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Newly Promoted, Re-appointed CSF Employees Take Oath Of Office [ Wednesday | 17th day of April, 2019 | 2 months ago ]


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—More than 160 employees of the City Government of San Fernando who were newly promoted and re-appointed to permanent employment status took oath of office in a ceremony held on April 4, 2019 at Heroes Hall. 


The
promotion and re-appointment of these employees started on November 2018, which
marked the start of the implementation of the Partial Reorganizational
Structure and Staffing Pattern (PRSSP) in the city government.

“Way
back 2015, we were already making reviews and evaluation for each office in
preparation for the partial reorganization and at long last, with the very
tedious process and with the support of a technical working group. In November
2018, its implementation commenced,” said Rachelle Yusi, City Human Resource
Management Officer.

The
PRSSP was aimed to gradually transform the organization for each of the city
government’s office, which will result into a more dynamic and responsive local
governance.

CHRMO’s
Gian Carlo Angeles meanwhile said that the newly promoted and re-appointed
employees underwent a certain procedure to acquire their employment status.

“Yung
naging qualification standards na kailangan ma-meet ng mga employees ay
education, training, experience, at eligibility (Civil Service Commission),
base sa kanyang inaaplayan na specific position,” said Angeles.

He
also shared that apart from the need to meet the prescribed standards and
requirements, the applicants also underwent pre-screening (examination and
initial interview) stage and panel interview conducted by the Human Resource
Merit Promotion and Selection Board (HRMPSB), before the final ranking and
selection.













Some
heads of offices also witnessed the oath taking of their personnel. 


CSF Skills Training Beneficiaries Recognized [ Thursday | 11th day of April, 2019 | 2 months ago ]


At least 150 beneficiaries of the City Government of San Fernando’s livelihood and skills training program were recognized last week at Heroes Hall for completing their 15-day training on different skill areas. 


The
program was initiated by the City Employment Service Division, in partnership
with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).



These
beneficiaries underwent training on Massage Therapy, Hairdressing, and Beauty
Care under TESDA-accredited trainers in several barangays of this capital city
starting in February.



“Yung
recognition day, ginawa natin upang bigyang-pagkilala yung mga beneficiaries
natin na nakapagtapos ng kanilang training. Ito rin yung hakbang para
makapagsimula na sila sa kanilang self-employment undertakings,” said Meilyn
Gallarde, CESD Manpower Development Officer II.



The
completers will now undergo self-employment undertakings where they can hold
services for their respective clients using the starter kits awarded by the
city government. They also received certificates and training allowances.



“Hindi
natatapos sa graduation yung program natin for the beneficiaries. Kasama din sa
trabaho natin yung pag-momonitor sa kanilang undertakings and we are hoping na
magamit nila nang maigi yung trainings at starter kits,” she added.



Every year, the CESD
produces around 300 graduates of their skills training program. 


CSF-PESO Still Central Luzon’s Top PEIS Implementer [ Thursday | 11th day of April, 2019 | 2 months ago ]


The City of San Fernando’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) was still Central Luzon’s top implementer of PESO Employment Information System (PEIS) for 2018, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 3. 


This
led for the city’s PESO to be recognized once again during the 2018 PESO
Year-End Performance Assessment and 2019 Planning Exercises last week at Subic
Bay Travelers Hotel in Subic, Zambales.



It
can be recalled that the city was also named as the region’s top implementer of
the said program for 2017.



Cited
were CSF’s excellent performance in implementing PEIS in the areas of
Applicants Registration, Employers Registration, and Job Vacancies Posted,
through the leadership of Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago and PESO Manager Donny
Sayre.



DOLE’s
records showed that from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, the city has
garnered 5,168 applicants, 218 employers, and 16,286 posted job vacancies, the
highest total record set among all the component cities in the region.



Santiago,
for his part, said that the recognition is being dedicated to all Fernandinos
and partner-employers.



“Masaya
tayo na muli, kinilala ng DOLE ang ating PESO. Itong parangal na ito ay
iniaalay natin sa mga Fernandino na pursigido na makapagtrabaho para sa kanilang
mga pamilya at siyempre, sa ating mga partner-employers na naniniwala sa mga
kakayahan ng Fernandinos,” expressed Santiago.



The
awarding ceremony was attended by CSF-PESO personnel Dolor Aquino, Labor and
Employment Officer, and Mary Jerlynne Feliciano, Youth Development Officer, on
behalf of Santiago and Sayre. 


