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Balibago News Jan-2012

31 Jan 2012 - Clark airport workers hold rally over bargain deal

CLARK FREEPORT -- Scores of workers at the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) held Tuesday a lightning rally, demanding for their benefits under the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with their management.

The CIAC employees, belonging to the Samahan ng mga Manggagawa sa DMIA (Diosdado Macapagal International Airport) or SMD, assailed the CIAC management for allegedly ignoring the 2011 CBA and refusing to release their basic wage increase (P1,000 per employee) and other benefits.

31 Jan 2012 - Agravante is new Central Luzon labor chief

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Central Luzon office has a new director who will assume the post today, February 1.

Outgoing regional chief Labor Attaché Leopoldo De Jesus, who will be back to another foreign service at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Qatar, formally turned over Monday the Dole-Central Luzon leadership and banner to Raymundo Agravante.

31 Jan 2012 - Catanduanes execs back lawmaker’s stem cell bill

ANGELES CITY -- The move of Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st district, Pampanga) to establish a stem cell center in the Philippines has garnered the support of the Catanduanes Provincial Board.

The measure (House Bill 5287) entitled “An Act Establishing Stem Cell Technology” seeks to establish a stem cell center in the Philippines that would strengthen research on the latest medical technology.

31 Jan 2012 - Pampanga has 'consignment system' for medicine supply

PAMPANGA -- A Provincial Board member said the Capitol recently adapted a consignment system involving the supply of medicines to various district hospitals in Pampanga.

Board Member Monina Laus, health committee chair in the province, sponsored Ordinance 463, also known as "An ordinance institutionalizing the medicines and medical supplies consignment system in the province of Pampanga."

31 Jan 2012 - Cops need info on hit-and-run case

MABALACAT --- The town police asked the public to relay any information related to the hit-and-run incident that killed a bar dancer Monday.

Margie Tugas Untalan, 20, single, a dancer at Club Asia, Fields Avenue, Balibago, Angeles City, was found dead along the MacArthur Highway in Barangay Dau (in front of Lashe Bar) around 5:15 a.m. Monday.

31 Jan 2012 - Man drowns after boats collide

PAMPANGA -- Mauro Mercado, 34, drowned after his motorboat collided with another motorboat in Barangay Malusak, Sasmuan town Monday night.

He was with his two sons, Khayce and Carlo, when the collision occurred.

30 Jan 2012 - Police seize P7-M worth of marijuana

MABALACAT -- The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) neutralized a big-time drug syndicate following the arrest of three women who ferried P7 million worth of marijuana from Benguet to Barangay Dau in this town.

Catherine Sangdaan Lamog, 44, of Bontoc, Mountain Province, and two other suspects were arrested at a food chain in Barangay Dau at noon Sunday.

30 Jan 2012 - Guv inaugurates district hospital in Macabebe

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda led Monday the inauguration of the newly constructed Mayor Domingo B. Flores District Hospital (MDBFDH) in Barangay Batasan, Macabebe.

This hospital was formerly known as the Macabebe District Hospital but was named after the late father of Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan by virtue of a resolution passed by the Provincial Board.

30 Jan 2012 - Group condemns 'assault' of UP students in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- A militant group issued a formal statement condemning the alleged physical assault of members of a military unit against three students of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP) recently here.

Anakbayan, in a statement, said the three Bachelor of Science Community Development students were in the community for their field work, which they said is "a requirement for all Community Development students before they can graduate."

30 Jan 2012 - Employers reminded of cost of living allowance integration

PAMPANGA -- Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Director Leopoldo De Jesus is reminding employers in Central Luzon of the integration of the P4 cost of living allowance (Cola) into the basic wage of employees effective January this year.

De Jesus, who chairs the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Region (RTWPB) in Central Luzon, said the P4 Cola issued under Wage Order RBIII-15 shall be integrated in the basic pay of private sector workers at start of 2012, based on Section 1 of Wage Order RBIII-16.

30 Jan 2012 - Man arrested for illegal possession of firearms

ANGELES CITY -- Police recently arrested a man for illegal possession of firearms in Angeles City.

Ramil Escalante, 46, a resident of Barangay San Jose, was nabbed for indiscriminately firing a handgun between Nepomuceno and Lakandula streets in the said village.

30 Jan 2012 - Local governments to support anti-TB program

PAMPANGA -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) here urged all local government units (LGUs) in Central Luzon to support the Department of Health's (DOH) National Tuberculosis (TB) program.

"The success of the program will require political commitment through sustained funding support from the national and local governments, with the involvement of the community," RDC Chairman and San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez said.

28 Jan 2012 - Media lauded for role in development

ANGELES CITY -- Officials took turns over the weekend in congratulating Pampanga media for its role in development.

During the 47th anniversary and induction rites of the Angeles City Press and Radio Club Inc. at Shanghai Restaurant in this city, attended by Kapampangan media practitioners, Governor Lilia Pineda, Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st district, Pampanga) and Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, together with businessman and Knights of Rizal Supreme Commander Reghis Romero II, noted of the invaluable support of media.

28 Jan 2012 - Cycling caravan kicks off ‘Kaganapan 2012’

PAMPANGA -- A caravan of 1,200 cyclists took off early Saturday morning from City Hall and made its rounds of San Fernando to officially kick-off the “Kaganapan 2012” celebrations.

Kaganapan 2012 is a month-long jubilation of San Fernando’s 11th cityhood anniversary where various activities have been lined-up, including The Outstanding Fernandino Awards on February 4, the exact date the town was formally recognized as a component city.

28 Jan 2012 - Group hosts speech fest

PAMPANGA -- The Pi Sigma Fraternity and Pi Sigma Delta Sorority of UP Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga (UPDEPP) held their annual Speech Fest competition over the weekend with the theme: “Green Revolution: The Fate of the Earth Lies Upon Your Hands”.

The event, an inter-high school speech competition, was held at the Robinsons Starmills Pampanga in celebration of their Deltan Week, a week-long celebration of the 30th local anniversary of Pi Sigma Delta in UPDEPP.

