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Thousands Of Fernandinos Benefit From PhilHealth Coverage Anew [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 1 week ago ]

A total of 5,888 Fernandinos benefited from Local Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or Philhealth Alaga Ka program of the City Government of San Fernando, through the initiative of Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago and the City Health Office.

first of the three-day distribution of Membership Data Record (MDR) was held on
February 18, 2019 at Heroes Hall, where beneficiaries from fifteen (15)
barangays under the Rural Health Units (RHUs) 2 and 4 were accommodated.

under the RHU 5, covering five (5) barangays meanwhile acquired their records
on February 19 at Northville village.

February 20, another set of beneficiaries, coming from first and third RHUs,
covering fifteen (15) barangays will be receiving their records, also at Heroes

during his speech on the first day of the distribution, reiterated that this
action is in support with the Universal Health Care program.

promised to all Fernandinos na by 2019, lahat ay covered na ng PhilHealth. Ito
na yung sinasabi nating mission. We do it now. We want to be compliant with the
Universal Health Care program dahil gusto natin, everyone has an access to
quality health care,” said Santiago.

can be recalled that in November 2017, Santiago was named ‘PhilHealth Advocate’
for his support and strong implementation of the agency’s national health
insurance programs towards the achievement of Universal Health Care.

city was also then cited for having the highest number of enrolled members in

Santiago Supports Hoops, Dance Superstar-wannabes [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 1 week ago ]

The Heroes Hall grounds in the City of San Fernando over the weekend was jam-packed with young Fernandino basketball players and dance groups as the city hosted the opening of Inter-Barangay Basketball Tournament, alongside a dance competition. 

Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, together with Vice Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda and
Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, led the opening ceremony of the basketball

tournament, chaired by former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player
and incumbent City Councilor Ato Agustin, was participated by the city’s 35
barangays, divided into different clusters.

sa pinagkakaisa ng sports, katulad ng basketball, ang mga Fernandinos, ito ay
nagsisilbi ring gabay upang makilala ang ating magigiting na manlalaro sa
basketball scene. We are doing this for the aspiring basketball superstars
because we want you to achieve your dreams,” said Santiago.

who visited the ceremony, together with other prominent Kapampangan PBA players
such as Arwind Santos, Ian Sangalang, and Calvin Abueva, urged the players to
instill discipline when they play.

have plenty of great players here in the province of Pampanga and we are happy
that the City of San Fernando continues to nurture your basketball skills para
mas dumami pa sila lalo. But always remember na hindi lang galing ang
ipinapairal sa laro, dapat kasama ang disiplina,” Pineda said.

seven dance groups from different villages in the city participated in the
Extreme Fernandino Dance Crew—the Ultimate Showdown.

groups showcased a mixture of old and contemporary concepts, including a
representation of Kapampangan cultures and traditions.

all-male crew, “Vivacious,” from Barangay Lourdes, emerged as winners in the
said competition.

is a form of exercise and art. Natutuwa tayo na may mga kabataang Fernandino pa
rin ang nagpapamalas ng kanilang talento through dancing, kahit na maraming
distractions sa modern world.

is part of our history, and we are in full support sa ating dancers na
tumatangkilik pa rin dito,” Santiago said.

two events were staged in line with the celebration of San Fernando’s 18th
Cityhood Anniversary or Kaganapan.


Fernandinos Dance Their Way Through Health And Wellness [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 1 week ago ]

More than a thousand health and wellness advocates joined Kaganapan 2019’s Zumba Marathon at Robinsons Starmills Pampanga on February 15, 2019.

and Development (GAD) Focal Person Amalia Catacutan said that with the numbers
of participating Zumba groups, this marathon is considered as one of the
biggest similar events to be hosted by the city government.

Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, during his opening remarks, said that Zumba is a good
tool in achieving a healthy and stress-free lifestyle.

always say that dancing is a form of exercise. Kapag tayo ay nag-ehersisyo,
nakaka-attract tayo ng positive energy na makakatulong upang maalis yung stress
natin,” said Santiago.

also mentioned that with the growing number of Zumba groups now, it is the
perfect time to recognize their efforts in sharing their skills.

the marathon proper, around 30 Zumba participants from different barangays
joined in the “ultimate showdown” and received special prizes.

city government awarded individuals with best outfits, best smiles, and best
moves, alongside other awards such as Most Energetic, Zumba Gold (oldest
participant), and Zumba Young (youngest participant).

at the event were City Councilors BJ Lagman, Harvey Quiwa, and Nelson Lingat,
together with former Board Member Raul Macalino.

CSF Continues To Champion Employees’ Personal Development [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 1 week ago ]

Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago led this year’s observance of Employees’ Day, an annual activity of the city government considered as an avenue for personal development of employees outside their workplaces.

Through the initiative
of the City Human Resource Management Office (CHRMO), the activity was staged
over the past week at Heroes Hall, where several indoor and outdoor
competitions were held to test the employees’ mental and physical abilities.


Santiago, during his
speech, reiterated his view on human resource management.


“I believe that human
resource is the greatest among all the resources. We are doing this because we
protect our employees here. We want their personalities to be developed because
it helps them become productive at work,” Santiago said.


The celebration
started with a parade of colors led by city officials and employees who were
divided into four clusters: Blue Panthers, Yellow Eagles, Orange Buffalos, and
Green Dragons.


The Palarong Empleyado
also officially opened during the program.


“Laro ng Lahi”, which
featured some Filipino traditional games like “patintero,” tug-o-war, “agawang
panyo,” sack race, and Chinese garter, was also staged at the hall grounds,
followed by a run of famous television game shows such as “Celebrity Bluff” and
“Pera o Bayong.”


Other fun activities
such as Bingo, bring me game, and raffle were correspondingly held.


The activity
culminated through Ginoo at Binibining City Hall, where some fine ladies and
gentlemen in the LGU showcased their personality, wit, and intelligence.


Rachelle Yusi, CHRM
Officer, reminded the employees of some values needed to be instilled when they
work and when they’re into recreation.


“We build stronger
relationships because of our annual E-Day and we can be able to do this kung
hindi po natin kakalimutan ang 'camaraderie' and 'rapport.' Let us become
better persons with the challenges we experience in the workplace,” said Yusi.


ECCD Parents Grace ‘responsible Parenting’ Seminar [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 1 week ago ]

Parents in the City of San Fernando, whose children undertake Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) graced seminar about ‘responsible parenting’ on February 19, 2019, at Heroes Hall.

Edwin “EdSa” Santiago said that CSF, being one of the pioneer implementers of
the ECCD in the country, will not stop educating the parents, for the
betterment of their children.

pinakamagandang regalo na maibibigay natin sa mga magulang ay ang edukasyon
tungkol sa tamang pangangalaga ng anak. Gusto natin na nasa wastong landas ang
mga batang Fernandino kaya sinisimulan natin ito sa mga magulang,” said

the initiative of City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), these
parents are given insights by two speakers who advocate for child development
and child protection.

Olga Angelinetta Tulabut, Angeles University Foundation’s Dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences discussed “Parenting Challenges in Today’s Generation.”

an orientation on United Nations Convention on Rights of a Child and Child
Protection was discussed by Trinidad Maneja of the End Child Prostitution and
Trafficking (ECPAT) Philippines.

Santiago Vows Continued Support To Transport Groups [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 1 week ago ]

Officers and members of the federations of jeepney, tricycle, and three-wheeler in the city graced anew the Transport Summit, held over the weekend at Heroes Hall. 

Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, during the program, reiterated that the transport
sector, being one of the most valuable sectors of the society, should continue
benefitting from the administration’s programs and projects.

nating ibahagi sa mga asosasyon ng transportasyon ang direksyon na ating
tinatahak at tatahakin pa sa mga susunod na panahon. Ang direksyon sa maraming
aspeto katulad ng sa kalusugan, pangkabuhayan, edukasyon, at yung kanilang
pangkalahatang kapakanan,” he said.

local chief executive underscored that the city government continues to provide
coverage of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and medicines
to the sector members.

also shared that members of these drivers’ families have access to quality
education in the city, through a scholarship program, and livelihood trainings.

in the position of delivering peace and order in the city, Santiago also
underscored that the city continues to instill discipline and dedication among
the traffic enforcers and city marshals, as addressing traffic congestion is
one of CSF’s top priorities.

of the objectives also ng ating pagtitipon is to inform the member sectors that
peace and order is a shared responsibility between them and our officers. Sa
part po ng city government, we do our efforts para maging disiplinado at
dedikado sila sa trabaho,” he expressed.

can be recalled that in the past years, the city has staged similar events such
as traffic summit and mass transportation program which were aimed to address
concerns and problems regarding traffic operations and to find adequate plans
and solutions. 

Job Vacancies In The Kaganapan 2019 Job Fair Reached Up To Some 4,200, Accommodating Applicants From This Capital City And Nearby Towns. [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 1 week ago ]

The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) shared that more than 40 local companies from the province, including those from Metro Manila and some parts of Central Luzon, participated in the said fair, together with overseas companies that are Middle East and Japan-based. 

Annies Ong, Labor and Employment Officer II of the Department of Labor and
Employment (DOLE) Pampanga Field Office, remarked that job fairs benefit
applicants in many aspects.

job fair does not only have Pampanga companies. Mayroon din tayo from Manila
and other cities and provinces. So doon pa lang, malaking tulong na sa mga
aplikante dahil makakatipid sila sa pamasahe, sa pagod, at mas maraming
opportunities,” said Ong.

Ferdinand Caylao, Kaganapan 2019 Chairperson, on the other hand, lauded the
city government for its efforts in giving employment opportunities to

sa mga job fairs na inoorganisa ng city, together with its partners, we can see
na mas maraming Fernandinos ang nagkakatrabaho. Kung ikukumpara natin sa
previous fairs, the number of applicants are declining. Siguro it’s a
manifestation na mas marami na ang may trabaho ngayon, pero siyempre, we will
still continue,” expressed Caylao.

being one of the city’s top priorities, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago vowed to
hold more similar activities. “Right after a Fernandino finishes his or her
studies, maghahanap nang trabaho yan. And hindi lang doon, being employed in a
company also nurtures one’s skills and knowledge at siyempre, isa yang paraan
upang matustusan ang araw-araw na pangangailangan,” he said.

city officials and representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment,
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and Department of Trade and
Industry also graced the said fair as CSF’s partners. 

Late Fernandino Leader Recognized By CSF [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 1 week ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, through Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, commemorated the 50th Death Anniversary of the late Fernandino leader, Levi Panlilio, on December 28, 2018.

observance, which was also attended by the late leader’s relatives, highlighted
the unveiling of his bust monument built in Calulut village, including the signage
of the certificate of transfer to the marker between Santiago and Theresa
Panlilio-Rivera, descendant of the late leader.

the ill-fated scenario during his term as CSF’s local chief executive in 1968
where he was brutally slain by unidentified men in the said village, Panlilio
is still described as a great leader.

on the marker, “Panlilio served with excellence and integrity the people of San
Fernando, upholding always the welfare of the masses,” this leader is still
remembered up to these times.

for his part, said that every time the city memorializes the passing of the
late leader, new breed of Fernandinos are given insights about his heroism.

Itong komemorasyon sa pagkamatay ng ating
dating alkalde, hindi lamang ginagawa upang kilalanin ang pagka-lider niya. Isa
rin itong paraan upang maibahagi sa mga bagong Fernandinos ang kaniyang
kabayanihan at kontribusyon
,” expressed Santiago.

