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22 Jun 2016 - Mayor demands Pelco-3's payment of tax obligationsPAMPANGA -- Sto Tomas mayor Joselito Naguit yesterday publicly denounced the actions of Pampanga III Electronic Cooperative (Pelco-3) in the recent cutting off of the power supply of government buildings and streetlights on alleged debts of the town adding that it should be the power utility who should settle its tax obligations with the municipal government.
Naguit said that they estimate Pelco-3's tax obligations to more than P8 million.
22 Jun 2016 - CDC conducts surgery on century-old treesCLARK FREEPORT--The environment office of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has conducted "tree surgery" to protect century-old trees inside this Freeport.
In its report, officials of the Environmental Permits Department (EPD) of CDC stated that they have reinforced trees with steel bars to save decaying old trees.
22 Jun 2016 - Angeles City execs welcome China offer to build Clark-Manila railwayANGELES CITY--City officials here said they welcome China's offer to build the Clark Manila railway.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the Scarborough issue should not be discussed and that China should build railways in the entire country to spur development in the countryside.
22 Jun 2016 - Mayor pushes plans to make city biker-friendlyPAMPANGA -- City of San Fernando--Mayor Edwin 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 which was participated by hundreds bike enthusiasts coming from the city and nearby areas.
22 Jun 2016 - PRO3 holds earthquake drillPAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) Wednesday joined in the observance of the 2nd Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill.
Officer-In-Charge of PRO3 Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino said that the earthquake drill/simulation aims to help prepare PNP personnel and other employees inside the camp on how to respond in case of an earthquake situation.
21 Jun 2016 - Builder charged for tax evasionPAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed a criminal complaint with the Department of Justice against Ricardo Tayag III for alleged Willful Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax, and Deliberate Failure to Supply Correct and Accurate Information in his Income Tax Return (ITR) and Value Added Tax (VAT) Return for taxable year 2013, in violation of Sections 254 and 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended (Tax Code).
Tayag is the owner of R.P. Tayag Builders with business address at 2-9 Pandan Magalang Road, Salapungan, Angeles City. He is engaged in the construction of residential houses and buildings.
21 Jun 2016 - Slain Jimboy group members identifiedANGELES CITY -- Police officially identified the members of a notorious crime syndicate who were slain in a shootout that transpired on Monday at the boundary of Angeles City and Magalang town.
The fatalities were identified as part of the Jimboy Santos crime group who are allegedly involved in car theft, kidnapping, robbery-hold up and highway robbery.
21 Jun 2016 - Mabalacat City to send lone delegate to World Youth DayMABALACAT CITY -- The city is sending its lone delegate to the 30th World Youth Day which will be held in Krakow, Poland on July 25 to 31.
Daryl Quioc, 21, will be joining millions of youth to the international Catholic event themed “Blessed are the merciful for they will receive mercy” ((Matthew 5:7).
21 Jun 2016 - Minalin outgoing vice mayor to go back to lawyeringPAMPANGA -- Former Vice-Mayor Querolico Daag, who sought the mayoral post in the last elections and lost to incumbent Mayor Edgar Flores, said he will go back to private life and continue his practice as a lawyer.
"Of course, I will go back to work as a lawyer and to private life, but the service to the people will still continue," he said.
21 Jun 2016 - Volunteers ready to wage war versus crimes, drugsANGELES CITY -- Members of the newly-formed Balibago Peacekeeping Operations and Surveillance Group (BPOSG) have started waging war against illegal drugs and all forms of criminality.
The volunteers --including Bantay Bayan members, purok leaders, motorcycle club riders, and others – recently completed various courses on surveillance, investigation, crime prevention, illegal drugs and other topics.
20 Jun 2016 - DFA to roll out new global online appointment systemPAMPANGA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced the system-up schedule of the APO Online Appointment System for E-passport applications to provide better and more efficient consular services to the public in a most responsive and effective way.
The new global online appointment system will be rolled out on June 24, 2016 where 20 DFA regional consular offices, including RCO Pampanga will "go live."
18 Jun 2016 - Trader asks Duterte to develop regionsANGELES CITY -- A businessman has urged President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to develop the regions as part of the decongestion of Metro Manila.
Rene Romero, vice chairman of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Incorporated (PamCham), said countryside development will prevent the migration of people from the provinces to the metropolis.
18 Jun 2016 - CL residents urged to join nationwide earthquake drillPAMPANGA -- The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) is enjoining residents of Central Luzon to actively participate in the Second National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) scheduled on June 22 at 9:00 a.m.
Office of Civil Defense Regional Director and RDRRMC 3 Chair Josefina Timoteo said “Through your commitment and cooperation, we can make our region a resilient and prepared community. So what are you waiting for? Come and join us! Shout-out your commitment and let us do the Duck-Cover-Hold technique on Wednesday.”
18 Jun 2016 - Cebu Pacific joins Unicef’s food program for childrenCLARK FREEPORT -- The Cebu Pacific (CEB) has participated in the food program of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).
Now, flying with Cebu Pacific will not only take travelers to the best destinations here and abroad, it will also bring much-needed health and nutrition to infants and young children.
18 Jun 2016 - San Fernando prepares for rainy seasonPAMPANGA -- The City Government here recently purchased a hydraulic excavator backhoe on barge in preparation for the rainy season.
The equipment, which was inaugurated Friday at the Mapalad Creek in Barangay San Nicolas through the initiative of the City Engineer’s Office in line with their River Management Program, will be used in dredging and desilting river channels surrounding the city.
18 Jun 2016 - DOE cites partners in Euro 4 Fuel Eco Run 2016PAMPANGA -- The Department of Energy, through its Energy Utilization Management Bureau, recognized recently partner vehicle manufacturers that contributed to the success of the Euro 4 Fuel Eco Run 2016.
Sponsored by Petron Corporation, the May 27 run covered a distance of 280 kilometers from the Petron Service Station inside Clark Freeport to Urdaneta, Pangasinan via the Subic-Clark-Tarlac and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressways.
17 Jun 2016 - 8 Mabalacat teachers commendedMABALACAT CITY--The Department of Education Region III (DepEd-3) recently commended eight elementary school teachers here for “developing and nurturing” a pupil with autism.
Dr. Irelyn P. Tamayo, head of the City Schools Division of Mabalacat (CSDM), said that their office received the commendation letter from DepEd-3 Director Malcom S. Garma.
17 Jun 2016 - Megaworld allots P180-B for township projectsPAMPANGA -- Property developer Megaworld has stated that it will be spending around P180 billion in the next 10 years to implement its township projects in various provinces across the country.
The firm is expanding its development portfolio in the provinces as opportunities for economic growth look brighter and bigger outside of Metro Manila.
17 Jun 2016 - Pampanga fetes Pinatubo heroesPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga, together with the Mt. Pinatubo Executive Committee, on Wednesday recognized individuals and groups who shared their efforts to rebuild the province from the devastation wrought by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991.
Led by Governor Lilia Pineda, Vice-Governor Dennis Pineda and Pinatubo Committee Chairman Levy P. Laus, the "Pinatubo heroes" were feted for their invaluable contribution to help Pampanga rise from the ashes of the world's second worst eruption of the 20th century.
17 Jun 2016 - Duterte asked to transfer domestic flights to CRKANGELES CITY--Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has asked incoming President Rodrgigo Duterte to transfer regional and domestic flights from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Clark International Airport (CRK).
Pamintuan said that he, together with his chief of staff Alexander Cauguiran, who is a former vice president of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), discussed the development of Clark airport with Duterte during their recent visit in Davao.
17 Jun 2016 - Sun.Star Pampanga finalist in 2015 Civic Journalism Community Press AwardsPAMPANGA -- Sun.Star Pampanga, the only daily community newspaper in Central Luzon is a finalist in the 2015 Civic Journalism Community Press Awards of the Philippine Press Institute (PPI).
The first ever feat sees Sun.Star Pampanga vying for the top spots in editing, photojournalism, editorial page, business and economic reporting, environmental reporting, reporting on history, arts and culture, and fisheries.
17 Jun 2016 - Candaba gets P1.5-million worth of negokartsPAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday turned-over the P1.5-million check to the local government here for the Negosyo sa Kariton (NegoKart) project.
DOLE-Pampanga Field Office Head Arlene Tolentino awarded the check to outgoing Mayor Rene Maglanque which was witnessed by the intended recipients.
15 Jun 2016 - Pamintuan: Angeles City rose from the ashesANGELES CITY--No man-made or natural disaster can break the spirit of the Angelenos.
This was how Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan described his people who bounced back after the deadly and destructive eruptions of Mount Pinatubo 25 years ago.
15 Jun 2016 - Arayat Mayor worried over slow construction of Cupang dikePAMPANGA -- Re-elected Mayor Emmanuel "Bon" Alejandrino of this town recently expressed his worries over the slow rehabilitation of the Cupang section of the Apalit-Arayat Setback levee facilitated by the Department of Public Works and Highways Region III (DPWH-3).
Earlier, the DPWH-3 has released a P45-million fund for the reconstruction of the slope protection of the damaged portion of the setback levee in Barangay Cupang which stands as the second line of defense of the province besides Arnedo dike.
15 Jun 2016 - 1 Central Luzon firms choose renewable energyCLARK FREEPORT--The Aboitiz Power Corporation has announced that it is supporting eleven of the biggest companies in Central Luzon which are choosing renewable energy to support their respective operations.
Aboitiz Power Corp., through its subsidiary AdventEnergy welcomed its eleven newest customers from Central Luzon under the Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA) regime.
15 Jun 2016 - Medical center sets free prostate examCLARK FREEPORT--The Medical City Clark, in cooperation with the Philippine Urological Association Incorporated, has set a free digital rectal and prostate examination on June 18.
The project, which is open to men 40 years old and above, is in line with the observance of the Prostate Health Awareness Month, officials of the TMC Clark said.
15 Jun 2016 - Provincial Blood Council collects 140 blood bagsPAMPANGA -- In line with the celebration of World Blood Donor Day, the Provincial Blood Council of Pampanga has collected 140 units of fresh blood in a bloodletting activity held at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center (BZGCC) Tuesday.
Members of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Fire Protection and civilians who regularly donate blood participated in the activity.
14 Jun 2016 - BCDA sets completion of Clark Green City access road on July 15CLARK FREEPORT--The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has announced that 19.4-kilometer access road of Clark Green City will be completed by July 15.
Arnel Paciano Casanova, BCDA president and chief executive officer, said that the construction of the access road project is in full blast and is currently 60 percent complete.
13 Jun 2016 - Gov on 25th Pinatubo eruption anniversary: Never forgetPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda yesterday urged Kapampangans to never forget the valuable lessons from the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo and how the destructive forces of the subsequent lahar flows have proven the indomitable courage and resiliency of the Kapampangan spirit.
"The lessons of those years and the values that we have learned must never be forgotten. They should be kept alive for future generations to learn from," Governor Pineda said.
13 Jun 2016 - NGCP working on CSF request for relocation of postsPAMPANGA -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines or NGCP yesterday stressed that their management is closely working on the request of the local government unit of San Fernando to move the 20 electric posts currently standing in the middle of the Jose Abad Santos Avenue in this city.
This, after city Councilor Celestino “Tino" Dizon expressed his plans to file a complaint against the power corporation due to their alleged negligence on their motion which has been raised on as early as 2013.
12 Jun 2016 - Dong visits, thanks ArroyoPAMPANGA -- Third District Representative-elect Aurelio “Dong" Gonzales Jr. visited former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City over the weekend as he thanked the latter for all her support through the years.
"I owe a lot to Madam GMA, my district owes her a great deal for all her support in the past years," Gonzales said.
12 Jun 2016 - Kapampangans get glimpse of ancient Philippine gold, jewelry traditionPAMPANGA -- The celebration of the 118th anniversary of independence yesterday took a more cultural approach as National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showcased exact replicas of the country’s ancient gold collection at a city mall.
The exhibit of pre-Hispanic gold and jewelry heritage titled Ginto: A Golden Heritage displays ancient gold ornaments crafted by early Filipinos from 700 to 1,200 years ago.
12 Jun 2016 - PLDT, Smart fire up 3 700 MHz cell sitesCLARK FREEPORT--PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications (Smart) has fired up its first batch of three LTE (Long-Term Evolution) cell sites using the 700-megahertz (MHz) spectrum, and has posted peak download speeds of up to 222 mbps in one of those sites using LTE-Advanced with Carrier Aggregation.
The three Smart cell sites fired up with 700 MHz are in Tanay, Rizal; Matina, Davao City; and Manggahan area in Pasig City, where peak download speeds of 101 Mbps were attained on a single-band, 700-MHz LTE set-up.
11 Jun 2016 - DFA exec to lead 2016 Independence Day rites at Pamintuan MansionANGELES CITY -- Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Laura Quiambao-Del Rosario will lead the 118th Independence Day rites today at Pamintuan Mansion.
“Event starts with a parade from Museo ning Angeles which is near the Holy Rosary Parish. Participants shall consist of students, teachers, boy scouts, government employees, policemen, firefighters, soldiers, and representatives from the private sector,” the City Information Office (CIO) said.
