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Future Developments In CSF Bared [ Wednesday | 4th day of April, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]

Fernandinos can expect a more livable and progressive city as the local government presented various upcoming projects in San Fernando during the 1st Local Development Council meeting held Tuesday.

The city targets to build a Civic Center in Brgy. San Isidro which will house a Permanent Evacuation Center, Senior Citizen Center, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Command Center, Department of Education Personnel Training and Sports Complex, City Government Satellite Offices and a City Park.

In order to immediately respond to crimes, accidents and emergency cases in the city, a Command and Control Center is also set to be established. This will consist of a Video Management System, Computer Aided Dispatch system, cabling for voice facilities to collaborate with the different respondent agencies and LED boards to guide motorists on alternative routes in times of disasters, among others.

The heritage district and market plaza, which are located at the downtown or Poblacion area, will also be redeveloped to attract more tourists and spur economic growth.

The local government also vowed to prioritize the restoration of the San Fernando River along with the construction and beautification of the Riverwalk. This will allow Fernandinos to spend time with nature while enjoying the scenic view of the historic river.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said that the local government, with the help of active public-private partners, is optimistic in realizing all these projects this year until early 2019.

"I enjoin all members of the council to help us create a better environment for our beloved Fernandinos through the implementation of these initiatives. We came up with these plans based on the needs of our city and our constituency" he added.

Meanwhile, the City Planning and Development Coordinator's Office disclosed that the proposed 2019 annual investment program totaled to P4.7 Billion. The City Budget Office, on the other hand, discussed the reversion and realignment of appropriations of the 20% Local Development Fund.

CSF Culminates Women's Month Celebration With Back-to-back Seminars [ Monday | 2nd day of April, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]

In culmination of Women's Month celebration in the City of San Fernando, two seminars were conducted Monday by the Local Government, through its Gender and Development Focal Point System and City Social Welfare and Development Office.

Fernandina Women's Federations from 26 barangays of the city attended a seminar on Strengthening Families and Responsible Parenting. Among the topics discussed were the parents' challenges caused by cultural and digital generation gaps.

The Bureau of Fire Protection also took part in giving an orientation on fire prevention tips especially at home.

GAD focal person Amalia Catacutan said the activity is part of the federation's 5th General Assembly which is annually conducted during Women's Month.
Meanwhile, a separate seminar on empowerment was also conducted in celebration of the 1st Women with Disabilities Day in the city.

With the theme "Babaeng may kapansanan sa Pagbabago manguna at manindigan ka," some 90 Fernandinas with disabilities actively participated in a group discussion about overcoming life challenges and stories of success despite their physical or mental impairment.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said the local government seeks to address all issues affecting women in the society through the conduct of various activities and social services.

"We work to identify problems in order to create solutions that promote women empowerment and gender inclusion. We want to keep the society together because we believe that everyone serves as key drivers in social and economic development," he added.

CSF Holds Mompreneur Fair [ Monday | 2nd day of April, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]

A group of entrepreneurial mothers gathered over the weekend at Vista Mall in the City of San Fernando for the first staging of Mompreneur Fair.

Organized by the Local Government of San Fernando, through its City Tourism Office, in partnership with the Gender and Development Focal Point System and Soroptimist International Pampanga Star, the activity seeks to promote entrepreneurship among women, especially moms.

The participants showcased variety of their products and services such as food, art crafts, clothes, cosmetics, and home accessories.

A seminar on Child Nutrition and Complementary Feeding was also held in support of the ‘Eat Right' campaign of Ines Fernandez commonly known as Nanay Ines. She is the founder of a mother-led movement called Arugaan that promotes breastfeeding, responsible childcare, and the preparation of indigenous, nutritious baby foods to mothers in rural communities.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago furthered that the event also serves as a celebration of the sacrifices and success of super moms not only for their families but for the entire community.

"Hinihikayat namin ang bawat kababaihan at ina na huwag limitahan ang kanilang mga sarili sa mga gawaing bahay. Bagamat ito ay isang ulirang tungkulin, dapat pa rin nilang ipakita at ipagmalaki ang kanilang mga natatanging galing at talento," he added.

