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CSF Holds 1st Inter-Senior High School Games [ Tuesday | 28th day of November, 2017 | 2 months ago ]


Grades 11 and 12 students from eight schools in the City of San Fernando will compete in sports activities as the local government, in coordination with the City Schools Division, launched the first ever Inter-Senior High School Games over the weekend.

Grades 11 and 12 students from eight schools in the City of San Fernando will compete in sports activities as the local government, in coordination with the City Schools Division, launched the first ever Inter-Senior High School Games over the weekend.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and Councilors Harvey Quiwa and Nelson Lingat led the opening ceremony which started with a motorcade followed by a short program held at Colegio de Sebastian Gymnasium.

The participating schools are AMA Computer College, Central Luzon College of Science & Technology, Our Lady of Fatima University, Pampanga High School, Panipuan High School, St. Nicolas College of Business and Technology, Systems Plus Computer College and Infant Jesus Academy in partnership with Colegio de Sebastian.

City Sports Coordinator Ariel Mercado said that in a span of one month, the players will test their skills in basketball and volleyball which is divided into men and women division.

"Gusto natin na lalo pang mahubog yung kanilang mga kakayanan sa larangan ng sports. Ito rin ang magsisilbing daan para makapagrecruit kami ng mga pwedeng ipasok sa varsity," he added.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, for his part, said that sports event is one way of uniting Fernandino youth that does not only develop physical abilities but also promotes discipline, honesty and camaraderie.

He added "there's no such thing as gifted dahil kung hindi n'yo gusto ang ginagawa ninyo, hindi rin kayo mag-e-excel. After all, it's about passion—doing what you like and what you love."

The city mayor also stressed his vision of making the city a preferred sports tourism destination as his administration targets to build a sports complex that will benefit all Fernandino athletes and aspirants.


CSF Bags Governance Award For Third Time [ Tuesday | 28th day of November, 2017 | 2 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando has once again received Seal of the Good Local Governance Award conferred by the Department of the Interior and Local Government Unit on November 23 at the Manila Hotel, Tent City.

The City Government of San Fernando has once again received Seal of the Good Local Governance Award conferred by the Department of the Interior and Local Government Unit on November 23 at the Manila Hotel, Tent City.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and DILG City Director Engr. Algy Canlas received the award.

Dubbed "Pagkilala sa Katapatan at Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Lokal," the said awarding seeks to recognize Local Government Units with excellent performance in public service.

DILG Officer-In-Charge Catalino Cuy said to qualify for the SGLG, LGUs must pass the four core components such as financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order.

Cuy also added that LGUs must possess some essential areas including business-friendliness and competitiveness, environmental management and tourism culture and the arts.

"A total of 448 LGUs ang mabibigyan ngayon ng Seal of Good Local Governance, it only shows how great leaders you are. Continue in giving sincere services to your constituents so that you may improve and uplift their living," Cuy said.

In an interview, Mayor EdSa expressed his gratitude to the DILG for recognizing the LGUs efforts in achieving transparency and accountability in governance.

"Isa lamang itong patunay kung paano nagkakaisa ang mga nagseserbisyo sa Syudad San Fernando upang mapanatili ang maayos at maunlad na pamamahala," Santiago said.

The city mayor furthered that this award serves as an inspiration for them to do better in providing excellent government services to the Fernandinos to achieve a sustainable and livable city.

"Asahan ninyo na mas pag-iigihan pa namin ang pagbibigay ng mas magagandang serbisyo dahil nararapat lamang na pagsilbihan ang mga Fernandinos dahil dito sa Syudad San Fernando ay walang maiiwan, tayong lahat ay sabay-sabay nating makakamit ang kaunlaran," Santiago added.

The City Government of San Fernando has also received the said award in 2014 and 2015.

Meanwhile, other recognized LGUs in the province of Pampanga this year were the municipalities of Arayat, Bacolor, Floridablanca, Guagua, Lubao, Macabebe, Magalang, Masantol, Mexico, Porac and Mabalacat City.


