City News Page

CSF Promotes Cycling For Good Health, Environment Conservation [ Friday | 30th day of June, 2017 | 9 months ago ]

Hundreds of cyclists joined today the City of San Fernando's fifth "Padyak para sa Kalusugan at Kalikasan," a cycling activity aimed at promoting good health and environment conservation.

The participants are from different bikers' association in the city and the towns of Arayat, Candaba, Guagua, Mabalacat, Minalin, Sto. Tomas and Mabalacat City.

This year, the caravan covered a 33 kilometer route from Waltermart to the northern barangays that ended at the Heroes Hall.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said the annual gathering of cycling enthusiasts is beneficial not only to the participants but also to the entire community.

"Ang regular na pagbibisiketa ay isang magandang paraan ng pag-eehersisyo at makatutulong ito upang mabawasan ang bigat ng trapiko at ang polusyon sa ating kapaligiran," he said.

Santiago also shared the city's initiative to strictly observe bicycle road rules and safety through a proposed ‘Bicycle Promotion' ordinance.

"This covers the creation of more bike lanes and it requires business establishments to provide bike racks," the city mayor added.

EdSa Celebrates Birthday With Elderlies, PWDs [ Friday | 30th day of June, 2017 | 9 months ago ]

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago celebrated his 60th birthday on June 21 through a "Handog Pasasalamat" program for the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities in the City of San Fernando.

The three-part activity started at Santiago's birthplace Barangay San Pedro Cutud wherein medical and dental mission were offered to the constituents.
Senior Citizens in the said barangay received their free anti-pneumonia vaccines from the City Health Office.

Through the City Social Welfare and Development Office, gifts and food packs were distributed to some 400 elderlies and PWDs in Cutud.

The city mayor also visited the neighboring barangays which are Sta. Lucia and San Nicolas where gift giving ceremonies were conducted, respectively.

In his speech, Santiago expressed his gratitude to all those who have supported him throughout his personal and political journey.

"Natutuwa ako na naipagdiwang ko ang aking kaarawan kasama ang mga taong malalapit sa puso ko. Ang araw na ito ay aking pasasalamat sa inyong lahat, ito ay araw niyo rin," Mayor EdSa added.

Also present during the activity were his family, friends, city officials represented by Councilors BJ Lagman and Harvey Quiwa and City Hall Department heads.

City Gov't Employees Attend Seminar On Toxic Chemicals In Cosmetics And Household Products [ Friday | 30th day of June, 2017 | 9 months ago ]

In line with the celebration of Philippine Environment Month, the City Government of San Fernando through its City Environment and Natural Resources held a seminar on Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics and Household Products on June 20 at the Heroes Hall.

Dubbed as "Kapaligiran, Kaligtasan ng Buhay ay Makakamtan", this seminar was attended by the City Government employees. The speakers from the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources identified some beauty and household products that contain dangerous ingredients that can be harmful for our skin and how to avoid it.

EMB-DENR speaker Juvy Jurado said that some of the ingredients in personal care and beauty products are not so good for our skin. She discussed the five scariest ingredients mixed in beauty products that we use every day, without knowing its side effects to our skin.

"Since everyone is aiming for better appearances, some consumers do not check what ingredients are actually being put into that product." Jurado said.

The Health Effects of Personal care products was discussed by EMB-DENR Engr. Kristine Pacate. She said that, even beauty products have an ugly side. She reminds everyone to make sure, that the personal care products we use are really safe.

Meanwhile, EMB-DENR speaker Engr. Lily Castro, discussed about the Household Hazardous Waste. She emphasized that as a consumer, we must know first if the products that we use every day in cleaning our homes are safe, because some of the products may contain harmful ingredients that may lead into cancer.

"Most of us are using soaps, detergents and air-fresheners to keep our houses odorless, but if the product that we use has destructive ingredients, it can be unsafe to us especially if inhaled or touched." Castro said.

Castro gave some tips on how to use properly the products to ensure the safeness of everyone.

"Wear face mask and use safety gears when cleaning your homes to avoid contact in eyes and skin. In buying a product, you must go for the suitable products, not the fake ones. Check and read its label and understand well if it is good to your skin and appropriate to use in your homes."

Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago's administration focuses on preserving and protecting the environment of the city. He believes that having a clean environment, is the key for the safeness of every Fernandino.

