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Color Run Illuminates San Fernando [ Tuesday | 12th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]


Different and vibrant colors filled the morning of Fernandino runners as the second Rainbow Fun Run in the City of San Fernando was held.

Hundreds of participants coming various groups registered for the 3 and 5 kilometers categories to experience a unique and fun-filled activity anchored on healthy living.

During his welcome remarks, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago announced his will to support this kind of activity since this is also a way to promote health and wellness in the city as stated in his 12 point agenda which include health programs dubbed as “Epektibong programang pangkalusugan, produktibong mamamayan.”

This year’s winners are: (3k male category) Michael Canlas, 1st place; Reymart Songco, 2nd place; Jerry Vergara, 3rd place; (3k female category) Cherry Ancheta, 1st place; Athena Sahi, 2nd place; Marie Laylay, 3rd place; (5k male category) Redentor Salas, 1st place; Jomari Punay, 2nd place, Jovy Villagamas, 3rd place; (5k female category) Bernadette Dizon, 1st place; Emma David, 2nd place; Karen Guevarra, 3rd place.

The activity is in line with the celebration of the city’s 15th anniversary dubbed as Kaganpan 2016.
Also present in the program were Councilors Harvey Quiwa and Jacklyn Calimlim.


CSF Holds Second Barangay Fire Olympics [ Wednesday | 6th day of April, 2016 | 2 years ago ]


In case of fire and related emergencies in our barangay, are we ready?

The local government here in coordination with the Bureau of Fire Protection conducted today the 2nd City of San Fernando Fire Olympics to strengthen the capabilities of barangay fire brigades.

Held at the Heroes Hall, the event tested the fire response skills of this city’s barangays. Participants competed in drills set by BFP on modified rescue and transfer relay; modified bucket relay; and modified flammable liquid fire extinguishments.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that updating the capabilities of barangay personnel is very important since they are part of the first line of defense of the local government during emergencies.

“We trained our barangay to become prepared because they are often the first ones to help each other before rescuers can come to their aid” he added.

The mayor underscored the need to keep improving and refining techniques to adapt to worst-case scenarios.

The barangay fire brigade from Barangay Sta. Lucia was crowned the grand champion, followed by Del Rosario, 1st Runner up, and Sindalan and Telebastagan, tied at 3rd place.


CSFP's Go-Bag Mobile Application Launched [ Saturday | 23rd day of January, 2016 | 2 years ago ]


CSFP's Go-Bag Mobile Application was successfully launched and is now available at Google Playstore. Android mobile phone users can download and enjoy what this mobile app has to offer.

As part of our commitment to build a disaster-resilient City,
the Management Information Technology Division together with the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga launched a mobile application named Go-Bag!

Go-bag is a kit which contains basic materials and life saving measures that can be used whenever families have NO access to basic goods because of a disaster or an emergency. It can provide the needs of a family for the first 72 hours.

Go-Bag mobile application is packed with these special features:
* Push Notification
- Receive important notification straight to your mobile phone for important news, events and announcements such as class suspension, storm signals, flooded areas, traffic updates, etc.
* How safe is your house?
- Self-check for Earthquake Safety of Concrete Hollow Block (CHB) Houses in the Philippines
* Important Reminders
- Reminders what to do in case of Earthquakes, Typhoons, Floods and Fire
* Emergency Hotlines
- Have instant access to emergency hotlines such as CDRRMD, SAFRU and PNP and can call directly thru your mobile phone

But wait! There's MORE! You can enjoy its thrilling game wherein you collect all materials that Go-Bag should contain and watch out for the wrong one! Get your highest score and share it to facebook, gmail, SMS and twitter with a hashtag of #gobag and #gobagpoints

DOWNLOAD, PLAY and SHARE your Go-Bag points NOW!


Children's Month Activities Slated [ Friday | 6th day of November, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


With the theme “Pamahalaan at Komunidad Sama-samang itaguyod Kaligtasan ng Batang Fernandino,” activities for child protection and rights fill the month of November, spearheaded by the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) chaired by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago and the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).
On November 2, the “Share a Joy and Donate a Toy“ scheme in offices of the city government started to benefit day care children.

