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25 Apr 2017 - Arayat ex-mayor, 3 others cleared in drugs, firearms casesPAMPANGA -- After being in police custody for more than 60 days, former three-term Mayor Luisito Espino of this town was finally freed from jail on Monday, April 24.
This was after the Pampanga Regional Trial Court, in a resolution released Monday, cleared Espino and his three companions from the cases filed against them by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDG) in Pampanga.
25 Apr 2017 - Councilor asks school, church heads to join fight vs sports-bettingANGELES CITY -- Councilor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. asked the heads of schools and churches near the Nepo Mart area to join him in his crusade against the establishment of sports-betting in New Point Mall.
In a letter dated April 24, Lazatin asked the school and church heads to “make a position paper” on the establishment of sports-betting near their location.
25 Apr 2017 - Village officials undergo seminar on human rightsPAMPANGA -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Central Luzon on Tuesday, April 25, hosted seminar on the proper handling of human rights violation cases held at the training center of the agency.
The two-day symposium was attended by the 33 village chairmen and members of the Barangay Human Rights Committee of Angeles City.
25 Apr 2017 - De Lima seeks Senate probe on village polls postponementMABALACAT CITY -- Senator Leila de Lima sought a Senate inquiry into the Duterte administration’s proposal to postpone anew the elections of village officials and Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council) scheduled on October this year and replace village officials with its appointees.
De Lima, who chairs the Senate committee on electoral reforms and people’s participation, filed Proposed Senate Resolution 339 to inquire into the administration-espoused measure resetting anew the barangay and Youth Council elections.
25 Apr 2017 - SM City Tarlac observes Earth Day 2017 with a causePAMPANGA -- Annually Earth Day was being observed worldwide not just by the public and government sector but also by the private sector like SM Supermalls.
One of its provincial malls located in Tarlac has celebrated Earth Day through an exhibition of artworks of second year Fine Arts students from Tarlac State University (TSU) advocating the conservation of Mother Earth and spoken word poetry performances which has captured the heart of the audience and mall-goers about environmental issues.
25 Apr 2017 - AirAsia heats up summer with new flightsCLARK FREEPORT -- The hype continues to build up for AirAsia as the world’s best low cost carrier today began servicing new routes from and to Cebu, Davao, Clark, Palawan and Caticlan/Boracay.
The first AirAsia flight from Davao to Cebu took off from Francisco Bangoy International Airport at 10:40 a.m. with Philippines AirAsia director of Flight Operations Captain Gomer Monreal as operating pilot assisted by Captain Bernardino Perez and flight officer Leonardo Orendain.
25 Apr 2017 - Acting guv to police chiefs: Make drug reformists productive citizensPAMPANGA -- Acting Governor Dennis Pineda ordered all chiefs of police (Cops) in the province to make drug reformists productive to help and augment the income of their families through livelihood and training programs.
Pineda said he wants to maximize the full potential of the drug reformists, who graduated from “Bahay Pagbabago” through Tupad program and undergo livelihood trainings under the supervision of the Pampanga Manpower Training Center (PMTC).
25 Apr 2017 - Doctor, school owner arrested for unpaid contributionsPAMPANGA -- THE Social Security System (SSS) caused the arrest of a doctor and a school owner on its third “Operation Tokhang” led by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police for violation of Social Security Act of 1997.
SSS president and chief executive officer Emmanuel Dooc said that the SSS is glad that the operation Tokhang led to the arrest of Erlinda Binanitan, owner of Skill Power Institute (SPI) and Dr. Realiza Henson, board of director of Silver Stream Publishing Corporation.
24 Apr 2017 - Capitol to employ drug surrenderersPAMPANGA -- At least 2,350 drug surrenderers in Pampanga will be employed in short-term jobs, which is part of a rehabilitation program being implemented by the Provincial Government in support of President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign to end illegal drugs in the country.
Acting Governor Dennis Pineda said the employment of drug surrenderers is made possible through the partnership of the Provincial Employment Services Office (Peso) and Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).
24 Apr 2017 - 30 Mabalacat seniors get P20,000 financial assistanceMABALACAT CITY -- Some 30 senior citizens aged 90 years old and above were given P20,000 worth of financial assistance funded by the Mabalacat City Government.
City Ordinance No. 55 Series of 2016 states that a senior citizen aged 90 years old and residing in Mabalacat City is entitled to avail of the one-time financial assistance amounting to P20,000.
24 Apr 2017 - Councilor wants regularization of City Hall casual employeesANGELES CITY -- Third-termer City Councilor Edgardo Pamintuan Jr. will put forward a resolution to the Angeles City Council that will open the process for the regularization of casual employees of the local government.
“It is about time that we regularize the employees of the City Government, especially those who have served our constituents for quite a long time,” Pamintuan Jr. said.
24 Apr 2017 - Masantol sets 2017 town fiestaPAMPANGA -- The Masantol government here, together with the 2017 Fiesta Committee, announced some of the activities that will highlight this year’s celebration of town fiesta.
Mayor Danilo Guintu and Municipal Tourism officer Mercy Manansala led the launching of the calendar of activities which will start on Friday, April 28.
24 Apr 2017 - Candaba turns over 6 new service vehiclesPAMPANGA -- The local government unit of Candaba on Monday, April 24, turned over six new service vehicles to different government agencies here.
The turnover of vehicles was led by Candaba Mayor Danilo Baylon and also coincided with the blessing of the vehicles which was presided by Reverend Father Emmanuel Contreras.
