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Fernandinos Join Movement To End HIV/AIDS [ Thursday | 26th day of May, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

Fernandinos have actively showed support in the movement to end HIV/AIDS epidemic through a commemoration of the Philippine International AIDS candlelight memorial on May 14.

A candle lighting ceremony was held in front of the City Hall as a sign of remembering those who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS.

Rural Health Physician Dr. Renely Tungol said the commemoration was simultaneously held nationwide from 6:00 until 7:00 in the evening.

“We have also enjoined participants from neighbouring towns and cities because in Region 3, only the City of San Fernando and Olongapo have conducted the said activity.”

Meanwhile, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago and Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin led the signing of commitment to stop the spread of HIV by raising public awareness.
In his speech, Santiago said “Gusto natin na maging malusog ang taga San Fernando at taga Region 3 kaya nakikiisa tayo sa pagsugpo sa pagkalat ng HIV AT AIDS.

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) attacks the body’s immune system that causes aids. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is a serious condition that weakens THE body’s ability to fight off disease.
Recently, the Department of Health Region 3 has recorded 353 cases of AIDS in Central Luzon.

Comelec Proclaims CSF Local Officials [ Friday | 13th day of May, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday proclaimed the winners for the elective positions in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

For the mayoral and vice-mayoral race, Liberal Party bets Mayor Edwin D. Santiago and Vice Mayor Jaime T. Lazatin, both unopposed, garnered 92, 682 and 92,488 votes respectively.

LP dominated the race among councilor aspirants. The ten councilors elected to the Sangguniang Panglungsod are: Angelica Hizon (LP), 72,418 votes; Benedict Jasper Lagman (LP), 66,713; Renato Agustin (LP), 66,179; Noel Tulabut (LP) 60,311; Ayzel Macalino (LP), 59,675; Nelson Lingat (LP), 54,828; Harvey Quiwa (LP), 54,671; Celestino Dizon (LP), 51,193; Redentor Halili (IND), 46,400; and Ruperto Dumlao (LP), 45,340.

City of San Fernando winning candidates were proclaimed by acting election officer of Atty. Cristina Garcia around 5 P.M. Wednesday.

Garcia said the May 9 election in the city was generally peaceful with minor problems, mostly with vote-counting machines.

CSF Job Fair Opens 700 Job Opportunities [ Friday | 13th day of May, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

More than 700 local job opportunities were offered to hundreds of job seekers during the ‘Labor Day Job Fair’ organized by the Local Government of San Fernando in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (Pampanga).

Some 350 applicants from in and out of the city have flocked in the job fair held May 1 at the SM City San Fernando Downtown.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago said the city, through its Public Employment Service Office, annually conducts various job fairs to open up careers to unemployed, fresh graduates, skilled and unskilled workers, vocational graduates and the like.

“This is our way of reducing the unemployment rate and increasing the number of employment which are priority programs in this city,” Santiago said.

The city mayor also furthered that the emergence of business industries in San Fernando boosted employment opportunities not only for Fernandinos but job hunters from other towns as well.

“We, in the local government, see to it that the more companies are, the more jobs they also create,” he added.

Meanwhile, PESO reported that 71 applicants were hired on the spot that is equivalent to 20.52% of the total number of job seekers.

This year’s 114th Labor Day was celebrated with the theme “Kinabukasan Sigurado sa Disenteng Trabaho.”

CSF Observes Earth Day, Waterways Cleanup Held [ Friday | 13th day of May, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

In line with the observance of Earth Day, the Local Government of San Fernando conducted on Friday a Citywide Waterways Cleanup aimed at clearing rivers, creeks and canals surrounding the city.

Through the initiative of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, city hall employees together with PNP and BFP personnel were also enjoined to participate. CENRO has provided cleaning materials and areas of assignment to every department.

City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Anele David said the activity is an annual event, originally conducted every September, to maintain the cleanliness of waterways in order to prevent flooding during rainy season.

“We decided to hold the cleanup drive earlier so we can de-clog and desilt the waterways in preparation for the rainy season,” David added.

David also furthered that all 35 barangays participated in the activity by clearing the waterways within their respective areas.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago encouraged every Fernandino to be ‘environment warriors’ by means of supporting the city’s campaign in promoting clean and garbage-free waterways.

“Ang pagmamalasakit sa kalikasan ay isang kabayanihan. Ibalik natin ang dating linis at sigla ng mga kailugan.” Santiago said.

Mayor EdSa underscored that the city can only maintain its healthy, livable environment if continuous unified effort is achieved.

Recently, San Fernando was recognized as ‘2016 Tanging Bayani ng Kalikasan’ by the People Management Association of the Philippines Human Resources Management Foundation Incorporated.

CCSFP Produces 4th Batch Of Grads [ Tuesday | 26th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The City College of San Fernando, Pampanga (CCSFP) has produced new set of graduates during the 4th Commencement Exercises held April 20 at the Mini Convention in Heroes Hall.

A total of 199 students completed four-year degree courses in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor in Elementary Education, Bachelor in Secondary Education and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago said that graduation is not the end but merely the beginning of a new journey; and challenges every graduate to strive hard as they endeavor for a brighter future.

“Not everyone is given free education. Put to good use the lessons you learned from your school and help us build a brighter future for our beloved Fernandinos,” he added.

Santiago furthered “Natutuwa kami simula na ang inyong bagong paglalakbay. Congratulations and Good luck.”

Mayor EdSa also said that the achievement should also be shared with the parents, professors and faculty members who have inevitably given their part towards each student’s success.

CCSFP was established in 2009 and has produced its first batch of graduates in 2013.

Last year, CCSFP has opened new course in Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and is now Senior-High School ready for the upcoming school year 2016-2017.

