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CSF-LGU Presents Road Clearing Efforts, Hopes For High Ratings [ Monday | 15th day of March, 2021 | 2 months ago ]


The Local Government of San Fernando is hoping to get high ratings for its road clearing efforts. 


This,
after the Department of Interior and Local Government Unit, inspected on
Thursday the city’s major thoroughfares, sidewalks, and some barangays to validate
the efforts and accomplishments of the city in clearing public roads of
obstructions.



Louie
Clemente, City Public Order and Safety Coordinating Officer, said the
validation was strict and challenging.



“Actually,
nag e-expect na nga tayo kanina na clear na sana lahat pero dahil napakalaking
responsibilidad ng clearing operation, mayroon pa ring nakitang obstruction ang
ating validators but they are just minor concerns like yung mga naka encroach
na bahagi ng tindahan, mga materials doon sa isang ginagawang bahay. Ico-comply
natin yun in two days,” Clemente explained.



“Another
challenge sa lokal na pamahalaan lalo na sa departamento namin yung
sustainability. Kami, kahit tapos na yung validation isu-sustain namin yung mga
efforts namin para hindi ito masayang and dapat ma-sustain dahil contributory
itong obstructions na ito sa flow of traffic lalo na kung tayo ay papunta sa
city proper,” he added.



Amidst
the thorough validation, Clemente stressed that the LGU still hopes to get high
ratings.



“We
are hoping that with all our efforts sana makakuha tayo ng mataas na marka. Ang
dati kasi nating marka diyan is really ‘high compliance’ so sana ma-sustain
natin yun bagamat napaka challenging ng naging validation kanina,” the officer
remarked.



 Meanwhile, Clemente calls for the full
cooperation and discipline of Fernandinos after one civilian argued with the
officials during the inspection when asked to remove his illegally parked
vehicle off the road.



“Isa
sa mga gusto nating bigyan ng emphasis yung pakikiisa ng ating mga kasiyudad na
dapat maunawaan din nila na bahagi ito ng trabaho namin dahil may kauutusan ang
pamahalaang nasyonal. So sana makiisa at huwag idaan sa init ng ulo. Kami po ay
nakikiusap sa kanila na tumalima sa ipinaguutos ng lokal at nasyonal na
pamahalaan. Hindi naman natin maiiwasan na minsan may kaunting diskurso pero
sabi nga nila walang hindi napag-uusapan lalo na kung nasa mabuting pamamaraan
yung gagawin natin,” Clemente said.



DILG’s
final remarks will be based on the LGU’s ordinance, road inventory, road
clearing, displacement, rehabilitation, and grievance mechanism which the
CPOSCO completely presented before the panel on a sit-down discussion.



In
March, the DILG will release all the LGUs’ performance ratings for the
implementation of the road clearing program.



Marites
Quillope, City Local Government Operations Officer, further assured the DILG to
sustain the LGU’s efforts on road clearing operations from its major
thoroughfares, down to the barangays with the help of the barangay council.



In
July 2019, the DILG issued Memorandum Circular 2019-121, directing local chief
executives to clear roads within 60 days, after President Rodrigo Duterte told
mayors and governors to reclaim public roads as a solution to traffic.



And
in October 2020, the DILG issued Memorandum Circular No 145, directing for the
continuation of road clearing. 


CSF-LGU Gives Free Cassava Plantation To Select Fernandinos [ Monday | 15th day of March, 2021 | 2 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando, through the initiative of Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, allotted an at least 1 hectare of cassava (kamoteng kahoy) plantation to select Fernandino beneficiaries in Barangay Alasas.


The
plantation was personally visited by Santiago, along with the tapped
beneficiaries on February 5, 2021 through a short program hosted by the City
Agriculture and Veterinary Office (CAVO) and City Social Welfare and Development
Office (CSWDO).



This
was part of the City Mayor’s goal of maintaining food security and livelihood
opportunities in different city communities, along with other urban gardening
and farming programs of the City.



“Ako
ay naniniwala na ang pagtatanim ay isang banal na gawain, lalo na ngayong
pandemiya. Ang pagtatanim kasi, maraming magagandang epekto. Nabibigyan ka nito
ng pagkain sa iyong hapag kainan, naibabahagi mo ito sa iyong kapwa, at maaari
mo rin siyang pagkakitaan na ito rin ang layunin natin sa Siyudad,” he said.



