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First BPO In CSF To Operate Soon [ Wednesday | 16th day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


The first business processing outsourcing [BPO] company will soon operate in this city, “opening new opportunities and challenges to Fernandino community” said local chief executive.

Thus stated Mayor Edwin D. Santiago during the courtesy call made by Professional and Technical Outsourced Services [PROTOS], an Australia-based company that cater to more than 200 companies internationally as back office support, marketing arm, virtual assistance promotion and branding, positioning and internet optimization for the advancement of their business.

“If all requirements are completed we will operate next month and will be located at the city proper” said PROTOS chief executive officer Monty G. Hooke.

Hooke added that they are now offering 70 job opportunities in web developing, marketing, web content writing, graphic designing, among others.

“I’ve learned about the quality of students here in the city particularly in the City College, we are willing to give them opportunity” he said.

In an interview, Mayor Santiago expressed his excitement in this ‘milestone investment’ which he also described as “a move towards inclusive development.”

“Big investments like this usually take place in highly developed areas, this is a proof of our [San Fernando] lively economy.”

The city holds the title 2nd Most Competitive LGU (component city) and regarded as 2014 Most Business Friendly city by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“Isa din itong hamon para sa ating lahat mula sa hanay ng edukasyon hanggang sa ating pamilya para lalo pang paghusayan ang paghubog sa karunungan at sa karakter ng ating mga anak” he added.

“What we want here is development without sacrificing Fernandino conservative values and traditions” said Mayor Santiago.

Also present during the meeting were Chief of Staff Remedios Agoncillo, Multi Sectoral Governance Council official Engr. Ferdinand Caylao, Business Processing and Licensing Division chief Joseph Garcia, and PROTOS General Manager Reynaldo Carlos.


8,159 Fernandino Families Get PhilHealth For Free [ Wednesday | 16th day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


Some 8,159 indigent families received proof of their coverage of socialized health care under Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) and the city government’s new program dubbed as “CSFP’s Philhealth para sa Masa Program,” at no cost to the beneficiaries.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, who personally distributed the PhilHealth’s MDRs [Membership Data Record] said that this is to ensure that the poorest of the poor can avail of hospitalization and other health services.

“This is intended to help our constituents during times of emergencies said the mayor adding that the LGU operated health facilities are all PhilHealth accredited meaning they offer zero balance scheme.”

The mayor told the beneficiaries to just show their PhilHealth member data record for them to avail the free hospitalization from government hospitals and facilities the city’s five rural health stations and four birthing stations that are always available to serve the public.

He explained that with this benefit, the members have no more reasons not to seek medical assistance, as PhilHealth is ready to pay in full for their hospitalization.

“Ayaw natin na magkakasakit ang ating mg aka-siyudad subalit mas maganda na sila ay covered ng PhilHealth para maging panatag ang kanilang kalooban.”

He also noted that through the government’s effort all senior citizens shall be covered the National Health Insurance Program. “Once you reach sixty years of age, you are automatically PhilHealth member” said Santiago reiterating that registered senior citizens of the city now reached more than 22,000.

Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Nelson Lingat, Noel Tulabut, Harvey Quiwa, among others also graced the distribution ceremonies from September 7-11 in the city’s 35 barangays. The programs are held with the direction and guidance of Henry Almanon, PhilHealth branch manager in Pampanga together with officers Ferdinand Guinto and Beth Capuli.

Almanon said this program is a clear manifestation of the government’s continuous caring for the poor by making primary health care effectively reach the indigents through the various services of DOH, LGUs and PhilHealth.


CSF Conducts Waterways Clean Up Drive [ Monday | 7th day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


The city government of San Fernando through its City Environment and Natural Resources Office held a Citywide Waterways Clean-up Day in observance of the International Coastal Clean-up Month on September 4.

Leading the event is City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with DILG Pampanga Provincial Director Myrvi Apostol Fabia, Committee on Environmental Protection, Natural Resources Waterways and Flooding Intervention Chairman Councilor Benedict Jasper Lagman, and City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Anele David.

The event aims to create awareness and understanding among the community on how important it is to clean the surroundings even waterways to prevent flooding and to have a safe and garbage free environment.

According to Mayor EdSa, the city government is one with its people in creating a better San Fernando, which includes understanding of environment rules and regulations.

