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CSF Addresses Traffic Problems Through Summit [ Wednesday | 26th day of July, 2017 | 4 months ago ]

In a bid to address traffic congestion in the city, the Local Government of San Fernando conducted the first traffic summit yesterday at the Heroes Hall.

This was participated in by different transport groups, barangay officials, government agencies, non-government organizations, and representatives from schools, churches and malls.

The summit is the start of a series of consultations and collaborative efforts from the local government unit and our stakeholders in order to give viable solutions for the city's traffic operations.

Ret. Col. Danilo Bautista, Officer in charge of the Traffic Management Division (TMD), said the summit aims to identify the causes and effects of the rising volume of vehicles in the city and get recommendations from the stakeholders involved.

"Among the cited problems during the summit were the insufficiency of parking spaces in fast food chains, obstruction of ambulant vendors in major thoroughfares, and the lack of discipline of public utility vehicles' operators,"Bautista added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said the city is pushing for the institutionalization of the Public Order and Safety Coordinating Office to spearhead the effective planning andfocusing on the issues of traffic jam.

"We are continuously adding manpower in the TMD and we are striving to provide our personnel with skills and educational trainings and keep them well informed on the national and local traffic rules to effectively manage traffic," Santiago added.

Under the New San Fernando concept, the city mayor also plans to implement a comprehensive Land Use Plan to decongest the city's central business district. To improve accessibility in main roads, the local government will also focus in traffic management modernization.

Meanwhile, city officials led by Mayor EdSa and Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and all stakeholders signed a pledge of commitment to implement and initiate policies and solutions; and abide by the traffic laws towards a more sustainable road, transport and traffic management in San Fernando.

CSF Promotes Good Nutrition [ Wednesday | 26th day of July, 2017 | 4 months ago ]

In line with the celebration of Nutrition Month, the City Government of San Fernando through its City Agriculture and Veterinary Office conducted "Cassavalicious Cooking Challenge" on July 25.

Home Economics teachers from different public schools of the city participated in the said activity.

Each team showcased their skills and creativity in cooking three dishes with cassava as the main ingredient. Proper sanitation was observed also during the competition. Participants must leave their work station neat and tidy.

City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay, said the aim of the activity is to promote innovative nutritious yet affordable foods. She also discussed that cassava is next to rice because of its carbohydrates and protein content.

"Ang cassava ay maaaringmagingalternatibo ng kanin, pampalakas din ito ng enerhiya at katawangaya ng kanin. Kaya naman, hinihikayatko kayonamaghain ng masusustansyangpagkainnamakakatulongsainyongkatawan, gaya ng cassava." Sangumay said.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago stressed the importance of having a good nutrition. He believes that good nutrition can help reduce the risk of some diseases. He also emphasized that being healthy, is the key of success in life.

"Mahalaganaanglahat ng Fernandino ay malalakas at malulusogangpangangatawan, dahiditonagsisimulaangpagigingmaunladsasarili at syemprepatinarinangpag-unladng Syudad San Fernando." Santiago added.

Meanwhile, the winners for Cassavalicious Cooking Challenge were Pampanga High School (1st place), San Jose Juliana Elementary School (2nd place) and Nuestra Senora Del Pilar Integrated School (3rd place).

Fernandino Farmers, Entrepreneurs Attend Skills Training [ Monday | 24th day of July, 2017 | 4 months ago ]

To further promote entrepreneurship among Fernandinos, farmers and Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs) from the City of San Fernando attended an Industry Cluster Development Program dubbed "Benchmarking cum Capability and Action Planning of Small and Micro entrepreneurs and Good practices in Organic farming."

Held at Baguio City from July 19-21, the seminar was organized by the City Investment and Promotion Office (CIPO) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry.

CIPO Project Development Officer Jeffrey Yutuc said the activity aims to help farmers and enterprisers improve their sales performance by applying new business strategies.

"This seminar will give them various ideas and techniques on how to boost their sales and further improve their businesses," Yutuc said.

Meanwhile, the Benguet State University conducted a benchmark for food processing and organic farmingwherein the farmers were taught on the good practices of farming and harvesting.

They also showed the proper sanitation in food processing tothe SMEs who are involved in food business.

