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Drug Summit Beefs Up CSF Defense [ Thursday | 24th day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


Representatives of barangays of this city gathered on July 22 at the Heroes Hall for an anti-drug summit meant to increase barangay capacity to combat the drug menace at the grassroots.

The meet, initiated by the Pampanga provincial government in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the City Government of San Fernando, was attended by officials of Barangays Dolores, San Jose, San Pedro, Sta. Lucia, San Nicolas and Sto. Nino.

In her remarks, Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda said the summit is part of the drug-clearing operations in the province. She urged the barangay officials to be fearless in protecting their respective areas against illegal drugs.

The governor then committed to provide the barangays with mobile patrol vehicles and motorcycles with sidecars for their mobility and surveillance needs.

As host of the event, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago thanked Governor Pineda for her efforts to help make San Fernando a drug-free city that, he said, is working towards becoming the preferred family-oriented tourist destination north of Manila.

Also present at the summit were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) president City Councilor Angel Wijangco, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Dir. Gen. Arturo Cacdac Jr., DILG Provincial Director Myrvi Fabia, PDEA Regional Director Jeoffrey Tacio and Center for Health Development (CHD) Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon.

A luncheon meeting followed the summit during which the new Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. was welcomed by the officials present that included City Councilors BJ Lagman and Lito Ocampo, Board Member Rosve Henson and Pampanga Police Director Senior Supt. Marlon Madrid.


CSF Honors Traffic Enforcers [ Monday | 21st day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


Traffic enforcers of the city government received today (July 21) commendations for helping the San Fernando Police in its intensified campaign against motor riding suspects.

During Monday flag raising rites, Mayor Edwin Santiago handed the award to 15 civil servants namely Traffic Management Division chief Renato Pineda, TMD members Oliver Villanueva, Joey Manalastas, Ariel Magtoto, Jeffrey David, Nelson Clacio, Lito Cruz, Richard Tadeo, Joey Magtoto, Sherwin Gando, Raymark Magtoto, Ronald Palma, Elmer Salangsang, Ramil Antigo and Heintagie Dizon.

“They have helped our PNP in their intensified campaign against lawless elements thru checkpoints and implementation of Oplan Sita, Helmet Law, and Dragnet” said Santiago.

Ensuring peace and order is a main thrust of the mayor’s administration under the 12 point agenda dubbed “Katiwasayan at Seguridad ng mamamayan, mapayapang pamayanan.”

Meanwhile, Police Chief PSUPT Edilberto Pitallano praised the awardees for their contributions in the apprehensions of suspects who usually employed motorcycles and other vehicles in the perpetration of their nefarious activities.

“Your loyalty, devotion to duty and whole-hearted immensely contributed in our operations, thus contributing to the plans and programs beneficial to our community.”

“We are thankful that our efforts are being recognized” TMD chief Pineda during an interview.

San Fernando traffic group is composed by only 70 personnel but managed to apprehend more than 2,000 traffic violations since October last year.


Fernandinos Satisfied With CSF Services [ Monday | 21st day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


The services and programs offered by the city government here received high satisfaction rating according to the study conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government and City College of San Fernando.

Dubbed as Citizen Satisfaction Index System (CSIS), the study was promulgated by DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2012-13. It is a set of data tools designed to collect and generate relevant citizen’s feedback on local governments’ service delivery performance and on the citizen’s satisfaction.

According to DILG officer Jose Algie Canlas “the researchers are composed of faculties from the City College” where the area services on health, basic education, social welfare, governance and response, public works and infrastructure, environment management, agriculture support and tourism promotion was probed from December 1 to 8, last year.

“It was recorded that the citizen’s level of satisfaction with the city government is high” said Canlas.

Dr. Lourdes Javier, City College President, disclosed that San Fernando generally demonstrates very satisfactory performance and outcome which meets citizens’ expectations.

This means that citizens who availed of the program of the city government were “highly satisfied.”

However, it is recommended to conduct massive information drives on different service delivery areas so that the level of awareness on these programs and services will improve.

The study included 150 respondents from 23 barangays equivalent to thirty spots in the city. Respondents were selected through multi-stage random sampling to every citizen equal chances of being selected.

During a forum for the utilization of CSIS held today at Bliss Hotel, DILG Provincial Director Myrvi Apostol-Fabia commented that “San Fernando is an example of LGU that always find ways to improve its services.”

