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Fernandinas Undergo Training On Weaving, Welding [ Wednesday | 13th day of September, 2017 | 7 months ago ]

About 50 members of different women's organization in the City of San Fernando attended the two-day "Water Hyacinth Basket Training" from September 7 to 8 as part of Women's Week 2017 celebration.

The activity was organized by the City Investment and Promotions Office (CIPO), in partnership with the provincial offices of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Present during the opening ceremony were CIPO Project Development Officer Jeffrey Yutuc, DTI Pampanga Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio, TESDA Pampanga Supervising TESD Specialist Jenica Dunglao, DOST Pampanga Representative Jesili Reyes and JCE Advance Assessment Center Manager JB Estabillo.

Yutuc said the training involves weaving using dried water lilies and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) or tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, a process commonly used in making baskets and furniture.

"Mahalaga na pareho nilang alam ang dalawang proseso na ito para makatapos ng isang produkto. Tiniyak namin na ligtas itong gawin at hindi delikado para sa mga kababaihan," Yutuc added.

Ordonio, for her part, lauded the local government of San Fernando for actively hosting livelihood trainings for its constituents. She stressed the urgency of having new trained weavers considering the growth of basket industry in the country.

"We continue to gain recognitions because of our quality outputs; so we are currently partnering with businesses and malls that can help us market our products both local and abroad," Ordonio said.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago also thanked all involved agencies for their tireless support to promote productivity and efficiency among Fernandinos. He said these initiatives also boost women entrepreneurship which plays a critical role in economic development.

"Sa ating patuloy na pagkakaisa ay mas maraming kababayan ang natutulungan natin sa pagkakaroon ng sariling kabuhayan na siyang susi sa hinahangad nating kaunlaran," Santiago furthered.

School, Barangay Disaster Response Teams In CSF Test Skills In Disaster Volunteers Capability Assessment [ Wednesday | 6th day of September, 2017 | 8 months ago ]

Disaster teams of ten different schools and four barangays in the City of San Fernando put their preparedness skills on test during the 2nd CSF Community Disaster Volunteers Capability Assessment held September 1 at the Heroes Hall.

The activity was realized through the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in partnership with the Department of Education Division of City of San Fernando and Philippine Red Cross Pampanga-Angeles City Chapter.

Present during the activity were City Administrator's Office Engr. Fernando Limbitco and Chapter Manager of the Philippine Red Cross Pampanga-Angeles City Chapter Augusto Ocampo.

Consist of two categories namely Barangay and School, the 14 teams competed in different activities such as information education; bandaging relay; lifting and moving relay and situational analysis. Each group was also rated based on their preparedness capability, knowledge of handling and using disaster equipment and teamwork.

CDRRM Officer Raymond Del Rosario said the annual activity seeks to develop the skills of the participants to help them lead during disaster as well as to raise awareness on the importance of disaster preparedness and resiliency.

"Ang mga kalamidad at sakuna ay walang pinipiling oras at panahon, kaya naman napakahalaga na ang bawat isa sa atin ay may sapat na kaalaman patungkol sa mga tamang gawain sa pagreresponde," Del Rosario said.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said that the local government cannot do it all alone. Thus, he is encouraging every Fernandino to be prepared at all times so as to lessen fear, anxiety and the damaging effects of calamities and disasters.

"Dapat lagi tayong handa sa ano mang sakuna na pwedeng tumama sa atin kaya naman aming pinalalakas ang kakayahan ng lahat ng paaralan at barangay dito sa ating syudad dahil sila ang kasangga ng CDRRMO sa pagresponde. Sa mga ganitong pagkakataon kailangan ding manaig ang pagkakaisa," Santiago said.

Meanwhile, Brgy. Del Rosario was awarded as champion and also received special awards such as the Early Bird, Best in Bandaging Relay and Best in Lifting and Moving Relay. Brgy. Sindalan was hailed as 1st runner up followed by Brgy. San Juan (2nd runner up) who also won the Best in Information Education and Best in Situational Awareness award for the barangay category.

For the second time in a row, the Information Communication Technology High School was awarded as the champion for the school category. It also received special awards like Best in Information Education, Best in Bandaging Relay, Best in Lifting and Moving Relay and Best in Situational Awareness.

