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Fernandinos Commemorate 74th Death March Anniversary [ Thursday | 14th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

Hundreds of Fernandinos gathered at the historical Train Station in this city on Friday to commemorate ‘Araw ng Kagitingan’ which marks the 74th Anniversary of Death March.

A wreath laying ceremony, led by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, took place at the Death March marker as a tribute to World War II heroes who gallantly fought for the freedom of the country.
During his speech, Santiago applauded members of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines who were present in the activity for their significant contribution in the history.

“Mahalaga na kilalanin at pahalagahan natin sila para hindi natin makalimutan ang kasaysayan, lalo na ng mga kabataan,” Santiago said.

He also underscored the importance of ‘united effort for patriotism and nationalism’ for which the youth of today’s generation play a significant role. “Pagkakaisa at pagmamahal sa ating bansa ang kailangan,” Santiago added.

Meanwhile, winners of the ‘Oldest World War II Memorabilia Contest’ were also announced during the activity.

Norman Tuazon bagged the 1st place for his ‘Infantry Drill’ collection while Mercy Tuazon and Jude Pangilinan were awarded 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
All entries are displayed inside the train station. The exhibit is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Also present during the commemoration were members of the Masonic District RIII-A, Pampanga Masonic Lodge #48, United Architects of the Philippines-Sinukwan Chapter, Far East Chapter Order of Demolay, Ms. Earth-Philippines candidate Korina Christiene Reyes, private sectors, department heads, and beneficiaries of the Special Program for Employment of Students.

CSF Launches School-based Dengue Vaccination [ Thursday | 14th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The Local Government of San Fernando, through its City Health Office, launched Thursday its school-based dengue vaccination held at San Fernando Elementary School.

More than 1,000 Grade 4 pupils from the said school receive their first of three dose of vaccine ‘Dengvaxia’ which is considered as the world’s first vaccine against mosquito-borne dengue virus.

Program Coordinator, Dr. Renely Tungol said that some 5,700 Grade 4 students from all public schools in the city will be given free dengue vaccine this month.

“We started administering the vaccine last April 4 and we are glad that no negative reactions were reported, so far.”

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago urged the public to support the campaign of the Department of Health aimed at eliminating the number of dengue cases nationwide.
224 dengue cases were recorded by the CHO from January of this year, resulting to a 35 % increase compared with the same period in 2015 with only 165 cases.

“We are lucky to be one of the pilot receivers of this free vaccine. We need your support to ensure that children are protected against dengue,” Santiago said.

Meanwhile, the next dose of dengue vaccine shall be administered after six months.

Fernandino Couples Tie Knots On Valentine's Day [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

Ninety-four Fernandino couples exchanged marriage vows during a mass wedding rites in the annual ‘Kasalang Balen’ held February 14 at the Heroes Hall.

This year's event was organized by the City Community Affairs Division in collaboration with the City Civil registry.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago solemnized the wedding ceremony and stressed that marriage is a key component in nation-building.

Job Hunting Made Easier For Fernandinos [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

Seeking for a job is 'just a click away' with the City Government of San Fernando’s adoption of Department of Labor and Employment’s latest innovation called job search kiosk (JSK).

JSK is a touch-screen, ATM-type equipment which stores information of thousands of job opportunities from in and out of the country.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago received this brand new machine from DOLE Pampanga Chief Arlene Tolentino, during the flag raising ceremony held February 15. Witnessing the turnover were Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor Angie Hizon and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Donny Sayre.

Having been committed in sustaining the city’s employment rate, San Fernando is the first recipient of a systematically upgraded JSK among the 22 cities and municipalities in Pampanga.

“This innovation marks another milestone in our governance. With this machine, Fernandinos are ensured of a functional job matching and skills registry system; moreover we are helping employers who want to hire more manpower from the city” said Mayor Santiago.

For her part, Tolentino explained that the system is aided by the Bureau of Local and Employment (BLE) PHILJOB.NET icon. “This feature gives a comprehensive list of job openings from various local and overseas companies.”

She underscored that the opportunity to work abroad is also made easier through the collaboration of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) which sets a list of available careers from all over the world.

Mayor EdSa Lauds Fernandino Teachers [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago lauded the teachers in the City of San Fernando for their priceless contribution to progress and development during the Bayaning Guro Awarding program held at the Red Rickshaw Restaurant last February 9.

He described the teachers as unsung heroes who unselfishly do their job with compassion and love.

“Teachers are one of the most unsung heroes in the society. Their days always start at the school and throughout the day, they unselfishly teach as teachers and care for our children like their very own” said Mayor Santiago.

Among those who received commendation from the city government were 140 public school teachers who were detained and maltreated during the 1980 local elections and some 38 teachers who were about to retire this year.

The awardees also received two thousand pesos as grants from the city government.
Also present in the program were City Councilors BJ Lagman, Angelica Hizon, Nelson Lingat, Harvey Quiwa, and Ayzel Macalino.