This
was seconded by City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay, citing that the
plantation given to them was accompanied by a food processing training to help
them build their own enterprise.



“Bago
natin pinasinayaan yung ating taniman, nagbigay muna tayo ng training sa ating
beneficiaries na food processing, katuwang ang Department of Agriculture.
Umikot yung ating pagsasanay sa paggawa ng iba’t-ibang pagkain na magagawa
gamit yung cassava,” Sangumay shared.



The
beneficiaries for this program were composed of the members of Local Pantawid
Pamilyang Pilipino Program, out-of-school youth, solo parents, and other common
folk, as shared by CSWD Officer Aileen Villanueva.



Villanueva
said that in the coming days, the City will be distributing the cash assistance
which they can utilize as they start their cassava business.



“Pagkatapos
nitong programa, babalikan natin yung beneficiaries natin upang tulungan sila
na mag-buo ng kanilang business proposals at ibigay yung capital assistance. Gusto
kasi natin na maging sustainable yung itatayo nilang negosyo,” she said.



Apart
from this plantation, the City Government has also its own City Nursery in
Barangay Lara where several vegetables are planted and shared with the
Fernandino communities.



During
the pandemic, the City likewise launched programs to promote urban gardening
and farming among the barangays and schools.


CPOSCO, PNP Flag-down Jeepney Driver For Violating Health Protocols [ Monday | 15th day of March, 2021 | 2 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando, through the San Fernando Police and City Public Order and Safety Coordinating Office (CPOSCO), reiterated its call on all operators and drivers of public utility vehicles (PUVs) about COVID-19 health protocols. 


This,
after responding to a report of a public utility jeepney (PUJ) driver who
failed to implement physical distancing among its passengers and install the
prescribed plastic barriers inside his vehicle.



The
City stressed its call relevant to a memorandum circular released by the Land
Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) enumerating health
protocol requirements for PUVs.



Passengers
must be one seat apart inside PUVs and are only allowed to sit beside each
other if plastic barriers are installed between them, LTFRB’s Memorandum
Circular No. 2020-061 said.



The
unit, its operator, and driver were identified to be supervised by the
Angeles-San Fernando Jeepney Operators Association (ASFER JODA). The unit has a
plate number of CFH-975 and its operator and driver reside in Barangay Dela Paz
Norte and Dela Paz Sur of this city, respectively.



The
case was first reported to San Fernando’s information office through a social
media user’s comment during a live video on January 21, and was communicated with
its COVID-19-related queries and concerns arm, the Crisis Communications
Cluster, through the Facebook Messenger.



The
user’s report included details on the PUJ’s profile, with photos showing no
plastic barriers were used and physical distancing was not observed.



The
report, along with the photos, was then forwarded to the authorities for
appropriate actions.



“Upon
receipt of the said report, the police immediately coordinated and relayed the
report to the board member of ASFER JODA. The police and the board member
inspected the vehicle and it was noted that the plastic barrier used was
substandard and does not pass the PUV transport health protocol,” said CSF
Police Lieutenant Colonel John Clark, CSF chief of police.



The
driver and operator were ordered to install standard plastic barriers on the
unit.



On
January 25, CPOSCO, led by its chief, Louie Clemente, inspected the unit for
its compliance and for the presentation of approved travel pass from CPOSCO
before being allowed to operate.



It
can be recalled that on the first week of May 2020, during the implementation
of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the city, CPOSCO was one of the first
few agencies in the country to launch the official PUJ designs that allow
passengers to observe physical distancing.



The
said action was in preparation for the subsequent declaration of General
Community Quarantine where public transportation is allowed.



(Photos
courtesy of City of San Fernando Police, City Public Order and Safety
Coordinating Office, and Crisis Communications Cluster)


San Fernando Unveils Sculpture Honoring Teachers As Heroes [ Monday | 15th day of March, 2021 | 2 months ago ]


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO--In line with the 20th Cityhood anniversary of the City of San Fernando, the Kaganapan Executive Committee, in partnership with the Department of Education, City Schools Division, celebrated the Teachers Heroism Day on Friday. 


One
of the major activities was the unveiling of the mural sculpture entitled “Ding
Bayaning Talaturu” which honors the heroism and legacy of San Fernando “hero
teachers.”



