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EdSa, Officials Remind Public To Pay Right Taxes [ Monday | 14th day of January, 2019 | 1 month ago ]


City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago on Monday reminded the public, particularly Fernandinos, to pay their tax dues. 


“Start
the year right by paying your taxes correctly and on time,” Mayor Santiago said
after he personally secured his Community Tax Certificate or Cedula from the
City Treasurer’s Office.

Vice
Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor Nelson Lingat, Sangguniang Kabataan Federation
President Gustav John Henson, City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, as
well as some department heads and employees, also obtained their respective
Cedula.

“As
we know, tax is the lifeblood of the government. Without it, it is difficult
for any state to function. Here in the city, we make sure that the revenues we
collect are spent wisely and judiciously in sustaining the different projects
and programs that truly benefit our beloved citizens,” Mayor Santiago
explained.

Santiago
also urged taxpayers to file and pay their tax dues early to avail discounts
and avoid glitches.

The
deadline for the Community Tax Certificate or Cedula is on the last day of
February of each year.

Taxes
that are due this January are Tax on Delivery Trucks (on or before January 20);
Permit Fee on Service Motor Vehicles (on or before January 31); and,
Professional Tax Receipt or PTR (on or before January 31).

Both
Business and Franchise taxes must be paid on the first 20 days of January or in
quarterly installments within the first 20 days of January, April, July, and
October of each year.

Occupation
or Calling Fee are due within the 20 days of January and every quarter
thereafter before a person can engage in the pursuit of his occupation or
calling.

The
annual payment for Real Property Tax (RPT) or "Amilyar" is on or
before March 31. It may also be paid on quarterly installment (on or before
March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31).

A
20-percent discount is given to those who will pay their RPTs for the year 2020
from January until November 30, 2019.





















Other
tax deadlines that the public should be mindful of are Property Transfer Tax
(within 60 days from date of execution of the deed or property owner's death);
Amusement Tax (on the 20th day of the month following the month it is due); and
Market Stall Rental (within the first 20 days of each month).


Mayor EdSa Supports ‘Jeepney Operators’ Initiatives, Programs [ Tuesday | 8th day of January, 2019 | 2 months ago ]


Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago believes that ‘transport sector is one of the valuable sectors in the society’ for they ‘contribute a lot in the economic development of the city,’ and with that, the Local Government of San Fernando conducted a ‘Mass Transportation Program (Information Education Program)’ held on December 3, 2018 at the Heroes Hall, Amphitheater. 


The said activity was made possible
through the support of the Community Affairs Division, which was attended by
the members of the ‘Federation of Jeepney Operators’ in the city.

During the program, Santiago presented
the city’s upcoming plans including the establishing of malls and centers for
senior citizens and youth wherein they can use them for recreational
activities.

He also expressed his support to the
federation’s plans and programs including the forming of cooperative and
extending financial assistance to their children through a scholarship program.

“Lagi kong
sinasabi, na walang maiiwan dito sa Syudad San Fernando, hindi natin hahayaan
na habang umaangat ang iba, ay may naiiwanan. Hindi maituturing na progresibo
ang isang lugar kung iilan lamang sa mga aspeto at sektor nito ang umaangat.
Dito sa Syudad San Fernando, hangad ng mga nanunungkulan na makapagbigay ito ng
pantay-pantay na serbisyo sa mga mamamayan, lalo na’t kayo ang isa sa mga susi
kung bakit magpa-hangga ngayon ay lumalago at umuusbong ang ekonomiya dito,”
Santiago said.

The city mayor also stressed that Fernandinos
should continue to promote and preserve ‘jeepneys’ as daily modes of
transportation by maintaining the tradition of riding on it.

