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PDuterte Leads Chicken Boodle Fight In CSF [ Wednesday | 30th day of August, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday led a boodle fight in the City of San Fernando to prove that poultry products in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija are safe for public consumption.

He was joined by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol and Undersecretary Berna Puyat, Health Secretary Paulyn Rosell-Ubial, Governor Lilia Pineda, former president and Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, 3rd District Representative Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago and other local officials from the two provinces.

Some 1,000 individuals including government employees, uniformed personnel and poultry raisers also participated and shared different chicken-based meal like fried chicken and quail, chicken adobo, hard boiled eggs and balut.

In an interview, Duterte said he wanted to personally try the local poultry products to prove that these are safe to eat amid the bird flu scare.

"I came here just to eat the chicken and the egg and the balut(s) to assure the public na hindi po delikado, tapos na," Duterte said.

During the program, P29 million worth of indemnity checks were also awarded to affected poultry operators in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija.

Pinol reported that around of 600, 000 birds from San Luis, Pampanga and towns of San Isidro and Jaen in Nueva Ecija were depopulated.

Meanwhile, military and police personnel who assisted to contain the Avian Influenza in the affected areas were also given certificates of commendation from the President and the DA.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, for his part, extended his gratitude to the president and other concerned agencies for their support to the poultry industry and local poultry raisers whose livelihood has been devastated due to avian influenza outbreak.

"We know that most poultry supplies come not only from Pampanga but also from other parts of Central Luzon; unfortunately, the crisis has greatly affected and even cut the demand of chicken and eggs. Kaya naman kami ay patuloy na nakikiisa at nagsasagawa ng ganitong mga aktibidad at umaasa kami na muli ng tatangkilikin ng publiko ang mga manok at itlog na galing dito sa atin, Santiago said."

CSF Ensures Chicken, Eggs Safe To Eat Amid Bird Flu [ Friday | 25th day of August, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

Mayor Edwin "EdSa' Santiago and Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin on Friday led a feast of chicken and eggs in a boodle fight conducted during the ‘Kapihan at Talakayan' in Brgy. Panipuan to promote that it is safe to eat poultry products amid bird flu crisis.

They were also joined by Third District Representative Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales, Jr., City Councilors Angie Hizon, BJ Lagman, Reden Halili, Harvey Quiwa, Nelson Lingat and Ruping Dumlao, department heads, Brgy. Panipuan officials headed by Captain Roberto Maglalang, representatives from the Department of Education and local poultry meat dealers and vendors.

City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay said the food served was supplied by poultry companies such as Minalin Poultry & Livestock Cooperative and Red Dragon Farm and private partners such as Fresh Options and McDonalds as promotion to the province's poultry industry.

"Nagcommit sila na ipapakain ng libre ang kani-kanilang mga produkto bilang pakikiisa sa ating kampanya na ligtas kainin ang mga manok at itlog sa ating syudad," Sangumay said.
During the program, City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino discussed the proper handling and cooking of food highlighting that properly cooked chicken meat and egg is safe for consumption.

She also emphasized the importance of early consultation at the nearest health centers for patients with Influenza-like Illness. She further advised the public to practice "cough etiquette" and "proper hand washing".

"No study has shown that the bird flu virus can be transmitted through cooked food. Let us always be mindful of the 5 keys to safer food of the World Health Organization which are (1) keep clean, (2) separate raw and cooked, (3) cook thoroughly, (4) keep food at safe temperatures and (5) use safe water and raw materials, " she added.

For his part, Mayor EdSa urged the public not to panic over the issue because the local government is taking necessary actions and strict monitoring to ensure the safety of every Fernandino.

"We have regulated the movement of poultry and it's by products. Tayo din ay patuloy na nakikipag-ugnayan sa National at Local government at iba pang ahensya para mapanatiling ligtas ang bawat isa at tuluyan ng masugpo ang bird flu," the city mayor added.

Meanwhile, the city officials also led the blessing and inauguration of the newly completed projects in Brgy. Panipuan which includes the two classroom buildings for high school students and the improvement and concreting of roads in Purok 2 and Purok 7.

5,000 Students Attend Education Fair In CSF [ Friday | 25th day of August, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

More than 5,000 Grades 10 & 12 students from all public high schools in the City of San Fernando are expected to attend the first Education Fair from August 16-18 at the Mini Convention Center, Heroes Hall.

