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CSF Activates Emergency Operation Center [ Monday | 6th day of July, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga has activated its emergency operation center in preparation for the possible effects of Tropical Storm Egay which made landfall over Isabela last Saturday.

“As early as Tuesday last week, the city’s disaster council has convened its members to monitor the situation and undertake precautionary measure,” Mary Luanne David, Administrative Officer of City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO).

The council is composed of five committees including alert and monitoring, response coordination, operational coordination, information management, and resource mobilization.

“Once na may advisory na ang national [DILG], we are activating our emergency operation center dito sa Heroes Hall para mas madali ang mobilization ng ating mga manpower” added David.

During emergencies, the LGU through its CDRRMO assemble human resources from its departments and attached agencies like the Philippine National Police and Bureau of Fire and Protection, civic organizations like the Philippine National Red Cross, barangay personnel, volunteers, among others to assist in calamity response operations.

Although, not affected by Tropical Storm Egay, David said that the city has made necessary preparations for natural hazard such as typhoons; in fact, equipments for rescue operations and relief goods were procured and presently prepositioned to strategic areas.

According to NDRMMC advisory, Egay has remained almost stationary over Luzon Sea and expected to exit Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday morning (July 9).

City Offers 100% Tax Incentives To New And Expanding Investors [ Wednesday | 1st day of July, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

The Local Government Unit of San Fernando, Pampanga will give as much as 100 percent incentive in business tax to new and expanding investors in the city.

This was announced by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago who also heads the Investment Incentive Board (IIB) during the Investor’s Forum held at the Heroes Hall recently.

“We are now accepting applications for the Investment Incentive Grant to new and expanding investors in the city that falls under the city’s investment priority areas” said Mayor Santiago.

In accordance with the City Ordinance No. 2011-020 also known as the 2012 Investment Incentives Code these includes business in manufacturing, services, industrial estate, agri-business, heritage sites, eco-tourism, waste management facilities, businesses that produce and develop renewable source of energy, and new and expanding labor intensive business enterprises.

“This Code aims to attract new investments, both local and foreign, keep and retain existing investments and encourage their expansion by creating a business-friendly environment” added the mayor noting that this law shall spur economic development and generate income and employment for Fernandinos.”

The applications for incentive grants will be validated and approved by the IIB composed of both public and private sector representatives from the city, Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Federation of Homeowners of the City, and the Federation of Pampanga High School/Jose Abad Santos Alumni Associations Foundation (FEPJAAF).

One of the pioneer beneficiaries who received 100% tax incentives is Hilcres Management Corporation for the Best Western Bendix Hotel located at Barangay Dolores. Another potential investor for this is the Event Center of Laus Group of Companies.

Mayor EdSa Honors Villages, Private Partners For Good Solid Waste Management [ Wednesday | 1st day of July, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with the City Environment and Natural Resources Office cited barangays, schools, and business establishments for their outstanding performance in ecological solid waste management practices.

The search for model barangay and awarding of best practices is a yearly activity initiated by the Santiago Administration to encourage both public and private sectors in the proper way of disposing garbage in their respective areas.

The criteria in the selection of winners include segregation at source, segregated collection (no segregation, no collection policy), collection coverage, operation and maintenance of materials recovery facility, barangay initiatives, among others.

The barangays that received plaque of recognitions are Alasas, hall of fame award and Maimpis, most sustainable solid waste management program. The three topnotchers for large population category are Dela Paz Sur, first place; Magliman, second place; Juliana, third place. For the small population category, Sta. Lucia, first place; Malpitic, second place; San Isidro, third place. These winners received as much as twenty thousand pesos.

The city also commended villages that have best practices in the operation of MRF. Winning barangays are Juliana and Malino (cluster 1), Mapitic and San Jose (cluster 2).

Barangay officials who showed exemplary efforts in maintaining cleanliness in their communities were also given special awards. Nuestra Senora Del Pilar Integrated School, St. Scholastica’s Academy, Pampanga High school, San Juan South Elementary School, ICT High school were also recognized.

For business establishment, recipients are Petron Gasul San Fernando plant, Hotel Victoria, San Miguel Brewery, SM Prime Holdings, Pampanga’s Best, Inc, San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corporation, Metal Closure and Lithography Plant San Fernando, Avon Cosmetics, Sunshine Super Store, Alice Giftshop, Glo’s modiste, Razon’s halo-halo, S & R, Jollibee San Fernando branch, and Robinsons Starmills. Model homeowners association were also identified, these are Essel Park, Hacienda Royale, Holy Angel Village IV, and Pilar Village.

For his part, Mayor Santiago said that his administration prioritizes programs that promote environmental protection such as waste segregation.

