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12 Barangays To Compete In Giant Lantern Fest 2019 [ Monday | 11th day of November, 2019 | 8 months ago ]
Twelve barangays will be participating in the Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) 2019. The participating barangays were introduced during the GLF launching on November 8 at the Robinsons Starmills, Pampanga.
This year’s crown will be a toss-up among barangays Del Pilar, San Pedro, Bulaon, San Juan, San Nicolas, Sta. Lucia, Telabastagan, San Jose, Sindalan, San Agustin, Calulut, and Sto. Nino.
One of Pampanga’s biggest and grandest competitions, the GLF will be held on December 14, 6:00 pm at the mall’s expansive grounds.
Along with the opening of GLF was the launching of this year’s Sinukwan Festival which will kick-off on November 23 and the Light-up of Giant Lantern Tree of Robinsons Starmills.
GLF 2019 Chairperson Agnes Romero invited everyone to witness the said event and encouraged the Fernandinos to support their respective villages.
“We invite everyone to please watch GLF at suportahan po natin ang ating mga lantern-makers as they bring pride and honor to the City of San Fernando,” she said.
Meanwhile, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, together with Romero and City Councilors BJ Lagman and Ariel Carreon, led the distribution of subsidies to participating barangays worth P300,000 each.
In his speech, Santiago expressed his gratitude to Robinsons Starmills for always supporting the capital city’s yearly tradition by being the venue of the festival for 12 years.
“Maraming salamat sa Robinsons, dahil kaisa namin kayo sa pagpapalakas ng ating turismo dito sa Syudad. Sana ay maipagpatuloy pa natin ang adhikain na makapagbigay ng saya sa mga tao lalung-lalo na tuwing kapaskuhan,” said Santiago.
He furthered that the local government will remain steadfast in its commitment to strengthen and preserve the capital city’s tradition to thoroughly achieve its vision to become a tourism hub in the country.
“We are doing this not just because we want to be famous, hindi po. Ginagawa natin ‘to dahil ito na ang ating nakagisnan at gusto natin na mas mapalawig pa ito at makilala ng mga susunod na henerasyon upang hindi mawala ang mayaman nating tradisyon,” Santiago said.
CSF, Rotary Team Up To ‘End Polio Now’ [ Friday | 25th day of October, 2019 | 9 months ago ]
The City Government of San Fernando and Rotary International partnered for an awareness campaign in a fight to end polio at Heroes Hall on October 24, 2019.
In line with the observance of World Polio Day, the campaign was composed of a seminar for parents about the causes of Polio and the ways to avoid the said disease; and, free vaccination for a number of Fernandino children.
In a presentation, Dr. Renely Tungol, City Rural Health Physician, explained that Polio, or Poliomyelitis, is a disease caused by the consumption of food or drink that contains poliovirus.
Polio may lead to paralysis, difficulty in breathing, and even death.
In his message, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago extended his gratitude to the Rotary International for the partnership which aims to avoid the occurrence of Polio in the city.
“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa Rotary International at iba’t-ibang clubs sa Pampanga sa pagsama sa atin sa kanilang layunin upang labanan ang pagkalat ng Polio. Bagaman wala pa tayong kaso nito sa Syudad, puspusan ang pagbibigay-kaalaman at bakuna sa mga magulang at bata,” Santiago said.
Alex Patio, Assistant Governor of Rotary International Cluster 4A District 3790, said that the “End Polio Now” campaign is one of the major projects of the organization.
“Ang kampanyang ito ay isa sa mga ipinagmamalaki naming proyekto. Tayo po ay isang organisasyon na walang-sawa ang pagtatrabaho upang mapawala ang sakit na Polio sa buong mundo. Nandito kami upang hikayatin ang mga magulang na suportahan ang pagbabakuna, katuwang ang lokal na pamahalaan,” he said.
Meanwhile, Fernandinos, through the City Health Office, are reminded to follow the “3 Kontra-Polio” tips: vaccination, hand-washing and proper human waste disposal.
World Polio Day is observed by thousands of Rotary clubs around the world through the holding of fundraising activities to strengthen global fight against polio.
The City of San Fernando and the whole province of Pampanga remain to be polio-free as of this writing, even after cases were confirmed in some parts of the country.
City Schools Division Recognizes Stakeholders [ Tuesday | 8th day of October, 2019 | 9 months ago ]
The City Schools Division of San Fernando recognized its stakeholders for actively supporting their programs and initiatives during this year’s General Assembly of Stakeholders and Awarding Ceremonies on October 4 at the Heroes Hall.
