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27 Feb 2015 - ampanga towns to experience 10-hour power interruptionPAMPANGA -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) announced Friday the scheduled shutdown of some of its transmission facilities in parts of Mexico town, Arayat, Magalang and Mabalacat, Pampanga on March 1, Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
NGCP Corporate Communications Officer Ernest Vidal said the affected distribution utilities are Pampanga I Electric Cooperative Inc. (Pelco I), Pampanga II Electric Cooperative Inc. (Pelco II), and Pampanga Rural Electric Service Cooperative Inc. (Presco).
27 Feb 2015 - Arsenic poisoning worries Pampanga town folkFood and health safety has become a major concern in this town after the Department of Health (DOH)-Central Luzon confirmed a number of cases of a skin disease that has been associated with exposure to high levels of arsenic.
Based on results of the confirmatory test, the DOH revealed that higher levels of arsenic were traced among 17 out of the 100 people who were examined.
27 Feb 2015 - BCDA: Construction of fuel station along SCTEX startsCLARK FREEPORT -- The state-owned Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) said that motorists plying the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) can expect added convenience by the end of the year with the first ever service area to be constructed by the country’s largest independent oil player.
BCDA president and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova said ground breaking rites for the first SCTEx service area was held last Wednesday led by Seaoil Philippines Inc.
27 Feb 2015 - Wig-making program to benefit 160 in 2 Central Luzon provincesCLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC), in cooperation with two locators here, is currently conducting a joint skills training and employment program for 160 individuals from the contiguous areas of this Freeport zone.
In support of CDC's effort to generate 100,000 jobs by next year, the state-owned firm has partnered with Aderans Philippines Inc. (API) and Starboard Manpower Services Inc. (SMSI) for the training and employment program on wig making project.
27 Feb 2015 - DTI-Central Luzon posts notable performance in 2014ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Central Luzon reported significant accomplishments for Calendar Year 2014.
These are reflected in the following areas: SME development, jobs generation, investment facilitation and consumer advocacy for the seven provinces of Central Luzon.
26 Feb 2015 - BCDA eyes Clark link to North-South railwayCLARK FREEPORT -- The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is studying the construction of a 55-kilometer railway connector that will link Clark Green City with the proposed North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR), which will run from Malolos, Bulacan to Calamba, Laguna.
In a statement, BCDA president and Chief Executive Officer Arnel Casanova disclosed that they are in talks with at least two firms, the Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Corporation and another unnamed Japanese company.
26 Feb 2015 - CDC disperses veggie seeds to 300 farmers in TarlacCLARK FREEPORT -- Some 300 farmers benefited in the dispersal of vegetable seeds for backyard vegetable production to supplement the vegetable needs of their families and possible income from sales of excess produce.
The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) dispersed the vegetable seeds to selected farmer-beneficiaries in communities contiguous to this Freeport and Special Economic Zones.
26 Feb 2015 - Nepomucenos will support PamintuanANGELES CITY -- Cut-Cut barangay chairwoman Cecile Nepomuceno, wife of former vice governor Robin Nepomuceno and mother of Councilor Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno, reiterated her family's support to the administration of incumbent Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.
Nepomuceno, in a phone interview with Sun.Star Pampanga, said that the Nepomuceno family will be supporting Pamintuan who will seek his final term in the coming May 2016 elections.
26 Feb 2015 - Tigerair offers P1,088 Clark-Hong Kong flightsCLARK FREEPORT -- Tigerair Philippines is offering seat sale for its Clark Hong Kong flights for as low as P1,088 for travel period March 9 to June 14, 2015.
This is part of the airlines’ seat sale to all its destinations from 25 February 2015 to 27 February 2015 or until seats last.
26 Feb 2015 - Central Luzon attracts P55.11-B in new investments for 2014ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Central Luzon, through its OIC-Regional Director Judith Angeles recently reported to the Regional Development Council-Sectoral Committee on Economic Development (RDC-SCED) that the region attracted a total of P55.11-billion in new investments for Calendar Year 2014, based on the list of the Board of Investments (BOI) Approved Projects.
The investments are estimated to translate into more than 3,000 new jobs for the residents of Central Luzon.
25 Feb 2015 - Nepomuceno, Pamintuan unite for 2016ANGELES CITY -- This city's Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan confirmed Wednesday that they are now in an alliance with Councilor Bryan Nepomuceno in what observers believe is a move to deter the mayoralty plans of Senator Manuel "Lito" Lapid in 2016 here.
Pamintuan, during a breakfast forum with media, said that the young Nepomuceno is now with the administration majority.
25 Feb 2015 - 4 injured in school campus blastANGELES CITY -- Four persons were injured when a suspected improvised bomb exploded in a parking lot of a school in Barangay Sto. Rosario, Angeles City, Tuesday night.
Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, identified the injured as Nolaid Cayanan, 44, a resident of Barangay Manibaug, Porac, Pampanga; Julie Ann Garica, 29, and Maries Sorima, 17, both salesladies and both residents of Barangay Amsic, Angeles City; and Michelle Gadi, 14, a resident of Barangay Paralaya, Porac, Pampanga.
25 Feb 2015 - Angeles commemorates people power revoltANGELES CITY -- The Philippines may have been taking steps in the right direction after the 1986 People Power Revolution, but for Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, huge social, political, and economic challenges remain unresolved even after 29 years since the historic movement.
This year's anniversary is anchored on the theme "EDSA 29: Ituloy ang Pagbabago!" (Continue Change), which highlights the importance of using the spirit and ideals of the 1986 People Power Revolution in bringing about positive change in the country.
25 Feb 2015 - Grant franchise to colorum trikes, village chiefs to councilANGELES CITY -- At least two village chairmen here have asked the Provincial Board to allow drivers and operators of "colorum tricycles" to secure franchises from the City Government.
Balibago chairman Rodelio "Tony" Mamac expressed support to the call of Angeles City Federation of Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (ACFEDTODA) that their colorum members, numbering more than 1,800, be granted permits to operate.
25 Feb 2015 - Cops foil attempt to steal government official’s SUVPatrolling policemen foiled an attempt by suspected carnappers to steal the SUV of the regional director of the Technical Education and Skills Authority (Tesda) parked along the national highway in Barangay Sindalan, this city, Monday.
Superintendent Rechie Duldulao, city chief of police, said patrolling policemen stopped the suspects in taking the Toyota Fortuner (TQN-956) of Teodoro Gatchalian, 56, regional director of Tesda Central Luzon, who is a resident of Kalayaan Village, Barangay Quebiawan, San Fernando.
25 Feb 2015 - Masantol into solar energyPAMPANGA -- In an effort aimed at decreasing the financial burden of the local government and promoting the use of renewable energy, this town has already installed 200 streetlights that are being powered by solar energy.
This action has already resulted to immediate benefits, said Masantol Mayor Danilo Guinto.
25 Feb 2015 - Bamban mayor sworn in as NPC memberPAMPANGA -- It was like a feast day Wednesday here in the town of Bamban when Jose Antonio T. Feliciano took his oath as new member of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) before Representative Enrique Cojuangco, Sr., provincial chairman of the NPC in Tarlac.
Almost 2,000 people witnessed the oath taking, complete with live stage performances of skits, dances and a drum and lyre group.
24 Feb 2015 - Lubao hot air balloon fest preparations in full swingPAMPANGA -- With barely a month to go before the start of this year's Lubao International Balloon Festival, preparations are now in full swing for the town's biggest event.
Now on its second year, the balloon festival, which will take place in Pradera Verde, Barangay Prado Siongco on March 26 to 29, is expected to showcase 40 hot air balloons from Germany, Malaysia, Europe and the United States. It will also raise 12 special shaped balloons like Darth Vader, Yoda,Obelix, Frog, and Humpty Dumpty.
24 Feb 2015 - Nicdao takes helm of PamCham leadershipCLARK FREEPORT -- Businessman Jess Nicdao formally assumed the post of president of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce of Industry on Monday vowing to continue the development programs, advocacies and objectives of one of the most active business chambers in region.
Nicdao was formally sworn into office with the new set of PamCham officers during the 47th General Membership Meeting and Induction of Officers at the Holiday Inn here. The induction was presided by Jollibee chairman and CEO Tony Tan Caktiong.
24 Feb 2015 - TV personalities, programs awarded in CL Media AwardsANGELES CITY -- The Holy Angel University (HAU) Communicators League recently held the 2nd Paragala Central Luzon Media Awards at the HAU Theatre.
The country's top TV networks, ABS-CBN and GMA, both garnered 14 trophies with the former bagging two of the most coveted prizes of the event, Best National TV Station and Best Regional TV Station.
24 Feb 2015 - Angeles, Davao mayors ink sisterhood pactANGELES CITY -- The local chief executive here recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the City of Davao, which establishes a sisterhood city pact that will nurture and encourage cooperation between the two local governments and their constituencies.
Held February 23 at the Angeles University Foundation (AUF), Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte signed the MOA witnessed by University Chancellor, Dr. Emmanuel Y. Angeles, together with selected stakeholders and AUF student & faculty members.
24 Feb 2015 - DA hosts trade fair on high value cropsPAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) Central Luzon, through the High Value Crops Development Banner Program (HVCDP) in collaboration with the Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD), is currently hosting the High Value Crop Trade Fair at the Capitol grounds.
Since the upland farmers of Pampanga have the problem in marketing their produce, the monthly trade fair aims to promote upland high value commercial crops thru the conduct of local trade fair to make available and accessible quality natural food products.
24 Feb 2015 - PDIC raises P349-M from asset salesPAMPANGA -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) allocated a total of P159-million worth of projects in this city and other nine municipalities of Pampanga in 2014 for the Bottoms-Up Budgeting (BuB) program of the agency.
DILG Pampanga Provincial Director Myrvi Fabia identified the City of San Fernando and the municipalities of Lubao, Sasmuan, Guagua, Mexico, San Simon, Apalit, Candaba, Macabebe and Masantol as project beneficiaries of BUB Program.
24 Feb 2015 - Lazatin files ordinance on waterways cleanupANGELES CITY -- Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin recently filed an ordinance institutionalizing a city-wide waterways cleanup day at least once a month.
Lazatin filed Proposed Ordinance No. 814-01-15 also known as setting the first Saturday of every month as “Barangay Waterways Cleanup Day” in the city.
24 Feb 2015 - Widus to open peppers 21CLARK FREEPORT -- Widus Hotel and Casino, Clark’s preferred one-stop leisure destination, delights its patrons once again as it premieres the world famous 21 day dry-aged steak with the opening of Peppers 21.
“We aim to give only the best luxury lifestyle as we bring in world-class fine dining experience here at Widus with Peppers 21”, shared Alfred Reyes Widus general manager.
23 Feb 2015 - 18 Pampanga towns in DILG’s GFH rosterPAMPANGA -- Eighteen Pampanga municipalities have made it to list of the 2014 Seal of Good Local Governance: Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The GFH town recipients include the local governments of Apalit, Arayat, Bacolor, Candaba, Floridablanca, Guagua, Lubao, Macabebe, Magalang, Masantol, Mexico, Minalin, Porac, San Luis, San Simon, Santa Ana, Sta. Rita and Sto. Tomas. Only the Municipality of Sasmuan was not on the 2014 list.
23 Feb 2015 - Lack of equipment, training hamper firemenPAMPANGA - A fire volunteer official said the efforts to fight a deadly fire in Barangay Sto. Cristo were hampered because the old fire equipment that the town used during the incident barely mitigated the raging flames.
The fire tore through more than 60 households in the said village, where a one-year old boy died and hundreds were left homeless.
23 Feb 2015 - DTI Central Luzon to hold Regional Bamboo CongressANGELES CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Central Luzon is inviting bamboo enthusiasts, furniture shop owners, businessmen, media members and other stakeholders to the Regional Bamboo Congress to be held on February 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Pampanga.
State Agricultural University (PSAU), formerly Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC).
23 Feb 2015 - P500,000 released for Sta. Ana town scholarsPAMPANGA -- Mayor Rommel Concepcion led Monday the distribution of P500,000 educational assistance to indigent students of the town in simple ceremonies in front of the municipal hall here attended by recipients and their parents.
Concepcion reported that the municipal government has already given millions in cash assistance since the start of his term.
23 Feb 2015 - ‘Pupul ning Banua’ to fete Angeleño artistsANGELES CITY -- The local government here is set to extol local artists with the “Pupul ning Banua” awards to be held on February 28, 7 p.m., at the Museo ning Angeles in Barangay Sto. Rosario.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that “Pupul” has been conceptualized to recognize Angeleños who have been making strides in the field of cinema, music, fashion, visual arts, and literature, among others, in the past year.
22 Feb 2015 - ‘Pupul ning Banua’ to fete Angeleño artistsANGELES CITY -- The local government here is set to extol local artists with the “Pupul ning Banua” awards to be held on February 28, 7 p.m., at the Museo ning Angeles in Barangay Sto. Rosario.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that “Pupul” has been conceptualized to recognize Angeleños who have been making strides in the field of cinema, music, fashion, visual arts, and literature, among others, in the past year.
22 Feb 2015 - Iconic PSD chimney to be reconstructedPAMPANGA -- To allay speculations that one of the three decades-old chimneys of the Pampanga Sugar Development Corporation or Pasudeco was “torn down,” officials on Friday said that they are now consulting with heritage and structural experts in reconstructing the smoke stack which was cut in half about two weeks ago.
The chimney reportedly broke down because of age, evening of February 8 while several netizens and observers speculated that the chimney -- a historic heritage landmark built in March 1921 -- was purposely torn down.
22 Feb 2015 - Massive effort to save dolphin endsSUBIC FREEPORT -- A massive collaborative effort to rescue and rehabilitate a Fraser's dolphin that was the lone survivor of an “unusual mortality event" affecting 31 dolphins last month has ended with its death.
The group of dolphins, which were found along the coast of thirteen different towns in Pangasinan and La Union, are suspected by authorities to be victims of dynamite fishing.
21 Feb 2015 - Kapampangan film reaps awards in Gawad TanglawANGELES CITY -- Internationally acclaimed film “Magkakabaung” bagged awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Film with its lead actor Allen Dizon also winning Best Actor and sharing the honor stage with actresses Nora Aunor and Angelica Panganiban in the recent 13th Gawad Tanglaw awarding ceremonies the other day.
Gawad Tanglaw (Gawad Tagapuring mga Akademisyan ng Aninong Gumagalaw) is an academe-based award-giving body that honors the best in Philippine media annually. It recognizes outstanding works and personalities in cinema, television, radio, print, and theater arts which contribute to the development of Philippine arts as a whole.
21 Feb 2015 - DA, ATI conduct training for cassava plantersPAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Central Luzon in collaboration with the Agricultural Training Institute Regional Training Center 3 is now conducting the season-long Training of Trainers (TOT) on Integrated Crop Management for Cassava for the period of February to December 2015.
Andrew Villacorta, DA regional director, said that a total of 30 selected agriculture extension workers, agricultural technician and DA employees from the Provinces of Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Nueva Ecija and Aurora are attending the said activity.
21 Feb 2015 - Epira causes Luzon brownoutsANGELES CITY -- The Anakpawis Party-list said that the reported brownouts in Luzon to occur on the first half of March are all but consequences of Republic Act 9136, or the Electric Power Reform Act (Epira) of 2001.
The group claimed that the Epira law has surrendered the control of the country’s power plants to the private sector.
20 Feb 2015 - Guv wants ‘help’ for scavengersPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda wants a Health, Education, Livelihood Program (HELP) package for scavengers in Pampanga whom she acknowledged as one of the "environment heroes of the province."
The governor said scavengers play the lead role in the provincial waste management program in line with Capitol’s advocacy in making Pampanga a beautiful, clean, and environment-friendly province.
20 Feb 2015 - Angeles trike drivers ask council to open franchiseANGELES CITY --- Tricycle drivers and operators from various associations in this city are asking the city council to open the issuance of franchise for trikes plying the city.
Pedring Punzalan, president of the Angeles City Federation of Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association, told the city councilors during the hearing that close to 2,000 of their members are operating sans permits from the City Government.
20 Feb 2015 - Angeles gets GFH awardANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan announced that the City Government of Angeles is one of the recipients of the Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH) award from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
"This is another proof of the soundness of our financial policies and the transparency of all our transactions. We have continuously and consistently complied with the DILG’s directives on full disclosure policy," Pamintuan said.
20 Feb 2015 - Crime group members killed in shoot outPAMPANGA -- Two members of a notorious crime group involved in robbery hold-up and carnapping activities in Pampanga were killed during a brief firefight with policemen in Barangay Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Thursday.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, identified the fatalities as Francis Badillo and Jessie Romero, alias Ka Jessie Mallari, both were residents of Mexico town.
20 Feb 2015 - Binay asks Aquino to convene NSCCLARK FREEPORT -- Vice-President Jejomar Binay called Wednesday on President Benigno Aquino III to convene the National Security Council (NSC) to assess the national peace and security situation and define appropriate measures.
"In light of recent developments especially the reports of renewed clashes in Mindanao, I urge President Aquino to convene the National Security Council," Binay said.
20 Feb 2015 - Roxas orders cascading of Oplan Lambat SibatPAMPANGA -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II ordered police officials to ensure that Oplan Lambat-Sibat be cascaded in a "deliberate, programmatic and systematic" manner in Central Luzon and other regions of the country.