“Maliban sa
kalesa, isa sa mga tradisyon ng Fernandino ang pagsakay sa mga dyip, kung saan
sumisimbolo ito sa isang simpleng buhay ngunit kung pagmamasdan ay matibay ang
pundasyon nito, gaya ng Syudad San Fernando, isang simpleng lugar ngunit
matibay ito sa pagtatag at pagpapalaganap ng mga makabuluhang programa para sa kapakanan
ng bawat isa,”
Santiago ended.

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CAPTION:

MASS TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM. The City Government of San
Fernando, headed by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, conducts Mass Transportation
Program (Information Education Program) to the members of the ‘Federation of
Jeepney Operators’ in the city held on December 3, 2018 at the Heroes Hall,
Amphitheater.

MASS TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM. Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’
Santiago, together with the members of the Federation of Jeepney Operators’ in
the City of San Fernando, flash ‘Fernandino First’ sign during the ‘Mass
Transportation Program (Information Education Program)’ held on December 3,
2018 at the Heroes Hall, Amphitheater.



















 


CSF-DRRMC Lands As Finalists In National Gawad KALASAG [ Tuesday | 8th day of January, 2019 | 2 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) have been finalist as Best DRRMC under the Independent/Component category conferred by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) during the 20th Gawad KALASAG National Awards Search for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and Humanitarian Assistance on December 4, 2018 at the AFP, Theater, De Jesus Avenue, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City. 


Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago
together with City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco and CDRRM Officer Raymond
Del Rosario led the acceptance of the plaque of recognition.



It can be recalled that the CSF-CDRRMC had bagged the first place for Best City
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRM) under the Component City
category in the recent 20th Gawad KALASAG Regional Awards held last
July 26, 2018, at Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino, Clark
Freeport Zone.



As stated by the OCD and
NDRRMC, the
CSF-CDRRMC have been finalist because
of its ‘excellent humanitarian efforts and commitment in continuously training
and enhancement of its DRRM members, has relevant equipment and facilities, and
for putting the safety and protection of its constituents’.



For
his part, Santiago expressed his gratitude to the NDRRMC and OCD for
recognizing the city’s actions in providing better service to the Fernandinos.



He
furthered that this recognition will serve as an inspiration for the city
government and they will remain steadfast in developing innovative ways and
strategies in ‘building a safer and disaster resilient community’.



“Mas paiigtingin natin ang paglikha ng
mga programa patungkol sa kaligtasan ng lahat at hindi tayo titigil sa
pagbibigay ng mga trainings hindi lamang sa mga rescuers natin, maging sa mga
ordinaryong mamamayan upang ang Syudad San Fernando ay palaging handa at alerto
sa anumang sakuna,”
he said in an
interview.



Meanwhile,
the winner for the
Best DRRMC under the Independent/Component category
is the City of Santiago, followed by the two finalists, the City of San
Fernando and Batangas City.



While the Province of Pampanga bagged
the Best Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Humanitarian
Assistance Award. 


CSF Placed 5th In Most Competitive Cities [ Tuesday | 8th day of January, 2019 | 2 months ago ]


Once again, the City Government of San Fernando proved its excellent performance in providing services to Fernandinos as it landed  ‘5th place’ in the ‘Overall Competitiveness’ in the country under the component city category. 


The awarding ceremony was held during the ‘2018 Cities and
Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) Central Luzon Regional Awarding
Ceremonies’ on December 7, 2018 at The Orchid Gardens, CSFP which was initiated
by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Regional Development Council
(RDC-3) Special Committee on Competitiveness.

“Technically, this is
the first awarding in the region, kung saan we will recognize the competitiveness
of the Top 10 LGUs (Local Government Units) in the region, ang national
awarding was last August at the PICC (Philippine International Convention
Center), but since only the Top 3 were only invited there, kaya minabuti naming
magkaroon ng regional award para yung Top 10 in the region ay ma-recognize
naman,”
said DTI
Region 3 Director Judith Angeles in an interview.

