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CSF Promotes Proper Disposal Of Philippine Flag [ Tuesday | 4th day of September, 2018 | 1 month ago ]

In compliance with Section 14 of Republic Act 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, the City Government of San Fernando conducted on Friday the Ceremonial Burning of worn-out flags in front of the City Hall.

During the program also dubbed as “Huling Pagpupugay sa
Watawat ng Pilipinas,” the Philippine National Anthem was sung by the City
officials and employees before lowering the flag from the pole.

It was then paraded shortly by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
of the Philippines Pampanga.

Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, together with Mutya ning San Fernando 2017 Vanessa
Yvonne Sicat who represented “Inang Bayan” and other officials then led the
burning ceremony wherein patriotic songs were simultaneously played.

the ashes were transferred in a pot and were placed in a burial plot located at
the City Hall grounds.

In an
interview, Mayor EdSa said the worn-out flags must be properly and solemnly
dispose to avoid misuse or
desecration as stated by the law.

“The Philippine flag is the most sacred symbol
of our motherland. Therefore, it must be, at all times, treated with utmost
respect whether it is displayed or for disposal,” he added.

The city mayor added the importance of making the public, especially the
youth, aware of the do’s and don’ts of the Philippine flag which serves as a moral
representation of patriotism.

DepEd-CSF Now ISO Certified [ Friday | 31st day of August, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

The Department of Education Schools Division Office of the City of San Fernando receives International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 certification validated and confirmed by the DQS Philippines during the Certification Awarding Ceremony on August 24, 2018.

DepEd-SDO was recognized because of its commitment in implementing effective and efficient processes that focused on the customer satisfaction and its programs were aligned in global standardization. 

According to Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Ronnie Mallari, this was the first time that the DepEd-SDO received an ISO certification. 

“Pang-anim tayo sa mga 20 divisions in Region 3 na nakakuha ng ISO certification. Isa sa mga naging factor ng pagkakakilala natin is yung project natin na ‘superheroes in the classroom’ na kung saan binibigyan natin ng parangal ang ating mga guro  na mayroong exemplary teaching,” he said. 

He furthered that this recognition will serve as an inspiration for them to do better in providing good quality of education. 

“Asahan ninyo na mas palalawakin pa namin ang pagbibigay ng serbisyo at mas paiigtingan pa namin ang pagsasagawa ng mga programa na malaki ang maitutulong nito sa bawat indibidwal na kabilang sa DepEd at syempre sa mga mag-aaral,” he added. 

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago lauded the DepEd personnel for their efforts and sacrifices, and for always aiming excellence. 

“Hindi biro ang inyong ginawang pagsusumikap upang makamit ito, kaya naman hinahangaan ko kayo sa pagiging positibo ninyo sa lahat ng bagay-bagay at higit sa lahat sa pagmamahal ninyo sa inyong trabaho,” he said. 

Santiago also added that the City Government is always willing to support the DepEd’s plans and programs since education is the administration’s top priority.
“Kasama niyo ko sa inyong mga pangarap, pagtulungan natin na mabigyan ng dekalidad na edukasyon ang bawat Fernandino,” he ended. 

Also present during the event was DepEd Region 3 Director Beatriz G. Torno.

Ombudsman Recognizes CSF’s Business Actions [ Friday | 31st day of August, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

Ease of doing business in the City of San Fernando was once again proven and tested as it passed the “Level 2- Blue Certification” validated and conferred by the Office of the Ombudsman during the presentation of Assessment Report last August 23, 2018. 

With an average of 69 or 79.31%, the city obtained the Level 2 compliance because of its suitable implementation on efficient regulatory system and procedures in the registration and licensing of businesses and renewal of business permits and it was the first city in Luzon who passed the assessment. 

In an interview, Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Graft Investigator Officer Joseph Marion Navarrete said the ‘Blue Certification Program’ seeks to acknowledge the efforts of the local government units in complying the anti-red tape law and transparency. 

He furthered that CSF is the only city in Luzon which has best practices in terms of business application forms and process, wherein they observed the actual process and interviewed clients and frontliners last Januray 2018. 

“Napakagandang mag-business dito sa City of San Fernando dahil yung application up to processing and operations ng mga opisina ay maganda, maayos, at masasabing less prone to corruption,” he said. 

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago expressed his gratitude to the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for recognizing the efforts of the city. 

He added that the city will continue to deliver ‘competent and hassle-free’ transactions to the community. 