Mayor Edwin Santiago, for his part, said he believes that, as a leader, his duty is to “empower the citizenry.” “The government cannot work on its own hence upon my assumption into office, I requested the department heads of the city hall, the private sector, everyone, to help me in turning our dream into reality, make San Fernando a livable place into a reality” added Santiago.


Netizens Laud CSF For Disaster Preparedness [ Monday | 21st day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


Social media users lauded the city government here for being “alert” and “ready” amidst the heavy rains caused by Typhoon Glenda.

This is after Mayor Edwin Santiago’s instruction to activate San Fernando Incident Command System under the city’s disaster risk reduction and management office on Tuesday, a day before the storm made its landfall.

“We established an emergency operations center at Heroes Hall where all pertinent information are disseminated through the internet, media outfits, academic institutions, PNP, BFP, among others” said Santiago.

With this, the official facebook page of the city [www.facebook.com/CSFP.CIO] was trooped not only by netizens but by the academe sector for updates especially about class suspensions.

“You did a good job which made me more proud of my being a Fernandino” said by Fer Santos External, Affairs and Media Director University of the Assumption.

Netizens were also thankful for the “hourly updates” made by the city.

“Kudos to the Mayor and the CDRRMC” posted by Fredl Azares.

“Dakal a salamat king saup yu kapamilatan na ning pamagbalita yu kng malalyari ngening panaun na ning bagyu” commented by Lisa Vega Lacap .

One social media user also tried to tamper a post by replacing the date of announcement to cause confusion.

However, netizens themselves bashed the misleading information.
Lenlen Dizon Toledo said “sana po yung mga walang magawa wag ng magpost ng mga fake na announcements...hindi po makakatulong sa mga students yan."

Sa mga panahong ganito hindi nakakatuwa yang mga ganyang biro...pls lng.”

Moreover, Jhen Kabigting pleaded “sna wag mag post ng fake na inedit n bulletin ng hnd nali2to mga tao.”

Meanwhile, city civil defense officer Raymond Del Rosario reported that “San Fernando, as of this moment, is flood free.” He said that despite of the public storm warning signal number 3 experienced by the province, the city’s major thoroughfare remained passable and that no pre-emptive evacuations were made.

“Our preparations for these past months paid off” said Del Rosario explaining that the city government as early as January of this year has conducted series of flood mitigation projects and awareness campaigns on disaster preparedness.


35 Barangays Of CSF, Ready For Natural Hazards [ Friday | 11th day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


Three hundred fifty bantay-bayan and volunteers from the 35 barangays of the City of San Fernando finished the Barangay Rescue Training course with a graduation program held July 10 at the Heroes Hall Mini Convention Center.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago officiated the awarding of certificates of completion to the graduates who underwent training on basic first aid, basic life support and basic fire-fighting.

The city mayor encouraged the graduates to seize the opportunity for these kinds of training. “I believe our 35 barangays are now really ready to help our fellow Fernandinos during natural hazards. To the graduates, congratulations, and may this serve as one way of bringing disaster preparedness to the barangay-level,” Mayor EdSa added during his congratulatory message.

On the other hand, Councilor Angie Hizon, peace and order committee chairman in the City Council, stressed that the graduates can help assure Fernandinos of their security in the city.

“You, our barangay council and volunteers, are fortunate to acquire these kinds of trainings because our mayor sees to it that the programs are on the grass-root level, straight to the barangays,” she said.

In behalf of the City Government of San Fernando, Mayor EdSa and the city councilors distributed go-bags (emergency kits) and portable two-way radios to the barangay representatives for use during emergencies.

Present at the graduation were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors Noel Tulabut, Nelson Lingat, Jacklyn Calimlim, ABC President Angel Wijangco, Assistant Regional Director Nigel Lontoc of Office of Civil Defense Region 3, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Antonio Dungo, and other city officials.

Said training’s culmination is part of the observance of National Disaster Consciousness Month in July, as led by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) and the CDRRM Council.


Unemployed Moms Receive Livelihood Assistance From CSF [ Thursday | 10th day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


The city government here in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development–Region 3 recently awarded capital assistance amounting to Php 205,000 to women organizations under the sustainable livelihood program of Mayor Edwin Santiago.

The said organizations are composed of Montesmar Triangulo Bulaklak Group and San Jose Working Moms Association, which both received P75,000 and Kababaihang Nagkakaisa para sa Maunlad na Pamilya faction which receive P55,000.

With this, their members who are all plain housewives, now have the opportunity to earn through small-scale business which can be included as one of their main sources of living.

