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San Fernando Beefs Up Civil Registration [ Monday | 4th day of July, 2016 | 11 months ago ]


Thinking of getting married without overspending?

The City of San Fernando makes it easier for unwed couples to tie the knot through its free ‘Kasalang Barangay’ initiated by the Office of the City Civil Registration (OCCR).

City Civil Registrar Rimando Umali, during the Convention of Partners in Civil Registration on Wednesday, said free wedding rites will help address issues of illegitimacy among Fernandinos.

Interested couples must file their application for marriage license at least a month before the scheduled wedding. Those aged 18 and above must also submit their Certificate of No Marriage Record (CENOMAR) along with a Parental Consent (for 18-21 y.o.) or Parental Advice (for 22-24 y.o.).

In 2015, only 6,728 out of 13,100 born children were registered as legitimate. Record shows that 2,896 were born to single/solo parents, while some 10,204 were born to registered married couples.

“Aside from the annual Kasalang Balen, we also hold wedding ceremonies as part of each Barangay’s Fiesta celebration to ease the burden of getting married (especially for young couples) and secure the legitimation of children,” Umali added.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that the city ensures to render public services to its grassroots through these activities while upholding the Filipino values and traditions at the same time.

“We believe that a family with a strong foundation will help us produce Fernandinos who will partake in building a more sustainable, progressive community,” Santiago furthered.

Meanwhile, Umali urged Fernandinos to have their civil registrations accomplished on time to avoid inconvenience.

Births and Deaths must be registered within 30 days while Marriage Registration must be filed not exceeding 15 days after the wedding.

The OCCR has recorded a total of 3, 161 death registration and 1, 246 marriage registration in 2015.


Mayor EdSa Push Plans To Make City Biker-friendly [ Wednesday | 22nd day of June, 2016 | 11 months ago ]


Mayor Edwin D. Santiago over the weekend said that his administration will intensify its promotion of the use of bicycle as a means of transportation to keep the air clean and make San Fernando a biker-friendly-city.

This was stated during a cycling caravan sponsored by the LGU last June 19. The event was participated by hundreds bike enthusiasts coming from the city and nearby areas.

“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.
“Inilunsad din natin ang ng Bicycle Lane sa kahabaan ng Mc Arthur Highway Dolores. Ito ay maguumpisa mula Traffic Light St. Jude hanggang Mc Donalds Intersection. Higit isang kilometro ang haba nito at ito ang ikalawang Bicycle Lane sa siyudad, sunod sa kahabaan ng Lazatin Boulevard.

Mayor Santiago underscored that 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.


On His Birthday, EdSa Delivers Services To Public [ Wednesday | 22nd day of June, 2016 | 11 months ago ]


Mayor EdSa celebrates his birthday by offering various public services to the Fernandinos through a ‘Handog Pasasalamat’ program.

A medical mission and gift-giving was held at Brgy. San Pedro Cutud, catering more than 800 senior citizens. Meanwhile, thousands of local & overseas job opportunities were also opened during the City Job Fair held at the SM City Downtown.


CSF Rescues Street Children [ Monday | 20th day of June, 2016 | 11 months ago ]


In accordance with Presidential Decree No. 1563 or the Mendicancy Law of 1978, the Local Government of San Fernando, through its City Social Welfare and Development Office, recently conducted a rescue operation of street children and street families around Poblacion area in this city.

Social Welfare Officer II Bernadette Maniago said they were able to rescue more than 30 street children found begging on the streets.

“May mga nailigtas kami as young as 3 years old hanggang 13 years old,” she added.

Most street children are residents of Barangays Sta. Lucia, San Pedro Cutud, San Nicolas, Quebiawan,Calulut, Malpitic and Sto. Nino.

The CSWD on Monday has conducted a Parent Effectiveness Seminar attended by Health Workers, Nutrition Scholars, Purok Leaders and parents from the said barangays which aims to promote awareness on the control and eradication of mendicancy.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago said the activity also seeks to promote the importance of parent involvement in their children’s lives. Thus, strengthening a parent-child relationship in a family.

“Gusto nating isulong ang responsible parenthood para mabawasan ang kaso ng pamamalimos at child abuse sa ating syudad.”

Meanwhile, rescued mendicants are immediately brought to the Women’s Crisis Center in Barangay Sindalan for legal assessment and evaluation.

The city government was recently named by the Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Social Welfare and Development as a Child-Friendly Local Government Unit for promoting programs aimed to uplift the living conditions of youth.


San Fernando Prepares For Rainy Season [ Monday | 20th day of June, 2016 | 11 months ago ]


In preparation for the rainy season, the local government of San Fernando purchased an Hydraulic Excavator Backhoe on Barge to be used in dredging river channels surrounding the city.

