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CSF Distributes Lot Awards To PNR Residents [ Tuesday | 24th day of January, 2017 | 2 months ago ]


Some 668 families residing along the Philippine National Railways (PNR) tracks received today Certificates of Lot Award (CELA) from the City Government of San Fernando through its Local Housing and Settlement Division.

These families are structure owners in Barangays San Jose, San Juan, Juliana, Sto. Nino and Dolores. They are qualified for the awarding after being verified and approved by the Local Inter-Agency Committee composed of this city, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), Presidential Commission on Urban Poor (PCUP) and PNR.

The awarding was led by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Third District Representative Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales, Jr., Under Secretary Angel Ojastro III and Atty. Alvin Claridades of HUDCC, and PCUP representative Noli Adora Ogot.

The program was witnessed by Councilor Reden Halili, Councilor Noel Tulabut and DPWH District Engineer William Bustos.

Meanwhile, Mayor EdSa said the awarding is pursuant to Executive Order No. 48 declaring non-core properties of the Philippine National Railways as socialized housing sites and providing for the disposition of the same to bonafide occupants.

The project gives Fernandinos the opportunity to have tenurial security on their properties and an assurance to acquire the lots on which their houses or structures are built.

"They will no longer fear losing their homes because they now have proper documents to settle their ownership," Santiago said.

"Gusto natin na mabigyan ng disenteng tirahan ang ating mga kababayan na pwede nilang ipamana sa kanilang mga magiging anak."


Mayor EdSa Urges Fernandinos To Pay Taxes [ Friday | 13th day of January, 2017 | 2 months ago ]


Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago has urged taxpayers to be mindful of cutoff dates for paying taxes to avoid penalties and surcharges.

Anchored on the theme "Lokal na Buwis: Bawat piso'y mahalaga, sa pagsulong ng Syudad Fernandino Kabahagi ka," the City Treasurer's Office started today a tax collection campaign urging Fernandinos to faithfully pay taxes because "it greatly contributes in bringing quality services to the constituency."

Business tax and licenses are due on the first twenty (20) of January or in quarterly installments within the first twenty (20) days of January, April, July and October of each year.

Tax on delivery trucks shall be paid on or before January 20 while the deadline for the payment of Professional Tax Receipt is on January 31.

Community tax certificate or Cedula which serves as every Filipinos' primary identification shall be accomplished not later than the last day of February of each year.

A fee shall also be paid prior to engaging in the pursuit of an occupation or calling.

Within the first 20 days of each month, vendors must pay their market stall rental.

Franchise tax is due within the first twenty (20) days following each quarter whereas the deadline for the amusement tax is set on the 20th day of the month following the month due.
Property transfer tax shall be complied within sixty (60) days from date of execution of the deed or property owner's death.

Real property tax, on the other hand, may be paid annually before March 31 or by installment on or before June 30, September 30 and December 31.


CSF Bares 'healthy Places' For 2016 [ Thursday | 15th day of December, 2016 | 3 months ago ]


The Local Government of San Fernando, through its City Health Office, announced on Thursday the healthy places in the city for the year 2016.

The awarding was divided into seven categories namely healthy hotel, healthy hospital, healthy barangay, healthy school, healthy workplace, healthy eating places and healthy resort.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago said the recognition was originally initiated by the Department of Health and was adopted by the city to promote health and safety awareness.

"We have been doing this for five years now to give credit to different places and establishments that offer quality services to our beloved Fernandinos," Santiago added.

This year's healthy hotels are Pampanga Greenbuck Corporation for SFP Bliss Hotel (grand winner), Hotel Victoria De San Fernando (1st place), and Otel Wall Street Corporation for Pampanga (2nd place).

For healthy hospital, the winners are Mother Teresa of Calcutta (grand winner) followed by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Medical Center (1st place).

Water Splash Resort was awarded as healthy resort for this year.

Meanwhile, winners for the healthy school, barangay, workplace and eating places were divided into small, medium and large subcategories that depend on the size or number of population.

With a total of 7,259 enrolled students, San Fernando Elementary School was named as 2016's most healthy school (large category). While Nuestra Senora Del Pilar Integrated School and Lara Integrated School were awarded as winners for medium and small category, respectively.

Healthy barangays are Brgy. San Nicolas (large category), Brgy. Baliti (medium category) and Brgy. Juliana (small category).