ECCD Products Moving-up Ceremonies Held [ Thursday | 11th day of April, 2019 | 2 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando finally began on March 25 at Heroes Hall the moving-up ceremonies for the completers of its Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program for 2019. 


This
marked the children’s completion of the 10-month ECCD program of the city
government, earning their Pre-Kinder 2 certificates. The program was
implemented thru the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).



Aileen
Villanueva, CSWD Officer, said these children, aged 4-5 years old, will now
move up to kindergarten, which marks the beginning of their “formative years”
or “formal schooling” under the mandate of the Department of Education (DepEd).



“Yung
Pre-K2 completers natin, sila na yung magmomove-up to Kinder. Ready na sila to
begin their ‘formative years’ under ng DepEd, after completing our 10-month
program,” said Villanueva.



Also,
during the first leg of ceremonies, Pre-Kinder 2 completers were joined by the
Pre-Kinder 1 completers, a set of children aged 3-4 years old, who’ll still
undergo ECCD program to have their ticket on their way to Pre-K2.



The
ECCD program, Villanueva explained, contained several domains of development
for the children before entering kindergarten, including physical,
socio-emotional, cognitive, and language, among others.



“Sa
ECCD, we are preparing the skills of the children para nakahanda na sila na
matuto sa mga eskwelahan. Mayroong iba’t-ibang areas ng skills yung
dine-develop natin sa mga bata para maging successful yung kanilang ‘formative
years’,” she added.



Mayor
Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, during his speech, said that the ECCD is his personal
favorite part of education life.



“Sa
lahat ng kabanata ng edukasyon, personally, yung ECCD ang pinakapaborito ko.
Dahil dito sa stage na ito mararamdaman mo yung unang kalinga at pagmamahal
mula sa iyong mga magulang at mga child development workers. Ito yung unang
hakbang sa karunungan na madadala mo na hanggang sa magtapos ka,” said
Santiago.



The next moving-up
rites for the ECCD program will be on March 27, April 2, 3, and 4, where some
3,000 completers are set to receive their Pre-K1 and Pre-K2 certificates of
completion. 


Sustainable, Eco- Feted Friendly CSF Schools Anew [ Thursday | 11th day of April, 2019 | 2 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando, through its City Environment and Natural Resources Office, and in partnership with Mother Earth Foundation, held on March 22, 2019 the awarding ceremony for 2019 Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools at The Souq.


The
awarding ceremony was held following a thorough screening and evaluation of participating
public and private schools in this capital city, which started on November 2018
until March of the current year.

A
total of 5 special awards and 2 major awards were bestowed on different
schools, with Malino Integrated School clinching the highest number of
recognitions, including the Most Outstanding School award.

During
his speech, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago remarked that the said program is part
of the “participative government” that CSF has established.

“This
is what we call ‘participative government’ where sectors outside government are
joining us in our advocacies. Katulad nitong sa programa natin, the members of
the academe are helping us para ma-achieve yung goal natin na San Fernando will
become a green, sustainable, and livable city through actions sa ating
environmental protection,” said Santiago.

City
Councilor BJ Lagman, Sangguniang Panlungsod Chairman on Committee on
Environmental Protection, Natural Resources Waterways and Flooding
Intervention, meanwhile remarked that the activity is timely since
environmental concerns should not only be dealt by the city government, but by
the schools, too.

Below
is the complete list of winners:

Best
in Portfolio:

·        
Malino
Integrated School

·        
Northville
High School

·        
St.
Scholastica’s Academy

Most
Innovative Project:

·        
Malino
Integrated School (Hydroponics Gardening)

·        
Sindalan
Elementary School (Manual Shredder)

Best
in Eco-Gulayan:

·        
Calulut
Integrated School

·        
Del
Carmen Integrated School

·        
Malino
Integrated School

·        
Pampanga
High School

·        
Sindalan
Elementary School

·        
University
of the Assumption

Best
in Materials Recovery Facility (MRF):

·        
Malino
Integrated School

·        
Nuestra
Señora Del Pilar Integrated School

·        
Pampanga
High School

·        
St.
Scholastica’s Academy

·        
University
of the Assumption

Outstanding
Youth for Environment in Schools Organization
(YES-O) Coordinators:

·        
Christina
Vitug (Del Carmen Integrated School)

·        
Walbert
Rizaldo (Malino Integrated School)

·        
Al
John Lacayanan (Malino Integrated School)

