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Fernandinas Join KALIPI Organization [ Tuesday | 26th day of September, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]


Members of the Kalipunan Ng Mga Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) in the City of San Fernando attend a general orientation at the Heroes Hall on September 22.

Some 350 women in the City of San Fernando are now members of the Kalipunan Ng Mga Liping Pilipina (KALIPI), the first mandated women's organization under the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

During the general orientation, CSWD Officer Iris Biliwang said the group consists of solo parents, beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and the marginalized sector.

"KALIPI seeks to articulate the aspirations of women and work for the promotion of their rights and equality. Through this, we want to actualize women's potentials for leadership and action," she added.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed the importance of creating an organization that focuses in protecting the rights and providing essential programs for the women's sector in the city.

"Here in San Fernando, we make sure that women are valued equally with men because we believe that they play a crucial role in nation building," Santiago added.

Also present during the activity was Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin who highlighted the city's agenda to support women empowerment.
Meanwhile, the KALIPI members also received household kits from the local government.


2,200 Job Vacancies Opens In CSF Job Fair 2017 [ Tuesday | 26th day of September, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]


Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago leads the ceremonial ribbon cutting for the formal opening of San Fernando City Job Fair 2017 held on September 22 at SM City Pampanga. Joining him are Dole Pampanga Chief Arlene Tolentino and Assistant Mall Manager of SM City Pampanga, Jerwin Jalandoni.

A total of 2,200 job vacancies were opened to hundreds of job seekers during the San Fernando- City Job Fair 2017 spearheaded by the Local Government of San Fernando through its City Employment Services Division in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and SM City Pampanga held on September 22 at the said mall.
More than 500 applicants have flocked in the job fair and 43 companies participated, comprising of 37 local companies and 6 for overseas.

City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Donny Sayre said that this will be the third job fair of the city for this year.
"Hindi natin tatapusin ang taong ito na hindi tayo magsasagawa ng job fair sa ganitong buwan. Lalo na't magpa-pasko na, kaya naman napakahalaga na magkaroon ng kabuhayan ang bawat isa. Sana marami ang ma hired-on-the spot sa inyo, kaya pagbutihan ninyo." Sayre added.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago encouraged all unemployed individuals to come and participate in the city job fair and look for brighter opportunities that will fit to their skills. Thus, to improve their quality of life.
"Sa pamamagitan ng PESO ng Syudad San Fernando, ay taon-taon tayong nagsasagawa ng mga job fair para masiguro na ang lahat ng Fernandino ay magkaroon ng trabaho. Sinisiguro nating madaming kumpanya ang makikilahok, dahil naniniwala ako na kapag maraming kumpanya, ay malaki din ang chance na marami ang mabibigyan ng trabaho." Santiago said.

The city mayor also ensured, that the city government will always support and help the Fernandinos in creating livelihood opportunities, since it is one of the administration's priority.
Also present during the job fair were Dole Pampanga Chief Arlene Tolentino and Assistant Mall Manager of SM City Pampanga, Jerwin Jalandoni.


CSF Promotes Good Parenting [ Tuesday | 26th day of September, 2017 | 3 weeks ago ]


PTA Officers of Daycare Centers in the City of San Fernando attend the Parents' Committee Orientation on Early Childhood Care and Development Programs (ECCD) spearheaded by the City Social Welfare and Development Office on September 19 at the Heroes Hall.

To further promote good parenting, parent-teacher association (PTA) officers from different Daycare Centers in the City of San Fernando attend a Parents' Committee Orientation on Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Programs on September 19 at the Heroes Hall.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Iris Biliwang said the aim of this activity is to raise awareness on early learning programs among the children to help them prepare in formal schooling, strengthen the role of parents as the educators of their children, refresh last year's accomplishments, and update the PTA Officers on recent ECCD plans and programs.

"Nandirito kayong lahat upang mas maragdagan pa ang inyong mga kaalaman sa pagtuturo ng values sa mga bata. Sa kanilang murang edad, napakahalaga na mayroong gumagabay sa kanila para sa paglaki nila, naiintindihan nila kung ano ang tama at mali," Biliwang added.

During the orientation, ECCD Coordinator Avigail Palanca, discussed the principles and policies of child development and learning. She stressed that children's development follows a definite pattern and predictable sequence.