These Top 10 LGUs were ranked and measured based on the
Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index four pillars including ‘Economic
Dynamism’ wherein LGUs’ were tested based on their ‘number of businesses,
banks, and registered vehicles, while the ‘Government Efficiency’ shows the
LGUs’ ‘competence in rendering social services’. ‘Infrastructure’ pillar
measures the ‘good conditions of the road, buildings, and bridges’ which are
the important factors to consider in ‘making a business in their respective
areas’, and the last pillar is the ‘Resiliency’ which shows the LGUs disaster
preparedness.

Under the component city category, the city ranked 8th
for Economic Dynamism and 5th for Infrastructure.

For the Overall Competitiveness, the City of San Fernando was
the only component city in Central Luzon who landed 5th place in the
national ranks.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago expressed his
gratitude to the RDC-3 Special Committee on Competitiveness for recognizing the
city’s actions towards economic and sustainable growth.

He furthered that this recognition is the result of the ‘hard
work and unity’ of the Fernandinos in maintaining good governance and
transparency in the city.















“Asahan niyong mas
pag-iigihan pa namin ang pagbibigay ng dekalidad na serbisyo sa mamamayan,
dahil naniniwala ang Syudad na isa sa mga susi upang magtagumpay ang isang
pamayanan, ay ang pagkakaroon ng masayang mamamayan dahil sila ay nabibigyan ng
tamang pagkalinga,”

he said. 


CSC Cites San Fernando For “HRM Excellence” [ Thursday | 13th day of December, 2018 | 2 months ago ]


The City Human Resource Management Office (CHRMO) of the Local Government of San Fernando became the first office in the province to be cited by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for an “HRM excellence.”


On
December 10’s flag raising ceremony, CSC Regional Director Nelson Sarmiento and
CSC Pampanga Field Office Director Emily Reyes officially handed the
recognition to Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago and CHRM Officer Rachelle Yusi.

Now,
all four (4) HR systems of San Fernando’s CHRMO are Level II Accredited by the
CSC, including recruitment, selection, and
placement, learning and development, performance management, and rewards and
recognition.

This accreditation is under CSC’s Program to Institutionalize
Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM), which goal
is to develop government agencies’ HR management competencies, systems, and
practices.

Ang parangal na
natanggap ng
San Fernando ay hindi
birong
award dahil kaakibat nito ang dalawang
mabibigat na salita, ang ‘
meritocracy’ at ‘excellence’ at sa Pampanga, kayo
(CSF) lang ang nakakuha nito,” explained
Sarmiento.

Sarmiento also congratulated Santiago, together with the
Sangguniang Panlungsod and all the offices, for their excellent leadership,
citing that “they will be given credit not only in San Fernando, but in the
whole nation.”

Meanwhile, Santiago reiterated that “human resource” is still
the “greatest of all resources.”













“We give importance to human resource management because in the city, we
still consider them as the ‘greatest of all resources.’ May kakayahan tayong mabigyan ng magandang serbisyo ang mga Fernandinos
dahil hinuhulma nating maigi ang mga empleyado sa siyudad
,” Santiago added. 


First CSF Employees’ Outreach Program A Success [ Monday | 3rd day of December, 2018 | 3 months ago ]


The first-ever “City Employees’ Outreach Program,” a project of the city government, culminated successfully on November 27, 2018, at City Hall, following its launch in September during the Philippine Civil Service Anniversary celebration.


An initiative of the City Human Resource Management Office (CHRMO), together with the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), and Local Council for the Protection of Children, the project aims to extend help to some street children in the city, through gift-giving, in time also for National Children’s Month.


During the program, a total of fifty-two (52) street children and mendicants, coming from several villages in the city, were given school supplies, hygiene kits, clothes, and foot wears, all donated by CSF-LGU employees.


These children were also given chances to share stories with the employees, and play fun, traditional Filipino games.