Roxas said Oplan Lambat-Sibat will be launched in Central Luzon maybe on the first week of March and in Calabarzon in the first week of April this year.
19 Feb 2015 - Capitol expends P20 million for basic social servicesPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government headed by Governor Lilia Pineda expended a total of P 20,362,417.39 for the delivery of various basic social services for the year 2014, according to a report submitted by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).
The report shows Capitol launched various programs, projects, and activities benefitting Kapampangans from various sectoral groups such as children and youth, persons with disabilities (PWDs), senior citizens, women, indigenous people (IPs), and family heads and other needy adults (FHONA).
19 Feb 2015 - 153 househelps, stakeholders attend Araw ng Kasambahay in CLPAMPANGA -- Some 153 household helpers or "kasambahays" attended the recently concluded Araw ng Kasambahay in three provinces in Central Luzon, the Labor department said on Tuesday.
The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) holds this annual event to commemorate the valuable contributions of kasambahays to families of working parents.
19 Feb 2015 - Fernandina among this year's Mansmith young market mastersPAMPANGA -- Fernandina Kathlene Gomez is among this year's awardees of the 10th Mansmith Young Market Masters Awards (YMMA).
Gomez is the Marketing Group Manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. and this year’s Mansmith YMMA Awardee for Marketing Management. She is a Pampanga High School alumna and a native of this capital city.
19 Feb 2015 - Pampanga hits TB treatment targetPAMPANGA -- Pampanga hit the exact national tuberculosis (TB) treatment success rate of 90 percent in 2014 and exceeded the target of 90 percent with a 91 percent case detection rate for the same aspect last year.
This was noted by the Innovations and Multisectoral Partnerships to Achieve Control of Tuberculosis (Impact), a United States Agency for International Development-funded, Philippine Business for Social Progress-managed non-government organization based in Intramuros, Manila.
19 Feb 2015 - Angeles least vulnerable to climate changeANGELES CITY -- This city emerged as least vulnerable to the impacts of climate change in the country and it could sustain its robust economic growth through sound infrastructure development and active trade facilitation, according to the latest study of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Bank of Philippines Islands Foundation (BPIF).
The study entitled "Business Risk Assessment and the Management of Climate Change Impacts" assessed the climate change preparedness of assessed the climate change preparedness of 16 major cities in the Philippines: Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Laoag, Zamboanga, Angeles, Batangas, Naga, Tacloban, Butuan, General Santos, Puerto Princesa and Santiago.
19 Feb 2015 - Guiao: Camp Dau road widening to start soonMABALACAT CITY -- Pampanga First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao expressed yesterday optimism that the widening of the Camp Dau road will start soon.
Guiao said Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales assured him that he will talk to some of the residents who aired their opposition against the P29-million national government project, which will be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Central Luzon office.
19 Feb 2015 - DA hosts Gawad Saka workshopPAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Central Luzon conducted its Gawad Saka Review Planning and Workshop held at Fiona's Farm La Paz in Magalang town to encourage best practices in local agriculture.
The Gawad Saka is a prestigious award given by DA to honor and pay tribute to the outstanding achievers in agriculture and fisheries in the country. The DA hopes to encourage more farmers to go into other technologies, practices and skills development to further improve agricultural yield and improve the lives of local farmers and communities engaged in farming.
19 Feb 2015 - Man nabbed in Sta. Rita for illegal drugsPAMPANGA -- A man was arrested Wednesday morning following a buy bust operation conducted by the Sta. Rita Municipal Police Station (MPS) at Barangay San Agustin here.
Police Senior Inspector Michael Masangkay, chief of Sta. Rita police, said the arrest was part of their efforts to put an end to the vast illegal drugs operations in the town.
19 Feb 2015 - Mamac all out for Pampanga redistrictingANGELES CITY -- Barangay Balibago village chief Tony Mamac said that he is all out in supporting moves to reshape the district configuration of the province as well as turning Angeles City into a lone district.
Mamac told Sun.Star Pampanga that the current population, needs and political situation in the province demand a wider representation. He added that the redistricting would enable better resource management for the people in communities were funding and development is needed.
19 Feb 2015 - Paskuhan sale ‘aboveboard’PAMPANGA -- Officials of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) on Wednesday disclosed that the sale of Paskuhan Village or Hilaga is "aboveboard" and that documents and processes related to its disposal are well in order.
Tieza general manager and former Pampanga governor Mark Lapid, along with operations manager Jethro Lozada and assistant chief of operations for infrastructure Atty. Guiller Asido, clarified during an interview over dwRW 95.1 FM’s Talakayan that "everything is aboveboard and all transactions regarding the sale of Paskuhan Village were followed with full transparency."
19 Feb 2015 - Village chief: Residents oppose widening of Camp Dau roadMABALACAT CITY -- Residents here are opposing the widening of the Camp Dau Road which leads to the old gate or checkpoint of Clark Freeport.
This was learned from Dau Barangay Chairman Oscar Aurelio, who said that he asked officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to suspend the start of the construction until issues are resolved.
19 Feb 2015 - Pamintuan: Angeles crime rate down 15%ANGELES CITY -- The index crime rate has declined by as much as 15 percent, from 554 to 470 covering January 2014 to January 2015, signifying improved peace and order in this city.
This was according to a report from Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) as Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recently convened the first meeting of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) for 2015.
19 Feb 2015 - Morales: City jail congestedANGELES CITY -- Councilor Maricel "Marang" Morales has stressed the need to build more cells at the Angeles City District Jail, which already exceeded its maximum number of inmates.
During a visit on Valentine's Day, Morales said she and Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan found out that that prison cells at the district jail are overcrowded.
19 Feb 2015 - Police files double murder charges vs killer of 2 femalesANGELES CITY -- Police on Tuesday filed double murder charges against the killer of two females who were found in two rooms at Clarkview Hotel located in Barangay Malabanias, Angeles City.
Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, said Angeles City Police station 4 has filed double murder cases before the Angeles City Prosecutor’s Office against the suspect identified as Blessed John Albano, 19.
17 Feb 2015 - AbeKa pooh-poohs Lapid claim on bonus tax lawANGELES CITY -- The Partido Abe Kapampangan (AbeKa) pooh-poohed Tuesday the claim of Senator Lito Lapid that he is a principal author of the new law, Republic Act 10653, that exempts the 13th month pay and other bonuses from taxes.
"The claim is like cattle rustling. As we put it in Kapampangan, it is like mapanaku damulag," said AbeKa deputy secretary general William Aguilar.
17 Feb 2015 - Angeles celebrates National Arts MonthANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Tourism Office (ACTO) has prepared a sundry of art events in celebration of the National Arts Month (NAM) 2015.
With the theme "Highlighting Local Cultural Genius to Promote Pride of Place", local Kapampangan and Angeleño artists will take center stage as they showcase their talents and artistry in the different art disciplines.
17 Feb 2015 - Anakpawis: Aquino suppressing issues on Mamasapano clashMABALACAT CITY -- Anakpawis partylist Representative Fernando "Ka Pando" Hicap slammed the suspension of the joint hearing of the committees on Public Order and Peace, Reconciliation and Unity on the Mamasapano incident at the House of Representatives.
Hicap, in a press statement sent to Sun.Star Pampanga, claimed that the move is yet another deceitful ploy of President Aquino to suppress the truth from the Filipino people.
17 Feb 2015 - Capitol to help in rebuilding homes of Guagua fire victimsPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said Monday that they are now in coordination with the victims of the recent fire incident in Guagua town that rendered some 85 families homeless as the Provincial Government of Pampanga is set to assist the victims in rebuilding their homes.
"We have ordered the clearing of the area so that they can start rebuilding," Governor Pineda told Sun.Star Pampanga in an interview at the Capitol.
17 Feb 2015 - Fernandino couples wed on Valentine’s DayPAMPANGA -- A mass wedding was held last February 14 in celebration of Valentine's Day and the last installment for the celebration of Kaganapan 2015, the 14th celebration of the cityhood of San Fernando.
Led by City Mayor Edwin Santiago, City Civil Registry Officer Rimando Umali, Kaganapan 2015 chairperson Virgilio Cortez and co-chairperson of Kasalang Balen Engr. Jose Diaz, the mass wedding was attended by a total of 89 couples all from the 35 barangays of the city.
17 Feb 2015 - Suspected killer of 2 women arrestedANGELES CITY -- Police arrested Monday the suspected killer of two women who were found dead in two rooms of Clarkview hotel located along Malabanias, Angeles City.
Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, said arrested was Blessed John Albano, 19, a native of Ramon, Isabela.
17 Feb 2015 - Porac gets good financial housekeeping awardPAMPANGA -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has announced recently in its official website that Porac is one of the local government units in this province to receive the much-coveted Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH) Award.
Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz said the award only proves that his administration is serious with its transparency and good governance stance.
17 Feb 2015 - Camarines Sur village execs observe best practices of BalibagoANGELES CITY -- Camarines Sur Third District Maria Leonor "Leni" Gerona-Robredo yesterday said that he wants barangays in her district to be inspired and work for the progress of the respective villages.
Robredo led barangay leaders from Calabanga town, Camarines Sur (CamSur) province in a whole-day educational tour (Lakbay Aral) in Barangay Balibago on Tuesday.
17 Feb 2015 - Balloon fest boosts local economyCLARK FREEPORT -- Thousands of local merchants and members of the transport industry in and around the Freeport here profited from the recently concluded 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF).
The trickle-down effect in the economy was felt by the local businesses as an estimated 200,000 spectators locally and from around the world flocked to the aerosports event.
16 Feb 2015 - Paskuhan lots sold, not donated to PTAPAMPANGA -- The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) said Monday that the two parcels of land where Paskuhan Village (later renamed to Hilaga) is located were sold to the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) and not donated as speculated by some observers.
Tieza said it is still waiting for the issuance of a notice of award to reported winning bidder SM Development Corporation.
16 Feb 2015 - San Fernando hits P1-B revenue goalPAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando has reached the first billion of its revenue goal for 2014 with a total revenue collection of P1.077 billion, sourced mainly from business taxes and realty taxes paid by business owners and real property owners in this city.
Mayor Edwin Santiago said that without increasing taxes, the city was able to realize 92 percent of its last year’s target pegged at P1.17 billion.
16 Feb 2015 - Lapid authors 13th month pay, bonus tax exemption lawsPAMPANGA -- Senator Lito Lapid is one of the principal authors in the Senate of the new law exempting the 13th month pay and other benefits from income taxation, said lawyer Filmer Abrajano, Lapid's chief of staff.
The law, now known as Republic Act 10653, was approved by President Benigno Aquino III last February 12.
16 Feb 2015 - 600th Air Base Wing promotes oral healthCLARK FREEPORT -- The 600th Air Base Wing (ABW) of the Philippine Air Force recently celebrated its 22nd Founding Anniversary by extending dental services to hundreds of school children here.
The 600th ABW's task is to operate and maintain base facilities within the total of 313.39 hectares comprising the Clark Special Economic Zone.
16 Feb 2015 - Priest bashing on Facebook continuesPAMPANGA -- Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto's appeal to Kapampangans last year to stop the unabated bashing of priest on the social networking site Facebook seemed to be unheeded by unscrupulous groups as one Facebook page still continues to issue statements discrediting the parish priest of Santa Rita de Cascia in Santa Rita town.
Earlier, Aniceto has called the people behind two Facebook accounts to refrain from issuing damaging statements on Facebook against the priest of Santa Rita and Santa Monica Parish in Mexico town.
16 Feb 2015 - New vehicles ready to serve FernandinosPAMPANGA -- Faster and more efficient delivery of services await Fernandinos as the City Government here acquired more service vehicles for public use.
This was stated by Mayor Edwin Santiago during the blessing and inauguration of the 39 newly acquired vehicles by the City Government held in front of the city hall on Monday.
15 Feb 2015 - 2 suspected drug pushers nabbed in FloridablancaMichael Manuel, 28, a resident of Pabanlag Resettlement; and Millet Juego, 31, a resident of Barangay Del Carmen, both in the town of Floridablanca, were arrested during a buy-bust operation conducted by operatives of Floridablanca police in Barangay Paguiruan, Floridablanca, Pampanga, over the weekend.
Superintendent Jhonna Rosales, chief of police of Floridablanca, said the two were collared after they handed to a buyer poseur three small heat sealed transparent sachets containing suspected shabu and P500 marked money used in the operation.
15 Feb 2015 - 2 women found dead in hotelANGLELES CITY -- Two women were found dead in two rooms of Clarkview hotel located along Malabanias, Angeles City, on Friday.
Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, said the two victims were found in separate rooms of Clarkview by hotel attendants.
15 Feb 2015 - Paragala Central Luzon media awards set February 21ANGELES CITY -- The most liked, most, watched, and the most popular icons on Philippine television will once again take the center stage at this year's Paragala Central Luzon Media Awards, which will take place on February 21 at the Holy Angel University (HAU) Theatre.
Now on its second year, the Paragala was convened by the HAU Communicators' League, the official organization of Communication Arts students in the university.
14 Feb 2015 - Sectoral initiative sought to help streetkidsANGELES CITY -- Balibago Barangay chairman Tony Mamac has called on sectoral initiatives to help keep children off the streets.
This, after Mamac initiated rescue operations taking dozens of children off the streets.
13 Feb 2015 - Boy killed in Guagua firePAMPANGA -- A one-year old boy died and hundreds were left homeless a day before Valentine's Day after a huge fire razed more than 60 households in a residential lot in this town.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Pampanga police provincial director, identified the fatality as Louise Gabriel Olimpio Lapire of Santo Cristo, a densely populated village in said part of Guagua town.
13 Feb 2015 - Mabalacat RPT shares reach over P30M in 2014 -- MoralesMABALACAT CITY -- The City Government of Mabalacat has clarified that its Real Property Tax (RPT) shares last year was recorded at P30,293,474.06.
Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales denied reports that only some P899,819 had been remitted to the provincial coffer in 2014.
13 Feb 2015 - Kapampangan receives ‘Ani ng Dangal’ with Vilma Santos, Jake CuencaMulti-Awarded Photographer Ruston Banal received the 2015 Ani ng Dangal Awards in the field of photography at the National Museum in Manila over the weekend sharing the stage with Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto and actor Jake Cuenca.
Ani ng Dangal or "Harvest of Honors" is a state recognition given by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts under the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines. It
13 Feb 2015 - PhilHealth, Lubao RHU conduct blood typing for pregnant womenPAMPANGA -- In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Philippine Health (PhilHealth) Insurance Corporation, in cooperation with the Rural Health Unit (RHU) of Barangay San Isidro,conducted freeblood type testing for more than 500 pregnant women in this town.
“The blood typing activity is part of the PhilHealth’s 20th anniversary. Knowing the blood type is basic for pregnant women so the PhilHealth decided to expand the activity in the different parts of the country,” said Ma. Elizabeth Capuli of the PhilHealth Region III.
13 Feb 2015 - NPA rebels burn heavy equipmentMembers of the New People's Army (NPA) burned a heavy equipment in a construction site in Barangay Palomaria, Bongabon, Nueva Ecija, Friday morning.
Senior Superintendent Crizaldo Nieves, Nueva Ecija police provincial director, said the incident occurred along the Bongabon-Rizal provincial road at 12:15 Friday.
12 Feb 2015 - Angeles village amusement tax gets council’s nodANGELES CITY -- The City Government has approved an ordinance passed by the council of Barangay Malabanias imposing fees in places of recreation and amusement centers.
The city council approved the amended version of Malabanias Barangay Council Ordinance Number 02 Series of 2014 enacting the imposition of barangay fees in businesses.
12 Feb 2015 - ‘Fallen 44’ inspires future commandosPAMPANGA -- "Police trainees should draw inspiration from the 44 slain Special Action Force (SAF) commandos in fulfilling their duties of fighting crime in the country."
Thus said Police Superintendent Rodel Pastor as he addressed the recognition rites of the 213 members of the "Matikas" Class of 2014 at the Regional Training Center III in Barangay Sto. Niño here.
12 Feb 2015 - LTO Angeles wins 'Seal of Excellence' awardANGELES CITY -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has conferred the citizen's Satisfaction Center Seal of Excellence Award to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Angeles City District Office last February 6.
LTO Angeles District Office chief Aida Santiago received the award from Robert Martinez, acting commissioner of the CSC, in ceremonies held at the CSC Region III office at the Government Center in Barangay Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
12 Feb 2015 - Fire guts P300,000 worth of grocery itemsPAMPANGA -- The fire that hit a grocery store in a building located at the Old Public Market in San Fernando on Wednesday caused some P300,000 in damages to property.
The City of San Fernando Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said that the fire probably resulted from an electrical short circuit.
12 Feb 2015 - LGBT advocate to host CLTV 36 lifestyle showPAMPANGA -- The Laus Group-owned regional television network CLTV 36 has announced that starting this February, it will begin airing a new show called "Living in Style with Michelle Jhoie Ferraris".
This new local lifestyle show will have its primetime debut on February 14, Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will have replays on Fridays from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sundays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
12 Feb 2015 - Government asked to stop police, military operations in MindanaoANGELES CITY -- The Anakpawis Partylist has asked the government to stop police and military operations in Mindanao.
