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CSF’s 2015 Local Development Fund Priorities Identified [ Tuesday | 30th day of September, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
To ensure sustained progress in San Fernando, the city’s Local Development Council (LDC) reconvened on September 25 at the Heroes Hall at the instance of its chairman and presiding officer Mayor Edwin D. Santiago.
Tackling the utilization of the 20% of the city’s Local Development Fund, the council has identified environmental management, social and economic development as its priorities for 2015.
Topping the list is Economic Development that includes procurement of engineering equipment, with a budget allocation of 52,200,073.20, followed by Environmental Management that was appropriated P31,750,000, and Social Development with P17,450,000.
“We are taking the initiative for the development programs of San Fernando. The city with its 35 barangays, has persisted in pursuing good governance to achieve a common goal, and that is sustainability,” said Mayor EdSa.
Also discussed were reports on disaster preparedness that falls under the Santiago administration’s 5th agenda item “Katiwasayan at seguridad ng mamamayan,mapayapang pamayanan.”
Present at the meeting were City Councilors Lito Ocampo, Noel Tulabut, BJ Lagman, Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) President Angel Wijangco, and Engr. Ferdinand Caylao who represented 3rd LDC members present were City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, Multi Sectoral Governance Council (MSGC) members, city government department/division heads and barangay officials of the city.
CSF Salutes Outstanding Employees [ Tuesday | 30th day of September, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
The City Government here has recognized the dedicated service rendered by its employees and officials by giving awards during the culmination of the civil service month held Monday at the City Hall.
Through its Programs on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE), the City Human Resource Management Office (CHRMO) identified 8 employees and 12 offices that rendered exemplary service to the city government and for the Fernandinos.
The awardees are divided into 7 categories and received cash prizes. This includes Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin who was given a special citation award for being named as one of the outstanding legislator recently. Also cited for individual category is Ms. Donalene Megino for joining the ranks of the top 10 agriculturist 2014. They both received P3,000.
For the group category, the LGU Internal Monitoring Team headed by Ms. Sharlene Bundalian received a total of P16,000 for being an instrument for the city government to earn the 3rd place in the 2013 Top 10 Most Competitive Cities in the Philippines, 2013 Most Successful LGU in the Institutionalization of Reforms, and 2013 Best LGU Customer Relations.
The San Fernando Rescue Team received P10,000 for bagging the Gawad Kalasag for year 2013-2014 and 11th place in Central Luzon First Aid Rescue Olympics.
The City Choir was given P8,000 for making it as 3rd runner up in Civil Service National Choral Competition.
Mr. Carlito Ong, a worker under City General Service Office, received the lifetime service award and the amount of P20,000.
The city government also gave recognitions to those employees who pursue their studies in masteral programs. Receiving P5,000 each are Rachelle Yusi, Human Resource Officer, Cristina Sangumay of CAVO, Aileen Villanueva of CSWD, and Engr. Erwin Quimabao of CEO-LBOD.
The most punctual award was given to Alex Soto of the City Administrator Office for acquiring no late and only three absences for one year.
Meanwhile, the City Schools Division get P30,000 for besting the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, Administrator Office, and CHRMO (received P5,000 each) in the Best Balance Scorecard Practitioner Category.
The CAVO agriculture division was named as the Best Group and received P25,000 surpassing the SAFRU, Mega Force, Sagip Ilog, and Composting team.
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, in his speech, said that the city’s workforce is behind in the success of the LGU hence it is his job to recognized the effort of the employees by setting direction to increase the efficiency and capabilities of the human resource.
Thousands Benefited From Ligtas-Tigdas Campaign [ Thursday | 25th day of September, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
The health office of the city government has already immunized more than 22,000 Fernandino children under the Ligtas-Tigdas program of the Department of Health.
The mass immunization campaign aims to help lessen the growing cases of measles, as well as to make the Philippines a polio-free country, including the LGU of San Fernando, Pampanga.
“Nagbibigay tayo ng libreng bakuna sa mga batang may edad limang taon pababa” said health officer Eloisa Aquino adding that the massive vaccination is still on-going until September 30.
