributed to the barangay clusters. She added that the city government is also purchasing one more brand new tractor this year to aid farmers in the southern barangays.

Meanwhile, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago thanked the congressman for providing the needs of local farmers to improve their performance and outputs. Thus, strengthen agricultural production and food security in the city and its neighboring towns.

"Economic development starts with farming. Kaya nga dito sa syudad, masusing pag-aaral ang ginawa sa ating Land Use Plan dahil gusto nating panatiliin na may sapat na lugar para sa mga magsasaka. Gusto nating mas pagtibayin ang sektor ng agrikultura dahil malaki ang kontribyusyon nito sa pagkakaroon ng matatag na ekonomiya," Santiago ended.

CSF Welcomes LGU Employees From Isabela [ Tuesday | 21st day of November, 2017 | 4 days ago ]

Local Government Unit employees from the City of Santiago, Province of Isabela visited the City of San Fernando for their benchmarking activity on November 10.

PESO Manager Donny Sayre, City Human Resource and Development Officer Rachelle Yusi and Chief of Staff Engr. Remedios Agoncillo warmly welcomed the participants.

City of Santiago PESO Manager and Human Resource Management Officer Romina Armedilla said the activity aims to know the best practices, innovative programs and projects implemented by the local government of the City of San Fernando.

"Alam kong tama ang aming naging desisyon na bisitahin ang Syudad San Fernando, dahil alam naming marami kaming matututunan dito dahil tunay ngang maunlad at progresibo na ito," Armedilla said.

In her opening remarks, City Human Resource and Development Officer Rachelle Yusi expressed her gratitude to the participants for choosing the City of San Fernando as their basis and guide in improving their local governance.

"Natutuwa kami na dito sa Syudad San Fernando ginawa ang benchmarking activity ninyo. Asahan ninyong marami kaming maibabahaging inputs sa inyo para sa mas ikagaganda at ikauunlad pa ng inyong syudad," Yusi said.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed the importance of having good local governance. He also encouraged the LGU employees to work hard and be united for the betterment of their city.

"Kung ang lahat ng mamayan ay makikiisa, makikipagtulungan at makikilahok siguradong makakamit ang kaunlaran. Dito sa Syudad San Fernando , active participation from the citizenry at masusing pagplaplano ang dahilan kung bakit patuloy ang pag – unlad ng syudad." Santiago said.

Meanwhile, the participants also had the chance to tour the City Hall and meet other local government employees.

City College Of San Fernando Marks 9th Year [ Thursday | 16th day of November, 2017 | 1 week ago ]

The City College of San Fernando, Pampanga (CCSFP) is celebrating its 9th Foundation Anniversary from November 16 to 18 with the theme "CCSFP Siyam a Banwa: Panibayung Paintungulan."

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, kicked off this year's celebration through a parade at the city's downtown streets which was followed by a thanksgiving mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

The city mayor, who also serves as the CCSFP Interim President, said various educational, recreational and sports activities are lined up for the three-day event to promote unity and togetherness while reflecting the humble beginnings of the respected school.

Activities include Zumba Dance competition, Arnis Anyo competition, Mr. and Ms. Intramurals, Music Festival, Unity Games, Quiz Bee and Extemporaneous speech contest which is open to all Senior High School students from different schools and universities.

"It was in 2009 when we formally opened the doors of the city college to the public with the goal to alleviate poverty through access to quality education. Being the 8th city college in the entire region, the school has helped increase the number of college graduates through its scholarship programs," Santiago added.

Mayor EdSa furthered "let this merriment serve as an opportunity to thank all the people behind the establishment of this school that caters poor but deserving Fernandino students. Thus, contributing to the empowerment of youth and allowing them to participate in nation-building."

At present, CCSFP has a total of 471 students enrolled in courses B.S. in Information Technology, B.S. in Accounting Technology, B.S. in Business Administration major in Financial Management and Marketing Management, Bachelor in Elementary Education, and Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English, Math and Biological Science.

CSF Celebrates Children's Month [ Thursday | 16th day of November, 2017 | 1 week ago ]

To further promote and protect the rights of children, the City Government of San Fernando through its Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) kicked off its celebration of Children's Month 2017 on Monday.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago led the unveiling of calendar of activities anchored on the theme "Bata'y Arugain, Karapatan Pangalagaan at Pagyamanin tungo sa Kinabukasang Maningning."
During a press conference, Santiago said various activities are lined up to mold the children's physical, emotional and intellectual well-being. He also stressed that every child deserves to receive adequate care and to grow up in a protective city.

"Katulad ng mga Parul Fernandino ay nais natin na maging makulay at maningning din ang kinabukasan ng ating mga anak, kaya naman dito sa Syudad San Fernando ay patuloy tayong nagsasagawa ng mga programang naglalayong magbigay ng pagkalinga sa mga batang Fernandino," Santiago said.

The city mayor also added that the children today plays an integral part in the New San Fernando concept.