For his part, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago thanked all employees who shared gifts for the children, which they can use for their everyday living.
“Napakahalaga na may sapat na gamit sa eskwela ang mga bata upang makapag-aral sila ng mabuti. Napakahalaga din na may sapat silang damit at mga hygiene kits upang maprotektahan ang kanilang katawan mula sa sakit,” expressed Santiago.


“The real meaning of public service is ‘extending help to disadvantaged people, especially the children.’ To all employees of the city, congratulations for a job well-done,” Santiago added.


CSF Farmers Finish School In Organic Vegetable, Rice Production [ Thursday | 22nd day of November, 2018 | 3 months ago ]


Some one hundred (100) Fernandino farmers from several villages had their graduation day on November 20, 2018, after completing their training course on organic vegetable production and rice production.


The
activity, which was held in Del Carmen village, is a culminating activity following
the farmers’ four (4)-month attendance in the Farmer Field School, a project of
the Local Government of San Fernando, through the City Agriculture and Veterinary
Office.



For
the organic vegetable production, according to Engr. Francisco Cangco, CAVO
Crop Division Chief, the project is in compliance with City Ordinance No.
2012-011, which aims to promote and strengthen the organic agriculture in the
city.



Mayroon tayong ordinansa dito sa siyudad
kung saan sinasabing dapat nating ipakilala, isulong, at palaganapin ang
organikong agrikultura
. Ang
organic agriculture ay mas ligtas para sa
mga tao dahil hindi tayo gumagamit ng anumang kemika
l,” said Cangco.



Meanwhile,
for the training on rice production, Cangco stated that they followed the
‘PalayCheck System,’ a program of the Department of Agriculture.



Yung sa rice production training on
‘PalayCheck System,’ nag-introduce naman tayo ng sampung varieties ng hybrid rice para ma-distinguish ng ating
mga
farmers yung akmang variety sa kani-kanilang barangay na maaari
nilang itanim,” Cangco added.



For
his part, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago urged Fernandinos to become part in
intensifying agriculture practice in the city.



“Without
agriculture, paano tayo makakakonsumo ng
pagkain
? Agriculture is our life and we rely to agriculture every single
day. Kaya ang siyudad, gumagawa ng
ganitong programa para masuportahan ang ating mga magsasaka,
” said
Santiago.



CAVO
meanwhile imparted that they are planning to accommodate the next batches of
trainees, which will come from other barangays.



 


DOST, PSAU To Test ‘household Biogas Digester’ In CSF [ Thursday | 22nd day of November, 2018 | 3 months ago ]


Three (3) units of portable household Biogas Digester will be used by the City Government of San Fernando, as the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) partnered with Department of Science and Technology Region 3 (DOST-R3) to install and conduct Sub-Project of pilot testing of the said facilities in the city. 


After the
Monday’s flag raising ceremony, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago together with PSAU
President Honario Soriano Jr., Dr. Norman De Jesus, Director of Organic Farm in
PSAU respectively, and DOST Pampanga Provincial Director Michelle Quiambao
signed a Memorandum of Agreement.

In an
interview, PSAU President Soriano discussed the function of the household
Biogas Digester which was developed by DOST and fabricated by PSAU that
converts biodegradable wastes in to gas that can be used in a single-burner gas
stove.

“Layunin din nito na mabawasan yung ating dependents sa conventional
energy, yung liquefied petroleum gas and ma embrace yung problema natin sa
ecological solid waste management and climate change. Sa pamamagitan nito,
pwede na itong gamitin pangluto o kung ano man bagay na nangangailangan ng
energy, kaya malaking bagay din ito,”
he said.

The DOST,
being a member of the City Solid Waste Management Board, selected CSF as their
recipient to conduct the pilot testing in the City Composting Center and to
help it in reducing organic wastes.

For her
part, CENR Officer Regina Rodriguez stated that the initiative of the Local
Government is to find innovative ways and technology in achieving their
environmental campaigns.

