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Mayor EdSa Leads Death March Anniversary [ Monday | 13th day of April, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
World War II veterans and their families attended the 73rd anniversary of Death March held at the City Train Station on April 9.
The commemoration was lead by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, Councilor Nelson Lingat, and City Tourism and Investment Promotions Officer Ching Pangilinan.
Also present in the activity are members from the Veterans Federation of the Philippines, District Deputy Grand Master, Masonic District Region III – A, Very Worshipful Ernesto Dumas, members of Tiburcio Hilario Memorial Lodge no. 394 and Pampanga Masonic Lodge no. 48, Pedro Abad Santos Memorial Chapter – Order of Demolay, Samahan ng mga Kababaihan para sa Kaunlaran ng Santo Niño, SAFER Runners, Multi Sectoral Governance Council Executive Director Angelo David, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Amelia Julian and Department of Education – City Schools Division Principals.
According to Mayor EdSa, April 9 is an important day that created a mark on the history of Filipinos and especially to the Fernandinos, who showed courage and fought for the freedom of the country.
“Ipinagdiriwang natin ang Death March para manatili ang alaala ng mga kasamahan nating mga Pilipino na lumahok dito at tumayong simbolo ng katapangan at kagitingan,” said Mayor EdSa.
He also added that the Train Station in the city has a huge part in shaping the history of the country during World War II since this was a witness to the cruelty of the oppressors that took thousands of lives, both Filipinos and other foreign men.
For his part, SAFER Runners head, Edmundo Paez said that running from Bataan to San Fernando is a great way to show their commemoration on the day of Valor, adding, that in their own little way they could show others the importance or the goal of their run.
Meanwhile, City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan stated that they are going to include the Train Station and preserve it to become one of the tourists’ destinations promoting the rich heritage and culture of the city.
“The city was able to get funding from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone [TIEZA] to restore the Train Station. We were able to have it restored through this grant given by them. We’ve also had it marked as a historic structure by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines,” said Pangilinan.
For now the city government of San Fernando is doing everything to restore the site much more the history that lay within the walls of the San Fernando Train Station.
CSF Launches Inter-Barangay Basketball Tournament [ Wednesday | 8th day of April, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
Barangay basketball teams gather round last March 29 as the city government of San Fernando launched the Inter-Barangay Basketball Tournament at WalterMart.
Lead by city mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, Councilor Ralph Daniel Henson, Councilor Harvey Quiwa and barangay captains.
According to Committee Chairperson on Entertainment, Games and Amusement, Councilor Ralph Daniel Henson the Inter Barangay Basketball Tournament is a good starting ground to build camaraderie and sportsmanship towards other players.
He also added that this will also focus on the ability of the young Fernandinos since they will be able to enhance their skills in playing and build trust among their team.
For his part, Mayor EdSa pointed out that he wants the city to be active in all activities because he wants the city to be progressive.
“Pinalalakas natin ang sports sa ating siyudad, lalo na sa mga kabataan. Ginagawa natin ito para magkaroon sila ng hilig sa sports. Paraan natin ito para sa ating mga kabataan na magkakaisa at makipag-ugnayan sa ating gobyerno hanggang sa barangay,” said Mayor EdSa.
All 35 barangays will be joining the tournament including Northville.
Mayor EdSa Named As Most Outstanding Mayor Of PHL [ Thursday | 26th day of March, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago has been chosen as one of the country’s most outstanding mayor for the year 2015 by the prestigious worldwide organization Superbrands Marketing International (SMI).
The mayor personally received this recognition from the SMI officials headed by President Harry Tambuatco and Chairman Karl Maclean at Makati Sports Club last March 25.
The MOMA (Most Outstanding Mayor Award) promotes the works of the mayors for their singular or collective efforts toward nation building. SMI deemed that Mayor EdSa’s programs on social services, projects on climate change, biodiversity education, housing, peace & order, health, infrastructure, income and livelihood are worthy of the title “outstanding”.
“This award is not because of just one man, this is the result of collaborative efforts in our local government” said the mayor noting that “awards, for me, are gauges to measure how the government serves the people.”
The mayor, during his first term, created a 12-point agenda that now serves as the LGU’s springboard to the promotion of inclusive growth among Fernandinos. These sustainable development programs address the birth-to-retirement needs of the citizenry, “making the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, a livable home for everyone.”
