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Fernandinas Plant Trees On Nicolasa Day [ Wednesday | 11th day of September, 2013 | 5 years ago ]

“Nicolasa Dayrit should serve as an example for Fernandinos, especially to us women” said Amalia Catacutan, GAD Focal Point Person. With the help of the Barangay Women’s Committee, volunteers have planted sampaloc, santol and duhat seedlings which are expected to bloom after one or two years. With estimated 80 women volunteers, all barangays are well-represented during the morning tree-planting. “Our women volunteers woke up early in the morning to participate in this activity. This is also a way of immortalizing the legacy of our local heroine by being active in civic activities,” Catacutan added. Barangay Captain of Del Pilar, Bernardo Policarpio was present and also some of our police women who supported the said tree-planting activity. ---CSF-CIO

In commemoration of the birth anniversary of San Fernando’s local heroine, Nicolasa Dayrit, an “All Women Tree-Planting Activity” was held at Unisite Barangay Del Pilar which was organized by Gender and Development (GAD) Office.

CSF Launches New Sanitation Tactic [ Friday | 6th day of September, 2013 | 5 years ago ]

"Tuberculosis and dengue are two of the many communicable diseases we want to eradicate. The expected impact of this project is to reduce the number of Fernandinos who acquire these types of diseases," Mr. Dunn Patrick Imana, OIC of the Environmental Health and Sanitation Division (EHSD) of the City Health Office said. The concept of BSB is to encourage citizens to participate in community-based cleaning activities such as street-sweeping, de-clogging of canals and proper solid waste management. “If we have cleaner surroundings, less number of communicable disease cases will be recorded," Imana added. Mr. Vladimir Pagcu, Sanitation Inspector 1, explained the role of EHSD in the prevention & control of vector-borne diseases. All barangays are well-represented during the half-day orientation seminar for BSB volunteers. Mayor Edwin D. Santiago also graced the event and thanked the 80 volunteers who are part of the project. "You should be monitoring the cleanliness of your surroundings,” Mayor Santiago said as he encouraged the participants to constantly inspect creeks and waterways in their barangays. It can be noted that dengue cases in the City of San Fernando were reduced to 163 compared to last year’s 550 (January to July). Earlier this week, cleaning, de-clogging and fogging operations were done in Dolores. ---CSF-CIO

With the aim of reducing the number of Fernandinos acquiring communicable diseases, the City of San Fernando launched the Barangay Sanitation Brigade (BSB) on September 5 at the Heroes Hall.

CSF Relief Operations Ongoing; CDRRMC Reports Updates [ Thursday | 22nd day of August, 2013 | 5 years ago ]

During the operational briefing of the CDRRMC, Mayor Santiago empowered the members of the Council especially in being proactive in decision-making. “We will focus on immediate solutions and put everything under our control,” Santiago said. The City Government took preemptive measures and engineering interventions at the San Fernando portion of the tail dike through sandbagging operations and dumping to reinforce the structure protecting the City from rising water levels due to heavy rainfall caused by Typhoon Maring and the southwest monsoon or habagat. The City Engineer’s Office has also initiated sandbagging operations at the Del Carmen Creek since yesterday. Mayor Santiago inspected the said tail dike together with officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), namely, Asst. Secretary Eugenio Pipo, Jr., Regional Director Antonio Molano, and Asst. Regional Director Loreta Malaluan. “We are doing everything we can to ensure that Fernandinos are safe,” Mayor Santiago said during the on-site inspection of the tail dike which is being rehabilitated by 150 personnel under ‘food for work’ program. A total of 15 evacuation centers are now fully operational as reported by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWD). The following are the evacuation centers: San Agustin Elementary School, San Isidro Elementary School, Quebiawan Elementary School, Sindalan Elementary School, Sindalan High School, Calulut Elementary School, Saguin Elementary School, Baliti Elementary School, Panipuan Elementary School, Panipuan High School, Telabastagan Elementary School, Del Rosario Elementary School, Maimpis Elementary School, Alasas Elementary School and De La Paz Norte Elementary School. We have sufficient relief goods for our evacuees. As of August, we have packed 1,900 relief packs, each containing noodles, rice, groceries, and sanitary kits,” the CDRRMC said in a statement. The CDRRMC targets a total of 10,000 relief good packed and ready to ready to be distributed by today. As of August 21, the City Health Office has attended to 393 cases. “We have our Emergency Medical Services team on standby and our doctors are on call,” City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino said. Families from low-lying areas are still discouraged from returning to their barangays. “We will consult barangay captains to ensure that it is safe for them to go back to their homes,” City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco said. As of press time (August 22, 12:30am), a total of 1,385 evacuated due to the disaster. Initial relief assistance and food have been given to all evacuees served on-site and off-site. Level of floodwater in major thoroughfares, including the Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA) Dolores intersection already subsided. The City Government is eyeing a long-term solution to mitigate flooding in areas frequently affected by heavy rainfall and typhoons. “We will coordinate with other government agencies such as the DPWH and our private partners to solve our perennial problems during the rainy season,” Mayor Santiago added. The Heroes Hall houses the CDRRMC operations center and evacuees’ staging area, and centralized donation site. The public is provided with accurate and timely information through television, radio, print, web and social media accounts managed by the Local Government Unit. ---CSF-CIO