26 Jan 2012 - Clark exports soar to $3.9B in 2011

CLARK FREEPORT - The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) posted for its 2011 export statistics a staggering $3.912 billion - a historical 161 percent increase from the state-owned firm's US$1.453 billion record in 2010.

CDC President Felipe Antonio B. Remollo said the entry of Texas Instruments (TI) in 2010 "has remarkably contributed" to the export industry of this bustling Freeport with the $1.53 billion it posted last year.

26 Jan 2012 - Mayor supports plan to transfer NAIA to Clark

ANGELES CITY -- Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian expressed his support to the plan to transfer the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and its operations inside Clark Freeport.

Gatchalian, an active member of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), made this statement during the sisterhood signing between Valenzuela City and Angeles City.

26 Jan 2012 - Investment generation highlights sisterhood pact

ANGELES CITY -- An exchange of best practices in investments generation and industrialization will be the highlights of the Angeles City-Valenzuela sisterhood agreement.

These were disclosed on Wednesday by Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian after inking the memorandum of agreement at the City Council session hall here as was witnessed by their respective city councils.

26 Jan 2012 - Firm exec announces mayoralty bid

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation Vice President Reynaldo Catacutan announced that he will again seek the mayoralty post in the town of Capas, Tarlac province next year.

Catacutan also dismissed claims that he is eyeing the presidency of CIAC, saying that he accepted his position, through the invitation of President Aquino, to help in the development of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

26 Jan 2012 - 60,700 dogs vaccinated

PAMPANGA -- An official from the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) said Thursday that more than 60,700 dogs in the province have already been vaccinated for anti-rabies.

Jerry Nicdao, PVO operations division chief, said this activity is a year-long project open to all local dog owners.

26 Jan 2012 - Bosconian alumni group leads 'Blue Run' in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT - Don Bosco Academy Batch 1988 and the Don Bosco Alumni Association (DBAA) - Pampanga Chapter is inviting all Bosconians and its alumni to join the "Blue Run" on January 28 at the CDC Parade Grounds.

Event chairman and technical director Melvin Fausto of DBA Batch 1988 said "Blue Run" is a fund-raising event for the benefit of indigent residents living in nearby Mabalacat town.

26 Jan 2012 - 5 new programs launched

PAMPANGA -- CLTV36 will be kicking off the first quarter of 2012 with five new programs beginning January 30, 2012.

Come Monday, CLTV36 will introduce its new morning program "Bagong Umaga", which provides information anchored on light news, events, and other important issues in and around Pampanga and Central Luzon.

25 Jan 2012 - $50-M aviation training school to open

CLARK FREEPORT -- President Benigno Aquino III led Tuesday other government officials in the groundbreaking ceremony for the US$50-million pilot school and aviation training facility of Cebu Pacific (CEB) and CAE inside the Freeport.

The President is joined by Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Deepak Obhrai, Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, CEB president Lance Gokongwei.

25 Jan 2012 - Clark president back to work

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose I. Luciano has reported back to work after going on a 90-day voluntary leave of absence, following allegations of his involvement in a cable theft case inside the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.

During the groundbreaking rites for the construction of an aviation school inside this Freeport Tuesday, Luciano reiterated that the Office of the Transportation Security (OTS) under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has cleared him on the case.

24 Jan 2012 - Angeles City mayor hosts city’s ‘vin d’honneur'

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan hosted on Friday the City Government’s version of vin d’honneur at the Old Pamintuan Mansion.

Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting, members of the City Council, department and program heads of the City Government, businessmen from the Angeles City Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (AC-FilChi) and officers from the Angeles City Police Office (Acpo) were among the guests during the post-new year reception.

24 Jan 2012 - Project remits $1.134B to National Government

PAMPANGA -- The Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power Project (Malampaya Project) remitted a check worth $1.134 billion to the National Government over the weekend.

Members of the Malampaya consortium including Shell Philippines Exploration BV (45%), Chevron Malampaya LLC (45%), and Philippine National Oil Company-Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC) (10%), operating Service Contract 38 or the Malampaya Project turned over the check to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

24 Jan 2012 - Officials urged to promote organic farming

PAMPANGA -- Several carabao owners here are urging local officials to promote organic farming, using the said animal in farm planting preparation.

They claimed that with the advent of advanced agricultural machinery for the past ten years, the carabao population dwindled. This, according to them, has compromised the balance of nature and technology.

24 Jan 2012 - Parents asked to enroll kids early

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has asked parents and guardians to enroll their incoming kindergarten, Grade 1 and first year high school students for the next school year during the early registration this Saturday, January 28.

Although on Saturday, all public elementary high schools will be opened to enroll early registrants.

23 Jan 2012 - New website featuring videos of Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- Belgian investor Ignace Debbaut launched the new site, claiming that the future of television lies in the internet.

The website offers free video clips of various Angeles City events, entertainment and attractions.

22 Jan 2012 - Lawmaker leads P32-M Leoncia Bridge groundbreaking

ANGELES CITY -- Pampanga Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st district) led the groundbreaking of the P32-million Leoncia Bridge construction project along Clark Circumferential Road here.

Initiated by Lazatin, the project will be undertaken through the help of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Angeles City-Sub Office.

22 Jan 2012 - DMIA cable theft ‘should be resolved soon’

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Vice President for Operations Reynaldo Catacutan said he wants to see the cable theft case inside the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) resolved soon.

"I love Luciano. I love DMIA. But I love justice," Catacutan said, as he vowed to pursue the case, which is now being handled by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), where Luciano was involved.

22 Jan 2012 - Road mishap kills soldier

PAMPANGA -- MAGALANG -- A soldier was killed while another is in critical condition when the truck transporting them for security operations was sideswiped by a passenger bus at Barangay Dolores, Magalang around 1 a.m. Sunday.

Major Enrico Gil Ileto, 7th Infantry Division (7ID) Public Affairs Office chief, said the names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of their kin.

