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Balibago News Aug-2011

31 Aug 2011 - Typhoon Mina leaves P23M in crop damages

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) reported Wednesday an initial P23,108,009 damages to vegetable crops and some P475,200 in livestock damages in Central Luzon from the onslaught of Typhoon Mina.

The DA, in its latest Damage Assessment Report, said vegetable plants like eggplant, pepper, ampalaya, okra and tomato, among others, planted in 116.18 hectares of lands in Zambales, Tarlac and Bulacan were damaged by the typhoon.

31 Aug 2011 - Top cruise ship terminal execs to meet in Subic

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Top officials from different cruise ship terminals in Asia, including the biggest port in the world, will attend the second Pro-Tem Committee meeting of the Asia Cruise Terminal Association (Acta) here.

Representatives from the International Cruise Terminal Development Co. Ltd., which oversees Shanghai Wu Song Kou port and currently the world's largest port, will be joined by delegates from Singapore, Japan and Malaysia in the committee meeting.

31 Aug 2011 - 2 dead in Olongapo landslide

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Continuous rains brought by Typhoon Mina have caused a landslide in Olongapo City, killing two individuals and injuring nine others.

Based on the latest report of the Office of the Civil Defense in Central Luzon, the landslide occurred in Barangay Sta. Rita around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

31 Aug 2011 - Mayor warns public vs dengue

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales warned his constituents Wednesday about the dreaded dengue virus amid reports that the number of cases in the municipality has increased to 117 from January to August.

Morales reminded the people to maintain cleanliness in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

31 Aug 2011 - Arts guild head resigns

ANGELES CITY -- After failing to explain financial issues, the head of the Arts Association of the Philippines (AAP) in this city announced his voluntary resignation.

Rem Prin, president of the AAP-Angeles City chapter, made his resignation Wednesday.

31 Aug 2011 - Health committee discusses proposed sanitation code

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Committee on Health led by Board Member Monina Laus met with the technical working group (TWG) and resource persons tasked to create the province's health and sanitation code on Wednesday.

The meeting materialized after the Provincial Board (PB) passed Resolution 2352, which mandates the formation of the TWG that will carry the research works on the creation of the said code.

31 Aug 2011 - Water meter thieves nabbed

ANGELES CITY -- Authorities in Barangay Mining here caught two men allegedly removing a water meter in one of the houses in the said village.

Suspects Randy Manaloto and RJ Palanog, both of Purok 4 in Barangay Pulungbulo, are now detained at the Police Station 3 in Barangay Pulungbulu.

30 Aug 2011 - City to recognize outstanding teacher awardee

ANGELES CITY - THE local government is set to recognize an English teacher of Angeles Elementary School in Barangay Pulungbulo for topping this year’s Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers.

Marcela Jingo was recently awarded by President Benigno Aquino III at the Malacañang after she topped the outstanding teachers list and proclaimed as the Most Outstanding Teacher among the 10 awardees.

30 Aug 2011 - Air force holds anniversary exhibit

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) here hosted an anniversary exhibit over the weekend at SM City Clark’s The Event Center in celebration of the 40th Founding Anniversary of its 1st Air Division.

The PAF photo exhibit includes a short history presentation of PAF in the Philippines and inside Clark Freeport, as well as photos taken from the activities of PAF doing rescue and trainings here.

30 Aug 2011 - Quota International holds medical mission with farmers party

PAMPANGA -- The Quota International of Pampanga hosted on Monday in Angeles City the second in a series of medical and social services mission at Barangay Pulong Maragul here in cooperation with the Butil Farmers Party.

According to Quota Pampanga president Jennifer Bonifacio, the event featured the supplemental feeding of some 70 undernourished children, medical check-ups and distribution of basic medicines.

30 Aug 2011 - Welfare department to enroll 1,700 families to financial assistance

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to enroll an additional 1,700 indigent households in Pampanga to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Pantawid Pamilya regional information officer Jasper Nicolas said the new beneficiaries, who are from 28 barangays of the municipality of Masantol, were selected through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) -- the similar instrument used in determining the grantees of the Self Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran, Social Pension and Cash-for-Work programs.

28 Aug 2011 - Dengue claims 5

PAMPANGA -- At least five individuals have died of the mosquito-borne dengue disease, a report from the Department of Health (DOH) said.

From early this year, the DOH in Central Luzon has reported five deaths in Pampanga whose ages range from less than a month old to 91 years old.

28 Aug 2011 - Mayor: Boundary dispute won’t affect Mabalacat cityhood

MABALACAT -- The ongoing boundary dispute between Mabalacat, Pampanga and Bamban, Tarlac will have no bearing on this town’s bid for cityhood, Mayor Marino Morales said.

Morales said House Bill 4736 provides a colatilla that if Mabalacat becomes a city, its conversion shall be without prejudice to the outcome of any border dispute or question of territorial jurisdiction.

28 Aug 2011 - Police file charges vs 4 suspected pimps

ANGELES CITY -- The city police Sunday filed charges against four individuals who are allegedly pimping minors to locals and tourists at the entertainment district of Balibago here.

The suspects were identified as Aries Arcilla, 38, of Angeles City; Alexander David, 40, of Porac town; Rhoda Toca, 31, of Mabalacat town; and Reica Reyes, 38, of Angeles City.

28 Aug 2011 - Chamber holds talk on tenure bills

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) talked about House Bill 4863 during its 36th Kapihan at the Grandview Hotel in Angeles City, with Employers Confederation of the Philippines (Ecop) director general lawyer Vicente Leogardo Jr. as speaker.

The seminar updated PamCham members on the provisions of House Bill 4863 – a consolidation of eight Security of Tenure Bills, Senate Bill No. 858 – “Security of Tenure Act of 2011” and House Bill 375 – “P125 Across-the-Board Daily Wage Increase.”

28 Aug 2011 - Arayat folks get free check-up

PAMPANGA -- Residents of Barangay Lacmit,Arayat, received free medical check-up and dental services as part of the local government unit’s mandate to deliver basic health services to its constituency.