This as the House of Representatives conduct its investigation on the clash between the Philippine National Police – Special Action Force (PNP–SAF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) forces in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao
12 Feb 2015 - PELCO I preps up for AGMAPAMPANGA -- The Pampanga I Electric Cooperative Inc. (PELCO I) is presently preparing for its upcoming Annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) to be held on February 15 at the PELCO I Main Office, Barangay Sto. Domingo, this town.
Engineer Roy De Leon, Institutional Services Department manager of PELCO I, said that they are currently on the preparation stage for their big event this coming Sunday as they are aiming for more member-consumers attending the annual assembly.
11 Feb 2015 - ‘Badong’ art exhibit opens in AngelesANGELES CITY -- In line with the celebration of the National Arts Month in this city, the Angeles City of Tourism Office (ACTO) is currently hosting “Badong: Salvador Bernal Designs the Stage” exhibit at the Angeles City Library and Information Center.
“We wanted to bring arts, culture and tourism closer to the Angeleños and it is such an honor that Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and National Council for Culture and Arts (NCCA) granted us this rare opportunity to host this exhibit,” said Dr. Richard Daenos, City Tourism Officer.
11 Feb 2015 - Angeles cops observe awareness week to prevent child abuseANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) joins the observance of the National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Commercial Sexual exploitation, or the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (CSAAW).
This year’s observance started last February 8 and will run until February 14 under the theme “Labanan ang Pang-aabusong Sekswal sa mga Bata: NOW NA!”
11 Feb 2015 - Capitol completes P1.6-B infra projects in 4 yearsPAMPANGA -- Assistant Provincial Engineer Olimpio “Noli” Pangan revealed Wednesday that a total of P1,637,749,396.65 worth of infrastructure projects have been completed by Capitol in less than four years of the administration of Governor Lilia Pineda.
Pangan said that in the first term of Governor Pineda alone, some P1.03-billion major infrastructure projects have been implemented and completed by the Provincial Government.
11 Feb 2015 - Bayan ‘doubts’ approval of Purisima’s resignationPAMPANGA -- The militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan(Bayan) Central Luzon expressed Wednesday doubts over the intentions of President Benigno Aquino III in accepting the resignation of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima, who allegedly acted as the commander of the doomed operation that killed 44 elite cops in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
Bayan-Central Luzon secretary general Eco Dangla, who led a protest last weekend to demand the resignation of President Aquino, described the resigned PNP chief Purisima as nothing more than a diversionary tactic to distract attention from the issues.
11 Feb 2015 - 88,000 indigents served by KDFPAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) has served more than 88,000 indigents through its various health programs in Pampanga since the organization renewed its non-profit activities in Pampanga in 2007.
This was reported by KDF Trustee Sylvia Ordonez as the organization is set to celebrate the natal day of its late partner this week whose namesake hospital, the Jose A. Datu Medical Center has become the base of operations of KDF. Ordonez said that most of the beneficiaries are those who availed of medical services like free cataract operations, artificial legs, and facial reconstructive surgery among others aside from its medical missions and other support services.
11 Feb 2015 - Angeles mayor’s staff to seek vice mayoral postANGELES CITY -- The name and reputation of former City Councilor Alexander "Alex" Cauguiran is synonymous to victories, particularly on elections for mayor here.
Cauguiran, chief-of-staff of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, is regarded as the chief political tactician of the incumbent two-term mayor.
10 Feb 2015 - Homeowners irked over loud sounds from barsANGELES CITY -- Scores of residents at Diamond Subdivision, a posh residential area in Barangay Balibago, here are complaining about the "blasting and disturbing" sounds coming from nearby business establishments situated at the private subdivision’s main entrance.
Tanya Dizon, spokesperson of the Diamond Subdivision homeowners, said that noise pollution along Arayat Street and Marlim Boulevard is causing sleepless nights and illnesses to some residents.
10 Feb 2015 - Guv extends aid to kabalen OFWs from Sierra LeonePAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda distributed on Monday financial assistance to eight Kapampangan Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who worked and came home from Ebola-affected Sierra Leone.
The OFWs who received P10,000 each were Jonathan Tuazon, Jr, Ernesto Montemayor, Luisito Capulong, Efren Ignacio, Jovert Libut, Roden De Leon, Rommel Mandap and Alvin Mandap.
10 Feb 2015 - AUF grads tops in PT boardsANGELES CITY -- Two graduates of Angeles University Foundation (AUF) bagged the second and seventh places in the February 2015 Physical Therapy Licensure Examination, announced AUF President Dr. Joseph E.L. Angeles.
AUF also registered the highest passing rate among PT schools in Northern and Central Luzon, according to the records of the Professional Regulation Commission.
10 Feb 2015 - Lazatin lauds US military for humanitarian missionANGELES CITY -- Councilor Carmelo "Pogi" Lazatin has lauded the plan of the United States military to conduct a humanitarian mission here and Olongapo City this coming August.
Lazatin said "it's a great manifestation of care and friendship" shortly after he assisted five officers of the United States Navy and United States Army during a visit in the city to coordinate the mission.
10 Feb 2015 - Trade Fair highlights Fernandino CulturePAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga headed by Mayor Edwin Santiago, is holding an agro-industrial trade fair from February 2 to 14 in line with the 14th cityhood anniversary of this city.
Themed as "an afFair to remember", the five-day activity is showcasing the indigenous products of Fernandinos like wood crafts, water lily handicrafts, fresh farm products, authentic Kapampangan cuisine and native delicacies.
10 Feb 2015 - Puregold giant store to open soon in CandabaPAMPANGA -- Puregold, giant retail chain with more than 225 stores nationwide will soon open its another one-stop shopping convenience store in the heart of this town – Poblacion.
This came as the municipality led by Mayor Rene Maglanque and Puregold headed by Girlie Sy and site inspection and acquisition manager Lalette Alea, inked Friday a memorandum of agreement for the establishment of Puregold offering a wide array of goods from groceries, apparel, household accessories and furniture at very affordable prices.
9 Feb 2015 - Apec records ‘zero crimes’CLARK FREEPORT – "Relatively safe and zero crimes" were recorded on the recently concluded Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Senior Officials Meeting 1 (SOM1) held here.
Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, Central Luzon Police officer-in-charge and Task Group Commander disclosed this during the monthly forum "Talk Widus" of the Pampanga Press Club (PPC) in cooperation with the Widus Hotel and Casino.
9 Feb 2015 - Local hotels support Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2015CLARK FREEPORT -- Operators of hotels in Angeles city expressed support to the 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) amidst the challenges and some reports to stop the event.
According to Roy Del Rosario, Manager of Oasis Hotel, the annual event has benefitted the entire Angeles City and the surrounding area, making it the city and the province’s signature event.
9 Feb 2015 - Expectant moms given oral health care tips in ‘Buntis Congress’PAMPANGA -- Why do pregnant women often suffer from oral health diseases? What do healthy teeth in a soon-to-be mother have to do with the baby? How can expecting moms prevent tooth decay?
These were some of the questions asked by some 150 pregnant women during the week-long "Buntis Congress" of the Department of Health National Association of Dentist (DHNAD) Pampanga Chapter and Philippine Dental Association (PDA) Pampanga Chapter, which was held at the Domingo B. Flores District Hospital (DBFDH) in Macabebe.
9 Feb 2015 - Graduating students hired in Metro Job FairPAMPANGA -- Some 700 graduating students and fresh graduates were given priority in the opening of this year’s Metro Job Fair at Robinsons Starmills Pampanga.
The job fair is a joint project of the local government units of San Ferando, Bacolor, Sto. Tomas, and Mexico in cooperation with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).
9 Feb 2015 - SBMA employees protest delay in salary increaseSUBIC BAY -- Employees of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) wore black armbands and black shirts during the flag raising ceremony here on Monday as a sign of protest against the long delayed implementation of salary increases in the agency.
According to Ted Peñaflor II, president of the newly formed SBMA Employees Association, their action calls for President Aquino to hear the sentiments of SBMA employees who have been allegedly “neglected by the government for a long period of time.”
9 Feb 2015 - San Fernando leads cycling caravanPAMPANGA -- A cycling caravan took place last February over the weekend as part of Kaganapan 2015, the 14th anniversary celebration of the cityhood of San Fernando.
Led by the Kaganapan 2015 Committee under its chairperson Virgilio Cortez and the San Fernando Sports Council, the caravan covered 36 kilometers from the City Hall through all but four of the city’s barangays, up to the Heroes Hall.
9 Feb 2015 - Pampanga's RPT collection reaches P209-MPAMPANGA -- Pampanga's Real Property Tax proceeds have reached P208,996,907.16 in the previous year, amassed from the province’s one city and 19 municipalities.
This refutes earlier information that for several years, the province's RPT collection was tied up at only P24 million or so.
8 Feb 2015 - Provincial Board backs 'decongest' advocacyPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Board headed by Vice Governor Dennis Pineda and all local legislators here have manifested their full support to the advocacy of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham) calling for the decongestion of Metro Manila amid threats and risks posed by natural disasters.
In last Friday’s session, Third District Board Member Rosve Henson filed a resolution supporting the advocacy, expressing the urgency for government to decongest the National Capital Region and the importance of spreading out investments, resources and vital centers among the country’s 16 regions which was unanimously approved.
8 Feb 2015 - Top Central Luzon shabu dealers nabbedANGELES CITY -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Region 3 (PDEA3) has apprehended two notorious drug dealer in Central Luzon in Barangay Pampang, Angeles City after several months of casing and surveillance.
PDEA3 director Jeoffrey Tacio identified the suspects as Abdul Fatah Unte, 35, and his cohort Absari Boriongan, both residents of said barangay.
7 Feb 2015 - Official: Hosting of Apec meet has long-term economic benefitsCLARK FREEPORT -- The country's hosting of this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit would mean a lot of economic benefits for the Philippines in the long term, the head of the Apec 2015 National Organizing Council said.
In the past 10 to 15 years, the Philippines’ trade with Apec member economies has grown by eight percent annually, Director General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. told China Central Television during an interview here.
7 Feb 2015 - Group slams police on ‘no rally’ policyANGELES CITY -- The militant Anakpawis Partylist slammed the "no rally" policy set by the Central Luzon police during the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) meeting in Clark Freeport, which officially concluded Saturday.
The group stated that Central Luzon police director Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, claimed that mayors around the Clark Freeport did not grant rally permits in order to secure the area and protect the VIPs attending the Apec Senior Officials Meeting (SOM1).
7 Feb 2015 - Group slams police on ‘no rally’ policyANGELES CITY -- The militant Anakpawis Partylist slammed the "no rally" policy set by the Central Luzon police during the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) meeting in Clark Freeport, which officially concluded Saturday.
The group stated that Central Luzon police director Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, claimed that mayors around the Clark Freeport did not grant rally permits in order to secure the area and protect the VIPs attending the Apec Senior Officials Meeting (SOM1).
7 Feb 2015 - Binay lauds HLURB’s ISO certificationPAMPANGA -- Vice President Jejomar Binay lauded the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) after its Quality Management System (QMS) was certified under ISO 9001:2008.
The certification covers the HLURB Core Processes (Provision of Technical Assistance in Land Use Planning, Regulation and Adjudication) and Support Processes in the Central Office, Expanded National Capital Regional Field Office and Southern Tagalog Regional Field Office.
7 Feb 2015 - Holiday Inn, Chevrolet Pampanga to present ‘#FlyingHighInLove’CLARK FREEPORT -- It is the most romantic time of the year. This Valentine’s month, Holiday Inn Clark continues its tradition of providing the best dining and entertainment choices in the region, with our variety of Valentine dinner date options.
Holiday Inn Clark marks Valentine's Day with the "#FlyingHighInLove" show at the poolside, featuring the REtroSPECT Band.
7 Feb 2015 - SM Pampanga to host papal visit memorabilia exhibitPAMPANGA -- SM City Pampanga will host this March an exhibit on the recent papal visit of Pope Francis that will feature memorabilia items from the various papal events and even a crucifix used in one of the Masses.
The event dubbed "Papal Throwback: An Exhibit of Papal Visit Memorabilia" brings together items collected by Roman Catholic faithful to remind them of the recent event.
6 Feb 2015 - Capitol hosts dinner for Apec delegatesCLARK FREEPORT -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga headed by Governor Lilia Pineda and Vice Governor Dennis Pineda hosted a banquet for the delegates of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) at Oxford Hotel on Thursday.
Delegates from various parts of the world particularly Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam are at Clark for the First Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1).
6 Feb 2015 - Apl. De. Ap inspires Kapampangan kidsMABALACAT CITY -- Filipino American pop artist and record producer Apl De Ap (Allan Pineda) has motivated Kapampangan children to study and work hard to attain their dreams in life.
The Black Eyes Peas member inspired the kids during the launching of his Jollibee franchise store in the commercial district of Barangay Dau here on Thursday.
6 Feb 2015 - 35 police chiefs in Central Luzon to be relieved in major revampPAMPANGA -- At least 35 chiefs of police (COPs) in Central Luzon will be relieved from their posts as part of major revamp that will be implemented soon.
This was disclosed by Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, officer-in-charge of the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO-3)
6 Feb 2015 - Marang wants March 6 a non-working holidayANGELES CITY -- Councilor Maricel "Marang" Morales is pushing for the declaration of March 6 as a non-working holiday for female employees of the city government here.
Morales sponsored a resolution in the City Council to declare holiday on the said date in line with the country’s celebration of Women's Month.
6 Feb 2015 - Capitol recruitment fair records 469 applicantsPAMPANGA -- A total of 469 Kapampangans attended and submitted applications for various positions at the recently concluded Special Recruitment Activity conducted by the provincial government through its Public Employment Services Office (Peso).
The Capitol, headed by Governor Lilia Pineda, partnered for the first time with PhilStar International Services Corporation which was in urgent need of more than 700 skilled workers to be deployed in Guam.
6 Feb 2015 - Couple arrested for drugsPAMPANGA -- Agents of the Regional Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Central Luzon (PDEA-3) arrested a couple during a buy-bust operation at a food chain along Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA), City of San Fernando and recovered from the suspects was 200 grams of shabu worth P700,000.
PDEA-3 director Jeoffrey Tacio identified the arrested as Paul Omina, 33 and Merlyn Ates, 32, both of Barangay San Antonio 1, Noveleta, Tanza, Cavite.
5 Feb 2015 - RDC prepares for implementation of senior high schoolPAMPANGA -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) has formed a technical working group (TWG) that is meant to address gaps and prepare Central Luzon for the implementation of Senior High School (SHS) by School Year 2016-2017.
"The Department of Education (DepEd) has reiterated the need for the support of all local government units as well as concerned national agencies in preparation for SHS and full implementation of K to 12 in general. It shall be needing help particularly in the provision of adequate facilities and other logistical concerns," RDC Vice Chair and National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Regional Director Severino Santos said.
5 Feb 2015 - Quarrymen start year with P27.8-M incomePAMPANGA -- Branding it as a good start for 2015 towards another big year in quarry operations, Capitol's Environment and Natural Resources Office and the Kapampangan A Lulugud at Matapat (Kalam) quarrymen disclosed Thursday of the P27,820,000 income posted last month.
With the January revenues, total quarry collections during the administration of Governor Lilia Pineda now stand at P1,304,665,000 from the sand and gravel sector alone.
5 Feb 2015 - Anakpawis urges Aquino to resignANGELES CITY – The militant Anakpawis Partylist joined the Makabayan progressive bloc in the public clamor for President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino to resign or step down from his position.
Anakpawis based its demand from Aquino’s successive and grave errors such as the botched Mamasapano operation and the recent affirmation of the Supreme Court that the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is unconstitutional.
5 Feb 2015 - Pampanga Peso helps 10,601 Kapampangans land jobs in 2014PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government headed by Governor Lilia Pineda was able to place 10,601 Kapampangans for both local and overseas employment in 2014, based on a report by the Public Employment Services Office (PESO).
Luningning Vergara, provincial public employment services officer, said that a total of 131 local recruitment activities or job fairs were conducted by their office in said year alone, benefitting the 19 municipalities and two component cities of the province.
5 Feb 2015 - Binay awards 1,186 CeLAs to Nueva Ecija folkCLARK FREEPORT -- Vice President Jejomar Binay led the distribution of Certificates of Lot Allocation (CeLAs) to over 1,000 housing beneficiaries in Nueva Ecija over the weekend.
Binay, chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDDC), awarded CeLAs to 800 employees of the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) in the Science City of Muñoz and to 386 occupants of non-core properties of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) designated as socialized housing sites in Cuyapo town.
5 Feb 2015 - 2 dead in separate shootingsPAMPANGA -- Two persons were killed by motorcycle riding suspects in two municipalities in Pampanga, Wednesday.
Police identified the two fatalities as Leonardo Salac, 51, a resident of Barangay Cupang, Arayat; and Reyanan Quiros, 38, a resident of Barangay San Juan, San Simon.
5 Feb 2015 - Celebrate a weekend of fun-flying, love and excitement at WidusCLARK FREEPORT -- Widus Leisure Inc., proprietor of Widus Hotel and Casino, celebrates the 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival (PIHABF) with special promos and gastronomic offers exclusively slated for the “weekend of everything that flies”.