Meanwhile, Panipuan High School was awarded as 1st runner up followed by Lyndale Academy (2nd runner up) with an Early Bird Award.

Best in Uniform award were given to Brgy Sto Nino and Sindalan High as respectively.

CSF Celebrates National Heroes Day [ Friday | 1st day of September, 2017 | 8 months ago ]

Local officials in the City of San Fernando led by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin on Tuesday offered wreaths in front of the monuments installed at the Heroes Park in observance of National Heroes Day.

These heroes are Dr. Jose Rizal, Don Pedro Abad Santos, Jose Abad Santos, Andres Bonifacio, Tiburcio Hilario, Nicolasa Dayrit, Benigno Aquino and the World War II Marker monument.

Also present during the wreath laying ceremony were Councilors Angie Hizon and Harvey Quiwa, department heads, heroes' relatives and city hall employees.

This was followed by a short program at the Mini-Convention Center wherein Bonifacio's renowned poem "Pag-Ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa" was performed by the students from Nuestra Senora Del Pilar Integrated School to commemorate the martyrdom of the fallen heroes.

In his speech, Lazatin stressed the importance of honoring and recognizing the heroes' courage, patriotism and sacrifices in exchange of the country's freedom that we enjoy today.

He also urged everyone to continue the good and noble deeds of the national heroes in their everyday lives.

"We can choose to be better Fernandinos by doing what is right. Let us all be Mabuti, Magaling at may Malasakit sa Kapwa. We can be heroes even in simplest way." Lazatin added.

PDuterte Leads Chicken Boodle Fight In CSF [ Wednesday | 30th day of August, 2017 | 8 months ago ]

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday led a boodle fight in the City of San Fernando to prove that poultry products in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija are safe for public consumption.

He was joined by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol and Undersecretary Berna Puyat, Health Secretary Paulyn Rosell-Ubial, Governor Lilia Pineda, former president and Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, 3rd District Representative Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago and other local officials from the two provinces.

Some 1,000 individuals including government employees, uniformed personnel and poultry raisers also participated and shared different chicken-based meal like fried chicken and quail, chicken adobo, hard boiled eggs and balut.

In an interview, Duterte said he wanted to personally try the local poultry products to prove that these are safe to eat amid the bird flu scare.

"I came here just to eat the chicken and the egg and the balut(s) to assure the public na hindi po delikado, tapos na," Duterte said.

During the program, P29 million worth of indemnity checks were also awarded to affected poultry operators in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija.

Pinol reported that around of 600, 000 birds from San Luis, Pampanga and towns of San Isidro and Jaen in Nueva Ecija were depopulated.

Meanwhile, military and police personnel who assisted to contain the Avian Influenza in the affected areas were also given certificates of commendation from the President and the DA.

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, for his part, extended his gratitude to the president and other concerned agencies for their support to the poultry industry and local poultry raisers whose livelihood has been devastated due to avian influenza outbreak.

"We know that most poultry supplies come not only from Pampanga but also from other parts of Central Luzon; unfortunately, the crisis has greatly affected and even cut the demand of chicken and eggs. Kaya naman kami ay patuloy na nakikiisa at nagsasagawa ng ganitong mga aktibidad at umaasa kami na muli ng tatangkilikin ng publiko ang mga manok at itlog na galing dito sa atin, Santiago said."

CSF Ensures Chicken, Eggs Safe To Eat Amid Bird Flu [ Friday | 25th day of August, 2017 | 8 months ago ]

Mayor Edwin "EdSa' Santiago and Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin on Friday led a feast of chicken and eggs in a boodle fight conducted during the ‘Kapihan at Talakayan' in Brgy. Panipuan to promote that it is safe to eat poultry products amid bird flu crisis.

They were also joined by Third District Representative Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales, Jr., City Councilors Angie Hizon, BJ Lagman, Reden Halili, Harvey Quiwa, Nelson Lingat and Ruping Dumlao, department heads, Brgy. Panipuan officials headed by Captain Roberto Maglalang, representatives from the Department of Education and local poultry meat dealers and vendors.

City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay said the food served was supplied by poultry companies such as Minalin Poultry & Livestock Cooperative and Red Dragon Farm and private partners such as Fresh Options and McDonalds as promotion to the province's poultry industry.