“Nakikiisa tayo sa iba’t ibang sektor maging sa mga pribadong kumpanya upang lalong mapaigting ang pagpapatupad natin sa pagkakaroon ng malinis at progresibong kapaligiran. Ipinapakita natin na sa kabila ng pagsulong ng ating siyudad, hindi rin napapabayaan ang ating kapaligiran,” said Mayor EdSa.

The said event was also joined by the Bureau of Jail Management, Pampanga Environment and Natural Resources Office, Department of Science and Technology Pampanga and the City of San Fernando Water District.

The activity of San Fernando is in accordance with Mayor EdSa’s 12-point agenda on promoting a clean environment for fellow Fernandinos.


AMSWPI Conducts 14th Lecture In CSF [ Wednesday | 2nd day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


More than thirty participating hospitals, institutions and local health government units all over the country attended the three-day Lecture series of the Association of Medical Social Workers of the Philippines, Inc. held at Otel Pampanga from September 2-4.

Themed “Ensuring Preparedness for Disasters and Environmental Challenges,” the lecture aims to provide social workers and medical practitioners all around the country the necessary knowledge and trainings on mental health and psychosocial support.

According to Association of Medical Social Workers of the Philippines Inc. President Ramil SB. Villar said that this is a faster and efficient way of giving lessons and seminars in dealing with mental health.

With this, City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago is fully supporting the goal of AMSWPI in giving free trainings and seminars that would be beneficial for everyone.

“Ang ganda ng layunin natin dahil yung ating mga social workers at mga medical practitioners ay mabibigyan ng pagkakataon na matuto ng mga bagay tungkol sa Mental Health at sa Psychosocial Support,” he said.

Mayor EdSa also added that the city is inclined in giving medical attention to the community since they are prioritizing the welfare of every Fernandino.

The three-day lecture and seminar will be tackling different issues about mental and psychosocial health that will focus on the framework of understanding on health, well-being, resilience, trauma, recovery and the needs of the special population.


CSF Conducts Zumba Fest Against TB [ Friday | 28th day of August, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


In line with the celebration of Lung Month, the city government headed by Mayor Edwin Santiago, held a Zumba dance competition August 28 at the Heroes Hall.

Themed “Stop TB: Hanapin, Gamutin, Pagalingin,” this aims to create awareness on tuberculosis and promote healthy lifestyle among Fernandinos.

Rural Health Physician Dr. Renely Tungol said that in order to prevent TB in the community, one must practice healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition.

“It goes hand in hand with lifestyle. Kung hindi natin ito magagamot, patuloy ang cycle nito sa society at magkakahawaan,” said Tungol.

For his part, Mayor EdSa pointed out that his administration aims to create a TB free city by providing free medicine to all patients through barangay health centers.

“Isa sa mga problema natin sa health ngayon ay ang pagkakaroon ng sakit kaya naman isa sa pinopromote ng ating siyudad ay ang pagkakaroon ng health and wellness program kung saan isa ang Zumba sa nakikita nating paraan para sa malusog na pangangatawan,” said Mayor EdSa.

“Pinapanatili natin ang na malusog ang mga Fernandinos kung kaya naman lahat ay ineencourage natin na sumali, mayroon tayo sa youth sector, kababaihan, sa private sector tulad ng mga ospital at maging sa ating mga kapulisan,” he added.

Besting other contenders is the Women’s Federation of San Fernando followed by the delegates from Philippine National Police in second place, VL Makabali Hospital in third place and the youth sector in fourth place.

Mayor EdSa is encouraging all Fernandinos to acquire all the services of the City Health Office especially in preventing contagious and infectious disease including TB and HIV.

Witnessing the event was Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, Councilor Noel Tulabut, City Health Officer Eloisa Aquino, TB/HIV MSGC Chairperson Dr. Leticia Yap, San Fernando Chief of Police Col. Jean Fajardo, Gender and Development Officer Amy Catacutan.


100 Millionth Baby Gets Assistance From CSF [ Monday | 24th day of August, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


The City of San Fernando, Pampanga together with the Commission on Population and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation awards assistance to this LGU`s 100 millionth baby during the flag raising ceremony on Monday.

A year after POPCOM Region III announced the list of the 100 millionth babies, they are now giving health assistance to Kylie Espiritu Dalusong as part of her birthday celebration being the symbolic baby of the city.