24 Apr 2017 - CI Culiat holds 1st Taste FestivalANGELES CITY -- Food enthusiasts gathered over the weekend to dine and experience the assorted succulent flavors of Kapampangan cuisine with the tang of modernity at the first ever Taste Festival, which was organized by JCI Culiat, who collaborated with 24 various appetizing food businesses that can be found in Pampanga at Marquee Mall Park, Angeles City.
JCI Culiat aims to help the businesses, which participated in the event to promote their enjoyable food.
24 Apr 2017 - Waterways cleanup marks Earth Day in San FernandoPAMPANGA -- The San Fernando City Government, through its City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), conducted over the weekend cleanup drives on its waterways with the theme “Pagkalinga sa Kalikasan at Kapaligiran, Kaligtasan ng Buhay ay Makakamtan" in line with the observance of International Earth Day.
All major waterways of this city were cleaned by personnel from the City Government headed by Mayor Edwin Santiago.
23 Apr 2017 - Consortium lauds President Rodrigo Duterte for Clark airport boostCLARK FREEPORT -- International experts in the consultancy, aviation, and architectural industry lauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s support in developing the Clark International Airport (CRK) and making it an alternative to the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
John Boakes, vice-chairman of the Central Luzon Infrastructure Consultancy Inc. (CLICI), told SunStar Pampanga on Friday, April 21, that they are elated with the President’s all-out support for the development of CRK.
23 Apr 2017 - Construction of NLEX Sto. Tomas interchange approvedPAMPANGA -- The Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) has approved the proposed opening of a North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) interchange in Sto. Tomas town.
Sto. Tomas Mayor Johnny Sambo, who is one of the proponents of the new convergence road project, said the MNTC Board ratified the proposal after the Central Luzon Regional Development Council endorsed the project in January this year.
23 Apr 2017 - Parish hosts 12 years of Samendang FestivalPAMPANGA -- Young and old alike from the six barangays of Virgen Delos Remedios Parish, Sta Rita, wore their costumes on Sunday in celebration of their homegrown Samendang festival, a merry dancing on the streets in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The event, which was conceptualized 12 years ago, features the six barangays of the parish in merry interpretation of the official hymn of the Crusade of Penance and Charity.
22 Apr 2017 - Businessman wants environment protectedPAMPANGA -- A homegrown businessman from San Miguel village in San Simon here urged government officials to draft a master plan to guide the fast-paced industrialization in the town.
Abundio Simbulan Punsalan Jr., a contractor of electrical and airconditioning systems for commercial malls, said local officials of the town need to come up with a development master plan alongside efforts to invite investors, noting that environmental programs should be implemented to ensure that nature will not be jeopardized with the influx of investments.
22 Apr 2017 - Central Luzon workers to receive wage increase on Labor DayPAMPANGA -- Central Luzon workers will enjoy a new minimum wage on Labor Day, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said on Friday, April 21.
The wage order via Wage Order RBIII-20 will take effect on May 1, 15 days after it was published by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Central Luzon at a local leading newspaper.
22 Apr 2017 - Woman arrested for drug possessionA woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine hydrochloride or "shabu," authorities here said.
Tony Mamac, chairman of Balibago village, said that a team composed of policemen and village law enforcers conducted an operation after the suspect and her common-law husband were reportedly selling illegal drugs in several village here and in nearby Mabalacat City.
21 Apr 2017 - Mabalacat cops arrest 27 drug personalitiesMABALACAT CITY -- At least 27 suspected illegal drug pushers and users were arrested by the local police over the past few days.
This was obtained in the accomplishment report prepared by the Mabalacat Police Station, under the leadership of Superintendent Juritz Rara and Drug Enforcement Team Leader Senior Inspector Melvin Florida.
21 Apr 2017 - Hundreds benefit from steel plant’s medical missionPAMPANGA -- At least 300 residents from a village in San Simon benefitted from the medical mission sponsored by a steel plant on Friday, April 21.
The grand medical, dental and optical mission, held in Barangay San Isidro, was part of Real Steel Corporation’s (RSC) community outreach program.
21 Apr 2017 - San Fernando cops seize 63 sachets of shabuPAMPANGA -- A total of 63 sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or "shabu" were confiscated by local authorities here in a series of anti-illegal drug operations conducted in different barangays recently.
Police Chief Superintendent Jean Fajardo said the drugs were seized from nine personalities who were simultaneously arrested during the operations.
21 Apr 2017 - Pampanga councilor urges Pagcor to probe poker clubANGELES CITY -- A councilor in this city asked the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) to conduct an investigation regarding the establishment of poker club at the friendship area situated near schools, churches and urban poor communities.
Oppositionist Councilor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. made the move a few days after opposing the establishment of sports betting at the Nepo Mart area.
20 Apr 2017 - DOTr eyes Manila-Clark train lineCLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is planning to construct a 107-kilometer line between Manila and Clark via the Philippine National Railways’ North Railway.
The DOTr said that constructing the train line augurs well with the plan to make Clark International Airport in Pampanga an alternate hub of the heavily-congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila.
20 Apr 2017 - Wage board approves P16 hike in Central LuzonPAMPANGA -- The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board III has issued Wage Order RBIII-20 that provides a P16 increase in daily minimum wage for private sector workers in Central Luzon effective May 1.
“The Board deemed it best to increase the minimum wage at a reasonable and equitable level in light of the regional poverty threshold level vis-à-vis average wage, along the need to promote performance-based incentive schemes under the Two-Tiered Wage System,” the order stated.
20 Apr 2017 - DepEd, STI Foundation relaunch partnershipPAMPANGA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) reiterated its partnership with STI Foundation in making education accessible all through the relaunched of STI’s mobile school on Monday, April 17.
With “Driving Education Where IT Matters” as the focus of this partnership, the undertaking is strengthened with the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between DepEd and STI Education Services Group Inc.