“We always aspire for success sa kahit ano pang aspeto lalo na sa business, dahil naniniwala tayo na kapag maganda ang ekonomiya ay maganda din ang takbo ng buhay ng bawat Fernandino. Kaya naman asahan pa ninyo ang mas maayos at dekalidad na serbisyo upang magpatuloy ang pag-unlad ng Syudad San Fernando,” Santiago said.

PH’s “Father Of Modern Architecture” Gets Exhibit By CSF [ Friday | 31st day of August, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

Fernando Hizon Ocampo, the Philippines’ “Father of Modern Architecture” was honored by the Local Government of San Fernando, through an exhibit, featuring his life and works.

late Ocampo, a renowned architect who was born in the city, designed several
buildings not only in Pampanga, but in different parts of the country.

of his notable works were the Arguelles, Paterno, and Cu-Unjieng buildings in
Manila, Ayala Bridge in Pasig City, University Theatre in Taft Avenue, and
Central Seminary of the University of Sto. Tomas. He also undertook the
restorations of the war-damaged Manila Metropolitan Cathedral in the mid-1950s.

the city, his brainchild was the restoration of the Metropolitan Cathedral of
San Fernando which was destroyed by fire in 1939, and the designs of
Arzobispado de Pampanga in Brgy. San Jose and Assumpta Building in Brgy. Sto.

before the city officials, some employees of the city hall, and members of several
organizations of architects in the province, the family members of Ocampo
expressed gratitude for hosting an exhibit for the late architect.

On behalf of the whole family, I am thankful
to the local government of San Fernando for considering my grandfather as an
‘Arkitekto ning Balen, Sagisag ning Kultura’. This will inspire many young
Fernandinos to appreciate and do art,
” said Inna Ocampo-Eusebio,
granddaughter of FHO.

added that “they are wholeheartedly accepting the tribute given to their

According to City
Tourism Office, this activity is in line with the Twin Celebration of 264th
founding anniversary of San Fernando and the 114th anniversary of
the provincial capitol from Bacolor to CSF.

Youth Officials In CSF Undergo ‘leadership Enhancement Training’ [ Friday | 31st day of August, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

‘Honesty, Integrity, and Commitment’ these were highlighted during the ‘Servant Leadership Conference’ of the newly elected Sangguniang Kabataan members in the City of San Fernando held on August 25-27, 2018 at the Subic Bay Traveler’s Hotel. 

The said conference was initiated by the Local Government of San Fernando, headed by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago through its Department of Interior and Local Government, City Social Welfare and Development Office, and Community Affairs Division. 

The three-day training seeks to mold, strengthen, and teach the youth officials on how to become effective leaders for better public service. 

Some of the discussions were the characteristics of a servant leader, formula and hallmarks of success, and focusing on goals during the first and second day of the training facilitated by the  ‘A Team’ headed by Aristeo Tengco together with Alex Mendoza. 

The participants were divided to twenty seven (27) groups for their workshops, which taught them the essence of cooperation and teamwork. Each group has one (1) facilitator from Christ Commission Fellowship (CCF).

On the third day, the discussion focused on the operations and functions in the local government of San Fernando. 

DILG City Local Government Operations Officer Irinea Bacani discussed the proper utilization of the allocation of SK funds. 

Also, CSWD Officer Aileen Villanueva, presented the Child and Youth Welfare programs of the city. 

OIC-City General Services Office Engr. Michael Quizon took place in discussing the methods in procurement process. 

While, City Accountant Maria Gisel Rivera, discussed and taught the participants on the proper ways in crafting project proposals. 

In an interview, SK Federation President Gustav John Henson expressed his gratitude to the local government for conducting this program. As a leader, he believes this training is truly helpful and they can apply it in their governance. 

“Buong-puso po kaming nagpapasalamat sa lokal na pamahalaan, sa ating butihing alkalde na talaga namang nakapokus ito sa mga kabataan. Sa pag-alis namin dito ay baon namin yung mga magagandang itinuro sa amin na pwede naming i-apply sa aming mga respective barangays, hinding-hindi po namin sasayangin ang oportunidad na ibinigay sa amin,” Henson said. 

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago reiterated that the ‘youth for today are the leaders for tomorrow’.  

He also stressed that at their young age and as a leader, they should know the importance of ‘good governance’ for the betterment of their respective barangay. 

