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CSF, NHCP Unveil PHS Historical Marker [ Wednesday | 15th day of August, 2018 | 3 days ago ]


“There is no excellence without culture and there is no culture without history. Napaka-makasaysayan ng Pampanga High School. Pinanday nito ang utak at puso ng mga Kapampangan at Fernandino, na sila na ngayong gumagawa ng kasaysayan.”


This is what Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago expressed as the City of San Fernando, through its City Tourism Office, joined National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) in the unveiling of the historical marker of Pampanga High School (PHS), together with the Federation of PHS/JASHS Alumni Association Foundation, Inc., on August 14, 2018.

PHS, formerly Jose Abad Santos High School (JASHS), a secondary public school in the province, has been shaping the hearts and minds of young generations for 116 years now, and has produced excellent Kapampangans in different fields, including the late former president Diosdado P. Macapagal.

Nagagalak ang siyudad San Fernando na dito itinayo ang paaralang ito (PHS), na sentro ng lalawigan ng Pampanga, ibig sabihin, mas maraming Kapampangan ang makakapag-aral dito, mas maraming Kapampangan ang makikinabang sa halaga ng edukasyon,” added Santiago.

Meanwhile, according to NHCP Executive Director Ludovico Badoy, PHS has helped the country in priming for the development of education system in the Philippines.

“Itinatag sa panahon ng Amerikano ang Pampanga High School, kaya ito ay nagsilbing panimulang hakbang ng nagbabagong panahon sa sistema ng edukasyon ng sambayanang Pilipino,” said Badoy.

Badoy added that this will become an extra pace of challenge in the side of CSF, as it will safeguard another historical symbol against different threats and dangers.

While, PHS Principal Fe Rosalinda Caylao expressed that “they are in full support to CSF-LGU and NHCP in strengthening their drive towards the preservation and safeguarding of historical buildings and landmarks in the city.”

Also present during the activity were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan, members of the Federation of PHS/JASHS Alumni Association Foundation, Inc., faculty members and non-teaching personnel of PHS, members of the United Architects of the Philippines, and officers from CSFP Arts and Culture Council.

NHCP currently celebrates History Month 2018, themed “Kasaysayan: Tuklasin, Mahalin, Palaganapin”.

Maraming salamat sa NHCP at isinama ninyo ang Pampanga High School sa obserbasyon ng ‘Buwan ng Kasaysayan’, isa itong pagkilala sa pangangalaga ng syudad sa bawat yamang mayroon ito,” Santiago ended.


CSF Joins Global “Big Latch On” For The 4th Time [ Tuesday | 14th day of August, 2018 | 4 days ago ]


A global simultaneous breastfeeding event, "The Big Latch On", was once again joined by the Local Government of San Fernando, for the fourth time, through
the initiative of City Health Office and Fernandina breastfeeding advocate, City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan.

One of the three venues of the big latch on event in the city on August 3, 2018 was in Vista Mall in San Agustin, which flocked by hundreds of Fernandina moms who completely supported the city's campaign on breastfeeding.

At exactly 10:30 am, these mothers started performing breastfeeding latch, with assistance from the health office and medical staff from Jose B. Lingad
Memorial Regional Hospital (JBLMRH).

Also part of the event was a breastfeeding lecture from Dr. Rowena Tapang-Vergara of the JBLRMH which spun around the proper and alternative ways of breastfeeding and the do's and don'ts when doing the activity.

Meanwhile, Pangilinan expressed that the participation of the city in this event is "to spread and normalize breastfeeding among Fernandina moms since it benefits both the mother and her child in the health aspect."

Dr. Emerito Mercado, CSF's Rural Health Physician II, furthermore shared his gratitude, on behalf of the whole CHO team, to the participants of the event,
citing that this is the best way for mothers to start raising their children in a healthy manner.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stated that CSF also acts like a mother, doing efforts for the betterment of its young community.

"Tayong mga magulang, bakit tayo nagtatrabaho't nakikipagsapalaran? Para matustusan natin ang pangangailangan ng ating mga anak. Itong breastfeeding event na ating sinasalihan, paraan naman ito ng syudad upang matustusan natin ang kanila ring pangangailangan sa kalusugan," expressed Santiago.

He also imparted to parents that "CSF, from the time a child is born until the time he enters into a school, he is guided by the values that CSF teaches,
making it one of the recognized child-friendly cities by the national government."

Meanwhile, "The Big Latch On" was also held in SM City San Fernando Downtown and will also be staged at Robinsons Starmills Pampanga on August 4, 2018.