20 Apr 2017 - Artist in Bohol for church projectsPAMPANGA -- Kapampangan artist is currently in the province of Bohol to bring back to their former splendor some of the century-old churches that have been damaged by the earthquake almost three years ago.
Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug said that he is proud to be part of the effort to bring back the churches to their former glory and contribute to the ecclesiastical art of the said churches in the area.
20 Apr 2017 - Pampanga exec seeks NHCP’s help on old Pasudeco trainPAMPANGA -- San Fernando Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin is now coordinating with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) for the re-acquisition of a historic steam locomotive formerly owned by the Pampanga Sugar Development Corporation (Pasudeco).
Lazatin has been initiating efforts to bring back the old steam engine, which was reportedly sold a couple of decades ago for still unknown reasons.
20 Apr 2017 - Town intensifies anti-muffler ordinancePAMPANGA -- The local San Luis government and Philippine National Police are intensifying the implementation of the anti-muffler ordinance around the municipality.
Mayor Venancio “Asyong” Macapagal ordered the local police force to strictly enact the law entitled Anti-Muffler Modificator Ordinance of 2014.
20 Apr 2017 - University ROTC unit champs againPAMPANGA -- It was a back-to-back win for the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit as it won the Regional Annual Administrative and Tactical Inspection (RAATI) for school year 2016 to 2017, toppling 13 other schools in the region.
The awarding which took place at PSAU’s Audio-Visual Center on April 19 was graced by General Angelito De Leon, commander of the Philippine Army’s 71st Infantry Division, who represented Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda, commanding general of the Philippine Army.
20 Apr 2017 - 10,362 jobs up for Labor Day business fair in Central LuzonPAMPANGA -- At least 10,362 jobs are at stake in this year’s Labor Day job and business fair in Central Luzon, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said Wednesday, April 19.
Of the total job vacancies solicited, around 7,575 will be available for local employment from 143 participating companies from various industries.
20 Apr 2017 - City of San Fernando holds free seminar for entrepreneursPAMPANGA -- THE City Government of San Fernando through its City Investment and Promotions Office (Cipo) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Luzon conducted a free seminar to help budding entrepreneurs in starting their own business.
Dubbed as “Finding the Right Market and the Right Product,” the seminar was opened to micro, small, and medium enterprises sector of the city last April 19 at the Heroes Hall.
19 Apr 2017 - Kapampangans hit immigration employee for FB postsPAMPANGA -- Kapampangans on Facebook are up in arms against one John Felix Santos for his allegedly “arrogant and prejudicial” posts on social networking site Facebook against Kapampangans and their Holy Week religious images.
Santos is reportedly an immigration officer at the Bureau of Immigration and affiliated with the Manila Cathedral.
19 Apr 2017 - Quarry hits ‘highest collection’ of P36-M in one monthPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government earned P36 million from quarrying operations in March this year.
Records of the Kapampangan a Lulugud at Matapat (Kalam) said this is the "highest collection" in the history of the quarry industry in the province.
19 Apr 2017 - Sto. Tomas major bridge closed; rerouting scheme setPAMPANGA -- A major national bridge in this fourth district town was closed to public since Monday, April 17, to make way for its major reconstruction.
This was after a breach was seen in the flooring of San Vicente Bridge almost a month ago which forced the local government here and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to do emergency repair.
19 Apr 2017 - Tugade: DoTr to transfer to Clark by JulyCLARK FREEPORT -- Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the agency's main office in Madaluyong City will be transferred to this Freeport by July.
Tugade said the DoTr's relocation is part of the Duterte administration's bid to decongest Metro Manila and create alternative hubs.
19 Apr 2017 - Government agencies inspect NLEX Harbor Link projectMABALACAT CITY -- The Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” team conducted a site inspection of the ongoing Harbor Link Segment 10, an all elevated expressway aimed at providing direct access between the port area and the northern provinces of Luzon via North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).
Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) Chairman Manuel Pangilinan, MPIC President Jose Ma. Lim, and Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) President Rodrigo Franco hosted the team composed of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, National Economic and Development Authority Director General Ernesto Pernia, and Bases Conversion and Development Authority President Vince Dizon.
18 Apr 2017 - Angeles City councilor opposes ‘sports betting’ANGELES CITY -- Oppositionist Councilor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. has aired strong opposition against the establishment of an electronic gaming center at a commercial area which is adjacent to educational institutions.
“This is a conscience vote. I cannot accept having such industry near the schools, church and heritage district of the city,” Lazatin stressed, after he opposed last March 31 the approval of PR-291-03-17 entitled “A Resolution interposing no objection to the operation of an electronic games, instawin and sports betting by the SHL Amusement and Gaming Inc. located at New Point Entec 2 Mall, Units 16-19 Nepo Center, Angeles City” sponsored by Councilor Jericho Aguas.
18 Apr 2017 - San Simon mayor: My biggest legacy is the 1st government centerPAMPANGA -- Mayor Leonora Wong, the prime mover in the construction of the buildings in the three-hectare lot in Barangay Sto. Niño, said the buildings might be her biggest legacy to the town residents.
“The construction of the government center of San Simon might be the biggest legacy I will be leaving to my fellow Simonians,” Wong said.
18 Apr 2017 - 168 sewers, skilled workers get livelihood assistancePAMPANGA -- Some 168 individuals on Monday, April 17, benefited from the more than P700,000 worth of livelihood assistance provided by the Provincial Government of Pampanga through the Public Employment Service Office (Peso).
Governor Lilia Pineda led the turnover of the livelihood equipment that was also graced by Vice-Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda, Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Provincial Director Arlene Tolentino, Peso Manager Luningning Vergara and provincial board members.
