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CSF Slates Civil Service Month Activities [ Tuesday | 13th day of September, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando joins the nation in celebrating the 116th Anniversary of the Civil Service Commission this September with the theme "Sigaw ng Lingkod Bayani: Malasakit para sa Taumbayan, Kapwa Kawani at Kalikasan."

Through the initiative of the City Human Resource Development Office, various activities are slated for this year†s Civil Service Month.

A voluntary activity dubbed "Action Officer of the Day" kicks off September 1 and ends on the 30th day of the month. This aims to involve employees in providing frontline services by manning the Public Assistance and Complaints Desk on the dates assigned to them.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said this activity will enhance the customer service skills of employees as their responsibilities include receiving and addressing complaints, queries and other related transactions.

"As public servants, we take necessary measures to ensure effective delivery of frontline services to the Fernandino community," said Mayor Santiago.

Meanwhile, the pilot testing of employee Online Leave Application will launch this month.
Other activities include ceremonial turnover of Health Cards to city employees (Sept. 5), Values Alignment Course & Loyalty Awards (Sept. 15), and Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (Sept. 26).
The month of September is also a time to get fit and healthy as the city government hosts Takbo Kawaning Fernandino Year 3 on September 14 and Zumba for a cause on September 27.

CSF Beefs Up Anti-drug Campaign [ Tuesday | 13th day of September, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago signs an Executive Order that reorganizes this city's Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) to support the relentless anti-drug campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The council, chaired by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago and co-chaired by Chief of Police P/Supt Jean Fajardo, convened on Wednesday to address issues on the increasing numbers of drug surrenderees in the city.

Mayor Edsa said that a total of 1,022 individuals have already submitted themselves to the police since PNP Oplan Tokhang was intensified.

The city government aims to boost anti-illegal drug reformation and reintegration program through psychological counseling and sports-related programs that will promote the engagement of the suspected drug users and pushers in physical fitness activities.

" Magkakaroon tayo ng mga palaro para sa kanila at bibigyan din natin sila ng papremyo para yung attention nila ma-divert sa sports sa halip na sa iligal na bisyo," Mayor EdSa explained.

Recently, more than 200 drug surrenderees participated in the zumba and boodle fight activity held in the city.

CSF Hires Disadvantaged Workers [ Tuesday | 13th day of September, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

More than 300 Fernandinos were employed by the City Government under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged (TUPAD) Workers Program in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment and Provincial Government.

"Sila po yung mga naapektuhan ng Habagat, habang wala pa silang hanap-buhay, makakatulong natin sila sa pananatili ng kalinisan ng Siyudad sa loob ng sampong araw" said Mayor Edwin D. Santiago.

TUPAD is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed, and employed poor, for a minimum period of 10 days.

"They will earn more than three thousand pesos during their employment" said Public Employment Service Officer Donny Sayre explaining that TUPAD beneficiaries are provided with employability enhancement training to prepare them for another round of employment after the completion of the emergency employment.

TUPAD also provides social protection measures.

With this program, the city was able to assist displaced workers return to normal life and recover from the brunt of calamity by giving them short-term income support. At the same time, it also enlist the beneficiaries for the rehabilitation, clearing and cleaning of their affected communities.

CSF Kicks Off 'Twin Celebration' C [ Tuesday | 30th day of August, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The month of August marks a "twin celebration" for the City of San Fernando as it commemorates its 262nd Founding Anniversary and 112th Transfer of the Provincial Capital.

This year's celebration kicked off on Monday with an exhibit at the historical Train Station that was led by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor BJ Lagman and City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan.

Dubbed "Kalalangan, Kasalesayan," the exhibit features paintings of 14 renowned Kapampangan artists which highlight the Kapampangan history, heritage and culture.

"These masterpieces serve as the mirrors of the past and reminders of how far we've come," said Mayor Santiago during an interview.

He also underscored that the city recognizes the hard works of the people behind the success and cultivation of San Fernando.

Meanwhile, the city will also hold a Heritage Open House and Free Kalesa tour on August 21 from 8:00 am to 12 nn.

Tracing its roots, San Fernando was founded on August 16, 1754 from the towns of Bacolor and Mexico following the petition of Don Josef Bersosa to create a new pueblo.

