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Balibago News Apr-2011

29 Apr 2011 - Justice Luciano dies at 91

MABALACAT -- Justice Leonor Ines Luciano, 91, mother of Clark International Airport Corporation President Victor Jose I. Luciano, succumbed to cardiac arrest last Thursday.

Relatives and friends mourn her death because of her good deeds, particularly in advancing the welfare of the women in the country.

29 Apr 2011 - Northrail employees want recall of lay-off order

PAMPANGA -- A workers group called on the North Luzon Railways Corporation's (NorthRail) new management to immediately lift the suspension order imposed on 70 employees.

The call came as new Northrail president Conrado Tolentino, in his April 14 notice to employees here, said that contractual obligations between Northrail and Sinomach for Phase 1, Sec. 1 has been suspended effective March 28, 2011.

29 Apr 2011 - Water district's contribution to Mabalacat economy cited

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales has cited the Mabalacat Water District (MWD) for its socio-economic contribution to this first-class municipality, which is aspiring to become a component city of Pampanga.

Morales said MWD officials and employees are committed to provide world-class water to their concessionaires.

29 Apr 2011 - Porci to host first-ever rainforest track

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Off-Roaders Club Inc. (Porci), in cooperation with the International Off-road Challenge of Malaysia and SM City Pampanga, will be host Saturday the first-ever rainforest challenge in Central Luzon.

Porci president John Sambo said the event, dubbed as "SM City Pampanga 4x4 Off-road Challenge," features a more challenging track designed by Dennis Javier of the Tanay Land Rover Team and Rainforest Challenge representative Daniel Liew.

28 Apr 2011 - New Angeles police chief installed

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan led Thursday the installation of a new police director for the city.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono assumed the city police director post and replaced Senior Superintendent Melchor Reyes during Thursday's turnover ceremony at Camp Tomas Pepito in Barangay Santo Domingo here.

28 Apr 2011 - Guv, board members give goods to 3 Aeta villages

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda distributed last Wednesday foodstuffs and goods to some 500 Aeta residents of Barangays Camachile, Mawakat and Nabuklod as part of Provincial Government's social services program.

Pineda was accompanied by Board Members Fritzie David-Dizon, Nestor Tolentino, Teresito Lingad and Ricardo Yabut at the Nabuklod Elementary School here.

28 Apr 2011 - Hospital introduces non-surgical breast biopsy

PAMPANGA -- A private hospital recently introduced a non-surgical system of identifying breast abnormalities that could lead to cancer.

The Mother Theresa of Calcutta Medical Center (MTCMC) opened to the public on Tuesday the Mammotome Breast Biopsy System.

28 Apr 2011 - Bizman asks US senators' help for Clark airport development

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano has asked two US senators to help in the transformation of Clark airport into an "aerotropolis".

US Senators Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, President Pro Tempore of the US Senate, and Thad Cochran of Mississippi, both members of the committee on appropriations, visited the CIAC Corporate Offices on Tuesday and made a quick tour at the expanded Terminal 1 of the Clark International Airport.

28 Apr 2011 - Green group saves century-old tree

ANGELES CITY -- A group of environmentalists has prevented the cutting of a century-old Gita tree at a vacant lot near the Immaculate Conception Parish Church in Barangay Balibago here.

Cecile Santos Yumul, of the Save the Trees Coalition, said they were able to stop workers from cutting the tree with the help of the local police and foresters from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

27 Apr 2011 - Remollo eyes Clark for new Malacañang

Incoming Clark Development Corp. president and chief executive officer Felipe Antonio Remollo, who assumes post next month, said he is eyeing enough area here for the construction of a new Malacañang, as well as buildings to accommodate national government offices.

In an interview with Punto, Remollo said this plan would finally decongest Metro Manila. However, he did not say whether such a move was initiated by Pres. Aquino who, he stressed, personally picked him to assume the CDC post.

27 Apr 2011 - SM City Pampanga, Clark to host May 1 job fairs

PAMPANGA -- SM City Pampanga and SM City Clark will join SM Supermalls all across the country as they host the Labor Day job fair on Sunday, May 1, at the malls' respective event centers.