She noted that fixed post in 44 health centers which are found in the city’s 35 barangays were established to ensure that everyone can avail the program.
“Mayroon din tayong mga itinalagang health team sa mga SM Pampanga, Robinsons Starmills at Walter Mart upang mas mapadali ang pagbabakuna gayun din sa mga pribadong unibersidad tulad ng University of Assumption at St. Scholasticas Academy” said Aquino.
She explained that this is a supplemental immunization activity therefore children who were already immunized are still encouraged to avail the medication.
“Nag-aapela kami sa mga pribadong ospital, centers, at iba pang health institution na payahunan ang kanilang mga pasyente na magpabakuna para maiwasan natin ang measles outbreak na naganap sa Visayas kamakailan lamang.”
On the other hand, Dr. Leticia Yap, Medical Director of VL Makabali Memorial Hospital, said that they will be open Wednesday and Friday to help the LGU in the immunization drive.
“Dinala natin sa ating mga barangay ang pagbibigay ng serbisyo ng gubyerno lalo na ang mga pang-kalusugan, libre ito para sa lahat ng sektor. Tinitiyak natin na malusog at ligtas ang bawat Fernandino” said Mayor Edwin D. Santiago.
Youth Officials Take Over City Hall [ Tuesday | 23rd day of September, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
Some 32 young student leaders of the city will get the opportunity to work for their fellow Fernandinos as Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, together with the officials of the Rotary Club of San Fernando, opens the Youth Week celebration today.
The presentation of the youth officials was held during Monday’s flag raising ceremony at the City Hall. This was witnessed by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, councilors Nelson Lingat, BJ Lagman, Harvey Quiwa, Angelica Hizon, city department heads, and members of the Rotary Club.
For five days from September 22 to 26, they will govern the city side by side with their counterpart in the city government. Also, they will be taken to office tours, observe the actual City Council sessions, briefing in parliamentary procedures, attendance to Rotary meetings, and local radio and television appearances.
“Sa loob ng 24 taon naging maganda ang resulta ng Youth Week celebration, malaki ang pasasalamat natin sa pamahalaang lungsod upang mahubog ang talent ng mga kabataan” said Conrado Garcia, founder of the city week celebration in 1989.
The participating high schools are from San Nicolas Integrated School, CSF West Integrated School, Nothville, High School, Harvardian Colleges, Our Lady of Fatima University, Saguin Integrated School, Don Honorio Technological State University, St. Vincent Quebiawan Integrated School, Nuestra Señora Integrated School, San Isidro Integrated School, Sindalan High School, University of the Assumption, Information & Communication Technological High School and San Lorenzo Ruiz Center of Studies & Schools.
The youth officials were selected based on written assessment, oral exam, panel interview and other criteria set by the Rotary Club.
“Respeto at pagtupad sa batas. Ito ang sukli natin sa ating mga pinuno para sa oportunidad na ibinigay nila sa atin” said Alra Bravo, Youth City Mayor.
They be our future leaders hence we are allowing them to take over and see the affairs of the city, this will make them responsible” said Mayor Santiago.
CSF Launches City Wide Communal Gardening [ Thursday | 18th day of September, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
In a bid to combat the adverse effects of climate change, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago today led the simultaneous planting of squash and malunggay plants in the city’s 35 barangays.
“This is like hitting two birds with one stone. While we are teaching our constituents to plant trees, we are promoting the consumption of nutritious food” said Mayor Santiago during his speech at the launching of the program held along the riverside behind the City Hall Building in Barangay Sto. Rosario.
The activity is a tripartite effort between the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office, City Nutrition Council, and Liga ng mga Barangay and aims to transform unused land into a communal garden.
“Binuhay natin ang ilog dito sa likod ng City Hall at ating tinamnan. Isa itong patunay na dito sa San Fernando, nagsusumikap tayo na maging parte ng solusyon sa pagligtas sa kalikasan” said Santiago.
He also encouraged barangay officials to practice backyard gardening in their areas.
“Hindi naman kailangan ng malaking lugar para magtanim. Isa lang ang puhunan natin dito, at iyan ang kasipagan” the mayor said.