11 Jun 2016 - Kapampangans to celebrate spirit of resiliency, recoveryPAMPANGA -- Twenty five years after the devastation wrought by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption, Pampanga will not only commemorate the June 15 catastrophe and its aftermath, but more importantly, Kapampangans will celebrate the spirit of resiliency, determination and unity that led to the province’s impressive recovery.
According to Arts, Culture and Tourism Office of Pampanga head Arwin Lingat, the event is a commemoration of the disaster that devastated Pampanga and a celebration of the resiliency of the Kapampangans in overcoming any form of adversity.
11 Jun 2016 - Pampanga, Japan prefecture plan sisterhood pact on agri-businessCLARK FREEPORT -- The provincial government of Pampanga and Yamanashi Prefecture Ichikawamisato in Japan through the Pampanga State Agricultural University and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) plan to formalize a sisterhood accord for the planting of Mulberry Tree and other agricultural business in the province.
The delegation from Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan was headed by Han Sung Min, president of Kuwanosato, Inc Shigeru Kanemaru and Hisashi Tatsuzawa of ALPS Inc.,Yoshino Harunobu, Fuki Takehiro of Task Co. Ltd., In Uk Bak of Pines International Academy while the provincial government was represented by Governor Lilia Pineda, Board Member Crisostomo Garbo and some department heads and Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) president Honorio M. Soriano, Jr., Dr. Rogelio D. Cosio, Dr. Norman G. De Jesus and Dr. Ernesto D. Supan.
11 Jun 2016 - Legarda: Build a pollution-free nationCLARK FREEPORT -- As the nation celebrates 118 years of independence from colonial rule on June 12, Senator Loren Legarda called for unity in building a pollution-free environment.
“We celebrate our Independence Day commemorating the sacrifices made by our heroes who laid down their lives to break free from the clutches of oppression, But while we are a sovereign nation, we continue to live in a polluted environment that has trapped us in a cycle of disaster vulnerability and poverty,” said Legarda.
11 Jun 2016 - BPO execs eye Clark call center hubCLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of a newly inaugurated business process outsourcing (BPO) located at the technology hub building of SM City Clark said that they see Clark as a potential area for their expansion program.
Annie Pineda, vice president of Motif Incorporated outsourcing firm, said that they picked Clark as their fourth global delivery center because they believe in the skills and ingenuity of the Kapampangans.
11 Jun 2016 - Construction of Clark Green City roads now full blastCLARK FREEPORT -- The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said that the construction of the 19.4-km Clark Green City access road project is now full blast and is 60 percent complete.
“The bulldozers are on full throttle and we are on track in building the country’s first smart, green and disaster-resilient metropolis,” BCDA president and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova said.
11 Jun 2016 - MAO to adjust planting calendar of cropsPAMPANGA -- The San Simon Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) here said Friday that they would adjust their planting calendar to avoid waste on crops production as the La Niña phenomenon is expected to hit the country this year.
Following the onslaught of El Niño phenomenon this year, reports said that the country might be experiencing La Niña a few months from now.
11 Jun 2016 - Woman killed in motorcycle mishapPAMPANGA -- A 21-year-old woman died on Friday evening after being hit by a motorcycle in Barangay Sto. Niño, San Simon.
The victim identified as Cindy Rosales, a resident of the said barangay, was accidentally hit around 8:30 p.m. by a motorcycle driven by John Azily Valderama, 23, resident of Barangay Cansinala, Apalit town.
10 Jun 2016 - Air Force adopts Angeles schoolANGELES CITY--Major units of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) in Clark Freeport conducted an outreach program at a primary school at the Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) resettlement center in line with their 69th founding anniversary on July 5.
The feeding program and gift-giving, which benefitted elementary pupils and faculty members, was jointly conducted by the six major PAF units led by the 600th ABW.
10 Jun 2016 - Minalin council approves 'No Bible verse, no permit' law for PUVsPAMPANGA -- Passengers and commuters in this fourth district town will no longer be greeted with "Basta driver, sweet lover," "god knows Judas not pay," "Barya lang po sa umaga" as the municipal council passed on third and final reading what stakeholders here branded as a “unique" law that requires such quotes to be replaced with Bible verses.
The "No Bible Verse, No Permit" ordinance, which also earned the nod of public utility vehicle drivers and operators of jeepneys and tricycles, was approved by the council on last June 8 after a public hearing on June 1.
10 Jun 2016 - CSF mulls complaint vs NGCPPAMPANGA -- The San Fernando city government here is contemplating on filing a complaint against the National Grid Power Corporation of the Philippines or NGCP for allegedly neglecting the administration's appeal to move the electric posts currently located in the middle of Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA) here.
This was disclosed by city Councilor Celestino "Tino" Dizon, in-charge of the project, who expressed concern over the risks posed by the electric posts.
10 Jun 2016 - Construction of holding area for rescued children pushedMABALACAT CITY--A village chief in this city has pushed for the construction of a holding area for children who will be rescued in line with the impending implementation of curfew on minors.
Dr. Oscar Aurelio, chairman of Barangay Dau, said that the city social welfare office is mandated to receive rescued kids.
10 Jun 2016 - Capitol to create Pampanga Bay desilting teamPAMPANGA -- The provincial government of Pampanga is eyeing the formation of a multipartite monitoring team (MMT) for the proposed desilting and dredging project along Pampanga Bay and Pasac River.
According to Arthur Punsalan, head of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PG-ENRO), the MMT is part of the condition in the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) to the provincial government and the Buildnet Construction Inc., the private partner for the desilting and dredging project.
10 Jun 2016 - Mexico ex-village chief shot deadPAMPANGA -- A former village chief in this municipality was shot dead recently by still unidentified suspects.
The victim identified as Rodrigo Andan, former chairman of Barangay Acli here, was shot by two suspects on board a red Honda TMX at Barangay Calulut in the City of San Fernando.
9 Jun 2016 - DepEd extends SHS enrollment in PampangaPAMPANGA -- Incoming Grade 11 students in public Senior High Schools (SHS) are given until June 30 to enroll in their chosen school as the Department of Education Regional Office III (DepEd-3) announced the extension of the SHS enrollment in Central Luzon.
This move seeks to ensure that the projected enrollment for public SHS students will be realized. As of the first enrollment deadline last June 3, only 57,637 out of the 100,333 or 57.6 percent of projected Grade 11 enrollees have registered.
9 Jun 2016 - Apu Ceto urges faithful: Pray for DutertePAMPANGA -- Amid the rants of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte against the Catholic Church and some of its bishops, San Fernando Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto on Wednesday urged the faithful to "pray for him to stand by the truth, pursue common good and uplift the dignity of Filipinos."
Aniceto, the feisty pro-life prelate now retired but still active with his mission and advocacies, told Sun.Star Pampanga that the incoming president is "in a complicated situation that needs guidance and prayers."
9 Jun 2016 - Hizon calls for witnesses on supporters' shooting incidentPAMPANGA -- Re-elected Bacolor Mayor Jose Mari "Jomar" Hizon yesterday appealed to possible witnesses on the shooting incidents experienced by some of his supporters during the election season to appear and help them bring justice to the victims by helping them identify the suspects.
During the heat of election season, the houses of Eugene Yumul and Normando David, both alleged Hizon leader and supporter respectively, were strafed by unidentified suspects riding a silver Toyota Vios and a motorcycle.
9 Jun 2016 - Central Luzon population now at 11.22MPAMPANGA -- The population of Central Luzon has reached 11.22 million, according to the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015).
It is higher by over a million since the previous POPCEN in 2010 and the region remains the third largest nationwide after Calabarzon and Metro Manila.
8 Jun 2016 - Recall landslide warning, Alejandrino tells MGBPAMPANGA -- Re-elected Arayat Mayor Emmanuel "Bon" Alejandrino yesterday urged the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region III (MGB-3) to recall their recommendation in declaring Barangay San Juan Baño a landslide danger zone.
MGB-3 Supervising Geologist Clarissa Villanueva earlier reiterated their suggestion to declare the area as a "no habitation, no build up" zone following the landslide activity on 2009 which killed 12 people.
8 Jun 2016 - Boking to Filinvest: Re-hire displaced Mimosa workersBoking to Filinvest: Re-hire displaced Mimosa workersMABALACAT CITY--Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales of this city has appealed to the Gotianun family's Filinvest Group that took over the management and operation of the 202-hectare Mimosa Leisure Estate from the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to reconsider hiring some 455 displaced workers.
The 455-strong members of the Association of Clark Mimosa Employees (ACME) have already received their full benefits from the state-run CDC after an arduous court battle.
8 Jun 2016 - After 30 years, PH's ecclesiastical artist graduates from collegePAMPANGA -- Some thirty years ago, a cash strapped and love-stricken Willy Layug dropped out of his collage course at the University of Santo Tomas to live a quiet life with his wife and pursue his dream of becoming a wood carver in Guagua town's Betis District.
The story of his life from that point has become part of contemporary history. It was a long and bitter struggle towards success. He would later become the first-ever Kapampangan wood carver to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Merit for Ecclesiastical Art by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and recently honored by the Roman Catholic Church with the "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" (For the Church and the Pope) or "Cross of Honor" medal--the highest medal that can be awarded by the Papacy.
8 Jun 2016 - BIR closes Santo Tomas shop for P775k tax liabilityPAMPANGA -- Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4 (RR4) Regional Director Jethro Sabariaga yesterday led the team that implemented the closure of Matitu Enterprises, a hardware shop, for value added tax (VAT) liability amounting to P775,470.
Sabariaga led the team as they implemented the closure order under the BIR's Oplan Kandado program. The said establishment, owned by one Joseph Matitu, attempted to "evade payment of taxes by not complying with the registration requirements set forth by the National Revenue Code of 1997."
8 Jun 2016 - Transgender killed and stuffed inside luggageMABALACAT CITY -- A Chinese national has been arrested for killing a Pinay transgender whose body was found inside a luggage in Bacoor, Cavite.
The suspect was in a relationship with the victim from Mabalacat and admitted that he killed her but he said he regrrets it.
7 Jun 2016 - Even with no recorded landslides: MGB insists town city susceptiblePAMPANGA -- Despite no recorded landslides in the City of Mabalacant and Porac town, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region III (MGB-3) yesterday insisted that the two areas are "still susceptible to landslides."
On Tuesday, officials and stakeholders from Mabalacat City raised howlers and asked the MGB to clarify its statements regarding the city's being prone to landslides, as it is not "hilly or mountainous" and far from the Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges, as MGB Supervising Geologist Clarissa Villanueva disclosed a recent briefing where she noted that landslides may occur in the two areas if heavy rains fall continuously or for a prolonged period of time.
7 Jun 2016 - CSF records 30% increase in dengue casesPAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando has already recorded 252 cases of dengue or a 30 percent increase from the 195 cases in the same period last year.
According to Dra. Renely Tungol, City Health Office Dengue Coordinator, the number of cases are rising even before the rainy season starts where dengue usually abounds.
7 Jun 2016 - NLEx Mabalacat widening to be completed by OctoberMABALACAT CITY--An official of the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) said that the widening of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) Mabalacat Segment 3, which is expected to ease traffic congestion in the locality, is in full swing and will be completed by October.
Robbie Tanada, MNTC Assistant Vice President for Government Relations, said this during a project presentation at the Sangguniang Panlungsod here on Monday.
7 Jun 2016 - 20 OFW returnees start anew with P200k NRCO aidPAMPANGA -- Some 20 OFW-returnees can now start anew, thanks to a P200,000 livelihood assistance made possible through the Department of Labor and Employment's (DOLE) Assist-WELL Program.
The Assist WELL Program, which stands for Welfare, Employment, Legal, and Livelihood, is a package of reintegration assistance or services for repatriated OFWs.Some 20 OFW-returnees can now start anew, thanks to a P200,000 livelihood assistance made possible through the Department of Labor and Employment's (DOLE) Assist-WELL Program.
6 Jun 2016 - 2 towns, 1 city identified as landslide prone areasPAMPANGA -- As La Niña threatens the region expectedly by year-end, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Mines and Geosciences Bureau III (MGB-3) identified the landslide prone areas in Pampanga as part of early warning moves.
The MGB is the agency responsible in mapping the geophysical aspect of the country and which identifies areas prone to earthquake, tsunami, landslide and flooding.
6 Jun 2016 - DTI intensifies monitoring prices of basic goods before rainy seasonPAMPANGA -- The Department of Trade and Industry Central Luzon (DTI-3) is closely monitoring the prices of basic goods and prime commodities as the rainy season sets in.
The DTI is currently monitoring prices of canned goods, instant noodles, bottled water, candles, processed milk, bread, processed pork and beef, flour, soap and condiments.
6 Jun 2016 - CSF, TESDA ink pact for skills trainingsPAMPANGA -- 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 (BUB)-funded projects.
With this, skills trainings on Construction (Carpentry NC II), Metals and Engineering (SMAW NC I) and Tourism (Cake Making leading to Bread and Pastry Production NC II) shall open to public.
6 Jun 2016 - MAO: El Niño caused low crop productionPAMPANGA -- The Minalin Municipal Agricultural Office (MAO) said yesterday that the El Niño phenomenon caused low crop production and harvest of farmers in the town.
MAO head Edna Manlapaz said that rice and vegetable crops of some farmers were reportedly damaged.