All Male Quiz Bee On Magna Carta Of Women Held In CSF [ Monday | 2nd day of April, 2018 | 3 weeks ago ]

Male employees frompublic and private agencies in the City of San Fernando competed for the 1st Inter-Agency Male Quiz Bee on Magna Carta of Women on March 23.

These were the Local Government Unit (LGU) of San Fernando, Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office 3, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 3, and PrimeWater in cooperation with the City of San Fernando Water District (CSFPWD).

Divided into three rounds namely: easy, average and difficult, the participants were test on their knowledge about the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) or Republic Act No. 9710— a comprehensive women's human rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination against women by recognizing, protecting, fulfilling and promoting the rights of Filipino women, especially those in marginalized sector.

During the program, City Human Resource Development Officer Rachelle Yusi said this is the City Government of San Fernando's second conduct of an all-male quiz bee as part of its Women's Month celebration.

"Last year was conducted within the City Hall Departments only but this year we tapped different agencies to participate thus encourage inclusiveness in the implementation of the MCW," she added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said that aside from challenging the participants' minds, the activity also seeks to assess how much men value and respect the women in thecommunity.

"Let us not just keep these laws about women in our minds, instead, we must follow and adopt all these through our actions in every single day. Let us also contribute in promoting equality for all," he added.

Meanwhile, the winners were LGU San Fernando as Champion, PrimeWater in cooperation withCSFPWD as 2nd Place and DPWH R3 as 3rd Place.
Also present during the Quiz Bee were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor BJ Lagman and the Gender and Development Focal Point System headed by Amalia Catacutan.

1st Regional Advisory Council Summit Held In CSF [ Thursday | 22nd day of March, 2018 | 1 month ago ]

Members of the Provincial, City, and Battalion Advisory Councils in Central Luzon convened for the 1st Regional Advisory Council Summit held Monday in the City of San Fernando.

With the theme: "Building Strong Linkages Geared Towards the Attainment of Genuine Transformation," the summit aims to update the Police Regional Office 3's stakeholder and community partners on the implementation of the P.A.T.R.O.L (Peace & order Agenda for Transformation and upholding of the Rule-Of-Law) Plan 2030 and enhance the organization's outputs through the alignment of agency performance with the active support of stakeholders.

The participants also underwent a workshop on how to effectively and properly accomplish the RAC scorecards wherein concerns and issues in every Advisory Council were also raised and addressed by the Technical Working Group from the National Headquarters and members of the PNP P.A.T.R.O.L Plan.

During the program, Guest of Honor and Speaker Police Deputy Director General Ramon Apolinario, the Deputy Chief PNP for Administration and Chairman of the PNP P.A.T.R.O.L Plan 2030 Technical Working Group, said the plan, using the Performance Governance System, serves as the PNP's roadmap to a real and genuine transformation towards a better quality of police service given to the community.

"The council is an integral part of our P.A.T.R.O.L Plan because the direction of our transformation's progress is partly in your hands. This summit serves as an avenue for us to be acquainted and to ignite our unity in transforming a highly capable, effective and credible police force," he added.

For his part, Police Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus said there is still much to be done for the PRO3 RAC to translate its vision into concrete and measurable results; but with their continuous strides, the long-term goals will surely be attained.

"The RAC members are individuals known for their integrity, probity, and leadership who will help provide PRO3 the much-needed external perspectives and guidance for the smooth sailing implementation of our projects and programs," he furthered.

Established in 2014, the PR03 RAC is now composed of former Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicenta Vega Cabigting as Chairman, Civil Service Commission Bulacan Provincial Director Dulce Cochon as Vice Chairman; and members San Fernando LGU's former City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, AUF Medical Center Resident Alumni Dr. Rowena Mangubat, Brgy. Salapungan, Angeles City Chairman Reynaldo Malig, R2 Builders Chairman Dir. Reghis Romero, Our Lady of Transfiguration Parish Priest Rev. Msgr. Eusebio Mercado, Sunstar Pampanga Writer Enrique Sapnu, Bennettel Communications Specialist Manager Amos Benett Agbuya, NAPOLCOM 3 Director Rodolfo Santos and JBT Group of Companies CEO Jose Tan.

