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MALELDO 2014 Kicks Off [ Monday | 14th day of April, 2014 | 3 years ago ]

Mayor Edwin Santiago launched today Maleldo 2014, San Fernando’s annual commemoration of the Lord’s passion and death, during Monday’s flag ceremony at the city hall.

During the program, the mayor officially presented the members of the Executive Committee that was tasked to prepare for the conduct of the city’s Lenten season attraction.

A dance interpretation on the Passion was then presented by the Sta. Lucia Parish Youth Ministry as a highlight of the launching.

During the press conference that followed, Mayor Santiago thanked the members of the committee for taking on the enormous responsibility for such a huge activity.

“Considering the great number of visitors and guests coming to San Fernando for this yearly affair, we assure our people that the City Government is prepared for any eventuality and has taken the necessary measures to ensure that order and safety prevail”, he added.

Maleldo in the city, as a re-enactment of Christ’s crucifixion, is practiced by devotees each year. The tradition originated in 1955 with the staging of the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross), a street play written in Kapampangan by Ricardo Navarro.

Mayor EdSa Signs MOA With CI Philippines [ Wednesday | 19th day of March, 2014 | 3 years ago ]

Envisioning that every Fernandino student can come a long way with proper nourishment and education, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago led on Saturday, March 15 the turnover ceremony of the Book Donation Program of the Children International Philippines Inc. or CIPI.

In his short talk, the mayor stressed the readiness of the city government to support endeavors that will help achieve every Fernandino’s dream of finishing his education. “Dugtung-dugtung, saup saup tamu,” he added.

“I believe there’s no greater joy in a parent’s heart than to perceive a child bearing nothing but a bright future,” said Mayor EdSa.

To further strengthen their working relationship, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) was forged between the City Government and CIPI represented by its Chief of Programs Rebecca Fuellos. Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Esperanza Laya also signed the MOA.

“In behalf of the school districts and students, I thank Children International Philippines for these stacks of books that will be of great use not only for education but also for nation-building,” said Laya.

The books were then distributed to school beneficiaries in the city with school heads and teachers in attendance.

VP Binay Visits CSF, Joins Fernandino ‘boodle Fight’ [ Monday | 10th day of March, 2014 | 3 years ago ]

Philippine Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Chairman Jejomar Binay dropped by in City of San Fernando on March 10 to do an inspection at the Old Public Market and join Fernandinos in a ‘boodle fight.’

“We feel privileged because it’s not everyday that we get a visit from the Vice President. This is one way of strengthening the bond between the local government and national government,” said Mayor Edwin D. Santiago.

The Vice President’s group was also accompanied by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Neslon Lingat and BJ Lagman during a brief tour of the public market in Barangay Sto. Rosario. Atty. Darlene Marie Berberabe, CEO and President of PAG-IBIG Fund, also joined the visit to the City.

The quick mingling with vendors and market-goers was followed by a ‘boodle fight’ where the Vice President joined Mayor Santiago and the Fernandino community in enjoying rice with tocino, adobong manok, mixed vegetables and torta.

Vice President Binay decided to visit Pampanga’s capital as he was on his way to Mabalacat City to express his concern to the victims of the alleged questionable PAG-IBIG Fund loans by Globe Asiatique founder Delfin Lee who was recently arrested.

“As the chairman of PAG-IBIG, I’m bringing some updates with me as I visit residents today in Xevera, Mabalacat. And as for the Kapampangans here in San Fernando, thank you for the good food and good company,” Binay added. ---CSF-CIO

Fernandinas Paint The Town ‘purple’ [ Friday | 7th day of March, 2014 | 3 years ago ]

An All Women’s March, initiated by the City Government of San Fernando Gender and Development Office and the 2014 Women’s Month Executive Committee, was led by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago who joined hundreds of Fernandinas in purple shirts walk from Dolores Intersection to Heroes Hall on March 7.

“I offer this walk to the Fernandinas. This is one way of showing my support to women’s rights. As the head of my family and the city as well, it is very important not to demean women’s capabilities,” said Mayor EdSa.

City Councilor and Committee Chairperson on Women Jacklyn Calimlim and City Councilor Angie Hizon also joined the group who walked which comprises women barangay leaders, private citizens, and city hall employees.

The march was followed by a short program at the Heroes Hall where free pampering services where offered to the women such as foot spa, haircut and massage.

With the theme “Fernandina, king tetagan at sikanan mu, sumulung ya ing Siyudad San Fernando,” a series of activities were lined-up which include a buntis summit, an inter-barangay zumba festival, inter-agency breastfeeding summit and many others. ---CSF-CIO

CSF Eyes Ex-Senator’s Farm As ‘organic Farming Benchmark’ [ Wednesday | 26th day of February, 2014 | 3 years ago ]

As City of San Fernando advocates for a greener and healthier city, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago and selected city officials visited the organic farm of former senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan in Alfonso, Cavite on February 25.