CSF Holds Taxpayers Symposium [ Tuesday | 28th day of November, 2017 | 2 months ago ]


The Local Government of San Fernando through its City Treasurer's Office held the annual Taxpayers Symposium on November 23 at the Heroes Hall.

The Local Government of San Fernando through its City Treasurer's Office held the annual Taxpayers Symposium on November 23 at the Heroes Hall.

This was attended by business establishment owners and corporations in the City of San Fernando.

City Treasurer Officer Mary Ann Bautista said the aim of this annual symposium is to discuss and inform the Taxpayers regarding on the city's tax collection process, local revenue and assessment for the next year.

"Sa ganitong paraan, napapaalalahanan natin yung mga taxpayers natin kung ano yung mga pamamaraan sa collection, and at the same time nalalaman din nila kung paano natin ginagamit yung mga taxes sa mga Fernandino," Bautista said.

The City Planning and Development Office facilitated by Project Development Officer Chryzl Sicat discussed and presented the Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Integrated Land Use and Comprehensive Plan to achieve a sustainable and livable city.

For their part, City Treasurer Officer Mary Ann Bautista took part in informing the city collection update and targets. She also urged the businessmen to file income tax payments earlier. While, City Assessor Officer-in-Charge Luz Bautista explained the upcoming property assessment updates that will be implemented for next year.

Lastly, Business License and Permit Division Chief Joseph Garcia explained the procedures and requirements regarding on applying business permits.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed the importance of paying taxes conscientiously for the betterment of the city. He said that the stakeholders play an integral part in the society to strengthen the economy of the city.

"Kayo po bilang mga taxpayers ng ating lungsod ay ang aming mga haligi para mapatatag pa ang ating lokal na ekonomiya at magkaroon ng mas mahusay na kapasidad ang Syudad San Fernando sa pagsasagawa ng mga sustainable programs. Hinihikayat ko kayo na makiisa sa amin para sa ating mga adhikain sa ating lungsod," Santiago said.

Also present during the event were City Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors BJ Lagman and Reden Halili, City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, DTI Pampanga Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio, Business License and Permit Division Chief Joseph Garcia, City Economic Enterprise Division Officer-In-Charge Mila Rivera, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr Anele David, Local Building Official Division Head Engr. Efren De Leon, City Economic Enterprise Division Officer-In-Charge Mila Rivera and City Fire Marshall C/Insp. Roderick Marquez.


Alay Lakad 2017 Held In CSF [ Tuesday | 28th day of November, 2017 | 2 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernand, through its City Social Welfare and Development Office in partnership with the Alay Lakad Foundation Inc., has successfully conducted this year's Alay Lakad on November 24.

The City Government of San Fernand, through its City Social Welfare and Development Office in partnership with the Alay Lakad Foundation Inc., has successfully conducted this year's Alay Lakad on November 24.

Dubbed "Abe-abeng Takbang para kareng Kayanakang Pakamalan," delegates from both public and private schools in the City of San Fernando and organizations joined the "walk for a cause" to raise funds for the out-of-school youth.

In his opening remarks, Alay Lakad Chairperson Enrique "Aik" David expressed his gratitude to the people behind the success of the said activity. He stressed that their advocacy to provide educational assistance for the out-of-school youth will not end here.

"Napakalaking tulong po ng inyong mga iniambag kahit malaki o maliit lang na halaga ito, madami na naman tayong matutulungan at mapapasayang out-of-school youth. Asahan niyong, hindi dito nagtatapos ito at patuloy pa rin tayong susuporta at sama-sama pa rin nating palalakasin ang foundation na ito para sa kinabukasan ng mga kabataan," David added.
For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed the importance of education in our lives. He believes that poverty is not a hindrance to have an education.

"Dito sa Syudad San Fernando ay walang maiiwan, sabay-sabay nating makakamit ang kaunlaran kaya naman hinihikayat ko ang lahat ng kabataan na magpursige sa inyong pag-aaral bilang kayo ay nabigyan ng pagkakataon upang guminhawa ang inyong pamumuhay," Santiago added.

