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100 Fernandino Couples Wed In 'Kasalan King Balen' [ Wednesday | 15th day of February, 2017 | 8 months ago ]


Some 100 Fernandino couples were married for free in a mass ceremony dubbed ‘Kasalan king Balen’ on February 11 at the Mini Convention, Heroes Hall.

This event was held in line with the celebration of the 16th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando and in observance of the Civil Registration Month this February.

During the wedding rites officiated by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, he said that the "Kasalan king Balen" is conducted yearly to "help couples who want to have legitimate relationships but cannot afford the wedding expenses."

Aside from free rings, cakes and food packages, the city government also sponsored the issuance of marriage licenses and contracts.

"Hinihikayat din natin sila ng magparehistro ng tama hindi lang ng kanilang mga kasal kundi maging ng mga kapanganakan o kamatayan ng kanilang mga kapamilya," Santiago said.
Mayor Edsa also extended his congratulatory message to the couples and stressed that a successful marriage greatly contributes to the common good and the city’s prosperity.

"Ang masayang pagsasama ay sangkap ng isang matatag na pamilya na siya namang susi sa nagkakaisa at matagumpay na komunidad," Santiago added.

Also present during the event were Board Member Rosve Henson, Kaganapan 2017 Chairperson Robbie Hizon with co-chair Jun Pineda, Community Affairs Division Head Engr. Jose Diaz, City Civil Registrar Rimando Umali and representatives from the Philippine Statistics Authority and Lumina Homes.

Photo Captions:
KASALAN KING BALEN. Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago officiates the wedding of some 100 Fernandino couples during the annual kasalan King balen held February 11.
KASALAN KING BALEN. Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago poses in a photo opportunity with couples who were married free during the kasalan King balen held Saturday. With him are Community Affairs Division Head Engr. Jose Diaz, City Civil Registrar Rinmando Umali, Kaganapan 2017 vice chair Jun Pineda with Chairperson Robbie Hizon and representatives from Lumina Homes.


Female Employees In CSF Receives Valentine Treat [ Wednesday | 15th day of February, 2017 | 8 months ago ]


Female employees from the City Government of San Fernando received their early valentine treat during the program dubbed "Tribute to Women: Harana 2017" held February 13.

A total of 755 female personnel from the Local Government Unit (LGU) and attached agencies including Municipal Trial Court in Cities, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and Department of Education participated in the event.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago, Councilor Reden Halili, Kaganapan 2017 Chairperson Robbie Hizon and Co-Chairperson Jun Pineda led the distribution of roses and souvenir items.
Meanwhile, male department heads led by City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco also took part in serenading the women with various love songs.

"This annual gathering is our simple way of extending our gratitude for your hard work and dedication in public service while doing your personal duties as mothers and sisters to your families," Mayor EdSa said.

He added, "Being a woman is never easy but is something that you should be proud of because you contribute a lot in the community's success. Rest assured that the city will continue its programs aimed at empowering women."

Initiated by the Gender and Development in coordination with the City Human Resources and Development Office, the activity is held in line with the celebration of Kaganapan 2017.


CSF Holds Phil-China Traditional Cultural Fest [ Wednesday | 15th day of February, 2017 | 8 months ago ]


In an aim to strengthen amicable ties between Philippines and China, the City Government of San Fernando on Monday hosted the 17th annual Philippine-China Traditional Cultural Festival at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

The festival was jointly sponsored by the local government, through its City Tourism and Investment Promotions Office, Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc., Filipino Chinese Amity Club, Inc., and Quanzhon City Cultural Troupe.

Representatives from China have showcased their skills in acrobatics, martial arts or commonly known as Kung Fu and Marionette puppetry show.

Different genres of music and dances were also presented to the Kapampangan audience.
Meanwhile, Filipino performances included drum and lyre exhibition by the students from Pampanga High School and an instrumental presentation by Dolores Elementary School Rondangklung Ensemble.

The Holy Angel University dance theater also performed some of the popular dances in China including lion dance, fan dance and lantern dance.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago extended his warm gratitude to the Chinese partners for showing their rich culture and tradition to the Filipino community.

"This event is a celebration of friendship, between two countries, through a cultural show. We thank you for letting us see a glimpse of your beautiful tradition in China," Santiago added.
The Festival culminates the celebration of the 16th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando or Kaganapan 2017.


CSF Receives BUB Check From DTI For Investment Projects [ Wednesday | 15th day of February, 2017 | 8 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando receives from the Department of Trade and Industry a check amounting to P600, 000 which shall be utilized for proposed projects under the 2016 Bottom-up budgeting (BUB).

DTI Regional Director Judith Angeles and Pampanga Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio formally turned over the check to Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago, together with City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco during Monday's flag raising ceremony.

Mayor EdSa said the amount is intended for the Industry Clustering Development Program of the city that helps Fernandino entrepreneurs market their products into the local and national market.

"We will help our micro, small and medium enterprises sector in terms of product development and improvement as well as in the packaging of their locally produced items," Santiago added.

