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CSF All Set For Undas 2015 [ Friday | 30th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando is all set for the observance of Undas or the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days on November 1 and 2, respectively.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said some departments of the local government have been given separate tasks to provide security and convenience to those who will visit departed loved ones in cemeteries and prevent any untoward incident or accident from taking place.

“Every year, we always prepare for this day. We will do our best to make sure nothing untoward happens during this day,” Santiago said.

The mayor also warned that liquor ban in cemeteries will be strictly enforced and that the possession of deadly weapons will be penalized.

The city will ensure these primary functions: round-the-clock security, medical service and traffic assistance. There will be helpdesks and first-aid tents ready to provide information and medical assistance to the public in the city’s more than 10 cemeteries.

Aside from members of the City of San Fernando Police, all personnel from the Traffic Management Division [TMD], San Fernando Rescue Unit [SAFRU], City Marshals Unit, and some volunteers will be deployed to ensure peace and order within the vicinities of cemeteries and provide assistance to any assistance to visitors.

TMD chief Renato Pineda advised the public about the traffic rerouting scheme on November 1. “Magiging one-way ang portion ng Mc Arthur Highway Intersection (Dolores) patungong Jose B. Lingad Hospital at kabayanan, tanging mga light vehicles lang ang makakadaan dito. Kung magmumula ka naman ng City Hall, maaring gamitin ang St. Dominic Corinthian road palabas ng Jose Abad Santos Avenue.”

He noted that the city will limit vehicles passing along General Hizon avenue in Barangay Sto. Rosario. “Pwede nilang gamitin ang mga barangay roads gaya ng sa Del Pilar. Marami tayong ilalagay na directional signs para hindi malito ang mga byahero.”

A clearing and road maintenance operation shall be conducted starting October 31 on entrances and exits in order to avoid traffic.

Likewise, a Motorist Assistance Centers along major thoroughfares including JASA will be manned by city personnel.


First Negosyo Center In Pampanga Opens In CSF [ Thursday | 29th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


It’s all systems go for the first-ever Negosyo Center in Pampanga after the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of San Fernando launched the facility October 28 at the old DFA building in the City of San Fernando.

“Today’s launching is very timely as San Fernando was just awarded as the Most Business-Friendly LGU. No doubt this Negosyo Center is bound to be successful,” said City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago during his speech at the launching.

He added that the center will boost the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

On the other hand, DTI Assistant Secretary Blesila Lantayona commended the city for its support.

“From my experience in Region III, specifically in Pampanga, I laud the LGU of San Fernando and the private sector’s effort on such endeavor,” said Asec. Lantayona.

To further strengthen their working ties, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the LGU and DTI was inked by Mayor EdSa and DTI Pampanga Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio, with the participation of Pampanga Chamber of Commerce (PAMCHAM) president Jess Nicdao and SMED Council Chairperson Teresa David-Carlos.

A wall of pledge was also signed by the officials as a symbol of unity, solidarity and commitment.

The Negosyo Center is a one-stop-shop where doing business is made easy particularly for MSMEs within an area. To date, there are 89 such centers in the country, with six in Central Luzon and five set to be launched.

Such centers are provided for under Republic Act No. 10644 or the “Go Negosyo Act” authored by Senator BAM Aquino that seeks to strengthen (MSMEs) to create more job opportunities in the country.

Present at the event were Congressman Oca Rodriguez, City Councilors Nelson Lingat, Harvey Quiwa, Ayzel Macalino and Jacklyn Calimlim, Pampanga 2nd District Board Member Anthony Torres, Luke Buniel of the Office of Senator BAM Aquino and DTI Region III Director Judith Angeles.


Community Service Seminar Held For Parents, Scholars [ Thursday | 29th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


More than 6,000 parents and students attended a seminar on the importance of community service to improve the quality of education of children towards the city’s

These scholars are beneficiaries of the City Government’s Educational Scholarship Assistance Program that aims to assist poor but deserving students to finish their college education.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that they were from the city’s 35 barangays, as he emphasized the need to train not only students but their parents to be actively involved in government.