The widely anticipated aviation event, which annually draws huge crowds from families, group of friends to aviation fans, is making its return to Clark from February 12 to 15, guaranteeing this year to be bigger and better than previous staging.
4 Feb 2015 - Central Luzon police head warns ‘bad eggs’ in uniformANGELES CITY -- The officer-in-charge of the Central Luzon police office has warned police officers who are engaging in mulcting activities that he will not tolerate wrongdoings in the police service.
Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos issued the statement to local media Wednesday at Widus Hotel when he was asked about Tuesday night’s arrest of two policemen in this city who allegedly extorted P1-million from a Korean national they charged with human trafficking.
4 Feb 2015 - Capitol willing to support organic farmingPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda reiterated the willingness of the Provincial Government in supporting organic farming in the province as she visited an organic farm in Barangay San Roque, this town.
Pineda said the Provincial Government is willing to help those who are promoting organic farming like Charisma Natural Farm as its vegetable produce are ideal, nutritious and good for the health of the people.
4 Feb 2015 - Communications student is Miss MabalacatMABALACAT CITY -- A communications student from Barangay Dau was named Friday as Miss Mabalacat City 2015 during the elaborate and Broadway-inspired pageant held at Xevera, Tabun here.
Bianca Leana Mae De Leon, 20, who is currently taking Bachelor of Arts Major in Communication at Holy Angel University emerged victorious among 14 lovely candidates during the star-studded coronation night.
4 Feb 2015 - Police: Apec delegates securedCLARK FREEPORT -- Delegates of the Asia Pacific Economic Conference, who came from various countries, are safe and no untoward incidents involving them were reported.
Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, Central Luzon police officer in charge and Task Group commander, disclosed this during the monthly forum Talk Widus of the Pampanga Press Club (PPC) at Widus Hotel on Wednesday.
4 Feb 2015 - Capitol back on air at RW 95.1PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government, through its Provincial Information Office (PIO), can now be heard again on-air through, "Mabuhay Ka Pampanga!" -- a one-hour radio program broadcasted over regional station dwRW 95.1 FM.
"Mabuhay Ka Pampanga!", hosted by Provincial Information Officer Joel Mapiles, aims to bring timely and relevant information to kabalens, particularly projects and programs launched by Capitol headed by Governor Lilia Pineda.
4 Feb 2015 - Man arrested for raping girl, 9Police arrested a 20-year-old man for allegedly raping a nine-year-old girl in Barangay San Roque Bitas, Arayat, Pampanga, Tuesday.
Superintendent Wilson Alicuman, Arayat chief of police, identified the arrested as Sherwin Flores, 20, a resident of said barangay.
4 Feb 2015 - Apec fast-tracks private, government projectsCLARK FREEPORT – One of the biggest benefits brought by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) to the country is fast-tracking projects of both the government and private sectors including expansion plans of various locators here.
It can be recalled that Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president and chief executive officer Arthur Tugade said that legacy projects including the Clark Rotunda, Clark Museum, Clark 4D Theatre and Clark Integrated Command Center were to be implemented by 2015.
3 Feb 2015 - Apec council supports ‘decongest’ advocacyCLARK FREEPORT -- The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Business Advisory Council has vowed strong support in the call of North and Central Luzon business groups spearheaded by the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham) to decongest Metro Manila and focus on the full development of Clark Freeport in a bid to attain inclusive growth.
During the first Apec Public Private Dialogue (PPD) on Services 2015 here on Tuesday, Business Advisory Council Chairman Doris Magsaysay Ho said that Metro Manila "is not the only place in the Philippines" and that stakeholders, including the national government, should look farther to growth corridors in Pampanga, Tarlac, Subic and other North and Central Luzon development hubs.
3 Feb 2015 - San Fernando to celebrate 14th cityhood anniversaryPAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando will lead this year's 14th cityhood celebrations with a throng of activities highlighting the theme "Fernandinong Misasanmetung, Susi ning Tagumpe at Panyulung."
Mayor Edwin Santiago, in Tuesday's press conference, said that the events are aimed promoting unity and participation among the city's different sectors through various cultural and social activities. The events include bloodletting, cycling caravan, zumba marathon, and job fair.
3 Feb 2015 - Rizal Memorial Coliseum transferring to ClarkCLARK FREEPORT -- Stakeholders of the Rizal Memorial Coliseum have agreed to transfer the sports facility to Clark, Pampanga First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao recently announced.
Guiao said a coliseum, which serves as national training center of Filipino athletes, will be built inside a 50-hectare property inside the Freeport to replace the old one in Metro Manila.
3 Feb 2015 - Angeles mayor announces 20 new positions at City CollegeANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recently revealed 20 new positions that need to be filled in at the City College of Angeles (CCA).
Pamintuan said that with the rise of enrollment numbers in the said school, it is only right to hire more instructors and professors as a response to the rising demand.
3 Feb 2015 - LGU eyes widening of PSAU road linkPAMPANGA -- Magalang Mayor Romulo "Romy" Pecson said they will ask the National Government to appropriate funds for the widening of a three-kilometer road from Barangay San Nicolas to Barangay Ayala where the Pampanga State Agricultural College (PSAU) is situated.
The mayor said that at least P5-million is needed to construct additional one meter on both sides of the highway and drainage system.
3 Feb 2015 - Birthing clinic benefits indigentsPAMPANGA -- The indigent birthing clinic at Jesus Datu Medical Center (JADMC) has facilitated dozens of successful maternal deliveries barely a few months since it opened in September last year.
The clinic is run by the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) in cooperation with the Arellano University and the Amado Rodriguez District Hospital in Bacolor.
3 Feb 2015 - Santos: Regional connectivity effective strategy for inclusive growthSUBIC BAY – "As recognized by the APEC Economic Leaders in 2013, we have already been able, and should continue to move ahead in a common direction towards furthering travel facilitation for the benefit of business people across economies, in pursuance of the need for more efficient flow of goods, services, capital and people."
Thus stressed Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Wilfredo Santos on Monday to member-economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) in the need to accelerate the region’s connectivity in various areas of interest as an effective strategy to reach inclusive growth.
3 Feb 2015 - Swiss national stabbed to deathMABALACAT CITY -- A Swiss national was stabbed to death by a bystander along 1st Drive Airmen's Village in Barangay Mabiga, Mabalacat City, Pampanga, over the weekend.
Superintendent Noel Torre, chief of police of Mabalacat City, identified the victim as Roger Fritz Lang, 67, a Swiss national and temporarily renting a house at the said village.
2 Feb 2015 - Guv: ‘Fallen 44’ worth honoringPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said the sacrifices of the 44 fallen commandos of the Philippine National Police - Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) who were slain and the 12 others who were hurt in a clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao Sunday are worth honoring as they put, dedicated and offered themselves in defense of the country and the Filipino people.
The governor issued the statement as she extended condolences and sympathies to the families of the fallen members of the PNP-SAF.
2 Feb 2015 - No plastics move to go up to Provincial BoardPAMPANGA -- To allay the confusion on the boundaries where the no plastics ordinance of the City of San Fernando is being implemented, Councilor Benedict Jasper Lagman said over the weekend that the regulatory measure will be elevated to the Provincial Board (PB) for possible adoption of other local government units.
Recently, many consumers and shoppers were reportedly confused after supermarket personnel referred them to the "Mexico side" of a giant mall here where they could avail of plastic bags for the purchases, even if they were from San Fernando.
2 Feb 2015 - Customs exec: ‘Empowering SMEs key to inclusive growth’CLARK FREEPORT — "We can, and should, make the extra effort to ensure that small businesses are not excluded from the benefits of integration."
Thus said Customs Commissioner John Sevilla as he called on fellow customs officials from member-economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) to enhance regional economic integration by empowering small and medium enterprises towards the attainment of inclusive growth.
2 Feb 2015 - Title distribution for Hacienda Dolores beneficiaries ongoingPAMPANGA -- Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz assured Monday that the distribution of land titles for those in Barangay Hacienda Dolores is ongoing as 44 locals received their land titles recently as part of real estate developer Leonio Land's title donation program.
Dela Cruz told Sun.Star Pampanga that they are coordinating with beneficiaries and Leonio Land to ensure that everything is done efficiently for the beneficiaries. Dela Cruz added that they are coordinating for more livelihood programs for the beneficiaries to help them put up various sources of income.
2 Feb 2015 - Angeles honors slain SAF troopsANGELES CITY -- With the Philippine flag hoisted at half-mast and the national anthem sang loudly, hundreds of local government employees and officials here gathered on Monday to pay tribute to the 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) elite personnel who fell during a battle in Mamasapano in Maguindanao.
The rites for the 44 brave souls were held at the City Hall during the regular Monday flag-raising ceremony.
2 Feb 2015 - Porac thanks partylist for support to indigentsPAMPANGA -- he Porac Town Council passed a resolution over the weekend thanking the Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (Cibac) Partylist for its support of P1.7 million for various social services programs for the town.
Councilor Mark Valencia filed the resolution which was approved unanimously by councilors present during the session. Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz also thanked Cibac Representative Sherwin Tugna for his continuing support for Porac town.
1 Feb 2015 - Guiao: Prepare for student influx at PSAUPAMPANGA -- First District Representative Joseller “Yeng” Guiao urged officials in this agricultural town to prepare for the influx of student at the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU), which was recently declared state university by the Commission on Higher Education (Ched).
Guiao issued the statement during the inauguration of the Bren Z. Guiao Legislative and Judicial Hall on Friday.
1 Feb 2015 - KDF birthing clinic benefits indigentsPAMPANGA -- A birthing clinic at Jesus A Datu Medical Center (JADMC) has facilitated dozens of successful maternal deliveries barely a few months since it opened in September last year.
The clinic is run by Kapampangan Development Foundation ( KDF) and in cooperation with the Arellano University (AU) and the Amado Rodriguez District Hospital in Bacolor.
1 Feb 2015 - Slain SAF member gets military honorPAMPANGA -- Police officers in 11 stations in Bataan province and Balanga City provided military honor to slain PO3 John Lloyd Sumbilla.
Senior Superintendent Rhodel Sermonia, Bataan police director, said some of the police officers who provided military honor to Sumbilla are members of Special Action Force.
1 Feb 2015 - Sto.Tomas police nab man in buy-bust operationPAMPANGA -- This town's Municipal Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (Maidsotg) operatives, under the supervision of Police Chief Insp. John Clark, arrested one suspect in a buy-bust operation over the weekend.
Clark told Sun.Star Pampanga that the operation was in coordination with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 3, under control number 0115-00174.
31 Jan 2015 - Velasco: No more waste in Sasmuan riverbanksPAMPANGA -- "No more illegal dumpsite in Sasmuan. No more garbage in riverbanks."
So said Sasmuan Mayor Nardo Velasco on Friday as he led the clearing operations and closure of the illegal dumpsite ordered removed and cleaned by Governor Lilia Pineda when she made an inspection on the dredging operations of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) along the Sasmuan River.
31 Jan 2015 - Santiago hails hero, folk for ‘social mission’PAMPANGA -- "In every nook and cranny of our city are common folk, volunteers and group who take on a social mission just like what our local hero Pedro Abad Santos did during his time."
Thus said City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago as he paid tribute to Abad Santos and Fernandinos during the 139th birth anniversary commemoration of the socialist hero at Heroes Park on Saturday morning.
31 Jan 2015 - Grander Caragan festival eyedMABALACAT CITY -- The City Government here is eyeing a grander Caragan Festival 2015 set on February 16 to 20.
Highlights of the festival include the street dancing, which will be participated by students along the three-kilometer stretch from Xevera to Poblacion; a regional trade fair all throughout the five-day festival; and the search for Haring Caragan (Mr. Mabalacat) slated on February 17.
31 Jan 2015 - Anakpawis: Hold Aquino responsible for SAF deathsANGELES CITY -- The militant Anakpawis Partylist is holding President Aquino responsible for the death of 44 policemen belonging to the Philippine National Police – Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) who were killed in a clash with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) last Sunday.
In a statement sent to Sun.Star Pampanga Saturday, the group said the President should be blamed instead of the Moro people and for doubting the peace process with the MILF.
31 Jan 2015 - Abuses in 16th century Pampanga tackled in lecture seriesANGELES CITY -- The Katipunan da reng Talasaliksik at Talaturung Kapampangan (Katatagan) tackled in a lecture series the abuses committed against 16th century Kapampangans and how early Spanish missionaries tried to champion the rights of Kapampangans.
Katatagan hosted the Fourth Ambula Brown Bag Lecture on the topic "The Manila Synod of 1582 and the Corruption and Abuses in the 16th-Century Pampanga" which was delivered by Ian Christopher Alfonso of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines at the Angeles City Library recently.
31 Jan 2015 - HAU announces Founders Day awardeesANGELES CITY -- Holy Angel University has announced the recipients of this year’s Founders Day awards.
The awardees are Ambeth R. Ocampo, popular historian, book author, lecturer, and associate professor of the Ateneo de Manila University, recipient of the Juan D. Nepomuceno Cultural Award (Research and Scholarship category); Andy P. Alviz, musician, writer, choreographer and founder of ArtiSta. Rita, ImaArti and Teatru Kapampangan, recipient of the Juan. D. Nepomuceno Cultural Award (Arts category); Felicidad Tan Sy, co-founder and trustee of SM Foundation, Inc., whose advocacies include education, health and community development, recipient of the Laus Deo Semper Award for outstanding community service; Florina F. Castillo, first lay principal of the St. Scholastica’s College grade school department, recipient of the Order of St. Michael the Archangel given to Catholic lay educators; Ferdinand D. Lapuz, independent film producer and advocate of quality Filipino films, recipient of the Order of St. Gabriel the Archangel, given to outstanding HAU alumni; and Merle Villanueva Morgan, former Personnel Officer of Holy Angel University, recipient of the Order of St. Raphael the Archangel, given to former HAU employees for exemplary record of service.
31 Jan 2015 - Macabebe mayor, historians: Declare brave youth a heroMACABEBE -- Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan and local historians are aggressively pushing for the inclusion of a native hero on the list of national heroes.
For the past four years since 2010, Balgan, Macabebe Tourism Officer Tourism Catherine Flores, historians and residents have organized various activities to honor "the brave youth from Macabebe." He is also called "Bambalito" or "Tarik Soliman."
31 Jan 2015 - Guiao: Clark economic engine of PampangaMAGALANG -- Pampanga Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao has described Clark International Airport (CRK) as the economic engine of the province.
For 2015, the province's first district got a total appropriation of P2-billion from the national budget, Guiao said.
30 Jan 2015 - Capitol to hold special recruitment SaturdayPAMPANGA -- More than 700 jobs abroad are up for grabs in the special recruitment activity to be held at the Provincial Public Employment Services Office (Peso), Capitol Building.
Luningning Vergara, provincial public employment services officer, said the Provincial Government partnered with PhilStar International Services Corporation, which is in need of 519 carpenters, 180 cement masons, 44 electricians, 32 plumbers, 9 HVAC technicians, and nine equipment mechanics.
30 Jan 2015 - PRO-3 to give SAF men heroes’ welcomePAMPANGA -- A heroes' welcome will be given to the three fallen PNP-Special Action Force (SAF) who are from the provinces of Aurora, Bataan and Bulacan when they arrive here.
Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, Officer-In Charge of Police Regional Office-3 (PRO-3), said as soon the slain SAF commandos arrive in their respective hometowns, funeral honors, vigil guards and other interment services will be accorded them.
29 Jan 2015 - Tire pyrolysis plant closedPAMPANGA -- Sto Tomas Mayor Joselito Naguit of this town clarified on Thursday that no steel smelting plant is being constructed here and that the polluting tire pyrolisis facility in Barangay San Matias has not been issued a new permit to operate after its closure by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources last year.
"Let me assure stakeholders and environment protection advocates that there is no steel smelting plant being constructed here in Sto. Tomas. So far, no application for the construction or establishment of one has been filed before the municipal government," he said.
29 Jan 2015 - 3 slain SAF commandos Central Luzon nativesPAMPANGA -- Three of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos who were killed during an encounter with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Sunday are from Central Luzon.
The three SAF members were identified as Police Officer (PO) 3 Junrel Kibete, a resident of San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan; PO2 Nicky Nacino, a resident of San Luis, Aurora; and PO3 John Lloyd Sumbilla of Morong, Bataan.
29 Jan 2015 - Villagers oppose abattoir constructionMABALACAT CITY -- Some residents of Barangay Santa Maria here are opposing the plan of the Mabalacat Public Market Vendors Association (MPMVA) to build a slaughterhouse in their village.
During a hearing at the city council on Wednesday, the villagers claimed that the proponents failed to seek the approval of the majority of the people living in the area.
29 Jan 2015 - Artists to hail national arts month with exhibitANGELES CITY -- Artists here will be celebrating the National Arts Month this February with a campus exhibit dubbed "The Casampatan: Beauty at its Peak" at the Holy Angel University Student Center.
The exhibit will run from February 16 to 28 and is open for free. The exhibit targets to showcase among young students the different styles and artworks of Kapampangan artists in the hope of encouraging the younger generation to go into the arts.