“Ang gusto natin ay iinvolve ang lahat ng sektor dahil ang basura ay problema nating lahat, at hindi kaya ng gubyerno nang mag-isa, kailangan ang pakikiisa ng bawat mamamayan.”

The city was among the first LGUs that strictly complied with R.A. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. With this, its waste diversion rate increased to 59% biodegradable materials from a mere of 12% back in 2002.

“This was made possible through the participation of every barangay in the city” added the mayor.

CSF Observes National Disaster Consciousness Month [ Monday | 29th day of June, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

July ushers in Disaster Consciousness Month and the City Government of San Fernando is joining the whole country in its observance with a program of activities coordinated by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office under Raymond Del Rosario.

This year’s theme is “Pamilya at Pamahalaang Handa, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa.”

Launched Monday by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, members of the Sanggunian and department heads, the activities include a motorcade, exhibit, poster-making contest, First Aid and CPR/AED Olympics, SAFRun, earthquake and fire drill and a Seminar on Building Resiliency in Vulnerable Urban Condition. To cap the series is the 1st CSF Barangay Rescue Olympics on July 31.

“The essence of the month-long celebration is to promote public awareness on natural hazards, and disseminate information on the steps to be undertaken to mitigate the effects of such hazards,” Del Rosario said.

He added that it is the time for the people to focus their attention on the need to prepare for natural disasters.

For his part, Mayor Santiago stressed the importance of always being prepared for times of disaster.

“Ang ating CDRRMO ay inuumpisahan na ang kanilang preparasyon para sa mga paparating na kalamidad sa ating siyudad. Year-round ang preparasyon natin dahil nais natin na aware tayo sa paligid natin,” he said.

July is declared as the National Disaster Consciousness Month by virtue of Executive Order No. 137 on August 10, 1999, to focus on raising public awareness of, and establishing safe and resilient communities against disasters.

San Fernando Honors City Government Employees [ Monday | 29th day of June, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

A re-run of Employees Day in the City Government of San Fernando, was conducted for the second batch of more than 300 of its employees at the Gigatt Resort in Candaba, Pampanga on June 27.

City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, with Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin and City Human Resource and Development Officer Rachelle Yusi, led the opening of the event.

The participants were from the General Services Office, Traffic Management Division, City Marshalls, City Disaster Risk Reduction Office, San Fernando Rescue Unit, Building Maintenance Unit and Radio Room, who were not able to join the first batch last April 18 due to their duties and responsibilities.

According to Yusi, the annual break is aimed to provide leisure and relaxation to their employees who render year-round public service.

For his part, Mayor EdSa said the activity is a move of the city towards maintaining harmonious employee inter-relationships through team-building.

“Inihabol natin itong second batch kasi gusto natin na sila rin ay ma-experience yung naexperience ng mga nandoon sa first batch. Di sila nakasama noon kasi ayaw naman natin na makompromiso yung mga serbisyong ibinibigay nila sa mga Fernandinos,” the mayor stressed.

CSF Unveils Proposed Town Center [ Monday | 29th day of June, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

A new town center will soon rise on an approximately seven-hectare area in Barangay Calulut in the City of San Fernando.

Unveiling on a vacant lot in said barangay the tarpaulin showing a perspective of the proposed infrastructure was Mayor Edwin D. Santiago who also led the Arbor Day citywide tree planting activity last June 26.

“We want to build it on a property in Calulut because we continue to push for the empowerment of barangays towards a tourist-oriented city,” said Mayor EdSa on the facility.

The move is in line with his vision of inclusive growth for San Fernando, where he continues to call for excellence and on every Fernandino to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, he added.

Meanwhile, in observance of Arbor Day, the city government through its City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) planted a total of 120 fire tree (also locally known as caballero) seedlings in the same barangay.

“This is our way to take action against the adverse effects of climate change in San Fernando. During the rainy season, we will combat floods with trees in our city,” Mayor EdSa said as he encouraged Fernandinos to plant trees.

Present also during the early morning event were City Councilors Nelson Lingat and BJ Lagman, the latter as chair of the SP Committee on Environmental Protection, CENR Officer Engr. Anele David, other city hall officials and employees, and several socio-civic groups.

Arbor Day is an annual celebration that aims to motivate individuals and groups to plant and care for trees.

CSF Conducts Convention On Civil Registration [ Monday | 29th day of June, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

More than 300 participants coming from barangays, hospitals, registration offices, birthing stations, solemnizing officers and funeral parlors attended the 2nd City of San Fernando Pampanga Convention of Partners in Civil Registration held at the Mini Convention Hall on June 26.

