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CSF Rescues Street Children [ Tuesday | 21st day of June, 2016 | 2 years 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 [ Tuesday | 21st day of June, 2016 | 2 years 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’ [ Friday | 17th day of June, 2016 | 2 years 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 | 2 years 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 | 2 years 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).

San Fernando Recognizes Students With Highest Honors [ Saturday | 4th day of June, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

Fernandino students who graduated with highest honors in the Academic Year 2015-2016 were recognized Tuesday by the Local Government of San Fernando.

Through the effort of the Schools Division of San Fernando under the supervision of Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Imelda Macaspac, some 115 grade 6 and grade 10 students from both public and private schools in the city received commendation for their oustanding academic performance.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago and Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin led the distribution of Certificates to the parents and guardians for their unwavering support to their children. Each student also received cash gifts amounting to P2,000.

In his speech, Mayor EdSa expressed his deepest appreciation to the school principals, staffs and parents for collaborating towards the betterment and success of the students.

The city mayor furthered “Sabi nga nila, kung gusto mong mamuhay at kumain ng habang buhay ang iyong mga anak, bigyan mo sila ng binhi ng edukasyon.”

For his part, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin challenged the students to continue doing their best and use their talents and potentials to the utmost.

“You are the future leaders of tomorrow. We are proud of you,” he added.
The recognition ceremony for students with highest honors marks its second year this 2016.

Mayor EdSa Vows To Support Duterte Administration [ Wednesday | 1st day of June, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago will support the administration of presumptive President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

This was the re-elected mayor’s statement as he said that there is a need for political unity to push the agenda of the next administration.

“Majority of the local officials in the city belongs to the Liberal Party but we will set aside political colors for the betterment of our nation” the mayor stated.

“We congratulate the newly elected leaders. We assure them full cooperation and support especially in providing a stable and enabling environment for further growth of the economy” he added.

Mayor EdSa stressed that every LGU should play a vital role in pushing the new president’s primary agenda in curbing criminality particularly within six months after assuming office.

“He has a strong political will and he can do a lot of things to abate criminality in this short span of time,” he said of the former Davao City mayor.

Hailing the orderly, peaceful and credible conduct of the May 9 elections, the mayor said that the recent polls has set a high standard for free and fair elections in the future.

“With the overnight tabulation and transmission of a big portion of votes from all over the country, the automated process has gained public confidence in our democratic process,” he said.

Mayor EdSa also hopes that Duterte would push for the development of both Clark International Airport and Subic Bay Freeport to decongest Metro Manila and boost economic opportunities in Central Luzon.

LP dominates local elections in CSF

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed last May 10 the winning candidates to the elective positions in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Unopposed Liberal Party bets Mayor Edwin D. Santiago and Vice Mayor Jaime T. Lazatin garnered 92,682 and 92,488 votes, respectively.

The LP also dominated the race among councilor aspirants. Elected to the Sangguniang Panlungsod are LP members Angelica Hizon, 72,418 votes; Benedict Jasper Lagman, 66,713; Renato Agustin, 66,179; Noel Tulabut, 60,311; Ayzel Macalino, 59,675; Nelson Lingat, 54,828; Harvey Quiwa, 54,671; Celestino Dizon, 51,193, and Ruperto Dumlao, 45,340. Comebacking Redentor Halili, running as an Independent, received 46,400 votes.

CSF HR Gets PRIME [ Wednesday | 1st day of June, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The Civil Service Commission commends the City Government of San Fernando for its Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM).

San Fernando is among the few LGUs nationwide to receive such citation.

This is a proof that Kawaning Fernandinos (city hall employees) are among the best.

Effective human resource is equivalent to excellent public service.

World’s Largest Solar-powered Facility Inaugurated In CSF [ Wednesday | 1st day of June, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago together with Gov. Lilia Pineda, Department of Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada and other local officials led the inauguration of the world’s largest solar-powered facility that will bring clean and environment-friendly energy to the Robinsons Starmills, and of course, the Fernandinos.

This mall's solar-powered facility was made possible through Soloenergy Systems Inc. The facility has 10, 880 solar panels and covers 1.75 hectares of roof space. This is also the first of its kind investment in San Fernando.

The solar array will harness more than 2.88 Megawatts of power during peak hours, offsetting up to 95 percent of daytime demands of the mall.

For his part, Mayor EdSa commended Robinsons Starmills Corporation for helping the city government in promoting environmental programs.

“What we want in the city is progressive development without sacrificing the environment, and this move is the best example of this” he said.

Jeffrey Yutuc, Project Development Officer of the Investment Promotion Office, said that the city government may give tax incentives to business that operates facilities that are not harmful to the environment.