 The artwork immortalizes the teachers’ heroism
on January 30, 1980 inside the then town hall of San Fernando, Pampanga, where
some 500 public teachers suffered and agonizingly holed-up many hours
protecting the sanctity of the ballots cast in the local elections held on that
day.



City
Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan said this resulted in the then Municipality of
San Fernando to hold a special election on April 11, 1983.



As
a fitting tribute to the heroism of the San Fernando teachers, the Sangguniang
Bayan ng San Fernando, Pampanga declared January 30, 1984, and every year
thereafter as San Fernando Teachers Day.



“Itong
unveiling of ‘Ding Bayaning Talaturu’ is a tribute to the teacher heroes
because they stood by democracy, by protecting the ballots,” Pangilinan
explained.



“And
because of that example, we don’t forget the heroism and legacy of our teachers
in the City of San Fernando. That is why even when [there is] pandemic, we are
glad, naituloy itong paghahawi sa tabing ng mural natin dito sa new building ng
DepEd San Fernando,” Pangilinan added.



Dr.
Imelda Macaspac, San Fernando Schools Division Superintendent, believes the art
piece will serve as an inspiration for the present generation of teachers.



“This
mural will serve as a reminder that in our history there were teachers who were
brave enough to stand for what was just and what was right and this will be
their living legacy to all our present teachers,” she said.



Macaspac
also thanked Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago for his continuous support to the
teachers.



“The
mayor has given a lot of support to the Department of Education especially this
time of the pandemic. Nag provide ang ating mayor ng materials, equipment, and
financial assistance ensuring that it is a stress-free education,” Macaspac
said.



In
an interview, Mayor Santiago also recognized today’s teacher heroes.



“Our
present teachers are also heroes because even if we have a pandemic, they
continue to mobilize and champion education in the City of San Fernando,” the
mayor said.



“Ding
Bayaning Talaturu” was created by indigenous Kapampangan artist Norman Phillip
Tiotuico. It featured the San Fernando teachers heroes; Kulitan, the
Kapampangan system of writing; the City Hall building, Heroes Hall building,
and the Metropolitan Cathedral.



Tiotuico
was also the artist behind the relief sculpture of “Pasbul Ning Kasalesayan” of
the City Hall. 


San Fernando To Re-open School For Limited Face-to-face Classes [ Monday | 15th day of March, 2021 | 2 months ago ]


City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago is taking the bold step of re-opening schools amidst the 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic. 


The
Local Government has allowed Our Lady of Fatima University to gradually re-open
its campus for limited face-to-face classes.



“Nag
back-to-work at back-to-business na tayo. Now we are trying to go
back-to-school but with compliance to the minimum health protocols and
Commission on Higher Education standards. We are the first LGU in Central Luzon
to re-open and isa itong malaking kontribusyon sa siyudad at national
government dahil dapat continuous pa rin ang pagpo-produce natin ng graduates
lalo na sa programa ng medicine at science na siyang pinaka-kailangan natin
ngayong mga pandemya,” Santiago said.



The
LGU awarded OLFU a Certificate of Compliance after it successfully retrofitted
its campus and complied with the Minimum Public Health Standards and safety
protocols set by the LGU.



The
CHED regional office also gave the university the authority to re-open after
OLFU passed CHED’s qualifications stated in the Joint Memorandum Circular
2021-001 or the “Guidelines on the Gradual Re-opening of Campuses of Higher
Educational Institutions for Limited Face-To-Face Classes During the COVID-19
Pandemic.”



As
per the JMC, only selected health-related degree programs will be allowed,
mainly Medicine, Nursing, Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science,
Midwifery, Physical Therapy, and Public Health.



“We
want to prioritize health-related degree programs because they are regarded as
vital in providing additional manpower support in the health system during this
pandemic. And OLFU will be the first university in the whole Region III to
re-open for limited face-to-face classes and siya din ang magiging model ng iba
pang Higer Educational Institutions,” Dr. Maria Teresita M. Semana, Director of
CHED Region III explained.



OLFU
President Dr. Caroline Marian S. Enriquez said they’ll start re-opening
Nursing, MedTech, and PT programs towards the last week of the semester.



“We
will be opening our Nursing program limited to about 50 students, MedTech will
have 100 students, and PT, 14 students. Hindi sabay-sabay na magbubukas ito,
but gradually,” Enriquez remarked.



