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CSF Celebrates Disaster Consciousness Month [ Tuesday | 1st day of July, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
With July as National Disaster Consciousness Month, San Fernando Mayor Edwin D. Santiago today highlighted the month-long celebration by unveiling the city government's program of activities during the Monday flag ceremony at the City Hall.
This year, the theme "Kahandaan at Kaligtasan ng Pamayanan, Pundasyon ng Kaunlaran" will guide the conduct of the activities aimed to promote public awareness on natural hazards and disseminate information on the steps to be undertaken to mitigate the adverse effects of such hazards.
A thanksgiving Mass at the Heroes Hall followed by a motorcade around the city proper will serve to drum up public awareness and support to the importance of disaster risk reduction and sustainable development for the Fernandino. Expected to attend are representatives of national agencies and various organizations from the private and public sectors, among others.
A seminar on how to use practical tools to determine the vulnerability of residential structures will be conducted by San Fernando’s Risk Reduction and Management Office on July 2.
A poster-making competition which will highlight the creativity of young Fernandinos is scheduled on July 8.
On July 10, several volunteers from the city’s 35 barangays are expected to finish their rescue training.
Also, the city was invited to participate in the 11th Central Luzon First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated external Defribillator Olympics in Bulacan.
On July 27, a fun-run with distance categories of 3, 5, and 10 kilometers will start at the Heroes Hall, simultaneous with an open house exhibit of the San Fernando’s Heritage District.
Scheduled to cap the celebration on July 30 is a Kapihan ng Mamamayan in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency.
CSF Recognizes Waste Segregation Champ [ Friday | 27th day of June, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga has given recognition to villages that have shown best practices on garbage segregation during the search for model barangay on ecological solid waste management program held at Heroes Hall last June 26.
According to Environment and Natural Resources officer Engr. Anelle David, San Fernando is one of the LGUs that strictly comply with R.A. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
“By complying with this law, we are able to divert our waste to 59% biodegradable materials from a mere of 12% back in 2002, and this was made possible through the participation of our barangay, thus we are recognizing their efforts” said David.
She noted that having a Material Recovery Facility is a criterion to adjudge the winners.
For the large population category, two consecutive year champion Barangay Maimpis was able to best again other contenders, making it the first hall of fame awardee, followed by Telebastagan, and Sta. Lucia for the second and third place. While for the small population category, a new champion emerged, Barangay Alasas, followed by Dela Paz Sur, and Juliana respectively.
For his part, Mayor Edwin Santiago said that his administration prioritizes programs that promote environmental protection such as waste segregation.
“I am happy to know that down to the barangay level, we are able to instill in the minds of Fernandinos the importance of taking care of our environment” said Santiago underscoring the activity is an example of citizen participation in government.”
“Garbage is a major concern for all of us, even in foreign countries, the only way to solve this is we [government officials] empower stakeholders to help us solve this problem” he added.
He disclosed that the city government is providing as much as P150,000 to its barangay as subsidy for the construction of MRF.
Cash prizes were also given to winners, P15,000 for the first place, P10,000 for the second place and P5,000 for the third place.
“This is an additional assistance for the maintenance of their MRF” said Santiago.
Mayor EdSa Convenes Local Development Council [ Friday | 27th day of June, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
Mayor Edwin Santiago convened the San Fernando's Local Development Council recently to study the city's annual investment program for 2015.
The meeting which was held at the Heroes Hall last June 24 was attended by the Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, barangay officials, city department heads, representatives from various organizations including private and public sector, among others.
The law states every LGU such as San Fernando must implement projects and program under three sectors such as general public services, economic services, and social services.
“At this early we must identify the projects and programs for 2015 so that we can plan and give budget for them” said Santiago.
Among the projects discussed were maintenance of peace and order, traffic enforcement, strengthening the education sector, health and public services, barangay empowerment, improvements of roads and bridges, flood control schemes, and programs that will boost economic activity in the city.
CSF Celebrates Arbor Day [ Friday | 27th day of June, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
Mayor Edwin Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin headed the simultaneous city wide tree planting activity in celebration of Arbor Day last June 25.