“Pwede po tayong magbigay ng as much as 10% discount sa mga kompanya na nagpapatupad ng eco-friendly measures.”

Frederick Go, Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) president, said that he was inspired with the city’s advocacy of protecting the environment thus this renewable energy equipment.
“This is our way of helping the government in saving the planet.”

Recently, The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) Human Resources Management Foundation Incorporated has named this capital city as 2016 Tanging Bayani ng Kalikasan’ among the awardees of this year’s Bayani ng Kalikasan Awards.

The city was cited for its “outstanding achievement in the area of the implementation of the Clean Air Act and climate change.”

The city has also gained numerous recognitions for having committed to the implementation of RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management and enjoining all 35 barangays to contribute in solving garbage problems.

MEDSA Urges Fernandinos To Display Philippine Flags [ Tuesday | 31st day of May, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, during the city’s observance of National Flag Day held at the Heroes Hall on May 28, urged every Fernandino to display the Philippine flag in all offices, government agencies, business establishments, schools and private homes.

Santiago underscored that this is in accordance with Executive Order No. 179, issued by former President Fidel V. Ramos, stretching National Flag Day from May 28 to June 12.

The Philippine Flag was first unfurled on May 28, 1898 but was formally presented on June 12, 1898 which marks Independence Day.

Meanwhile, local officials led the ceremonial distribution of Philippine flags to Brgy. Captains, school officials and members of the masonic lodges during the said activity. All participants were given flaglets as well.

A salute to the flag was also delivered by Bro. Harold Santiago, Public Relations Officer of the Samahan ng mga Mason.

In his speech, Mayor EdSa said the activity seeks to salute the national symbol of the Philippines and, at the same time, give respect to the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives in exchange of the country’s freedom.

“Gamitin nating inspirasyon ang sakripisyo ng ating mga bayani upang patuloy na maiangat ang antas ng pamumuhay ng mga Pilipino,” he added.

Also present during the activity were Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor BJ Lagman, ‘Pyestang Fernandino’ 2016 executive committee, city hall employees and Special Education for the Employment of Students (SPES) beneficiaries.

CSF Crowns Little Miss Fernandina 2016 [ Tuesday | 31st day of May, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

Jillian Lenihan of Barangay San Agustin was crowned Little Miss Fernandina 2016 during the coronation on Thursday evening at the SM City Pampanga Event Center.

Reigning Little Miss Fernandina Audrey Penafiel passed the crown on to 8-yr-old Lenihan who bested 9 other young aspirants coming from different barangays in the city.

Lenihan also bagged the Best in Summer Wear award and was hailed Ms. Winsome Smile.

Landing on Top 5 with Lenihan were Lluvia Amber Pagcu of Brgy. Bulaon (1st runner up), Sophia Villanueva of Brgy. San Agustin (2nd runner up), Heart Angel Sicat of Brgy. Del Rosario (3rd runner up ) and Arrah Magat of Brgy. Maimpis (4th runner up).

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago said the pageant proves how beautiful and smart Fernandinas are. “More than being a progressive city, San Fernando is also a home of talent and beauty,” he added.

For her part, Little Miss Fernandina 2016 Chairperson Eda Panganiban said the competition also serves as starting point for the contestants towards achieving titles in larger competitions.

“As early as now, we want to develop their confidence and hone their skills to make it easier for them when they join other pageants,” she added.

Lenihan will represent the City of San Fernando in the upcoming province-wide competition dubbed Prinsesita ning Sinukwan.

Fernandino Farmers Benefit From BUB [ Thursday | 26th day of May, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

Farmers from the City of San Fernando benefit from the Farm Mechanization program under the Bottom up Budgeting 2015 of the Local Government in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture.

Through the effort of the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office, various farm machineries including 6 units of Hand Tractors, 1 Rice thresher and 1 reaper were awarded to farmers from Barangays San Felipe, Pandaras, Magliman, Calulut, Maimpis and Quebiawan on May 16.

OIC-City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay said the machineries cost a total of 1.1 Million pesos.

“600,000 pesos was allocated by the Local Government of San Fernando while the remaining 500,000 pesos was funded by the Department of Agriculture,” she explained.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin Santiago said the program seeks to help farmers by providing efficient and modern farm technologies.

“These machineries lessen production cost and allow easier and timely operations of the farmers,” Santiago added.

Meanwhile, also present during the awarding of Farm Machineries were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor Nelson Lingat, DILG Ofiicer Jose Algy Canlas and Barangay Officials from the selected Barangays.

The activity is also in line with this year’s celebration of Farmers’ Day.

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