“Dito sa Syudad San Fernando, kabataang Fernandino ang magtutuloy sa aming mga magagandang nasimulan. Use your position to serve, not to be served. Habang kayo ay bata pa, matuto kayong magbigay ng serbisyo na walang hinihintay na kapalit. Magkaisa kayo para sa ikaaayos at ikauunlad ng Syudad San Fernando,” he said.

CSF Named ‘Most Outstanding LGU’ For Its Services [ Friday | 31st day of August, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

The City of San Fernando was named as the 'Most Outstanding LGU' by the provincial offices of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

This, after the Pampanga External Monitoring Team, created by DTI and DILG, held first ever 'Provincial Recognition of Outstanding Local Government Units (LGUs) Implementing the Streamlining Program in the Issuance of Mayor's Permit' where CSF's services landed on top spots.

CSF ranked first in all the four (4) award categories including Most Outstanding LGU Implementing the Streamlining Program in the Issuance of Mayor's Permit, Most Outstanding LGU for IT Innovations, Best LGU in Customer Relations, and Most Successful LGU in the Institutionalization of Business Permit Licensing System (BPLS) Reforms.

According to the body, the recognition gets inspiration from an awarding ceremony hosted annually by the Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation, Inc. or the CLGFCI.

As what CLGFCI envisions, the said team expressed that "the award-giving body encourages LGUs in Pampanga to improve their business processes and realize their advocacy for a business and investment-enabling environment."

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, for his part, highlighted that Fernandinos are naturally accommodating, which is being adapted by the officials and employees of the city.

"Likas na matulungin ang mga Fernandino kaya nadadala nila ito sa kanilang mga trabaho at sa pakikisalamuha sa mga tao. Kung magtutulungan ang bawat isa, magiging mabilis at episyente ang bawat transaksyon sa syudad," expressed Santiago.

The awards were officially presented to the whole community of CSF-LGU on August 28, 2018, following the awarding ceremonies held August 24, at the Benigno Hall, Capitol Compound, Sto Niño, CSFP.

Mayor “EdSa” Leads Tribute To National, Local Heroes [ Friday | 31st day of August, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago leads the City of San Fernando in giving honor to some national and local heroes' monuments, built at the Heroes Park, CSFP, on August 28, 2018.

This is in line with the observance of National Heroes' Day, which is being celebrated by the Philippines every 27th day of August.

Monuments of Dr. Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Ninoy Aquino, Jose Abad Santos, Fernando Hizon Ocampo, Tiburcio Hilario, Nicolasa Dayrit, Pedro Abad Santos, including
the marker of World War II, were wreath-laid during the activity.

Also part of the program was a speech choir presentation, featuring "Tiburcio Hilario, Ing Bayaning Fernandino", performed by select students of Sindalan High School in CSFP.

A ceremonial distribution of the book, "Honor: The Legacy of Jose Abad Santos" to selected officials of Pampanga High School, Jose Abad Santos Memorial Lodge No.
333, and City College of San Fernando was also ensued.

Speaking before other city officials, CSF-LGU department heads and employees, partners from the private sectors, and family and friends of the said heroes, Santiago
highlighted that these heroes share common traits that made a mark in the history of the country.

"May iba't-ibang personalidad ang ating mga bayani, iba't-ibang pamilya at estado rin ang kanilang pinanggalingan, pero magkaka-ugnay lang ang kanilang isinisigaw. Iyan ay pagkakaisa, pakikipagtulungan, at maayos na pamamalakad sa pamahalaan," expressed Santiago.

In addition to this, he challenges every youth to replicate these heroes' deeds, highlighting that "they are capable of making a movement that will put the city in high ground."

EdSa: CSF And PICPA Make Great Partnership [ Monday | 20th day of August, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago expressed his gratitude to the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Pampanga Chapter for unendingly producing accountants and excellent professionals.

PICPA is a professional organization of CPAs in the Philippines, accredited by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Santiago, as he graced the institution's events including a seminar, turnover and induction ceremonies, and general membership meeting for the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 held August
17, 2018, at Kingsborough International Convention Center, said that their members are in one with the government in promoting good and transparent governance.

"Napakalaki ng tungkulin ng accountants sa economic development. You are responsible in 'fixing' the economy and you do your responsibility in an excellent way," expressed Santiago.

According to Chapter President Homarr Bondoc, the said events are aimed to "update the professional development and awareness of their members on current issuances affecting their jobs and practices."

Participated by some three hundred (300) CPAs, non-CPAs, and other guests, some matters discussed during the seminar spun around Tax Updates and Stress Management. While, Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Jesus Nicdao served as the event's keynote speaker.