22 Jan 2012 - Mayor to implement grassroots garbage segregation program

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said he is now drawing plans to institute a grassroots segregation program for this city in a bid to make garbage collection efficient and promote recycling among households.

Pamintuan said the move is in line with the recent conference he led at the Shanghai Restaurant here with various stakeholders.

22 Jan 2012 - Decision on trucking fees ‘shows abuse of discretion'

PAMPANGA -- San Simon Mayor Leonora Wong expressed disappointment over the speedy decision of the lower court over the controversial fees collected from trucks passing by her town.

The decision, issued by Judge Lucina Alpez-Dayaoan of the Regional Trial Court branch 54 in Macabebe town, prohibits the further collection of permit fee of P300 per unit per day from truckers and haulers entering and going out of San Simon's territorial jurisdiction.

21 Jan 2012 - Philippines ‘to become’ biggest branded bag supplier

PAMPANGA -- As Coach International Ltd. sees the potential of working in the Philippines, it is no wonder that eventually, the Philippines will become one of the biggest supplier of the said brand worldwide.

This was said by senior vice president of Coach International Limited, Martyn James, during the grand opening of the D’Luxe Bags Philippines in Barangay Sta. Rosa in Concepcion, Tarlac which is part of the Luen Thai Group that manufactures and exports leather goods under the brand Coach.

21 Jan 2012 - Foreigner found dead in Arayat

PAMPANGA -- Village watchmen in Barangay San Antonio, Arrayat found a body of a foreign national near a vacant lot here over the weekend with a bullet hole at the right side of his head.

The unidentified victim is about 35 to 50 years old, has a moustache, with black complexion, medium-built and had curly hair. He has a tattoo on his left hand and on his right arm.

21 Jan 2012 - Nutrition council to mitigate hunger

PAMPANGA -- The National Nutrition Council presented a solution early this week to mitigate hunger and improve nutrition in Central Luzon.

Regional partners and Provincial Nutrition Action Officers (PNAOs) collaborated in line with the Special Hunger Alleviation and Improve Nutrition (HAIN) Program for implementation in the disaster-stricken areas of typhoons Pedring and Quiel in the region.

20 Jan 2012 - Driveby Shooting

ANGELES CITY -- Eduardo I Bustamante, locally known as Noy Noy was killed walking home in Adrian Street Mountain View Sub.

Shots were fired at the 38 year old from a passing Motorbike, motive not known at this time.

20 Jan 2012 - Bike Show at Screaming Eagle Cafe

ANGELES CITY -- The M/C Thunder MC Club will have a bike show in front of the Screaming Eagle Cafe, 53 Don Melton Ave, Angeles City on Sunday, 29 Jan 2012.

This is a charity event supporting the A.W.A.M (Alcoholics with a Mission) project for homeless kids.

19 Jan 2012 - New order to eradicate ‘fly-by-night’ service contractors

PAMPANGA -- Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) and the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) here held a symposium on the Department Order (DO) 18-A, which aims to eliminate “fly-by-night” contractors and protect workers employed by service contractors and subcontractors.

During the event held at the King’s Royale Hotel here, Dole Assistant Regional Director Geraldine Panlilio said the DO 18-A, otherwise known as the “Rules Implementing Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code, as amended,” strictly defines primarily where the practice of contracting and subcontracting are considered legitimate.

19 Jan 2012 - Tutuban mall soon to rise in Mabalacat

MABALACAT -- The 168 retail store, which is popular in Tutuban, Manila, will rise in Barangay Mabiga here.

Mayor Marino Morales said the project is part of the P500-million stimulus package that will provide development of major public infrastructure in the town.

19 Jan 2012 - Binay confident on offloading guidelines

CLARK FREEPORT -- Vice President Jejomar Binay is confident that the newly approved guidelines for departure of international-bound passengers by the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (Iacat) will boost the fight against human trafficking.

Binay, who serves as chairman emeritus of the Iacat, also acknowledged the contribution of the "offloading" policy to the decline in cases of human trafficking in the country.

18 Jan 2012 - Pampanga towns get GH seals

PAMPANGA -- Four more towns from Pampanga received the Seal of Good Housekeeping from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday.

During the regional awarding rites at Heroes Hall hosted by the City Government of San Fernando, the municipalities of Sta. Rita led by Mayor Yolly Pineda, Sto. Tomas headed by Mayor Lito Naguit, Masantol represented by Mayor Peter Flores, Sta. Ana with Mayor Omeng Concepcion, and Bacolor’s Mayor Jomar Hizon received their respective medals and seals for qualifying and passing in the fourth round of assessment which includes the areas of good planning, fiscal management, transparency and accountability, and performance monitoring.

18 Jan 2012 - 3 mayors optimistic with benefits of SGH award

PAMPANGA -- Three mayors in three different districts of Pampanga have expressed optimism, being awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH), which will open up for them development programs in their respective municipalities through the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF).

Mayors Yolanda Pineda of Sta. Rita, Joselito Naguit of Sto. Tomas and Rommel Concepcion of Sta. Ana said they are happy with the recognition given to them by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) at the Heroes Hall on Wednesday.

18 Jan 2012 - P18-million hospital to rise in Apalit

PAMPANGA -- The local chief executive in Apalit disclosed Wednesday that the Department of Health (DOH) has allocated at least P18 million for the construction of another district hospital in the municipality.

Mayor Jun Tetangco said the hospital is set to be constructed either in Barangay Sulipan or San Vicente, subject to the recommendation of the provincial engineers.

18 Jan 2012 - Indie film ‘Captive’ may have Pampanga premiere

PAMPANGA -- Cannes Film Festival-winning director Brillante Mendoza is planning to hold a Pampanga premier of his indie film “Captive”, which is now in competition in the main section of the Berlin International Film Festival.

The film festival will be held in Berlin, Germany’s capital city, on February 9 to 19 this year.

18 Jan 2012 - Top bike thief arrested

ANGELES CITY -- The city police recently arrested a 22-year-old man who is believed to be one of the notorious motorcycle thieves operating here and in nearby towns of Mabalacat and Magalang.

