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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.

Mayor EdSa Inaugurates 4 Infra Projects In Barangay San Nicolas [ Thursday | 18th day of June, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago inaugurated on June 18, 2015, four infrastructure projects in Barangay San Nicolas, meant to improve the accessibility of government services and programs.

First among the projects was the concreting of 400 meter road in EMS Barrio where he was assisted by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Chairwoman Rosemary Calimlim, and other barangay officials.

“Malaki ang pasasalamat namin dahil matagal nang pangarap ng mga residente dito ang kongkretong daan” said Calimlim disclosing that for many years they have been appealing for the construction of this road to avoid flooding but it was only this [Santiago] administration that their “dream turned into reality.”

Thereafter, the mayor proceeded to the blessing rites of the two new school buildings in San Nicolas Integrated School where he was warmly welcomed by elementary and high school students, teachers, and faculty members.

San Nicolas Birthing Station, the city’s newest medical facility, was also formally opened; this was followed by the inauguration of Fernandino Access Card Satellite office.

Hundreds of first aid kits and packs of maintenance medicines were distributed to senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

Meanwhile, through the City Social Welfare and Development Office, elementary and high school students received back packs and school supplies as gifts from Mayor Santiago who will celebrate his natal day over the weekend.

CSF Observes National Day Care Workers’ Week [ Monday | 8th day of June, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

Four (4) child development workers were honored as retirees during Monday’s flag ceremony on June 8 at the City Hall in line with the city’s observation of National Day Care Workers’ Week.

Recognized were Rosalina Figueroa, Paulita Nubla, Ester Aquino and Teresita Mella. The first has been in the service for 11 years while the other three have been day care workers for 29 years.

According to City Social Welfare and Development Assistant Officer Aileen Villanueva, National Day Care Workers Week was declared under Presidential Proclamation 404 issued by former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to give recognition to all day care and nursery workers.

“Pinasisisnayaan natin ito upang mabigyang pagkilala ang mga natatanging day care workers na isa sa mga humuhubog ng kabataang Pilipino,” Villanueva said.

“We would like to enhance the role of our day care workers. Yung mga contributions nila ay napakahalaga dahil nagiging parte sila ng development ng pagkatao ng mga kabataaan dito sa San Fernando,” she further stated.

For his part, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago pointed out that the city is aiming to provide quality education to youngsters by producing professional day care workers.

“Nakita naman natin kung gaano sila kadedikado sa trabaho nila bilang mga guro sa mga kabataan. Yung responsibilidad nila bilang mga day care workers ay mahirap, lalo na’t hinuhubog nila ang kaisipan ng mga bata,” he added.

Joining Mayor EdSa in honoring the retirees were members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco and City Human Resource Development Officer Rachelle Yusi.

National Day Care Workers’ Week will be observed from June 7 to 11 as stated in the presidential proclamation.

San Fernando Launches TOFA [ Tuesday | 2nd day of June, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

The city government of San Fernando, during the flag raising ceremony, launched the search for The Outstanding Fernandino 2016.

The unveiling was led by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Councilor Angie Hizon, Co-Chairperson of TOFA, Councilor Harvey Quiwa, Councilor Noel Tulabut, Councilor Lito Ocampo, Councilor Nelson Lingat, TOFA Chairperson Mr. Franco De Jesus, Mr. Michael Quilala, Dra. Leticia Yap, Ms. Melanie Briones,Mr. Alfrito Mah and City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco.

According to TOFA Chairperson Franco De Jesus, during the press conference, he stated that The Outstanding Fernandino Award grants the most prestigious award by the city government.

He also added this award has three objectives and these are to give honor and recognition to outstanding Fernandinos who have excelled in their fields of endeavor and professions and contributed to the welfare of the Fernandinos, to preserve the Fernandino culture and tradition by way of honoring those who have shared their talents and efforts to the success and glory of the Fernandinos and lastly, to provide an inspiration to the young Fernandinos by paying tribute to those who have completed greatly to the welfare of the city and its people.

There are twenty categories available and these are in the field of Religious Service, Environment Care and Preservation, Education, Law, Agriculture, Science and Technology, Social Service, Military Law and Enforcement, Medicine (including Health Services/Allied Medical Profession,) Business, Culture and Arts (including Heritage and History,) Community Service, Parenthood and Family, Senior Citizens Service, Sports, Media, Youth Service, Government Service, Entrepreneurship, Person with Disability.

De Jesus pointed out that there are certain criteria to be followed when nominating a Fernandino for the award.