Meanwhile, the new board of trustees of PICPAngan Foundation, Incorporated, including City Accountant Maria Gisel Rivera, were inducted, alongside with the new officers of PICPA Pampanga Chapter.

"The City Government of San Fernando looks forward to a tighter partnership with you (PICPA Pampanga Chapter), as you produce more notable accountants, we are building notable accomplishments in the city," Santiago ended.

Ninoy Aquino’s 35th Death Anniversary Remembered By Fernandinos [ Monday | 20th day of August, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

Local officials and employees of the City Government of San Fernando trooped in front of the monument of late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., at Heroes Park this morning to commemorate his 35th Death Anniversary.

A short program was held despite the continuous
rains wherein the local hero’s descendant Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV,
together with city officials headed by Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, led the
unveiling of the monument and wreath laying ceremony.

Mayor EdSa highlighted that Ninoy’s life itself
was his greatest contribution to the country for it served as a way to restore freedom
and democary.

“Tayo ngayon ay nagtipon-tipon upang sariwain
ang kabayanihan ni Ninoy at ipaabot sa bawat isa sa atin, lalo na sa mga
kabataan, ang tunay na diwa nito. Kung walang nakaraan, wala tayong
paroroonan,” he added.

For his part, Senator Bam thanked the local
government and the Fernandinos for remembering his uncle. He even said that the
rain seems to be a sign from Ninoy in heaven.

“We’re happy na sa panahon natin ngayon ay may
ala-ala pa rin kay Ninoy Aquino. Medyo matagal na pero sabi ko nga maganda na
naaalala natin na may mga taong nagsakripisyo para sa ating bayan,” he added.

The senator also hoped that Ninoy’s bravery and
sacrifices will serve as inspiration to the Filipino people in order to face
the current challenges and work towards the betterment of our country.

“Sa aming mga lingkod bayan, maganda (syang)
example upang siguraduhin na lahat ng ginagawa namin ay para talaga sa bayan.
For the people, maganda na maalala na may lingkod bayan tayo na handang ibigay
ang lahat para sa inang bayan,” Senator Bam explained.

Also at the event were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and
Councilors Harvey Quiwa, Reden Halili and Gustav Henson, CSFP Arts and Culture
Council led by Chairperson Dr. Lourdes Javier, Teresita Lorenzo of National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Region 3,
United Architects of the Philippines and
other private partners.


CSF Develops Calesa Drivers In To Tourism Frontliners [ Monday | 20th day of August, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando continues to promote and preserve its rich culture, traditions, and heritage as it conducted a seminar and workshop to all calesa drivers to develop them in to tourism frontliners on August 15-16 at San Fernando Old Train Station. 

Spearheaded by the City Tourism
Office and in partnership with the Department of Tourism Region 3, the said activity
is now on its second time in educating, inspiring, and motivating the
“kutseros” in the city to uphold the local government’s mission to strengthen
and preserve the calesa.

The participants were taught on tour
guiding techniques and given lectures on work values, personality development, roles
and responsibilities as tour guide, and how to deal with passengers discussed
by the Department of Tourism National Accredited Tour guide and Speaker Dolores

Fernando is one of the remaining stations na mayroong heritage district, kaya
naman kalesa is a very important component when it comes to heritage tour. I
hope this training will serve as an inspiration sa mga calesa drivers and
maisapuso at maipagmalaki nila yung ganda ng city sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay
na maayos na trip at magandang experience sa mga turista,”
Salamanca said in an

They also underwent actual mock tour
in the CSFP Heritage district to boost their self-confidence and enhance their
communication skills.

After successfully completing the
two-day seminar and workshop, calesa drivers are now officially ‘DOT Trained
tour guide’ and received certificate of completion.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’
Santiago stressed that we can promote calesa as a daily mode of transportation
by reviving or sustaining the tradition of riding on it, so that the future
generation may adapt it.

“Kalesa ang
naging pangunahing transportasyon ng bawat Fernandino noon, at ngayon ay
sinusubukan natin buhayin ulit ito para sa ating mga turista dahil hindi lamang
ito isang simpleng sasakyan, dahil sumasalamin sa isang kalesa ang mayaman na
kultura at tradisyon ng Syudad San Fernando,”
he said. 