Along with the general assembly was the awarding ceremony of this year’s Division Brigada Eskwela Best Implementers, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Comprehensive School Safety Program, and Schools with No Drop-Outs.
Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, together with Pampanga 3rd District Representative Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales and Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, led the awarding.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Ronnie Mallari, City Schools Division Superintendent, expressed his gratitude to the stakeholders for their continuous support to the division’s mission in providing quality education to Fernandino students.
“We give acknowledgment to all the stakeholders na tumulong upang mapanatili ang antas ng edukasyon natin sa Syudad San Fernando,” he said.
Mallari vowed that the City Schools Division will continue its outstanding performances to achieve the city government’s agenda “Edukasyong may Kalidad, Pundasyon ng Kinabukasang Matatag at Maunlad,”
“Sa atin pong mga stakeholder, ituloy lang po natin ang suporta sa isa’t-isa at nakikita naman po natin ang impact ng mga ginagawa nating partnership. Unang una po ay number 1 po tayo ulit sa National Achievement Test at ang mga estudyante natin ay nanalo na internationally. At asahan niyo po na marami pa po tayong magagawa gaya ng mga ito,” Mallari added.
For his part, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago stressed the importance of the partnership between private institutions and the city government to build a better future for the students.
“Lagi kong sinasabi na the government can not do it alone kaya naman nagagalak tayo na may mga private organizations na tumutulong sa atin upang matupad natin ang ating misyon na makapagbigay ng magandang kalidad na edukasyon. Binabati ko din ang mga paaralan na nagpakita ng kahusayan sa pagtuturo,” he said.
For the awarding ceremonies, Francis Dominic De Guzman, Senior Education Program Specialist, said that the City Schools Division has DepEd guidelines to come up with the finalists of this year’s Division Brigada Eskwela Best Implementers, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Comprehensive School Safety Program, and Schools with No Drop-Outs.
The recipients for Schools with No Drop-Outs were the following:
• Information and Communication Technology High School
• Dolores Stand Alone Senior High School
• St. Vincent of Quebiawan Integrated School
• San Nicolas Integrated School
• Maimpis Integrated School
• Calulut Integrated High School
• Magliman Integrated High School
• San Pablo Integrated High School
• Arch. E Cinense Memorial Integrated High School
• Bulaon Elementary School
• Camp Olivas Elementary School
• San Jose-Juliana Elementary School
• Dolores Elementary School
• Panipuan Elementary School
• Mansgold Elementary School
• San Juan South Elementary School
The 2019 Brigada Eskwela Best Implementing Schools were:
• St. Vincent of Quebiawan Integrated School (Medium category)
• Sta. Lucia Integrated School (Large Category)
• Sindalan Elementary School (Mega Category)
• Malino Integrated School (Small category)
• San Nicolas Integrated School (Medium category)
• San Isidro Integrated School (Large category)
• Pampanga High School (Mega category)
The awardees for DRRM Comprehensive School Safety Program were:
• Nuestra Senora Del Pilar Integrated School
• Northville High School
CSF All Set For Alay Lakad 2019 [ Tuesday | 8th day of October, 2019 | 9 months ago ]
The City Government of San Fernando, headed by Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago and Alay Lakad Foundation Inc., held a press conference for Alay Lakad 2019 on October 7 at the City Hall.
Anchored upon the theme “Takbang Memalen! Para king Pagmaragul da reng Kayanakang Fernandino” this year’s Alay Lakad, or the annual “Walk for a Cause”, is chaired by Leoncio Co.
Alay Lakad is a program for the city’s Out of School Youth (OSY) which aims to “uplift their lives through education and training by providing them assistance.”
This will be held on November 21 (Thursday) at 6 a.m.
Assembly time and area will be at the Heroes Hall Grounds at 5:30 a.m.
There will also be assembly points in front of the City Hall (Group A); Lazatin Boulevard near Philhealth (Group B); and, in front of Pampanga High School (Group C).
During the press conference, Co encouraged everyone to extend their financial support to the foundation’s scholarship fund.
“We have 28 scholars. Ang lahat po ng malilikom natin this year will definitely go to the foundation. As we always consider the welfare of our out-of-school youth. We are knocking on your kind hearts,” said Co.
Meanwhile, a four-year Alay Lakad Foundation Scholar, Zarbeth Baldonado, currently taking up Bachelor of Science in Social Work at Don Honorio Ventura State University, expressed her gratitude to the foundation for its unending support.
