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'Parul Sampernandu' Illuminates CCP For 6th Time [ Friday | 18th day of November, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Christmas came early at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City as the annually anticipated exhibit of the City of San Fernando's vibrant collection of iconic lanterns dubbed "Parul Sampernadu" was launched on November 10.

50 all-white lanterns measuring 8 feet in diameter designed by renowned Kapampangan artisan Ernesto Quiwa illuminated the faÃÃ

CSF Hosts Inter-collegiate Games 2016 [ Friday | 18th day of November, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

In a bid to build camaraderie and develop sportsmanship among youth, the City of San Fernando (P) once again hosts an inter-collegiate game this year.

The ceremonial opening was held over the weekend at the Our Lady of Fatima University-Pampanga which was led by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, acting Vice-Mayor Angie Hizon, Community Affairs Division Chief Engr. Jose Diaz, Jr. and personnel from all participating schools.

Eight schools and universities from in and out of the city will compete in various ball games like Basketball and Volleyball.

These are OLFU-Pampanga, University of the Assumption, Colegio de Sebastian, St. Nicolas College of Business and Technology, Central Luzon College of Science and Technology, Holy Angel University, Mabalacat City College and Jose C. Feliciano College.

Mayor Santiago said the annual sports event serves as a venue for students to showcase their athletic skills and vigour while exercising true sportsmanship.

"Our city value sports education as much as it values academic learning. May this activity inspire you to pursue your sports career and become the future pride not only of our beloved cities, but the entire country as well," he said.

The inter-collegiate games shall finish in December. All winners will receive trophies and cash prizes from the local government.

Mayor EdSa Distributes Scholarship Grants [ Friday | 18th day of November, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago led the distribution of scholarship grants to the beneficiaries of the Educational Scholarship Assistance Program (ESAP) on November 5.

The new set of scholars totalled to 300 college students coming from the city's 35 barangays.
ESAP Head Jason Caguiat said each student, accompanied by a parent or guardian, received a Certificate of Eligibility from the City Government.

"The certificates serve as proof that they already received the financial aid. Due to the new guideline, the cash assistance funds are now given directly to their respective schools," Caguiat said.

The cash grants varies on what category the student belongs depending on his or her general average.

Full merit scholars receive P15, 000 per semester while half merit scholars get P7, 500. Those under the Tulong Dunong grant receive P5, 000 each and P3, 000 is awarded to special Tulong Dunong beneficiaries per semester.

During his speech, Mayor EdSa stressed the significance of the program's theme "Edukasyon para sa lahat, tuloy sa pag-angat."

"Our top priority in this city is education. We believe that by educating the youth, we give them better chances to have a successful life."

Santiago added "Bigyan natin ng binhi ng edukasyon ang mga kabataan at balang araw ito ay ating aanihin at mapapakinabangan."

Meanwhile, the awarding of scholarship grants was also witnessed by Acting Vice-Mayor Angie Hizon.

CSF Promotes Camaraderie Through Halloween Party [ Thursday | 17th day of November, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Days before Halloween or the eve of All Saints Day, the City Government of San Fernando hosted a Cultural Enhancement Activity dubbed †Halo-Halo Ween†held on October 28 at the City Hall.

The activity, now on its 4th year, is celebrated through various fun-filled contests open to all local government employees and their children.

29 offices or departments competed in the annual inter-office decorating contest with the theme "Filipino Legends" including Alamat ng Saging, Alamat ng Pinya and Alamat ng Sampalok.

The City General Services Office (Alamat ng Saging), City Human Resource Development Office (Alamat ng Pinya) and City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Alamat ng Sampalok) outshined and proved to be the most creative after being declared as this year's winners in their respective categories.

Landing on the 2nd rank are CLO, BLPD and CSWDO. On the other hand, CMO, CAD and MITD, and CASSO all ended as third runners-up.

Meanwhile, employees who were hailed as winners in the individual costume contest are Patricia Kabiling (CHRDO), Remily Canlas (CENRO), Rosanna Laconico (CASSO), Marivic Magsakay (CDRRMD) AND Reyfrido Castro (CGSO).

For the children category, the sons/daughters of Mary Anne Serrano (CGSO-BPLMS), Cherrly Lagdamen (CAVO) and Ara De Leon (CPDCO) were named as Most Creative.

Most Unique Costume awards were given to the children of Christine Joy Silva (COA), Rosali Velasquez (CEO) and Renely Tungol (CHO).