Fernandino Scholars Attend Job Hunting Seminar [ Thursday | 22nd day of March, 2018 | 1 month ago ]

More than 200 graduating college students who are beneficiaries of the Educational Scholarship Assistance Program of the local government of San Fernando attended a seminar on Job Hunting held Monday at Waltermart.

This was jointly organized by the City Employment Service Division and City Mayor's Office, in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment with the aim to prepare Fernandino youth for the real world.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago furthered that he hopes to make San Fernando a City of Graduates who can competently market their skills and expertise to meet the current labor requirements.

"Ipinagmamalaki namin kayong mga iskolar ng bayan at hangad ng lokal na pamahalaan na hindi lang kayo basta makapagtapos ng pag-aaral, bagkus ay makahanap din ng magandang trabaho para sa ikauunlad ng inyong mga pamilya at ng ating mahal na syudad," he said.

Among the topics discussed by the CESD were the job hunting tips, JobStart program and various Public Employment Services.

Local partner employers have also joined the activity to find possible employees for their respected companies. While, other students who fail to find a suitable job vacancy were required to submit their DOLE Registration Form to the CESD for future job referral.

Also present during the Job Hunting Seminar were Councilors BJ Lagman and Harvey Quiwa.

CCSFP Among PH's Best Secondary Education Schools [ Thursday | 22nd day of March, 2018 | 1 month ago ]

The City College of San Fernando, Pampanga (CCSFP) joined the ranking of the Best Secondary Education Schools in the Philippines for 2017 based on therecent release ofsocial news and entertainment network Local Pulse.

The article featured only 57 out of 2,095 colleges and universities offering Bachelor of Secondary Education program in the country. CCSFP is the only school in the City of San Fernando that was able to enter the circle of the elite schools and universities by ranking 43rd.

Local Pulse states that rankings are based on the results of two licensure examinations for teachers (LET)in March and September 2017and other factors such as the level of accreditation and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools, offering undergraduate programs in secondary teacher education, have the most valuable degree programs to produce examinees with high LET passing rates.

CCSFP garnered an overall score of 56.52% with 52 LET passers for Secondary level. It has gained an overall passing percentage of 76.92% in March and in 84% September last year.

To date, CCSFP has already produced 315 graduates of Elementary Education and Secondary Education with majors in English, Mathematics and Biological Science.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago also the interim President of CCSFP, congratulated the students, teachers and school administration for their collaborative efforts in pursuit of academic excellence that made the institution nationally acclaimed.

"It is both a privilege and a challenge to be part of the top list but rest assured that we will continue to provide quality education to the poor yet deserving Fernandino youth. With the help of dedicated mentors, we will strive to produce more number of Education graduates who are competent to enter the academic workforce," he added.

Meanwhile, Philippine Normal University led the list of the 57 outstanding schoolsfollowed bySaint Louis University and Philippine Normal University-Mindanao, respectively.

See link below for the complete list of schools:

Mayor EdSa Calls To Resuscitate Paskuhan Village [ Thursday | 22nd day of March, 2018 | 1 month ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando headed by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago together with Pampanga 3rd District Representative Aurelio ‘Dong' Gonzales Jr. called to revive the Paskuhan Village as a cultural heritage and property of public domain during the press conference on the movement of Pampanga in re-claiming the Paskuhan Village held on March 21 at Levi Panlilio Conference.

The Paskuhan Village or known as the Philippine Christmas Village or Hilaga in City of San Fernando was established in 1989 as a cultural heritage. This was owned and operated by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).

In May 4, 2015 Paskuhan Village was purchased by the Premier Central Inc. in the amount of P939,656,848 from the government through the TIEZA. By this, the provincial government and Local Government of San Fernando sue the Premier Central, Inc and TIEZA for violating the regulations, terms and conditions of the local government, considering Paskuhan Village is a public domain and the Local Government Unit has the right of refusal.