“Sobrang overwhelming po na makasama sa Alay Lakad scholarship, given the chance po na makapag-aral po ulit after 7 years. Sobrang thankful po ako sa kanila dahil pinili po nilang tumulong dahil nandun po yung passion nila na mabigyan kami ng magandang buhay. Hindi po kami pinapabayaan at binigyan po kami ng pagkakataon ng maiangat ang buhay namin,” said Baldonado.
For his part, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago lauded the foundation for its outstanding deeds in ensuring the well-being of the youth.
He stressed that the local government will remain steadfast in supporting the actions and initiatives of the foundation.
“Here in the City of San Fernando, number 1 priority natin ang edukasyon para sa mga kabataan. Kaya naman there’s no reason para hindi suportahan ang Alay Lakad Foundation dahil katuwang natin sila sa pagpapalaganap ng magandang kinabukasan para sa mga kabataan,” said Santiago.
For those who want to extend support, the Alay Lakad Foundation is still accepting donations.
Just reach them through their email at firstname.lastname@example.org or thru mobile phone numbers 0942-427-8923 and 0955-631-4512.
ALAY LAKAD 2019. The City Government of San Fernando, headed by Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, holds a press conference for this year’s Alay Lakad on October 7 at the City Hall.
CSF Reopens Organic Trading Post [ Wednesday | 25th day of September, 2019 | 10 months ago ]
After a short break from its operations, the Organic Trading Post (OTP) of the City Government of San Fernando at the New Public Market in Barangay Del Pilar reopened on September 24, 2019.
The reopening of the site was held through a ribbon-cutting ceremony, led by Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago and City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay, together with Fernando Lorenzo, head of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office III AgriBusiness and Marketing Assistance Division.
According to Sangumay, the project was revived to give further opportunities for the city’s organic farmers to promote their produce. “Nagsumikap tayo na muling buhayin yung operation ng Organic Trading Post pagkatapos niyang magpahinga para mas maipakilala at maibahagi pa sa mga Fernandino ang organic products sa ating siyudad,” she said.
Lorenzo, on the other hand, cited some of the positive benefits of organic farming in the community and lauded the city government for reopening the site.
“Organic Farming will do good in many ways—sa ating mga lupa, sa kapaligiran, at sa kalusugan ng tao. Kaya naman natutuwa tayo at binabati natin ang City Government of San Fernando, sa pangunguna ni Mayor Edwin Santiago, na naibalik muli ang OTP,” remarked Lorenzo.
The OTP will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 5 a.m. until 12 noon.
Fernandinos and market-goers from nearby towns may avail of different products from the site, including vegetables and fruits, alongside other local products such as chili sauce, cane vinegar, and mushroom chips.
Santiago, for his part, extended his gratitude to the members of Fernandino Organic Farmers’ Association for the support they have been giving to the city in promoting organic farming.
“Natutuwa tayo na sa kabila ng pag-usbong ng mga makabagong paraan ng pagtatanim, nandiyan pa rin ang ating asosasyon upang tulungan tayo na palakasin pa ang organic farming sa siyudad,” he said.
The city mayor also supported Lorenzo’s statement, saying that organic farming, in terms of production and consumption, is recognized as a safer form of farming.
The city’s OTP was launched in June 2015, making it the first of its kind in Pampanga.
2,412 Vacancies Open In San Fernando Job Fair [ Wednesday | 25th day of September, 2019 | 10 months ago ]
A total of 2,412 job positions were opened to Fernandinos and applicants from neighboring towns during the City Job Fair on September 21, 2019 at the SM City San Fernando Downtown.
More than 400 job seekers flocked in the job fair with 30 participating companies comprised of four overseas and 26 local companies.
This year’s job fair was made possible through the initiatives of the Local Government of San Fernando, through its City Employment and Services Division (CESD), in cooperation with the Provincial Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and SM City San Fernando Downtown.
Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, together with Public Employment Services Office (PESO) Manager Donny Sayre, POEA Division Head Corazon Ortizo, and SM City San Fernando Downtown Assistant Manager Raquel Chua, led the formal opening of the fair.
Some of the companies who have participated are in the field of wholesale/retail, service, construction, manufacturing, community, real estate, transportation and financing.
The CESD reported that 105 applicants were hired on the spot.
During his welcome message, Santiago shared his experiences when he started as an employee.
He also encouraged the applicants to work hard for them to have a brighter future.