With his stewardship, the LGU bagged its fourth most business friendly city title and was able to collect 1 billion pesos revenue without increasing taxes.
“Our battle cry Fernandino First is call for excellence. It is ever present that, when responded to, will turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, and will make possible our vision of inclusive growth for all” he furthered.
Along with Mayor Santiago in the MOMA rosters are another two mayors in Pampanga, Edgardo Pamintuan of Angeles City and Emmanuel Alejandrino of Arayat. Other awardees are Joseph Estrada of Manila, Herbert Bautista of Quezon City, Esterlina Aguinaldo of Praxedes, Cagayan Valley, Celso Dator of Lucban, Quezon, Bernard Dy of Cauayan, Isabela, Faustino Dy III of San Manuel Isabela, Napoleon Edquid of Candelaria, Zambales, Gerald Galvez, Sophia Palacio of Calatagan Batangas, Shierre Palicpic of Pagbilao, Quezon, Reynaldo Parojinog of Ozamis, Misamis Occidental, Meyanardo Sabili of Lipa, Batangas, and Ferdinand Sales of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.
CSF Launches SPES Program [ Friday | 6th day of March, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
Five hundred Fernandino students are set to become part of the city government’s workforce in line with the Special Program for the Employment of Students [SPES] under the leadership of Mayor Edwin D. Santiago.
A joint program between the city government and Department of Labor Employment, SPES aims to give employment opportunity to students. It assists poor but deserving youth intending to pursue their education by encouraging employment during summer, Christmas vacation or any time of the year for students in the tertiary, technical, or vacational level.
The program is part of the city government’s development agenda for employment dubbed as “Sapat na pangkabuhayan sa mga Fernandino tungo sa maunlad na pamumuhay.”
The first batch of these beneficiaries will start on April 6 while the second batch will be employed on May 2. They will be assigned in departments that are in line with their courses, and will receive minimum wage under the supervision of the City Employment Service Division.
Hundreds Of Fernandinos Served In CSF Serbisyong Barangay [ Friday | 6th day of March, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
More than 500 Fernandinos residing in Barangay Telebastagan benefited from the medical and dental mission held by the city government led by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago during his regular outreach mission dubbed as Serbisyong Barangay last March 6, 2015.
This is part of Mayor Santiago’s regular ‘barangayan program’ every Friday which also include services like the issuance of Fernandino Access cards, applications for Educational Scholarship Assistance Program and City College scholarship, anti-rabies vaccination, distribution of solo parent and PWD identification cards, skills registry system, issuance of senior citizen id and purchase booklet, free hair cut, manicure, massage, among others.
“Ito ay simpleng trabaho lang pero ang slogan namin ay make ordinary services extra ordinary for our constituents” he said.
Laboratory services such as fecalysis and urinalysis were also facilitated by the city’s health office represented by doctors and nurses, while senior citizens and kiddie beneficiaries also received vitamins and supplements.
“We are bringing our services right at the doorstep of our constituents said Mayor Santiago noting that “the city government, under his leadership, is doing its best to make all services more effective and more efficient.”
Mover’s Walk And Pampering Day Honored Fernandinas [ Friday | 6th day of March, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
The city government of San Fernando through its Gender and Development office held on March 6 a GAD Mover’s Walk and Pampering Day in line with the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8.
Lead by Women’s Month 2015 Chairperson Dr. Leticia Yap, Committee Chairperson on Women and Family Affairs, Councilor Jack Calimlim, and Gender and Development Focal Person Amy Catacutan.
According to Councilor Calimlim, the event aims to raise awareness among the women sector of the city and make them realize their worth and contribution by simply being a mother, a daughter and even a sister.
She also pointed out the small actions of women in being a part of the community.
“Ang simpleng pagbibigay gabay ng mga kababaihan sa kanilang mga anak upang maging isang mabuting tao ay napakalaking bagay na kontribusyon sa lipunan, para ma-achieve yung progress at gender equality na gusto natin,” added Councilor Calimlim.
The event was attended by different city government officials, women sectors from all 35 barangays of the city and some from the private sector.
For her part, Committee Chairperson on Women’s Month 2015, Dr. Leticia Yap said that the Pampering Day is just one way of showing thank you to all women who holds great participation in making a better city.
With this, Dr. Yap stressed that there are many great things a woman can accomplish and with this activity, the city is showing their gratitude towards women.