The city mayor furthered that the City Government is always willing to extend help for the education of the out-of-school youth since it is the administration's top priority.

Meanwhile, the awarding of Ms. Alay Lakad 2017 per category was also conducted. The winners were Mischa Kirsten Javier from San Fernando Elementary School (Intermediate level). Followed by Charisse Victoria Garcia from Pampanga High School (Junior High School level) and Kathleen Arrozal from San Lorenzo Ruiz Center of Studies and School (Senior High School level).

While, Mayriz Balagtas from Central Luzon College of Science and Technology was hailed as Ms. Alay Lakad 2017 for the College level and Michi Calma from Alay Lakad Foundation Inc. (Professional level).

Winners for the On-the-Spot Kapampangan Essay Writing Contest were also announced. The winners for the Intermediate category were Mark Manalang from San Fernando Elementary School (1st place) followed by Cherrylyn Vital from Nuestra Senora Del Pilar (2nd place) and Jaymark Tinio from San Agustin Elementary School (3rd place).

For the Junior category, Nicole Ann Reyes from San Pablo Integrated School and Jervi Licu from San Isidro Integrated School were both awarded as the 1st place followed by Ian Maniago from San Nicolas Integrated School (2nd place) and Prince Jimenez from Sindalan High School (3rd place).

Special awards were also given; Ador Bonifacio was awarded as the Oldest participant, Biggest delegation award was given to Central Luzon College of Science and Technology and the Most Colorful delegation award was given to San Lorenzo Ruiz Center of Studies and School.


Fernandino Students Receive Education Subsidies [ Tuesday | 21st day of November, 2017 | 2 months ago ]


The first batch of beneficiaries under the High School Subsidy Program of the City Government of San Fernando received their financial assistance over the weekend.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago led the distribution of P2,000 cash allowance to each beneficiary. He was joined by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Nelson Lingat and Harvey Quiwa and Program focal person Ace Sison.

Santiago said the program will benefit more than 2,500 junior high school students who are bonafide residents of the city.

"Nagkaroon ng school-based assessment sa pakikipagtulungan sa Department of Education. Hinanap namin yung lahat ng mga kabataang Fernandino na naka enroll ngayon bilang Grade 10 sa mga pampublikong paaralan dito man sa syudad o maging sa mga karatig bayan," Santiago added.

To qualify for the program, the students were only required to submit their identification cards, 2x2 pictures, birth certificates, and voter's ID of their parents.

"Ang mga programa ng lokal na pamahalaan para sa mga kabataan ay tuloy-tuloy dahil pag-apak nila ng kolehiyo ay may naghihintay na Educational Scholarship Assistance Program o kaya naman ay maaari din silang makapag-aral ng libre sa ating City College," Mayor Edsa added during his speech.

Meanwhile, the last awarding of subsidies will be on November 25 at the Heroes Hall Mini Convention Center


Mayor EdSa Receives PhilHealth Advocate Award [ Tuesday | 21st day of November, 2017 | 2 months ago ]


Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago was recognized as PhilHealth Advocate by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation Region 3 during the PhilHealth Region 3 Performance Recognition and Awards Night on November 17 at the Widus Hotel, Clark Pampanga.

PhilHealth Region 3 Vice President Walter Bacareza said the awarding seeks to recognize the Local Government Units and stakeholders who support and implement the PhilHealth programs.

"Ito yung tamang pagkakataon na mabigyan ng pagkilala yung mga partner agencies at LGUs natin na walang sawang sumusuporta sa mga programa ng PhilHealth upang bigyan ng magandang kalidad na health services ang kanilang mga nasasakupan," Bacareza said.

Bacareza furthered that Mayor "EdSa" deserves the said award because of his strong and unending support to the National Health Insurance programs to achieve a Universal Health Care. Through his initiative, the city of San Fernando was also cited with the highest number of enrolled members in PhilHealth under the program of "Philhealth Para sa Masa."
"In fact, 98% ng populasyon ng City Government ay covered na ng Philhealth. It really shows that Mayor "EdSa" wants to ensure the health of his constituents by providing them an equitable health care," Bacareza added.