“Naniniwala ako na kapag nagtrabaho ka na, hindi ka lang dapat nagta-trabaho kung hindi dapat paghusayan mo na. Walang madaling trabaho. Minsan kailangan talagang dumaan muna sa mga pagsubok bago mo makuha ang tagumpay na iyong inaasam. It takes perseverance to achieve success,” said Santiago.
The city mayor furthered that the local government will remain steadfast in providing employment to Fernandinos as he believes that creating livelihood opportunities for everyone can make their lives comfortable.
“Kapag may trabaho ka, natutugunan mo ‘yung mga basic needs mo gaya ng pagkain, damit, tirahan at minsan higit pa dun ay iyong naibibigay sa iyong sarili dahil nabibili mo ang gusto mo at nakakatulong ka pa sa pamilya mo,” Santiago ended.
CSF-LGU Employees Undergo Stress And Financial Management Seminar [ Thursday | 19th day of September, 2019 | 10 months ago ]
Local Government Unit employees of the City of San Fernando underwent a stress management and financial wellness seminar on September 18, 2019 at the Heroes Hall.
With a theme “Malusog at Masiglang Kawaning Fernandino, Push Natin ‘To!” the said activity was part of City Government’s first-ever “Health and Wellness Fair. ”
Made possible through the efforts of the City Human Resource Management Office headed by Rachelle Yusi, the event was also in line with this year’s celebration of Civil Service Month.
LGU employees gained knowledge on how to deal with stress at workplace and the importance of money management in a talk given by Maria Corazon Dampil, a Licensed Physical Therapist and Financial Advisor.
Several health and wellness booths were also installed through the coordination of the City Investment Promotions Office. These were Joyride and Happy Organics for Traders; and Sherwin’s Gym, Pound for Pound Fitness, Anytime Fitness and OJ’S Powerhouse Gym for the fitness gym.
Under the Financial Institution for Start-Up Business were BPI, BDO/One Network, Credit Master, Sunlife, Guagua Rural Bank, PAG-IBIG, and city government’s Cooperative.
For the Healthy Foods and Crafts were Lamarca Craft Foods, Bryan Gil Creations (Oil), Nutri Delight, Nature’s Gift (Sambong Juice), Julia’s Mom, Natural Verde (Organic Soap), HealthWise (Low Calorie Bread), Cabalen Oilers, Tita Nel’s Mushroom, Made by Pearl, Ultra Green Coffee, Ugat Enterprises and Nature’s Joy (Honey Bee.)
Make and take sessions of organic products were also conducted.
The City Health Office and City Employment Services Division also participated in the said fair as they put in free medical consultation and pampering services.
In an interview, CHRM Officer Yusi said that the main objective of the said program is to ensure the total well-being of the employees as they contribute a lot to the success of the local government.
“Gusto talaga natin na masiguro na healthy ang ating mga
empleyado, dahil kapag healthy sila ay magiging produktibo sila sa kanilang trabaho, thus the efficient and effective delivery of public service,” said Yusi.
She furthered that the city government was looking forward to conduct the said activity again next year as it was “truly beneficial to the LGU workforce.”
“I would like to believe na naging successful ang conduct ng health and wellness fair this 2019, so we’re looking forward to enhance or improve it for next year’s CSC month,” added Yusi.
For his part, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago stressed the importance of having a healthy lifestyle. He believes that this kind of activity serves as a venue to raise awareness about health and mental issues among the employees.
“Marami tayong programa tungkol sa kalusugan para sa publiko, at bilang kayo ang aming kasangga sa pagbibigay ng serbisyong ito, ay nararapat din na kayo man ay mabigyan ng ganitong serbisyo upang mas lalo pa ninyong mapag-igihan ang inyong tungkulin sa publiko,” said Santiago.
Meanwhile, the CHRMO also conducted fund-raising dubbed as “Good Samaritan Funds”, proceeds of which will be donated to employees with critical illness.
For the concluding part of the program, guest exhibitors sponsored prizes in raffle games.
CSF Reaches Highest Revenue Growth In CL For 2018 [ Monday | 16th day of September, 2019 | 10 months ago ]
Tree-planting Now Part Of CSF Women’s Week [ Friday | 13th day of September, 2019 | 10 months ago ]
The Women’s Week celebration in the City of San Fernando culminated through a “Tree Planting” earlier today at Brgy. Lara. This was participated by the members of the Pederasyon ng mga Kababaihang Fernandino, Local Government Unit (LGU) employees, public and private institutions including Prime Water, Soroptimist International Pampanga Star, Provincial Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
A total of 150 fruit-bearing trees were planted along the streets of Brgy. Lara in an aim to promote environmental preservation and protection.
