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Fernandino Farmers Receive Agricultural Inputs [ Friday | 19th day of May, 2017 | 5 days ago ]


Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago led the awarding of agricultural inputs to more than 150 farmers from the City of San Fernando this morning in culmination of the Farmer's week celebration.

Through the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office, headed by City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay, different farming tools such as Knapsack sprayer, shovel, and hoe (sarul gamat) were distributed to the farmers.

A mini farm tractor and rice combine harvester was also turned over to the Sanduguan Farmers Association represented by Chairman Manuel Fajardo, Board of Directors Oscar Buluran and Amando Fernando Jr., and Treasurer Jingy Bacani.

Also present during the awarding were Third District Representative Aurelio ‘Dong' Gonzales Jr., Pyestang Fernandino 2017 Chairperson Alberto ‘Boy' Santiago, Provincial Corn Coordinator Reynaldo Sarmiento, DA-RFO 3 Representative Lourdes Baluyut, CAFC Chairman Antonnette Zapanta and members of the Sanduguan Farmers Association.


CSF Cited For Successful Streamlining Programs [ Thursday | 18th day of May, 2017 | 6 days ago ]


The City of San Fernando received numerous awards during the ‘11th Recognition of Outstanding Central Luzon LGUs Implementing the Streamlining Program in the Issuance of Mayor's Permit' held today at Royce Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone.

Conferred by the Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation Incorporated (CLGCFI), the city was awarded as 2016 Most Successful LGU in the Institutionalization of BPLS Reforms; 1st place 2016 Best LGU in Customer Relations for Provincial category; and 3rd place 2016 Best LGU in Customer Relations for Regional category.

CLGCFI, in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Trade and Industry, conducted the recognition to acknowledge LGUs that implements client-friendly policies resulting to timely issuance of Mayor's permit.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago lauded the efforts of the city's Business License and Permit Division for successfully institutionalizing BPLS reforms through ISO certification and exhibiting professionalism when transacting with the public.

"All these measures are aimed to delight and better serve our clients. Thus, encourage the growth of business and investments to attain progress in the city," Santiago added.

Meanwhile, the city also received plaques of recognition from the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines for being the 2nd Overall Most Competitive City in the country. Through the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index, the city was ranked 4th place in the Economic Dynamism category, 6th place in Infrastructure and 8th place in Government Efficiency.


CSF Named ‘Top Model City' By The Manila Times [ Wednesday | 17th day of May, 2017 | 7 days ago ]


The City of San Fernando was recognized as one of the Top Model Cities in the Philippines during The Manila Times Philippine Model Cities awards held May 11 at the New World Manila Bay Hotel.

Themed "Beyond the Most Livable Urban Centers", the awarding seeks to recognize cities that excels in different areas such as social service, livelihood and employment, among others.
Out of 37 model cities, the city also received the ‘Business Friendly City' award for its initiatives on improving ease of doing business.

"San Fernando deserves this award for of its accountability, transparency, efficient quality management systems and free from red tape processes," Eleanor Roque, Head of Tax Advisory & Compliance Division (P&A Grant Thornton) said.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said he is grateful that once again, the city was recognized with this prestigious award.
"We have been a recipient of the Most Business Friendly Award by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries for six times, and now we are again recognized by a different award giving body. Rest assured that we will continue our best practices to better serve our constituents," he said.

Santiago also lauded the efforts and support of the people behind this success especially the Fernandinos. Thus, encouraging everyone to participate in his missions and advocacies towards development.

Meanwhile, other LGUs that received special awards were Bacolod City, Batangas City, Davao City, General Santos City, Laog City, Mandaluyong City, Naga City, Paranaque City, Quezon City, Sta Rosa City, Tagaytay City and Zamboaga City.


Pyestang Fernandino Showcases Kapampangan Culture [ Wednesday | 17th day of May, 2017 | 7 days ago ]


Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago led today the unveiling of calendar of activities for this year's ‘Pyestang Fernandino' celebration.

The awarding was led by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago, City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay, Councilor BJ Lagman, City Administrator Engr.Fernando Limbitco and Pyestang Fernandino 2017 Chairperson Boy Santiago.

Sangumay said the activity marks the beginning of Fernandino Farmer's Week celebration in line with this year's Pyestang Fernandino.