Serglenn Abalos Mercado, 22, single, of Purok 4 Saint Vincent, Old Pampang this city was arrested by joint elements of Police Stations 4 and 2 after he allegedly stole a Yamaha Mio Soul motorcycle owned by Edwin Cabrera of Villasol Subdivision, Barangay Anunas here.

18 Jan 2012 - Aquino urged to review 'system error'

PAMPANGA -- Some local chief executives in the province agreed that an error in the system employed by the National Government has been delaying rehabilitation of priority projects in the province.

Mayor Jerry Pelayo, Pampanga Mayors’ League president, urged President Benigno Aquino III through a letter addressed to Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, to review laws on the implementation of infrastructure projects funded by the National Government but carried out through the representatives.

17 Jan 2012 - Gov’t ready to set P5 billion for electrification

CLARK FREEPORT -- Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras announced Tuesday that the government is set to increase its budget this year for rural electrification to provide electricity to more Filipinos.

In an Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Campaign conducted by the Department of Energy at the Hotel Stotsenberg, Almendras, said the government is ready to allocate as much as P5 billion for electrifying the countryside this year.

17 Jan 2012 - American doctors donate $25,000 to eye clinic

PAMPANGA -- American doctors Eric and Vicky Lohse donated on Wednesday some $25,000 worth of medical equipment to the Ambulatory Surgical Eye Clinic (ASEC) of the Jose A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC) in Bacolor through the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF).

The donation was formally received by KDF president Benigno Ricafort during the fellowship dinner with the doctors at the Bale Kapampangan here. The donation was part of the commitment of the Lohse couple in helping with the KDF mission.

17 Jan 2012 - Catholic leaders plan for grand Marian procession

PAMPANGA -- Leaders of the Catholic Church and other concerned groups last Monday planned the details of the proposed ‘Grand Marian Fluvial Procession’ at the Rio Grande de Pampanga commonly known to local folks as the Pampanga River.

Father Mark Manabat, the focal person of ‘Crusada Penitensiya’ said the procession is part of the 60 years’ celebration of Virgen Delos Remedios and Sto. Cristo del Pardon.

17 Jan 2012 - Aquino thanks Chinese firm investments in Philippines

PAMPANGA -- President Benigno Aquino III personally thanked Hong Kong-based firm the Luen Thai Group for its big ticket investments in the country that generated thousands of jobs for Filipinos.

In his speech during the grand opening of the manufacturing facility of subsidiary D’ Luxe Bags Philippines in Tarlac, Aquino said he is very pleased whenever discussions turned to Luen Thai because “it’s always good news”.

16 Jan 2012 - Clark 2011 exports breach $2-billion mark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) announced that the value of exports inside this world-class Freeport for 2011 has breached the $2-billion mark, three years earlier than the target date set by the state-owned firm.

CDC president Felipe Antonio B. Remollo said despite an apparent decline in Philippine exports due to a worldwide economic slump last year, Clark-based enterprises were able to ship at least $2.258 billion in exports between January and December 2011.

16 Jan 2012 - Pampanga leaders lead re-opening of Bacolor hospital

PAMPANGA -- Third district Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. and Governor Lilia Pineda led the blessing and re-opening of the Ricardo P. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in its original location here.

The event was attended by Mayor Jose Maria Hizon, provincial board members of Pampanga and other local officials.

16 Jan 2012 - Pampanga courts join silent protest for Corona

PAMPANGA -- Judges and staff at the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Pampanga has joined the nationwide silent protest against the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

The silent protest was spearheaded by the Supreme Court Employees Association in Manila.

16 Jan 2012 - Police creates task force to solve death of couple

MABALACAT -- The Pampanga police office has formed a task force to solve the double murder case involving a couple who was found dead inside a car last Saturday.

Task Force Payuyao-Toledo will go after the killers of partners Rey Cunanan Payuyao, 51, of Barangay Paralaya, Candaba town; and Gilda Reveldez Toledo, 41, of Malabon Street, Santa Cruz, Manila, said Superintendent Rodney Raymond Louie J. Baloyo IV, town police chief.

16 Jan 2012 - Mayor plans to beautify Town

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales has bared plans to beautify and light up major roads in anticipation of big investments in this urbanized municipality.

Morales’s lighting project will be implemented with the cooperation of the Pelco-2 management led by Amador “Ka Basil” Guevarra.

14 Jan 2012 - 2 dead bodies in car

MABALACAT -- The bodies of Payuyao and Toledo were found Saturday night inside a Toyota Vios car with license plates PQC 470 parked near the Kabuhayan Center in Barangay Paralayunan here.

The task force consists of personnel from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Scene of the Crime Operatives, Intelligence Branch, and other elite police units, Baloyo said.

14 Jan 2012 - Baby girl needs urgent help

PAMPANGA -- The parents of a seven-month-old baby girl are appealing to kind-hearted benefactors for the child's immediate liver transplant to be done at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital-Kaohsiung Medical Center in Taiwan.

The couple, Lorence and Thaina Hernandez, natives of Barangay San Carlos, Mexico town, both 33, said their daughter Thia Loreign has been diagnosed by medical specialists to be suffering from idiopathic neonatal hepatitis which later developed to chronic liver disease or cirrhosis.

13 Jan 2012 - P3.3M in scholarships given to 4 local schools

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Metro Clark Information and Communications Technology Council (MCICTC) recently awarded a total of P3.3 million in training scholarship vouchers to four local schools.

The training scholarship vouchers are accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) with courses in the Information and Communications Technology/Business Processing Optimization (ICT/BPO) field.

13 Jan 2012 - Apalit mayor to clamp down tighter on trucks

PAMPANGA -- Apalit Mayor Jun Tetangco said over the weekend with the full implementation of the Anti-Overloading Law, the Municipal Government will clamp down tighter on overloaded quarry trucks plying the town’s roads.

