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San Fernando Civic Center: A Work In—and For—Progress [ Wednesday, 12th of February 2020 | 8 months ago ]

The City of San Fernando is considered as one of the best alternative location considerations for industries and businesses outside Metro Manila due to its strategic location and well-established soft infrastructure in the form of regulations and policies.

Knowing this advantage, Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, thru the City Planning and Development Coordinator’s Office, City Engineer’s Office and the help of National Economic and Development Authority started to conceptualize the City Civic Center in 2017. It is located in Barangay San Isidro and is accessible from the south through Barangay San Isidro Road, east through McArthur Highway and north through Barangay Del Rosario Road. Thru the partnership with national government agencies and the private sector, the City has acquired an aggregate land area of 11.3 hectares that now houses the City Social Welfare Development Facilities, General Services Offices, Command and Control Center (C3), Sports Complex, Department of Education Compound, and the City Park. In 2018, the construction of the City Civic Center commenced. It was February 6, 2019, when Mayor Edwin Santiago led the launching and groundbreaking ceremonies of the center describing it as “a growth area where Fernandinos can live, play, work, retire and have fun.” The construction of the mixed-use infrastructure aims to develop the needed social and business support infrastructures to the middle-western part of the City and to provide easier access to the services of the Local Government Unit. The City Social Welfare and Development facility is composed of three multi-purpose buildings for persons with disability and senior citizens and permanent evacuation center; Home for Children in Conflict with the Law; and Youth Development Center. This was funded thru the Performance Challenge Fund, which was acquired by the LGU for bagging the Seal of Good Local Governance in 2016. Further, the General Services Office/Motorpool Compound which houses the main storage facility, officer and motorpool was funded by the city coffers. The City Command Center or C3 which Engineer Anele David refers to as “The Last Building Standing” because of its strong foundation and structure, was also funded by the LGU. The C3 is constructed to immediately respond to crimes, accidents and emergency cases in the city. Mayor Santiago partnered with PLDT and Converge for the completion of the command center which is loaded with video management system, computer-aided dispatch system, cabling for voice facilities to collaborate with the different respondent agencies and LED boards to guide motorists on alternative routes in times of disasters. The Sports Complex, which was funded by the LGU, will feature a standard running track, five-lane 50-meter swimming pool, indoor sports facilities, bleachers and others. It will cater sports enthusiasts and champions in the city. Education, being the first and foremost among the agenda of Santiago, was also given priority in the Civic Center. DepEd was the first-ever office to occupy the Civic Center with the inauguration of its compound on January 30, 2020. This compound includes new two-story Schools Division Building, three-story Division Training Center and four-storey Tech-Voc Senior High School Building. It was funded by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Lastly, the first-ever Public City Park was put up to encourage wellness, social interaction and public participation, to also serve as the initial project green area for the City’s drive towards a more livable and sustainable urban community. This will be erected with funds provided by the Department of Budget and Management. To this date, the Civic Center is 95% complete. All facilities have been constructed and the City is merely tapping private sectors for the installation of utilities like electricity, water, CCTV’s and other security equipment. The City targets the grand opening of the Civic Center early April of this year. With this gigantic project of Mayor Santiago, the City hopes to provide inclusive development in the capital by creating several economic growth areas that would spur massive economic activity in different parts of San Fernando. This is still a work in progress and will be for the progress of the City of San Fernando realizing what Santiago wants for Fernandinos—“mumuna at manimuna.”

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