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CSF Identifies Local Dev’t Fund Priorities For 2016 [ Tuesday | 22nd day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

The local government unit of San Fernando under the stewardship of Mayor Edwin D. has identified the priority programs for the utilization of the city’s 20% local development fund for 2016.

During a meeting held September 17 at the Heroes Hall, the local development council, chaired by Mayor Santiago, has bared the proposed projects for environmental management, social and economic development programs.

For 2016, the city’s estimated total 20% development fund amounts to P118 million.

47.56% or more P56 million of this will be used under economic development for the construction and rehabilitation of roads and bridges, farm mechanization, provision of irrigation facilities, and aid to barangays.

Meanwhile the allotment for environmental management programs is about 37.02% or P44 million, projects lined under this are urban greening developments, solid waste management assistance program for barangays and communities, improvement of the city transfers station, rehabilitation of former city disposal facility, development of an eco park, procurement of air quality detector, and flood control measures.

For social services, the appropriated amount is 15.42% or more than P18 million, under this are construction and rehabilitations health centers and birthing stations, purchase of medical equipment, and many more.

“Ginagawa natin ito para maging pangmatagal at pangmalawakan ang kaunlaran sa San Fernando, lahat ng ating mga programa ay dumadaan sa masusing pag-aaral, kasama syempre ang private sectors” said Mayor Santiago.

Present at the meeting were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor Nelson Lingat, City Department Heads led by Administrator Engr. Fer Limbitco, Association of Barangay Captains headed by President Angel Wijangco, San Fernando Water District Director Fer Caylao, Multi Sectoral Governance Council Chairperson Loi David, representatives of business sectors like the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce, members of the academe, among others.

CSF Holds Fun Run [ Tuesday | 22nd day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

In line with the observance of civil service month this September, the city government through its Human Resources and Development Office held the second edition of Takbong Kawaning Fernandino Fun Run last week.

More than 100 employees from the city hall departments participated in the race which covered three kilometer categories including 3 kilometer that started from the Heroes Hall to the Provincial Capitol; and the five kilometer category wherein the runners proceeded to the City Hall before looping back to the finish line at the Heroes Hall.

The winners are: 3 kilometer category, Alber Mayled (male champion), Ma. Teresa Doble (female champion; 5 kilometer category (single) Mario Calbang, (Buddy Category) Bong Ortaliz and Jayson Caguiat. Special awards such as best attire and best pair were also given including raffle prizes.

“We are doing this to encourage our employees to practice healthy lifestyle, we believe that good health will determine the output of one’s work”, explained Human Resources and Development Officer Rachelle S. Yusi.

This year’s theme of the civil service month is “Kayang Kaya Mo, Lingkod Bayani”.

CSF Mega Job Fair, Flocked By Job Seekers [ Tuesday | 22nd day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

City Government of San Fernando, in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration [POEA] and SM City Pampanga, conducted a Mega Job Fair held at the event center in SM City Pampanga on September 16.

A total of forty five (45) employers, 35 from local and 10 from overseas, joined the event that aims to provide jobs and helps lessen the unemployment rate.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago led the event with the city’s PESO Manager Donny Sayre.

The Mega Job Fair, for local and overseas employment, catered not only for Fernandino job seekers but also residents of nearby towns and municipalities.

Job seekers flocked at the event center to apply to their prospected companies.

Arayat, Mexico, Sta. Ana, Bacolor, Minalin, Sta. Rita, Guagua, San Simon, Sto. Tomas were some of the participating nearby towns and municipalities present at said event.

Mayor EdSa Graces CHR`s Groundbreaking Ceremony [ Tuesday | 22nd day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

To kickoff the inauguration of the new building of Commission on Human Rights [CHR] Regional Office 3, a groundbreaking ceremony on September 16 took place at Diosdado Macapagal Government Center, Barangay Maimpis.

The event was graced by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago who participated during the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of two-storey CHR office building.

“City of San Fernando is one with the CHR in instilling awareness of universal human rights, values and principles among the various sectors of the society. In fact, we are working with the Department of Interior and Local Government [DILG] in establishing Barangay Human Rights Action Centers,” said Mayor EdSa.

“I hope that this facility will help ensure not only a society where human rights and fundamental freedoms are fully enjoyed, respected, protected and fulfilled by the state, but also one to make sure that all sectors of the society, regardless of status, will enjoy a non-biased and non-discriminatory government,” he added.

Said construction of the new edifice, amounting to 14-million, was funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Corporation [AECID].

The event was spearheaded by Regional HR Director Atty. Jasmin Navarro-Regino together with Atty. Alex Sitchon Jr., Elmer Maniego, Marta Caguiat and all of the officers and staff of the CHR Region 3.

