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CSF Strengthens Women Entrepreneurship [ Wednesday | 17th day of April, 2019 | 3 days ago ]


Aspirant small, micro, and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) in the City of San Fernando (P) were given an opportunity to know how to start their businesses during the “Go Nego Kabuhayan Package Seminar” on April 16, 2019 at the Mini Convention Center, Heroes Hall. 


This
was made possible through the initiatives of the Gender and Development under
the livelihood training and assistance program in support of the City
Investment Promotion Office (CIPO) and Department of Trade and Industry
(DTI-Pampanga).



Members
and leaders of 35 ‘Barangay Womens’ Organization’ in the capital city learned the
process
on how to start a
small
business
and the concept of entrepreneurship, given by DTI Provincial Director Elenita
Ordonio and CIPO-OIC Engr. Remedios Agoncillo.



San
Fernando, being a “Business Friendly City,” is steadfast in promoting
entrepreneurship to every sector, as it also provides different investment
trainings, as part of its advocacy to engage everyone in the business industry
towards development. 


Fire, Rescue Olympics Staged In CSF [ Wednesday | 17th day of April, 2019 | 3 days ago ]


To further strengthen and promote community disaster preparedness, the City Government of San Fernando staged its first-ever “Joint Fire and Rescue Olympics” on March 30, 2019 at the Bren Z. Guiao Sports Complex. 


The activity, made possible through the
efforts of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO),
Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and Department of the Interior and Local
Government (DILG), was participated by 14 barangays of the capital city.



The competition was composed of four
stations: bucket relay, flammable liquid extinguishment, bandaging relay, and
lifting & moving.



Each participating barangay also had a
representative for the Ms. Joint Fire and Rescue Ambassadress 2019.



During his opening remarks, CDRRM Officer
Raymond Del Rosario lauded the participants on their hard work and perseverance
in preparing for this competition.



He also encouraged them to practice safety
prevention measures to eradicate or lessen incident cases as they are the first
responders in the community.



“I hope, hindi
dito nagtatapos ang ating pagsulong sa mga tamang dapat gawin kapag may sakuna
o kalamidad,”
said Del
Rosario.



Meanwhile, City Fire Marshal Chief Inspector
Roderick Marquez expressed his gratitude to the CDRRMO for letting them to be
part of this significant program.



Thru this, Marquez believes that Fernandinos
are now ready for whatever tragedies and natural calamities.



“Sana
naisapuso po natin yung mga natutunan po natin sa activity na ito para sakali
mang magkaroon ng hindi inaasahang pangyayari, ay handa tayong lahat at alam
natin ang ating gagawin,”
said Marquez.



The first-ever Joint Fire and Rescue Olympics
was launched last February 16, 2019 as part of the celebration of this year’s
cityhood anniversary or Kaganapan.



It aimed to achieve the city government’s
agenda “Kapayapaan at Kaayusan ay Makakamtan, sa Nagkakaisa at Disiplinadong
Mamamayan.”



The winners for the special awards were: Best
in Bucket Relay—Brgy. Juliana; Best in Flammable Liquid Extinguishment—Brgy.
Saguin; Best in Bandaging Relay—Brgy. Sindalan; and Best in Lifting and Moving
Relay—Brgy. Sta Teresita.



Meanwhile, Brgy. Sindalan was hailed as the
first-ever champion of the Olympics, followed by Brgy Juliana (1st runner up)
and Brgy. Sta. Teresita (2nd runner up).



 


CSF Strengthens ‘assessors Services, Functions’ [ Wednesday | 17th day of April, 2019 | 3 days ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando launched after the flag raising ceremony on April 1 its newly-renovated office and new queuing system of the City Assessor’s Office. 


City Assessor’s Office, who’s in-charge in
the assessment of real properties including the processing of tax declaration,
tax maps, and certificates in the capital city, is being strengthened along
with its new strategies and functions in delivering better services for
Fernandinos.



According to Luz Bautista, City Assessor,
Fernandinos can expect “fast and hassle-free” transactions because of its
innovated and high-technology tool and sytem through the initiatives and
support of the City Information and Communications Technology Office (CICTO)
headed by Marthy Zapata.