The awardees for healthy workplace are PEPSI-COLA Products Philippines Incorporated (large category), Deliscents Incorporated for Mister Donut (medium category) and RPO Fine Foods Corporation for Wow Mani (small category).

Healthy eating places are The Red Rickshaw (large category), Maygreen Restaurant Incorporated for Cookbook Kitchen (medium category) and Susie†s Cuisine MAH Dolores Branch (small category).


Fernandino Youth Shows Off Skills In Lantern Making [ Tuesday | 13th day of December, 2016 | 3 months ago ]


Fernandino youth shows off skills in lantern making

Students from the elementary, high school and college level in the City of San Fernando showed off their lantern-making skills as they compete for this year's inter-school lantern parade competition held December 12.

Twenty-eight schools and universities paraded their colorful "parols" made of indigenous materials, from Pampanga High School going to the city hall.

The presentation and judging of lanterns was attended by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and the Giant Lantern Festival 2016 executive committee chaired by Jim Jimenez.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said the annual competition seeks to keep the lantern industry alive by encouraging the youth to practice making parols trough their own means.

"Our city is known as the country's Christmas capital for its well-crafted lanterns and we want to inspire the next generation to engage themselves in the art of lantern making so as to preserve the industry." added Mayor Edsa.

Meanwhile, Pandaras Integrated School bested 11 contenders in the lantern parade competition for the elementary category. San Fernando Elementary School and San Jose Juliana Elementary School were awarded as second and third place, respectively.

For the high school category, winners were Lara Integrated School (1st place), Pampanga High School (2nd place) and St. Nicolas College of Business and Technology (3rd place).

The University of the Assumption (1st place), City College of San Fernando (2nd place) and Systems Plus College Foundation (3rd place) were awarded as winners for the college category.


CSF Holds Month-long Christmas Trade Fair [ Wednesday | 7th day of December, 2016 | 4 months ago ]



The City Government of San Fernando, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry and Giant Lantern Festival 2016 Committee has formally opened its month long Christmas trade fair at the Robinsons Starmills on December 6.

Leading the opening rites were Committee on Trade and Industry Councilor Reden Halili, OIC for City Investment and Promotions Center Engr. Remedios Agoncillo and DTI-Pampanga Director Elenita Ordonio.

A total of 22 stalls occupied by small, micro and medium entrepreneurs and members of the One Barangay One Product (OBOP) program of the city are currently exhibited.

Consumers have a variety of products to choose from including native delicacies, wood crafts, kitchen utensils, and linen items, to name a few.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said the activity is annually held in line with the Giant Lantern Festival to promote and showcase indigenous products to a larger volume of consumers.

"We all know that the festival attracts thousands of people here and abroad and this will better help our Fernandino entrepreneurs to boost up their sales," Santiago added.

"Rest assured that all products sold are made with quality with an affordable price," the city mayor said.

The trade fair is open until December 31.


CSF Opens Pre-Christmas Trade Fair [ Wednesday | 7th day of December, 2016 | 4 months ago ]


Looking for affordable gifts for your loved ones this Christmas season?

Visit the City of San Fernando as it formally launches today its Pre-Christmas Trade Fair and Diskwento Caravan located in front of the City Hall.

The ceremonial opening was led by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Chair for Committee on Trade and Industry Councilor Reden Halili, Councilor BJ Lagman, Business License and Permit Division Chief Joseph Garcia, City Market Specialist Levi Tiomico and Department of Trade and Industry- Pampanga Director Elenita Ordonio.

Dubbed "Presyong Panalo para sa mamimiling Fernandino", the fair which showcases various local products made by Fernandino micro, small and medium entrepreneurs will last until December 3.

"More than 20 entrepreneurs gathered for this season's fair to sell native delicacies, wood crafts, kitchen utensils, linen products and many more at a reasonable price," said Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago in an interview.

As part of ensuring consumers†rights, the city through its Economic Enterprise Division in partnership with DTI also led the destruction of 98 defective weighing scales and 1,000 boxes of uncertified Christmas lights.

Santiago said the local government conducts regular calibration test both in public markets and supermarkets to stop the proliferation of illegal weights and measures.

For her part, Ordonio explained that the lights were confiscated for lack of official labels and markings.

"The city takes necessary actions to stop the selling of restricted items and we appeal to the public to be more vigilant in purchasing products to avoid being victimized by unscrupulous vendors," Mayor Edsa added.