In his speech, Mayor EdSa" expressed his gratitude to the PhilHealth Region 3 for recognizing his efforts in giving quality health service to Fernandinos. He said that every Fernandino, especially the poor, must have access to quality health care.

"Isa sa aking mga agenda ay ang mabigyan ng maayos at dekalidad na serbisyong pangkalusugan ang mga Fernandino. Kaya naman, asahan niyong mas pag-iigihan pa namin ang pagbibigay ng programang patungkol sa kalusugan upang masiguro na ang lahat ng Fernandino ay malulusog at ito ang daan upang magkaroon ng masigla at maunlad na pamayanan," Santiago added.

Meanwhile, the Birthing Station 3 in San Jose which is facilitated by Dr. Renely Tungol, was also recognized as Outstanding Rural Health Unit with the highest Maternal Care Package utilization not just in Region 3 but also nationwide.


Sanduguan Farmers Association In CSF Receives Farm Machineries [ Tuesday | 21st day of November, 2017 | 2 months ago ]


The Sanduguan Farmers Association in the City of San Fernando received new farm machineries and irrigation equipment worth more than P4M from the office of Third District Representative Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales Jr. on Friday.

The turn over ceremony of one unit of four-wheel tractor and six units of shallow tube well was led by Gonzales, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay, Sanduguan Farmers Association Chairman Manuel Fajardo and Pampanga-Bataan Irrigation Management Office Manager Engr. Prudencio Santos.

Gonzales said that the local government of San Fernando, through its City Agriculture and Veterinary Office, submitted in May this year a resolution earnestly requesting for the allocation of farm machineries to the Fernandino farmers.

"Nangako po ako na bibigyan ko kayo ng kagamitan para sa pagsasaka at hindi ko po kayo binigo. Maging ang mga karatig bayan dito sa tersera distrito ay tumanggap din ng mga kagamitan tulad nito dahil gusto nating palakasin ang pagsasaka at agrikultura hindi lang sa San Fernando kundi maging sa buong distrito," he added.

For her part, Sangumay said the tractor will be utilized by the members of the Sanduguan, while the shallow tube well will be distributed to the barangay clusters. She added that the city government is also purchasing one more brand new tractor this year to aid farmers in the southern barangays.

Meanwhile, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago thanked the congressman for providing the needs of local farmers to improve their performance and outputs. Thus, strengthen agricultural production and food security in the city and its neighboring towns.

"Economic development starts with farming. Kaya nga dito sa syudad, masusing pag-aaral ang ginawa sa ating Land Use Plan dahil gusto nating panatiliin na may sapat na lugar para sa mga magsasaka. Gusto nating mas pagtibayin ang sektor ng agrikultura dahil malaki ang kontribyusyon nito sa pagkakaroon ng matatag na ekonomiya," Santiago ended.


CSF Welcomes LGU Employees From Isabela [ Tuesday | 21st day of November, 2017 | 2 months ago ]


Local Government Unit employees from the City of Santiago, Province of Isabela visited the City of San Fernando for their benchmarking activity on November 10.

PESO Manager Donny Sayre, City Human Resource and Development Officer Rachelle Yusi and Chief of Staff Engr. Remedios Agoncillo warmly welcomed the participants.

City of Santiago PESO Manager and Human Resource Management Officer Romina Armedilla said the activity aims to know the best practices, innovative programs and projects implemented by the local government of the City of San Fernando.

"Alam kong tama ang aming naging desisyon na bisitahin ang Syudad San Fernando, dahil alam naming marami kaming matututunan dito dahil tunay ngang maunlad at progresibo na ito," Armedilla said.

In her opening remarks, City Human Resource and Development Officer Rachelle Yusi expressed her gratitude to the participants for choosing the City of San Fernando as their basis and guide in improving their local governance.

"Natutuwa kami na dito sa Syudad San Fernando ginawa ang benchmarking activity ninyo. Asahan ninyong marami kaming maibabahaging inputs sa inyo para sa mas ikagaganda at ikauunlad pa ng inyong syudad," Yusi said.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed the importance of having good local governance. He also encouraged the LGU employees to work hard and be united for the betterment of their city.

