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CSF Encourages Women Entrepreneurship [ Thursday | 16th day of March, 2017 | 1 month ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando started today a two-day seminar on doing and growing business which was participated in by different groups of women from all 35 barangays and entrepreneurs from private sectors.

Initiated by the City Investment and Promotions Office, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry and the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the seminar is focused on the discussion of steps in starting a small business, business taxation and business trends.

The participants were also referred to rural banks that offer financial assistance to micro, small and medium enterprises.

"As we celebrate women's month, we want to encourage Fernandinas to engage in entrepreneurial activities so they can maximize their potentials and make money on their own," Mayor Edwin Santiago said in an interview.

He added that various programs are provided by the city's Negosyo Center to aid new and even existing entrepreneurs.

"We have our labeling and packaging facility and our very own Pasalubong Center where they can produce their local products." Santiago said.

Also present during the seminar were Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, DTI Pampanga Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio and CIPO Project Development Officer Jeffrey Yutuc.

CSF Holds Women's March And Pampering Day [ Thursday | 9th day of March, 2017 | 2 months ago ]

In line with the celebration of Women's Month, hundreds of Fernandinas hit the streets Wednesday to promote awareness and the health of women in this capital city.

Around 400 participants gathered in three different starting points—Pampanga High School, Barangay San Jose, and Tagulud, Sta. Lucia—before proceeding to the Heroes Hal for the program.

The event is part of the City's month-long series activities where health and wellness program are included.

This was followed by Pampering Day in which women from the City Hall were treated to free services such as foot spa, manicure and pedicure, massage, haircut and hot oil.

"Our theme for this year's celebration is: We Make Change Work for Women and we aim to give due recognition to the contributions of Fernandina in our society" said Mayor Edwin D. Santiago.

Women's Month Calendar Of Activities Slated [ Tuesday | 7th day of March, 2017 | 2 months ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, headed by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, has slated this year's activities for the celebration of Women's Month.

Themed "We Make Change Work for Women", this year's celebration aims to give due recognition to the contributions of Filipino women in our society.

The month-long celebration will kick off during the International Women's March that will be followed by Pampering Day Program set on March 8.

The Department of Trade and Industry in partnership with the City Investment and Promotion Office shall conduct a Roving Academy and Go Nego Kabuhayan Product Showcase on March 15 to 16 at the Heroes Hall.

Fernandina Entrepreneurs will also have an opportunity to sell their product during the Women's Trade Fair from March 17 to 18 at the City Hall.

Male employees of the City Government will compete in a Quiz Bee on Magna Carta of Women on March 20.

Students of City College, Pampanga High School, and Sindalan High School shall undergo a Forum for the Youth and Students on March 21 and 22.

The City Government will also sponsor a seminar on couples rights on March 23 and 24 at the Heroes Hall.

The 4th All Women Health and Wellness Program shall be held on March 24.

Members of the Fernandina Women's Federation are invited to attend their General Assembly on March 25 at the Heroes Hall.

A Bloodletting Activity shall be held on March 30 at the City Hall.

Pregnant Fernandinas and their partners are also invited to attend a Buntis Summit for Couples on March 31 at Robinson's Event Center.

CSF Holds Labor Education For Graduating Students [ Tuesday | 7th day of March, 2017 | 2 months ago ]

Some 400 Fernandino students who are beneficiaries of the local government's Educational Scholarship Assistance Program (ESAP) are now job ready following the conduct of Labor Education for Graduating Students (LEGS) over the weekend.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said the program, initiated by the Department of Labor and Employment, seeks to prepare graduating students of vocational and baccalaureate courses for the real world through life skills training and job referral to notable companies.

"Education has always been our top priority but our commitment does not end merely in providing these students with quality education, we also want to ensure that they will land a good job" Santiago added.

During the program, the city's Public Employment and Services Office and representatives from DOLE took part in giving tips during job hunting and job interviews and discussing the Basic Labor Standards which highlights the roles, responsibilities and rights of an employee.

Selected hiring companies including iQor, Amaia Lands and Optimized Customer Solutions Inc. also participated during the event.

For his part, PESO Manager Donny Sayre said this initiative helps decrease unemployment rate as well as minimize job mismatch in the city.

"We also encouraged the students to submit their resumes to the PESO but for those who wish to apply to the participating companies, they may already submit their resumes directly," he added.

Also present during the activity were Councilor Reden Halili, ESAP head Jason Caguiat and Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Aurita Laxamana.

CSF Observes Rabies Awareness Month [ Monday | 6th day of March, 2017 | 2 months ago ]

In line with the observance of Rabies Awareness Month, the City Government of San Fernando on Saturday conducted pet consultation and free anti-rabies vaccination in Barangay San Felipe.

The activity was realized through the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office in partnership with the A.B. Communication students from the University of the Assumption.