Mayor Luis Espino said on Friday that the medical and dental mission is an ongoing program of his administration to deliver much-needed health services to indigent villagers in the 30 barangays in this town.

28 Aug 2011 - Angeles villages put up women’s desk

ANGELES CITY -- All 33 villages of this city have installed violence against women (VAW) desks to fight violence against women and children.

Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting initiated the installation of VAW desks in compliance with Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta for Women and joint memorandum Circular Number 2010-02, which mandates all local government units to establish VAW desks in all villages.

27 Aug 2011 - Mayor invites housing group to invest in city

CLARK FREEPORT -- City of San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez asked on Thursday the Organization of Socialized Housing Developers of the Philippines (OSHDP) to invest in socialized and low-cost housing projects in the city.

Rodriguez, during the national convention of the OSHDP and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) at Holiday Inn in this Freeport, themed “Isang Tahanan, Isang Bayan: Government and Industries Responding to Challenges for a more vibrant and sustainable Housing Sector,” said that providing decent places among Fernandinos is his advocacy.

27 Aug 2011 - 2 minors rescued; pimps charged

ANGELES CITY -- Leaders in Barangay Balibago rescued Saturday at least two minors from the hands of suspected pimps staying in some hotels here.

The victims, who are being pimped to locals and foreigners, are now under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

27 Aug 2011 - 3rd Lakeshore car show set

PAMPANGA -- The Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) and Central Country Estate Inc., developers of the Lakeshore, will hold on September 3 the 3rd Lakeshore-MNTC-North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) car show at Petron Lakeshore along kilometer 72 here from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dubbed “Joy Ride,” the car show is Central Country Estate’s third time to have cars in their vast property here.

27 Aug 2011 - Village chief vows support to Lazatin

MABALACAT -- A village chairman in this town has expressed support to Representative Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin (1st district, Pampanga) over the retention of this first-class municipality and nearby Magalang town as part of the province’s first district.

Bical village chief Rodelio “Jeng” Yumul, president of the Liga ng mga Barangay here, said, “We don’t want Congressman Lazatin to separate Mabalacat yet from the district as we push for more development in the town.”

27 Aug 2011 - 2 towns get performance challenge fund

PAMPANGA -- Two towns from the fourth district of Pampanga have received performance challenge funds (PCF), after complying with the prescribed requirements on “Seal of the Good Housekeeping” project by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The municipality of Minalin and San Simon were given P2 million each by virtue of a memorandum of agreements executed between the concerned mayors and Secretary Jesse Robredo.

26 Aug 2011 - Councilor launches livelihood program

ANGELES CITY -- Teach them how to fish, and they will be alright in days to come.

This is the statement that Councilor Jericho Aguas as he announced the distribution of “Negosyo Carts” to poor but deserving residents, which Representative Carmelo Lazatin supported.

26 Aug 2011 - TGI Friday’s hosts bartender showdown

ANGELES CITY -- TGI Friday’s at MarQuee Mall in this city hosted the Angeles City Student Bartenders showdown Friday.

Popular DJ Mo Twister graced the event, which showcased the student-bartenders’ flair with bottles and impressive display of skills.

26 Aug 2011 - Capitol launches E-Library

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Library now houses the Pisces Library Automation System or the E-Library Hub Program as a step to facilitate learning in all levels of the education sector.

Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and Governor Lilia Pineda led the launching of the E-Library Hub Program.

26 Aug 2011 - TGI Friday’s hosts bartender showdown

ANGELES CITY -- TGI Friday’s at MarQuee Mall in this city hosted the Angeles City Student Bartenders showdown Friday.

Popular DJ Mo Twister graced the event, which showcased the student-bartenders’ flair with bottles and impressive display of skills.

25 Aug 2011 - Guv orders testing kits to solve rising dengue cases

Governor Lilia Pineda instructed the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to purchase hundreds of new dengue testing kits to help curb rising cases of the mosquito-borne disease.

PHO’s Dr. Sonny Aquino said the kits, though expensive, work like a pregnancy kit that will immediately alert an individual if he or she is afflicted with dengue virus.

25 Aug 2011 - Cash from government

ANGELES CITY -- About 655 families from 14 barangays received their conditional cash grants recently under the government's "Pantawid sa Pamilyang Pilipino Program" (4Ps).

The recipients came from Barangays Capaya, Cutcut, Cutud, Cuayan, Balibago, Pandan, Pulung Cacutud, Sapangbato, Lourdes Northwest, Sto. Rosario, Pampang, Sta. Teresita, Salapungan and Sta. Trinidad.

25 Aug 2011 - AUF graduates pass physician licensure exam

ANGELES CITY -- All of the nine graduates of the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) School of Medicine Class 2010 passed the August 2011 Physician Licensure Examination.

This was learned from AUF President Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles, who congratulated the new medical doctors.

24 Aug 2011 - No medical malpractice on baby’s death

ANGELES CITY -- Officials of the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center clarified that there was no medical malpractice on the latest incident at the hospital, where a baby was decapitated.

Dr. Efren Natino, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology head, said the baby was already dead when the duty physician decided to decapitate it to save the life of the 17-year-old mother.

24 Aug 2011 - Bloodletting drives conducted for dengue patients

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Philippine National Police, The Philippine Army, Capitol employees and volunteers joined Wednesday’s bloodletting campaign here.

It was organized by the Committee on Health and the Provincial Capitol at the Benigno Aquino Hall.

24 Aug 2011 - Tax bureau to impose added tax on toll; group says 'no'

CLARK FREEPORT -- Despite opposition, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) announced that the 12 percent value added tax on toll fees in all expressways will be imposed starting October 1.

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares said the basis for the tax on toll fees is the implementation of Republic Act 7716 or the Expanded Value Added Tax Law (VAT law).

