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CSF Eyes Stronger Ties With Japan [ Tuesday | 6th day of March, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago was recently invited for athree-day trip to Japan to meet some local officials in an aim to strengthen economic ties between the City of San Fernando and Japan, particularly Kikugawa City.

"Mayroon kasing isang Japanese-Filipino citizen na naging matagumpay na doon at noong umuwi siya sa Pilipinas ay isa sa mga napuntahan niya ang San Fernando. Nagustuhan niya ang syudad natin kung kaya't inimbitahan nila ako doon," he said.

Santiago furthered that the officials want to partner with San Fernando in terms of technology advancement, provision of technical assistance, and modernization of agriculture considering that Kikugawa is known for the production of green tea.

"Gusto nila na ang San Fernando ang mag-introduce ng kanilang mga produktong green tea dito sa Pilipinas. Balak nilang magtayo ng mga green tea stores at shops dito sa atin," he added.

The local Chamber of Commerce together with the staff of the City Investment Promotions Office and City Tourism Office are set to have a business trip to Japan this year to discuss about possible business sisterhood.

Some officials from Japan are also expected to visit San Fernando in 2019 to learn more about the city's best practices in doing business thus attract Japanese and other foreign investments.

Meanwhile, Mayor EdSa extended his gratitude to the Japan International Cooperation Agency for creating a study andgranting of funds for the restoration of the San Fernando river.

Fernandino Student Athletes Top In CLRAA 2018 [ Tuesday | 6th day of March, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando headed by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago welcomed and congratulated the student athletes after bagging 54 medals in various sports activities in Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association (CLRAA) Meet during Monday's flag raising ceremony.

The annual regional tournament was held on February 26 to March 2 at Malolos, Bulacan that aims to strengthen discipline, sportsmanship and camaraderie among student athletes.

City Schools Division Education Program Supervisor in charge of Sports Felino Sawal said that 7 elementary and 8 secondary both public and private schools in the City of San Fernando participated in this year's tournament.

"Out of 20 school divisions in Region 3, nasa ika-walong pwesto ang Syudad San Fernando, at buong galak nating ipinagmamalaki na first time manalo ng Syudad San Fernando sa athletics sports at mag-overall sa Basketball. Hindi rin tayo naalis sa mga dati pa nating napapanalunang sports activities at ang lahat ng ito ay aming nagawa dahil na rin sa tulong at suporta ng ating lokal na pamahalaan," Sawal said.

Sawal furthered that the City of San Fernando garnered 16 gold, 15 silver and 23 bronze medals. All gold medalist in CLRAA 2018 will compete in Palarong Pambansa to be held in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago lauded thestudent athletes and their coaches for putting their efforts to this activity. He also encouraged the youth to engage themselves in different sports programs and activities so that they may showcase their skills and abilities in the field of sports.

"Hinahangaan ko ang mga kabataang ito, dahil sa kanilang murang edad pa lamang ay ipinapamalas na nila ang kanilang angking kagalingan. Malay natin darating ang panahon na manggagaling dito sa Syudad San Fernando ang susunod na sikat na manlalaro hindi lamang sa Pilipinas kundi sa buong mundo," Santiago said.

Women's Month Celebration In CSF Jampacked With Activities [ Monday | 26th day of February, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

The Women's Month celebration of the City Government of San Fernando for this year has started early with the Unveiling of Calendar of Activities held February 26.

Local Council of Women Chairperson Dr. Leticia Yap said various activities are lined up from the last week of February until the end of March.

"Napakarami po ng mga inihandang aktibidad para sa selebrasyon ngayong taon dahil dito sa San Fernando hindi tayo nahuhuli bagkus tayo ay nangunguna pagdating sa pagsulong sa mga programang mag-aangat sa mga kababaihan," she added.

These include Press Appearances from February 26 to March 2 which will be followed by a seminar on Reproductive Health and and Teenage Pregnancy Among Students of the University of the Assumption and City College, CSFP.

On March 8, there will be a simultaneous SAKAY-LAKAD para sa Kagalingan ng Kababaihan at Kaunlaran ng Bayan, Free Pampering session, Medical and Dental Mission and Bloodletting activity.

The Forum for Northville HS and PTA officers and members will be held on March 9, 16 and 23 at the Multi Purpose Hall of Northville in Calulut.

Fernandinas will be exposed to farming through the Launching of Inter-Barangay Gulayan ng Kababaihan Contest 2018 wherein the participants will undergo Seminar on Crop Production and Protection and actual planting.

There will also be a Hilot Massage Training on March 12, Health and Wellness Seminar for City Hall Employees on March 15 and Seminar on Marketing Strategies on March 16.

Food enthusiasts are welcome to witness the LGU Inter Cluster Cooking Contest on March 16 at the City Hall Annex (former DFA Building).