Leading the event was City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, together with City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, City Civil Registry Officer Rimando Umali, Philippine Association of Civil Registrars Region III President and Mabalacat City Civil Registry Officer Victor Terry Medina and Marlene Vergara of the Philippine Statistics Authority.

According to Umali, the meet aimed to train and educate partners of the City Civil Registry Office on updated laws that may be applicable when dealing with errors in documents.

“Dapat malaman ng mga partners natin ang mga bagong batas na maaring makatulong sa pagsasaayos ng anumang kamalian sa mga dokumento,” he said.

Umali cited Republic Act 9048 or the Clerical Error Law that authorizes the city or municipal civil registrar or the consul general to correct a clerical or typographical error in an entry and/or change the first name or nickname in the civil register without need of a judicial order.

He also cited Republic Act 10172 that allows further authorization of the City Civil Registrar or the Consul to correct any clerical or typographical errors in the date and month of birth, gender of a person appearing in the civil register without further need of a judicial order.

For his part, Mayor EdSa encouraged all Fernandinos to avail of the services of the Civil Registry Office as far as their need for official documents or other related problems are concerned.

Mayor EdSa Awards Capital Assistance To Self-employed Fernandinos [ Wednesday | 24th day of June, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

Some 23 self-employed Fernandinos received a total of 140,000 pesos capital assistance from the City Social Welfare and Development Office under the sustainable livelihood program of Mayor Edwin D. Santiago.

These beneficiaries are organized through Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) Program, a capability building program of the LGU which aims to enhance the socio-economic skills of poor families through the organization of community-based associations for entrepreneurial development.

With this, some ten suman makers, eleven carinderia owners, a carpenter and a manicurist from Barangay San Pedro, Cutud received five thousand pesos each as financial assistance.

In an interview, Mayor Santiago said that employment is the city’s top priority program under his 12 point development agenda dubbed as “Sapat na Pangkabuhayan sa mga Fernandino Tungo sa Maunlad na Pamumuhay.”

“Ginagawa natin ito para maging ‘inclusive’ ang kaunlaran dito sa San Fernando, dapat lahat ng mamamayan ay may disenteng hanap buhay.”

This effort, added Mayor Santiago, aims to further assist underprivileged families in uplifting their well-being for them to reach self-sufficiency.

Before receiving the assistance, the beneficiaries underwent series of social preparation seminars on self-enhancement, volunteerism, leadership skills to build capabilities and confidence towards self-reliance.

Students Receive Scholarship Grants [ Wednesday | 24th day of June, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago recently led the awarding of grants to new set of scholars under the city’s Educational Scholarship Assistance Program [ESAP] at the Heroes Hall.

The mayor handed personally the ‘certificate of eligibility’ to a total of 1,053 college students coming from the city’s 35 barangay.

Under ESAP students shall receive cash assistance for their enrollment every semester; this will be awarded directly to their choice of educational institution whether public or private.

The amount of scholarship grants they can receive varies from their grade; a scholar must maintain a grade of 80% as general weighted mean and shall voluntarily undertake and participate in at least one community service sponsored by the city government.

Full merit scholarships were also given to students enrolled in courses preferred by the city government such as midwifery, criminology, environmental science, and social work.

Since 2013, the LGU has supported more than three thousand poor but deserving college students through this program.

“I believe that education is the solution to have better future, unfortunately not everyone can afford it. This is why we put education and employment as our top priority” said Mayor Santiago.

San Fernando Observes Philippine Environment Month [ Tuesday | 23rd day of June, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

More than fifteen schools joined the celebration of the Environment Month conducted by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office of the city at the Heroes Hall on June 22.

Leading the event is City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, joined by Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, Chairman on Committee on Environmental Protection, Natural Resources Waterways and Flooding Intervention, Councilor Benedict Jasper Lagman, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Anele David, Philippine Information Agency Regional Director William Beltran, Mother Earth Foundation President Froilan Grate and City Local Government Operations Officer Engr. Algy Canlas.

As an initiative, the city yearly observes the environment month and as to this, CENRO Officer Engr. Anele David states the effort of the city in creating an urbanized yet environment friendly community.

With this, Mother Earth Foundation President Froilan Grate has been supporting the efforts of the city in creating a green city.

In his speech towards the students of the city, Grate pointed out the little things people could do to help save the environment such as saving water and electricity.

Meanwhile Philippine Information Agency Regional Director William Beltran reminded the youth to be responsible in their actions towards the environment.

“Ang pagkasira ng kalikasan ay pagkasira ng kinabukasan,” said Beltran.

For his part, Mayor EdSa said that one of his agenda is about environment and that he is grateful of the help Mother Earth Foundation is providing them.