“There is no other way to attain a better life but to have quality education, and as scholars, you must help the city achieve greater heights. For parents, the upbringing of your children will ensure their future.”

“The prudent use of funds made it possible for the city to allocate necessary fund for the huge number of educational scholars,” he said.

The mayor added that “apart from the semestral ESAP awarding, the city has also cascaded its social services to the barangays by launching a weekly program that covers medical and dental services, PhilHealth card distribution, livelihood program loan granting, among other services.”

“I believe that education is the solution to have a better future. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford it. This is why we put education and employment as our top priority,” Mayor Santiago said.

Also present in the program held at the Bren Z. Guiao convention center were Congressman Oscar S. Rodriguez, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors Nelson Lingat, Noel Tulabut, Harvey Quiwa, and Angelica Hizon.


'Elderly Celebration' Held In CSF [ Thursday | 29th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


They danced, they sang, they shared poems and talents to reminisce the good old days.

More than a thousand elderly gathered at the Heroes Hall to attend the Elderly Celebration hosted by the City Government of San Fernando through its Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs [OSCA] and the City Social Welfare and Development Office [CSWDO].

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago beamed as he assured the senior citizens of the city that their aspiration for progress is now being realized. “Bahagi kayo ng kaunlaran ng San Fernando, wala kami ngayon kundi dahil sa inyo”.

The elderly cheered as Mayor Santiago reaffirmed his preferential support for them, reiterating his commitment to put up a senior citizen’s building providing facilities for their health and recreational needs.

Every year, the city holds social gathering for senior citizens to emphasize the important role that older persons play in nation building, as well as raise and address issues concerning the sector. This is also in line with the Elderly Filipino Week held every October.


Abp. Lavarias Imposed With Pallium In His Own Diocese [ Thursday | 29th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


A special mass was celebrated on October 27 at the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando as the Titular Archbishop of Pandosia and Apostolic Nuncio in the Philippines, The Most Reverend Giuseppe Pinto, D.D. imposed the pallium on Archbishop Florentino “Dong” Galang Lavarias D.D.

As per the January 12, 2015 mandate of Pope Francis, new Metropolitan Archbishops will officially receive pallia in their own dioceses, rather than at the Vatican. The Most Reverend Lavarias was the first-ever Filipino Metropolitan Archbishop who earned the pallium in his own diocese.

Abp. Lavarias was very grateful for the historical imposition that happened in Pampanga. “This symbolizes the union of the archbishop and pope of Rome. The receiving of the pallium is not just a ceremonial event, but an ecclesial moment that should be celebrated by the whole diocese,” he said.

A pallium is a sash material made of white lamb’s wool worn around the neck which rests on the shoulders of the chasuble having two black flaps falling in front and behind. It is adorned with six crosses embroidered with black silk. Pallium also has three pins made of gold and jewels.

As witnesses of said historic event were Pampanga Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda, San Fernando Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and City Councilors Angie Hizon, BJ Lagman, Nelson Lingat and Harvey Quiwa.

Also present were officers of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Suffragan Bishops (Diocese of Tarlac, Iba Zambalesand Balanga Bataan), clergy of the ecclesiastical province and some cabalens of Pampanga.


PCCI Names San Fernando ‘Most Business Friendly LGU’ Anew [ Thursday | 29th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


For the second year in a row, the City of San Fernando was named by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry [PCCI] as the Most Business Friendly LGU in the entire country during the 41st Philippines Business Conference at the Marriot Grand Ballroom, Newport City Complex, in Pasay City.


Held yesterday [October 27], the annual search for local government units by the country’s largest business organization aims to promote and recognize good and effective governance of towns, provinces and cities. President Benigno Aquino III is the keynote speaker and guest of honor.

The award was received by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors Nelson G. Lingat, Angelica O. Hizon, Ayzel Marie N. Macalino, Benedict Jasper Lagman, Harvey A. Quiwa, Celestino S. Dizon, Jacklyn Calimlim, and city department heads led by Administrator Fernando Limbitco.

San Fernando bested other contenders under component city level category and was recognized for its commendable efforts in adopting and instituting innovative and best practices in good governance, in partnership with private sector, significantly benefiting its business community and citizenry.