The three-day activity seeks to guide the incoming Senior High School and College students in choosing the right K-12 strand or course based on their interest and the available job opportunities in the city.

This was realized through the City Public Employment Service Office in partnership with the Department of Education, Department of Labor and Employment and—a non-government organization based in Manila that connects students to education opportunities through an online platform and promotes career awareness among the Filipino youth.

Various schools and universities in the City have also participated in the said fair to provide the students a comprehensive understanding on the different programs and scholarships they offer.

"Aside from the career orientation, we also let the students determine the right school based on their desired courses and the availability of resources," PESO Manager Donny Sayre said in an interview.

He added that the DepEd also conducted a survey to identify what strands or courses are chosen by majority of the students.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed the importance of guiding the youth in choosing their respective career path to reduce job mismatch and unemployment rate in the city.

"Education and employment are our top priorities in the city because we believe that these two play an integral role towards sustainable development. Thus, improve the quality of life of every Fernandino," Santiago said.

CSF Dubbed As Most Competitive City [ Friday | 25th day of August, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

The City of San Fernando was recognized as one of the most competitive cities in the Philippines during the 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit held August 16 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.

The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index were measured into four pillars including Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure and Resiliency.

Under the component city category, the city ranked 2nd for Economic Dynamism; 6th for resiliency; 10th for infrastructure and 11th for government efficiency.

For the Overall Competitiveness, the city ranked 4 among the component cities in the country. The cities that landed in the Top 3 are Antipolo, Naga and Davao Del Norte.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago extended his gratitude to the National Competitiveness Council for recognizing the city's efforts towards sustainable development without compromising the quality of public service.

He also thanked the people behind this significant milestone adding that these awards are results of their hard work to maintain good governance and transparency in the city.

"Malaki ang naiaambag at partisipasyon ng bawat isa sa syudad, kaya patuloy tayong nakakatanggap ng ganitong klase ng pagkilala. Sama-sama nating mas palawakin at pag-igihan ang pagbibigay ng mahusay at tapat na pagseserbisyo sa mga Fernandino," Santiago added.

Also present during the awarding were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors Angie Hizon, Harvey Quiwa, Nelson Lingat, Ruping Dumlao, Reden Halili, and Bj Lagman and other department heads of the city.

CSF Receives Equipment For Suman And Kalamay Production [ Friday | 25th day of August, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

The Department of Trade and Industry Pampanga Provincial Officeformally turned over a set of equipment for "Suman"and "Kalamay"production worth P400, 600 to the City Government of San Fernando during Monday's flag raising ceremony at the City Hall.

This is under the DTI's project dubbed "Shared Service Facilities"which aims to improve the production of Micro, Small and Medium enterprises by providing machineries and tools to the association groups, academes and local government units.

The city has chosen the "Pagkakaisa ng mga Kababaihan sa San Pedro" (PKSP) as beneficiary to help them increase their productivity and efficiency in "Suman" and "Kalamay" making.

DTI Pampanga Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio said these tools will result to additional production that may help them respond to bulk demands especially during holidays or special occasions.

"Malaking tulong sa kanila ito kasi mas mapapabilis ang kanilang paggawa ng mga produkto na siya ding resulta ng paglago ng kanilang negosyo," Ordonio added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago thanked the DTI for their active support to the Fernandino entrepreneurs that contributes in protecting the lifeblood of the city's economy.

"Sa atin pong patuloy na pagtutulung-tulungan ay ating mas mapapalakas ang pagnenegosyo upang mas guminhawa ang buhay ng bawat isa. Marami tayong maipagmamalaking produkto hindi lang dito sa Pilipinas kundi maging sa ibang mga bansa," Santiago said.

Fernandinos Attend Emerging And Re-emerging Diseases Summit [ Friday | 11th day of August, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

Barangay Officials from the 35 barangays of the City of San Fernando and personnel from the city, provincial and regional health offices converged at the Heroes Hall on August 11 for the ‘Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases Summit'.

Organized by the City Health Office, in partnership with the Department of Health Region 3, the activity seeks to raise the level of awareness of Fernandinos on the mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue and Japanese Encephalitis (JE),
Among the topics discussed were the JE Global, Philippine and Regional update; epidemiology and case definition of JE, specimen collection and transport and availability of diphtheria anti-toxins; and presentation on environment sanitation, vector surveillance and different mosquito species.

