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Balibago News Feb-2011

28 Feb 2011 - American jailed for abusing wife

MABALACAT -- An American was charged for allegedly abusing and threatening to kill his Filipina wife.

Roger Leslie Owen, 58, married and a resident of Bansil Apartelle Q. Jasmine Street Pineda Subdivision, Dau this town, was charged in court for violating several provisions under Republic Act 9262, otherwise known as Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004.

27 Feb 2011 - Bar Manager arrested for Rape

ANGELES CITY -- The manager of Dirty Duck Bar, an American called Mike, was arrested for allegedly raping an 18 year old Student he met on a dating site.

He was held at Station 4 but later transfered to Hospital complaing of Chest Pain.

27 Feb 2011 - Clark most feasible as NAIA alternative

CLARK FREEPORT -- A study shows that Clark is the most feasible place where an alternative airport next to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) should be located.

Clark International Airport Corporation president Victor Jose I. Luciano said the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (Jica) conducted a feasibility study in six areas where an airport can be located.

27 Feb 2011 - PhilHealth: No more standing in queue with online system

PAMPANGA -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has encouraged companies in Central Luzon to avail of their electronic payment system.

The Electronic Premium Remittance System (EPRS), which was first introduced in December 2010, seeks to provide more comfort to companies that regularly pay their employees’ contributions.

27 Feb 2011 - Pact signed for livelihood seminars

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation (AUF) recently forged an agreement with the Technology Resource Center (TRC) for the delivery of technology and livelihood programs in Central Luzon.

TRC director general Dennis Cunanan and AUF president Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles led the signing of a memorandum of agreement last Friday at the school campus.

26 Feb 2011 - Remember Edsa revolt: mayor

ANGELES CITY -- Unlike the usual lavish birthday celebration of high profile personalities, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan of this city celebrated his in a patriotic way.

Pamintuan coincided his 62nd birthday celebration with this city’s commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Edsa “People Power” revolution.

26 Feb 2011 - Execs united in Pinatubo eruption commemoration

PAMPANGA -- Challenged by a tragedy which devastated the province and its people, the province’s local officials have banded together to lead in the commemoration of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption, 20 years after.

Leading a united front in the commemoration are local chief executives of the province led by Governor Lilia G. Pineda, Mayors Oscar S. Rodriguez of the City of San Fernando and Edgardo Pamintuan of Angeles City, Jerry Pelayo of Candaba, members of the Center for Kapampangan Studies and the business sector led by Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Emeritus Levy P. Laus.

26 Feb 2011 - Journalists told: Don't be complacent

ANGELES CITY -- Kapampangan journalists told fellow media practitioners not to be complacent about their safety following the series of killings from their ranks.

Fred Villareal, vice president of the National Union of Journalists (NUJP) in Pampanga, made the statement during the 15th month commemoration of the Maguindanao massacre in this city.

26 Feb 2011 - Pampanga employment website in the works

PAMPANGA -- The provincial Public Employment Service Office (Peso) here is setting the works for a Pampanga employment website that will give better access to job opportunities to local manpower in the province.

Pampanga Peso manager Luningning Vergara said the move is a priority pet project of Gov. Lilia Pineda.

26 Feb 2011 - Central Luzon cops undergo criminal investigation training

PAMPANGA -- Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Director Florida Dijan has called on police personnel in Central Luzon to serve the country with passion and loyalty.

In her message during the closing ceremony of the Special Counter-Insurgency Operation Unit Training (Scout) held here Tuesday, Dijan told the 116 training graduates to “always remain loyal to the Constitution.”

25 Feb 2011 - Group to pursue protests vs hog farms

ANGELES CITY -- Despite the land dispute case he is facing, Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement president Ruperto Cruz said he will not withdraw his protests against the piggeries and poultry farms in Porac town.

"I will keep on fighting for their closure or relocation despite the land case the Nepomucenos filed against me," Cruz said.

25 Feb 2011 - 14 towns support bamboo planting project

PAMPANGA -- At least 14 towns in Pampanga have supported the bamboo development project of the Provincial Government.

Eddie So, project officer from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), said about 6,100 bamboo propagules have been planted and 7,400 more are to be planted at the onset of the rainy season across the province.

25 Feb 2011 - Hot Air Balloon Fiesta '11 a record breaker

CLARK FREEPORT -- The recently-concluded Hot Air Balloon Fiesta here has surpassed all records in the previous years by having 29 balloons, new participants and activities and better ground attractions.

The different colorful balloons came from the UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, USA, Japan and the Philippines.

24 Feb 2011 - Go organic: Farmer's answer to waste woes

ANGELES CITY -- A Kapampangan farmer from Mexico town is now preparing a program that will assist the province in applying the provisions of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (Republic Act 9003).