On August 15, 1904, then Pampanga Governor Macario Arnedo ordered for transfer of the Provincial Capital from the town of Bacolor to San Fernando.

Free Product Packaging And Labeling For Fernandino Entrepreneurs [ Wednesday | 3rd day of August, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Fernandino micro-entrepreneurs can soon have their products packaged and labeled for free at the Negosyo Center of the City of San Fernando.

We will give free packaging and labeling to small-business owners first 100 products as soon as we launch our packaging and labeling facility approximately on August 10, said Jeffrey Yutuc, product development officer of the City Investment Promotion Center.

According to Yutuc, the packaging and labeling service is under the Product Development program of the Negosyo Center in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) (that, he said, is gearing towards ASEAN integration.)

Opening the packaging and labeling facility is also our way of bringing Fernandino entrepreneurs closer to the services of the government, he said.

Underscoring the importance of good packaging in terms of product development, Yutuc compared two products, one with good packaging, the other without. He emphasized that the packaged product tends to be sold more than the bare one.

When asked how Fernandinos could access the packaging and labeling facility, Yutuc answered that all they have to do is visit our office located at the City Hall Annex.

Packaging and labeling is just one of the many services available at the Negosyo Center that also offers business counseling to interested entrepreneurs.

CSF Advocates Voluntary Blood Donation [ Friday | 29th day of July, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The Local Government of San Fernando through its City Health Office (CHO) advocates for voluntary blood donation to maintain adequate blood supply for the Fernandino community.

On July 28, the city government, in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), held a bloodletting activity participated by employees and uniformed personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection.

Rural Health Physician Dr. Renely Tungol said that the city targets bloodletting activities at least six times every year to prevent shortage of blood.

“This is already our second time for this year. We aim to collect around 70 blood bags per activity which will be turned over to the PRC,” she added.

Tungol furthered that “more volunteers are needed because the actual target per year is 1% of the city’s population which is equivalent to more or less 3,600 blood bags.”

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago encourages every Fernandino to donate blood to replenish the supply and ensure the sufficiency of blood in case of emergencies.

“Let us save others’ lives by donating blood. It may be a small act but for those in need, it would be of great help,” Mayo EdSa ended.

In August, the CHO will visit the city’s 35 barangays to look for possible donors.

Mayor EdSa Vows To Support PWDs [ Tuesday | 26th day of July, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago expressed his commitment to support persons with disabilities and take the lead in the implementations of program during the culmination activity for the city’s observance of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) week.

CSF Lauds Traffic Enforcers For Public Safety Efforts [ Tuesday | 26th day of July, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The Local Government of San Fernando (P) has recognized personnel from its Traffic Management Division under the Public Order and Safety Coordinating Office for their invaluable contribution in the arrest of suspected Budol-budol perpetrators.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin led the awarding of Certificates of Commendation to Ronald Palma, Richard Tamayo and Virgilio Magtangob during the flag raising ceremony on Monday.

Santiago said they commend these personnel for demonstrating exemplary efficiency and devotion to duty that led to the apprehension of suspects during an Estafa incident commonly known as “Budol-budol” that transpired in Brgy. Sindalan on September 26, 2015.

Virgilio Magtangob, 42 years old and a Traffic enforcer for 3 years now, shared that one of the perpetrators was caught-in-the-act of victimizing a person.

“Nakita namin yung isa (sa mga suspek) may hawak ng mga gadgets at alahas, hindi lang pala yun yung unang beses na nasangkot siya sa ganoong krimen,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mayor EdSa furthered that it is important to recognize the efforts of outstanding city employees so they may continue their commitment to their duties.

“We also want them to serve as role models to their fellow employees to better serve the public particularly our beloved Fernandinos,” Mayor EdSa said.

Also present during the awarding were Councilor BJ Lagman, City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, Traffic Management Division Officer-in-charge Joseph Garcia, Deputy Public Order and Safety Coordinating Officer Engr. Rommel Salvador, Chief of Police P/Supt Jean Fajardo and Retired Colonel Danilo Bautista.

CSF’s SPES Benefits Fernandino Students [ Tuesday | 19th day of July, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

For years, the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga has been helping the city’s disadvantaged youth to earn an income while studying.