According to City Environment and Natural Resources officer Engr. Anelle David, more than 700 mahogany trees were planted in the 35 barangays of the city.
“We will not stop here, our aim is not just to plant trees but to grow them said David explaining that the city government will regularly monitor the growth of the planted seedlings.
Mayor Santiago, for his part, bared his plan of making the city’s 16 hectare material recovery facility located in Barangay Lara as an eco-park for tourists.
“This is the first step of rehabilitating this place that used to be a dumpsite, in the near future this will be a model park to prove that development can be achieved without sacrificing the environment” said Santiago.
CSF Promotes Biking For Clean Air [ Tuesday | 24th day of June, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago over the weekend said that the city government will be promoting the use of bicycle as a means of transportation in a bid to combat climate change and keep the air clean.
This was stated during a cycling caravan and fun run which was sponsored by the LGU with the help of Walter Mart last June 21. The event was participated by more than two hundred bike enthusiasts and runners coming from the city and nearby areas.
“Naniniwala tayo na ang pagbibisikleta ang pinaka-episyenteng paraan ng transportasyon at kung mahihikayat natin ang ating mga kababayan, mababawasan ang mabigat na daloy ng trapiko, at maisasalba ang kalikasan” said Santiago.
He disclosed that in order to realize this dream of making San Fernando as the “most bicycle friendly community”, his administration requested assistance from the central government in putting up a “bicycle lane” in the city’s major thoroughfare.
By doing this, Santiago underscored, the city is gearing up in becoming the most livable place where development is achieved without sacrificing the environment.
The mayor noted that such initiatives are not exactly unheard of, in fact, non-motorized travel has been integrated in the road systems of foreign countries.
He also urged the public to explore more options and choose the best alternatives of transportation saying that “this program will not only alleviate environmental concerns, but it will also promote a healthier regimen for the Fernandinos.
EdSa Celebrates Natal Day Through Public Service [ Tuesday | 24th day of June, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
Instead of extravagant and flashy celebration, Mayor Edwin Santiago chose to spent his natal day by outpouring social programs of the city government to hundreds of Fernandinos last June 21.
The mayor led the city’s health team composed of doctors, nurses, midwives, health workers and volunteers in conducting medical and dental services to residents of Barangay San Pedro Cutud, the community where Santiago grew up.
“Ang kaarawan ay isang pasasalamat, sa Panginoon, sa mga kasama sa buhay, hindi kailangan ng magarbong pagdiriwang para dito” said Santiago.
He noted that as a public servant he is happy to be in service of the Fernandino community during his very special day.
“Masaya ako dahil kasama ko ang aking mga katrabaho sa paglilingkod sa aking mga kababayan” added Santiago.
Included in the highlight of the immersion was the giving of anti-pneumonia vaccine shots to hundreds of elderly, dental check-ups and operations to children, medical consultations to pregnant women, giving of vitamins and supplements to the sick, and many more.
Santiago also reported that the support for the city’s rural health units will be intensified so that Fernandinos will no longer have to go to private hospitals and pay for medical fees.
“Palalakasin natin ang mga rural health units at mga birthing stations upang matugunan ang mga pangangailangan medikal ng lahat” he said.
He also disclosed that the Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office manifested its interest to open a satellite office in San Fernando to help in providing the medical needs of the poor.
To cap the event, residents received their Fernandino cards, the all-in-one access cards for the services offered by the city government.
PCSO Distributes Medical Equipment To All CSF Barangays [ Tuesday | 24th day of June, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, during his weekly Talakayan at Kapihan sa Barangay on June 19 in Brgy. Sindalan, was handed loads of medical equipment from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office by one of its directors, Atty. Aleta Tolentino.
“Our city is very fortunate because it’s not everyday that we get a visit from PCSO. They bring their services down to the barangays as what my administration has been doing,” said Mayor Santiago.
The mayor, whose birthday falls on June 21, said that he no longer yearns for personal gifts but only desires continuous relay of good public service to all Fernandinos.
Also present were the 35 barangay captains of the city who received medical equipment for their health centers. These included nebulizers, blood pressure monitors and wheel chairs.