CSF Supports DILG’s MASA MASID [ Tuesday | 6th day of December, 2016 | 4 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando shows its active support on the Department of Interior and Local Government's Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Ilegal na Droga or MASA MASID campaign through a formal launching held Monday.

Local and barangay officials, Philippine National Police, faith-based organizations, and civic groups have made their pledge of commitment to the program that aims to fight criminality, corruption and illegal drugs in the country.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said MASA MASID heightens community involvement in sustaining President Rodrigo Duterte's thrust to address social menaces particularly the growing number of illegal drugs case.

"This serves as reminder for us officials to strengthen multi-sectoral collaboration to maintain peace and order with the strict implementation of our existing laws," Santiago added.

He added that each barangay must ensure the formulation of its own MASA MASID team composed of officials and volunteers.

City Local Government Operations Officer Engr. Algy Canlas said the teams may engage in various rehabilitation programs like seminars, education campaigns, counseling and community service.

Under DILG Memorandum Circular 2016-116, the program has four main thrusts: information and education campaign in communities for government programs against corruption, illegal drugs and criminality; creation of a reporting mechanism on illegal drugs-related activities; formulation of community-based rehabilitation programs; and revive the spirit of volunteerism by creating a volunteer-friendly atmosphere for organizations that wishes to be partners for change.


CSF Observes Environmental Awareness And Clean Air Month [ Tuesday | 29th day of November, 2016 | 4 months ago ]



In line with the observance of National Environmental Awareness and Clean Air Month, the City Government of San Fernando through its Environment and Natural Resources Office conducted different activities that promote awareness in preservation and protection of the environment.

Students coming from elementary and high school level competed in an on-the-spot Ecobag painting contest, Jingle Making and Parol Making competition.

Winners for the On-the-Spot Eco Bag Painting Contest elementary category are: 1st Prize, Jimmuelle C. Pamintuan (Del Rosario Elementary School); 2nd Prize, Bryan Michael D. Barrios (Magliman Integrated School); and 3rd Prize, Gabriel Kristoff Salvador (San Lorenzo Ruiz Center of Studies & Schools). For High School Category: 1st Prize, Lyra Kamille Escalante (St. Ann Colleges); 2nd Prize, Jhaemie Ruth P. Labso (Panipuan High School); 3rd Prize - Aira Mae B. Gomez (Nuestra Senora Del Pilar Integrated School).

For Jingle Making Contest, winners are: 1st Prize, Information and Communication Technology High School; 2nd Prize University of the Assumption; 3rd Prize, San Isidro Integrated School.

Parol Making Contest champions are: 1st Prize, Will Andrei C. Manalili (University of the Assumption High School); 2nd Prize, Grade 10 Students (Lyndale Academy, Inc.); 3rd Prize, Grade 9 Students (Pampanga High School).

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said that these activities would "ensure that the seed of environmentalism will be planted and nurtured and become a way of life for Fernandinos."
"We need to be aware of the impact of our actions because the success and failure of environmental programs and the overall condition of our environment lie on small, personal acts that accumulate over time," Mayor EdSa said.

The month of November is declared as National Environmental Awareness Month and National Clean Air Month by virtue of Republic Act 9512 and Proclamation 1109 to focus on raising public awareness on environmental preservation and protection.

Meanwhile, the city government also recognized environment-friendly establishments. These are San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corporation and San Fernando Beverage Packaging Plant (Tied at 1st place); San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corporation and Metal Closure and Lithography Plant San Fernando (Tied at 2nd place); San Miguel Brewery, Inc (3rd place); SM City Pampanga (4th place); Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (5th place); and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Medical Center, Inc. (6th place).


CSF Goes All Out Against Pollution [ Wednesday | 23rd day of November, 2016 | 4 months ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando is making an all out effort to fight the hazardous effects of different types of pollution on the environment and human health.

Pollution Control Officers from the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, City Health Office and private sectors on Thursday undergo a training course on Environmental Laws and Management.

CENR Officer Engr. Anele David said the seminar is coordinated with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Environmental Management Bureau Region 3 and will run until November 24.

"Two days of the seminar is allotted for the discussion of various environmental regulations and mandates including the Philippine EIS System (PD 1586), The Clean Water Act (RA 9275), The Clean Air Act (RA 8749) and Toxic Substances & Hazardous Wastes Act (RA 6969)," David added.