The capital assistance received by each house-hold beneficiary ranges from P3,000 to P5,000 depending on the type of business they intend to put up like e-load services, sari-sari vending, rice retailing, uling selling, manicure and pedicure services, among others.
In an interview, Mayor Santiago said that “employment programs” are his number one priority under “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” he added.

He emphasized that this effort 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 seminars in values transformation, skills trainings, financial and time management last month.

“The success of a family still depends on the capacity of parents to perform their responsibilities to their children” said Santiago noting that “his job is to ensure the welfare of its constituents.”


Senior Citizens Get Free Movies In CSF [ Wednesday | 9th day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


Mayor Edwin Santiago led the launching of “Libreng Sine Para sa Senior Citizens”, the program that gives free movie privilege for elderly Fernandinos in any movie houses of malls located at the city.

During the program that were simultaneously held at SM Downtown, SM Pampanga, and Robinsons Starmills, the mayor cheered the participants saying that senior citizens in San Fernando are “in good hands and all social programs of the city are implemented as the city government’s way of showing gratitude and love our elders.”

“Looking at the happy faces of our parents makes my day, they deserve all the privileges and benefits we are giving” said Santiago.

“As of now, we have 23,000 registered senior citizens and we are in close coordination with them”.

He also announced that the city will soon acquire a service vehicle for the use of the city’s office of senior citizen’s affair.

“Napakasaya namin dahil ramdam namin na importante kami kahit matanda na kami” said Rogellio Santos, 70 years, a residente of Barangay Dolores.

Also present at the launching rites are Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Nelson Lingat, Jacklyn Calimlim, BJ Lagman, and Harvey Quiwa.

Councilor Quiwa, who sponsored the ordinance in accordance with the Senior Citizens Act, said that the activity is a joint effort between the city government and private sectors “to provide efficient services to the people”.

Vice Mayor Lazatin echoed this explaining that the city council “unanimously” approved the ordinance. “We give our full support to the mayor particularly in programs that benefit our elderly constituents.”

The senior moviegoers would just have to present their senior citizen’s card or Fernandino access card to watch any movie of their choice every Monday.


CSF Joins Nutrition Month Celebration [ Tuesday | 8th day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


The City Government here through the City Health Office has lined up several activities for this year’s Nutrition Month celebration.

With the theme, “Kalamidad Paghandaan, Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan”, the month-long celebration will highlight activities that give emphasis on the importance of nutrition during calamities and disasters.

“Health is a major component of emergency preparedness, it is important that while we focus in disaster preparedness, we fight malnutrition particularly among infants, children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, and older persons” said Mayor Edwin D. Santiago during the unveiling of the calendar of activities held during Monday flag raising program last July 7.

City health officer Eloisa Aquino, for her part, reported that a citywide supplemental feeding program will be launched on some areas that have high malnutrition rates. “From July to December, we will monitor their health conditions.”

Other highlights during the month of July includes: interactive lecture on nutrition program for families of nutritionally depressed barangay and lecture-demo on urban gardening from July 7-16, nutrition program management seminar on July 9-11, nutrition emergency orientation seminar on July 15-23, little doctors and nurses training on July 21-29, and basic support seminar for organized women on july 22-30.

The city will also start its six-month-long supplemental program for pregnant women this month.

Nutrition Month is observed every July of each year pursuant to Presidential Decree 491, in a bid to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.


EdSa Launches Taskforce Kaayusan Para Sa Kaunlaran [ Tuesday | 8th day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


Mayor Edwin Santiago announced the creation of Taskforce Kaayusan para sa Kaunlaran [TKPK], the city’s newest team that will maintain the cleanliness and orderliness along the city’s major thoroughfares last July 7.

“Ang grupong ito ang titiyak na malinis ang ating mga kalsada, trabaho din nila sigurin na lahat ng ating mga batas ukol sa kalinisan at kapaligiran ay naipapatupad” said Santiago.

The mayor said the taskforce duties and responsibilities are to discuss issues concerning the San Fernando’s main roads and waterways, formulation of a master plan for future development like road widening project, greening and traffic re-routing scheme.

TKPK shall convene on a monthly basis and report to the local chief executive on their accomplishments. It will be composed of city hall offices such as City Planning and Development Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, City General Services Office, City Engineer Office, City Agriculture and Veterinary Office, City Marshalls, Philippine National Police, City Health Office, Traffic Management Division, City Assessor’s Office, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Association of Barangay Captains, Multi-Sectoral Governance Council, Department of Public Safety & Order, Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Environment.