Rural Health Physician and Communicable Diseases Cluster Program Medical Coordinator Dr. Renely Tungol said that aside from dengue cases, the City Health Office is also in full monitoring of JE adding that since last year, there have already been 25 JE cases in San Fernando, one of which was reported dead.

"Dapat pong maging aware ang ating mga kababayan na may ganitong klase na ng sakit na galing din sa lamok. Kapag po kasi tag-ulan mas prominent ang mga lamok kaya hinihikayat namin ang lahat na panatilihing malinis ang kanilang mga bakuran," she added.
Tungol also mentioned that while there is no specific treatment for this endemic disease, the city will offer free JE vaccine for prevention starting next year.

"Ang target na mabakunahan ay yung mga edad 9-15. Sa ngayon, kapag may suspected case tayo dinadala natin sa Jose B Lingad Merorial Regional Hospital para sa mga tests at kukuhanan sila ng dugo na dadalhin sa Manila for confirmation," she said.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed the importance of keeping the Fernandinos updated on the different diseases in order to maximize the prevention efforts of the entire community.

"Tayo po ay nasa iisang komunidad at mahalaga na alam natin ang nangyayari sa ating kapaligiran. Sana ay makiisa tayo sa lokal na pamahalaan sa mga hakbang upang maiwasan o masugpo ang ganitong klase ng sakit," he added.

Also present during the activity were Councilors Harvey Quiwa and Angie Hizon.

200 Fernandinos Employed Through ‘TUPAD' Program [ Thursday | 10th day of August, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

A total of 200 Fernandinos signed their contracts for employment during the "Tulong Hanapbuhay Para sa Disadvantage Workers (TUPAD)" Orientation and Contract Signing on August 9 at the Heroes Hall.

This was initiated by the Local Government of San Fernando,through its City Employment and Services Division, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment and Provincial Government of Pampanga.

TUPAD is one of the programs of DOLE that aims to provide emergency employment for displaced workers and unemployed.

"Ang mga beneficiaries natin ay magtatrabaho sa loob ng sampung araw at sasahod sila ng 3,600 pesos," DOLE Pampanga Field Office Labor and Employment Officer Arlene Tolentino said in an interview.

"Sila ay protektado sa kanilang pagta-trabaho dahil bibigyan din natin silang Personal Protective Equipment na akma sa kanilang trabaho. Makakatulong natin sila sa pagpapanatili ng kalinisan sa ating kapaligiran dahil ang kanila pong gagawin ay ang paglilinis sa ating mga drainages na naaayon ngayong tag-ulan" Tolentino said.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago stressed that the city actively supports programs that provide employment opportunities to the Fernandinosso they can improve their quality of life with dignity and responsibility.

"Prayoridad ng Syudad San Fernando na ang lahat ay magkaroon ng maayos at disenteng trabaho, ito ang susi sa pagkakaroon ng maayos at masaganang buhay na siya ding tulay sa pagkakaroon ng maunlad na syudad." Santiago said.

CSF Joins Simultaneous ASEAN Lantern Lighting [ Thursday | 10th day of August, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando on Tuesday joined the simultaneous ASEAN lantern lighting in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Harvey Quiwa, Reden Halili, Nelson Lingat and BJ Lagman, City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan and other department heads, and members of the Giant Lantern Festival executive committee led the ceremonial lighting of the ASEAN lantern in front of the Heroes Hall building.

Pangilinan shared that "the activity was conducted in more than 50 local government units in the country that either served as venues for previous and present ASEAN meetings and activities and hosts of ASEAN centers and institutions or have signified interest to participate in the golden celebration."

Designed by renowned Fernandino craftsman Arvin Quiwa, the lantern features the ASEAN logo and its colors, and the national symbols of the Philippines such as the Sampaguita flower and Anahaw leaf.

City Local Government Operations Officer Engr. Algy Canlas, in his welcome remarks, said the commemorative event also seeks to raise the level of awareness of the public on the importance and benefits of the ASEAN community.

"This lantern guides the path of the ten ASEAN member states towards peace and security, prosperity, and socio-cultural development," he added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said it is a privilege for the city of San Fernando to be part of this historic event highlighting that the ASEAN has facilitated a closer economic, political, social and cultural cooperation among countries.

"Without each one of us, the impossible will remain as it is, but because we come together as one, we can truly achieve the far-fetched dreams to be possible," he added.
Meanwhile, another ASEAN lantern was also lighted up at the City Hall along with the giant lanterns which were displayed since Christmas season in 2016.