“We have three
new systems. The first one is the queuing system, kung saan ang lahat ng mga
transactions namin ay by number na, dahil nagpatupad na kami ng window
transaction, at dun pa lang ay makikita na nila kung saang transaksyon na sila.
Pangalawa ay yung GIS (Geographic Information System) namin. This is a project
of the City Government na in-adapt ng Assessors Office. And the third is
E-filing. Napakadami ng mga documents namin, lalo na’t may mga perpetual
documents kami, which is hindi pwede itapon, so lahat ng documents ng opisina
namin ngayon ay nasa E-filing na para sa mas mabilis na pagtugon sa
pangangailangan ng aming mga kliyente,”
she said.



Bautista furthered that Geographic
Information System is not just a system but also a powerful tool, wherein all
offices in the city hall can use and apply it for a particular task.



“Lahat ng mga
opisina ng city, pwede nila gamitin base sa pangangailangan nila, pwede nilang
i-tag iyon. For example, yung sa fire, pwede ba? Oo, kung saan yung the nearest
route, halimbawa kung may sunog, pwede nilang gamitin or makita yung any other
alternate route kung barado o sarado yung daan.Lahat ng offices ay applicable
sa system na ito,”
said
Bautista.



It can be recalled that the Commission on
Audit lauded the City of San Fernando for its timely distribution of real
property tax shares, wherein the City Assessors Office is one of the
organizations that contribute a lot of work in assessing real properties.



Bautista encouraged Fernandinos to come and
visit their office located at the first floor of the City Hall to know more
about their services and functions. 


CSF, Veterans Bank Open WWII Exhibit [ Wednesday | 17th day of April, 2019 | 3 days ago ]


An exhibit featuring the stories of the country’s World War II heroes opened on April 10, 2019 at San Fernando Old Train Station in Sto. Niño, in time for the commemoration of the 77th Death March anniversary. 


War
of our Fathers” exhibit is a project of the City Government of San Fernando and
the Philippine Veterans Bank which displays several photos, write-ups, and
artifacts captured and used by Filipino freedom fighters during the war.



The
venue, San Fernando Old Train Station, also played a vital role during the
Bataan Death March in 1942.



This
serves as the final stop of the Filipino and American soldiers on their
102-kilometer march from Mariveles, Bataan before heading to their final
destination at Capas, Tarlac.



President
and Chief Operating Officer of Philippine Veterans Bank Renato Claravall said
the exhibit’s aim is to bring up the stories of the heroes during the war to
the younger generation.



“This
Death March anniversary, we are celebrating an example of valor, strength,
discipline, and commitment which many people do not understand, especially the
younger ones. That is why we are bringing up the stories of our fathers through
an exhibit,” said Claravall,



Ching
Pangilinan, City Tourism Officer, meanwhile remarked that the city serves as a
tool to encourage every Fernandino to trace back the contribution of Pampanga
and San Fernando to the rich history of the war.



“Pampanga
remains to be one of the noble and heroic places not just by sending soldiers
in the World War II but also through Hukbalahap veterans who also contributed
their own efforts. In the City of San Fernando, we do not forget its rich
history and tradition. Every year, we give honor, not only to our forefathers
but also to their families,” Pangilinan said.



Meanwhile,
apart from this activity, the city government also mounted a wreath-laying
ceremony at the Death March Marker at the old train station.



Also
attending the activity were representatives from the Veterans Federation of the
Philippines, CSFP Arts and Culture Council, different Masonic Lodges of
Pampanga, City Schools Division of San Fernando teachers, barangay officials
and barangay tourism council members, and some heads of offices.



The
exhibit will run until April 15. 


Newly Promoted, Re-appointed CSF Employees Take Oath Of Office [ Wednesday | 17th day of April, 2019 | 3 days ago ]


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—More than 160 employees of the City Government of San Fernando who were newly promoted and re-appointed to permanent employment status took oath of office in a ceremony held on April 4, 2019 at Heroes Hall. 


The
promotion and re-appointment of these employees started on November 2018, which
marked the start of the implementation of the Partial Reorganizational
Structure and Staffing Pattern (PRSSP) in the city government.

“Way
back 2015, we were already making reviews and evaluation for each office in
preparation for the partial reorganization and at long last, with the very
tedious process and with the support of a technical working group. In November
2018, its implementation commenced,” said Rachelle Yusi, City Human Resource
Management Officer.

The
PRSSP was aimed to gradually transform the organization for each of the city
government’s office, which will result into a more dynamic and responsive local
governance.

CHRMO’s
Gian Carlo Angeles meanwhile said that the newly promoted and re-appointed
employees underwent a certain procedure to acquire their employment status.

“Yung
naging qualification standards na kailangan ma-meet ng mga employees ay
education, training, experience, at eligibility (Civil Service Commission),
base sa kanyang inaaplayan na specific position,” said Angeles.