Fred Gonzales, owner of the Pilipino Organic Ways for Environmental Recognitions (Power), maintains a 42-hectare farm at Barangay Telabangca in Concepcion, Tarlac where his firm produces organic fertilizers derived from animal manure he collects from various hog and poultry farms in Pampanga.

24 Feb 2011 - Angeles City stages 'Sayaw Pinoy' at Marquee Mall

ANGELES CITY -- In cooperation with the National Center for Culture and Arts (NCCA), the City Government recently staged "Sayaw Pinoy 2011," a touring dance festival, at Marquee Mall.

Annually, the NCCA, through its National Committee on Dance, stages "Sayaw Pinoy" to showcase the best of the Filipino talent in this colorful art form.

24 Feb 2011 - Korean arrested for various crimes

ANGELES CITY -- A Korean national facing charges of grave coercion and attempted robbery was arrested in Angeles City early this week.

Kim Kyeong Ho, also known as, David Kim, 56, was arrested in Barangay Pulung Maragul on Tuesday by virtue of two warrants of arrest.

23 Feb 2011 - Pampanga Employment Website in the works

PAMPANGA -- The provincial Public Employment Service Office (Peso) here is setting the works for a Pampanga Employment Website that will give better access to job opportunities to local manpower in the province.

Pampanga Peso manager Luningning Vergara said the move is a priority pet project of Governor Lilia Pineda.

23 Feb 2011 - Police undergo criminal investigation training

PAMPANGA -- Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Central Luzon Director Florida Dijan has called on police personnel in the region to serve the country with passion and loyalty.

In her message during the closing ceremony of the Special Counter Insurgency Operation Unit Training (Scout) held here Tuesday, Dijan told the 116 training graduates to "always remain loyal to the Constitution."

23 Feb 2011 - Revenue bureau kicks off tax info campaign drive

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) here is set to officially kick-off its 2011 Tax Campaign on March 2 in bid to inform the public of their responsibility toward paying their taxes and the different programs offered by the agency.

The BIR said the event is inspired by the patriotic tax campaign theme, "Buwis Mo Para sa Bagong Pilipinas."

22 Feb 2011 - Guv approves 'garbage summit'

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Monday gave her nod on a "garbage summit" designed to curb the growing waste problem.

Pineda, upon seeing photographs of open dumpsites, expressed alarm and dismay on the non-cooperation of some mayors on the issue, which has been dragging on for many years.

22 Feb 2011 - Calibration site launched in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Natural Resources and the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines Inc. (Gepi) launched over the weekend the first-ever calibration site for geodetic equipments at the Stotsenberg Park here.

The event, done in partnership with the Clark Development Corporation, was spearheaded by the Land Management Bureau (LMB) of the DENR and the Regional Division of the Gepi in Central Luzon. Seven markers were unveiled by DENR and Gepi officials on the said site.

22 Feb 2011 - Rotarians donate medicines, supplies to hospital

ANGELES CITY -- Members of the Rotary Clubs of Midtown Tarlac and Mabalacat recently donated medical supplies and pediatric medicines to the Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA).

The donations were turned over to ONA director Dr. Tony Dizon and Angeles City Councilor Alex Indiongco during the RC Mabalacat's weekly meeting at Garden Dine last February 17.

22 Feb 2011 - Pamintuan vows support to body-building athlete

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan vowed to support a police officer who recently bagged at least three titles in bodybuilding competitions held in Metro Manila, Cavite, and Zambales.

Pamintuan said the City Government will support PO2 Jayson Macaraeg of Police Station 4 in the upcoming national competitions.

22 Feb 2011 - Thousands to participate 'Pampanga Run' in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Members of the Angeles City Volunteers for P-Noy said they are expecting thousands of participants in their fun run slated on February 27 (Sunday) at the Clark parade grounds.

Manny So, head of the Angeles City Volunteers for P-Noy, said runners from Baguio, Laoag, Tarlac, Bulacan, Zambales, and Pampanga have signified their intention to participate in the event dubbed "The Pampanga Freedom Run: A People-Powered Run To Build Classrooms."

21 Feb 2011 - Lawmaker eyes P4M facility for cops

PAMPANGA -- Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. pledged Monday to fund the construction of a P4-million facility for the Pampanga police while urging them to strengthen its anti-criminality campaign.

Gonzales, who was speaker at the Pampanga Provincial Police Office (PPPO) morning ceremonies, said the police play a crucial role in the prevention of crime and in the development of business and tourism in the province.

21 Feb 2011 - Clark Freeport now has 60,322 workers

CLARK FREEPORT — The Customer Service Department (CSD) of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) revealed Monday that as of January 31, the number of workers in this Freeport, which has become one of the most active zones in Central Luzon in the past few years, has increased to 60,322.