"Ang mga anak natin ngayon ang magbibigay ng liwanag at pag-asa sa pagbuo ng bagong San Fernando, darating ang araw sila ang magtutuloy sa mga magagandang nasimulan natin," Santiago added.

The activities for this month include Child and Youth Leaders' Camp on November 17. On November 18, there will be a Lakbay Bulilit, wherein children may enjoy exploring the city's heritage places.

Members of the LCPC will undergo training at Vista Tala Resort and Recreational Park, Orani Bataan from November 21- 22 to strengthen their management and leadership capacity.
A Camp Bulilit shall be held at the National Child Development Center and Day Care Centers in Sindalan from November 23-24.

To culminate the month-long celebration, Mayor EdSa will deliver his State of the Children's Report during the Children's Congress on November 28 at the Benigno Hall Capitol. There will be a Child Friendly Barangay Governance Awarding ceremony on the same day.

Parul San Fernando Illuminates Thoroughfares [ Friday | 3rd day of November, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]

Christmas spirit is already felt in the City of San Fernando as the local government, headed by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, formally lit the ‘Parul San Fernando' along Jose Abad Santos Avenue on Monday night.

The ceremonial light-up of lantern decorations is annually held to mark the beginning of Yuletide season in the city—dubbed as the Christmas capital of the Philippines.

Some 55 post lights were decorated with white lanterns while footbridges and flyovers in the city's major thoroughfares were adorned with colorful traditional lanterns.

Lantern maker Roland Quiambao said this year's concept is a mixture of modern and traditional style that highlights the bright colors and intricate designs of the lanterns.

"Gumamit kami ng LED bulbs dun sa mga puting parol para maliwanag silang tingnan. Tapos incandescent bulbs naman yung ginamit para doon sa mga makukulay na parol para mas tumingkad yung iba't-ibang kulay," Quaimbao added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago lauded the creative efforts of the technical working group and the local craftsman for producing astonishing lanterns that Fernandinos can be proud of.

Santiago added that these lanterns are symbols of the new vision of the city which states: "City of San Fernando (P), Home of the Giant Lanterns, A Model City of Countryside Development."

"Truly we are claiming to be the home of the giant lanterns dahil ang mga parol na ito ang sumisimbolo sa ating pagiging kapampangan at Fernandino. Ang mga ito rin ang kumakatawan sa ating makulay at matatag na kultura," the city mayor explained.

Also present during the event were Councilors BJ Lagman and Reden Halili, members of the Giant Lantern Foundation Inc. headed by President Alfrito "Bong" Mah, Giant Lantern Festival 2017 Executive Committee chaired by Gil Cortez, City Investment Promotions Office-OIC Engr. Remedios Agoncillo and other department heads in the city hall.

San Fernando City Hall Transforms Into Halloween Destination [ Monday | 30th day of October, 2017 | 4 weeks ago ]

The city hall of San Fernando on Friday was transformed into a Halloween destination with more than 20 offices creatively decorated in line with this year's Cultural Enhancement Program or Halo-Halloween Year 5.

City Human Resource Development Officer Rachelle Yusi said that instead of horror ideas, the participating offices were assigned to depict the popular Pinoy Fantaseryes namely Panday, Marina and Darna.

Some city hall employees also dressed up themselves portraying the characters of the TV series which were assigned to their respective offices.

"Every year, we are conducting the inter-office decorating contest and individual costume contest to unleash the creativity of our employees as well as promote camaraderie in the workplace, " Yusi added.

A total of 272 children of bonafide city government employees also joined the individual costume contest for the children category. They were also given time to roam around the city hall for the traditional distribution of candies spearheaded by the participating offices.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said that besides strengthening work relationships, the activity also promotes Filipino family culture and traditions.

"It is very important that we let our employees bond with their families, especially their children. After all, the City Government of San Fernando is driven to provide better services that will cater the needs of the youth," Mayor Edsa added.

Meanwhile, winners for the Inter-office decorating contest- Panday category were CGSO-BPLMS (1st place), CTO (2nd place) and CPDCO (3rd place). For Darna category, the winners were CACCO (1st place), CSWDO (2nd place) and LBOD (3rd place). While CHRDO (1st place), MITD (2nd place) and CCRO (3rd place) won in the Marina category.

For the Individual Costume Contest Adult Category, the winners were Rosarufina Tiongson, Charlene Joy Ramos, Jennifer Pangan, Marivic Magsakay and Flordeliza Dizon.

The awarding for the children category was divided into three sub-categories: Most Creative, Most Unique and Cutest.

Dyrem Lee Bumanlag (1st place), Audrey Wong (2nd place) and Reign Mae Joy Roman (3rd place) were awarded as Most Creative. Most Unique costume were Dionella Mahah (1st place), Queenie Roman (2nd place) and Anneliese Yusi (3rd place). Lastly, the Cutest awards were given to Jennica Yumul (1st place), Princess Cunanan (2nd place) and Steven Juancho Dizon (3rd place).

