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Mayor EdSa Celebrates Birthday By Giving Services To Fernandinos [ Monday | 25th day of June, 2018 | 4 weeks ago ]


“Hayaan niyong masuklian ko ang
inyong walang sawang suporta at pag-alalay sa akin sa pagtataguyod ko ng
progresibong Syudad, kaya naman buong puso akong nagpapasalamat sa inyo at
buong galak ko din ipinamamahagi ang mga biyaya na ipinagkaloob sa akin ng Panginoon,”
Mayor
Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago said during his birthday speech on June 21, 2018. 


With
a heart full of love, compassion, and gratitude, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago
celebrated his 61st birthday with a theme “Handog Pasasalamat sa
Kaarawan ni Mayor EdSa” wherein various social services were offered to
Fernandinos.

In
an aim to promote healthy living and environment conservation, the celebration
was kicked off by simultaneous health and wellness activities.

The
“Padyak para sa Kalusugan at Kalikasan” program took place early in the morning
at WalterMart which participated by some cyclists from different bikers’
association in the city and neighboring towns.

While,
members of the CSF Knights joined the Fun Run starting at City Hall up to San
Pedro Cutud. This was followed by a thanksgiving mass at the San Pedro Cutud
Chapel which was attended by Santiago and his family, friends, and some CSF-LGU
department heads.

Highlight
of the celebration was the “EdSa Barangay Day” at San Pedro Cutud wherein
residents of the said barangay availed the social services given by the local
government such as; medical/dental services, laboratory checkup, distribution
of Philhealth Application form, scholarship application, among others.

Distribution
of school supplies to the students of San Pedro, Cutud Elementary School was
also conducted.

Senior
citizens are really closed to Mayor EdSa’s heart, that is why he conducted a
gift-giving” ceremony  to the senior
citizens from Sta Lucia and San Nicolas wherein they received groceries and
transportation allowance.

Meanwhile,
jobseekers not only in the City of San Fernando but also in neighboring towns
had an opportunity to look for a good job during the “City Job Fair” which was spearheaded
by the Public Employment Services Division in partnership with the Department of
Trade and Industry Region 3, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration
(POEA), and SM City Downtown.

A
total of twenty (20) companies participated in the said fair, comprising of
four (4) overseas and sixteen (16) local companies.

The
city mayor aims to provide and open up careers for everyone, for them to face
life with dignity and responsibility.

“Ang aking hangarin ay sana mabigyan
pa ako ng lakas at tibay ng loob upang maipagpatuloy ang aking nasimulan,
sama-sama nating abutin ang kaunlaran dito sa Syudad San Fernando, muli
maraming salamat po,”
Santiago ended.























 


DSWD Launches Unconditional Cash Transfer Program In CSF [ Wednesday | 20th day of June, 2018 | 4 weeks ago ]


The City of San Fernando was chosen as the pilot city for the implementation of the Unconditional Cash Transfer or Tax Reform Cash Transfer (UCT/TRCT) Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in coordination with Land Bank of the Philippines.


On Friday, a total of 733 social pensioners in the city received 2,400 pesos each, equivalent to 200 pesos per month, as initial cash grants for the first year of the said program.


The beneficiaries will receive an increased subsidy of 3,600 pesos in 2019 and 2020 or 300 pesos per month.


DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo said the UCT/TRCT is a component of the national government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) that seeks to help the poor to cope with its economic impact.


“Gusto nating awatan ng kaunti ang epekto nung nagbagong presyo ng bilihin at makatulong sa senior citizens. Hindi man ito malaking halaga, ang hinihingi namin ay paunmanhin at sana makatulong ito sa inyong araw-araw na pangangailangan,” she added.


In his speech, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago expressed his gratitude to the national government for choosing the Fernandinos as the first beneficiaries of the said program which is truly helpful.


“Labis akong nagagalak sa mainit na suporta ng pamahalaan sa mga programa natin para sa mga mahihirap at nakatatanda. Nagkakaisa kami sa hangarin na maiangat ang antas ng pamumuhay ng bawat Pamilyang Pilipino,” he added.


LGBT Mardi Gras Parade Takes Place In CSF [ Thursday | 14th day of June, 2018 | 1 month ago ]


Creativity and uniqueness were proudly displayed in the City of San Fernando as the members of the LGBT community walked in the city streets wearing their Mardi Gras-themed costume during the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Rainbow Pride March on June 8, 2018.


The activity is in line with the celebration of LGBT June Pride Month spearheaded by the city's Gender and Development, and citywide LGBT organization SIWALA (voice) that aims to promote gender equality and to openly accept the LGBT community in the society.