During the program, City Veterinarian Dr. Ryan Paul Manlapaz stressed the importance of responsible pet ownership in rabies prevention.

"We encourage our Fernandinos to have their pets checked regularly as the city offers various treatments such as vaccination against rabies and deworming medication," he added.

Manlapaz also said that it is the responsibility of the owners to provide pets with food, shelter and care; thus, contribute to the local government's stray animal control practice.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said the city will continue to raise public awareness and provide services on the prevention of both human and animal rabies.

"We want to attain a rabies free city in support to the Department of Health's thrust towards a rabies free Philippines by 2020," Santiago added.

CSF Awards New Machineries Farmers To [ Thursday | 2nd day of March, 2017 | 2 months ago ]

Farmers from the City of San Fernando on Monday received new rice farming machineries from the local government through the initiative of the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office.

"We give them the full responsibility of safekeeping these equipments but we encourage them to maximize its use. Pwede rin nilang ipahiram sa ibang kalapit na barangay," Sangumay said.

Meanwhile a combine harvester amounting to P 1.8 million was received by the Chairman of the city's Sanduguan Farmers Association.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said the city will continue to provide farmers with modern technologies to boost efficiency while minimizing agricultural labor cost.

"We want to simplify the techniques from farming to harvesting period to allow more production and increase the farmers' income," Santiago added.

The awarding is in line with the farm mechanization project under the 2016 Bottom-up budgeting.

CSF Allots PCF For Farm-to-market Roads [ Thursday | 23rd day of February, 2017 | 2 months ago ]

The Alasas to Del Rosario road in the City of San Fernando was made more accessible to the public following the completion of the upgrading and concreting project initiated by the local government.

This farm-to-market road project was realized through the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) given by the Department of Interior and Local Government.

City Local Government Operations Officer Engr. Jose Algy Canlas said PCF is an incentive fund awarded to qualified LGUs to support programs and projects that are consistent with the national goals and priorities.

"In 2014, the city received a total amount of P 3 Million for being a recipient of the DILG's Seal of Good Local Governance in recognition to their outstanding performance," Canlas added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said that the implementation of this program will further help the local government in the delivery of basic services to the grassroots.
"Our city continuously grows in terms of economic and development and we do not want our constituents in the rural areas to be left behind," he added.

The Alasas to Del Rosario road serves as an interconnectivity road that benefits thousands of Fernandinos particularly residents of Barangays Alasas, Del Rosario, San Isidro and Magliman.

"Through the accessibility of this road, we can also attract our rural constituents to market their products in the local markets," Mayor EdSa ended.

CSF Donates Rescue Equipment To PAF [ Tuesday | 21st day of February, 2017 | 2 months ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando on Monday donated used rescue equipment amounting to more than P 400,000 to the Philippine Air Force (PAF), 2nd Air Force Wing Reserve in Clark Air Base.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago led the formal turn-over of used equipment to B/Gen. Artemio Adasa, Jr., Wing Commander of 2nd Air Force Wing Reserve and Col. George Tagle, Commanding Officer of 2nd Air Reserve Center.

The donation includes 4 rubber boats, 6 trauma bags, triangular bandage, throw bag and a rescue static which were utilized by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office during their previous operations.

In his speech, the city mayor said the transfer of equipment aims to build strong partnerships to capable agencies in order to enhance disaster resilience within the community.

"The Philippine Air Force has been our active partner during rescue and relief operations. We hope to aid them in prolonging their commitment to render fast and safe response to their call of duty," Santiago added.

CDRRM Officer Raymond Del Rosario, for his part, shared that PAF played a significant role during the onslaught of Habagat intensified by Typhoon Maring in 2012.

"They were among the first to respond and give assistance to Fernandinos who are then affected by the flood brought about by the heavy rains that even breached the tail dike in Brgy. San Pedro," Del Rosario explained.

Meanwhile, PAF has given Certificates of Appreciation to Mayor EdSa, Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco who were also present during the ceremony.

CSF Holds Phil-China Traditional Cultural Fest [ Tuesday | 21st day of February, 2017 | 2 months ago ]

In an aim to strengthen amicable ties between Philippines and China, the City Government of San Fernando on Monday hosted the 17th annual Philippine-China Traditional Cultural Festival at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

The festival was jointly sponsored by the local government, through its City Tourism and Investment Promotions Office, Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc., Filipino Chinese Amity Club, Inc., and Quanzhon City Cultural Troupe.

Representatives from China have showcased their skills in acrobatics, martial arts or commonly known as Kung Fu and Marionette puppetry show.

Different genres of music and dances were also presented to the Kapampangan audience.
Meanwhile, Filipino performances included drum and lyre exhibition by the students from Pampanga High School and an instrumental presentation by Dolores Elementary School Rondangklung Ensemble.