SM City Pampanga public relations officer Rain Cervantes said the event is spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole)-Central Luzon.

27 Apr 2011 - Education agency allots 12.5 billion for new classrooms

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has allotted at least P12.5 billion for the construction of new classrooms and purchase of new school furniture across the country.

Reynaldo Laguda, assistant secretary at the DepEd, said the budget seeks to address the lack of classrooms in public elementary and high schools nationwide.

27 Apr 2011 - Fil-Ams welcome Remollo, cites Ricafort

CLARK FREEPORT -- Filipino and American investors here welcomed the appointment of new Clark Development Corporation (CDC) executives, noting the accomplishments of the government-run corporation in the past two years.

Demos Punsalan, senior partner at Sequoia Strategic Partners, a management consulting and trade representation company in Silicon Valley, said the appointment of lawyer Felipe Antonio Remollo is a welcome development as "it brings new and fresh perspectives and impetus on the continuing development inside Clark."

27 Apr 2011 - Town council to probe basketball fiasco

MABALACAT -- The City Council here is planning to investigate the controversial participation of the town's delegates to the Inter-Town Basketball League parade without shoes.

Mayor Marino Morales and Councilor Jerry Basilio bared this on Wednesday, both of them saying the Municipal Council is going to conduct its own probe regarding the incident.

26 Apr 2011 - Workers asked to support incoming Clark firm execs

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Benigno Ricafort has enjoined employees of the state-owned corporation to support the incoming batch of executives.

Ricafort, at the same time, assured the "full support and cooperation" of the current CDC management and staff to the new CDC board led by incoming chairman Cesar Villanueva, and president and chief executive officer Felipe Antonio Remollo.

26 Apr 2011 - Food chain builds classroom for Angeleño kids

ANGELES CITY -- A giant food corporation has chosen a public school in this city to be among the 40 recipients of its classroom building program across the country.

Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) led the groundbreaking ceremonies on Tuesday at the Pulung Bulu Elementary School (PBES) here, where the classroom will be built.

26 Apr 2011 - Pamintuan vows to support cultural projects

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan vowed to support the programs of the newly appointed Board of Trustees of the Kuliat Foundation Incorporated (KFI) toward cultural awareness and heritage commemoration.

Pamintuan swore in the new board of trustees for the KFI recently at the Museo ning Angeles. Members of the new KFI Board of Trustees are Anette Tinio (president), Architect Leandro Naguiat (vice-president), Fernan Panlilio (secretary), and Aristides Garbes (treasurer).

26 Apr 2011 - Health chief graces AUF School of Medicine graduation rites

ANGELES CITY -- Department of Health secretary Enrique Ona will be the guest of honor and speaker at the commencement exercises of the Angeles University Foundation School of Medicine today, Wednesday.

AUF President lawyer Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles said Ona will address 51 candidates for graduation led by class valedictorian Ketan Kumar Kapoor, class salutatorian Erica Christine M. Baltazar, class rank 3 and most outstanding clerk Amrita Kumari, and class rank 4 Satish Ramesh Rohra.

25 Apr 2011 - Meds database installed in Pampanga hospitals

PAMPANGA -- At least nine computers with capabilities of tracking down availability of medicines have recently been installed in public hospitals in Pampanga.

The computers were recently installed at the Diosdado Macapagal Memorial Medical Center in Sta. Rita, Andres G. Luciano Memorial Hospital (formerly Balitucan District Hospital) in Magalang, Romana Pangan District Hospital in Floridablanca and the district hospitals of Mabalacat, Macabebe, San Luis and Arayat, among others.

25 Apr 2011 - Let's uphold anti-red tape act: mayor

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo D. Pamintuan has urged frontline service offices in the city to uphold Republic Act (RA) 9485, or the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) in a bid to end graft and corruption in government service.

Pamintuan said RA 9485 was passed in order to improve efficiency in the delivery of government service to the public by reducing bureaucratic red tape, preventing graft and corruption, and providing penalties for the violators.

24 Apr 2011 - Tracking system in villages eyed

ANGELES CITY -- Plans to use a tracking system that will monitor Angeles City’s large transient population are under way, a top city official said.

Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the tracking system will determine the places of origin and the reasons for staying of non-Kapampangans in the city’s villages.

24 Apr 2011 - Bishop to attend Pope John Paul II’s beatification

PAMPANGA -- Archbishop Paciano Aniceto is scheduled to attend the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II at the Vatican City, Rome on May 1.

Monsignor Jun Mercado, Lourdes Church parish priest, said many Filipinos would attend the former Pope’s beatification, which is the fastest in the history of the Catholic Church.

24 Apr 2011 - Regional tax bureau collects P2.7B

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Central Luzon has posted a total of P2.7 billion in revenue tax collection, overcoming its target for the first quarter of 2011.

The revenue office disclosed that its target collection for January to March 2011, pegged at P2,701,002,000, has been met with an excess of P24,985,511.88. The excess collection represents about 93 percent overrun.

24 Apr 2011 - Immigration personnel warned vs illegal operations

IMMIGRATION agents were warned against conducting unauthorized investigation or operations against a foreigner without a mission order from the office. Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. warned the public against the activities of an extortion syndicate whose members have allegedly been going around and dropping his name to solicit funds from foreigners.

He appealed to foreigners who may have been victimized by the extortion syndicate to report to him the names of the fund solicitors through the immigration hotline 527-3248 and 309-7751 to 53, so necessary action could be taken against them.

23 Apr 2011 - 35,000 tourists witness crucifixion rites

PAMPANGA -- Thousands of tourists trooped to a village here on Friday to witness the reenactment of Jesus Christ's suffering, which some foreigners described as "magnificent and unique".

Ching Pangilinan, senior tourism officer, said they monitored 35,000 visitors based on the tourist registry books and foot traffic.

23 Apr 2011 - 11 penitents nailed to cross in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Eleven penitents were nailed to the cross in Barangay Cutud in San Fernando, Pampanga on Friday as part of the town’s Holy Week rituals.

A number of devout Filipino Catholics and several tourists flocked to the barangay to witness the traditional reenactment of Christ’s crucifixion.

23 Apr 2011 - Youth group initiates environment program

CLARK FREEPORT -- A youth organization is set to hold a "Dinner for a Cause" and a concert here on May 28 to support its tree planting project in Pampanga and other parts of Central Luzon.

The Global Linkages for the Filipino Youth Foundation (GLFYF), in partnership with the Multi-Action Creative Production, has initiated a program titled Hamon Para Sa Kalikasan, an environmental protection program being undertaken by the group in this Freeport.

20 Apr 2011 - Angeleños pledge support for environment

CLARK FREEPORT -- From picking up small pieces of trash to planting a tree every day, Angeleños have pledged their support for environment conservation.

City officials, representatives from the business sector and private organizations, including the youth, have wrote their pledges on green colored board during the Earth Day celebration at SM City Clark (SMCC).

18 Apr 2011 - Police assure safety of tourists, locals on Holy Week

PAMPANGA -- More than 200 police officers will be deployed in strategic posts to ensure the safety of tourists and locals, who will witness the crucifixion rites in three villages around San Fernando on Good Friday.

Five crucifixion rites will start at 9 a.m. in Barangay San Juan, followed by three in Barangay Sta. Lucia at 10 a.m. The highlight of the event will be in Barangay San Pedro Cutud where 14 crucifixions are expected.

18 Apr 2011 - Mayor supports cities’ league move vs SC justices

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is supporting the cities’ league plan to file impeachment complaints against justices of the Supreme Court, who voted to uphold conversion 16 municipalities.

Pamintuan, public relations officer of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), said the 16 municipalities failed to meet the cityhood requirements under the Local Government Code.

18 Apr 2011 - Two airport corporation officials replaced

CLARK FREEPORT -- Architect Nestor Mangio and businessman Raffy Angeles are no longer part of the state-run Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC).

Mangio, who is the former chairman of CIAC, and Angeles, who is a member of the CIAC board, are replaced by Felipe Gerardo Mallari and James Koch Dimal.

