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San Fernando Holds Early Childhood Care Development Seminar [ Monday | 10th day of August, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
Recognizing the importance of early learning and child development in attaining full potential of every Fernandino child is the sole purpose of the orientation conducted by the City Social Welfare and Development Council at the Heroes Hall on August 5.
The activity was led by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with ECCD Executive Director Dr. Teresita Inciong, ECCD Education Consultant Dr. Yolanda Quijano, ECCDC Planning Officer III Ms. Barbara Dumlao, Program Development Officer Remelyn Malaquilla, Information Technology Officer Newelle Magas, Child Development Teacher Salvacion Mananquil, ECCD Officer Aileen Villanueva and CSWD Officer Iris Biliwang.
The orientation seminar aims to create awareness among parents, teachers and members of the local council for the protection of children to further instruct and teach the society on the importance of early childhood care development program.
According to Early Childhood Care Development Officer Aileen Villanueva, the ECCD Program is a comprehensive response because it gives notice to children aged 0-8 years old as the crucial years of development of a child.
“Yung mga approach natin sa pagbibigay ng intervention ay tama para ang paghubog sa ating mga kabataan ay wasto at makakatulong sa kanilang paglaki,” said Villanueva.
For his part, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that the city is getting ready for a universal and quality ECCD services in which it would recognize the early learning and child development.
“Napakahalaga ng pagbibigay ng hustong pundasyon sa kasanyan at paguugali ng kabataan. Gusto natin na s amurang edad ay mabigyan na sila ng tamang intervention through our day care program at child health care services sa ating barangay,” said Mayor EdSa.
The Early Childhood Care Development Program is fully supported by the city government especially it is in line with Mayor EdSa’s agenda on health and education.
He also thanked the National Early Childhood Care Development Council for choosing the city of San Fernando as one of its pilot implementer of the National Child Development Center and giving eleven day care workers the privilege of training under the scholarship program on Early Childhood Education.
The National Child Development Center in Barangay Sindalan serves as the model facility and resource center in providing assistance and promotes standardization and provision for a child friendly learning environment.
Mayor EdSa said that the continuous training and coaching of the ECCD Council, the city’s day care workers will be able to capacitate and provide more accurate and effective approach on childhood care.
The local government unit of San Fernando has allotted a P4 million for the implementation of day care programs and activities and there will also be an additional fund coming from the Bottoms Up Budgeting that will be used for the construction and repair of daycare centers all over the city.
“Our achievement in ECCD will determine the future of our kids in school as they become independent and emotionally mature in coping with challenges for the rest of their childhood years,” said Mayor EdSa.
Mayor EdSa is encouraging everyone to cooperate with the city government of San Fernando through its Early Childhood Care Development Council to further disseminate information and promotion in line with the importance of proper child development.
EdSa Delivers Third Ulat Sa Bayan [ Monday | 10th day of August, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
Highlighting the city’s accomplishments is the sole topic of City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago during his third Ulat SA Bayan held at Heroes Hall on July 31.
In his third Ulat SA Bayan, Mayor EdSa laid the city’s accomplished projects and programs brought by the cooperation between different agencies and the local government unit.
He pointed out that he is aiming for excellence and to attain this, the city has undergone four approaches; efficiency and effectiveness, empowerment, barangay based governance and inclusive and sustainable growth that catapulted the city to success.
Mayor EdSa proudly stated that the city has garnered its first billion revenue collection and with this, they have been able to expand the city’s programs for the benefit of the Fernandinos.
San Fernando’s Business One Stop Shop is one of the prides of his administration; with this the application for business permits were faster cheaper and more effective resulting to more businesses and investments in the city, also bringing more job opportunities to Fernandinos.
Mayor EdSa also stated that the city has been producing talented and skilled workers, which is the result of the city’s free skills training among women, youth and unemployed Fernandinos with the help of Technical Educational Skills Development Authority or TESDA.
He also presented the city’s awards on environment despite the fast approach of modernization and urbanization of the city.
“Kinikilala tayo ng iba’t ibang institusyon sa bansa na modelo sa solid waste management. Gumawa tayo ng Task Force KKK, Plastic Free Ordinance at tinagurian din tayong Zero Waste Hero ng Eco Waste Coalition.”