The equipment was inaugurated Friday at the Mapalad Creek in Brgy. San Nicolas through the initiative of the City Engineer’s Office in line with the its River Management Program.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago said the recently purchased equipment seeks to address perennial flooding problems in the city especially in low-lying barangays located near riverbanks and creeks.

This includes barangays Juliana, Lourdes, Pandaras, San Felipe, San Jose, San Nicolas and Sta. Teresita.

“Our city is one of the catch basins of floodwaters in the province but we take steps to prevent severe flooding in order to avoid damages and casualties,” he added.

Meanwhile, San fernando also acquired three boats made of fiber glass to be utilized by City Engineer’s Office River Patrol in monitoring river situation.

Also present during the event were Vice- Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor BJ Lagman, Councilor Tino Dizon, City Engineer Efren De Leon, Chief of Staff Engr. Remedios Agoncillo and City Hall employees.


CSF Local Officials Commemorate ‘Pinatubo Day’ [ Thursday | 16th day of June, 2016 | 11 months ago ]


Local officials in the City Government of San Fernando, led by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, on Wednesday commemorated the 25th anniversary of Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption.

Santiago, together with Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, re-elected councilor BJ Lagman and incoming councilor Ruping Dumlao, graced the commemorative event hosted by the Provincial Capitol of Pampanga.

According to the City Mayor, the activity does not only commemorate the devastation brought about by the 1991 catastrophe but also also celebrates Kapampangans’ triumph over any form of adversity.

Considered as the world’s second worst eruption in the 20th century, Mt. Pinatubo’s massive explosion covered the province of Pampanga with mudflows that resulted to the death of thousands.

“We are celebrating the resilliency of the Kapampangan race, and the Fernandino community will always strive hard in order to continue the progress of our once lahar-ravaged province,” Santiago added.

Twenty-five years after the tragedy, the province of Pampanga has recognized private sectors and government officials who contributed in the rebuilding and rehabilitating process in the province.

Through Kapampangans’ resiliency and indomitable spirit, Pampanga has risen from the ashes and is now tagged as a premiere province in Central Luzon.


CSF Improves Health Operations, Buys New Ambulance [ Tuesday | 7th day of June, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


To facilitate public service to the Fernandinos, the Local Government of San Fernando acquired 3 new ambulance units for use of its City Health Office.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, together with Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor Nelson Lingat, City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino and Rural Health Physicians on Monday led the formal turn-over of the new ambulances.

The City Mayor said that aside from strengthening emergency response capabilities, the acquisition of ambulance also seeks to prevent incidence of maternal and infant deaths.

According to the City Health Office, the new ambulances will be stationed in Birthing Stations in Barangays San Jose, Sindalan and San Nicolas.

“Our priority is to save lives. With these units, the patients can be easily transferred to larger hospitals whenever needed,” Mayor EdSa furthered.

The City Health Office now has a total of 6 ambulance units. 4 are stationed in different Birthing Stations while the other 2 are being utilized by its Health Emergency Management Staff.


CSF, TESDA Inks Agreement For Skills Trainings [ Monday | 6th day of June, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the City Government of San Fernando recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in the implementation of Bottom-Up Budgeting funded projects.

With this, skills trainings on Construction (Carpentry NC II), Metals & Engineering (SMAW NC I) and Tourism (Cake Making leading to Bread & Pastry Production NC II) shall open to public.

“We are targeting 190 unemployed, out-of-school youth and disadvantaged Fernandino Workers as beneficiaries” said Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago.

He said that it is the advocacy of the Santiago administration to assist workers in developing and harnessing their skills and potentials by providing training to provide them additional source of living.

According to Meilyn A. Gallarde, BUB focal person for Employment Services these skills trainings will be implemented on the 2nd quarter of year 2016. “Pre-screening and selection of beneficiaries shall also be conducted” she added.

The training will last for about 1 to 2 months. Qualified trainees shall also receive allowance from the city during their assessment (NC II Examination).


San Fernando Recognizes Students With Highest Honors [ Friday | 3rd day of June, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


Fernandino students who graduated with highest honors in the Academic Year 2015-2016 were recognized Tuesday by the Local Government of San Fernando.

Through the effort of the Schools Division of San Fernando under the supervision of Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Imelda Macaspac, some 115 grade 6 and grade 10 students from both public and private schools in the city received commendation for their oustanding academic performance.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago and Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin led the distribution of Certificates to the parents and guardians for their unwavering support to their children. Each student also received cash gifts amounting to P2,000.