Present also at the groundbreaking ceremony were Chairperson Jose Luis Martin Gascon, with Commissioners Karen Lucia Gomez-Dumpit, Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana, Leah Tanodra-Armamento and Roberto Eugenio Cadiz.

In conformity with the exact specifications and design which was provided by the CHR, their Spanish counterpart will be undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways [DPWH] Region 3.

San Fernando Holds Youth Congress [ Monday | 21st day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

Over two hundred youth from the City of San Fernando attended the 2015 Youth Congress conducted by the City Social Welfare and Development Office held at Heroes Hall on September 17.

The said congress aims to unite all youth in the city and provide them information on the development of personality which can help them in dealing with issues such as criticisms, poverty and low self-esteem in which may hinder their emotional and intellectual growth.

According to City Social Welfare and Development Officer Iris Biliwang, this is a great way of building confidence in the youth that could help them in their own endeavors in the future.

Meanwhile guest speaker Campus Minister Director of Wildfire Youth Ministry Pastor Angelico Sangalang gave out inspiring stories, some of which depicts success in spite of hardships and trials they have been encountering in their life.

“Maraming paraan para maging matagumpay kayo sa buhay. Isang bagay lang ang katalinuhan, mas malayo ang mararating ng taong may determinasyon at dedikasyon sa sarili,” said Sangalang.

In line with the said activity, CSWD also held a talent and on-the-spot-poster making contest to showcase the abilities of the youth.

For the poster making contest with a theme on “Agree ako sa Agri,” John Paul Correa ranked first and received P2,000, Mark Olapani bagged second place and received P1,500, and Leilani Tan ranked third and was given a prize of P1,000.

Meanwhile, Xtreme Limit was declared as the first prize winner of Talentadong Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines and received P5,000, while XLCD Girls ranked second and brought home P3,000 and lastly Benedict Sayco in third place and went home with P2,000.

With this, City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago stresses the importance of making the youth as one of the priorities of the city since they will be the future generations of the society.

“Magkakasama tayo para palakasin ang kabataan sa ating siyudad, tulong-tulong dahil mas magiging matagumpay kung lahat ay nagkakaisa,” said Mayor EdSa.

The City Government of San Fernando headed by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago is fully supporting the youth and with this, they are pushing for a more empowered youth force in the city.

The event was attended by City Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Iris Biliwang, Alternative Learning System San Fernando, Public School District Supervisor and ALS Focal Person Carina Pasion.

The said congress is in line with the celebration of Youth Week 2015 from September 14 to 15.

CSF Welcomes Youth Officials [ Wednesday | 16th day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

Twenty four students coming from different schools in the San Fernando are welcomed by the city government as they were named as the new youth officials of the city.

This was witnessed by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with City Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, Councilor Nelson Lingat, Councilor Dein Henson, Councilor Lito Ocampo, Councilor Benedict Jasper Lagman, and Councilor Harvey Quiwa.

According to Youth Week 2015 Director Ricardo Pineda, the youth officials will work hand in hand with the city government officials and city councilors in keeping a more progressive community with the help of the youth sector.

Also, the said youth officials are being recognized by the city government in order to hone their abilities and give them sufficient knowledge in serving the people through the government.

For his part, City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that they are glad to have the youth working with them since they will be providing trainings to the youth to prepare them in the years to come.

“This is important because we show them how education affects the youth and we know that this is a great foundation to have a progressive city in the future. We also want to develop the youth; we need to develop them in their values because these are going to be their pillars,” said mayor EdSa.

Coming from Nuestra Senora Del Pilar Integrated Highschool is the elected Youth City Mayor Maria Bernadine Tayag and from Information and Communications Technology Highschool is Youth City Vice Mayor Alyssa Marie Calsa.

Pia Panlaqui of Our Lady of Fatima University is elected as the first city councilor, Charles Aiden Tolentino from Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University as the second city councilor, Kyla Nicole Cortez from Our Lady of Fatima University as the third city councilor, Clarisse Vital from Pampanga High School as the fourth city councilor, Christian Canlas from Information and Communication Technological High School as the fifth city councilor, Stefanie Galang from San Lorenzo Ruiz as the sixth city councilor, Chelsea Carreon from University of the Assumption as the seventh city councilor, Carlo Zapata from Pampanga High School as the eight city councilor, Kate Aquino from San Lorenzo Ruiz as the ninth city councilor, Harold Bernardo from Telabastagan Integrated High School as the tenth city councilor and Bib Robin from San Nicolas Integrated School as the Youth President of the Association of Barangay Captains.