The whole stretch of the area beside the river was planted with vegetables such as eggplant, okra, bitter gourd, pechay, mustasa, among others.
The mayor also noted that the city government recently opened an organic trading post in the new public market where these kinds of products can be bought.
Meanwhile, City Health Officer Eloisa Aquino explained the benefits of eating vegetables like squash and malunggay. “These two are essential to have a healthy body, and they are very budget-friendly” she said.
CSF Names Natatanging Fernandina 2014 [ Thursday | 11th day of September, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
In line with the Women’s Week celebration, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago gives recognition to the finalists of Natatanging Fernandina 2014, the women leaders of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
The conferment was held at the Heroes Hall today [September 10, 2014]. It was attended by women organizations in the city, barangay officials, health workers, and other civic organizations.
“Binibigyan natin ng pagkilala ang mga kababaihang Fernandina na mayroong kontribusyon sa pag-unlad ng ating bayan at pinasasalamatan natin sila sa walang-sawa nilang suporta sa pamahalaan upang matulungan ang mga mamamayan” said Mayor Santiago.
The recipients of the top three awards are: Carmelita Gregorio of Barangay San Juan, third place; Maria Dizon Diwa of Barangay Del Pilar; and Marilou Canlas of Barangay San Jose, first place.
The other finalists are Elvira David, Elena Sangil, Alicia Guiao, Teresita Bungque, Erlinda Gonzales, Rafaelita Magayanes, Alicia Ignacio, Lourdes Ong, and Encarnacion Pamintuan.
“Ang pagbibigay natin ng parangal ay kaugnay din ng pagdiriwang sa ika- 140 kaarawan ng ating lokal na bayani na si Doña Nicolasa Dayrit y Panlilio” added the mayor.
The awardees also received cash prizes, grocery packs, trophies from the city government and descendants of the heroine who were also present to witness the program which include laying of wreath at the heroes park.
“Isa lang ito sa mga programa natin para sa mga kababaihan, dito sa atin [San Fernando] kabahagi ng pag-gogobyerno ang mga kababaihan, sila ay mahalagang sangkap ng tagumpay ng pamahalaan” said Santiago.
The city is one of the few LGUs which have two celebrations that give tribute to women, International Women’s Month every March and Women’s Week in September.
San Fernando, earlier, has also awarded capital assistance amounting to Php 205,000 to women organizations under its sustainable livelihood program.
CSF Churns Out New Certified Specialists [ Monday | 25th day of August, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority [TESDA] recently produced specialists in Beauty Care and Wellness Services who are now holder of national certificates.
These beneficiaries are members of Barangay Saguin Women’s Association who have undergone one month of training and assessment guided by San Fernando’s Public Employment Service Office.
They are Maribel David, Olivia De Villa, Jocelyn Paguio, Maria Dimacali, Aika Genovo, Juvy Mendiola, Jackie Lou David, Rebecca Licup, Alice Mundido, Benson Jocelyn, Angelina Guevarra, Jinky Mendoza, Jennifer Canlas, Dominica Guevarra, Caroline David, Amelia Pamintuan, Cynthia Dungca, Carolina Bravo, Donalyn Tolosa, Luzviminda Miranda, Aleta Quiambao, Rosita David, Cristy Torres, Grace Quizon, Josephine Pamintuan, Joyce Quizon, Henelita Sumatra, Rosalie Pamintuan.
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, whose thrust in governance is employment, said that this effort aims to further assist underprivileged families in uplifting their well-being for them to reach self-sufficiency.
He underscored that the program will contribute in building the country’s workforce with competencies that are attuned to the demand of the nation’s growing economy.
“Hindi lang mga white collar jobs ang ating binibigyan ng pansin. Maliban sa ating educational scholarship programs, marami tayong skills at livelihood trainings. Sa ganitong paraan, mas maraming oportunidad ang magbubukas para sa ating mga kababayan” said Santiago.
A starter kit containing manicure and pedicure set were also distributed to the beneficiaries who mostly are plain housewives.
With this, they now have the opportunity to earn through small-scale business which can be included as one of their main sources of living.