In his opening remarks, Randy Ocampo, Siwala Organization President expressed his gratitude to the city government of San Fernando for always supporting and recognizing the good deeds of the LGBT community.

"Nararamdaman talaga namin na kami ay buong-buong tinatanggap dito sa Syudad San Fernando at itinuturing bilang isang Fernandino na may dignidad sa buhay. Kaya naman lagi kong sinasabi na walang masama sa pagiging LGBT basta't wala kang ginagawa na ikasisira ng iyong imahe bilang isang Fernandino,"Ocampo said.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa' Santiago hopes that the annual celebration of LGBT June Pride Month in the city will serve as an eye-opener to everyone to ensure that LGBT members are treated equally.

“Napakahalaga na ang bawat Fernandino ay nagkakaisa sa kabila ng pagkakaiba-iba. Dahil layunin ng Syudad na mapalaganap ang pagkakapantay-pantay. Naglulunsad tayo ng mga ganitong aktibidad upang mas lalo pa nating maipadama ang pagmamahal, suporta at higit sa lahat ang respeto sa ating mga kapatid na LGBT,” Santiago said. 

Meanwhile, participants from the different barangays of the city who have creative and extra-ordinary costume were recognized. These were from Brgy. Dolores, Malpitic, and Calulut.

Also joining the LGBT Rainbow Pride March were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilor Angie Hizon, Gender and Development Focal Person Amalia Catacutan, and some city department heads.


Traffic Enforcer In CSF Apprehends Pickpocket Suspect [ Thursday | 14th day of June, 2018 | 1 month ago ]


Roderick Miranda, a dedicated traffic enforcer of the City of San Fernando under the Public Order and Safety Coordinating Office was commended for his courageous act in the immediate arrest and apprehension of a pickpocket suspect for allegedly taking the cellphone of a citizen along Mc-Arthur highway, Brgy. San Agustin held on May 30, 2018.


Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors Angie Hizon, Ayzel Macalino and Nelson Lingat, City Human Resource and Development Officer Rachelle Yusi and OIC-City Administrator Engr. Michael Quizon led the awarding of certificate of commendation to Miranda during Monday’s flag raising ceremony.

The City Government’s agenda ‘Kapayapaan at Kaayusan ay Makakamtan sa Nagkakaisa at Disiplinadong Mamamayan’ was achieved through the dedication and commitment of Miranda into his service.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago thanked and congratulated Miranda for his hardwork and determination to his duty. He hopes that the traffic enforcer will serve as an inspiration to others to do good for their fellowmen, for the betterment of the city.

“Tunay ngang Fernandino ing mumuna at Fernandino ing manimuna sa pagtataguyod ng malasakit sa kapwa. Kaya naman, hinihikayat ko kayong lahat na ipagpatuloy ang inyong magagandang gawain upang sama-sama nating maabot ang kaunlaran at pagkakaisa dito sa Syudad San Fernando,” Santiago said.


CSF Joins Nation In 120th Philippine Independence Day Celebration [ Wednesday | 13th day of June, 2018 | 1 month ago ]


Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago led the City Government of San Fernando as it joined the nation in celebrating the 120th Philippine Independence Day at the Heroes Park and Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center, respectively.

Some monuments of national and local heroes built at the Heroes Park, including Dr. Jose Rizal’s and Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos’ were wreath-laid by Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors, Region 3 government agencies’ regional directors, Military and Uniformed Contingents, CSF-LGU department heads, and members of non-government organizations.

Delegates of the wreath-laying ceremonies also graced the Civic Military Parade followed by the Flag Raising ceremony and a short program held at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

During his speech, Santiago highlighted that in CSF, independence equates to the idea that Fernandinos should freely avail the services of the city, such as education, employment, and investment opportunities which could improve their living.

“Dapat lamang na malayang makatanggap ng mga serbisyo ang mga Fernandino. Dapat lamang na ang bawat buwis na pumapasok sa ating gobyerno ay mapalitan ng dekalidad na serbisyo. Dedikasyon natin na malayang makapag-aral, makapag-trabaho, at makapamuhunan ang Fernandinos sa syudad- yan ang tunay na kahulugan ng kalayaan,” said Santiago.

In addition, Santiago expressed that apart from providing social services, the city aims for great solidarity through giving every Fernandino a chance to voice out their concerns and to express their ideals for the common good.

