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Free Product Packaging And Labeling For Fernandino Entrepreneurs [ Wednesday | 3rd day of August, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

Fernandino micro-entrepreneurs can soon have their products packaged and labeled for free at the Negosyo Center of the City of San Fernando.

We will give free packaging and labeling to small-business owners first 100 products as soon as we launch our packaging and labeling facility approximately on August 10, said Jeffrey Yutuc, product development officer of the City Investment Promotion Center.

According to Yutuc, the packaging and labeling service is under the Product Development program of the Negosyo Center in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) (that, he said, is gearing towards ASEAN integration.)

Opening the packaging and labeling facility is also our way of bringing Fernandino entrepreneurs closer to the services of the government, he said.

Underscoring the importance of good packaging in terms of product development, Yutuc compared two products, one with good packaging, the other without. He emphasized that the packaged product tends to be sold more than the bare one.

When asked how Fernandinos could access the packaging and labeling facility, Yutuc answered that all they have to do is visit our office located at the City Hall Annex.

Packaging and labeling is just one of the many services available at the Negosyo Center that also offers business counseling to interested entrepreneurs.

CSF Advocates Voluntary Blood Donation [ Friday | 29th day of July, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The Local Government of San Fernando through its City Health Office (CHO) advocates for voluntary blood donation to maintain adequate blood supply for the Fernandino community.

On July 28, the city government, in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), held a bloodletting activity participated by employees and uniformed personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection.

Rural Health Physician Dr. Renely Tungol said that the city targets bloodletting activities at least six times every year to prevent shortage of blood.

“This is already our second time for this year. We aim to collect around 70 blood bags per activity which will be turned over to the PRC,” she added.

Tungol furthered that “more volunteers are needed because the actual target per year is 1% of the city’s population which is equivalent to more or less 3,600 blood bags.”

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago encourages every Fernandino to donate blood to replenish the supply and ensure the sufficiency of blood in case of emergencies.

“Let us save others’ lives by donating blood. It may be a small act but for those in need, it would be of great help,” Mayo EdSa ended.

In August, the CHO will visit the city’s 35 barangays to look for possible donors.

Mayor EdSa Vows To Support PWDs [ Tuesday | 26th day of July, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago expressed his commitment to support persons with disabilities and take the lead in the implementations of program during the culmination activity for the city’s observance of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) week.

CSF Lauds Traffic Enforcers For Public Safety Efforts [ Tuesday | 26th day of July, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The Local Government of San Fernando (P) has recognized personnel from its Traffic Management Division under the Public Order and Safety Coordinating Office for their invaluable contribution in the arrest of suspected Budol-budol perpetrators.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin led the awarding of Certificates of Commendation to Ronald Palma, Richard Tamayo and Virgilio Magtangob during the flag raising ceremony on Monday.

Santiago said they commend these personnel for demonstrating exemplary efficiency and devotion to duty that led to the apprehension of suspects during an Estafa incident commonly known as “Budol-budol” that transpired in Brgy. Sindalan on September 26, 2015.

Virgilio Magtangob, 42 years old and a Traffic enforcer for 3 years now, shared that one of the perpetrators was caught-in-the-act of victimizing a person.

“Nakita namin yung isa (sa mga suspek) may hawak ng mga gadgets at alahas, hindi lang pala yun yung unang beses na nasangkot siya sa ganoong krimen,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mayor EdSa furthered that it is important to recognize the efforts of outstanding city employees so they may continue their commitment to their duties.

“We also want them to serve as role models to their fellow employees to better serve the public particularly our beloved Fernandinos,” Mayor EdSa said.

Also present during the awarding were Councilor BJ Lagman, City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, Traffic Management Division Officer-in-charge Joseph Garcia, Deputy Public Order and Safety Coordinating Officer Engr. Rommel Salvador, Chief of Police P/Supt Jean Fajardo and Retired Colonel Danilo Bautista.

CSF’s SPES Benefits Fernandino Students [ Tuesday | 19th day of July, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

For years, the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga has been helping the city’s disadvantaged youth to earn an income while studying.

A joint employment-bridging program of the city government and the Department of Labor and Employment, SPES aims to assist poor but deserving students in completing their education through employment during summer or Christmas vacations.

Samuel Roymari De Leon, 18, was among this year’s second batch of beneficiaries who received their SPES grants during an awarding ceremony last July 15 at Walter Mart. He was assigned to the City Employment Services Division for 25 working days.

“It was during my experience as a SPES worker in the LGU that I developed the skills that I believe will come in handy in my chosen profession,” the 3rd year accounting student said.

De Leon added that because of SPES he became more prudent in spending. “I realized how hard it is to earn.”