29 Jan 2015 - Capitol to Sasmuan execs: Remove illegal fishponds, informal settlersPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government through Vice Governor Dennis "Delta" Pineda ordered the local officials of Sasmuan town to remove all illegal fishponds and structures of the informal settlers situated along the river in five days only.
The order is in line with the Supreme Court mandamus enjoining all concerned agencies and local government units to effect the clearing of water ways going to Manila Bay.
29 Jan 2015 - Pamintuan reminds senior citizens: ‘You’re all automatic PhilHealth members’ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan yesterday issued a reminder to all senior citizens that they are all automatic members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), and as such are entitled to all benefits of the government's medicare program.
"Republic Act No. 10645 was signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III on November 5, 2014. This law amended Republic Act No. 7432 or the Senior Citizens Act and mandated that all Filipinos, 60 years old and above who are not PhilHealth beneficiaries or members shall receive automatic membership in the program," Pamintuan said.
29 Jan 2015 - Angeles vice mayor: ‘People want change’ANGELES CITY – "People want change. They want me to run for city mayor."
Thus said Vice Mayor Ma. Vicenta "Vicky" Vega-Cabigting when asked about the comments of people whom she consulted on her possible candidacy for mayor in 2016.
28 Jan 2015 - New ‘urban authority’ mulledMABALACAT CITY -- Pampanga Representative Joseller “Yeng” Guiao said recently that works are underway for the creation of the Metropolitan Clark Urban Development and Planning Authority which will address congestion and other problems the region will encounter in the coming years.
“We are fully aware and very well understand that the private sector in North and Central Luzon, like PamCham [Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.] has been strongly advocating for the decongestion of Metro Manila due to very logical reasons. And we would like to support that with the creation of the Metropolitan Clark Urban Development and Planning Authority as we see the advocacy already snowballing,” Guiao said.
28 Jan 2015 - Ombudsman: Good governance key to inclusive growthCLARK FREEPORT -- “Stamping out the forces of corruption is as imperative as granting the people of the Asia-Pacific region the full measure of the blessings of a robust economy."
Thus said Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Monday as she addressed members of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group (ACTWG) of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) which she chairs, adding that good governance leads economies closer to inclusive growth among others.
28 Jan 2015 - Regulate plastic bags – LazatinANGELES CITY -- A neophyte councilor has filed a proposed ordinance aimed at regulating the use of plastic bags within the city.
He said this is aimed “to protect and advance the rights of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology by minimizing the proliferation of plastic waste through regulation of the use of plastic bags.”
28 Jan 2015 - San Fernando vice mayor recognized for good governancePAMPANGA -- Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin was among the 10 recipients of The Outstanding Alumni of the Assumption Awards (TOAAA ) at the University of the Assumption (UA) held over the weekend.
Lazatin was awarded under the category of outstanding alumni in public service. The UA, in its official website, said that the award gives recognition to alumni who are involved in various initiatives to alleviate poverty and ignorance.
28 Jan 2015 - Councilor calls for support of Porac feeding programPAMPANGA -- Councilor Mark Valencia donated goods for the feeding program being spearheaded by the Porac East and West Districts of the Department of Education here as he called for sectoral support for the feeding program in line with the national nutrition program this year.
The Porac councilor said that well-nourished children can perform better in school and their academics if they are provided with proper nutrition. Valencia donated food items for the schools' various feeding programs this month.
28 Jan 2015 - NGCP opens power training centerPAMPANGA -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) headed by its president Henry Sy, Jr. inaugurated on Wednesday the first ever power training center as well as the newly built North Luzon District 6 Command Center and the newly upgraded secondary equipment of Mexico Substation here.
The facility will be used as NGCP’s main training center for substation engineers and operators, Maintenance and Testing Division (MTD) engineers and technicians, and will also be a center for NGCP’s cadetship program. It will similarly cater to the training needs of NGCP’s customers and universities, serve as district command center and a venue for various meeting and video conferencing.
27 Jan 2015 - Pampanga bishop visits Sun.Star looking for Apec ‘condom’PAMPANGA -- San Fernando Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto visited the Sun.Star Pampanga office Tuesday afternoon looking for a "condom report" related to the ongoing Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit at Clark Freeport.
The still feisty prelate and staunch pro-life advocate, who strongly went against the Reproductive Health Bill, for half an hour browsed through the files of Sun.Star Pampanga, admiring the reports on the papal visit.
27 Jan 2015 - Pamintuan: Street kids rescue not for ApecANGELES CITY -- The City Government here has denied reports that it has been rounding up street children because of the ongoing Asia Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) meeting inside the Clark Freeport.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan described the report as "wrong and malicious."
27 Jan 2015 - Alviera Industrial Park to boost local economyPAMPANGA -- With the ground breaking ceremony Monday of the Alviera Industrial Park - Ayala Land's first master planned estate in Central Luzon in partnership with Leonio Land Holdings – it is expected that this will jumpstart the economic activities here and will generate as much as 5,000 new jobs soon as it begins its first phase of development.
Governor Lilia Pineda said Pampanga is lucky and happy that Ayala Land Incorporated and Leonio Land Holdings chose to invest here in Porac.
27 Jan 2015 - ‘Win-win solution’ over Lubao land dispute soughtPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged both parties in the land dispute in Barangay San Francisco, this town, to come up with a win-win solution in resolving the case now being appealed at the office of Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes and subject of the motion for reconsideration before the Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (DARAB) in Central Luzon.
The governor, in a separate dialogue with William Co, original owner of the 44-hectare agricultural land in Barangay San Francisco and the farmer-beneficiaries of Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA) of the same land awarded through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) asked them to resolve the case through a win-win solution.
27 Jan 2015 - NGO, partners to give free coconut seedlings to farmersPAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF), in partnership with the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region III, is giving free coconut seedlings for Pampanga and Central Luzon farmers who are willing to intercrop.
This as KDF, a non-government civic service group, is now set to plant an additional one million coconut trees in Central Luzon as supplement to its earlier initiative of planting one million fruit trees in various provinces of the region using certified seeds.
27 Jan 2015 - PCL head calls for full development of Clark airportANGELES CITY -- A top official of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) Central Luzon Chapter has called on the national government to implement the full development of Clark International Airport (CRK).
Angeles City Councilor Maricel “Marang” Morales issued the statement in support of the clamor of businessmen and local leaders urging the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to convert CRK into a premier gateway.
27 Jan 2015 - Girl, 7, survives mishapPAMPANGA -- A 47-year-old man and his live-in partner died while a seven-year-old girl miraculously survived when the car they were riding accidentally collided to an armored van along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Telabastagan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Sunday.
Superintendent Rechie Duldulao, City of San Fernando police chief, identified the victims as Jaime Manalang, 47, a resident of Barangay Mining, Angeles City, his live-in partner Cristina Nulud, 47, a resident of Dona Belen Subdivision, Angeles City.
26 Jan 2015 - Apec SOM-1 startsCLARK FREEPORT – Senior officials from the 21 members-economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) on Monday kicked off the First Senior Officials’ meeting (SOM-1) at the Clark and Subic Freeport Zones to discuss several cooperation mechanisms on a wide range of areas in the region.
Department of Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Charles Jose said the SOM-1, which serves as the first comprehensive Senior Officials’ Meeting for this year, will be composed of more than 30 working groups and committee-level meetings, which will run from January 26 to February 7.
26 Jan 2015 - Guiao eyes inquiry on sale of PaskuhanPAMPANGA -- First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao disclosed over the weekend that he is looking into the possibility of calling for a probe on the reported sale of Paskuhan Village here.
Recent reports noted that the 9,3 hectare Christmas Village theme park --later renamed to Hilaga -- was sold to SM Development Corporation (SMDC) by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority or Tieza for P939 million as part of its “asset privatization thrust."
26 Jan 2015 - Angeles police implement traffic re-routing for Apec meetingsANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) has released information on road closures and re-routing in different parts of the city as part of the traffic management preparations for the ongoing Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) First Senior Officials’ meeting (SOM-1) at Clark Freeport.
The City Government of Angeles is presently implementing a traffic re-routing plan to ease the flow of traffic within the vicinity of the Don Juico Avenue.
26 Jan 2015 - New city roundabout inauguratedANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Arthur Tugade recently led the inauguration of the newly constructed five-lane roundabout (rotunda) in Barangay Balibago, this city.
According to the mayor, the Bayanihan Park Rotunda has proven itself as an effective measure to improve the traffic condition in this congested area, especially to motorists, public commuters and pedestrians alike.
26 Jan 2015 - DepEd exec lauds knights for promoting patriotismANGELES CITY -- The new head of the Department of Education (DepEd) schools division here has lauded the Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR) for instilling patriotism among students at public schools in this city.
In his speech, DepEd Division of Angeles City head Dr. Nicolas Capulong said the OKOR are helping the government promote patriotism among students and young people by putting busts of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal at public high schools and elementary campuses here. He joined OKOR officials and members led by KGOR Supreme Exchequer Reynaldo "Rey" Malig and KCR Central Luzon Commander Fr. Andronico “Sonny” Pahed during the recent unveiling of the 11th Rizal bust at the Pulungbulu elementary school here.
25 Jan 2015 - Pampanga health care laudedPAMPANGA -- Officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) lauded the Provincial Government of Pampanga, headed by Governor Lilia Pineda, for being the best and model partner in healthcare throughout Central Luzon during a convergence meeting in this town recently.
PhilHealth Branch Manager Henry Almanon noted of the Capitol's allotment of P32,409,600 for its 13,504 indigent hospital-sponsored members in 2014 alone under the Point of Care (POC) program.
25 Jan 2015 - Security tightened at Clark, SubicCLARK FREEPORT -- The security level inside the Clark Freeport and Subic, Zambales has been boosted as delegates from different countries who are participating in the Asian Pacific Economic Council (APEC) First Senior Officials’ Meeting started to arrive.
Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, officer-in-charge of Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3), said that hundreds of policemen were deployed to hotels and other areas to secure the delegates.
25 Jan 2015 - ‘Fight for free college,’ Cayetano tells Kapampangan studentsPAMPANGA -- Senator Alan Peter Cayetano has urged Kapampangan students to fight for free college education.
The senator issued the statement during a meeting with tricycle drivers in this municipality over the weekend.
25 Jan 2015 - KDF eye surgery program still onPAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) announced Sunday that it is still entertaining patients who would like to avail of its free cataract and pterygium surgery programs at the KDF - Jesus A Datu Medical Center ( JADMC ) here.
In line with this, the KDF and the Rotary Club of Mabalacat in partnership with the Municipal Government of Mabalacat held an eye screening last January 23 for possible patients. Cataract and pterygium patients will be operated on for free at the JADMC located in Barangay San Vicente in Bacolor town.
25 Jan 2015 - PDEA seize P1-M worth of shabuANGELES CITY -- At least P1 million worth of suspected shabu were confiscated during a buy-bust operation conducted by agents of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA3) at Barangay Pulong Maragul, Angeles City and SM City Annex, North Edsa Quezon City, Friday.
In the first operation, PDEA3 director Jeoffrey Tacio said Emerson Galapon, 32, of Tarlac City; and Tristan Acousta, 32, of Barangay Cutcut 1st, Capas, Tarlac, were arrested in Don Bonfication Subdivision, Pulong Maragul, Angeles City.
24 Jan 2015 - Guv to officials: ‘Clear Sasmuan River’PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda, in continuous compliance to the Supreme Court's Mandamus in clearing all waterways to support the protection and clean up campaign of the Manila Bay, ordered local officials here to assist the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in ridding and demolishing illegal structures in Sasmuan River near Manila Bay.
The governor inspected Friday the ongoing dredging and clearing operations along the Sasmuan River utilizing equipment of the DPWH.
24 Jan 2015 - Burial assistance for seniors pushedANGELES CITY -- A neophyte councilor, Carmelo Lazatin Jr., has filed a measure granting burial assistance to senior citizens here.
Proposed Ordinance No. PO-816-01-15 otherwise known as “Senior Citizen’s Burial Assistance Ordinance of Angeles City,” aims to ensure a dignified burial to the elderly of Angeles City, regardless of their economic status.
24 Jan 2015 - CLIARC exhibits mushroom production programPAMPANGA -- The Central Luzon Integrated Agricultural Research Center (CLIARC) of the Regional Field Office III of the Department of Agriculture (DA) showcased their Community-Based Mushroom Production Project during the 85th founding anniversary of the department in Malate, Manila.
The event is part of the forums and exhibits, which showcased different technologies, services and products that highlight the continuously developing technology of today’s agriculture hosted by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI).
24 Jan 2015 - Arrest warrants out vs mother-daughter bankersA mother and her daughter who were former bank officers charged with large-scale estafa continue to elude justice.
Charged by the Department of Justice (DOJ) with 19 counts of large-scale estafa under Presidential Decree No. 1689 and 19 counts of creation of fictitious loans in violation of Section 21 (f)(5) of Republic Act 3591 or the amended Charter of the PDIC before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Guagua, Pampanga, Branch 51 were Sylvia de Castro and daughter Mary Jane Acol, former Assistant Manager and Corporate Secretary and shareholder, respectively, of the closed Rural Bank of Sta. Rita (Pampanga). The cases were based on a complaint by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC), Liquidator of RB Sta. Rita, after the conduct of preliminary investigation.
23 Jan 2015 - Angeles police launch first tourism unitsANGELES CITY -- Local and foreign tourists will now be guaranteed of a safer visit to the city's top tourist destinations as 40 policemen of the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) will be doing double-duty of securing and promoting renowned tourist spots here.
The ACPO has joined forces with the Department of Tourism Region 3 (DOT-3) in launching the first ever tourism police unit (TPU) in Central Luzon.
23 Jan 2015 - All systems go for ApecCLARK FREEPORT -- It's all systems go for the of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Senior Officials Meeting (Apec-SOM) inside this Freeport from January 26 to February 7 this year.
The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said that hotels and the convention areas to be used during the meetings are now ready, including the hotels that many of the delegates will be staying during duration of the summit.
23 Jan 2015 - Angeles official wants amnesty for delinquent RPTANGELES CITY -- Councilor Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno submitted recently a proposed ordinance before the City Council granting amnesty on interest of delinquent real property taxes for Angeles City.
Nepomuceno, a member of the committee on Finance and Appropriations, and Ways and Means, said that the measure is intended to aid the city government in its efforts to collect unrealized revenues from unpaid real property taxes. This revenue measure will increase the City’s ability to implement meaningful projects and deliver social services.
23 Jan 2015 - Apec extends media accreditationCLARK FREEPORT -- The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) has extended up to January 30, Friday, the deadline for online registration for foreign and local media who would like to cover the First Senior Officials Meeting (SOM1) and Related Meetings here.
"All media representatives wishing to cover SOM1 should register online at http://reg.apec2015.ph/media. The information provided should be accurate and complete," Apec said in a statement.
22 Jan 2015 - Apec meeting takes on Cebu action planCLARK FREEPORT -- Senior finance officials from the 21-member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) on Wednesday commenced a two-day meeting at Holiday Inn in this Freeport to talk about the country’s proposed roadmap for greater economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.
The meeting also marked the start of the hosting and chairing responsibilities of the Philippines, which presented the "Cebu Action Plan" as part of its contribution as this year's head of the organization.
22 Jan 2015 - Businessman: Build railways in CRK catchment areaCLARK FREEPORT -- Businessman Rene Romero has urged the National Government to construct a railway system to connect Clark International Airport (CRK) to Northern parts of Luzon, which are considered the airport's catchment areas.
Passengers from Northern Luzon will have easy access to the airport if an efficient and reliable means of transportation like a train is established, said Romero.
22 Jan 2015 - Kapampangan to get ‘Ani ng Dangal’ awardPAMPANGA -- Kapampangan maverick photographer Ruston Banal is set to receive the prestigious "Ani ng Dangal" award from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) for his achievements in the field of photography and contribution to the visual arts.
NCCA head Felipe de Leon, in a January 13 letter, said that Banal will be presented the recognition, along with other awardees at the National Museum on February 12.
22 Jan 2015 - Angeles exec wants financial, burial assistance for gov’t employeesANGELES CITY -- Councilor Carmelo "Pogi" Lazatin, Jr. is pushing for the granting of financial aid for hospitalization and burial assistance to city government employees.
Lazatin filed last December 19 an ordinance that seeks to provide these benefits to local government workers.
22 Jan 2015 - Village official, cohort nabbed for drugsPAMPANGA -- A barangay kagawad and his cohort were apprehended by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA3) and Mabalacat City police in a buy-bust operation conducted in Barangay San Francisco, Mabalacat City, Pampanga, Monday.
Jeoffrey Tacio, PDEA3 regional director, identified the suspects as Allan Garcia, 53, a barangay kagawad of Dolores and his cohort, Ernie Flake alias Flakes, 52, both of Mabalacat City.
22 Jan 2015 - Guagua gets P2.3-M worth of rescue equipmentPAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government of Guagua purchased some P2,396,814 worth of life-saving equipment for flood-prone and vulnerable residents through the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) program, a statement from the Municipal Government said.
The statement said that a partial delivery was received by Mayor Dante Torres, and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer Magdalena Yonzon, at the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), with its head Aldwin Mallari also present.