The CSD said the employment record is expected to surge more this year with the opening of the multi-billion-dollar investment of Phoenix Semi Conductor of the Philippines (PSCP), the expansion programs of several Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firms and Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc.

20 Feb 2011 - Pampanga allocates P50M for agri sector

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government has committed P50 million for the agriculture sector in the province to give farmers opportunities to adopt new techniques and technologies.

Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda said she wants to empower farmers for them to become partners in development.

20 Feb 2011 - Guv gets surprise birthday bash from Capitol employees

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda over the weekend was treated to an advanced surprise 60th birthday party by Capitol employees at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here.

Some 2,000 Capitol employees gathered to greet Pineda last Saturday, with a variety of performances that have been prepared a week before.

20 Feb 2011 - 5 Army reservists, 2 others charged

ANGELES CITY -- Seven men who introduced themselves as reserve members of the Philippine Army were charged with illegal possession of firearms and usurpation of public authority over the weekend.

The city police named the suspects as Sgt. Ismael Majid Lumenda, 33; Sgt. Nasser Sampayan Bagundang, 32; Sgt. Freddie Tuazon Ignacio, 42; Sgt. Muslimen Jabil Bagundang, 36; Captain Isaias Angeles Anusencion, 61; Theng Bulradzak Bagundang, 40; and Rogelio Angeles Clemente, 27.

20 Feb 2011 - BM asks residents not to destroy dikes

PAMPANGA -- Fourth District Board Member Nestor Tolentino over the weekend asked residents living near dikes from Arayat to Macabebe not to destroy the protective structures.

Tolentino, chair of the Provincial Board’s Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, said that dikes and other anti-flooding structures like the setback levee are on high ground, which makes them ideal for “refuge” of residents when calamity or disasters strike.

20 Feb 2011 - CEB seeks partnership with Clark training firm

CLARK FREEPORT -- THE Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific is coming up with even more job opportunities for Filipinos by seeking partnerships with flight training institutions approved by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), including the one at the Clark Freeport.

After the success of CEB’s grand recruitment event last February 11-12 at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila, the airline announced another innovative way to source high quality personnel for its growing workforce by creating a sustainable crew resource program.

20 Feb 2011 - Police post 200 anti-car theft operations in 2009

PAMPANGA -- Despite the carnapping issues that recently plagued the province, the Central Luzon police has reported more than 200 successful anti-carnapping operations in the region.

In a report, Police Regional Chief Alan Purisima said 219 anti-carnapping operations in 2009 resulted to the arrest of 119 persons.

19 Feb 2011 - Lawmaker wants police numbers posted on PUVs

PAMPANGA -- Provincial Board member Tarcicio “Tars” DC Halili is set to file an ordinance that will beef up Capitol’s war against the rising criminality in the province.

In a recent interview with Halili, he said the growing crime rate in the province is alarming, and drastic measures should be implemented to protect Kapampangans from all forms of crime.

19 Feb 2011 - Kapampangan Center to mark 10th year with 10 books

ANGELES CITY -- The Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies (CKS) will start the countdown to its 10th founding anniversary early next year with the launching of three books this month.

The books, all authored by local writers, are the first installment of the 10 books lined up for publication in the months leading to the Center’s 10th anniversary on March 8, 2012.

19 Feb 2011 - Peso starts provincial mapping of manpower skills

PAMPANGA -- The provincial Public Employment Service Office (Peso) is now conducting a provincial wide mapping of manpower skills in a bid to better address the needs of the labor sector in Pampanga.

Luningning Vergara, Pampanga Peso manager, said the move is in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment. The survey aims to create an actual overview of the different skilled labor available in the province.

18 Feb 2011 - Airport firm set to penalize contractor for delay

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) said Friday that it will penalize Laguna-based AG Araja for the delays it had caused the P308-million Terminal 1 expansion project.

CIAC, the operating arm of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), indicated that it will require the contractor to pay liquidated damages upon presentation of their final billing.

18 Feb 2011 - 490 vacant slots for Central Luzon policemen

PAMPANGA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Central Luzon has at least 490 vacant slots for new policemen to be filled up this May.

To fill-up the vacant positions, Chief Inspector Angelito Esteban, chief of the Regional Personnel and Human Resource Development Division, announced that they are now accepting qualified applicants to become police officers.

17 Feb 2011 - Mayor vows incentive for every regional meet medalist

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said on Thursday that athletes who will compete in the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association (CLRAA) sports meet in Bulacan will get the City Government's support.

"My administration, even in the past, has always been supportive to athletes especially to those who will compete in this prestigious competition, the CLRAA," Pamintuan said.

17 Feb 2011 - City employment office lauded for award

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has lauded the city's employment office for bagging the 2010 Regional Best Public Employment Service Office (Peso) in the highly urbanized city category.

The award was given during the recently concluded 2010 Peso Year-End Performance Assessment initiated by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Central Luzon held at the Fontana Convention Center in Clark Freeport.