“Here are some of the minimum requirements needed in order to be accepted as one of the nominees, they should be born in San Fernando or at least one of the nominee’s parents is a Fernandino or they should be a resident of San Fernando for the past 15 years,” said De Jesus.

“They must be of good moral character and has exceptional personal conduct or exemplary accomplishment, outstanding achievement in his/her chosen field that has contributed to the enhancement of the reputation of the Fernandinos.”

“Must have a documented proof of the nominee’s outstanding works or accomplishments and lastly, they must be nominated by a resident, group of individuals or recognized organization in the city,” added De Jesus.

For his part, Mayor EdSa pointed out that this is a way to recognize Fernandinos and it’s a way of communicating with the community.

“Ang pamamaraan ng pakikipagcommunicate sa ating mga Fernandino ay yung nirerecognize natin yung mga efforts na ginagawa nila para sa kaunlaran ng siyudad, humahanap tayo ng role model sa ating community, para sila ang maging ehemplo,” said Mayor EdSa.

He explained that starting from 2016; the TOFA will be done every three years to give ample time for the nomination and selection.

The awarding will be on February 04, 2016 and will be considered as one of the highlights of the cityhood anniversary of San Fernando next year.

CSF Celebrates National Flag Day [ Friday | 29th day of May, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

Local government officials and employees here led by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago started today the celebration of the National Flag days until June 12.

A commemorative program hosted by the City Tourism and Investment and Promotions Office and the Pyestang Fernandino 2015 executive committee coincided flag raising rites at the Heroes Hall with performances from the city choir and a recital of the salute to the flag.
This will signal the city’s 15-day countdown to the 117th Philippine Independence Day on June 12.
In his speech, Mayor Santiago enjoined all Fernandinos to display the Philippine Flag in all offices, agencies, and instruments of government, business establishments, schools, and private homes to commemorate the date the national emblem was first unfurled after the Philippine Revolutionary Army overcame the Spanish conquerors in the Battle of Alapan in Cavite in 1898.
“Our flag symbolizes our unison as Filipinos and as Fernandinos” said Mayor Santiago noting that “the era we live in doesn’t require us to go into war against colonizers, we still have our own battle and that is to fight corruption and poverty.”
He added that “displaying the flag is a way of accepting the challenge for a better future posted by our forefathers and fallen heroes.”
“Tayo ang tulay ng mga kabataan upang sila ay makatawid sa isang mas magandang kinabukasan.”
The mayor has also given instruction to install Philippine flags in city government buildings and major thoroughfares.

City, Showcases Fernandino Talents [ Friday | 29th day of May, 2015 | 2 years ago ]

Nine Fernandinos coming from different barangays shared their talents during the Fernandinos Got Talent Season 4 held on May 27 at Barangay Sto. Rosario.

This was led by the City Tourism and Investment Promotions Office as part of the celebration of the city’s Pyestang Fernandino.

The contestants were Evelyn Bautista from San Pedro, Louie Munoz from Northville, Shaina Anne Navarro from Dolores, Magnificent Duo Kids from Dolores, Jowen David from Dela Paz Sur, Ina Evangelista from San Agustin, John Ronald Bondoc from Juliana, Yoji Valerie Dy from Northville and El Gamma Dance Compay from Lourdes.

Joining them are judges Hans Lee, Jumar Duque and Jeff Ganda.

Also present in the event were Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, Councilor Harvey Quiwa, Pyestang Fernandino Chaiperson Ramon Cabral Jr., Vega Pacla, Michelle Ong and Relia Ong.

Four contestants made it to the finals round and these were Navarro, Magnificent Duo, Evangelista and David.

The criteria for judging are 20 percent for the costume, 50 percent for the stage presence, 15 percent for audience impact and 15 percent for the overall performance.

Placing third was singer from San Agustin, Ina Evangelista, coming up second was the magnificent duo, first place was given to Jowen David and Shaina Anne Navarro was hailed as the grand champion of the Fernandinos Got Talent.

According to grand winner Shaina Navarro, she is very happy to have won the title, given that there are also many contestants who sing very well.

“Siyempre po masaya ako at ako nanalo. Malaking tulong po sa akin ung prize na nakuha ko dahil magagamit ko ito lalo na pasukan na,” said Navarro.

For his part, Mayor EdSa is promoting the activity since it’s a way of showing the talents and abilities of every Fernandino.

The Fernandinos Got Talent is one of the city’s activities in celebrating the Pyestang Fernandino.

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