Other topics discussed during the seminar are the process of developing an action plan and effective key strategies on how to achieve: product, market and enterprise development, access to finance to create additional jobs & capacity development.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago stressed the importance of entrepreneurship which is considered as the lifeblood of the city's economy.

He also added that the city has a huge potential when it comes to international marketing considering the quality of local products that San Fernando offers.

"Napakarami nating produkto at industriya na maaaring ipagmalaki hindi lang sa bansa, kundi pati sa buong mundo. Pinapalakas natin ang pagnenegosyo dahil gusto nating guminhawa ang buhay ng bawat isa at maging matagumpay ang syudad San Fernando. " Santiago said.

CSF Bags E-readiness Leadership Award Anew [ Monday | 24th day of July, 2017 | 4 months ago ]

The City of San Fernando has once again bagged the e-Readiness Leadership Award for its strategic utilization of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to enhance the delivery of government services to its constituents.

Out of 140 cities assessed, San Fernando was one of the cities awarded as e-Ready in the country during the e-BPLS (Electronic Business Permits and Licensing System) Summit 2017 held July 18 at Novotel Manila Araneta Center.

A special plaque of recognition was given to the local government represented by Business License and Permit Division Chief Joseph Garcia and Management Information and Technology Division Officer-in-charge Marthy Zapata by the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

The award is based on the 2016 e-Readiness survey for cities and municipalities conducted by DICT, in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Trade and Industry, which evaluates LGUs using three major indicators including ICT Capability, ICT Environment and Web Presence.

Other cities that were awarded were Pasig City, Valencia, Bukidnon; Cebu City; Zamboanga Peninsula, Zamboanga Del Sur; Ormoc, Leyte; Iriga, Camarines Sur; Valenzuela City,Panago, Davao, Del Norte; and Marikina City.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago expressed his gratitude to the organizing bodies for recognizing the city's efforts and initiatives for the second time in a row.

He also assured that the city will continue to improve the quality of systematic tax & revenue collection and innovative processing of other government services.

"The efficient use of ICT not only gives us a competitive edge to attract more local and foreign investors but also helps us better create a transparent government that our beloved Fernandinos deserve.

The conscious efforts that we put in taking advantage of the information age of our time is but relevant to the kind of future that we are paving for the next generations. This is also our commitment to our local entrepreneurs and investors that doing business in the city will always be business friendly, time efficient and transparent." Santiago added.

In 2014, the city was also given the same prestigious award by then Information and Communications Technology Office of DOST.

CSF Promotes Healthy Foods Through A Cooking Festival [ Friday | 14th day of July, 2017 | 4 months ago ]

In line with the celebration of Nutrition Month, the City Government of San Fernando, through its City Agriculture and Veterinary Office, hosted "Kamote and Tilapia Cooking Festival" on July 12.

Officials and residents from ten barangays in the city who are considered as nutritionally depressed barangay participated in the said activity.

Each team showcased their skills in cooking main dishes, side dishes and desserts by using kamote and tilapia as the main ingredients.

City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay said the activity seeks to promote awareness and encourage everyone especially the mothers of the malnourished children to cook and prepare nutritious yet affordable meals.

"Sa pamamagitan nito, sana mahikayat natina ng ating mga nanay na maghain ng masusustansyang pagkain para walang batang malnourished sa San Fernando." Sangumay said.

Sangumay also stressed that kamote and tilapia are rich in vitamins(what vitamins?) that are very beneficial to one's health.

"Ang kamote at tilapia ay hitik sa bitamina na pwedeng makuha ng ating katawan. Kaya naman malaking tulong ito para sa mga bata upang sila ay maging malusog." Sangumay added.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago said having a good nutrition is the key of having a healthy lifestyle. He encouraged the Fernandinos to eat nutritious food because he believes that prosperity comes to a community with a healthy citizenry.

"Dito sa syudad, mahalaga na ang bawat isa ay malusog lalo na ang mga bata. Dahil ang malusog na Fernandino ay siyang tulay sa pagkakaroon ng masagana at maunlad na syudad." Santiago said.

Meanwhile, Brgy.Bulaon was hailed as 1st place in the cooking festival followed by Brgy Del Carmen (2nd place) and Brgy. San Pedro (3rd place). The winners received cash prizes and certificates of participation.