The winners are Joselito Gopez (Outstanding Rice Farmer), Orlando Salvador (Outstanding Fisherfolk), Reynaldo Tiglao (Outstanding Corn Farmer), Jesus Tulabut (Outstanding Livestock Farmer) and Marcelino Musni (Outstanding HDCVP Farmer).

Farmers with extraordinary products were also recognized. These are Joewer Serrano (Longest Upo), Eduardo Manalo (Biggest and Heaviest Papaya), Francisco Tancio (Biggest and Heaviest Kalabasa), Jayson Garcia (Biggest Mango and Longest Eggplant) and Orlando Salvador (Heaviest Tilapia).

In his speech, Mayor EdSa said farmers are the key players in attaining food security through their efforts and innovations in increasing agricultural productivity.
"Mahalaga po na bigyang pagkilala ang mga natatanging magsasaka dahil sila ang mga katuwang ng syudad upang masiguro na ang bawat Fernandino ay may masaganang pamumuhay," Santiago added.

Anchored on the theme "King pamagmasusi ning Kapiyestan, Kulturang Fernandino ing tangalan," the city mayor said the annual feast seeks to unite every Fernandino and showcase the city's rich culture, tradition and beliefs.

"Ito din ay panahon ng pasasamalat para sa ating muling pagbangon matapos ang mga kalamidad at trahedya. Tayo ngayon ay magdiwang bilang isang komunidad," Santiago said.
This 2017, the city will hold El Circulo Fernandino on May 13 and Fernandino Farmers' Week on May 15-20.

On the 20th, Fernandinos may enjoy triple activities including the National Heritage Month celebration, Flores De Mayo and Mr. Body Builder.

A trade fair and Pyestang Fernandino sale will also be held beginning May 21 until the 30th.
"Kinausap po namin yung mga business establishments na makiisa sa malawakang sale at meron po tayong ordinansa dito," Pyestang Fernandino Chairperson Boy Santiago said during a press conference.

Pageant enthusiasts may cheer for their favorite candidate during the coronation of Miss Gay Fernandina on May 25, Little Miss Fernandina on May 26, and Lakan at Mutya ning San Fernando on May 27.

Meanwhile, sports and recreational activities for this year include Farm Link expo on May 26-28, CSFP Frisbee Open on May 28, Inter Barangay Basketball and Volleyball Championship on May 29 and Variety Show and Music Festival on May 30.

The city will also commemorate National Flag Day on May 28 and Independence Day on June 12 which serves as the culminating activity of Pyestang Fernandino.


CSF Holds Disease Awareness Seminar [ Tuesday | 9th day of May, 2017 | 2 weeks ago ]


Barangay Health Workers in the city of San Fernando gathered Tuesday for a seminar on Disease Awareness conducted by the City Health Office.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said the activity was made to remind health representatives on their duties and responsibilities to help stop the spread of common diseases.

"One of the administration's priority is to ensure that the city caters the medical needs of everyone, thus achieve prosperity that comes from a community with a healthy citizenry," he added.

Among the topics discussed were the different types of diseases that commonly occur in a community such as dengue, measles and chickenpox.

City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit Nurse Richard Dennis Yap also gave some tips on how to decrease the risk of having these kinds of diseases.

"By simply washing your hands and maintaining cleanliness of households, you may already reduce the risk of common diseases. It must start within yourselves and apply it in your everyday lives" Yap added.

BHWs are also encouraged to actively participate in the activities of the city in disseminating health tips and promoting healthy living.


CSF Commemorates Jose Abad Santos Martyrdom [ Tuesday | 2nd day of May, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]


In commemoration of the 75th Death Anniversary of Jose Abad Santos, the City Government of San Fernando laid a wreath in front the late Chief Justice's monument at the Heroes Hall on Tuesday.

The ceremony was led by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago, Councilor BJ Lagman, Pampanga Masonic Lodge and Abad Santos' family members.

During his speech, Santiago said that the activity seeks to remind the public of the martyrdom of the late World War II hero who is a native of San Fernando.

Jose Abad Santos was born on February 19, 1886 to Vicente Abad Santos and Toribia Basco. He served as the 5th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and was executed on May 7, 1942 for refusing to swear allegiance to the Japanese Government.

"There is no one braver than a person who offered his life to save our country. People like Jose Abad Santos who fought for the freedom we enjoy today deserve to be recognized," Mayor Edsa furthered.