Sweet Spring Country Farm owned and maintained by the former senator highlights a variety of herbs, vegetables and other organically grown food.

“I am encouraging my fellow Fernandinos to get out of their comfort zone when it comes to selecting the food they eat. I couldn’t agree more that health makes wealth,” said Mayor EdSa during the whole-day benchmarking activity.

A graduate of the University of the Philippines who earned a master’s degree from Harvard University, former Senator Pangilinan revealed his secret to a flourishing farm and a healthy lifestyle.

“I visit my farm three times a week because I believe that the best fertilizers are the footprints of the owner,” Pangilinan said.

Once we have empowered and strengthened farmers, we will see modern agriculture,” Pangilinan added.

Mayor Santiago and Senator Pangilinan exchanged conversations on the city’s n Organic Trading Post which will promote the selling organically-grown products.

“Food security is part of my governance agenda to ensure that every Fernandino household will never go hungry,” Mayor Santiago shared.

City Hall heads of offices from the agriculture, veterinary, health and environment departments also joined the City Mayor to learn from the best practices of the former Senator. --- CSF-CIO

SAFRU Ready For Floods [ Thursday | 20th day of February, 2014 | 3 years ago ]

As part of its capacity-building activities, the San Fernando Rescue Unit (SAFRU) participated in a Transom Rescue Boat Handling at Poblacion, Sto. Tomas sponsored by Disaster Emergency Search and Rescue (DESAR).

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CDRRM) Officer Raymond Del Rosario joined his staff members during the whole-day exercise.

“As much as we don’t want to recall the destructible typhoons that hit our city, our 24/7 rescue team will not wait until something happens before we act. That is why we are conditioning ourselves for any emergencies needed by the city,” Del Rosario explained.

14 SAFRU staff members were trained by Olongapo CDRRM Operations and Warning Section Chief Jeffrey Lapid and Pasig Red Training Center Rene Samar.

Jeffrey Lapid taught the participants on how to manipulate the inflatable rubber boat. Aside from basic paddling, the city’s delegation was also introduced to handling the fiber glass boat with outboard motor (OBM).

“As a trainor, I want to contribute on their months of preparations when it comes to whatever would happen in times of emergency,” said Jeffrey Lapid.

The second batch of trainees also included selected personnel from different departments of the City Government of San Fernando. The program is in line with Mayor Edwin D. Santiago’s governance agenda focused on ensuring peace and order. ---CSF-CIO

CSF Launches “all-in-one” Access Card [ Thursday | 20th day of February, 2014 | 3 years ago ]

In line with Mayor Edwin D. Santiago’s agenda on “E-governance,” the Pilot Launching of the Barangay-Based Fernandino Access Card was held on February 18 at the City Hall.

The launching, highlighted as part of Kaganapan 2014 Cityhood anniversary celebraton, was led by Mayor EdSa together with Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin.

“We want to give Fernandinos that they are on top of our priorities. That’s why this access card will be beneficial to all our constituents,” said Mayor Santiago.

All residents of San Fernando may apply for the access card if they have clearance from their respected barangay captains.

The ID-type card is produced in five minutes and can be renewed annually. The pilot beneficiaries are those included in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (PPPP).

The new access card was modified to become more functional especially on the availing of health services. ---CSF-CIO

CSF Declares Two New “adopted Sons” [ Tuesday | 18th day of February, 2014 | 3 years ago ]

The City and County of Honolulu in Hawaii is now officially proclaimed as San Fernando, Pampanga’s newest “sister city.” Pampanga’s capital city also conferred upon Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Philippine Consul General Julius Torres the title “Distinguished Adopted Son” of the City on February 16, 2014 at the Heroes Hall.

“This will further strengthen our ties with the people of Hawaii most especially the Filipinos who live there,” Mayor Edwin Santiago said during the official visit of the 24th Trade Mission of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce in Hawaii (FCCH) scheduled in time for San Fernando’s 13th City Charter anniversary.

“Mayor Caldwell has shown sincere gesture of friendship, respect, cooperation and appreciation to us [San Fernando City Officials] during our cultural and trade mission in Honolulu last year,” City Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin said.

Torres, Consul General of the Philippines to Hawaii, was recognized for his support to the Annual Parol Festival in Hawaii that features the “Parul Sampernandu” for two consecutive years.

The delegation from Honolulu enjoyed a welcome reception hosted by the City Government and the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAMCHAM).

“I am humbled because Honolulu, considered as a first world city, wants to know the best practices that San Fernando is doing so that they can do it in their place”, Santiago added.

“The purpose of this year’s trip is to increase business activity by promoting Hawaii and the Philippines as investment and tourism destinations,” Maria A. F. Etrata, president of the FCCH said.