24 Aug 2011 - Media groups call for vigilance

PAMPANGA -- A group of Kapampangan journalists and media practitioners called on their colleagues to be more vigilant against the pressing dangers of their profession.

Ashley Manabat, chairman of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)-Pampanga Chapter, made the call after the killing of a Negros-based broadcaster.

24 Aug 2011 - Trader lauds cops for arrest of rob suspect

MABALACAT - An owner of a pawnshop at Madapdap Resettlement Center has lauded the local police for the recent arrest of a qualified theft suspect.

In her letter to Mayor Marino Morales, Evelyn Rodriguez Candelaria said, “I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the municipality of Mabalacat, especially Police Officer 2 Dennis J. Dela Cruz, Police Officer 1 Jess B. Garidan, Nariag members Romeo L. Adan, Victorino Frias, Narvin Dela Cruz, Mark Santos, and Ronaldo Gapul.”

24 Aug 2011 - Health office bags 3 Red Cross awards

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Health Services Office took home three citations bestowed by the Philippine National Red Cross, which recognized the valiant contributions of individuals or firms in the agency’s annual bloodletting and training programs.

CDC-HSO Manager Dr. Clemencita D. Dobles said the PNRC has bestowed a Merit Certificate Award to the state-owned firm for supporting the PNRC Pampanga-Angeles City Chapter in its Safety Services (SS) by conducting regular SS trainings among its employees and different locator firms inside the Clark Freeport.

24 Aug 2011 - Angeles man bags 1st Gov. Jun Ebdane 4x4 Challenge

BOTOLAN, Zambales -- Edison Dungca of the Angeles City 4-Wheel Drive Club Inc. topped the 1st Gov. Jun Ebdane 4x4 Challenge held here over the weekend, besting 23 other off-road racers with an impressive overall time of five minutes, 51 seconds and 40 milliseconds.

Dungca also clocked the fastest in the final track and championship round with a time of 2:06:36, offsetting his 3:45:04 finish in the two elimination rounds that earned him 2nd place in Day 1 of the two-day event.

24 Aug 2011 - SM City Clark’s commitment to environmental protection

CLARK FREEPORT -- IT IS undeniable that SM City Clark, along with other SM Supermalls, is taking environmental corporate responsibility into a whole new level with the launching of the new edition of eco-bags that highlight the renewed advocacy of the mall.

The SM City Clark launching was held at the mall’s The Event Center and was attended by Sonny Dobles, chairman of the Green Thumb Movement and Sta. Maria Elementary School students led by Principal Manuel Luis Dueñas and Annie Garcia, president of SM Supermalls.

23 Aug 2011 - Australian commit Suicide

ANGELES CITY -- An Australian was found lifeless hanging inside shower room of a hotel room here the other day.

Senior Supt. Rodolfo Recomono, Angeles city police director, identified the victim as Steven Shane Robert, 55, jobless, of Don Cornelio St, Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga.

23 Aug 2011 - Mt. Arayat chosen as agro-enterprise cluster site

PAMPANGA -- Three government agencies selected the Mt. Arayat area as their pioneer local convergence agro-enterprise cluster site in Pampanga.

The Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) made the choice.

23 Aug 2011 - Village chief pushes for lifting of one-way traffic scheme

ANGELES CITY -- Barangay Balibago chairman Rodelio Mamac is asking the City Government to lift the experimental one-way traffic scheme along the busy Aneceto Gueco Street here.

Mamac's call came after numerous traders and tricycle drivers here aired their objections against the traffic scheme.

22 Aug 2011 - Lady air force paratrooper shot dead

ANGELES CITY -- A female trooper of the Philippine Air Force based at Clark Freeport was shot dead at dawn in front of a beer garden along McArthur Highway in Barangay Balibago here amid reports that one of the suspects belonged to the local police force.

Police identified the victim as Airman First Class Mary Jane Tagbe of the First Air Division of the PAF, who died from a single bullet wound in her forehead after some heated arguments at the Lovely Girl Videoke Bar and Restaurant.

22 Aug 2011 - Public Works urged to install safety measures

MABALACAT -- First district Board Member Tarcicio DC Halili over the weekend asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to install safety measures along what he branded as a “killer junction” in Barangay Dolores in Mabalacat.

During the inter-agency committee hearing summoned by Provincial Board Committee on Public Works chairman Ricardo Yabut and vice-chairman Nestor Tolentino at the august body’s session hall, Halili said that frequent accidents have been beleaguering residents, pedestrians and motorists in the area.

21 Aug 2011 - No dengue outbreak in Mabalacat

MABALACAT -- A town official clarified that there is no dengue outbreak in this town, saying only the Department of Health can declare if there is in a certain place.

The issue came on the heels of reports that members of the Municipal Council’s minority bloc are pushing for the passage of a resolution declaring the town in a state of calamity following the 104 reported cases of the killer dengue virus.

21 Aug 2011 - Lawmaker lauded for approving early voting for media

PAMPANGA -- An official of the Pampanga Press Club (PPC), one of the oldest press organizations in the country, on Sunday lauded members of the House of Representatives for approving on third and final reading a bill that would allow legitimate members of the media to vote earlier in order to perform their duties more effectively during Election Day.

Chris Navarro, chairman of the Pampanga Press Club and president of the Capitol Press Corps, said the approval of House Bill 4241 authored by representatives Marcelino Teodoro (1st District, Marikina) and Teodoro Casiño (Bayan Muna Partylist) is a welcome development for members of the Fourth Estate.

21 Aug 2011 - Metro Pacific to pour in more projects

PAMPANGA -- Three weeks after being named the official concessionaire of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) disclosed that it is pouring in more projects in Central Luzon.

In a press statement, MPIC chief financial officer David Nicol said the company’s power distribution arm Manila Electric Corporation (Meralco) along with partners Aboitiz Power Corporation and Taiwan Cogeneration International Corporation are investing $1.28 billion to put up a 600-megawatt clean coal-fired power facility within the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

21 Aug 2011 - Accepting of video contest entries still open

PAMPANGA -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) wishes to inform professional and amateur filmmakers in Central Luzon that it is still accepting entries for the “Kwentong Kabayanihan” video contest.

