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Economic, Social, Environment Development Highlight In San Fernando LDC Meeting [ Friday | 7th day of June, 2019 | 2 weeks ago ]

“Tapos na ang eleksyon, at ito na ang tamang oras at panahon na tayo ay magtrabaho muli upang makapagbigay ng mas maayos na serbisyo sa publiko.”

This was City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago’s statement during the 1st Local Development Council (LDC) Meeting for 2019 on Thursday (June 6) at the Heroes Hall.

City officials and department heads, private sector representatives, civil society organizations, and 35 brangay captains of the capital city participated in the meeting.

Santiago, together with Atty. Atlee Viray, Officer-in-Charge City Administrator, and Chryzl Sicat, OIC of the City Planning and Development Coordinator’s Office, led the said activity.

Topics of the discussion were the status of the 2018 and 2019 aid to barangay projects and presentation of the 2020 Annual Investment Program.

In his opening remarks, Santiago reiterated the importance of “participative governance” wherein the active participation of every sector is a must in order to build a sustainable city.

“Ang pangongobyerno ngayon ay di katulad ng dati, dahil ngayon ay may mga pamantayan tayong sinusundan upang mas masunod yung direksyon na gusto natin. Ang paglago ng isang syudad ay nagsisimula sa mga barangay. Kung kaya’t napakahalaga na ang gobyerno ay nagkakaisa at pinakikinggan ang boses ng mamamayan,” said Santiago.

He furthered that in his third and last term, the local government will develop and implement projects focusing on the three core sectors such as economic development, social development, and environmental management.

“We see to it na sa bawat project ay nagre-reflect yung tatlong core sectors, dahil under ito sa Local Development. This is one of our ways to achieve a smart, livable, and sustainable city,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sicat presented the resolution and program of works in the 2018 and 2019 “Aid to Barangay” projects followed by the 2020 annual investment program.

For the 2020 Proposed Annual Investment program, the city will fund 5,044,759,940.00 for the social services, economic services, and general public services sector.

San Fernando Ensures Youth Welfare [ Friday | 7th day of June, 2019 | 2 weeks ago ]

As what our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal enunciated, “The youth is the hope of the nation.”

In the City of San Fernando, youth are indeed the hope of the nation as the local government implements comprehensive programs to ensure their welfare.

As what Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago always says: “Lagi natin isali ang mga kabataan sa pagtatatag ng isang progresibong Syudad. ”

This is what San Fernando did in organizing a “Local Youth Development Plan Formulation” on June 4-5, 2019 at the Epatha, Sacop in Barangay Maimpis.

Participated by the Supreme Student Government (SSG) sresidents and sangguniang kabataan chairmen, the activity was made possible through the efforts of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWD) in coordination with the City Mayor’s Office.

CSWD Officer Aileen Villanueva stressed the importance of youth involvement in the society and the significance of having a Local Youth Development Plan in a Local Government Unit (LGU).

“Malaking bahagi ng ating populasyon ang ating mga kabataan. Kung susukatin nga natin, yung age ng youth is 15-30 years old. So, base sa national data, 30% nung population natin ang nandito sa ganitong edad. Yung mga youth gusto natin silang maging partner sa nation building at syempre napakalaki din ng kanilang productivity at maco-contribute sa development din ng ating city. Kaya malaking milestone ito if we are going to produce the plan nang sa ganun ay ma-anchor lahat nang mga plano sa barangay, sa level ng SK, at yung iba’t-iba pang youth organization as well yung mga youth serving organization natin dito sa city,” said Villanueva.

The two-day workshop was given by National Youth Commission Cluster Head for North Luzon Jose Cielos. Highlight of the activities were the presentation of youth development plan 2017-2022 and drafting of the local youth development plan (LYDP).

The participants were also able to express their concerns and draw up a proposed programs to address their issues.

“Dati kasi, sa konsepto ng mga youth development ang nagpa-plano yung mga matatanda. Tapos i-implement lang sa mga bata. Pangalawa di sila kasama nung pina-plano yung programs, and yung structure na ginagawa natin ngayon, yung sistema, sa paggawa ng pagpa-plano, we involve them, para at the end of the day may ownership sila na maitatawag,” said Cielos in an interview.

Kyla Sofia Simpauco, city’s Youth Ambassador, expressed her gratitude to the local government for always supporting the youth and for making them priority in every aspect.