"Hindi instant ang pagpapalaki ng bata, dinadaan lahat yan sa proseso. Ang bata kasi, hindi mo maiiwan ng nakaupo lamang sa loob ng limang minuto, kaya kailangan paunti-unti natin silang turuan ng mga tamang asal para mas lalo nilang maintindihan. Pero lagi nating isaalang-alang ang physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspect nila kasi dun nagsisimula ang pagbuo ng kanilang personalidad," Palanca said.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago said raising a child is one of the most challenging job. Thus, he lauded the parents for their efforts and sacrifices to raise a well-mannered Fernandino.
"Napakahalaga na ang mga magulang mismo ang humubog sa pagkatao ng kanilang mga anak. Habang bata pa sila turuan na natin sila ng mga values na dadalhin nila hanggang sa kanilang paglaki. Ang kanilang magagandang asal at gawain ay isang malaking kontribusyon sa pagkakaroon ng maunlad at mapayapang syudad," Santiago added


11 Barangays Join Giant Lantern Festival 2017 [ Monday | 25th day of September, 2017 | 4 weeks ago ]


Eleven barangays will compete for the City of San Fernando's Giant Lantern Festival 2017 to be held on December 16 at the Robinsons Starmills.

This was announced Monday by GLF 2017 Chairperson Gil Cortez during the launching of the 100 Days of Giant Lanterns in the country's Christmas capital.

The participating barangays are Calulut, Del Pilar, first-timer Del Rosario, Pandaras, San Jose, San Juan, San Nicolas, Sindalan, Sta. Lucia, Sto. Nino and Telabastagan.

"We welcome all of you in this grand event that is not a mere competition or attraction but a symbol of hope and perseverance of a united community. This is the essence of the Fernandino spirit," Cortez added during his speech.

During the program, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago together with Cortez, GLF Foundation Incorporated President Bong Mah and Councilors Harvey Quiwa and BJ Lagman also awarded each barangay a subsidy of P190, 909.09.

The executive committee reiterated that all giant lantern entries must measure 20 feet and shall not use more than 10,000 bulbs.

Mayor EdSa said more number of tourists are expected to flock this year considering the expanded lot venue which can accommodate an additional 6,000 persons.

Robinsons Land Corporation and CLTV 36 also entered into an agreement to help in the promotion of the festival through GLF caravan and tours in other Robinsons malls and exclusive media coverage.

"Malaki ang kontribusyon ng taunang pagdiriwang na ito sa pagkakakilanlan ng ating syudad at sa mahabang kultura at tradisyon ng mga Fernandino, hindi lamang sa buong Pilipinas kundi maging sa buong mundo. Makakaasa po kayo na patuloy naming mas pagagandahin at paghuhusayan ang ipinagmamalaki nating Giant Lantern Festival," Santiago added.


Pampanga Agricultural Extension Workers' Congress Held In CSF [ Tuesday | 19th day of September, 2017 | 1 month ago ]


Agricultural Extension Workers from different cities and municipalities in the province attended this year's Pampanga Agricultural Extension Worker's Congress on September 14 which was spearheaded by the Provincial Government of Pampanga in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Region 3.

Dubbed "Kaagapay ng mga Magsasaka sa Kaunlaran," the said congress aims to strengthen the knowledge of the Agricultural Extension Workers so they can help and assist the farmers by informing them on the agricultural practices and the innovations on farming methods.
In her opening remarks, City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay stressed the annual gathering serves as a venue to discuss the plans and programs of different agriculture offices in the province.
"Napakainam na kahit sa isang araw lang ay magkita-kita tayo dito sa congress. Tayo po kasi, even in the midst of calamities ay kailangan natin magtrabaho at mag monitor kung ano man yung mga damages para makagawa ng paraan ang gobyerno kung kailangan mag import upang masuplayan ng pagkain ang lahat," she added.
Sangumay furthered "Sa pamamagitan nito, nalalaman natin kung ano ang mga programa ng DA ng sa ganon ay aware tayong lahat at pwede nating ibahagi at gawin ito sa ating kani-kaniyang lugar."
In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago expressed his gratitude to the Provincial Government of Pampanga for conducting the congress in the city. He also lauded the efforts and the dedication of the Agricultural Extension Workers for helping the farmers in achieving food security and increasing agricultural productivity.
"Malaki ang naiaambag ng bawat munisipyo sa progresibong paglago ng agrikultura sa ating lugar. Kaya't nais din ng syudad San Fernando na patatagin ang pribado at pampublikong ugnayan sa bawat isa. Kailangan natin magtulungan upang mapalakas natin ang ating kakayahang makipagtagisan sa larangang pandaigdigan o global competitiveness ng ating agricultural sector," Santiago said.


