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CSF, Xiamen Ties To Open Opportunities [ Monday | 10th day of February, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


City of San Fernando’s official delegation to the cultural and trade mission in Xiamen, China led by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago established partnerships with the Chinese community through the Foreign Affairs Office, the Philippine Consulate General, and SM City Xiamen.

“Our goal is to open avenues for partnerships and establish a long-term relationship with our Asian counterparts in this highly-developed country,” Mayor Santiago said.

During the visit to the Foreign Affairs Office of Xiamen, the Filipino delegation was warmly welcomed by Zhang Jianhua, Vice Chair of the Municipal People’s Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries.

“We want to learn from each other’s experiences,” Jinhua said as he shared best practices on how to boost the City’s tourism and host conferences and expositions.

Consul General Julius Ceasar Flores shared that the Giant Lantern Festival exemplifies active private and public partnership and can be emulated in this Chinese city.

The City’s delegation was also received by the management of SM City Xiamen headed by Manager-in-Charge AJ Jarantilla.

“The SM Management here in China is looking into the idea of selling local products from the Philippines,” Jarantilla said. He also discussed the activities and accomplishments of the Filipino-owned mall.

The whole-day itinerary was capped with a dinner hosted by Consul General Flores and the exchange of tokens from both parties. ---CSF-CIO


CSFP Clean Up Targets Brgy. Roads, Water Ways [ Monday | 10th day of February, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


Boasting its vision to become a livable city, San Fernando, on its 13th anniversary as a city, included in the roster of activities a citywide clean up drive. More than cleaning the surroundings, the activity envisions educating the public the importance of a clean environment. Acting Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and KAGANAPAN co-chairperson Gil Pamandanan led the event. In his speech, he encouraged the participants to actively join in the endeavor. He praised Mayor Edwin Santiago’s effort in including in his governance agenda the protection of the environment.

He furthered by saying “there are loads we can do to keep our environment clean like reducing, reusing, recycling, planting more trees, warning people who take cigarettes that it is dangerous for them as well as the environment and using eco-friendly items.”

Different sectors within the city participated in the activity. Barangay roads and water ways were among the places given attention during the clean up drive.

The use of technology and industries increases the amount of pollution in the environment. In line with his agenda, Mayor Edwin Santiago said that “keeping our environment clean is a very important part of our lives and of the society. It should be an inevitable venture for us to make sure that the environment is preserved for our children." Water pollution and garbage are considered to be two of the main cause of the environment’s devastation.

(February 1, 2014)


Mayor EdSa Vows: “CSF Economy Will Be More Dynamic” [ Monday | 10th day of February, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


During the 14th Regional Development Council (RDC) meeting, San Fernando City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago expressed his commitment to work in synergy with various sectors to achieve inclusive growth in Central Luzon.

“My administration is one with the RDC in making San Fernando’s economy a more dynamic one,” Santiago said.

As the regional center, San Fernando affirmed its role in meeting the growing demands of the region.

“We will achieve this by making our governance practices more efficient and developing infrastructure,” Santiago added.

Department of Trade Industry (DTI) Regional Director Judith Angeles lauded the City for ranking third in the Local Economic Development and Competitiveness Index. Last year, the National Competitiveness Council ranked San Fernando as the 3rd Most Competitive City in the Philippines.

RDC’s second Full Council Meeting hosted by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) also tackled 2013 accomplishments and preparations related to the drafting of a new roadmap focused on capacity building.

Top officials from provinces, cities and municipalities of Region III attended the program.

NEDA Regional Director and RDC Vice-Chairman Severino C. Santos facilitated the activity aimed at enhancing public administration and encouraging the involvement of stakeholders to make other cities and municipalities more competitive.

RDC included Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), increasing student participation, and values formation among its priorities this year. ---CSF-CIO


CSF Boosts Livelihood Program [ Monday | 10th day of February, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


In celebration of the 13th city charter anniversary of San Fernando, one whole day was allotted to give emphasis on the importance and contribution of livelihood in the progress of the city throughout the years. Dubbed as “CSFP Livelihood Day,” different activities such as job fair, trade fair and launching of livelihood programs added energy to the commemoration.