18 Apr 2011 - ‘Newsman’ nabbed for illegal possession of firearms

ANGELES CITY -- An alleged local journalist was arrested for illegal possession of firearms in Angeles City, while four others were arrested for grave threat and trespassing.

Rolando Cobarrubias Jr., 45, who identified himself as a journalist, was arrested over the weekend at Timog Park Subdivision in Barangay Pampang after a complaint from the owners of the condominium where he resides.

18 Apr 2011 - Water district to launch new pump station, sub office

MABALACAT -- The Mabalacat Water District (MWD) will launch its new pumping station in Barangay Mabiga and its sub-office in Barangay Camachiles on April 29.

MWD General Manager Francis Dimaliwat said the commissioning of the new pump at Casmor Subdivision in said village and the inauguration of the new sub-office at Camachiles Resettlement Center will highlight the water district’s 33rd anniversary.

18 Apr 2011 - Inter-Town Basketball Tournament

PAMPANGA -- Vice Governor Joseller Guiao on Sunday said the sports development program of the Capitol is taking on a fresh start with the opening of the 1st Governor Lilia Pineda Cup, or the Pampanga Sangguniang Kabataan Inter-Town Basketball Tournament at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

Except for San Luis and Candaba, 19 towns with selection teams will go on road games across the province. The governor has funded the games, which are being facilitated by SK president and Board Member Krizzanel Garbo.

17 Apr 2011 - Local Government affirms junked ordinances

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Interior and local Government (DILG) has affirmed the two controversial ordinances junked by the City Council recently.

The Balibago Council approved on December 9, 2010 Ordinance No. 1 Series of 2010, an ordinance establishing the Balibago Birthing Home and Hygiene Clinic as well as creating the Balibago Health Foundation and Trust Fund.

17 Apr 2011 - Tourists troop to pilgrimage sites in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- People are now trooping to various tourist and pilgrimage sites in Pampanga with the start of the Lenten week.

Among the favorite church destinations include the 'sunken church' in Bacolor town, the Santiago Apostol Church in Betis district in Guagua and San Agustin Church in Lubao town.

17 Apr 2011 - Big crowd expected in Sabuaga Festival

PAMPANGA -- Thousands of tourists from different parts of the country and abroad are expected to visit this small fourth district town, Sto. Thomas, to witness the Sabuaga Festival, which will be held on Easter Sunday, April 24.

Mayor Joselito Naguit said preparations have been two months ago to make sure that tourists and residents will be treated to a whole day of events.

16 Apr 2011 - Motorists reminded on road safety

PAMPANGA -- A top official of the public works agency has reminded motorists and vacationers that will troop to provinces for this Holy Week on road safety.

Alfredo Tolentinto, assistant secretary for operations and concurrent chief of the Department of Public Works and Highways in Central Luzon, said road safety should be a priority of motorists.

16 Apr 2011 - Award program for small enterprises, traders launched

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) launched over the weekend the SME Star Program in Central Luzon at SM City Pampanga.

SME Star program is a search for the country's outstanding entrepreneurs as part of the administration's development agenda to strengthen and support micro, small, and medium enterprises.

15 Apr 2011 - Kids organize art exhibit to help tsunami victims

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Grade school students here have pooled their paintings in an arts exhibit to raise funds for disaster victims in Japan.

Casa Kalayaan International School (CKIS) principal Joanne Prieto said the arts exhibit was conceptualized a couple of months ago after seeing the children's beautiful artworks made at the Subic Lighthouse Marina.

15 Apr 2011 - Top consul vows support for Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- A top official of the Consulate General Office in San Francisco, California has pledged support to investment promotions for Clark Freeport, which is expected to help boost the Philippine economy.

Marciano A. Paynor Jr., consul general in San Francisco, California, gave the assurance during a courtesy call made by Noel Tulabut, assistant manager of Public Relations Department of Clark Development Corporation (CDC).

15 Apr 2011 - Angeles City to open business office in mall

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government is set to open a satellite office at the Robinson's Place in Barangay Balibago where business permits, birth certificates and the like will be issued.

In connection with this, the local government unit has forged a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the said mall to establish the government's Business One Stop Shop (Boss).