"Nagcommit sila na ipapakain ng libre ang kani-kanilang mga produkto bilang pakikiisa sa ating kampanya na ligtas kainin ang mga manok at itlog sa ating syudad," Sangumay said.
During the program, City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino discussed the proper handling and cooking of food highlighting that properly cooked chicken meat and egg is safe for consumption.

She also emphasized the importance of early consultation at the nearest health centers for patients with Influenza-like Illness. She further advised the public to practice "cough etiquette" and "proper hand washing".

"No study has shown that the bird flu virus can be transmitted through cooked food. Let us always be mindful of the 5 keys to safer food of the World Health Organization which are (1) keep clean, (2) separate raw and cooked, (3) cook thoroughly, (4) keep food at safe temperatures and (5) use safe water and raw materials, " she added.

For his part, Mayor EdSa urged the public not to panic over the issue because the local government is taking necessary actions and strict monitoring to ensure the safety of every Fernandino.

"We have regulated the movement of poultry and it's by products. Tayo din ay patuloy na nakikipag-ugnayan sa National at Local government at iba pang ahensya para mapanatiling ligtas ang bawat isa at tuluyan ng masugpo ang bird flu," the city mayor added.

Meanwhile, the city officials also led the blessing and inauguration of the newly completed projects in Brgy. Panipuan which includes the two classroom buildings for high school students and the improvement and concreting of roads in Purok 2 and Purok 7.

5,000 Students Attend Education Fair In CSF [ Friday | 25th day of August, 2017 | 8 months ago ]

More than 5,000 Grades 10 & 12 students from all public high schools in the City of San Fernando are expected to attend the first Education Fair from August 16-18 at the Mini Convention Center, Heroes Hall.

The three-day activity seeks to guide the incoming Senior High School and College students in choosing the right K-12 strand or course based on their interest and the available job opportunities in the city.

This was realized through the City Public Employment Service Office in partnership with the Department of Education, Department of Labor and Employment and—a non-government organization based in Manila that connects students to education opportunities through an online platform and promotes career awareness among the Filipino youth.

Various schools and universities in the City have also participated in the said fair to provide the students a comprehensive understanding on the different programs and scholarships they offer.

"Aside from the career orientation, we also let the students determine the right school based on their desired courses and the availability of resources," PESO Manager Donny Sayre said in an interview.

He added that the DepEd also conducted a survey to identify what strands or courses are chosen by majority of the students.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed the importance of guiding the youth in choosing their respective career path to reduce job mismatch and unemployment rate in the city.

"Education and employment are our top priorities in the city because we believe that these two play an integral role towards sustainable development. Thus, improve the quality of life of every Fernandino," Santiago said.

CSF Dubbed As Most Competitive City [ Friday | 25th day of August, 2017 | 8 months ago ]

The City of San Fernando was recognized as one of the most competitive cities in the Philippines during the 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit held August 16 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.

The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index were measured into four pillars including Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure and Resiliency.

Under the component city category, the city ranked 2nd for Economic Dynamism; 6th for resiliency; 10th for infrastructure and 11th for government efficiency.

For the Overall Competitiveness, the city ranked 4 among the component cities in the country. The cities that landed in the Top 3 are Antipolo, Naga and Davao Del Norte.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago extended his gratitude to the National Competitiveness Council for recognizing the city's efforts towards sustainable development without compromising the quality of public service.

He also thanked the people behind this significant milestone adding that these awards are results of their hard work to maintain good governance and transparency in the city.

"Malaki ang naiaambag at partisipasyon ng bawat isa sa syudad, kaya patuloy tayong nakakatanggap ng ganitong klase ng pagkilala. Sama-sama nating mas palawakin at pag-igihan ang pagbibigay ng mahusay at tapat na pagseserbisyo sa mga Fernandino," Santiago added.

Also present during the awarding were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors Angie Hizon, Harvey Quiwa, Nelson Lingat, Ruping Dumlao, Reden Halili, and Bj Lagman and other department heads of the city.

CSF Receives Equipment For Suman And Kalamay Production [ Friday | 25th day of August, 2017 | 8 months ago ]

The Department of Trade and Industry Pampanga Provincial Officeformally turned over a set of equipment for "Suman"and "Kalamay"production worth P400, 600 to the City Government of San Fernando during Monday's flag raising ceremony at the City Hall.