CSF Develops Future Environmental Leaders [ Friday | 14th day of July, 2017 | 4 months ago ]

Some 63 members of the Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (Yes-O) Network in the City of San Fernando gathered over the weekend for the 4th Environmental Youth Camp held at the Heroes Hall.

Senior Environmental Management Specialist Regina Rodriguez said the annual activity which is hosted by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, in partnership with Mother Earth Foundation, aims to inform the students about the environmental programs and initiatives of the city government.

"We want to engage the Fernandino youth in green issues in the community, thus mold them into future environmental leaders," Rodriguez said.

The three-day camp was also filled with various teambuilding activities and discussions focused on the State of the Philippine Environment, Biodiversity, Water Education and Ecological Solid Waste Management.

During the culminating activity, the new set of the Fernandino Yes-O Network Officers were elected. Their President Mervielle Joyce Rosario from Pampanga High School will represent the youth in the City Solid Waste Management Board.

Her co-officers are Paulene Franco (Vice President), Peter Don Dela Vega (Asst. Vice President), Joshua De Dios (Secretary), John Regie Ramilo (Asst. Secretary), Richardo Lingat (Treasurer), Krizelle Joyce Polvoriza (Asst. Treasurer), and Board of Directors Marylyn David, Marie Ann Campos, Alyza Kate Serrano and Angel Adrienne Ato.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago congratulated the new officers and stressed their crucial role in creating a greener and healthier environment for the entire citizenry.

"The city's environment agenda states that children must be taught on how to preserve and protect the earth well, for it is their future that is at stake. We hope that you help us achieve a better place for our beloved fellowmen," Santiago added.

Del Rosario, Maimpis Named CSF's Best Barangays On ESWM [ Tuesday | 11th day of July, 2017 | 4 months ago ]

Barangay Del Rosario and Barangay Maimpis were named as this year's City of San Fernando Best Barangays during the 2017 Search for Model Barangays on Ecological Solid Waste Management awarding ceremony hosted Monday by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office.

CENR Officer Engr. Anele David said the two barangays have shown best practices on waste segregation and exerted efforts in maintaining cleanliness in their respective areas.

For Cluster 1, Barangay Del Rosario outshined Barangays Dela Paz Sur (2nd place) and Magliman (3rd Place). While, Barangays Sta. Lucia and Quebiawan landed 2nd and 3rd place, following Barangay Maimpis, for the Cluster 2 category.

"Gusto natin silang bigyan ng pagkilala dahil sa mahusay na pagpapatupad ng mga environmental programs na inisyatiba ng lokal na pamahalaan. Hangad namin na tularan sila ng iba pang mga barangays dito sa syudad," David added.

Meanwhile, this year's Best MRF are Barangay San Juan (Cluster 1) and Barangay San Isidro (Cluster 2).

CENRO has also given special awards to officials, barangays and private partners for their exemplary support to the ESWM programs and initiatives.

Best Barangay Chairman is Capt. Reginaldo David of Del Rosario; Best Barangay Secretary is Michelle Janice Dizon of Sta. Lucia; Best Barangay Kagawad is Leonardo De Guzman of San Isidro; Best Barangay Council and Cleanest Barangay is Dela Paz Sur and Most Improved Barangay is Malpitic.

Barangay Maimpis was awarded for its Best Garbage Collection System; Barangay Lara for Highest Household Compliance Rate; Barangay Magliman for Highest Waste Diversion Rate; Barangay Sta. Lucia for Best ESWM Enforcement Program; Barangay Dela Paz Sur for Best Livelihood Program; Barangay San Juan for Best Waste Diversion Scheme; Barangay Sindalan for Best Household Collection Utilizing Tribikes; and Barangays Dela Paz Sur and Del Rosario for Best Institutionalized ESWM Program and Most Sustainable Solid Waste Management Program.

Best Barangay Staff are Rudy Quizon (Maimpis), Benedicto Castro (Quebiawan), Dionisio Castro, Jr. (Sindalan), Marissa Alabado (Del Rosario), Elena Capili (Dolores), Gloria Macaspac (San Nicolas), Rodolfo Culala (San Isidro) and Martel Cruz (Telabastagan).