The event was in lined with Kaganapan 2016, the LGU’s celebration for its 15th cityhood anniversary.

Harvest Festival Held, Mayor Santiago Pushes For Long-term Food Security [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago joins residents and some farmers in reaping the fruit of their labor during the ‘Harvest Festival on Organic Vegetable Production ‘held February 26 in Brgy. Del Rosario, City of San Fernando.

The ‘Gulayan sa Baranggay’ project in Del Rosario was initiated by Brgy. Captain Reginaldo David in cooperation with the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office.

CAVO Officer-in-Charge Cristina Sangumay said residents started planting during the last quarter of 2015. CAVO, for their part, assisted farmers from identification of land; land preparation; planting up to the harvesting period.

“We also provide seedlings, fertilizer and tools. All interested may directly coordinate with us,” she added.

For his part, Mayor Santiago urges officials from other barangays to engage in organic farming, this after the success of the project in Brgy. Del Rosario which is the pilot area.

“Our City aims to promote long-term food security. We can certainly sustain our needs if we plant,” Santiago stressed.

Meanwhile, also present in the activity were 3rd District Representative Oscar Rodriguez and Committee on Cooperatives and Agriculture Councilor Nelson Lingat.

Fernandinos’ Pets Show Off Talents [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

More than 40 pet owners gathered to showcase their pet’s talents and skills in this year’s “Pet Mo, Show Mo!” which was organized by the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office (CAVO).

Mayor Edwin Santiago, Kaganapan 2016 Chair Alex Magsino and Vice-Chair Robby Hizon graced the event held at the Heroes Hall this morning.

On its 5th year now, the activity garnered a total of 47 entries which includes 43 dogs of different breed, 2 fowl and 1 cat.

Pet owners had the opportunity to dress and display their pets as the competition was also divided into four major categories namely: Glamour and Style; Tough and Glory; Cool and Dandy; and Intergalactic category which showcased different domesticated animals other than dogs and cats.

CAVO Officer-in-charge, Christina Sangumay explained that the event aims to promote responsible pet ownership. She also stressed the importance of complete vaccination to ensure the safety of the pets and their owners as well.

“The city offers free anti-rabies vaccination which is given every 3 months and we also conduct deworming on a quarterly basis,” Sangumay added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin Santiago, who is also a pet enthusiast, furthered that ‘pets should be treated like human beings and must be considered as companions’.

Santiago also cited that under the city’s 2008 Code of General Ordinances, no person shall let go astray of animal/s in any public or private place in this city. Therefore, animals shall be properly impounded.

Meanwhile, winners of each category were given P3, 000 worth of cash prizes and freebies from pet service businesses in the city were also given away.

CSF, Red Cross Ties Up For Bloodletting Activity [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The local government, in cooperation with Philippine Red Cross, held its Voluntary Blood Donation Activity at the city hall.

Members of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and some government employees participated in the activity.

With the theme “Dugo ko, karugtong ng buhay mo”, the city aims to collect more than 50 blood bags to ensure the sufficiency of blood reserve in its respective Rural Health Unit.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin Santiago lauds all the blood donors for their volunteerism. “You are all considered heroes for serving as instruments in saving others’ lives,” he added.

Mayor Santiago also disclosed the city’s plan of coming up with an Executive Order to create a Blood Council before this month ends. This move will make it easier for the health experts to look for possible blood donors that will match the need of the patients in case of emergencies.

The city’s blood unit mostly caters patients infected with dengue, suffering in cancer, and even those who undergo surgical operations.

Dr. Renely Tungol, Rural Health Physician and Voluntary Blood Donation Coordinator said the activity aimed at promoting voluntary blood donation for it also has a good effect in the donor’s health.

“It’s good for our body to donate blood. It stimulates the body to produce blood cells,” she explained.

The bloodletting activity is lined up for Kaganapan 2016 in celebration of the 15th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando.

CSF Sets Schedule For ‘Kaganapan 2016’ [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The City has its schedule loaded with various activities this February as ‘Kaganapan 2016,’ a celebration in line with the 15th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando, kicks off.

Mayor Edwin Santiago yesterday led the unveiling of calendar of activities for this year’s affair.
It was followed by a simultaneous clean-up drive participated by members of the LGU and volunteers from private sectors.

The activities lined-up for the first week of February include the Photo Exhibit at SM Downtown (February 1-7); Food Agro Industrial Trade Fair in front of the city hall (February 3-6); Thanksgiving Mass (February 4); and the commencing of the ‘Palarong Empleyado’ (February 5).

One of this year’s highlight is ‘The Outstanding Fernandino Awards’ which will take place at the Heroes Hall on February 4.

Meanwhile, thousands of unemployed ‘Kabalen’ will also have the opportunity to pursue a career through this year’s City Job Fair at SM City Pampanga happening on February 6.

February 9, on the other hand, will be filled with back to back events such as the Launching of ‘Kasalesayan ning San Fernando’ Coffee Table Book; Launching of Star ka San Fernando Tour and Teacher’s Heroism Day.