Not only that, the youth also have representatives for every department in the city government such as Allen David as the Youth City Health Officer, Rafael Gatus as the Youth City Engineer, Walley Prianes as the Youth City Environment and Natural Resources Officer, Elishalyn Macabinlar as the Youth City Social Welfare and Development Officer, Jershey Dionisio as the Youth City Legal Officer, Mark Justin Nogoy as the Youth City Accountant, Mary Ann Armenta as the Youth City Budget Officer, Tristan Caba as Youth City Treasurer, Rodrigo Nogoy as Youth City Human Resource Development Officer, Queen Mendoza as Youth Sangguniang Panlungsod Secretary and Renchie Payumo as the Youth City Administrator.

These twenty four youth officials will be the representative of the youth sector in the city, working and cooperating alongside city officials for the betterment of San Fernando.

First BPO In CSF To Operate Soon [ Wednesday | 16th day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

The first business processing outsourcing [BPO] company will soon operate in this city, “opening new opportunities and challenges to Fernandino community” said local chief executive.

Thus stated Mayor Edwin D. Santiago during the courtesy call made by Professional and Technical Outsourced Services [PROTOS], an Australia-based company that cater to more than 200 companies internationally as back office support, marketing arm, virtual assistance promotion and branding, positioning and internet optimization for the advancement of their business.

“If all requirements are completed we will operate next month and will be located at the city proper” said PROTOS chief executive officer Monty G. Hooke.

Hooke added that they are now offering 70 job opportunities in web developing, marketing, web content writing, graphic designing, among others.

“I’ve learned about the quality of students here in the city particularly in the City College, we are willing to give them opportunity” he said.

In an interview, Mayor Santiago expressed his excitement in this ‘milestone investment’ which he also described as “a move towards inclusive development.”

“Big investments like this usually take place in highly developed areas, this is a proof of our [San Fernando] lively economy.”

The city holds the title 2nd Most Competitive LGU (component city) and regarded as 2014 Most Business Friendly city by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“Isa din itong hamon para sa ating lahat mula sa hanay ng edukasyon hanggang sa ating pamilya para lalo pang paghusayan ang paghubog sa karunungan at sa karakter ng ating mga anak” he added.

“What we want here is development without sacrificing Fernandino conservative values and traditions” said Mayor Santiago.

Also present during the meeting were Chief of Staff Remedios Agoncillo, Multi Sectoral Governance Council official Engr. Ferdinand Caylao, Business Processing and Licensing Division chief Joseph Garcia, and PROTOS General Manager Reynaldo Carlos.

8,159 Fernandino Families Get PhilHealth For Free [ Wednesday | 16th day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

Some 8,159 indigent families received proof of their coverage of socialized health care under Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) and the city government’s new program dubbed as “CSFP’s Philhealth para sa Masa Program,” at no cost to the beneficiaries.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, who personally distributed the PhilHealth’s MDRs [Membership Data Record] said that this is to ensure that the poorest of the poor can avail of hospitalization and other health services.

“This is intended to help our constituents during times of emergencies said the mayor adding that the LGU operated health facilities are all PhilHealth accredited meaning they offer zero balance scheme.”

The mayor told the beneficiaries to just show their PhilHealth member data record for them to avail the free hospitalization from government hospitals and facilities the city’s five rural health stations and four birthing stations that are always available to serve the public.

He explained that with this benefit, the members have no more reasons not to seek medical assistance, as PhilHealth is ready to pay in full for their hospitalization.

“Ayaw natin na magkakasakit ang ating mg aka-siyudad subalit mas maganda na sila ay covered ng PhilHealth para maging panatag ang kanilang kalooban.”

He also noted that through the government’s effort all senior citizens shall be covered the National Health Insurance Program. “Once you reach sixty years of age, you are automatically PhilHealth member” said Santiago reiterating that registered senior citizens of the city now reached more than 22,000.

Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Nelson Lingat, Noel Tulabut, Harvey Quiwa, among others also graced the distribution ceremonies from September 7-11 in the city’s 35 barangays. The programs are held with the direction and guidance of Henry Almanon, PhilHealth branch manager in Pampanga together with officers Ferdinand Guinto and Beth Capuli.

Almanon said this program is a clear manifestation of the government’s continuous caring for the poor by making primary health care effectively reach the indigents through the various services of DOH, LGUs and PhilHealth.

CSF Conducts Waterways Clean Up Drive [ Monday | 7th day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

The city government of San Fernando through its City Environment and Natural Resources Office held a Citywide Waterways Clean-up Day in observance of the International Coastal Clean-up Month on September 4.

Leading the event is City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with DILG Pampanga Provincial Director Myrvi Apostol Fabia, Committee on Environmental Protection, Natural Resources Waterways and Flooding Intervention Chairman Councilor Benedict Jasper Lagman, and City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Anele David.

The event aims to create awareness and understanding among the community on how important it is to clean the surroundings even waterways to prevent flooding and to have a safe and garbage free environment.