Model Homeowner's Association award was given to Pilar Village, Essel Park Subdivision and St. Jude Village.

2017's Model Schools are St. Scholastica's Aacdemy, University of the Assumption, Nuestra Senora Del Pilar Integrated School, Pampanga High School, San Juan South Elementary School, Information and Communication Technology High School and Lara Integrated School.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago lauded the grass root leaders for their hard work in the implementation of waste management approaches towards a zero waste community.

"Bilang mga lider, tayo ang dapat na manguna at magsilbing ehemplo sa pagkalinga sa Inang Kalikasan upang mahikayat natin ang bawat Fernandino na makibahagi sa ating layunin tungo sa mas maayos at mas malinis na syudad," Santiago added.

CSF Supports National Plan For Water Security [ Thursday | 6th day of July, 2017 | 5 months ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando, led by Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, supports the move of the National Water Resources Board and University of the Philippines Los Banos towards achieving a comprehensive National Plan for Water Security in the country.

During a pre-summit conducted Wednesday, Santiago stressed the crucial role of water not only in human's life but particularly in attaining sustainable development for the entire community.

"Through this mutual movement of creating an efficient water way management, we can craft plans to maintain a water system that is adequate for the standards of food production, proper sanitation, and workable health for the Filipinos," he added.

The city mayor also shared that the LGU continues to come up with water management strategies as part of its development plan under the Environment agenda.

Spearheaded by National Water Roadmap and Summit 2017 Secretary General Ernesto Ordonez, the said activity marks the fourth of the seven pre-summits on water leading to a national summit which are conducted in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao throughout this year.

Ordonez said these summits focused on areas of household, urban, agriculture, environment, economy, resilience and governance all aim to address the serious water issues in the Philippines.

Also present during the pre-summit are the CSFP Water Resources Management Board, City Health Office and City Environment and Natural Resources Office staff, and representatives from the Water District Association, academe and the private sector.

CSF Joins Nutrition Month Celebration [ Wednesday | 5th day of July, 2017 | 5 months ago ]

Local Officials in the City of San Fernando led the launching of Nutrition Month 2017 themed "Healthy Diet, Gawing Habit for Life" during Monday's flag raising ceremony at the City Hall.

The Calendar of Activities for the 43rd celebration was unveiled by Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor BJ Lagman, City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino and other department heads.

Aquino said the whole month of July will be filled with fun yet beneficial activities that aim to promote the health and wellness of every Fernandino.

On July 5, there will be a launching of Technical Briefing of Edible Landscaping and Container Farming. This will be followed by a Deworming Interactive Lecture on July 7.

The launching of "First 1000 Days program" and Dietary Supplementation program will be on July 10.

There will be a "Basura mo, Kalusugan ko" program on July 11; Camote and Tilapia Festival on July 12; Kiddie Nutritionist (Training on Calorie Counting) from July 12 to 14; and launching of Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022 on July 17.

Fernandinos are also invited to join the Inter-Barangay Zumbaers Biggest Loser Challenge on July 24 to be followed by Cassavalicious Cooking Contest and Senior Citizens Nutrition Advocates both happening on July 25.

The youth may also showcase their wits and skills through a Nutri-quiz and Poster Making Contest on the 26th.

On July 28, the CHO will conduct an Orientation and Awarding of Inputs on Edible Landscaping and Container Farming; and Best Hataw Fitness Program Exercise.

Lastly, the city will once again gather all breastfeeding advocates for the CSFP Big Latch On from August 4 to 5.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" encouraged Fernandinos to support the lined up activities and stressed that all these efforts are aimed at engaging the community to achieve a better life.

"Here in San Fernando, we believe that prosperity comes to a community with a healthy citizenry," Santiago added.

CSF Recognizes Outstanding LGBT Members [ Wednesday | 5th day of July, 2017 | 5 months ago ]

In culmination of the first LGBT June Pride Month, the City Government of San Fernando, through its Gender and Development, Siwala organization and City College of San Fernando, recognized some of the outstanding and influential members of the LGBT community on June 29.

Dubbed LGBT Model of Excellence, the awarding seeks to uplift the image and recognize the deeds of the LGBT community particularly those who excelled in the different fields.