CSC regional information officer Diana Henson said the competition, which the commission is holding in partnership with the Kabayanihan Foundation, is in search for 30-40 seconder originally produced videos that are anchored on the theme “Every Filipino is a hero. Every Filipino is part of the solution.”

20 Aug 2011 - Agencies coordinate projects with provincial government

PAMPANGA -- Various government agencies with interconnected projects submitted their program of works and budget outlays to the Provincial Government Friday.

The Department of Public Works and Highways, National Irrigation Administration, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Agriculture and the Department of Education as well, convened at the Provincial Board Session Hall over the weekend to identify “duplicating” and “overlapping” projects.

20 Aug 2011 - US Air Force chief visits Clark Freeport

CLARK FREEPORT -- General Norton Allan Schwartz, US Air Force (USAF) chief of staff, recently visited this former American military facility which is now a booming Freeport.

Schwartz, together with his wife Suzie, met with Philippine Air Force (PAF) First Air commander Major General Ricardo C. Banayat before visiting the Clark Veterans Cemetery, where he paid respects to fallen American and Filipino airmen.

20 Aug 2011 - Agriculture department urged to support programs

PAMPANGA -- Fourth District Board Member Nestor Tolentino urged the Department of Agriculture (DA), headed by Secretary Proceso Alcala, to help in the funding and implementation of agricultural programs for upland farmers in Pampanga.

The call came as the province is now implementing its own upland agricultural programs in Floridablanca towns. Tolentino said there is a need to implement agricultural programs for Aetas.

19 Aug 2011 - Council supports Pampanga airport development

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Airline Operators Council (AOC) has expressed full support to the development of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport ((DMIA) as the country's premier international gateway.

"We (AOC) are impressed with what we have seen at Clark Airport. Mr. Luciano has done a tremendous job in the transformation of this facility as one of the busiest airports in the country today," Lourdes Reyes, chairperson of AOC, said during a visit at the Clark Airport complex.

19 Aug 2011 - Tax mapping increases real property registry

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government said Friday that intensified tax mapping campaign implemented in the province has remarkably increased the number of properties being registered (RPUs).

Governor Lilia Pineda said the registry increase would result in additional revenue both to the province and various towns where the real property unit is located.

19 Aug 2011 - Arab national arrested

CLARK FREEPORT -- An Arab national was arrested after he failed to pay grocery items at the SM Clark in Angeles City.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Angeles City police director, said Sharam Kelab, 33, an Arab national, and temporarily residing in Barangay Malabanias, Angeles City, failed to pay for the coffee and creamer at the cashier of Hypermarket grocery store.

19 Aug 2011 - Campaign for healthy lifestyle intensified

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has intensified its campaign for a healthy lifestyle to prevent the occurrence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

DOH-Central Luzon Director Rio Magpantay said NCDs now dominate the list of leading causes of death in the region.

19 Aug 2011 - Towns get good housekeeping award

PAMPANGA -- Three towns from Pampanga was given a good housekeeping award by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Central Luzon.

Towns of Minalin, San Simon and Sasmuan received the Seal of Good Housekeeping, an annual recognition award given by the agency.

19 Aug 2011 - Brit arrested for threats, car theft in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- Police on Tuesday arrested a Briton accused of threatening to kill a hotel owner here and of stealing a car in Baguio City.

Police said Steven John West, 33, temporarily staying at Just My Luck Hotel here, was arrested based on a warrant issued by Judge Ireneo Pangilinan of the Municipal Trial Court.

18 Aug 2011 - Black Eyed Peas member fulfills promise to hometown

ANGELES CITY -- International pop star Allan Pineda, popularly known as of the Grammy Award-winning group Black Eyed Peas, has fulfilled his promise to his townmates in Barangay Sapangbato here.

He launched on Tuesday a music library and a computer laboratory at the Holy Angel University (HAU) and at the Sapangbato National High School (SNHS) where he attended before migrating to the United States.

18 Aug 2011 - Airline group eyes Clark aviation potential

CLARK FREEPORT -- Various airlines with local and international flights in the country have started to set their sights on the potential of the aviation complex here as its airport gears up to become the Philippines' premier gateway.

The 48-member Airline Operators Council (AOC) on Thursday inspected the facilities at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), including the newly built terminal with two passenger bridges and tubes.

18 Aug 2011 - 4,000 indigent Angelenos receive PhilHealth cards

ANGELES CITY -- At least 4,000 indigent families from 33 barangays received their passports to health insurance coverage, courtesy of the City Government and the National Government through the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

The distribution of the PhilHealth ID cards was held Wednesday at the City Council session hall.

17 Aug 2011 - 150 entrepreneurs to join regional fair

PAMPANGA -- About 150 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) from Central Luzon will join the upcoming 13th Likha ng Central Luzon (LCL) trade fair.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Information Officer Wilfred Carbonell said participants will come from the provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales.

16 Aug 2011 - Anti-dengue drive set in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- The City Health Office (CHO), in coordination with barangay officials, is set to launch on Thursday a citywide anti-dengue campaign.

Dr. Lenario Santos, city health officer, said there will be massive clean-up drive, which is aimed to bring down the number of dengue cases in the city.

16 Aug 2011 - Lawmaker donates K9 to anti-narcotics office

ANGELES CITY -- Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st district, Pampanga) recently donated a drug-sniffing dog to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency's (PDEA) Central Luzon office.

Roybel Sanchez, PDEA-Central Luzon director, received the P40,000-worth Jack Russell terrier during a simple turnover ceremony held at the PDEA office inside the Clark Freeport.

16 Aug 2011 - Farmers, fisherfolk benefit from Cash-for-Work

PAMPANGA -- At least 1,606 small-scale farmers and fisherfolks are scheduled to receive food subsidy through the Social Welfare department's Cash-for-Work project.