CSF Honors Tiburcio Hilario On His 165th Birth Anniversary [ Monday | 13th day of August, 2018 | 5 days ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando, led by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, commemorated the 165th Birth Anniversary of local hero Tiburcio Hilario on Saturday through a wreath laying ceremony and a short program at the Heroes Hall.

This was well attended by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Brgy. San Juan Chairman Claro Tolentino and family of Tiburcio Hilario including Elena Mercado, Ernesto Hilario, Yasmine Villa, Danny Andal, Jay De Silva, Justice Carl Miranda, Regina Rodriguez and Ricco Rodriguez.

Different masonic organizations also paid tribute to Tiburcio. These were the Masonic District RIII-A, Tiburcio Hilario Memorial Lodge #394, Pampanga Masonic Lodge #48, Leonard Wood Lodge #105, Jose Abad Santos Memorial Lodge #333 and Pedro Abad Santos Order of Demolay.

During the program, an Audio-Visual Presentation about the life of Tiburcio was played while students from Sindalan High School performed a speech choir with the piece entitled "Tiburcio Hilario Y Tuazon, Bayaning Fernandino."

Mayor EdSa said the life of Tiburcio is dearly remembered to remind every Fernandino, especially the youth, of the hero's teachings and contributions in the country.

"Ating buhayin at huwag kalimutan ang nakaraan. Katulad ng sinisigaw ni Tiburcio noon, tayo ay dapat na magkaisa bilang mga Fernandino, Kapampangan at Pilipino," he added.

For his part, Tiburcio's descendant Ernesto Hilario extended his gratitude to the city government for its regular conduct of honorary tribute not only to his forefather but also to other local heroes.


Speech Choir Tilt In CSF Features Life Of Tiburcio Hilario [ Monday | 13th day of August, 2018 | 5 days ago ]


In commemoration of the 165th Birth Anniversary of Tiburcio Hilario, the City Government of San Fernando, conducted on Wednesday a speech choir competition featuring the life of the local hero.

Six secondary schools comprised of 20 to 30 members took the challenge of performing the piece entitled "Tiburcio Hilario Y Tuazon, Bayaning Fernandino," written by renowned Kapampangan poet Felix Garcia.

Tracing the hero's roots, Tiburcio was born in Brgy. San Juan, San Fernando on August 11, 1863. His parents are Anastacio Hilario and Maria Anastacio.

His historical significance derives from his civilian leadership as he was one of the first founders of Masonry in the Philippines, the fraternity which was the first organized vehicle of the Propaganda Movement. Tiburcio was later elected as the military governor of Pampanga by the town presidents.

He died of Scarlantina or Scarlet fever on February 18, 1903 but has left a legacy great love for the country and a dedicated concern for his fellowmen.

Meanwhile, the performing group from Sindalan High School emerged as champion in the said competition.

Joining the circle of winners were Maimpis Integrated School as 2nd placer and San Pablo Integrated School as 3rd placer.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said that the city government, through its Tourism Office and Arts and Culture Council, continues to strengthen its history and culture by paying tribute to the local heroes whose sacrifices are truly significant.

He furthered that the competition was held in order to preserve and raise awareness on the importance of Kapampangan language or locally known as "Amanung Sisuan."

"Nais natin na ipagpatuloy ng mga kabataan ang ipinaglaban ng ating mga bayani sa pamamagitan ng pagsugpo sa iba't-ibang suliranin na hinaharap ngayon ng lipunan. Bukod dito, gusto natin na mapanatiling buhay ang ating minamahal na wikang Kapampangan," he explained.


Mayor EdSa Calls Taxpayers As Partners In Development [ Friday | 10th day of August, 2018 | 1 week ago ]


"Sa pamamagitan ng pagiging tapat ninyo sa pagnenegosyo at pagbabayad ng karampatang buwis, ay napakaraming Fernandino ang inyong natutulungan."

Thus, said Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago during the 4th Stakeholder's Day and Recognition of Top Taxpayers on Thursday stressing that investors in the city are the local government's partners in development.

Santiago also led the recognition of top taxpayers for the year 2017. He was joined by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Angie Hizon and BJ Lagman, City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, City Treasurer Mary Ann Bautista and other concerned departments heads.

Top Business taxpayers were Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. Inc. for manufacturers category; United Laboratories, Inc. for wholesaler, dealer, and distributor category; Super Value Inc. (SM Supermarket - SM City Pampanga) for retailers category; Manila North Tollways Corporation for contractors and independent contractors category; SM Prime Holdings, Inc. for services category; and BPI Family Bank- San Agustin Branch for banking and financial institutions category.