17 Feb 2011 - Police intensify pact with civilians

PAMPANGA -- The top police official in Central Luzon vowed to lower crime statistics in the region by intensifying partnership with civilians.

Chief Superintendent Alan Purisima, director of the Philippine National Police in Central Luzon, said partnership of law authorities with civilians is one of their tactics to reduce crime rate.

17 Feb 2011 - Mamac: We have waste management program

ANGELES CITY -- Balibago barangay chairman Rodelio Mamac reiterated Wednesday that the village has a solid waste management program.

He made the clarification following reports that the city was among the towns and cities in Pampanga found violating environmental laws.

17 Feb 2011 - MWD newsletter bags best publication award

MABALACAT -- The Philippine Association of Water Districts (PAWD) has bestowed the best publication award to "Danum Agus Ning Bie," the official newsletter of the Mabalacat Water District (MWD).

MWD general manager Francis Dimaliwat, together with other officials of the water district, received the award (2nd place, national level) from PAWD officers during the 32nd PAWD convention held in Davao City last February 9 to 11.

17 Feb 2011 - Peace group formed

ANGELES CITY - Some residents of a subdivision here have formed a group that seeks to maintain peace and order in their village.

The group "K5" was formed by several residents of Diamond Subdivision in Barangay Balibago to ensure peace and order within their community.

17 Feb 2011 - Peso to launch skills registry system

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Public Employment Services Office (Peso), recently adjudged as the best provincial Peso-1st Class Category in the region, is set to launch its skills registry system (SRS) program before the end of this month.

This was learned from Luningning Vergara, provincial Peso head, as she said that once implemented, the skills registry system would facilitate further the provision of needed employment opportunities to the target populace throughout the 504 barangays of the province.

16 Feb 2011 - City-wide brownout on Feb 26

Angeles Electric Company (AEC) has just announced that there will be a city-wide power interruption on February 26, 2011, a Saturday, between 8 AM and 7 PM.

The power outage is necessary for the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to conduct maintenance work on the main station distributing power to the city. Expect power rotations throughout the day.

15 Feb 2011 - Shanties along Duquit creek demolished

MABALACAT -- Shanties erected by scavengers and garbage collectors along the Duquit creek here were demolished to give way for the clearing and rehabilitation of the water channel.

Mabalacat Municipal Administrator Rosano Paquia said scores of informal settlers voluntarily removed their temporary shelters and houses to allow heavy equipment, including two backhoes and four trucks, to enter the narrow creek, which has been used as an open dumpsite for several decades now.

15 Feb 2011 - Pacoc repatriates 3 more OFW remains

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Action Center for Overseas Filipino Workers Concerns (Pacoc) recently facilitated the repatriation of the remains of three Filipinos who died in three separate incidents in Kuwait and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The remains of Joseph Gaudencio S. Canilao, a native of Masantol town who died in a vehicular accident in Kuwait last January 12, was repatriated and taken to his residence in Barangay San Isidro in San Simon last February 1.

15 Feb 2011 - Zobel de Ayala to receive HAU honorary doctorate

ANGELES CITY -- Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, concurrent chairman and CEO of the country's largest and oldest conglomerate -- the Ayala Corporation, will receive the degree Doctor of Science (Management), honoris causa, from the Holy Angel University.

The award will be conferred on March 15 at the University Theatre.

15 Feb 2011 - Police opens text line

PAMPANGA -- Police in Central Luzon opened Monday a text hotline where volunteers can send their complaints or queries.

The project, dubbed "I-text mo, Aksyonan ko! - PRO 3 Text Volunteers Brigade," is a system where volunteers may send, through text messages, their complaints, request for assistance, relay important information and report crime incidents.

Interested persons will be called volunteers and should apply for an identification card at the police regional office.

14 Feb 2011 - Hundreds wowed by 'flower drop'

ANGELES CITY -- Hundreds of couples had an early Valentine's treat over the weekend as a shopping mall here hired a helicopter to throw flower petals in the sky, showering the crowd below.

Thousands of petals of red roses showered couples and families that flocked the event center of MarQuee Mall on Sunday.

14 Feb 2011 - City revenues up by 20%

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government posted a 20 percent increase in revenues in January this year, records at City Hall showed.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the City Treasurer's Office (CTO) collected a total of P191,248,188.25 in January 2011, which is 20 percent or P30,258,463.97 higher than last year's P160,989,724.28.

14 Feb 2011 - Mayor to employees: Spread love everywhere you go

MABALACAT -- Adopting the words of Mother Teresa as a Valentine's Day message, Mayor Marino Morales on Monday urged government employees here "to spread love everywhere you go."

Morales, in his speech during Monday's flag raising ceremony, stated that love should be expressed at home.

