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LGBT Mardi Gras Parade Takes Place In CSF [ Thursday | 14th day of June, 2018 | 6 days ago ]

Creativity and uniqueness were proudly displayed in the City of San Fernando as the members of the LGBT community walked in the city streets wearing their Mardi Gras-themed costume during the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Rainbow Pride March on June 8, 2018.

The activity is in line with the celebration of LGBT June Pride Month spearheaded by the city's Gender and Development, and citywide LGBT organization SIWALA (voice) that aims to promote gender equality and to openly accept the LGBT community in the society.

In his opening remarks, Randy Ocampo, Siwala Organization President expressed his gratitude to the city government of San Fernando for always supporting and recognizing the good deeds of the LGBT community.

"Nararamdaman talaga namin na kami ay buong-buong tinatanggap dito sa Syudad San Fernando at itinuturing bilang isang Fernandino na may dignidad sa buhay. Kaya naman lagi kong sinasabi na walang masama sa pagiging LGBT basta't wala kang ginagawa na ikasisira ng iyong imahe bilang isang Fernandino,"Ocampo said.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa' Santiago hopes that the annual celebration of LGBT June Pride Month in the city will serve as an eye-opener to everyone to ensure that LGBT members are treated equally.

“Napakahalaga na ang bawat Fernandino ay nagkakaisa sa kabila ng pagkakaiba-iba. Dahil layunin ng Syudad na mapalaganap ang pagkakapantay-pantay. Naglulunsad tayo ng mga ganitong aktibidad upang mas lalo pa nating maipadama ang pagmamahal, suporta at higit sa lahat ang respeto sa ating mga kapatid na LGBT,” Santiago said. 

Meanwhile, participants from the different barangays of the city who have creative and extra-ordinary costume were recognized. These were from Brgy. Dolores, Malpitic, and Calulut.

Also joining the LGBT Rainbow Pride March were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilor Angie Hizon, Gender and Development Focal Person Amalia Catacutan, and some city department heads.

Traffic Enforcer In CSF Apprehends Pickpocket Suspect [ Thursday | 14th day of June, 2018 | 6 days ago ]

Roderick Miranda, a dedicated traffic enforcer of the City of San Fernando under the Public Order and Safety Coordinating Office was commended for his courageous act in the immediate arrest and apprehension of a pickpocket suspect for allegedly taking the cellphone of a citizen along Mc-Arthur highway, Brgy. San Agustin held on May 30, 2018.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors Angie Hizon, Ayzel Macalino and Nelson Lingat, City Human Resource and Development Officer Rachelle Yusi and OIC-City Administrator Engr. Michael Quizon led the awarding of certificate of commendation to Miranda during Monday’s flag raising ceremony.

The City Government’s agenda ‘Kapayapaan at Kaayusan ay Makakamtan sa Nagkakaisa at Disiplinadong Mamamayan’ was achieved through the dedication and commitment of Miranda into his service.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago thanked and congratulated Miranda for his hardwork and determination to his duty. He hopes that the traffic enforcer will serve as an inspiration to others to do good for their fellowmen, for the betterment of the city.

“Tunay ngang Fernandino ing mumuna at Fernandino ing manimuna sa pagtataguyod ng malasakit sa kapwa. Kaya naman, hinihikayat ko kayong lahat na ipagpatuloy ang inyong magagandang gawain upang sama-sama nating maabot ang kaunlaran at pagkakaisa dito sa Syudad San Fernando,” Santiago said.

CSF Joins Nation In 120th Philippine Independence Day Celebration [ Wednesday | 13th day of June, 2018 | 6 days ago ]

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago led the City Government of San Fernando as it joined the nation in celebrating the 120th Philippine Independence Day at the Heroes Park and Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center, respectively.

Some monuments of national and local heroes built at the Heroes Park, including Dr. Jose Rizal’s and Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos’ were wreath-laid by Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors, Region 3 government agencies’ regional directors, Military and Uniformed Contingents, CSF-LGU department heads, and members of non-government organizations.

Delegates of the wreath-laying ceremonies also graced the Civic Military Parade followed by the Flag Raising ceremony and a short program held at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

During his speech, Santiago highlighted that in CSF, independence equates to the idea that Fernandinos should freely avail the services of the city, such as education, employment, and investment opportunities which could improve their living.

“Dapat lamang na malayang makatanggap ng mga serbisyo ang mga Fernandino. Dapat lamang na ang bawat buwis na pumapasok sa ating gobyerno ay mapalitan ng dekalidad na serbisyo. Dedikasyon natin na malayang makapag-aral, makapag-trabaho, at makapamuhunan ang Fernandinos sa syudad- yan ang tunay na kahulugan ng kalayaan,” said Santiago.