The city has also set health-related activities like Blood Letting (Feb 10), Fernandino First Rainbow Run II (February 12) and Cycling Caravan (February 13).

Be entertained as the Pet Mo, Show Mo happens on February 11 followed by Harana sa Kababaihan on the 12th.

Moreover, the Kaganapan 2016 shall conclude on Valentine’s day as Fernandino couples tie the knot in the annual ‘Kasalang Balen.’

CSF Named As Child Friendly LGU [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, under the stewardship of Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, was 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 Fernandino youth.

Mayor Santiago received the recognition presented by the provincial government during the Flag raising ceremony held at the Capitol grounds.

With its commitment of implementing various child friendly programs, San Fernando is among the 17 cities and municipalities in the province who were recognized.

With Mayor Santiago’s administration, the city has always been very instrumental in the provision of welfare and development programs for the children particularly on education and health. Programs are laid down in adherence to the four basic rights of the children which are survival, protection, development and participation.

“This made San Fernando an environment for children to grow and develop their full potential in every stage of development, from conception in the womb to adolescence period” said Mayor Santiago in interview.

He added that the city believes that the prime indicator of a successful child – friendly local governance is its institutional transformation that is rooted to a significant change in values and practices of the community, in which the family, the church and the school institutions plays a vital role.

“Investing fully in children today will ensure the well – being and productivity of future generations for decades to come” said Mayor Santiago noting that the “programs are geared towards an enabling environment for children to grow and develop their full potential in every stage of development, from conception in the womb to adolescence period.”

The awarding is held annually to recognize the efforts of LGUs who actively gears towards a ‘friendly Philippines: A caring and protective society for, by and with the children.’
Also present in the awarding ceremony were local officials and representatives from other recipients including the cities of Angeles and Mabalacat; and the municipalities of Guagua, Porac, Lubao, Sta. Rita, Floridablanca, Sasmuan, Arayat, Sta. Ana, Bacolor, San Simon, Apalit, Macabebe, Minalin and Sto. Tomas.

Child-Friendly LGU. Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago receives the ‘Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance Award’ presented by the provincial government during the flag raising ceremony held Monday at the Capitol grounds.

Child-Friendly LGU. The city government of San Fernando, under the stewardship of Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, is among the 17 LGUs ,in the province, recognized as ‘Child Friendly Local Government Unit’ by DSWD and DILG.

CSF Launches Oplan Goodbye Bulate [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga and the Department of Health Region 3 (DOH R3) conducted a simultaneous school deworming on Wednesday, January 21, as part of the program dubbed as

This program covered children who are studying from Kinder to Grade 6 in all elementary public schools of the city to prevent the detrimental effects of soil-transmitted helminthiasis.

In San Agustin Integrated School, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor Ayzel Macalino, and other officials led the administration of the deworming medicine to children aged 5 to 12 years.

City Health Officer Dra. Eloisa Aquino reminded the public that children can get infected as their bare hands touch the soil while playing or holding something that dropped on the soil and other scenarios.

She explained that deworming of children is a good strategy to reduce the burden of infections because such will create a positive impact on children’s education and health wherein the children will become more active in their studies and school performance.

Mayor Santiago for his part said that the success of this program relies heavily not only with the government but more importantly on the support of the children’s parents and relatives.

He also underscored that the city’s health programs are available and accessible to all. “Palagi pong bukas ang ating mga Rural Health Units at Barangay Health Stations kung saan libre po ang konsulta at ilang mga gamot.”

CSF Honors Student Achievers [ Monday | 11th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga has given recognitions to Fernandino students who have distinguished themselves in different competitions held in Central Luzon.

During the Flag raising activity held at the City Hall, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago has awarded certificates of recognitions to these students who have responded to “the city’s call for excellence of turning ordinary into extraordinary.”

“This emulates our administration’s battle cry: Fernandino First! The achievements of our youth represent our efforts in the government” said Mayor Santiago.

Among the recipients are four students from the City College of San Fernando [CCSF] who bested other representatives from eleven colleges and universities in the Inter-Collegiate Quiz Bee held at the Jose Feliciano Colleges, Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga last January 29. These students are Reine David and Roger Lasi, both Education Math Major; Banjo Somera, English Education Major; and Adrian Quiambao, Bio Science Major.

Other CCSF students who received citations are Gideon Ramos, Business Administration student, for winning the second place in solo singing contest and Limarah Gutierez, Information Technology student for earning the third spot in declamation contest during the recently concluded Association of Local Colleges and Universities Region 3 Meet.

Student-athletes who bagged awards during the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association Meet 2016 were also recognized. These are [Elementary Level] Ivory Jade Guevarra, who was named as the most outstanding swimmer and a qualifier for the Palarong Pambansa 2016; Sophia Syyap, gold medalist; Allison Abilay, bronze medalist; Adrienne Elejandrino, bronze medalist; [Secondary Level] Kelly De Guzman, silver medalist; and Rolly Dela Cruz, bronze medalist.

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