This is under the DTI's project dubbed "Shared Service Facilities"which aims to improve the production of Micro, Small and Medium enterprises by providing machineries and tools to the association groups, academes and local government units.

The city has chosen the "Pagkakaisa ng mga Kababaihan sa San Pedro" (PKSP) as beneficiary to help them increase their productivity and efficiency in "Suman" and "Kalamay" making.

DTI Pampanga Provincial Director Elenita Ordonio said these tools will result to additional production that may help them respond to bulk demands especially during holidays or special occasions.

"Malaking tulong sa kanila ito kasi mas mapapabilis ang kanilang paggawa ng mga produkto na siya ding resulta ng paglago ng kanilang negosyo," Ordonio added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago thanked the DTI for their active support to the Fernandino entrepreneurs that contributes in protecting the lifeblood of the city's economy.

"Sa atin pong patuloy na pagtutulung-tulungan ay ating mas mapapalakas ang pagnenegosyo upang mas guminhawa ang buhay ng bawat isa. Marami tayong maipagmamalaking produkto hindi lang dito sa Pilipinas kundi maging sa ibang mga bansa," Santiago said.

Fernandinos Attend Emerging And Re-emerging Diseases Summit [ Saturday | 12th day of August, 2017 | 8 months ago ]

Barangay Officials from the 35 barangays of the City of San Fernando and personnel from the city, provincial and regional health offices converged at the Heroes Hall on August 11 for the ‘Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases Summit'.

Organized by the City Health Office, in partnership with the Department of Health Region 3, the activity seeks to raise the level of awareness of Fernandinos on the mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue and Japanese Encephalitis (JE),
Among the topics discussed were the JE Global, Philippine and Regional update; epidemiology and case definition of JE, specimen collection and transport and availability of diphtheria anti-toxins; and presentation on environment sanitation, vector surveillance and different mosquito species.

Rural Health Physician and Communicable Diseases Cluster Program Medical Coordinator Dr. Renely Tungol said that aside from dengue cases, the City Health Office is also in full monitoring of JE adding that since last year, there have already been 25 JE cases in San Fernando, one of which was reported dead.

"Dapat pong maging aware ang ating mga kababayan na may ganitong klase na ng sakit na galing din sa lamok. Kapag po kasi tag-ulan mas prominent ang mga lamok kaya hinihikayat namin ang lahat na panatilihing malinis ang kanilang mga bakuran," she added.
Tungol also mentioned that while there is no specific treatment for this endemic disease, the city will offer free JE vaccine for prevention starting next year.

"Ang target na mabakunahan ay yung mga edad 9-15. Sa ngayon, kapag may suspected case tayo dinadala natin sa Jose B Lingad Merorial Regional Hospital para sa mga tests at kukuhanan sila ng dugo na dadalhin sa Manila for confirmation," she said.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago stressed the importance of keeping the Fernandinos updated on the different diseases in order to maximize the prevention efforts of the entire community.

"Tayo po ay nasa iisang komunidad at mahalaga na alam natin ang nangyayari sa ating kapaligiran. Sana ay makiisa tayo sa lokal na pamahalaan sa mga hakbang upang maiwasan o masugpo ang ganitong klase ng sakit," he added.

Also present during the activity were Councilors Harvey Quiwa and Angie Hizon.

200 Fernandinos Employed Through ‘TUPAD' Program [ Thursday | 10th day of August, 2017 | 8 months ago ]

A total of 200 Fernandinos signed their contracts for employment during the "Tulong Hanapbuhay Para sa Disadvantage Workers (TUPAD)" Orientation and Contract Signing on August 9 at the Heroes Hall.

This was initiated by the Local Government of San Fernando,through its City Employment and Services Division, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment and Provincial Government of Pampanga.

TUPAD is one of the programs of DOLE that aims to provide emergency employment for displaced workers and unemployed.

"Ang mga beneficiaries natin ay magtatrabaho sa loob ng sampung araw at sasahod sila ng 3,600 pesos," DOLE Pampanga Field Office Labor and Employment Officer Arlene Tolentino said in an interview.