Completing this year's set of winners are the children of Aileen Dizon (CHRDO), Arthur Serrano (CHRDO) and Charmaine Delos Santos (COA) who bagged the cutest individual costume award.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin â€~EdSa†Santiago said the activity is part of the city's efforts in promoting family-oriented values, morale, responsiveness and camaraderie in the civil service.
"Aside from their duties and responsibilities as public servants, we also want to boost their creativity while at the same time upholding a strong and united workplace." Santiago added.

CSF Offers Livelihood Programs For Solo Parents [ Thursday | 17th day of November, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Single parents in the City of San Fernando will benefit from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development that provides capacity building to improve the socio-economic status of poor families.

Around 300 solo parents recently underwent an orientation organized by the city government and Pampanga Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Iris Biliwang said SLP offers skills training, seed capital fund, and cash grants for livelihood developments.

"We conducted an extensive profiling of indigent solo parents and we came up with a database to aid us in selecting beneficiaries," Biliwang added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said the city continues to partner with various public & private sectors to give solo parents access to different livelihood opportunities.

"We want to empower our uncoupled individuals by equipping them with entrepreneurial skills and looking at available resources to create more employment and possibilities for them," Santiago said.

CSF Youth Officials Take Oath [ Tuesday | 8th day of November, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The new set of Youth Officials in the City of San Fernando was presented to the Local Officials here on Monday during the Flag Raising Ceremony.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago led the oath taking of 22 high school students coming from different private and public schools in the city.

Jan MacKenzie Guese of Information & Communication Technology High School was elected as the Youth City Mayor while Danna Patricia Castillo of St. Scholastica's Academy was named as the Youth City Vice-Mayor.

With them are 10 Youth City Councilors namely Maria Angelica Mendoza from St. Scholastica's Academy, Camille Angelica Peralta from Information & Communication Technology High School, Denniel Angelo Nunag from University of the Assumption, Ronalei Keyna Deroco from San Lorenzo Ruiz Center Studies & Schools, Cyrill Rap Pangilinan from Pampanga High School, Eizle Faye Maglaqui from University of the Assumption, Gessa Mae Saguban from Northville High School, Francis Gilbert Cortez and Jethro Ryan Cunanan from San Isidro Integrated School and John Omer Punzalan from Pampanga High School.

These students will also work hand in hand with the youth representatives for various departments and offices in the City Government.

Youth ABC President is Andrea Manabat of San Lorenzo Ruiz Center Studies & Schools, Youth City Administrator is Zofie Natano of Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University and Youth SP Secretary is Piola Mae Cunanan of Northville High School.

Elected for the department head positions are Richelle Sason of CSF West Integrated School as the City Human Development Officer, Francine Kaye Tolentino of San Nicolas Integrated School as the Youth City Treasurer, Mark Jeremie Sanchez of Saguin Integrated School as the Youth City Budget, Bridgette Sengson of CSF West Integrated School as the Youth City Accountant, Fernando Garcia Jr. of Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University as the Youth City Legal Officer, John Michael Nanquilada of San Nicolas Integrated School as the Youth City Health Officer and Alyssa Jane David of Saguin Integrated School as the Youth City Civil Registry Officer.

In his speech, Mayor EdSa thanked the Rotary Club of San Fernando for providing the city with student leaders who work for the betterment and succession of the beloved San Fernando.
The Rotary Club of San Fernando selected the youth officials from the 35 barangays of the city and various schools based on written assessment, oral exam and panel interview with their members.

"As your partner in this esteemed program for the youth, we will strive towards the development of these students into future leaders of the city," said Mayor Santiago.
He furthered that "the city government will provide the youth with trainings and involve them in different city programs to hone their skills and abilities in serving the public."

Meanwhile, also present during the presentation of Youth Officials were Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Ato Agustin, Reden Halili and Tino Dizon and members of the Rotary Club of San Fernando.

The activity kicks off this year's celebration of Youth Week.

CSF Welcomes ATOP Delegates [ Tuesday | 8th day of November, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Tourism officers from all over the country were awed and inspired by the rich Fernandino culture and heritage during their visit in the city today.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan led the welcoming of 41 guests who are members of the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines at the Heroes Hall.

In his welcome remarks, Mayor EdSa thanked all the delegates for choosing San Fernando, among other towns and municipalities in the province, as their venue for a whole day tour.
"Today you are going to experience how it feels to be Fernandinos as we share you our rich culture, festivals and traditions," Santiago added.

"We look at tourism industry as a vehicle to help our people develop a variety of skills. As a service sector with cross-cutting impact on agriculture, construction or handicrafts, tourism creates millions of jobs and business opportunities" he said.