“Para po sa kaunlaran, sama-sama sana ang lahat at ipakita na iisa ang pwersa ng kababaihan at dahil dito mas marami tayo magagwa hindi lamang para sa ating mga pamilya kundi para na rin sa ating bansa.,” said Dr. Yap.
With this, the local government of San Fernando, under the leadership of Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, is doing its best to provide a better life for women sector of the community.
“We have to work hand in hand with the City of San Fernando para yung empowerment dapat mag-umpisa po sa kanilang sarili,” said Councilor Calimlim.
GAD Mover’s Walk and Pampering Day is just one of the activities of the city in line with the celebration of Women’s Month.
Students Benefit From Lingap Eskwela Program [ Wednesday | 4th day of March, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
More than 1,000 high school students from different public high schools in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga became beneficiaries of the City Government under its Lingap Eskwela Program.
The grants were awarded by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago during a ceremony held last Sunday, March 1 at the Heroes Hall.
The educational assistance program covers Fernandino students who have shown excellence in their studies and are deserving of government assistance in pursuing college education.
In his speech, Mayor EdSa stressed that the city government highly values education and is therefore pouring funds into its scholarship program for the youth to assure them of a brighter future.
He then urged the young beneficiaries to study well and make good use of their benefits because the city's, as well as the nation's hopes lie in them.
The city government aims to reach 3,500 deserving students under said program.
San Fernando Celebrates Women’s Month [ Monday | 2nd day of March, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
The City government of San Fernando through its Gender and Development Office unveiled this month’s line up of activities in celebration of Women’s Month 2015.
During the flag raising ceremony, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin and the department heads led the unveiling of activities.
The month long celebration of Women’s Month includes the Gender and Development Walk and Pampering Day on March 6, Fernandina First Purple Run on March 13, and Zumba Festival on March 25.
On March 10, the Gender and Development office of the city government will hold a discussion on the rights of women and men in terms of social and family responsibility.
According to Committee Chairperson on Women and Family Affairs, Councilor Jack Calimlim, women nowadays play a vital role on the progress of the society, working side by side with men in attaining a more progressive city.
“Dapat din na magbigay respeto ang lalaki at babae sa isa’t isa para naman makamit natin ang equality sa ating lipunan. Nais natin na magkaroon ng magandang samahan ang bawat tao,” added Councilor Calimlim.
For his part, Mayor EdSa said that he thanks every Fernandinas for contributing an important role in the society. He said that with everyone’s mutual cooperation, San Fernando will be a city of equality.
“Noon pa man, nakikita natin na may equality sa ating siyudad. Sa city government pa lang, mapapansin niyo ang dami nating babaeng department heads at dahil sa kanilang tulong, maayos nating napapatakbo ang siyudad,” said Mayor EdSa.
BFP Holds First Fire Olympics [ Thursday | 26th day of February, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
The Bureau of Fire Protection in San Fernando held Thursday, February 26 its first Fire Olympics as part of the preparation for March as Fire Prevention Month.
Led by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, BFP Regional Director Aloveel Ferrer and City Fire Marshal Chief Inspector Myra Feliciano, the said event is the first ever Fire Olympics in the city.
The affair was attended by volunteers from Barangays San Pedro Cutud, Santo Nino, Santo Rosario, Del Rosario, Maimpis, Juliana, San Jose, Santa Lucia and Malpitic, and representatives from the industrial sector, ISLA LPG Corporation and Petron Gasul.
“Ang pagsasagawa natin ng Fire Olympics ay para ma-enhance ng ating barangay at industrial fire brigades ang kanilang fire-fighting skills,” said Fire Marshal Feliciano.
She also stressed that they aim to develop the readiness and awareness of the volunteers in terms of fire fighting and disasters that might hit their respective places, in which case, these volunteers will be well-equipped.
For his part, Mayor Santiago said that the basis of a strong economy does not rely only on the capacity of the city to produce goods for its people, but is also reflective of the city's disaster readiness and preparedness.
“Ang Pilipinas ay isa sa mga lugar na prone sa kalamidad, ngunit isa din tayo sa mga hindi pa ganoon kahanda. Pero sa siyudad natin, patuloy tayo sa pagsasagawa ng mga programa para sa kahandaan sa sakuna,
Fernandino Couples Wed On Valentine’s Day [ Tuesday | 17th day of February, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
A mass wedding was held last February 14 in celebration of Valentine’s Day and the last installment for the celebration of Kaganapan 2015, the 14th celebration of the cityhood of San Fernando.