According to Mayor EdSa, the city government is one with its people in creating a better San Fernando, which includes understanding of environment rules and regulations.

“Nakikiisa tayo sa iba’t ibang sektor maging sa mga pribadong kumpanya upang lalong mapaigting ang pagpapatupad natin sa pagkakaroon ng malinis at progresibong kapaligiran. Ipinapakita natin na sa kabila ng pagsulong ng ating siyudad, hindi rin napapabayaan ang ating kapaligiran,” said Mayor EdSa.

The said event was also joined by the Bureau of Jail Management, Pampanga Environment and Natural Resources Office, Department of Science and Technology Pampanga and the City of San Fernando Water District.

The activity of San Fernando is in accordance with Mayor EdSa’s 12-point agenda on promoting a clean environment for fellow Fernandinos.

AMSWPI Conducts 14th Lecture In CSF [ Wednesday | 2nd day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

More than thirty participating hospitals, institutions and local health government units all over the country attended the three-day Lecture series of the Association of Medical Social Workers of the Philippines, Inc. held at Otel Pampanga from September 2-4.

Themed “Ensuring Preparedness for Disasters and Environmental Challenges,” the lecture aims to provide social workers and medical practitioners all around the country the necessary knowledge and trainings on mental health and psychosocial support.

According to Association of Medical Social Workers of the Philippines Inc. President Ramil SB. Villar said that this is a faster and efficient way of giving lessons and seminars in dealing with mental health.

With this, City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago is fully supporting the goal of AMSWPI in giving free trainings and seminars that would be beneficial for everyone.

“Ang ganda ng layunin natin dahil yung ating mga social workers at mga medical practitioners ay mabibigyan ng pagkakataon na matuto ng mga bagay tungkol sa Mental Health at sa Psychosocial Support,” he said.

Mayor EdSa also added that the city is inclined in giving medical attention to the community since they are prioritizing the welfare of every Fernandino.

The three-day lecture and seminar will be tackling different issues about mental and psychosocial health that will focus on the framework of understanding on health, well-being, resilience, trauma, recovery and the needs of the special population.

CSF Conducts Zumba Fest Against TB [ Friday | 28th day of August, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

In line with the celebration of Lung Month, the city government headed by Mayor Edwin Santiago, held a Zumba dance competition August 28 at the Heroes Hall.

Themed “Stop TB: Hanapin, Gamutin, Pagalingin,” this aims to create awareness on tuberculosis and promote healthy lifestyle among Fernandinos.

Rural Health Physician Dr. Renely Tungol said that in order to prevent TB in the community, one must practice healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition.

“It goes hand in hand with lifestyle. Kung hindi natin ito magagamot, patuloy ang cycle nito sa society at magkakahawaan,” said Tungol.

For his part, Mayor EdSa pointed out that his administration aims to create a TB free city by providing free medicine to all patients through barangay health centers.

“Isa sa mga problema natin sa health ngayon ay ang pagkakaroon ng sakit kaya naman isa sa pinopromote ng ating siyudad ay ang pagkakaroon ng health and wellness program kung saan isa ang Zumba sa nakikita nating paraan para sa malusog na pangangatawan,” said Mayor EdSa.

“Pinapanatili natin ang na malusog ang mga Fernandinos kung kaya naman lahat ay ineencourage natin na sumali, mayroon tayo sa youth sector, kababaihan, sa private sector tulad ng mga ospital at maging sa ating mga kapulisan,” he added.

Besting other contenders is the Women’s Federation of San Fernando followed by the delegates from Philippine National Police in second place, VL Makabali Hospital in third place and the youth sector in fourth place.

Mayor EdSa is encouraging all Fernandinos to acquire all the services of the City Health Office especially in preventing contagious and infectious disease including TB and HIV.

Witnessing the event was Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, Councilor Noel Tulabut, City Health Officer Eloisa Aquino, TB/HIV MSGC Chairperson Dr. Leticia Yap, San Fernando Chief of Police Col. Jean Fajardo, Gender and Development Officer Amy Catacutan.

100 Millionth Baby Gets Assistance From CSF [ Monday | 24th day of August, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

The City of San Fernando, Pampanga together with the Commission on Population and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation awards assistance to this LGU`s 100 millionth baby during the flag raising ceremony on Monday.

A year after POPCOM Region III announced the list of the 100 millionth babies, they are now giving health assistance to Kylie Espiritu Dalusong as part of her birthday celebration being the symbolic baby of the city.

Dalusong received 10 thousand pesos worth of gift pack and cash gift coming from POPCOM Region III and a lifetime membership to PhilHealth.

According to Assistanct Regional Director Vicky Barbea de la Torre, this symbolizes that every child is entitled to the services offered by the government.

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