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CSF Bags Excellence Award For Health [ Wednesday | 15th day of February, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

The Local Government of San Fernando was once again recognized by the Department of Health for its exemplary health care programs during the 5th Central Luzon Excellence Awards for Health held Thursday at the Royce Hotel Casino in Clark Freeport Zone.

This year, the city bagged the Outstanding Healthy Lifestyle Advocacy award which was received by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago, together with City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino and Rural Health Physician Dr. Emerito Mercado.

The award is given to LGUs that actively support and contribute to the ‘Pangkalahatan Kalusugan' program of DOH.

Mayor EdSa also signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the DOH Region 3, represented by Asec. Leonita Gorgolon, on the speedy implementation of the upgrading of health facilities in the city.

San Fernando is one of the eleven selected towns, in the province, to receive funds from the regional government in order to facilitate the construction of barangay health stations.

"This would be of great help as we continue to bring various government services down to the grass root level. Rest assured that we will prolong our commitment to provide quality healthcare programs to our constituency," Santiago said.

CSF Promotes Responsible Pet Ownership [ Wednesday | 8th day of February, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

The Local Government of San Fernando, through its City Agriculture and Veterinary Office, on Sunday hosted an activity aimed at promoting responsible pet ownership dubbed "Pet Mo, Show Mo."

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said this serves as a venue for Fernandino pet lovers to learn more about proper animal handling from experts and, at the same time, showcase their pets' skills.

"Our city offers various pet care services like free anti-rabies vaccination and quarterly deworming sessions," Santiago added.

He furthered "just like humans, pets also deserve to be taken care of. The way we treat our pets reflects the kind of person we are."

Out of 71 participants, the city recognized 12 owners whose pets outshined during the show.
The dogs owned by Joey Alcantara and June Pascual bagged the Most Friendly and Most Behave Pet, respectively. General Lansangan and Manuel De Jesus' pets, on the other hand, tied up in the Best Groomed Pet award.

Most Beautiful Pet is a Cane Corso dog owned by James Gopez while the Best Dressed Pet is Bernie Blim's German shepherd. Francis David with his Poodle won the award for Look Alike Pet.

A native pig owned by Ronaldo Media is this year's Most Clever Pet. Best in Talent is Francis Ocampo's German shepherd dog.

Most Exotic Pet is a Bearded Dragon owned by Arriane Tulabut. The Ugliest Pet award was given to Aaron Yusi with a French bulldog and Franco Nery, a Shar Pei dog owner.

Hundreds Hired On The Spot In CSF Job Fair [ Wednesday | 8th day of February, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

Some 117 applicants were hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) in a city job fair conducted by the local government of San Fernando at SM Downtown on Saturday.

The City Employment and Services Division, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, registered a total of 654 applicants coming from different barangays in the city and other neighboring towns.

CESD further reported that 22 companies participated in the event that produced a total of 1,845 local and 750 overseas job vacancies.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said this activity seeks to speed up the meeting of hiring companies or employers and qualified workers.

He also expressed his satisfaction with the results noting that this is just the first among four job fairs that will be hosted by the city this year.

"Taun-taon po ay nagkakaroon tayo ng apat na Job Fairs sa syudad. Simula pa lang po ito at sisikapin po naming makapaghandog ng mas marami pang trabaho at pangkabuhayan sa ating mga kababayan," he added.

Meanwhile, applicants who did not make it to the job fair are still encouraged to submit their resumes at the CESD or Public Employment Service Office located at the city hall.

Kapampangan Skills Showcased In CSF FAIR [ Tuesday | 7th day of February, 2017 | 3 months ago ]

Kapampangan's artistic and entrepreneurial skills were showcased during the City of San Fernando's FAIR (Food, Art, Industry, Recreation) held at the train station from February 3 to 5.

The three-day event was filled with various activities such as the trade fair which featured locally made products of some 30 exhibitors who are part of the ‘One Barangay One Product' program of the local government.

Meanwhile, artworks and masterpieces of 13 renowned artists in the province were put up on sale at a reasonable price.

As for the preservation of culture, the city also offered free Kalesa tours and visit at the historic train station.