Myline Biccay, municipal social welfare and development officer, said their department has allocated P5 million for the intended beneficiaries of Cash-for-Work project in Candaba alone.

16 Aug 2011 - Olongapo launches drive to protect youth

SUBIC BAY -- The Olongapo City Government has intensified its campaign against curfew violators, vagabonds and other offenders to keep the youth away from crime and instill peace and order.

With the joint forces of the Parks and Plazas Management Office (PPMO), City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), Olongapo City Police Office (Ocpo), and Office of Traffic Management and Public Safety (OTMPS), saturation drives are being conducted regularly in public places.

16 Aug 2011 - 2 robbers gunned down

PAMPANGA -- Two alleged robbers were gunned down by authorities during an encounter in San Fernando, Pampanga on Monday night.

Supt. Elbert Pagente of Pampanga police identified the suspects as Arnold Polopox (30); and Aris Polopox (28).

15 Aug 2011 - AirAsia Philippines picks DMIA as hub

CLARK FREEPORT -- Low-cost carrier AirAsia Philippines has chosen the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) here as its hub.

The airline's first aircraft, a brand new Airbus A320 commanded by Captain Johansen Hernandez, arrived at the DMIA from Toulouse, France, Monday carrying 29 people, including AirAsia Philippines chief executive officer Marianne Hontiveros, Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Mercedes Tuason, several mediamen, and Filipino cabin crew.

15 Aug 2011 - GG Royale Pawnshop denies reported robbery

PAMPANGA -- The management of GG Royale Pawnshop on Monday clarified that its branch in Barangay Sindalan here was not robbed of P4 million in jewelry and cash by the Acetylene Gang last week.

This came on the heels of a photo caption that came out in the August 13, 2011 issue of Sun.Star Pampanga, saying the pawnshop lost millions in jewelry in cash to the said gang.

15 Aug 2011 - Vice guv vows to leave 'legacy legislation'

PAMPANGA -- Aspiring 2013 congressman Vice Governor Joseller Guiao will leave the Provincial Board with one solid thing in mind: four legislative measures that he branded as his legacy to Kapampangans.

The staunch PBA and international coach cum fiscalizer said he is determined to battle it out with outstanding Representative Carmelo Lazatin of the first district made of the Pamintuan-ruled Angeles City, the Pecson-dominated Magalang, and Mabalacat led by Mayor Marino Morales.

15 Aug 2011 - Cory Aquino, 5 other 'Pinatubo heroes' honored

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Metro Clark Advisory Council (MCAC) recently conferred citations to late former President Corazon Aquino and five other individuals for their significant contributions in rebuilding Pampanga from the aftermath of the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption.

Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president and MCAC chairman Felipe Antonio Remollo said the council extolled Aquino for initiating immediate reconstruction and rehabilitation of the provinces of Pampanga and Tarlac after the 1991 Pinatubo eruption.

15 Aug 2011 - Agency warns taxpayers: Beware of BIR impostors

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) here on Monday warned taxpayers of the modus operandi of some unscrupulous persons posing as Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) officers.

The warning came amid some reports that some "revenue officers" are threatening legitimate business establishments to cough-up their hard-earned money; otherwise, they will be subjected to surveillance or monitoring operations "by the BIR."

15 Aug 2011 - Angeles City renal unit starts dialysis treatment

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Renal Care Unit (ACRCU) has started offering dialysis treatment for indigent patients suffering end stage renal disease (ESRD).

The dialysis center, which is situated at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC) formerly Ospital Ning Angeles (Ona), is offering affordable renal treatment for as low as P1,300 per session.

15 Aug 2011 - SM holds seminar on SSS, PhilHealth benefits for seniors

CLARK FREEPORT -- SM City Clark hosted a series of seminars Monday on senior citizen benefits from the Social Security System (SSS) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) at the Event Center here.

The senior citizen's event dubbed "Araw ng Kaalaman" featured talks from SSS Angeles head Laura Mariano and Medical Head Dr. Julieta Quendangan and Annabelle Imana. The speakers shared information to the senior citizens regarding Phil Health and SSS benefits.

15 Aug 2011 - A mall's commitment to breastfeeding and mothers' health

CLARK FREEPORT -- August is designated as the official "Breastfeeding Month" where government and women empowerment groups would always try to drumbeat awareness on the importance of breastfeeding among mothers.

But no one does a wholesome job of promoting and taking breastfeeding as an advocacy than SM City Clark. On Monday, the mall hosted a large group talk on the importance of breastfeeding.

14 Aug 2011 - Councilor calls for amendments in awards body

PAMPANGA -- First district Board Member Tarcicio DC Halili recently proposed some amendments in the nomination, screening and selection processes of the Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards (Moka).

Halili, during the preparation meeting for the 440th Aldo ning Kapampangan celebrations at Benigno Aquino Hall at the Capitol Compound, presented several amendments, which he said would give the awards more credibility and transparency, as well as avoid "unfortunate" incidents from happening again.

14 Aug 2011 - Local government conducts dengue symposia

MABALACAT -- The Municipal Government here has conducted a series of symposia on the dreaded dengue virus.

Mayor Marino Morales said the local government took the initiative following reports by health officials that the number of dengue cases, particularly in resettlement sites and Barangay Dau, has greatly increased.

14 Aug 2011 - Cops nab notorious drug trader

MABALACAT -- The town police recently arrested an alleged notorious drug trader in Barangay Duquit here.

Abdulwahid Mapandi Adiol, 41, of Matatalahib, Tarlac City, was nabbed in an entrapment operation conducted by elements of the town police along a spillway at said village.

12 Aug 2011 - P10M allotted for dredging of silted Pampanga rivers

PAMPANGA -- Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson on Thursday pledged P10 million for the clearing of heavily silted and clogged waterways in Pampanga province.