Mayor EDSA Gears For New San Fernando [ Friday | 30th day of June, 2017 | 9 months ago ]

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago presented on Tuesday the City Government's proposed projects and initiatives for the coming years as it gears for a new San Fernando.

This was held during his fifth State of the City Address or "Ulat sa Bayan" attended by thousands of delegates from public and private sectors and local officials in the city.

Santiago said the new San Fernando concept sums up the mission to become a Dream City that is greener, livable, smart, sustainable and socially inclusive.

"This signifies our intent to bring in more dynamism in local governance and a call for the people to know that we are in the height of doing new things," he added.

The city mayor also cited the top priority projects including the rise of alternate urban centers and construction of a 7-hectare Special Economic Zone in Barangay Calulut.

Through a Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Santiago identified seven growth centers to decongest the existing central business district and enhance other activities in terms of food security, agri-industry, urban-rural linkages and mixed-use development.

"Sa atin, nakikita na ang buong probinsya ng Pampanga ay magiging Megalopolis. Dahil bilang sentro, tayo ang magiging lokasyon ng mga serbisyo. This will require us to take advantage of our proximity at the Clark International Airport and Subic Bay by being an active player in the Golden Triangle," he said.

He also pointed out the city's accomplishments for the year 2016 following the 10-point agenda under his administration.

In terms of Education, San Fernando was among the cities that has fully implemented the K-12 program of the National Government.

Fifteen school buildings (84 classrooms) which accommodate 43,200 students were built last year. While, additional 23 classrooms in different public schools were repaired and rehabilitated.

The employment rate of the city has also continued to increase through several job fairs conducted yearly.

Mayor EdSa proudly shared that in 2016, a total of 2,317 Fernandinos were hired through referrals, skills registry and job matching initiatives of the city.

Other highlights in his report were the city's initiatives on public order and safety, health and wellness, infrastructure, environment protection, tourist attraction, good governance, and investment promotions.

Santiago concluded by challenging every Fernandinos to "Think Big, Dream Big, and Work for it." He also asked the education sector to hone the younger generations to become the face of the new San Fernando by preparing them for life.
"Do things right for the benefit of our children. Sila ang mukha ng bagong Fernandino," he ended.

LGBT Members In CSF March Towards Equality [ Friday | 30th day of June, 2017 | 9 months ago ]

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) members and advocates in the City of San Fernando march through the downtown streets on Friday afternoon to reiterate their call for openness and equality.

Dubbed ‘LGBT Walk of Pride,' the participants wore shirts representing the rainbow colors of the LGBT movement and carried torches that symbolize hope and acceptance.

A short program also took part in front of the City Hall through the initiative of the Gender and Development and SIWALA organization.

The City Health Office gave tips on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and stressed the importance of voluntary HIV screening and testing in reducing the infection rate in the country.

This was followed by the ceremonial signing of Pledge of Support led by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago, GAD Focal Person Amalia Catacutan and this year's winners of Miss Gay Fernandino Festival Queen competition.

In her speech, GAD Focal Person Amalia Catacutan expressed her gratitude to the Fernandinos and delegates from other towns for actively joining their move to Gender equality.
"Natutuwa ako na marami ang nakiisa sa ating programa. Umaasa ako na sa pamamagitan ng mga ganitong aktibidad ay patuloy na nating makakamit ang pantay-pantay na pagtingin sa bawat kasarian," she added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said the main objective of the celebration of LGBT June Pride Month is to empower and uplift the image of those who belong in the third sex and further reduce stigma and discrimination among them.

"It is in this way that the local government shows its appreciation to the contributions of the LGBT community to the society. Let's stand together for their rights." he added.

SPES Grantees In CSF Receive Salaries [ Saturday | 17th day of June, 2017 | 9 months ago ]

The first batch of grantees under the City Government of San Fernando's Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) received their salaries on June 12aftercompleting their 22 days of service in different offices and departments in the City Hall.

Public Employment and Services Office Manager Donny Sayre said a total of 237 beneficiaries received P9, 460 each.
"This amount is very helpful to the students as it will be used for their school expenses.Weencourageour Fernandino youth to grab the opportunities given to them by the government," Sayre added.
In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago assured that the students also learned a lot especially in the field of public service.
He added that the program ensures to prepare students to be job-ready by providing them essential seminars and trainings.
"Our SPES grantees are now ready to face the real world because of the experiences they have. I hope that they will apply all theseonce they get employed." Santiago said.