Hundreds of young aspirants benefited in the free workshops on sketching, painting and kite-making.

Tourists and fairgoers were entertained with SineCabalen films aired in afternoons and the nightly musical show.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said "this event is a testament of how talented and skilful Kapampangan people are."

"We will continue to host similar programs as we strive to become the center for Kapampangan culture, heritage, culinary and arts," he added.

The City FAIR highlights this year's celebration of the 16th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando dubbed Kaganapan 2017.

CSF Conducts Bloodletting Program [ Thursday | 2nd day of February, 2017 | 4 months ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga, headed by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, collected 50 units of blood from donors in a blood-letting program conducted at the City Hall Atrium on February 2 in partnership with Philippine Red Cross.

The "Dugo Ko, Karugtong ng Buhay Mo!", a program in line with San Fernando's 16th Cityhood Anniversary this month, was organized by the City Health Office to provide Fernandino patients access to blood.

CHO reported that hundreds of patients have already benefitted from the collected blood under the program since its launching in 2013.

These were patients infected with dengue, suffering in cancer, and even those who undergo surgical operations.

Among those who supported the program were employees of the City Hall, personnel from the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire and Protection, and other government agencies.

Mayor Santiago hailed the blood donors for their support and praised them for their noble deed giving blood so others may live.

"You are all heroes for being an instrument to save others' lives" he added.

CSF Recognizes Teachers' Heroism [ Tuesday | 31st day of January, 2017 | 4 months ago ]

The Local Government of San Fernando, in partnership with the Department of Education, recognized some 282 retired teachers for their acts of heroism as educators and as Fernandino citizens.

During the tribute activity held January 30 at the Benigno Aquino Hall, the teachers received Certificates of Recognition and cash allowances from the government.

253 of the awardees are those who have been detained and maltreated in the 1980 local elections while the 29 recipients are retirees of calendar year 2016.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said the teachers deserve to be awarded for their invaluable sacrifices during their stint as public school teachers, thus contributing to the progress and development of the community.

"This is our way of expressing gratitude to all the hardworking teachers who relentlessly shared their knowledge and wisdom to their beloved students. Part of what we are and what we have today are results of the work and struggle of our second parents," Santiago added.

Also present during the program were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor BJ Lagman, and personnel from the City Schools Division of San Fernando.

This serves as the kick off activity for the 16th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando or Kaganapan 2017.

CSF Launches Kaganapan 2017 [ Tuesday | 31st day of January, 2017 | 4 months ago ]

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago led today the launching of the calendar of activities for the celebration of the 16th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando or Kaganapan 2017.

Themed "King KAGANAPAN na ning taguimpan, king balang takbang agnan-agnan", this year's celebration, according to Mayor Santiago, will highlight activities that will tell the transformation of the then Municipality of San Fernando into the Regional Center of North Luzon today.

"The development that we enjoy today is a product of the collective effort of the government and the private sector. Whatever we have today, we owe it to the people" said Mayor Santiago during a press conference held at the City Hall.

On February 1, the City Environment and Natural Resources Office will lead a citywide clean-up day. This will be participated in by City Hall employees and representatives from other government agencies.

A Bloodletting Activity will be organized by the City Health Office at the City Hall on February 2.

Highlighting the Kaganapan 2017 celebration is the City FAIR (Food, Arts, Industry, and Recreations) that will be held from February 3-5 at the City Train Station. Among these events include Opening of Trade Fair and Art Exhibit Selling; PHS Drum and Lyre performance; FREE Kalesa Tours; Basic Art Workshop by Mr. Noel Catacutan; SineCabalen-Showing of Kapampangan Indie Films; Kapampangan Cultural Night ft. Dos Palikeros and Ara Muna; live band concert; and colorful display of fireworks.

Hundreds of Fernandino cyclists are also expected to participate during a Cycling Caravan on February 4.

On the same day, a Thanksgiving Mass shall also be celebrated at the Metropolitan Cathedral. This will be followed by the Kaganapan City Job Fair in SM San Fernando Downtown.

