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CSF To Beef Up Tourism And Culture Programs [ Friday | 15th day of July, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

In partnership with the Department of Tourism, the City Government of San Fernando will intensify its Tourism and Culture programs to reach its goal of becoming the preferred destination in the country.

In line with the Bottom Up Budgeting scheme, the city government received a check amounting to P2.6 Million; this will be intended for the promotion of tourism and culture industry of the city.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said the budget will be maximized for the proposed Tourism Development plans, Tourism Marketing and Promotion Project , Tourism Promotion Collaterals and the creation of the City Tourism brand.

“We want to boost our tourism capabilities as we envision to be the one of the leading destinations not only in the province but in the entire country,” he added.

The preservation of the city’s ‘Tourism and Culture’ is highlighted in the City of San Fernando’s new 10-point agenda.

Also present in the awarding rites are Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, City Local Government Operations Officer Engr. Algy Canlas and City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan.

In 2013, the Department of Interior and Local Government launched BUB program which provides financial assistance to local government units for the implementation of their proposed projects.

CSF Gears Up For Nutrition Month [ Friday | 15th day of July, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando has lined up activities for nutrition month slated this July.

The month-long activities kicked off today during the Flag raising ceremony held at the City Hall.

With the theme “First 1000 days ni Baby, Pahalagahan para sa Malusog na kinabukasan”, more than 20 activities were prepared by the City Health Office (CHO) to create awareness on the importance of proper infant and young child feeding practices, particularly exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and giving appropriate complementary food after six months while continuing breastfeeding.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago said the theme is very significant because there is a link between undernutrition, especially stunting, in the first years of a child’s life and his overall growth in the later years.

“Hindi lang mga kabataan ang inaalagaan natin, nakatuon tayo sa nutrisyon maging ng kanilang mga magulang, at isinusulong natin ang breast feeding” he said.

Activities include Fernandino Master Gulay, a cooking competition featuring local produce; a breastfeeding in the workplace seminar; dance exercise; poem recital; an orientation on nutrition in emergency cluster; nutria-quiz and poster making contest; best hataw fitness exercise (zumba); supplemental feeding program for pregnant women; and inter-barangay biggest loser challenge.

The city will also launch a 90 day supplemental feeding program on the following barangay: San Jose, Dolores, Quebiawan, Sindalan, Pulung Bulu, Dele Paz Norte, Sta Lucia, and San Nicolas.

This LGU’s Breastfeeding Council Executive Committee will be presented on July 29 following the launching of Big Latch Program.

Other programs are Youth Camp Assembly and Orientation of Barangay Captains on Basic Nutrition.

It will culminate with a Nutrition Summit to be hosted by the CHO.

The observance of the National Nutrition Month is pursuant to Presidential Decree 49, the National Nutrition Act of the Philippines, signed on June 25, 1974.

Fernandinos Avail Free Neuro Screening [ Friday | 15th day of July, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Fernandino senior citizens and city hall employees underwent free neurological screening through the initiative of the City Health Office on July 7.

Dr. Maricel Lapid, Rural Health Physician, said some 150 fernandinos availed the free neuro screening and consultation that may determine if they are suffering from depression, stress, anxiety, dementia, pain, seizures, and insomnia.

“Each participant underwent pre-screening (to identify what kind of disorder they may have) before they were referred to our psychiatrist or neurologist,” she added.

Dubbed ‘Lingap Diwa’, the program seeks to help participants achieve a healthier state of mind, brain and body.

For his part, Mayor Edwin Santiago said that one of his administration’s agenda is to provide various comprehensive health programs to the Fernandinos.

He also stressed the importance of being mentally fit in boosting a healthier body and preventing other brain-related disorders.

“It is important that we keep not only our bodies, but also our minds in shape, so we can fulfill our duties as responsible Fernandinos,” Santiago furthered.

Meanwhile, participants were also given medication for free.

CSF Officials Formally Presented [ Tuesday | 5th day of July, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The new set of officials of the City Government of San Fernando were formally presented to the public on July 4 during Monday’s flag-raising ceremony in front of the City Hall.

Presenting them was Engr. Jose Algy Canlas, officer of the Department of Interior and Local Government in San Fernando.

The city officials were led by unopposed City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago and Vice Mayor Jaime T. Lazatin who are both on their second term.

Also presented by Canlas were the members of the 6th Sangguniang Panlungsod composed of mostly Liberal Party candidates. They are re-elected Councilors Angelica Hizon, Benedict Jasper Simon Lagman, Nelson Lingat, Harvey Quiwa, Celestino Dizon, third-termer Councilors Noel Tulabut and Ayzel Macalino, and comebacking Councilors Ruperto Dumlao, Redentor Halili and Renato Agustin.

In his short speech, Mayor Santiago thanked the Fernandinos for their trust and asked that they continue to work hand in hand in bringing inclusive and sustainable progress to the city. He then outlined his administration’s revised development agenda that is based on comprehensive planning.