15 Apr 2011 - Guv: Let's discover more Kapampangan artists

PAMPANGA -- Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda vowed to support the Kapampangan artists, saying it is time that the Provincial Government discover and harness their talents.

Pineda admitted during the recent painting exhibit of the Artists Association of the Philippines-Angeles City and Pampanga Chapters that she is a patron of the arts, particularly works of Kapampangan craftsmen.

15 Apr 2011 - German pedophile arrested

ANGELES CITY -- A German pedophile, identified as Gisbert Leistner, wanted on multiple cases of child abuse in Germany was arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

Leistner, 50, was arrested last April 7 in Angeles City, Pampanga by operatives of the bureau's Interpol unit and is now waiting for German federal officials to escort him back.

15 Apr 2011 - Tourist saved from attempted Suicide

ANGELES CITY -- Hotel staff at Kokomos entered the room of a French Tourist who showed unusual behaviour earlier.

He tried to suffocate himself hanging from the bathroom door on a nylon cord.

14 Apr 2011 - Central Luzon will be on tourism map: mayor

PAMPANGA -- Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan vowed to put the provinces of Aurora Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales as well as towns and cities in Central Luzon on the tourism map.

Pamintuan was appointed chairman of the committee on tourism of the Regional Development Council (RDC) during its Full Council Meeting at Heroes Hall last Monday.

14 Apr 2011 - Foreigners discouraged to join crucifixion rites

PAMPANGA -- An official from this city has discouraged foreign nationals from joining the crucifixion rites at Barangay San Pedro Cutud on Good Friday.

Councilor Jimmy Lazatin, chairperson of the Maleldo Committee 2011, said crucifixion rites will be limited to Kapampangan natives who have life-long religious vows.

14 Apr 2011 - Clark hosts 1st North Luzon Franchising confab, exhibit

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Freeport has served as venue of the recently concluded 1st North Luzon Franchising Conference and Exhibit at the Holiday Inn Clark.

The event, which was held last April 13, was spearheaded by the Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MACCII), in cooperation with the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc.

14 Apr 2011 - Mayor urges village chiefs to comply with solid waste law

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales has urged barangay leaders here to comply with the conditions of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

During Wednesday’s meeting with village chiefs here, Morales said every barangay should implement environmental laws in their respective villages.

14 Apr 2011 - SBMA intensifies emergency preparedness program

SUBIC FREEPORT -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has started conducting earthquake drills among its various departments as a continuing effort to enhance the preparedness of its employees for emergency situations.

SBMA administrator Armand Arreza said that what happened in Japan “should serve as an eye-opener for all.”

14 Apr 2011 - Subic ready for tourist influx this Holy Week

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) announced that it is prepared for a surge of tourists this coming Lenten season and the whole summer.

Raul Marcelo, SBMA deputy administrator for business development, said they have already set up tourist information booths in strategic areas around the Freeport to provide assistance to visitors and motorists.

13 Apr 2011 - Derry Parker died

ANGELES CITY -- Derry Parker, the owner of Thi-Hi Bar, died yesterday of heart failure.

May he rest in Peace.

13 Apr 2011 - Aquino 'recommends' 2 new Clark execs

CLARK FREEPORT -- President Benigno Aquino III has reportedly recommended two personalities for the Clark Development Corporation’s (CDC) top posts.

The President’s recommendation letter was reportedly read before Monday’s CDC Board meeting, where the names of Former Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo as president and Cezar Villanueva as chairman were mentioned.

13 Apr 2011 - Just P2 for an anti-dengue kit

PAMPANGA -- For a maximum of P2, the mosquito-borne dengue disease will no longer be a threat to families in Central Luzon.

To stop the spread of dengue even during the summer season, officials from the Department of Health (DOH) in Central Luzon has launched the Ovicidal and Larvicidal mosquito trap (Ovitrap).

The Ovitrap is the new anti-dengue product of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) that only uses one black cup, a piece of lawanit wood or any absorbent wood and a pepper-made solution. The black color of the cup attracts mosquitoes to lay their eggs on the strip of lawanit wood and the solution would then kill the resulting larvae.