Led by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, City Civil Registry Officer Rimando Umali, Kaganapan 2015 Chairperson Virgilio Cortez and Co-Chairperson of Kasalang Balen Engr. Jose Diaz, the mass wedding covered a total of 89 couples all from the 35 barangays of the city.
“Our goal in doing this Kasalang Balen is to give chance to those who wants to get married but cannot afford the expenses. Also, we want to lessen the couples who engage into live-in lifestyle,” said Engr. Diaz.
For his part, Mayor Edwin Santiago in his opening remarks said that getting married is like building an institution wherein this is the smallest unit of the government and that the society is widely depending on every Filipino family.
As the highlight of Kasalang Balen, Mayor Santiago stressed that marriage in the Philippines is a pillar, a building ground of the society that is why they support them by doing these kinds of activities.
“Ang pag-aasawa ay hindi biro. Nagtatayo ka ng isang institusyon, nagpupundar tayo ng isang pamilya na inaasahan ng lahat ng Pilipino.Ito pala ay isang responsibilidad na aakuin natin sa ating mga magulang,” Mayor Santiago added.
The city also provided the couples’ wedding rings and food packages as well.
Kasalang Balen is the capping celebration of Kaganapan 2015, the celebration of the 14th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando.
New Vehicles Ready To Serve Fernandinos [ Tuesday | 17th day of February, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
Faster and more efficient delivery of LGU services await Fernandinos as the city government here acquire more service vehicles for public use.
This was stated by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago during the blessing and inauguration of the 39 newly acquired vehicles by the city government held in front of the City Hall on February 16, 2015.
These include two dump trucks, four mini dump trucks, two garbage compactors, one fire truck, one back hoe, one military truck, two military jeeps, eight motorcycles, an ambulance, carriers, vans, SUVs, among others.
“With this, we will boost our services, and make our programs more effective and more efficient” said the mayor.
“Lalo nitong mapapaganda ang ating mga programa lalo na pagdating sa waste collection and segregation, mapapabilis ang pagresponde sa panahon ng sakuna, kalamidad, emergency situations, at pagtugon sa mga pangangailangan ng ating mga Fernandino.”
The mayor added that a victory bus was also purchased and will be used by registered senior citizens. “Like what I promised late last year, we will provide free rides for the elderly.”
The mayor, in his speech, has urged all public servants including officials and employees to make the services of the city government extra ordinary by “serving the public from the heart”.
Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin together with Councilors Harvey Quiwa, BJ Lagman, Angie Hizon, Nelson Lingat and department heads of the city were also present to witness the program.
CSF Collects 1 Billion Revenue Target [ Tuesday | 17th day of February, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
The City of San Fernando, Pampanga has reached the first billion of its revenue goal for 2014 with a total revenue collection of P1.077 billion, sourced mainly from business taxes and realty taxes paid by business owners and real property owners in this city.
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago pointed out that “without increasing taxes, the city was able to realize 92% of its last year’s target pegged at P1.17 billion budget.
According to the mayor, the dependency of the LGU to the national government’s internal revenue allotment is only 44% meaning “San Fernando’s local income source is stronger at 56%.”
Compared to year 2013, the total revenue collection of the city increased by 9% or an additional P91 million. The biggest share was from business tax which increased by 7% to P354 million or 58% of the P606 million local revenue and real property tax which increased 9% to P81 million or 13% of the city’s income
“The city’s continued financial stability has been buoyed by strong investor confidence, as shown by the increase in its business tax collections and significant number of registrants each year.”
Last year, the city Business License and Permits Division registered more than 1,000 new businesses and more than 7,000 business renewals.
He noted that before the implementation of the revised revenue code and general revision of real property values in 2009, the city has only a regular income of P766 million. “The city government has been consistently beaten its target, the increase of almost 50% is enormous from then.”
“We have done this because of our increasing efficiency in business permits processing and in the collection of business and realty taxes.” In 2014, the city was again recognized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry as the most business friendly LGU in the country.
“We are thanking the investors, private partners, and stakeholders for the continued support they have given us, we hope to gain the same support for the year 2015 with our P1.29 billion target as we plan to fund more capital intensive projects and improvements.”