The 5th Health and Wellness Program for organized Brgy. Women will be conducted on March 20 to be followed by the Women's forum: Responsible Parenting Movement and Roving Academy: Seminar on Good Manufacturing Practices and Product and Process Improvement on the 21st and Roving Academy: Training on No Bake Cake on the 22nd.

Fernandina women's products will be put up on sale during the three-day Go NEGO KABUHAYAN Showcase and Product Exhibition and Trade Fair in front of the City Hall from March 22-24.

Male employees of the local government will test their knowledge about the Magna Carta of Women through a Quiz Bee on March 23.

To complete the celebration, there will be a Buntis Summit for Couples on March 23, Fernandino Mompreneur Fair on March 24-25, General Assembly of the Fernandina Women's Federation and Women with Disability Day on March 26, and lastly, a Forum for Pampanga High School Students on March 27.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said equality has already been achieved in the City of San Fernando through its programs and advocacies initiated by the Gender and Development focal point system.

"As our Women's Month sub-theme "Fernandinang misasanmetung para keng panyulung," suggests, the local government is now focused on different ways to empower women by engaging them in entrepreneurship which is an important source of economic growth and social development," he added.

Historical Monument Of Jose Abad Santos Unveiled In CSF [ Monday | 19th day of February, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

A historical monument of Chief Justice Jose Abad Santoswasunveiled Monday at the NLEX San Fernando Interchange along Jose Abad Santos Avenue, in the City of San Fernando, in celebration of his 132nd Birth Anniversary.

The construction of theNational Heroes' monument was initiated by the Department of Public Works and Highways 1st District Engineering Office.

During the program, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago thanked the DPWH for installing a memorial along the road that was named after the late hero. He said he hopes that this will remind every passing motorist ortourist of the heroism of Abad Santos.

"It is with pride and honor to have a historical monument built in our city—the hometown of our beloved hero Jose Abad Santos. More than an additional tourist attraction, this monument will surely inspire fellow Fernandinos to reflect and relive the good deeds of the Chief Justice.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Government also hosted a commemorative program which was highlighted by a wreath laying ceremony in front of Abad Santos' monument at the Capitol Grounds.

Present during the activities were Former President and now 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Third District Representative Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales, Davao City RepresentativeKarlo Alexei Nograles, Governor Lilia Pineda, Pampanga mayors, Councilor BJ Lagman, DPWH officials headed by Regional Director Antonio Molano and District Engineer William Bustos, and the descendants of Abad Santos led by his granddaughter Susana Abad Santos Madrigal Eduque.

Mayor EdSa As Guest Speaker On PHS Grand Alumni Homecoming [ Monday | 19th day of February, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago served as a guest speaker during the Pampanga High School Grand Alumni Homecoming on February 14 at the Kingsborough International Convention Center. The said gathering is part of the school's 110th Foundation Day.

This was attended by graduates of the said school from 1946 until 2000 aiming to strengthen camaraderie, reminisce best high school memories and to meet old and new friends.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago extended his congratulatory message to the Pampanga High School for achieving this significant milestone. He also lauded some graduates who have outstanding deeds and excelled in their fields.

"Sa tagal ng panahon, marami sa mga mag-aaral ng PHS na dati ay JASHS o Jose Abad Santos High School ang naging mga matagumpay sa kani-kanilang mga larangan at ito ang repleksyon ng kanilang simula, at dito po yun sa minamahal nating eskwelahan na Pampanga High School," Santiago said.

Santiago was also an alumnus in Pampanga High School, he shared his unforgettable experiences and learnings in his Alma Matter. He also stressed the importance of humility towards achieving excellence.

"Lagi ko nga pong sinasabi, huwag nating kakalimutan ang ating pinanggalingan, huwag natin bibitiwan ang ating mga values na nakuha natin mula sa Pampanga High School, dahil babalik-balikan natin ito. Lagi natin tatandaan ang ating mga pinagmulan, dahil ang mga ito ay ang siyang panday ng ating tagumpay. Ito ang nagpalakas sa atin na harapin ang ating mga anging kinabukasan," Santiago added.

Also present during the event were President of the Federation of Pampanga High School Jose Abad Santos High School Association Foundation (FEPJAAF) Col. Ernesto Dumas and Chairman of FEPJAAF Capt. Conrado Pacla.

Cityhood Trade Fair Opens In CSF [ Monday | 19th day of February, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando through its City Investment Promotions Office in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry Pampanga Provincial Office formally opened a three-day Cityhood Trade Fair and Diskwento Caravan on February 9 in front of the City Hall. The activity is line with the celebration of the 17th Cityhood Charter Anniversary.