13 Feb 2011 - 'Win-win' solution seen in land row

ANGELES CITY -- Members of the Nepomuceno political clan, who owns a vast track of land in Barangay Cutcut here, are confident of a “win-win” solution over property dispute with a trader and golf course owner.

Councilor Brian Nepomuceno said an amicable settlement between the Neplum Inc. and Ruperto Cruz, owner of Royal Garden Gold and Country Club (RGGCC), is always possible.

12 Feb 2011 - Guv calls for safety plan

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged the Provincial Board (PB) on Monday to immediately adopt an ordinance dealing with the barangay information system and safety plan following the recent upsurge of crimes in the province.

Ordinance 490, "An ordinance adopting a barangay information system and safety plan and strengthening the institutional capabilities of the barangays in the Province of Pampanga," is the unified ordinance agreed upon during the recent emergency peace and council meeting called by the governor at Capitol.

12 Feb 2011 - PamCham holds trade exhibit

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCHam), in cooperation with Waltermart and the City Government of San Fernando, is hosting a product exhibit in support of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) here starting this week until Feb. 28.

The event, dubbed Kaganapan 2011, is in celebration of the 10th cityhood anniversary of this capital city.

12 Feb 2011 - People Power commemorative fun run all set

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Angeles City Volunteers for PNoy, Ninoy and Cory Aquino foundation, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) will be hosting a 2.5K, 5K, and 10K fun run for a cause dubbed as "The Pampanga Freedom Run" on Feb. 27 here.

The People Power-inspired fun run is aimed to build classrooms here. This would be held at the parade grounds of the Clark Freeport Zone at 5:30 a.m.

11 Feb 2011 - City hospital receives medical equipment

ANGELES CITY -- Hospital equipment donated by an international medical assistance organization arrived Wednesday at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC).

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan inspected the hospital equipment and medical supplies after they were unloaded from a 40-foot container van.

11 Feb 2011 - Kabalen artists celebrate culture, arts in exhibit

ANGELES CITY -- Local artists here are celebrating the National Arts Month with a list of activities highlighting Kapampangan arts and folk culture traditions.

Don De Dios said Kapampangan artists here have set up a month-long list of events for local art enthusiasts and Kapampangan culture lovers.

11 Feb 2011 - Central Luzon execs sign peace covenant

PAMPANGA -- The six governors of Central Luzon signed Thursday a covenant that seeks to keep peace and order in the region and make it the next center of progress in the country.

During the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) summit at the Clark Freeport, Governors Lilia Pineda (Pampanga), Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado (Bulacan), Victor Yap (Tarlac), Enrique Garcia Jr. (Bataan), Bellaflor Castillo (Aurora) and Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. (Zambales) vowed to unite their efforts in maintaining peace and order in Central Luzon.

11 Feb 2011 - Artist, linguist to get cultural awards

ANGELES CITY -- The Holy Angel University (HAU) has chosen a national artist and a top linguist as recipients of the first Juan D. Nepomuceno Cultural Awards.

Benedicto "BenCab" Cabrera, 2006 National Artist for Visual Arts, and Anicia H. del Corro, noted linguist and lexicographer, will receive special university medals of honor on March 8, the birth anniversary of HAU founder Juan D. Nepomuceno.

11 Feb 2011 - Koreans showcase culture at Bayanihan Park

ANGELES CITY -- A joint effort between the City Government and the city's Korean community showcases Korean culture via the Kor-Phil Cultural Exchange Hanmadang Festival, which started Friday at the Bayanihan Park.

Han Madang is the celebration of the traditional Korean-Philippines' outdoor cultural exchange, which celebrates community spirit and cooperation.

11 Feb 2011 - Angeles City rabies-free by 2013: mayor

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the City Government, through the City Veterinary Office (CVO), has intensified its campaign for a rabies-free city by 2013.

In line with this, the CVO scheduled a free vaccination of dogs and other pets in all barangays. It will be held annually.

11 Feb 2011 - Guv calls for immediate adoption of safety plan

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged the Provincial Board (PB) to immediately adopt an ordinance dealing with the barangay information system and safety plan following the recent upsurge of crimes in Pampanga.

Ordinance 490, otherwise known as "An ordinance adopting a barangay information system and safety plan and strengthening the institutional capabilities of the barangays in the Province of Pampanga," is the unified measure agreed upon during the recent emergency peace and council meeting summoned by the governor at Capitol.

10 Feb 2011 - Group assails mayor

ANGELES CITY --- Members of an urban poor association here assailed Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan's statement branding them as "professional squatters."

About 200 members of the Kasama Mo Sa Pagbabago Na Lilikha Ng Isang Mabuting Gobierno (Kapanalig) who are occupying properties in Barangay Pandan here owned by Jaoville trooped to City Hall recently and aired their sentiments.

