The bar of ex­cel­lence

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We are proud that the City of San Fer­nando copped the Seal of Good Lo­cal Gover­nance from the De­part­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Govern­ment. San Fer­nando was pro­claimed a win­ner on Novem­ber 7, 2018 in cer­e­monies held at the Manila Ho­tel. A beam­ing Mayor Ed­win D. San­ti­ago re­ceived the aw ar d .

This is the high­est ci­ta­tion that the City can ask for. If Hol­ly­wood has the Os­car and the Philip­pine Cinema the FAMAS, this is the tro­phy that ev­ery lo­cal ex­ec­u­tive dreams of. Out of the 1,682 LGU’s, only 263 passed the cri­te­ria set for good gover­nance.

The norms are as fol­lows: 1) Fi­nan­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tion Is the full dis­clo­sure of the fi­nances of the City?

Is there at least 5% in­come rev­enue growth for the last 3 year s?

Is the annual bud­get ap­proved with the pre­scribed pe­riod?

The An­swer to each ques­tion is all in the af­fir­ma­tive for San Fer­nando.

2) Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness Is the City pre­pared for calami­ties – man made or nat­u­ral? Have we been pro-ac­tive in floods and ty­phoons? Yes – our re­ceipt of sev­eral Kalasag Awards val­i­date this sta­tus. 3) So­cial Pro­tec­tion

Is the City child friendly? Our birthing sta­tion is one of the best in the whole coun­try. We con­stantly up­hold the rights of women and chil­dren in this part of the coun­try.

4) Peace and Or­der

Do we con­vene the peace and or­der coun­cil? Yes!

Do the anti-drug abuse coun­cil ac­ti­vated? Yes!

Do we pro­vide sup­port to the Katarun­gang Pam­barangay? Yes, Sir.

Are the

des­ig­nated fire­crack­ers area known? Yes, Sir. 5) Busi­ness friendly

Do­ing busi­ness in San Fer­nando is a breeze. No has­sle. We have the largest num­ber of Jol­libee. SM has three large branches here, and still count­ing. The In­cen­tive Code is availed by new firms. The in­crease of cap­i­tal in­vest­ments is be­yond com­par­i­son in this pe­riod.

6) En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment

Is there a solid waste pro­gram in place? Is there proper col­lec­tion of garbage? Is there seg­re­ga­tion? We are among the top achiev­ers in this cat­e­gory. 7) Tourism

Is there up­surge of tourists in San Fer­nando? Yes!

Do we have an ac­tive tourism pro­gram? Yes!

The Lantern Fes­ti­val is un­matched in its fes­tiv­ity.

All in all, the City un­der EdSa has sur­passed ex­ist­ing records. The Seal of Good Gover­nance is not only a ques­tion of get­ting awarded, it is a gauge of per­for­mance (DILG).

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Fer­nandi­nos. You de­serve the govern­ment that you voted into.

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