In addition, Santiago expressed that apart from providing social services, the city aims for great solidarity through giving every Fernandino a chance to voice out their concerns and to express their ideals for the common good.

“Ang kalayaan ay produkto ng pagkakaisa at ang pagkakaisa ay matatamasa kung hahayaan nating maisambit ng bawat Fernandino sa ating mga nanunungkulan at empleyado ang kanilang hinaing at kanilang ideya para sa ikakabuti ng nilalahat,” added Santiago.

Meanwhile, the Flag Raising Ceremony was followed by a keynote speech by Ms. Desiree Ann Benipayo, a relative of Jose Abad Santos and the author of “Honor: The Legacy of Jose Abad Santos” and a headdress competition participated by the members of the education sector, sectoral groups, non-government organizations, and regional government agencies, and city hall offices and attached agencies.

The Philippines Independence Day celebration this year, with the theme, “KALAYAAN 2018 Pagbabagong Ipinaglalaban, Alay sa Masaganang Kinabukasan,” commemorates the 120th year of the country’s independence from Spanish colonizers since 1898.

CSF’s Local Civil Registry Office Recognized [ Wednesday | 13th day of June, 2018 | 6 days ago ]

The Local Civil Registry Office (LCRO) of the City Government of San Fernando was recently awarded by the Philippine Statistics Authority for having garnered 2nd Place in the 2017 Outstanding Local Civil Registry Office (Super Extra Large Category).

The award was given during the 9th National Workshop on Civil Registration held June 6 at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Local Civil Registrar Rimando Umali who is also the President of Civil Registrar’s League of Pampanga (CRELPA) said that the award was based on performance evaluation and the success of registration works and other activities such as mobile civil registration and information and dissemination campaigns.

“We were surprised to receive the award because we were not informed about it prior the awarding ceremony. Last time, we were only 6th placer and we are truly grateful for besting all other cities and landing as the 2nd placer this year,” he added.

Other awardees were General Santos City as 1st Placer and San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan as 3rd Placer.

Aside from the award, the City Human Resource Development Office reported that the LCRO also ranked No. 1 or Best Performing Office in the Local Government Unit for the year 2017 with an OPCR rating of 3.65. This made them received the highest Performance-Based Bonus rate of 65%.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago congratulated the entire LCRO for their efficiency and noteworthy performance as a team that led to commendable results.

“Their united effort have paid off by the awards they have received. These recognitions are also testaments of the fast and quality services that they offer to the Fernandino community,” he added.

Refill Revolution Launched In CSF [ Wednesday | 6th day of June, 2018 | 2 weeks ago ]

Hundreds of Fernandinos took the challenge of beating plastic pollution as they participated in the “Refill Revolution” held June 5 at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in the City of San Fernando.

From the title itself, the activity is a one-day series of refilling wherein participants who bring their own plastic bottles and containers may avail condiments, toiletries, household liquid products and detergents with a 50% off discount.

The refillers were Hahsy Industries, Incorporated and Wellmade Manufacturing Corporation.

Various freebies, including snacks, were also provided by private partners such as Interbev, Big E Corporation, Coca-Cola FEMSA, Prime Water, Unahco, Incorporated, Soliman E.C. and Unilab.

During the program, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago stressed that the local government remains true to its mandate of lessening waste products particularly plastics. He also highlighted the effective implementation of the city’s Plastic-Free Ordinance which was passed in 2014.

“Tayo ay isang makakalikasang mamamayan kaya marapat lang na ating pangalagaan ang ating kapaligiran upang mayroon pa tayong maipamana sa susunod na henerasyon,” he added.

For her part, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) 3, Regional Director Lormelyn Claudio said the program was dubbed revolution because it entails continuous actions to reduce packaging waste materials which usually roots in the consumption of products sold in sachets or tingi-tingi.

“Umaabot ng 400-700 years bago matunaw ang mga plastic sachets na itinatapon ninyo at ang mga ito ay napupunta sa mga waterways. Kaya inilunsad ang programang ito dahil ang mga produkto ay mura na, makakalikasan pa,” she explained.

Refill Revolution, organized by the DENR-EMB in partnership with the San Fernando CENRO headed by Maria Regina Rodriguez, kicks off this year’s celebration of Environment Month in the city.

Also present during the event were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors BJ Lagman and Reden Halili, Municipality of Mexico Mayor Teddy Tumang, DENR 3 Assistant Regional Director Tirso Parian, Provincial ENRO Engr. Arthur Punzalan and MENRO from municipalities of Mexico, Magalang and San Simon.