“Voluntary
din sa mga estudyante ang pagpasok sa eskwelahan. They have options to attend
the face-to-face classes or go online. Dahil may qualifier din po tayo, only 20
years old and above can go to the campus,” she added.



Enriquez
also assured the students and parents of quality education for OLFU students
without compromising their health and safety.



“We
have been doing our best to follow the protocols of the LGU, CHED, and the IATF
[Inter-Agency task Force]. Everything is done correctly and safely,” Enriquez
remarked. Also present in the activity were Councilor Nelson G. Lingat,
Chairperson on Committee on Health and Sanitation; Raymond Del Rosario, City
Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Officer; Attorney Gloria City College of
San Fernando Officer-in-Charge and President of the Association of Local
Universities and Colleges; OLFU Executive Vice President Don August Santos;
CHED Education Supervisors; and OLFU college deans.


San Fernando Anti-pneumonia Vaccination Drive Kicks Off [ Monday | 15th day of March, 2021 | 2 months ago ]


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO--Several senior citizens from the village of San Nicolas here received free vaccination against pneumonia. 


This,
after the local government unit, through the City Health Office, launched its
pneumococcal vaccination program on Tuesday to prevent the spread of pneumonia
among the elderly.



Pneumococcal
polysaccharide vaccines (PPSV) are given to adults, aged 60 years and above,
who are prone to age-related impairment of the immune system.



Aylmer
Alimurong, City Health Promotion Officer, stressed the importance of getting
anti-pneumonia shots.



“Binibigay
natin yung [pneumococcal vaccines] lalo na pag season ng tag-init at taglamig
wherein mataas yung case ng pneumonia and binibigay natin ito sa specific target
population natin which is isa po yung mga senior citizens para maprotektahan
sila laban sa sakit na pneumonia,” Alimurong said.



“Rest
assured, na lahat ng bakunang binibigay ng [City Health Office] at LGU ay safe.
Ang importante lang talaga ina-assess natin sino ang pwede at sino ang dapat
mabigyan at i-prioritize this pandemic,” he added.



Dr.
Rowena Salas, Rural Health Unit 4 physician, led the inoculation.



“Isa
po itong proteksyon and this will also help boost their immune system against
the virus and various diseases. Pero di porket may bakuna po tayo, hindi po
ibig sabihin na pwede na tayong mag relax. Kailangang sundin pa rin po ang
minimum health standards at wag nating ipag walang bahala ang kalusugan natin.
Gawing practice ang pag-iingat mula sa bahay hanggang sa paglabas,” Salas
reminded the seniors.



Salas
also thanked the residents who voluntarily participated in the program to get
their anti/pneumonia shots.



“Maraming
salamat po sa pagpunta ninyo dito. Malaking suporta po ito at patunay na may
awareness at good health-seeking behavior po tayo kasi kailangan po natin
talaga ito para sa kalusugan at kaligtasan natin,” she said.



The
CHO had allotted about 3,600 pneumonia vaccines and piloted with limited
beneficiaries per community before eventually expanding to cover all barangays.



Vice
Mayor Jimmy Lazatin graced the event and expressed his gratitude to the seniors
who put their trust in the local government and supported the LGU’s programs
thru the able leadership of Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago.



Alongside
the pneumococcal vaccination program, the LGU also launched today the
Measles-Rubella vaccination drive, a regular program of the CHO in partnership
with the Department of Health.



Measles-Rubella
vaccination program aims to protect children from zero to less than five years
old from measles and rubella. T



he
CHO further urges all Fernandino parents to register their children for
Measles-Rubella shots in their respective Health Centers until February 28,
2021. 


Mayor EdSa Proposes New Station, Linkage For Railway Project In CSF [ Monday | 15th day of March, 2021 | 2 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando is making true the promise of ensuring the realization of the Malolos-Clark Railway Project (MCRP) in the City of San Fernando within the given period of time.


Mayor
Edwin “EdSa” Santiago hosted another coordination meeting with the officials of
Department of Transportation (DOTr) on February 24, 2021 at Heroes Hall to
discuss his proposals that are in line with the railway project.



Speaking
right beside Atty. Timothy John Batan, DOTr Undersecretary for Railways, the
City Mayor cited two proposals to the agency.



The
proposals include the construction of an additional station in the city at
Barangay Sindalan (apart from the first station at the town proper) and a
linkage from the town proper station going to Capital Town in Barangay Sto.
Niño.