Mayor Edwin Santiago promoted the activity by encouraging the attendees to immerse themselves in livelihood endeavors so as to uplift their lives. In his speech, he also thanked different government agencies concerned and the private sector in helping the city administration to alleviate poverty through programs designed to reach out to the people especially the marginalized.



“It is my responsibility to provide you avenues for growth so that truly, we may attain our vision of a progressive San Fernando,” Santiago said.



The S3TAR program or “Sari-sari store program” was also launched by the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the city government represented by the mayor, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Administrator Fernando Limbitco, TESDA’s Provincial Director Benhur Banigued, and representatives from pilot barangays namely: San Jose, Sta. Lucia and Magliman. GAD focal person Ms. Amy Catacutan was very happy because the beneficiaries of this program will also be those who are under the Gender and Development program of the city which she heads. Also, leaders from San Jose boasted of their product from corn skin as a result of the city’s livelihood campaign program.



The job fair was attended by more than 50 companies within and out of the city. Participants flocked at the atrium to join and apply to their prospected companies. CSFP PESO Manager Donny Sayre thanked those who participated in the fair. He told them not to be discouraged even if this fair was their fifth one and for them not to leave stones unturned.



A showcase of products from the different barangays of the city added festivity in front of the city hall. Featuring their very own produce, people trooped to their stalls and bought what pleased them.



This year’s livelihood day is a manifestation of how far the city was able to lift itself from poverty to gradual and progressive success. It is for this reason why the administration of Mayor Edwin Santiago had included in its governance agenda the prioritization of livelihood and economic development to sustain and even raise this movement.

(February 7, 2014) ---CSF-CIO


Mayor EdSa Advocates For A Healthier CSF [ Monday | 10th day of February, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


The City of San Fernando has gone beyond the basics as the Groundbreaking and Unveiling of the Construction of the Organic Trading Post took place, led by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, on February 5.

As a project of the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division of the Department of Agriculture RFO III, the Organic Trading Post will be situated at the New Public Market, Barangay Del Pilar.

“Through the initiative of the Local Government Unit, the Organic Trading Post will be opened to all Fernandinos in a span of just 3 months. The new public market fits as the right place to market the organically grown food since the consumers visit the place everyday,” said Mayor EdSa during the program.

The groundbreaking ceremony was conducted by Mayor EdSa together with City Councilor BJ Lagman, DA’s Charito Libut, OPA’s Crispin Guintu and City Agriculturist Myrna Manabat.

Present also at the program was Kaganapan 2014 Chairperson Ceferino Pamintuan. “I encourage every Fernandino to be observant on the food that they eat. I could not agree more that health is our wealth,” he claimed.

In coordination with the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office (CAVO) and Provincial Agriculture Office, the Organic Trading Post will be selling organic meat advocating for a healthier City of San Fernando.


Desilting Starts Early In CSF [ Monday | 10th day of February, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


Desiliting and declogging of major waterways in the City of San Fernando started on the first week of January – several months earlier than the usual waterways cleanup operations previously scheduled every midyear.

“I instructed our Engineering Department to start removing silt and clean the waterways this early,” Mayor Edwin Santiago said.

Mayor Santiago earlier announced that the cleanup of the San Fernando River and its tributaries should commence on the month of January in preparation for the rainy season.

“This is ideal time that we start desilting our waterways as a preemptive measure especially now that we are experiencing climate change,” Engr. Anele David of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office said.

Engr. David noted that the City also supports the International Coastal Cleanup Month every September. ---CSF-CIO


AT PAR WITH INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS. [ Monday | 10th day of February, 2014 | 3 years ago ]


Selected employees from ISO-certified offices of the City Government of San Fernando attend a three-day workshop series on ISO 9001:2008, ISO 19011 and root cause analysis.