“Nais ng Syudad na mabawasan talaga ang basura, kaya naghahanap tayo ng
mga pamamaraan upang ma divert ang ating nalilikhang basura. By this pilot
testing
ng household biogas digester ay
makikita natin dito kung ang portable biogas digest ay akma sa pangangailangan
ng Syudad,”
Rodriguez said in an interview.

Meanwhile, Santiago expressed his
gratitude to the PSAU and DOST R-3 for choosing the City of San Fernando to
conduct the said project. He believes that, this will be truly helpful to the
city in achieving total zero waste.

Malaking
tulong ito para sa Syudad upang mas mapanatili pa ang kalinisan. Kung kaya’t
hindi tayo magsasawang gumawa at mag-isip ng mga estratehiya para sa kaayusan
ng San Fernando,”
he said.

















The project duration of the household
Biogas Digester is one (1) year. 


CSF Holds 2018 Taxpayers Symposium [ Wednesday | 21st day of November, 2018 | 3 months ago ]


Some three hundred (300) business establishment owners and personnel gathered over the past week for the 2018 Taxpayers Symposium, held at Heroes Hall.


Hosted annually by the City Government of San Fernando, through the City Treasurer’s Office, the symposium highlighted topics on Collection Updates for 2018 and Collection Target for next year.


City Treasurer Mary Ann Bautista, during her discussion, revealed that as of October 31, 2018, the city has already accomplished 1.43 billion pesos (combination of the city’s Internal Revenue Allotment or IRA and Local Income), close to the target for the year which amounts to 1.67 billion pesos.


“Hindi po natin target na magkaroon ng 100% or perfect collection pero ito po ay napakaganda ng koleksyon para sa ating lahat and hindi ito magma-materialize kung hindi sa inyong (Taxpayers) kontribusyon. This is a manifestation of a strong public-private partnership,” expressed Bautista.


In his speech, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago cited that Taxpayers are the blood life of San Fernando, enabling the city to create programs and projects for the Fernandinos.


“I always say that Economic Development is a work of the private sector. Kaming nasa gobyerno, we utilize that ‘economic’ share ng Taxpayers para makagawa ng programa at proyekto para sa komunidad,” expressed Santiago.


He added that with the help of these establishments, the city became inspired to go extra mile in investment, citing a bigger projected income for the next year.


“Tayo ang pamantayan ngayon sa investment at ease of doing business. Every year, lumalaki ang income ng siyudad, and for this year, ang projected income natin for 2019 will be 1.91 billion pesos. This is because you (Taxpayers) really help us make a stronger investment,” he added.


Meanwhile, Business Permit Processing, and Business Permits and Licensing System (BLPS) Requirements and Procedures were also discussed by BLP Division, through its Chief Joseph Garcia, while, the City Health Office held re-orientation on the Smoke-Free Ordinance of the city, which also covers business establishments.


Also present during the activity were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors Reden Halili and BJ Lagman, and some CSF-LGU heads of offices.


PhilHealth San Fernando Recognized By CSF-LGU [ Thursday | 15th day of November, 2018 | 3 months ago ]


The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has been pushing for local government units to conduct a ‘Citizen Satisfaction Survey,’ with an aim to cater the feedback of citizens on the delivery of services in the aspect of health, education, social welfare, governance, among others.


Thus, the City Government of San Fernando, in its recently conducted survey to a total of 2,399 respondents from 35 villages, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth topped the list in the area of Program Effectiveness and Citizen’s Program Awareness.

Through its Local Health Insurance Office, the survey showed that 80% of the respondents stated that the PhilHealth Program is the most effective program being delivered by the city government.

It also garnered the highest rank in program awareness, with a rating of 92.21%, which means that majority of Fernandinos are aware of the implementation of the program.

It could be recalled that Walter Bacareza, PhilHealth Regional Vice President has mentioned in 2017 that about 98% of CSF’s total population has been covered with the program.

Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, for his part, expressed that being health as one of the city’s top priorities, it will expand its efforts in reaching a 100% rate of PhilHealth coverage among Fernandinos.

“Every Fernandino must have access to quality health care. This is part of our drive in complying with the Universal Health Care. Target natin that by 2019, lahat ng Fernandinos, covered na ng PhilHealth,” said Santiago.


PhilHealth San Fernando Recognized By CSF-LGU [ Thursday | 15th day of November, 2018 | 3 months ago ]


The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has been pushing for local government units to conduct a ‘Citizen Satisfaction Survey,’ with an aim to cater the feedback of citizens on the delivery of services in the aspect of health, education, social welfare, governance, among others.


Thus, the City Government of San Fernando, in its recently conducted survey to a total of 2,399 respondents from 35 villages, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth topped the list in the area of Program Effectiveness and Citizen’s Program Awareness.

Through its Local Health Insurance Office, the survey showed that 80% of the respondents stated that the PhilHealth Program is the most effective program being delivered by the city government.

It also garnered the highest rank in program awareness, with a rating of 92.21%, which means that majority of Fernandinos are aware of the implementation of the program.

It could be recalled that Walter Bacareza, PhilHealth Regional Vice President has mentioned in 2017 that about 98% of CSF’s total population has been covered with the program.

Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, for his part, expressed that being health as one of the city’s top priorities, it will expand its efforts in reaching a 100% rate of PhilHealth coverage among Fernandinos.

“Every Fernandino must have access to quality health care. This is part of our drive in complying with the Universal Health Care. Target natin that by 2019, lahat ng Fernandinos, covered na ng PhilHealth,” said Santiago.


EdSa, Lazatin, Grace Robinsons Christmas Tree Light Up [ Tuesday | 13th day of November, 2018 | 3 months ago ]


Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago and Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin joined Robinsons Starmills Pampanga in its Christmas Tree Lighting Event, held on November 10, 2018.


The said mall highlighted the lighting
up of its twenty-five (25) feet ‘Gingerbread Tree,’ which signified its
welcoming of the forthcoming yuletide season.



Santiago, during his speech, shared
that Christmas trees have become the trademark of Robinsons in celebrating the
Christmas season.



Naging
tradisyon na ng
Robinsons ang
pagsisindi ng gahiganteng
Christmas tree tuwing sasapit ang kapaskuhan. Binabati natin sila dahil isa itong
paraan para magpasaya ng mga tao at pamilya na bumibisita sa
mall at at madama nila ang diwa ng pasko,
said Santiago.



He also extended his gratitude to the
mall, citing, “We should be thanking Robinsons for bringing Christmas early in
our city.”



Lazatin, on the other note, likened
the lighting of the tree with having hope during this season.



“I wish that upon lighting this tree,
Fernandinos will realize that there is real light, and that light is hope. Let
us all have that ‘hope’ in us during this wonderful season,” expressed Lazatin.



Apart from the traditional tree
lighting, the signing of Memorandum of Agreement for the upcoming two (2) major
festivals, the Sinukwan and Giant Lantern, among the city officials, Robinsons
Land Corporation (RLC) Executives, and festivals committee members, was also
staged.



Jodee Paulette Arroyo, Regional Operations
Manager of RLC, revealed that the said festivals will once again happen in
Robinsons – embracing the tag for the mall as “The Home of Kapampangan
Festivals.”



“We’ve been hosting the Sinukwan Festival and Giant Lantern
Festival for several years now and we are beyond grateful to our partners for
their unwavering support and trust to Robinsons. This is part of our drive in
promoting Kapampangan festivals,”
cited Arroyo.



Meanwhile, the candidates for this
year’s Lakan at Lakambini ning Sinukwan, including the eleven (11) participating
barangays for the Giant Lantern Festival 2018 were also presented.



Sinukwan Festival will kick-off on
November 23, while the GLF will happen on December 15.



 

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