Maaaring ang pagkalipas ng isang bayani ay
siya namang pagkasilang ng mga bagong bayani.
This will be an inspiration
to young Fernandinos who also aspire to become leaders like Panlilio,” he

the descendants of Panlilio extended their gratitude to the city, through the
City Tourism Office, which spearheaded the observance.

Mayor “EdSa” Leads Kaganapan 2019 Launching [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 1 week ago ]

Marami ang nag-pursigi upang matamo ng San Fernando ang pagiging siyudad nito, labing walong taon na ang nakakaraan. Ngayon, tayo naman ang patuloy na nagpupursigi upang matamo ng ating mahal na siyudad ang progreso, tungo sa pagkakaisa.”

was Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago’s remark during the official launching of the
month-long San Fernando’s 18th Cityhood Charter Celebration on
January 28, 2019, at City Hall.

highlighted on his speech that the city government, together with the Kaganapan
2019 Executive Committee, headed by Engr. Ferdinand Caylao, made this year’s
concept “inclusive” for every Fernandino, lining up activities intended for all
the sectors of the society.

January 31, the city will observe Teachers’ Heroism Day, followed by the
kick-off of Kaganapan City-wide Sale on February 1, alongside the Citywide
Clean-Up Day.

(2) activities will also be held on February 2, including the Padyak Para Sa
Kalusugan at Kalikasan and the Sending off of CSF’s participants to the Central
Luzon Regional Athletics Association (CLRAA).

city will also celebrate the Chinese New Year, which features Experience China
Exhibit and Spring Festival Concert, starting on February 3 until 9th.

February 4, the city will hold a Thanksgiving Mass and Multi-Sectoral Assembly,
along with The Outstanding Fernandino Awards 2019.

celebration continues on February 6, through the Launching of the City Civic
Center, together with the Cityhood Agri and Trade Fair, while on the 8th,
Refill Revolution and Cityhood Job Fair will happen.

February 9, the Pet Mo, Show Mo and Rabies Forum will ensue, together with the
Inter-Barangay Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Festival of Talents.

city will then launch the Market Summit and the Urban Gardening-Subdivision on
February 11, followed by the Farm Link on the 12th, and Harana and
“Gamot para sa Kapwa” Medical and Dental Mission on the 13th.

14 events include Farmers’ Day and the start of a two-day Kasalan king Balen,
which lasts until February 15, marking the day for Zumba Marathon.

February 16, another four (4) events will be staged, including Kayanakang
Fernandino Concert and Dance Contest, Launching of Joint Fire and Rescue
Olympics, Fernandino E-Sports Cup Assembly and Fernandino E-Sports Tournament.

18, meanwhile, marks the start of Seniors Day Out, which will end on February

Parenting Seminar for Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Parents will
happen on February 19 while on February 20 and February 26 to 28, the Parenting
Seminar for School-Based Parents will take place.

February 21, the Blood Letting Project will occur, followed by the Employees’
Day on February 22, which includes Sports Fest Kick-off and Lakan at Mutya ning
City Hall.

celebration will culminate through a Traffic Summit on February 23 and
Me-Negosyo on February 26.

can be recalled than on February 4, 2001, San Fernando officially became a
component city, following the approval of Republic Act 8990, making it the 99th
city in the Philippines.

for his part, lauded Santiago and the whole city government for “continuing the
legacies placed by previous leaders and for implementing new breed of programs
for the Fernandinos.”

year’s celebration is anchored with a theme, “Ratsada ning Serbisyu, Diretsu
ing Asensu.”

CSF Joins Nation In Zero Waste Month Celebration [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 1 week ago ]

As part of San Fernando’s observance of the National Zero Waste Month, the city government hosted an Eco Bag Making Contest and Zero Waste Olympiad Environmental Quiz Bee over the past week at Vista Mall.