Thousands Join Independence Day Commemoration In CSF [ Thursday | 15th day of June, 2017 | 9 months ago ]

Thousands of delegates from different public and private sectors in the province joined yesterday the City Government of San Fernando's commemoration of the 119th Philippine Independence Day.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago led the symbolical releasing of doves that signifies the country's freedom after a decade-long Spanish occupation. He was joined by the City Councilors, Pyestang Fernandino 2017 Executive Committee and Regional Directors from government agencies.

This was followed by a Civic Military Parade from the City Hall to Heroes Hall wherein cultural and religious festivals were represented.

The city officials also laid wreaths to the monuments of our National Heroes at the Heroes Hall.

During the program, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago challenged the Fernandinos to responsibly use the freedom our heroes fought for and keep the spirit of nationalism alive.
"Mga Kababayan, ngayon na hawak natin ang ating kalayaan, sama-sama tayo na maging sandigan ng isang malayang pamayanan," Santiago said.

He also expressed sympathy for the victims of attacks in Marawi and called for continuous prayers for peace in Lanao Del Sur and the entire country.

The city mayor furthered "Ngayon na ang ating bansa ay nasa estado ng kaguluhan sa Mindanao, lalo nating paigtingin ang pagpoprotekta sa ating kalayaan."

CSF Hosts Training For Drug Rehabilitation Practitioners [ Thursday | 15th day of June, 2017 | 9 months ago ]

As part of its continuous effort of spreading awareness about drug addiction treatment, the City Government of San Fernando conducted a two-day training-workshop on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing for Substance-Use Disorders: Hands on Assessment, Triage and Treatment in Community-Based Rehabilitation Centers.

The activity was realized through the initiative of the City Health Office, headed by Dr. Eloisa Aquino, in partnership with the Department of Health Region 3.

This was participated in by rehabilitation practitioners composed of nurses, doctors and social workers from Health Offices in different cities and municipalities in Central Luzon.

Aquino said the guest speakers are two notable professors from the University of Pennsylvania (Osteopathic Medicine) and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic.

"We have invited experts who can give us a clearer understanding on the rehabilitation process including Patient Psycho education; Epidemiology; and effective Coping Skills & Counselling, among others," she added.

CHO also reported that from December 2016 to present, an estimated of 150 suspected drug users have already undergone initial screening and counselling.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said this training is very timely and relevant as the city intensifies its anti-drug abuse campaigns aligned with the programs of the National Government.

"We are one in the thrust to eradicate substance abuse; we are one in believing that we can only be economically competitive if we have a strong and durable peace and order," Santiago added.

CSF Scholars Attends Disaster Preparedness Seminar [ Thursday | 8th day of June, 2017 | 9 months ago ]

Beneficiaries of the Educational Scholarship Assistance Program of the City Government of San Fernando attended a seminar on disaster preparedness as part of their community service.

The forum, conducted by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, was held for two days to accommodate all 2,074 college stduents from different schools in the city.
Jayson Caguiat, head of ESAP, said that aside from receiving cash assistance for their enrolment every semester, the beneficiaries should also voluntarily undergo trainings about disaster resiliency and recovery.
"Gusto natin sa syudad San Fernando na maging handa ang lahat sa oras ng ano mang sakuna o kalamidad. Maaaring magamit ng mga kabataang ito ang kanilang mga kaalaman sa oras na kailanganin ng sa gayon ay makatulong din sa komunidad," Caguiat added.
Another highlight of the program is the awarding of ESAP scholars who graduated in 2017 with Latin Honors.
Each of them received cash grants from the City Government headed by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago.
In his speech, Mayor Edsa said "education is the key for the progress of the city. Every Fernandino youth deserves to have an education, but unfortunately, not everyone can afford it. Since education is the administration's top priority, the city holds some programs like, Educational Scholarship Assistance Program to assist the students in their school expenses. "
"Ang susi para umunlad ang syudad ay ang edukasyon, pero hindi lahat ay may kakayahang makapag-aral, kaya naman angsyudad ay laging nakaalalay sa inyo upang ipagpatuloy ninyo ang inyong pag-aaral. Prayoridad ng syudad San Fernando ang edukasyon ng bawat isa." Santiago added.