10 Feb 2011 - Reyes was a generous man: priest

ANGELES CITY -- A priest assigned at the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church here recalled the generosity of former Energy secretary Angelo Reyes on Tuesday.

Monsignor Jun Mercado, parish priest of the church, said the Provincial Board and the Pampanga Mayors League (PML) named Reyes as an adopted son of Pampanga because of his support to the province.

9 Feb 2011 - Pampanga cops undergo media training

PAMPANGA -- Pampanga police officers underwent a day-long media relations seminar as part of their training on the proper way of dealing with journalists.

Senior Superintendent Edgardo Tinio, provincial police director, said participants in the seminar included all the chief of police in 21 towns and Pampanga police headquarters’ key personnel and staff.

9 Feb 2011 - Fast-track tax mapping

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda has ordered the provincial assessor's office to complete its tax-mapping project in Pampanga by June.

Pineda made the order during the recent consultative meeting on real property tax administration and provincial tax-mapping project at the King's Royale Hotel.

9 Feb 2011 - University institute stages Chinese road show

ANGELES CITY -- The Confucius Institute at the Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) is staging a series of road shows in celebration of its first-year anniversary, according to AUF president and CI-AUF chairman Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

CI-AUF, in partnership with the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Beijing) and the Fujian Normal University (Fujian Province, PR China), will stage "Jasmine Brings Spring to the Philippines: A Cultural Presentation" at the University of the Philippines (UP) February 11, University of Santo Tomas (UST) on February 12, Bulacan State University (BSU) on February 14 and Ateneo de Manila University (AMU) on February 15.

8 Feb 2011 - Toxic waste check starts Thursday

PAMPANGA -- Pampanga's 21 municipal and city chairmen on environment and natural resources agreed to conduct a series of inspections on waterways and dump sites in the province starting Thursday.

The inspections' results will finally pinpoint the sources of solid and liquid waste contributing to alleged build-up in rivers in fourth district towns, particularly in Macabebe.

8 Feb 2011 - Meat company invited to hog farm inspection

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda has invited representatives of Monterey Foods Corporation to assist the Provincial Government in the upcoming inspection of hog farms in Porac town.

"We invited the technical working group (TWG) of Monterey to help us when we start inspecting the sanitation measures of hog farms in Porac," Pineda said.

8 Feb 2011 - Porac exec proposes ID system

ANGELES CITY -- A municipal official of nearby Porac town has proposed an identification (ID) system that may be implemented all over Pampanga.

Councilor Mike Tapang aired his suggestion during a fellowship meeting with the town's barangay chairmen at Jun-Jun's Restaurant along Friendship Highway in this city.

8 Feb 2011 - Pampanga hosts peace and order council summit

Governor Lilia Pineda was elated that Pampanga is hosting Wednesday's Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Summit at the Holiday Inn in Clark Freeport.

In an interview Tuesday, Pineda said: "We are always supportive of the efforts of the RPOC regarding our peace and order situation in the province and the region."

8 Feb 2011 - Village execs lauded for discovery of carjackers' lair

MABALACAT -- A top police official here commended the leaders of Barangay Mabiga who became instrumental in the discovery of a suspected carjackers' lair recently.

Superintendent Rolly Mendoza, town police chief, said information relayed by barangay officials led to the raid of the hideout and confiscation of at least three luxury vehicles and car parts.

8 Feb 2011 - City to implement one-way traffic scheme

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government is set to implement a one-way traffic scheme in selected streets at busy commercial districts here.

The move is aimed at easing the worsening traffic condition in the city, said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

7 Feb 2011 - Workers start clearing creek of garbage

MABALACAT -- Municipal Government workers and volunteers have started clearing the Duquit creek with garbage after it has been used as an open dumpsite for several decades now.

Mayor Marino Morales said workers from the maintenance department and solid waste management office are manually removing piles of garbage dumped along the creek.

7 Feb 2011 - Mabalacat folk pay tribute to late mayor

MABALACAT -- Hundreds of people gathered at the old municipal building in Barangay Poblacion here to pay their last respects to the late former mayor Reynaldo Candelaria. He died at 60.

Candelaria succumbed to brain stroke last Friday at the Garcia General Hospital in Angeles City.

7 Feb 2011 - City workers to get productivity bonus

ANGELES CITY -- City Government employees are expected to receive this week at least P2,000 productivity bonus.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan made the announcement during the flag raising ceremony at the city hall compound Monday.

7 Feb 2011 - University to honor top Catholic lay educator

ANGELES CITY -- Holy Angel University, the first Catholic school in the Philippines to be founded by a layperson, will confer the Order of St. Michael the Archangel on one of the country’s best-known Catholic lay educators.

Onofre R. Pagsanghan, long-time faculty of the Ateneo de Manila High School, will be honored “for outstanding contribution to Catholic lay education in the Philippines.”

