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21 Aug 2014 - Solve glitches, NLEx urgedPAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando and the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) is urging the management of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) to find an immediate solution to the reported "system glitches", which has been causing frequent gridlocks and heavy traffic in its toll booths approaches, particularly in the northern section.
"We have been receiving a lot of complaints from motorists using the San Fernando toll booths about the system glitches. So far, the NLEx people told us that it was just maintenance operations. Nevertheless, because of the frequent failure of its systems, the city government has invited the management of NLEx to clarify through a dialogue what is really happening," Mayor Edwin Santiago said.
21 Aug 2014 - LGC part of Lemon Law IRR draft groupPAMPANGA -- The Laus Group of Companies (LGC) announced recently that it is set to participate in the crafting of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the recently passed Republic Act 10642, or the Philippine Lemon Law.
The new law provides for a "Lemon Law rights period", which it defines as "the period ending 12 months after the date of the original delivery of a brand new motor vehicle to a consumer or the first 20,000 kilometers of operation after such delivery, whichever comes first."
21 Aug 2014 - Guv eyes iTAX as key in collecting revenuesPAMPANGA -- Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda is eyeing the Integrated Taxation Management System or iTAX launched in 12 municipalities as of Wednesday as a key in ensuring high revenues among local government units.
"High revenues will mean more programs, projects and services. This will eventually encourage and motivate people’s participation in local governance," Pineda said during the launching of iTAX in Magalang and Arayat towns.
21 Aug 2014 - CDC to recover land from informal settlers, farmersCLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is hoping that at least 45 hectares of land will be recovered before the end of 2014 from informal settlers and farmer claimants to give way to various development projects next year.
In the highlights of the midyear accomplishment report of the Operations and Security group, the recovery of the CDC properties started with the clearing and demolition of about 90 illegal structures recently along the Clark south perimeter fence in this Freeport zone.
21 Aug 2014 - CLAC supports Angeles lone district bidANGELES CITY -- The Councilmen's League of Angeles City (CLAC) approved on Thursday a resolution supporting the lone district of Angeles City, Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting said.
Vega-Cabigting, proponent of the move to separate Angeles City from the province's first district, welcomed the support of the CLAC composed of barangay councilors from the city's 33 villages. The first district is composed of Angeles City, Mabalacat City and Magalang town.
21 Aug 2014 - Kapampangans honor ‘Apung Saning’ANGELES CITY -- Former Pampanga governor and congresswoman Juanita Cuyugan Lumanlan Nepomuceno was honored during the celebration of her 100th birthday on Wednesday.
The Nepomuceno family, friends, local officials and guests attended the a simple rites during the launching of a commemorative exhibit at the Museo Ning Angeles in honor of "Apung Saning", as she was fondly called.
20 Aug 2014 - Santa Rita town opens parish museum on religious heritagePAMPANGA -- The Santa Rita de Cascia Parish opened over the weekend its heritage museum showcasing religious art, antiques and historical artifacts of the parish and the town.
Santa Rita parish priest Monsignor Abel Basilio led the blessing and opening of the Museo ning Parokya nang Santa Rita de Cascia at the second floor of the old convent building attached to the old parish church. The building, which was restored in 1994 now houses the historical artifacts, contemporary and antique images, as well as old furnishings of the church and its old rectory.
20 Aug 2014 - IT-based health system launchedPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda and the Department of Health (DOH) launched on Wednesday at the district hospital here an Information Technology-based system designed to streamline and improve the management and services of the 10 district hospitals and one provincial hospital in Pampanga.
Pineda and DOH regional office licensing officer Julie Reyes led the launching of the Hospital Operations and Management Information System (Homis) at the Dr. Andres Soriano District Hospital (DASDH) here.
20 Aug 2014 - Dole taskforce inks pact for industrial peacePAMPANGA -- With the aim of upholding industrial peace and job preservation in Central Luzon, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Office 3, in coordination with member-agencies of the newly forged Central Luzon-Regional Inter-Agency Coordinating and Monitoring Committee (CL-RICMC) recently signed a Memorandum of Commitment (MOC) at the Dole regional office here in the City of San Fernando.
The CL-RICMC, which was conceived last June 2014, comprise the Dole RO3 as lead agency, along with the regional offices of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 7th Infantry Division, Philippine National Police (PNP), and the region’s major economic and freeport zones which include the Clark Freeport Zone, Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luisita Industrial Park in Tarlac, TECO, and Pampanga Economic Zone.
20 Aug 2014 - Pecson orders crackdown vs illegal drugs, crimesPAMPANGA -- Magalang Mayor Romulo "Romy" Pecson has directed the newly installed chief of police here to work on the town's problem on illegal drugs and criminality.
Pecson issued the directive to Superintendent Jurich Rara, who recently replaced Superintendent Analiza Guzman, following several killings and assaults to officials in some barangays here.
20 Aug 2014 - Suspect admits killing studentPAMPANGA -- A suspect arrested by the local police in this town has confessed to murdering a 12-year old girl on August 15 and claimed that he took vengeance against the father of the victim.
Police Superintendent Criscente Tiguelo, town police chief identified the victim as Roschelle Velasquez Ingal, a resident of Barangay Barit here.
20 Aug 2014 - Off roaders to build new tourist site in PoracPAMPANGA -- Various off roaders clubs in the province are getting together to form the Pampanga Off Roaders umbrella which will spearhead the development of a new tourist destination in the mountains of Porac town.
Engr. Marni Castro said with the support of Vice-Governor Dennis Pineda and Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. Chairman Emeritus Levy P. Laus, the Pampanga Off Roaders Club, Inc., Angeles City 4-Wheelers, Pampanga Adventure Club, Club Overland, Porac Off Roaders and private off roading enthusiasts will create the umbrella tasked to develop and promote culture, tourism and jobs generation with the new destination, in time for the 25th year commemoration in 2016 of Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption.
19 Aug 2014 - Pamintuan: Relocating Badjaus ‘a national issue’ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan described as a "national issue" the problem on finding permanent homes for at least 712 Badjau families who migrated to Central Luzon, most of whom are in Pampanga and nearby Bulacan province.
Pamintuan, who spoke over the weekend during the meeting of Pampanga first district barangay captains at the Oxford Hotel here, enjoined local government units, government agencies and the national government to “collectively solve” the migration of the members of the Moro indigenous ethnic group to Region III, some of whom established houses along the Abacan River in Angeles City.
19 Aug 2014 - CWC to invest P3.93-B for projectsCLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Water Corporation (CWC) said on Monday that it is ready to invest a total of P3.93 billion for several water projects here.
CWC is a member of the Ayala Group. The CWC broadened the scope of its concession deal with the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) by 25 years.
19 Aug 2014 - NFA execs relieved from postsPAMPANGA -- The National Food Authority (NFA) Central Luzon office and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) recently relieved the provincial managers of Pampanga and Bulacan offices after their alleged involvement with rice diversion activities or repacking of NFA rice to be sold as commercial rice.
A source identified the provincial managers as Elvira Obaña of NFA Pampanga and Serafin Manalili of NFA Bulacan. The NFA also terminated their assistants Jovi Castillo and Domingo Punongbayan.
19 Aug 2014 - DA: No chicken shortage in PampangaPAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) here denied reports of a Pampanga-based national television network that there has been a shortage of chicken supply in Pampanga for the past five years stressing that supply is adequate and enough to meet local demand.
DA regional director Andrew Villacorta told Sun.Star Pampanga that broiler production has in fact increased in the second quarter of this year. Villacorta said that this was even verified by the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) who even recorded a six percent increase in broiler production.
19 Aug 2014 - Tornado victims safe, living with relativesPAMPANGA -- Macabebe Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan visited the over 100 people in Barangay San Esteban here affected by the tornado that hit the village on Friday, saying “they are now safe and living with their relatives.”
Flores-Balgan said that she had given “some cash and other necessary things” to help them “re-start their lives and re-build their houses.”
19 Aug 2014 - Parts of Pampanga to experience 12-hour brownout on ThursdayPAMPANGA -- Parts of Pampanga will experience up to 12 hours of power interruption on Thursday, August 21.
"Customers of Pelco I, Pelco II-Mabiga, and Presco will have outage from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.," National Grid Corporation of the Philippines Central Luzon Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Officer Ernest Lorenz Vidal said.
18 Aug 2014 - P1.2-B for Clark airport in national budgetCLARK FREEPORT -- The cat is out of the bag. Some P1.2 billion is now in the national budget for the development of the Clark International Airport (CIA). This was announced by Rep. Joseller “Yeng” Guiao (1st District-Pampanga) during the Dangerous Drugs and Peace and Order Summit at the Oxford Hotel here over the weekend.
Guiao said the P1.2 billion is included in the national budget which is up for approval by Congress. “The construction of the (Clark airport) terminal, which will increase our passenger capacity to 10 to 15 million annually, has been included in the 2015 budget to the tune of P1.2 billion,” Guiao said.
18 Aug 2014 - Lone district bill for CSF now in House committeePAMPANGA -- Rep. Oscar S. Rodriguez said his bill proposing a lone legislative district for this capital city has made it through first reading and is now in the local governments congressional committee, but would need a resolution from the provincial board for it to progress.
This, even as Rodriguez said he has already worked out for a budget of P963 million for inclusion in the National Expenditure Program (NEP) for public works project in his district. With insertions in the budget for next year no longer allowed, it is important to ensure that important projects for next year are identified in the NEP, he stressed.
18 Aug 2014 - Hacienda Dolores farmers storm DARPAMPANGA -- Some 100 farmers from Hacienda Dolores in Porac town stormed the regional office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) here, as they protested the agency’s alleged failure to realize its commitment to turn over land reform lands already awarded to them in the hacienda, and to probe the fencing of their lands by big-time land developers.
The farmers from the Aniban ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Hacienda Dolores (Aniban), which is affiliated with Aguman Dareng Maglalautang Capampangan (AMC) and the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL) said the DAR failed to fulfil its two promises to them and that they plan to hold another camp-put in front of the regional office indefinitely.
18 Aug 2014 - Army brings mobile computer internet services to Aeta studentsPAMPANGA -- Grade school pupils of an Aeta community in Barangay Sapang Uwak in Porac will be provided with computer and internet literacy courses through a 40-footer mobile computer laboratory that was brought on Thursday by the Army’s Civil- Military Operations Group (CMOG).
“Members of the Aeta community residing in Barangay Sapang Uwak can look forward to having better education as they equip themselves with knowledge in computer technology,” CMOG commander Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr., said.
18 Aug 2014 - Freak tornado hits PampangaPAMPANGA -- A powerful freak tornado swept through Sitio Mindanao in Barangay San Esteban, Macabebe, and totally destroyed at least 19 houses at about 6 p.m. last Saturday.
The local police said there were no fatalities, but that some were reported to have suffered minor injuries. The police said the tornado left about 110 folk homeless after powerful swirling winds carried off their roofs and flattened the rest of their homes, mostly made of light materials.
17 Aug 2014 - Mayor: San Fernando relatively safe from floodsPAMPANGA -- Riding on his buoyant report on his first year at the helm, Mayor Edwin Santiago told members of the Capampangan in Media, Inc. last Friday that this city is relatively safe from flooding.
But he has a word of caution: Fernandinos cannot yet really sleep worry-free about flooding.
17 Aug 2014 - Guv asks for drug vigilanceCLARK FREEPORT -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged barangay chairmen in the province to be vigilant and be at the forefront in the fight against illegal drugs.
Pineda issued her directive to village chiefs in the first district of Pampanga, which covers Mabalacat City, Magalang town, and Angeles City, during a drug summit held at Oxford Hotel on Saturday.
17 Aug 2014 - Guv backs proposed Mabalacat districtPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda disclosed over the weekend that agrees and will support the proposal converting the component city of San Fernando into a lone district.
“Maganda iyun na maging highly urbanized city na ang San Fernando. The city is ripe for that in terms of population and income. Kung maging lone district siya ay malaking bagay para sa Kapitolyo at sa ikauunlad ng Pampanga,” Governor Pineda said.
17 Aug 2014 - “Bale-Balayan” Museum opens in Angeles CityANGELES CITY -- “Arts and culture is really alive in Angeles city. The opening of Bale-Balayan further proves our collaborative commitment in inculcating the value of Filipino identity to the young generation.”
Thus said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan during the inauguration of Peter de Vera’s “Bale-Balayan: A Museum for the Poor and a Center for Transformation Through the Arts” held August 15.
16 Aug 2014 - Guv thanks Aquino, lawmakers for fundsPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Friday thanked the National Government headed by President Benigno Aquino III for the billions of pesos in funds being poured in for Pampanga infrastructure and various projects.
Presiding over the Provincial Development Council meeting at Benigno Aquino Hall in Capitol, the governor also thanked Pampanga Representatives Oscar Rodriguez of the Third District, Joseller "Yeng" Guiao of the First District, Juan Pablo "Rimpy" Bondoc of the Fourth District, and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Second District, who all helped facilitate funding for programs in their respective areas and the whole province.
16 Aug 2014 - Subic Aytas get P14-M for landSUBIC BAY -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) authorities handed over a check amounting to more than P14 million to the Ayta tribesmen as payment for the use of their ancestral land here.
Roberto Garcia, SBMA chairman gave the P14,791,440 to Conrado Frenilla, chieftain of the Pastolan Aytas here.
16 Aug 2014 - CDC completes infra for ApecCLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has completed several infrastructure projects including the makeover of the Clark Parade Grounds in preparation for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit next year.
The CDC Engineering, Construction and Maintenance Department (ECMD) stated that the improvements include the exterior re-painting works of the CDC Health Office, Clark Museum, Public Safety Department and Chapel 2 at the commercial area.
16 Aug 2014 - Police arrest no. 1 most wanted person in SubicSUBIC BAY -- Police arrested the Number One most wanted person in Subic and Number Two in the province of Zambales in a public market in Barangay Poblacion, Sta. Cruz, Zambales, Wednesday.
Danilo Bonnilla, a resident of Barangay Calapacuan, Subic, was arrested by virtue of warrant for arrest for the crime of rape (two counts) issued by Judge Jose L. , Jr. of RTC Branch 73, Olongapo City, with no bail recommended, said Montante.
14 Aug 2014 - 600 Bajau families to get houses in SubicSUBIC BAY -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is establishing a housing project in an agricultural village here for at least 600 Badjau families who migrated from Mindanao to the provinces and cities in Central Luzon.
DSWD regional director Adelina Apostol said that their office will allot at least P60 million for the housing project. She added that the Subic Municipal Government led by Mayor Jay Khonghun will shoulder the expenses for the land development of the area.
14 Aug 2014 - Health official denies dengue outbreak in PampangaPAMPANGA -- "It's negative" said Health Officer Dr. Marcelo Jaochico on Thursday as he belied reports of a Pampanga-based national television network that there is a dengue outbreak in Porac town.
In his letter to Governor Lilia Pineda dated August 12, Jaochico said, "there is no outbreak in the municipality of Porac or anywhere in Pampanga."
14 Aug 2014 - Exec denies stoppage of works at TMC-ClarkCLARK FREEPORT -- A top ranking executive of The Medical City-Clark (TMC) denied Thursday reports that the construction of the facility was stopped due to the reported dispute between Global Gateway Development Corporation and its contractor, Peregrine Development International.
In a statement, TMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Cenon R. Alfonso said there was "absolutely no truth to the report."
14 Aug 2014 - Village chief: ‘I’m ready to face charges’ANGELES CITY -- A village chief here said Thursday that he is ready to face charges in court in connection with the alleged presence of an illegal dumpsite along the Abacan River.
Malabanias barangay chairman Reynaldo Gueco clarified that their barangay council established a materials recovery facility (MRF) and not an open dumpsite.
14 Aug 2014 - Sta. Rita woman cop among country’s top 10 officersPAMPANGA --Police Officer 3 Comet Dimla Dumangeng is the only woman in this year's elite list of winners of the 2014 Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS) of the Philippine National Police and Metrobank Foundation Inc. who were honored during an awarding ceremony held in Camp Crame, Quezon City recently.
Dumageng mans the Police Community Relations Desk in Sta. Rita and also reaches out to the persons with disabilities (PWDs). One of her notable contributions in the community is the educational and skills training for some 20 physically challenged persons.
14 Aug 2014 - Woman arrested for theftPAMPANGA -- Police operatives in Ssto Thomas led by Chief Inspector John Clark arrested one Ailene Ronquillo for alleged qualified theft.
Clark arrested the suspect, Maria Regala, who is a resident of Barangay Sto. Nino Sapa here by virtue of the warrant of arrest for qualified theft under case number 14-12289 dated August 1, 1014 issued by Judge Eda Dizon Era of the Regional Trial Court Branch 60 of Angeles City.
13 Aug 2014 - City gov’t: Pampang garbage station out in 2 monthsANGELES CITY -- The City Government here has vowed that the solid waste transfer station in Barangay Pampang will be removed and transferred to a more appropriate site within two months.