21 Jan 2015 - Aetas get educational kits from Clark WaterCLARK FREEPORT -- Some 800 Aeta students from communities in Clark Freeport recently received educational kits from Clark Water, and its partners, Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative (AMPC) and Clark Development Corporation.
Students from Sitio Monicayo, Sapang Bato, Kalapi, San Martin, Calumpang, and Burog were gathered during the celebration of the AMP's anniversary where educational kits with school supplies, water bottles, t-shirt, raincoat, slippers, and flashlight were distributed.
21 Jan 2015 - Angeles council honors Kapampangan indie film for recent awardsANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Council led by Vice Mayor Vicky Vega- Cabigting approved Resolution No. 7103 honoring the achievements of Kapampangan independent film "Magkakabaung" for awards it recently received.
The resolution congratulated the team of Ferninand Lapuz, Romnick Sarmenta and Dennis Evangelista of "Ing Magkakabaung" for winning international awards like the Third Hanoi Film Festival for Best Asian Film and for Best Actor for Allen Dizon in the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave Best Picture.
21 Jan 2015 - Swedish national found dead in an apartmentMABALACT CITY -- A Swedish national was found dead inside his rented apartment at Dau Homesite, Barangay Dau, Mabalacat City, Pampanga, Monday.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, identified the fatality as Benny Avergaard, 78, a Swedish billeted at Abedoza Apartment in Dau Homesite.
21 Jan 2015 - Guv opens P26-M worth of facilities in ArayatPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda together with Mayor Emmanuel "Bon" Alejandrino and the Sangguniang Bayan headed by Vice-Mayor Ramon Changcoco formally inaugurated on Tuesday local government facilities and equipment plus the barangay service vehicles here with a total amount of P26,350,000.
The governor was also joined by Third District Board Member Rosve Henson whom he acknowledged as one of the most industrious and reliable members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
21 Jan 2015 - Pamintuan approves monthly pay raise for day care workersANGELES CITY -- In a bid to reinforce and improve early childhood rearing, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recently approved the increase in salaries of 72 daycare workers assigned in all 33 barangays of the city.
This year, daycare workers in the city will receive an additional P1,000 every month.
21 Jan 2015 - Kapampangan Facebook group to host social service programPAMPANGA -- One of the biggest Facebook community group for Kapampangans will host a social service mission on March 29 at the Munting Tahanan ng Nazareth in Mabalacat town.
The group said that the mission is the sixth of its kind organized by the group and has been participated in by Kapampangans and expatriates from all over the world.
21 Jan 2015 - 3 missing persons discovered buried in Mexico rice fieldPAMPANGA -- Three persons who have been missing since January 16 were discovered buried along a rice field Calucan Pritil Boulevard in Barangay San Antonio, Mexico town, Tuesday.
Superintendent Ricardo Pangan, chief of police of Mexico, identified the victims as Pacita Villena-Limpin, 59, Patrick Limpin, 30, and Christian Paul Limpin, 25, all residents of Barangay Parian, Mexico town.
21 Jan 2015 - 3,740 cops, soldiers to secure Apec meetA total of 3,740 policemen and soldiers will be deployed to secure the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit at Clark Freeport.
The Police Regional Office (PRO-3) said it will deploy 1,800 personnel to assist the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in ensuring peace and order during the first Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1) of the Apec Summit scheduled from January 26 to February 7.
21 Jan 2015 - NCMB tells CDC: Grant Mimosa workers’ perksCLARK FREEPORT -- The National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) has issued a notice in favor of the Association of Clark Mimosa Employees (Acme), which is claiming some P82,088,387.03 for its members’ benefits.
In a Notice to Arbitrate dated January 9, 2015, Accredited Voluntary Arbitrator Josephus Jimenez endorsed to Central Luzon Executive Labor Arbiter Mariano Bactin a Writ of Execution dated April 29, 2014 issued by the NCMB in favor of the Mimosa employees.
21 Jan 2015 - Taxman collects P20.7-B in 2014PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4 has collected a whooping P20,780,934, 177.33 in revenues from January to December last year marking it one of the strongest collections of the revenue office to date.
Revenue Region 4 (RR-4) OIC Regional Director Conrado Lee said that the collection is only short of 0.95 percent of the collection target of P20,980,010,000. Despite of this, RR-4 remains as among the top performing revenue offices.
21 Jan 2015 - CA upholds charges vs Clark BI officersCLARK FREEPORT -- The Court of Appeals has upheld the administrative charges filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against six Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers involved in the facilitation of illegal transactions at the Clark International Airport (CRK).
Associate Justice Noel Tiham of the CA Sixth Division stated in a 12-page order that Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has the power to discipline immigration personnel found guilty of several irregularities.
21 Jan 2015 - Paskuhan Village soldPAMPANGA -- The Philippine Christmas Village, popularly known as Paskuhan Village located along the prime Jose Abad Santos Avenue in this city, has reportedly been sold to SM Development Corporation (SMDC) for P939-million.
Sources said that the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) allegedly sold the 9.3 hectare Paskuhan Village, now known as Hilaga (North), as part of its Asset Privatization Program upon the behest of its board headed by Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez.
21 Jan 2015 - Mexico gets P6.7-M backhoe, service vehiclesPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda led yesterday the turnover of a P6.7 million backhoe and distribution of 40 service vehicles for this town's different barangays.
Governor Pineda was joined by Mayor Roy Manalastas as the new vehicles were presented to the barangay captains of the town. Mexico is the last of the towns to receive service vehicles for their barangays. The distribution is part of the 400 brand new service vehicles purchased by the Capitol worth P216-million.
21 Jan 2015 - PRO3 all set for ApecPAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) disclosed Tuesday that it is all set for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit which will be held here.
The first event is the First Senior Officers Meeting to be followed by the Special Senior Finance Officials Meeting and First Senior Officials' Meeting and Related Meetings on January 26 to February 7, 2015.
21 Jan 2015 - Armed men gun down 2 in ApalitPAMPANGA -- Two persons were gunned down by four armed men riding on board motorcycles along Barangay Cansinala, Apalit, Pampanga, Tuesday.
Superintendent Samuel Sevilla, chief of police of Apalit, said that Caroline Arceo, 35, and Henry Dalusung, 50, both residents of the said barangay were on board a motorcycle when fired upon by the suspects.
21 Jan 2015 - Quarry truck thief arrestedPAMPANGA -- A suspect was recently arrested in a raid conducted by the operatives of the Porac Municipal Police Station (MPS) at Purok 5 Pabalan, Barangay Manibaug, this town around 3 p.m.
Police Superintendent Neil Miro identified the suspect as Francis Garcia, who was reported to be an employee and driver of complainant and Isuzu truck owner Michael Dela Cruz.
19 Jan 2015 - Government urged to focus on inclusive growthPAMPANGA -- Businessman Rene Romero is calling on the national government to focus on inclusive growth and spend more investments in the regions to further boost the economy forward.
Romero said that this is a necessary step so that people from all sectors may be able to appreciate and feel the economic achievements under the Aquino administration.
19 Jan 2015 - 2 more business conglomerates lured by PoracCLARK FREEPORT -- Two of the country’s giant corporate conglomerates are in serious negotiations to acquire large tracts of lands for development into residential and business hubs in Porac, Pampanga, it was disclosed by two-term Porac Mayor Carling Dela Cruz.
“If and when these developments materialize, this could hasten the municipality’s transformation into a bustling metropolis in Central Luzon within a decade,” he told members and guest of the Capampangan in Media, Inc. (CAMI) in last Friday’s regular weekly media forum at the Bale Balita (House of News) inside the Clark Freeport operated by the Clark Development Corporation (CDC).
19 Jan 2015 - Lady drug pusher nabbed in San FernandoPAMPANGA -- A suspected lady drug pusher was apprehended during a buy-bust operation in Barangay San Jose, City of San Fernando last Sunday.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, said that members of the Provincial Public Safety Company led by Superintendent Bernardo Perez conducted the operation at the said barangay after a civilian informant reported the illegal drug trade activity at the area.
19 Jan 2015 - Arayat national park guard shot deadPAMPANGA - A security guard detailed at the Arayat National park in Barangay San Juan Baño, Arayat town was gunned down by Motorcycle Riding Criminals over the weekend.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, said that Eddie Sagum, 49, a resident of Barangay San Juan Baño was at the entrance gate of the park when shot by the suspects.
19 Jan 2015 - 1,336 patients ‘blessed’PAMPANGA -- Some 1,336 persons with disabilities (PWDs) and dialysis and cancer patients who were treated to a live streaming of the papal mass at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Sunday collectively said they felt “blessed” as they listened to the homily of Pope Francis during a gathering at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here.
Governor Lilia Pineda and the Provincial Board initiated and organized the gathering of 873 PWDs and 463 dialysis, cancer and other indigent patients for them to get the message of compassion, healing and hope advocated by Pope Francis.
18 Jan 2015 - Bizman: Clark, Lipa airports will decongest NAIAANGELES CITY -- The Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) has reiterated its call to develop airports in Clark and Lipa City and scrap the plan to build another international airport at Sangley Point in Cavite as pushed by Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.
PGKM chairman Ruperto “Perto” Cruz said over the weekend that an airport in Sangley Point will require the shutting down of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila because of their proximity in terms of air distance.
18 Jan 2015 - Gonzales: Congress seat his only option in 2016PAMPANGA -- Former third district representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. said over the weekend that if he runs in 2016, he will be looking at regaining his congressional seat as his only option.
“There had been rumors here and there saying that I would run for other positions other than congressman and I would like to clarify that any position other than being a congressman is not part of my plan,” Gonzales said.
18 Jan 2015 - Kapampangan artist to help enshrine new Palo iconPAMPANGA -- Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug is now in Tacloban to help in the enshrinement plans and repair the Marian icon of the Our Lady of Palo, one of the centerpiece images during Pope Francis' mass in Tacloban.
The image is said to have inspired part of the Pontiff's impromptu homily when he celebrated the mass.
18 Jan 2015 - 50 kids rescued from Balibago streetsANGELES CITY -- Authorities here rescued Sunday some 50 children from the streets of an entertainment district in Barangay Balibago.
Balibago chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac said the kids are reportedly being used by crime syndicates on robbery, mendicancy, drugs, and other illegal activities.
18 Jan 2015 - Macabebe founding anniversary 'historically correct'PAMPANGA -- Macabebe is known for its brave soldiers during the Spanish colonization, celebrated on Saturday its 440th founding anniversary and Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan described the celebration as “historically correct and significant.”
It was the first time in many decades the townsfolk and their past and present officials celebrated the “correct” founding anniversary of Macabebe.
18 Jan 2015 - Workers ask for P16,000 minimum monthly wageMABALACAT CITY -- Government employees belonging to the All Workers’ Unity, under the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage), is pushing for the National Minimum Wage of P16,000 monthly for both public and private sectors.
Courage National President Ferdinand Gaite and League of Local Government Units Employees (League) president Erwin Naluza disclosed this during a recent dialogue here with local employees associations in Pampanga and Angeles City.
17 Jan 2015 - Kapampangans meet PopePAMPANGA -- Tony Santiago is a 54-year-old community leader from Sapang Uwak, Porac, Pampanga, a village that has served as the home of many indigenous peoples in the province.
"I never expected that I will be able to hear from the Pope but I am glad that I got selected to attend the event. I will always look back to this as the best moment of my life," said a teary-eyed Santiago.
17 Jan 2015 - Pope gets Kapampangan made image of Immaculate ConcepcionPAMPANGA -- Pope Francis received yesterday the Marian image of "Our Lady of the Immaculate Concepcion" inside the Palo Cathedral where the wood from the broken rafters after being ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda were used in making the image.
Palo Archbishop John Du presented the gift to Pope Francis with sculptor Willy Layug who was asked to make the image for the Pope.
17 Jan 2015 - Parishes to celebrate local SinulogPAMPANGA -- Parishes from all over Pampanga will join the whole country in celebrating the Feast of the Sto. Niño as it coincides with the papal visit of Pope Francis.
Parishes here are inviting their parishioners to reflect on the event, even those who would opt to attend Pope Francis’ closing mass in Manila. One of the most famous feasts in the country is the Sinulog Festival held annually in Cebu during the third week of January. The feast is meant to honor the historical statue of Sto. Nino de Cebu -- the relic given by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan to the wife of Rajah Humabon. It is also considered to be one of the oldest religious images in the Philippines.
17 Jan 2015 - Blood Bank station in all district hospitals eyedPAMPANGA -- In line with the mission of Governor Lilia Pineda of providing safe, sufficient and sustainable blood for every Kapampangan, the Provincial Blood Services and Advocacy Council (PBSAC) is eyeing the establishment of blood stations in all district hospitals in Pampanga..
First District Board Member Crisostomo Garbo, president of PBSAC, said the district hospitals' blood station is in response to the Provincial Government's mission of providing excellent health care services to Kapampangans.
17 Jan 2015 - Road widening along old Dau-Clark link setMABALACAT CITY -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to implement a road-widening project along an access road that links the MacArthur Highway in Barangay Dau here and the Cabcom area inside the Clark Freeport.
This was learned from Barangay Dau Chairman Oscar Aurelio who said that DPWH officials in the province already coordinated the schedule of the construction, which will start on the first week of February this year.
17 Jan 2015 - Central Luzon police all set for Apec summitPAMPANGA -- With just about two weeks before the holding of the First Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) and Related Meetings (SOM-1) relative to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit 2015, the Central Luzon police is already geared up to ensure the security and safety of all the participants at Clark Freeport, Pampanga.
SOM is the main policy-making body within Apec and at least 1,700 delegates composed of 1,600 foreign delegates and 100 local delegates are expected to attend the gathering.
17 Jan 2015 - 85 parents of ex-child laborers get Dole kitsPAMPANGA -- Some 85 parents of former child laborers were recent recipients of Dole-Kabuhayan Starter Kits, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Office 3, said on Friday.
Dole Regional Director Ana Dione reported to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the starter-kit livelihood assistance is Dole Bulacan Field Office’s Child Labor-Free Barangay Campaign kick-off activity this year.
17 Jan 2015 - PDEA nabs 4 suspected big time shabu pushersPAMPANGA -- Four suspected big-time drug pushers were apprehended by members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA3) in a buy-bust operation in Barangay San Miguel na Munti, Talavera, Nueva Ecija, recently.
PDEA3 Director Jeoffrey Tacio identified the arrested suspects as Marily Espejo, 33, Noraina Hadji-Amen, 28, Emilio Agustin, 49, and Nasser Masorong, 32, all residents of Cabanatuan City.
17 Jan 2015 - RC Mabalacat past president elected ROTI chairpersonMABALACAT CITY -- A past president of the Rotary Club of Mabalacat was elected chairperson of the Rotarians on the Internet (ROTI), an official fellowship of the Rotary International.
Gloria “Glo” Nethercutt will assume the International ROTI Chair for 2015-17 on July 1.
16 Jan 2015 - Pamintuan, Cabigting trade barbsANGELES CITY – "I don’t want to be thrown into a fight. Let it wait."
Thus said Mayor Edgardo "EdPam" Pamintuan to journalists on Friday during his press conference when asked about the recent Facebook posts of Vice- Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting on the removal of her three workers stationed at the Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA).
16 Jan 2015 - 10 Regional songwriting finalists announcedPAMPANGA -- Some 10 finalists made it to the "LiKhALIKASAN: Likhang Awit para sa Kalikasan" Regional Songwriting Competition of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
PIA Regional Director William Beltran said the contest seeks to instill awareness on positive behaviors and perspectives as resiliency safeguards against the effects of climate change; promote environmental awareness, protection and preservation; and recognize people empowerment and involvement towards measures leading to preserving the well-being of the environment as act of protecting not just it but more so protecting people's lives.
16 Jan 2015 - San Fernando to lift moratorium on pedicabsPAMPANGA -- The City Government here will soon lift the moratorium it set for pedicabs and tri-wheelers after a full review and evaluation to be conducted by local transport officials.
On Friday, Mayor Edwin Santiago disclosed that he has instructed city officials to evaluate the number of pedicabs registered with the city government, as well as unregistered tri-wheelers to determine if the moratorium covering them can already be lifted, following the request of some sectors to regulate the proliferation of the local transport means where the drivers and their passengers are exposed to dangers and pose risk to other motorists particularly when they are plying highways and major city thoroughfares.
16 Jan 2015 - Casino exec arrested for ‘bounced’ checkMABALACAT CITY -- A manager of a casino was arrested for estafa in his residence in Barangay San Joaquin, Mabalacat City, Wednesday.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga Police provincial director, identified the suspect as Lyndon Canlas, 29, manager of Casablanca Casino at Hotel Stotsenberg, Clark Freeport and a resident of the said barangay.
15 Jan 2015 - Clark Freeport set to be a Wi-Fi zoneCLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- This Freeport will soon be a Wi-Fi zone.
Roberto Tagamolila, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) assistant vice president for information technology, said the Wi-Fi project is one of the agency's long term goals to equip Clark with wireless technology.
15 Jan 2015 - Central Luzon governors enjoin cops to secure Apec delegatesCLARK FREEPORT -- Central Luzon governors who are members of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) enjoined all police officers in Region III to secure the safety of the delegates to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit which will be held here from January 21 to February 7, this year.