5 Jun 2016 - Cayetano: Get used to Duterte’s styleANGELES CITY -- Senator Alan Cayetano said the media and the people should get used to how President-elect Rodrigo Duterte communicates his thoughts to avoid problems.
If you will get used to it, we can avoid miscommunication,” he said.
5 Jun 2016 - 2 Mayors-elect to support Duterte's advocaciesPAMPANGA -- Two recently elected mayors said they will support President-elect Rodrigo Duterte in his advocacies.
Apalit mayor-elect Peter Nucom, from Nationalist People's Coalition, said that he will support Duterte's advocacies as long as it would benefit the people.
4 Jun 2016 - DTI denies raps over deformed steel barsPAMPANGA -- Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Central Luzon denied Saturday the allegations of the Philippine Iron and Steel Institute (PISI) that it allegedly issued provisional and conditional import commodity clearance over imported deformed steel bars.
DTI Regional Director Judith Angeles brushed off the allegations as "baseless, malicious and incriminating in nature", saying Zambales Provincial Director Leonila Baluyut had acted within the mandate and bounds of the law, rules and regulations being implemented by the DTI.
4 Jun 2016 - Guv distributes 700 food packs to Aeta familiesPAMPANGA -- Some 700 Aeta families from the upland villages of Nabuclod and Camachile, this town received food packs from the provincial government led by Governor Lilia Pineda on Friday.
Pineda, together with board member Rosve Henson personally facilitated the distribution to the beneficiaries.
4 Jun 2016 - Air Force units adopt Mabalacat orphanageCLARK FREEPORT -- Six major units of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) stationed in this Freeport conducted an outreach program by adopting the Send the Light Foundation orphanage located in Barangay Dapdap at the nearby town of Mabalacat City.
Lieutenant Julimar Romero, public information officer of the PAF 600th Air Base Wing, said that activity is in line with the PAF's 69th founding anniversary on July 5, 2016.
4 Jun 2016 - Police bust Olongapo global sextortion ringSUBIC BAY -- The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) busted what is believed to be a global "sextortion ring" in Olongapo City after the arrest of 28 persons, one of them a woman, engaged in ceybersex operations Saturday.
PNP–ACG director Senior Superintendent Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar said the 28 individuals were found engaged in the business of selling pornographic materials or pornographic website links to their clients abroad and later duping them into exposing themselves in front of webcams.
3 Jun 2016 - PPC: Duterte should clarify stand on mediaPAMPANGA -- Press Club (PPC) president Diosdado "Deng" Pangilinan yesterday said that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte should clarify his stand on media killings and his statements regarding the assassination of corrupt journalists.
On Wednesday, various media organizations and groups led by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) scored Duterte for his "crass" pronouncement that most journalists who were killed are corrupt.
3 Jun 2016 - Pamintuan back from Apec forum in ChinaANGELES CITY--Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has returned from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) High-Level Urbanization Forum 2016 held in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China last June 2 and 3.
The forum, hosted by the China National Development and Reform Commission, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is aimed at exploring opportunities for cooperation, promoting trade and investment, creating jobs, safeguarding social equality, with a view to achieving people-oriented urbanization and inclusive growth.
3 Jun 2016 - Robredo thanks Kapampangans for supportPAMPANGA -- Vice President-elect Leni Robredo on Thursday thanked Kapampangans for their support as she added that she is excited for the challenges that her new position would entail.
The Vice President-elect told Sun.Star Pampanga that her team is now in coordination with outgoing Vice-President Jejomar Binay to make the transition to the post smooth.
3 Jun 2016 - Apalit town prepares for annual fluvial paradePAMPANGA -- The local government unit (LGU) is now preparing for the annual fluvial parade slated on June 28 to 30.
Mayor-elect Peter Nucom said that the LGU, the police, and rescuers are now getting ready for the programs to be conducted in the 172-year old yearly religious tradition in honor of this town's patron Saint Peter.
3 Jun 2016 - Lazatin to push Clark airport developmentCLARK FREEPORT--Congressman-elect Carmelo "Jonjon" Lazatin has vowed to push for the development of Clark International Airport (CRK) as the country's premier gateway.
Lazatin who defeated Congressman Joseller "Yeng" Guiao in the recent congressional race for the first district of Pampanga, said the full development and utilization of Clark airport will create more jobs for the people in the entire Central Luzon and other parts of the country.
3 Jun 2016 - Mabalacat senior high readyMABALACAT CITY - The infrastructure and human resources needed for the proper implementation of the new Senior High School (SHS) level in this component city are now ready.
This was disclosed by City Schools Division of Mabalacat (CSDM) officer-in-charge Superintendent Dr. Irelyn Tamayo who said that classrooms and teachers are ready to accommodate some 4,887 students expected to enroll as senior high school for school year 2016-2017.
2 Jun 2016 - 2 businesswomen face tax rapsPAMPANGA -- THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed a case with the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the owners of two fuel filling stations in Magalang town and Angeles City for their failure to declare their Income Tax Return (ITR) correctly.
BIR Revenue Region IV Director Jethro Sabariaga confirmed that a criminal complaint was filed against Arleen San Miguel Lansangan, owner and operator of Cutud Fuel Filling Station which is located at Magalang Road, Barangay Cutud, Angeles City, for a P72 million tax evasion case.
2 Jun 2016 - Lazatin vows to work with GovernorCLARK FREEPORT--Congressman-elect Carmelo 'Jonjon' Lazatin has vowed to work with Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda particularly on the health programs for residents of the province's first congressional district.
The incoming representative issued the statement during the Pampanga Press Club (PPC) monthly media forum dubbed Talk Widus at Widus Hotel and Casino last Wednesday.
2 Jun 2016 - More than 11,300 jobs up in CL Kalayaan job fairsPAMPANGA -- Some 11,373 jobs await jobseekers in this year's region-wide Kalayaan 2016 Job Fairs in Central Luzon, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Thursday.
Of the total job vacancies solicited, around 5,955 will be available for local employment from 142 participating companies from various industries and 30 government plantilla positions.
2 Jun 2016 - La Niña to hit Central Luzon before year-endPAMPANGA -- After the destructive El Niño phenomenon in Central Luzon, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) is now preparing for the expected onslaught of La Niña before the end of the year.
La Niña is the opposite of El Niño and is characterized by above normal rainfall, strong monsoon activity, and formation of more tropical cyclones.
2 Jun 2016 - CIAC records 8% passenger increaseCLARK FREEPORT--More passengers flew in and out of Clark International Airport (CRK) during the first four months of 2016 compared to the same period last year.
This was learned from Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Emigdio Tanjuatco III who bared statistics showing that 316,656 passengers used CRK from January to April this year compared to 292,659 passengers during the same period in 2015.
1 Jun 2016 - Pamintuan to attend APEC forum in ChinaANGELES CITY--Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) High-Level Urbanization Forum 2016 set to be held in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China on June 2 and 3.
The forum, hosted by the China National Development and Reform Commission, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is aimed at exploring opportunities for cooperation, promoting trade and investment, creating jobs, safeguarding social equality, with a view to achieving people-oriented urbanization and inclusive growth.
1 Jun 2016 - New PRO-3 chief to watch over cops' illegal activitiesPAMPANGA -- Newly-installed Police Regional Office III (PRO-3) Officer-in-Charge Aaron Aquino on Monday vowed to scrap all illegal activities committed by his fellow policemen during his stay in the office.
Aquino, who formerly headed the police force of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City, said he wants to strengthen the counter-intelligence against policemen who abuse power.
1 Jun 2016 - Exec: No more discrimination vs AetasCLARK FREEPORT--Indigenous people particularly the Aetas should feel that they belong to the mainstream of the Filipino society.
This were the words Sonny Dobles, an environmentalist and leader of Nagkakaisang Guardians, after the Asian Sports Apparel Philippines Incoporated (AsaPhil) conducted its very first job fair in San Martin, an Aeta village in the town of Bamban, Tarlac province last May 20, 2016.
31 May 2016 - PDEA seizes P1.1B liquid shabuANGELES CITY--Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region III (PDEA3) and PNP Anti-Illegal Drug Group (AIDG) dismantled a mega-industrial clandestine laboratory here yesterday and seized 45 gallons of liquid shabu estimated to be worth P1.1 billion.
Armed with a search warrant, joint elements of PDEA and AIDG stormed No 2-7 Don Vicente Street, Villa Dolores in Barangay Sto. Domingo here yesterday.
31 May 2016 - DepEd regional employees to share time, skills with home schoolsPAMPANGA -- Employees of the Department of Education (Deped) Regional Office III are scheduled to visit their old schools to offer their skills and share their time as part of the Brigada Eskwela 2016 also known as the National Schools Maintenance from May 30 to June 4.
With the theme "Tayo Para sa Paaralang Ligtas, Maayos at Handa Mula Kindergarten Hanggang Senior High School," this annual activity encourages all education stakeholders to participate and contribute their time, effort and resources to this school maintenance effort in ensuring that all public school facilities are ready for the school opening in June.
31 May 2016 - PRO3 ready for opening of classesPAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) is all set to provide assistance to students on the opening of classes this coming June 13.
PRO3 Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino said that guidelines were already established in accordance with "IMPLAN 07/2016 Ligtas Balik- Eskwela 2016" for the opening of classes.
31 May 2016 - Apalit Mayor-elect to address concern on smelly fishpondPAMPANGA -- Mayor-elect Peter Nucom assured residents that he will address their concern on a smelly fishpond in Barangay Sampaloc.
Reports said that residents recently complained to the authorities about the foul smell. Nucom said that the foods being given to the fishes might be the possible culprit.
31 May 2016 - Lacadin wants Aquino to focus on anti-illegal drug operationsPAMPANGA -- Outgoing Police Regional Office 3 (PRO-3) Director Chief Superintendent Rudy Lacadin on Monday advised newly-installed director Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino to focus on anti-illegal drug operations in the region.
Lacadin, who officially tendered his resignation effective yesterday, May 31, was replaced by Aquino who was former Deputy Regional Director for Administrations of PRO-10.
31 May 2016 - Pogi: Lechon festival now a tourist attractionANGELES CITY--Councilor Carmelo "Pogi" Lazatin hailed leaders of Barangay Salapungan as he said that the successful staging of their 3rd Lechon Festival is now becoming a tourist attraction.
Lazatin said officials led by Barangay Captain Rey Maling and residents should rejoice due to the "colorful and meaningful event" which attracts tourists.
30 May 2016 - Group to oppose Tugade's appointment as DOTC headCLARK FREEPORT --An advocacy group calling for the development of Clark airport has vowed to oppose the impending appointment of former Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Arthur Tugade as secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
The development of Clark International Airport will no longer be realized if Tugade will head the DOTC, said businessman Ruperto Cruz, head of the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM).
30 May 2016 - Amid opposition on Cabinet appointment, Angeles execs commend former CDC President TugadeANGELES CITY--The local government headed by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan lauded the accomplishments of former president of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Atty. Arthur Tugade during the flag raising ceremony held Monday.
This came while while the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) expressed opposition for the impending appointment of Tugade saying that the development of Clark International Airport will no longer be realized if Tugade will head the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
30 May 2016 - Robinsons Starmills now hosts world's largest solar rooftop installationPAMPANGA -- Robinsons Starmills Pampanga now holds the title of the world's largest solar rooftop installation on a mall as it inaugurated yesterday its solar-powered facility that will bring clean and environment-friendly energy to the mall as well help it save on energy cost.
Local officials led by Gov. Lilia Pineda, Department of Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada and City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago led the ceremonial switching witnessed by Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) president Frederick Go.
30 May 2016 - Angeles City observes National Flag DayANGELES CITY-- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan led local officials and government employees here in paying homage to the nation's revered National Flag during the city's observance of the National Flag Day held Monday at the city hall grounds.
Spearheaded by the Angeles City Tourism Office (ACTO), the said observance is a kick off activity to the celebration of the 118th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence.
30 May 2016 - Aquino replaces retiring LacadinPAMPANGA -- Chief Superintendent Aaron N. Aquino replaced outgoing Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) director Chief Superintendent Rudy Lacadin yesterday.
Lacadin said that no less than Chief PNP Director General Ricardo Marquez led the turn-over ceremony at 4:00 p.m. yesterday.
30 May 2016 - Seniors get P3.8 from CapitolPAMPANGA -- Some 38 senior citizens aged 95 years old and up received P100, 000 each from the Provincial Government of Pampanga recently.
The distribution was led by Gov. Lilia "Nanay" Pineda in a short program held at Benigno Aquino Hall, Capitol compound yesterday.
30 May 2016 - Senior citizens to receive free pneumonia vaccinePAMPANGA -- Senior citizens aged 60 and 65 years old in the region can now avail of free pneumonia vaccines in their respective health centers this year under the Expanded Pneumococcal Immunization Program for Senior Citizens of the Department of Health (DOH).
According to the records of DOH, pneumococcal disease, caused by a common type of bacteria, the pneumococcus, is one of the leading causes of death of elderly in the country. It can attack different parts of the body which can lead to pneumonia, meningitis, middle ear and sinus infections, and a condition called sepsis, which is an infection of the bloodstream.