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago reconvened the Emergency Operations Center of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) of San Fernando, Pampanga to assess the situation in the City.

CSF Choir Reaches Finals Of National Competition [ Tuesday | 13th day of August, 2013 | 5 years ago ]

Now on its third year, the Government Choral Competition is part of the activities of the 113th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary that aims to showcase the talents of civil servants and celebrate good values and public service excellence through culture and the arts. Other government agencies vying for the championship trophy are the National Power Chorale, Bangko Sentral Singers, DSWD Chorale, Naga City Hall Chorale, Coro de la Laguna, South Cotabato Division Teachers’ Chorale and Ozamiz LGU Choristers. The city’s official singing group is the two-time regional champion of the CSC Government Choral Competition. Local singer, arranger and voice coach Prof. Sonny Briones serves as the conductor of the 29-member choir originally formed in 2003. ---CSF-CIO

The City Choir of San Fernando, Pampanga is now considered as one of the top government choirs in the country after being selected as a finalist to the Government Choral Competition on September 18 at the University of the Philippines (UP) Theater in Quezon City.

Mayor EdSa To CDRRMC: 'be Proactive' [ Monday | 12th day of August, 2013 | 5 years ago ]

“During times like these, we should be proactive. I also call for an urgent meeting with barangays so that we can synchronize our actions not only now but also during disaster situations,” Mayor Santiago said. City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco said that the group was convened to emphasize the role of the members of the working committee constituting the City’s incident command system. Although the public storm signal has been lowered in Pampanga, the City is continuously monitoring the major channels of the San Fernando River and other areas covered by closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras. “Almost two meters of the San Fernando River has been desilted and tractors are working on the Del Pilar, San Felipe and San Jose areas,” Engr. Amor Bien Aguas, OIC of the City Engineer’s Office said. Aside from the flood-mitigation efforts, the CDRRMC also discussed the evacuation plan wherein 16 schools have been identified as possible evacuation sites. The Heroes Hall will serve as the main staging area in case of emergency. Councilor Angie Hizon, chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s committee on peace, order and public safety, noted the need for additional rescue equipment. “We should also provide portalets and mosquito nets to evacuees,” Hizon added. Also present during the meeting are Vice Mayor Jaime Lazatin, CDRRMO chief Raymond del Rosario and key department heads of the City Government. Mayor Santiago earlier announced the suspension of classes for pre-school, elementary and high school levels, both public and private, in accordance with government guidelines. The CDRRMC is on heightened alert status and assures real-time response to Fernandinos in case of emergency through the San Fernando Rescue Unit (SAFRU). ---CSF-CIO

An emergency meeting of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) has been called by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago on Monday morning to discuss the updates on typhoon ‘Labuyo.’

CSF, SM Promote Farming [ Wednesday | 7th day of August, 2013 | 5 years ago ]

Present during the launching were San Fernando City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, City Councilor Joselito Ocampo, Assistant Vice President Cristie S. Angeles of SMFI, representatives from HARBEST Agribusiness Corp., Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Agriculture, SM Supermarket, SM Savemore and SM City San Fernando Downtown. The 12 week training will be participated by over 120 farmers from different barangays of the city. The program aims to teach marginal farmers new technology on application of fertilizers, soil amendments, and the use of other water-soluble products through an irrigation system. In his message, Mayor Santiago said that one way to empower farmers is by equipping new farming technology. “Modern way of farming is used in order to improve both quality and productivity thus the city will continue to support this livelihood program.” Angeles on her part convinced farmers to finish the module for they will be equipped with the precise and effective way of farming. The training will also provide farmers knowledge on multi-crop farming and in identifying high-value crops that can adapt to identified farm areas where they can be planted.