Mayor EdSa is pushing for development and at the same time, he wants San Fernando to be known as the “Green City” who attained development without sacrificing the welfare of the environment.
Meanwhile, San Fernando has always been keen on observing public health and safety; with this the city is conducting a medical and dental mission on a weekly basis on different parts of the city.
Mayor EdSa ensures the welfare of the senior citizens in the city, giving them sufficient needs; making them one of the priorities of San Fernando.
The city is also prioritizing the youth, providing them scholarship grants, amounting to over P30 million in order to provide access to a better future for young Fernandinos, and this year, the city is said to target 5,000 scholars equivalent to P55 million.
He pointed out that during his term, the city gave out financial supports to Fernandinos under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps and Self Employment Assistance Kaunlaran Program in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Mayor EdSa ended his Ulat sa Bayan by challenging everyone to be a part of the solution to the community and not a part of the problem.
“We are responsible for our actions, we are accountable for the future of our children. Fernandino ing mumuna, Fernandino ing manimuna. Kumilos po tayo ng sama-sama.”
CSF Receives Performance Challenge Fund [ Tuesday | 4th day of August, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
The Department of Interior and Local Government awards the City of San Fernando the Performance Challenge Fund for its exemplary participation in pushing for development in the local government through transparency, accountability and performance rating, given at Bliss Hotel on July 29.
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with San Fernando DILG Officer Engr. Jose Algy Canlas, City Treasurer Mary Ann Bautista and City Engineer Efren De Leon received the award.
The city received 3 Million pesos for the city’s continuation of proposed projects; the money will be used for the concreting of farm to market roads in the city.
According to Mayor EdSa, this will be a great help in continuing the projects of the city in creating a more progressive and developed community.
In 2011 and 2012, the Department of Interior and Local Government through its Performance Challenge Fund provided incentives to LGUs that showed the fundamentals of good governance by meeting the requirements of the Seal of Good Housekeeping.
The PCF subsidy will be used to finance local development projects indicated in the 2014 Annual Investment Program of LGUs consistent with the priority thrusts of the national government.
The PCF shall be used in accordance with its guiding principles in which it would support the advocacy of the LGU in improving overall performance, accelerate local inclusive development, sustain provision of incentives of LGUs, foster cooperation among stakeholders and amplify the civil society organizations in the DILG appraisal and monitoring of LGU projects.
The requirements were accountable governance, transparent governance and the frontline service performance.
A total of seventeen local government units were given the Performance Challenge Funds or PCF, but only twelve were able to receive the awards last Thursday since the other LGUs were not able to complete the necessary requirements of the DILG.
Along with the City of San Fernando, the other recipients were San Jose del Monte, Angat from Bulacan, Guagua, Lubao, Mabalacat, Mexico and Porac from Pampanga, Capas, Concepcion and Gerona from Tarlac, and Limay from Bataan.
The DILG seeks to rationalize national government intergovernmental transfers to LGUs and encourages convergence of local development initiatives and in line with the national development agenda and priorities.
CSF, DOH Partner For Deworming Drive [ Tuesday | 4th day of August, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
More than one thousand students from San Fernando Elementary School benefitted from the deworming program of the City Health Office in partnership with the Department of Health in line with the celebration of the National School Deworming Day.
Leading the event is City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with DOH-R3 Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon, Family Health Cluster Head Dr. Lailani Mangulabnan, DepEd Region 3 Chief Education Support Service Division Sammy Sampang, Chief Occupational Health Dr. Rudy Albornoz, City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino, Rural Health Unit 1 Physician Dr. Renely Tungol and San Fernando Elementary School Principal Evelyn Sawal.
This program covers Kinder to Grade 6 students in all elementary schools all over the city.
According to DOH Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon, this is an initiative of the Department of Health in coordination with the local government units and elementary schools all over the country.
Their objective is to provide students the necessary health protection and nutrition needed to perform well in school and in their daily activities.
The need to deworm children aged 5 to 12 is very vital, because children in this age bracket can easily have contact with soil-transmitted helminthiasis, round worms, tape worms , hookworms that can cause a slow intellectual development, poor growth and slow body functions.
Students were given a tablet called Albendazole, a drug that prevents the worm infection being acquired by children through direct contact from soil that is contaminated with bacteria.