CSF Slates Philippine Environment Month Activities [ Wednesday | 7th day of June, 2017 | 9 months ago ]

The month of June is focused on preserving and protecting Mother Earth as the City Government of San Fernando observes Philippine Environment Month with the theme "Connecting People to Nature."

This year's celebration kicked off June 5 which also marks World Environment Day.

Highlight of the activity is the presentation of the newly hailed Lakan ning Kalikasan Renver Ryan Sicat and Mutya ning Kalikasan Jhackie Brendan Garcia, respectively.

The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) will also hold City Solid Waste Management Board Meeting on June 8; City of San Fernando Water Resources Management Board Meeting on June 15; and Seminar on Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics and Household Products on June 20.

In an effort to improve the air quality in the city, there will be "Bantay Tambutso" Random Vehicle Testing along Jose Abad Santos Avenue Road on June 8 and 22.

This coming June 9, foreign guests will get the chance to attend a Plastic Bag Regulation Eco-tour.

On June 23, CENRO will host the Environment Month program featuring the Eco-Fashion Competition.

More than 1,500 seedlings will be planted during the citywide Arbor Day celebration on June 25.

This year's Barangays that demonstrated best practices on Ecological Solid Waste Management will be awarded on the 30th.

The celebration will culminate with a three-day Fernandino YES-O Network Environmental Youth Camp from July 7 to 9.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago encouraged every Fernandino to do their share in conserving the natural resources by participating in the different activities launched by CENRO.

"You can show your love for the environment even in the simplest ways like adopting the practice of reuse, reduce and recycle. The time to act is now," Santiago added.

CSF Recognizes Outstanding Fernandino Students [ Tuesday | 6th day of June, 2017 | 9 months ago ]

Some 600 Grade 6 students from both public and private schools in the City of San Fernando who graduated with highest honors, high honors and with honors in Academic Year 2016-2017 were recognized during the Mayor's Academic Excellence Award held June 3 at the Heroes Hall.

Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago, together with City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Imelda Macaspac, led the distribution of certificates and cash incentives to the oustanding students.

In his speech, Santiago lauded not only the students for their hardwork but also the parents for their unending support and sacrifices.

"Malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa inyong mga magulang dahil sa pagtataguyod ninyo sa pag-aaral ng inyong mga anak. At sa inyong kabataan, naniniwala ako na sa pamamagitan ng inyong galing at katalinuhan, kayo ang magtutuloy sa aming nasimulan." Santiago said.
Santiago also added that the City Government is always willing to help the students in their education since it is the administration's top priority.

"Walang nanunungkulan ang hindi gustong mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang ating mga anak, kaya naman asahan niyo na hangga't nandirito kami ay tutulungan namin kayo," Santiago said.

The recognition rites which now marks its third year was also attended by Assistant Schools Division Head Dr. Ronnie Mallari and Chief of School Governance and Operations Division Fernandina Otchengo.

CSF Celebrates LGBT Month For The First Time [ Tuesday | 6th day of June, 2017 | 9 months ago ]

In an effort to promote gender equality and social inclusiveness, the City Government of San Fernando kicked off today its very first celebration of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) June Pride Month.

This was realized through the initiative of the City's Gender and Development and SIWALA—a citywide LGBT organization, headed by Randy Ocampo, which was formed last year.

During a press conference, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said the celebration will give the members of LGBT the chance to reiterate their call for openness and acceptance while showcasing their talents as well.

"We want to develop a community that values respect for all. Each member of the society, regardless of gender, has his or her own skills and unique talents which greatly contribute to the city's prosperity," Santiago added.

The activities lined up for this month include an on-the-spot poster making, poetry writing and photography contest to be held on June 9. All entries for the said competition will then be exhibited at the SM Downtown from June 15 to June 29.

Everyone is encouraged to converge for the LGBT Walk of Pride on June 16.

On June 19, the city will hold a tribute program dubbed "Handog ng LGBT sa mga Fernandino: Libreng Pagpapapogi at Film showing para sa mga Kalalakihan."

A forum on Discrimination Amongst LGBT in the workplace will also be conducted on June 23.
To culminate the celebration, there will be a cultural night highlighting the LGBT Model of Excellence Award which will be followed by a theater play on June 29.

Mayor's Corner