“Dito sa atin, tayo ay committed at dedicated sa pagsusulong ng malinis at progresibong siyudad. Ngunit kasabay din nito, sinisigurado natin ang kaligtasan at kalinisan ng ating kapaligiran,” said Mayor EdSa.

Starting from June 13, 2015, the implementation of no plastic sando bags and styro food packaging is banned in the city, although the use of “plastic labo” is allowed only for the packaging of fresh meat such as pork, chicken, fish and beef. It can also be used as packaging for food, condiments, drinks, charcoal, salt, ice and sugar.

The city also issued penalties for those who will not comply with the ordinance. For the first offense, the city will be issuing a warning with compulsory attendance to a Values Formation Seminar, for the second offense, there will be a fine of P1, 000, and for the third offense an amount of P3, 000 will be issued, and for the fourth and succeeding offenses, there will be a cancellation of the establishment’s business permit.

This is in line with the celebration of Environment Month on June of every year. Other activities are Arbor Day on June 26, Fernandino YES-O Network Environmental Youth Camp on June 26 – 28, and Search for Model Barangays on Ecological Solid Waste Management Best Practices Awarding and Launching of Search for Cleanest Barangay Waterways on June 30.

Public Service Makes Mayor EdSa’s B-day Memorable [ Monday | 22nd day of June, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago celebrated his natal day by outpouring “effective and efficient public service” to thousands of Fernandinos over the weekend.

The mayor, who turned 58 last June 21, led the city’s health team composed of doctors, nurses, midwives, health workers and volunteers in conducting medical and dental services to more than 1,500 residents of Barangay San Pedro Cutud, the community where he was raised.

According to the mayor, a recipient of Superbrands Most Outstanding Mayor Awards 2015, he no longer yearn for personal gifts but only desires continuous relay of good public service to all Fernandinos.

“Ang kaarawan ay isang pasasalamat, sa Panginoon, sa mga kasama sa buhay, hindi kailangan ng magarbong pagdiriwang para dito, at bilang isang lingkod bayan mas pinili naming [Santiago Family] na makapiling ang mga Fernandino.”

Together his wife, Marilou, they led the outreach program by distributing maintenance medicines to more than 500 senior citizens. Other medical services given are free electrocardiogram, fasting blood sugar test, feeding program, distribution of PhilHealth Member’s Data Record, among others.

Afterwards, the mayor attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the covered court near the Barangay Hall. This is part of the LGU’s thrust of bringing development’s in the city’s 35 barangays. Three upgrading projects of roads and two constructions of lined canals are also set this year.

To cap the activity, Mayor EdSa, together with City Councilors Harvey A. Quiwa, Nelson G. Lingat, Benedict Jasper Lagman, Barangay Officials, City Hall department heads, joined Fernandino residents in a boodle fight meal.

Meanwhile, more than 2,500 health packs consist of first aid kits and medicines were distributed to Barangay Sta. Lucia and San Nicolas as part of the mayor’s natal day celebration.

CSF Opens First Organic Trading Post [ Monday | 22nd day of June, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando through its City Agriculture and Veterinary Office (CAVO) inaugurated Pampanga’s first Organic Trading Post (OTP) at the New Public Market last June 19.

Leading the formal opening were City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, Councilor Nelson Lingat, Councilor Benedict Jasper Lagman, City Agriculture and Veterinary Officer Myrna Manabat and Acting Provincial Agriculturist Edilberto Salenga.

As an initiative of the Provincial Agriculture Office in partnership with the city government, the OTP was established to promote and broaden the implementation of organic agriculture in the country, with funds from the Department of Agriculture Marketing Assistance Division under Dr. Andrew Villacorta and William Valdez.

According to CAVO Officer Myrna Manabat, the facility is expected to cater not only to the city’s needs but also those of nearby municipalities.

“Yung mga farmers natin, pwede sila bumili ng mga organikong produkto rito. Pwede rin naman na dalhin dito at ibenta ang kanilang mga produkto. Mas mainam ito para sa kanila,” said Manabat.

For his part, Mayor EdSa pointed out his agenda on Agriculture saying that they plan to extend the city’s agricultural programs.

“Diyan tayo nagsimulang mabuhay. Kailangan panatilihin natin ito at suportahan ang ating mga mamamayang magsasaka. Tangkilikin natin ang mga organikong produkto dahil ito ay mas ligtas, at makakatulong pa tayo sa pangkabuhayan ng mga Fernandinong magsasaka.”

Prior to this, the CAVO has been encouraging everyone to use organic supplies and materials instead of chemically-based products for everyday usage or consumption.

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