CSF, POPCOM Present 100 Millionth Baby Of Central Luzon [ Thursday | 21st day of August, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
The City Government of San Fernando, together with the Commission on Population (POPCOM) Region 3, officially welcomed a newborn girl as the first of Central Luzon's 100 millionth-baby symbols during the Monday flag raising ceremony at the City Hall.
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago and POPCOM R3 Director Eleanor Cura presented Baby Kylie Espiritu who was born on July 27 at 12:39 a.m in the Sindalan Birthing Station this city.
Witnessing the presentation were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and City Councilors Nelson Lingat, BJ Lagman and Jacklyn Calimlim.
Aside from San Fernando, seven other provinces in the region shall similarly declare a newborn infant in their respective localities.
“The search for the 100 millionth-baby is an opportunity to highlight the significance of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) in pursuing national and local development” said Cura.
On July 27, the Philippine population reached 100 million which posted a greater challenge for the government to provide for more services.
For his part, Mayor Santiago said that in San Fernando, where population is almost three hundred thousand, the city government will not only track the development stages of Baby Kylie but will be providing her with services from “birth until retirement”.
“Pagkapanganak pa lang ni Baby Kylie, inalagaan na siya ng ating mga doctors at midwives. Tumanggap din siya ng mga benepisyo gaya ng mga bakuna at ang pagsasailalim sa newborn screening. Iilan lang ang mga ito sa ating mga basic social programs,” he said.
The child’s parents, Mary Ann and Jerome, are very thankful because “she [baby Kylie] will now have the opportunity to have a good life and good health since she will be enjoying all the health services from the government.
Drug Summit Beefs Up CSF Defense [ Thursday | 24th day of July, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
Representatives of barangays of this city gathered on July 22 at the Heroes Hall for an anti-drug summit meant to increase barangay capacity to combat the drug menace at the grassroots.
The meet, initiated by the Pampanga provincial government in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the City Government of San Fernando, was attended by officials of Barangays Dolores, San Jose, San Pedro, Sta. Lucia, San Nicolas and Sto. Nino.
In her remarks, Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda said the summit is part of the drug-clearing operations in the province. She urged the barangay officials to be fearless in protecting their respective areas against illegal drugs.
The governor then committed to provide the barangays with mobile patrol vehicles and motorcycles with sidecars for their mobility and surveillance needs.
As host of the event, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago thanked Governor Pineda for her efforts to help make San Fernando a drug-free city that, he said, is working towards becoming the preferred family-oriented tourist destination north of Manila.
Also present at the summit were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) president City Councilor Angel Wijangco, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Dir. Gen. Arturo Cacdac Jr., DILG Provincial Director Myrvi Fabia, PDEA Regional Director Jeoffrey Tacio and Center for Health Development (CHD) Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon.
A luncheon meeting followed the summit during which the new Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. was welcomed by the officials present that included City Councilors BJ Lagman and Lito Ocampo, Board Member Rosve Henson and Pampanga Police Director Senior Supt. Marlon Madrid.
CSF Honors Traffic Enforcers [ Tuesday | 22nd day of July, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
Traffic enforcers of the city government received today (July 21) commendations for helping the San Fernando Police in its intensified campaign against motor riding suspects.
During Monday flag raising rites, Mayor Edwin Santiago handed the award to 15 civil servants namely Traffic Management Division chief Renato Pineda, TMD members Oliver Villanueva, Joey Manalastas, Ariel Magtoto, Jeffrey David, Nelson Clacio, Lito Cruz, Richard Tadeo, Joey Magtoto, Sherwin Gando, Raymark Magtoto, Ronald Palma, Elmer Salangsang, Ramil Antigo and Heintagie Dizon.
“They have helped our PNP in their intensified campaign against lawless elements thru checkpoints and implementation of Oplan Sita, Helmet Law, and Dragnet” said Santiago.
Ensuring peace and order is a main thrust of the mayor’s administration under the 12 point agenda dubbed “Katiwasayan at Seguridad ng mamamayan, mapayapang pamayanan.”
Meanwhile, Police Chief PSUPT Edilberto Pitallano praised the awardees for their contributions in the apprehensions of suspects who usually employed motorcycles and other vehicles in the perpetration of their nefarious activities.