“Nilatag
natin yung proposals na ito para ma-maximize natin yung potential ng MCRP. At
itong mga lugar na napili natin na pagtatayuan ng karagdagang istasyon at linkage,
malaki ang potential din na makapagbigay ng progreso sa Siyudad,” Santiago
said.



In
his presentation, Santiago explained that they selected Sindalan to host the
second station for it is strategically located at the center of San Fernando
and houses more than 230,000 individuals during daytime that account for at
least 21 percent of the city’s total population.



The
said barangay is also home to several commercial and residential developments,
including banks, restaurants, and high-end residential areas and it provides
fast access to other key areas such as private and public centers and major
highways.



Meanwhile,
if a straight linkage from town proper to Capital Town will be developed,
walking and mass transport will be promoted. Capital Town is a 35.6-hectare
development in Sto. Niño for commercial/residential establishments and
Business Process Outsourcing companies. It is expected to house thousands of
stakeholders.



For
his part, Usec. Batan said they support the City Government’s proposal. “Parte
ng objective natin sa lahat ng istasyon ng MCRP ay yung ma-konekta natin sila
sa mga lugar kung saan papunta at nanggagaling yung mga tao. Kung maganda ang
bilang ng mga taong titira o magtatrabaho sa mga lugar na iyon ay idudugtong
natin ng maayos ang mga istasyon,” he said.



“The
partnership between the national and local government is really a key to
maximize the potential benefits of the project,” Batan said. “Tunay nga na
mama-maximize natin yung benepisyo ng development na ito [MCRP] kung ang national
government at local government units ay magkasama doon sa pagpaplano at
implementasyon ng proyekto,” he said.



Following
the presentation of proposals, the DOTr presented to the City Government the
options in realizing the two projects that include planning, budgeting, and
actual construction phases.



The
two parties have also agreed to create a technical working group that will
further review the proposals.



It
can be recalled that on January 8, 2021, Santiago also called a meeting with
the railway project’s contractors where the details of the exact railway
project locations, the projects’ lengths, and the civil works descriptions were
discussed.



The
whole stretch of the 53.1-kilometer railway project which connects Malolos,
Bulacan with Clark Freeport Zone and Clark International Airport is to be
completed by 2024. 


Local Government Honors Pedro Abad Santos [ Monday | 15th day of March, 2021 | 2 months ago ]


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO--To commemorate the 145th birth anniversary of Pedro Abad Santos, a wreath-laying ceremony was held on Thursday at the city’s Heroes Hall. 


Abad
Santos was born on January 31, 1876, in San
Fernando to parents
Vicente Abad Santos and Toribia Basco.



Also
known as “Don Perico”, Abad Santos was one of the founders of the Partido
Sosyalista ng Pilipinas (PSP) and known for his kind heart for the landless and
peasants, offering free legal assistance and helping organize labor
organizations.



“He
was not popular just because he was an Abad Santos but because of his ideology
and heroism. Even if he was born to a very wealthy family, he championed the
plight of the landless and the peasants and he was one of the founders of the
Socialist Party of the Philippines. At that time, he found a way to be together
with the poor and the peasants of Pampanga and inaalala natin yung ganong
klaseng pagmamalasakit at sakripisyo niya sa mga kapwa niya Kapampangan and
Pilipino,” Ching Pangilinan, City Tourism Officer, remarked.



Don
Perico was the older brother of Jose Abad Santos who also served the country as
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court during President Manuel Quezon’s term.



Mayor
Edwin “EdSa” Santiago underscored the significance of the ceremony.



“Itong
ginawa natin na pag-aalay ng bulaklak, simbolo ito ng respeto at pag-alala
natin sa kabayanihan at kontribusyon ni Pedro Abad Santos na tumulong noon sa
mahihirap nating kababayan at kapwa Pilipino,” the mayor said.



“Despite
the pandemic, we are doing this because it is very significant to remember
those who have served our city and the country with valor and pride,” Santiago
added.



Also
present in the said ceremony were Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, some city
officials and, local government employees. 


Local Government Distributes Cash Aids To 2,250 Fernandinos [ Monday | 15th day of March, 2021 | 2 months ago ]


The local government of San Fernando, thru the City Social Welfare and Development Office, distributed cash aid to about 2,250 residents here on Wednesday. 