CSF Distributes Educational Assistance To 2,000 Students [ Monday | 7th day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


More than 2,000 Fernandino students received grants for their college education from Mayor Edwin Santiago during the distribution of Educational Scholarship Assistance Program [ESAP] held at Heroes Hall on July 7.

“This is in line with our desire to give as many young Fernandinos as possible the opportunity to experience quality education” said Santiago.

The mayor explained that depending on their economic status, student-recipients may receive three to five thousand pesos as subsidy per academic year which will be awarded directly to their schools.

However, the qualified student must maintain a grade of 80% for general weighted mean and must voluntarily undertake and participate in at least one community service sponsored by the city government.

“We must instill sense of responsibility to our children especially to our scholars” said Santiago noting that one of his advocacy is to ensure that “every Fernandino graduate will choose to work in San Fernando instead of looking for greener pasture abroad.”


JobStart PHL In San Fernando Starts July 8 [ Friday | 4th day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) and the City Government of San Fernando are inviting young Fernandinos aged 18 to 24 years old to participate in JobStart Philippines program at Waltermart Mall on July 8 to 16.

JobStart, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Canada, is a program aimed to assist unemployed youth in looking for decent jobs through lectures on career decisions, technical and life skills, among others.

"This supports the priority agenda of the city government which is employment generation. We feel very lucky that the City of San Fernando has been chosen as one of the pilot LGUs for JobStart," said San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago.

The mayor said it complements the initiative of the City Government for attracting investments as it prepares "inexperienced young Fernandinos" become job-ready.

This will open 360 positions for Fernandino youth as they receive seminars on enhanced career guidance, knowledge on labor market information, as well as life skills training. Afterwards, they will be referred to potential employers for technical training and internships.

The success of the pilot strategies could translate to JobStart services for all San Fernando constituents in the future.

"This project enables the Dole to partner with employers through a training internship of up to six months. Employers who participate in the program will receive funding support, in return for taking on high school or college graduates as interns for up to six months," said Dominique R. Tutay, Director of the DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment. “They will devise, implement, and monitor implementation of their training plans for the youth as part of the partnership.”

Under the program, the youth beneficiaries will receive stipends during training and at least 75 percent of the minimum wage from the employers during internship.

To qualify, applicants need to be between 18-24 years old, at least a high school graduate (and may include college graduates and undergrads); have no job experience or have not more than one year of experience; currently not in employment, nor enrolled in school or in any training, and actively seeking employment.

Applicants are also encouraged to bring their valid IDs and copies of their latest school transcripts or training certificates and register at Waltermart Mall.

Queries on the JobStart registration can be addressed by calling the San Fernando Public Employment Service Office (Peso) through its manager, Donny M. Sayre at (045) 961 6601 or via email pesocsf@gmail.com.


CSF Celebrates Disaster Consciousness Month [ Tuesday | 1st day of July, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


With July as National Disaster Consciousness Month, San Fernando Mayor Edwin D. Santiago today highlighted the month-long celebration by unveiling the city government's program of activities during the Monday flag ceremony at the City Hall.

This year, the theme "Kahandaan at Kaligtasan ng Pamayanan, Pundasyon ng Kaunlaran" will guide the conduct of the activities aimed to promote public awareness on natural hazards and disseminate information on the steps to be undertaken to mitigate the adverse effects of such hazards.

A thanksgiving Mass at the Heroes Hall followed by a motorcade around the city proper will serve to drum up public awareness and support to the importance of disaster risk reduction and sustainable development for the Fernandino. Expected to attend are representatives of national agencies and various organizations from the private and public sectors, among others.

A seminar on how to use practical tools to determine the vulnerability of residential structures will be conducted by San Fernando’s Risk Reduction and Management Office on July 2.

A poster-making competition which will highlight the creativity of young Fernandinos is scheduled on July 8.

On July 10, several volunteers from the city’s 35 barangays are expected to finish their rescue training.

Also, the city was invited to participate in the 11th Central Luzon First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated external Defribillator Olympics in Bulacan.

On July 27, a fun-run with distance categories of 3, 5, and 10 kilometers will start at the Heroes Hall, simultaneous with an open house exhibit of the San Fernando’s Heritage District.

Scheduled to cap the celebration on July 30 is a Kapihan ng Mamamayan in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency.

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