For her part, Nieves Abad Santos Benipayo, niece of Abad Santos, expressed her gratitude to the local government for annually giving tribute to her uncle.

"It is both an honor and pride to be one of his descendants. May his remarkable contributions challenge us to become heroes of today in our own ways," Nieves added.


CSF Holds Labor Day Job Fair 2017 [ Tuesday | 2nd day of May, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]


In line with the celebration of Labor Day, the City Government of San Fernando in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment conducted a Job Fair on May 1 at the SM City San Fernando Dowtown.

Themed "Matatag na Kabuhayan at Trabaho, Tungo sa Progresibong Pagbabago," more than 400 job vacancies were opened by sixteen (16) companies who participated in the job fair.

Arlene Tolentino, Chief of Dole Field Office, said the aim of this job fair is to help every Fernandino who are still jobless and further increase the employment rate of the city.

"This activity is open to everyone, we want to provide them decent jobs to improve their quality of life," Tolentino added.

DOLE Pampanga Field Office also reported that 61 applicants were hired on the spot.
In his speech, Mayor Edwin Santiago shared his experiences when he started as an employee. He also encouraged the Fernandinos to work hard for them to have a brighter future.

"Finding a job is not an easy thing to do, you have to be determined in finding your right track. I am encouraging you to become better employees to be the assets of your companies," Santiago added.

The city mayor furthered "You can apply your skills and learnings and become productive Fernandinos that will cater to the needs of the city thus making it exemplary to the others."
Employment is among the top priority of the Santiago administration for he believes that creating livelihood opportunities for everyone can help face life with dignity and responsibility.


CSF Holds "Basic Business Recording" Seminar For Entrepreneurs [ Friday | 28th day of April, 2017 | 4 weeks ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, conducted yesterday a seminar aimed at helping entrepreneurs on how to apply for business permit, maximize and budget their expenses.

Dubbed "Basic Business Recording with Basic Costing and Pricing Seminar," topics discussed were the steps in applying for business permits, the documents needed to present and the importance of basic costing.

"We want our Fernandino entrepreneurs to know how to record and analyze the budgeted income and expenditure and how to calculate a product's cost price to avoid bankrupt," said Marvin Mallari, AVP of Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountant (PICPA) Pampanga Chapter.

He also emphasized the importance of following the rules and regulations of the city upon applying or planning to build a business.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago, stressed the advantage of engaging in entrepreneurship which serves as the lifeblood of the city's economy.

"Through seminars, we want to encouraged our constituents to become entrepreneurs to showcase their skills and improve their quality of life." Santiago ended.


CSF Beefs Up Anti-drug Campaigns In Barangays [ Thursday | 27th day of April, 2017 | 4 weeks ago ]


As part of its continuous efforts to attain a drug-free city, the Local Government of San Fernando conducted a seminar on the revitalization of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) and their role in drug clearing operations.

The two-day seminar, held April 24-25 in Baguio City, was attended by local officials from all 35 barangays in the city.

This activity is in accordance with the Department of Interior and Local Government's nationwide anti-drug campaign.

DILG Pampanga Cluster Team Leader Renalyn Iglesias discussed about MASA-MASID or Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Ilegal na Droga, a community based program that promotes volunteerism to fight against crime, corruption and illegal drugs.

"We have already launched this program last year, but we want to reiterate the importance of the active involvement of barangay officials in the intensified war against drugs," she added.

Iglesias furthered that grassroots leaders are obliged to provide a list of suspected users, pushers or protectors; initiate referral for drug treatment or rehabilitation; and conduct regular seminars and consultations for drug abuse victims.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago shared that based on the recent report from PNP and PDEA, 28 out of 35 barangays in the city are already drug cleared.

"Magandang balita po ito pero hindi ibig sabihin nito ay titigil na tayo, mas lalo pa nating paiigtingin ang ating mga programa upang tuluyan ng masugpo ang iligal na droga sa buong syudad," he added.

"We should keep our plans aligned with the national government's directives and redesign our system towards a better community," Santiago said.

Other issues discussed during this year's seminar include the proposal for Federalist Government in the Philippines, Health Policies in Barangay Governance, Rabies Awareness and Responsible Pet Ownership.

Meanwhile, also present during the activity were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, DILG Provincial Director Myrvi Fabia, City Councilors and LGU Department Heads.