The City Health Office of San Fernando also distributed over one thousand pieces of hygiene kits containing a handkerchief, toothbrush, toothpaste and soap to students.
For his part, Mayor EdSa said that children being exposed to different activities in school might expose them to different germs that can lead to the formation of worms in their bodies.
“Itong aktibidad natin ay naglalayon ng kasiguraduhan ng kaligtasan ng mga kabataan, lalo na at di maiiwasan ang mga pagkakataon na sila ay naglalaro at active sa araw-araw sa eskwelahan at maging sa kanilang mga kabahayan,” said Mayor EdSa.
The Department of Health and the City Government of San Fernando are encouraging parents to have their children participate in these kinds of activities to secure their children’s health.
CSF Holds Second SAFRun [ Tuesday | 28th day of July, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
The City Government of San Fernando through its City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office conducted the second year of San Fernando Run or SAFRun held at Heroes Hall on July 26.
With a theme titled, “Pamilya at Pamayanang Handa Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa,” more than 300 participants coming from different parts of the province and neighboring places joined the said activity.
SAFRun aims to create awareness among the community in preparation to disasters and calamities that may arrive at any time.
In his opening remarks, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Raymond Del Rosario said that holding a fun run in the community is a faster and more efficient way of raising awareness.
“Not just for the sake of running, tayo ay may gustong ipakita at ipaintindi sa mga tao na ang takbong ito ay inaalay natin sa ating kalikasan. Panahon na naman ng tagulan at sana maging handa tayo sa pagdating ng mga kalamidad,” said Del Rosario.
For his part Mayor EdSa said that conducting this kind of activity allows Fernandinos to be aware of disasters and at the same time they get to enjoy and be fit.
“Sa pangunguna nang ating CDRRMO, isinagawa nila itong ikalawang SAFRun, na naglalayon na mabigyan ng kaukulang pansin ang kapaligiran natin at kung paano magiging handa sa mga parating na kalamidad. Nais natin maipakita na handa ang ating siyudad, handa rin ang mga mamamayan.”
The run is divided into three categories namely the 3 kilometer, 5 kilometer and 10 kilometer.
The 3 kilometer category will cover the path starting from Heroes Hall, Capitol and back to Heroes Hall, 5 kilometer category from Heroes Hall up to Consunji Street and back to Heroes Hall and 10 kilometer category from Heroes Hall to Consunji Street back to Heroes Hall twice.
From the 3 kilometer category, landing in third place male category is Rolando Dizon, second place is Jerrymie Vergara and first place for male category is Jomari Punay, landing in third place for the 3 kilometer female category is Camille Yabut, 2nd place goes to Fatima Infante and first place goes to Athena Veronica Sahi.
For the 5 kilometer male category, third place goes to Jonie Villagamaz, second place goes to Rey Romero and first place goes to Raymond Mondarez, for the 5 kilometer female category, Daniella Joy Tanig lands in third place, Lou Pineda in second place and Jennifer Patdu claims first place.
And for the 10 kilometer male category, Reynaldo Mondares ends in third place, Redentor Sales in second and Michael Canlas in first place, while in the female category, Rose Larios bagged third place, Mercy Guarin in second and emerging as the first female 10 kilometer finisher is Tricia Guinto.
The San Fernando Run is in its second year of celebration in line with the celebration of July as Disaster Consciousness Month.
CSF And DOLE Partner For Fernandinos [ Thursday | 23rd day of July, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
More than two hundred Fernandinos coming from different barangays in the city benefited from the joint program of the city government of San Fernando and the Department of Labor and Employment.
Through the City Employment and Services Division, marginalized workers were awarded with personal protective equipment under the “Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para Sa Disadvantaged Workers” or TUPAD Program.
According to Chief Local Employment Officer Arlene Tolentino of Pampanga Field Office, TUPAD is one of the programs of the Department of Labor and Employment which aims to provide emergency work to displaced or marginalized citizens in the community.
A period of 10 days will be consumed under the program and will be paid by the DOLE of a minimum wage amounting to three hundred forty nine pesos daily.
The beneficiaries received protective equipment such as working boots, cap, t-shirt, mask and gloves that will be used in their assigned work.