San Fernando Hosts CSC's Concert For A Cause [ Tuesday | 19th day of September, 2017 | 1 month ago ]


In line with the celebration of the 117th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, the Civil Service Commission Field Office Pampanga in partnership with the City Government of San Fernando conducted a concert for a cause on September 15 at the Heroes Hall.

Dubbed "Sayaw at Awit ng mga Lingkod Bayani," the activity was attended by council of Personnel Officers and Local Government Unit employees of Pampanga who paid 100 pesos each for the tickets. The proceeds will go to the soldiers of Marawi and Munting Tahanan ng Nazareth, a home for the poor and people with special needs in Mabalacat City.

Highlight of the activity is "The Voice of Lingkod Bayani," wherein six contenders from different municipalities showcased their talents in beating the high notes including CSF's bet Jean Paula Lingat who bagged the 2nd place.

The City Choir of San Fernando and City College of San Fernando Dance Troupe also performed intermission numbers.

CSC Field Office Pampanga Director Dulce Cochon expressed her gratitude to the San Fernando LGU for putting in their efforts to make the event possible and successful.

She also lauded the civil servants for their outstanding contributions in the public service and encouraged them to do what is right to better serve the people towards development.

"Pag-igihan pa sana natin ang ating trabaho upang makapaghatid tayo ng maayos na serbisyo sa ating kapwa," Cochon said.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago said the concert clearly manifests the civil servants' act of "malasakit" to the public especially to those who are in need.

"You play an integral part in the society in achieving accountability, transparency and efficient government. Kaisa din namin kayo sa pagtugon sa pangangailangan ng ating kapwa. Sa lahat ng inyong gagawin, laging isaalang-alang ang kapakanan ng bawat isa at inyong pairalin ang pagkakaroon ng malasakit sa bayan," Santiago added.


LGU Employees In CSF Run Towards Healthy Lifestyle [ Tuesday | 19th day of September, 2017 | 1 month ago ]


Around 100 employees in the local government of San Fernando participated in the "Takbo Kawaning Fernandino Year 4" held September 14 in line with the city's celebration of the 117th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary.

Open to both male and female, the run was divided into three age groups namely A: 20 to 30 years old, B: 31 to 40 years old, and C: 41 years old and above. Its categories include 3k and 5k.

Winners in the 5k race for male category were Erwin Manese (A), Jayson Mallari (B), and Jason Caguiat (C). For the 3k race, the winners were Mark Alvin Salvador (B) and Albert Mayled (C).

For the 5k race for female category, the top finishers were Nori Amargo (A), Jenelyn Gantan (B) and Rowena Esguerra (C). While Joanna Aquino and Rosanna Laconico were awarded for topping the list for 3k's B and C categories, respectively.

All those who made it in the top 15 finishers per category also received cash prizes from the local government.

During the program, City Human Resource Development Officer Rachelle Yusi said the activity seeks to promote healthy lifestyle as well as build camaraderie which are essential keys in a workplace.

"Enjoy this day and grab the chance to bond and know more about your colleagues in the city hall premises," Yusi added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" lauded the employees for marking the success of the activity and stressed that this is a good indication of unity among employees.

"It is important that government employees work together towards a common goal because this also reflect their efficiency as public servants," Santiago said.


CSF Strengthens Barangay Anti Drug-Abuse Council [ Wednesday | 13th day of September, 2017 | 1 month ago ]


In its quest for a drug-free city, the Local Government of San Fernando, in partnership with the Philippine National Police and Department of the Interior and Local Government, conducted a "Roll-out training on strengthening of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC)."

Highlight of the activity is the discussion of the city's anti-illegal drugs campaign, short briefing on the composition; roles and responsibilities; and powers and functions of the BADAC and the revised guidelines in the conduct of barangay drug clearing operations.