Some
750 members of the local Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s) and 1,500
qualified senior citizens benefited from the cash assistance as part of the
City’s efforts to mitigate the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Local
4P’s members receive P2,000 worth of cash assistance while the indigent and
bedridden elderly received P1,500 worth of cash aid under the local social
pension payout (Socpen).

These
social activities resonate with Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago’s advocacy to
extend help to the less advantaged groups and improve their living conditions.







The
CSWD will also distribute cash assistance to different sectoral leaders on
February 05-06, dubbed as “Wagas Pasasalamat; Intersectoral Synergy for
Community Development.”


CSF Task Force Holds Surprise Inspection Of Establishments [ Monday | 15th day of March, 2021 | 2 months ago ]


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO— To ensure the continuous compliance of establishments to the Infection Control Policy of the city, the Incident Management Team here conducted a random inspection on Wednesday. 


Dr.
Carlos Mercado, City Health Officer-in-charge and the Incident Commander of the
IMT led the inspection.



“Itong
ginagawa natin random inspection siya ng Incident Management Team in response sa
mga nare-receive nating complaints regarding sa hindi pagsunod sa health
protocols ng ilang mga establishments dito sa siyudad,” Mercado explained.



The
IMT inspected some establishments around the city including malls, fast food
chains, restaurants, government centers, and public places.



“This
inspection is a good reminder para sa mga establishments and individual
residents of the city kasi kung mapapansin natin parang naka-kampante na yung
mga tao, para sa kanila wala na lang yung COVID-19 so ngayon muli nating pinapaalala
sa kanila na andyan pa rin yung virus, nakakahawa pa rin ito at worst
nakakamatay pa rin ito,” the officer added.



The
group specifically monitored the minimum health standards the local government
ordered establishments to implement in their respective premises since the
onset of COVID-19 in March.



Establishments
who failed to adhere to the necessary requirements were given first warning and
will be under the close monitoring of the task force.



Further,
the IMT visited some barangays to ensure that health protocols are in place and
the peace and order are maintained.



“Sa
mga barangay naman tinitingnan natin kung if they are following the health
protocols, DILG Memorandums and Circulars natin like the road clearing kasi
nalalapit na yung road clearing inspection natin this February so tinitignan din
natin anong preparasyon ang ginagawa nila,” Marites Quillope, City Local Government Operations Officer said.



“Usually,
ang mga Fernandinos aware na sila pero yung mga taong nanggagaling mula sa
ibang provinces yun ang dapat siguro nating tutukan at makipag interface sa
ibang agency para malaman nila ano yung mga lapses nila at mga strategies na
dapat gawin,” Quillope added.



Quillope
also recommended each barangay to have their own Public Address System to make
information dissemination more efficient and effective.



The
inspection was successfully conducted by its members Dr. Carlos B. Mercado,
City Health Officer-in-charge; Marites Quillope, City Local Government Operations Officer; Louie P. Clemente,
City Public Order and Coordinating Officer; Police Captain Alejandro Sagum;
Dunn Patrick Imana, Health and Sanitation Division Chief; Mila D. Rivera,
Market Supervisor II, City Market Operations Division; Barangay Coordinator
Rommy Dizon; and Ivan Lagman, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Research
and Planning Chief. 


CSF Cites Protocols Commonly Violated By Companies, Public [ Monday | 15th day of March, 2021 | 2 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando cited a list of violations in infection control policies that are commonly committed by different establishments and the public. 


The
Incident Management Team (IMT) for COVID-19 inspected on February 24, 2021
establishments along McArthur Highway to determine compliance with health
regulations.



Water,
Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Unit, which leads the inspection of
establishments, found out the the most violated regulation is age restriction.
For Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) areas, including the province
of Pampanga, only individuals aged 15 to 65 years old are allowed outside of
their residences.



“Ang
paglabag sa kautusan na ito ay parehong pagkukulang ng establisimyento at ng
publiko. Sa parte ng mga establisimyento, nakikita natin na kulang ang
paghihigpit nila sa mga indibidwal na pumapasok habang ang publiko naman,
patuloy nilang sinusuway ang kautusan kahit na ito ay pinapanawagan na ng
gobyerno. Sa ating parte, mensahe siguro ito na mas palakasin pa natin ang
awareness campaign para sa kanila,” said Dunn Patrick Imana, City Safety
Officer.