This was announced by Angeles City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Wednesday.
13 Aug 2014 - Motorists irked by NLEx systems ‘glitch’PAMPANGA -- Motorists plying Jose Abad Santos Avenue here and using the northbound entry toll of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) are irked by the reported systems glitch, which has been causing a gridlock and heavy traffic mostly during rush hours and sometimes in dead hours of the day.
City Traffic Management Division head Pines Pineda said another gridlock occurred about 2 p.m. Wednesday, causing a 45-minute jam, which extended up to the roundabout fronting Paskuhan Village.
13 Aug 2014 - Residents ask village chief to close illegal dumpsiteANGELES CITY -- Scores of residents in Barangay Malabanias and environmental groups here are asking their barangay chairman to close down an alleged illegal dumpsite, which is located near the Abacan river.
Some residents signed a petition calling for the closure of the dumpsite, which Barangay Chairman Reynaldo Gueco described as a materials recovery facility.
13 Aug 2014 - 1 hurt in Candaba firePAMPANGA -- One person was hurt while an estimated P5-million worth of properties had been destroyed after a fire razed eight houses in Barangay Pescadores, this town on Sunday around 1:30 p.m.
Fire Officer 1 Mark Anthony Custodio, arson investigator, said Miguel Alabado, a bystander, was given medical attention after he sustained a head injury when he slipped during the operation.
13 Aug 2014 - Porac council to decide on case vs village chiefPAMPANGA -- The Municipal Council here is expected to come out with a decision on one of the administrative cases filed by LLL Holdings security guard Larry Sabado against barangay captain Antonio Tolentino in the recent scuffle between members of the Nakakaisang Mamamayan ng Hacienda Dolores (Aniban) and the security personnel of the holding firm.
The city councilors would have to decide on the case after 30 days, according to their internal rules.
12 Aug 2014 - Foreigner killedANGELES City -- A British national was robbed and killed inside his residence in Bgy. Malabanias yesterday.
Chief Insp. Romeo Castro, chief of Police Station 4 here, identified the victim as David John Runciman, 69, also known as Doggy Dave, who was found hogtied and bathing in his blood inside his room at 18 Bonifacio St., Plaridel 1 Subd., Malabanias, at 5:10 p.m.
12 Aug 2014 - Mayor holds shooting contestPAMPANGA -- More than 100 sports shooting enthusiasts joined the 1st Mayor Emmanuel "Bon" Alejandrino Cup held at the Philippine Army in Arayat on August 3 to 4.
Alejandrino, who led the awarding ceremony at the municipal hall on Monday, said, "The event was successful and it will be bigger next time."
12 Aug 2014 - CSFWD opens two new sub-officesPAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando Water District (CSFWD) recently opened two new sub-offices in the barangays of Sindalan and Saguin.
CSFWD General Manager George Gumba said the new sub-offices opening is aimed at boosting the efficiency of the city’s water service delivery.
12 Aug 2014 - Notorious drug dealer arrested in San FernandoPAMPANGA -- A suspected notorious illegal drug dealer in the province, Rodel Raquipiso, 34, was arrested on Sunday in his house in Barangay San Nicolas, City of San Fernando.
Tacio said combined operatives of PDEA-Central Luzon and Pampanga Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operations Task Group were armed with a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Cielitolindo Luyun of the Regional Trial Court, Gapan City, when they swooped down on the house of Raquipiso.
12 Aug 2014 - Students attend class with feet submerged in waterMABALACAT CITY --- During high tides, floodwaters enter the classrooms where grade school pupils have to attend class with their feet submerged.
This is a normal scene at the Sapang Malalam Elementary School (SMES) in Barangay Santa Maria, some seven kilometers away from Macabebe town.
12 Aug 2014 - Guardians air protest against Angeles dumpsiteANGELES CITY -- Some officers and members of the Guardian Brotherhood International Unified Command expressed strong opposition against the continuance of a dumpsite in Barangay Pampang here.
The group said the foul odor emitted by the garbage dump affects the residents’ health and the environment.
12 Aug 2014 - Guv inspects P14-M expanded MDH buildingMABALACAT CITY -- Governor Lilia Pineda visited Tuesday the almost finished P14-million two-storey extension building of Mabalacat District Hospital (MDH).
Andy Austria, project engineer, said the expansion building will house the out-patient department, hospital rooms intended for the executive check-up of the barangay officials, administrative offices and dialysis center.
12 Aug 2014 - Premarital sex prevalent in Central LuzonPAMPANGA -- A dissemination forum here organized recently by the Commission on Population (Popcom) Central Luzon office revealed that the region has registered the second highest number of young people engaging in premarital sex.
The forum is based on the 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS 4), a nationwide survey conducted by the University of the Philippines Population Institute and the Demographic Research and Development Foundation, which covered 18,547 households.
12 Aug 2014 - Police arrest 3 Central Luzon most wantedSUBIC BAY -- Three most wanted persons in the province of Zambales and cities of Tarlac and Olongapo were arrested by operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) in a series of manhunt operations over the weekend.
Superintendent Sidney Villaflor, RPSB-Central Luzon commander, identified the arrested as Abner Dolandolan, a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Botolan, Zambales; Jay Briones alias Jaya, a resident of San Sebastian Village, Tarlac City; and Romel Banua of Barangay Balic-Balic, Sta Rita, Olongapo City.
11 Aug 2014 - Disclose municipal fund disbursements, mayor urgedPAMPANGA -- Ex-Officio Board Member and Porac Councilor Mike Tapang called Monday on and "challenged" Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz to implement a "full disclosure policy" concerning the municipal programs, projects and disbursement of public funds here lamenting on the lack of detailed reports and citations of violations from the Commission on Audit (COA).
Tapang was almost not able to deliver his speech before the start of the session when Councilor Mark Valencia moved to dispense with the preliminary session proceedings in favor of a pending hearing related to the Hacienda Dolores land dispute, a motion that was seconded by Councilor Rey Lapid which later led to the nominal voting in favor of Tapang's privilege speech.
11 Aug 2014 - CSFWD: Water in San Fernando safePAMPANGA -- Drinking water distributed by the City of San Fernando Water District (CSFWD) to residents here is free from water-borne diseases this rainy season, an official of the CSFWD said.
Ely Dizon, chief of the Production Division of CSFWD, assured their customers are safe from drinking the potable water, saying the waters from the service connections or pipes are being tested monthly.
11 Aug 2014 - Angeles to have P2.3M child development centerANGELES CITY -- A child development center worth some P2.3 million will soon be constructed in Angeles City to cater to the needs of children aged zero to four years.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Early Childhood Care and Development Council (ECCDC) Executive Director Teresita Inciong recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the construction of the National Child Development Center (NCDC) recently. The NCDC will be built inside the City Hall Compound in Barangay Pulung Maragul.
11 Aug 2014 - Fetus found in Guagua churchPAMPANGA -- A fetus believed to be seven to eight months old was found over the weekend within the premises of Immaculate Concepcion Parish in Guagua.
Reports from the Guagua police said a concerned citizen found the fetus near the church around 6 p.m.
11 Aug 2014 - ‘Teen trail’ marks U4U launchANGELES CITY -— The Commission on Population (Popcom) launched over the weekend its Central Luzon U4U program here with a “teen trail” that was meant to advocate adolescent health and youth development.
“U4U is a joint undertaking with the Department of Health and United Nations Population Fund that banks on new and mobile media to provide critical information to Filipino teens,” said POPCOM Regional Director Eleanor Cura.
11 Aug 2014 - DPWH to construct riprap in LubaoPAMPANGA -- The Unified Project Management Office (UPMO), a unit of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), is implementing measures at the Barangay Santa Cruz to restore the town’s drainage system for the Porac and Gumain rivers.
Engr. Lita Manalo, project manager of UPMO, said the project is in compliance with the recommendation of installing riprap around the restoration site.
11 Aug 2014 - Porac’s ‘color run’ draws 300 runnersPAMPANGA -- At least 300 people, including Vice Mayor Dexter David, joined Sunday the color run organized to celebrate the fiesta of Barangay Sepung Bulaon here, the organizers said.
The color run is an event inspired by the five-kilometer paint race, which was started at Phoenix, Arizona in 2012. The runners are showered with colored powder at stations along the run.
10 Aug 2014 - Pampanga LGUs among most competitivePAMPANGA -- Lubao town and the cities of Angeles and San Fernando got high places in the National Competitiveness Council (NCC)'s 2014 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index or CMCI.
The CMCI 2014 featured a record number of 136 cities and 399 municipalities, up from 122 cities and 163 municipalities in the pilot run in 2013.
10 Aug 2014 - Kapampangan group donates food packages to orphanagePAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Ku Pagmaragul Ku, a group founded on Facebook (FB), has staged its "fifth mission" at the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) in this town.
The KKPK members donated food packages and cash to the RSCC, which houses close to 100 children.
10 Aug 2014 - 2 bodies found in Pampanga, TarlacPAMPANGA -- Two bodies of men, believed to be "salvage" victims, were found in two separate places in Pampanga and Tarlac, over the weekend.
One of the victims was found at a grassy portion along the Santo Rosarion Road in Barangay San Agustin, Santa Ana town, Pampanga, while the other body was found along Getha road in Barangay Maliwalo, Tarlac City.
9 Aug 2014 - Dad holds 6-year-old daughter hostagePAMPANGA -- A six-year-old girl was held hostage on Friday by his own father inside an apartment they were renting.
The police said the hostage taker, identified as Christian Dela Cruz, 39, of sitio Matarulas, Barangay San Nicolas, Bamban, was allegedly depressed.
9 Aug 2014 - Angeles City named third best in gov’t efficiencyANGELES CITY – The local government here, under the leadership of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, has been cited as the third best in government efficiency during the recently concluded National Competitiveness Council Summit.
The said summit was jointly sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), National Competitiveness Council (NCC) and Department of Tourism and Industry (DTI).
9 Aug 2014 - Hotel exec: Allow visa-free entry of Indian nationalsCLARK FREEPORT - A top executive of a five-star hotel in this Freeport said that the government should allow the visa-free entry of Indian nationals in Clark.
Alfred Reyes, general manager of Widus Hotel and Casino, said that a law allows Indians to enter the country, through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), without visa or "visa upon arrival."
9 Aug 2014 - Aeta mom-teachers now have 30 students in daycare schoolPAMPANGA -- Two Aeta mothers now have around 30 students in a daycare school they opened five years ago in Patal Bato hills in Barangay Sta, Juliana, Tarlac.
Emily Lundang, 32, and Myra Esteban, 31, belong to the Aeta Magan-tsi Tribe from Castillejos, Zambales. The two women and their families are survivors of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991, and decided to open the school for Aeta children after their studies were interrupted by the disaster.
9 Aug 2014 - 9 CSF drug traders bustedPAMPANGA -- At least nine suspects engaged in the illegal drugs trade were arrested by combined operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Central Luzon (PDEA-3) and Pampanga police during a raid in Barangay San Jose, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, last Thursday.
PDEA-3 director Jeoffrey Tacio identified those arrested as Dexter Nonato, 35, alias Dexter, Roel Perez, Jennifer Perez, Edwin Sta. Maria, Mylene Macapagal, Benjamin Vivo, Elpidio Quijano, Archie Nicdao and Arsan Nicdao, all residents of the said Barangay.
8 Aug 2014 - FESAGS probes demolition rowThe Firearms Explosives Security Agencies and Guard Supervision (FESAGS), a division of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said on Wednesday it is currently investigating the recent shooting incident, which involved a number of security guards and farmers at a 130-hectare farmland at Barangay, Maimpis in San Fernando.
Last July 28, security guards from the Great Star Security Services Inc. shot a group of farmers while conducting a meeting about the ongoing demolition operation in the disputed farmland.
8 Aug 2014 - Clark workers to reach 100,000 mark by 2016CLARK FREEPORT -- Just short of 26,000 workers now, this former American military airbase-turned-industrial hub will reach the 100,000 mark of a strong and growing workforce by 2016.
This was gleaned after the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Marketing Office reported the growth that will continue to generate more than 80,000 jobs within the next five years, and the millions of tax revenues to invest for the future of the Freeport and the country.
8 Aug 2014 - 130 lights installed along MNRPAMPANGA -- At least 130 street lights were installed along a dark portion of the MacArthur Highway or the Manila North Road (MNR) here as of August 6 to safeguard motorists traveling along the busy stretch, San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago said on Wednesday.
In a press conference shortly after his State of the City Address, Santiago said the lights were put from the area near the Greenfields Subdivision, Barangay Sindalan up to Telasbastagan, the village at the boundary of this city and Angeles City.
8 Aug 2014 - P4M San Luis school building nearing completionPAMPANGA -- The construction of the two-storey, four-classroom building at San Luis High School in Barangay Sto. Tomas here will be finished by the end of the month to address the growing number of students and the shortage of classrooms.
Mayor Venancio "Asyong" Macapagal told Sun.Star Pampanga that the P4 million school building was funded by the Local Government Unit (LGU), which allocated P3 million while the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) regional office awarded P1 million for the said project after the LGU won the Silver Award in the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).
8 Aug 2014 - Solar News Channel opens Kapampangan news programPAMPANGA -- The Solar News Channel aired nationwide on Monday a new Kapampangan current affairs program on entertainment, business, international news, technology, and weather reports.
In an attempt to penetrate Central Luzon viewers, the Kapampangan News is a 30-minute newscast, which produces inspiring stories of national and regional relevance.
8 Aug 2014 - Tapang: Designate municipal disaster, environment officersCLARK FREEPORT – Pampanga Board Member Mike Tapang reiterated his call to officials of municipalities in the province to create permanent positions for their respective disaster and environment officers.
Tapang, president of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) Pampanga Chapter, said that they passed a resolution during a recent convention at the Oxford Hotel here to support this move.
8 Aug 2014 - Robbery suspect arrested for illegal possession of firearmsPAMPANGA -- A laborer was arrested recently by police for his alleged involvement in a Tire Factory robbery and possession of an unregistered shotgun and suspected shabu paraphernalia in Pandaguirig Resettlement in this town.
Police Superintendent Jhoanna Rosales, Floridablanca police chief, identified the suspect as Angelito Manabat, 36, a laborer from Block 19, Lot 8, Pandaguirig Resettlement here.
8 Aug 2014 - Subic Freeport firms, schools form ICT councilSUBIC BAY -- A multi-sectoral organization was formed by companies, schools and government agencies involved in information and communications technology here.
The Subic Bay Freeport ICT Advisory Council was formed with lawyer Severo Pastor Jr., manager of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) as labor department president.
7 Aug 2014 - Hundreds of workers displaced by Clark GGLC project rowCLARK FREEPORT -- Hundreds of workers were affected following a dispute between two entities handling the development of the Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC) inside the Freeport.
Officials of Peregrine Development International, Incorporated (Peregrine) disclosed that some 180 officers, staff and laborers and about 500 construction workers were laid off after the Global Gateway Development Corporation (GGDC) stopped funding the project.
7 Aug 2014 - Rodriguez’s lone district proposal gets supportPampanga Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez's proposal converting the City of San Fernando into a lone district has drawn support from officials and other stakeholders here.
During the recent public hearing attended by various local government City Councilor Lito Ocampo, chairman of the committee on good governance, explained why there is a need to create a separate congressional district for the city.
7 Aug 2014 - Candaba municipal hall renovation kicks-offPAMPANGA -- Mayor Rene Maglanque announced Thursday the start of the proposed renovation of this town’s municipal hall in the initial amount of P10-million.
Maglanque said that the initial funds were sourced from the office of Senator Lito Lapid.
7 Aug 2014 - Illegal online gambling operation nets 2 KoreansCLARK FREEPORT -- Two Korean nationals were arrested by operatives of the Regional Intelligence Division for illegal gambling operations during a raid at Room 102, Building B, Clarkhills Village, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, recently.
Chief Inspector Melvin Montante, head of the Regional Intelligence Division, identified those arrested as Dongjoon Yoon, 37, and Jawnwoo Bae, 35, both operators of on-line gaming.
7 Aug 2014 - Pampanga police chiefs reshuffledPAMPANGA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) Central Luzon office said it has recently reshuffled police chiefs in Pampanga.
The PNP has assigned new police chiefs for San Fernando, Apalit, and Mexico.
7 Aug 2014 - Widus Hotel announces new casino hall launchCLARK FREEPORT -- A top executive of Widus Hotel has announced the opening of the new site of their casino early next year.
Widus Hotel general manager Alfred Reyes revealed this on Wednesday during the monthly talk show “Talk Widus” sponsored by the Pampanga Press Club.
6 Aug 2014 - 42 Chinese, Taiwanese busted for phone fraudPAMPANGA -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in coordination with the Interpol arrested recently a total of 42 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals in separate raids conducted in two exclusive subdivisions in separate cities.