29 May 2016 - Mayor: P1.9M Pelco-3 debt settledPAMPANGA -- Outgoing SAnto Tomas Mayor Joselito Naguit yesterday denied allegations that he still has standing debts of P1.9 million in electric bills with Pampanga III Electronic Cooperative (Pelco-3) adding that he and the power utility had agreed on a settlement almost two months ago.
Naguit said that he is wondering why his personal bill is also being dragged in the issue. He said that he and Pelco-3 agreed for the standard post-dated check payments amounting to P1.4-million to be paid every month.
29 May 2016 - Governor pushes investment, disaster preparednessPAMPANGA -- The mother of Pampanga, on her last term as local chief executive, is bent on leaving investment and disaster preparedness as the legacies of her unparalleled administration and governance.
This was disclosed by Governor Lilia "Nanay Baby" Pineda over the weekend, after talks with private and business sector representatives led by Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. Chairman Emeritus Levy Laus centered on developing the rich human resource of the province which they aptly branded as "investment preparedness," going hand-in-hand with disaster preparedness.
29 May 2016 - Lazatin thanks supporters, says he will continue father's legacyANGELES CITY--First District Representative-elect Carmelo Lazatin II yesterday thanked his supporters for their help in the recent congressional elections here as he promised to continue the governance legacy of his father former 1st District Rep. Carmelo "Tarzan" Lazatin.
Lazatin II is the winner of the congressional race in the first district with 124,276, taking an obvious victory against veteran politician incumbent First District Representative Joseller Guiao of the Liberal Party who got 101,726.
28 May 2016 - Mayor owes Pelco-3 P1.9M in debtPAMPANGA -- Authorities from the Pampanga III Electronic Cooperative (Pelco-3) said that outgoing Santo Tomas Mayor Lito Naguit also has a debt of P1.9 million in electric bills for his residence here.
Pelco-3 Sto. Tomas Director Eddie Raquiz said in a phone interview that personnel from Pelco-3 have included the P1.9 million electric bill of Naguit from residence to the P27-million electric bill arrears of the Local Government Unit (LGU) here.
28 May 2016 - Legarda: Coal-fired power plants threat to lives, environmentCLARK FREEPORT --- Senator Loren Legarda has renewed her call on government to tap cleaner and less wasteful sources of energy, expressing alarm over the adverse environmental impacts of coal-fired power plants in the country.
Legarda, chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, lauded the Aquino administration's order to agencies of government to review the country’s energy policy, which may see the Philippines moving away from carbon-intensive coal power generation.
28 May 2016 - San Fernando celebrates National Flag DayPAMPANGA -- The City Government here led the celebration of the National Flag Day the other day as Mayor Edwin Santiago urged people of the city to display the Philippine flag in all offices, government agencies, business establishments, schools and private homes.
Santiago underscored that this is in accordance with Executive Order 179, issued by former President Fidel Ramos, stretching National Flag Day from May 28 to June 12.
28 May 2016 - MDRRMO gets ready for La NiñaPAMPANGA -- The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) said that some 47 rescuers in Masantol are now already preparing for La Niña.
MDRRMO officer Jess Manansala said that they might conduct another training for their rescuers this June.
28 May 2016 - CEB, Visa tie up for exclusive seat saleCLARK FREEPORT -- Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) has tied up with Visa to offer all-inclusive seat sale fares to some of the most popular destinations in CEB's extensive flight network.
The seat sale is available starting today to June 9, 2016, or until seats last, for travel from July 1 to December 15, 2016, and is exclusive to Visa cardholders.
28 May 2016 - PRO3 joins commemoration of National Flag dayPAMPANGA -- The entire Central Luzon Police force carried out a ceremonial flag raising ceremony at the Police Regional Office 3 as they joined the country in commemorating the National Flag Day with this year's theme, "Watawat Ko, Iwawagayway Ko!."
The flag raising was held at the PRO3 Parade Ground here at about 7 a.m. on Saturday.
28 May 2016 - Tarlac mayor-elect congratulates Leni RobredoCLARK FREEPORT -- The former vice president of Clark International Airport Corporation who won in the mayoralty race in Capas town has congratulated Vice President-elect Leni Robredo.
Reynaldo Catacutan, a former CIAC official who defeated Mayor TJ Rodriguez in the recent polls, told SunStar Pampanga that "Robredo's victory will retain democracy and avoid dictatorship."
27 May 2016 - Power firm to file raps vs LGU, mayorPAMPANGA -- The Pampanga III Electric Cooperative (Pelco-3) is set to file a case against the local government unit (LGU) of Santo Tomas and outgoing Mayor Lito Naguit for failure to pay arrears amounting to P27-million for the past eight years.
On Wednesday, the local government unit here went "powerless" after Pelco-3 personnel conducted apprehension operations in the Santo Tomas municipal hall sub-office and public market in Barangay San Matias, its covered court, barangay health center, and the senior citizens office in Northville relocation center.
27 May 2016 - Soldiers donate bloodCLARK FREEPORT --- Hundreds of soldiers assigned at the Air Force City here participated in the bloodletting activity which is in line with the 69th founding anniversary celebration of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) on July 5.
Lieutenant Julimar Romero, public information officer of the PAF 600th Air Base Wing said that 83 out of the 140 prospective donors successfully donated about 37,350 cubic centimeters of blood.
27 May 2016 - DepEd to lead 'Brigada' in Pampanga on MondayPAMPANGA -- The Department of Education Region III (DepEd-3) will lead the Brigada Eskwela kick-off activities on Monday in three key areas in the province as schools here are set to conduct their week-long clean-up and maintenance drives.
The DepEd will conduct the Brigada Eskwela 2016, also known as the National Schools Maintenance from May 30 to June 4, 2016 with the theme "Tayo Para sa Paaralang Ligtas, Maayos at Handa Mula Kindergarten Hanggang Senior High School."
27 May 2016 - apanese firm opens ¥2-B expansion projectCLARK FREEPORT -- A Japanese manufacturer of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) panels recently opened its ¥2-billion expansion project inside this Freeport.
The expansion project of Nanox Philippines Inc. (NPI) Site-2 is located at the Industrial Estate 5 area near the Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC).
26 May 2016 - LGU goes ‘powerless’ due to P27-M arrearsPAMPANGA -- The local government unit (LGU) of Sto. Tomas headed by outgoing Mayor Lito Naguit went “powerless” after it failed to settle some P27-million in electric bill arrears to Pampanga III Electric Cooperative or Pelco-3 for the past eight years.
Pelco-3 personnel conducted on Wednesday an apprehension operation in the Santo Tomas LGU sub-office and public market in Barangay San Matias, covered court, barangay health center and the senior citizens office in Northville relocation center.
26 May 2016 - Deadline for SHS enrollment on June 3PAMPANGA -- The Department of Education Regional Office III (DepEd-3) is now encouraging incoming Grade 11 students to enroll in their chosen Senior High School (SHS) before June 3 this year.
This is to give school heads of public senior high schools ample time to prepare and adjust their respective SHS program in line with the opening of classes on June 13, 2016.
26 May 2016 - Village chief: Don’t throw waste into creekANGELES CITY --- A village chief has reminded residents along the Balibago creek not to throw any kind of waste into the waterway.
Balibago Chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac issued the statement after a recent clearing operation where a big volume of used tires, plastic, styrofoam, and other hazardous debris were recovered from the creek.
26 May 2016 - PAF unit to celebrate 69th anniversaryCLARK FREEPORT --- The 600th Air Base Wing (600th ABW) of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) has lined up several activities, including tree planting and bloodletting, in line with the Air Force’s 69th anniversary celebration on July 5.
Lieutenant Julimar Romero, public information officer of the 600th ABW, said they have also scheduled an orphanage and school outreach programs as part of the pre-anniversary celebration
26 May 2016 - 200 Simonian scholars receive grantsPAMPANGA -- Some 1,200 Simonian scholars received their grants for the first semester of school year 2016-2017 yesterday at the municipal covered court.
Authorities said that each student received P5,000 and around P6 million was the total budget allocated for the scholars.
25 May 2016 - Labung is senior board member anewPAMPANGA -- For the second time, re-elected Third District Board Member Ferdinand "Dinan" P. Labung is senior board member.
This, after Labung got the overall highest votes in all four districts of Pampanga and was ranked number one by the provincial Commission on Elections and the Department of Interior and Local Government here.
25 May 2016 - Quest Hotel set to open in ClarkCLARK FREEPORT --- Chroma Hospitality, the hotel management company of Filinvest Development Corporation, is set to open in August this year its second Quest Hotel and Conference Center in Clark Freeport.
This is in relation to Filinvest Mimosa Incorporated’s right to lease, develop, operate and manage the former Mimosa Leisure Estate owned by Clark Development Corporation (CDC).
24 May 2016 - Arroyo rejects Duterte's pardon offerMABALACAT CITY -- Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has reportedly rejected the pardon offer of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte who recently said that it is high time for the reelected Pampanga representative to be free.
In a press conference in Davao last Monday, Duterte said that revealed that he offered the presidential pardon to Arroyo who already spent four years in detention in connection with the charges she is facing for the alleged misuse of the state lottery funds.
24 May 2016 - MNTC assures safety of motorists amid NLEX-SCTEX roadworksPAMPANGA -- The Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) assured the public that traffic management plans and safety measures are all in place as the company has embarked on several enhancement works at North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).
MNTC president and chief executive officer Rodrigo Franco said that simultaneous enhancement works including pavement maintenance, road widening, and toll plaza expansion are being done as part of the recently completed integration of the two expressways.
24 May 2016 - Police exec lauds Pamintuan’s supportANGELES CITY -- A top police official in Central Luzon has lauded Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan for supporting the regional and city police in the anti-crime campaign.
After sending his gratitude to Pamintuan through text messaging, Chief Superintendent Rudy Lacadin, Central Luzon police director, informed the mayor that he will be retiring from police service this coming May 30.
23 May 2016 - Pampanga all set for La NiñaPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga assured Monday that it is ready for the possible onset of the rainy season, adding that it has and will continue additional preparatory measures.
Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) head Angie Blanco said that the provincial government has been desilting major waterways in the province since 2014.
23 May 2016 - Tugade gets support from Clark locatorCLARK FREEPORT -- Former Clark Development Corporation (CDC) head Arthur Tugade is being supported by another businessman based in this Freeport.
Ireneo Alvaro, president of the BB International Development Corporation, said that Tugade's qualities and principles are appropriate in handling the big tasks at the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
23 May 2016 - DepEd's Operation Balik-Eskwela prep schools for June openingPAMPANGA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) and its regional and division offices nationwide are all set for the opening of classes in June 13 setting into motion the nationwide Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) 2016.
Under the OBE, DepEd activates quick response teams, emergency hotlines and helpdesks to respond to needs and queries pertaining to school opening. Moreover, DepEd has already prepared and disseminated the guidelines and standard procedures in all schools on the conduct the school opening.
23 May 2016 - 2 arrested in Pampanga drug stingPAMPANGA -- Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region (PDEA)-Central Luzon over the weekend arrested two suspected drug dealers in a drug sting at the Eastgate Commercial Complex, Barangay San Jose, City of San Fernando.
PDEA-3 Director Gladys Rosales, in a report submitted to PDEA Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr., identified the suspects as Avelina Apilado, 51; and Brix Mariano, 43; both residents of Baesa, Quezon City.
23 May 2016 - SoKor firm to invest $1-M on tourism project in ClarkCLARK FREEPORT -- Another tourist destination would soon be established inside this Freeport as another Korean business group is set to infuse $1 million for its tourism-related project here, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said.
CDC Chairman and concurrent president Eliseo Santiago has recently signed with Punta LWA Properties Corporation, led by its president Seejoo Kim, a new tourism project that will be highlighted by a construction of an iconic hotel design by next year.
22 May 2016 - Biz group bullish on Philippine economic growthPAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (Pamcham) expressed optimism on the country’s impressive performance, after the economy expanded by 6.9 percent in the first quarter of 2016.
In an exclusive interview Pamcham Chairman Emeritus Levy Laus said that he was optimistic about the recent gross domestic product (GDP) boost, which exceeded market expectations and forecasts.
22 May 2016 - Tollway company earmarks P2-B expressway integrationMABALACAT CITY -- The Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) has earmarked P2 billion to harmonize the infrastructure of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).
MNTC president and chief executive officer Rodrigo Franco said that after the turnover last year, they started implementing modernization works aimed at making the SCTEX at par with the NLEX.
22 May 2016 - Gonzales joins PDP-LabanPAMPANGA -- Third District Representative-elect Aurelio Gonzales Jr. has formally joined the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte over the weekend.
Gonzales previously ran under the Nationalist People's Coalition and won by 137,786 against rival Liberal Party incumbent Representative Oscar Rodriguez.
22 May 2016 - Angeles City lauds Keepers of HeritageANGELES CITY -- The local government here, through the Angeles City Tourism Office (Acto), held its first Deng Talasinup king Singsing Awards Night, a tribute to the keepers of heritage to the artists who have contributed their work and passion to the kapampangan culture.
“We are one in this endeavor because we believe that we will never fully appreciate and learn our identity without looking back to our past,” said Richard Daenos, Acto head.
22 May 2016 - Media, ICT significant in youth sex initiationPAMPANGA -- A regional study conducted among youth of Central Luzon (CL) is saying that mass media and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) use, as well as non-sexual risk behavior have been positively associated with the youth’s early sexual initiation.