Singson met with provincial officials, including Governor Lilia Pineda, Vice Governor Joseller Guiao and Board Members Nestor Tolentino, Ricardo Yabut and Crisostomo Garbo to discuss flooding problem in the province.

12 Aug 2011 - Landslide victims get shelter units

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Central Luzon recently awarded "core shelter units" to some 57 families affected by landslide last year.

DSWD Assistant Regional Director Maura Dela Rosa led the turnover of the deed of donation to the Arayat Municipal Government through Vice Mayor Larry Trinidad, who will turn over the housing units to the families in Barangay San Juan Baño.

12 Aug 2011 - Taxpayers warned vs fake revenue bureau officers

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) warned Friday of the modus operandi of some unscrupulous persons posing as revenue officers.

The agency issued the warning amid reports that some "revenue officers" are threatening legitimate business establishments to cough-up their hard earned money or they will be subjected to surveillance or monitoring operations by the BIR.

11 Aug 2011 - Pawnshop robbed of P4M in jewelry, cash

PAMPANGA -- Burglars took around P4 million in jewelry and cash from a pawnshop located at Bulaon village, San Fernando Thursday, the police said.

A group police call acetylene robbery gang was said to be responsible for the break in at Tambunting Pawnshop.

11 Aug 2011 - Ex-House Speaker lauds Kapampangan resiliency

CLARK FREEPORT -- Former House Speaker Jose De Venecia lauded the Kapampangans for their resiliency over disasters, like the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 that devastated Pampanga and other parts of Central Luzon.

De Venecia, one of the personalities honored by the Metro Clark Advisory Council (MCAC) on Wednesday, even cited Pampanga officials for their effort to rehabilitate the province.

11 Aug 2011 - Public Works chief meets guv on flooding woes

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson met Governor Lilia Pineda at the agency's regional office in Barangay Sindalan here to find possible solutions to perennial flooding in Pampanga.

The two officials also discussed matters related to damaged infrastructure all over the province.

11 Aug 2011 - MCAC endorses Mabalacat cityhood

CLARK FREEPORT --- The Metro Clark Advisory Council (MCAC) has passed a resolution endorsing the conversion of the Mabalacat town into a component city.

During the MCAC's regular session on Wednesday, its members unanimously approved the resolution in support of the town's cityhood bid.

11 Aug 2011 - Mayor: Eliminate red tape in government service

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has exhorted City Hall employees here to help in eliminating "red-tape" in government service.

Pamintuan bared this during the City Government's re-launching of the Citizen's Charter held Thursday at the Council’s session hall.

11 Aug 2011 - Auction of properties by delinquent tax payers eyed

PAMPANGA -- The local government unit here said Thursday that real properties of delinquent taxpayers will soon be auctioned by the Provincial Government.

This came after the municipality finally reached the final stage of a massive tax mapping campaign as envisioned by the Provincial Government in various towns of Pampanga.

10 Aug 2011 - Mayor heightens dengue measures in Angeles

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is currently pushing for an intensified anti-dengue campaign in response to the rising outbreak of dengue cases in the country.

"We already sent out a public circular which states that the City Government encourages all school principals and administrators, owners or managers of private businesses and barangay captains to form and mobilize an Anti-Dengue/H-Fever Team that shall lead in the clean-up drive of their respective campuses, areas and districts," Pamintuan said.

10 Aug 2011 - More than 1,000 luxury cars missing in Subic

SUBIC BAY -- More than 1,000 seized imported vehicles in Subic Bay Freeport Zone have been reported missing by the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

The imported second-hand luxury vehicles were impounded after an order issued on August 2007 prevented the entry of the vehicles through Subic.

10 Aug 2011 - Fake Viagra traders nabbed

ANGELES CITY -- Officers of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Intellectual Property arrested a group selling counterfeit Viagra products and fly powder.

Authorities said the group was arrested through an entrapment operation in a fast food restaurant.

10 Aug 2011 - Dengue vaccine out soon

PAMPANGA -- A Department of Health (DOH) official said the long-awaited dengue vaccine may be out soon, but the public should still follow the "4S" in battling the fatal disease and push for voluntary blood donation for the meantime.

The 4S strategy, which includes search and destroy mosquito breeding sites, self-protection measures, seek early treatment, and say "no" to indiscriminate fogging, is an effective tool in preventing dengue, said the health department.

10 Aug 2011 - City allots P2M for smoking cessation clinic

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando has allocated at least P2 million for the establishment of a smoking cessation clinic at the City Health Office (CHO).

City Health Education and Promotions officer and No Smoking coordinator Aleta Soliman said the cessation clinic seeks to provide measures for those who want to quit smoking.

10 Aug 2011 - Quiwa supports Rodriguez's plan to run for Congress

PAMPANGA -- Former city councilor and fellow Liberal Party member Jose Quiwa III said Wednesday that he supports Mayor Oscar Rodriguez in his bid to make a comeback as Pampanga's representative.

Quiwa, a known ally of Rodriguez and the Aquino administration, said Rodriguez "is more than qualified" to once again serve his kabalens if he chooses to run for Congress, saying his excellent track record being a three-term member of the House of Representatives and a three-term local chief executive of this city speaks highly of his brand of good governance and effective legislation.

9 Aug 2011 - City exec asks lawmaker to act on job training 'fees'

ANGELES CITY -- An official here is asking Senator Edgardo Angara to conduct an inquiry regarding the reported exorbitant fees being imposed by universities to students undergoing on-the-job training in different newspapers and broadcasting networks.

Councilor Jay Sangil said the City Council has passed at least two resolutions in connection with the issue.

9 Aug 2011 - Next priority: Electrification and roads

PAMPANGA -- Provincial Board committee on infrastructure, transportation and communications chairman Ricardo Yabut said Friday that after telecommunications, Capitol will move on to providing electricity and vital road links in remote areas.

Yabut bared the plan after Globe and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company inked an agreement on interconnection, the second in the country after Davao City.