Through the effect of search warrant 14-020 that was released by Judge Honorio Guanlao Jr. of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 57, the NBI busted two resident houses in Hacienda Royale in Telebastagan, City of San Fernando and Villa Teresa in Angeles City in Pampanga.
6 Aug 2014 - AirAsia to resume Kuala Lumpur-Clark flightsCLARK FREEPORT -- The AirAsia will resume its four times a week flights to Malaysia-Kuala Lumpur-Clark and vice versa -- starting October 17, 2014.
Passengers may book this new route with a base fare promo of P710 only for Clark to Kuala Lumpur beginning today.
6 Aug 2014 - 9 huge aircraft diverted to CRKCLARK FREEPORT -- Nine huge aircraft were diverted to Clark International Airport (CRK) late Tuesday night after a Saudi Airlines Boeing 747 stalled at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Runway 06/24 and caused air traffic congestion.
Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and CEO Victor Jose Luciano said that wide-bodied aircraft were safely accommodated at the Clark aviation facility.
6 Aug 2014 - Private sector shows support to Angeles traffic officeANGELES CITY – "Our strong partnership with the private sector is a manifestation of our administration’s commitment in providing good public service to our citizens – as such, we extend our gratitude to these people who are supporting us in solving our traffic woes."
Thus said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan during Monday's flag raising rites at the city hall, where the Angeles City Traffic Enforcement and Management Office (ACTEMO) received a total of 90 high-visibility "reflectorized” vests from one Dan Palma, a retired American serviceman and private citizen of Angeles.
6 Aug 2014 - Tapang mum on political plansCLARK FREEPORT -- Board Member Mike Tapang, representative of Pampanga councilors in the Provincial Board (PB), refused to categorically state on Wednesday his political plans for the 2016 local elections.
In the first "Talk Widus" press conference at the Widus Hotel and Casino here, Tapang said, "the next elections is still far and what's important is that we work harder for the people."
6 Aug 2014 - 2 nabbed for stealing school computer setsPAMPANGA -- Two men have been arrested after allegedly stealing at least P33,500 worth of computer equipment from a school in Barangay Suclaban, Mexico, police officials said on Monday.
Based on the investigation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) here, the two suspects reportedly busted into the windows of a 6th grade classroom in Suclaban Elementary School at around 11:00 p.m.
6 Aug 2014 - Investors start locating in Sto. TomasPAMPANGA -- Investors and multinational businesses are now starting to flow in Sto. Tomas after observations that the town is now less prone to flooding.
Now constructing and hiring Tomasians, said Mayor Lito Naguit on Wednesday, is Puregold, which is currently building its store along MacArthur Highway in Moras Dela Paz village.
6 Aug 2014 - Popcom holds YAFS forumPAMPANGA -- Some 300 third year and fourth year secondary students, local population officers, guidance counselors, representatives from partner government agencies and Pampanga media from attended Wednesday the Commission on Population's (Popcom) dissemination forum on the results of the 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study 4 (YAFS 4).
Popcom Regional Director Eleanor Cura said the forum was meant to inform stakeholders that Central Luzon ranked second in the country with the highest prevalence of pre-marital sex and that the rate of teen pregnancy in its provinces is notable.
6 Aug 2014 - SBMA, SEZ renew pactSUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Subic EnerZone Corporation (SEZ), the power provider in this Freeport, adopted anew all ambulances of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).
Adopt-an-Ambulance is a part of SEZ’s corporate social responsibility program and the firm added a 25 percent increase to the maintenance allocation for the vehicles, said SBMA chairman Roberto Garcia.
5 Aug 2014 - Village execs, farmers face multiple chargesPAMPANGA -- Multiple charges have been lodged before the court against village officials and farmers who were purportedly linked to the forced entry try into a disputed farmland in Barangay Maimpis, San Fernando.
Anthony Gliban, a security guard from Great Star Security Inc., who was hired by the claimant lawyer Eligio Mallari to secure the demolition premises, filed charges of direct assault, trespassing, and obstruction of justice against Maimpis village chairman Romeo Dizon.
5 Aug 2014 - BIR nets P12.2-B in 7 monthsPAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4 has registered a P12.2 billion collection for January to July this year marking a three percent increase on their collection from the same quarter last year.
This was bared by Revenue Region 4 (RR-4) OIC Regional Director Conrado Lee, who said that the BIR here is intensifying its revenue initiative measures to further increase collection.
5 Aug 2014 - Santiago: ‘We will not meddle in land dispute’PAMPANGA -- San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago reiterated Tuesday that the City Government will not meddle in the on-going land dispute at Barangay Maimpis, but would rather workout a win-win settlement between farmers and property claimer lawyer Eligio Mallari.
"We will follow the rule of law. The case is already with the proper court. We will not meddle in the dispute but rather, we would again invite both farmers and the claimant to a dialogue where we would find an amicable solution favorable to them by following due, proper and legal processes," Santiago said.
5 Aug 2014 - Return of financial perks for Angeles cops gets COA nodANGELES CITY -- Good news to the some 500 members of the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO). But members of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) here will have to wait longer –- and hope more -- to re-avail of the P1,000 monthly bonus for each of them given by the City Government for about two decades.
This developed as Vice-Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting said Tuesday that the Commission on Audit (COA) local office assured her that they will allow the return of the monthly financial support of City Government to the police.
5 Aug 2014 - MNTC allots P5-B for NLEx wideningPAMPANGA -- The Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC), operator of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) said on Monday it is ready to spend up to P5 billion for the widening of the highway.
Under the said project, the road will be expanded from the stretch of the Santa Rita exit in Guiguinto, Bulacan to the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
5 Aug 2014 - Sto. Tomas to get P1-M from DolePAMPANGA -- The Municipal Council in this town has successfully lobbied for the release of P1-million from the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) through the assistance of Representative Agapito Guanlao of the Butil Farmers Partylist for the risk reduction program of the town.
Vice Mayor Mark Louie Arceo, presiding officer of the Municipal Council told Sun.Star Pampanga Tuesday that the council last June passed a resolution to seek the assistance of Butil and the Dole for the salaries of workers who will undertake the clearing operation and clean up of a waterways and canals in the seven barangays.
5 Aug 2014 - Masantol folk get relief, free medical servicesPAMPANGA -- Some 200 residents of Barangay Sagrada Familia here received relief goods and medical services from a combined mission of non-government groups headed by the Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) over the weekend.
RCCP president Lourdes David said that the beneficiaries were from the indigent families of the barangay and have been identified for the free medical services by local officials. The event was participated by the University of the Assumption Outreach, Mirai ni Kibou Foundation and Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA).
4 Aug 2014 - Exec denies hand in demolition rowPAMPANGA -- A village chief here reiterated on Friday that they did not participate at the meeting of the farmers regarding the ongoing demolition operations at the Barangay Maimpis, San Fernando.
Salvador Moya, counsel of property claimant lawyer Eligio Mallari, said Maimpis barangay captain Romeo Dizon urged the farmers to enter the premises of the demolition site, which resulted to a shooting incident.
4 Aug 2014 - Acting guv wants total ban on ‘sirandomeng’ supplierPAMPANGA -- Acting Governor Dennis "Delta" Pineda asked the provincial bids and awards committee (PBAC) on Monday to totally ban the supplier of 570 sacks of spoiled rice, which he brought to Tacloban City at the height of super typhoon Yolanda last year.
The acting governor expressed dismay over the recent decision of the PBAC who recommended that DD’s supermarket, the alleged supplier of spoiled rice be banned only as supplier of rice but not for other goods and commodities.
4 Aug 2014 - Police, San Fernando hold online child abuse forumPAMPANGA -- The popularity of the social networking sites has also triggered the significant rise of online child abuse.
This familiar message resonated at the Awareness Seminar on Online Child Abuses organized by the Philippine National Police (PNP) anti-cybercrime unit in cooperation with the Office of the City Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin recently at the City of San Fernando.
4 Aug 2014 - Inspirational book to be launched at HAUANGELES CITY -- Acceptance and Abandonment: Transforming Daily Life, Cion Nepomuceno's Legacy of Faith, Love and Joy will be launched on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the Holy Angel University, Angeles City.
The book is a collection of inspirational talks given by Cion Nepomuceno in San Francisco and other Bay Area venues during her residence there of over forty years. Her pioneering efforts led to the establishment of the Women's Branch of Opus Dei in San Francisco in 1978.
4 Aug 2014 - Lazatin leads CSF-PIA 1st ‘kapihan’PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) - Central Luzon culminated the observance of National Disaster Consciousness Month with a first ever Kapihan ng Mamamayan (KNM) at Heroes Hall over the weekend.
The Kapihan, which was led by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Office of Civil Defense Regional Director and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairperson Josefina Timoteo, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Pampanga Provincial Office Information Officer Paulyne Dizon, Department of Social Welfare and Development Pampanga Provincial Action Team Leader Ma. Fe Evaristo, Mines and Geosciences Bureau Chief Geologist Noel Lacadin, San Fernando City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Raymond del Rosario, San Fernando Senior Environmental Management Specialist Marilen Malabanan and San Fernando City Social Welfare and Development Officer Iris Biliwang, also focused on the city’s programs geared towards climate change mitigation.
3 Aug 2014 - Shooting victim appeals for financial aidPAMPANGA -- A man who was shot while holding a meeting about the demolition operations being conducted in a 130-hectare farmland in Barangay Maimpis in San Fernando has appealed for help to cover his hospital and other medical expenses.
Jessie Dela Peña, 50, is one of the five farmers who were recklessly wounded by the security guards of the Great Star Security Services Incorporated.
3 Aug 2014 - PamCham to elect officers September 25PAMPANGA -- The 507 members of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) are set to elect their new set of Board of Directors on September 25, a statement from the chamber said.
"Member companies will once again exercise their right to vote and the privilege to be voted upon in its Election of Board of Directors, its third electoral exercise since its inception in September 2003," the statement said.
3 Aug 2014 - Police Service Day celebrated in PampangaPAMPANGA -- Officers assigned at the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) conducted Sunday various physical activities in line with the celebration of the 113th Police Service Anniversary on August 8.
Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, PRO3 director, said the activity was composed of Taebo and Zumba exercises followed by a 3-kilometer run and biking around a designated route.
3 Aug 2014 - Santa Rita police hosts medical missionPAMPANGA -- The Santa Rita Municipal Police office hosted a medical and dental mission for 100 undernourished children from the different elementary schools here on Friday at the Sta. Rita West Central School.
Santa Rita police chief Senior Inspector Michael Masangkay said that the activity dubbed as "Ang Kapulisan at Lokal na Pamahalaan ng Sta. Rita ay Magkaagapay sa Pag-aalaga ng Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng mga Anghel ng Kinabukasan” was initiated by the personnel of Sta. Rita Municipal Police Station in collaboration with the municipality through Mayor Yolanda Pindea.
2 Aug 2014 - Guv to officials: Intensify drive vs illegal drugsPAMPANGA -- Let us not permit illegal drugs to destroy our children's future."
So said Governor Lilia Pineda on weekend as she appealed to all concerned mayors, police and barangay officials to intensify the drive and help fast track the campaign against the proliferation of illegal drugs in Pampanga.
2 Aug 2014 - Petrasanta conducts audit on disaster preparednessPAMPANGA -- Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, Police Regional Office 3 (PRO-3) director, conducted on Friday a disaster preparedness audit of all units particularly Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel involved in search and rescue operations.
Petrasantra said the disaster preparedness audit was a “showdown inspection” where different kinds of rescue gear and other equipment have been checked, placed on standby alert and made ready to be deployed in any given time and situation.
2 Aug 2014 - CEB flies 8M passengers in 1H 2014CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippines' leading carrier, Cebu Pacific flew 8 million passengers from January to June 2014, an increase of about 8.0 percent over 7.5 million passengers flown in the same period last year.
In June 2014, CEB carried 1.3 million passengers, an increase of 9.5 percent over 1.2 million passengers flown in June last year. CEB flights were about 85 percent full during this period.
2 Aug 2014 - Man slain in San FernandoPAMPANGA -- Two unidentified armed men gunned down a 25-year-old man in front of his house in Barangay Maimpis, City of San Fernando, on Wednesday.
Superintendent Edilberto Pitallano, city chief of police, said the victim identified as Noel Cortez, together with his brother, were preparing a chair in their residence when the suspects arrived.
2 Aug 2014 - Number 1 illegal drugs personalities collaredPAMPANGA -- Virgilio Sicat, 48, a resident of Barangay San Sebastian, San Luis, Pampanga was arrested during a raid.
The raiding team was armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Jonel Mercado of the Regional Trial Court branch 45 of Guagua, Pampanga for the case of illegal drugs with no bail recommended.
2 Aug 2014 - Suspected shabu pusher arrestedPAMPANGA -- Mark Benedict Tobias, 20, a resident of Del Carmen, Quiapo, Manila was arrested during a buy-bust operation at Greenville Subdivision, Barangay San Jose, City of San Fernando, recently.
Tobias was arrested after selling a large heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu to a poseur buyer, Pitallano said.
2 Aug 2014 - Suspected drug pusher nabbedPAMPANGA -- Remegio Guevarra, alias "Dihan", 48, married, of Barangay Calantas, a jeepney driver who is also believed to be a drug pusher was arrested by police recently in the poblacion here.
Rosales said that the suspect was arrested during a buy bust operation conducted by elements of the Floridablanca police in coordination with PDEA 3 agents and Councilor Bonifacio Baluyut, Chairman Peace and Order Committee.
2 Aug 2014 - Former councilor to run for mayor in 2016PAMPANGA -- A former councilor here and close ally of Fourth District Congressman Juan Pablo "Rimpy" P. Bondoc is eyeing the mayoralty seat in the coming May 2016 election.
Former Councilor and Congressional Legislative Staff Johnny "John" Sambo will reportedly run as mayor of Sto. Tomas.
2 Aug 2014 - Groups assail privatization of power, basic utility firmsCLARK FRFEPORT -- The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) in Central Luzon has assailed the government for privatizing electric and other basic utility firms in the region.
The group claimed that as a result of the Republic Act 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001, Angat dam was sold to a Korean firm K-Water and San Roque dam to Japanese firms Marubeni Corporation.
2 Aug 2014 - DOST opens 2015 SEI scholarship examsPAMPANGA -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has opened and is now inviting graduating high school students in Central Luzon who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering to take the 2015 undergraduate scholarship exam of the Science Education Institute (SEI) scheduled on September 21.
SEI offers two types of scholarships: Program A or the RA 7687 Scholarship Program and Program B or the Merit Scholarship Program.
1 Aug 2014 - Officials laud Pope Francis for naming new archbishopMABALACAT CITY -- Officials in this city have lauded Pope Francis for appointing Bishop Florentino Galang Lavarias as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Fernando.
The people of Mabalacat are proud of the Archbishop-elect, who is a native of this city, said Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales.
1 Aug 2014 - Mabalacat No. 3 most wanted arrestedMABALACAT CITY -- The number three most wanted man in this city was arrested by police operatives recently.
Roberto Abogado, 49, single and a resident of Roxas Street, Barangay Dau in this city has a pending case of Rape under Article 266-A, paragraph 1 (D) of the revised penal code as amended by Republic Act 8353 in CC No. 13-10441.
1 Aug 2014 - LGU, City College lauded for skills-training programCLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president and CEO Arthur Tugade hailed the collective efforts of the Mabalacat City College (MCC) faculty and the City Government for producing the third batch of graduates under its "Specialized Training and Employment Program for Underprivileged Persons" (Step-Up) program.
A total of 12 trainees from MCC received certificates from CDC External Affairs Manager, Angelo Lopez, Jr., L&T International Group (Phils) Inc. (LTIGPI) training officer Mark Cunan and MCC vice-president for Academic Affairs, Dr. Eriberta Maglaqui during the culminating ceremony held at the MCC student center, Thursday. The students completed the six-week tutoring lesson on sewing under a Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda)-certified trainor.
1 Aug 2014 - LWUA allots P3.5B for Central LuzonPAMPANGA -- The Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) announced on Thursday that the agency has already allotted a total of P3.5 billion for improvement of water services in the region.
The LWUA is a government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) with a specialized lending function mandated by law to promote and oversee the development of water supply systems in provincial cities and municipalities outside of Metropolitan Manila.
1 Aug 2014 - Rotarians to host medical mission for Masantol folkPAMPANGA -- The Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) will be hosting a medical mission for residents of Barangay Sagrada Familia here in cooperation with the University of the Assumption Outreach, Mirai ni Kibou Foundation and Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA).
RCCP president Lourdes David said that the event is expected to bring much needed medical services to the indigent population of the barangay. She added that the area has become a regular recipient of medical services like check-ups, medicines and dental services from the said groups.