A joint employment-bridging program of the city government and the Department of Labor and Employment, SPES aims to assist poor but deserving students in completing their education through employment during summer or Christmas vacations.

Samuel Roymari De Leon, 18, was among this year’s second batch of beneficiaries who received their SPES grants during an awarding ceremony last July 15 at Walter Mart. He was assigned to the City Employment Services Division for 25 working days.

“It was during my experience as a SPES worker in the LGU that I developed the skills that I believe will come in handy in my chosen profession,” the 3rd year accounting student said.

De Leon added that because of SPES he became more prudent in spending. “I realized how hard it is to earn.”

In an interview, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that the program is part of the city government’s development agenda for education and employment. “The City of San Fernando has been partnering with DOLE since the start because 40% of the salary is shouldered by them while 60% is funded by the city government”, he said.

He added that 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,” he added.

“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 mayor said.

This year, more than 500 students benefited from the city’s SPES program.

Fernandino Students Showcase Disaster Preparedness Skills [ Tuesday | 19th day of July, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Students from public and private schools in the City of San Fernando showcased their skills in terms of preparedness and alertness when responding to disasters during the 1st CSFP Junior DRRM (Disaster Risk Reduction and Management) Capability Assessment held July 18 at the Heroes Hall.

As part of the city’s observance of National Disaster Consciousness Month, the activity was initiated by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Philippine Red Cross, and the Department of Education,

Participating Junior high school students (Grades 7-10) from 12 different schools competed in 3 major drills including Information, Education relay; Bandaging relay; and Lifting and Moving relay.

Raymond Del Rosario, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, said that prior to the competition, all participants already underwent training on proper bandaging of wounds in the different parts of the body, right way of transferring patients using the one man to four man carry techniques and the appropriate execution of skills during unforeseen events.

“This is a friendly competition that gauges what the students learned during their training. We want to promote situational awareness and strengthen camaraderie among school-based first responders,” Del Rosario added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that all Fernandinos, regardless of age, should know what to do before, during and after a disaster to ensure effective response to the impacts that may be brought by natural hazards.

“Our city is prone to disasters such as flood. We want to improve our students’ capacity in dealing with disaster risks to mitigate the effects and easily cope to its consequences,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, students from the Information and Communication Technology High School outshined other contenders as they were hailed as champion in the competition. Sindalan High School and Panipuan High School were awarded 1st runner up and 2nd runner up, respectively.

Special awards were also given to Lyndale Academy (Best in Information, Education relay), Sindalan High School (Best in Bandaging relay) and Information and Communication Technology High School (Best in Lifting and Moving relay).

San Fernando Named Most Competitive City Anew [ Friday | 15th day of July, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The City of San Fernando was once again named as Most Competitive City by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) during the 4th Regional Competitiveness Summit held July 14 at the Philippine International Convention Center.

Out of 110 component cities who vied for this year’s Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) Awards, San Fernando ranked 2nd in the Overall Most Competitive City category.

All 1,389 competing Local Government Units, divided into four categories namely 3rd-6th Class Municipalities; 1st-2nd Class Municipalities; Component Cities; and Highly Urbanized Cities, were also measured into three convergent pillars including Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency and Infrastructure.

Under the component city category, the city ranked 4th in the Economic Dynamism pillar and landed 8th and 6th in the Government Efficiency and Infrastructure pillar, respectively.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago said these recognitions are results of the Local Government’s collective efforts in improving the quality of life for Fernandinos through transparent, effective governance.

“Our city prioritizes education and boosts employment by growing businesses because we want every Fernandino to reach his fullest potentials and be globally competitive as well,” Mayor EdSa added.

More than the recognition, Santiago furthered that he considers the awards as inspirations to further ‘aim for excellence’ and target a more progressive City of San Fernando.

In partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, the NCC launched CMCI in 2013 with the aim to advance the country’s competitiveness through public-private sector collaboration.

CSF Promotes Disaster Preparedness Among The Youth [ Friday | 15th day of July, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

In a bid to promote the culture of preparedness among the Fernandino youth, the City Government here conducted an on-the-spot poster making contest participated by Elementary and Secondary students last July 11 at the Heroes Hall.

Dubbed as Sining Kahandaan 2016, is an inter-school competition in line with the city’s observance of National Disaster Consciousness month this July. Participants are young student artists from public and private school.

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