"For its last part, the participants will have a lecture on Self-Monitoring Report (SMR) and Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR) before proceeding to the post examination." she furthered.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, in his speech, underscored the importance of keeping the PCOs updated on the new environmental guidelines or standards for they serve as key players in protecting and preserving the natural resources in our city.

Santiago added that "the city mission catalyzes actions to develop a livable and ecologically-balanced community to enhance the quality of life of Fernandinos."

The city is observing National Environmental Awareness Month and Clean Air Month this November.


CSF Hosts 2nd Kamp Bulilit [ Friday | 18th day of November, 2016 | 4 months ago ]


More than 350 day care students in the City of San Fernando on Thursday joined the 2nd Kamp Bulilit (Camp for young kids) held at the Mini Convention, Heroes Hall.

The children were accompanied by their parents or guardians and day care workers from their respective schools.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Iris Biliwang said this project promotes early childhood stimulation through engaging, learning activities while giving the children quality time with their parents.

"We have prepared games that encourage physical, socio-emotional, cognitive, and aesthetic creativity which are all essential to a child's development," Biliwang added.

Highlighting the event is the discussion of children's right in compliance with Presidential Decree No. 603 or "The Child and Youth Welfare Code."

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago underscored that the government also plays a vital role in rearing the children towards a successful adult life.

"Our city will continue to provide programs that uphold child welfare and protection. We strive so that they will grow in a harmonious community that offers vast opportunities." Santiago said.

Meanwhile, CSWDO has also awarded the Child Development Workers of the Month from June to October.

These are Cynthia Valdesotto (Telabastagagan Day Care Center), Alicia Dungca (Sindalan Day Care Center) , Vilma Lapira (San Juan Extension Day Care Center), Lyndynor Cambronero ( Camp Olivas Day Care Center ) and Maricel Alauya (San Juan Day Care Center).


CSF Old Train Station Holds Contemporary Art Exhibit [ Friday | 18th day of November, 2016 | 4 months ago ]


The San Fernando old train station currently holds an art exhibition on contemporary life dubbed "Daily Sheet II" featuring the works of unARThodoxs a group of young artists from Central Luzon.

Leading the opening rites on November 11 were City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan, unARThodox co-founder Marc Valenciano and Miss World Philippines 1st Princess Arienne Calingo.

The exhibit showcases the works of Valenciano, Bernadette Baluyut, Chaxha Rysse, Harvey San Miguel, Mark Lander Garcia, Mike Abueme, Ralvin Dizon, Ronald Buenacifra Jr., and Sig Yu.

Their masterpieces include some 30 acrylic and oil paintings of scenes from everyday life, pressing issues and people including the image of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Pangilinan said that aside from the art display, the group is also set to host free photography workshop on November 19.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, stressed the activity serves as a venue to inspire Fernandino enthusiasts to hone and develop their artistic skills and indispensable talents.

"Our city greatly recognizes the talents of the young generation and we want to help them pursue their interests by exposing them to relevant, engaging activities." Santiago added.
The exhibit runs until November 30.


800 Jobs Open In CSF Year-End Job Fair [ Friday | 18th day of November, 2016 | 4 months ago ]


A total of 882 job positions were opened to Fernandinos and applicants from neighboring towns during the Year-End Job Fair hosted by the City Government of San Fernando over the weekend at Waltermart.

With 16 participating companies, 682 unfilled local jobs and 200 positions for overseas employment were offered to jobseekers.

Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Donny Sayre said this already serves as the fourth and last job fair of the city for the year 2016.

"Very timely po ito lalo na magpapasko, gusto natin na magkaroon ng trabaho at kabuhayan ang ating mga kababayan," Sayre added.

City Employment and Services Division reported that 104 of the applicants were Hired-on-the-Spot that is equivalent to a 31.23% rate.

Meanwhile, the registration for the city's JobStart program was also held simultaneously. Qualified registrants will undergo free life skills training for 10 days and proceed to job matching.

The Jobstart program has been a long project of the City Government of San Fernando, DOLE, Asian Development Bank and the government of Canada to help young Filipinos in honing their skills in order to find work and lessen the rate of unemployment in the country.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago reiterated his administration's serious efforts in providing Fernandinos not only employment opportunities but also the essential skills.

"Apart from seeking partnership with various companies to boost employment, the city also aims to help the applicants match with the right employers," Santiago said.