31 Jul 2014 - Guiao: We’ll push for Clark’s developmentPAMPANGA -- Despite the absence of a clear-cut policy statement on the further development of Clark Freeport and the Clark International Airport during President Benigno Aquino III's recent State of the Nation Address, Representative Joseller Guiao said Thursday that he and other core stakeholders will still push for the development of the premier hubs.
Weeks before Aquino's Sona last Monday, the camp of Guiao wrote Malacañang asking if there would be at least a "mention of a clear policy statement" on the development of Clark.
31 Jul 2014 - Guv supports LMP Visayas island confab in PampangaPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda expressed full support the other day to the Visayas Island Cluster Conference of the League of the Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP).
The Visayas Island Cluster Conference with themed "Empowering Municipalities: Harnessing LGU Potentials and Opportunities to Attain All-Inclusive Growth, Poverty Reduction and Good Governance" will be held on August 9 to 11 this year at Clark Freeport Zone.
31 Jul 2014 - Bayan: Aquino has no plan for Central Luzon folksMABALACAT CITY -- The multi-sectoral group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan – Gitnang Luson has warned that the pronouncements of President Benigno Aquino III in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) are detrimental to the interests of Central Luzon people.
The militant organization claimed that these "would clearly transform the region by even depressing the socio-economic state of the people."
30 Jul 2014 - 5 more farmers shot in property disputePAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando Police here said on Tuesday that another five farmers were shot while holding a meeting about the demolition operations being conducted in a farmland at Barangay Maimpis, City of San Fernando.
The farmers, who were brought to the nearest hospital on Monday, were identified as Inocencio Galang, 65; Alfredo Catacutan, 67; Jessie Dela Peña, 50; Jaime Gulapa, 56; and Jun Jacinto, 44, who was allegedly pistol whipped by a security guard identified as Anthony Gliban, 33, police said.
30 Jul 2014 - Pamintuan reports on ‘fulfilled promises’ on SocaANGELES CITY -- An ecstatic Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan reported on the fulfillment of his other major campaign promises Wednesday during his State of the City Address (Soca) where he cited his administration's achievement on the fiscal, social and administrative management of the city.
Number one on the mayor's report is that Angeles City is now one of the few highly urbanized cities that are no longer dependent on the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).
30 Jul 2014 - Man dies after being hit by car in San FernandoPAMPANGA -- Larry Tayag, 52, of Barangay Sto. Niño, Sapa, Sto. Tomas, died after being struck by a car on Monday afternoon as he crossed the street along the Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Jasa) in San Fernando.
Based on the investigation of police, Tayag suddenly crossed from the right side of the street while Philip Anthony Hernandez, 34, of Mountain View, Mariveles, Bataan, was driving along Jasa.
30 Jul 2014 - Morales lauds Aquino on SonaMABALACAT CITY – "He was very sincere and down to earth".
This is how Mabalacat City Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales described President Benigno Aquino III when he delivered his State of the Nation Address (Sona) during a joint session of the Congress and the Senate.
30 Jul 2014 - CineKabalen calls for short film entriesPAMPANGA -- A local film festival here is now accepting entries for its short film festival competition.
CineKabalen, formerly known as Sinukwan Film Festival, is a local film festival competition that features digital filmmaking "to promote Kapampangan culture and language."
30 Jul 2014 - Fontana spruces up ahead of APECCLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- In preparation for Clark's hosting of the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit ministerial meet, Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino, the largest tourism estate inside the Freeport, instituted nine expansion projects, including a makeover of its convention center costing P200-million.
Manuel Sequeira, Fontana chief executive officer, said the projects also include the upgrading of its Clubhouse and Golf Course, acquisition of state-of-the-art facilities and construction of villas and rooms at the Fontana complex.
29 Jul 2014 - 2 robbers slain; 2 policemen arrested in Angeles encounterANGELES CITY -- Motorcycle riding criminals were killed while two of their cohort-policemen were arrested during a brief encounter at Marisol Subdivision, Angeles City, on Monday.
Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, identified the fatalities as Crisanto Francisco and Chris Neil Pineda, both residents of Northville, Barangay Cutud, Angeles City.
29 Jul 2014 - Comelec junks case vs village chiefANGELES CITY -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has dismissed a disqualification case filed against Rodelio "Tony" Mamac, incumbent chairman of Barangay Balibago here.
In its resolution dated July 8, 2014, the Comelec First Division stated that the petition of former city councilor Alfie Bonifacio, who opposed Mamac in the barangay chairmanship, was filed beyond the reglementary period as provided by Rules 23 and 25 of the commission’s rules and procedures.
29 Jul 2014 - Pampanga vice mayors get outstanding legislator awardsPAMPANGA -- San Fernando's Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting were among the awardees of the Outstanding Local Legislator Award (OLLA) for 2014 at the New World Hotel in Makati on Tuesday.
The award was presented by Superbrand Marketing International (SMI).
29 Jul 2014 - Pamintuan vows crackdown vs highway robberyANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said he has directed law enforcement agencies in the city to work against criminal elements engaged in highway robbery.
Pamintuan issued that statement during the culminating activity of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team seminar at SM City Clark on Tuesday.
29 Jul 2014 - Dad, daughter found dead along Mega DikePAMPANGA -- A father and daughter believed kidnapped were found dead along the Mega Dike road in Barangay Del Rosario, City of San Fernando, on Tuesday.
Senior Superintendent Marlon Madrid, Pampanga police provincial director, identified the victims as Ponciano Espiritu, 70, and his daughter Agnes, 37, both of Barangay Del Rosario, City of San Fernando.
28 Jul 2014 - 100 millionth baby born in Arayat townPAMPANGA -- Atayat saw to the birth of the symbolic 100 millionth Kapampangan baby who was born at 12:40 a.m. on Sunday at Dr. Emigdio C. Cruz, Sr. Memorial District Hospital located in Barangay San Agustin here.
Newborn Jayvie Santos Catli, nicknamed Lucky, was one of the 100 babies nationwide who have qualified to mark the 100-million population of the country.
28 Jul 2014 - SBMA to release S1 revenue shares of contiguous LGUsSUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Local government units (LGUs) adjacent to the Subic Bay Freeport zone will be receiving a total of P93.7 million in revenue shares.
This was disclosed by Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman Roberto Garcia, saying that the said funds will be available for the eight adjacent LGUs starting August 4.
28 Jul 2014 - ACWD, CDC ink agreement for P17M water projectCLARK FREEPORT -- The Angeles City Water District (ACWD) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Clark Development Corporation (CDC) for a P17 million water project in the latter’s 256 square meter property in Little Baguio, Barangay Sapang Bato.
“Provision of potable water supply will greatly improve the hygiene and health of at least 841 families living in the area,” ACWD General Manager Reynaldo Liwanag said.
28 Jul 2014 - RCCP joins thousand narra tree programPAMPANGA -- The Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) has joined hands with the eleven 11 Rotary Clubs of District 3790 in their "Build a Forest of a Thousand Narra Trees" project as they planted Narra saplings at the Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) Megadike portion in Barangays San Juan and San Isidro here.
RCCP president Lourdes David said that the project is part of the community programs of District 3790. The project aims to create mini-forests of Narra (pterocarpus indicus) along the slopes of the dike area. She added that the area is ideal in growing new trees that can provide natural forest filters that clean polluted air.
27 Jul 2014 - Belgium firm, PH partner launch innovative on-line job searchCLARK FREEPORT -- A Belgium-based company and its partner in the country launched here on Saturday an innovative on-line job search designed to allow employers get in-depth and “more personal” information about the applicants.
Frank Aernout, CEO of BeWorkHappy, and his Angeles City, Pampanga-based partner Annielyn Lernout, CEO of BeWorkHappy Philippines Inc., led the launching of the state-of-the-art job recruitment at the Widus Hotel.
27 Jul 2014 - Australian retail chain opens at SM City PampangaPAMPANGA -- Australian retail chain Cotton: On opened its first ever store at SM City Pampanga over the weekend.
SM City Pampanga public relations manager Rain Cervantes told Sun.Star Pampanga that the retail chain locally operating under the Bench Group is now in the region’s marathon shopping mall.
27 Jul 2014 - Suspected shabu pusher bustedPAMPANGA -- A suspected 48-year-old shabu pusher was arrested by combined operatives of the Floridablanca Police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Central Luzon office in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Poblacion, Floridablanca town, Saturday.
Superintendent Jhoanna Rosales, Floridablanca police chief, identified the suspect as Remigio Guevarra, 48, a resident of Barangay Calantas, Floridablanca.
27 Jul 2014 - Masantol folks benefit from medical missionPAMPANGA -- Some 4,000 indigent individuals from various barangays in Masantol benefitted from the medical and dental mission conducted by the J.C Binay Foundation Inc. over the weekend.
The "Puso Para sa Bayan" Caravan is aimed at providing health services to poor families in different towns, cities and provinces in the country.
27 Jul 2014 - Sto Tomas' most wanted nabbedPAMPANGA -- Sto Thomas Police operatives, led by Police Chief Insp. John Clark, arrested a certain Maria Regala who is listed as the 14th most wanted person in the police list here.
Clark said that the suspect was arrested by virtue of the standing warrant of arrest for two counts of qualified theft issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 48 Judge Edgar Chua under criminal case number 17727 and 17728. The court has set a recommended bail of P55, 000 and P32, 000.
27 Jul 2014 - Woman painter to open art gallery in PampangaPAMPANGA -- Painter Maria Mila Mabanta dela Fuente will open the first ever home-based art gallery in Guagua on August 16 that features feminists paintings and an assortment of visual art pieces done in varying styles.
Dela Fuente is currently among the few woman painters in the province and her gallery is the first ever gallery in Pampanga that is run by a woman painter.
26 Jul 2014 - PDRRMO sandbagging Arnedo DikePAMPANGA -- The local government unit in Apalit in cooperation with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said on Friday it is now conducting a series of sand-bagging operations to augment the ongoing construction of the Arnedo dike in anticipation of Typhoon Inday in the next few days.
Last July 24, a portion of the Arnedo dike in Barangay San Vicente of Apalit town, which is estimated at 52.5 meters, breached following strong currents from Pampanga River during the onslaught of the Typhoon Glenda.
26 Jul 2014 - New San Fernando archbishop namedPAMPANGA -- His Holiness Pope Francis appointed on Friday Bishop Florentino Galang Lavarias, now Bishop of the Diocese of Iba, as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Fernando.
This, as the Holy Father accepted the resignation presented by Archbishop Paciano Aniceto, now 77 years-old, from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of San Fernando (Philippines), in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law, which requires the resignation of bishops at the age of 75.
26 Jul 2014 - ACCDO to remain strong, consistentANGELES CITY -- With a vision of genuine people empowerment, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, through the Angeles City Cooperative Development Office (ACCDO) headed by Ferdinand P. Calma, remain consistent with the promise of strengthening one of the bases of the city’s economy, the cooperative sector.
Pamintuan recognizes the role of the “cooperative movement” in the city’s economic front, which ultimately allows the local government to pursue its desired programs and plans.
26 Jul 2014 - Capitol reorganizes disaster working groupPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda and Vice Governor Dennis Pineda on Friday reorganized the province’s disaster preparedness and response technical working group (TWG) to reinforce its capabilities.
Though there were no major damages in the agri-fishery sector and infrastructure and no casualties reported after the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda last week, Governor Pineda, after reviewing Capitol’s plans, said it is necessary to reorganize the TWG to reinforce disaster preparedness and response at all times.
26 Jul 2014 - Motorcycle-riding suspects rob drug store in AngelesANGELES CITY -- Motorcycle-riding suspects robbed the Generics Pharmacy located along Rizal Extension, Barangay Cut-Cut, Angeles City, Wednesday.
Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles police director, said more than P23,000 in cash collections for the day and two cellular phones were taken by the suspects armed with caliber .45 pistols.
26 Jul 2014 - Fontana infuses P200-M for expansion projectsCLARK FREEPORT -- Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino, considered as the largest tourism estate in Clark, is investing at least P200 million for the expansion of its convention center.
Fontana chief executive officer Manuel Sequeira said that the on-going expansion work at the Fontana Convention Center will add 1,000 seats to its current 500-seating capacity. He was interviewed on Friday during the press conference for the concert of American singer-song writer Stephen Bishop.
26 Jul 2014 - Car hits man, speeds offANGELES CITY -- 56-year-old Rico Desierto, 56, a resident of Barangay Malabanias, was hit by a red color sedan car, which sped off along Barangay Anunas, Angeles City, recently.
Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, had asked concerned citizens who saw the red color sedan and if they could recognize or remember its license plate.
26 Jul 2014 - Board member lauds guv for P167-M infra in 4th districtPAMPANGA -- Fourth district board member Ricardo Yabut lauded the administration of Governor Lilia Pineda for providing more than P167-million infrastructure projects in the eight towns of the Fourth district from June 2010 to June 2014.
Yabut said the projects include the construction and renovation of school buildings, multi-purpose covered areas and elevated comfort rooms in public elementary and secondary schools.
25 Jul 2014 - CHR to investigate San Fernando demolition shootingPAMPANGA -- The Commission on Human Rights Region (CHR) Central Luzon office here said on Thursday that it will conduct an investigation on the shooting incident that happened on a 130-hectare demolition site at Barangay Maimpi, this city, recently.
Lawyer Jasmine Regino, CHR regional director, said that believes that the demolition team violated the rights of the farmers' group when it shot one of their members last week.
25 Jul 2014 - Councilors urged to set disaster readiness plans on climate changeCLARK FREEPORT -- Governor Lilia Pineda has asked councilors in the province to anchor their respective disaster preparedness plan on climate change.
Pineda issued the statement during the disaster preparedness and solid waste management seminar conducted at Oxford Hotel here by the Philippine Councilors' League (PCL) Pampanga Chapter, headed by its president, Porac Councilor Mike Tapang.
25 Jul 2014 - Arnedo dike breached, Apalit villagers asked to evacuatePAMPANGA -- Residents of Barangay San Vicente, Apalit, are being asked to evacuate following a breach at the village's portion of the Arnedo dike, officials said on Thursday.
The local government unit of Apalit and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said that around 431 families will be affected by the deterioration of the Arnedo dike.
25 Jul 2014 - Comelec urges PWDs to registerPAMPANGA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here encourages persons with disabilities (PWD) to register in line with the upcoming 2016 national and local elections.
Last Sunday, the poll body designated a special registration office for PWDs to ascertain their equal access and right to suffrage.
25 Jul 2014 - Search on for symbolic ‘100M Pinoy babies’ in Central LuzonPAMPANGA -- The Commission on Population (Popcom) and its partners in Central Luzon shall welcome on July 27 the birth of the 100 millionth Filipino through a search for symbolic babies in all seven provinces and the City of San Fernando.
"The search is based on the projections of the 2010 National Census that the country will reach the 100-million mark in population this Sunday at exactly 12:06 a.m.," Popcom Regional Director Eleanor Cura said.
25 Jul 2014 - Morales: Angeles seen as migration zone in 30 yearsANGELES CITY -- City Councilor Maricel "Marang" Morales said that her city is seen to be a major migration zone for nearby cities and towns in the next 30 years.
Morales said this during her speech on Thursday at the disaster and waste summit initiated by the Philippine Councilors League, headed by its president and Porac Councilor Mike Tapang.
25 Jul 2014 - Capitol holds ‘buntis’ congressPAMPANGA -- More than 1,000 pregnant women from towns in the second district of Pampanga received free prenatal check-ups, vitamins and counseling during the Buntis Congress facilitated by the Pampanga Provincial Government held at the Lubao Gym the other day.
With the battlecry "Ima at anak, e mipayamak quing mabeluan a magpaanak", the Buntis Congress 2014 aims to increase the awareness of the soon-to-be-mothers on the importance of having monthly check-ups to reduce child and maternal mortality rate.
25 Jul 2014 - Ex-official supports gov't program vs malnutritionPAMPANGA -- Former Second District Board Member Olga Frances "Fritzie" David-Dizon, advocate of child protection and welfare, vowed Thursday to support the feeding program of the Pampanga Provincial Government.
David-Dizon, who recently joined Governor Lilia Pineda in feeding at least malnourished 500 pupils, said that the efforts to properly nurture children should be "sustained and supported by both public and private entities."
25 Jul 2014 - Free seminar on money management held in AngelesANGELES CITY -- A retired colonel of the United States Air Force and stockbroker gave a free seminar on Thursday on money management at the Blossom Forth School here.
Willie Davis, who is married to a Filipina and based in the City of San Fernando, gave the talk on what one should learn about money that were not taught in school and the truth about money and “how it really works.”
24 Jul 2014 - Guv to execs: Ensure INC's safety for centennial bashPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda enjoined on Wednesday all local chief executives in Pampanga and the local police to ensure the road safety of the members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) in Pampanga and those coming from other provinces in Central and Northern Luzon who will attend their centennial celebration.