He
also shared that apart from the need to meet the prescribed standards and
requirements, the applicants also underwent pre-screening (examination and
initial interview) stage and panel interview conducted by the Human Resource
Merit Promotion and Selection Board (HRMPSB), before the final ranking and
selection.













Some
heads of offices also witnessed the oath taking of their personnel. 


CSF Skills Training Beneficiaries Recognized [ Thursday | 11th day of April, 2019 | 1 week ago ]


At least 150 beneficiaries of the City Government of San Fernando’s livelihood and skills training program were recognized last week at Heroes Hall for completing their 15-day training on different skill areas. 


The
program was initiated by the City Employment Service Division, in partnership
with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).



These
beneficiaries underwent training on Massage Therapy, Hairdressing, and Beauty
Care under TESDA-accredited trainers in several barangays of this capital city
starting in February.



“Yung
recognition day, ginawa natin upang bigyang-pagkilala yung mga beneficiaries
natin na nakapagtapos ng kanilang training. Ito rin yung hakbang para
makapagsimula na sila sa kanilang self-employment undertakings,” said Meilyn
Gallarde, CESD Manpower Development Officer II.



The
completers will now undergo self-employment undertakings where they can hold
services for their respective clients using the starter kits awarded by the
city government. They also received certificates and training allowances.



“Hindi
natatapos sa graduation yung program natin for the beneficiaries. Kasama din sa
trabaho natin yung pag-momonitor sa kanilang undertakings and we are hoping na
magamit nila nang maigi yung trainings at starter kits,” she added.



Every year, the CESD
produces around 300 graduates of their skills training program. 


CSF-PESO Still Central Luzon’s Top PEIS Implementer [ Thursday | 11th day of April, 2019 | 1 week ago ]


The City of San Fernando’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) was still Central Luzon’s top implementer of PESO Employment Information System (PEIS) for 2018, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 3. 


This
led for the city’s PESO to be recognized once again during the 2018 PESO
Year-End Performance Assessment and 2019 Planning Exercises last week at Subic
Bay Travelers Hotel in Subic, Zambales.



It
can be recalled that the city was also named as the region’s top implementer of
the said program for 2017.



Cited
were CSF’s excellent performance in implementing PEIS in the areas of
Applicants Registration, Employers Registration, and Job Vacancies Posted,
through the leadership of Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago and PESO Manager Donny
Sayre.



DOLE’s
records showed that from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, the city has
garnered 5,168 applicants, 218 employers, and 16,286 posted job vacancies, the
highest total record set among all the component cities in the region.



Santiago,
for his part, said that the recognition is being dedicated to all Fernandinos
and partner-employers.



“Masaya
tayo na muli, kinilala ng DOLE ang ating PESO. Itong parangal na ito ay
iniaalay natin sa mga Fernandino na pursigido na makapagtrabaho para sa kanilang
mga pamilya at siyempre, sa ating mga partner-employers na naniniwala sa mga
kakayahan ng Fernandinos,” expressed Santiago.



The
awarding ceremony was attended by CSF-PESO personnel Dolor Aquino, Labor and
Employment Officer, and Mary Jerlynne Feliciano, Youth Development Officer, on
behalf of Santiago and Sayre. 


ECCD Products Moving-up Ceremonies Held [ Thursday | 11th day of April, 2019 | 1 week ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando finally began on March 25 at Heroes Hall the moving-up ceremonies for the completers of its Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program for 2019. 


This
marked the children’s completion of the 10-month ECCD program of the city
government, earning their Pre-Kinder 2 certificates. The program was
implemented thru the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).



Aileen
Villanueva, CSWD Officer, said these children, aged 4-5 years old, will now
move up to kindergarten, which marks the beginning of their “formative years”
or “formal schooling” under the mandate of the Department of Education (DepEd).



“Yung
Pre-K2 completers natin, sila na yung magmomove-up to Kinder. Ready na sila to
begin their ‘formative years’ under ng DepEd, after completing our 10-month
program,” said Villanueva.



Also,
during the first leg of ceremonies, Pre-Kinder 2 completers were joined by the
Pre-Kinder 1 completers, a set of children aged 3-4 years old, who’ll still
undergo ECCD program to have their ticket on their way to Pre-K2.



The
ECCD program, Villanueva explained, contained several domains of development
for the children before entering kindergarten, including physical,
socio-emotional, cognitive, and language, among others.