7 Feb 2011 - Sony Philippines opens 1st Pampanga branch

PAMPANGA -- Leading electronics firm Sony Philippines has recently opened their first flagship concept store in Pampanga.

Aurora Mendoza, operations manager of Abenson, said the first Sony store in the province is part of their continuous efforts to expand and penetrate different cities across the country.

7 Feb 2011 - Lady O Bar re-opens under new Management

John, an Ausie who used to run Bedrock and Cherries took over Lady O Bar and prepares for opening this Friday February 11th.

Expect some exciting changes from this experienced Bar Manager.

6 Feb 2011 - Town execs urged to resolve concerns on environment

PAMPANGA -- A top Catholic Church official in Pampanga has advised all mayors to stop the blaming game and instead gather their efforts in following environmental laws.

Archbishop Paciano Aniceto said Kapampangan mayors should act together in resolving the ballooning solid and toxic waste problems in the province.

6 Feb 2011 - Village chief hits council for rejecting ordinances

ANGELES CITY -- The barangay chairman of Balibago here has denounced the City Council for allegedly disapproving two ordinances relative to health services.

Rodelio “Tony” Mamac, village chief of Balibago, claimed that the City Council has no power to disapprove ordinances passed by the barangay council.

6 Feb 2011 - AC 4-Wheelers conquer Ford Off-Road Challenge

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Four Wheelers trio led by trucker and quarryman Manman Bengco conquered the tough Ford Off-Road Challenge at Gugu Creek in Bacolor on Saturday.

Bengco, along with seasoned team mates Tonton Dizon and Jec Sazon, aboard their three custom-built off-road vehicles, breezed through the finish line almost at sundown, after navigating the grueling 3.2-kilometer dirt and obstacle track after the flag up mid-morning.

4 Feb 2011 - Police records bare increase in crime rate

PAMPANGA -- Records from the Philippine National Police (PNP) show that the crime incidence in the province has increased by 20 percent from December 2010 to January 31 over the same period last year.

The crime incidents, records show, reached 785. At the same time, the province's index crime also registered an increase of 23 percent.

4 Feb 2011 - Revision of award rules set

PAMPANGA -- Nomination, screening, selection and judging of the Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards (Moka) are set to be revitalized after controversies surrounding the distinguished citations for Pampanga's best surfaced last year.

First district Board Member Tarcicio DC Halili said he was assigned to the task and is set to present new and stricter guidelines on Moka.

4 Feb 2011 - Village execs urged to enforce environmental ordinances

MABALACAT -- A municipal councilor here has urged barangay officials to enforce ordinances relative to environmental protection, particularly the enabling acts of Republic Act (RA) 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2002.

Councilor Oscar Aurelio, Municipal Council committee chair on health, sanitation and environmental protection, appealed to village chiefs to prevent indiscriminate dumping of waste and establish material recovery facilities in their respective barangays.

4 Feb 2011 - Police visibility in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- The newly installed police head in this city has ordered for police visibility as part of his crime prevention program.

Senior Superintendent Melchor Reyes, city police officer-in-charge, said he directed his men to make round-the-clock patrolling and monitoring to prevent lawless elements from striking.

4 Feb 2011 - HAU to announce 1st Kapampangan cultural awardees

ANGELES CITY -- Officials of the Holy Angel University (HAU) will announce this week the two recipients of the first annual Juan D. Nepomuceno Cultural Awards who have made an impact on Kapampangan culture and research.

The awards are named after HAU founder, Juan D. Nepomuceno, who is known not only for his philanthropy but also for his Kapampangan writings and translations. The University's Center for Kapampangan Studies was also named after him.

3 Feb 2011 - City maintains claim on open dump issue

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government maintains its earlier claim that Angeles no longer has any open or controlled dumpsites.

Deo Sambilay of the City Information Office said individuals who indiscriminately dump garbage on several parts of the Abacan River here, like the three-wheeled bike garbage collectors, conduct their operation on a "guerilla type."

3 Feb 2011 - Police recover 16 carnapped vehicles

PAMPANGA -- Police showed to the media Thursday at least 16 carnapped vehicles recovered from alleged safe houses of the Dominguez carnap group in Pampanga.

Aside from the 16 new model cars, a motorcycle, 15 engines and other car parts were also recovered from the group's safe houses in the cities of San Fernando and Angeles, as well as the towns of Mexico and Mabalacat.

2 Feb 2011 - Abacan River claimed as virtual dump site

ANGELES CITY - The Abacan River, which runs through at least nine villages here, has been a dump site for several decades now, according to members of the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM).

PGKM member Sonny Dobles, also of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in Central Luzon, said several parts of the river serve as a dump site for residents in adjacent barangays like Anunas, Balibago, Sapang Bato and Pampang, among others.