"All local elected officials in Pampanga are fully supporting the members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo who will attend the Centennial Celebration on July 27 to 29. We are committed to ensure their security and we will provide any necessary assistance," Pineda said.
24 Jul 2014 - Rodriguez agrees with plan to wiretap drug lordsPAMPANGA -- Third district Representative Oscar Rodriguez said on Thursday that he is supporting the plan of the country’s anti-drugs agency to wiretap alleged drug lords to curb the illegal trade.
"Even I am a former human rights lawyer, I am supporting it due to the gravity of the problems on drugs," Rodriguez said in a phone interview.
24 Jul 2014 - DILG exec’s email account hackedPAMPANGA -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Central Luzon office said on Tuesday that the regional director's e-mail account has been compromised by an unknown hacker.
Florida Dijan, DILG regional director, said the hacked e-mail account sent a letter to her contacts with the subject line "A Sad Trip," indicating that she was allegedly asking for some financial support.
24 Jul 2014 - xCLARK FREEPORT -- The City Government has acquired a three-hectare property in Barangay Sapang Balen, which will be used as materials recovery facility (MRF).
Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales said that this is in line with the city's solid waste management program, which is provided for under Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.
24 Jul 2014 - Mabalacat acquires land for MRFCLARK FREEPORT -- The City Government has acquired a three-hectare property in Barangay Sapang Balen, which will be used as materials recovery facility (MRF).
Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales said that this is in line with the city's solid waste management program, which is provided for under Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.
24 Jul 2014 - Quota Pampanga donates school materials to Sped classPAMPANGA -- Quota International of Pampanga turned over school materials to the Special Education Class (Sped) of Pampanga High School as it re-affirms its commitment to help the said program with its other needs.
Quota International of Pampanga president Joycel Robles-Panlilio told Sun.Star Pampanga that the donation is part of the yearly commitment of the organization in making sure the program has enough materials and resources to cater to its students.
24 Jul 2014 - Grandson of tocino magnate dies in motorbike accidentPAMPANGA -- Christopher Renz Hizon, 23, a resident of Barangay Dolores of the said city, a grandson of "tocino magnate" Lolita Hizon, owner of Pampanga's Best, died when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a Toyota utility pick-up truck along MacArthur highway in Barangay Quebiawan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Wednesday afternoon.
Hizon was riding his motorcycle towards Angeles City while accidentally collided with the pick-up truck (CNS-303) driven by Ceferino Dimabuyu of Barangay Calzadang Bayu, Porac was then maneuvering to the left coming from the opposite lane of the highway to enter Kalayaan Village, police said.
23 Jul 2014 - Angeles qualifies for National Coop AwardsANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Cooperative Development Office (ACCDO) bagged the Regional award for the Best Performing Local Government Unit for chartered cities in Central Luzon in the recently concluded Gawad Parangal at the Social Action Center of Pampanga in the City of San Fernando.
"Local Government Units play a crucial role in assisting our cooperatives overcome struggles in their sector. The quick advancement of the cooperative movement is also influenced by how the local administration in a city or municipality supports them," said Marietta Hwang, regional director of the Cooperative Development Authority.
23 Jul 2014 - PDEA wants to wiretap drug lords, financersPAMPANGA -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reiterated on Tuesday the need to wiretap suspected drug lords and their financers to drastically cut the supply of illegal drugs in the country.
PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr., in an interview, said "it's difficult" for the agency to pin down big-time drug pushers and those who finance them because "under our law, we can only arrest those who are in the possession of drugs."
23 Jul 2014 - Cops undergo surprise drug testsPAMPANGA -- Police director Senior Superintendent Marlon Valdez Madrid ordered on Tuesday a surprise drug tests on at least 126 cops, including police chiefs of 19 towns and two cities under his command.
Madrid said personnel of the Pampanga Police Office (PPO) headquarters here and agents of the anti-drug and intelligence units of the towns and cities were also included among those tested by the Regional police crime laboratory.
23 Jul 2014 - Tugade outlines ‘wish list’ for ClarkCLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president and CEO Arthur Tugade is “wishing” for three kinds of businesses inside Clark Freeport: a Japanese bank, a Japan carrier and a Japanese restaurant.
Tugade presented his wish list before a 13-man delegation of the Japan Standing Commission on Security headed by Akinori Eto, a member of the House of Representatives, recently at the CDC board room here.
23 Jul 2014 - Porac exec wants mandatory drug testing for LGU officials, employeesPAMPANGA -- A member of the Municipal Council in Porac filed last Monday a resolution seeking to subject local government unit officials and employees to mandatory drug testing.
The resolution proposed by Councilor Rey Lapid, board of director of the Philippine Councilors' League-Central Luzon, aims to identify drug users and to rehabilitate them.
23 Jul 2014 - Drug summit beefs up San Fernando defensePAMPANGA -- Representatives of barangays of this city gathered on July 22 at the Heroes Hall for an anti-drug summit meant to increase barangays' capacity to combat the drug menace at the grassroots.
The meet, initiated by the Pampanga Provincial Government in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the City Government of San Fernando, was attended by officials of barangays Dolores, San Jose, San Pedro, Sta. Lucia, San Nicolas and Sto. Nino.
23 Jul 2014 - Village chief: ‘No segregation, no collection’MABALACAT CITY -- The chairman of Barangay Dau in this component city said that the "no segregation, no collection" policy will be implemented in their village once their solid waste management ordinance is passed.
Dr. Oscar Aurelio, chief of the commercial village and president of the Liga ng mga Barangay here, issued the statement during the final hearing on the proposed ordinance yesterday.
22 Jul 2014 - Brit arrestedANGELEIS CITY -- A 73-year-old British national was arrested on child pornography charges, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said on Tuesday.
The NBI Cybercrime Division said Douglas Michael Slade was arrested in his home after nude pictures of children were recovered from him during a raid.
22 Jul 2014 - P11.8-M palay lost to ‘Glenda’PAMPANGA -- The recent onslaught of Typhoon Glenda here has left some P11.8 million in palay damages in Pampanga placing it on top of the four provinces affected by the most powerful typhoon to hit the country since super typhoon Yolanda.
The Department of Agriculture (DA), in its Summary of Progress Damage Report on Rice as of July 21, reported that some 695.47 metric tons of palay have been affected in Pampanga with some 762 hectares of rice farmlands registered as partially damaged. Most of the damaged palay crops are within their maturity stage, according to the report.
22 Jul 2014 - Power supply stabilizing but reserve remains ‘thin’PAMPANGA -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) Central Luzon office here said Tuesday that the energy supply condition is "stabilizing" but remains tenuous given the persisting thin reserves and unexpected outages.
Based on the data of NGCP, the entire Luzon grid has an expected capacity of 6,826 megawatts with a projected peak demand of 7,345 megawatts. The Luzon grid falls short of 519 megawatts, prompting NGCP to put the area on red alert recently. However, NGCP Corporate Communications Officer Ernest Vidal said that power situation in most areas in Luzon, including Pampanga, has normalized.
22 Jul 2014 - INC delegates asked to visit ClarkCLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has invited members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), who will participate in their centennial celebrations, to visit Clark.
In a statement, CDC president Arthur Tugade asked the INC delegates to visit or book at Clark.
22 Jul 2014 - Top illegal drugs suspect in Floridablanca nabbedPAMPANGA -- A man considered as the number one illegal drugs suspect on the watch list of the Philippine National Police (PNP) was arrested in a buy-bust operation on Monday in Barangay Pabanlag, Floridablanca.
Inspector Brilliant Mantulac, deputy chief of Floridablanca police, said the arrest was part of their efforts to put an end to the vast illegal drugs operations in the town.
22 Jul 2014 - SBMA earnings up 62% to P738-MSUBIC BAY -- An increase of 62 percent in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) during the first semester this year has been recorded here at this Freeport.
This was disclosed by Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman Roberto Garcia, who also cited the added flexibility in the agency's financial program as a result of its efforts to increase its earnings.
22 Jul 2014 - Morales: Education is key to successMABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino Morales said that one of his administration's priority programs is education, which he described as key to "success and better tomorrow."
Morales said that education will solve the problem on poverty.
21 Jul 2014 - Farmer shot while halting demolitionPAMPANGA -- A farmer in San Fernando attempting to stop the ongoing demolition activities at Barangay Maimpis here was shot over the weekend.
A Sun.Star Pampanga source said that the said demolition at the 130-hectare agrarian reform area started last week by the claimant identified as lawyer Eligio Mallari, a former official of the Commission on Human Rights.
21 Jul 2014 - Man slain in San FernandoPAMPANGA -- A 58-year-old man who was going to attend a mass was gunned down by an unidentified gunman along the road of Second Block, Barangay Dolores, City of San Fernando, last Sunday.
In a report here, Superintendent Edilberto Pitallano, city chief of police, identified the fatality as Godofredo Quiambao, a resident of Barangay San Vicente, Sto. Tomas, Pampanga.
21 Jul 2014 - Traffic enforcers get thumbs up from SantiagoSAN FERNANDO -- Some 15 traffic enforcers and officers received commendations from San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago for their support to the San Fernando Police in its intensified campaign against motorcycle riding criminal suspects operating in the city.
Santiago awarded the commendations to Traffic Management Division chief Renato Pineda, and members Oliver Villanueva, Joey Manalastas, Ariel Magtoto, Jeffrey David, Nelson Clacio, Lito Cruz, Richard Tadeo, Joey Magtoto, Sherwin Gando, Raymark Magtoto, Ronald Palma, Elmer Salangsang, Ramil Antigo and Heintagie Dizon during Monday's flag raising ceremony attended by city government employees and officials.
21 Jul 2014 - Sta. Rita police gets commendationsPAMPANGA -- A grateful Municipal Government of Santa Rita, led by Mayor Yolanda Pineda, awarded five commendations Monday to Sta. Rita police chief Michael Masangkay for five successful high-profile police operations here.
Masangkay, along with his police officers, were awarded certificates by Pineda in simple ceremonies Monday attended by municipal employees.
21 Jul 2014 - ‘Glenda’ victims get aid from SM City OlongapoSUBIC BAY -- The recent Typhoon Glenda has pounded Olongapo City and other areas in Zambales and Bataan with strong winds, which caused flooding and damage to properties due to the windstorm.
In an effort to help the affected areas, SM Olongapo has dispatched its team to bring relief goods to 1,000 families in Orani and Dinalupihan Bataan.
20 Jul 2014 - Businessmen reiterate call to decongest Metro ManilaPAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) reiterated over the weekend its call for the decongestion and decentralization of the National Capitol Region (NCR) after it experienced massive power blackouts last week due to Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun).
"With what happened during the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda, we felt that we have to reiterate our call for the decongestion and decentralization of Metro Manila or the National Capitol Region. Now we see that threats of storm surges and 7.2 magnitude earthquakes are real. The eggs, so to speak, are still in one basket and that is something that has to be addressed immediately," said PamCham president Jim Jimenez.
20 Jul 2014 - Agency favors Angeles village tax ordinanceANGELES CITY -- The Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) said that Barangay Balibago may levy reasonable fees and charges on places of recreation that charge admission fees.
BLGF OIC-Executive Director Salvador del Castillo affirmed this in a reply letter to Balibago Chairman Rodelio "Tony" Mamac dated May 30, 2014.
20 Jul 2014 - Security tightened at Betis church after ivory theftPAMPANGA -- Security at the St. James the Apostle Parish in Guagua has been tightened since the recent return of the two stolen ivory icons inside the church.
Local authorities ordered the full operation of the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras within and around the church, as well as a night guard for added security.
20 Jul 2014 - Car crash kills 5PAMPANGA -- A car crash along the Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Jasa) in Bacolor Saturday afternoon killed five people.
Jesus Icban, 51; his wife Justine; their son Jan Clarence; Norma Layug, and Junnel Icban died when a trailer truck crushed their car along the said road at Sitio Balsik in Barangay Cabalantian.
20 Jul 2014 - Freemasons conduct medical missionPAMPANGA -- Hundreds of indigent residents in this component city benefitted from a medical mission sponsored by the Pampanga Masonic Lodge Number 48, the oldest and grandest Mason organization in the province.
Retired Police Chief Superintendent Nicanor Targa, head of the organization, said they selected families of kutseros (coachman) and tricycle drivers as beneficiaries in their medical and dental mission.
19 Jul 2014 - NGCP: Brownouts due to low energy supplyPAMPANGA -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) Central Luzon office here said Saturday that the long periods of power interruption and recurring brownouts in the province were due to low energy supply and the recent onslaught of Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun).
"Currently, the supply and demand (load) is not balanced. In order to maintain the system during real-time dispatch, the supply and load should be on the same level," said Ernest Vidal, Regional Corporate Communications officer of NGCP.
19 Jul 2014 - HAU to launch book on Opus Dei spiritualityANGELES CITY -- Holy Angel University will launch the book "Acceptance and Abandonment: Transforming Daily Life," on August 9, at the University's Café Juan.
The book, subtitled "Cion Nepomuceno: Her Legacy of Faith, Love and Joy," is a collection of Nepomuceno’s essays, talks, and correspondence over the years which reveal her deep spirituality and may serve as a guide for readers’ spiritual enrichment.
19 Jul 2014 - New officers for agri-fisheries council take oathPAMPANGA -- The 15 new officers of the Regional Agricultural and Fisheries Council (RAFC) took their oaths over the weekend before officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The RAFC is a grassroots organization of the National Agricultural and Fishery Council (NAFC) in the regions. It exists in order to encourage people participation in agriculture and fishery development through sectoral representation in agricultural policy making bodies and likewise to use bottom-up, self-reliant farm system approaches that will emphasize social justice, equity, productivity and sustainability in the use of agriculture and fishery resources.
19 Jul 2014 - ‘Glenda’ damage estimated at P10-MPAMPANGA -- The Province incurred losses amounting to P10 million after the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said Friday.
Partial reports of the PDRRMO show that there are 272 families or 428 individuals from four towns are currently seeking shelter in different evacuation centers in the province.
19 Jul 2014 - DPWH joins new Manila BAYanihan brand launchPAMPANGA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Central Luzon supports the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in its advocacy for the sustainable development of Manila Bay.
With the advocacy identity banner "MANILA BAYanihan, para sa Kalinisan" different representatives from Mandamus agencies, local government units and the private sector came together to sign a pact on July 18, 2014 during its media launch declaring their participation in saving and rehabilitating one of Luzon’s major waterways.
19 Jul 2014 - CDC sets 5-month sports festivalCLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation has set a five-month long sports festival, which is expected to attract local and international tourists.
The sports events, scheduled this month until November, will be participated in by local, national and international students, athletes, private and business sectors, said CDC President Arthur Tugade.
19 Jul 2014 - Catapang is new AFP chiefPAMPANGA -- Lieutenant General Gregorio Catapang Jr., who was extensively assigned in Pampanga during his military career, is the new Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief.
Catapang replaced now retired General Emmanuel Bautista.
18 Jul 2014 - Longer ‘instant’ brownouts seenPAMPANGA -- Kapampangans will have to bear with the two to four hours -- and even up to eight hours -- rotating and unscheduled or "instant" brownouts for at least two weeks more.
This was disclosed Friday by the officials of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), both said that the rotating brownouts were caused by insufficient energy supply and damaged transmission lines caused by the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda.
18 Jul 2014 - Fernandinos okay with city servicesPAMPANGA -- The services and programs offered by the City Government here received high satisfaction rating, according to a study conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the City College of San Fernando.
Dubbed as Citizen Satisfaction Index System (CSIS), the study was promulgated by DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2012-13. It is a set of data tools designed to collect and generate relevant citizens' feedback on local governments' service delivery performance and on citizens' satisfaction.
18 Jul 2014 - Pamintuan wants waterways cleared of squattersANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said he has ordered his men to clear waterways of "squatters" which he described as a perennial problem of the City Government.
Pamintuan issued the statement following a recent inspection during the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda where he discovered that scores of families are still living under the Abacan Bridge and other dangerous areas along the river.
18 Jul 2014 - Guv: No Kapampangan shall be deprived of educationPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda stressed that she wants every Kapampangan in each barangay to have access to education regardless of age and financial status during a consultative meeting with barangay executives of the second district at the Lubao Gym on Thursday.
The governor appealed for the help of the barangay captains to find all out of school youth (OSY), drop-outs, parents and illiterates and help them get education through the projects and programs of the Provincial Government and the Department of Education (DepEd).
18 Jul 2014 - Dole readies emergency employment for calamity victimsPAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Central Luzon has coordinated with its different field offices in the region to mobilize its emergency employment program for individuals affected by the onslaught of Typhoon "Glenda", an official said Friday.
Dole regional director Ana Dione said Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz instructed all Dole regional directors to facilitate the agency's emergency employment program known as the Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers.
18 Jul 2014 - Police intensifies anti-hijacking measuresPAMPANGA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Lubao started to further intensify their anti-hijacking measures in the town's bypass road.