“Ang gagawin po nila ay maglilinis sa kanilang locality, it’s a community activity wherein pwede sila maglinis ng mga kanal, magrepair ng mga public facilities or any other activities,” said Tolentino.
The said program is under the Bottoms Up Budgeting wherein the national government together with the local government unit join forces to implement the TUPAD program.
A twenty percent share will be given by the local government unit of San Fernando for the project cost while the remaining will be shouldered by the Department of Labor and Employment.
For his part, Mayor EdSa said that this program of DOLE, is one way of helping fellow Fernandinos to have a job and earn a living for their family.
“Nakikita natin ang malasakit ng DOLE sa ating mga kapwa Fernandinos. Nabibigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga taong walang trabaho na magkaroon ng pansamantalang pagkakakitaan. Ito ay isang halimbawa ng bayanihan dahil tulong tulong tayo.”
Mayor EdSa is encouraging Fernandinos that don’t have a job to engage in the activity of the city in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment in creating a substantial living especially those who belongs in the marginalized sector of the community.
CSF Presents New Star Barangay [ Thursday | 23rd day of July, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
City of San Fernando’s Quebiawan and San Nicolas are now part of the LGU’s STAR Barangay program and will receive a grant of P300,000 each for their major projects geared toward the development of their community.
“Sukatan ng Tagumpay ng Aktibo at Responsableng Barangay” enjoins local communities to adopt the Performance Governance System and pass through four stages—Masigasig, Matuparin, Maasahan, and Matagumpay—toward achieving their set goals.
Leading the awarding of certificate of award, trophy, barangay marker- STAR Masigasig na Barangay, and a 300,000 worth of incentives are Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Nelson Lingat, Harvey Quiwa, BJ Lagman, and City Administrator Fer Limbitco.
These barangays underwent series of activities and workshops and have crafted their Barangay Development Plan, Barangay Development Investment Plan, and Barangay Governance Scorecard.
Representing their villages are Chairman Henry Lugtu of Quebiawan and Chairwoman Rosemary Calimlim.
To date, there are 14 barangays in the city that passed stages of the program.
CSF Names Top Taxpayers [ Wednesday | 22nd day of July, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
The local government unit of San Fernando, Pampanga under the leadership of Mayor Edwin D. Santiago has given recognition to the top corporations and individuals that have paid the highest business and real property taxes for 2014 “steering economic development” in the city.
The giving of honors was held during the recognition of top taxpayers and stakeholders day last July 16 at the Heroes Hall. This was attended by city government officials and department heads and was witnessed by District Representative Manny Villar of Las Pinas who also heads the Committee on Trade and Industry in Congress.
The top twenty real property taxes awardees are (top three) SAN MIGUEL BREWERY, INC., SM PRIME HOLDINGS, INC., BEVERAGE PACKAGING SPECIALIST, INC. followed by (in no particular order) LANDCO PACIFIC CORPORATION, SINGIAN BROTHERS CORPORATION, S & L, INC., TAN SONG BOK REALTY DEV’T CORP., CALUAG, MELCHOR & VILMA, PAMPANGA’S BEST, INC., ST. CATHERINE REALTY, SWEET CRYSTAL INTEGRATED SUGAR MILLS, INC., SMC NORTH POULTRY PROCESSING PLANT, INTERBEV PHILIPPINES, INC., SARIMANOK FEEDS COMP., INC., WILLIMSON, INC., UNIVERSAL ROBINA CORP., PEPSI-COLA PRODUCTS PHILS., INC., LUZVIMINDA LANDHOLDINGS, INC.,ROBINSON’S LAND CORP.,SAN MIGUEL YAMAMURA PACKAGING CORP. (METAL CROWN PLANT).
For the top ten business tax payers under single proprietorship category, awards were given to (top three) MARILOU T. ESPIRITU (TURQUOISE CONST. & TRDG.), JOSEFINA T. SIY (AA SAVER’S MART), EDGARDO CHUA (KING’S LUMBER & HARDWARE), followed by (in random order) MARICHU CHOI (MKC MARKETING), GARY LAURENCE PATAWARAN (LA CORONA READY MIX CONCRETE), JOHN DARIUS VILLANUEVA (JOHMIN FOOD SERVICES), ROMEO SICAT (CHAMIAN COMMERCIAL), ANGEL WIJANGCO (GOLDEN MIX CONCRETE PLANT), CRESENCIO GOMEZ (CJ LHANZ TRDG. & COMP. CTR.), RICO URQUICO (RSU RATTAN FURNITURE).