Before the press conference, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago and Pampanga 3rd District Representative Aurelio ‘Dong' Gonzales Jr. together with City Legal Officer Atty. Atlee Viray, Asst. Solicitor General Justice Joseph Guevarra and Associate Solicitor General Atty. Eric Lavadia from Office of the Solicitor General respectively, filed a complaint for the Rescission of the Sale between TIEZA and Premier Central Inc. at the Regional Trial Court.

In his statement, Congressman Aurelio ‘Dong' Gonzales was certain that the case will be resolved and if happens, the provincial government is much willing to extend its support to the Local Government of San Fernando to continue the operation of Paskuhan Village as a cultural heritage and lantern village to showcase the Fernandino crafts.

"Ito ay nawala, ngunit ating babawiin kaya naman pag ito ay bumalik sa atin tayo'y magkakaroon ng Paskuhan 2020 kung saan sisiguraduhin nating mabubuhay ulit ito at magiging sentro ng pasyalan ang Paskuhan Village dito sa Syudad San Fernando, at ang lahat ng ito ay ating mapagtatagumpayan sa pakikipagtulungan at suporta ni Mayor Edsa," Gonzales said.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago expressed his gratitude to the Congress of the Philippines through the initiative of Congressman Dong Gonzales for his support to the Local Government of San Fernando and for his willingness to fight for the right to recover the Paskuhan Village.

"Ginawa natin ang lahat ng hakbang upang mapasa-atin muli ang ating lantern village kaya naman hindi natin sasayangin ang pagkakataon kapag ito ay makuha natin ulit, sisikapin ng Syudad San Fernando na mabigyan ng mahusay at maayos na operation system ang Paskuhan. Let us recover and keep our heritage," Santiago said.

CSF-LGU Employees Promote Healthy Eating [ Monday | 19th day of March, 2018 | 1 month ago ]

Employees of the Local Government Unit of San Fernando promote the consumption of healthy food particularly those classified as neglected and underutilized species (NUS) through a cooking challenge held March 16.

The participants, divided into four clusters, were instructed to use Malabar Spinach (Alugbati) and Bottle Gourd (Upo) as main ingredients for their Gourmet Filipino a la Carte dishes including appetizer, main course and dessert.

City Human Resource Development Officer Rachelle Yusi said the activity is in line with the month-long celebration of Women's Month and was realized in coordination with the Gender and Development Focal Point System and City Agriculture and Veterinary Office.

"This is the first cooking contest participated by LGU employees and it is our initiative to instill the importance of healthy lifestyle thus create a healthier workforce," she added.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago furthered that the local government, through its CAVO, promotes both the practice of planting and utilizing of NUS which are considered nutrient-rich food.

"We want to add the value of these vegetables which are very beneficial to human's health. Our LGU employees serve as models to encourage fellow Fernandinos to start growing their own healthy food in their backyards that will also boost food security," the city mayor said.

Meanwhile, the winning recipes were Crispy Leafy (Crispy Malabar Spinach with vinegar), Relyepo (Relyenong Upo mixed with vegetable dipped in ketchup) and Turupo (Turon Upo de Mani and langka topped with chocolate syrup).

These were cooked and prepared by the yellow cluster composed of Lyndynor Cambronero, Rowena Esguerra, Arthur Serrano and Nelson Tapnio who were hailed as champion.

CSF Joins Int'l Zero Waste Cities Conference [ Monday | 12th day of March, 2018 | 1 month ago ]

The City of San Fernando was among the ten chosen cities, across the globe, that presented its environmental policies during the recently held International Zero Waste Cities Conference in Bandung, Indonesia after being regarded as one of the Best Zero Waste Models in the Asia Pacific Region.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said that the local government was represented by Councilor BJ Lagman who served as one of the speakers alongside with delegates from San Francisco, California, France, and India.

"Lagman shared San Fernando's waste woes and effective solutions in adherence to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act or Republic Act 9003 and our implementation of the Plastic-Free Ordinance which he authored," Santiago added.

The city mayor furthered that in January 2017, a group of officials and environmental organizations from the city government of Cimahi, Bandung, Indonesia visited San Fernando for a benchmarking activity and observation of the implementation of its environmental policies such as the operation of the Materials Recovery Facility in barangays, and the enactment of the Plastic-Free Ordinance.