Dr.
Carlos Mercado, Officer-in-Charge of the City Health Office and one of IMT’s
incident commanders, said that while this violation does not have a direct
significance on the surge and spread of cases in the city, the government still
calls on the public to adhere to this IATF protocol.



A
report from City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit explains that among the
city’s total active cases of 87 as of February 26, 2021, only one case account
to the age group of one to 14 years old while the age group of 65 to 91 years
old represents to at most 10 cases.



On
the other hand, “close contact,” “work exposure,” "healthcare work,"
and “unknown exposure” lead the list of top infection sources in the city.



“Sa
paglobo at pag-spread ng COVID-19 infection sa ating Siyudad, hindi masyadong
significant ang violation na ito [age restrictions]. Pero sinusundan pa rin
natin iyan dahil iyan ay kasama sa kautusan ng IATF. Ang importante dito ay
sundin ang health protocols at maging maingat” Mercado said.



Apart
from this, the unit also shared that the observance of physical distancing,
especially among restaurants, is also commonly violated by the establishments
and the public.



“Ang
pangunahing dahilan ng mga taong involved sa violation na ito ay ‘sila ay
iisang pamilya lamang’ at ‘nakatira sa iisang bahay lamang.’ Pero hindi natin
ito tinatanggap dahil ito po ay kautusan sa mga establisimyento na hindi
katulad sa mga bahay. Isa pa, kailangan din pong isaalang-alang ang kapakanan
ng ibang mga tao na nandoon sa area,” Mercado shared.



Other
reported violations commonly committed are the failure to use log books for
contact tracing purposes, maintenance of foot baths, absence of social
distancing markings, provision of proper passage ways (entrance and exit), and
appointment of safety officer/s for each establishment.



Failure
to adhere to the necessary requirements may result to the issuance of warning
and/or closure order against the establishment. 


CSF-LGU Rolls Out Housing Program For Employees [ Monday | 15th day of March, 2021 | 2 months ago ]


An affordable, efficient housing project now awaits the employees of the City Government of San Fernando as it launched a socialized housing program with a partner private firm.


The
City Local Housing and Settlement Division (LHSD), Townhomes San Fernando
Homeowners Association, Inc., and contractor/developer Baque Corporation, will
be partnering together for the project that aims to provide house units that
are of high quality yet less costly to employees.

The
partnership was bound through the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA)
between the association and the contractor/developer on February 18, 2021 at Heroes
Hall which was witnessed by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin.

“Ang
proyektong ito ay nasa ilalim ng ‘socialized housing program’ kung saan naglalayon
na mabigyan ng disenteng pabahay ang mga empleyado ng ating lokal na
pamahalaan. Ang prayoridad nitong mga benepisyaryo ay low at middle income
earners,” explained LHSD Chief Louie Clemente.

Clemente
added that this project has been planned since the admittance of Mayor Edwin
“EdSa” Santiago’s administration, which the local chief executive citing that “providing
a decent housing program is one of his primary promises for the employees.”

Association
president Richard Pagcu, who is also an employee of the City Government, said
that presently, there are already more than 300 beneficiaries for the project,
which automatically registers them as members of the group.

Nevertheless,
as the site’s capacity permits, the group is open for accepting other
government employees from different agencies.

“Bagamat
mayroon na tayong mahigit 300 na miyembro, tuloy-tuloy pa rin po yung pagpasok
ng mga bagong aplikante at bukas po tayo doon. Kung hindi naman mapupuno yung
kapasidad ng site, bubuksan natin ito sa ibang residente ng Siyudad na
government workers din,” said Pagcu.

For
their part, Dr. Ofelia Baque, president of Baque Corporation gave assurance to
the City for an efficient project.

“Mayroon
tayong at least 30 years na karanasan, hindi lang sa paggawa ng socialized
housing, kung hindi pati na rin sa economic at high-end housing. Kaya naman,
sinisiguro natin na iyong mga bahay ay maipagmamalaki natin,” she explained.

Following
the MOA signing, Clemente said all the documents of the employees will be
transmitted for validation to the state-run Social Housing Finance Corporation
prior to the construction of houses, located in Barangay Panipuan, this city.





















This
housing program of the City Government will only require the recipients a
monthly amortization and will not involve fees for down payment, equity, and
services.

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