The City Government of San Fernando in partnership with SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI) launched 57th batch of Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers Training at Barangay Del Rosario on Friday.

Rotary Cabalen Turns Over Traffic Signs [ Tuesday | 6th day of August, 2013 | 5 years ago ]

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago receives new traffic signs from the Rotary Club of San Fernando Cabalen donated last August 1, 2013.

CSF Lantern Makers Reorganized [ Monday | 29th day of July, 2013 | 5 years ago ]

Originally convened in 2011, the group of local makers of San Fernando’s Christmas lanterns elected Alvin Garcia from Barangay Dolores as their new President for 2013. “Eventually, we are planning to create a sort of ‘cooperative’ so that we can help each other in terms procuring raw materials,” the newly-elected Vice-President Roland Quiambao said. Other elected officers are: Leonora Paras (Secretary), Eric Quiwa (Treasurer), and Daisy Flores (Auditor). Arnold Manalang, Noel Mendoza, Paul Paras and Allan Capati constitute the Board of Directors. “Our new president comes from a barangay with the most number of lantern sellers that is why he knows our concerns,” outgoing President Arvin Quiwa, who is now part of the board of advisors, said. The CSFP-LMA is composed of 19 local lantern-making businessmen and is now preparing for the expected increase in the number of “Parul Sampernandu” orders in time for the Christmas season. The City Government led by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago supports the group through the intervention of the City Tourism and Investment Promotions office (CTIPO). “We support our lantern makers since they are the men and women behind our town product which is also considered as one of the best in the country,” CTIPO head Ching Pangilinan-Gonzales said. ---CSF-CIO

Members of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga Lantern Makers Association (CSFP-LMA) selected their new set of officers on July 29 at the Heroes Hall during their second meeting this year as part of their plans of formalizing the group to form a government-registered association.

CSF Mayor Tells Youth: ‘be Transformative Leaders’ [ Friday | 26th day of July, 2013 | 5 years ago ]

In his message during the opening program, Mayor Santiago told participants to practice servant leadership and aim for transformation. “Leaders press transformation by changing the culture and that takes a lot of courage,” said Santiago. He also reminded the Religarians to “establish a good foundation, have strong faith and be active citizens of the society.” The three-day event with the theme “Breaking Stereotype Leadership, Embracing Dynamism and Equipping the Youth with Global Competencies and Christian Values” is co-presented by the De La Salle University and will cater seminars on social responsibility, youth and Christian leadership and teambuilding sessions. “Religare,” coined from a Latin word which means ‘to bind,’ steps it up as it extends to the whole Central Luzon to enhance and empower student leaders in Region III. Invited schools which joined the activity are Tarlac State University, Immaculate Conception of Olongapo City, Mary the Queen College of Guagua, St. Nicholas College of Business and Technology and the City College of San Fernando. “We are all one in transforming leaders into visionary leaders. We don’t want to confine leadership academically, [but] rather holistically.” said Precious Bernadette D. Estrada, Director for Student Affairs of UA “This is an avenue for us student leaders in order to acquire knowledge and skills to actively participate in nation building” said Jeremiah R. Gomez, UA Central Student Council President.---CSF-CIO

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago was invited by the University of the Assumption (UA) as keynote speaker during the 9th Religare Leadership Congress that gathers 200 student leaders from Central Luzon.

Feeding Program Benefits CSF ‘poblacion’ [ Tuesday | 2nd day of July, 2013 | 6 years ago ]

