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Mayor EdSa Lauds Patawarans’ “green” Hotel [ Thursday | 28th day of November, 2013 | 6 years ago ]

Mayor EdSa lauds Patawarans’ “green” hotel

During the formal awarding of the tax incentive for the soon-to-rise Best Western Bendix Hotel in Dolores, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago commended Hilcres Consolidated Corporation owned by the family of local businessman Rion Patawaran for the proposed construction of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified green building.

Amid Yuletide Cheers, Mayor EdSa Remembers Yolanda Victims [ Wednesday | 13th day of November, 2013 | 6 years ago ]

“Despite the hardships that we are encountering, I believe every Filipino should celebrate the Christmas season to somehow ease the pain. And in behalf of the City of San Fernando, we share our grief to all Filipinos affected by Yolanda,” Mayor Santiago said in his opening statement during the unveiling of the mall’s “Smurftastic Christmas” celebration. Mall manager Lana Erroba and select city officials led the distribution of Christmas gift bags and teddy bears to special children with disabilities whom, she explains, are the beneficiaries of the event. “The Christmas season is the most favourite time of the year. SM San Fernando Downtown participates in the Smurfstastic Christmas to appeal to all the kids,” Erroba added. Morissette Amon, Paolo Onesa, Myk Perez and Janice Javier from the reality TV talent search The Voice of the Philippines were also invited as special guests to serenade the crowd. ---CSF-CIO

During the grand Christmas launch of SM City San Fernando, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago condoles with the nation over victims of the recent super typhoon “Yolanda” that struck Visayas.

CSF To Release Year-end Bonuses [ Wednesday | 13th day of November, 2013 | 6 years ago ]

As prescribed by the Finance Committee in coordination with the City Human Resource and Development Office, permanent and casual employees of the Local Government Unit will be paid fifty percent (50%) of their 13th month pay in addition to fifty percent (50%) of the cash gift equivalent to P2,500. Government employees hired on July 1, 2013 will receive full 13th month pay with P5,000 worth of cash gift while employees hired beyond July 1, 2013 will receive a prorated cash incentive. “We have ensured that everyone will receive a year-end bonus to prove that benefits will be given fairly to all public servants working in the City Hall,” said Mayor Santiago said during the Monday flag-raising rites at the City Hall atrium on November 11. Additional compensation worth P2,000 will also be given to project-based or contractual personnel. ---CSF-CIO

San Fernando Mayor Edwin D. Santiago announced that the year-year bonuses of 1,267 employees of the City Hall will be released before December 15.

CSF PREPARES FOR APEC 2015 [ Tuesday | 5th day of November, 2013 | 6 years ago ]

City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin D. Santiago (3rd from L) joins other local officials of cities handpicked by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) to be part of the "Islands of Good Governance (IGG)" initiative in preparation for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit. Photo was taken during the ISA Public Governance Forum held on October 30 at the Philippine International Convention Center. ---CSF-CIO Photo

CSF Selected As JobStart Pilot City [ Thursday | 10th day of October, 2013 | 6 years ago ]

The half day program was highlighted by the Launching and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Signing of the JobStart Philippines Program. ”As the city mayor, I believe that the Jobstart Program paves the way to faster employment and job placement,” said Mayor Edwin D. Santiago in his inspirational message. The City is among the four LGUs in the Philippines which was selected as a pilot area along with the cities of Taguig, Quezon and General Trias. “At-risk youth are the main beneficiaries of this program. Our national vision is to provide inclusive growth through massive job creations and substantial poverty reduction,” said Director Dominique Tutay of DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment. Also present during the program were Shigeko Hattori, Director of Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division of Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Luke Myers, Country Program Manager of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). San Fernando’s Employment Services Division Youth Development, Vocational and Career Guidance Section also conducted basic labor education training to graduating students from 13 local colleges and technical schools in the City. --- CSFP-CIO

The City of San Fernando was selected as one of the pilot cities to benefit from the PhP 229 million financial grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Coursed through the program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), JobStart is part of the Employment Facilitation for Inclusive Growth (EFIG) project geared towards enhanced delivery of employment services.