The bypass road, which has been considered as a hijacking-prone area, is highly accessible to long and large vehicles such as cargo trucks.
18 Jul 2014 - 4 arrested for stealing wires in GuaguaFour men were arrested for stealing electrical wires in Barangay San Juan Bautista, Guagua on Monday afternoon.
The suspects, Larry, 22; Anthony 19; Yaser, 18; and Noel, 20 were caught in the act of cutting off the wires inside the house of the Viray family.
18 Jul 2014 - Wife of Pampanga village chief found deadPAMPANGA -- Myrna Garcia, wife of village chief Homer Garcia from Barangay Rizal, Guagua, was stabbed dead on Tuesday morning allegedly by one of the village watchmen.
Esteban said that the 48 year old victim, who sustained multiple stab wounds, was already dead when she was found by her family inside her own room.
18 Jul 2014 - Motorcycle-riding suspects gun down 2 in MexicoPAMPANGA -- Police are now on a manhunt against four unidentified armed motorcycle riding criminals (MRCrs) who gunned down two persons after robbing them in Barangay Pandacaqui, Mexico, Pampanga, Tuesday night.
Senior Superintendent Marlon Madrid, Pampanga Police acting provincial director, said that he has ordered Mexico police to identify and arrest the killers of Willie Villanueva, 44, and Alvin Ocampo, both of Barangay San Francisco, Magalang town.
17 Jul 2014 - Trader urges RDC: Oppose Sangley airport proposalANGELES CITY -- A businessman has asked the Regional Development Council (RDC) in Central Luzon to oppose the plan of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to build a new airport at Sangley Point in Cavite.
Rene Romero, vice chair of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham), said the government will spend US$10 billion, which is a huge amount of taxpayers' money.
17 Jul 2014 - Angeles all set for PH’s ‘most liveable’ city tiltANGELES CITY -- The city is now set to compete in the first-ever urban planning competition in the country, dubbed as the Liveable Cities Design Challenge 2014 (LCDC), with Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan at the helm.
The mayor, together with the city’s competition team, has decided to compete under the “APEC Meeting Venue” category and carry out the rehabilitation and modernization of the iconic Abacan River as the city’s entry.
17 Jul 2014 - San Fernando lauded by netizens for disaster readinessPAMPANGA -- Internet users on social media sites have lauded the San Fernando City Government here for its disaster preparedness during the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun).
This came after Mayor Edwin Santiago's instruction to activate the San Fernando Incident Command System under the city's disaster risk reduction and management office on Tuesday, a day before the storm made its landfall.
17 Jul 2014 - Sto. Tomas 3rd river to undergo desiltingPAMPANGA -- The Third River here in the vicinity of the Federosa Resort will soon undergo desilting, a move that will further mitigate flooding in this fourth district town.
On Thursday, while joining police and fire officials and municipal employees in the clean-up drive after Typhoon Glenda downed trees in major thoroughfares of Sto. Tomas, Mayor Joselito Naguit told Sun.Star Pampanga that the desilting project already has a budget allocated by then Representative Ana York Bondoc-Sagum.
17 Jul 2014 - Kapampangan expats to honor patroness in CaliforniaPAMPANGA -- Kapampangans and Latinos will celebrate the 58th Canonical Coronation Anniversary of Virgen de los Remedios on September 7 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California.
Vidal Aguas, one of the focal persons for the event, said that the delegations in their national costumes, from different towns and cities of Pampanga, representatives of Mexican, Guatemalan and Spanish communities will lead the afternoon procession.
17 Jul 2014 - Rotational power interruption affects Pelco I electric consumersPAMPANGA -- Electricity consumers of the Pampanga I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Pelco I) are affected by the rotational electric power interruption implemented by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).
The NGCP, the transmitter of electric power supply from power generators and producers to electric cooperatives and companies that distributes electric power to residences and establishments has revealed that there is major shortage of electric power due to the shutting down of some electric power plants.
17 Jul 2014 - SM Pampanga celebrates Children's Book DayPAMPANGA -- SM City Pampanga joined this year's celebration of National Children's Book Day (NCBD) with a host of storytelling activities inside the mall.
Academy of Performing Arts Leonilyn Sarmiento read the story “Askal Inside” and “Pyesta sa Hardin ni Lola Benita” and another story from Carlo Catu titled “Halimaw” was presented to elementary students from San Lorenzo Ruiz Center of Studies and Schools.
16 Jul 2014 - ‘Glenda’ spares PampangaPAMPANGA -- Pampanga officials heaved Wednesday a sigh of relief after Typhoon Glenda just "sideswiped" the province, with zero reported flooding and no major damages to infrastructure and agriculture as well as nil casualties.
Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office executive Director Angie Blanco disclosed that in their initial assessment, no areas in the two cities and 19 municipalities were flooded as of a 12 p.m. report.
16 Jul 2014 - Santiago: ‘Emergency teams remain on alert’Despite zero flooding and no casualty reported after Typhoon Glenda pummeled this city Wednesday, Mayor Edwin Santiago said that its rescue, response and emergency teams will remain alert for any incidents that the storm-induced Habagat may bring in.
"Our teams and volunteers will remain on alert for any emergency that may crop in the next few days. Our people will keep manning their posts 24/7 and operations at city hall will continue especially in times like this when Fernandinos are threatened by disasters," he said.
16 Jul 2014 - Residents along waterways evacuatedANGELES CITY -- Heavy rains brought by Typhoon Glenda forced the evacuation of scores of families in Barangay Balibago and other villages here on Wednesday.
The evacuees are temporarily housed at the function room of the Balibago Barangay Hall.
16 Jul 2014 - Top illegal drugs personality in Floridablanca arrestedPAMPANGA -- A man included on the top three drugs watch list of the Philippine National Police (PNP) was arrested in a buy-bust operation last week in Barangay Fortuna, Floridablanca.
The arrest, the Floridablanca police anti-illegal drugs unit said, has effectively boosted the success of their local campaign against the illegal drugs trade.
16 Jul 2014 - Cop faces summary dismissalPAMPANGA -- The police officer and alleged leader of a robbery and holdup group will be placed automatically for summary dismissal proceedings.
In an interview, Senior Superintendent Ronald Santos, deputy regional director for administration, said that Police Officer (PO) 1 John Paul Tanglao will be placed on summary dismissal proceedings to be conducted by the Regional Investigation Division.
15 Jul 2014 - Central Luzon braces for ‘Glenda’PAMPANGA -- The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) is currently on Blue Alert in anticipation of the effects of Typhoon "Glenda" in Central Luzon.
"Blue Alert means all member-agencies are on preparedness mode and are ready for eventual response and 24/7 operations," RDRRMC Chairperson and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Josefina Timoteo said.
15 Jul 2014 - Traders to Pangilinan: Consider Clark-Subic connection to ManilaCLARK FREEPORT -- Traders in Pampanga asked tycoon Manny Pangilinan to consider the expansion of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and the construction of a railway system that will connect the freeports of Clark and Subic with Metro Manila.
Levy Laus, chairman emeritus of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) and head of the Laus Group of Companies, echoed the appeal of local traders during a business conference organized by the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) at the Holiday Inn Resort here on Monday.
15 Jul 2014 - Korean lauded for assisting 6,889 Kapampangan workersPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government led by Governor Lilia Pineda lauded Jongha Ahn, president and inspector general of the Human Resource Department of South Korea, for his assistance in facilitating the placement of 6,889 Kapampangan overseas skilled workers.
In Provincial Board Resolution 3407, the Provincial Board stated that Pampanga recognizes the "whole-hearted" assistance of Jongha for helping the overseas contract skilled workers obtain gainful employment in South Korea that improves "tremendously" their quality of life.
15 Jul 2014 - Pangilinan gives P20-M fund for KDF buildingPAMPANGA -- Tycoon Manuel Pangilinan and PLDT-SMART-Foundation (PSF) has given some P20 million to the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF), which enabled the latter to buy a three-storey building in this capital city to house its KDF-PSF People with Disability Clinic and Livelihood Center.
Pangilinan turned over the ceremonial checks on Monday to KDF officials led by Benigno Ricafort during the former's birthday celebration here. Pangilinan had lunch with KDF officers and partners.
15 Jul 2014 - CDC hits 1.21B revenue targetCLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has recorded P1.21-billion in revenue and net income of P327 million during the first quarter.
This was disclosed by CDC president Arthur Tugade during a business conference organized by the Kapampangan Development Foundation chaired by Manny V. Pangilinan.
15 Jul 2014 - SM City Clark observes Children's Book DayCLARK FREEPORT -- SM City Clark joined Tuesday the nationwide observance of the National Children's Book Day (NCBD) in a bid to inspire young children to discover the "joy of reading" and promote reading among students.
SM City Clark Public Relations manager Venus Manalang told Sun.Star Pampanga that the event is held yearly to inspire love of reading and to call attention to children's books.
14 Jul 2014 - Perfect attendance for Pampanga repsPAMPANGA -- Three Pampanga congressmen have posted perfect attendance in the House of Representatives' first regular session.
Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez, Fourth District Representative Juan Pablo "Rimpy" Bondoc and Butil Party-list Representative Agapito Guanlao were all in attendance during the 69 sessions of Congress.
14 Jul 2014 - Pagasa warns of floods, landslidesPAMPANGA -- The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or Pagasa in a news conference warned Monday of floods and landslides in Central Luzon and some areas of Ilocos and Cagayan Valley as a result of Tropical Storm Glenda.
“Glenda” (international name: Rammasun) has intensified before noon Monday, with the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, and Sorsogon now under signal no. 2.
14 Jul 2014 - Central Luzon land transportation offices rated ‘excellent’PAMPANGA -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has given excellent ratings to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) branches in Angeles City, Balanga City (Bataan) and the Capas (Tarlac) Extension Office in the commission's report card survey in the first half of the year.
LTO Angeles City was rated 90.41 percent, Balanga 93.12 percent and Capas Extension Office 94.32 percent in the CSC survey.
14 Jul 2014 - Man shot dead at CapitolPAMPANGA -- Motorcycle Riding Criminals (MRCs) gunned down a 57-year-old man at the vicinity of the Capitol Compound, Barangay Sto. Nino, City of San Fernando, Saturday.
In a report here, Senior Superintendent Marlon Madrid, Officer-In-Charge of the Pampanga Police Provincial Office, said that Ernesto Maninang, a resident of Barangay Sta. Lucia of the City of San Fernando was watching a "cara-crus" when unidentified armed men on board a motorcycle arrived.
14 Jul 2014 - Guv’s granddaughter tops US golf tourneyPAMPANGA -- Annyka Chanel Pineda-Cayabyab, granddaughter of Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, recently bested 20 players from seven countries to rule Future Champions of Golf International junior championships at the Riverwalk Golf and Club in San Diego, California, USA.
Pineda-Cayabyab, daughter of Lubao Pampanga Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab, scored 71 under par for two days to win for the first time the grand prize of the tournament formerly known as the San Diego Junior Masters.
14 Jul 2014 - Rotarians urge NGOs to ‘green’ megadikePAMPANGA -- The Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) is now urging fellow non-government groups to take initiatives in greening the sections of the FVR Megadike as a way of battling the effects of climate change.
RCCP president Lourdes David said that the dike's slopes and perimeter are ideal locations for tree planting as these are far from human or construction activities that can lead to the displacement of the trees.
14 Jul 2014 - P1.2-B infra projects in 4th district okayPAMPANGA -- Capitol has completed P1,179,204,519 worth of infrastructure projects in the fourth district since Governor Lilia Pineda assumed office in June 2010.
Among the projects accomplished through the Provincial Engineer's Office (PEO) headed by Engineer Renato Gutierrez were the construction, repair and maintenance of proposed and existing infrastructure projects such as municipal and barangay roads, bridges, farm-to -market roads, canals, waterworks; and buildings such as schools, hospitals, health and barangay centers, covered courts, multi-purpose halls and other facilities.
14 Jul 2014 - 4 Koreans arrested for on-line gamingCLARK FREEPORT -- Police arrested over the weekend four Korean nationals for illegal gambling or prohibited on-line gaming during a raid at Building 4121-A, Aquino Avenue.
In his report here to Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) director, Chief Inspector Melvin Montante, chief of the Regional Intelligence Division (RID3), identified the arrested Korean nationals as Hon Kim, 32, Young Jee Kim, 29, Byoung Ik Kim, 31, all residents of Carmenville Subdivision and Seonghyun Kim, 41, of Sunset Valley Subdivision, all in Angeles City.
14 Jul 2014 - Porac Aetas to get hygiene facilities, water supplyPAMPANGA -- Aeta residents of Planas Tent City here will be the recipients of toilet facilities and water supply from Quota International of Pampanga.
Past President Myra Manabat said that the organization has approved of the plan to implement programs for the community.
13 Jul 2014 - Angeles mayor all out vs crimesANGELES CITY -- With crimes of all sorts persisting in the city as the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit nears, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is going on a full scale battle against criminality.
He said that over the weekend, he requested the City's Legal Office to issue a warrant of arrest for Koreans involved in illegal cyber gambling, right in front of his house in Villa Angelina here.
13 Jul 2014 - Cop, 3 others nabbed for robberyPAMPANGA -- Four members of the notorious Tanglao crime group, including their leader who is a police officer, were arrested in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Porac, Pampanga, Saturday night after allegedly robbing a British national.
Senior Superintendent Marlon Madrid, officer-in-charge of Pampanga Police Office, identified the arrested policeman as Police Officer 1 John Paul Tanglao, presently assigned at the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB3) and a resident of Barangay San Nicolas, City of San Fernando and his companions were Joey Guiao, 46, of Barangay Sta. Lucia, City of San Fernando; Dennis Bigeras, 36, and Mark Navarro alias Mac-Mac, 25, both of Pulong Maragul, Angeles City.
13 Jul 2014 - Lawmaker vows quality service sans PDAFPAMPANGA -- First district Representative Joseller Guiao has vowed to provide quality service to his constituents even without the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
During his Barangay Day at Magalang, Guiao said his office became resourceful after the abolition of PDAF or pork barrel due to reports on alleged misuse and its unconstitutionality.
13 Jul 2014 - DA sees 5% increase in rice productionPAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) here said that it expects at least five percent increase in rice yield by the end of the year if there is no calamity that would disrupt production.
DA Regional Director Andrew Villacorta said Central Luzon farmers are set to produce 3,524,558 million metric tons of palay (unmilled rice) in 2014.
13 Jul 2014 - Capitol-run hospitals net P13.2-M from POCPAMPANGA -- Capitol's provincial and ten other district hospitals earned a net income of P13,212,705.65 out of the P27,049,074.67 P27,049,074.67 gross proceeds from the Point of Care (POC) program of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) as of July 3 this year.
The Provincial Government has contributed at least P11,635,200 for the PhilHealth enrollment and membership of 4,848 indigent Kapampangans who were admitted in Pampanga public hospitals.
12 Jul 2014 - Capitol-run hospitals net P13.2-M from POCPAMPANGA -- Capitol's provincial and ten other district hospitals earned a net income of P13,212,705.65 out of the P27,049,074.67 P27,049,074.67 gross proceeds from the Point of Care (POC) program of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) as of July 3 this year.
The Provincial Government has contributed at least P11,635,200 for the PhilHealth enrollment and membership of 4,848 indigent Kapampangans who were admitted in Pampanga public hospitals.
12 Jul 2014 - Clark exports reach $388-MCLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has announced that the export volume inside the Freeport has grown to US$388 as of June this year compared to that of same period last year.
The Trade Facilitation Department (TFD) of CDC said that exports increased by $68 million or 21 percent.
12 Jul 2014 - DPB approves P15-M loan for Mabalacat villageMABALACAT CITY -- The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP)-Clark branch has approved a P15 million loan for Barangay Sapang Biabas here for its developmental projects.
DBP-Clark senior manager Remelyn Pagarigan said the P15 million is divided into two loans, which is P 10.7 million for the construction of farm to market roads and P4.3 million for the purchase of vehicles and equipment.
12 Jul 2014 - Police nab suspects for illegal drugs, theftPAMPANGA -- Sto Thomas Police operatives here arrested a woman suspect for alleged possession of illegal drugs and another suspect for theft in operations conducted Saturday.
Police chief John Clark said they have arrested suspect Wendy Cayabyab, 23, of Tarlac City in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Moras dela Paz here.
12 Jul 2014 - Policewoman loses gun to Basag Kotse gangAngeles City -- A policewoman lost her issued service firearm and personal belongings to members of the Basag Kotse gang in Barangay Sto. Rosario, Angeles City, Thursday.
Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, identified the victim as Senior Police Officer-2 Carmen Chona Nucup, 54, presently assigned at Community Police Action Center (Compac) 4 located in Barangay Telabasgan, City of San Fernando.