CSF-LGU Employees Undergo Drug Test [ Wednesday | 25th day of October, 2017 | 1 month ago ]

750 employees, including city officials and department heads, of the local government of San Fernando underwent drug testing on October 23 during the Preventive Drug Education and Advocacy Orientation.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said this is pursuant to the Memorandum Circular issued by the Civil Service Commission that mandates all public officials and government employees to a random drug test as a condition for continuous employment.
"We have tested half of the population of the LGU employees. They were selected randomly through electronic raffle system," Santiago added.

The test was conducted by the DrugCheck Philippines Incorporated and results are expected to be released after three weeks.

According to CSC, any government official or employee who test positive shall undergo a Drug Dependency Examination. This will only be conducted by the Department of Health (DOH) or any of its accredited medical practitioners to assess what type of user the person is and determine the treatment he or she needs.

"This is the first time that the City Hall employees have undergone drug test. Aside from strengthening the anti-drug campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte, this will also boost public’s trust in the government" Mayor EdSa furthered.

Meanwhile, the employees were also oriented about the cause and effects of substance abuse and the effective ways to treat and prevent drug-related disorders.

They were also reminded to refrain taking cigarettes and alcohol which are also known as dangerous combo that causes harm to the human body.

CSF Launches Paskong Fernandino Trade Fair [ Tuesday | 24th day of October, 2017 | 1 month 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 launched the "Paskong Fernandino sa WalterMart" on October 22.

The ceremonial opening was led by Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago, City Investment Promotions Officer Engr. Remedios Agoncillo, Business License and Permit Division Chief Joseph Garcia and Department of Trade and Industry Pampanga Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio.

The said fair features the various local products made by Fernandino micro, small and medium entrepreneurs such as native delicacies, pastries and lanterns that will last until January.

CIPO Project Development Officer Jeffrey Yutuc said the trade fair aims to promote the local products of the City of San Fernando and to increase the sales of the MSMEs on holiday seasons.

"Sa kabuuan, 14 entrepreneurs ang nakilahok sa trade fair na ito upang ibenta sa mababang halaga ang kanilang mga ipinagmamalaking produkto. Magandang pagkakataon para sa kanila ito, lalo na ngayong magpa-Pasko, mas in demand yung kanilang mga produkto," Yutuc said.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed the importance of patronizing our own products. By this, he believes that we can promote how rich and beautiful the City of San Fernando is, because it shows the creativity of the Fernandinos who made it.

"Marami tayong mga produkto na maipagmamalaki hindi lang sa bansa, kundi pati sa buong mundo. Nais nating palakasin ang mga small and micro enterprises natin dahil sa pamamagitan nito, ay maaaring makilala sa buong mundo ang mga produkto ng Syudad San Fernando," Santiago said.

New CSF Concept Interpreted Through Digital Poster Making [ Monday | 23rd day of October, 2017 | 1 month ago ]

64 young and talented artists from 24 public and private schools in the city interpreted the ‘New San Fernando concept' through arts during the first ever Digital Poster Making contest.

The activity was organized by the City Information Office, in partnership with the City Schools Division of San Fernando, to increase people's level of knowledge and understanding of the components of being a great city: Green, Smart, Sustainable and Livable.

The competition was open to three categories namely Elementary, Junior High School and Senior High School. Each participant was allowed to do a digital painting, photo manipulation or graphic design using any computer application.

Twelve entries were chosen as winners and their artworks will be featured on the official desktopand poster calendars of the city for the year 2018.

Precious Roan Castro of San Pedro Elementary School was hailed grand winner for the Elementary category. While Pampanga High School's representatives Rommel Malang and Marc Lemuel Gonzales bagged the grand prize for the Junior High School and Senior High School categories, respectively.

For the consolation prizes, the winners were JerickSta Rosa of Sindalan High School, Alexis Obenza of St. Vincent Integrated School, NatanielLuismagne Rivera of University of the Assumption, Frances Bonus of St. John Bosco, Paula Jasmin Quilala and Maria Angela Manaloto of Information, Communication & Technology High School, Romy Sumarago Jr. of St. Vincent Integrated School, Jhadel Antonio of Pampanga High School and Jude Vergara of St Nicholas College of Business and Technology.

All winners received cash, certificates and will be given 20 copies of desktop and poster calendars.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago lauded not only the students but also their parents and coaches for sharing their valuable time and efforts towards the activity's success.

He also encouraged them to contribute to the realization of the New San Fernando concept and the city's mission to be a Model City of Countryside Development by involving and engaging themselves in productive and proactive activities.

"Ang mga kabataang Fernandino ang mukha ng bagong San Fernando at napakalaki ng papel ninyong mga guro at magulang sapaghubog sa kanila upang maging modelong mamamayan ditto saating syudad. Ang kaunlaran na aming tinatamasa ay hindi para saaminkundi para sa ikabubuti nating lahat. Hangad naming na magkaroon ang bawat isa ng maunlad, mapayapa at masiglangpamumuhay," Mayor EdSa added.

CSF Revisits LDRRM Plan For 2015-2019 [ Thursday | 19th day of October, 2017 | 1 month 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.

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