In an interview, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that the program is part of the city government’s development agenda for education and employment. “The City of San Fernando has been partnering with DOLE since the start because 40% of the salary is shouldered by them while 60% is funded by the city government”, he said.

He added that the SPES is a great training ground for the students in becoming better Fernandinos.

“At an early age, they will be able to understand how to serve other people, hone their talents and skills and learn how to be an instrument of service,” he added.

“It is much better for the young generation to be engaged in work for they learn how to be responsible citizens and service providers for their fellow Fernandinos,” the mayor said.

This year, more than 500 students benefited from the city’s SPES program.

Fernandino Students Showcase Disaster Preparedness Skills [ Tuesday | 19th day of July, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

Students from public and private schools in the City of San Fernando showcased their skills in terms of preparedness and alertness when responding to disasters during the 1st CSFP Junior DRRM (Disaster Risk Reduction and Management) Capability Assessment held July 18 at the Heroes Hall.

As part of the city’s observance of National Disaster Consciousness Month, the activity was initiated by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Philippine Red Cross, and the Department of Education,

Participating Junior high school students (Grades 7-10) from 12 different schools competed in 3 major drills including Information, Education relay; Bandaging relay; and Lifting and Moving relay.

Raymond Del Rosario, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, said that prior to the competition, all participants already underwent training on proper bandaging of wounds in the different parts of the body, right way of transferring patients using the one man to four man carry techniques and the appropriate execution of skills during unforeseen events.

“This is a friendly competition that gauges what the students learned during their training. We want to promote situational awareness and strengthen camaraderie among school-based first responders,” Del Rosario added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that all Fernandinos, regardless of age, should know what to do before, during and after a disaster to ensure effective response to the impacts that may be brought by natural hazards.

“Our city is prone to disasters such as flood. We want to improve our students’ capacity in dealing with disaster risks to mitigate the effects and easily cope to its consequences,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, students from the Information and Communication Technology High School outshined other contenders as they were hailed as champion in the competition. Sindalan High School and Panipuan High School were awarded 1st runner up and 2nd runner up, respectively.

Special awards were also given to Lyndale Academy (Best in Information, Education relay), Sindalan High School (Best in Bandaging relay) and Information and Communication Technology High School (Best in Lifting and Moving relay).

San Fernando Named Most Competitive City Anew [ Friday | 15th day of July, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The City of San Fernando was once again named as Most Competitive City by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) during the 4th Regional Competitiveness Summit held July 14 at the Philippine International Convention Center.

Out of 110 component cities who vied for this year’s Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) Awards, San Fernando ranked 2nd in the Overall Most Competitive City category.

All 1,389 competing Local Government Units, divided into four categories namely 3rd-6th Class Municipalities; 1st-2nd Class Municipalities; Component Cities; and Highly Urbanized Cities, were also measured into three convergent pillars including Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency and Infrastructure.

Under the component city category, the city ranked 4th in the Economic Dynamism pillar and landed 8th and 6th in the Government Efficiency and Infrastructure pillar, respectively.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago said these recognitions are results of the Local Government’s collective efforts in improving the quality of life for Fernandinos through transparent, effective governance.

“Our city prioritizes education and boosts employment by growing businesses because we want every Fernandino to reach his fullest potentials and be globally competitive as well,” Mayor EdSa added.

More than the recognition, Santiago furthered that he considers the awards as inspirations to further ‘aim for excellence’ and target a more progressive City of San Fernando.

In partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, the NCC launched CMCI in 2013 with the aim to advance the country’s competitiveness through public-private sector collaboration.

CSF Promotes Disaster Preparedness Among The Youth [ Friday | 15th day of July, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

In a bid to promote the culture of preparedness among the Fernandino youth, the City Government here conducted an on-the-spot poster making contest participated by Elementary and Secondary students last July 11 at the Heroes Hall.

Dubbed as Sining Kahandaan 2016, is an inter-school competition in line with the city’s observance of National Disaster Consciousness month this July. Participants are young student artists from public and private school.

Under the theme

CSF To Beef Up Tourism And Culture Programs [ Friday | 15th day of July, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

In partnership with the Department of Tourism, the City Government of San Fernando will intensify its Tourism and Culture programs to reach its goal of becoming the preferred destination in the country.

In line with the Bottom Up Budgeting scheme, the city government received a check amounting to P2.6 Million; this will be intended for the promotion of tourism and culture industry of the city.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said the budget will be maximized for the proposed Tourism Development plans, Tourism Marketing and Promotion Project , Tourism Promotion Collaterals and the creation of the City Tourism brand.

“We want to boost our tourism capabilities as we envision to be the one of the leading destinations not only in the province but in the entire country,” he added.

The preservation of the city’s ‘Tourism and Culture’ is highlighted in the City of San Fernando’s new 10-point agenda.