11 Jul 2014 - Capitol boosts blood stations in hospitalsPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government is beefing up blood stations established in Pampanga's 11 district hospitals to ensure the availability of any blood type in times of emergencies.
During the bloodletting dubbed "Daya Cu, Saup Cu. Blood Donor Cu, Pagmaragul Cu," at the Benigno Aquino Hall in Capitol led by Governor Lilia Pineda herself, some 275 donors from the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police and provincial government employees volunteered to donate blood to save lives and boosts the various blood stations’ buffer stock.
11 Jul 2014 - 350 San Fernando volunteers hurdle rescue coursePAMPANGA -- Some 350 bantay-bayan and volunteers from the 35 barangays of the City of San Fernando finished the Barangay Rescue Training course on Thursday.
During their graduation at Heroes Hall, Mayor Edwin Santiago led the awarding of certificates of completion to the graduates who underwent training on basic first aid, basic life support and basic firefighting.
11 Jul 2014 - Trader gives bikes to Pampanga copsPAMPANGA -- A prominent businessman has donated three motorbikes to the Pampanga police office to help them prevent crimes and stop suspects riding-in-tandem on motorcycles.
Senior Superintendent Marlon Valdez Madrid, Pampanga police director, received on Friday the three units of 180cc motorbikes from Erwin Dizon, president of the St. Peter Calungsod Realty.
11 Jul 2014 - Septuagenarian slain inside his nipa hutPAMPANGA -- 74-year-old Jose Mallari was shot dead inside his nipa hut in Barangay Natividad, Guagua, Pampanga, on Wednesday.
The victim was inside his nipa hut when an unidentified gunman armed with a caliber .45 pistol shot him several times at close range.
11 Jul 2014 - Korean found dead in roomANGELES CITY -- A Korean national was found dead inside his room at Koi Apartelle in Barangay Balibago on Thursday.
Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, identified the victim as Oh Jinho, 40, presently staying at the said apartelle.
11 Jul 2014 - Rotary Club Metro San Fernando hosts MDS 2014PAMPANGA -- Rotary Club Metro San Fernando (Pampanga) will host on Saturday, July 12, the Membership Development Seminar (MDS) 2014 at the Mimosa Convention Center at Clark Freeport Zone.
RCMSP president Chris Cura said the MDS aims to rekindle friendship and ignite the passion for service.
11 Jul 2014 - Santa Rita’s most wanted drug personality nabbedPAMPANGA -- Elements of the Santa Rita Police arrested on weekend the number one most wanted person on their target list of drug personalities, the town's police chief said.
Senior Inspector Michael Masangkay said Allan del Puso was arrested during a buy-bust operation conducted at Barangay San Jose of this town around 9:20 p.m. on July 10.
10 Jul 2014 - No Pecson-Lacson tandem in ’16 pollsPAMPANGA -- Magalang Vice Mayor Norman Lacson denied reports that he will be joining the camp of incumbent Mayor Romulo Pecson as the latter's running mate in the coming 2016 elections.
Lacson was reacting to a statement made by Pecson in reports, saying that he is "wooing" the mayor and that he sent an "emissary" to reunite their forces.
10 Jul 2014 - P18.5-M diagnostic center inauguratedPAMPANGA -- Patients of the province's provincial and district hospitals now have easy access to affordable diagnostic services as Governor Lilia Pineda opened the P18.5 million Diagnostic Center and Out-Patient-Department (OPD) at the Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Hospital (DPMMH) in Guagua.
The facility aims to streamline provincial health services in public hospitals here with patients no longer having to leave hospital premises to avail of basic tests. Some P12.5 million was spent for the DPMMH's Diagnostic Center. It was part of the P25 million used to improve the facilities at the DPMMH, which now has a bed capacity of 100.
10 Jul 2014 - Bar owners urged to observe guestsANGELES CITY -- Authorities urged bar owners and managers here to observe guests and tourists entering their establishment as the local government is establishing its intelligence network in preparation for the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) meeting inside the Clark Freeport next year.
During a recent meeting, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Barangay Balibago officials asked the bar operators to be vigilant and report the "behaviors of suspicious-looking guests" as terrorist groups may exploit the international meeting to sow terror.
10 Jul 2014 - PRO3 conducts PNP Modified Scout IIPAMPANGA -- A total of 120 personnel (24 womem) of the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO 3) participated in the opening of the 45 day rigid training on Special Counter Insurgency Operation Unit Training (Scout).
The opening ceremony of the PNP Modified Scout II was held at the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB3) recently.
10 Jul 2014 - Unemployed moms in San Fernando receive livelihood aidPAMPANGA -- The San Fernando City Government here in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development–Central Luzon recently awarded capital assistance amounting to P205,000 to women organizations under sustainable livelihood program of Mayor Edwin Santiago.
Montesmar Triangulo Bulaklak Group and San Jose Working Moms Association, both received P75,000 while Kababaihang Nagkakaisa para sa Maunlad na Pamilya faction got P55,000. Members of the groups are all plain housewives, which now have the opportunity to earn through small-scale businesses.
9 Jul 2014 - Trader wants north-south railway link extended to ClarkANGELES CITY -- A tycoon has asked the government to extend the P271 billion North-South Commuter Railway linking Calamba, Laguna in the south and Malolos, Bulacan in the north, to Clark Freeport.
Businessman Rene Romero asked the Regional Development Council (RDC) to pass a resolution requesting the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to consider the railway link to the Freeport and Clark International Airport (CRK).
9 Jul 2014 - Guiao to Aquino: ‘Include Clark in Sona’PAMPANGA -- First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao had asked President Benigno Aquino III to include Clark in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) this month.
Guiao's request was contained in a letter he sent to the President last March 14 after he delivered his first privilege speech in the House of Representatives on January 28.
9 Jul 2014 - Pamintuan to CCA students: Be activists of justiceANGELES CITY – "I am urging our students to be activists. That is, activists for justice and the rule of law, for righteousness, for our environment and for the liberation of our people from poverty, squalor and hunger."
So said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recently as he encouraged students from the City College of Angeles (CCA) to become activists of justice and development, during the General Assembly and Induction of Student Council Officers for Academic Year 2014-2015 at the institution's campus in Barangay Pampang.
9 Jul 2014 - DENR-EMB: No mayor’s permits for plants emitting pollutionPAMPANGA -- An official of the Environment and Natural Resources' (DENR) Environment and Management Bureau (EMB) in Central Luzon said plants emitting pollution should not be issued mayor's permits by local government units of San Simon, Sto. Tomas and San Fernando.
Engr. Raldy Pagador, who discussed the current situation of air, water and land pollution in Pampanga to 149 village chiefs of the fourth district in a recently held orientation at the Clark Freeport, disclosed that the DENR-EMB has already issued Notice of Violations (NOVs) to steel smelting plants in San Simon town located along Quezon road.
9 Jul 2014 - Riding-in-tandem-robs traderPAMPANGA -- hree unidentified armed men on board two motorcycles robbed a businessman at Dolores Homesite, Barangay Dolores, City of San Fernando on Monday.
Superintendent Edilberto Pitallano, City of San Fernando Police acting chief, said businessman Bernard Chan, 54, of the said barangay was about to board his Toyota Innova (RGP-760) when the suspects robbed him.
9 Jul 2014 - San Fernando joins Nutrition Month celebrationPAMPANGA -- The San Fernando City Government through the City Health Office has lined up several activities for this year’s Nutrition Month celebration.
Themed “Kalamidad Paghandaan, Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan”, the month-long celebration will highlight activities that give emphasis on the importance of nutrition during calamities and disasters.
9 Jul 2014 - DILG spearheads Q3 earthquake drillPAMPANGA -- In observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) this July, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Central Luzon Office headed by Director Florida Dijan spearheaded the third quarter earthquake drill for year 2014 recently.
Themed “Kahandaan at Kaligtasan ng Pamayanan, Pundasyon ng Kaunlaran,” the drill aimed to gauge the level of preparedness in terms of efficiency of the warning information of the DILG-3’s Disaster Risk and Management (DRRM) team and simulate familiarization exercises for employees during the occurrence of an earthquake.
8 Jul 2014 - Airport workers sackedCLARK FREEPORT -- Seven contractual employees working at Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) were sacked after they were found involved in the illegal collection of travel tax from passengers.
The workers, whose names were withheld, belonged to the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza), Miascor Ground Handling, and McKleene janitorial services.
8 Jul 2014 - NFA ensures availability of rice in Central Luzon marketsPAMPANGA -- National Food Authority (NFA) Regional Director Amadeo De Guzman ordered his provincial managers to ensure the availability of NFA rice in Region III markets at all times, pursuant to the directive of newly installed Administrator Arthur Juan.
"This order means adding non-traditional channels to make the staple as visible and available as can be to end consumers," De Guzman said.
8 Jul 2014 - Pampanga, Tarlac leaders express support for CGCCLARK FREEPORT -- Several local leaders in Pampanga and Tarlac have openly expressed support to the establishment of the Clark Green City (CGC) of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), which is touted as the country's next metropolis.
Among the supporters, include governors, mayors, and members of the House of Representatives, who recently passed a resolution favorably endorsing the CGC.
8 Jul 2014 - Robbers forcibly enter apartmentANGELES CITY -- Three armed men forcibly entered an apartment at Mt. View Subdivision, Barangay Balibago, Angeles City, over the weekend and at gunpoint took two laptops (Asus and HP) worth P37,000; one iPhone 5s worth P34,000; one Canon DSLR camera worth US$3,000; one Nike Bag worth P800; assorted jewelries worth P150,000; one iPod; one Nokia cellphone; and P800 cash.
The suspects barged into the rented apartment of Mary Frelyn Mallaley, 44, and Mary Sharmaine Reyson, 19, while they were taking breakfast, poked their guns at the two victims and declared the heist, Ugale said.
8 Jul 2014 - Pangilinan to lead inauguration of new KDF buildingPAMPANGA -- Tycoon Manuel Pangilinan is expected to attend the inauguration of the new building of the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) in Bacolor, which is expected to help boost the free medical services offered by the non-government group, a KDF trustee said.
KDF Trustee Sylvia Ordonez said the new building will be inaugurated on July 14 and will be named MVP Building after its donor. The building was donated by Pangilinan and the PLDT-SMART-Foundation (PSF) to KDF.
8 Jul 2014 - 17 Pampanga villages prone to storm surgePAMPANGA -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMC) said that at least 17 villages in four towns of Pampanga have been identified as prone to a storm surge.
Angie Blanco, PDRRMO executive director, said the villages were identified during the Hazards Mapping for Effective Community-Based Disaster Risk Mitigation (Ready Project) of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC).
8 Jul 2014 - San Fernando, Dole kick-off JobStart PH programPAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando and the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Central Luzon Office on Tuesday kicked off the registration of the JobStart Philippines program at Waltermart Mall here.
JobStart, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Canada, with technical assistance from the Asian Development Bank will run until July 16. It encourages young Fernandinos aged 18 to 24 years old to participate in the program aimed at assisting unemployed youth in looking for decent jobs through lectures on career decisions, technical and life skills, among others.
8 Jul 2014 - Capitol gives ‘binatog’ vendors nego-cartsPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga distributed negocarts to 11 ambulant "binatog" vendors from Barangay Sto. Rosario in Candaba.
A simple turnover ceremony held at Pampanga Capitol on Monday was headed by Board Member Ricardo Yabut, Public Employment Service (Peso) provincial manager Luningning Vergara, Manpower Training Center officer in charge Francis Maslog and Sto. Rosario barangay captain Domingo Paguinto.
8 Jul 2014 - CSC confers excellence awards to 5 Land Bank branchesPAMPANGA -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has conferred the Citizen’s Satisfaction Seal of Excellence Award to the branches of Land Bank of the Philippines in the cities of Balanga, Gapan, City of San Fernando and Malolos (Plaza) as well as in Capas, Tarlac.
The branches, represented by their managers, each received a wall-mountable glass seal and P100,000 cash reward from CSC Commissioner Robert Martinez, Regional Director Myna Macatangay, and Deputy Regional Director Carlos Rabang in a ceremony held recently.
7 Jul 2014 - BFAR: Pampanga PH’s top producer of tilapia, sugpoPAMPANGA -- Pampanga remains the country's top producer of tilapia and sugpo (prawn) and it is number two in mudcrab production, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said.
This was announced by BFAR Regional Director Remedios Ongtangco during the two-day orientation on different programs of various line agencies of the National Government held at Golden Pavillion, Fontana, inside the Clark Freeport Zone over the weekend, which was attended by Governor Lilia Pineda, department heads of the Provincial Government and the 149 village chiefs of the fourth district of Pampanga.
7 Jul 2014 - Monday ‘bonding’ for elderly starts at SM Pampanga, DowntownPAMPANGA -- Senior citizens started Monday their first “bonding” at SM City Pampanga as the City Government here headed by Mayor Edwin Santiago launched “Libreng Sine Para sa Senior Citizens” or the program that allows elders to watch movies for free at any of the mall's six cinemas, as well as four movie houses at SM City San Fernando Downtown.
Councilor Harvey Quiwa, who sponsored the resolution under the Senior Citizens Act, said senior citizens are accorded the privilege and would just have to present their senior citizen’s card or Fernandino Access Card for them to watch any movie of their choice every Monday during a certain film's first screening.
7 Jul 2014 - DHVTSU to host ‘Bangon Bayan’ exhibitPAMPANGA -- THE Bureau of Communications Services (BCS), an agency under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), will launch its new photo exhibit entitled Bangon Bayan: A Photo Exhibit Celebrating Filipino Resilience on July 9, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) in Bacolor, Pampanga.
PCOO Undersecretary for Legislative, Policy and Legal Affairs Jess Anthony Yu will grace the ribbon-cutting ceremony on behalf of PCOO Secretary Sonny Coloma. The photo exhibit will run at the DHVTSU until July 17, 2014.
7 Jul 2014 - Guv to cops: Beat the criminals’ lawyersCLARK FREEPORT -- Governor Lilia Pineda challenged the graduating class of Pampanga police officers to apply the knowledge and skills they gained in their Criminal Investigation Course (CIC), during the closing ceremony held at Fontana in Clark Freeport, over the weekend.
“Reinforce crime investigation and defeat the lawyers of the criminals who deserve to be in jail,” she told the CIC class 247 -14.
7 Jul 2014 - Taskforce Kaayusan Para sa Kaunlaran launchedPAMPANGA -- San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago announced during Monday's flag ceremony the creation of Taskforce Kaayusan para sa Kaunlaran [TKPK], the city’s newest team that will maintain the cleanliness and orderliness along the city’s major thoroughfares.
“Ang grupong ito ang titiyak na malinis ang ating mga kalsada. Trabaho din nila na siguraduhin na lahat ng ating mga batas ukol sa kalinisan at kapaligiran ay naipapatupad,” said Santiago.
6 Jul 2014 - Cops seize stolen statuesPAMPANGA -- The police here were able to recover 12 pieces of religious statues and two alleged relics from a relative of Jeffrey Quintos, the prime suspect in the recent theft of two ivory images at the Saint James the Apostle Parish in Guagua town recently.
Operatives of the Santa Rita Police conducted a follow-up investigation at Barangay San Basilio here for the possible arrest of Quintos' cohorts.
6 Jul 2014 - Arayat, DILG join e-AlkanSSSyaPAMPANGA -- The Municipality of Arayat became the first local government unit in Pampanga to join the Social Security System's (SSS) ‘e-AlkanSSSya’ program.
The memorandum of agreement was signed last month by Mayor Emmanuel “Bon” Alejandrino and SSS Pampanga Branch head Corita Gaduang.
6 Jul 2014 - Capitol donates truck to DSWDPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga has turned over a service vehicle to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in a ceremony held at Travellers Hotel in Subic Bay recently.
DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, together with DSWD Central Luzon director Adelina Apostol, received the truck from Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda.
6 Jul 2014 - Grade 3 textbooks won't be delivered soonMABALACAT CITY -- Grade three pupils of Mabalacat Elementary School (MES) will have to wait a little longer for the new textbooks in the K to 12 format.
MES Principal Alma Pineda said according to their superintendent, “funds are already available” for the printing.
6 Jul 2014 - Pecson-Lacson for 2016?PAMPANGA -- Magalang Mayor Romulo “Romy” Pecson has confirmed that a former ally and incumbent official here are wooing him to be his running mate in the 2016 elections.
Pecson, who will seek reelection in the next polls, said the camp of incumbent Vice Mayor Norman Lacson recently sent an emissary to reunite the two officials’ forces.
6 Jul 2014 - Cop falls prey to Akyat Bahay gangANGELES CITY -- The Akyat Bahay gang robbed the boarding house of a police officer in Barangay Sto. Domingo, Angeles City and carted away his issued firearms and personal belongings over the weekend.
In a report here, Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police chief, said Police Officer-1 Richard Labasan, presently assigned at the Angeles City Public Safety Company reported that his boarding house was ransacked by unidentified robbers.