9 Aug 2011 - Recall of 2 Subic coal plants' compliance certificates sought

SUBIC BAY -- The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), a fisherfolk alliance, has urged the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to recall the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) given by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) to a Taiwanese firm.

The foreign firm is set to two 150-megawatt coal fired thermal plants inside the former US Naval Base in Zambales province.

8 Aug 2011 - Over 100 houses buried in mudslides

SUBIC BAY -- Heavy rains over the weekend have triggered a mudslide that destroyed more than 100 houses in Subic town.

Affected families were evacuated to barangay halls and covered courts due to the incident in Asinan village.

8 Aug 2011 - Guv calls for creation of anti-flood composite team

PAMPANGA -- Alarmed by the increasing number of damages to flood mitigation infrastructure and the delayed "in-action and non-repair", Governor Lilia Pineda called for an inter-agency composite team to act on emergency measures and protect the lives and properties of Kapampangans.

The team will be composed of Capitol engineers, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Department of Agriculture and other concerned government agencies.

8 Aug 2011 - Airport officials: No hampered flights due to fog

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of Clark International Airport (CIAC) on Monday denied reports that several flights at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) were hampered few days ago due to heavy fog in the vicinity.

"We are all-weather here in Clark. We are completely equipped with air navigation facilities," said CIAC president Victor Jose Luciano.

8 Aug 2011 - Chinese biz chamber to build 500 more schools this year

PAMPANGA -- The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) is set to finish 500 school buildings for beneficiary communities in Central Luzon and the rest of the country this year.

FFCCCII Welfare Committee chairman Enrique Chua bared this during a recent relief mission of the group here, adding the school building programs for Pampanga will be implemented with the help of the San Fernando Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (SFFCCII).

8 Aug 2011 - Guv taps telcos for peace and order

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda has sought the help of two giant telecommunications companies (telcos) based in Pampanga in maintaining peace and order in the province.

Pineda has asked Globe Telecommunications and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) to install phone lines in remote villages of the province.

8 Aug 2011 - 63 inmates freed

About 63 inmates at the Angeles City District Jail were ordered released by their respective courts last week.

The Enhanced Justice on Wheels (EJW) Program has hastened up the hearing of cases of the said 63 inmates.

8 Aug 2011 - Contact center bullish on Clark business outsourcing industry

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP) has expressed optimism on the growth of business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in Clark.

The CCAP issued the statement after three of its call center members here were named top three Philippines global outsourcing firms recently.

7 Aug 2011 - Businessman urged to establish water treatment facility

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Provincial Board (PB) recently passed Resolution No. 2325 requesting businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan to help the province establish a water treatment facility for the province.

In their July 26 resolution, the PB said that it aims to provide adequate supply of potable water to residents of the province by providing Pangilinan with the needed logistics and technical support.

6 Aug 2011 - Clark Education City congratulates successful graduates

CLARK FREEPORT -- Pioneer Aged Care graduates of Clark Education City (CEC), during a congratulatory lunch recently, were offered positions in Australia with a large provider of healthcare services.

“This is the first step for these students in fulfilling their dream of an international career,” according to director of Education and Industry Steve Ghost.

6 Aug 2011 - 290 school kids enjoy feeding program

ANGELES CITY -- First District Rep. Carmelo Lazatin conducted a series of feeding programs in observance of the month-long celebration of National Nutrition month.

At least 290 children have benefited from the program from July 22 to July 26.

5 Aug 2011 - Globe, PLDT interconnect

PAMPANGA -- After seven years of negotiation, two competing giant telecommunications have finally completed their interconnection service in Pampanga.

Globe Telecom and Philippine Long Distance Company (PLDT)'s interconnection service will allow residents in some areas subscribed to different operators to make calls without having to pay long distance charges.

5 Aug 2011 - Guv alarmed by dengue cases

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said she was alarmed by the increasing number of dengue patients admitted at the Jose B. Lingad (JBL) Memorial Regional Hospital.

Pineda said JBL has recorded not less than 40 confirmed dengue cases, and this is very alarming considering that majority of the barangays in the province's fourth district are still submerged in floodwaters.

5 Aug 2011 - Lucio Tan invests in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Airphil Express, a budget airline firm belonging to the Lucio Tan Group of Companies, finally decided to establish flights at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) officials led by President and CEO Victor Jose Luciano and Airphil Express executives, including president and CEO Peter Y. Ong and chief executive adviser Brian Hogan, signed a contract at the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel on Friday for the firm's expansion of operation in Clark.

5 Aug 2011 - Angeles City forms development council

ANGELES CITY -- To monitor development projects in various villages, the local government here launched the Development Council of Angeles City (DCAC) at Hotel Stotsenberg, Clark Freeport on Thursday.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, chairman of the DCAC, administered the induction of the new set of officers for the City Project Monitoring Committee (CPMC) and the non-government organization (NGO) officers of the Local Development Council (LDC).

5 Aug 2011 - Farmers ask government to repeal Carper law

MABALACAT -- About 200 farmers belonging to the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL, Peasant Alliance in Central Luzon) and Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala) called for the repeal of Carper law on Friday.

They joined the Southern Tagalog farmers in denouncing President Benigno Aquino III's disregard of the land reform agenda and continued implementation of programs that result in systematic land grabbing, displacement and land use conversion in the region.

5 Aug 2011 - Labor office forges pact vs HIV

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Central Luzon forged a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the National Business Coalition for Aid Inc. (NCBA) last Wednesday at Holiday Inn, Clark Field.

The MOA is in line with the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6, which is "to halt and reverse the spread of HIV/Aids, Malaria, and Tuberculosis by 2015," of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

5 Aug 2011 - Airphil Express taps market in the north

CLARK FREEPORT -- Airphil Express, the fastest growing budget airline in the country, further strengthens its foothold in the industry by opening new domestic and international routes, new aircraft, value-for-money offers that contributed to the surge of its market share to 19 percent this year.

It is set to extend its operation base to Pampanga by signing a contract with Clark international Airport Corporation (ClAC).