Commission on Population (Popcom)-Central Luzon Director Eleanor Cura said the study, “Mass Media and ICT Exposure, Non-Sexual Risk Behavior and Early Sexual Initiation among the Youth in Central Luzon,” revealed that while traditional mass media ultimately lose their links to the youth’s early sexual initiation, ICT use and non-sexual risk behavior variables on the other hand displayed statistically significant pattern.
22 May 2016 - San Fernando opens 'Pagmaragul ku, Kapampangan ku!' exhibitPAMPANGA -- In line with the celebration of the National Heritage Month, the City Government here organized a photo exhibit showcasing this capital city’s rich culture.
The exhibit, which was launched on Friday afternoon, featured some of the remarkable places in the city including the century-old heritage structures, landmarks and the Metropolitan Cathedral, among others, displayed at the historic San Fernando old train station.
22 May 2016 - Energy department to hold Euro 4 fuel economy runCLARK FREEPORT -- Around 100 vehicles are set to take part in the Euro 4 Fuel Economy Run of the Energy Utilization Management Bureau of the Department of Energy on May 27.
Sponsored by Petron Corporation, it would cover a distance of 280 kilometers from the Petron Service Station inside Clark Freeport to Urdaneta, Pangasinan via the Subic-Clark-Tarlac and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union expressways.
21 May 2016 - Candaba Bomba Bridge collapsesPAMPANGA -- The approach of the Bomba Bridge in Barangay San Agustin connecting this town to Baliwag, Bulacan collapsed on Friday due to alleged poor engineering design, according to residents here.
Bomba Bridge is part of the Sta. Ana–Candaba-Baliuag road that crosses the swamp on the southeast portion of the town.
21 May 2016 - Businessman nervous, excited over Duterte presidencyPAMPANGA -- Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) Vice-Chairman Rene Romero, a known supporter of presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte, said that he is nervous of the incoming administration but is excited and confident that the incoming president would hurdle challenges ahead.
Romero said that it is crucial now for Duterte to assemble a young and energetic economic team that will be populated by bright technocrats.
21 May 2016 - BFAR records no fish kill in Central LuzonPAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region (BFAR) in Central Luzon disclosed Saturday that there were no recorded incidents of fish kill in the region despite the onslaught of El Niño.
During the Fish Farmers' Forum held at the Government Center in Barangay Maimpis, BFAR Officer-in-Charge Lilian Garcia said that with the partnership of the local government units, the agency was successful in averting fish kill in the region.
21 May 2016 - DOT promotes Clark as bicycle-friendly placeCLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is promoting Clark Freeport as a bicycle-friendly community.
DOT Central Luzon Director Ronnie Tiotuico said that the tourism agency, in cooperation with the Clark Development Corporation (CDC), will hold the Clark Bike Expo on July 30 and 31 at SM City Clark in line with promotion program for the Freeport.
21 May 2016 - Pelco-3 assures consumers of ‘lesser’ brownoutsPAMPANGA -- The Pampanga III Electric Cooperative (Pelco-3) assures its consumers of “lesser” power interruptions this coming rainy season.
Pelco-3 serves the towns of Minalin, Santo Tomas, San Simon, Apalit, Macabebe and Masantol. These areas usually experience power interruptions during the rainy season.
21 May 2016 - DA, PAA conduct international conferencePAMPANGA -- The Philippine Association of Agriculturists Central Luzon Chapter (PAA-CL) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office III conducted the First PAA-CL International Agricultural Technology Conference on May 18 to 20 at Xenia Hotel, Clark Freeport, Pampanga.
Themed "Agriculturist's Accountability Towards Agriculture Sustainability and Resiliency", the conference aims to further enhance commitment of stakeholders in putting-up their respective plans and programs for climate-smart agriculture.
21 May 2016 - Cayetano lauded for PTK programANGELES CITY -- A village leader has lauded Senator Alan Peter Cayetano for extending to Balibago residents the Presyo Trabaho Kita (PTK) or anti 5-6 program which benefitted transportation groups and other sectors in the country.
Balibago chairman Tony Mamac thanked Cayetano for choosing the tricycle drivers and senior citizens in said barangay as beneficiaries of the program which provides cash grants to market vendors, drivers, farmers, fishermen, and others.
20 May 2016 - Group wants Alvaro as next Clark prexyPAMPANGA -- A group of traders, investors and local officials from Pampanga are set to lobby before presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte to consider the appointment of top Kapampangan businessman and Angeles City son Dr. Irineo “Bong” Alvaro as the next president of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC), replacing former CDC chief Art Tugade.
The group, which requested not to be named yet prior to its coming out in the open soon, disclosed that Alvaro, president of BB International Leisure and Resort Development Corporation which operates giant Midori Clark Hotel and Casino at Clark Freeport, “is the best man to lead CDC and propel it to further, much needed and awaited development.”
20 May 2016 - Trader: Bright future for ClarkCLARK FREEPORT -- Businessman Rene Romero said he welcomes the impending appointment of Arthur Tugade, former president of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC), as the next secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
Romero said that he sees a bright future for Clark with Tugade’s leadership in the DOTC.
20 May 2016 - Santiago wants historic PSD chimneys preservedPAMPANGA -- Mayor Edwin Santiago on Wednesday supported the preservation of the historical chimneys belonging to the iconic Pampanga Sugar Development Company (Pasudeco).
The sugar mill, including its three chimneys, has become a landmark property, which gave lasting identity to the province since it was incorporated in 1918.
19 May 2016 - CHR to keep eye on Duterte gov’tPAMPANGA -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) vowed to watch over the administration and plans of presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte.
CHR Chairperson Jose Luis Martin Gascon said Wednesday that the commission, being an independent office, will continue to perform its mandate to protect the human rights of Filipinos regardless of whose administration.
19 May 2016 - PDEA lauds guv for anti-drugs drivePAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda was recognized for her anti-drug advocacy by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) headed by Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac, Jr., during the PDEA Partners Appreciation Night held in Sulu Hotel, Quezon City last Wednesday.
It can be recalled that the Provincial Government of Pampanga headed by Governor Pineda donated a two-storey building worth P7-million to the PDEA Regional Office III last December 2015 to boost its anti-narcotics fight in Central Luzon.
19 May 2016 - une 15 a non-working day in Pampanga, Angeles CityANGELES CITY -- President Benigno Aquino III, through Proclamation No. 1259, s. 2016, declared June 15 this year as a special non-working day in Angeles City and Pampanga.
This is to give ample recognition and commemoration to the second-largest volcanic eruption in the twentieth century that caused massive destruction in the Provinces of Zambales, Pampanga, Bataan, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija that occurred at Mount Pinatubo in Zambales on June 15, 1991.
19 May 2016 - CIAC renews support to LCD manufacturerCLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) has renewed its support to Nanox Philippines Incorporated, a locator of Clark, which manufactures liquid crystal display (LCD) panels and other electronic products.
CIAC president Emigdio "Dino" Tanjuatco III reiterated the agency's commitment during the opening the firm’s additional site at the Civil Aviation Complex.
19 May 2016 - Angeles joins international candlelight memorialANGELES CITY -- In a simple yet solemn ceremony, the local government and private stakeholders here lit “candles of hope” to commemorate the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, May 19 at the city hall.
Spearheaded by the Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (RHWC), the theme for this year’s observance is “Engage, Educate, Empower,” with the aim to remember the people who have died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
19 May 2016 - Unopposed VM vows to continue programsMABALACAT CITY -- Vice Mayor Christian Halili, who ran unopposed for his second term during the recent elections, has vowed to continue serving his constituents by reviving programs that he and other city officials started.
Halili said that this is the meaning of his what is written on his posters “Hindi kayo mabibigo (you won't fail) though hinting about his mayoralty bid in 2019.
19 May 2016 - AUF appoints new engineering and architecture deanANGELES CITY---Angeles University Foundation has appointed Dr. Cirilo C. Calibjo as new dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture, announced AUF President Dr. Joseph E.L. Angeles.
Dr. Calibjo obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 2011 and 1996, respectively. He completed postgraduate fellowships in Computer Information Systems and Engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in the United States in 2002, and at the University of South Wales in Australia in 1997.
19 May 2016 - Folks benefit from Hotel Sogo’s medical missionPAMPANGA -- Some residents in San Luis benefited from a medical mission recently conducted by Hotel Sogo through the initiative of an organization of San Isidro High School Batch 1991, with the help of the local government unit.
Mohan Pangan, municipal medical technologist, said that the medical mission conducted at Barangay San Isidro benefited around 150 children and adults in which they were also given free medicines.
18 May 2016 - San Fernando to align programs with new governmentPAMPANGA -- The City Government here led by Mayor Edwin Santiago vowed to coordinate and align their programs and projects with the agenda of incoming administration of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte.
Despite being affiliated with the administration Liberal Party, Santiago said that he will support the National Government, citing its importance to effectively cascade programs to the grassroots.
18 May 2016 - Pyestang Fernandino trade fair opensPAMPANGA -- Various products are featured in this city as the annual Pyestang Fernandino Trade Fair opened Wednesday.
Fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, root crops, flowers, suman, and different products and delicacies made by Fernandinos from the 35 villages comprising this city are displayed and available for sale.
18 May 2016 - New mayor says he respects opponent's 'speculations'PAMPANGA -- Newly elected Apalit Mayor Peter Nucom of this town said Wednesday that he respects the speculations of political rival outgoing Board Member Nestor “Bay” Tolentino regarding the results of the recent polls.
Earlier, Tolentino told reporters that he “doubts” the results of the elections here, particularly the mayoral race where he lost to Nucom.
18 May 2016 - Peacekeeping volunteers to undergo drug test, trainingANGELES CITY -- Volunteers who will join the anti-crime organization in the city's entertainment district of Balibago will undergo drug test, training and education.
This was learned from Balibago Chairman Tony Mamac who recently asked interested residents to join the Balibago Anti Crime Task Force to eradicate criminalities and illegal drugs in the prime village.
18 May 2016 - Legarda: Development without conscience destroys the worldMABALACAT CITY -- Senator Loren Legarda has stressed that people have been focused on development which destroys the world.
“Our extractive and consumptive lifestyle, and misplaced notion of development have brought our world in a state of utter disrepair. We have been so focused on development without realizing that development without conscience destroys the world,” Legarda said.
18 May 2016 - Motorcycle thief gunned downPAMPANGA -- Policemen shot and killed a suspected motorcycle thief during a shootout in Barangay Maimpis, City of San Fernando recently.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Jr., Pampanga Police provincial director, identified the slain suspect as Michael Tolentino, aka Balat, a resident of Barangay San Jose, City of San Fernando.
18 May 2016 - BCDA CEO among panelists in MIT World Real Estate ForumCLARK FREEPORT -- The president and chief executive officer of the state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) lawyer Arnel Paciano D. Casanova is among the panelists of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) World Real Estate Forum to discuss Clark Green City and BCDA’s role in transforming idle military lands into premier centers of economic growth.
“It is an honor to be part of this prestigious conference and we look forward to sharing our experiences and learning from others in building Bonifacio Global City and Clark Green City. This just shows how the Philippine government has come a long way in developing cities and is now being seriously noticed by the global real estate community,” Casanova said.
18 May 2016 - jobStart San Fernando produces gradsPAMPANGA -- Some 99 Fernandino youth are now job-ready after having completed their Life Skills Training under the JobStart program of the City Government of San Fernando through its Public Employment Services Office (Peso).
The second batch of graduates were awarded their certificates recently at Heroes Hall by Mayor Edwin Santiago, Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Peso Manager Donny Sayre, BLE-Dole Chief Ruth Rodriguez, Labor Employment Officer Camille Galura and Embassy of Canada Representative Stephen Weaver.
18 May 2016 - 6 cops relieved, 4 others under probePAMPANGA -- Six policemen were relieved from their posts, while four others are under investigation for their alleged involvement in extortion activity.
Chief Superintendent Rudy Lacadin, Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) director, said those ordered relieved were Inspector Michael Rey Bernardo, Police Office (PO) 3 Joseph Garcia, PO1 Jonathan Labao, PO1 Rafael Tagle, Senior Police Officer (SPO) 2 Dionisio Roque Jr., and SPO2 Gerry Fabia.
17 May 2016 - CHR vows to monitor establishmentsPAMPANGA -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Central Luzon said they will be closely monitoring establishments, which violate human rights in the course of their operations.
During the blessing and inauguration of their new regional office at the Diosdado Macapagal Government Center, Regional Director Jasmin Regino disclosed that cases of human rights among businesses are more significant in the region, among other kinds of human rights violations.
17 May 2016 - Pamintuan: 'I will finish what we started'ANGELES CITY -- The re-elected local chief executive of this city vowed to fulfill the promises he made during his campaign.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said in front of the employees of the city government during their Monday flag raising ceremony that he would “finish what he started and fulfill all the promises he made.”
17 May 2016 - Fernandinos join movement to end HIV, AIDSPAMPANGA -- Fernandinos have actively showed support in the movement to end HIV and AIDS through a commemoration of the Philippine International AIDS candlelight memorial last Saturday.
A candle lighting ceremony was held in front of the city hall as a sign of remembering those who lost their lives to HIV and AIDS.