6 Jul 2014 - POPCOM3 to join commemoration of 2014 World Population DayPAMPANGA -- The Commission on Population Region III (POPCOM3) will join the worldwide observation of the 2014 World Population Day (WPD) this July 11.
In a statement, POPCOM 3 said that they plan to observe the annual WPD by "holding different activities and campaigns that focus on adolescents" as it goes with this year's theme of "Investing in Young People."
6 Jul 2014 - Sto. Tomas police gets computer sets from bizmenPAMPANGA -- The Sto. Tomas police station has received at least three sets of computers from businessmen here to help in the operations of the station.
Sto. Tomas Municipal Police Station Chief Inspector John Clark said that they continue to strengthen links with local stakeholders. He added that the continuing trust of the local business sector here is manifested in the recent donations to the police station.
5 Jul 2014 - Pampanga execs urged: ‘Regulate frog catching’PAMPANGA -- Frogs, which are available in large quantities during the rainy season, are being caught for a living usually by farmers and fishermen.
The amphibian specie is considered as exotic food like “betute,” “tinola” and “adobo” that are native Kapampangan foods are also the nemesis of mosquitoes.
5 Jul 2014 - DPWH vows support to LGUs’ lighting projectPAMPANGA -- A top official of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Central Luzon has vowed to support the lighting program of local government units (LGus) along the MacArthur Highway.
DPWH Central Luzon Director Antonio Molano Jr said his office has pledged full cooperation with LGUs and agencies concerned over the public clamor for a well-lighted national highway.
5 Jul 2014 - AUFMC inaugurates new cardio imaging systemANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation Medical Center (AUFMC) in collaboration with HB Calleja National Heart Institute, blessed and inaugurated the newly acquired GE Innova 2100 IQ (Optima Edition) Cardiovascular Imaging System for the AUFMC Catheterization Laboratory last June 11 in Angeles City.
The event was led by AUFMC president and CEO Atty. Gabriel Martin L. Angeles, HB Calleja, NHI president and CEO Dr. Jan Denton Chua, AUFMC Medical Director Dr. Ma. Lourdes G. Lagunilla, Cardiovascular Institute Director Dr. Edgardo S. Timbol, Section of Cardiology Training Officer Dr. Gabriel Jocson III and Invasive Cardiology Division Chief Dr. Angelito Medina.
5 Jul 2014 - Gov't agencies told to impose price control on agri commoditiesPAMPANGA -- House committee on food security chair Representative Agapito Guanlao is calling on government agencies to impose price control on prime agricultural products.
Guanlao said that members of the committee on agriculture and food and the special committee on food security unanimously approved the immediate filing of a Joint Resolution urging government agencies concerned to impose price controls or suggested retail price (SRP) on basic and prime agricultural commodities.
5 Jul 2014 - San Fernando distributes educational aid to 2,000 studentsPAMPANGA -- More than 2,000 Fernandino students received grants for their college education from Mayor Edwin Santiago during the distribution of Educational Scholarship Assistance Program (ESAP) held at Heroes Hall on Friday.
"This is in line with our desire to give as many young Fernandinos as possible the opportunity to experience quality education," said Santiago.
4 Jul 2014 - Exec: No politics in ‘hacienda row’PAMPANGA -- Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz denied Friday that Porac officials "have a hand" in the on-going land dispute in Hacienda Dolores.
The mayor's reaction came after reports that the Philippine National Police (PNP) Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City will now secure and maintain peace and order in the hacienda due to alleged involvement and influence of local politicians.
4 Jul 2014 - Santiago mulls master plan for San FernandoPAMPANGA -- Mayor Edwin Santiago of this city said Wednesday that he wants a master development plan to sustain the capital's growth.
During a forum with media, Santiago said that the master plan will include three to five-year short and five to 15-year medium term development time frames aligned with public-private partnerships or PPP.
4 Jul 2014 - San Fernando GAD to conduct more women empowerment seminarsPAMPANGA -- The Gender and Development (GAD) Council of the City of San Fernando will conduct more seminars on empowerment to entice Fernandinas to participate more on barangay and government concerns.
GAD focal person Amalia Catacutan said they are strengthening the women sector here by conducting free seminars and trainings especially on their ability to govern.
4 Jul 2014 - PRO3 holds earthquake drillsPAMPANGA -- As part of its continuing efforts to address natural disasters and calamities, the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) recently conducted an earthquake drill and simulation to help prepare PNP personnel and other employees for an earthquake, in line with the simultaneous earthquake drills nationwide.
Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, PRO3 director, said the activity was held to understand when there is an earthquake it is safest to drop to the ground, find cover and hold on.
4 Jul 2014 - Drug store held-up by gunmenTwo unidentified armed men held-up recently a drug store along Sto. Rosario Street, Angeles City and carted away at least P150,000 cash.
Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, said Manson Drug Store located at Sto. Rosario Street was about to close when two suspects armed with a gun of an unknown caliber appeared.
4 Jul 2014 - Bus passengers panic due to ticking clock in packageSUBIC BAY -- Passengers and bus personnel panicked after an alleged ticking clock with an alleged bomb suspected to be inside Victory Liner Shipping Section in Olongapo City, recently.
Senior Superintendent Pedrito Reyes, Olongapo City police director, said that Victory Liner Security Supervisor, Officer-In-Charge and a certain Parilla reported to police the alleged bomb.
4 Jul 2014 - Jobstart PH will prioritize young adultsPAMPANGA -- The Public Employment and Services Office (Peso) here said it will give employment priority to young adults in the implementation of Jobstart Philippines.
Emerlinda Dizon, Peso Training and Internship officer, said the top priority of Jobstart is to help individuals aged 18 to 24 land the right jobs and find the appropriate fields for them.
3 Jul 2014 - Lawmaker wants smuggled rice relinquished to NFAPAMPANGA -- House committee on food security chair Agapito Guanlao has called on the National Government to direct the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to relinquish jurisdiction over about 50,000 metric tons of smuggled rice to the National Food Authority (NFA) to help in abating the rising prices of rice in the market.
Guanlao said the smuggled rice seized some eight months ago could help in the rice sufficiency program of the government.
3 Jul 2014 - Exec: Pelco 2 envisions ‘zero brownout’MABALACAT CITY -- A top official of the Pampanga 2 Electric Cooperative (Pelco 2) said that the electric cooperative's management is envisioning "zero brownout" in its service areas.
Pelco 2 general manager Amador Guevarra issued the statement during a meeting with members of the city council on Wednesday.
3 Jul 2014 - Dole to help firms comply with labor lawsPAMPANGA -- "Please allow us to help you comply with labor laws." said Department of Labor and Employment Central Luzon (Dole) Central Luzon Regional Director Ana Dione as she met more than 200 company representatives comprised of owners, managers and human resource managers/practitioners from 120 industries in Pampanga during Thursday's orientation on Department Order 131-13, or the "Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS)," at Max’s Restaurant in Villa Del Sol, this city.
"We've started embarking on the rounds of orientations on D.O. 131-13 here in Central Luzon because this is one of the major policy reforms under the leadership of Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, wherein reforms were extensively made in the implementation of the Secretary’s visitorial power, specifically, labor inspection," Dione said.
3 Jul 2014 - JobStart PHL in San Fernando starts July 8PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) and the City Government of San Fernando are inviting young Fernandinos aged 18 to 24 years old to participate in JobStart Philippines program at Waltermart Mall on July 8 to 16.
JobStart, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Canada, is a program aimed to assist unemployed youth in looking for decent jobs through lectures on career decisions, technical and life skills, among others.
3 Jul 2014 - Provincial board okays forced evacuation lawPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Board (PB) headed by Vice Governor Dennis Pineda has passed an ordinance prescribing the guidelines on the implementation of forced evacuation in the province's two cities and 19 municipalities as a resort when disasters or calamities strike.
Ordinance 605, an act “prescribing the guidelines on the implementation of forced evacuation in any component city or municipality in the Province of Pampanga as a resort when a disaster or emergency has been declared and danger of loss of lives is imminent within their area of jurisdiction providing penalties for non-compliance therefore and for other purposes,” was sponsored by all members of the PB and approved by Governor Lilia Pineda.
3 Jul 2014 - Council wants more negokarts for folksPAMPANGA -- An official of the Mexico Municipal Social Welfare and Development Council here wants the Municipal Government to allot more funds for the production of more rolling carts or "negokarts" as assistance to the less fortunate and aspiring entrepreneurs of the town.
According to MSWDC officer Jeanette DS Lacson, the project is in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment.
3 Jul 2014 - 20 nabbed for rebranding NFA rice to commercial gradePAMPANGA -- At least 20 persons were arrested by police while in the act of switching of government or National Food Authority (NFA) rice into commercial brands in a raid in a warehouse in Barangay Abangan Sur, Marilao, Bulacan, Thursday morning.
Senior Superintendent Ferdinand Divina, Officer-In-Charge of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office, said that combined operatives of the Bulacan Criminal Investigation and Detection Team and Marilao Police swooped down on the warehouse owned by couple Roberto and Regina and Regina Paulenco.
3 Jul 2014 - SM CSF Downtown hosts medical, dental missionPAMPANGA -- The SM City San Fernando Downtown's yearly medical and dental mission was held early this week led by SM Foundation Inc., and in collaboration with the City of San Fernando Health Office and Watsons.
The mission was held at the 6th level of the said mall with the theme "Gamot para sa Kapwa".
2 Jul 2014 - Church treasures recovered; police arrest suspected thiefPAMPANGA -- Parishioners of Santiago Apostol Parish in Guagua's Betis District here can now breathe a sigh of relief as joint efforts of the Caloocan and Guagua police led to the recovery of the recently stolen century-old images of the Nuestra dela Consolacion y Correa and Sto. Nino and the arrest of one suspect.
Parish Pastoral Council president Banjo Serrano told the Northern Caloocan police led by Police Superintendent Bernard Tambaoan turned over, on the eve of July 1, suspect Jeffrey Quintos; 29, a resident of Barangay San Jose in Macabebe town, after found to be in possession of the stolen Sto. Nino. The suspect was arrested along Bonifacio Monument Circle (Monumento) in Caloocan City. The suspect was allegedly in the act of selling the image.
2 Jul 2014 - Capitol, Mabalacat RPT ‘war’ loomsPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government and the City of Mabalacat are at loggerheads over the issue of real property tax after the passage of a related ordinance by the city council that challenges the province's control over it.
If push comes to shove, according to a reliable source from Capitol, the province might bring the matter to the court.
2 Jul 2014 - Guv to cops: ‘Perform better’PAMPANGA -- Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda met Wednesday the various chiefs-of-police in the different towns of Pampanga urging them to improve their performance particularly in the implementation of anti-drug programs and arrest of suspects.
This came as Pineda said that the local police should give back the Provincial Government's support on their programs with actual results that translate in the resolution of criminal cases and the reduction of crime incidences.
2 Jul 2014 - Angeles council: Stop illegal collection of passway feeANGELES CITY -- The city council has asked the executive department of the local government to conduct an investigation regarding the illegal collection of passway fees on quarry trucks along the circumferential road in Barangay Cutcut here.
The city council, through a resolution passed on Tuesday, asked Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, to stop all stations within the territorial jurisdiction of the city that allegedly exact road users tax.
2 Jul 2014 - Capitol hospitals net P12-M from PhilHealth’s point of carePAMPANGA -- With the PhilHealth contribution of P10,915,200 of the Provincial Government for its Point of Care (POC) program, sponsoring at least 4,548 indigent beneficiaries, the Capitol’s provincial and 10 district hospitals collected P25,454,802.47, or a total net income of P12,573,612.83.
Michelle Lopez, POC coordinator of the Provincial Government, announced that the provincial board approved anew at least P10-million to enroll more indigent Kapampangan patients who are previously non-Philhealth members, admitted to the hospitals of the Capitol.
2 Jul 2014 - Angeles council to treasurer: Release P1,000 allowance of policemenANGELES CITY -- Members of the city council here have asked the city treasurer's office to release the P1,000 allowance given to each personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) assigned in this city.
This was gleaned in a resolution the city council passed on Tuesday supporting the appeal of the policemen, jail officers, and firemen to the Commission on Audit (COA) to release their monthly allowances.
2 Jul 2014 - CDRRMC: ‘How safe is your house?’PAMPANGA -- San Fernando's City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and the City Engineer’s Office launched on Wednesday the survey "How safe is my house?" at the Heroes Hall.
The survey funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency is a "vulnerability" checklist of assessing the stability and strength of infrastructures such as houses, schools and other buildings when earthquakes hit the city.
2 Jul 2014 - Lazatin champions salary hike for day care workersANGELES CITY – "Our day care workers play an integral part in the development of our children and it is only fitting that we show them our sincere gratitude."
Thus, said Councilor Carmelo "Pogi" Lazatin, Jr. during the City Council's Regular Session last July 1 where he filed a resolution calling for a P5,000 increase in the salaries of all day care workers in the city.
2 Jul 2014 - MDRRMO, BFP team up for disaster preventionPAMPANGA -- The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and Bureau of Fire Protection in this town held Wednesday an earthquake and fire drill at Pandacaqui Don Jesus Gonzales High School.
The said event is in accordance with the National Government's directive in conducting simultaneous nationwide earthquake drill for the observance of disaster consciousness month.
2 Jul 2014 - New York-based diplomats cite photo exhibit of local scribeCLARK FREEPORT -- The celebration of the so-called Filipino-American Friendship day in this former US military facility kicked off Tuesday with a display of images about New York City and the United Nations at the SM City mall here.
This, as top Filipino diplomats based in the Big Apple sent their greetings to the organizers of “I Love New York” photo exhibit of journalist Noel G. Tulabut who has covered the United Nations General Assembly as columnist of Sun.Star Pampanga since 2005.
1 Jul 2014 - Pineda lauds Singson for Cupang dike rehabPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda lauded Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson for the timely completion of the setback levee here.
The rehabilitation of the breached dike included slope protection with steel sheet piles along the Apalit-Arayat setback levee in the Barangay Cupang section of the Pampanga River.
1 Jul 2014 - ECC reaches out to uniformed men, womenPAMPANGA -- With the need to “stretch the arms of social protection benefit schemes” for workers in Central Luzon, the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), in coordination with the Philippine National Police – Pampanga Police Office and the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Office 3, recently held an information campaign on its flagship program Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) at the Philippine National Police (PNP) - Pampanga Provincial Police Office in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
Dole Regional Director Ana Dione reported to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, through ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis, that the ECC Regional Extension Unit 3 (ECC REU-3) spearheaded the said information campaign, attended by 50 men and women in uniform of the PNP Pampanga Provincial Police Office.
1 Jul 2014 - PNP to ensure peace, order at Hacienda DoloresPAMPANGA -- The responsibility in the maintaining peace and order in Hacienda Dolores in Porac, Pampanga, will be handled by the Philippine National Police (PNP) national headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
This was the recommendation made during a recent meeting held at the Department of Interior and Local Government-National Police Commission center between the Aniban ng Nagkakaisang Mamayan ng Hacienda Dolores (Aniban) and LLL Holdings Inc., the land developer.
1 Jul 2014 - SM CSF Downtown welcomes Little Miss PH EarthPAMPANGA -- SM City San Fernando Downtown welcomed the homecoming of Little Miss Philippines Earth 2014 Maria Bernadette Datu recently.
Datu returned to SM City San Fernando Downtown, the place where she auditioned for the pageant.
1 Jul 2014 - DENR asks execs: Make Mt. Arayat a ‘no build zone’PAMPANGA -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) called on Governor Lilia Pineda and Arayat Mayor Emmanuel Alejandrino to impose a "No Build Zone" policy along the perimeter of the Mt. Arayat National Park protected area following the recent landslide incidents here.
The recommendation came after the assessment was made by Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) chief Engr. Rommel Santiago and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) chief geologist Engr. Noel Lacadin.
1 Jul 2014 - Capitol nets P177.7-M in quarry fees for 1st semesterPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGENRO) and Kapampangan A Lulugud At Matapat (Kalam) reported Tuesday that the Capitol has generated P177,720,000 in quarry fees for the first semester of 2014.
Documents furnished by PGENR officer Engr. Art Punsalan show that revenues for the first semester of this year peaked in May with P31,720,000 and March, with collections of P30,680,000. In January, fees were recorded at P29,280,000; P28,720,000 in February; P29,140,000 in April; and closed the semester with P28,180,000 in June.
1 Jul 2014 - Aquino lauds air forceCLARK FREEPORT -- President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday extolled the performance of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) as colorful and significant for managing to accomplish and discharge their functions despite limited resources.
During the air force's 67th anniversary rites themed "Soar High PAF for Peace, Freedom, and Development" at the Haribon Hangar here, President Aquino cited the contributions of the PAF in international assistance including the wars in Korea and Congo, as well as its successful defense of Zamboanga City against rogue elements.
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