In partnership of the provincial government, the city shall launch provincial children’s congress at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center on November 12.

Delegates from this LGU shall participate on the regional children’s congress in Angeles City while a feeding program and health education seminar shall be simultaneously held to street dwellers on November 17.
Officers of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children will have a capability building seminar in Magalang, Pampanga on November 19 to 20.

Day care students are set to attend a Camp Bulilit Program at the Heroes Hall on November 23. On the other hand, a forum for out of school youth is scheduled on the following day (November 24).
Meanwhile, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago will deliver his state of the children’s report during the LGU’s 2nd Children's Summit on November 26.

To cap the month-long celebration, a seminar on proper nutrition shall be launched followed by a supplemental feeding program on November 27.

Previously, the children’s month is observed during October but because of Republic Act 10661 signed by President Aquino, November was declared as the National Children’s Month starting this year.


CSF All Set For Undas 2015 [ Saturday | 31st day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando is all set for the observance of Undas or the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days on November 1 and 2, respectively.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said some departments of the local government have been given separate tasks to provide security and convenience to those who will visit departed loved ones in cemeteries and prevent any untoward incident or accident from taking place.

“Every year, we always prepare for this day. We will do our best to make sure nothing untoward happens during this day,” Santiago said.

The mayor also warned that liquor ban in cemeteries will be strictly enforced and that the possession of deadly weapons will be penalized.

The city will ensure these primary functions: round-the-clock security, medical service and traffic assistance. There will be helpdesks and first-aid tents ready to provide information and medical assistance to the public in the city’s more than 10 cemeteries.

Aside from members of the City of San Fernando Police, all personnel from the Traffic Management Division [TMD], San Fernando Rescue Unit [SAFRU], City Marshals Unit, and some volunteers will be deployed to ensure peace and order within the vicinities of cemeteries and provide assistance to any assistance to visitors.

TMD chief Renato Pineda advised the public about the traffic rerouting scheme on November 1. “Magiging one-way ang portion ng Mc Arthur Highway Intersection (Dolores) patungong Jose B. Lingad Hospital at kabayanan, tanging mga light vehicles lang ang makakadaan dito. Kung magmumula ka naman ng City Hall, maaring gamitin ang St. Dominic Corinthian road palabas ng Jose Abad Santos Avenue.”

He noted that the city will limit vehicles passing along General Hizon avenue in Barangay Sto. Rosario. “Pwede nilang gamitin ang mga barangay roads gaya ng sa Del Pilar. Marami tayong ilalagay na directional signs para hindi malito ang mga byahero.”

A clearing and road maintenance operation shall be conducted starting October 31 on entrances and exits in order to avoid traffic.

Likewise, a Motorist Assistance Centers along major thoroughfares including JASA will be manned by city personnel.


First Negosyo Center In Pampanga Opens In CSF [ Friday | 30th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


It’s all systems go for the first-ever Negosyo Center in Pampanga after the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of San Fernando launched the facility October 28 at the old DFA building in the City of San Fernando.

“Today’s launching is very timely as San Fernando was just awarded as the Most Business-Friendly LGU. No doubt this Negosyo Center is bound to be successful,” said City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago during his speech at the launching.

He added that the center will boost the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

On the other hand, DTI Assistant Secretary Blesila Lantayona commended the city for its support.

“From my experience in Region III, specifically in Pampanga, I laud the LGU of San Fernando and the private sector’s effort on such endeavor,” said Asec. Lantayona.

To further strengthen their working ties, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the LGU and DTI was inked by Mayor EdSa and DTI Pampanga Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio, with the participation of Pampanga Chamber of Commerce (PAMCHAM) president Jess Nicdao and SMED Council Chairperson Teresa David-Carlos.

A wall of pledge was also signed by the officials as a symbol of unity, solidarity and commitment.

The Negosyo Center is a one-stop-shop where doing business is made easy particularly for MSMEs within an area. To date, there are 89 such centers in the country, with six in Central Luzon and five set to be launched.

Such centers are provided for under Republic Act No. 10644 or the “Go Negosyo Act” authored by Senator BAM Aquino that seeks to strengthen (MSMEs) to create more job opportunities in the country.