CSF OPENS INTER-BARANGAY VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY [ Tuesday | 25th day of April, 2017 | 4 weeks ago ]


The City of San Fernando (P) Inter-Barangay Volleyball Tournament 2017 was officially opened over the weekend.

This year's tournament is participated by 21 barangays which include Barangay Bulaon, Northville Calulut, Del Rosario, Dolores, Juliana, Malino, Quebiawan, Saguin, San Agustin, San Felipe, San Isidro, San Jose, San Juan, San Nicolas, San Pedro, Sindalan, Sta Lucia, Sta Teresita, Sto Nino, Telabastagan and Maimpis..

The opening ceremony was held at the Maimpis Barangay Covered Court, leading the ceremonial toss was Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with Barangay Captains Romy Dizon (Maimpis) and Jun Ong (Juliana).

In his message, Mayor Santiago emphasized that sports is very important for Fernandinos particularly the advantages of it provides to the youth.

"We want Fernandinos to become disciplined and healthy. By engaging yourself into sports, you will learn the importance of discipline, determination, perseverance and hard work. Most importantly this is a venue to build camaraderie with each other", he said.

The mayor also disclosed his plans of strengthening the sports sector in the city by building a Mini Sports Center in Barangay Del Rosario, and other amenities for the youth.

"We are planning to build a sports center for you to use during your sports activities. We will build swimming pool, gyms, basketball courts, among others" said Mayor Santiago.

Meanwhile, Dizon expressed his gratitude to the city government for launching programs for the youth.

"We are thankful to our city for activities like this. I am also encouraging all the barangays to participate in this activity. Hopefully next year, all the barangays will join this tournament" he said.


CSF Conducts Waterways Clean-up Drive [ Tuesday | 25th day of April, 2017 | 4 weeks ago ]


In line with the observance of International Earth Day, the City Government of San Fernando Pampanga through its Environment and Natural Resources Office conducted over the weekend clean up drive on its waterways with the theme "Pagkalinga sa Kalikasan at Kapaligiran, Kaligtasan ng Buhay ay Makakamtan."

All major waterways of this city were cleaned by personnel from the city government headed by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago; other participants are from the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, Department of Public Works and Highways, academe sector, and other civic society group.

The operation was held in areas which include portions of San Fernando River (Baluyut Bridge), Baritan Creek, Sta. Teresita Creek (along Mc Arthur Highway), Magdalena Creek, Dolores Creek, Sampaloc Creek, and Sto. Niño

According to CENRO Chief Engr. Anele David, this activity is conducted in the city every year. She explained that clean-up drive aims to help and save the environment.

"Our aim is to save the environment and help it, it [clean-up drive] is held regularly in preparation for the rainy season. We ensure that all creeks are in good conditions, we see to it that they won't overflow or clogged" she said.

For his part, Mayor Santiago said that environmental protection and preservation is among the top priority programs his administration.

"Having a clean and peaceful city will lead us to further development" said Mayor Santiago.


CSF Farmers' Field School Produces Graduates [ Thursday | 20th day of April, 2017 | 1 month ago ]


At least 30 farmers from Barangay Maimpis have completed their 16-week season long training under the program dubbed ‘Farmers' Field School on Corn Production' of the City Government of San Fernando in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture.

The awarding of certificates during the graduation ceremony held today was led by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor Nelson Lingat, City Agriculture and Veterinary Office-OIC Cristina Sangumay, City Corn Coordinator Francisco Cangco, and representatives from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.

Sangumay said the training started in December last year and farmers were taught of cultural management including seed selection and land preparation; planting nutrient management and integrated pest management.

The barangay have allotted a 500 square meter learning site for the farmers. They were also provided with seeds, fertilizer and planting equipment from DA and the local government.

"Ito din yung tinatawag natin na ‘Paaralang Walang Dingding' kung saan tinuturuan namin ng libre ang mga magsasaka tungkol sa episyenteng pamamaraan ng pagtatanim at tutulungan din silang ibenta ang kanilang mga produkto," Sangumay added.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago stressed that amidst the advancement of technology, San Fernando strives to maintain a viable agriculture. He added that farming also serves as a tool in food sustainability and environment conservation.

"Isa po sa mga isinusulong natin sa syudad ang pagtatanim dahil malaki ang impact nito sa ating lokal na ekonomiya at sa pamamagitan nito ay makasisiguro tayo na may kakainin pa ang mga susunod na henerasyon," Santiago said.

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