2014 Local Development Fund Approved [ Tuesday | 8th day of October, 2013 | 6 years ago ]

“No centavo shall be wasted. The fund will be used for priority development projects here in the City of San Fernando,” said Mayor EdSa who also chairs the LDC. Also present during the council meeting were acting City Vice Mayor Angie Hizon and Engr. Ferdinand Caylao representing the congressman of the third district of Pampanga. As prescribed by law, different city officials, department heads, barangay officials and NGO’s also attended the said meeting and raised their comments and concerns before the body unanimously approved the 20% local development fund allocations.

The Local Development Council (LDC) was convened by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago was held at Heroes Hall Lobby on September 30 to ratify the utilization of the Local Development Fund through a multi-stakeholder meeting.

Employment Is First In Mayor EdSa’s Agenda [ Monday | 7th day of October, 2013 | 6 years ago ]

Councilor Angelica Hizon also graced the event and encouraged applicants to find a suitable job and be willing to work hard. San Miguel Brewery, Carworld, Waltermart, Home Depot and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) were some of the establishments which participated during the whole-day event.

“One of our goals is to lessen the unemployment rate in City of San Fernando, to fight against poverty and starvation. As your city mayor, I believe this job fair will provide opportunities for you, Fernandinos, to have a better future,” said City Mayor EdSa on his welcome remarks during the most recent job fair held at the City Hall atrium.

1,022 Benefit From TESDA-DSWD Tie-up [ Friday | 27th day of September, 2013 | 6 years ago ]

The event was attended by San Fernando Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) President, Jim Jimenez, TESDA Provincial Director Ben-Hur Baniqued, and DSWD Regional Director Adelina Apostol. “The City of San Fernando is one of the progressive cities in the country. As the city mayor, I’m encouraging you, fresh graduates, to be part of this progress,” Mayor EdSA said during his opening remarks. Components of the C4TP include wage-employment and self-employment considerations that will benefit all the graduates. Trainings and assessment were conducted by TESDA while resource mobilization and identification of beneficiaries were done by the DSWD. The six-month program was officially launched last March by the two national government agencies in partnership with technical training schools in Pampanga and local government units in Central Luzon. ---CSFP-CIO

Through joint efforts between the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), a Cash-for-Training (C4TP) Mass Graduation cum Jobs Fair for 1,022 beneficiaries was held at Heroes Hall on September 25.

Use Disaster Funds Wisely – Mayor EdSa [ Thursday | 26th day of September, 2013 | 6 years ago ]

“As the city mayor and chairperson of CDRRMC, let us use the funds wisely to improve our rescue team units,” Mayor Santiago said during his opening remarks addressed to the participants of the Regional DRRM Summit sponsored by the Office of Civil Defense Region III. “Our main objective is to lessen and prevent the possible risks which affect our society and environment,” Mayor Santiago added. The Mayor of San Fernando also discussed how San Fernando was able to handle calamities and disasters caused by typhoons and heavy rains. “We have a local version of 911 and that’s 961-HELP,” Mayor EdSa said as he promotes the City’s own rescue team and emergency medical services hotline. In recognition of the City’s disaster response and mitigation efforts, the San Fernando Rescue Unit (SAFRU) placed 2nd in the “Best in Government Emergency Response Management (GEM) Basic Search and Rescue” Award for 2013. The City was also awarded second in City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (Independent and Component City Category). Aside from provincial, city and municipal officials from Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Bataan and Aurora, punong barangays, members of the sanggunian, local disaster risk reduction and management councils, local development councils, local finance committees, and all other national and local government officials from Central Luzon attended the event. ---CSFP-CIO

During the two-day Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) seminar for newly-elected local chief executives held last September 23-24 at the Heroes Hall, San Fernando Mayor Edwin D. Santiago urged his fellow public officials to maximize the use of their calamity fund.