17 May 2016 - Village chief wards off sexual harassment rapsPAMPANGA -- Barangay Tabuyuc Village Chief Emilio Manlapaz of Apalit warded off Tuesday the sexual harassment case filed by his former barangay secretary, Michelle Angela Lagman, which she before the Office of the Ombudsman December last year.
Lagman earlier alleged that Manlapaz hugged her tight and tried to kiss her during their three-day seminar in a hotel in Baguio City last September 2015.
17 May 2016 - Exec: Clark now Central Luzon’s gaming capitalMABALACAT CITY -- Clark Freeport has become the gaming capital of Central Luzon.
This was stated by Casino Filipino Mimosa Satellite casino manager Jethro Chancoco during the recent launching of their new tagline "We Treasure You".
17 May 2016 - Ex-barangay tanod shot deadPAMPANGA -- A former tanod in a barangay in Arayat was shot dead by still unidentified suspects Tuesday morning at a tricycle terminal.
The victim identified as Joel Galang, 52, from Barangay Cacutud here was shot by two unidentified gunmen onboard a motorcycle while waiting for passengers in the said terminal.
17 May 2016 - Legarda: PH Must Brace for La NiñaMABALACAT CITY -- Senator Loren Legarda has urged the government to brace for the La Niña phenomenon, which is expected to bring heavy rains in the succeeding months, through effective climate-resilient and disaster risk reduction (DRR) programs.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has already issued a La Niña watch after new predictions suggest further weakening of El Niño and the probable arrival of La Niña by the second half of 2016.
16 May 2016 - Oca to remain in politics despite defeatPAMPANGA -- Outgoing Pampanga third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez will not say goodbye to politics yet, even if he was outraced by Congressman-elect Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales, Jr. in the recent polls.
The 70-year-old Rodriguez, who has been a public servant since 1967, disclosed during an exclusive interview over the weekend that he will still actively participate in issues affecting people in the district and Pampanga, but will take a breather after he steps down in June 30 to write his memoir, go back to farming and enjoy being a private citizen with his family.
16 May 2016 - Bondoc thankful support of constituentsPAMPANGA -- Fourth District Representative Juan Pablo 'Rimpy' Bondoc said he was grateful for the support of his constituents in the fourth district of Pampanga.
According to the website of Commission on Elections (Comelec), Bondoc received a total of 148,641 while his political opponent Apalit Mayor Oscar Tetangco Jr. got a total of 85,643.
16 May 2016 - Clark investors group to host 20th Golf TournamentCLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Investors and Locators Association (Cila) will be holding its 20th Annual Golf Tournament on May 18 at the Mimosa Golf and Country Club.
In a statement sent to this paper, Danilo Abad, Cila Corporate Secretary and Tournament Committee Head said the activity aims to shell out funds for the benefit of the less privileged children in Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ) and neighboring communities.
16 May 2016 - New Pampanga town mayor to address traffic woesPAMPANGA -- Santa Ana’s new leader, Mayor-elect Ross Gamboa, yesterday vowed to address traffic woes haunting the daily lives of motorists and commuters.
Gamboa, who amassed 9,320 votes, won over his three contenders, Tek Concepcion (9,259), Jerome Gaddi (3,503) and Restituto Montoya (1,000) during May 9 polls.
15 May 2016 - Kapampangan artist is new wood carving ‘maestro’PAMPANGA -- Another Guagua-born artist, who now resides in Pulilan town in Bulacan, is making the waves in the local and religious art scenes with his surrealistic wood sculptures.
Edwin Layug is now one of the most popular names in the local wood sculpture industry.
15 May 2016 - Maglanque's supporters sad over defeatPAMPANGA -- Some supporters of Candaba Mayor Rene Maglanque are sad over his defeat in the recent local elections.
Maglanque was defeated by Mayor-elect Danilo Baylon in their second face-off with a slim 700 margin over his 23,025 votes.
14 May 2016 - Team Bondoc vows to solve flood woesPAMPANGA -- Re-elected Pampanga Fourth District Representative Juan Pablo "Rimpy" Bondoc, together with his political team said yesterday that they will work together to fight flooding in the Fourth District of Pampanga.
The fourth district of the province composed of Candaba, San Luis, Minalin, Santo Tomas, San Simon, Apalit, Macabebe and Masantol are the towns, which are most vulnerable and affected by floods during the rainy season.
14 May 2016 - Balibago residents asked to join crime preventionANGELES CITY -- Residents of an entertainment district here were asked to join the anti-crime organization set to be formed to address criminality and illegal drugs in the area.
Tony Mamac, chairman of Barangay Balibago, made the appeal to his constituents a few days after the national and local polls where he lost in the vice mayoralty race.
14 May 2016 - Tolentino 'doubts' results of Apalit pollsPAMPANGA -- Outgoing Board Member Nestor Tolentino said Saturday that he "doubts" the results of the recent Apalit polls, particularly the contest for the mayoral post where he is a candidate.
Tolentino said that although the results were computerized, he said that there are some "doubts" on the results from other barangays, which he hopes to raise soon before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
14 May 2016 - Legarda welcomes Duterte's gender-sensitive governanceMABALACAT CITY -- Senator Loren Legarda welcomed Saturday the move of presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to ensure a gender-sensitive approach to governance.
Legarda made the statement following reports that outgoing Senator Pia Cayetano has joined Duterte’s transition team to ensure that women are well represented in the new administration and men who will hold government positions are gender-sensitive.
14 May 2016 - Mexico holds training for SPES beneficiariesPAMPANGA -- The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of the Municipal Government of Mexico, in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment, conducted a two-day training seminar for the beneficiaries of the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) on May 12 to 13 at San Lorenzo Elementary School here.
Mexico PESO Head Romeo Tiglao said that SPES is a program, which intends to provide employment for poor but deserving students who have hopes of pursuing their studies on their tertiary level.
13 May 2016 - Candaba village execs face rapsPAMPANGA -- A village chief and a bantay bayan from Barangay Bahay Pare in this municipality were charged with assault by an official here for allegedly disturbing a public meeting.
Incumbent Vice Mayor Normita Evangelista filed the complaint against Barangay Chairman Albino Carpio and Bantay Bayan Carlito Cunanan after they reportedly threw stones and bottles at Evangeslista who was then having her final salvo on May 7.
13 May 2016 - DTI issues SRP for school suppliesPAMPANGA -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has issued the list of suggested retail prices (SRP) for school supplies as students and parents are looking ahead at the opening of classes this June.
DTI Regional Director Judith Angeles said, "The SRP list will serve as a guide to consumers for them to look at the different brands of school materials."
13 May 2016 - Angeles village chief airs support to RobredoCLARK FREEPORT -- A barangay chairman here has expressed support to presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo.
Tony Mamac, chairman of Barangay Balibago who lost in the vice mayoralty race, issued the statement amid the allegations of irregularities in the canvassing of votes in the vice presidential race by Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
13 May 2016 - Legarda urges use of IRRI programs to improve agriMABALACAT CITY -- Senator Loren Legarda said that the government must utilize the research programs of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to improve agricultural systems in the country and to adapt to the changing climate.
Legarda issued the statement of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) warned of an impending La Nina phenomenon.
12 May 2016 - Bondoc: ‘Gubernatorial race far from my mind’PAMPANGA -- Incumbent Fourth District Representative and recently declared congressman-elect Juan Pablo Bondoc said Thursday that the prospects of running in the 2019 gubernatorial race is far from his mind.
Bondoc said that he is still concentrating on his mandate, which is to serve the constituents of the fourth district composed of the towns of Candaba, San Luis, Apalit, Masantol, Macabebe, Minalin, Sto.Tomas and San Simon.
12 May 2016 - Gonzales: ‘It was a hard fight’PAMPANGA -- A grateful Third District Representative-elect Aurelio Gonzales Jr. thanked Wednesday supporters and allies for helping him win in the recent May 9 elections saying that he managed to survive of the most difficult battles in his political career.
“I am thankful to my supporters and family who never stopped believing in me. I offer this victory to God and the people,” Gonzales said.
12 May 2016 - Guv grateful for Kapampangan votesPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda expressed her gratitude to every Kapampangan who cast their votes for her and Vice Governor Dennis Pineda as the provincial canvassing of votes concluded at the Benigno Aquino Hall, Capitol Compound here Wednesday afternoon.
"We are very grateful to the Kapampangans who continue to trust us. We will not let you down. Our administration will continue to bring much needed services to every kabalen most especially in health, agriculture, employment and education," the governor said.
12 May 2016 - Pamintuan, Duterte get protest votes vs 'old politics'ANGELES CITY -- Incumbent mayor and mayor-elect Edgardo Pamintuan said Thursday that the votes of Angelenos for him and presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte are in fact protest votes against old politics.
"People have had enough of the old politics, of ghost projects or corruption what they want now is real change," Pamintuan said.
12 May 2016 - Comelec proclaims Pampanga winnersPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Board of Canvassers of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday finally proclaimed the winning candidates in the provincial level after two days delay after vote-counting machines hampered voting procedures in Angeles City, City of San Fernando and Bacolor town.
Pampanga was able to transmit its election returns after two days delay in the submission of election returns from Bacolor and San Fernando.
12 May 2016 - Exec: Unite for MabalacatMABALACAT CITY --- A city councillor here has called on loosing and winning candidates in the recently concluded polls to move on and unite towards the further development of the city and service to its people.
Dr. Oscar Aurelio, chairman of Barangay Dau and an ex-officio member of the city council representing the Liga ng mga Barangay, stressed this a few days after the May 9 national and local elections.
12 May 2016 - Comelec proclaims San Fernando local officialsThe Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday proclaimed the winners for the elective positions in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
For the mayoral and vice-mayoral race, Liberal Party bets Mayor Edwin Santiago and Vice Mayor Jaime Lazatin, both unopposed, garnered 92,682 and 92,488 votes respectively.
12 May 2016 - Mayor-elect airs support to presumptive VP RobredoCLARK FREEPORT -- A former vice president of Clark International Airport Corporation who won in the mayoralty race in Capas town, Tarlac has expressed support to vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo.
Reynaldo Catacutan, a former CIAC official who defeated Mayor TJ Rodriguez in the recent polls, recently aired his support to Robredo who is leading the vice presidential race.
11 May 2016 - Hizon celebrates 'sweetest victory'PAMPANGA -- After hours of delayed counting of votes in a barangay in Bacolor, incumbent mayor Jose Mari “Jomar” Hizon successfully secured his third term in a tight race against former mayor Romeo “Buddy” Dungca Jr.
Unlike in other municipalities where proclamation of winners went just hours after 5 p.m., the Commission on Elections here took it more than a day due to delayed canvassing of votes brought about by a malfunctioned vote-counting machine (VCM) in Barangay Calibutbut.
11 May 2016 - David extends hand of reconciliationPAMPANGA -- Porac Vice Mayor Dexter David expressed Wednesday his willingness and the whole Team CD team to extend a hand of friendship and reconciliation to their former rivals in the last elections.
David said that it is now time to go back to work and heal the town.
11 May 2016 - Magalang mayor-elect asks support of constituentsPAMPANGA -- A winning mayoral candidate here asked this agricultural town's constituents to support her administration.
Councilor Malou Lacson, who defeated incumbent Mayor Romulo Pecson in the recently concluded polls, said Magalang is facing huge challenges and the local government needs the people's cooperation.
11 May 2016 - Sangil thanks AbeKa, supportersANGELES CITY --- Veteran city councillor and newsman Max Sangil expressed gratitude to the Partido Abe Kapampangan (AbeKa) and his running mates for supporting his reelection bid.
Sangil, who lost in the recently concluded elections, at the same time, thanked his supporters and other people "who believed in his cause and vision for the city."
11 May 2016 - Angeleños elect Pamintuan as mayor for 5th timeANGELES CITY -- Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is now the first and only five-term mayor in the history of this city.
Pamintuan was proclaimed winner in the mayoral race on Tuesday after he received 76,540 votes, while his opponents Senator Lito Lapid and Vicky Vega-Cabigting got 45,710 votes and 12,864 votes, respectively.
10 May 2016 - Pamintuan breaks Lapid magic in AngelesANGELES CITY -- Incumbent Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has managed to maintain his mandate as city mayor against rival Senator Lito Lapid dismissing any possibility of a Lapid foothold in the city.
According to partial and unofficial results as of 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Pamintuan, who ran under Partido Abe Kapampangan (PAK), managed to garner 76,272 votes while Lapid received 45,564 votes.
10 May 2016 - Candaba has new mayorPAMPANGA -- This municipality will have new leaders after mayor-elect Danilo Baylon and vice-mayor-elect Michael Sagum were voted by a majority during Monday’s polls.
Baylon, an independent candidate, beat incumbent Mayor Rene Maglanque of the Liberal Party with a slim 700 difference over his 23,725 votes.
10 May 2016 - BFAR urges fishermen to register boatsPAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Central Luzon urged fishermen to register their boats yesterday during their visit in the town at the public market.
BFAR Representative Faith Joy Bonifacio said that the fishermen and fishpond operators were also informed about the prohibitions in fishing.