Marco Antonio Jimenez, PAMCHAM president, also attended the event in behalf of San Fernando’s business sector. City council members present were Angie Hizon, BJ Lagman, Tino Dizon, Harvey Quiwa, Jacklyn Calimlim, Noel Tulabut, Lito Ocampo and Nelson Lingat.

The half-day affair was capped with an exchange of tokens between the two sister cities. Kapampangan dishes were also served to all attendees after the formal program.

The two new awardees are now added to the list of honorary Fernandinos which includes Ambassador Linglingay Lacanlale (2009 Distinguished Adopted Son) and Professor Jean Cristophe Gaillard (2012 Outstanding Honorary Fernandino) –CSF-CIO

Fernandinas Enjoy Zumba At Hilaga [ Thursday | 13th day of February, 2014 | 3 years ago ]

Taking advantage of the morning breeze, women of San Fernando trooped the Hilaga Paskuhan Village open grounds to participate in the Zumba Explosion on February 13 as part of the 13th Cityhood Anniversary activities.

Spearheaded by the Gender and Development (GAD) division of the city government, the early morning activity aims to rejuvenate women’s participation through the fitness program which is very popular among their sector.

Mayor Edwin Santiago lauded the activity by saying that his administration intends to empower the society through various activities that will unite them.

“Zumba is one avenue to bond them together as an important sector of the society which later will become a tool for the smooth implementation of the city government’s agenda,” Mayor Santiago said.

Through Mayor Santiago’s governance agenda, the city promotes holistic health that includes physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological, social, and environmental areas to empower people through awareness; and to create good changes in people's health and life as a whole.

GAD focal person Ms. Amy Catacutan said that the activity is one of the many activities for women lined-up for their welfare.

Hundreds of women from different barangays and local agencies within the city joined the activity.

Zumba is a dance fitness program popularized by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto Perez during the 90’s. It involves dance and aerobic elements that incorporates hip-hop, samba, mambo, salsa and martial arts. ---CSF-CIO

NEW NURSES. [ Thursday | 13th day of February, 2014 | 3 years ago ]

Mayor Edwin Santiago swears in newly hired Community Health Nurses (CHN) at the Executive House.

Their primary function is to assist the city government in implementing its health services to the people. (February 12, 2014) CSF-CIO

Mayor EdSa Joins Teacher’s Day In Subic [ Monday | 10th day of February, 2014 | 3 years ago ]

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago graced the Department of Education Region III Division of San Fernando 2014 Teacher’s Day of private and public school teachers of City of San Fernando in Ocean Adventure, Subic Bay on January 30.

Together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and Kaganapan 2014 Chairperson Ceferino Pamintuan, Mayor EdSa led the awarding of the Certificate of Appreciation given to the most outstanding teachers, teacher retirees and teacher heroes.

“I want to express my genuine appreciation to the teachers of today. Dedication and courage that mold the youth are your prized possession,” said Mayor EdSa. “Araw ninyo ito.”

The whole day celebration also paved the way for the Fernandino teachers who were held hostage during the local elections at the San Fernando Municipal Hall on January 30, 1980.

“I was one of the teachers who were told to change the people’s vote in favor of the dictator 34 years ago. And now I’m standing in front of you to proudly say that I fought the good fight,” said Teresita Tablante, an awarded teacher hero. “As a Fernandino, I’m deeply encouraging the teachers of today to stick to your roots and remain upright to the electoral votes,” she added.

Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Esperanza Laya meanwhile spoke, in behalf of the teachers, in thankfulness to Mayor EdSa, Vice Mayor Lazatin and the rest of the city officials for celebrating the event with them. “Today’s event will not be as important as it is now if not for your presence. To the teachers, let us all stay united and a Happy Teacher’s Day,” Dr. Laya expressed.

2,300 private and public school teachers converged and fully enjoyed the activities in the resort with raffles, music band and their favorite part, luncheon treat.

CSF On Its 13TH Cityhood Anniversary [ Monday | 10th day of February, 2014 | 3 years ago ]

Dubbed as Kaganapan, the City of San Fernando celebrates its 13th anniversary as a component city on February 4, 2014 with the theme which bears the city’s battle cry, “Fernandino ing mumuna, Fernandino ing manimuna.”

During the press conference on January 30, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago aims for CSF to be the best component city yet. “As the city progresses and as we celebrate its 13th anniversary, may we impart good decision-making for the betterment of the city. In connection to this, I want to commend the efforts of the executive committee for making our anniversary an awaited commemoration.”

Kaganapan 2014 Chairperson Ceferino pamintuan meanwhile invites every Fernandino to support the events of the city. “We are maximizing our endeavor to put up every event on the best that we can. In behalf of the executive committee, I would like to thank everyone for helping us in making Kaganapan 2014 happen.”

Present also at the press conference were Kaganapan 2014 Co-Chairperson Gil Pamandanan and the rest of the executive and working committee who uphold the events of the city.

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