13 Apr 2011 - Ex-Subic Bay exec appointed BCDA head

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Former Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman Felicito Payumo was appointed as chairman of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) last Monday.

BCDA is the government agency tasked with converting former American Military bases into economic zones.

13 Apr 2011 - Police all set for Holy Week 2011

PAMPANGA -- With thousands of tourists and folks expected to troop to Pampanga this Holy Week and summer vacation, the Philippine National has Police started Oplan SumVac 2011, establishing motorist assistance centers and checkpoints in strategic locations all over the province.

Provincial police director Sr. Supt. Edgardo Tinio said hundreds of uniformed men have been deployed and are manning the centers and checkpoints.

13 Apr 2011 - Rotary Club Angeles to celebrate 46th year of service

ANGELES CITY -- The Rotary Club of Angeles City (RI District 3790) will be celebrating on Thursday, April 14, its 46th anniversary with the theme "Building Communities, Bridging Continents".

RC-Angeles president Ray Dizon said highlights of the event will be a citywide motorcade in the morning, followed by the distribution of 50 wheelchairs to indigent persons with disabilities (PWDs) and 55 computer sets to various public elementary and high schools in Angeles City, Mabalacat, Magalang and Bacolor.

12 Apr 2011 - Governor drops ID plan in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Gov. Lilia Pineda has stopped pushing a barangay identification system, which is one of two contentious issues in a proposed ordinance she certified as urgent to the provincial board on February 7.

In a statement on Tuesday, she instead urged barangay officials to keep and maintain a registry of residents, including transients, in their areas. The task is in the hands of the barangay secretary, an appointive official.

12 Apr 2011 - Clearing of Aeta ancestral lands in Floridablanca set

PAMPANGA -- Tribal leaders of Aeta communities in Barangay Nabuklod, Floridablanca met with Provincial Board member Nestor Tolentino here Tuesday in relation to an agreement seeking to develop 1,000 hectares of ancestral lands.

Tolentino, focal person for the said project, told the move is part of the ongoing implementation of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that states that the province will spearhead the planting of fruit-bearing trees, banana and vegetables, including other crops within the ancestral domain in the villages of Nabuklod (300 hectares), Camachile (400 hectares) and Mawacat (300 hectares).

12 Apr 2011 - Guv to give support for Kampangan artists

PAMPANGA -- Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda on Tuesday told members of the Artist Association of the Philippines (AAP) Pampanga and Angeles City chapters that the Provincial Government will extend help on programs that promotes Kapampangan art.

Pineda, who was guest speaker during the opening of the AAP exhibit at SM City Pampanga, said the Provincial Government is always ready to help in the promotion of Kapampangan art and extend assistance to projects of the AAP.

12 Apr 2011 - Mabalacat cops recover hijacked truck

MABALACAT -- The town police on Monday recovered a truck, reported hijacked in Laguna province two days ago, in Barangay Dau here.

Supt. Rolly Mendoza, town police chief, said his men found the abandoned six-wheeler closed-van (UMZ 195) in front of the El Retiro memorial park along the North Luzon Expressway access road in the said village around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

12 Apr 2011 - No trike fare hike in Angeles: transport office

ANGELES CITY -- The Public Transportation Regulatory Office (PTRO) has announced that there will be no tricycle fare increases in this city as of the moment.

Passengers complain that some drivers of these three-wheeled vehicles are "overcharging" them.

12 Apr 2011 - Pampanga university to confer Education chief

ANGELES CITY -- Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro will be conferred an honorary doctorate degree in Pedagogy by the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) today, April 13.

This was announced by AUF president Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles, who said Luistro is being cited for his significant contribution to the development of Catholic education in the country.

12 Apr 2011 - Binay, Escudero urge lawyers to help fight corruption

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Francis Escudero have urged some 2,000 lawyers who attended the biggest Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) convention to help the government fight corruption and help draft a law in order to fight human trafficking.

Binay and Escudero were joined by several high profile personalities such as Adel Tamano and Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta, who attended the 13th national convention of IBP at the Subic Bay Convention and Exhibition Center here.

11 Apr 2011 - Summer job for students launched

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government will launch the Special Program for the Employment of Students (Spes) this summer through its Public Employment Service Office (Peso).