“To our local government po, thank you so much sa mga walang sawang tulong niyo. Ang ganda po ng mga programs niyo para sa amin. Kaya, sana po, hindi ito tumigil at mas lalo pa pong mag-improve, dahil hindi lamang po ito para sa amin kundi maging sa mga susunod na generation po,” said Simpauco.

Fernandino Farmers Grace Tariffication Law Symposium [ Tuesday | 21st day of May, 2019 | 4 weeks ago ]

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Fernandino farmers and farmer leaders graced a symposium on the Philippines’ Rice Tariffication Law on May 15, 2019 at Heroes Hall. 

program was part of the Farmers’ Week celebration of the City Government of San

speakers from the National Food Authority (NFA) Pampanga Provincial Office and
Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 3 led the discussion on the
said enactment.

the benefits of this law to farmers are still unclear, City Agriculturist
Cristina Sangumay said the symposium aimed to enlighten the farmers about the
measures that NFA and DA are doing to help the farmers.

naiintindihan ninyo yung ‘gray area’ ng rice tariffication law para malaman
ninyo kung paano i-treat ang batas at kung paano i-adjust yung farming ninyo.
Nagka-intervention ang national government para magkaroon ng option ang mga
farmers para hindi maipit sa batas na ito,” said Sangumay to the farmers.

known as Republic Act 11203 or “An Act Liberalizing the Importation,
Exportation, and Trading of Rice, Lifting for the Purpose the Quantitative
Import Restriction on Rice and for other Purposes,” this law aims to imply
tariffs to rice importers for a certain rate, instead of giving restrictions to
them, which will result to a higher number of rice importers to the country.

law is believed to give good benefits to consumers through affordable prices of
rice coming from other countries, but will bring negative effects to farmers in
terms of their income.

a response, Arturo Saulog and Roberto Mariano, Jr., both Warehouse Supervisors
of the NFA Pampanga, imparted insights on their “palay procurement program,” wherein
local farmers and farmer organizations are able to sell rice grains to the
agency, with minimum requirements to pass.

action is one of the agency’s ways to support the produce of the Fernandino

Paningbatan, DA RFO 3 Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Chief, meanwhile
shared a brief background on the rice tariffication law and its features,
including the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund, which will create
different programs for the farmers and their income.

explained that this fund includes the provision of rice farm machineries, rice
seed development, propagation, and promotion, expanded rice credit assistance,
and rice extension services, which will be implemented by various agencies.

also discussed other proposed regular rice programs/projects of the agency,
including the provision of seeds, trainings, irrigation, and agricultural
machineries and equipment.

activity is also part of the Pyestang Fernandino 2019 celebration.

CSF Set To Realize ‘Gulis Pamana’ [ Tuesday | 21st day of May, 2019 | 4 weeks ago ]

The “Gulis Pamana” project of the City Government of San Fernando, together with the CSFP Arts and Culture Council, will now be realized following its approval by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). 

the project was officially launched through the signing of the memorandum of
understanding by the CSFP Arts and Culture Council and three chapters of the
United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), including San Fernando, Cabalen,
and Sinukwan on April 30, 2019 at Otel Pampanga.

Pamana: Workshop on Documenting Built Heritage” covers a 7-day architectural
documentation workshop on the city’s cultural heritage buildings which is
expected to begin this May.

Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan revealed that the project will be jointly
funded by the NCCA and the city government.

the Competitive Grants Program of the NCCA, we were able to access funding
amounting to P200,000 while the city government pledged an additional P300,000
for this particular project,” said Pangilinan.

project will be spearheaded by the ArkiCamp Foundation, Inc., together with the
participation of the mentioned three UAP chapters and other professionals who
are engaged in history, heritage, and culture.

the first run of the project, the groups are expecting to have as-built plans
of three heritage houses in the city.

project’s aim is to provide a basic understanding on how to make and manage
documentation, as well as hands-on experience that will help participants make
informed decisions to ensure the protection of cultural heritage sites,”
Pangilinan added.

the other note, Architect Hermel Gulapa, UAP-Cabalen Chapter president, said
the trust given to their teams by the city government will result to a fruitful

ang pasasalamat namin sa city government dahil binigyan nila kami ng
pagkakataon upang maging parte ng adbokasiya sa heritage conservation. Asahan
niyo po na ibibigay namin yung expertise namin upang maging well-documented ang
heritage sites sa siyudad,” Gulapa said.

