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CSF Lantern Makers Reorganized [ Monday | 29th day of July, 2013 | 6 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 | 6 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.
10,000 Trees In 100 Days [ Friday | 7th day of June, 2013 | 6 years ago ]
The City Environment and Natural Resources Office spearheaded the tree planting activity, scheduled every Saturday in various urban areas, in line with the city government`s goal of planting 10,000 trees in 100 days. The event`s kick-off held in Brgy. San Felipe was participated in by Mayor Edwin Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor Angie Hizon, Councilor BJ Lagman (Chairman of the Committee on Environment) ABC President Arnel Sicat, Brgy. Captain Elena Carreon and Mr. Angelo David, MSGC Urban Greening Council Chairman. The overwhelming support of other Barangay Captains, City Hall department heads and employees, as well as the city police, students of AECMES and business sector (4Runner Services, Robinsons Dept. Store and Fieldmen) made the event a success.
The city government of San Fernando, Pampanga led by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and the City Council held the first of weekly tree planting activities on July 6, 2013 in support of the National Greening Program of President Benigno Aquino.