The ceremonial opening was led by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Department of Trade and Industry Pampanga Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio, City Investment Promotions Officer Engr. Remedios Agoncillo, Business License and Permit Division Chief Joseph Garcia, Kaganapan 208 Chairperson Jun Pineda and PESO Manager Donny Sayre.

Dubbed "Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan para sa mga Fernandino" more than 20 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs participated in the said fair which featured the various local products made in the City of San Fernando such as native delicacies, pastries, wood crafts, linen products and other products at affordable prices.

In an interview Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said that the trade fair is one of the city's venue to promote its rich culture and to show the creativity of the Fernandinos who made their own local products and to strengthen those who ventured to entrepreneurships.

"Napakahalaga na tayo mismo ay tumatangkilik ng sarili nating mga produkto. Sa pamamagitan nito, tayo mismo ay nagiging daan upang malaman ng mga turista o ng ibang lugar kung gaano kaganda at kahanga-hanga ang ating mga produkto, ito rin ay pagsuporta natin sa ating mga kababayan upang patuloy silang mahikayat na magnegosyo" Santiago said.
The said fair will end on February 11, Sunday.

Job Fair In CSF Held In Line With The Cityhood Celebration [ Monday | 19th day of February, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando headed by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago through its City Employment Services Division in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and SM City San Fernando Downtown held a Cityhood Job Fair on February 9 at the said mall as part of the Kaganapan 2018 celebration.

More than 500 applicants have flocked in the job fair and 26 companies participated, comprising of 20 local companies and 6 for overseas.

City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Donny Sayre said the aim of the annual fair is to provide and open up careers for those who are still jobless, are fresh or vocational graduates for them to improve their quality of life.

"Sa katunayan, marami tayong inimbitahang kumpanya mapa pribado man yan o sa gobyerno upang makilahok sa fair na ito para mas malaki ang tsansa na madami ang makahanap ng trabaho," Sayre said.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said that the City Government of San Fernando is always willing to support and help the Fernandinos in creating livelihood opportunities since it is one of the administration's priority.

"Ito ang una nating job fair sa taong ito, asahan niyong patuloy pa rin ang aming pagbibigay ng mas marami pang oportunidad na makapagtrabaho para sa mga Fernandinos," Santiago said.

He also urged the job hunters to come in the city job fair and look for career opportunities that will fit in to their capabilities.

"Huwag niyong sayangin ang mga ganitong pagkakataon, dahil ito ang daan na magdadala sa inyo upang guminhawa ang inyong mga pamumuhay," Santiago added.

Meanwhile, the City government recognized some companies for their exemplary support and providing employment in the city.

Also present during the program were Dole Pampanga Chief Arlene Tolentino, SM City San Fernando Downtown Mall Manager Lana Erroba, Kaganapan 2018 Chairperson Jun Pineda, City Investment and Promotions Officer Engr. Remedios Agoncillo, DILG City Director Engr. Algy Canlas and Department of Trade and Industry Pampanga Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio.

CSF PNP Lauded For Exceptional Response [ Wednesday | 14th day of February, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

Eight Police Officersin the City of San Fernando were recognized by the local government, through its City Police Station, for their diligent effort and timely response in different crime incidents reported in January.

The awarding was led by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Nelson Lingat and Harvey Quiwa together with Deputy Chief of Police PC/Insp. Philip John Pineda.

PO3 Edwin Abad, PO2 Rio Basilio and PO2 Dandy Garcia were awarded for arresting a Bulgarian National named IvayloSashovGalabovwho was caught in the act of ATM Skimming on January 3, 2018 at the vicinity of BPI Family Bank in Barangay San Agustin.

The joint effort of SPO1 Jaime Fredeluces Jr, PO1 Eric Ronald Garcellano, PO3 PablitoEstoque Jr together with Traffic Enforcer MonicoBaluyut Sta. Ana was lauded for successfully responding to a robbing a Beauche International Beauty Producton January 27, 2018 in BarangaySto. Rosario. This resulted to the arrest of a Paul Lawrence Aragon Baun, a resident of Floridablanca town.

On the same day, two minors were also arrested after being caught in the act of dismantling carnapped motorcycles at the Tail Dike in Barangay San Pedro Cutud. The successful operation was conducted by SPO1 Jaime Fredeluces Jr, PO1 EdemjorPodrido, PO1 Jessie Dela Peña together with Barangay Peace Security Officers RinniePacaland Edgardo Casimirowho were also awarded by the local government.

In his speech, Mayor EdSacongratulated all the awardees for their commitment to duty and for their contributions to ensure thesafety and security of the constituents.

"Ipinagmamalakiko ang atingmgakapulisan at mga law enforcers ditosasyudaddahilsakanilangtapatnaserbisyongpubliko. I guarantee that there are no syndicated crimes in our city," he added.