City of San Fernando is committed to the preservation and management of our
cultural heritage. In the arts and culture council, we put importance and value
to our heritage because this is something that has been passed on to us from
the previous generation,” said Dr. Lourdes Javier, CSFP Arts and Culture
Council chairperson.


CSF Pays Tribute To Laus; Lowers Flag At Half-mast [ Tuesday | 21st day of May, 2019 | 4 weeks ago ]

The Philippine Flag in front of City Hall of San Fernando was flown at half-mast morning of April 30, 2019, as the City Government honored the life and mourned the passing of Liberato “Levy” P. Laus. 

lowering of the National Flag at half-mast is a recognized way of honoring or
mourning the demise of an important person.

Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago issued an executive order to lower the National
Flag at half-mast as a means of tribute to Laus for his dedication in service
in different aspects.

said one of the greatest contributions of Laus was to attain economic and
countryside development in Pampanga, as a business magnate and civic leader.

ni Levy Laus ang antas ng economic development sa Pampanga. Siya rin ang nasa
likod ng pagpapakilala ng countryside development sa probinsya. Also, we will
never forget his efforts para ilayo ang San Fernando sa panganib ng lahar
following the Mt. Pinatubo eruption,” he said.

his passing, Laus held several top posts including being the chairman emeritus
of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. and chair and Chief
Executive Officer of the LausGroup of Companies, which is considered the
largest multi-brand network in the Philippines today.

was also behind the construction of a protective dike which helped stop lahar
and saved the capital city from total damage, through an organized disaster
management group, “Save San Fernando Movement.”

Laus’ son, Levy Adrian Laus, in his speech, expressed gratitude to the city
government for paying tribute to his father’s legacies for San Fernando and

ama po namin, advocate talaga siya ng countryside development. Araw-araw siyang
nag-iisip ng mga paraan upang gawing mas progresibo ang San Fernando at
Pampanga. Kaya naman, malaking karangalan ang inihandog na ito ng syudad para
sa aming ama at sa aming pamilya,” he said.

younger Laus also received copy of the Executive Order CMO2019-019 on behalf of
his family.

present during the activity were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, CSF-LGU heads of
offices and employees, other members of the Laus family, and some of late
businessman’s colleagues.

his demise on April 25 due to a helicopter crash in Bulacan, Laus will be laid
to rest afternoon of April 30, 2019 at Sanctuario De San Fernando Memorial
Gardens in Barangay San Agustin.


Brigada Eskwela In CSF Begins [ Monday | 20th day of May, 2019 | 4 weeks ago ]

The City Schools Division of San Fernando formally kicked-off this year’s Brigada Eskwela during the Monday’s flag raising ceremony. 

Anchored on the theme “Matatag na
Bayan para sa Maunlad na Paaralan,” the annual activity seeks to unite
students, teachers, parents, public and private sectors in helping and
supporting the preparation of the public school facilities for school year

To express their gratitude to all
the partner stakeholders who have supported the activity for more than four
years, through the donation of school buildings and schools supplies, the City
Schools Division recognized its Top 3 sustained partners: SM foundation; R
& R Holistic and Diagnostic Center; and Rotary Club of San Fernando.

During his speech, Mayor Edwin
“EdSa” Santiago lauded the division for their untiring efforts and dedication
in providing quality education to the Fernandino students.

He furthered that the Local
Government of San Fernando will remain steadfast in supporting the students in
their education, since it is the administration’s top priority.

“Napakahalaga ng edukasyon. Kaya
naman asahan niyo na mananatiling numero uno and edukasyon sa lahat dito sa
City of San Fernando. Nagpapasalamat din tayo sa mga private partners natin na
walang sawang sumusuporta sa atin upang makamit ang ating mithiin,” said

The City Schools Division still
accepts any kind of donations, including school and teacher supplies, hygiene
and emergency kits.

The Brigada Eskwela will continue
until May 25, 2019.


CSF Heritage Houses Open To Local Tourists [ Monday | 20th day of May, 2019 | 4 weeks ago ]

Local tourists experienced Fernandino rich culture and heritage as the City Government of San Fernando staged an ‘Heritage Open House and Free Kalesa Tour’ over the weekend. 