In an interview, Mayor Santiago said that the award mirrors the city government’s effort in creating an environment conducive to business. “Through our collective effort, we institutionalize standards in delivering quality services to the people.”

San Fernando was highly regarded for its business licensing process that, barring incomplete requirements, takes only 19 minutes of an investor’s time for his business permit to be issued. “This is why investors have come to recognize the ease in doing business in San Fernando” he said.

The city was also cited for its outstanding efforts in instituting good governance reforms to promote local trade and investments, transparency, accountability and efficiency in delivering business services to fuel up inclusive growth in the locality.

Earlier this year, the National Competitiveness Council named San Fernando as the second most competitive city in the country.

As part of the award, PCCI will fund the construction of a new school building in the city.


CSF To Rehabilitate New Public Market [ Thursday | 29th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando is gearing towards the rehabilitation and restoration of the New Public Market in Barangay Del Pilar to give faster and better services for Fernandinos.

This was announced during Mayor Edwin D. Santiago and the City Economic Enterprise Division’s ocular inspection held last October 22.

Set to start by January next year, the project will enhance the market’s current condition by upgrading facilities such as stalls, pathways, comfort rooms, parking areas, among

others.

During the construction period, the vendors shall be provided with temporary market space through the partnership of the city government and Golden Group Gabay Puhunan Brotherhood Multi-Purpose Cooperative Inc.

“We are doing this to upgrade the condition of the city’s market and promote healthy competition between the local vendors and big companies” said CEED chief Levy Tiomico.

For his part, Mayor Santiago said that this move will not only increase the profit of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises but also promote the culture of “traditional

palengke”. “The welfare of every Fernandino comes first, with this makeover both vendors and marketgoers shall benefit. We will make the market flood free to attract Fernandinos

and investors” he said. Capping the event was a breakfast boodle fight with Mayor Santiago, market vendors, Councilors BJ Lagman and Nelson Lingat, and city employees.


CSFP’s Barangay Pandaras Is Dengue-free [ Thursday | 29th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


Barangay Pandaras in the City of San Fernando has been declared dengue-free.

This after it was found to have a zero case of the disease among the six barangays

covered by Rural Health Unit III (RHU-3).

The citation, given during the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue held last October 21

at the Sta. Lucia Covered Court, was received by Pandaras Barangay Captain Edsel

Miranda.

The meet, also dubbed Anti-Dengue Campaign and Barangay Dengue Summit

2015, was attended by residents representing Barangays Sta. Lucia, Pandaras, Del

Pilar, San Nicolas, San Felipe and San Pedro.

Its aim is to increase awareness on the dengue situation, strengthen surveillance

capability of the barangays, and remove possible and existing mosquito breeding

sites.

The City Government of San Fernando, through its City Health Office (CHO),

distributed to each barangay sacks of KitiKiti X, a powder-based solution that kills

mosquito larvae when directly applied to stagnant water.

During the meet, city officials and officers signed a covenant as a gesture of their

commitment to help combat dengue, a mosquito-borne disease that has become

highly prevalent not only in the province but also in most parts of the country.

Signatories of the pact were City Councilors Angie Hizon and Nelson Lingat;

Barangay Captains Herman Quiwa, Rosemary Calimlim, Jerry Canlas and

EdselMiranda; City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino and RHU-3 Physician Dr. Elma

Manarang.

In her remarks, Aquino stressed the importance of unity and diligence in fighting

dengue within the grassroots.

The CHO will also conduct the drive in the rest of San Fernando’s 35 barangays

before the end of this year.


CSF Bags Regional Gawad Kalasag [ Thursday | 29th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando was awarded this year’s Gawad Kalasag for having the best disaster risk reduction and management council in Central Luzon.

Conferred by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the award is in recognition of individuals, groups or institutions that have shown extraordinary courage, heroism, self-sacrifice, and bravery against all odds in times of emergencies and disasters.

Gawad Kalasag is an acronym for “KAlamidad at SAkuna LAbanan; SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan.”