“As your fellow Kapampangan, it’s good to be back here but it’s nicer to see good developments in San Fernando. In PCSO, under the administration of our President Noynoy Aquino, the programs are also allotted to the barangays,” said Atty. Tolentino.
The Talakayan at Kapihan sa Barangay was launched to focus more on the needs of the 35 barangays of the city.
The program was followed by a medical and dental mission, in coordination with City Health Office.
A ceremonial distribution of PhilHealth cards also took place to signify imminent coverage of residents of Barangay Sindalan.
DILG, DOST, DTI Laud CSF’s E-Governance [ Tuesday | 24th day of June, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Department of Industry (DTI) cited the city government of San Fernando as one of the local government units (LGU) ready to embrace the automation scheme for business permits and licensing system.
During the forum “Innovation and Connectivity through Technology” held June 17 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Manila, DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero with DTI Undersecretary Nora Terrado awarded the plaque of citation to the LGU in recognition of the city's compliance with the standards for processing business permits.
Receiving the award were Executive Assistant and Information Officer Michael Sicat and Business License and Permits Division chief Joseph Garcia.
“The automation of business registration processes will build the capacities of local governments and will make the services of government more efficient comparable (to) other Asian countries” said Panadero.
In San Fernando, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago believes that the holistic approach to governance is a key ingredient in earning national recognition, resulting to numerous awards including the hall of fame award given San Fernando for being one of the Most Business Friendly Local Government Units in the country.
“Aside from making our services faster, embracing technology [e-governance] will cut the red tape, attract more businesses and make our LGU more competitive and business-friendly,” the mayor said.
To date, San Fernando was able to fast track its services on the issuance of business permits. What used to be a week-long process, securing a permit in the city now takes only twenty minutes.
“This is also a way of promoting transparency in government” added Santiago, explaining that all transactions made by the city government are shown on its official website at www.cityofsanfernando.gov.ph.
Business application forms of the city were also made downloadable, as with the full disclosure report of the city government. The city hall is also complying with ISO 9001:2008 standards, making the city a prime spot for business.
CSF Deploys “Kawal Ng Kalikasan” [ Tuesday | 17th day of June, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
In a bid to promote environmental protection and awareness, the city government here will deploy volunteers who will serve the public as “Kawal ng Kalikasan”.
In line with this, the San Fernando Environment and Natural Resources Office headed by newly-installed Engr. Anele Culala held a symposium on environmental laws and enforcement at the Heroes Hall on June 16. This was attended by almost 100 volunteers coming from the barangay level, civic organizations, personnel from PNP, among others.
“We will train these volunteers to become Kawal ng kalikasan or Soldiers of the Environment, they will be deputized and given the authority to uphold city’s ordinances on environment” said Culala.
She disclosed that the corps of soldiers will assist in the implementation of the R.A. 9003 or commonly known as the ecological solid waste management act of 2000.
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that this project will boost environmental programs because of the participation of the city’s 35 barangays
“Ang lahat ng programa, lalo na ang mga pang-kalikasan, ay magiging epektibo kung uumpisahan sa ating mga barangay” said Santiago.
The mayor also bared his dream of making the component city as the most livable community by embracing both development and environmental protection at the same time.
“Kasabay ng progreso at kaunlaran, magpapatupad tayo ng mga programa na magpapanatili sa ganda ng ating kaliksan” he said.
CSF Convenes LEDAC [ Saturday | 14th day of June, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago convened recently the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) to study the city’s legislative agenda and ensure that programs implemented are consistently promoting inclusive development.
In a four day conference held at Hotel Patio Pacifico Boracay Malay Aklan held June 4-7, Mayor Santiago who also chairs the LEDAC discussed the programs of his administration with the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and the city department heads.
The conference is also a tool to harmonize and strengthen the working relationship of the legislative and executive branches of the city government and a strategy in enhancing development management and administration especially in the implementation and fund prioritization of plans, programs and projects.
From the period of July 2013 to May 2014, a total of 183 city resolutions and 23 city ordinances were passed through LEDAC.