18 Apr 2017 - Bizman: Guagua cityhood status achievable in 5 yearsPAMPANGA -- With the things going on in the town of Guagua, the vision to elevate it to cityhood status can be achieved in five years.
That is the view of a prominent businessman, who requested anonymity for personal and political reasons.
18 Apr 2017 - Gonzales says El Circulo powerful means for social actionPAMPANGA -- Third District Representative Aurelio Gonzales, Jr. said that aside from keeping El Circulo Fernandino, one of the oldest socio-civic club in Pampanga alive, remains a powerful means to bring the elite to social action.
Gonzales said that this year’s annual reception and ball is not just a social gathering of Pampanga’s best of the best, social and civic personalities and government leaders but also a fund-raising activity for the club’s various socio-civic projects.
18 Apr 2017 - Drug suspect nabbed in Candaba drug bustPAMPANGA -- A suspected drug personality was nabbed in an anti-drug operation launched by elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Central Luzon and local authorities here recently.
Candaba police chief Superintendent Paul Gamido said the suspect identified as Christopher Tolentino, 42, was arrested in Barangay Manga after positively selling illegal drugs to a poseur buyer.
18 Apr 2017 - Subic eyed as cruise ship destinationCLARK FREEPORT -- Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Senior Marketing Executive for Seaport and Airport Ronnie Yambao said Subic Bay is prepared to become a cruise ship destination.
"Subic is ready," said Yambao, who was sent in the Pampanga Press Club (PPC) forum as representative of SBMA Administration Wilma Eisma last Monday, April 17.
17 Apr 2017 - Pampanga mayors asked to intensify waste programPAMPANGA -- Lubao Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab, who is also the Pampanga Mayors League president, has urged her fellow local officials in the province to intensify the campaign on solid waste management.
Cayabyab made the call Monday morning, April 17, following the Provincial Government's awarding of garbage trucks to 18 local government units at the Capitol.
17 Apr 2017 - Town products take center stage in 8th Sabuaga festPAMPANGA -- Some of the renowned products of Sto Tomas were highlighted in the annual Easter festival held over the weekend at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish grounds.
The religious fest, dubbed as “Sabuaga” or “sabuag sampaga” (scattering of flowers), was participated in by the seven villages here that performed while wearing colorful costumes.
17 Apr 2017 - 4 suspects arrested in San Fernando drug bustPAMPANGA -- Four suspected drug pushers were nabbed in two separate anti-drug operations implemented by local authorities in this capital city recently.
City Police Chief Jean Fajardo identified the drug personalities as Caress Cabreza, 20, Amadeo Miralles, 32, John Gadia, 29, who were arrested in Barangay Lourdes.
17 Apr 2017 - 4th 'Tulauk' wraps up Holy WeekANGELES CITY -- A number of people witnessed the Kapampangan interpretation with a modernized twist behind the story of Judas, entitled “Tulauk: A Lenten Sarsuela,” on April 16.
The activity was directed and written by Andy Alviz at Nepo Park, Angeles City. It was played throughout the night with the use of the Kapampangan dialect and music.
17 Apr 2017 - Angeles City's Siete Palabras draws thousands of devoteesANGELES CITY -- Thousands of devotees and tourists alike beat the scorching heat and trooped to this city’s Golgotha to witness the annual staging of “Siete Palabras” in Barangay Lourdes Northwest last April 14.
Siete Palabras is a creative street dramatization of the “Seven Last Words” of Jesus Christ performed by Angeleño theater group, Uyat Artista (UA), in partnership with the Angeles City Government and the Lourdes Northwest Barangay Council.
17 Apr 2017 - Holy Week in Central Luzon generally peacefulPAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon described the week-long observance of the Lenten season this year as "generally peaceful."
PRO-Central Luzon Director Aaron Aquino attributed the situation to the advanced preparations laid out by all police units to ensure safety of motorists, commuters and the public.
17 Apr 2017 - City of San Fernando receives new dump truckPAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando received a brand new dump truck from the Provincial Government of Pampanga, through its Environment and Natural Resources Office.
The dump truck was formally turned over to Mayor Edwin Santiago by Governor Lilia Pineda during Monday’s (April 17) flag raising ceremony at the Capitol Grounds.
15 Apr 2017 - Legarda: NDFP agenda within reachMABALACAT CITY -- Senator Loren Legarda expressed optimism that the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) would finally come up with a peace accord that is agreeable to both parties and beneficial to the Filipino people.
Legarda said that many of the NDFP’s proposals can already be addressed through existing laws and government programs.
15 Apr 2017 - 80,000 spectators recorded in Lubao balloon fest 2017PAMPANGA -- The annual Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival (LIBMF), which was held from April 6 to 9 at the Pradera Verde in Prado Siongco village here, have attracted more spectators this year.
Event organizers said 80,000 people joined the LIBMF, which is recognized as the "biggest hot air ballooning event in Southeast Asia."
15 Apr 2017 - 14 men re-enact Christ's crucifixion in gory spectaclePAMPANGA -- At least 14 men were nailed to crosses in a re-enactment of a Good Friday ritual, which one of the men dedicated to the victims of the deadly bombings of two churches in Egypt.
Ruben Enaje, 57, who has been re-enacting Jesus Christ's suffering and death for the past 31 years, said he always prays for the health of his family during the ritual.
15 Apr 2017 - 6th Panata at Panalangin wows hundreds of devoteesANGELES CITY -- Hundreds of people gathered to watch the portrayal of religious practices in the province of Pampanga through Panata at Panalangin: A Spiritual Journey Showcased through Culture and the Arts directed by award-winning Kapampangan choreographer Peter De Vera.