·        
Rechie
Jane Lingat (Nuestra Señora Del Pilar Integrated School)

·        
Regine
Bautista (San Isidro Integrated School)

·        
Agnes
Dizon (San Juan South Elementary School)

·        
Vangie
Galang (San Nicolas Integrated School)

·        
Rowena
Divinaflor (St. Vincent of Quebiawan Integrated School)

·        
Danica
Ramirez (Sto. Niño Elementary School)

·        
Alvin
Marc Dancel (Telabastagan Integrated School)

Outstanding
Schools:

·        
St.
Vincent of Quebiawan Integrated School

·        
Saguin
Integrated School

·        
Northville
High School

·        
Sto.
Niño Elementary School

·        
Maimpis
Elementary School

·        
San
Fernando Elementary School

·        
Del
Carmen Integrated School

·        
Lara
Integrated School

·        
San
Pedro Elementary School

·        
University
of the Assumption

Most
Outstanding Schools:

·        
Malino
Integrated School

·        
San
Juan South Elementary School

·        
St.
Scholastica’s Academy

·        
Pampanga
High School

·        
Nuestra
Señora Del Pilar Integrated School

·        
Sindalan
Elementary School















































































































The
winners received a certificate of recognition, banner, and a cash prize.


CSF Continues To Empower Solo Parents, Children Through Education [ Thursday | 11th day of April, 2019 | 2 months ago ]


An educational assistance is now at the hands of Fernandino solo parents and their children, a fruit of the effort in the education aspect of the city government led by Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago. 


Tagged
as “Educational Assistance to Solo Parents and their Children,” this
newly-established project was a brainchild of the City Social Welfare and
Development Office (CSWDO). It was staged on March 21, 2019 at Heroes Hall.

Solo
parents in this capital city, whose children are currently in Grades 1 to 8 in
schools, were granted with a P2,000 assistance which will be used for the
children’s education expenses.

“Malaki
ang paghanga ko sa mga solo parent ng siyudad San Fernando. Sila ay bahagi ng
lipunan na dapat kilalanin dahil sa angking tibay ng kalooban. Kaya bilang
rekognisyon, susuportahan natin ang pag-aaral ng kanilang mga anak,” remarked
Santiago during his speech.

For
the project’s premiere, some 500 solo parents were able to avail, and the CSWDO
said it hopes for the project to be staged annually so more beneficiaries will
be accommodated.

“Isasama
namin sa amendment na maging ganap na sana siyang program ng city at ma-stage
siya yearly para maipagpatuloy yung assistance sa mga solo parents,” said
Catherine Obra, Solo Parent Focal Person.











With
education being among Santiago’s top priorities, thousands of young Fernandinos
have been granted educational assistance, from scholarship and subsidy programs
to free college education.


CSF Promotes Health, Wellness Through Cooking [ Thursday | 11th day of April, 2019 | 2 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando held this year the second edition of Cooking Challenge among its employees on March 15 at City Hall in a bid to continuously promote health and wellness in the workforce. 


The
teams prepared several gourmet Filipino “a la carte” appetizers, main courses,
and desserts, with kalabasa (squash) and puso ng saging (banana blossom) as
their dishes’ main ingredients.

Squash
is widely-known for its health benefits, as it fights infections and promotes
healthy lungs and vision. Banana blossom, on the other hand, has the ability to
cure infection, cancer, and several diseases.

The
winning team was “Team Happy Lang,” which was composed of employees from City
General Services Office (CGSO) and City Engineer’s Office (CEO) with their
recipes: Squash-Banana Blossom Creamy Soup for appetizer; Chicken Pastel with
Squash-Banana Blossom sauce for the Main Course; and Squash-Banana Blossom
Pudding for dessert.

The
team met all the challenge’s criteria, with points on the dishes’ nutritional
value, taste, originality and creativity, with additional scores on the cost
friendliness, visual appeal, and over-all presentation.

“Team
Happy Lang” was joined by other winning teams, “Malasa Group” and “La Filipina
Taste” which prepared Vinaigrette Squash Dish, Kalabasa Chicken Curry, and
Kalabasa Graham and La Filipina Taco, Dorado Fi-To Ala Pobre, and Postre de
Calabaza with Banana Blossom on top, respectively.











Apart
from its accordance with the city’s health and wellness program, the activity
was also staged in line with the celebration of Women’s Month. 