The town’s roads had been badly damaged by overloaded trucks and have even lost the Colgante Bridge last year because of unscrupulous truckers who “sneak in and out” especially during wee hours.

13 Jan 2012 - Execs vow full support to anti-overloading law

PAMPANGA -- As Anti-Overloading Law or Republic Act 8794 takes full effect all over the province on Sunday, executives and stakeholders have vowed to support and cooperate in its implementation.

The memorandum of agreement was signed by officials led by Vice Governor Joseller “Yeng” Guiao and representatives from the Land Transportation Office, Department of Public Works and Highways, Philippine National Police and Pampanga Truck Owners Association (PTOA).

13 Jan 2012 - Guv to create pool of med-specialist

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said Friday she is now set on creating a pool of medical specialists to be deployed in various district hospitals here.

The move is to complete the services offered by government hospitals here that have been declared as economic enterprises by the Provincial Government.

13 Jan 2012 - Tribal association asks firm to employ Aetas

MABALACAT -- The Mabalacat Aeta Tribal Association (Mata) asked the FA Korea CC Golf Club, a locator inside the Clark Freeport, to employ Aetas living in this town’s upland villages.

Mata chairman Robert Serrano made the request during a recent gift-giving initiated by the FA Korea CC where some 150 sacks of rice and assorted vitamins and medicines for adults and children were donated to the tribesmen.

13 Jan 2012 - Workers finish P10-M district hospital

PAMPANGA -- An official from the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) revealed that the construction of the P10-million district hospital in Macabebe has already been completed.

Rene Gutierrez, provincial engineer, said the newly constructed hospital is ready for inauguration anytime. It is expected to be opened to public next week.

13 Jan 2012 - Anti-overloading set Jan. 15

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga will begin implementing fully and strictly Republic Act (RA) 8794 or the Anti-Overloading Law starting Sunday, January 15.

In line with this, a memorandum of agreement was signed by Vice Governor Joseller “Yeng” Guiao and officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Land Transportation Office, Philippine National Police, the Pampanga Mayors League and the Pampanga Truck Owners Association at the Benigno Aquino Hall here.

13 Jan 2012 - Police needs 6,000 personnel

PAMPANGA -- As part of its modernization program, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to hire additional 6,000 police officers nationwide.

In Central Luzon, Police Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ladao has started its preparation for the activation of city and provincial ad hoc Police Officer 1 (PO1) screening committees.

13 Jan 2012 - Guv to abolish vacant positions at Capitol

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda disclosed on Thursday her plan to abolish about 116 vacant positions in the Provincial Government.

The governor said the abolition of the vacant positions will give way to the creation of various positions in the health office and a medical specialist team which will match the needs of government-owned hospitals.

13 Jan 2012 - Police charge village exec killers

PAMPANGA -- Police filed murder charges against four persons who allegedly shot dead a barangay chief of Pampanga last month.

Senior Superintendent Edgar Tinio, Pampanga police provincial director, said the Arayat police filed the case against Romy Sarmiento of Pulong Daga, San Miguel, Quezon; Marilyn Tumpalan of Barangay San Antonio Pantalan, Cabiao, Lito Sarmiento, also of San Miguel, Quezon; and a John Doe.

12 Jan 2012 - Red tide up in Zambales, Bataan

PAMPANGA -- Two provinces in Central Luzon are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison, more commonly known as red tide, that is beyond the regulatory limit.

Based on the latest laboratory results of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Central Luzon and local government units (LGUs) concerned, the Masinloc Bay in Zambales, and Bataan coastal waters in the municipalities of Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal are found to be still affected by the toxin.

12 Jan 2012 - CEB flies 12M passengers in 2011

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Cebu Pacific (CEB) flew close to 12 million passengers from January to December 2011, an increase of 14 percent over 10.5 million passengers in 2010.

CEB’s passenger growth was mainly driven by a 22-percent increase in international passengers, which numbered over 2.72 million in 2011. CEB added flights to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh, Seoul and Bangkok since the start of 2011 to meet travel demand.

11 Jan 2012 - Mayors laud foundation for projects

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Arturo Naguit of Minalin and Mayor Oscar Rodriguez of the City of San Fernando lauded and congratulated Monday officials and volunteers as well as partner groups of the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) for its projects and efforts in assisting indigents.

During the celebration of KDF’s 25th anniversary at Heroes Hall in this city, Naguit said KDF has been extending medical help to a lot of Minaleños and Kapampangans in general.

11 Jan 2012 - Angeles university cited in Beijing

ANGELES CITY -- The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) has been cited as one of the 30 most outstanding Confucius Institutes in the world.

AUF president Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles personally attended the awarding rites in Beijing, China last December 12.

11 Jan 2012 - Candaba’s 5th most wanted nabbed

PAMPANGA -- Police have arrested one of the most wanted persons in Candaba town early this week.

Sabino Garica, 49, a resident of Barangay Vizal Sto. Nino, was arrested through a manhunt operation conducted by the Candaba police.

11 Jan 2012 - Angeles City’s move for heritage district lauded

ANGELES CITY -- A top official of the Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated (MACCII) lauded Wednesday the efforts of the Angeles City Government in moving for the creation of a heritage district here.

This came as the Department of Tourism Region-Central Luzon through Director Ronaldo Tuituico and the City Government of Angeles City sponsored a two-day seminar for capability planning in preparation of the Angeles City Heritage Zone Development Plan.

11 Jan 2012 - Clark parade grounds eyed as tourism center

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said it is planning to transform the CDC Parade Grounds into a “melting pot” of various tourism-related activities.

CDC president Felipe Antonio B. Remollo, during a radio interview at a local public affairs program, made the announcement, saying the plan for the CDC Parade Grounds was an offshoot of the success of the CDC-initiated “human chain” fund-raising project last December 28 for the benefit of victims of Tropical Storm Sendong.

11 Jan 2012 - Arts commission encourages writers to write in Kapampangan

CLARK FREEPORT -- As a way to preserve Kapampangan literature and culture, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has encouraged local writers to write in the Kapampangan language.