Pangilinan, on her part, discussed the city's banner program: preserving heritage for progress, which was part of Mayor EdSa's development agenda under Agenda 9: "Kulturang Kapampangan, salamin ng kasayasayan. Tuklasin, buhayin, pagyamanin!"

At present, 5 heritage houses, 4 monuments and the historic Train Station are already registered by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

Also part of itinerary is a tour at the Train Station and Heritage District while on board our local Kalesas. They visited the Metropolitan Cathedral and the newly opened Pasalubong Center where local Fernandino products are sold.

Kapampangan's delectable cuisine was also promoted through a cooking demonstration featuring native dish Kilayin and exotic foods like Betute and Camaru.

Dubbed as the Christmas Capital of the Philippines, the city also hosted a free lantern making exhibition led by multi-awarded lantern maker Rolan Quiambao.

The tour is part of 17th ATOP National Convention which was held in Pampanga.

CSF Lauds Outstanding City Hall Employees [ Tuesday | 8th day of November, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago led the recognition of selected employees and departments that displayed outstanding public service during the †Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence†(Praise) Honor Awards held during the Monday Flag raising activity.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards were awarded to employees who are about to retire this year and rendered very satisfactory service for the whole duration of their stay in the local government unit. The awardees are Estrella M. Delos Santos of City Health Office; Emilia B. Figueroa, Buenaventura M. Tupe, Ruperto C. Vital and Levi G. Tiomico of City Economic Enterprise Division; Dr. Romeo M. Gomez, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Division; Ernestina S. Malit and Jose M. De Leon Jr of City Assessor Office.

Employees that have satisfactorily finished graduate school (MA or Doctorate) at their own expense also received Professional Development Awards. They are Elisabeth S. Bungag, Master in Environment and Natural Resources Management, City Environment and Natural Resources Office; Dexter P. Dancel, Master in Information System, Management Information and Technology Division; Mary Kristine S. Belmonte, Master in Public Administration, City Treasurer†s Office.

Unit and Divisions of the city government that demonstrated outstanding teamwork and cooperation, thus resulting to improved public service delivery were also recognized in the Best Performing Group category. The finalists are City Environment and Natural Resources Office; Project Askal; Internal Monitoring Team; Tax Mapping Division; Real Property Tax Committee on Delinquent Tax and Saturation; Business License and Permit Division, while the winner is the Environmental Health and Sanitation Division.

Another category is the Public Servant Award or Model Employee category. This is granted to an employee who excelled among peers in a functional group, position or profession, and has made significant contributions in their respective office. The winners are Ma Teresa Q. Doble, City Budget Office, (finalist) and the grand winner is Engr. Romel S. Salvador of City General Service Office Utility Management Service Division.

The winners also received cash prizes and certificates of recognition.

CSF Bares Dev’t Plan For 2017 [ Tuesday | 8th day of November, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, during the 2nd Local Development Council meeting on Thursday, bared the projects for the utilization of its 20% Local Development Fund for 2017.

Chaired by Mayor Edwin â€~EdSa†Santiago, the meeting was also attended by Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Representative from the Office of the Congressman Rene Pineda, City Administrator and City Planning and Development Officer Engr. Fernando Limbitco, private sectors, Non- Government Organizations, Barangay Officials and Department Heads.

City Budget Officer Eda Panganiban said the 20% Local Development Fund for the upcoming year amounts to a total of 131.3 million pesos.

20.98% or more than 27 million pesos of the fund will be allotted for social development projects that includes repair of Brgy. Health Centers, construction and/or improvement of heritage infrastructures, enhancement of emergency response equipment and farm mechanization programs, among others.

For environmental management, 36.17% or an estimated 47 million pesos will be utilized for urban greening and flood control projects such as improvement of city transfer station, rehabilitation of canals, construction of slope protections and de-clogging or desilting of waterways.

The remaining 42.84 % amounting to 56 million pesos is funded for economic development that focuses on the construction and rehabilitation of roads and bridges and aid to Barangay priority projects.

Mayor EdSa guaranteed that the new development schemes will be implemented on time with the corresponding budget.

†Ang mga proyektong ito ay pinag-isipang mabuti at nakaayon sa pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan, kaya pipilitin nating maipatupad ang lahat ng mga ito,†he added.

CSF Celebrates Family Day [ Monday | 24th day of October, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

More than 90 families in the City of San Fernando enjoyed all-day fun activities on Sept. 26 during the celebration of "Pantawid Pamilya Family Day"; held at the Heroes Hall.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Iris Biliwang said the participants are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

"This is in line with the celebration of National Family Week in pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 60 issued on September 28, 1992," Biliwang added.