“Ang kalayaan ay produkto ng pagkakaisa at ang pagkakaisa ay matatamasa kung hahayaan nating maisambit ng bawat Fernandino sa ating mga nanunungkulan at empleyado ang kanilang hinaing at kanilang ideya para sa ikakabuti ng nilalahat,” added Santiago.

Meanwhile, the Flag Raising Ceremony was followed by a keynote speech by Ms. Desiree Ann Benipayo, a relative of Jose Abad Santos and the author of “Honor: The Legacy of Jose Abad Santos” and a headdress competition participated by the members of the education sector, sectoral groups, non-government organizations, and regional government agencies, and city hall offices and attached agencies.

The Philippines Independence Day celebration this year, with the theme, “KALAYAAN 2018 Pagbabagong Ipinaglalaban, Alay sa Masaganang Kinabukasan,” commemorates the 120th year of the country’s independence from Spanish colonizers since 1898.


CSF’s Local Civil Registry Office Recognized [ Wednesday | 13th day of June, 2018 | 1 month ago ]


The Local Civil Registry Office (LCRO) of the City Government of San Fernando was recently awarded by the Philippine Statistics Authority for having garnered 2nd Place in the 2017 Outstanding Local Civil Registry Office (Super Extra Large Category).


The award was given during the 9th National Workshop on Civil Registration held June 6 at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Local Civil Registrar Rimando Umali who is also the President of Civil Registrar’s League of Pampanga (CRELPA) said that the award was based on performance evaluation and the success of registration works and other activities such as mobile civil registration and information and dissemination campaigns.

“We were surprised to receive the award because we were not informed about it prior the awarding ceremony. Last time, we were only 6th placer and we are truly grateful for besting all other cities and landing as the 2nd placer this year,” he added.

Other awardees were General Santos City as 1st Placer and San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan as 3rd Placer.

Aside from the award, the City Human Resource Development Office reported that the LCRO also ranked No. 1 or Best Performing Office in the Local Government Unit for the year 2017 with an OPCR rating of 3.65. This made them received the highest Performance-Based Bonus rate of 65%.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago congratulated the entire LCRO for their efficiency and noteworthy performance as a team that led to commendable results.

“Their united effort have paid off by the awards they have received. These recognitions are also testaments of the fast and quality services that they offer to the Fernandino community,” he added.


Refill Revolution Launched In CSF [ Wednesday | 6th day of June, 2018 | 1 month ago ]


Hundreds of Fernandinos took the challenge of beating plastic pollution as they participated in the “Refill Revolution” held June 5 at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in the City of San Fernando.


From the title itself, the activity is a one-day series of refilling wherein participants who bring their own plastic bottles and containers may avail condiments, toiletries, household liquid products and detergents with a 50% off discount.


The refillers were Hahsy Industries, Incorporated and Wellmade Manufacturing Corporation.


Various freebies, including snacks, were also provided by private partners such as Interbev, Big E Corporation, Coca-Cola FEMSA, Prime Water, Unahco, Incorporated, Soliman E.C. and Unilab.


During the program, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago stressed that the local government remains true to its mandate of lessening waste products particularly plastics. He also highlighted the effective implementation of the city’s Plastic-Free Ordinance which was passed in 2014.


“Tayo ay isang makakalikasang mamamayan kaya marapat lang na ating pangalagaan ang ating kapaligiran upang mayroon pa tayong maipamana sa susunod na henerasyon,” he added.


For her part, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) 3, Regional Director Lormelyn Claudio said the program was dubbed revolution because it entails continuous actions to reduce packaging waste materials which usually roots in the consumption of products sold in sachets or tingi-tingi.


“Umaabot ng 400-700 years bago matunaw ang mga plastic sachets na itinatapon ninyo at ang mga ito ay napupunta sa mga waterways. Kaya inilunsad ang programang ito dahil ang mga produkto ay mura na, makakalikasan pa,” she explained.


Refill Revolution, organized by the DENR-EMB in partnership with the San Fernando CENRO headed by Maria Regina Rodriguez, kicks off this year’s celebration of Environment Month in the city.


Also present during the event were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors BJ Lagman and Reden Halili, Municipality of Mexico Mayor Teddy Tumang, DENR 3 Assistant Regional Director Tirso Parian, Provincial ENRO Engr. Arthur Punzalan and MENRO from municipalities of Mexico, Magalang and San Simon.


Unity In Diversity: CSF LGBT June Pride Month 2018 Kicks Off [ Tuesday | 5th day of June, 2018 | 1 month ago ]


The Local Government of San Fernando, headed by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, continues to promote gender equality and social inclusiveness as the city officially unveiled the calendar of activities for this year’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender or LGBT June Pride Month in June 4 at the City Hall. 