As the participants agreed, the planted trees will be monitored by the Pederasyon ng mga Kababaihang Fernandino through the supervision of Gender and Development Focal Person Amy Catacutan.
Aside from this, the Women’s Week celebration will also culminate through an Essay Writing Contest and Photography Contest at City College of San Fernando; and, the Womentrepreneurship Fair which will be staged at Vista Mall, Pampanga.
The City Government of San Fernando, headed by Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, is steadfast in its commitment to achieve a smart, livable and green city as it conducts several environment-related activities in the capital city.
Santiago believes that community involvement is one of the key factors to thoroughly attain the city government’s agenda “Pagkalinga sa Kalikasan at Kapaligiran, Kaligtasan ng Buhay ay Makakamtan.”
It can be recalled that the city’s actions in combating plastic pollution and healthy environment were recognized by various institutions, one of which is the recent “Refill Champions” award conferred by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) Region 3.
This is just a manifestation that the city government is true to its mandate.
Santiago Leads Tribute To Fernandino Heroine [ Tuesday | 10th day of September, 2019 | 10 months ago ]
Pinapahalagahan ng Syudad San Fernando ang mga tao sa likod ng ating magandang kasaysayan at isa na riyan si Nicolasa Dayrit Panlilio kaya marapat lang na maitatak sa isip at puso ng kababaihan at kabataan ang kanyang kabayanihan.”
Delivered with complete pride, this was the highlight of Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago’s remarks as he led the tribute to Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio on September 10, 2019 at Heroes Hall, in time for the late Fernandino heroine’s 145th birth anniversary.
Santiago was pertaining to the influential role of the heroine, who safeguarded and protected the Filipino revolutionaries during the Spanish occupation in the country, through her expertise in health care, and, her role in bringing peace amidst the violent confrontation between Gen. Antonio Luna and Gen. Tomas Mascardo in 1899.
The tribute was staged through a wreath-laying ceremony on Panlilio’s monument at Heroes Park, followed by the launching of the second edition book on her life entitled, “Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio: Ing Bayaning Fernandino.”
The book on the life and contributions of Panlilio, authored by educator Nancy Tolentino through the use of Kapampangan language with English translation, was published through the joint efforts of the CSF-LGU officials and personnel, descendants of the heroine, and women’s groups.
Carmelo Panlilio said they hope for Nicolasa to be recognized by all generations of Fernandinos and Kapampangans. Panlilio spearheaded the book launch alongside Santiago, Vinni Panlilio-Luciano, and Dr. Leticia Yap, Chairman of the Local Council of Women.
“Malaki ang pasasalamat natin sa lokal na gobyerno ng San Fernando sa taun-taong pagkilala sa aming bayani. Ang dalangin lang namin, sana, iyong henerasyon ng Fernandino at Kapampangan noon, ngayon, at yung darating pa, patuloy silang ma-impluwensyahan ng kabayanihan ni Nicolasa,” said the heroine’s grandson.
Apart from this activity, the city also hosted on September 9 the “Search for the Best Story Tellers on Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio Life and Struggles” at Heroes Hall, participated by different public schools in the city.
September 10 is likewise declared as Women’s Day in CSF to recognize unnamed Fernandino and Kapampangan women who made great contributions while other week-long activities were also slated for the city’s observance of Women’s Week.
CSF Kicks Off Women’s Week With Oathtaking Of New VAWC Leaders [ Monday | 9th day of September, 2019 | 10 months ago ]
The City Government of San Fernando launched Monday this year’s Women’s week celebration with the presentation and oathtaking ceremonies of the newly-elected officials of three organizations mandated to address and eliminate Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC).
the all-men group dubbed “Men Opposed to VAW Everywhere or MOVE,” the officers
are Brgy. Captain of Malpitic Noel Tungol as President; Local Housing and
Settlement Division Chief Louie Clemente as Vice President; University of the
Assumption staff Ryan Fajardo as Secretary; Pampanga High School Guidance
Counselor Exequiel Abad Santos as Auditor; City Civil Registrar Rimando Umali
as Treasurer; University of the Assumption staff Denver Desolo and City
Information Office staff Jerrold Dizon as PRO Internal; and, Brgy. Captain of
San Isidro Ber Talao and Brgy. Secretary of San Agustin Dong Cruz as PRO
new VAWC officers are Nimfa Alcantara of Brgy. San Nicolas as President; Jaime
Macalino of Brgy. Del Carmen as Vice President; Evangeline Pineda of Brgy.