For the top twenty business taxpayers, (top three) SUPER VALUE, INC. (SM SUPERMARKET), UNITED LABORATORIES, INC., PMFTC, INC. followed by WALTERMART SUPERMARKET, INC., SAN MIGUEL BREWERY, INC., SAN MIGUEL FOODS, INC., MEGA ASIA BOTTLING CORP., COSMOS BOTTLING CORP., KAREILA MANAGEMENT CORP. (S & R), STAR APPLIANCES CENTER, INC., UNAHCO, INC., COCA-COLA FEMSA PHILS., INC. MANDURRIAO STAR, INC. (DEPT. STORE – SM DOWNTOWN), SAN MIGUEL YAMAMURA PACKAGING CORP. (METAL CROWN PLANT), SAN MIGUEL YAMAMURA PACKAGING CORP. (FOOD MANUFACTURING), TOYOTA SAN FERNANDO PAMPANGA, INC., PEPSI-COLA PRODUCTS PHILS., INC., ZUELLIG PHARMA CORPORATION, SM PRIME HOLDINGS, INC., MANILA NORTH TOLLWAYS CORP.
The city has also given special awards to Imelda Sarmiento,business taxpayer in new public market, Magdalena Siy, a business taxpayer in old public market, SFELAPCO as the top franchise taxpayer, Brgy. Calulut, top barangay community tax certificate collector, Brgy. Quebiawan, top barangay real property tax collector.
The city also cited institutions and organizations that have helped in its tax collection campaign, these are Department of trade and industry R3, Bangko sentral ng Pilipinas CSFP, Muslim community, Federation of parent-teacher association, and City schools division.
In an interview, Mayor Santiago thanked the private sector for helping the city government in steering economic growth and development in the city.
“Your diligence in paying your obligation makes the city what is now today. The reality is that tax is the lifeblood of the government, without tax, the government cannot run” said Mayor Santiago.
The city government was able to reach its first billion last year without increasing business taxes and RPT. “This has snowballed development and progress in our city” added the mayor.
CSF Wins Most Competitive City [ Tuesday | 21st day of July, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago received the awards of the city given by the National Competitiveness Council during the 3rd Regional Competitiveness Summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center on July 16.
The City ranked 10th in the Economic Dynamism Pillar among the component cities category, ranked 5th in the Infrastructure Pillar among component cities, placed 3rd in the Government Efficiency Pillar and bagged the 2nd spot for the Overall Most Competitive City under the category of component cities.
The National Competitiveness Council, through the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index, has been conducting this summit in order to search for the Local Government Unit in terms of competitiveness to raise the overall competitiveness of the country.
The Cities and Municipalities Index is a program in which the NCC encourages all LGUs to submit necessary data that will be used in calculating their overall competitiveness.
Three pillars namely the Economic Dynamism Pillar, the Government Efficiency Pillar and the Infrastructure Pillar that consists a total of 28 indicators that is used to calculate the data submitted by the LGUs.
One hundred forty two cities and nine hundred seventy eight municipalities or a total of 1, 120 Local Government Units out of 1, 634 participated in the said event.
For 2015, a percentage of 68% was recorded compared to 2013's 17% of covered Local Government Units which means the growing number of LGUs participating in the summit signifies a higher awareness on the importance of stronger commitment to improve their performance.
Local Government Units were divided into four categories and these are 3rd to 6th class municipalities, 1st to 2nd class municipalities, component cities and the highly urbanized cities.
The program is conducted by the national competitiveness council aligned with the goal to improve the country’s overall competitiveness through collaborative effort between national and local government agencies.
City Of San Fernando Conducts 13th LEDAC Conference [ Tuesday | 21st day of July, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago recently conducted the annual Legislative – Executive Development Advisory Council Conference (LEDACC) to review and gather all details in making sure that all the programs and projects of the city government are being implemented for the benefit of the society in attaining a more progressive city.
Joining him in the conference is Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod and department heads of the city government.