CSF Holds Tribute Concert For LGU Female Employees [ Wednesday | 14th day of February, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

A tribute concert to all empowered female employees of the local government of San Fernando was conducted February 13 in celebration of Kaganapan 2018 and Valentine's Day.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago led the distribution of flowers and chocolates to some 842 female employees of the LGU and attached agencies including Municipal Trial Court in Cities, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Department of Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Commission on Elections and Commission on Audit.

The hardworking ladies were also serenaded through live performances of Filipino pop and R&B band South Border,home growntalents of the Cityband and Councilor Harvey Quiwa.
In his speech, Kaganapan 2018 Chairperson Jun Pineda said the activity is one of the highlights of the annual festivity of the Cityhood Charter anniversary.

"Tunaynahindimatatawaran ang inyongpagseserbisyosapubliko kaya namannais naming ihandog ang espesyalnaarawnaito para sainyo," he added.

Mayor EdSa, for his part, said this is a celebration of love and gratitude for the dedicated women in the workforce who are empowered to build a more prosperous society.
"Ditosa San Fernando, bida ang mgakababaihandahilisinusulong ng lokalnapamahalaan ang pagkakapantay-pantay ng kasarian at ang kanilangmgakarapatansapamamagitan ng iba't-ibangmgaprograma," the city mayorexplained.

Also present during the program were Office of the President Communication and Social Affairs Director Sonny Borja and wife Boots Borja, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Angie Hizon, BJ Lagman, RedenHalili, Tino Dizon, and Kaganapan2018 co-chairpersons Alex Magsino and Robbie Hizon.

CSF Acquires ‘Gulong Ng Karunungan' Vehicles [ Wednesday | 7th day of February, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando on Monday received two multi-purpose cabs dubbed ‘Gulong ng Karunungan' from the Philseven Foundation Inc., a corporate social responsibility arm of the 7-eleven operators in the Philippines.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Councilor Nelson Lingat and President of 7-eleven Philippines Steve Chen signed a Memorandum of Agreement and Deed of Donation/Acceptance for the formal turn-over of the vehicles to the local government.

The ‘Gulong ng Karunungan' cabs which are equipped with educational materials and school supplies will serve as mobile for Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) targeting children ages 0-4.

Assistant City Social Welfare and Development Officer Aileen Villanueva said the vehicles will be deployed in Barangay Del Pilar and Northville due to the absence of ECCD facilities in their area.

"We will also be sending volunteers who will teach our beneficiaries on a daily basis until they complete an entire school year," she added.

For his part, Mayor EdSa extended his gratitude to the foundation for choosing the city of San Fernando as their beneficiary, first in Pampanga.

"Your extended help for our Fernandino children will matter a lot to them not because of the provision of material gains but because of the lifetime seeding of knowledge and life skills that will enable them to live a better life," he added.

Meanwhile, Mayor EdSa together with the city councilors and department heads, led the blessing of the 22 newly acquired vehicles of the LGU.

Among these are the fire truck, tow truck, military jeeps, and adventure patrols that will be utilized to enhance the city's peace and order and public safety.

CSF Kicks Off Palarong Empleyado Year 4 [ Wednesday | 7th day of February, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

In line with the celebration of 17th Cityhood Charter Anniversary, the City Government of San Fernando through its City Human Resources and Development Office launched ‘Palarong Empleyado Year 4' on February 6 as part also of the city's Health and Wellness program.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago led the ceremonial lightning of torch to formally open this year's tournament that aims to promote camaraderie and build sportsmanship among the employees in the Local Government of San Fernando.

The annual activity started with a parade and followed by a short program at the City Hall Atrium. Four teams will be competing this year in the following activities Basketball, Billiards, Scrabble, Chess, Badminton, Volleyball and Table Tennis.

Also present during the program were Kaganapan 2018 Chairperson Jun Pineda and City Human Resources and Development Officer Rachelle Yusi and other department and division heads of the Local Government Unit.

Riverwalk In Brgy. Sta. Lucia Made Passable [ Wednesday | 7th day of February, 2018 | 2 months ago ]

The newly concreted Riverwalk in Brgy. Sta Lucia, City of San Fernando was blessed and formally turned over to the Local Government of San Fernando, headed by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, on February 5.

An estimated 280 meter stretch of the Riverwalk was made more passable to the public following the completion of the cementing and beautification project initiated by the Rotary Club of San Fernando (P).

Also present during the activity were Councilors BJ Lagman and Nelson Lingat, members of the Rotary Club of San Fernando headed by President Engr. Ferdinand Caylao, Kaganapan 2018 Chairperson Jun Pineda, Brgy. Officials of Sta. Lucia headed by Capt. Herman Quiwa and some city hall employees.

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