Alasas as Secretary; Prescila Ocampo of Brgy. Del Pilar as Treasurer; Estrella
Busalpa of Brgy. Dolores as Auditor; and, May Bondoc of Brgy. Pandaras and
Maria Lucia Carreon of Brgy. San Pedro as PROs.
leading the Pederasyon ng mga Kababaihang Fernandino are Zenaida Madriza of
Brgy. Quebiawan as President; and, Mercevente Taruc of Brgy. Del Rosario and
Evangeline Mallari of Brgy. Sta. Lucia as Vice Presidents for north and south
sectors, respectively. They are also joined by Anie Capitli of Northville as
Secretary; Analyn Mangoranda of Brgy. Sto. Rosario as Treasurer and Committee
Head on Finance; Evangeline Unciano of Brgy. Sindalan as Auditor; Imelda Mallari
of Brgy. Baliti as Committee Head on Social Services; Leonida Jiao of Brgy.
Sta. Teresita as Committee Head on Livelihood; Vivian Ventura of Brgy. San
Agustin as Committee Head on Education, Information and Mobilization; Chizz
Singian of Brgy. Dela Paz Sur as Committee Head on Membership and Grievance;
and, Janet Lero of Brgy. Maimpis as Committee Head on Election.
Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, who led the oathtaking, congratulated all the officers
for having been entrusted with the votes of their members.
he challenged them to take part in monitoring and protecting the rights not
only of women but even of other genders in the society in support to the city’s
continuous mechanisms to promote gender equality.
strive to make governance gender-responsive through the implementation of
programs and policies that enable the participation of the entire community and
all sectors,” he added.
activities for the Women’s Week from September 9-15 include book launching and
storytelling of Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio’s life, film showing, tree planting,
health awareness programs, livelihood seminars and trainings, and inter-school
Fernando annually holds Women’s Week celebration to give tribute to local
heroine Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio whose birthday falls on September 10.
San Fernando Supports ‘Cities #WithRefugees’ Campaign [ Thursday | 5th day of September, 2019 | 10 months ago ]
Joining other cities and municipalities in the country, the City Government of San Fernando expressed support for the “Cities #WithRefugees” campaign of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, and City Councilor Ariel Carreon, led the signing of the “Cities #WithRefugees” statement on September 5, 2019 at the Heroes Hall.
Also joining them were Atty. Jenny Rose Avellano-Catalo of the Department of Justice, UNHCR Protection Associate Ma. Louella Gamboa, City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino and City Social Welfare and Development Officer Aileen Villanueva.
As stated by the UNHCR, the Cities #WithRefugees campaign “seeks to amplify the efforts of cities that are creating inclusive communities where everyone can live in safety, become self-reliant, and contribute to and participate in their local community.”
UNHCR also believes that “local authorities and mayors are some of the most important people to help refugees to settle in, find a safe place to live, get an education and be able to support their families.”
As Santiago formally signed the statement, San Fernando is the 7th city in the Philippines who showed commitment to the campaign.
The other cities and municipalities were San Jose Del Monte and Sta. Maria Bulacan, Vigan City, Zamboanga City, San Fernando, La Union, and Sta. Ana, Pampanga.
In an interview, Gamboa expressed his gratitude to the Local Government of San Fernando for supporting the said campaign which will be truly beneficial to the refugees not just in San Fernando but across the world.
“Maraming- maraming salamat po sa City of San Fernando lalong-lalo na po kay Mayor Edwin Santiago for being one of the pioneer cities dito po sa Philippines. San Fernando is one of the progressive cities so we are very fortunate na sumali po ito. We’re hoping na makita ang puso ng mga Pilipino at iyong kakayahan natin to support those who are in need,” said Gamboa.
Meanwhile, Santiago vowed to fully hold up the “Cities #WithRefugees” campaign in the capital city by giving the refugees an access to the local government’s basic services.
“Kagaya ng iba, gusto lang din nilang maging malaya, at—bilang nangongobyerno— ito ang ating misyon: ang mailagay natin sila sa tamang landas. By signing this commitment, we assure here in the City of San Fernando that we will do everything we can upang mapalakas ang adbokasiya ng UNHCR, maraming salamat sa inyong tiwala,” said Santiago.