Different business owners who ranked first in their respective categories were also awarded. These were Josefina Siy, owner of A.A. Saver's Mart, for single proprietorship category; Imelda Sarmiento, owner of IFS store, for New Public Market category and Magdalena Siy, owner of Lena's Store, for Old Public Market category.

2017's Top Real Property Taxpayer is San Miguel Brewery Inc., Top Franchise Taxpayer is San Fernando Electric Light & Power Company (SFELAPCO), Top Amusement Taxpayer is SM Prime Holdings, Inc., Top Barangay Community Tax Collector is Telabastagan and the Barangay with high Real Property Tax Collection is
Quebiawan.

Twelve individuals were cited for their efforts towards the success of various activities in the city. These include Mayor EdSa, Vice Mayor Jimmy
Lazatin and partners from Regional Offices and private sector.

During the program, BIR Revenue Region No. 4 Director Atty. Jethro Sabariaga, who served as the Guest Speaker, gave a detailed update on the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

Sabariaga stressed the country's need for a tax policy reform due to a deficient tax system citing that TRAIN law envisions to reduce poverty rate and increase Gross National Income in the coming years.


CSF Names Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Committees [ Monday | 6th day of August, 2018 | 2 weeks ago ]


Out of 35 barangays in the City of San Fernando, only three Barangay Nutrition Committees were recognized by the local government for having successfully
implemented programs aimed at addressing hunger and malnutrition in the locality

Barangay Pulung Bulu, led by Captain Ernesto Carreon and Rural Health Midwife Julieta Manalo, was awarded as the Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Committee for small category.

For the large category, Barangay San Nicolas, led by Captain Rosemary Calimlim and Rural Health Midwife Lolita David was hailed as the Most Outstanding.

Whereas, Barangay Dela Paz Norte, led by Captain Wilsen Samia and Rural Health Midwife Lani Manaloto, was recognized as the Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Committee for medium category.

Dela Paz Norte was also chosen to represent the city in the upcoming search for the Regional Barangay Nutrition Committee.

Aside from the Barangays, the LGU has also recognized Brenda Mendoza of Barangay Dela Paz Norte as the Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar in the city. She will also vie for the regional entry.

According to the City Health Office, the awardees were carefully selected through the nutrition checklist and regular conduct of their monitoring and evaluation of the Local Level Plan and implementation.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago congratulated all the recipients of awards for their relentless efforts to efficiently deliver nutrition services to their respective barangays.

"Our nutrition workforces in the grassroots play a vital role in developing a productive and well-nourished Fernandino community," he added.


CSF Wins Big Anew At Gawad KALASAG [ Friday | 27th day of July, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]


The City of San Fernando’s efforts in disaster resilience and preparedness have been once again recognized by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council III and by the Office of Civil Defense III.

CSF bagged top awards in the recently concluded 20th Gawad KALASAG Regional Awards, held July 26, 2018, at Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino, Clark Freeport Zone.

One of the aims of Gawad Kalasag, which also stands for “Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan”, is to “recognize outstanding performances of Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (LDRRMCs) in promoting and implementing significant DRRM-Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) programs and innovations.

CSF’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) bagged first place for Best City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for Component City Category, as OCD says, “it shown exemplary performance in sustaining its excellence in implementing the comprehensive DRRM-CCA programs in the City of San Fernando.”

OCD furthered that CDRRMC has fully covered the four (4) thematic areas of DRRM-CCA including Prevention and Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery and Rehabilitation in the previous year.

While, SAFRU, or San Fernando Rescue Unit’s “exemplary performance in the field of search and rescue, through its continuous innovation and acquisition of intensive training and state-of-the-art equipment” made it bag another first place award for the city, under the Best Local Government Emergency Management (GEM) and Response Team.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago said that CSF is thankful to OCD for giving recognitions to all LDRRMCs and rescue units in the region, making them more inspired to achieve excellence in disaster response and preparedness.

He added that more than the plaques and the trophies, it’s the heart of CDRRMC and SAFRU that really push them to do best.

“Hindi ito ang unang pagkakataon na nakatanggap tayo ng rekognisyon mula sa Gawad KALASAG, alam nating marami pang darating, dahil ang puso ng mga miyembro ng CDRRMC at SAFRU para sa kaligtasan ng mga Fernandinos, hindi matatapos,” said Santiago.

Meanwhile, the City of San Fernando is set to represent Central Luzon in the upcoming Gawad KALASAG National Awards which will be held before the year ends.