This will be the second time the city, through its Gender and Development and citywide LGBT organization, SIWALA (voice), will stage the said celebration following its launch during the previous year.

During a press conference, Santiago equated the members of the LGBT community to a rainbow, which also stands as the community’s symbol.

“Ang LGBT community ay marapat lang na ihalintulad sa isang bahaghari. Katulad ng isang bahaghari, taglay ng mga miyembro nito ang iba’t-ibang kulay ngunit ang kanilang layunin sa mundo ay iisa lamang: ang magbigay ng saya sa mga tao,” he said.

Santiago also urged Fernandinos to give respect, recognition, and opportunities to the members of the LGBT that heterosexuals get.

Activities for the 2018 June Pride Month with the theme, “Magkakaiba, Nagkakaisa”, include a Mardi Gras-inspired LGBT Rainbow Pride March on June 8 and a two-week Event Management Training (EMT) NC II on June 11-28.

Free pampering services will be given to male CSF-LGU employees during the Tribute to Male Employees and Handog ng LGBT sa mga Fernandino: Libreng Pagpapapogi on June 19 while, a Seminar Orientation on Discrimination Amongst LGBT in the Community and Learning Institutions will happen on June 23.

The pride month will culminate on June 29, through a Cultural Night and Graduation Rites of EMT students.


CSF Produces 28 Passers Of Principals’ Test [ Friday | 1st day of June, 2018 | 2 months ago ]


The City Schools Division of San Fernando has produced a total of 28 passers in the 2017 Principals’ Test which was administered nationwide on December 17. 


The result was released on May 28 by the Department of Education, through the Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development.

The passers are Avijel Barro from Malino Elementary School, Edralin Callo from San Pablo Integrated School, Aiza Canlas from CSF West Integrated School, Eduardo Canlas, Jr. from Calulut Integrated School, April Concepcion from Juliana Elementary School, Jhoanna Cortez from Sto. Niño Elementary School, Maria Luz Dacoco from Telabastagan Integrated School, Lilibeth David from Alasas Elementary School and Liezl De Jesus from San Agustin Integrated School Annex.

Also included in the list are Dorothy Español from Sindalan High School, Lourdes Eusebio from Maimpis Elementary School, Nancy Gamboa from Panipuan Elementary School, Rezzy Gopez from San Agustin Integrated School, Adora Intal from Pampanga High School, Jennifer Lumanug from Lara Integrated School, Mary Jane Mallari from San Isidro Integrated School, Janice Manalese from NorthVille High School, Marilen Muñoz from St. Vincent of Quebiawan Integrated School, and Ruel Puno from San Nicolas Integrated School.

Completing the circle of passers are Imelda Simbulan from San Nicolas Integrated School, Hilda Suba from Alasas Elementary School, Marlene Tulabut from Baliti Integrated School, Leonora Valdez from Maimpis Integrated School, Alvin Vital from San Jose Panlumacan Elementary School, Marisa Waniwan from Sindalan Elementary School, Claire Yumul from Saguin Integrated School and Edgar Yutuc from Dolores Elementary School.

DepEd stated that the examination was comprised of situational questions pertinent to the role of a school head and were anchored on the National Competency-Based Standards for School Heads (NCBSSH), as restricted in DepEd Order No. 32 s. 2010.

Takers must also obtain a rating of at least 70% in each of the three given cluster domains in order to pass the test.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago expressed how proud he is of this breakthrough in the city’s educational sector, which is also his administration’s top priority.

“Congratulations to all our passers! The entire city salutes you for this accomplishment that will serve as our way to further improve the quality and efficiency of education for the benefit of our Fernandino students,” he added.


Sta. Lucia Lass, Dolores Gent Crowned Mutya At Lakan Ning San Fernando 2018 [ Friday | 1st day of June, 2018 | 2 months ago ]


Another pair of Fernandino youth now have the responsibility of promoting Pampanga’s capital city as they were crowned Mutya at Lakan ning San Fernando 2018 during the coronation ceremony at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center on Tuesday night. 

Alyssa Jean Navarro of Brgy. Sta Lucia and Peter Chollo Sotiangco of Brgy. Dolores were proclaimed as this year’s title holders and bested 10 other aspirants in their respective categories.

Navarro, who is a second timer in the prestigious pageant, said she really prepared a lot and pushed herself to win the crown.