“Sa
ECCD, we are preparing the skills of the children para nakahanda na sila na
matuto sa mga eskwelahan. Mayroong iba’t-ibang areas ng skills yung
dine-develop natin sa mga bata para maging successful yung kanilang ‘formative
years’,” she added.



Mayor
Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, during his speech, said that the ECCD is his personal
favorite part of education life.



“Sa
lahat ng kabanata ng edukasyon, personally, yung ECCD ang pinakapaborito ko.
Dahil dito sa stage na ito mararamdaman mo yung unang kalinga at pagmamahal
mula sa iyong mga magulang at mga child development workers. Ito yung unang
hakbang sa karunungan na madadala mo na hanggang sa magtapos ka,” said
Santiago.



The next moving-up
rites for the ECCD program will be on March 27, April 2, 3, and 4, where some
3,000 completers are set to receive their Pre-K1 and Pre-K2 certificates of
completion. 


Sustainable, Eco- Feted Friendly CSF Schools Anew [ Thursday | 11th day of April, 2019 | 1 week ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando, through its City Environment and Natural Resources Office, and in partnership with Mother Earth Foundation, held on March 22, 2019 the awarding ceremony for 2019 Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools at The Souq.


The
awarding ceremony was held following a thorough screening and evaluation of participating
public and private schools in this capital city, which started on November 2018
until March of the current year.

A
total of 5 special awards and 2 major awards were bestowed on different
schools, with Malino Integrated School clinching the highest number of
recognitions, including the Most Outstanding School award.

During
his speech, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago remarked that the said program is part
of the “participative government” that CSF has established.

“This
is what we call ‘participative government’ where sectors outside government are
joining us in our advocacies. Katulad nitong sa programa natin, the members of
the academe are helping us para ma-achieve yung goal natin na San Fernando will
become a green, sustainable, and livable city through actions sa ating
environmental protection,” said Santiago.

City
Councilor BJ Lagman, Sangguniang Panlungsod Chairman on Committee on
Environmental Protection, Natural Resources Waterways and Flooding
Intervention, meanwhile remarked that the activity is timely since
environmental concerns should not only be dealt by the city government, but by
the schools, too.

Below
is the complete list of winners:

Best
in Portfolio:

·        
Malino
Integrated School

·        
Northville
High School

·        
St.
Scholastica’s Academy

Most
Innovative Project:

·        
Malino
Integrated School (Hydroponics Gardening)

·        
Sindalan
Elementary School (Manual Shredder)

Best
in Eco-Gulayan:

·        
Calulut
Integrated School

·        
Del
Carmen Integrated School

·        
Malino
Integrated School

·        
Pampanga
High School

·        
Sindalan
Elementary School

·        
University
of the Assumption

Best
in Materials Recovery Facility (MRF):

·        
Malino
Integrated School

·        
Nuestra
Señora Del Pilar Integrated School

·        
Pampanga
High School

·        
St.
Scholastica’s Academy

·        
University
of the Assumption

Outstanding
Youth for Environment in Schools Organization
(YES-O) Coordinators:

·        
Christina
Vitug (Del Carmen Integrated School)

·        
Walbert
Rizaldo (Malino Integrated School)

·        
Al
John Lacayanan (Malino Integrated School)

·        
Rechie
Jane Lingat (Nuestra Señora Del Pilar Integrated School)

·        
Regine
Bautista (San Isidro Integrated School)

·        
Agnes
Dizon (San Juan South Elementary School)

·        
Vangie
Galang (San Nicolas Integrated School)

·        
Rowena
Divinaflor (St. Vincent of Quebiawan Integrated School)

·        
Danica
Ramirez (Sto. Niño Elementary School)

·        
Alvin
Marc Dancel (Telabastagan Integrated School)

Outstanding
Schools:

·        
St.
Vincent of Quebiawan Integrated School

·        
Saguin
Integrated School

·        
Northville
High School

·        
Sto.
Niño Elementary School

·        
Maimpis
Elementary School

·        
San
Fernando Elementary School

·        
Del
Carmen Integrated School

·        
Lara
Integrated School

·        
San
Pedro Elementary School

·        
University
of the Assumption

Most
Outstanding Schools:

·        
Malino
Integrated School

·        
San
Juan South Elementary School

·        
St.
Scholastica’s Academy

·        
Pampanga
High School

·        
Nuestra
Señora Del Pilar Integrated School

·        
Sindalan
Elementary School















































































































The
winners received a certificate of recognition, banner, and a cash prize.