"Sila ay protektado sa kanilang pagta-trabaho dahil bibigyan din natin silang Personal Protective Equipment na akma sa kanilang trabaho. Makakatulong natin sila sa pagpapanatili ng kalinisan sa ating kapaligiran dahil ang kanila pong gagawin ay ang paglilinis sa ating mga drainages na naaayon ngayong tag-ulan" Tolentino said.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago stressed that the city actively supports programs that provide employment opportunities to the Fernandinosso they can improve their quality of life with dignity and responsibility.

"Prayoridad ng Syudad San Fernando na ang lahat ay magkaroon ng maayos at disenteng trabaho, ito ang susi sa pagkakaroon ng maayos at masaganang buhay na siya ding tulay sa pagkakaroon ng maunlad na syudad." Santiago said.

CSF Joins Simultaneous ASEAN Lantern Lighting [ Thursday | 10th day of August, 2017 | 8 months ago ]

The City Government of San Fernando on Tuesday joined the simultaneous ASEAN lantern lighting in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Harvey Quiwa, Reden Halili, Nelson Lingat and BJ Lagman, City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan and other department heads, and members of the Giant Lantern Festival executive committee led the ceremonial lighting of the ASEAN lantern in front of the Heroes Hall building.

Pangilinan shared that "the activity was conducted in more than 50 local government units in the country that either served as venues for previous and present ASEAN meetings and activities and hosts of ASEAN centers and institutions or have signified interest to participate in the golden celebration."

Designed by renowned Fernandino craftsman Arvin Quiwa, the lantern features the ASEAN logo and its colors, and the national symbols of the Philippines such as the Sampaguita flower and Anahaw leaf.

City Local Government Operations Officer Engr. Algy Canlas, in his welcome remarks, said the commemorative event also seeks to raise the level of awareness of the public on the importance and benefits of the ASEAN community.

"This lantern guides the path of the ten ASEAN member states towards peace and security, prosperity, and socio-cultural development," he added.

For his part, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago said it is a privilege for the city of San Fernando to be part of this historic event highlighting that the ASEAN has facilitated a closer economic, political, social and cultural cooperation among countries.

"Without each one of us, the impossible will remain as it is, but because we come together as one, we can truly achieve the far-fetched dreams to be possible," he added.
Meanwhile, another ASEAN lantern was also lighted up at the City Hall along with the giant lanterns which were displayed since Christmas season in 2016.

CSF Bags Regional Gawad Kalasag For Fifth Time [ Thursday | 10th day of August, 2017 | 8 months ago ]

For the fifth time, the City Government of San Fernando bagged the Best City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councilaward under the category of Component or Independent City forexcellently implementing and promoting the programs that build resiliency in communityduring the 19th Gawad Kalasag Award heldAugust 7 at Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija.

Gawad Kalasag stands for "KAlamidad at SAkuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan."
Conferred by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and Office of the Civil Defense, the awarding seeks to recognize the local DRRMC's, private groups and institutions that have shown exceptional courageousness, selfless and heroism in times of disasters and calamities.

Forthe Basic Search and Rescue category, the San Fernando Rescue Unit (SAFRU) was awarded as second place for Best Government Emergency Response Management for exemplary showing the good practices in operations response and preparedness in times of emergencies.

Other cities that were awarded for Best City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council were Balanga City (2nd place) followed by Palayan City (3rd place).

For the Best Government Emergency Response Management, the awardees were PDRRMO Tarlac (1st place) and PDRRMO Bulacan (3rd place).

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "Edsa" Santiago lauded the efforts of the personnel of both CDRRM and SAFRU for leading the way towards a prepared and resilient community.

"Hinahangaan ko ang ating mga emergency personnel sa kanilang determinasyon, katapangan at katatagan upang makapagbigay ng maayos na serbisyo sa mamamayan," Santiago said.
The city mayor addedthat this recognition serves as an inspiration todo better for the safeness of the Fernandinos.

"Mas lalo nating paiigtingin ang mga trainings nila ng sa ganon ay mas lalo pang gumanda ang kanilang pagseserbisyo at mga programapara sa kahandaan ng syudad," Santiago added.
Also present during the awarding were City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, Chief of Staff Engr. Remedios Agoncillo, City Local Government Operations Officer Engr. Algy Canlas and CDRRMO personnel headed by Raymond Del Rosario.

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