Present at the event were Congressman Oca Rodriguez, City Councilors Nelson Lingat, Harvey Quiwa, Ayzel Macalino and Jacklyn Calimlim, Pampanga 2nd District Board Member Anthony Torres, Luke Buniel of the Office of Senator BAM Aquino and DTI Region III Director Judith Angeles.


Community Service Seminar Held For Parents, Scholars [ Friday | 30th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


More than 6,000 parents and students attended a seminar on the importance of community service to improve the quality of education of children towards the city’s

These scholars are beneficiaries of the City Government’s Educational Scholarship Assistance Program that aims to assist poor but deserving students to finish their college education.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that they were from the city’s 35 barangays, as he emphasized the need to train not only students but their parents to be actively involved in government.

“There is no other way to attain a better life but to have quality education, and as scholars, you must help the city achieve greater heights. For parents, the upbringing of your children will ensure their future.”

“The prudent use of funds made it possible for the city to allocate necessary fund for the huge number of educational scholars,” he said.

The mayor added that “apart from the semestral ESAP awarding, the city has also cascaded its social services to the barangays by launching a weekly program that covers medical and dental services, PhilHealth card distribution, livelihood program loan granting, among other services.”

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

Also present in the program held at the Bren Z. Guiao convention center were Congressman Oscar S. Rodriguez, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors Nelson Lingat, Noel Tulabut, Harvey Quiwa, and Angelica Hizon.


'Elderly Celebration' Held In CSF [ Friday | 30th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


They danced, they sang, they shared poems and talents to reminisce the good old days.

More than a thousand elderly gathered at the Heroes Hall to attend the Elderly Celebration hosted by the City Government of San Fernando through its Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs [OSCA] and the City Social Welfare and Development Office [CSWDO].

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago beamed as he assured the senior citizens of the city that their aspiration for progress is now being realized. “Bahagi kayo ng kaunlaran ng San Fernando, wala kami ngayon kundi dahil sa inyo”.

The elderly cheered as Mayor Santiago reaffirmed his preferential support for them, reiterating his commitment to put up a senior citizen’s building providing facilities for their health and recreational needs.

Every year, the city holds social gathering for senior citizens to emphasize the important role that older persons play in nation building, as well as raise and address issues concerning the sector. This is also in line with the Elderly Filipino Week held every October.


Abp. Lavarias Imposed With Pallium In His Own Diocese [ Friday | 30th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


A special mass was celebrated on October 27 at the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando as the Titular Archbishop of Pandosia and Apostolic Nuncio in the Philippines, The Most Reverend Giuseppe Pinto, D.D. imposed the pallium on Archbishop Florentino “Dong” Galang Lavarias D.D.

As per the January 12, 2015 mandate of Pope Francis, new Metropolitan Archbishops will officially receive pallia in their own dioceses, rather than at the Vatican. The Most Reverend Lavarias was the first-ever Filipino Metropolitan Archbishop who earned the pallium in his own diocese.

Abp. Lavarias was very grateful for the historical imposition that happened in Pampanga. “This symbolizes the union of the archbishop and pope of Rome. The receiving of the pallium is not just a ceremonial event, but an ecclesial moment that should be celebrated by the whole diocese,” he said.

A pallium is a sash material made of white lamb’s wool worn around the neck which rests on the shoulders of the chasuble having two black flaps falling in front and behind. It is adorned with six crosses embroidered with black silk. Pallium also has three pins made of gold and jewels.

As witnesses of said historic event were Pampanga Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda, San Fernando Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and City Councilors Angie Hizon, BJ Lagman, Nelson Lingat and Harvey Quiwa.

Also present were officers of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Suffragan Bishops (Diocese of Tarlac, Iba Zambalesand Balanga Bataan), clergy of the ecclesiastical province and some cabalens of Pampanga.


PCCI Names San Fernando ‘Most Business Friendly LGU’ Anew [ Friday | 30th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


For the second year in a row, the City of San Fernando was named by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry [PCCI] as the Most Business Friendly LGU in the entire country during the 41st Philippines Business Conference at the Marriot Grand Ballroom, Newport City Complex, in Pasay City.