"Kung ang lahat ng mamayan ay makikiisa, makikipagtulungan at makikilahok siguradong makakamit ang kaunlaran. Dito sa Syudad San Fernando , active participation from the citizenry at masusing pagplaplano ang dahilan kung bakit patuloy ang pag – unlad ng syudad." Santiago said.

Meanwhile, the participants also had the chance to tour the City Hall and meet other local government employees.


City College Of San Fernando Marks 9th Year [ Thursday | 16th day of November, 2017 | 2 months ago ]


The City College of San Fernando, Pampanga (CCSFP) is celebrating its 9th Foundation Anniversary from November 16 to 18 with the theme "CCSFP Siyam a Banwa: Panibayung Paintungulan."

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, kicked off this year's celebration through a parade at the city's downtown streets which was followed by a thanksgiving mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

The city mayor, who also serves as the CCSFP Interim President, said various educational, recreational and sports activities are lined up for the three-day event to promote unity and togetherness while reflecting the humble beginnings of the respected school.

Activities include Zumba Dance competition, Arnis Anyo competition, Mr. and Ms. Intramurals, Music Festival, Unity Games, Quiz Bee and Extemporaneous speech contest which is open to all Senior High School students from different schools and universities.

"It was in 2009 when we formally opened the doors of the city college to the public with the goal to alleviate poverty through access to quality education. Being the 8th city college in the entire region, the school has helped increase the number of college graduates through its scholarship programs," Santiago added.

Mayor EdSa furthered "let this merriment serve as an opportunity to thank all the people behind the establishment of this school that caters poor but deserving Fernandino students. Thus, contributing to the empowerment of youth and allowing them to participate in nation-building."

At present, CCSFP has a total of 471 students enrolled in courses B.S. in Information Technology, B.S. in Accounting Technology, B.S. in Business Administration major in Financial Management and Marketing Management, Bachelor in Elementary Education, and Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English, Math and Biological Science.


CSF Celebrates Children's Month [ Thursday | 16th day of November, 2017 | 2 months ago ]


To further promote and protect the rights of children, the City Government of San Fernando through its Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) kicked off its celebration of Children's Month 2017 on Monday.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago led the unveiling of calendar of activities anchored on the theme "Bata'y Arugain, Karapatan Pangalagaan at Pagyamanin tungo sa Kinabukasang Maningning."
During a press conference, Santiago said various activities are lined up to mold the children's physical, emotional and intellectual well-being. He also stressed that every child deserves to receive adequate care and to grow up in a protective city.

"Katulad ng mga Parul Fernandino ay nais natin na maging makulay at maningning din ang kinabukasan ng ating mga anak, kaya naman dito sa Syudad San Fernando ay patuloy tayong nagsasagawa ng mga programang naglalayong magbigay ng pagkalinga sa mga batang Fernandino," Santiago said.

The city mayor also added that the children today plays an integral part in the New San Fernando concept.

"Ang mga anak natin ngayon ang magbibigay ng liwanag at pag-asa sa pagbuo ng bagong San Fernando, darating ang araw sila ang magtutuloy sa mga magagandang nasimulan natin," Santiago added.

The activities for this month include Child and Youth Leaders' Camp on November 17. On November 18, there will be a Lakbay Bulilit, wherein children may enjoy exploring the city's heritage places.

Members of the LCPC will undergo training at Vista Tala Resort and Recreational Park, Orani Bataan from November 21- 22 to strengthen their management and leadership capacity.
A Camp Bulilit shall be held at the National Child Development Center and Day Care Centers in Sindalan from November 23-24.

To culminate the month-long celebration, Mayor EdSa will deliver his State of the Children's Report during the Children's Congress on November 28 at the Benigno Hall Capitol. There will be a Child Friendly Barangay Governance Awarding ceremony on the same day.