Unity In Diversity: CSF LGBT June Pride Month 2018 Kicks Off [ Tuesday | 5th day of June, 2018 | 2 weeks ago ]

The Local Government of San Fernando, headed by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, continues to promote gender equality and social inclusiveness as the city officially unveiled the calendar of activities for this year’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender or LGBT June Pride Month in June 4 at the City Hall. 

This will be the second time the city, through its Gender and Development and citywide LGBT organization, SIWALA (voice), will stage the said celebration following its launch during the previous year.

During a press conference, Santiago equated the members of the LGBT community to a rainbow, which also stands as the community’s symbol.

“Ang LGBT community ay marapat lang na ihalintulad sa isang bahaghari. Katulad ng isang bahaghari, taglay ng mga miyembro nito ang iba’t-ibang kulay ngunit ang kanilang layunin sa mundo ay iisa lamang: ang magbigay ng saya sa mga tao,” he said.

Santiago also urged Fernandinos to give respect, recognition, and opportunities to the members of the LGBT that heterosexuals get.

Activities for the 2018 June Pride Month with the theme, “Magkakaiba, Nagkakaisa”, include a Mardi Gras-inspired LGBT Rainbow Pride March on June 8 and a two-week Event Management Training (EMT) NC II on June 11-28.

Free pampering services will be given to male CSF-LGU employees during the Tribute to Male Employees and Handog ng LGBT sa mga Fernandino: Libreng Pagpapapogi on June 19 while, a Seminar Orientation on Discrimination Amongst LGBT in the Community and Learning Institutions will happen on June 23.

The pride month will culminate on June 29, through a Cultural Night and Graduation Rites of EMT students.

CSF Produces 28 Passers Of Principals’ Test [ Friday | 1st day of June, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]

The City Schools Division of San Fernando has produced a total of 28 passers in the 2017 Principals’ Test which was administered nationwide on December 17. 

The result was released on May 28 by the Department of Education, through the Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development.

The passers are Avijel Barro from Malino Elementary School, Edralin Callo from San Pablo Integrated School, Aiza Canlas from CSF West Integrated School, Eduardo Canlas, Jr. from Calulut Integrated School, April Concepcion from Juliana Elementary School, Jhoanna Cortez from Sto. Niño Elementary School, Maria Luz Dacoco from Telabastagan Integrated School, Lilibeth David from Alasas Elementary School and Liezl De Jesus from San Agustin Integrated School Annex.

Also included in the list are Dorothy Español from Sindalan High School, Lourdes Eusebio from Maimpis Elementary School, Nancy Gamboa from Panipuan Elementary School, Rezzy Gopez from San Agustin Integrated School, Adora Intal from Pampanga High School, Jennifer Lumanug from Lara Integrated School, Mary Jane Mallari from San Isidro Integrated School, Janice Manalese from NorthVille High School, Marilen Muñoz from St. Vincent of Quebiawan Integrated School, and Ruel Puno from San Nicolas Integrated School.

Completing the circle of passers are Imelda Simbulan from San Nicolas Integrated School, Hilda Suba from Alasas Elementary School, Marlene Tulabut from Baliti Integrated School, Leonora Valdez from Maimpis Integrated School, Alvin Vital from San Jose Panlumacan Elementary School, Marisa Waniwan from Sindalan Elementary School, Claire Yumul from Saguin Integrated School and Edgar Yutuc from Dolores Elementary School.

DepEd stated that the examination was comprised of situational questions pertinent to the role of a school head and were anchored on the National Competency-Based Standards for School Heads (NCBSSH), as restricted in DepEd Order No. 32 s. 2010.

Takers must also obtain a rating of at least 70% in each of the three given cluster domains in order to pass the test.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago expressed how proud he is of this breakthrough in the city’s educational sector, which is also his administration’s top priority.

“Congratulations to all our passers! The entire city salutes you for this accomplishment that will serve as our way to further improve the quality and efficiency of education for the benefit of our Fernandino students,” he added.

Sta. Lucia Lass, Dolores Gent Crowned Mutya At Lakan Ning San Fernando 2018 [ Friday | 1st day of June, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]

Another pair of Fernandino youth now have the responsibility of promoting Pampanga’s capital city as they were crowned Mutya at Lakan ning San Fernando 2018 during the coronation ceremony at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center on Tuesday night. 

Alyssa Jean Navarro of Brgy. Sta Lucia and Peter Chollo Sotiangco of Brgy. Dolores were proclaimed as this year’s title holders and bested 10 other aspirants in their respective categories.

Navarro, who is a second timer in the prestigious pageant, said she really prepared a lot and pushed herself to win the crown.