The Holy Angel University dance theater also performed some of the popular dances in China including lion dance, fan dance and lantern dance.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago extended his warm gratitude to the Chinese partners for showing their rich culture and tradition to the Filipino community.

"This event is a celebration of friendship, between two countries, through a cultural show. We thank you for letting us see a glimpse of your beautiful tradition in China," Santiago added.
The Festival culminates the celebration of the 16th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando or Kaganapan 2017.

CSF Cycling Caravan Attracts Thousands Of Cyclists [ Wednesday | 15th day of February, 2017 | 2 months ago ]

Thousands of cyclists took to the downtown streets of the City of San Fernando during the 2017 Cycling Caravan held over the weekend.

For this year, the caravan covered a 47 Kilometer route from Consunji Street, in front of City Hall, up to the Heroes Hall in Brgy. San Juan.
Dubbed 'Padyak para sa Kalusugan at Kalikasan', Mayor Edwin 'EdSa' Santiago stressed that the annual activity aims to promote good health and a greener environment through biking.

Last year, the city launched its first phase of bicycle lanes which are accessible along the stretch of Lazatin Boulevard.
"Cycling is a cheap yet efficient mean of transport. Aside from the fact that it improves one's overall fitness level, it can also help reduce traffic congestion and minimize air pollution," added Mayor EdSa.

Also present during the caravan were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Community Affairs Division Head Engr. Jose Diaz and Kaganapan 2017 Chairperson Robbie Hizon.

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Mayor Edwin 'Edsa' Santiago promotes the importance of cycling during a caravan held February 4 in line with the celebration of Kaganapan 2017.

CYCLING CARAVAN. Thousands of cyclists join this year's caravan held over the weekend as part of the the celebration of Kaganapan 2017

100 Fernandino Couples Wed In 'Kasalan King Balen' [ Wednesday | 15th day of February, 2017 | 2 months ago ]

Some 100 Fernandino couples were married for free in a mass ceremony dubbed ‘Kasalan king Balen’ on February 11 at the Mini Convention, Heroes Hall.

This event was held in line with the celebration of the 16th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando and in observance of the Civil Registration Month this February.

During the wedding rites officiated by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, he said that the "Kasalan king Balen" is conducted yearly to "help couples who want to have legitimate relationships but cannot afford the wedding expenses."

Aside from free rings, cakes and food packages, the city government also sponsored the issuance of marriage licenses and contracts.

"Hinihikayat din natin sila ng magparehistro ng tama hindi lang ng kanilang mga kasal kundi maging ng mga kapanganakan o kamatayan ng kanilang mga kapamilya," Santiago said.
Mayor Edsa also extended his congratulatory message to the couples and stressed that a successful marriage greatly contributes to the common good and the city’s prosperity.

"Ang masayang pagsasama ay sangkap ng isang matatag na pamilya na siya namang susi sa nagkakaisa at matagumpay na komunidad," Santiago added.

Also present during the event were Board Member Rosve Henson, Kaganapan 2017 Chairperson Robbie Hizon with co-chair Jun Pineda, Community Affairs Division Head Engr. Jose Diaz, City Civil Registrar Rimando Umali and representatives from the Philippine Statistics Authority and Lumina Homes.

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KASALAN KING BALEN. Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago officiates the wedding of some 100 Fernandino couples during the annual kasalan King balen held February 11.
KASALAN KING BALEN. Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago poses in a photo opportunity with couples who were married free during the kasalan King balen held Saturday. With him are Community Affairs Division Head Engr. Jose Diaz, City Civil Registrar Rinmando Umali, Kaganapan 2017 vice chair Jun Pineda with Chairperson Robbie Hizon and representatives from Lumina Homes.

Female Employees In CSF Receives Valentine Treat [ Wednesday | 15th day of February, 2017 | 2 months ago ]

Female employees from the City Government of San Fernando received their early valentine treat during the program dubbed "Tribute to Women: Harana 2017" held February 13.

A total of 755 female personnel from the Local Government Unit (LGU) and attached agencies including Municipal Trial Court in Cities, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and Department of Education participated in the event.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago, Councilor Reden Halili, Kaganapan 2017 Chairperson Robbie Hizon and Co-Chairperson Jun Pineda led the distribution of roses and souvenir items.
Meanwhile, male department heads led by City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco also took part in serenading the women with various love songs.

"This annual gathering is our simple way of extending our gratitude for your hard work and dedication in public service while doing your personal duties as mothers and sisters to your families," Mayor EdSa said.

He added, "Being a woman is never easy but is something that you should be proud of because you contribute a lot in the community's success. Rest assured that the city will continue its programs aimed at empowering women."

Initiated by the Gender and Development in coordination with the City Human Resources and Development Office, the activity is held in line with the celebration of Kaganapan 2017.

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