2 Feb 2011 - Village chiefs tapped in resolving carjacking

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda is seeking the help of Pampanga village chiefs in curbing carjacking incidents that have recently plagued the province.

Pineda met with more than 500 village chiefs on Monday at the King's Royale Hotel, a few days after the province-wide emergency meeting at the Capitol.

2 Feb 2011 - Telecommunication firms urged to fast-track interconnection

PAMPANGA -- Vice Governor Joseller Guiao on Monday asked Globe's Innove and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company to fast-track their proposed interconnection to benefit Kapampangans.

Guiao, during a hearing on the long-delayed interconnection of the two competing telecommunication companies, said the interconnection backlogs, which started last year, have been depriving Pampanga constituents of vital services.

2 Feb 2011 - DOH-3 needs 10T nurses for RN Heals project

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) in Central Luzon has reminded unemployed nurses in the region to apply for the Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service (RN Heals) project on or before February 4.

Dr. Rio Magpantay, regional director of the DOH in Central Luzon, said RN Heals seeks to make essential health services available to all Filipinos by training and deploying 10,000 skilled nurses to 1,221 rural and un-served or underserved communities in the country for one year.

2 Feb 2011 - Quota Int'l Pampanga holds thank-you dinner for foreign doctors

PAMPANGA -- THE LADIES of Quota International Pampanga sponsored a dinner for the volunteer doctors and nurses of Stanford University Hospital, for being successful in fostering cultural ties and exchanging concepts in socio-civic activities.

The dinner was in gratitude to the medical volunteers led by Filipino and Kapampangan expatriate Julieta Gaviola, who heads the medical mission team. The group was invited by the Archdiocese of San Fernando for a recent three-day series of medical missions here last week.

2 Feb 2011 -- SEAir to start flights via Hong Kong, Macau

CLARK FREEPORT - Domestic air carrier South East Asian Airlines (SEAir) will further expand its operations at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) with flights to Hong Kong and Macau that are expected to start February 14.

The move came after the success of their twice weekly flights to Singapore that started in December 2010. It was also learned that SEAir is considering flights to Taipei.

2 Feb 2011 - Ex-city exec asks city to help orphanage

ANGELES CITY -- Former city councilor Louie Reyes has appealed to the City Government and other national government agencies to extend assistance to an orphanage here that is presently supporting and taking care of 32 girls.

Reyes made the appeal during the celebration of his 36th birthday at the Children's Home of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Incorporated (The Home) inside the Santa Maria Village in Barangay Balibago over the weekend.

2 Feb 2011 - Suspected drug trader nabbed

MABALACAT -- A 22-year-old woman was apprehended Sunday by elements of the town police on suspicion that she is handling "shabu" (methamphetamine) in Barangay Dau here.

Police identified the suspect as Marylou Campos Fernandez of South Daang Bakal, Barangay Dau, this town.

2 Feb 2011 - Rubber firm to expand operations in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT - The Yokohama Rubber Company, Limited (YRCL), has bared plans for an increased 10-million-tire yearly production capacity for Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc. (YTPI), a local passenger-car tire manufacturing and sales company located inside this Freeport Zone.

YTPI in Clark is currently producing 7 million tires yearly since its operation started in 1996.

2 Feb 2011 - Education sector joins hero commemoration

PAMPANGA -- Teachers and students from the Pampanga High School and other schools from the city joined the death anniversary commemoration of Kapampangan hero Pedro Abad Santos at the Heroes Hall on Tuesday.

This after Mayor Oscar Rodriguez lamented on the absence of the education sector during past commemoration rites of heroes.

1 Feb 2011 - Labor department has new regional chief

PAMPANGA -- The new regional director of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Central Luzon assumed office on Monday.

Labor Attaché Leopoldo De Jesus, a native of Bulacan, is the new acting regional director of Dole, replacing outgoing director Ernesto Bihis.

1 Feb 2011 - Trade agency renews promotion of Free Trade Laws

ANGELES CITY - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Tuesday said it will be renewing its initiatives to promote the service of Free Trade Laws (FTL) among businesses and consumers in the province.

DTI information officer Wilfred Carbonel, in a statement, said the enforcement of the FTL will continue for 2011. He said it is seen as a way to engage businesses to adopt a self-policing mechanism designed to promote and foster the highest level of business ethics and uphold a fair and honest marketplace.

1 Feb 2011 - Spectacular Chinese New Year at SM

CLARK FREEPORT -- CELEBRATE the year of the Rabbit with a fascinating array of rich Chinese cultural performances at SM malls.

At SM City Pampanga and SM City Clark, join the parade with Chinese New Year Mascots happening on January 30. Likewise, watch the time-honored Lion and Dragon dance as they grace their way, bringing in luck, into every corner of the mall on February 3, 2001 at 10:00 am.