OCD Regional Director Josefina Timoteo said, during the awarding ceremony last Monday at the Holiday Inn Resort in Clarkfield, that the city was awarded for its excellence in disaster risk reduction and management particularly in its “effective steering and commendable leadership of both local and national disaster management-related offices and collaborative efforts and consistent documentation of activities on disaster preparedness and mitigation.”

The San Fernando Rescue Unit (SAFRU) bagged the second place for Best Government Emergency Response Management, a category that has always been dominated by provincial level local government units.

In his message, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago expressed his gratitude to the OCD officials for acknowledging the city’s efforts to develop a disaster-resilient culture.

“Rest assured that we are one with the national government and the rest of the world in the efforts towards effective disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation,” he said.

Santiago added that under his administration there will be a continuity of programs that ensure the readiness and welfare of the local community in the event of a disaster.

“We pledge to our people unwavering commitment towards becoming a disaster-resilient region and nation.”

Other winners in the component city category are Malolos City, Bulacan, 3rd and Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, 2nd.

The winners each received a plaque of appreciation and cash prizes.

The city will be vying for National Gawad Kalasag Award this year.


CSF Donates Disaster Preparedness Booklets [ Monday | 12th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando through the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) distributed copies of an educational book on disaster preparedness to all schools in the city during the flag-raising ceremony on Monday, October 12.

Titled “Paghahanda sa mga Kalamidad at Sakuna,” the book aims to prepare communities for calamities that might affect San Fernando at any time.

According to CDRRM Officer Raymond del Rosario, his office recognizes the importance of education in making communities aware and prepared for disasters.

He said that providing the booklets to schools will offer a bigger chance to educate communities on disaster-preparedness through students and their teachers.

Del Rosario pointed out that students of all ages can actively study and participate in social awareness and also work with teachers and other adults in the community in preparing for and actively responding during and after disasters.


CSF Commends Fernandino Director Of Best World Film [ Monday | 12th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


The director of the international award-winning film “Ari: My Life with a King” is a Kapampangan and a Fernandino.

Carlo Encisu Catu was recognized by the City Government of San Fernando for his directorial work that won as Best World Film in the Harlem International Film in New York, USA and was also officially selected to join the Vancouver International Film Festival in Canada.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago handed to Catu during Monday’s flag- raising program at the City Hall, the commendation as embodied in a copy of the Sanggunian Panlungsod’s Resolution No. 2015-1122.

Authored by Councilor Harvey Quiwa, the resolution recognizes Catu and signifies the Fernandinos’ pride in his exceptional achievement that has brought honor not only to Fernandinos but to the whole Filipino race.

Said film promotes and preserves local cultures and local languages.

The story revolves around a Kapampangan youth who does not speak and is not interested in learning the native language until he meets the King of Kapampangan poets who then teaches and leads him to use his mother tongue.

While the film was directed by Catu, the Holy Angel University produced the movie as part of its advocacy in instilling the native language among Kapampangans.


More Fernandinos Benefit From SPES Program [ Monday | 12th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


Two hundred thirty eight young Fernandinos were employed and underwent orientation by the City Government of San Fernando as part of the city’s Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) held at WalterMart over the weekend.

SPES is the city’s annual program which gives students the chance to work and earn a minimum wage for 20 days and at the same time immerse them in their respective fields of study.

This is in line with City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago’s agenda on employment and education.

The City of San Fernando has been partnering with the Department of Labor and Employment since the start because 40% of the salary is shouldered by DOLE while 60% is funded by the city government.

According to Mayor EdSa, the SPES is a great training ground for the students in becoming better Fernandinos.

“At an early age, they will be able to understand how to serve other people, hone their talents and skills and learn how to be an instrument of service,” said Mayor EdSa.

“It is much better for the young generation to be engaged in work for they learn how to be responsible citizens and service providers for their fellow Fernandinos.”

The orientation was also attended by Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez, Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, DOLE Region III Technical Support and Service Division II Chief Alex Inza Cruz, Labor Employment Officer II Camille Galura, and Councilors BJ Lagman, Harvey Quiwa and Jacklyn Calimlim.

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