The activity was held at the MarQuee Mall Park on Monday, April 10.
12 Apr 2017 - Ruben Enaje to lead ‘Maleldo’ 2017 crucifixion ritesPAMPANGA -- Famed penitent Ruben Enaje will be crucified for the 31st time on Good Friday, April 14, in line with the observance of Holy Week in this city.
City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan, one of the officials in-charge of the Holy Week re-enactment of the passion and death of Christ known as Via Crucis, said that Enaje will be joined by dozens of penitents and flagellants who will voluntarily inflict themselves to self-punishment as a way of repentance.
12 Apr 2017 - 440 Apalit students get cash grantsPAMPANGA -- A total of 440 public high school students from this town received on Monday educational assistance from the local government here.
The students, who are enrolled at the Bro. Andrew Gonzales Technical High School, received P1,000 each as part of the Mayor Peter C. Nucom (MPCN) scholarship program.
12 Apr 2017 - Angeles village chief bares plan to improve ‘security services’ANGELES CITY -- A village chief here has bared plans to improve security services ,including the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, to monitor the safety of the residents.
Rodelio Mamac, chairman of Barangay Balibago, disclosed this during a recent barangay assembly where he reported to his constituents various programs and projects being implemented by the local government unit.
12 Apr 2017 - Bizman: Establish satellite government agencies in ClarkCLARK FREEPORT -- A prominent businessman has urged the National Government to immediately establish satellite government offices in this Freeport.
Ruperto Cruz, who also heads the advocacy group Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM), said this following a series of earthquakes in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces over the past few days.
12 Apr 2017 - read 1 minute Share 0 0 Print a- a+ Read so far 'Banal a Bunduk, Dalan ning Krus' attracts more touristsPAMPANGA -- Many devotees choose different activities such as visiting churches, going to beach, and witnessing the “Pabasa” to observe the Holy Week.
But for Magaleños, the best way to spend it is to reflect, pray, and meditate upon setting their feet at the foot of Mt. Arayat where the 14 Stations of the Cross are situated.
12 Apr 2017 - USS Stethem arrives in Subic BaySUBIC FREEPORT -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) arrived in Subic Bay for a brief port call that highlights the strong community and military connections between the Philippines and the United States.
The ship’s crew will use the stop to conduct some minor repairs with the assistance of Philippine companies.
11 Apr 2017 - Pampanga cops on full alert this Holy WeekPAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO) is in full alert to ensure the security and safety of those traveling to the province for Holy Week observance.
PPPO Director Joel Consulta said that around 1,200 police personnel were deployed in Pampanga since Holy Monday, April 10, and will be posted until Easter Sunday, April 16.
11 Apr 2017 - PCSO allots P17.6-M monthly aid for Pampanga patientsPAMPANGA -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has allotted P17.6-million social and medical aid per month for Pampanga patients who would ask for assistance.
PCSO branch manager Maria Lourdes Soliman said during her courtesy visit at the Governor’s Office on April 10 that the funding allocation for the province has increased.
11 Apr 2017 - Legarda encourages carbon fasting during Holy WeekMABALACAT CITY -- In observance of the Holy Week, Senator Loren Legarda encouraged Filipinos to “carbon fast,” a kind of fasting that is environment friendly.
“As stewards of God’s creation, it is beneficial to everyone -- humans and other species alike -- if we become more aware of our actions’ effects on the environment.
11 Apr 2017 - UP sorority sponsors anti-rabies vaccinationPAMPANGA -- A women group from the University of the Philippines (UP) sponsored on Monday, April 10, an immunization and anti-rabies campaign in this town.
Led by one of its members, former fourth district Representative Anna York Bondoc, the UP College of Medicine’s Mu Sigma Phi Sorority facilitated the vaccination of some 200 dogs held at the Santa Rita Covered Court here.
11 Apr 2017 - Mayor vows to support law enforcement unitsMABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino Morales has vowed to allocate more funds to support law enforcement units like the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
Morales issued the statement during the groundbreaking ceremony for a two-story fire station in Barangay Mabiga recently.
10 Apr 2017 - Pampanga guv warns folks vs ‘Capitol’ fixersPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda warned the public Monday, April 10, especially families who seek medical and financial assistance from the Provincial Government, against possible “Capitol” fixers who are out to prey on unsuspecting victims.
Pineda said these fixers feign and introduce themselves as government employees or as direct contacts to the governor’s office to assure the victim or the members of their families that they can guarantee financial assistance in two to three days’ time in exchange for a certain amount of money.
10 Apr 2017 - Laus firm in Clark offers Holy Week motorist assistanceCLARK FREEPORT -- The newly-opened Laus Auto Services (LAS), a world-class, multi-brand service facility in the Clark Freeport Zone, will offer a three-day motorist assistance during the Holy Week.
Donald Calma, LAS business manager, said all motorists in Clark, especially locators, tourists and other visitors, can avail of this assistance on April 13, 15 and 16.
10 Apr 2017 - City of San Fernando unveils ‘Wall of Valor’PAMPANGA -- The City Government here on Monday, April 10 joined the nation in commemorating Araw ng Kagitingan and the 75th anniversary of the Death March by unveiling the “Wall of Valor” dedicated to Filipino heroes. Led by Mayor Edwin Santiago, fallen Fernandino and other soldiers who served in defense of democracy for the country during World War II and the infamous Bataan Death March were honored at the old train station in Barangay Sto.
Niño, where the Kilometer 102 stands, symbolizing the last stop of the dearth marchers before being herded to Capas, Tarlac.