Parul San Fernando Illuminates Thoroughfares [ Friday | 3rd day of November, 2017 | 3 months ago ]


Christmas spirit is already felt in the City of San Fernando as the local government, headed by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, formally lit the ‘Parul San Fernando' along Jose Abad Santos Avenue on Monday night.

The ceremonial light-up of lantern decorations is annually held to mark the beginning of Yuletide season in the city—dubbed as the Christmas capital of the Philippines.

Some 55 post lights were decorated with white lanterns while footbridges and flyovers in the city's major thoroughfares were adorned with colorful traditional lanterns.

Lantern maker Roland Quiambao said this year's concept is a mixture of modern and traditional style that highlights the bright colors and intricate designs of the lanterns.

"Gumamit kami ng LED bulbs dun sa mga puting parol para maliwanag silang tingnan. Tapos incandescent bulbs naman yung ginamit para doon sa mga makukulay na parol para mas tumingkad yung iba't-ibang kulay," Quaimbao added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago lauded the creative efforts of the technical working group and the local craftsman for producing astonishing lanterns that Fernandinos can be proud of.

Santiago added that these lanterns are symbols of the new vision of the city which states: "City of San Fernando (P), Home of the Giant Lanterns, A Model City of Countryside Development."

"Truly we are claiming to be the home of the giant lanterns dahil ang mga parol na ito ang sumisimbolo sa ating pagiging kapampangan at Fernandino. Ang mga ito rin ang kumakatawan sa ating makulay at matatag na kultura," the city mayor explained.

Also present during the event were Councilors BJ Lagman and Reden Halili, members of the Giant Lantern Foundation Inc. headed by President Alfrito "Bong" Mah, Giant Lantern Festival 2017 Executive Committee chaired by Gil Cortez, City Investment Promotions Office-OIC Engr. Remedios Agoncillo and other department heads in the city hall.


San Fernando City Hall Transforms Into Halloween Destination [ Monday | 30th day of October, 2017 | 3 months ago ]


The city hall of San Fernando on Friday was transformed into a Halloween destination with more than 20 offices creatively decorated in line with this year's Cultural Enhancement Program or Halo-Halloween Year 5.

City Human Resource Development Officer Rachelle Yusi said that instead of horror ideas, the participating offices were assigned to depict the popular Pinoy Fantaseryes namely Panday, Marina and Darna.

Some city hall employees also dressed up themselves portraying the characters of the TV series which were assigned to their respective offices.

"Every year, we are conducting the inter-office decorating contest and individual costume contest to unleash the creativity of our employees as well as promote camaraderie in the workplace, " Yusi added.

A total of 272 children of bonafide city government employees also joined the individual costume contest for the children category. They were also given time to roam around the city hall for the traditional distribution of candies spearheaded by the participating offices.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said that besides strengthening work relationships, the activity also promotes Filipino family culture and traditions.

"It is very important that we let our employees bond with their families, especially their children. After all, the City Government of San Fernando is driven to provide better services that will cater the needs of the youth," Mayor Edsa added.

Meanwhile, winners for the Inter-office decorating contest- Panday category were CGSO-BPLMS (1st place), CTO (2nd place) and CPDCO (3rd place). For Darna category, the winners were CACCO (1st place), CSWDO (2nd place) and LBOD (3rd place). While CHRDO (1st place), MITD (2nd place) and CCRO (3rd place) won in the Marina category.

For the Individual Costume Contest Adult Category, the winners were Rosarufina Tiongson, Charlene Joy Ramos, Jennifer Pangan, Marivic Magsakay and Flordeliza Dizon.

The awarding for the children category was divided into three sub-categories: Most Creative, Most Unique and Cutest.

Dyrem Lee Bumanlag (1st place), Audrey Wong (2nd place) and Reign Mae Joy Roman (3rd place) were awarded as Most Creative. Most Unique costume were Dionella Mahah (1st place), Queenie Roman (2nd place) and Anneliese Yusi (3rd place). Lastly, the Cutest awards were given to Jennica Yumul (1st place), Princess Cunanan (2nd place) and Steven Juancho Dizon (3rd place).

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