Some 376 high school students from different schools, who will work from April 11 to May 10, were presented during Monday’s flag raising ceremony at the city hall.

11 Apr 2011 - Mall holds earthquake drill for tenants, staff

CLARK FREEPORT -- SM City Clark held Monday a series of earthquake drills to make tenants and staff aware on how to respond when an earthquake strikes.

SM Clark public relations officer Venus Manalang said the activity is part of their yearly fire and earthquake drill.

10 Apr 2011 - Police urged to continue ‘Araw ng Kagitingan’ observation

PAMPANGA -- Central Luzon Police Director Alan Purisima is still encouraging his men to extend the observance of Araw ng Kagitingan.

Purisima said the observance of such a holiday is in support of our heroes and Filipino war veterans during World War II.

9 Apr 2011 - Philippine, US troops build classrooms

PAMPANGA -- Philippine and United States soldiers joined forces in constructing classrooms in Central Luzon provinces as part of the Balikatan 2011 civic military action program.

A two-classroom building was built over the weekend at the Pedro L. Quines Elementary School, Mayantoc, Tarlac.

8 Apr 2011 - Lawmaker welcomes senator's bill banning plastics

ANGELES CITY -- Pampanga first district Congressman Carmelo Lazatin welcomed a Senate bill banning the use and manufacture of plastics nationwide as a move to save and protect the environment.

Lazatin said the bill filed by Senator Loren Legarda would complement his previous bill designed to ban "harmful plastics."

8 Apr 2011 - Clark outsourcing firm wins 3rd Peza award

CLARK FREEPORT -- Sutherland Global Services Philippines (SGSP), a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firm based inside Clark Freeport, recently bagged its third award as outstanding employer from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) Investors' Recognition Night.

The Peza, in cooperation with the Philippine Ecozones Association, bestows the Outstanding Employer Award to organizations that generated the most number of jobs, held high regard for the welfare of its workers, and maintained harmony between labor and management.

8 Apr 2011 - Corporation to host tour for Clark execs

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Tourism Promotions Office is inviting all top executives here to a familiarization tour of the Freeport and its nearby communities.

The CDC said the project, dubbed the "Clark Executives Familiarization Tours," is a tourism promotions campaign that aims to equip participants with first-hand knowledge of tourist facilities and attractions in Clark and nearby towns.

6 Apr 2011 - Mabalaqueño bar topnotcher honored

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales lauded Johana Tanglao Sunga, a resident of Sitio Camalig in Barangay Dau here who placed fifth in the recent bar examinations.

"Johana made history. She made us all proud," Morales said, as he led other town officials and employees in honoring Sunga last Monday.

6 Apr 2011 - 6,000 indigent students to get summer jobs

PAMPANGA -- At least 6,000 indigent students across Central Luzon will be beneficiaries of summer jobs that will be offered by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in the region.

The Dole, along with various Public Employment Service Offices (Pesos) all over the region, will implement the Special Program for Employment of Students (Spes) that seeks to provide summer jobs to students across the region.

6 Apr 2011 - NBI agents raided Rajah lodge

ANGELES CITY -- Rajah lodge, situated behind the Wild Orchid hotel on a side street that leads to the Courtyard and Johnny's supermarket was raided by NBI agents last night.

The investigation group will investigate the women as well as the establishment and possibly file charges of human trafficking and prostitution. How prosecutions will be made, however, is unclear as it would seem hard to come up with useful hard evidence of the illegal operations and violations happening behind the scene of the women and the establishment.

5 Apr 2011 - PamCham lauds outgoing Public Works chief

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) recognized the achievements of outgoing Public Works Regional Director Alfredo Tolentino in the implementation of infrastructure projects here.

Tolentino will vacate his post after his promotion as Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) undersecretary.

5 Apr 2011 - City health workers start anti-measles vaccination

ANGELES CITY -- Health workers in this city started Tuesday the simultaneous nationwide month-long, door-to-door measles supplemental immunization campaign.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has urged parents of children, especially nine months to eight years old, to have them vaccinated against measles.