CSF Bags Regional Gawad Kalasag For Fifth Time [ Thursday | 10th day of August, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

For the fifth time, the City Government of San Fernando bagged the Best City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councilaward under the category of Component or Independent City forexcellently implementing and promoting the programs that build resiliency in communityduring the 19th Gawad Kalasag Award heldAugust 7 at Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija.

Gawad Kalasag stands for "KAlamidad at SAkuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan."
Conferred by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and Office of the Civil Defense, the awarding seeks to recognize the local DRRMC's, private groups and institutions that have shown exceptional courageousness, selfless and heroism in times of disasters and calamities.

Forthe Basic Search and Rescue category, the San Fernando Rescue Unit (SAFRU) was awarded as second place for Best Government Emergency Response Management for exemplary showing the good practices in operations response and preparedness in times of emergencies.

Other cities that were awarded for Best City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council were Balanga City (2nd place) followed by Palayan City (3rd place).

For the Best Government Emergency Response Management, the awardees were PDRRMO Tarlac (1st place) and PDRRMO Bulacan (3rd place).

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago lauded the efforts of the personnel of both CDRRM and SAFRU for leading the way towards a prepared and resilient community.

"Hinahangaan ko ang ating mga emergency personnel sa kanilang determinasyon, katapangan at katatagan upang makapagbigay ng maayos na serbisyo sa mamamayan," Santiago said.
The city mayor addedthat this recognition serves as an inspiration todo better for the safeness of the Fernandinos.

"Mas lalo nating paiigtingin ang mga trainings nila ng sa ganon ay mas lalo pang gumanda ang kanilang pagseserbisyo at mga programapara sa kahandaan ng syudad," Santiago added.
Also present during the awarding were City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, Chief of Staff Engr. Remedios Agoncillo, City Local Government Operations Officer Engr. Algy Canlas and CDRRMO personnel headed by Raymond Del Rosario.

282 Fernandinos Now Job-ready Through JobStart [ Monday | 7th day of August, 2017 | 4 months ago ]

Some 282 Fernandinos are now ready to enter the workforce after completing the 10-day life skills training under the JobStart program of the City Government of San Fernando, in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment, Government of Canada and Asian Development Bank.

The graduation ceremony held August 4 was led by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Davao City Representative Karlo Alexei Nograles, DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione, DOLE Provincial Chief Arlene Tolentino, Chief of Staff Engr. Remedios Agoncillo and Rotary Club of San Fernando President Fernando Caylao who represents the Jobtart Philippines Program partners.

Mayor EdSa said the city, through its Public Employment Service Office, has already produced a total of 911 JobStart graduates since its implementation in 2014 wherein San Fernando was among the four local government units that piloted the program.

"This is already our fifth batch and we strive to further increase the employability of youth-at-risk by providing free life skills & technical skills training and appropriate internships," Santiago added.

For his part, Guest of Honor and Speaker Congressman Nograles, who is also the principal sponsor of the JobStart law in the congress, lauded the city government of San Fernando for maintaining a 98% placement rate that contributes to the reduction of youth unemployment not only in Central Luzon but also in the entire country.

"Bumaba ng 298,000 ang bilang ng mga unemployed youth dito sa atin. Ibig sabihin, mas dumami ang mga kabataan na nakakapagtrabaho at malaking bagay ang mga ginagawang hakbang ng mga LGUs tulad ng San Fernando," he added.

Juriel Daraway, one of the JobStart graduates, said she is extremely happy for being a beneficiary of this program that has helped her boost confidence and enhance interpersonal skills which are essential in seeking a job.

At the age of 20, Daraway wants to land a stable job to sustain the needs of her three children and aid the medication of her mother and sister who both suffer leg injuries caused by a recent accident.

"Gusto ko pong tustusan ang pangangailangan ng pamilya ko at mai-ahon sila sa hirap. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa syudad sa pagbibigay sa akin ng oportunidad para muling makabangon at mas magpursigi para sa magandang kinabukasan," Daraway added.

Meanwhile, a mini job fair attended by 14 local companies was also launched after the graduation program to allow the beneficiaries find suitable internships or get hired directly from their desired companies.

Top Taxpayers In CSF Recognized [ Monday | 7th day of August, 2017 | 4 months ago ]

Some 76 companies and individuals in the city of San Fernando were recognized by the Local Government, through its City Treasurer's Office, for having the highest tax contributions that resulted to a total of P1.26 billion revenue collection for the year 2016.