Nepalese Leaders Meet Mayor ‘EdSa’ [ Friday | 27th day of July, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]


“We saw that City of San Fernando’s Public Employment Service Program (PESO) performs the best practices and we are happy to be working with its government as we plan to establish our own public employment service center,” said Barun Kumar Jha, Director of the Ministry of Labor of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.


Jha mentioned this as some of his colleagues from the Ministry of Labor and the Chamber of Commerce of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal paid a visit to San Fernando’s City Hall on July 25, 2018, for their “study tour”.


Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago warmly welcomed Jha and other Nepalese officials including Krishna Prasad Gyawali, Prakash Panthi, and Saurav Ram Joshi, for the presentation of the mandates and functions of CSF’s PESO.


Topics discussed were PESO’s core services which include Labor Market Information, Referral and Placement, Youth Career Guidance and Employment Coaching, and Skills Training and Livelihood, and how the office helps Fernandinos be equipped with proper skills, in preparation for their chosen fields or professions.


According to Jha, their government is inspired by CSF-LGU and added that “they gained complete insights on how to build their own center, which could help Nepalese citizens be productive in the workplace. 


Meanwhile, the City Investment and Promotion Office (CIPO) spearheaded the “Showcasing of Fernandino Lanterns, One-Town-One-Product” at the City Hall Atrium to the said visitors. CIPO presented the history of lantern-making in the city, and how it contributes to the economic development.


The lanterns of San Fernando have become symbols of strong economy and rich heritage and culture, making it the “Home of the Giant Lanterns” and “Christmas Capital of the Philippines”, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists all over the globe.


For his part, Santiago said that CSF always envisions in becoming livelihood-friendly city, citing significant accomplishments of PESO.


“In 2017, we produced hundreds of ‘JobStart’ graduates, enabling them to be efficient in facing their chosen fields, plus, our hiring of applicants which amounted to more than seven thousand (7,000) individuals. This is what we envision, and this is what we do.”


Santiago added that the whole CSF-LGU is beyond grateful to the people of Nepal for “visiting the city and making initiatives to help people become successful in their lives.”


Fernandino Health Workers To Engage In Urban Agriculture [ Friday | 27th day of July, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]


Health Workers from all barangays of the City of San Fernando were urged to engage themselves in urban agriculture during the "Launching and Technical Briefing on Container Farming and Edible Landscaping for Health Centers" held Wednesday.

The activity was organized by the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office (CAVO), in partnership with the City Health Office (CHO), in line with this year's Nutrition Month celebration.

During the program, the participants were oriented on the different methodologies of farming from land preparation to harvesting. They also underwent hands-on training on container farming with the assistance of CAVO personnel.

Agricultural Extension Worker Claudette Mendoza said that after the seminar, all health centers will be joining the Best in Edible Landscaping contest. Each will be adjudged based on vegetable clustering such as pakbet variety, chopsuey variety, salad garden, go, glow and grow garden and combination of herbal and medicinal garden.

"First time natin gagawin ang proyektong ito sa mga Health Centers kaya naman magkakaroon ng weekly monitoring at documentation upang matutukan silang mabuti. Bibigyan muna natin sila ng mga farm inputs ngayong buwan at pagkatapos ng 45 days ay judging na ng kanilang gardens," she added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago expressed his gratitude to the different sectors in the community who are now becoming part of urban agriculture which is the key to sustainable development.

"Urban farming may not be totally for commercial profitability but it will surely raise consumption of locally produced fruits and vegetables thus enhance food security. It also greatly contributes to local economic development, poverty alleviation and the realization of our dream to create a Green City," he explained.


CSF Revives ‘Bibo Kid’ Competition [ Thursday | 26th day of July, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]


Thirteen Fernandino kids aged 5 to 7 years old shined on stage as the City Government of San Fernando revived its talent show for children dubbed 'Bibo Kid.'

Organized by the City Health Office in line with the celebration of this year's Nutrition Month, Bibo Kid aims to find the smartest, brightest, and healthiest Fernandino child.

"Ito pong kompetisyon na ito ay apat na taong nawala at ngayon po ay muli nating ibinabalik upang mas palakasin ang ating adbokasiya para sa kalusugan mula pagkabata hanggang pagtanda," said City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino in her speech during the program.

The young aspirants show off their skills in talent portion, casual wear, and the much-awaited question and answer round that revolved around the contestants' healthy lifestyle habits.

In the end, Prince Charles Tiria of Barangay Panipuan was hailed as Bibo Kid 2018.