The awardees were Michael "Cacai" Munoz (Event Organizer); Michelle Joie Ferraris (International Fashion Designer and President and Chief Executive Officer of AVALON Production Agency); Peter De Vera (Artist And Culture Worker); and Lorena Saivitri Villareal (Recording and Indie Film Artist).

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago said the City aims to eradicate or lessen the discrimination to the third sex. He added that he hopes this celebration would serve as eye-opener to everyone to ensure that LGBT members are treated equally.

"Dito sa syudad San Fernando, pantay pantay ang bawat isa. Sana sa pamamagitan ng mga aktibidad na ating inilunsad ay maipadama natin sa mga kapatid nating LGBT ang ating pagmamahal, suporta at higit sa lahat ang respeto sa kanila." Santiago said.

For her part, GAD Focal Person Amalia Catacutan expressed her gratitude to everyone who supported and exerted their efforts to make the celebration successful.

"Kahit natapos na ang selebrasyon, sana patuloy pa rin nating suportahan at pakitaan ng ating pagmamahal ang mga LGBT dahil parte rin sila ng ating lipunan". Catacutan said.
Meanwhile, the winners of the different art contests for the month-long activity were also announced.

For the Poster Making contest, the winners were Joseph Stacy Y. Keach (1st place), Marc Lemuel F. Gonzales (2nd place) and Ruth Joy Lopez (3rd place). While Prince Jonald Yutuc (1st place), Kim Jaiel Basilio (2nd place) and Janine Manalang (3rd place) were hailed as winners for the Kapampangan Poetry Writing contest. And for the Photography contest, the winners were Jayson Cumal (1st place), Gerald Gloton (2nd place) and Eriel Shayne Canlas (3rd place).

‘Type Ng Bayan' Blood Typing Program Launched In CSF [ Thursday | 29th day of June, 2017 | 5 months ago ]

Hundreds of Fernandinos have been blood typed for free as the Local Government of San Fernando, through its City Health Office, hosted today the Regional Launching of the "Type ng Bayan" program.

This is a free blood typing project of President Rodrigo Duterte and DU30 Cabinet Spouses Association, in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Health, which seeks to help every Filipino determine their blood type so they can easily identify and match with possible donors.

City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino said through this project, the city has received 180 testing kits which can accommodate 1,800 individuals.

All Fernandinos who underwent blood typing were also issued with Identification cards.
"Nakasaad sa mga IDs na ito ang kanilang blood type. Magagamit nila ito upang madaling makahanap ng donors o kaya bilang katunayan kung gusto nilang mag donate ng dugo," Aquino explained.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago urged Fernandinos to avail the free blood typing as he stressed the importance of knowing one's blood type particularly in addressing medical issues like blood transfusion and donation.

"Sa pamamagitan nito ay madaling maisasalba ang ating buhay sa oras ng pangangailagan at maaari din tayong makatulong sa pagligtas ng buhay ng iba," Santiago added.

Also present during the launching were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and Councilor Angie Hizon, Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial and Undersecretary Hermingildo Valle, DOH 3 Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon, Head of MSGC for Health Dr. Leticia Yap, and members of the DU30 Cabinet Spouses Association led by Executive Director Ricky Reyes.

CSF Promotes Everyday Family Planning [ Thursday | 29th day of June, 2017 | 5 months ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando conducted today the provincial launching of the "Everyday Family Planning" initiative of the Department of Health through a seminar at the Mini Convention Center in Heroes Hall.

This was attended by 150 Fernandino couples with unmet needs or those who wish to stop or delay childbearing but are not using any method of contraception.

With the theme #RoadtoZeroUnmetNeed, the discussion focused on birth spacing or the interval between pregnancies which is ideally 3 years, responsible parenthood, and the need of male involvement in family planning.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said everyday family planning suggests that methods of contraception should be done correctly and consistently to achieve the desired family size and attain health development.

"This activity also seeks to promote localized programs and health policies for family planning particularly the provision of contraceptive commodities," Santiago added.

The City Health Office provides free commodities such as condoms, pills and injectables. Every year, they also conduct free sessions of permanent contraception or tubal ligation for women.

"We are one in the national government's agenda to improve the health and welfare of mothers, children and other members of the family," the city mayor furthered.

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