In his speech, Mayor EdSa expressed his deepest appreciation to the school principals, staffs and parents for collaborating towards the betterment and success of the students.

The city mayor furthered “Sabi nga nila, kung gusto mong mamuhay at kumain ng habang buhay ang iyong mga anak, bigyan mo sila ng binhi ng edukasyon.”

For his part, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin challenged the students to continue doing their best and use their talents and potentials to the utmost.

“You are the future leaders of tomorrow. We are proud of you,” he added.
The recognition ceremony for students with highest honors marks its second year this 2016.


Mayor EdSa Vows To Support Duterte Administration [ Wednesday | 1st day of June, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


Mayor Edwin D. Santiago will support the administration of presumptive President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

This was the re-elected mayor’s statement as he said that there is a need for political unity to push the agenda of the next administration.

“Majority of the local officials in the city belongs to the Liberal Party but we will set aside political colors for the betterment of our nation” the mayor stated.

“We congratulate the newly elected leaders. We assure them full cooperation and support especially in providing a stable and enabling environment for further growth of the economy” he added.

Mayor EdSa stressed that every LGU should play a vital role in pushing the new president’s primary agenda in curbing criminality particularly within six months after assuming office.

“He has a strong political will and he can do a lot of things to abate criminality in this short span of time,” he said of the former Davao City mayor.

Hailing the orderly, peaceful and credible conduct of the May 9 elections, the mayor said that the recent polls has set a high standard for free and fair elections in the future.

“With the overnight tabulation and transmission of a big portion of votes from all over the country, the automated process has gained public confidence in our democratic process,” he said.

Mayor EdSa also hopes that Duterte would push for the development of both Clark International Airport and Subic Bay Freeport to decongest Metro Manila and boost economic opportunities in Central Luzon.

LP dominates local elections in CSF

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed last May 10 the winning candidates to the elective positions in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Unopposed Liberal Party bets Mayor Edwin D. Santiago and Vice Mayor Jaime T. Lazatin garnered 92,682 and 92,488 votes, respectively.

The LP also dominated the race among councilor aspirants. Elected to the Sangguniang Panlungsod are LP members Angelica Hizon, 72,418 votes; Benedict Jasper Lagman, 66,713; Renato Agustin, 66,179; Noel Tulabut, 60,311; Ayzel Macalino, 59,675; Nelson Lingat, 54,828; Harvey Quiwa, 54,671; Celestino Dizon, 51,193, and Ruperto Dumlao, 45,340. Comebacking Redentor Halili, running as an Independent, received 46,400 votes.


CSF HR Gets PRIME [ Wednesday | 1st day of June, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


The Civil Service Commission commends the City Government of San Fernando for its Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM).


San Fernando is among the few LGUs nationwide to receive such citation.

This is a proof that Kawaning Fernandinos (city hall employees) are among the best.

Effective human resource is equivalent to excellent public service.


World’s Largest Solar-powered Facility Inaugurated In CSF [ Wednesday | 1st day of June, 2016 | 12 months ago ]


Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago together with Gov. Lilia Pineda, Department of Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada and other local officials led the inauguration of the world’s largest solar-powered facility that will bring clean and environment-friendly energy to the Robinsons Starmills, and of course, the Fernandinos.

This mall's solar-powered facility was made possible through Soloenergy Systems Inc. The facility has 10, 880 solar panels and covers 1.75 hectares of roof space. This is also the first of its kind investment in San Fernando.

The solar array will harness more than 2.88 Megawatts of power during peak hours, offsetting up to 95 percent of daytime demands of the mall.

For his part, Mayor EdSa commended Robinsons Starmills Corporation for helping the city government in promoting environmental programs.

“What we want in the city is progressive development without sacrificing the environment, and this move is the best example of this” he said.

Jeffrey Yutuc, Project Development Officer of the Investment Promotion Office, said that the city government may give tax incentives to business that operates facilities that are not harmful to the environment.

“Pwede po tayong magbigay ng as much as 10% discount sa mga kompanya na nagpapatupad ng eco-friendly measures.”

Frederick Go, Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) president, said that he was inspired with the city’s advocacy of protecting the environment thus this renewable energy equipment.
“This is our way of helping the government in saving the planet.”

Recently, The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) Human Resources Management Foundation Incorporated has named this capital city as 2016 Tanging Bayani ng Kalikasan’ among the awardees of this year’s Bayani ng Kalikasan Awards.

The city was cited for its “outstanding achievement in the area of the implementation of the Clean Air Act and climate change.”

The city has also gained numerous recognitions for having committed to the implementation of RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management and enjoining all 35 barangays to contribute in solving garbage problems.

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