Since then, Cimahi adopted similar programs to solve their problems on plastic waste with now three ‘kelurahan' or barangays serving as their pilot implementers of waste segregation at source, sorting in MRFs, doing organic compost, and utilizing biodigester.

Meanwhile, Mayor EdSa received a token of appreciation from Cimahi City Mayor Ajay Priatna in recognition of San Fernando's contributions to the successful implementation of sustainable environmental policies in their city.

Fernandinas Celebrate International Women's Day [ Friday | 9th day of March, 2018 | 1 month ago ]

Hundreds of Fernandinas from different organizations, local government unit and government agencies in the City of San Fernando started the celebration of International Women's Day early in the morning through the "Sakay-Lakad para sa Kagalingan ng Kababaihan at Kaunlaran ng Bayan."

The activity is a combination of a motorcade and parade which was divided into two starting points—one in the northernmost barangay and the other in the southernmost then going to the City Hall.

In a short program, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed that through a simple celebration, the local government seeks to recognize the role and contributions of every Fernandina towards the city's progress.

He furthered that respecting women is not just a responsibility but a moral value that must be observed by everyone.

"Kapag pinag-uusapan ang kababaihan lagi kong naaalala ang aking ina na labis ang pagsisikap para sa aming pamilya. Kung walang babae, hindi mabubuo ang isang pamilya kaya marapat lang na kayo ay bigyan ng pagkilala at pagpapahalaga sa ating komunidad," Santiago added.

Meanwhile, free pampering services such as haircut, manicure, pedicure and massage were also offered as a tribute to the hardworking Fernandinas.

The City Health Office, in partnership with the SM Foundation also conducted a dental and medical mission which was opened to public.

CHO has also tied up with the Provincial Health Office and Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital for a bloodletting activity held at the City Hall.

Also present during the celebration were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor Angie Hizon who chairs the Committee on Women, Children and Family Affairs, Local Council of Women Chairperson Dr. Leticia Yap, GAD Focal Person Amalia Catacutan and the members of the Women's Month 2018 Executive Committee.

Fernandinos Urged To Be Fire Cautious [ Tuesday | 6th day of March, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

In observance of Fire Prevention Month this March, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago urged Fernandinos to practice fire safety and prevention measures to help lessen fire incidents in the country.

During the Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday, the city mayor showed support to the Bureau of Fire Protection's campaign against fire as they kick off this year's celebration with the theme "Ligtas na Pilipinas ang ating hangad, pag-iingat sa sunog sa sarili ipatupad."
"Napakahalaga po na alam natin yung mga pamamaraan ng pag-apula ng sunog lalo na sa mga bahay pero mas mainam pa rin kung hihingi kayo kaagad ng tulong sa mga otoridad," the city mayor said.

For his part, City Fire Marshal Chief Inspector Roderick Marquez said that most number of fire incidents occur in March when the hot dry season begins.

"Dito po sa buong Pilipinas, ang buwan ng Marso ay may pinakamataas na kaso ng sunog dahil sa sobrang init. Isa naman po sa mga madalas na sanhi ng sunog ay ang pag-leak ng tangke ng LPG," he added.

Meanwhile, the officials also led the awarding of winners in recently held Art and Essay Writing contests organized by the BFP.

For the Drawing Contest, the winners were Erica Lady Ceira De Ocera of San Fernando Elementary School (1st Place), Jannika Sabile of Nuestra Senora Del Pilar (2nd Place) and Jeremieh Herrera of Sindalan Elementary School (3rd Place).

Cathlene Nunag of ICT High School won 1st Place in the Poster Making Contest. Her runners up were Jasmine Dungca of Lyndale Academy (2nd Place) and Judge Edwin Laxamana of Sindalan High School (3rd Place).

For the Essay Writing Contest, the 1st Place award was given to Frances Gail Mendoza of ICT High School. While the 2nd and 3rd Place awards were given to Estrelle Marinas of Lyndale Academy and Ella Mae Lintag of San Isidro Integrated School.

Other lined up activities for this Month are Fire Olympics, Berong Bumbero sa Paaralan, intensified Firetruck Visibility, Barangay Ugnayan and Kiddie Fire Marshal.

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