“I joined last 2015 and from then, inisip ko if I should give it a try. I think this is God’s fate na dalhin ako dito that’s why I chose to join again, she added.

The lass also bagged Punto Mutya Darling of the Press, Mutya Best Advocacy and Best in Long Gown awards.

For his part, Sotiangco said he was overwhelmed and fulfilled that all his hard work has finally paid off.

“Sobrang fulfilling sa pakiramdam kasi I won it for my Barangay at hindi nasayang yung pagod. I would like to say thank you to all the people, especially my family, for supporting me in this journey,” he added.

The gent also received numerous special awards including Lakan Winsome Smile, SunStar Lakan Darling of the Press, Lakan ning Kalikasan, Lakan ning Kalusugan and Lakan Best Advocacy.

Completing the circle of winners for the Mutya title were Jaimee Nicole Manio of Brgy. San Agustin as 1st Runner up and Joanna David of Brgy. Dolores as 2ndrunner up.

For the Lakan category, Gil Nico Sarmiento of Brgy. Dolores and Zahler Billy Nazir of Brgy. Calulut were awarded as 1st and 2nd Runners up, respectively.

Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago extended his warmest congratulations to all the winners and stressed that the contenders’ beauty and grace on stage was a portrayal of Fernandinos’ aptitudes.

“Your success will surely ring through the history of our beloved city. As you compete in bigger contests and face tougher challenges, continue to live up the ideals of a Fernandino and strive to make San Fernando a better place for the generations to come,” he added.


Fernandinos Enjoy A Night Of Entertainment [ Thursday | 31st day of May, 2018 | 2 months ago ]


Hundreds of Fernandinos enjoyed an evening filled with excitement and entertainment as the City Government of San Fernando held its Pyestang Fernandino Cultural Dance and Singing Competition on May 28.


Staged in front of the City Hall, ten groups showcased their innovative dance skills while seven aspirants showed their singing prowess.

After almost four hours of alternate song and dance performances, the best groups who emerged as winners in the dance contest were Xtrm Limit Dance Crew as Champion, MVD Dance Crew as 1st Runner up and Tribung Kapampangan as 2nd Runner up.

Meanwhile, Mark Reyes of Apalit was awarded as Champion for the singing competition. His co-winners were Stanley Sayco of Brgy. Dolores and Jericho Dela Cruz of Brgy. San Jose who landed 1st and 2nd runners up, respectively.

Winners in both categories received P20,000 each for the champions, P10,000 each for the 1st Runners up and P5,000 each for the 2nd Runners up.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago said the City Government and the Executive Committee seek to revive the colorful and lively fiesta tradition that also flaunts the great talents of Fernandinos and Kapampangans.

He furthered that this also serves as a gathering of Fernandinos from different barangays and residents from neighboring towns thus introduces new acquaintances especially to the youth.

“The annual Pyestang Fernandino is a form of thanksgiving for the city’s bountiful harvest. It is a significant event because it nurtures the history and culture and illustrates Filipino hospitality,” Mayor EdSa added.


Little Miss Fernandina 2018 Crowned [ Wednesday | 30th day of May, 2018 | 2 months ago ]


Kamira Montesa of Barangay Del Rosario was hailed as this year's Little Miss Fernandina, earning the opportunity to represent the City of San Fernando in the upcoming Prinsesita ning Sinukwan 2018 pageant.

Montesa beat 12 other hopefuls during the coronation night held Saturday at SM City Pampanga.

Aside from the crown, the 9 year-old Montesa also received the Best in Casual Wear award.

The night’s other winners were Nhaia Desiree Malulu of San Jose (1st Runner up), Kriztal Anne Manalastas of Pulung Bulu (2nd Runner up), Santi Nicole Apelado of San Agustin (3rd Runner up) and Alliza Miranda of San Nicolas (4th runner up).

 

During the program, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago said the pageant is one of the most anticipated activities during the annual celebration of Pyestang Fernandino for it highlights the city’s child-friendly initiatives and showcases the skills of Fernandino children.

 

“Tunay na pinapahalagahan sa ating syudad ang mga kabataan kung kaya’t ang lahat ng ating mga programa, mula sa edukasyon, kalusugan hanggang sa paglago ng ekonomiya, ay para sa kanila,” he added.

 

Also present during the coronation night were City Budget Officer and Little Miss Fernandina 2018 Chairperson Eda Panganiban, Pyestang Fernandino 2018 Executive Committee Co-Chairperson Jun PinedaMutya at Lakan ning San Fernando 2018 Chairperson Alex Magsino and City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan.

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