Dalusong received 10 thousand pesos worth of gift pack and cash gift coming from POPCOM Region III and a lifetime membership to PhilHealth.

According to Assistanct Regional Director Vicky Barbea de la Torre, this symbolizes that every child is entitled to the services offered by the government.


CSF Lantern Makers Benefit From Yaman Pinoy Program [ Tuesday | 18th day of August, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


Seventy two Fernandino lantern makers graduate from the Electrical Installation and Maintenance Training conducted by the city government of San Fernando and in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry.

The event was led by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazation, Councilor Jacklyn Calimlim, Department of Trade and Industry Provincial Director Len Ordonio, Investment and Promotions Head Remedios Agoncillo and Project Development Officer Jeffrey Yutuc.

The graduates underwent training conducted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in order to equip and give proper training and basic instruments needed to ensure the quality of the lanterns being produced by the city.

The beneficiaries were under the Yaman Pinoy Program of DTI, in which a complete package of livelihood services that aims to help enhance the skills of people for the betterment of their livelihood.

The main agenda of the city in conducting the training among lantern makers is to promote and strengthen the local trades that seek to provide assistance to the lantern makers in creating a better Parul Sampernandu since the city is dubbed as the Christmas Capital of San Fernando.

According to DTI Provincial Director Len Ordonio, the initiative of the city in providing additional skills to lantern makers is a great way to also enhance tourism within San Fernando.

Meanwhile, Mayor EdSa emphasizes the need of having proper training and skills to create a more stable product, and also enhance the capability of a person, further honing their talents and skills.

“Sa atin kasi, kilala tayo bilang tahanan ng mga naggagandahang mga parol. Gusto natin na lalong mapaganda ito kaya naman nagbigay tayo ng mga training sa ating mga kapwa Fernandino. With this, we can attain the goal of city, being the center of Kapampangan Culture,” said Mayor EdSa.

The beneficiaries also received electrical tools such as analog electrical tester, long nose pliers, cutter pliers, ordinary pliers, screw driver, Philips screw, gloves and tool bag.

Mayor EdSa is encouraging every Fernandino to support the city’s programs when it comes to promoting San Fernando as the center of Kapampangan culture.


CSF Distributes Financial Assistance To Micro-entrepreneurs [ Tuesday | 18th day of August, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


The city government of San Fernando, Pampanga under the leadership of Mayor Edwin D. Santiago will distribute capital assistance amounting to P1.4 million to aspiring micro-entrepreneurs.

According to City Social Welfare Development Officer Iris Biliwang, more than two hundred Fernandinos may get as much as P5,000 depending on the type of business they intend to put up like e-load services, sari-sari vending, rice retailing, uling selling, manicure and pedicure services, among others.

“Under the bottom up budgeting scheme, we received funds from DSWD. We will utilize this through Self-Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program.”

Target participants of the program are poor families enlisted in the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), prioritizing Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries.

Biliwang added that under Mayor Santiago’s sustainable livelihood program, these beneficiaries now have the opportunity to earn through small-scale business which can be their main source of living.

“The mayor’s [Santiago] instruction is to launch community-based capacity building program and seek measures to improve the program participants’ socio-economic status.”

In an interview, Mayor Santiago said that “employment programs” are his number one priority under “Sapat na Pangkabuhayan sa mga Fernandino Tungo sa Maunlad na Pamumuhay.”

“Ginagawa natin ito para maging pangkalahatan at pangmatagalan ang kaunlaran dito sa San Fernando, dapat lahat ng mamamayan ay may disenteng hanap buhay” added the mayor.

He emphasized that this effort aims to further assist underprivileged families in uplifting their well-being for them to reach self-sufficiency.

These beneficiaries will undergo social preparation and capacity-building workshops before deciding what livelihood to venture into. They will also attend series of seminars in values transformation, skills trainings, financial and time management.


Fernandinos Graduate From JobStart Program [ Tuesday | 18th day of August, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


Fernandinos who underwent training and seminar from the JobStart Program of the Public Employment Services Office of the city and the Department of Labor and Employment received their diplomas in the first ever graduation rites of the JobStart beneficiaries held at Midas Hotel, Pasay City on August 14.