The annual activity was made
possible through the efforts of the CSFP Arts and Culture Council in line with
the celebration of National Heritage Month with a theme “Mga Pinuno para sa

According to Bernadette
Tapnio, Head of Heritage and Cultural Affairs Section, the local government
lined-up several activities for this year’s celebration in an aim to promote
and strengthen the capital city’s culture, traditions, and heritage.

She furthered that this year,
4 of the city’s heritage houses were opened for public visit, these include Augusto-Hizon
House, Baron-Cuyugan House, Dayrit-Cuyugan House, and Nicolasa Dayrit.

this year, nilagyan natin ng component, for open house tour mga participant
natin is  register muna dito sa Train
station, and then afterwards, sasakay sila ng kalesa going to four heritage

Tapnio said in an interview.

Meanwhile, Gina Casapao,
local tourists from Antipolo City shared her tour-experience and felt awestruck
on how magnificent the ancestral houses and places in the city.

sa mga napakaganda experience namin, dun sa amin kasi bihira na lang po yung
mga heritage houses na napupuntahan namin. Nai-preserve talaga yung mga bahay
at hindi po matatawaran na experience ito para sa amin lalo na poang pagsakay
sa mga kalesa,”

she said.

It can be recalled that the
City of San Fernando conducted
a seminar and
workshop to all calesa drivers or “kutseros” to tap them as tourism frontliners
as part of their advocacy in promoting and preserving the city’s rich culture,
tradition, and heritage and sustaining the city’s brand as “Tourism Hub” in the

Santiago Wins CSF Mayoral Race [ Monday | 20th day of May, 2019 | 4 weeks ago ]

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Incumbent Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago was officially proclaimed winner in the mayoral contest in this city past midnight on May 15 at the Sangguniang Panlungsod session hall where the city canvassing was held.

Santiago garnered a total of 74,125
votes, edging his closest opponent by close to 22,000 votes.

Jimmy Lazatin, meanwhile was
also re-elected as Vice Mayor while the 10 elected Councilors were: BJ Lagman, Harvey
Quiwa, Ato Agustin, Tino Dizon, Ariel Carreon, Cristina Lagman, Dein Henson,
Nelson Lingat, Raul Macalino, and Reden Halili.

Lagman, an incumbent member of the city council, copped the top councilor’s
spot with the highest garnered votes.

Santiago expressed his gratitude to
his constituents and stressed that good governance exists and will remain in
the capital city for the brighter future of the Fernandinos.

ako dahil ang taong-bayan ang nagdesisyon, sa pagpili ng anong klaseng
pangongobyerno, o anong klaseng pamumuhay na gusto natin sa Syudad San
Fernando. So ang ibig sabihin nito, ang taong-bayan ang nanalo, para makatatag
ng isang mabuting pamamahala o ang tinatawag natin good governance,”
said in an interview.

He also vowed to continue and
strengthen his comprehensive programs particularly education, health, peace and
security, and environment.

natin na ang Syudad San Fernando, ay isang lungsod na pangunahin tayo, when it
comes to economic, social, at environment. Inumpisahan natin ng smart city, so
tatapusin natin maging smart city ang Syudad San Fernando. Umaasa ang ating mga
kababayan na tayong lahat ay magtatrabaho, para sa gusto natin na  pamumuhay. Gusto natin na ang Syudad San
Fernando, ay isang syudad na maaari natin maipamana sa ating mga susunod na

Acting City Election Officer Atty. Leylann Manuel, reported that the local
elections in the city was generally peaceful from security up to canvassing,
because of the active participation and support of different agencies.

“As compared to other
provinces, cities, municipalities, mabilis yung pagkakuha natin [ng resulta ng
halalan]. Kaya sa second day, nagawa natin itong proclamation. Talagang all-out
support primarily, the Local Government Unit of City of San Fernando sila ang
mga tumulong sa atin para maging successful ang election na ito,”
he said. 

CSF Strengthens Women Entrepreneurship [ Wednesday | 17th day of April, 2019 | 2 months 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. 

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

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

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 | 2 months 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

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.

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

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 | 2 months 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

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,”

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 | 2 months 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. 

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.

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

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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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

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.

exhibit will run until April 15. 

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