CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – It's Father's Day and it is his birthday but Mayor Edwin Santiago of this city will do the rounds of barangays here where he will reach out to Fernandinos and deliver essential basic services instead of holding a big natal day bash.

"Instead of a big bash, I would rather celebrate my birthday today with needy Fernandinos through an outreach mission where I could personally attend to their needs. Alam naman ninyo, Fernandino First!" said Santiago.

He told Sun.Star Pampanga on Saturday that being the father of the city, it is his mandate to look after the welfare of Fernandinos as stipulated in his administration's 12-point agenda.

"We have to continuously pursue our programs in education, health, livelihood, employment, infrastructure, tourism and others in our agenda to achieve our goal of inclusive growth," he said.

In continuing to reach out to our constituents, we are able to cascade down our goals of excellence and serve Fernandinos with our resources. And that covers all sectors from the youth, elderly, the sick and many others looking up with hope on the city leadership," said Santiago.

"Ayaw ko kasing ang mga leaders lang ang ekselente. Gusto natin excellent and successful lahat ng mga Fernandino. Lahat ng ginagawa natin sa city government katulad ng outreach mission na ginagawa natin ay walang kulay ng politika but rather sharing what the city has para lahat ay masaya," he stressed.

Santiago, who was named outstanding mayor by Superbrands Marketing International, added that empowering officials and leaders allows the city government to serve Fernandinos better sans politics.

"Look at every barangay leader and city official now. Because they are empowered and are wearing the pair of 'tsinelas' ni EdSa, they get to work better and serve Fernandinos better.

Aside from that, everything has been simplified although it is hard to be simple. Depoliticizing our services however, has allowed us to touch base with all sectors. As I often tell our people, a good heart often leads to good governance,” concluded Santiago. (JTD)