The Central Luzon governors expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the national government in bringing the Apec summit in this Freeport zone.
15 Jan 2015 - Kapampangan producer to hold ‘film festival for a cause’ANGELES CITY -- Award-winning Kapampangan film producer Ferdinand Lapuz will hold a film festival for a cause to financially assist the scholars of his alma mater Holy Angel University (HAU) here.
The festival will showcase the most recent films of Lapuz on March 11 to 13 at the HAU Theatre. Directors and co-producers of "Dementia," "Ekstra," "Barber's Tales," and "Bwakaw" have all given their approval to lend their films for the scholarship project.
15 Jan 2015 - Police nab 3 suspected drug pushersPAMPANGA -- Three suspected drug pushers were collared by police in separate buy-bust operations in the municipalities of Masantol and Guagua.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, identified those arrested as Andy Amurao, 34, a resident of Barangay Bebe Matua and Christopher Roque, 39, a resident of Barangay Sto. Nino, both of Masantol town; and Michael Magtoto, 27, a resident of Barangay San Rafael, Guagua town.
15 Jan 2015 - Miss Mabalacat City 2015 coronation set on January 30MABALACAT CITY -- The region's most awaited beauty pageant, Miss Mabalacat City, which will feature a Broadway-inspired musical production, is set January 30 at Xevera, Tabun.
Dionisio "Jun" Magbalot, Miss Mabalacat City 2005 chair, said the musical numbers are excerpts from Hairspray, Miss Saigon, Cats, Mary Poppins, Grease and other Broadway hits.
15 Jan 2015 - SM Clark holds special movie screening for deaf, blindCLARK FREEPORT -- The management of SM City Clark has arranged a special movie screening for deaf and blind school children the other day.
Some 150 kids from the Angeles City Special Education (Sped) Center enjoyed watching or hearing "The Life of Pi," which was shown with special narration for blind people.
15 Jan 2015 - San Fernando now accepting applications for 2015 SPESPAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando is now accepting applications for the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) for 2015.
SPES is an annual summer employment program that invites students to immerse themselves in government as well as hone their sense of leadership and public service.
14 Jan 2015 - Pamintuan to Angeles voters: ‘Validate registration’ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has called on registered voters of Angeles City to have their registration with the Commission on Election (Comelec) validated by undergoing the biometrics process.
"I call on all our fellow Angeleños, whose names are in the list, to troop to the Comelec and undertake the biometrics evaluation. Ensure that you can exercise your constitutional right to vote on May 2016 and beyond," Pamintuan said.
14 Jan 2015 - Guv tells new cops: ‘Be heroes of the people’PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged 835 new graduates of the Public Safety Field Training Program (PSFTP) of the Regional Training Center (RTC) 3 "Kapanalig" Class 2013-01 to become people's heroes.
Pineda, who was guest speaker during the graduation ceremony of Kapanalig Class 2013-01, said that as new police officers, they are bound to make their lives more meaningful through dedicated public service whose main goal is to protect and serve the people.
14 Jan 2015 - Pope to get memento of Yolanda disasterPAMPANGA -- When Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) battered Tacloban, it destroyed the roofing of the Palo Cathedral and reduced the structure's sturdy rafters into chunks of wooden debris.
A piece of the wooden debris was sent to Betis, Guagua and was worked by the hands of master sculptor Willy Layug who have turned the piece of wood into a small religious icon -- Tacloban's simple gift to Pope Francis and a reminder of the recent Yolanda disaster.
14 Jan 2015 - Hi-tech command center to beef up Clark securityCLARK FREEPORT -- A new command center with advanced technology shall beef up the security inside and within the perimeters of Clark Freeport during its hosting of the first Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) of the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit from January 26 to February 7.
Constructed in November last year, the one floor building in front of the Public Safety Department (PSD) of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is equipped with 38 cameras, nine TV wall monitors, eight computers, radios, and telephones.
14 Jan 2015 - Man nabbed for illegal drugs in GuaguaPAMPANGA -- A man included in the anti-illegal drugs watch list of the Philippine National Police (PNP) was arrested in a drug buy-bust operation on Tuesday in Barangay San Rafael here.
Superintendent Angelito Esteban, chief of Guagua police, said the arrest was part of their efforts to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs in the province.
14 Jan 2015 - Rehab of Clark tourism areas complete before APEC meetCLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Arthur Tugade said that the rehabilitation and beautification of tourism-related projects inside the Freeport are nearing completion.
Tugade said this during a recent media briefing at the Convention Center of Widus Hotel and Casino.
13 Jan 2015 - Kapampangan-made icons for papal visit readyPAMPANGA -- Guagua-scultor Willy Layug has finished the icons that will be used for the papal masses of Pope Francis during his visit to the Philippines this week.
The images, commisioned by the Archdioceses of Palo and Manila, are expected to be shipped today, January 14, to their respective venues.
13 Jan 2015 - New firetrucks raised CRK rating to Category 10CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport (CRK) is now rated Category 10 after the acquisition of P115 million two units Rosenbauer Firetrucks capable of handling emergency disasters at the 2,267 hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex.
At the same time, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and CEO Atty. Emigdio Tanhuatco III led on January 12, 2015, the blessings of the firetrucks and a newly installed P92 million two-finger Passenger Boarding Bridge at Clark International Airport.
13 Jan 2015 - P817M earmarked for Mabalacat 2015 budgetMABALACAT CITY -- The City Government here has allocated P818 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015 in a bid to further improve delivery of basic services that would elevate the city as the "Makati of the North."
Mabalacat City Mayor Morales said the increase in budget of the city will strictly fund programs and provide assistance to the people of the city that would fortify its bid to become the next "Makati North of Manila."
13 Jan 2015 - WMRI donates pacemakers to ONACLARK FREEPORT -- A US-based charitable institution that is headed by a Filipino is donating multi-million peso cardiac pacemakers to indigent patients of Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA) and nearby towns.
George Samson, president and CEO of World Medical Relief Inc., said during Talk Widus Kapihan by the Pampanga Press Club (PPC) that the Detroit-based organization is in collaboration with the University of Michigan for the pacemaker project that will benefit poor Angelenos and the people of Pampanga in general.
13 Jan 2015 - CDC takes over 3.2-hectare leased propertyCLARK FREEPORT -- The state-owned Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has secured a leased property covering some 3.2 hectares land that has been idle since 2011.
CDC's seizure of the property last January 12 was anchored on Holywood Park Development Corporation’s (HPDC) "persistent non-compliances" with their commitments under the agreement signed three years ago, despite reconsideration and concessions extended to them.
13 Jan 2015 - Pampanga cops mark 21st PNP Ethics DayPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Police Office (PPO) celebrated the 21st Philippine National Police (PNP) Ethics Day during the traditional Monday flag raising ceremony in coordination with the other police headquarters nationwide.
This year's theme was dubbed "PNP leading the right path towards credible and noble service."
13 Jan 2015 - Barangay chairmen deny supporting Lapid's bid for Angeles mayorANGELES CITY -- Five barangay chairmen of Angeles City denied news reports that they are supporting the mayoralty bid of movie actor and former Pampanga governor Lito Lapid, saying that they were invited to attend a Christmas gathering but were surprised to see Lapid and former Rep. Carmelo Lazatin in attendance.
In a joint statement, barangay chairmen Reynaldo Malig of Barangay Salapungan, Marino Banola of Barangay Sta. Teresita, Eduardo Badong of Barangay Ninoy Aquino, Angelito Caparas of Barangay Sto. Domingo, and Harry Roque of Barangay San Jose, said that they were upset with the news reports stating that they are supporting Lapid's candidacy.
12 Jan 2015 - Parishes gear up for Pope FrancisPAMPANGA -- Various parishes in Pampanga are now preparing for the arrival of Pope Francis this weekend with laity groups mounting information drives on social media and events to help Roman Catholics prepare for the spiritual encounter.
Parishes in Santa Rita, Guagua, Porac, Magalang and Arayat have included short programs after parish masses during the papal visit. Pope Francis will arrive in Manila on January 15 for a five-day visit in the country. Several events are lined up for him in Manila and in Tacloban in Leyte.
12 Jan 2015 - Police arrest suspected killer of Bataan reporterPAMPANGA -- Police have filed a murder case before the Prosecutor's Office in Balanga City against the suspected killer of Abante reporter, Nerlita "Nelie" Ledesma.
Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, officer-in-charge of the Police Regional Office-3, said the Bataan Police Provincial Office filed on Monday appropriate charges against the arrested suspect identified as Inocencio Bendo, alias Bandio, 39, a resident of Samal, Bataan.
12 Jan 2015 - Kapampangan made-icon to become part of Tacloban's low cost altarPAMPANGA -- The image of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Hope made by Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug will become part of the low cost altar for the Papal Mass of Pope Francis when he visits Tacloban late this week.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in a statement said that committee decided against an elaborate altar table design because after the papal visit, the said altar will be used in the church located in the lower grounds of the Gonzaga House in Barangay Arado, Palo, Leyte.
12 Jan 2015 - PRO-3 to deploy 3,000 police for papal visitPAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office (PRO-3) in Central Luzon will deploy 3,000 personnel to assist the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in ensuring peace and order during the visit of Pope Francis in the country this week.
Police Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, officer-in-charge of PRO-3, said the 3,000 cops will supplement the 25,000 policemen and 12,000 soldiers that the PNP and AFP will deploy to Metro Manila and Tacloban City and Palo town in Leyte as part of the massive security preparations for the papal visit.
12 Jan 2015 - South Korean firm to pour P65.5-M on hotel project in ClarkCLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has signed an agreement recently with South Korean firm W Min Jun Corporation to pour P65.5 million for the improvement of its tourism-related project inside this Freeport.
The agreement was signed between CDC president Arthur Tugade and WMJC president Lee Chang Hwan in a simple ceremony held recently here.
11 Jan 2015 - American, Pinay partner found deadANGELES CITY -- American national Robin Potter, 66, and his live-in partner were found dead inside their apartment in Barangay Pulung Maragul last Saturday.
Police said the victims were hogtied and stabbed and had allegedly been dead for about a week before their remains were discovered.
11 Jan 2015 - P1.2-B Clark budget terminal pushedANGELES CITY -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and CEO Atty. Emigdio Tanjuatco III said over the weekend that he is lobbying for the immediate construction of the P1.2-billion Low Cost Carrier Passenger Terminal Building (LCC-PTB) at the Clark International Airport (CIA).
Tanjuatco said he asked National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Director General Arsenio Balisacan during their meeting last January 5 to approve the plan for the LCC-PTB paving the way for the bidding of the terminal “at least by March this year.”
11 Jan 2015 - LGUs urged to monitor plants emitting pollutionPAMPANGA -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Environment and Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) over the weekend reiterated its call to officials of local government units to monitor plants emitting pollution.
Earlier, the DENR-EMB had asked local government officials not to issue permits to plants found non-compliant to environmental laws.
11 Jan 2015 - Angeles village aspires for model MRFANGELES CITY -- A village here is aspiring to be a model area in terms of waste management following the establishment of its material recovery facility (MRF) which accommodates at least eight barangays in the city.
Malabanias Chairman Reynaldo Gueco said that they are maintaining one-hectare waste segregation facility, situated along the Abacan River, which is now being eyed as model MRF.
11 Jan 2015 - Abante reporter slay suspect interrogatedPAMPANGA -- The suspect in the killing of Abante reporter Nerlie Ledesma was placed under the custody of the Bataan police.
Senior Superintendent Rodel Sermonia, Bataan Police Provincial director, said the suspected killer of Ledesma could not be divulged pending for further investigation.
11 Jan 2015 - Pampanga parishes, laity preparing for papal visitPAMPANGA -- Various parishes in Pampanga are now preparing for the arrival of Pope Francis this week with laity groups mounting information drives on social media and events to help Roman Catholics prepare for the spiritual encounter.
Parishes in Sanata Rita, Guagua, Porac, Magalang and Arayat have included short programs after parish masses during the Papal Visit. Pope Francis will arrive in Manila on January 15 for a five-day visit to the Philippines. Several events are lined up for him in Manila and in Tacloban in Leyte.
11 Jan 2015 - Parish hosts Sto. Niño exhibitPAMPANGA -- Dozens of images representing the child Jesus will be on exhibit at the Museo Ning Santa Rita de Cascia this week in honor of the feast of the Sto. Niño and the visit of Pope Francis.
Glenn Canlas, focal person for the event, said that the exhibit will feature popular representations of the Santo Nino. The exhibit, he said, is a reminder to every Catholic of the how Christ once humbled himself.
11 Jan 2015 - Regulation of pedicabs urgedPAMPANGA -- Concerned citizens and motorists here are urging the city government to look into the possibility of regulating the proliferation of pedicabs or triwheelers operating and plying major thoroughfares in San Fernando as are exposed to accidents and pose risks to other vehicles.
Data obtained from the city’s transport section show that there are more than 1,500 pedicabs operating in the city, with many of them unregistered with city hall.
11 Jan 2015 - RP Energy improves Castillejos traffic, security capacitiesSUBIC BAY -- In an effort to contribute to the security and well-being of surrounding communities, the Redondo Peninsula Energy, Inc. (RP Energy) recently turned over brand new safety vests, LED flashlights and hand reflectors to the Castillejos town in the province of Zambales for the use of its 25-man traffic force.
RP Energy head Victor Persius Chan said the donation is part of RP Energy’s “Kasanggamo!” corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, which aims to assist in the peace and order situation of the surrounding communities.
11 Jan 2015 - Magnitude 6.0 earthquake jolts LuzonSUBIC BAY -- A magnitude 5.7 earthquake rocked Luzon at Sunday morning, which was later on raised to 6.0 at 3:31 am.
The quake’s epicenter was in located 13 kilometers southeast of San Antonio, Zambales with a depth of 85 kilometers said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
10 Jan 2015 - San Fernando eyes schemes to ease JASA trafficPAMPANGA -- The City Government here is looking at four traffic schemes, which will be implemented first quarter of this year to ease heavy traffic along east Jose Abad Santos Avenue, particularly the area starting from Paskuhan Village all the way to stretch fronting two giant malls.
Over the weekend, Mayor Edwin Santiago said traffic build-up caused by buses exiting from the regional transport hub has been addressed.
10 Jan 2015 - Marang throws support to Cayetano’s 2016 bidANGELES CITY -- Councilor Maricel Morales has vowed to support Senator Allan Peter Cayetano if he will pursue his plan to seek the presidency in 2016.
Morales issued the statement during the launching of the senator's Presyo, Trabaho, Kita and Kaayusan (PTK) in Barangay Santo Domingo here on Thursday.
10 Jan 2015 - Angeles second highest in HIV casesANGELES CITY -- Angeles City ranks second in terms of the increase in the number of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) infection diagnoses, said the AIDS-Free Philippines (AFP) based on the recent study of Human Life International.
AFP national director and Human Life International president Dr. Rene Josef Bullecer revealed that the number of people infected with HIV/AIDS in the Philippines grew at an average of 87 percent from 2008 to November 2014.
10 Jan 2015 - Cop wants reporter’s killer alivePAMPANGA -- "I want the gunman of Ledesma alive" said Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, officer-in-charge of Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3), during a press conference on Friday.
Santos said he wants the suspect alive so that they would know who is behind the killing of Nerlita "Nerlie" Ledesma, 48, reporter of Abante newspaper and resident of Tagnai Subdivision, Barangay Tuyo, Balanga City.
10 Jan 2015 - Lawmaker underscores importance of SMEsANGELES CITY -- Senator Allan Peter Cayetano has underscored the importance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to a developing country like the Philippines.
The lawmaker disclosed this during his recent visit in Barangay Santo Domingo here where he donated seed capital to a tricycle drivers association under his Presyo, Trabaho, Kita at Kaayusan (PTK) livelihood assistance program.
10 Jan 2015 - Angeles council set to honor Kapampangan indie filmANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Council is set to honor award-winning Kapampangan independent film "Magkakabaung" which recently reaped awards at the recent Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting said the film deserves to be given due honor for advancing the cause of independent films with Kapampangan themes.
10 Jan 2015 - Convergys gives school uniforms to AetasCLARK FREEPORT -- The Convergys Community Action Network (CAN) in Clark Freeport recently gave 560 sets of school uniforms to Aeta school children from Camachile Elementary School and Nabuclod Elementary School in Floridablanca, Pampanga.
The effort was achieved through combined employee donations, supplemental fund from the Convergys CAN Program, and client support.
9 Jan 2015 - Pamintuan on Apec summit: Peace, traffic top prioritiesANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan underscored the importance of maintaining peace and order as well as efficient traffic management for the duration of the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) 2015 Preliminary Meetings, set to run from January 18 to February 7.
Pamintuan led a meeting at the Mayor's Office Conference Room, Thursday, with local stakeholders and government officials for the city's preparation for the upcoming events.
9 Jan 2015 - PGKM: Scrap Sangley airport planMABALACAT CITY -- Scrap Sangley Point airport plan and develop Clark International Airport (CRK) and Lipa airport.
This was the call of businessman Ruperto Cruz, owner of the Grand Palazzo Royale and Royal Golf and Country Club and leader of the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM), which has been advocating for the immediate and full development of Clark airport.