Pet lovers from the city and nearby places will gather during the Pet Mo Show Mo event at the San Fernando Train Station on February 5.

The Annual Palarong Empleyado of the City Government will kick-off today February 6. Four teams are competing this year in the following events: Basketball, Volleyball Men, Badminton, Bowling, among others.

The City College of San Fernando, in partnership with the Association of Local Colleges and Universities, will hold a conference on Teaching Peace, Human Rights and Sustainable Development in the 21st Century this February 9.

The city will also sponsor the marriage of 100 couples during the Kasalan Balen on February 11.

As a pre-valentine gift to female city hall employees, a Harana Para sa Kababaihan event shall be held at the Heroes Hall (February 13).

An acrobatic show that will be performed by the Philippine-China Traditional Cultural group will cap the Kaganapan 2017.

San Fernando officially became a component city on February 4, making it the 99th city in the Philippines.

Senior Citizens Received Social Pension From CSF [ Tuesday | 31st day of January, 2017 | 4 months ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando through its Social Welfare and Development Office has released monthly pensions amounting to P500 per month to indigent Fernandino senior citizens today, January 28, 2017.

These beneficiaries are residents of the city's 35 barangays and registered by the Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs. They received grants retroactive from October to December 2016 amounting P1,500 each.

Under Republic Act 9994, the monthly stipend of P500 will augment the subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens in line with the government's obligation to protect the most vulnerable sector through social protection.

Qualified to receive the monthly stipend are senior citizens who are frail, sickly, or have disabilities; are not receiving pension from social security system (SSS), government service insurance system (GSIS), or veterans pension; and do not have a permanent source of income or regular support from relatives.

"Our elders are integral part of our city hence we give full support to the improvement of their total well-being and their full participation in our society," said Mayor Edwin Santiago.
He also underscored that senior citizens in the city are granted benefits and privileges like the free movie pass in all cinemas operating in the city, free admission in resorts, free maintenance medicines from the City Health Office, and many more.

"They are in good hands because we implement all the social programs intended for them, this is one way of showing gratitude and love for our elders," said Santiago.

CSF Distributes Lot Awards To PNR Residents [ Tuesday | 24th day of January, 2017 | 4 months ago ]

Some 668 families residing along the Philippine National Railways (PNR) tracks received today Certificates of Lot Award (CELA) from the City Government of San Fernando through its Local Housing and Settlement Division.

These families are structure owners in Barangays San Jose, San Juan, Juliana, Sto. Nino and Dolores. They are qualified for the awarding after being verified and approved by the Local Inter-Agency Committee composed of this city, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), Presidential Commission on Urban Poor (PCUP) and PNR.

The awarding was led by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Third District Representative Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales, Jr., Under Secretary Angel Ojastro III and Atty. Alvin Claridades of HUDCC, and PCUP representative Noli Adora Ogot.

The program was witnessed by Councilor Reden Halili, Councilor Noel Tulabut and DPWH District Engineer William Bustos.

Meanwhile, Mayor EdSa said the awarding is pursuant to Executive Order No. 48 declaring non-core properties of the Philippine National Railways as socialized housing sites and providing for the disposition of the same to bonafide occupants.

The project gives Fernandinos the opportunity to have tenurial security on their properties and an assurance to acquire the lots on which their houses or structures are built.

"They will no longer fear losing their homes because they now have proper documents to settle their ownership," Santiago said.

"Gusto natin na mabigyan ng disenteng tirahan ang ating mga kababayan na pwede nilang ipamana sa kanilang mga magiging anak."

Mayor EdSa Urges Fernandinos To Pay Taxes [ Friday | 13th day of January, 2017 | 4 months ago ]

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago has urged taxpayers to be mindful of cutoff dates for paying taxes to avoid penalties and surcharges.

Anchored on the theme "Lokal na Buwis: Bawat piso'y mahalaga, sa pagsulong ng Syudad Fernandino Kabahagi ka," the City Treasurer's Office started today a tax collection campaign urging Fernandinos to faithfully pay taxes because "it greatly contributes in bringing quality services to the constituency."