On this 10-Point Agenda are education, employment, environment, health, peace and order, family, infrastructure, tourism and culture, investments promotion and government efficiency.

“Minarapat kong baguhin ang 12-Point Agenda upang siya’y magiging istratehiya ngayon sa pagtahak natin sa panibagong direksyon sa pagpasok ng bagong termino,” the mayor explained.

Mayor Santiago then urged every Fernandino to partake in building a brighter nation. “Sama-sama nating itaguyod ang mga simulaing ito para maisakatuparan ang pinapangarap na Bagong San Fernando.”

San Fernando Beefs Up Civil Registration [ Monday | 4th day of July, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Thinking of getting married without overspending?

The City of San Fernando makes it easier for unwed couples to tie the knot through its free ‘Kasalang Barangay’ initiated by the Office of the City Civil Registration (OCCR).

City Civil Registrar Rimando Umali, during the Convention of Partners in Civil Registration on Wednesday, said free wedding rites will help address issues of illegitimacy among Fernandinos.

Interested couples must file their application for marriage license at least a month before the scheduled wedding. Those aged 18 and above must also submit their Certificate of No Marriage Record (CENOMAR) along with a Parental Consent (for 18-21 y.o.) or Parental Advice (for 22-24 y.o.).

In 2015, only 6,728 out of 13,100 born children were registered as legitimate. Record shows that 2,896 were born to single/solo parents, while some 10,204 were born to registered married couples.

“Aside from the annual Kasalang Balen, we also hold wedding ceremonies as part of each Barangay’s Fiesta celebration to ease the burden of getting married (especially for young couples) and secure the legitimation of children,” Umali added.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that the city ensures to render public services to its grassroots through these activities while upholding the Filipino values and traditions at the same time.

“We believe that a family with a strong foundation will help us produce Fernandinos who will partake in building a more sustainable, progressive community,” Santiago furthered.

Meanwhile, Umali urged Fernandinos to have their civil registrations accomplished on time to avoid inconvenience.

Births and Deaths must be registered within 30 days while Marriage Registration must be filed not exceeding 15 days after the wedding.

The OCCR has recorded a total of 3, 161 death registration and 1, 246 marriage registration in 2015.

Mayor EdSa Push Plans To Make City Biker-friendly [ Wednesday | 22nd day of June, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago over the weekend said that his administration will intensify its promotion of the use of bicycle as a means of transportation to keep the air clean and make San Fernando a biker-friendly-city.

This was stated during a cycling caravan sponsored by the LGU last June 19. The event was participated by hundreds bike enthusiasts coming from the city and nearby areas.

“Ang pagbibisikleta ang pinaka-episyenteng paraan ng transportasyon at kung mahihikayat natin ang ating mga kababayan, mababawasan ang mabigat na daloy ng trapiko, at maisasalba ang kalikasan” said Santiago.
“Inilunsad din natin ang ng Bicycle Lane sa kahabaan ng Mc Arthur Highway Dolores. Ito ay maguumpisa mula Traffic Light St. Jude hanggang Mc Donalds Intersection. Higit isang kilometro ang haba nito at ito ang ikalawang Bicycle Lane sa siyudad, sunod sa kahabaan ng Lazatin Boulevard.

Mayor Santiago underscored that the city is gearing up in becoming the most livable place where development is achieved without sacrificing the environment.

The mayor noted that such initiatives are not exactly unheard of; in fact, non-motorized travel has been integrated in the road systems of foreign countries.

He also urged the public to explore more options and choose the best alternatives of transportation saying that “this program will not only alleviate environmental concerns, but it will also promote a healthier regimen for the Fernandinos.

On His Birthday, EdSa Delivers Services To Public [ Wednesday | 22nd day of June, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Mayor EdSa celebrates his birthday by offering various public services to the Fernandinos through a ‘Handog Pasasalamat’ program.

A medical mission and gift-giving was held at Brgy. San Pedro Cutud, catering more than 800 senior citizens. Meanwhile, thousands of local & overseas job opportunities were also opened during the City Job Fair held at the SM City Downtown.

CSF Rescues Street Children [ Monday | 20th day of June, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

In accordance with Presidential Decree No. 1563 or the Mendicancy Law of 1978, the Local Government of San Fernando, through its City Social Welfare and Development Office, recently conducted a rescue operation of street children and street families around Poblacion area in this city.

Social Welfare Officer II Bernadette Maniago said they were able to rescue more than 30 street children found begging on the streets.

“May mga nailigtas kami as young as 3 years old hanggang 13 years old,” she added.

Most street children are residents of Barangays Sta. Lucia, San Pedro Cutud, San Nicolas, Quebiawan,Calulut, Malpitic and Sto. Nino.