Social Pension For Indigent Senior Citizens Released [ Thursday | 21st day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando (P) through its Social Welfare and Development Office has released monthly pensions amounting to P500 per month to indigent Fernandino senior citizens last April 20.

These beneficiaries are residents of the city’s 35 barangays and registered by the Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs.

They received grants retroactive from January to March 2016 amounting P1,500 each.

Under Republic Act 9994, the monthly stipend of P500 will augment the subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens in line with the government’s obligation to protect the most vulnerable sector through social protection.

Only qualified to receive the monthly stipend are senior citizens who are frail, sickly, or have disabilities; are not receiving pension from social security system (SSS), government service insurance system (GSIS), or veterans pension; and do not have a permanent source of income or regular support from relatives.

Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, for his part, said that effective programs for senior citizens are part of his 12 point agenda dubbed as “Agend 8: Kalinga at pag-aaruga, ilaan sa nakakatanda.”

“Our elders are integral part of our city hence we give full support to the improvement of their total well-being and their full participation in our society” he added.

He also underscored that senior citizens in the city are granted benefits and privileges that range from 20% discount and vat exemption to mandatory membership in the government’s healthcare system, PhilHealth.

“They are in good hands because we implement all the social programs intended for them, this is one way of showing gratitude and love for our elders” said mayor EdSa.

CSF Is CL’s Best BPLS Implementer [ Tuesday | 19th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando (P) was once again recognized as Central Luzon’s most successful local government unit in the institutionalization of business permits and licensing system by the Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation, Incorporated (CLGCFI) last April 15, 2016.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago received the award during the 10th Recognition of Outstanding LGUs Implementing the Streamlining Program in the Issuance of Mayor’s Permit held at Holiday Inn Hotel, Clarkfield Pampanga.

San Fernando was recognized for its “institutionalized efforts” in fostering an investor-friendly environment and encouraging the growth of business and investments by reducing the turn around time and cost of doing business in the issuance of business permits and licenses.

As the region’s fastest LGU in processing documents, the city now houses more than 8,000 businesses.

The city government was also named as a finalist in the Best LGU in Customer Relations and Most Outstanding LGU for I.T. Innovations.

Meanwhile, the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines awarded plaques of recognition to the city for leading the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index wherein San Fernando was rated in the following criteria: Economic Dynamism, 10th place; Government Efficiency, 3rd place; Infrastructure Development, 5th place; 2nd place in the Overall Competitiveness Component City category.

“I am very happy for this award, this means that all our efforts are effective but we do not stop here, this will serve as springboard for us to improve our performance and prepare ourselves for the opportunities brought by ASEAN integration” said Mayor Santiago.

He disclosed that the city is vying for the second hall of fame award of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Most Business Friendly LGU.

San Fernando Honors Solo Parents [ Friday | 15th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, through the initiative of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, conducted Tuesday a Solo Parents’ Day aimed at recognizing the role of every ‘single parent’ in the society.

Some 300 Fernandino solo parents from all 35 Barangays participated in the activity held at the Heroes Hall.

Mariconne Reyes, Solo Parent-Focal Person, said the program seeks to familiarize solo parents with various programs offered by the local government such as the Self-Employment Assistance – Kaunlaran (Sea-K) program of DSWD.

"SEA-K is a livelihood assistance program which aims to enhance socio-economic, entrepreneurial skills of poor families, including solo parents. Aside from that, we also involve them in various skills training," Reyes added.
The city ensures to provide benefits and privileges to solo parents and their children in compliance with Republic Act 8972 or the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, applauds every solo parent for their hard work and sacrifices in raising each of their families and sustaining the education of their children.
“Single parenting is not easy for it entails filling the role of both mother and father in the family. Kung hindi ka matatag at masipag, hindi mo kakayanin maging solo parent,” Santiago furthered.

Meanwhile, the CSWD has awarded “Gawad Parangal sa mga Natatanging Solo Parents.” to three exceptional solo parents namely Antonette Cariño (Brgy. San Pedro), Gina Alvis (Brgy. Lourdes) and Rizalina Abaya (Brgy. Sto Niño).

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‘Natatanging Solo Parents’. Mayor Edwin 'EdSa' Santiago leads awarding of ‘Gawad Parangal sa mga Natatanging Solo Parents’ during the Solo Parents’ Day held April 12 at the heroes hall.

Solo Parents’ Day. Mayor Edwin 'EdSa' Santiago lauds Fernandino single parents for their efforts and sacrifices in raising their families during the Solo Parents’ Day held April 12.

CSF Named ‘2016 Tanging Bayani Ng Kalikasan’ [ Friday | 15th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando was named ‘2016 Tanging Bayani ng Kalikasan’ by the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) Human Resources Management Foundation Incorporated for its outstanding achievement in the area of clean air act and climate change.

San Fernando is one of the four awardees, under the Local Government category, of the first Bayani ng Kalikasan Awards held April 13 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Pasay City. Other recipients are Quezon City and the provinces of Cavite and Rizal.

PMAP President Jessie Rebustillo said their organization seeks to recognize individuals, corporations and institutions whose efforts have significantly contributed to climate change mitigation.

“The PMAP, with 1,500 corporate members and 25 chapters nationwide, is the only association that promotes professional people management practices at the workplace and corporate social responsibility in the communities where member companies are located.”

“This is the highest achievement award in the field of environmental management given by our institution” he added.

Through the initiative of San Fernando’s Environment and Natural Resources Office, the city has fully implemented various ordinances aimed at protecting and preserving the environment.

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.

In his message, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago expressed his profound gratitude to the members of PMAP for recognizing the efforts of the city towards a sustainable, greener community.

“This award inspires us to strive even better in the pursuit to preserve mother earth,” Santiago added.

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 [ Tuesday | 12th 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.

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