CSF Choir Lands 4th In Nat’l Competition [ Thursday | 19th day of September, 2013 | 6 years ago ]

The 29-member City Choir composed of city hall employees was selected as one of the eight finalists of the group singing contest and was among 18 regional contenders nationwide. The competition is one of the major activities lined up for the 113th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA). With this year’s theme “Tatak Lingkod Bayani: Isabuhay, Ipagmalaki at Ipagbunyi,” the competition was held in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Philippine Choral Directors Association. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Singers brought home the championship title while the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) Chorale and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Chorale placed 1st and 2nd runner-up, respectively. “As a Fernandino and the City’s Vice Mayor, I am so proud that we made it to the top 4 because they are truly the pride of the City” said Vice Mayor Jaime Lazatin who attended the contest as a show of support. NAPOCOR Chorale was awarded as having the Best Arrangement of Competition Song and the Best Conductor Award was given to the BSP Singers. Special awards were also given to the best choirs in their respective regions, namely, the NAPOCOR Chorale (NCR), Coro De La Laguna (Luzon) and South Cotabato Division Teachers Choral (Mindanao). Aside from Vice-Mayor Lazatin of San Fernando, government officials who were present during the event were Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo, Laguna Governor ER Ejercito and Pagsanjan Mayor Maita Ejercito. Laguna 3rd District Representative Sol Aragones and Batangas Vice-Governaor Marc Leviste hosted the finals night. The City Choir of San Fernando, Pampanga is the two-time Regional Champion of the CSC Central Luzon Government Choral Competition. The group was formed in 2003 with local singer, arranger and voice coach, Prof. Sonny Briones as conductor.

The City Choir of San Fernando, Pampanga is adjudged 3rd Runner-up during the 2013 Civil Service Commission National Government Choral Competition held at the University of the Philippines (UP) Theatre in Diliman, Quezon City on September 18.

CSF Youth Officials Take Oath [ Monday | 16th day of September, 2013 | 6 years ago ]

Mayor Edwin Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Sangguniang Panlungsod members and Rotarians recognized the new youth officials during the short program. Teacher-coaches were also present to support their students. “As the City Mayor, we want to give our youth the right disposition when it comes to leading. Being a leader at a young age is the starting point to become an effective leader in the future,” Mayor EdSa said. Youth City Mayor Jude Paolo Bognot from Pampanga High School addressed his fellow youth city officials as well as the employees of the City Government during the Monday flag rites. “It is important to mold my fellow youth to be leaders at a young age because this [experience] can serve as our stepping stone. And if given the chance, I want to take part in directing our fellow students and Fernandinos for the betterment of our city,” Bognot said. Ailaina Danielle Aquino from St. Scholastica’s Academy was selected as Youth Vice Mayor and Carl Jacob Bundang from San Lorenzo Ruiz Center of Studies and Schools was named 1st City Councilor. The new youth officials were selected according to the criteria set by the Rotary Club of San Fernando (P) and student representatives underwent written assessment, oral exam and panel interview. “Take this opportunity to set as good examples to your fellow students. Not everyone is given the chance to lead. Take this big opportunity as your ‘calling’ to serve your own City,” Mayor EdSa added. Youth week activities include office tours, observation of actual Sangguniang session, briefing on parliamentary procedures, attendance to Rotary meetings, plant visit at LausGroup and local radio and television appearances. The Rotary Youth Week will run from September 16-20, 2013. Other participating schools are ICT High School, University of the Assumption, Sindalan High School, Maimpis Integrated School, Lara Integrated School, St. Vincent of Quebiawan Integrated School, CSF West Integrated School, Panipuan Integrated School, Northville High School, San Isidro Integrated School, Our Lady of Fatima University, Harvardian Colleges, and Saguin Integrated School. ---CSF-CIO

The annual Youth Week sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Fernando (P) and the City Government of San Fernando was launched on September 16 at the City Hall atrium highlighted by the oath-taking ceremonies of the new youth officials from 17 high schools in San Fernando, Pampanga.

CSF Remembers Local Heroine [ Friday | 13th day of September, 2013 | 6 years ago ]

“It is important to commemorate the sacrifices that played an important role in our present society.’ Santiago said. Relatives also thanked the city for honoring the good deeds and actions of Nicolasa Dayrit. The simple ceremony was followed by a holy mass offered by the City and the Dayrit clan. The commemoration is a yearly practice and coincides with the Women’s Week celebration aimed to relive the contribution of Nicolasa Dayrit. She is a non-combatant who aided wounded and sick Filipino soldiers during the Philippine-American War. ---CSF-CIO

A wreath-laying ceremony in the commemoration of the 139th birth anniversary of Nicolasa Dayrit was held at the Heroes Hall on September 10. The activity was attended by Mayor Edwin Santiago and relatives of the local heroine

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