Fernandinas Of All Sectors Join Int’l Women’s Day [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 3 months ago ]


Some 3,000 Fernandinas coming from different sectors marched along the major streets of the City of San Fernando on March 8, 2019, in time for the celebration of International Women’s Day and National Women’s Month. 


The
city’s observance, which was aimed to unite all women in this capital city
towards progress, was themed “Fernandinang Miyabe-abe Mipapantabe Para King
Panyulung ning Balen.”



Mayor
Edwin “EdSa” Santiago welcomed the participants for a short program at the
Heroes Hall after the march. He was joined by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, some
heads of offices, and Women’s Month executive committee members.



At
the program, the women were gifted with pampering services such as chair
massage, haircut, pedicure, and manicure. A film which tackled women
empowerment was also shown for them, followed by a bingo.



In
his message, Santiago remarked that women’s works impact not only their own
families, but the whole community.



“Kapag
nag-trabaho ang kababaihan, aangat ang pamilya. Kapag angat ang pamilya, angat
din ang barangay. Iyan ay magreresulta rin sa pag-angat ng isang siyudad, tulad
ng San Fernando. Kaya ang kanilang kakayahan, ating kinikilala,” said Santiago.



As
the city also pushes for health and wellness among women this Women’s Month,
Santiago said that through marching, these women were able to get good
exercise.



It
can be recalled that the city’s observance of Women’s Month was launched on
February 26 and several activities have been staged around the city. 


Fernandino ESAP Scholars Now ‘work-ready’ [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 3 months ago ]


Educational Scholarship Assistance Program (ESAP) beneficiaries of the City Government of San Fernando who’ll graduate from college this year are now armed with a “work-ready” outlook. 


This,
after the city government, in partnership with Department of Labor and
Employment (DOLE), held a run of Labor Education for Graduating Students (LEGS)
on March 7, 2019 at Heroes Hall.



The
graduating students were given insights on Basic Labor Standards by the DOLE
while the city’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) shared topics on job
hunting and job interview tips and the services that the office offers.



The
PESO mentioned that LEGS is a brainchild of DOLE, which seeks to orient the
future workers about the realities and challenges of the real working world.



In
his message, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago reminded the participants to continue
learning. “Learning does not stop in the four corners of a classroom. It is a
continuous process. Kapag naka-graduate na kayo at may trabaho na, mag-aral pa
rin kayo. Pag-aralan ninyo kung paano umasenso at maging matagumpay,” Santiago
said.



As
scholars of the city, he thanked the participants for being an inspiration to
others who wish to pursue education despite some circumstances.



“Nagpapasalamat
kami sa inyo dahil isinakatuparan ninyo yung pangarap namin na makapagtapos
kayo. Isa kayong inspirasyon sa ibang kabataan na kahit may kahirapan sa buhay,
kayo ay nagtiyaga na makatapos,” he added.



The
LEGS program of the city started in February in different colleges and
universities in the city and it is set to be staged in other institutions in
the coming weeks. 


Fernandinas To Lead Action Toward Clean Household Water [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 3 months ago ]


The City of San Fernando Water District (CSFWD) and PrimeWater San Fernando have expressed support to the city government’s actions in women empowerment, as they tapped Fernandinas to lead in their recent project. 


Pushing
for adequate and good quality water, the water district and PrimeWater awarded
hand water pumps to some Fernandina women’s groups.



The
said equipment will be utilized by several households in this capital city. The
ceremonial turnover of the equipment was held on March 7, 2019 at CSFWD
compound, in celebration of its 42nd anniversary and Women’s Month.



Engr.
Ferdinand Caylao, CSFWD Chairman of the Board of Directors, said that women
play a big role in protecting their family members’ health through adequate
water consumption.



“Yung
mga women’s groups yung nai-tap natin kasi alam nila yung lebel ng
pangangailangan ng bawat pamilya sa malinis na tubig, na magagamit nila sa pang
araw-araw,” said Caylao.



Caylao
added that aside from the awarding of pumps, the installation, maintenance, and
information dissemination to the family-beneficiaries about clean water will be
performed by the water district, together with their partners.



Present
during the ceremonial turnover of the pumps were Produktibong Kababaihan ng
Barangay Magliman, Aktibong Kababaihan ng Barangay Dela Paz Norte, Northville
San Fernando Women’s Organization, Kapit-bisig ng mga Kababaihan ng Barangay
Calulut, and Samahan ng mga Kababaihan ng Barangay Bulaon.