25 Drug Reformists Ready To Face Life With Dignity [ Monday | 20th day of August, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

New beginning and new life await for the 25 drug reformists in the City of San Fernando as they graduated from Fernandino’s Bahay Pagbabago for having successfully completed the four-month community drug abused rehabilitation program of the local government on July 31, 2018 at the Tierra Linda Bldg. 

said program was spearheaded by the City Social Welfare and Development Office
in cooperation with the Department of Interior and Local Government, and City
of San Fernando Philippine National Police.

graduates successfully passed the reformation activities including psycho
education session, moral recovery program, group therapy, and values enrichment
through the support of the local government.

of medical examinations and random drug testing were also conducted to monitor their
health conditions and to assure that they are no longer using illegal drugs.

an interview, one of the drug reformists expressed his gratitude to the Local
Government of San Fernando for conducting a ‘community drug abused
rehabilitation program’, which is truly helpful in improving and developing
their lives.

“Napakalaking tulong po nito para sa
amin lahat, kaya maraming maraming salamat po sa Lokal na pamahalaan sa pagbibigay
sa amin ng ikalawang pagkakataon, hindi pa po huli ang lahat upang bumawi kami
sa aming mga pamilya at syempre sa aming mga sarili,”

his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago encouraged the reformists to absolutely
refrain from using illegal drugs and to actively participate in different
recreational activities of the city.

believes that the city government’s agenda ‘Kapayapaan at Kaayusan ay Makakamtan sa Nagkakaisa at
Disiplinadong Mamamayan’ will be achieved through the active support of everyone.

“Everyone deserves a second chance,
at dito sa Syudad San Fernando ay hindi natin sinasara ang pinto ng pagbabago
sa mga naligaw ang landas, bagkus atin pa silang binibigyan ng pag-asa sa
pamamagitan ng pag-implementa ng mga programa na tiyak na makakatulong sa
iba’t-ibang aspeto ng kanilang buhay,”
Santiago said.

present during the program were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, DILG City Local
Government Operations Officer Irinea Bacani,
Chief of Police
Supt. Levi Hope Basilio, and City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino.


CSF Showcases ‘best Egg Dishes’ [ Monday | 20th day of August, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

Rain or shine, the City Government of San Fernando continues to highlight and promote the agricultural products as they conduct an “Eggsteriffic Cooking Challenge” spearheaded by the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office on July 20, 2018 at the Old DFA Bldg. 

Technology and Livelihood
Education (TLE) teachers in some public schools of the city showcased their
skills and creativity in making several dishes including, paegglla wrap,
sweetened egg squash, egg tinapa pasta, baked egg frittata, and crispy dynamite,
with egg as the main ingredient.

The participants were graded based
on their taste and originality, ease of preparation, affordability, and their hygienic

City Agriculturist Cristina
Sangumay said that egg has more benefits to one’s health because it is rich in
protein and its egg yolk also contains Vitamin A.

“Layunin natin na maipakilala natin sa lahat, lalo na sa mga bata ang
mga pagkain na mayaman sa bitamina at sustansya gaya ng itlog at napakamura pa
nito. Kaya naman lagi natin itong inihahanda sa tuwing almusal, dahil ito rin
ang pinakamadaling kainin ng bata kahit anong klaseng luto pa ito,”

The said activity is part of the
Nutrition Month celebration that seeks to promote good nutrition towards a
healthy community.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin
“EdSa” Santiago stressed that good nutrition is the key to achieve a healthy
lifestyle. He believes that everyone should be fit and strong for them to
become a better and productive citizen, which will contribute to the city’s

kong sinasabi na aanhin mo ang isang progresibong syudad, kung ang mga
naninirahan naman dito ay mahina at sakitin, kaya naman sinisiguro ng
Lokal na Pamahalaan na makapagtaguyod ito ng mga programa at aktibidad na may
kinalaman sa pagpapalago sa kalusugan at agrikultura upang ang lahat ay mamuhay
ng masigla at masaya,”
Santiago said.

Meanwhile, Dolores Elementary
School hailed as 1st runner up and bagged the Best Appetizer Award for
its delicious dishes such as; Omelet Supreme, Crispy Dynamite Egg, Egg Supreme
Soup, and Flower Garden Con Yema followed by San Nicolas High School (2nd
place) and Pampanga High School (3rd place).

Special awards were also given to
San Isidro Integrated School (Best Main Dish), Nuestra Senora Del Pilar
Integrated School (Best Dessert), and San Jose Juliana Elementary School (Early
Bird Award). 

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