10 Apr 2017 - BIR: Reflect this Lent, file ITRs earlyPAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)-Mimaropa is reminding all taxpayers in the region to file their income tax returns (ITR) and take advantage of the remaining days before the start of the Lenten holidays.
BIR Regional Director Jethro Sabariaga advised taxpayers to file their ITRs before the deadline, so they can be immediately accommodated and avoid inconveniences.
10 Apr 2017 - New Pampanga-Tarlac energy press corps president namedPAMPANGA -- JOSE Aubrey Pelayo IV, or known as Jay Pelayo IV, was chosen as the president of Metro Angeles City Journalists Association, Incorporated (Macjai) last Tuesday, April 4.
Macjai is an energy press corps representing the provinces of Pampanga and Tarlac created by the National Grid Corporation (NGCP)’s substation in Mexico, Pampanga, together with the media practitioners in Central Luzon.
10 Apr 2017 - Pampanga university celebrates International Women’s MonthPAMPANGA -- Soroptimist International of Pampanga State Agricultural University) (SI PSAU)-Magalang, in partnership with Gender and Development Resource Center, celebrated International Women’s Month.
Highlighted in the series of events is the forum entitled “We Make Change: Women Inspiring Women” which was joined by female employees of PSAU, students and members of SI Magalang.
10 Apr 2017 - SSS says P1,000 additional benefit, not a government subsidyPAMPANGA -- Social Security System (SSS) president and chief executive officer Emmanuel Dooc clarified that the P6.2 billion released last March for the additional P1,000 benefit of pensioners came from the investment income and present member contributions of the pension fund and not from the subsidy of the National Government.
“The news report was misleading. SSS does not receive any subsidy from national government. The P193.86 million fund cited as ‘subsidy’ for the month of January was not used for the benefit increase enjoyed by our qualified pensioners since last month. This amount is the share of national government in the Educational Loan Assistance Program (Elap) which has been ongoing since 2012,” Dooc sad.
9 Apr 2017 - Legarda renews call for earthquake preparednessMABALACAT CITY --- Senator Loren Legarda has renewed her call for heightened earthquake preparedness following several temblors that hit the country, particularly in Southern Luzon in the past few days.
At least two earthquakes with magnitude 5.6 and 6.0 jolted Batangas and were felt in nearby areas including Metro Manila on Saturday, only four days after a 5.5 earthquake also hit the province.
9 Apr 2017 - Pampanga churches in top lists for Visita IglesiaPAMPANGA -- Three historic and Spanish-era churches here are included in the list of best churches to visit during the traditional Visita Iglesia on Maundy Thursday, April 13.
Blogger and historian Ivan Henares lists Betis Church in Guagua, San Agustin Church in Lubao and Santa Rita de Cascia Church in Santa Rita town as among the most recommended churches to visit this Lenten Week and on top of the list is the Betis Church in Guagua which is a National Cultural Treasure and a favorite movie-shooting destination.
9 Apr 2017 - League president to prosecutors: Be dedicated public servantsCLARK FREEPORT -- Prosecutors League of the Philippines (PLP) President Danilo Yang urged his fellow prosecutors to be dedicated public servants.
“As President of the PLP, I have been encouraging prosecutors to be fair, to be honest… as we should be the exemplar of good governance,” he said during the 29th Annual National Convention of PLP which was graced by President Rodrigo Duterte.
7 Apr 2017 - Cebu Pacific launches four new routes in Clark, CebuCLARK FREEPORT -- Cebu Pacific (CEB) is set to launch four new routes from Clark International Airport and Mactan Cebu International Airport.
This is in line with the airlines program to strengthen its domestic route network geared towards making inter-island travel more accessible to residents outside Metro Manila.
7 Apr 2017 - Police probe series of kidnap-rape casesLocal authorities are now investigating a series of abduction and rape cases which are threatening the lady residents of this town.
This was learned from this town police chief Superintendent Wilfredo Paulo of cases orchestrated by still unknown suspects.
7 Apr 2017 - Freedom trail on Death March to open this AprilPAMPANGA -- A Freedom Trail is set to be opened in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Bataan Death March (BDM) on April 10 to 11 at the Freeport Area in Mariveles, Bataan.
The US Special Forces, together with the Philippine military, will march together the 145-kilometer route of BDM, not just to reenact the tragic day in history, but most importantly, in honor of our World War II Heroes.
7 Apr 2017 - Pagcor to donate equipment to San Fernando villagesPAMPANGA -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) is set to grant villages here various facility assistance as part of its commitment as government agency.
Pagcor chairman and chief executive officer Andrea Domingo revealed this during an orientation program entitled “The role of Pagcor in present day society” held at the Heroes Hall recently.
7 Apr 2017 - Pampanga Chamber of Commerce vows to work on tourism promotionsPAMPANGA -- The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated (PamCham) vowed to assist in attracting more tourists in Pampanga.
PamCham, a catalyst in priming the countryside, recently held its first Tourism Committee Meeting for 2017.
6 Apr 2017 - PDEA dismantles mega ‘shabu’ labPAMPANGA -- Six months after its discovery, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Central Luzon has dismantled the mega shabu laboratory in Barangay Lacquios Arayat town on Wednesday, April 5.
The clandestine laboratory, which stands inside the 1.5 hectare property at the foot of Mt. Arayat, was identified as the largest factory of illegal drugs in the country which is said to be capable of producing around 400 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride or locally known as “shabu” per day.
6 Apr 2017 - Duterte reminds prosecutors: Consider malice, negligence in eradicating illegal drugsCLARK FREEPORT -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday evening, April 5, reminded the fiscals and prosecutors to always consider malice and negligence in weighing things as part of fulfilling their sworn responsibilities to the Filipino people.