4 Apr 2011 - Mabalacat Peso holds job fair

MABALACAT -- The local government, through its Public Employment Services Office (Peso), has sponsored a three-day job fair in front of the old municipal hall in Barangay Poblacion here.

Mabalacat Peso Manager Benjie Pangan said they have invited several firms for local and overseas employment, including the Y&L Global Manpower, Cyber City Teleservices and others.

4 Apr 2011 - Village official hurt in shooting incident

MABALACAT -- A village official from Barangay Dapdap here was seriously injured after being shot by a former Bantay Bayan chief Monday morning.

Police Chief Superintendent Rolly Mendoza said Fernando Cabalza, 70, sustained gunshot wounds on the stomach, left shoulder and other parts of his body after Fermin Banawa, 71, shot him.

4 Apr 2011 - Door-to-door measles immunization campaign starts

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga, in cooperation with the Department of Health (DOH), led the launching of the Measles Rubella Supplemental (MRS) immunization campaign here Monday.

Governor Lilia Pineda and Committee on Health chairperson Monina Laus facilitated the immunization of a nine-month-old baby, the first to be immunized in the province.

4 Apr 2011 - Economist defends Philippines 'large population'

CLARK FREEPORT -- Economist Bernie Villegas defended Monday the country's current population, saying a large populace is an asset and not a liability to a developing country like the Philippines.

Villegas issued the statement before members of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) amid the ongoing debate on Reproductive Health (RH) bill.

3 Apr 2011 - Lawmaker, guv lead exploration of new route to Mt. Pinatubo

PAMPANGA -- Two top government officials led 56 individuals who explored the new 22-kilometer route that gives Pampanga an access to the famous Mt. Pinatubo crater.

Second district Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Governor Lilia Pineda led the opening of a new route to Miyamit Falls, Mt. Pinatubo, and the Porac Highlands.

3 Apr 2011 - City posts 15% tourism growth in 2010

PAMPANGA -- Tourist arrivals in Central Luzon and the northern regions have significantly increased as a result of much-improved road networks that made tourist destinations in these areas more accessible.

Ronaldo Tiotuico, regional director for Central Luzon of the Department of Tourism (DOT), said that visitor arrivals in Central Luzon surpassed the half million mark (560,000) in 2010, representing a 15 percent increase over the previous year.

3 Apr 2011 - Tax bureau grants petitions to lower rate on public utility vehicles

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Central Luzon has granted petitions to lower taxes on drivers and operators after the transport strike led by the Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (Piston) in Pampanga.

Lawyer Romula Aguila Jr., chief of the BIR in Central Luzon, has also suspended the collection of P5,000 worth of taxes and fines for 2009 and 2010.

3 Apr 2011 - Hausland launches Mirus ‘Grandiose’

MABALACAT -- Hausland continues to push ahead with its mid-level housing schemes at it launched on Saturday morning its new single attached unit, Grandiose, at Mirus Residences.

Mirus residences in Barangay Mabiga, Mabalacat is another HomExperience project of the real estate conglomerate, coming after the successful Noveau developments here.

1 Apr 2011 - Angeles rids Abacan River of shanties

ANGELES CITY -- Authorities led Friday the demolition of shanties along the Abacan River in Barangay Malabanias here, which has become a dwelling place of hundreds of Badjao families.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan ordered the clearing of the river, which is considered a high-risk area in terms of flooding and disaster.

1 Apr 2011 - 2,000 families need to be resettled

MABALACAT -- Some 2,000 families in this urbanized town need to be resettled in low-cost housing projects of the National Housing Authority (NHA), said Mayor Marino Morales.

Morales said the local government will seek the support of Vice President Jejomar Binay for additional housing units in Barangay Atlu Bola here, where the resettlement is situated.

1 Apr 2011 - Official: NBI clearance an added protection

PAMPANGA -- Requiring transients residing or working in Pampanga to acquire clearances from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will be an added protection in the proposed Barangay Information and Registry System.

"It will not only be added protection in the registration of transients and prevention of crime but is actually the best way to grant the succeeding barangay clearance," said first district Board Member Tarcicio "Tars" DC Halili, who proposed a similar ordinance in 2006.