City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) partnered anew with
Mother Earth Foundation in staging these activities, participated by elementary
pupils and high school students from public and private schools in this capital

including clothes, sacks, doy packs, and tarpaulins, were used in the Eco Bag
Making Contest, where the participants were adjudged by their bags’ creativity
and designs, utilization of used materials, uniqueness and originality, and
usability and strength.

students’ wits, on the other hand, were tested during the Olympiad, with series
of “environmental” questions prepared by Mother Earth Foundation.

is the list of winners for the Eco Bag Making Contest:

School Category

1st Place-
Silvester Monroy, Sto Niño Elementary School

2nd Place-
Ma. Patricia Tapang, San Juan South Elementary School

3rd Place-
Kaelyn Ogardo, Lara Integrated School


High School Category

1st Place-
Cherry David, Magliman Integrated School

2nd Place-
Danielle Rubene Tiqui, Pampanga High School

3rd Place-
Miriam Luz Jurado, Asian Caregiving and Technical Educational Center


The winners for Zero
Waste Olympiad are as follows:


1st Place-
Abbigail Dimatulac, San Isidro Integrated School

2nd Place-
Eulysis Mananquil, Pampanga High School

3rd Place-
Stephanie Joy Oblino, Malpitic Integrated School


mandated by Presidential Proclamation No. 760, the whole month of January was
declared as National Zero Waste Month in the Philippines which promotes having
a resourceful lifestyle, through the use of plastic-free materials, and is
pursuant to Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of




Mayor “EdSa” Leads Tribute To “Teacher Heroes” [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 1 week ago ]

City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago led the tribute program for “Teacher Heroes” on January 31, 2019 at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center, in honor of their valuable contribution to the election scene almost four decades ago.

to the Division of City Schools San Fernando, these teachers were recognized
for “safeguarding the sanctity of ballot boxes cast” during the January 30,
1980 local election, giving way for the then Municipality of San Fernando to
hold special election on April 11, 1983.

the program, dubbed “Teachers’ Heroism Day,” they were imparted with song and
dance performances and tokens of gratitude, as part of the city government’s
tribute efforts.

kong sinasabi na maraming paraan upang ikaw ay maging bayani. Isa sa mga
paraang ito ay ang pagiging guro. Hindi lang pagiging basta guro kung hindi
guro na matapat at may malasakit sa kapakanan ng lahat,”

Ronnie Mallari, Office of the Schools Division Superintendent OIC, on the other
hand, remarked that “the teachers have done a truly remarkable gesture that
will inspire all the current teachers in the city.”

Leonila Maglaqui, one of the serving teachers during the said election, on behalf
of her co-teachers, expressed her gratitude to the people behind the tribute

Salamat sa lokal na gobyerno, sa
Division of City Schools, at sa aming mga
kapwa-guro. Ang aming kabayanihan ay isang gabay upang makapagtaguyod tayo ng
isang matiwasay na pamayanan, na magsisimula sa mga kabataan
,” said

Teachers’ Heroism Day is one of the various activities for CSF’s 18th
Cityhood Charter Anniversary Celebration, which kicked-off last week.

South Korea-based Rotary Club Visits CSF [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 1 week ago ]

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—The Rotary Club of Shinseongnam in South Korea, headed by their president, Cho Min Kook, visited Heroes Hall in this city on January 14, 2019, as its members and officers paid courtesy call on Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago. 

activity also highlighted a luncheon meeting between the South Korea-based club
and its “sisterclub,” The Rotary Club of San Fernando, wherein a Memorandum of
Agreement on the establishment of their Sisterhood Club Relation was signed.

part will serve as an entry for the two clubs to become partners in their activities
and projects.

himself a Rotarian, recapped his impression on the building of Rotary Clubs,
citing, “Rotary clubs are built to cater to all business and professional
leaders with a purpose to provide humanitarian services to people.”

also congratulated the two clubs for staging such activity, which for him, is
“an indication of a growing partnership towards a larger humanitarian service.”

a wreath-laying ceremony on Dr. Jose Rizal’s monument completed the program,
which was spearheaded by Santiago and Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, together with
the members of the clubs.

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