The awarding ceremony was held during the "3rd Stakeholders' Day and Recognition of Top Taxpayers" on August 3 which was led by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and Guest of Honor and Speaker Senator Sonny Angara.

They were also joined by City Councilors Angie Hizon, BJ Lagman, Ruping Dumlao, Harvey Quiwa and Reden Halili, Bureau of Internal Revenue Regional Director Atty. Jethro Sabarriaga, City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, City Treasurer Mary Ann Bautista, City Assessors' Office OIC Luz Bautista, Business License and Permit Division Chief Joseph Garcia and City Economic Enterprise Division Chief Mila Rivera.

2016's top real property taxpayers are San Miguel Brewery Inc. (Rank 1); SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (Rank 2); San Miguel Beverage Packaging Specialist Inc. (Rank 3); San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corporation (Rank 4); Robinsons Land Corporation (Rank 5); Luzviminda Land Holdings Inc. (Rank 6); Pepsi-Cola Product Philippines, Inc. (Rank 7); Universal Robina Corporation (Rank 8); Willimson Inc. (Rank 9); St. Catherine Realty Corporation (Rank 10); PASUDECO (Rank 11); Interbev Philippines, Inc. (Rank 12); SMC North Poultry Processing Plant (Rank 13); Tan Song Bok Realty Development Corporation (Rank 14); Sarimanok Feeds Company, Inc. (Rank 15); Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils., Inc. (Rank 16); Singian Brothrs Corp. (Rank 17); Pampanga's Best Incorporated (Rank 18); P.A. Alvarez Property Ventures Inc. (Rank 19); and Caluag, Melchor & Vilma (Rank 20).

The top business taxpayers were divided into six categories. For the manufacturers category, the awardees are PMFTC INC. (Rank 1); Coca-Cola Femsa Philippines, Inc. (Rank 2); UNAHCO Feeds Inc. (Rank 3); ARC Refreshments Corporation (Rank 4); and San Miguel Brewery Inc. (Rank 5).While for the wholesaler, dealer, distributor category, the winners are United Laboratories, Inc. (Rank 1); Zuelig Pharma Corporation (Rank 2); Toyota San Fernando Pampanga, Inc. (Rank 3); Optimized Costumer Solution, Inc. (Rank 4); and Emperador Distillers, Inc. (Rank 5).For retailers category, the top taxpayers are Super Value Inc. (Sm Supermarket – Sm City Pampanga) (Rank 1); Star Appliances Center, Inc. (Rank 2); Kareila Management Corporation (S&R) (Rank 3); Waltermart Supermarket Inc. (Rank 4); And Mandurriao Star, Inc. (Department Store-Sm Downtown) (Rank 5).The awardees for Contactors & Independent Contractors are Manila North Tollways Corporation (Rank 1); Ajinimoto Ohilippines Corporation (Rank 2); The Red Systems Company Inc. (Rank 3); Coca-Cola Femsa Philippines, Inc. (Rank 4); and Toyota San Fernando Pampanga, Inc. (Rank 5). For the services category, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (Rank 1); Robinsons Incorporated "Department Store" (Rank 2); PASUDECO Development Corporation (Rank 3); Solanaland Development Inc. (Rank 4); and Pueblo De Oro Development Corporation (Rank 5) were recognized respectively. Lastly, the top taxpayers for the category Banking & Financial Institutions are BPI Family Bank - San Agustin Branch (Rank 1); Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. (Rank 2); East West Bank Corporation (Rank 3); The Philippine American Life & General Insurance Co. (Rank 4); and Sunlife Grepa Financial, Inc. (Rank 5).

San Fernando Electric Light & Power Company (SFELAPCO) was awarded as the Top Franchise Taxpayer while the SM Prime Holdings was named as Top Amusement Taxpayer.

Single proprietors including Josefina T. Siy ("A.A Saver's Mart") (Rank 1); Edgardo Chua ("King's Lumber Abd Hardware") (Rank 2); Dennis D. Rivera (D.D Rivera Construction &Trading) (Rank 3); Gary Laurence Q. Patawaran ("La Corona Ready Mix Concrete") (Rank 4) and Cresencio M. Gomez (Cl Lhanz Trading & Computer Center) (Rank 5) were also given recognition.