Barangay Lara's representative Fiah Jieollei Joi Atienza, who also received Best in Casual Wear and Best in Talent awards, emerged as the 2nd placer.

While, Hellery Kate Ocampo of Barangay Sta. Lucia landed on the 3rd place.

Meanwhile, the City Government in partnership with the Commission on Population Region 3, led by Director Eleanor Cura, also held the 4th Birthday celebration of the 100 Millionth Symbolic Pinoy.

She is Kylie Dalusung from Barangay Dela Paz Norte who was born on July 27, 2014.

The child, accompanied by her parents, received 5,000 cash grant from POPCOM.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said the City Government has always been supportive to the National Government's programs for the welfare of the Filipino children.

"Aside from ensuring the protection and right of the children, here in San Fernando, we also invest on the children's health because this will eventually result to an educated citizenry and more progressive community. The children are our future," he added.


Fernandinas Address Weight Issues Through Zumba [ Thursday | 26th day of July, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando, through its Nutrition Council, aims to help Fernandinas solve their underweight and obesity problems through the annual Inter-Barangay Zumbaers Biggest Loser competition.

Now on its 3rd season, 12 groups from different barangays in the City have participated in Zumba showdown anchored with the theme "Ugaliing Magtanim, Sapat na Nutrisyon Aanihin."

This was held on July 25 at Robinsons Starmills in line with the celebration of Nutrition Month 2018.

Aside from the performance rate, the weight change in the participants also served as a criterion for judging.

"One week bago ang contest tinimbang na namin sila, yung iba dapat mag-lose ng weight tapos yung iba naman dapat mag-gain. Ang points kada grupo ay depende sa kung gaano karami yung mga members nila na may positive changes sa kanilang timbang," explained Gender and Development Focal
Person and Nutrition Council Member Amalia Catacutan.

This year's winners were the groups from Northville as Champion, Brgy. San Pedro Cutud as 2nd Placer and Sta. Teresita as 3rd Placer.

Most Energetic awards were given to Nicaela Luste of Brgy. Sto. Niño, Mary Grace Basilio and Sharlene David of Brgy. Del Pilar, Joan Dimatulac of Brgy. Dela Paz Norte and Jackielyn Zapanta of Northville.

Meanwhile, selected participants also tested their wits in the 'Pautakan' inter-cluster challenge wherein facts about food and nutrition were asked.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago lauded the participants for their efforts to achieve their desired weight thus
become physically healthy.

"The City of San Fernando will continue to advocate health and wellness programs for every Fernandino of all ages because we believe that healthy people are the key to a wealthy community," he added.


CSF’s Executive, Legislative Leaders Hold Conference [ Thursday | 19th day of July, 2018 | 4 weeks ago ]


"Gusto natin ng progreso at kaunlaran pero hindi natin tatalikuran kung saan tayo nanggaling. Ang ating pinanggalingan ay siyang susi patungo sa magandang kinabukasan,” said Mayor Edwin 'EdSa' Santiago during the 16th conference of the City of San Fernando's executive and legislative leaders.

Santiago, during the three-day conference of CSF-LGU's Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC), spearheaded the discussion of present and future projects and programs of the city, together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors, and CSF-LGU Department Heads and Division Chiefs.

Lazatin, who also serves as Sangguniang Panlungsod Presiding Officer, expressed that "every project that the council is working out is aligned with Santiago's vision which is to preserve the heritage and to embrace modernization."

Held on July 11 to 13, 2018 at The Manor, Camp John Hay, Baguio City, this year's 16th LEDAC Conference spun around several presentations including the progress of 2016-2019's Executive-Legislative Agenda and Legislative Alignment Report, while, recommendations and action plans in LGU's policies and programs' executions were also discussed.

LEDAC Conference's main highlight was the presentation of Executive-Legislative Agenda or ELA for 2016 to 2019, with agendas under the local government's finance, organization, governance program, and social impact clusters. The agendas discussed focus on continuous efforts to make an efficient government service and to provide welfare among CSF-LGU employees and the citizens.

While, the City Planning and Development Coordinator's Office (CPDCO) spearheaded the presentation of Legislative Alignment Report which showed the significant increases on the status of government services in the perspective of organization, resource, governance program, and social impact served for the Fernandino community and partner private industries.

Following the approval of ELA Updates, Fernandinos could expect further developments in the city in the next few years that will increase their quality of life, as Santiago expressed that "CSF, through its present and future programs which promote both the old and the current era, will be Model City of Countryside Development by 2025."

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