4 Aug 2011 - Labor department intensifies anti-drug abuse campaign

PAMPANGA -- THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Central Luzon has intensified its campaign through a forum against the illegal use of drugs by workers.

Dole Regional Director Leopoldo De Jesus reported to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that more than 160 company representatives from different companies in Central Luzon attended the Dole's Other Related Labor Laws and Issuances on Tuesday at the Holiday Inn, Clark Field.

4 Aug 2011 - Accenture not US-owned, Manila-based

CLARK FREEPORT -- An offical of Accenture Philippines, an outsourcing firm based in the Clark Freeport, has clarified reports that the company is US-owned and that it is based in Manila.

Accenture Marketing and Communications officer Arnie T. Alcazar said that "Accenture is neither a US-based firm nor is it based in Manila."

3 Aug 2011 - Capitol to build P3-M home for abused kids

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda announced Wednesday the construction of a P3-million social welfare home for abused children in Magalang town.

This came as the governor’s response to the alarming incidence of child abuse cases in Pampanga.

3 Aug 2011 - 2,175 Filipino workers stopped at airport

CLARK FREEPORT -- Some 2,176 off-loaded passengers who do not have legal documents have been prevented from travelling as overseas Filipino workers by three social workers assigned at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

After inspection from immigration officials, they were prevented from leaving and were passed on to the social workers for counseling. They were also given financial assistance to be used for going home.

3 Aug 2011 - Group forges partnership with Capitol

PAMPANGA -- The Alliance of Travel and Tour Agencies of Pampanga has manifested interest to forge a partnership with the Provincial Government involving the plan to establish a training center inside the Clark Freeport.

Gilda Padua, ATTAP president, agreed to help the provincial government run the school that will provide trainings for tourism-related businesses and services.

3 Aug 2011 - Government officials laud Pineda

PAMPANGA -- Various sectors in the province lauded Governor Lilia Pineda's State of the Province Address (Sopa), which she delivered Monday.

Pineda delivered her Sopa during the 62nd regular session of the Provincial Board at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in the City of San Fernando.

3 Aug 2011 - 2 wanted persons nabbed

MABALACAT -- Two persons with warrants of arrest were arrested by elements of the town police recently.

The suspect identified as Eden Ramos, 42, of Sitio Marimar, Barangay Sapang Biabas this town was arrested inside her residence by barangay officials and police officers led by PO2 Dennis J. Dela Cruz, a warrant officer here.

2 Aug 2011 - Mayor ‘hot on trail’ to boost tourism

ANGELES CITY -- Regional Development Council (RDC) Tourism Committee chairman and this city’s Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that a number of potential “tourism hot spots” in the region have been identified, including sites in Angeles City - the regional launchpad - where there is a marked interest in sports tourism.

Since assuming the RDC tourism post, Pamintuan has bared his plans, among them the “bundling” of spots for tourists in a single visit.

2 Aug 2011 - Clark development community projects lauded

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Provincial and Angeles City governments have praised the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) for implementing community development projects and pursuing its thrusts to boost partnership with local government units around the Freeport.

During his State of the City Address (Soca) last July 28, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan extended his support to a move to transform the Clark Freeport into a country’s sports tourism capital as proposed by CDC President Felipe Antonio B. Remollo.

2 Aug 2011 - PamCham lauds guv for provincial feats

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) has lauded Governor Lilia Pineda for her commendable one-year leadership.

PamCham also acknowledged the accomplishments of the Provincial Government of Pampanga as conveyed in her State of the Province Address (Sopa) on Monday at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here.

2 Aug 2011 - Employees re-oriented with anti-red tape law

ANGELES CITY -- The City Human Resources Management Office (CHRMO) has initiated a red-tape reorientation among city hall employees here.

In compliance with Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007, the CHRMO has fully reviewed and revised the Citizens’ Charter to improve the functions of the several offices of the Angeles City government, especially its frontline services.

2 Aug 2011 - City council commends lawmaker

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council here led by Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting through a resolution commended Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri for his landmark legislation benefitting some 78,000 cooperatives in the country.

Councilor Maricel Morales on Tuesday disclosed that she had sponsored the unanimously approved Resolution 6192 (Series of 2011) expressing the city council’s support to Senator Zubiri for his untiring work and dedication.

2 Aug 2011 - Agriculture agency declares crop damages at P32M

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) said Central Luzon (CL) sustained some P32,424,240 in palay damages as inclement weather continues to dump rains in different parts of the region as of Tuesday.

The latest Damage Assessment Report from the DA showed that some 5,138 hectares across the region have been hit by flood waters since late last week.

2 Aug 2011 - Lawmaker denies receiving money from small town lottery

PAMPANGA -- Fourth district Congresswoman Dr. Anna York Bondoc-Sagum on Monday denied earlier reports that she received remittances from small town lottery (STL) operators within her jurisdiction.

The lawmaker made the statement during the State of the Province Address of Governor Lilia Pineda.

2 Aug 2011 - Pampangeños urged to pray for ex-President

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda appealed to her constituents during her State of the Province Address (Sopa) Monday to pray for former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's speedy recovery.

Pineda's statement came on the heels of the barrage of charges being hurled against Pampanga second district Congresswoman Arroyo, who is now recuperating at St. Luke's Hospital in Manila after a surgery last Friday.

2 Aug 2011 - Guv thanks Panlilio, Aquino in state address

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Monday thanked former governor Eddie Panlilio and President Benigno Aquino III during her first State of the Province Address (Sopa).

Pineda thanked Panlilio for leaving behind millions of funds intact and Aquino for the support he has given to Pampanga.

1 Aug 2011 - Guv eyes partnership with private sector

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda declared she is eyeing a strong partnership with the private sector to boost the tourism industry in Pampanga province.

Pineda said she is set to ask assistance from Manny V. Pangilinan, known business tycoon and a true-blooded Kapampangan, as stated in the one year report of the governor on Monday.