10 May 2016 - Pingol’s death considered election related incidentPAMPANGA -- The death of one of the leaders of Pampanga Fourth District Representative Juan Pablo “Rimpy” Bondoc is considered an Election Related Incident or ERI, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Philippine National Police (PNP).
Vicente Pingol, 73, popular to his friends and kin as “Tatang Vic,” was shot dead on the night of April 16 by unknown gunmen at Sitio Sampaga, Barangay San Vicente, Apalit town.
10 May 2016 - Comelec eyes sanction on SmartmaticPAMPANGA -- The Commission on Election – Central Luzon is looking into possibilities sanctioning Smartmatic-Total Information Management Corp. (Smartmatic-TIM) for failure to meet the requirements specified in their signed contract.
Smartmatic-TIM is the official leasing partner of Comelec for the 2016 general elections. The poll body signed a P6.3-billion deal on September 4 last year for the use of 70,977 vote-counting machines (VCMs) and associated materials and assistance needed during Monday’s polls.
10 May 2016 - Balgan beats bro in MacabebePAMPANGA -- Mayor Annette Flores Balgan handily defeated her brother, former Mayor Leonardo “Bobong” Flores, in her quest for a third term.
Balgan, who prioritized education and livelihood, was proclaimed winner at 2:45 a.m. on May 10. She got more than 17,124 votes, beating Flores by some 7,000 votes.
10 May 2016 - Longtime Mabalacat City mayor reelectedMABALACAT CITY -- Longtime mayor Marino Morales was reelected for his last term defeating his three opponents in this city’s mayoralty race.
Morales, the longest seating mayor in Pampanga with 21 years, defeated outgoing first district Board Member Crisostomo Garbo, former vice mayor Noel Castro and businesswoman Pyra Lucas.
10 May 2016 - Guintu retains Masantol mayoral postPAMPANGA -- Incumbent Masantol Mayor Danilo Guintu won against his political opponent former Mayor Peter Flores in the May polls, retaining his post.
Based on unofficial results on Tuesday, Guintu garnered 17,598 votes versus Flores' 12,474 as of 1:00 a.m.
10 May 2016 - Tumang makes successful comeback; vows to work with former allyPAMPANGA -- Former Mexico Mayor Teddy Tumang successfully reclaimed the local top position in this municipality after getting majority of the votes during Monday’s polls.
Tumang, who first served this town in 2004 to 2013, bested incumbent Mayor Roy Manalastas with 31,541 votes or 50.8 percent of the 62,094 total votes. Manalastas got 28,879 votes.
9 May 2016 - Gunmen fire at house of mayoral bet's allyPAMPANGA -- Despite the Commission on Elections memorandum on the gun ban, three unidentified men fired at the house of an ally of incumbent mayoral re-electionist Jose Mari "Jomar" Hizon in Barangay San Antonio in Bacolor on election day.
This city's Chief of Police Superintendent Jean Fajardo said that the house of victim Eugene Yumul, 27, in Bulaon Resettlement in the said barangay was fired at by suspects on board a silver Toyota Vios with no plate at 4:30 a.m. on Monday.
9 May 2016 - Arroyo casts vote in Lubao townPAMPANGA -- Former President and re-electionist Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo arrived here Monday to cast her vote at her hometown in Lubao, Pampanga.
Arroyo left her hospital detention room at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City around 8 a.m. and was in Lubao town past 9 a.m.
9 May 2016 - Ex-first gentleman: Arroyo family chose DutertePAMPANGA -- Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo disclosed Monday that the Arroyo family voted for a Rodrigo Duterte presidency.
Mr. Arroyo accompanied former President and re-electionist Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at precinct 0001A, No. 67 in Lubao Central Elementary School. The unopposed solon seeking her third and final term was also accompanied by former Congressman Mikey Arroyo, her son and Angela, her daughter-in-law.
9 May 2016 - Voters troop early to polls; encounter ‘usual’ problemsMABALACAT CITY -- Voters here trooped as early as 6 a.m. to polling precincts on Monday to cast their votes but were met with the "usual" problems during elections.
People said that queues were long due to apparent large voter turnout amid the early morning heat as many were browsing through lists posted in precincts to look for their names.
9 May 2016 - Comelec replaces faulty vote counting machinesANGELES CITY -- At least four faulty vote counting machines (VCMs) were reported to this city’s Commission on Elections (Comelec) office a few hours after the election started yesterday morning.
Lawyer Imelda Panis, election officer of Angeles City, said that she immediately ordered the replacement of the VCMs in Barangay Balibago and Pulungbulu after receiving the report.
9 May 2016 - Election generally peaceful in MabalacatMABALACAT CITY -- Election in this component city was generally peaceful, police said.
Superintendent Gil Domingo, Mabalacat City chief of police, said that there were no reported election-related violence or major untoward incidents.
9 May 2016 - Aquino votes in Tarlac with sisters, relativesPAMPANGA -- President Benigno Aquino III was joined by his sisters Maria Elena "Ballsy" Aquino-Cruz and Aurora Corazon "Pinky" Aquino-Abellada as they cast their votes Monday at the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Elementary School.
Aquino arrived at his precinct at around 9:25 a.m. with brothers-in-law and nephews. He was seen in jeans and shirt as he waited in line before casting his vote.
8 May 2016 - DENR: Vibro Clark has no clearanceCLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Luzon said that the Vibro project in Clark has no Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) on its present location along the Sacobia River.
With this, the DENR, through its Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), issued a ‘notice of violation’ against the controversial Vibro sand screening project.
8 May 2016 - Robredo: Vote based on candidate’s characterMABALACAT CITY -- Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo calls on voters to think about their family’s future in selecting the next set of leaders who will chart the country's direction in the next six years as they cast their votes today.
Robredo said voters should base their choices on character and not rely on promises.
8 May 2016 - President Aquino to vote in TarlacPAMPANGA -- President Benigno S. Aquino III is expected to go home to Tarlac today to cast his vote
in the General Elections that would pick his eventual successor.
8 May 2016 - Pangilinan to implement aid programs for farmersANGELES CITY -- Senatorial candidate Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has vowed to implement programs to support farmers in Pampanga and other parts of Central Luzon.
Panglinan, who resigned from his post as Food Security Secretary in September 2015 to run again for senator under the Liberal Party, issued the statement during a recent visit in Angeles City where local officials expressed support to his reelection bid.
8 May 2016 - Central Luzon farmers reap first harvest in 2016PAMPANGA -- Rice farmers in Central Luzon are seeing a glimmer of hope after successive natural disasters swept their crop fields in 2015.
About 18,900 of them who were able to re-plant their damaged farms with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) are now reaping their first harvest for 2016.
8 May 2016 - LP campaign leader belies alleged poll discrepancyPAMPANGA -- A campaign leader of Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo in Saudi Arabia belied on Sunday the statements of oppositions’ supporters on the alleged altered results on their election returns.
Earlier, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who participated in absentee voting abroad complained the alleged “pattern of cheating” after discrepancies between the vote receipts and actual votes cast heavily favored administration candidates.
7 May 2016 - Angeles City vice mayoral bet suspected of vote buyingANGELES CITY -- A vice-mayoralty candidate here is being accused of vote buying at a posh subdivision in Barangay Pampang Friday night.
Lawyer Willie Rivera, runningmate of Senator Lito Lapid under the local Lingap Lugud party, was quick to deny the allegation describing the vote-buying issue as “pure fabrication and desperate move by his opponents.”
7 May 2016 - Quarry revenues hit P1.9-BPAMPANGA -- Revenues from the quarry industry of the Provincial Government of Pampanga has reached P1.9 billion, records from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGENRO) showed.
The revenues were collected for the past 70 months since Governor Lilia Pineda assumed her post in July 2010.
7 May 2016 - Central Luzon police force on full alertPAMPANGA -- The entire Central Luzon police force has been placed on full alert status to maximize all its personnel and resources for the May 9 elections.
The full alert status was raised following the send-off ceremony of augmentation troops to be deployed for election duties last Monday.
7 May 2016 - Kapampangan artist completes marble sculpture training in ItalyPAMPANGA -- Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug has completed almost two-weeks of training in marble sculpture in Carrara in Italy.
Layug has embarked on acquiring skills in marble sculpting in Carrara, a city known for its fine marble.
7 May 2016 - Central Luzon police sets up Remac for pollsPAMPANGA -- Four days before the May 9 national and local elections, the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) has set up the Regional Election Monitoring and Action Center (Remac) situation monitoring room at the conference room, here.
Chief Superintendent Rudy Lacadin, PRO3 director, said Remac will be acting as the eyes and ears of the PRO3 Regional Special Operations Task Group for SAFE 2016.
6 May 2016 - Alejandrino hits Duterte on rebs 'commendation'PAMPANGA -- Arayat Mayor Emmanuel Alejandrino of this town assailed Friday presidentiable Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for allegedly "commending" members of the National People’s Army (NPA).
Duterte reportedly made the "commendation" during the release of two government soldiers, Private First Class (Pfc) Niño Alavaro and Pfc. Marjon Añover in the mountains of Laak, Compostela Valley late last year. They surrendered the captives to Duterte.
6 May 2016 - Candaba all-out for Roxas, RobredoPAMPANGA -- This municipality is backing up fully administration bets presidentiable Manuel Roxas II and running mate Leni Robredo.
Led by incumbent Mayor and Liberal Party bet Rene Maglanque, majority of Candabeños voluntarily campaign to secure votes for the "anointed ones" and ensure the continuity of "Daang Matuwid".
6 May 2016 - Execs ask Pangilinan to work on Clark airportANGELES CITY -- City officials led by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Thursday asked Senator Francis Pangilinan to support an advocacy for the full development and utilization of Clark International Airport (CRK).
Alex Cauguiran, head of the newly formed Advocacy for Dual Airport Priority (Adapt), presented the group's manifesto to Pangilinan during a meeting and press conference at Fortune Seafood Restaurant here the other day.
6 May 2016 - Marang: Celebrate Mothers’ Day every dayANGELES CITY -- City Councilor Maricel “Marang” Morales said that Mothers Day should be celebrated everyday to give importance to the sacrifices and love of our mothers.
Morales stated this during the 9th Gawad Sa Marangal at Ulirang Ina at the SM City Clark on Wednesday.
6 May 2016 - Bar topnotcher, historian bat for RobredoMABALACAT CITY -- This year’s Bar topnotcher Rachel Miranda and noted historian Ambeth Ocampo lead a fresh batch of personalities who have expressed support for Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo.
Miranda said she “stands behind a vice-president committed to the protection and promotion of the rights of every Filipino, and whose passion for public service is matched by a track record of tireless advocacy”.
6 May 2016 - So to Speak garners 3rd Golden Dove awardPAMPANGA -- CLTV 36 premier public affairs program, 'So To Speak' bagged top honors for Best Public Affairs Program (Provincial) in the 24th Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas Golden Dove Awards night.
The Golden Dove was awarded during KBP's annual awards recognition event held last April 29, 2016 at the Star Theater, in Pasay City. 'So to Speak', now on its eight year, received its third trophy in this highly competitive category.
6 May 2016 - Black propaganda affects board member aspirantPAMPANGA -- Board member wannabe Alvin Ignacio said Friday that the alleged black propaganda aimed against him saying he died in an ambush has directly affected his campaign and aspirations.
Ignacio furthered that he fears that the people will no longer vote for him thinking that the black propaganda is true.
6 May 2016 - Pelco I assures continuous power supply on election dayPAMPANGA -- The Pampanga I Electric Cooperative Inc. (Pelco I) has assured its member-consumers of continuous electric power supply on Monday's election day, May 9.
According to Engr. Loliano Allas, Pelco I general manager, they are always doing their best to avoid any electric power interruption before, during and after every elections.
6 May 2016 - San Simon Comelec holds final testing, sealing of VCMsPAMPANGA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in San Simon conducted yesterday the final testing and sealing of the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs).
The Comelec-San Simon failed to finalize the testing and sealing of VCMs early on after one of the machines malfunctioned recently at Barangay San Pedro.
5 May 2016 - Korina: Mar’s ratings will continue to surgePAMPANGA -- Journalist Korina Sanchez-Roxas yesterday said that she believes the pre-election survey ratings of her husband Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas will continue to surge in the next few days before elections day on May 9.
Roxas now nears the number one spot in the latest Pulse Asia survey commissioned by the ABS-CBN Network after switching places with Senator Grace Poe.
5 May 2016 - BuB projects benefit thousands in Central LuzonPAMPANGA -- Thousands of people in Central Luzon are now benefiting from 103 completed projects amounting to P142,461,740.48 under the government’s Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) program since the program started in Central Luzon in 2014 until 2015.
Department of Interior and Local Government Regional Director Florida Dijan said that of the 103 completed BuB projects, a total of 55 or 92 percent of the 60 projects were completed for 2014 and 48 or 40 percent of the 119 projects were completed for 2015.
5 May 2016 - Robredo: Uplift people’s lives from povertyMABALACAT CITY -- While other candidates can only promise a better life, lifting Filipinos living in the fringes of society out of poverty and turning their lives for the better is nothing new to Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo.
During her time as a lawyer for the poor, Robredo has implemented crucial plans and programs that helped improve the living condition of many impoverished Filipinos.