During the launch held on July 2 in front of the Sto. Rosario Barangay Hall, Mayor Santiago emphasized that social services programs are among his priorities. “Ang kahirapan ay hindi mawawala pero kaya natin itong labanan. Ang gusto ko, treinta porsyento ng ating budget ay mapupunta sa mga serbisyong kagaya nito,” Mayor Santiago said. The supplemental feeding aims to provide food in addition to regular meals. This is also considered as an immediate intervention to address malnutrition among target beneficiaries who were pre-determined, examined and de-wormed prior to the first day of feeding. Aside from focusing on food security, he also expressed his plan of revitalizing the old public market area. “Pasisiglahin natin muli ang palengke. Tayo ay nagpa-planong maglagay ng mga pick-and-drop areas, magpatayo ng mga parking areas at gawing mas kaaya-aya ang ating poblacion na aking kinalakhan,” Santiago said. The half-day event also marked the opening of Nutri-Negosyo stores and the Iodized Salt stores which will primarily benefit the preschoolers of barangay Sto. Rosario. According to Dr. Eloisa Aquino, City Health Officer, the ongoing programs are part of the Nutrition Month activities of the City anchored on the theme “Gutom at Malnutrisyon, Sama-sama Nating Wakasan.” Also present during the program were barangay captain Jesus Liang of Sto. Rosario and Clarita Magtoto of the Inocencio Magtoto Memorial Foundation. ---CSF-CIO

Among the ten barangays identified by the City Health Office of the City of San Fernando, Mayor Edwin Santiago chose Barangay Sto. Rosario or the ‘poblacion’ as the first beneficiary of the 120-day Supplemental Feeding Program for selected malnourished children.

Mayor EdSa Guarantees ‘seamless Transition’ [ Monday | 1st day of July, 2013 | 6 years ago ]

Also present during the Monday rites are Vice-Mayor Jaime T. Lazatin and the new set of City Councilors, namely, Angie Hizon, Dein Henson, Noel Tulabut, BJ Lagman, Ayzel Macalino, Nelson Lingat, Lito Ocampo, Tino Dizon, Harvey Quiwa and Jacklyn Calimlim. “We will make our work rewarding. The public is assured of a seamless transition from the previous administration to the new one,” said Mayor Santiago, who immediately called for an executive meeting with the Department Head and Division chiefs of the Local Government Unit. Vice Mayor Lazatin called for unity among incoming officials and current heads of offices as he addressed them during the meeting. For his part, the new City Administrator and concurrent City Planning Officer Engr. Fernando A. Limbitco reiterated that the recent release of a memorandum indicating the ‘end of appointment’ of some labor payroll and casual employees is part of the bureaucratic transition. “By law, temporary employees are co-terminus to the appointing authority. On the other hand, we will be prioritizing the re-hiring of the employees according to the number of personnel needed in addition to their competency,” Limbitco said. “The Department Heads need to evaluate the re-hiring of employees will also be based on the needs of the offices and the priority programs of the new administration against the availability of funds,” Limbitco added. The first session of the fifth Sangguniang Panlungsod is scheduled on Wednesday, July 3 and an Executive Conference is also set on July 4 to review City initiatives and layout the implementation of plans for the remaining part of the fiscal year. ---CSF-CIO

Marking the first day of work for the new administration of City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago led the flag-raising ceremony at the City Hall atrium on Monday.

City Sets Up Defenses Against New Coronavirus [ Saturday | 29th day of June, 2013 | 6 years ago ]

Mayor-elect Edwin Santiago, together with Vice Mayor-elect Jimmy Lazatin, City Administrator Ferdinand Caylao and City Planning and Development Officer, Engr. Fernando Limbitco, were first employees to receive vaccine shots during kick-off ceremonies on Monday. “The City has always been keen in safeguarding the health of its employees. It can be noted that we have already been giving free anti-flu vaccine since 2009 to lessen health risks. Since MERS-CoV posts threat globally, it is an imperative for health officials to put measures for prevention,” said Dr. Renely Tungol, CHO- rural health physician. In September 2012, the World Health Organization announced the discovery of the new killer virus. As of May 23, 2013, MERS-CoV has been identified in several countries in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and United Arab Emirates), Europe (United Kingdom and France) and Tunisia. Although there have been no recorded cases in the country so far, Philippine health authorities already set necessary countermeasures to prevent the entry of the respiratory disease. Airport and port scanners are in place to check passengers arriving in the country particularly those coming from the Middle East, where most of the cases have been reported. In the City, health officials have already been conducting close monitoring and surveillance of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who are residents from the 35 barangays in San Fernando. Common symptoms of MERS-CoV include acute, serious, respiratory illness with fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. MERS-CoV has been shown to spread between people who are in close contact and may even spread from infected patients to healthcare personnel. —CSF CIO

To boost the health of City Hall employees in preparation for any contingency, the City Health Office (CHO) this week conducted free anti-flu vaccination as primary defense against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), a newly discovered virus which already recorded 55 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection that have reportedly resulted in 31 deaths globally.

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