In a press conference, NCCA vice chairman Juliet Mallari said Kapampangan writers who usually write in Filipino or English should start writing pieces in the vernacular.

10 Jan 2012 - Rape suspect in 11-year-old girl nabbed

PAMPANGA -- Authorities have arrested a man who allegedly raped an 11-year-old girl inside the latter’s house in Barangay San Pablo, San Fernando here Monday, reports said.

Superintendent Ferdinand Perez, town’s chief of police, identified the suspect as Alfredo Tuazon Peralta, 57, a resident of Transco in Barangay San Pablo here.

10 Jan 2012 - Insurance firm exec: Funds safe

CLARK FREEPORT -- To dispel fears of its members, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) said Monday that its funds are safe, intact and not affected by alleged scams.

GSIS chairman Danilo Lacson, during the stakeholders meeting at Fontana Convention Center, said the state insurance firm, with millions of government employee-members, has adopted a clear-cut policy regarding the disbursement of its funds.

10 Jan 2012 - Resident denies housing board’s statements

ANGELES CITY -- An American resident of Timog Park Homes Homeowners Association (TPHHOA) denied some of the statements issued by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) favoring the old officers and directors of the said association.

Robert Lewallen said he is the incumbent president of the TPHHOA because he was the duly elected by the residents of the subdivision last December 3, 2011.

10 Jan 2012 - Capitol employees urged to fast-track services

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda challenged some 2, 000 Capitol employees here to fast-track government services and programs to effectively help the Provincial Government achieve its goals for 2012.

This came as Pineda met with the Capitol employees in a series of meetings since last week, in a bid to make the goals of her administration for 2012 known to the workers who serve as the backbone of the Provincial Government.

10 Jan 2012 - 5,851 benefit from foundation’s missions

PAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) on Monday evening reported a total of 5,851 beneficiaries from its various medical missions in cooperation with the Jose A. Datu Medical Center from 2008 to 2011.

During its 25th anniversary thanksgiving celebration at Heroes Hall in this city, KDF head Benny Ricafort said the KDF -- established in 1987 -- would in the next years replicate its programs for indigents like prosthesis, wheelchair distribution, cleft lip/cleft palate surgery, cataract/pterygium surgery, the “seeing clearly” and “mother and child” projects, circumcision, dental/tooth extraction, walker distribution, crutch distribution, cane distribution, mobile laboratory and mobile X-ray.

10 Jan 2012 - Basag kotse gang strikes

CLARK FREEPORT -- A supervisor and a civil engineer both fell victim to the “basag kotse” gang over the weekend, reports said.

According to police records, their respective vehicles were parked at the Holiday Inn parking lot inside the Clark Freeport and found with smashed windows and valuables missing.

10 Jan 2012 - 2nd wave of skills registry system launched

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) recently launched the second wave of its Skills Registry System (SRS) in Central Luzon.

The second wave of SRS now covers the towns of Bocaue and Marilao in Bulacan, Limay and Mariveles in Bataan and the cities of Angeles, Tarlac and Olongapo.

9 Jan 2012 - P35-M Magalang hospital opens

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda led Monday the inauguration of the P35-million Andres Luciano District Hospital (ALDH) in Barangay Balitucan, Magalang.

Pineda said the completion of the 100-bed hospital, which is expected to commence operation next week, will provide better health services to residents of this town and other adjacent municipalities.

9 Jan 2012 - Guv orders creation of anti-loading taskforce

PAMPANGA -- To once and for all solve the province’s problem on overloading and ultimately protect roads and bridges in Pampanga, Governor Lilia Pineda instructed Monday the Provincial Government Environment Natural Resources Office (PGENRO) to lead the way in the creation of an anti-overloading taskforce immediately.

According to PGENRO chief Art Punsalan, the anti-loading taskforce will be composed of personnel deputized by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) which conducted a special seminar for them in aspects of monitoring and checking overloaded quarry trucks and other haulers plying barangay and provincial roads.

9 Jan 2012 - EdPam, Oca: ‘Definitely no sibling rivalry’

ANGELES CITY -- Both Mayor Edgardo “EdPam” Pamintuan of Angeles and Mayor Oscar “Oca” Rodriguez of San Fernando professed over the weekend that “there would definitely be no sibling rivalry” between the urbanized and component cities after inking a sisterhood pact at the Museo Ning Angeles before their respective City Councils and department heads.

“Definitely, there would no sibling rivalry or such problems in our agreement, like what happens to other sister city pacts. Ours would be to complement each other according to what we have agreed. Rather than competing against each other, we will work towards the better end of our cities and constituents in the name of unity, harmony and development,” Pamintuan said after signing the memorandum of agreement.

9 Jan 2012 - City Council approves 5 legislative codes

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council here has recently passed five local legislations that will boost the city administration’s campaign for good governance and people empowerment.

These are ordinances on market, gender and development (GAD), environmental, revenue and investment.

9 Jan 2012 - Dev’t Council okays CL component of national irrigation project

PAMPANGA -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) in Central Luzon recently approved the component of the National Irrigation Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (NISRIP) of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

In a statement, RDC chairman and San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez said NISRIP aims to contribute in attaining self-sufficiency in rice through the restoration of original function and capacity of National Irrigation Systems (NIS) and strengthening institutional capacity and effecting Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT).

9 Jan 2012 - Labor department gets 100% disposition rate

PAMPANGA -- Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Office 3 achieved a 100-percent disposition rate in the 941 labor-related cases that were filed under the Single Entry Approach (Sena) in Central Luzon last year.

Dole regional information officer Jerry Borja disclosed that “654 or 81 percent of these cases were amicably settled which paved the way for the payment of around P15 million in total monetary claims to 1,512 workers.”

8 Jan 2012 - Airport records more than 700k international passengers in 2011

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) has recorded 725,023 international passengers for the year 2011.

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano said information transmitted by the CIAC Corporate Planning Department showed international passenger volume increased to 19 percent from the 607,704 passengers in 2010.