In his message during the 29th Annual National Convention of the Prosecutors’ League of the Philippines (PLP) Wednesday evening, the president also emphasized the two principles as important ingredients in the criminality in the country, particularly those relating to drugs and corruption.
6 Apr 2017 - Pampanga mayor: Noordwijk ceasefire agreement a breakthroughANGELES CITY -- The mayor of this city described the signing of an agreement on an interim joint ceasefire by the peace panels of the Philippine government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in Noordwijk Netherlands on April 5 a “breakthrough.”
“This is a major breakthrough. This could lead to a comprehensive ceasefire agreement which will pave the way for a just and lasting peace in our country,” said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, who was among the signatories to the agreement as adviser of the GRP panel.
6 Apr 2017 - Good weather kicks-off Pampanga balloon festivalPAMPANGA -- More than 30 hot air balloons flew over Pampanga skies Thursday, April 6, as good weather and winds made the first day of the Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival (LIBMF) at Pradera Verde in Barangay Prado Siongco a sight to behold.
The event, which is happening until April 9, brought in dozens of spectators along with celebrities joining the fun with some even trying a ride on some of the balloons.
6 Apr 2017 - 160 elderly in Pampanga receive cash grantsPAMPANGA -- Some 910 senior citizens from the 12 villages in Apalit on Thursday, April 6, received financial assistance from the local government in Pampanga.
Mayor Peter Nucom, who led the distribution, said the awarding is part of the programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, which aims to provide social pension for the elderly.
6 Apr 2017 - Angeles City all set for Holy Week observanceANGELES CITY -- A sundry of solemn activities and events are set to happen in this highly-urbanized city for the observance of the Lenten Season.
“This is the best time for us to reflect and remember the sacrifices that Christ has done for us. Out of town vacations are great but let us also take time to solemnly observe Lent as a manifestation of our faith,” said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.
6 Apr 2017 - DepEd-Central Luzon launches gender equality program in schoolsPAMPANGA -- The Department of Education (DepEd)-Central Luzon launched the “Gender Equality Movements In Schools of Central Luzon” or (Gems-CL), a flagship program of the department, which highlights the region’s need to revitalize its efforts on gender and development (GAD).
The project also seeks to align with the mandate of DepEd to provide students with gender responsive learning environment and various opportunities to understand gender roles and eliminate gender inequalities.
6 Apr 2017 - Central Luzon police on full alert statusPAMPANGA -- The entire Central Luzon police will be placed on full alert status effective Sunday, April 10, in observance of the Lenten season.
Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon policemen will provide public safety services to series of activities that will be undertaken by the Roman Catholic Church, said PRO Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino.
6 Apr 2017 - Senator welcomes resumption of peace talksMABALACAT CITY -- Senator Loren Legarda expressed support to the resumption of peace talks between the Philippine Government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) as the two parties re-opened the negotiations in Noordwijk, The Netherlands on Monday, April 3.
“We welcome the resumption of the formal peace talks between the government and the NDFP. We need to pursue peace for the sake of the millions of Filipinos who will benefit from a peaceful and progressive nation,” said Legarda.
6 Apr 2017 - Metro Pacific open to railway plan along NLEx, SCTExCLARK FREEPORT -- The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) is open to government’s plan to construct railways along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).
Romulo Quimbo Jr., MPTC senior vice-president for Communication and Stakeholder Management, bared this during a meeting with Pampanga newsmen at Widus Hotel and Casino on Wednesday, April 5.
6 Apr 2017 - CGIC poised to move up to new ISO levelPAMPANGA -- Corporate Guarantee and Insurance Company (CGIC) has achieved another feat as an outstanding non-life insurance company in the Philippines.
It is the first non-life insurance firm in the country to be recommended by SGS Philippines for transition to the new ISO 9001:2015 version.
5 Apr 2017 - Lubao hospital 'gold standard'The multi-million peso newly constructed Escolastica Romero District Hospital (ERDH) in this town in Pampanga is “gold standard” for government-run hospitals across the country, said Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial.
Ubial made the statement during the blessing and inauguration of ERDH on Wednesday attended by Governor Lilia Pineda, second district Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her family, Provincial Board members headed by Vice Governor Dennis Pineda, Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab, Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Leonita Gorgolon, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) President Hildegardes Dineros, Capitol department heads, and other local officials.
5 Apr 2017 - Wong set to give ‘torch’ back to CanlasAs she is set to finish her nine-year term in 2019, Mayor Leonora Wong of this town is set to pass the “torch” back to her predecessor, former mayor Rodrigo Canlas.
Wong affirmed this herself during a recent event in this town where Canlas was also present.
5 Apr 2017 - Angeles City councilors express support to Sogie billANGELES CITY -- Members of the City Council here have expressed support to the Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity or Expression (Sogie) bill through Resolution 7685, Series of 2017 that was passed recently.
Councilor Amos Rivera, main proponent of the resolution, said they unanimously approved the resolution in support of House Bill 4982, "an act prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression and providing penalties thereof."
5 Apr 2017 - Arroyo celebrates birthday with Lubao folksPAMPANGA -- Former President and now second district Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo celebrated Wednesday her birthday with her constituents in her hometown.
Arroyo, who turned 70 on April 5, celebrated her birthday in Pampanga for the first time after four years. With her were her family, friends, and closest allies.
5 Apr 2017 - San Fernando interchange improvement complete by July 2007CLARK FREEPORT -- The improvement of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) San Fernando Interchange in Pampanga is expected to be completed by July this year.