Also present during the awarding were City Investment and Promotions Office (CIPO) Officer-in-Charge Engr. Remedios Agoncillo, City Local Government Operations Officer Engr. Jose Algy Canlas, City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan, City focal person for DTI project Jeffrey Yutuc, DTI-BUB focal person Rhia Laxa and personnel from CIPO.


CCSFP Holds Human Rights Seminar For Teachers [ Wednesday | 15th day of February, 2017 | 8 months ago ]


The City College of San Fernando Pampanga on February 9 hosted a seminar dubbed ‘Teaching peace, human rights, and sustainable development in the 21st century' which was participated in by academic personnel from different colleges and universities in Central Luzon.

CCSFP Officer-in-charge Tricia Gayle Bondoc said the forum seeks to raise awareness on human rights and its importance for the protection of one's life, dignity and self development.

"Ito po yung napapanahon ngayon. As educators, we should know the rights of each individual and pass it on to the younger generation for them to avoid being discriminated or abused," she added.

Other topics discussed include the pedagody how to teach peace and the effective ways to involve the youth in addressing current social, economic and environmental issues.

For his part Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said that the academe serves as the key player in preparing the students for the real world.

"Everything starts with education. Here in the city, we place the highest premium on education because we believe that educated citizens are the key to the city's prosperity," said Mayor EdSa.


CSF Bags Excellence Award For Health [ Wednesday | 15th day of February, 2017 | 8 months ago ]


The Local Government of San Fernando was once again recognized by the Department of Health for its exemplary health care programs during the 5th Central Luzon Excellence Awards for Health held Thursday at the Royce Hotel Casino in Clark Freeport Zone.

This year, the city bagged the Outstanding Healthy Lifestyle Advocacy award which was received by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago, together with City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino and Rural Health Physician Dr. Emerito Mercado.


The award is given to LGUs that actively support and contribute to the ‘Pangkalahatan Kalusugan' program of DOH.


Mayor EdSa also signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the DOH Region 3, represented by Asec. Leonita Gorgolon, on the speedy implementation of the upgrading of health facilities in the city.


San Fernando is one of the eleven selected towns, in the province, to receive funds from the regional government in order to facilitate the construction of barangay health stations.


"This would be of great help as we continue to bring various government services down to the grass root level. Rest assured that we will prolong our commitment to provide quality healthcare programs to our constituency," Santiago said.


CSF Promotes Responsible Pet Ownership [ Wednesday | 8th day of February, 2017 | 8 months ago ]


The Local Government of San Fernando, through its City Agriculture and Veterinary Office, on Sunday hosted an activity aimed at promoting responsible pet ownership dubbed "Pet Mo, Show Mo."

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said this serves as a venue for Fernandino pet lovers to learn more about proper animal handling from experts and, at the same time, showcase their pets' skills.

"Our city offers various pet care services like free anti-rabies vaccination and quarterly deworming sessions," Santiago added.

He furthered "just like humans, pets also deserve to be taken care of. The way we treat our pets reflects the kind of person we are."

Out of 71 participants, the city recognized 12 owners whose pets outshined during the show.
The dogs owned by Joey Alcantara and June Pascual bagged the Most Friendly and Most Behave Pet, respectively. General Lansangan and Manuel De Jesus' pets, on the other hand, tied up in the Best Groomed Pet award.

Most Beautiful Pet is a Cane Corso dog owned by James Gopez while the Best Dressed Pet is Bernie Blim's German shepherd. Francis David with his Poodle won the award for Look Alike Pet.

A native pig owned by Ronaldo Media is this year's Most Clever Pet. Best in Talent is Francis Ocampo's German shepherd dog.

Most Exotic Pet is a Bearded Dragon owned by Arriane Tulabut. The Ugliest Pet award was given to Aaron Yusi with a French bulldog and Franco Nery, a Shar Pei dog owner.


Hundreds Hired On The Spot In CSF Job Fair [ Wednesday | 8th day of February, 2017 | 8 months ago ]


Some 117 applicants were hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) in a city job fair conducted by the local government of San Fernando at SM Downtown on Saturday.

The City Employment and Services Division, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, registered a total of 654 applicants coming from different barangays in the city and other neighboring towns.

CESD further reported that 22 companies participated in the event that produced a total of 1,845 local and 750 overseas job vacancies.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said this activity seeks to speed up the meeting of hiring companies or employers and qualified workers.

He also expressed his satisfaction with the results noting that this is just the first among four job fairs that will be hosted by the city this year.

"Taun-taon po ay nagkakaroon tayo ng apat na Job Fairs sa syudad. Simula pa lang po ito at sisikapin po naming makapaghandog ng mas marami pang trabaho at pangkabuhayan sa ating mga kababayan," he added.

Meanwhile, applicants who did not make it to the job fair are still encouraged to submit their resumes at the CESD or Public Employment Service Office located at the city hall.


Kapampangan Skills Showcased In CSF FAIR [ Tuesday | 7th day of February, 2017 | 8 months ago ]


Kapampangan's artistic and entrepreneurial skills were showcased during the City of San Fernando's FAIR (Food, Art, Industry, Recreation) held at the train station from February 3 to 5.

The three-day event was filled with various activities such as the trade fair which featured locally made products of some 30 exhibitors who are part of the ‘One Barangay One Product' program of the local government.