CSF Continues To Empower Solo Parents, Children Through Education [ Thursday | 11th day of April, 2019 | 1 week ago ]


An educational assistance is now at the hands of Fernandino solo parents and their children, a fruit of the effort in the education aspect of the city government led by Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago. 


Tagged
as “Educational Assistance to Solo Parents and their Children,” this
newly-established project was a brainchild of the City Social Welfare and
Development Office (CSWDO). It was staged on March 21, 2019 at Heroes Hall.

Solo
parents in this capital city, whose children are currently in Grades 1 to 8 in
schools, were granted with a P2,000 assistance which will be used for the
children’s education expenses.

“Malaki
ang paghanga ko sa mga solo parent ng siyudad San Fernando. Sila ay bahagi ng
lipunan na dapat kilalanin dahil sa angking tibay ng kalooban. Kaya bilang
rekognisyon, susuportahan natin ang pag-aaral ng kanilang mga anak,” remarked
Santiago during his speech.

For
the project’s premiere, some 500 solo parents were able to avail, and the CSWDO
said it hopes for the project to be staged annually so more beneficiaries will
be accommodated.

“Isasama
namin sa amendment na maging ganap na sana siyang program ng city at ma-stage
siya yearly para maipagpatuloy yung assistance sa mga solo parents,” said
Catherine Obra, Solo Parent Focal Person.











With
education being among Santiago’s top priorities, thousands of young Fernandinos
have been granted educational assistance, from scholarship and subsidy programs
to free college education.


CSF Promotes Health, Wellness Through Cooking [ Thursday | 11th day of April, 2019 | 1 week ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando held this year the second edition of Cooking Challenge among its employees on March 15 at City Hall in a bid to continuously promote health and wellness in the workforce. 


The
teams prepared several gourmet Filipino “a la carte” appetizers, main courses,
and desserts, with kalabasa (squash) and puso ng saging (banana blossom) as
their dishes’ main ingredients.

Squash
is widely-known for its health benefits, as it fights infections and promotes
healthy lungs and vision. Banana blossom, on the other hand, has the ability to
cure infection, cancer, and several diseases.

The
winning team was “Team Happy Lang,” which was composed of employees from City
General Services Office (CGSO) and City Engineer’s Office (CEO) with their
recipes: Squash-Banana Blossom Creamy Soup for appetizer; Chicken Pastel with
Squash-Banana Blossom sauce for the Main Course; and Squash-Banana Blossom
Pudding for dessert.

The
team met all the challenge’s criteria, with points on the dishes’ nutritional
value, taste, originality and creativity, with additional scores on the cost
friendliness, visual appeal, and over-all presentation.

“Team
Happy Lang” was joined by other winning teams, “Malasa Group” and “La Filipina
Taste” which prepared Vinaigrette Squash Dish, Kalabasa Chicken Curry, and
Kalabasa Graham and La Filipina Taco, Dorado Fi-To Ala Pobre, and Postre de
Calabaza with Banana Blossom on top, respectively.











Apart
from its accordance with the city’s health and wellness program, the activity
was also staged in line with the celebration of Women’s Month. 


Fernandinas Of All Sectors Join Int’l Women’s Day [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 1 month ago ]


Some 3,000 Fernandinas coming from different sectors marched along the major streets of the City of San Fernando on March 8, 2019, in time for the celebration of International Women’s Day and National Women’s Month. 


The
city’s observance, which was aimed to unite all women in this capital city
towards progress, was themed “Fernandinang Miyabe-abe Mipapantabe Para King
Panyulung ning Balen.”



Mayor
Edwin “EdSa” Santiago welcomed the participants for a short program at the
Heroes Hall after the march. He was joined by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, some
heads of offices, and Women’s Month executive committee members.



At
the program, the women were gifted with pampering services such as chair
massage, haircut, pedicure, and manicure. A film which tackled women
empowerment was also shown for them, followed by a bingo.



In
his message, Santiago remarked that women’s works impact not only their own
families, but the whole community.



“Kapag
nag-trabaho ang kababaihan, aangat ang pamilya. Kapag angat ang pamilya, angat
din ang barangay. Iyan ay magreresulta rin sa pag-angat ng isang siyudad, tulad
ng San Fernando. Kaya ang kanilang kakayahan, ating kinikilala,” said Santiago.



As
the city also pushes for health and wellness among women this Women’s Month,
Santiago said that through marching, these women were able to get good
exercise.



It
can be recalled that the city’s observance of Women’s Month was launched on
February 26 and several activities have been staged around the city. 

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