--- CSF-CIO Photo


City College Of San Fernando Posts High Passing Rate In LET [ Wednesday | 27th day of November, 2013 | 3 years ago ]


PRC announced that CCSFP garnered a passing rate of 87.10% wherein 27 out of 31 first-time City Collegenian examinees successfully passed the exam, outshining Angeles University Foundation (67.66% passing rate), Holy Angel University (60.38% passing rate), University of the Assumption (49.28% passing rate), and Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (30.65 passing rate).

The LET was conducted nationwide in 17 different testing centers on September 29, 2013. Top 3 Performing Schools were Philippine Normal University - Manila with a passing percentage of 89.43, University of the Philippines-Diliman landed top 2 with 89.29% and Philippine Normal University-Agusan with 88.83%.

“We are very proud of our graduates and I am sure that they will be successful when they become full-fledged educators,” Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said.

“Our dream is to have a City College with educational foundations as strong as that of UP and Ateneo,” Mayor Santiago added as he restates his message during last week’s celebration of the founding anniversary of CCSFP.

CCSFP was established in 2009 and produced its first batch of BS Education graduates this year. --- CSFP-CIO


Results of the September 2013 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) show that the passing rate of the City College of San Fernando, Pampanga (CCSFP) surpassed the score of leading public and private colleges and universities in Pampanga.


Mayor EdSa Lauds Patawarans’ “green” Hotel [ Wednesday | 27th day of November, 2013 | 3 years ago ]


Mayor EdSa lauds Patawarans’ “green” hotel

During the formal awarding of the tax incentive for the soon-to-rise Best Western Bendix Hotel in Dolores, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago commended Hilcres Consolidated Corporation owned by the family of local businessman Rion Patawaran for the proposed construction of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified green building.


Amid Yuletide Cheers, Mayor EdSa Remembers Yolanda Victims [ Wednesday | 13th day of November, 2013 | 4 years ago ]


“Despite the hardships that we are encountering, I believe every Filipino should celebrate the Christmas season to somehow ease the pain. And in behalf of the City of San Fernando, we share our grief to all Filipinos affected by Yolanda,” Mayor Santiago said in his opening statement during the unveiling of the mall’s “Smurftastic Christmas” celebration.

Mall manager Lana Erroba and select city officials led the distribution of Christmas gift bags and teddy bears to special children with disabilities whom, she explains, are the beneficiaries of the event.

“The Christmas season is the most favourite time of the year. SM San Fernando Downtown participates in the Smurfstastic Christmas to appeal to all the kids,” Erroba added.

Morissette Amon, Paolo Onesa, Myk Perez and Janice Javier from the reality TV talent search The Voice of the Philippines were also invited as special guests to serenade the crowd. ---CSF-CIO



During the grand Christmas launch of SM City San Fernando, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago condoles with the nation over victims of the recent super typhoon “Yolanda” that struck Visayas.


CSF To Release Year-end Bonuses [ Wednesday | 13th day of November, 2013 | 4 years ago ]


As prescribed by the Finance Committee in coordination with the City Human Resource and Development Office, permanent and casual employees of the Local Government Unit will be paid fifty percent (50%) of their 13th month pay in addition to fifty percent (50%) of the cash gift equivalent to P2,500.

Government employees hired on July 1, 2013 will receive full 13th month pay with P5,000 worth of cash gift while employees hired beyond July 1, 2013 will receive a prorated cash incentive.

“We have ensured that everyone will receive a year-end bonus to prove that benefits will be given fairly to all public servants working in the City Hall,” said Mayor Santiago said during the Monday flag-raising rites at the City Hall atrium on November 11.

Additional compensation worth P2,000 will also be given to project-based or contractual personnel. ---CSF-CIO

San Fernando Mayor Edwin D. Santiago announced that the year-year bonuses of 1,267 employees of the City Hall will be released before December 15.


CSF PREPARES FOR APEC 2015 [ Monday | 4th day of November, 2013 | 4 years ago ]



City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin D. Santiago (3rd from L) joins other local officials of cities handpicked by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) to be part of the "Islands of Good Governance (IGG)" initiative in preparation for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit. Photo was taken during the ISA Public Governance Forum held on October 30 at the Philippine International Convention Center. ---CSF-CIO Photo

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