5 May 2016 - Ex-congresswoman: ‘I still believe in legal powers’PAMPANGA -- Former Pampanga Fourth District Congresswoman Anna York Bondoc-Sagum disclosed on Wednesday that she still believes in legal and police powers.
Bondoc-Sagum, who helped his brother Congressman Juan Pablo “Rimpy” Bondoc in asking Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista address the issues and alleged election related violence in the town of Apalit.
5 May 2016 - CDC remits P700-M to national coffersCLARK FREEPORT — The Clark Development Corporation last week remitted a total of P700 million cash dividends to the national government, another record figure posted by the state-run firm.
Noel F. Manankil, CDC vice-president for Admin and Finance announced that CDC has remitted the amount to the Bureau of Treasury last April 28, 2016.
5 May 2016 - Hontiveros: More 4Ps slots for AetasCLARK FREEPORT -- Senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday vowed to file a bill that will institutionalize the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) or 4Ps and ensure adequate slots for Aetas and indigenous people (IP).
Hontiveros, who is also a health advocate, said this during a visit inside the Freeport and other parts of Pampanga the other day.
5 May 2016 - Seniors citizens laud Lazatin for free physical examinationsANGELES CITY -- A group of senior citizens has lauded Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr. for filing an ordinance seeking to provide free annual physical examination for the elderly.
Speaking before the residents of Barangay Virgen Delos Remedios, Molina, a senior citizen and a resident of Brangay Sta. Trinidad, thanked Lazatin for filing the ordinance that seeks medical benefits for senior citizens of Angeles City.
5 May 2016 - 37,000 teachers to ensure orderly electionsPAMPANGA -- As one of the agencies deputized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to ensure harmonious, credible and free elections, the Department of Education (DepEd) will deploy some 37,899 volunteer teachers to render service in the coming May 9 national and local elections in Central Luzon.
A total of 27,354 public school teachers who will serve as Board of Election Inspectors and Special Board of Election Inspectors, 2,785 DepEd Supervisor Officials and 7,769 support staff will be tasked to supervise the casting of votes in clustered precincts.
5 May 2016 - Mayoral bet wants additional poll securityPAMPANGA -- Apalit Mayoralty candidate Board Member Nestor "Bay" Tolentino is urging authorities to provide additional army troops and police officers for the 2016 national and local elections here on Monday.
"We are happy that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) acted on the request of former Congresswoman Anna York Bondoc-Sagum and Congressman Juan Pablo ‘Rimpy’ Bondoc," said Tolentino.
4 May 2016 - SC allows Arroyo 4-day leave for dental procedurePAMPANGA -- ASIDE from granting Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's appeal to vote on May 9, the Supreme Court has also granted the former President's request for a four-day leave to undergo dental procedure.
The court in its special en banc session on Tuesday voted unanimously to grant Arroyo's appeal to leave Veterans Memorial Medical Center to undergo dental procedure at a clinic in Makati City.
4 May 2016 - Roxas nears No. 1PAMPANGA -- Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Mar Roxas is now nearing the top slot in the presidential race and is fast gaining on contender Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey commissioned by the ABS-CBN Network.
The survey, with a sample size of 4,000 registered voter-respondents culled nationwide, was conducted on April 26 to 29, a week after the final presidential debate in Dagupan City.
4 May 2016 - Smuggled mammals now with DENRPAMPANGA -- The seven endangered and vulnerable mammals which were attempted smuggled out of the country via the Clark Freeport were turned over recently to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here after a successful operation by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Central Luzon.
Earlier, the NBI identified the suspect as Peimin Zhang, was caught in possession of four Pangolins and three Palawan Cobras, which are both under the “Red List” of animals threatened with extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
4 May 2016 - Robredo leads Pulse Asia surveyANGELES CITY -- Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo has taken the lead in the ABS-CBN Pulse Asia survey with the campaign now in the homestretch and the elections just five days away.
In the survey conducted from April 26 to 29 with 4,000 respondents, Robredo garnered 30 percent or four percent higher than her previous rating in the survey taken last April 19-24.
4 May 2016 - Kin of missing old man laud Pampanga gov’t for supportPAMPANGA -- The kin of the late 73-year-old missing senior citizen from Concepcion, Tarlac thanked the Provincial Government of Pampanga for giving support and free hospitalization to their loved one.
The said senior died of cardiac arrest at Dr. Luciano District Hospital.
4 May 2016 - DA employees get GAD trainingPAMPANGA -- The Gender and Development Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Central Luzon conducted a training on "Gender and Development (GAD) Guidelines and Gender Analysis Tools For Agriculture Programs, Projects and Activities".
The event was held at Lohas Hotel and Resort, Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City Pampanga, last April 27 to 29.
3 May 2016 - Rodriguez calls Gonzales' 'Napolist' bogusPAMPANGA -- Incumbent Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez said Tuesday that his opponent former Third District Congressman Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales Jr. is using fake Janet Napoles documents to discredit him.
He added that he could not have allocated any Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to bogus non-government organizations as he was not even in Congress when Napoles was allegedly carrying out the scam.
3 May 2016 - Former allies hit Gonzales for ‘overpriced’, ‘ghost’ projectsPAMPANGA -- Disgruntled supporters and contractors of comebacking former Third District Representative Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales, Jr. have joined incumbent Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez in denouncing the former for alleged overpriced covered courts and ghost projects during his term as congressman.
Contractor Buboy Carreon, Barangay Alasas Captain Alvin Mendoza and Barangay Maimpis Captain Romy Dizon, in a press conference, joined Rodriguez in revealing details of Gonzales’ projects.
3 May 2016 - RW 95.1 bags another Golden DovePAMPANGA -- RW 95.1 FM has been adjudged as best provincial FM radio station all over the country in the recently concluded 24th Golden Dove Awards initiated by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP).
The award, given on April 29 at the Star Theatre in Pasay City, is the third of its kind for RW 95.1, operated by the Radio World Broadcasting Corporation, a subsidiary of the Laus Group of Companies. It received the same distinctions in the years 2007 and 2011.
3 May 2016 - Pangilinan brings final family caravan to kabalensPAMPANGA -- Former Food Security and Agricultural Modernization chairman and senatoriable Francis Pangilinan on Monday brought their “Barangay Pangilinan Family Caravan” in Pampanga to win the votes of his fellow kabalens in the coming May 9 national and local elections.
Wife Sharon and their children Miel and Miguel joined Pangilinan on the campaign trail, together with nephew Gab Valenciano and niece Julia Arenas for the final leg of the campaign caravan at Heroes Hall in this city.
3 May 2016 - Nonagenarian expresses support to Mamac's vice mayoralty bidANGELES CITY --- A 96-year-old woman has expressed support to the candidacy of Balibago Chairman Rodelio Mamac who is seeking the vice mayoralty post here.
Adela “Apung Delia” Padilla, 96, of Epza resettlement center, Pulung Cacutud in this city was accompanied by her son and other relatives when he visited Mamac at the barangay hall on Tuesday.
3 May 2016 - DA hosts meeting of Japan-Philippines associationPAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture Central Luzon hosted the 29th Annual Meeting and Convention of the Japan Overseas Volunteers Cooperation-Philippines Animal Science Association at Royce Hotel and Casino inside Clark Freeport.
The event ran from April 26 to 28.
2 May 2016 - Mayoralty bet wants town in hotspots listPAMPANGA -- Mayoralty aspirant John Sambo said he wants Sto. Tomas town included in the list of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) hotspots and watchlist.
In a letter to Philippine National Police Regional Director Rudy Lacadin dated April 30, 2016, Sambo said that the death threat against Canlas was clearly election-related.
2 May 2016 - Kapampangan artist meets Pope Francis at VaticanPAMPANGA -- Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug, the sculptor of many of the images and icons used in the recent visit of Pope Francis in the country, met the Roman Pontiff during the public audience at the Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican over the weekend.
It was a reunion of sorts as Pope Francis had recently honored Layug with the “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” (For the Church and the Pope) or “Cross of Honor” medal--the highest medal that can be awarded by the Papacy -- for his contributions in making last year’s Papal visit a success.
2 May 2016 - Team Unity starts great push for RoxasPAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando's Team Unity headed by unopposed Mayor Edwin Santiago and re-electionist Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez on Monday started what would be a week-long “great push” for Liberal Party standard Mar Roxas, vice-presidential bet Leni Robredo and the continuity of the Daang Matuwid vision.
Speaking before a multi-sectoral crowd gathered in front of city hall, Santiago said that it is now time to make the final decision for the sake of the country and the next generation.
2 May 2016 - Pyestang Fernandino gears for threefold celebrationPAMPANGA -- This year's Pyestang Fernandino celebration will be a thanksgiving and celebration of both the 25th anniversary of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption and the commemoration of the 118th Philippine Independence Day.
This, as Mayor Edwin Santiago yesterday said that the event is a thanksgiving of the city to its patron saint and a celebration of the many accomplishments and blessings for the year. He added that the celebrations are also aimed at highlighting the traditions of the city through promotion of its culture and material heritage.
2 May 2016 - More than 1,300 jobseekers hired on the spot in Central Luzon job fairsPAMPANGA -- Some 1,371 jobseekers were reportedly hired on the spot (Hots) in eight job fairs in Central Luzon, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said Sunday.
Preliminary reports from the Technical Support and Service Division (TSSD) and Dole Field Offices show that some 4,000 jobseekers have flocked in all eight job fairs in the region.
2 May 2016 - Porac Team CD councilor bet vows more funds for RHUs, old folkPAMPANGA -- A member of the Porac Team CD vowed to help improve the health care services here once elected town councilor.
Liga ng mga Barangays president and Babo Sacan village chief Ronie Mercado said he will ask for more funds for rural health centers (RHUs) in the 29 barangays of the town.
2 May 2016 - PRO3 deploys 8,329 personnelPAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) deployed Monday a total of 8,329 Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel to seven provinces and two cities in Central Luzon for election duties in different polling precincts regionwide.
A send-off ceremony was held on Monday at the PRO3 parade ground at 3 p.m.
2 May 2016 - Guintu supporter to file case vs FloresPAMPANGA -- A supporter and close ally of Masantol Mayor Danilo Guintu is set to file a case of grave threat against former Mayor Peter Flores after the latter allegedly insulted and threatened him.
According to the police, Elizardo Macalino, 66, pointman-leader of Guintu was reportedly insulted and threatened by the former mayor when he arrived at his home in Barangay Bebe Anac in this municipality.
2 May 2016 - San Fernando job fair opens 700 job opportunitiesPAMPANGA -- More than 700 local job opportunities were offered to hundreds of job seekers during the Labor Day Job Fair organized by the Local Government of San Fernando in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment-Pampanga.
Some 350 applicants from in and out of the city flocked to the job fair held May 1 at the SM City San Fernando Downtown.
2 May 2016 - Sangil: LGUs should prepare for Metro Manila decongestionANGELES CITY -- Local government units should be ready to meet the challenges as the national government will implement the decongestion of Metro Manila.
This was stressed by reelectionist councillor Max Sangil, who cited in particular the migration of Metro Manila businessmen and residents to the countryside including Angeles City and other parts of Central Luzon, which is eyed as the country’s next capital.
1 May 2016 - Roxas to bring NAIA to ClarkCLARK FREEPORT -- Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas vowed over the weekend to bring and transfer the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Clark and spur development in North and Central Luzon if he gets elected to the country’s top post.
“Ililipat ko ang NAIA dito sa Clark. Magiging sentro ng komersyo at turismo ang Central Luzon, partikular ang mga probinsya ng Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bataan, Tarlac, Zambales at Aurora dahil dito (I will transfer NAIA to Clark. Central Luzon -- particularly the provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bataan, Tarlac, Zambales and Aurora -- will thus become the center of commerce and tourism),” he said in an interview over Metro Central Luzon CLTV36.
1 May 2016 - Pampanga chamber seeks support on Clark airport dev'tPAMPANGA -- Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) is seeking the support of the Regional Development Council (RDC)-Central Luzon on the full development of Clark International Airport (CRK).
In a letter to RDC-Central Luzon Chairman and Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, PamCham vice chairman Rene Romero said that the full development of CRK and its declaration as a premier gateway to the Philippines has been a long standing advocacy of PamCham.
1 May 2016 - Robredo pushes for Security of Tenure BillANGELES CITY -- Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo is pushing for the passage of the Security of Tenure Bill in what she described as a first step to fill in gaps in the country’s labor laws.
The bill, once passed, will stop erring employers from exploiting the labor laws.
1 May 2016 - CNN awardee backs Robredo’s VP bidMABALACAT CITY -- Aside from movie and television personalities, big names from other fields have also declared support for Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo.
Efren Penaflorida, former “CNN Hero of the Year” awardee, expressed his support to Leni Robredo through an acronym L.E.N.I.
1 May 2016 - Lazatin to push for environment programsANGELES CITY -- Re-electionist Councilor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. has vowed to file an ordinance requiring all business establishments here to implement programs related to environmental protection.
Lazatin said green program will become requirement for the issuance of business permit.
1 May 2016 - Safety, heath officers participate in World Day for Safety eventPAMPANGA -- Some 135 safety and health officers took part in the regional observance of World Day for Safety and Health at Work over the weekend.
The said individuals represented 50 large companies in Central Luzon.
Upcoming events in Balibago
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Saturday Night FeverOct 11 2014 Kings Landing
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