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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.

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.

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