“I joined last 2015 and from then, inisip ko if I should give it a try. I think this is God’s fate na dalhin ako dito that’s why I chose to join again, she added.

The lass also bagged Punto Mutya Darling of the Press, Mutya Best Advocacy and Best in Long Gown awards.

For his part, Sotiangco said he was overwhelmed and fulfilled that all his hard work has finally paid off.

“Sobrang fulfilling sa pakiramdam kasi I won it for my Barangay at hindi nasayang yung pagod. I would like to say thank you to all the people, especially my family, for supporting me in this journey,” he added.

The gent also received numerous special awards including Lakan Winsome Smile, SunStar Lakan Darling of the Press, Lakan ning Kalikasan, Lakan ning Kalusugan and Lakan Best Advocacy.

Completing the circle of winners for the Mutya title were Jaimee Nicole Manio of Brgy. San Agustin as 1st Runner up and Joanna David of Brgy. Dolores as 2ndrunner up.

For the Lakan category, Gil Nico Sarmiento of Brgy. Dolores and Zahler Billy Nazir of Brgy. Calulut were awarded as 1st and 2nd Runners up, respectively.

Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago extended his warmest congratulations to all the winners and stressed that the contenders’ beauty and grace on stage was a portrayal of Fernandinos’ aptitudes.

“Your success will surely ring through the history of our beloved city. As you compete in bigger contests and face tougher challenges, continue to live up the ideals of a Fernandino and strive to make San Fernando a better place for the generations to come,” he added.

Fernandinos Enjoy A Night Of Entertainment [ Thursday | 31st day of May, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]

Hundreds of Fernandinos enjoyed an evening filled with excitement and entertainment as the City Government of San Fernando held its Pyestang Fernandino Cultural Dance and Singing Competition on May 28.

Staged in front of the City Hall, ten groups showcased their innovative dance skills while seven aspirants showed their singing prowess.

After almost four hours of alternate song and dance performances, the best groups who emerged as winners in the dance contest were Xtrm Limit Dance Crew as Champion, MVD Dance Crew as 1st Runner up and Tribung Kapampangan as 2nd Runner up.

Meanwhile, Mark Reyes of Apalit was awarded as Champion for the singing competition. His co-winners were Stanley Sayco of Brgy. Dolores and Jericho Dela Cruz of Brgy. San Jose who landed 1st and 2nd runners up, respectively.

Winners in both categories received P20,000 each for the champions, P10,000 each for the 1st Runners up and P5,000 each for the 2nd Runners up.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago said the City Government and the Executive Committee seek to revive the colorful and lively fiesta tradition that also flaunts the great talents of Fernandinos and Kapampangans.

He furthered that this also serves as a gathering of Fernandinos from different barangays and residents from neighboring towns thus introduces new acquaintances especially to the youth.

“The annual Pyestang Fernandino is a form of thanksgiving for the city’s bountiful harvest. It is a significant event because it nurtures the history and culture and illustrates Filipino hospitality,” Mayor EdSa added.

Little Miss Fernandina 2018 Crowned [ Wednesday | 30th day of May, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]

Kamira Montesa of Barangay Del Rosario was hailed as this year's Little Miss Fernandina, earning the opportunity to represent the City of San Fernando in the upcoming Prinsesita ning Sinukwan 2018 pageant.

Montesa beat 12 other hopefuls during the coronation night held Saturday at SM City Pampanga.

Aside from the crown, the 9 year-old Montesa also received the Best in Casual Wear award.

The night’s other winners were Nhaia Desiree Malulu of San Jose (1st Runner up), Kriztal Anne Manalastas of Pulung Bulu (2nd Runner up), Santi Nicole Apelado of San Agustin (3rd Runner up) and Alliza Miranda of San Nicolas (4th runner up).


During the program, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago said the pageant is one of the most anticipated activities during the annual celebration of Pyestang Fernandino for it highlights the city’s child-friendly initiatives and showcases the skills of Fernandino children.


“Tunay na pinapahalagahan sa ating syudad ang mga kabataan kung kaya’t ang lahat ng ating mga programa, mula sa edukasyon, kalusugan hanggang sa paglago ng ekonomiya, ay para sa kanila,” he added.


Also present during the coronation night were City Budget Officer and Little Miss Fernandina 2018 Chairperson Eda Panganiban, Pyestang Fernandino 2018 Executive Committee Co-Chairperson Jun PinedaMutya at Lakan ning San Fernando 2018 Chairperson Alex Magsino and City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan.