More than six hundred graduates attended the said program headed by the Department of Labor and Employment together with the four pilot local government units of the program namely Quezon City, Taguig City, General Trias and the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

The said program was attended by DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Asian Development Bank Director Kelly Bird, Ambassador of Canada to the Philippines Neil Reeder, House Committee on Labor and Employment Chairman Karlo Alexei Nograles, and over six hundred graduates from the four pilot cities of JobStart.

According to Secretary Baldoz, the Jobstart Program has been a long project of DOLE together with the Asian Development Bank and the government of Canada to help young Filipinos in honing their skills in order to find work and lessen the rate of unemployment in the country.

“Right after completing the Life Skills Training, some were already employed by companies who saw interest in their skills and work attitudes. Considering that this is only the pilot stage, we can see that many employers are already absorbing our JobStart beneficiaries,” said Baldoz.

Over fifty Fernandinos who have completed the complete cycle of the program were given the recognition and diplomas.

The City of San Fernando accepted three hundred sixty participants that underwent Life Skills Training and four hundred sixty two participants were referred for internship.

Meanwhile, according to City Manpower Focal Person Meilyn Gallarde, having these graduates reflects the positive outcome of the program, meeting the expectations set by the Department of Labor and Employment.

“Ang JobStart program ay malaki ang naitutulong sa mga kabataan. Nabibigyan natin ng pagkakataon na sumailalim sila sa mga training para matulungan natin silang maipasok sa mga tamang employer,” said Gallarde.

The City Government of San Fernando, led by Mayor Edwin Santiago is supporting the project of the Department of Labor and Employment together with the help from the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Canada.


San Fernando Holds Early Childhood Care Development Seminar [ Monday | 10th day of August, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


Recognizing the importance of early learning and child development in attaining full potential of every Fernandino child is the sole purpose of the orientation conducted by the City Social Welfare and Development Council at the Heroes Hall on August 5.

The activity was led by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with ECCD Executive Director Dr. Teresita Inciong, ECCD Education Consultant Dr. Yolanda Quijano, ECCDC Planning Officer III Ms. Barbara Dumlao, Program Development Officer Remelyn Malaquilla, Information Technology Officer Newelle Magas, Child Development Teacher Salvacion Mananquil, ECCD Officer Aileen Villanueva and CSWD Officer Iris Biliwang.

The orientation seminar aims to create awareness among parents, teachers and members of the local council for the protection of children to further instruct and teach the society on the importance of early childhood care development program.

According to Early Childhood Care Development Officer Aileen Villanueva, the ECCD Program is a comprehensive response because it gives notice to children aged 0-8 years old as the crucial years of development of a child.

“Yung mga approach natin sa pagbibigay ng intervention ay tama para ang paghubog sa ating mga kabataan ay wasto at makakatulong sa kanilang paglaki,” said Villanueva.

For his part, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that the city is getting ready for a universal and quality ECCD services in which it would recognize the early learning and child development.

“Napakahalaga ng pagbibigay ng hustong pundasyon sa kasanyan at paguugali ng kabataan. Gusto natin na s amurang edad ay mabigyan na sila ng tamang intervention through our day care program at child health care services sa ating barangay,” said Mayor EdSa.

The Early Childhood Care Development Program is fully supported by the city government especially it is in line with Mayor EdSa’s agenda on health and education.

He also thanked the National Early Childhood Care Development Council for choosing the city of San Fernando as one of its pilot implementer of the National Child Development Center and giving eleven day care workers the privilege of training under the scholarship program on Early Childhood Education.

The National Child Development Center in Barangay Sindalan serves as the model facility and resource center in providing assistance and promotes standardization and provision for a child friendly learning environment.

Mayor EdSa said that the continuous training and coaching of the ECCD Council, the city’s day care workers will be able to capacitate and provide more accurate and effective approach on childhood care.

The local government unit of San Fernando has allotted a P4 million for the implementation of day care programs and activities and there will also be an additional fund coming from the Bottoms Up Budgeting that will be used for the construction and repair of daycare centers all over the city.

“Our achievement in ECCD will determine the future of our kids in school as they become independent and emotionally mature in coping with challenges for the rest of their childhood years,” said Mayor EdSa.

Mayor EdSa is encouraging everyone to cooperate with the city government of San Fernando through its Early Childhood Care Development Council to further disseminate information and promotion in line with the importance of proper child development.


EdSa Delivers Third Ulat Sa Bayan [ Monday | 10th day of August, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


Highlighting the city’s accomplishments is the sole topic of City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago during his third Ulat SA Bayan held at Heroes Hall on July 31.