Held yesterday [October 27], the annual search for local government units by the country’s largest business organization aims to promote and recognize good and effective governance of towns, provinces and cities. President Benigno Aquino III is the keynote speaker and guest of honor.

The award was received by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors Nelson G. Lingat, Angelica O. Hizon, Ayzel Marie N. Macalino, Benedict Jasper Lagman, Harvey A. Quiwa, Celestino S. Dizon, Jacklyn Calimlim, and city department heads led by Administrator Fernando Limbitco.

San Fernando bested other contenders under component city level category and was recognized for its commendable efforts in adopting and instituting innovative and best practices in good governance, in partnership with private sector, significantly benefiting its business community and citizenry.

In an interview, Mayor Santiago said that the award mirrors the city government’s effort in creating an environment conducive to business. “Through our collective effort, we institutionalize standards in delivering quality services to the people.”

San Fernando was highly regarded for its business licensing process that, barring incomplete requirements, takes only 19 minutes of an investor’s time for his business permit to be issued. “This is why investors have come to recognize the ease in doing business in San Fernando” he said.

The city was also cited for its outstanding efforts in instituting good governance reforms to promote local trade and investments, transparency, accountability and efficiency in delivering business services to fuel up inclusive growth in the locality.

Earlier this year, the National Competitiveness Council named San Fernando as the second most competitive city in the country.

As part of the award, PCCI will fund the construction of a new school building in the city.


CSF To Rehabilitate New Public Market [ Friday | 30th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando is gearing towards the rehabilitation and restoration of the New Public Market in Barangay Del Pilar to give faster and better services for Fernandinos.

This was announced during Mayor Edwin D. Santiago and the City Economic Enterprise Division’s ocular inspection held last October 22.

Set to start by January next year, the project will enhance the market’s current condition by upgrading facilities such as stalls, pathways, comfort rooms, parking areas, among

others.

During the construction period, the vendors shall be provided with temporary market space through the partnership of the city government and Golden Group Gabay Puhunan Brotherhood Multi-Purpose Cooperative Inc.

“We are doing this to upgrade the condition of the city’s market and promote healthy competition between the local vendors and big companies” said CEED chief Levy Tiomico.

For his part, Mayor Santiago said that this move will not only increase the profit of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises but also promote the culture of “traditional

palengke”. “The welfare of every Fernandino comes first, with this makeover both vendors and marketgoers shall benefit. We will make the market flood free to attract Fernandinos

and investors” he said. Capping the event was a breakfast boodle fight with Mayor Santiago, market vendors, Councilors BJ Lagman and Nelson Lingat, and city employees.


CSFP’s Barangay Pandaras Is Dengue-free [ Friday | 30th day of October, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


Barangay Pandaras in the City of San Fernando has been declared dengue-free.

This after it was found to have a zero case of the disease among the six barangays

covered by Rural Health Unit III (RHU-3).

The citation, given during the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue held last October 21

at the Sta. Lucia Covered Court, was received by Pandaras Barangay Captain Edsel

Miranda.

The meet, also dubbed Anti-Dengue Campaign and Barangay Dengue Summit

2015, was attended by residents representing Barangays Sta. Lucia, Pandaras, Del

Pilar, San Nicolas, San Felipe and San Pedro.

Its aim is to increase awareness on the dengue situation, strengthen surveillance

capability of the barangays, and remove possible and existing mosquito breeding

sites.

The City Government of San Fernando, through its City Health Office (CHO),

distributed to each barangay sacks of KitiKiti X, a powder-based solution that kills

mosquito larvae when directly applied to stagnant water.

During the meet, city officials and officers signed a covenant as a gesture of their

commitment to help combat dengue, a mosquito-borne disease that has become

highly prevalent not only in the province but also in most parts of the country.

Signatories of the pact were City Councilors Angie Hizon and Nelson Lingat;

Barangay Captains Herman Quiwa, Rosemary Calimlim, Jerry Canlas and

EdselMiranda; City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino and RHU-3 Physician Dr. Elma

Manarang.

In her remarks, Aquino stressed the importance of unity and diligence in fighting

dengue within the grassroots.

The CHO will also conduct the drive in the rest of San Fernando’s 35 barangays

before the end of this year.

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