8 Jan 2012 - Guv welcomes mayor’s gubernatorial bid

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda welcomed the possibility that Mayor Oscar “Oca” Rodriguez may join the gubernatorial race in 2013.

The governor said it’s a welcome development and a good idea that the city mayor may consider joining the race for the top position in the province.

8 Jan 2012 - Housing board intercedes on homeowners’ association dispute

ANGELES CITY -- The Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) has interceded on the dispute of homeowners at the Timog Park Homeowners Association Incorporated (TPHAI) here.

In a letter dated December 29, 2011, HLURB officer-in-charge Dunstan T. San Vicente stated that the agency “cannot formally sanction and/or recognize the result of the election conducted last December 6, 2011” where a certain Robert Lewallen allegedly won as president of the homeowners association (HOA).

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PAMPANGA -- Writers from all over the country will converge in Pampanga next month to highlight the importance of history and culture in Philippine literature.

Dubbed as “Taboan: Philippine Writers Festival,” the event will be held on February 9-11, 2012, where the country’s poets, playwrights, essayists and fictionists will altogether meet to share their expertise.

8 Jan 2012 - Hospital patients get gift packs

ANGELES CITY -- Some 200 patents received gift packs from City Councilor Alex Indiongco and a group of Indian nationals as part of their indigent assistance program at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC), formerly Ospital ning Angeles the other day.

“It was our way of spreading the Yuletide cheer to these patients who have spent their Christmas and New Year in their hospital beds. The gifts were sourced from personal and pooled funds of our volunteers,” Indiongco said.

7 Jan 2012 - Masons hold outreach program for students

PAMPANGA -- The Pedro Abad Santos Memorial Chapter (PASMC) Order of Demolay Sponsored by Pampanga Masonic Lodge # 48 of Free and Accepted Masons conducted a series of socio-civic activities for students here over the weekend.

PASMC Order of DeMolay conducted hygiene teaching, talks on good manners and conduct for preschoolers, community outreach and toy giving to the students of Panlumacan Elementary School in Barangay San Jose, San Fernando.

7 Jan 2012 - Monday, Tuesday brownouts announced

PAMPANGA -- The San Fernando Electric Light and Power Company (Sfelapco) is advising its consumers, for their convenience, of power interruptions on Monday (January 9) and Tuesday (January 10) due to various improvement works.

Sfelapco corporate communications officer Irwin Nucum said various areas in the city will be affected by the scheduled brownouts.

7 Jan 2012 - Vice guv optimistic in quarry computerization

PAMPANGA -- Vice Governor Joseller “Yeng” Guiao expressed optimism on moves to have quarry operations in the province fully computerized this year.

During the first regular session for 2012 of the Provincial Board at Bliss Hotel recently, Cylix Technologies led by Konrad Chua presented its proposal for the computerization of quarry operations, including collections before the august body, branded as fool-proof and paperless high technology systems using about 50 readers with solar panels and a unique RFID sticker for quarry haulers.

6 Jan 2012 - Angeles, San Fernando cities come ‘full circle’

ANGELES CITY -- Vice Mayor Vick Vega-Cabigting said over the weekend that the cities of Angeles and San Fernando have finally come full circle after signing the sister cities pact at the Museo Ning Angeles.

Vega-Cabigting said the twin cities pact will certainly work toward realizing the efforts of the two local governments in improving the delivery of basic services to their constituents.

6 Jan 2012 - 2 nabbed for pawning carnapped vehicles

ANGELES CITY -- Two men, who allegedly pawned a carnapped vehicle to a businesswoman, were arrested during an entrapment operation conducted by the Mexico police recently.

Joselito Payumo, 38, of Angeles City; and Angel Caisip, 38, of Porac town, were arrested by local policemen at the house of one Loudette Laxamana-Ocampo, who complained that the suspects pawned to her a White Toyota Innova J (PQB 755) on December 23, 2011.

6 Jan 2012 - Subic Freeport honors 10 outstanding workers

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Ten workers, chosen from among 37 nominees from various companies and agencies here, were honored recently as this year’s crème dela crème during the “10 Outstanding Freeport Workers” awards night at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.

The 10 finalists represented the best of the 92,000-strong Subic Bay Freeport workforce who are regarded as “Heroes of the Freeport” for their role in making Subic a catalyst in the economic development of the country, said Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto Garcia.

6 Jan 2012 - 2nd wave of Skills Registry System launched

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) recently launched the second wave of its Skills Registry System (SRS) in Central Luzon.

The towns covered for the SRS in Central Luzon include Bocaue and Marilao in Bulacan, Limay and Mariveles in Bataan and the cities of Angeles, Tarlac and Olongapo.

5 Jan 2012 - P12-B terminal eyed for Clark airport

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano said Wednesday they are pushing for the construction of a budget terminal here that will handle about 10 million passengers a year at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

The new facility, amounting to P12 billion, will take three years to complete and make DMIA the second largest airport in the country, next to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

5 Jan 2012 - Stem cell bill hurdles committee level

MABALACAT -- The House committee on science and technology approved the bill seeking to establish a stem cell center in the country, Representative Carmelo Lazatin said.

The committee okayed House Bill 5287, or “An Act Establishing Stem Cell Center of the Philippines and Strengthening Research on Stem Cell Technology” during a hearing last December 6.

4 Jan 2012 - Capitol sets P400-million quarry collection target

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said Wednesday that she is setting her sights on a P400-million quarry collection target as part of her main priority works for 2012.

“We see a boom in construction activities this year with the projects set under the administration of President Benigno Aquino,” Pineda said, stressing that billions of pesos worth of infrastructure projects are set to commence this year in Luzon and Central Luzon, making Pampanga one of the potential main sources of construction sand.

4 Jan 2012 - City environment office penalizes violators

ANGELES CITY -- Some 17 suspected violators of local ordinances and Republic Act 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000) were accosted by personnel from the City Environmental and Natural Resources Office (Cenro).