“Your loyalty, devotion to duty and whole-hearted immensely contributed in our operations, thus contributing to the plans and programs beneficial to our community.”
“We are thankful that our efforts are being recognized” TMD chief Pineda during an interview.
San Fernando traffic group is composed by only 70 personnel but managed to apprehend more than 2,000 traffic violations since October last year.
Fernandinos Satisfied With CSF Services [ Monday | 21st day of July, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
The services and programs offered by the city government here received high satisfaction rating according to the study conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government and City College of San Fernando.
Dubbed as Citizen Satisfaction Index System (CSIS), the study was promulgated by DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2012-13. It is a set of data tools designed to collect and generate relevant citizen’s feedback on local governments’ service delivery performance and on the citizen’s satisfaction.
According to DILG officer Jose Algie Canlas “the researchers are composed of faculties from the City College” where the area services on health, basic education, social welfare, governance and response, public works and infrastructure, environment management, agriculture support and tourism promotion was probed from December 1 to 8, last year.
“It was recorded that the citizen’s level of satisfaction with the city government is high” said Canlas.
Dr. Lourdes Javier, City College President, disclosed that San Fernando generally demonstrates very satisfactory performance and outcome which meets citizens’ expectations.
This means that citizens who availed of the program of the city government were “highly satisfied.”
However, it is recommended to conduct massive information drives on different service delivery areas so that the level of awareness on these programs and services will improve.
The study included 150 respondents from 23 barangays equivalent to thirty spots in the city. Respondents were selected through multi-stage random sampling to every citizen equal chances of being selected.
During a forum for the utilization of CSIS held today at Bliss Hotel, DILG Provincial Director Myrvi Apostol-Fabia commented that “San Fernando is an example of LGU that always find ways to improve its services.”
Mayor Edwin Santiago, for his part, said he believes that, as a leader, his duty is to “empower the citizenry.” “The government cannot work on its own hence upon my assumption into office, I requested the department heads of the city hall, the private sector, everyone, to help me in turning our dream into reality, make San Fernando a livable place into a reality” added Santiago.
Netizens Laud CSF For Disaster Preparedness [ Monday | 21st day of July, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
Social media users lauded the city government here for being “alert” and “ready” amidst the heavy rains caused by Typhoon Glenda.
This is after Mayor Edwin Santiago’s instruction to activate San Fernando Incident Command System under the city’s disaster risk reduction and management office on Tuesday, a day before the storm made its landfall.
“We established an emergency operations center at Heroes Hall where all pertinent information are disseminated through the internet, media outfits, academic institutions, PNP, BFP, among others” said Santiago.
With this, the official facebook page of the city [www.facebook.com/CSFP.CIO] was trooped not only by netizens but by the academe sector for updates especially about class suspensions.
“You did a good job which made me more proud of my being a Fernandino” said by Fer Santos External, Affairs and Media Director University of the Assumption.
Netizens were also thankful for the “hourly updates” made by the city.
“Kudos to the Mayor and the CDRRMC” posted by Fredl Azares.
“Dakal a salamat king saup yu kapamilatan na ning pamagbalita yu kng malalyari ngening panaun na ning bagyu” commented by Lisa Vega Lacap .
One social media user also tried to tamper a post by replacing the date of announcement to cause confusion.
However, netizens themselves bashed the misleading information.
Lenlen Dizon Toledo said “sana po yung mga walang magawa wag ng magpost ng mga fake na announcements...hindi po makakatulong sa mga students yan."
Sa mga panahong ganito hindi nakakatuwa yang mga ganyang biro...pls lng.”
Moreover, Jhen Kabigting pleaded “sna wag mag post ng fake na inedit n bulletin ng hnd nali2to mga tao.”
Meanwhile, city civil defense officer Raymond Del Rosario reported that “San Fernando, as of this moment, is flood free.” He said that despite of the public storm warning signal number 3 experienced by the province, the city’s major thoroughfare remained passable and that no pre-emptive evacuations were made.
“Our preparations for these past months paid off” said Del Rosario explaining that the city government as early as January of this year has conducted series of flood mitigation projects and awareness campaigns on disaster preparedness.