These were tackled by City Police Chief for Operations P/Insp. Louie Sason, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Representative Glenn Guillermo, City Local Government Operations Officer Algy Canlas and Rural Health Physician Dr. Carlos Mercado.

Also present during the program were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Chief of Police P/Supt. Roland Agohob, Chief of Staff Engr. Remedios Agoncillo and Social Welfare Officer Canneth Mangalus.

Agohob said that despite their continuous efforts and coordination with other concerned agencies, drug related cases that lead to multiple crime incidents have been lingering in the community.

"We need the help of the grassroot level because they have a crucial involvement in the pre, during, and post operations to curb illegal drugs and other substances," Agohob added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed the need to constantly revitalize the BADAC because as the first line of defense, they must be active in leading the fight against illegal drugs in their respective areas.

"The local government is in full support of this campaign. Thus, we want to empower the BADAC as well as emphasize their principal responsibilities to help us improve the peace and order situation in our beloved city," Santiago said.


Mayor EdSa: Government Employees Are Modern Heroes [ Wednesday | 13th day of September, 2017 | 1 month ago ]


Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago lauded the employees of the local government unit of San Fernando by calling them ‘modern heroes' in the society during the city's kick-off celebration of the 117th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary on Monday.

"We join the annual celebration to recognize the employees' contributions in the pursuit of a transparent and efficient government. May this also serve as a reminder for all of us to continue manifesting the act of "malasakit" to the public," Mayor EdSa added.

For her part, City Human Resource Development Officer Rachelle Yusi presented this year's calendar of activities which started with the ceremonial awarding of health cards to permanent employees.

"The City Government has partnered with the Philippine British Assurance Company not only to secure the employees' emergency care and hospitalization but to promote health and wellness among all public servants in the city. Each employee is entitled of a maximum benefit limit of P220,000," Yusi said.

Other lined up activities include the Takbo Kawaning Fernandino Year 4 on September 13 wherein the first 150 finishers of different categories will receive cash prizes.

This will be followed by a concert for a cause dubbed "Hataw at Awit ng mga Lingkod Bayani" on September 15.

All proceeds will go to the soldiers of Marawi and Munting Tahanan ng Nazareth, a home for the poor and disabled located in Mabalacat City.

There will also be a Strategic Planning cum Team Building of Skilled and Technical Personnel on September 16.

On the 20th, the city choir will showcase Fernandino talent during the 2017 Government Choral Competition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City.

Birthday celebrators for the months of July to September will have their Values Alignment Course on September 22.

The exceptionally hardworking servants and those who devoted long service will also be recognized thorough the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) on September 25 to be followed by the Loyalty Awards on September 28.


Book On Fernandino Heroine Launched [ Wednesday | 13th day of September, 2017 | 1 month ago ]


In celebration of this year's Women's Week, the City Government of San Fernando, through its City Tourism Office, launched on Monday a book about the life of Fernandinoheroine NicolasaDayrit-Panlilio.

City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan said the launching of the book entitled "Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio: Ing Bayaning Fernandino" is also one of the activities of the 143rd birth anniversary of Nicolasa, a revolutionary nurse and member of La Junta Patriotica de San Fernando.

Pangilinan added that the book was hailed as the winner in the Nicolasa Dayrit Book Writing Competition (Small Book Category) conducted in 2012.

The 12-page book was written in Kapampangan and illustrated by Ms. Nancy Tolentino, a master teacher from the City Schools Division of San Fernando who is currently designated as the OIC Assistant Principal of Malpitic Integrated School.

The book also contains English translation by Dr. Fernandina Otchengco, Chief of School Governance and Operations Division of DepED.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said the lives of local heroes who have greatly contributed in the history should never be forgotten and must be imparted to the youth particularly the millennials and xennials.

"As first of its kind, this book will tell in details the life of a great woman, her untold stories, her sacrifices and contributions to free our country. I enjoin educators, parents and Fernandinos to mold the values of the future generation through this inspiring true story of bravery and heroism," he added.

Women's Week 2017 Chairperson Dr. Leticia Yap, confirmed in a press conference, that the life of Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio will be part of the curriculum of students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 starting this year.

Meanwhile, series of storytelling in different day care centers and public schools in the city have been initiated on September 4.


Fernandinas Undergo Training On Weaving, Welding [ Wednesday | 13th day of September, 2017 | 1 month ago ]


About 50 members of different women's organization in the City of San Fernando attended the two-day "Water Hyacinth Basket Training" from September 7 to 8 as part of Women's Week 2017 celebration.