Cenro chief Carlito Ganzon said the suspects were found violating City Ordinance 44-10, Series of 1995, otherwise known as “an ordinance introducing the use of citation tickets for improper disposal of garbage and other forms of unsanitary practices.”

4 Jan 2012 - Guv defends P40,000 bonus of Capitol employees

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said Capitol employees deserved the P40,000 Christmas bonus she gave them last December.

Pineda's move of handing the huge Christmas bonus to the 2,000 employees of the Capitol was earlier questioned by some Kapampangans.

4 Jan 2012 - Kapampangan poet to be honored

ANGELES CITY -- A Kapampangan poet laureate from Lubao who died in 1999, Delfin Turla Quiboloy, will be honored by the Center for Kapampangan Studies when it unveils his laurel crown on January 14.

The late poet’s family and friends will be joined by CKS officials and local poets in the ceremonies.

3 Jan 2012 - Council okays P16-B dam in Tarlac

PAMPANGA -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) in Central Luzon recently gave the green light for the construction of the P16.09-billion Balog-Balog Multipurpose (BBM) dam in San Jose town, Tarlac.

In a statement, RDC said the rock-filled dam, which is part of the second phase of the BBM project of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), will be about 113.5 meters from the riverbed to the crest with water storage capacity of 625 million cubic meters.

3 Jan 2012 - Agency gains P169-million new investment projects

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) reported that five new agreements with total investments of more than P169 million were signed before year-end.

In the Marketing Department business update submitted to CDC president Felipe Antonio B. Remollo, it was revealed that the biggest project was signed with the Australian Dental Health Laboratories Inc. (DHLI).

3 Jan 2012 - Capitol bares millions worth of projects

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government led by Governor Lilia Pineda bared Tuesday millions worth of completed and ongoing infrastructure projects.

Documents obtained from the Office of the Provincial Engineer show that as of December 26 last year, the Pineda administration was able to construct and repair hundreds of classrooms and buildings with comfort rooms and water facilities in 27 schools all over Pampanga worth P46,313, 234.37.

3 Jan 2012 - Girl raped by neighbor

ANGELES CITY -- A six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her neighbor in a village here on New Year, the city police said.

The suspect -- Reynaldo Mercado, 45, of Barangay Balibago -- was drunk when he abused the victim, according to Chief Inspector Luisito M. Tan, Police Station 4 chief.

3 Jan 2012 - Refurbished Magalang hospital opens Monday

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government said the newly rehabilitated Don Andres Luciano Memorial Hospital (DALMH) (formerly known as Balitucan District Hospital) in Magalang town will open to the public on Monday.

Governor Lilia Pineda said at least P35 million was spent for the construction of the new building. The budget was part of the some P700 million released by the Capitol in 2011 for various projects on health, education, livelihood and infrastructure, among others.

3 Jan 2012 - 2 suspected robbers shot dead

PAMPANGA -- Two motorcycle-riding suspected members of a criminal gang were shot dead in an encounter with police in Candaba town Monday.

Candaba police head Superintendent Henry Flores cited reports initially identifying one of the suspects as Romeo Guinto a.k.a. Bong Guinto, supposedly the leader of a gang with alleged links to carjacking, drug trafficking and extortion.

2 Jan 2012 - Manila airport flights diverted to Clark on New Year

CLARK FREEPORT -- At least 12 commercial aircrafts were diverted on New Year (January 1) to the Clark International Airport due to zero visibility at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose I. Luciano said the diversion of the flights to Clark was caused by thick smog, which made it difficult for aircrafts to land at NAIA.

2 Jan 2012 - Stray bullet hits 7-year-old

PAMPANGA -- A seven-year-old girl from Barangay Sindalan, San Fernando, here was hit by a stray bullet a few minutes after the New Year.

Francine Darren Punzalan, 7, a resident of Bulaon Resettlement, was wounded on her right shoulder around 12:10 a.m. of January 1.

2 Jan 2012 - Pampanga mayors want Espino to run for vice guv

PAMPANGA -- With more than a year before the May 2013 elections, the Pampanga Mayors League (PML) is reportedly convincing three-term Arayat Mayor Luis Espino to run for vice governor in next year's local polls.

A reliable source close to the group said that a PML meeting took place in the house of Espino in Barangay Manga Cacutud last Wednesday afternoon.

2 Jan 2012 - Angeles City to get P25M from government program

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government here is a recipient of the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) amounting to P25 million for successfully obtaining the Seal of Good Housekeeping from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo told Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan that the fund shall be utilized as capital expenditures and shall be used to augment the approved 2012 Annual Investment Plan of the city.

2 Jan 2012 - ‘Police did not use guns during New Year’

PAMPANGA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Central Luzon chief Edgardo Ladao said policemen did not use their guns to make noise during the New Year's celebration.

Ladao led the inspection and removal of the sealed tapes on the policemen's firearms that were put before the New Year.

2 Jan 2012 - Institutionalization of Clark Cares Program mulled

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president and CEO Felipe Antonio Remollo said he is studying plans to institutionalize the Clark Cares Program to provide continuous assistance to communities around this Freeport and to people and regions affected by calamities.

Remollo, in a recent interview after the success of the "Clark Cares: Human Chain for Typhoon Sendong Victims" last December 28, said the move will give the program a much further boost and render continuity to its program objectives.

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PAMPANGA -- Advocacy for the Development of Central Luzon chairman and Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. vice chairman Rene Romero opined just before the onset of the New Year that the economy in 2012 will be “shaky but not alarming.”

Romero said the economic slowdown during the last quarter of 2011, despite the government’s release of a stimulus package, has made the business sector “nervous” and concerned if the Aquino administration will not make changes in its development programs.

1 Jan 2012 - Cop shot dead on New Year's Eve

ANGELES CITY -- The victim was identified as PO3 Felimon Atiga of Philippine National Police Angeles City Station 2.

Atiga, 40, was responding to a robbery attempt at a restaurant in Barangay Malabanias at 2 a.m. Saturday when the suspect shot him in the head and escaped.