Meanwhile, artworks and masterpieces of 13 renowned artists in the province were put up on sale at a reasonable price.

As for the preservation of culture, the city also offered free Kalesa tours and visit at the historic train station.

Hundreds of young aspirants benefited in the free workshops on sketching, painting and kite-making.

Tourists and fairgoers were entertained with SineCabalen films aired in afternoons and the nightly musical show.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said "this event is a testament of how talented and skilful Kapampangan people are."

"We will continue to host similar programs as we strive to become the center for Kapampangan culture, heritage, culinary and arts," he added.

The City FAIR highlights this year's celebration of the 16th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando dubbed Kaganapan 2017.


CSF Conducts Bloodletting Program [ Thursday | 2nd day of February, 2017 | 9 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga, headed by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, collected 50 units of blood from donors in a blood-letting program conducted at the City Hall Atrium on February 2 in partnership with Philippine Red Cross.

The "Dugo Ko, Karugtong ng Buhay Mo!", a program in line with San Fernando's 16th Cityhood Anniversary this month, was organized by the City Health Office to provide Fernandino patients access to blood.

CHO reported that hundreds of patients have already benefitted from the collected blood under the program since its launching in 2013.

These were patients infected with dengue, suffering in cancer, and even those who undergo surgical operations.

Among those who supported the program were employees of the City Hall, personnel from the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire and Protection, and other government agencies.

Mayor Santiago hailed the blood donors for their support and praised them for their noble deed giving blood so others may live.

"You are all heroes for being an instrument to save others' lives" he added.


CSF Recognizes Teachers' Heroism [ Tuesday | 31st day of January, 2017 | 9 months ago ]


The Local Government of San Fernando, in partnership with the Department of Education, recognized some 282 retired teachers for their acts of heroism as educators and as Fernandino citizens.

During the tribute activity held January 30 at the Benigno Aquino Hall, the teachers received Certificates of Recognition and cash allowances from the government.

253 of the awardees are those who have been detained and maltreated in the 1980 local elections while the 29 recipients are retirees of calendar year 2016.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said the teachers deserve to be awarded for their invaluable sacrifices during their stint as public school teachers, thus contributing to the progress and development of the community.

"This is our way of expressing gratitude to all the hardworking teachers who relentlessly shared their knowledge and wisdom to their beloved students. Part of what we are and what we have today are results of the work and struggle of our second parents," Santiago added.

Also present during the program were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor BJ Lagman, and personnel from the City Schools Division of San Fernando.

This serves as the kick off activity for the 16th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando or Kaganapan 2017.


CSF Launches Kaganapan 2017 [ Tuesday | 31st day of January, 2017 | 9 months ago ]


Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago led today the launching of the calendar of activities for the celebration of the 16th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando or Kaganapan 2017.

Themed "King KAGANAPAN na ning taguimpan, king balang takbang agnan-agnan", this year's celebration, according to Mayor Santiago, will highlight activities that will tell the transformation of the then Municipality of San Fernando into the Regional Center of North Luzon today.

"The development that we enjoy today is a product of the collective effort of the government and the private sector. Whatever we have today, we owe it to the people" said Mayor Santiago during a press conference held at the City Hall.

On February 1, the City Environment and Natural Resources Office will lead a citywide clean-up day. This will be participated in by City Hall employees and representatives from other government agencies.

A Bloodletting Activity will be organized by the City Health Office at the City Hall on February 2.

Highlighting the Kaganapan 2017 celebration is the City FAIR (Food, Arts, Industry, and Recreations) that will be held from February 3-5 at the City Train Station. Among these events include Opening of Trade Fair and Art Exhibit Selling; PHS Drum and Lyre performance; FREE Kalesa Tours; Basic Art Workshop by Mr. Noel Catacutan; SineCabalen-Showing of Kapampangan Indie Films; Kapampangan Cultural Night ft. Dos Palikeros and Ara Muna; live band concert; and colorful display of fireworks.

Hundreds of Fernandino cyclists are also expected to participate during a Cycling Caravan on February 4.

On the same day, a Thanksgiving Mass shall also be celebrated at the Metropolitan Cathedral. This will be followed by the Kaganapan City Job Fair in SM San Fernando Downtown.

Pet lovers from the city and nearby places will gather during the Pet Mo Show Mo event at the San Fernando Train Station on February 5.

The Annual Palarong Empleyado of the City Government will kick-off today February 6. Four teams are competing this year in the following events: Basketball, Volleyball Men, Badminton, Bowling, among others.

The City College of San Fernando, in partnership with the Association of Local Colleges and Universities, will hold a conference on Teaching Peace, Human Rights and Sustainable Development in the 21st Century this February 9.

The city will also sponsor the marriage of 100 couples during the Kasalan Balen on February 11.

As a pre-valentine gift to female city hall employees, a Harana Para sa Kababaihan event shall be held at the Heroes Hall (February 13).

An acrobatic show that will be performed by the Philippine-China Traditional Cultural group will cap the Kaganapan 2017.

San Fernando officially became a component city on February 4, making it the 99th city in the Philippines.

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