Also present in the awarding rites are Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, City Local Government Operations Officer Engr. Algy Canlas and City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan.

In 2013, the Department of Interior and Local Government launched BUB program which provides financial assistance to local government units for the implementation of their proposed projects.

CSF Gears Up For Nutrition Month [ Friday | 15th day of July, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando has lined up activities for nutrition month slated this July.

The month-long activities kicked off today during the Flag raising ceremony held at the City Hall.

With the theme “First 1000 days ni Baby, Pahalagahan para sa Malusog na kinabukasan”, more than 20 activities were prepared by the City Health Office (CHO) to create awareness on the importance of proper infant and young child feeding practices, particularly exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and giving appropriate complementary food after six months while continuing breastfeeding.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago said the theme is very significant because there is a link between undernutrition, especially stunting, in the first years of a child’s life and his overall growth in the later years.

“Hindi lang mga kabataan ang inaalagaan natin, nakatuon tayo sa nutrisyon maging ng kanilang mga magulang, at isinusulong natin ang breast feeding” he said.

Activities include Fernandino Master Gulay, a cooking competition featuring local produce; a breastfeeding in the workplace seminar; dance exercise; poem recital; an orientation on nutrition in emergency cluster; nutria-quiz and poster making contest; best hataw fitness exercise (zumba); supplemental feeding program for pregnant women; and inter-barangay biggest loser challenge.

The city will also launch a 90 day supplemental feeding program on the following barangay: San Jose, Dolores, Quebiawan, Sindalan, Pulung Bulu, Dele Paz Norte, Sta Lucia, and San Nicolas.

This LGU’s Breastfeeding Council Executive Committee will be presented on July 29 following the launching of Big Latch Program.

Other programs are Youth Camp Assembly and Orientation of Barangay Captains on Basic Nutrition.

It will culminate with a Nutrition Summit to be hosted by the CHO.

The observance of the National Nutrition Month is pursuant to Presidential Decree 49, the National Nutrition Act of the Philippines, signed on June 25, 1974.

Fernandinos Avail Free Neuro Screening [ Friday | 15th day of July, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

Fernandino senior citizens and city hall employees underwent free neurological screening through the initiative of the City Health Office on July 7.

Dr. Maricel Lapid, Rural Health Physician, said some 150 fernandinos availed the free neuro screening and consultation that may determine if they are suffering from depression, stress, anxiety, dementia, pain, seizures, and insomnia.

“Each participant underwent pre-screening (to identify what kind of disorder they may have) before they were referred to our psychiatrist or neurologist,” she added.

Dubbed ‘Lingap Diwa’, the program seeks to help participants achieve a healthier state of mind, brain and body.

For his part, Mayor Edwin Santiago said that one of his administration’s agenda is to provide various comprehensive health programs to the Fernandinos.

He also stressed the importance of being mentally fit in boosting a healthier body and preventing other brain-related disorders.

“It is important that we keep not only our bodies, but also our minds in shape, so we can fulfill our duties as responsible Fernandinos,” Santiago furthered.

Meanwhile, participants were also given medication for free.

CSF Officials Formally Presented [ Tuesday | 5th day of July, 2016 | 2 years ago ]

The new set of officials of the City Government of San Fernando were formally presented to the public on July 4 during Monday’s flag-raising ceremony in front of the City Hall.

Presenting them was Engr. Jose Algy Canlas, officer of the Department of Interior and Local Government in San Fernando.

The city officials were led by unopposed City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago and Vice Mayor Jaime T. Lazatin who are both on their second term.

Also presented by Canlas were the members of the 6th Sangguniang Panlungsod composed of mostly Liberal Party candidates. They are re-elected Councilors Angelica Hizon, Benedict Jasper Simon Lagman, Nelson Lingat, Harvey Quiwa, Celestino Dizon, third-termer Councilors Noel Tulabut and Ayzel Macalino, and comebacking Councilors Ruperto Dumlao, Redentor Halili and Renato Agustin.

In his short speech, Mayor Santiago thanked the Fernandinos for their trust and asked that they continue to work hand in hand in bringing inclusive and sustainable progress to the city. He then outlined his administration’s revised development agenda that is based on comprehensive planning.

On this 10-Point Agenda are education, employment, environment, health, peace and order, family, infrastructure, tourism and culture, investments promotion and government efficiency.

“Minarapat kong baguhin ang 12-Point Agenda upang siya’y magiging istratehiya ngayon sa pagtahak natin sa panibagong direksyon sa pagpasok ng bagong termino,” the mayor explained.

Mayor Santiago then urged every Fernandino to partake in building a brighter nation. “Sama-sama nating itaguyod ang mga simulaing ito para maisakatuparan ang pinapangarap na Bagong San Fernando.”

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