Top business taxpayers in the two public markets in the city were also awarded. For the City (New) Public Market, the recipients are Imelda F. Sarmiento "Ifs Store" (Rank 1); Sally G. Go "Enterprices" (Rank 2); and Jessie Regala "5 J's Chicken Dealer" (Rank 3). Also included in the list are Magdalena F. Siy "Store" (Rank 1); Arnel G. Del Rosario "Arnel & Glo (Meat Vendor)" (Rank 2); and Oscar G. Nucup "Owen Pawnshop and Money Remittance" (Rank 3) for the Old Public Market category.

Barangays Telabastagan, Calulut and Malpitic are 2016's top barangay community tax collectors. And Barangays with high real property tax collection are Barangays Quebiawan, Dolores and San Jose.

Special Citations were also given to active agencies, organizations and companies including Bureau of Local Government Finance –Department of Finance (BLGF-DOF) Region III (Rank 1); Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial (Rank 2); Bataan Transit Co., Inc. (Rank 3); Bureau Of Fisheries And Aquatic Resources (BFAR) (Rank 4); Philippine Institute Of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Pampanga Chapter (Rank 5); Dona Martha Foundation (Victory Liner) (Rank 6); And Genesis Transport Services, Inc. (Rank 7).

In his speech, Senator Angara lauded the outstanding taxpayers not only for contributing to the local economic growth but also for helping the government render more services to the public.

"Maganda ang kapupuntahan ng mga buwis na ibinabayad ninyo sa San Fernando dahil napakarami ng mga proyektong inilatag para sa inyo ng lokal na pamahalaan," he added.

Angara, who chairs the Senate ways and means committee, also shared his stance on the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) Bill of the Duterte administration.

"Ayaw po natin taasan ng tax ang mga bilihin tulad ng gatas at softdrinks dahil mahirapan ang taumbayan. Naging maayos po ang tax system sa mga nagdaang administrasyon at naniniwala po ako na magiging maayos din ngayon," Angara added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said the general principle of taxation is that taxes are the lifeblood of our nation, and without taxes, our country cannot deliver government services, build much-needed infrastructure projects and function in efficiency.

"Isang malaking tugon sa ating kaunlaran ang patuloy nyong pagtitiwala sa ating mga serbisyo at sa inyong dedikasyon na maging tapat sa pagbabayad ng mga buwis. As our part of commitment to your efforts, the City of San Fernando will continue in giving you the best services in terms of doing business," Santiago added.

CSF Creates Collapsed Structure Search And Rescue Task Force [ Tuesday | 1st day of August, 2017 | 4 months ago ]

In preparation for the ‘Big One,' the City Government of San Fernando created a Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue (CSSR) task force composed of five personnel from the Operations and Warning Division of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO).

During Monday's flag raising ceremony at the City Hall, CDRRM Officer Raymond Del Rosario presented the members of the task force namely Jayson Mallari, Erwin Manese, Mark Russel Dimla, Bhryan Rivera and Hanzel Cruz.

Del Rosario said that "San Fernando is among the six LGUs in Central Luzon that has been chosen to create a task force who will be in charge of responding to structural collapse in their respective areas and may also provide assistance in Metro Manila in the occurrence of an earthquake."

The city's task force, together with representatives from the cities of Olongapo, Cabanatuan and PDRRMO of Pampanga, Tarlac and Bulacan underwent a CSSR training course in Tarlac City from July 16 to 24 which was hosted by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council through the Office of the Civil Defense Region 3.

Hanzel Cruz, member of the San Fernando CSSR task force, said they were trained on organizing & starting a CSSR operation, structural triage & the INSARAG (International Search and Rescue Advisory Group), operational safety as well as methods & techniques for searching & locating, shoring, lifting & stabilizing loads and extricating trapped victims.

Other topics tackled were the necessary construction materials, structures & damage types; tools, equipment & accessories for rescuing, and the pre-hospital treatment for victims.

"Ngayon lang ako sumailalim sa ganitong klase ng training at hindi pala ito madali. Gayunman, napakalaking tulong nito hindi lang sa akin kundi sa lahat ng mga Fernandinos. Makakaasa po kayo na gagamitin namin ng buong husay ang lahat ng aming natutunan sa oras na kailanganin," Cruz added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago lauded the efforts of the OCD in providing the city responders with necessary skills and competencies. He added that the city continuously strives to invest on trainings on disaster response and recovery whether it is affected or not by the ‘Big One.'

"The city supports the vision of the OCD towards one resilient Central Luzon. We are currently working on the improvement of our contingency plans and capability building and we develop local responders to ensure the safety of the citizenry at all times," Santiago said.

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