Amy
Catacutan, city’s Gender and Development focal person, expressed her gratitude
to the benefactors, on behalf of the women’s groups, for the project.



“Malaking
tulong yung proyekto na ito dahil ang mga kababaihan usually ang ang
nag-e-ensure sa safety ng kanilang pamilya, lalo na sa paggamit ng tubig. Kaya
nagpapasalamat tayo sa water district at PrimeWater para dito,” Catacutan said.



Meanwhile,
Caylao also mentioned that within the next few months, more water pumps will be
installed in the barangays as they target to cover all 35 villages in the city.



Aside
from the ceremonial turnover, the CSFWD also unveiled their newly-painted
concrete water tank and presented their Strategy Road Map for the next 9 years. 


CSF Leads Vaccination Drive Versus Japanese Encephalitis [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 3 months ago ]


The City of San Fernando took the lead in the regional launching of the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) mass vaccination program of Central Luzon co-organized by Department of Health Region (DOH) Region 3 on March 5, 2019 at Colegio de Sebastian. 


Central
Luzon was one of the first four regions in the Philippines to be granted
permission to conduct a free vaccination program for JE and to perform a mass
vaccination launching program, alongside regions 1, 2, 3, and the Cordillera
Administrative Region.



In
this capital city, the vaccination was performed to children coming from all
five rural health units whose ages range from 9 to 59 months old. JE, a viral
infection that is spread through mosquito bites and might cause human
disability and fatality, is prevented through vaccination, a way which has been
used by various countries for three decades now, according to DOH.



Dr.
Wilda Silva, National Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) Coordinator,
remarked that the vaccination launch is usually held in March, in preparation
for the wet season, when cases of JE are prevalent to children.



“Kaya
natin napili na gawin ang pagbabakuna tuwing Marso ay dahil tumataas ang kaso
ng Japanese Encephalitis tuwing rainy season. So, bago pa lang tumaas yung
afflicted or magkakasakit ng JE, ay mabigay na natin yung wastong proteksyon,”
explained Silva.



For
his part, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago encouraged every parent in the city to
support the campaign towards combatting the spread of JE in the city.



“Ibinababa
na ang vaccination program sa mga health centers natin. Katuwang natin ang City
Health Office kaya yung mga magulang, inaanyayahan natin na ipabakuna yung mga
bata sa ating mga centers. Malaki ang ating maiiaambag sa aspeto ng kalusugan
kung tayo ay susunod,” said Santiago.



Following
the launch, the vaccination will now be available to all health centers in the
city for the whole month of March. Also present during the activity were Vice
Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, DOH 3 Regional Director Cesar Cassion, and City Health
Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino, together with health personnel from all seven
provinces in the region. 


CSF Joins Nation In Fire Prevention Month Observance [ Wednesday | 13th day of March, 2019 | 3 months ago ]


The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) San Fernando led the launch of the fire prevention month observance of this capital city during Monday’s flag raising ceremony at City Hall. 


According
to City Fire Marshal Chief Inspector Roderick Marquez, the month of March was
declared to as “Fire Prevention Month” since it always records an increasing
number of fire incidents nationwide.



“Yung
programa natin kontra sunog ay buong taon naman. We just double them during
March dahil ito yung na-declare na prevention month. Ito yung buwan kung saan
tumataas ang mga fire-related cases sa bansa,” said Marquez.



Prior
to the official launch, the BFP held last week at City Hall an art contest for
drawing, poster-making, and essay writing to Fernandino pupils and students,
with topics involving fire safety consciousness.



While,
during the launch, some members of the agency demonstrated fire safety actions
for kitchen fires, which, as the BFP stated, is one of the most prevalent types
of fire incidents in San Fernando.



The
agency also distributed free fire extinguishers to select employees and safety
tips brochures with contents on safety measures such as putting a smoke alarm,
fire extinguisher, and emergency exit plan in their homes and on being vigilant
on activities involving fire.



Mayor
Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, for his part, urged Fernandinos to be part of the BFP’s
campaign towards fire prevention.



“We
would like to extend our gratitude to the BFP for letting us be part of this
campaign. Tayong mga Fernandino, kailangan makiisa tayo sa kampanyang ito,
dahil maraming buhay at ari-arian ang mapeperwisyo kung magpapabaya tayo.
Sundin natin ang mga simpleng panawagan ng ahensya,” said Santiago.



For
other fire safety measures, you can call the BFP San Fernando at 961-2313 or
visit their office beside the City Hall. 

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