The CSWD on Monday has conducted a Parent Effectiveness Seminar attended by Health Workers, Nutrition Scholars, Purok Leaders and parents from the said barangays which aims to promote awareness on the control and eradication of mendicancy.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago said the activity also seeks to promote the importance of parent involvement in their children’s lives. Thus, strengthening a parent-child relationship in a family.

“Gusto nating isulong ang responsible parenthood para mabawasan ang kaso ng pamamalimos at child abuse sa ating syudad.”

Meanwhile, rescued mendicants are immediately brought to the Women’s Crisis Center in Barangay Sindalan for legal assessment and evaluation.

The city government was recently named by the Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Social Welfare and Development as a Child-Friendly Local Government Unit for promoting programs aimed to uplift the living conditions of youth.

San Fernando Prepares For Rainy Season [ Monday | 20th day of June, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

In preparation for the rainy season, the local government of San Fernando purchased an Hydraulic Excavator Backhoe on Barge to be used in dredging river channels surrounding the city.

The equipment was inaugurated Friday at the Mapalad Creek in Brgy. San Nicolas through the initiative of the City Engineer’s Office in line with the its River Management Program.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago said the recently purchased equipment seeks to address perennial flooding problems in the city especially in low-lying barangays located near riverbanks and creeks.

This includes barangays Juliana, Lourdes, Pandaras, San Felipe, San Jose, San Nicolas and Sta. Teresita.

“Our city is one of the catch basins of floodwaters in the province but we take steps to prevent severe flooding in order to avoid damages and casualties,” he added.

Meanwhile, San fernando also acquired three boats made of fiber glass to be utilized by City Engineer’s Office River Patrol in monitoring river situation.

Also present during the event were Vice- Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor BJ Lagman, Councilor Tino Dizon, City Engineer Efren De Leon, Chief of Staff Engr. Remedios Agoncillo and City Hall employees.

CSF Local Officials Commemorate ‘Pinatubo Day’ [ Thursday | 16th day of June, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

Local officials in the City Government of San Fernando, led by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, on Wednesday commemorated the 25th anniversary of Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption.

Santiago, together with Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, re-elected councilor BJ Lagman and incoming councilor Ruping Dumlao, graced the commemorative event hosted by the Provincial Capitol of Pampanga.

According to the City Mayor, the activity does not only commemorate the devastation brought about by the 1991 catastrophe but also also celebrates Kapampangans’ triumph over any form of adversity.

Considered as the world’s second worst eruption in the 20th century, Mt. Pinatubo’s massive explosion covered the province of Pampanga with mudflows that resulted to the death of thousands.

“We are celebrating the resilliency of the Kapampangan race, and the Fernandino community will always strive hard in order to continue the progress of our once lahar-ravaged province,” Santiago added.

Twenty-five years after the tragedy, the province of Pampanga has recognized private sectors and government officials who contributed in the rebuilding and rehabilitating process in the province.

Through Kapampangans’ resiliency and indomitable spirit, Pampanga has risen from the ashes and is now tagged as a premiere province in Central Luzon.

CSF Improves Health Operations, Buys New Ambulance [ Tuesday | 7th day of June, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

To facilitate public service to the Fernandinos, the Local Government of San Fernando acquired 3 new ambulance units for use of its City Health Office.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, together with Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor Nelson Lingat, City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino and Rural Health Physicians on Monday led the formal turn-over of the new ambulances.

The City Mayor said that aside from strengthening emergency response capabilities, the acquisition of ambulance also seeks to prevent incidence of maternal and infant deaths.

According to the City Health Office, the new ambulances will be stationed in Birthing Stations in Barangays San Jose, Sindalan and San Nicolas.

“Our priority is to save lives. With these units, the patients can be easily transferred to larger hospitals whenever needed,” Mayor EdSa furthered.

The City Health Office now has a total of 6 ambulance units. 4 are stationed in different Birthing Stations while the other 2 are being utilized by its Health Emergency Management Staff.

CSF, TESDA Inks Agreement For Skills Trainings [ Monday | 6th day of June, 2016 | 1 year ago ]

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the City Government of San Fernando recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in the implementation of Bottom-Up Budgeting funded projects.

With this, skills trainings on Construction (Carpentry NC II), Metals & Engineering (SMAW NC I) and Tourism (Cake Making leading to Bread & Pastry Production NC II) shall open to public.

“We are targeting 190 unemployed, out-of-school youth and disadvantaged Fernandino Workers as beneficiaries” said Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago.

He said that it is the advocacy of the Santiago administration to assist workers in developing and harnessing their skills and potentials by providing training to provide them additional source of living.

According to Meilyn A. Gallarde, BUB focal person for Employment Services these skills trainings will be implemented on the 2nd quarter of year 2016. “Pre-screening and selection of beneficiaries shall also be conducted” she added.

The training will last for about 1 to 2 months. Qualified trainees shall also receive allowance from the city during their assessment (NC II Examination).

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