Some of these notable legislations includes the stockpiling of rice in preparation for calamities, creation of disaster management plan, CSFP ecological solid waste management program phase II, implementation of Jobstart Philippines program, ratification of reproductive health care and wellness clinic, breastfeeding station, ordinances regulating the use of headsets, earphones, earplugs and other similar gadgets while driving, crossing the streets, or when operating motorized vehicles, or tools or equipment, free parking spaces for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWD’s), “Tree Planting Ordinance”, free movies for Senior Citizens in all cinemas operating in the city, among others.
A handful proposed legislations were also discussed such as public-private ordinance, extensive training to all barangay tanods, use of speed gun along McArthur Highway, E-scholar program, City Wide Waterways Clean-Up Month, rehabilitation of the two public markets, monitoring of internet service providers, barangay revenue code, among others.
As the consultative and advisory body of the city government, LEDAC helps in addressing issues and concerns on San Fernando’s development plans and its implementation.
Independence Day In CSF Shines Despite Weather [ Friday | 13th day of June, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
Despite the gloomy weather yesterday, the City Government here led by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago commemorated the 116th Independence Day with a program attended by at least five thousand Fernandinos coming from all walks of life.
For the opening act, Mayor Santiago together with city officials and employees conducted a wreath laying ceremony for the monuments of both national and local heroes erected at the Heroes Hall compound. This was witnessed by attendees coming from a cross-section of society including government officials, military and police personnel, students, private sector representatives, among others.
In his speech, the mayor stressed the importance of remembering the sacrifices of our fallen heroes saying that “it is our duty to protect their gift [freedom] to us”.
He also encouraged the public especially the youth sector to “emulate the lives of our forefathers and keep the spirit of nationalism alive.”
He also underscored that in modern times the “spirit of independence” can be measured through social economic status.
“Sa panahon ngayon hindi ka malaya kung ikaw ay nahihirapan kaya naman kasabay ng pagpapahalaga natin sa ating Kalayaan ay ang mga programa at proyekto para sa ating mga mamamayan” said Santiago.
The program also highlighted a inspirational talk from Alex Lacson, a Filipino lawyer, author, lecturer, philanthropist and politician best known as the author of “12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help Our Country.”
In an interview, Lacson thanked the city government for showing its love for the country remarking that “good governance is reflected through private sector’s participation in government endeavors which is very evident in San Fernando.”
CSF Supports ‘walk Caravan’ To Enlist Voters [ Friday | 30th day of May, 2014 | 5 years ago ]
The City Government here led by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago welcomed yesterday the participants of “Walka-walka”, a walk caravan launched by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to raise public awareness on the need for voters to register under a new biometrics system.
The caravan is headed by Comelec spokesman James Jimenez together Region 3 Director Atty. Temmie Lambino along with the staff of the agency. Its objective is to entice voters to visit their nearest Comelec office, it started from the northern part of Luzon and will end at the southern tip of the island.
According to Jimenez, 14 percent of 53 million registered voters or 9.6 million people do not have prescribed biometrics record and they stand to be disenfranchised in the May 2016 election while the list not yet finalized, in San Fernando, the voting population from its 35 barangays has reached 94,021 as of 2013.
Mayor Santiago vowed to strongly support the program by conducting massive information campaign to help people get their records straightened out so they can vote in the next election.
“Ang pagboto ay karapatan nating lahat, kaya kailangan ibigay natin ito sa ating mga kababayan” said the Mayor underscoring that the LGU will help Comelec in establishing satellite registration centers, especially in the remote areas.
“We will also assist in informing the public of the date of registrations so that voters who are still not enrolled in biometrics system can have their pictures, signature and fingerprints taken” added Mayor Santiago.
The registration period for the May 2016 elections has started on May 6, 2014 and last until October 31, 2015, most of the 9.6 million voters without biometrics records were in Region IV-A, Region III and the National Capital Region.
The voters who failed to vote in the last two consecutive elections have been removed from the list of registered voters and they must register anew to vote in 2016.
The Walka-walka will continue from Bicol to Visayas in September and then to Mindanao in December.