The activity was organized by the City Investment and Promotions Office (CIPO), in partnership with the provincial offices of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Present during the opening ceremony were CIPO Project Development Officer Jeffrey Yutuc, DTI Pampanga Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio, TESDA Pampanga Supervising TESD Specialist Jenica Dunglao, DOST Pampanga Representative Jesili Reyes and JCE Advance Assessment Center Manager JB Estabillo.

Yutuc said the training involves weaving using dried water lilies and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) or tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, a process commonly used in making baskets and furniture.

"Mahalaga na pareho nilang alam ang dalawang proseso na ito para makatapos ng isang produkto. Tiniyak namin na ligtas itong gawin at hindi delikado para sa mga kababaihan," Yutuc added.

Ordonio, for her part, lauded the local government of San Fernando for actively hosting livelihood trainings for its constituents. She stressed the urgency of having new trained weavers considering the growth of basket industry in the country.

"We continue to gain recognitions because of our quality outputs; so we are currently partnering with businesses and malls that can help us market our products both local and abroad," Ordonio said.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago also thanked all involved agencies for their tireless support to promote productivity and efficiency among Fernandinos. He said these initiatives also boost women entrepreneurship which plays a critical role in economic development.

"Sa ating patuloy na pagkakaisa ay mas maraming kababayan ang natutulungan natin sa pagkakaroon ng sariling kabuhayan na siyang susi sa hinahangad nating kaunlaran," Santiago furthered.


School, Barangay Disaster Response Teams In CSF Test Skills In Disaster Volunteers Capability Assessment [ Wednesday | 6th day of September, 2017 | 1 month ago ]


Disaster teams of ten different schools and four barangays in the City of San Fernando put their preparedness skills on test during the 2nd CSF Community Disaster Volunteers Capability Assessment held September 1 at the Heroes Hall.

The activity was realized through the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in partnership with the Department of Education Division of City of San Fernando and Philippine Red Cross Pampanga-Angeles City Chapter.

Present during the activity were City Administrator's Office Engr. Fernando Limbitco and Chapter Manager of the Philippine Red Cross Pampanga-Angeles City Chapter Augusto Ocampo.

Consist of two categories namely Barangay and School, the 14 teams competed in different activities such as information education; bandaging relay; lifting and moving relay and situational analysis. Each group was also rated based on their preparedness capability, knowledge of handling and using disaster equipment and teamwork.

CDRRM Officer Raymond Del Rosario said the annual activity seeks to develop the skills of the participants to help them lead during disaster as well as to raise awareness on the importance of disaster preparedness and resiliency.

"Ang mga kalamidad at sakuna ay walang pinipiling oras at panahon, kaya naman napakahalaga na ang bawat isa sa atin ay may sapat na kaalaman patungkol sa mga tamang gawain sa pagreresponde," Del Rosario said.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said that the local government cannot do it all alone. Thus, he is encouraging every Fernandino to be prepared at all times so as to lessen fear, anxiety and the damaging effects of calamities and disasters.

"Dapat lagi tayong handa sa ano mang sakuna na pwedeng tumama sa atin kaya naman aming pinalalakas ang kakayahan ng lahat ng paaralan at barangay dito sa ating syudad dahil sila ang kasangga ng CDRRMO sa pagresponde. Sa mga ganitong pagkakataon kailangan ding manaig ang pagkakaisa," Santiago said.

Meanwhile, Brgy. Del Rosario was awarded as champion and also received special awards such as the Early Bird, Best in Bandaging Relay and Best in Lifting and Moving Relay. Brgy. Sindalan was hailed as 1st runner up followed by Brgy. San Juan (2nd runner up) who also won the Best in Information Education and Best in Situational Awareness award for the barangay category.

For the second time in a row, the Information Communication Technology High School was awarded as the champion for the school category. It also received special awards like Best in Information Education, Best in Bandaging Relay, Best in Lifting and Moving Relay and Best in Situational Awareness.

Meanwhile, Panipuan High School was awarded as 1st runner up followed by Lyndale Academy (2nd runner up) with an Early Bird Award.

Best in Uniform award were given to Brgy Sto Nino and Sindalan High as respectively.

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