In his third Ulat SA Bayan, Mayor EdSa laid the city’s accomplished projects and programs brought by the cooperation between different agencies and the local government unit.

He pointed out that he is aiming for excellence and to attain this, the city has undergone four approaches; efficiency and effectiveness, empowerment, barangay based governance and inclusive and sustainable growth that catapulted the city to success.

Mayor EdSa proudly stated that the city has garnered its first billion revenue collection and with this, they have been able to expand the city’s programs for the benefit of the Fernandinos.

San Fernando’s Business One Stop Shop is one of the prides of his administration; with this the application for business permits were faster cheaper and more effective resulting to more businesses and investments in the city, also bringing more job opportunities to Fernandinos.

Mayor EdSa also stated that the city has been producing talented and skilled workers, which is the result of the city’s free skills training among women, youth and unemployed Fernandinos with the help of Technical Educational Skills Development Authority or TESDA.

He also presented the city’s awards on environment despite the fast approach of modernization and urbanization of the city.

“Kinikilala tayo ng iba’t ibang institusyon sa bansa na modelo sa solid waste management. Gumawa tayo ng Task Force KKK, Plastic Free Ordinance at tinagurian din tayong Zero Waste Hero ng Eco Waste Coalition.”

Mayor EdSa is pushing for development and at the same time, he wants San Fernando to be known as the “Green City” who attained development without sacrificing the welfare of the environment.

Meanwhile, San Fernando has always been keen on observing public health and safety; with this the city is conducting a medical and dental mission on a weekly basis on different parts of the city.

Mayor EdSa ensures the welfare of the senior citizens in the city, giving them sufficient needs; making them one of the priorities of San Fernando.

The city is also prioritizing the youth, providing them scholarship grants, amounting to over P30 million in order to provide access to a better future for young Fernandinos, and this year, the city is said to target 5,000 scholars equivalent to P55 million.

He pointed out that during his term, the city gave out financial supports to Fernandinos under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps and Self Employment Assistance Kaunlaran Program in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Mayor EdSa ended his Ulat sa Bayan by challenging everyone to be a part of the solution to the community and not a part of the problem.

“We are responsible for our actions, we are accountable for the future of our children. Fernandino ing mumuna, Fernandino ing manimuna. Kumilos po tayo ng sama-sama.”


CSF Receives Performance Challenge Fund [ Monday | 3rd day of August, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


The Department of Interior and Local Government awards the City of San Fernando the Performance Challenge Fund for its exemplary participation in pushing for development in the local government through transparency, accountability and performance rating, given at Bliss Hotel on July 29.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with San Fernando DILG Officer Engr. Jose Algy Canlas, City Treasurer Mary Ann Bautista and City Engineer Efren De Leon received the award.

The city received 3 Million pesos for the city’s continuation of proposed projects; the money will be used for the concreting of farm to market roads in the city.

According to Mayor EdSa, this will be a great help in continuing the projects of the city in creating a more progressive and developed community.

In 2011 and 2012, the Department of Interior and Local Government through its Performance Challenge Fund provided incentives to LGUs that showed the fundamentals of good governance by meeting the requirements of the Seal of Good Housekeeping.

The PCF subsidy will be used to finance local development projects indicated in the 2014 Annual Investment Program of LGUs consistent with the priority thrusts of the national government.

The PCF shall be used in accordance with its guiding principles in which it would support the advocacy of the LGU in improving overall performance, accelerate local inclusive development, sustain provision of incentives of LGUs, foster cooperation among stakeholders and amplify the civil society organizations in the DILG appraisal and monitoring of LGU projects.

The requirements were accountable governance, transparent governance and the frontline service performance.

A total of seventeen local government units were given the Performance Challenge Funds or PCF, but only twelve were able to receive the awards last Thursday since the other LGUs were not able to complete the necessary requirements of the DILG.

Along with the City of San Fernando, the other recipients were San Jose del Monte, Angat from Bulacan, Guagua, Lubao, Mabalacat, Mexico and Porac from Pampanga, Capas, Concepcion and Gerona from Tarlac, and Limay from Bataan.

The DILG seeks to rationalize national government intergovernmental transfers to LGUs and encourages convergence of local development initiatives and in line with the national development agenda and priorities.