Business tax and licenses are due on the first twenty (20) of January or in quarterly installments within the first twenty (20) days of January, April, July and October of each year.

Tax on delivery trucks shall be paid on or before January 20 while the deadline for the payment of Professional Tax Receipt is on January 31.

Community tax certificate or Cedula which serves as every Filipinos' primary identification shall be accomplished not later than the last day of February of each year.

A fee shall also be paid prior to engaging in the pursuit of an occupation or calling.

Within the first 20 days of each month, vendors must pay their market stall rental.

Franchise tax is due within the first twenty (20) days following each quarter whereas the deadline for the amusement tax is set on the 20th day of the month following the month due.
Property transfer tax shall be complied within sixty (60) days from date of execution of the deed or property owner's death.

Real property tax, on the other hand, may be paid annually before March 31 or by installment on or before June 30, September 30 and December 31.

CSF Bares 'healthy Places' For 2016 [ Thursday | 15th day of December, 2016 | 5 months ago ]

The Local Government of San Fernando, through its City Health Office, announced on Thursday the healthy places in the city for the year 2016.

The awarding was divided into seven categories namely healthy hotel, healthy hospital, healthy barangay, healthy school, healthy workplace, healthy eating places and healthy resort.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago said the recognition was originally initiated by the Department of Health and was adopted by the city to promote health and safety awareness.

"We have been doing this for five years now to give credit to different places and establishments that offer quality services to our beloved Fernandinos," Santiago added.

This year's healthy hotels are Pampanga Greenbuck Corporation for SFP Bliss Hotel (grand winner), Hotel Victoria De San Fernando (1st place), and Otel Wall Street Corporation for Pampanga (2nd place).

For healthy hospital, the winners are Mother Teresa of Calcutta (grand winner) followed by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Medical Center (1st place).

Water Splash Resort was awarded as healthy resort for this year.

Meanwhile, winners for the healthy school, barangay, workplace and eating places were divided into small, medium and large subcategories that depend on the size or number of population.

With a total of 7,259 enrolled students, San Fernando Elementary School was named as 2016's most healthy school (large category). While Nuestra Senora Del Pilar Integrated School and Lara Integrated School were awarded as winners for medium and small category, respectively.

Healthy barangays are Brgy. San Nicolas (large category), Brgy. Baliti (medium category) and Brgy. Juliana (small category).

The awardees for healthy workplace are PEPSI-COLA Products Philippines Incorporated (large category), Deliscents Incorporated for Mister Donut (medium category) and RPO Fine Foods Corporation for Wow Mani (small category).

Healthy eating places are The Red Rickshaw (large category), Maygreen Restaurant Incorporated for Cookbook Kitchen (medium category) and Susie†s Cuisine MAH Dolores Branch (small category).

Fernandino Youth Shows Off Skills In Lantern Making [ Tuesday | 13th day of December, 2016 | 5 months ago ]

Fernandino youth shows off skills in lantern making

Students from the elementary, high school and college level in the City of San Fernando showed off their lantern-making skills as they compete for this year's inter-school lantern parade competition held December 12.

Twenty-eight schools and universities paraded their colorful "parols" made of indigenous materials, from Pampanga High School going to the city hall.

The presentation and judging of lanterns was attended by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and the Giant Lantern Festival 2016 executive committee chaired by Jim Jimenez.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said the annual competition seeks to keep the lantern industry alive by encouraging the youth to practice making parols trough their own means.

"Our city is known as the country's Christmas capital for its well-crafted lanterns and we want to inspire the next generation to engage themselves in the art of lantern making so as to preserve the industry." added Mayor Edsa.

Meanwhile, Pandaras Integrated School bested 11 contenders in the lantern parade competition for the elementary category. San Fernando Elementary School and San Jose Juliana Elementary School were awarded as second and third place, respectively.

For the high school category, winners were Lara Integrated School (1st place), Pampanga High School (2nd place) and St. Nicolas College of Business and Technology (3rd place).

The University of the Assumption (1st place), City College of San Fernando (2nd place) and Systems Plus College Foundation (3rd place) were awarded as winners for the college category.

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