The three day conference held at Tagaytay Highlands, Canlubang, Tagaytay, Mayor EdSa complimented both the executive and legislative body in producing quality programs for the city as well as the Sangguniang Panlungsod members in creating ordinances and resolutions for the betterment of the Fernandinos.
Mayor EdSa also discussed the programs of his administration that will be administered to all, together with the Annual Investment Program of the departments to ensure quality services and transparency among budgeting of all offices.
“Ginagawa natin ito para makapag-formulate ng ating mga agenda na kung saan tayo papunta at kung ano ang mga na-accomplish natin na trabaho. Ang gusto natin ay tayo ay magplano, kung ano ang plano ng legislative, susuportahan ng executive and vice versa. Ito ay para na rin sa ikabubuti ng kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan.”
The said conference is a way of creating a harmonious relationship between the legislative and executive branches of the city government, giving way to a sturdy working relationship, and improves the implementation and fund allocation of the city’s upcoming programs and projects.
As of January to July 2015, a total of 84 city resolutions and 15 city ordinances were passed with the help of the Sangguniang Panlungsod and through the Legislative – Executive Development Advisory Council.
Some of these known legislations are the ordinance designating a motorcycle lane on the major thoroughfares in the city, ordinance creating a Philhealth Capitation Fund from the Family Profile Rate Fund, ordinance on prohibited drag racing within the territorial jurisdiction of the City of San Fernando, ordinance on issuance of permit to operate on tricycles operating as public convenience, ordinance on the enactment of the Gender and Development Code of the City of San Fernando and the 2015 Poverty Alleviation Ordinance.
The annual Legislative – Executive Development Advisory Council is the city’s way of brainstorming in addressing issues and concerns on the development of programs and projects together with its implementation for the benefit of all Fernandino.
The Search For Cleanest Creek In CSFP Is On [ Wednesday | 8th day of July, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
The city government of San Fernando, Pampanga is now searching for the cleanest creek in its 35 barangays.
During the recently concluded recognition of model barangays in solid waste management programs, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engineer Anele David announced that the LGU will cite six barangays that have the cleanest creeks in the city.
“Its length must be at least 1000 meters and for those who don’t have creeks or with creeks of less than the prescribed length, they may choose to adopt from nearby barangays” explained David.
The competition will start on August 1 to April 22, 2016. During this period, CENRO and the board of judges composed of members of the CSF Water Resources Management Board will conduct unscheduled monthly inspections.
The criteria also include the long term plan for the rehabilitation of the creek clean-up and rehabilitation in Barangay Development Plan, enactment of illegal dumping ordinance, information campaigns, community involvement during LGU clean-up day every first Saturday of the month.
These contenders shall be vying for the title of most improved creek, best barangay on enforcement, best barangay of institutionalization, and the top three cleanest creeks. The awarding ceremony will be during the Earth day celebration next year.
Interested participants may get or submit their form at the CENRO office in the City Hall Annex [former DFA building] on or before July 15.
Art Contest Highlights ‘disaster Consciousness’ [ Wednesday | 8th day of July, 2015 | 3 years ago ]
Students coming from elementary and high school level competed Tuesday in an on-the-spot poster making contest to showcase awareness and knowledge in disaster risk reduction.
Dubbed as “Sining Kahandaan 2015”, the inter-school competition is in lined with the city’s observance of National Disaster Consciousness this month. 33 participants coming from public and private schools in the city vied for honours under the theme “Pamilya at Pamahalaang Handa, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa.”
For elementary division, winners are Astrid Raela Concepcion of Sindalan Elementary School (first place), Marc Manarang of Lyndale Academy (second place), and Eunice Serrano of Achiever’s Special Education Center (third place). Topnotchers in junior division are Angelica Sebastian of Sindalan High school (first place), Jena Miranda of Lyndale Academy (second place), and Christian Canlas of ICT High school (third place).
“This will promote awareness on natural hazards especially with students and the academe sector” said Mayor Edwin D. Santiago adding that this [competition] shall inform the Fernandino families on the right actions to be taken during emergencies.
The month of July is declared as the National Disaster Consciousness Month by virtue of Executive Order No. 137 on August 10, 1999, to focus on raising public awareness of, and establishing safe and resilient communities against disasters.