The activity also includes distribution of seedlings; free medical consultation and pampering services like massage, haircut, manicure, pedicure; and different parlor games.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said this is the local government's way of strengthening family relationships and giving tribute to poor but deserving families in the society.

Highlight of the event is the recognition of individuals and families who exemplary perform their duties and actively participate in various 4Ps programs.

Best Parent Leader awardees were Maricel Magat of Brgy. Dela Paz Sur (1st place), Amy Tolentino of Brgy. Quebiawan (2nd place), Arlene Bautista of Brgy. San Juan (3rd place).
Perla Bulaon, and her family, who reside in Brgy. Telabastagan were recognized as this year's Model Family. While the Best Family Development Session Group award was given to Brgy. Dela Paz Sur.

"Hinahangaan namin ang inyong katatagan dahil sa kabila ng kahirapan ay itinataguyod ninyo ang pag-aaral ng inyong mga anak at napapanatiling buo at masaya ang inyong mga pamilya," Mayor EdSa said.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a poverty alleviation scheme of the government that provides conditional cash grants to the poorest of the poor aimed at improving their health, nutrition, and the education of children below 18.

CSF Joins Fight Vs. Colon Cancer [ Monday | 24th day of October, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, in partnership with the Philippine Society of Gastroenterelogy (PSG), on Wednesday conducted a forum that aims to promote awareness on the treatment of colon cancer.

Organized by the City Health Office, the activity was participated by city hall employees and senior high school students from the City College of San Fernando.

Medical doctors from the PSG, headed by Board of Director and Chair for Committee on Councils Dr. Allan Policarpio, discussed the signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer which is considered as â€~a common preventable, treatable and beatable type of disease.â€

Experts said that Colon Cancer is a cancer of large intestines that usually starts with a change in bowel movements such as repeated diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, body weakness and leads to rectal bleeding.

Meanwhile, participants also underwent free colon cancer screening test, to detect the presence of blood in the stool, as a preventive measure against the cancer.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago thanked PSG for holding the forum in the cityâ€"first in the entire province of Pampanga.

He stressed the importance of educating Fernandinos on the prevention of different common types of diseases in gearing towards a healthier community.

†This disease is still curable. Together, we can help save others lives by joining the fight against colon cancer,†Mayor EdSa added.

For his part, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin urged the participants to act as frontliners by spreading the good news to the grassroots.

EdSa Commends CSF-LGU Loyalty Awardees [ Monday | 24th day of October, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago commended government employees in the City of San Fernando who completed public service for more than a decade during the Loyalty Awards ceremony on Thursday held at the Heroes Hall.

The City Mayor, joined by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Human Resource and Development Officer Rachelle Yusi and City Assessor Jose De Leon led this year's awarding of 51 employees who rendered ten to thirty-five years of service.

In his speech, Mayor EdSa expressed his utmost appreciation to all the awardees for being committed and dedicated in serving the Fernandino community over years.

"More than the longevity in your respective fields, we salute you for your hard work and generosity. The success of this city greatly depends on true and loyal public servants like you."

According to CHRDO, the Loyalty Award is given to an employee who completed at least ten years of continuous and satisfactory service in the City Government and every 5 years thereafter.

2016's awardees are (10 years) Jayson Castro, Myrna Dela Cruz, Vic Jiao, Arthur Serrano, Melycel Tapang, Aileen Villanueva and Adelaida Zapata; (15 years) Eliseo Bondoc, Lea Capua, Rodrigo Dela Cruz, Jorge Gadia, Miguel Galang, Dennis Jimenez, Jun Macapagal, Willy Romero, Rodolfo Sabangan and Nelson Tapnio; (20 years) Evelyn Aguilar, Agnes Quiambao, Dario Aquino, Harry Aquino, and City Assessor Jose De Leon.

For 25 years and beyond of public service, the awardees are (25 years) Roman Datu, Roy Gonzales, Jocelyn Manalo, Armando Tiberio; (30 years) Myrna Almario, Priscilla Arcilla, Bernard Caisip, Antonia Dayrit, Merle De Leon, Ronie Esguerra, Fatima Jeroso, Almavelle Lagazon, Jesusa Limbitco, Wilfredo Mamangun, Juanito Manalo, Mercedita Manabat, Florizel Montoya, Marilyn Muldong, Arlene Pare, Rosalie Patawaran, Rosalina Perez, Carolyn Rosales, Fatima Santos, Nyrissa Sta. Cruz, Gerry Tayag, Rizalde Torres, Pilar Yumul.

Topping this year's loyalty awardees are 35 year-public servants Carmelita David and Marilyn Versoza.

All awardees received cash, certificates and tokens of appreciation.

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