CSF Recognizes Outstanding Fernandino Farmers [ Wednesday | 30th day of May, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]

"Tatlong beses sa isang araw kung tayo ay kumain, kaya naman nararapat na pasalamatan at bigyan ng pagkilala ang ating mga magigiting na magsasaka na walang sawang nag-aani upang mabigyan tayo ng masustansyang pagkain sa araw-araw," said Mayor Edwin 'EdSa' Santiago during the Awarding of 'Pinaka' Winners and Outstanding Farmers on May 18 at the City Nursery Demonstration Farm, Brgy Lara.

In culmination of the celebration of Farmer’s Week, the Local Government of San Fernando through its City Agriculture and Veterinary Office recognized some 12 Fernandino farmers for their outstanding performance and contribution in achieving sustainable farming.

In her opening remarks, City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay said the aim of the activity is to laud and encourage farmers to improve their skills and knowledge in farming by using new techniques in farming methods to ensure the food security for the community.

"Kinikilala natin ang mga magsasaka na may magaganda at kahanga-hangang taktika sa pagtatanim, dahil ang wastong pagsasaka ang siyang paraan upang umusbong ang agrikultura dito sa ating Syudad, kaya naman hinihikayat ko kayong lahat na gawin ang inyong makakaya at
humanap pa ng ibang pamamaraan upang mas lumago pa ang inyong mga ani," Sangumay said.

The winners for the Outstanding Farmers were Edgar Gonzales (Outstanding Rice Producer), Eduardo Sinamban (Outstanding Corn Producer), Francisco Tancio (Outstanding HVCC producer), Romeo Quizon (Outstanding Fisher Folk) and Jesus David (Outstanding Livestock Raiser).

Meanwhile, farmers with odd products were also recognized. The winners for the "Pinaka" Contest were Francisco Tancio (Biggest/Heaviest Kalabasa), Cesario Jimenez (Biggest/Heaviest Cassava), Jerry Cunanan (Longest/Heaviest Talong), Jun Ventura (Biggest/Heaviest Tilapia), Eduardo Manalo (Biggest/Heaviest Papaya), Alberic Pangilinan (Biggest/Heaviest Gabi) while Jesus Pamintuan bagged the "Kalabaw Ko Yan’ Award for having the best carabao in terms of milking ability, draft calf produce and ability to work in farm.

Aside from the awarding, CAVO also distributed vegetable seeds and certified seeds to some farmers and opened its trade fair, wherein various products and crops of the farmers were for sale.

Also present during the program were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilor and Committee on Agriculture Nelson Lingat, Pyestang Fernandino 2018 Chairperson Robbie Hizon, 3rd District Board Member Atty. Ananias Canlas Jr. and BUTIL Farmer’s Partylist Representative Cecilia Leonila Chavez-Custodio.

CSF Unveils Metropolitan Cathedral City Heritage Marker [ Wednesday | 30th day of May, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]

A city heritage marker at the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando was unveiled by the Local Government of San Fernando on May 17 to recognize its historical significance.

Mayor Edwin 'EdSa' Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors BJ Lagman and Harvey Quiwa, Metropolitan Cathedral Rector Msgr. Eugenio Reyes and PyestangFernandino 2018 Chairperson Robbie Hizon led the unveiling ceremony.

Situated at the heart of the city, Metropolitan Cathedral was founded in 1754 by the Augustinians. On May 5, 1899 the stone church was burned by the Philippine Revolutionary Army on orders of Gen. Antonio Luna. Because of that untoward incident, the historical church was restored through the initiatives of Fernando HizonOcampo, a Kapampangan architect.

On October 1, 1981 it was formally established as Metropolitan Cathedral under the Titular ship of St. Ferdinand and Patronage of Our Lady of the Assumption. By then, Metropolitan Cathedral started to develop and strengthen the spiritual values of the Fernandinos.

During the program, Metropolitan Cathedral Rector Msgr. Eugenio Reyes expressed his gratitude to the Local Government of San Fernando for recognizing and including the Metropolitan Cathedral in the city's Local Registry of Cultural Properties.

"Isang malaking karangalan po ito sa amin na mapabilang at makilala ang Metropolitan Cathedral, dahil malaking papel ang ginagampanan ng
simbahan na ito,hindi lamang sa turismo, kung hindi pati na rin sa buhay ng mgatao," Reyes said.

For his part, Mayor Edwin 'EdSa' Santiago stressed the importance of preserving the heritage sites. He believes that, every heritage places in the City of San Fernando played a vital role in the lives of the Fernandinos, therefore it is a must to preserve its architectural beauty.

"In preserving our heritage places, we also preserve our identity. It is very important to protect it because this will be transmitted
to the next generation," he said in an interview.

Meanwhile, the said event is in line with the celebration of PyestangFernandino 2018.

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