9 Jan 2015 - CDC inks deal with Widus hotel on additional 3.2-hectare areaCLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has signed a lease agreement with Widus International Leisure Inc., owner, developer, and operator of Widus Hotel and Casino on Wednesday for an additional 3.2 hectares of property located adjacent to their current project.
Signed by CDC president Arthur Tugade and Widus president Daesik Han, the hotel's property is now around 7.9 hectares.
9 Jan 2015 - Binay: Japan eyes more Pinoy nurses, caregiversMABALACAT CITY -- Vice President Jejomar Binay welcomed Japan's pledge to increase the number of Filipino nurses and caregivers allowed to work in Japan.
Binay was informed of Japan's plan to ease the process for healthcare workers to be employed in the country during the courtesy call of Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa recently.
9 Jan 2015 - Maersk Line makes maiden voyage to SubicSUBIC BAY -- Maersk Line, listed among the largest container shipping companies in the world, brought to this premier Philippine free port the first good news for 2015, as it marked its maiden direct voyage from Singapore to Subic.
According to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto Garcia, Maersk’s MV Stadt Dresden arrived in the Port of Subic directly from Singapore at around 12:30 in the morning of January 3.
9 Jan 2015 - PDEA-3 seizes P1.5-M worth of ecstasyThe Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 3 confiscated P1.5 million worth of ecstasy during an anti-narcotic interdiction operation at the Philpost Central Office in Paranaque City, Thursday.
Jeoffrey Tacio, PDEA-3 director, said the seizure was the result of the joint operation of his office and other concerned government agencies.
9 Jan 2015 - Folks start the year by helping indigentsPAMPANGA -- Employees of a reputable hotel in Tarlac City recently started 2015 by putting up funds coming from their Christmas bonus last year to help two marginalized families here.
The hotel staff, who requested not to be named, first picked Romy Toledo, 50, a native of Bacolod, Negros Occidental, who lives alone in a makeshift shelter in the city. The staff said he is a "mangangalakal" who earns about P60 pesos a day. He has lived in Tarlac since his teens and never got the chance to go back home.
8 Jan 2015 - Mabalacat mayor lodges libel suit vs accuserMABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino Morales has finally lodged a P20-million libel suit against businesswoman Pyra Lucas, mother of the slain teenager who was gunned down along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Mabiga November last year.
Morales, accompanied by his legal counsel, filed the complaint at the Regional Trial Court Fiscal’s Office in the City of San Fernando on Thursday morning.
8 Jan 2015 - P7.2B budget terminal to rise in Clark airportCLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Emigdio Tanjuatco III has assured the public that the corporation and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) are pushing for the development of the Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga.
Tanjuatco issued the statement to allay perceptions that the government is neglecting the Clark airport.
8 Jan 2015 - Businessman asks DOTC chief to ‘resign’ANGELES CITY -- A businessman here has called Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya to “resign” following disclosing government plan to pursue the development of a new international airport in Sangley Point, Cavite province.
Ruperto Cruz, owner of the Grand Palazzo Royale and Royal Garden Golf and Country Club, said the government will spend a huge amount of money to construct a new airport.
8 Jan 2015 - CDC’s cash flow for 2014 reaches P2.27-BCLARK FREEPORT -- The cash flow of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) in 2014 has increased by more than P1-billion since CDC president Arthur P. Tugade assumed office in December 2012.
This was disclosed by Tugade during the first flag raising ceremonies on Monday where he said that CDC has a cash flow of P2.27 billion at the end of 2014.
8 Jan 2015 - Driver hurt in 2-truck collision in LubaoPAMPANGA -- A truck driver was injured after his vehicle collided with another trailer truck in a portion of Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA) in this town on Wednesday morning.
According to the Lubao police, the trailer truck was parked along Barangay San Nicholas II when another truck hit it from behind around 5:30 a.m.
8 Jan 2015 - 4 hurt as truck crashes into houses in San Fernando villagePAMPANGA -- At least four people were reported injured after a truck crashed into two houses in Barangay San Isidro here Wednesday night.
Initial police reports said the accident happened around 9:00 p.m. when the truck evaded another vehicle before hitting the residential area.
7 Jan 2015 - Pampanga trader hits DOTC for Sangley airport planCLARK FREEPORT -- A businessman here has called Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya to resign after disclosing government plan to pursue the development of a new international airport in Sangley Point, Cavite province.
Ruperto Cruz, owner of the Grand Palazzo Royale and Royal Garden Golf and Country Club, said the government will spend a huge amount of money to construct a new airport.
7 Jan 2015 - Rodriguez backs MRT, LRT fare hikesPAMPANGA -- Third district Representative Oscar Rodriguez is heading the Central Luzon bloc which supports the government's plan to raise the fares of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 and 2, and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. cited Rodriguez as among the House members who want an increase in train fares despite strong opposition from passengers and commuters.
7 Jan 2015 - San Fernando steps up anti-plastic drivePAMPANGA -- The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) here has decided to step up its efforts against the use of plastic bags.
Since the start of this year, the Cenro implemented the daily observance of the "Plastic Regulation Day," which was previously done every Friday.
7 Jan 2015 - Capilion breaks ground for Clark Green FrontierCLARK FREEPORT -- Singapore-based Capilion Corporation Pte. Ltd. recently held its groundbreaking ceremony for Clark Green Frontier together with key officials of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC).
This marks the initial phase of an estimated P7-billion project situated on a strategically located three-hectare lot.
7 Jan 2015 - Puregold wants to open 2 more stores in MabalacatMABALACAT CITY -- Puregold Price Club Inc., which has over 230 stores in the country, is interested in opening two outlets at Pampanga's newest city, Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales said Tuesday.
Morales said Puregold led by retail tycoon Lucio Co is "very much interested" in establishing a three-storey store at the Mabalacat Public Market in Barangay San Francisco. The market is a few meters away from the Mabalacat Gate of the Clark Freeport Zone, where thousands enter and exit daily and most of whom are part of the more than 74,000 Clark workers. The city hosts more than 7,000 registered businesses.
6 Jan 2015 - Guiao confident CRK will be international gatewayCLARK FREEPORT -- Pampanga first district Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao expressed confidence on the fate of the Clark International Airport (CRK) saying nothing can stop its transformation into an international gateway.
Guiao issued the statement in the wake of a pronouncement by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) that it is pursuing the development of a new international airport at Sangley Point in Cavite province.
6 Jan 2015 - Transport fare in Clark cut P0.50CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) announced the P0.50 cut in transport fare on all routes inside this Freeport, except Route 5 or the Industrial Estate 5 (IE5) area.
The new provisional reduced transport fare, which stemmed from the series of oil prices cut since last year, was approved by the CDC, Clark Investors and Locators Association (CILA) and Clark Transport Federation (CTF).
6 Jan 2015 - DPWH OKs construction of CLLexPAMPANGA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has approved the construction of the Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEx).
The proposed four-lane CLLEx project is expected to connect the Luisita Interchange of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) and San Jose City in Nueva Ecija.
6 Jan 2015 - Dole-3 big winner at Praise awardsPAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No.III (DOLE-3) was the big winner in the Dole Programs on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence or Dole-Praise.
The Dole-Praise awarding took place at the recently concluded Dole Year-End Planning Assessment (YEPA) at the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) in Quezon City.
6 Jan 2015 - San Fernando gears up for zero waste monthPAMPANGA -- This capital city's local government through its Environment and Natural Resources Office has lined up activities in celebration of Zero Waste Month this January.
Mayor Edwin Santiago, Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, together with city department heads unveiled a calendar of events made from recyclable materials during Monday's flag raising ceremonies. Joining him were councilors Nelson Lingat, Noel Tulabut, Harvey Quiwa, BJ Lagman, and representatives from Mother Earth Foundation.
6 Jan 2015 - BIR to improve e-services for taxpayersPAMPANGA -- Taxpayers are expected to enjoy faster, more reliable, and more convenient services and tax collection system this year, according to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Pampanga.
Vicente Gamad Jr., Assistant Revenue District Officer, said the government agency is set to develop its electronic services (e-Services) as part of its commitment to improve the tax return data capture and storage.
6 Jan 2015 - Aquino hit for Sangley airport planANGELES CITY -- A leader of the National Transformation Council and Guardians Brotherhood International Unified Command (Guardians) assailed the Aquino administration for pursuing the development of a new international airport in Sangley Point, Cavite.
Alfonso "Sonny" Dobles, head of the NTC in Central Luzon, said the government only needs to expand and develop Clark International Airport (CRK) as the country’s premier gateway.
6 Jan 2015 - Parish museum to host pilgrims this Holy WeekPAMPANGA -- Santa Rita Parish Museum is now being promoted as a pilgrimage destination as the facility is set to host tourists and pilgrims who will be visiting the old Santa Rita de Cascia Parish church here this April during the observance of Holy Week.
Museum Curator Romy Dizon said that they have lined up programs and other religious destinations in the town to help pilgrims who will be visiting in April. He added that the facility would like to help Roman Catholic pilgrims and tourists make their Holy Week visits more spiritual and meaningful.
6 Jan 2015 - Charters for Clark, 2 other international airports upCLARK FREEPORT -- The prospects are bright for the passage this year of proposed bills that seek to grant separate charters for the international airports in Clark, Aklan and Davao, said Pampanga First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao.
He could not, however, say with confidence if the President would sign the legislations once they get enacted into laws considering the infirm position of the Chief Executive on the matter, particularly in the case of the Clark International Airport (CIA), in the last five years of his Administration.
6 Jan 2015 - Cops commended for anti-drug campaignPAMPANGA -- Two chiefs of police were recently commended for their successful joint anti-illegal drug operations last December.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, commended Superintendents Jhoanna Rosales, chief of police of Floridablanca and Jean Fajardo, chief of police of Lubao.
5 Jan 2015 - Archdiocese issues circular vs ‘priest’PAMPANGA -- The Archdiocese of San Fernando has issued a circular to its clergy, religious orders and laity clarifying the status of a certain Fr. Mark Robinson Bunag who claims to be a priest of Apostolic and Catholic Church of the East, after the it had received reports that the latter has been celebrating masses at homes and chapels in Pampanga.
Archbishop Florentino Lavarias issued circular No. 48 dated November 29, 2014, stating that "Bunag is not a validly ordained priest of the Roman Catholic Church."
5 Jan 2015 - Guiao supports SBP bid to host FIBA 2019PAMPANGA -- First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao has expressed support to the bid of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to host the FIBA World Championship Games In 2019.
Guiao recently filed House Resolution 1781 "supporting the bid of the SBP for the Philippines to host the FIBA World Championship Games in 2019 and enjoining the government to extend its full assistance and support for the successful hosting and conduct of this prestigious tournament."
5 Jan 2015 - CDC gears up for APEC-SOM meet in ClarkCLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is now in full gear in preparation for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting to be held inside this Freeport this month.
During the first flag raising ceremonies Monday, CDC president Arthur Tugade said that the APEC requirements are being met, especially the convention hall and hotel rooms which will house the delegates that will arrive during the APEC Senior Officials and Ministers (SOM) meeting here.
5 Jan 2015 - NHA awards 750 housing units to police personnelPAMPANGA -- A total of 750 housing units were awarded by the National Housing Authority-Region 3 (NHA-3) to Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) personnel on January 5, which coincided with the Monday flag raising ceremony here.
The awarding of the housing units is in line with Administrative Order No. 9 dated April 2011 where P4.2 billion was allotted for the housing of police and military personnel.
4 Jan 2015 - Hot air balloon fests setCLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Central Luzon has announced the schedule of two separate hot air balloon festivals in Clark and Lubao town this year.
DOT Central Luzon Director Ronnie Tiotuico said the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is set on February 12 to 15 here.
4 Jan 2015 - Hundreds of Catholic faithful to watch Pope Francis musicaleBishops and a throng of Catholic faithful would be among hundreds of expected spectators of the "I Love Pope Francis: The Musical".
The production of the all-Kapampangan group Teatru Kapampangan will be staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City on January 17 in time for the Papal Visit of Pope Francis from January 15 to 19.
3 Jan 2015 - CIAC head clears report on Sangley airport planCLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Emigdio "Dino" Tanjuatco has clarified that the national government, particularly the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), has started a study on the proposed airport at Sangley Point in Cavite.
Tanjuatco issued the statement following a news report quoting DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya that the government plans to start the development of new international airport in Cavite province within the last 18 months of President Aquino.
3 Jan 2015 - Priest builds houses of God to renew faithPAMPANGA -- Fr. Jess G. Manabat of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish here is regarded as the "builder priest" of Pampanga.
Devout Roman Catholics disclosed that Manabat had built a church, parish hall and convent at the Mawaque Resettlement Center (MRC) in Mabalacat City when he was assigned in the area for about four years beginning 1998.
3 Jan 2015 - House to honor ‘Magkakabaung’PAMPANGA -- The House of Representatives is set to honor the Kapampangan film "Magkakabaung," (The Coffin Maker) which won the Best Asian Film Award at the Third Hanoi International Film Festival in Vietnam last November 27.
“Magkakabaung,” was produced by film writer and director Jason Paul Laxamana entirely in the Kapampangan language and shot, and tells the story of a casket factory worker, played by actor Allen Dizon, who brought up his eight-year-old daughter alone after his wife left him, and then accidentally caused the death of the girl by administering the wrong medicine.
3 Jan 2015 - NLEx, SCTEx implement advance toll collection systemPAMPANGA -- The North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) has implemented an advance toll collection system last January 2 and will last until January 5 to avert the pile up of heavy volumes of vehicles going back to Metro Manila after the holidays.
Tollways Management Corporation (TMC) Media Relations Officer Francisco Dagohoy said the system will be implemented at the SCTEx toll plazas of Concepcion and San Miguel in Tarlac for vehicles bound for Mabalacat City going to NLEx.
3 Jan 2015 - ‘I Love Pope Francis’ goes to CCP stage on January 17PAMPANGA -- "I Love Pope Francis" the musical will be staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City on January 17.
This was disclosed Saturday by the musical's director Andy Alviz who said that the musical will be staged at the CCP for about 1,000 Filipino and Asian bishops who will join in welcoming Pope Francis in his Philippine visit.
2 Jan 2015 - Sculptor to present gift to Pope FrancisPAMPANGA -- The family of Kapampangan sculptor Willy Layug will present a gift to Pope Francis when the leader of the Catholic Church celebrates Holy Mass at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on January 18.
Layug, including his five grandchildren, are expected to present to the Pope a two-foot high image of the Sto. Niño carrying a lamb made of Philippine cedar.
2 Jan 2015 - Central Luzon firecracker cases down 50%PAMPANGA -- A total of 237 fireworks-related injuries were reported in Central Luzon from December 21, 2014 to January 1, 2015 which is 50 percent lower than the same period in 2013 where there were 477 registered cases, the Department of Health Central Luzon (DOH-3) here said.
The DOH-3 in its latest Fireworks-related Injury Surveillance as of January 1 said that the victims ranged from one to 67 years old. About 208 or 88 percent were males with most of the cases were from Tarlac and Pampanga.
2 Jan 2015 - Brighter future seen for car tradePAMPANGA -- Businessman Levy P. Laus, Pampanga’s pioneer dealer of top car brands, said that the total sales of vehicles increased by at least 30 percent last year compared to 2013.
In a recent interview, Laus said that “2014 was a good year for business in the country, “notably in North and Central Luzon” where most of his car dealerships are based.
2 Jan 2015 - Clark leisure park ready for 2015 APECCLARK FREEPORT –- Fontana Leisure Parks, the center point of the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit here, is ready for the international convention.
Executives of the largest leisure park in Central Luzon assured that they are now prepared for the influx of visitors during meeting.
2 Jan 2015 - Sasmuan starts 2015 with festive dance ritualPAMPANGA -- This town’s old ritual dance festival, which traces its roots to Kapampangan pre-hispanic faith, will officially end the Yuletide Season here and usher a fresh start for the New Year.
The five-day dance ritual is in honor of the town's patron saint and the Feast of the Epiphany.
2 Jan 2015 - Cops’ firearms unsealedPAMPANGA -- The simultaneous inspection and removal of the taped muzzles of Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel was conducted at the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) parade grounds here Friday morning.
Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, Officer-In-Charge of PRO3, led the unsealing of firearms of PRO3 personnel.
2 Jan 2015 - 2 Balibago ordinances ‘deemed approved’ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has stated that the two ordinances of Barangay Balibago, which were subjected for review by the Sangguniang Panlungsod here, are “deemed approved.”
Barangay Ordinances Number 6 and 7 Series of 2014 were transmitted to the city council for review on October 22, according to Balibago Chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac.
2 Jan 2015 - 7 hit by stray bulletsPAMPANGA -- Seven persons from Central Luzon were hit by stray bullets during the celebration of New Year’s eve, police said Friday.
The victims were identified as Maria Liberty Andoque and Misael Eguin, both of Barangay Minuyan, San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan; Benjamin Alipio, 28, of Barangay Paltao, Pulilan, Bulacan; Marvelyn Valdez, 32, of Barangay Graceville, San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan; Charish Amela Habaybay, 16 and a certain Rogie Vizcara, both of San Jose Del Monte City and Victor Juano, 34, a resident of Northville 14 Resettlement, Barangay Calulut, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
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