During a briefing with members of the Pampanga Press Club at Widus Hotel here on April 5, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) Senior Vice President for Communication and stakeholder management Romulo Quimbo Jr. said the target completion of the project is on July 4.
4 Apr 2017 - Pampanga achieves rice self-sufficiencyPAMPANGA -- We have achieved self-sufficiency in 2016 producing a total of 421,647 metric tons of rice enough to feed 2,198,000 Kapampangans, according to the Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPA).
Ed Salonga, officer-in-charge of OPA noted that Pampanga has 116,494.70 hectares of land divided for planting of rice (61,987 hectares), corn (16,987), sugar cane (6,500), lowland vegetables (3,500) and the remaining for orchards such as mango, calamansi, chico, coconut and dragon fruit.
4 Apr 2017 - Arroyo expected to celebrate 70th birthday in PampangaPAMPANGA -- Kapampangan supporters and political leaders are expected to troop to this town on Wednesday, April 5, to celebrate the natal day of former President now Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Mrs. Arroyo who has gone full circle in her political life turns 70 years-old. A thanksgiving mass is expected to be offered at the San Agustin Church here with a simple reception for well wishers after the mass.
4 Apr 2017 - Pampanga scholars get P30-M educational assistancePAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government awarded on Tuesday the educational financial assistance amounting to P30,670,000 for second semester to 8,202 scholars of the Provincial Government at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.
Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda led the distribution to the deserving scholars from all over the province together with the members of the Provincial Board, Provincial Library and Provincial Treasurer’s Office.
4 Apr 2017 - Lenten season brings tourists, pilgrims to Pampanga churchesPAMPANGA -- Spanish-era churches here are now teeming with tourists and pilgrims on weekends for the seasonal Lenten pilgrimages.
In Bacolor town, bus loads of pilgrims had been coming in even before the start of the Lenten season. The church has been buried in 20 feet of lahar and had since become a tourist attraction. The church had also been made famous by the recent show aired on ABS-CBN where the church has been a regular backdrop.
4 Apr 2017 - Special motorist assistance set at NLEX, SCTEX, CAVITEXMABALACAT CITY -- The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) has prepared a special motorist-assistance program to ensure a safe travel of motorists at the North Luzon Expressway, (NLEX), Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) during Holy Week.
MPTC President Rodrigo Franco said a big volume of traffic, including the non-regular motorists, are expected at the three expressways during the holidays.
4 Apr 2017 - Tribute given to Pampanga’s oldest chicharon makerPAMPANGA -- SM City San Fernando Downtown on Monday paid tribute to one of the oldest chicharon makers in the province by featuring its product in the last leg of this year’s Flavor Fusion.
Chicharon by Galan’s, a delectable deep-fried pork skin dish famous from Guagua town, was showcased by SM City San Fernando Downtown as part of the three-part gastronomic adventure featuring Kapampangan dishes featured by the mall management.
4 Apr 2017 - 487 Aeta scholars receive P1.2M from Pampanga governmentPAMPANGA -- A total of 487 Aeta scholars were given P1,217,500 educational financial assistance by the Provincial Government the other day.
Held at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here, the Aeta scholars received P2,500 each, one pack of hotdogs and four packs of noodles.
4 Apr 2017 - San Fernando City inaugurates new public marketPAMPANGA -- The City government here led by Mayor Edwin Santiago on Tuesday inaugurated the wet section of the newly built public market in Barangay Del Pilar.
Santiago disclosed that the City Government allotted some P57-million for the construction of the public market, and an additional P5-million for the sewage treatment plant and P2.5-million for the materials used for proper disposal of waste.
4 Apr 2017 - Jehovah’s Witnesses to hold assembly in BataanANGELES CITY -- Members of the Jehovah's Witnesses from neighboring area will attend an assembly at the Assembly Hall of the Jehovah's Witnesses in Orani, Bataan on April 23, 2017.
The assembly will feature the theme "Maintain Love for Jehovah", taken from the scripture found at Matthew 22:37.
3 Apr 2017 - Metro Pacific lines up P153-B infra projectsPAMPANGA -- The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) has lined up a number of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Projects and expansion projects worth P153 billion in a bid to help traffic decongestion initiatives of the government.
MPTC President Rodrigo Franco announced this during the press conference for the “Safe Trip Mo Sagot Ko” (SMSK) motorist assistance program for the coming Holy Week.
3 Apr 2017 - 'Sleeping Children' gives kits to towns, cities in PampangaPAMPANGA -- The “Sleeping Children Around the World Organization” (Scaw) distributed 5,000 sleeping kits and school supplies to six towns and cities in Pampanga as part of its annual outreach program.
Scaw, a non-government organization based in Toronto, Canada, kicked off its outreach programs with a courtesy call to Governor Lilia Pineda on Monday, April 3.
3 Apr 2017 - P38-M dialysis center to rise in MexicoPAMPANGA -- Construction will begin Tuesday, April 4, for the proposed hemodialysis center worth P38 million within the compound of the Mexico Community Hospital (MCH) in Barangay San Carlos here.
Mayor Teddy Tumang, with Pampanga third district Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr., town officials and representatives from SM Prime Holdings (SMPH) and Department of Health (DOH), held Monday a ceremonial groundbreaking and mass to signal the start of construction for the latest addition to MCH services.
3 Apr 2017 - Central Luzon farmers get GAP certificationPAMPANGA -- Some 41 farmers from Central Luzon (CL) were certified for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) during the Onion Harvest Festival recently.
The award was given through Jollibee Group Foundation, Allied Botanical Corporation, Department of Agriculture (DA)-Central Luzon), and Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI).
3 Apr 2017 - Vice guv assists 2,116 solo parentsPAMPANGA -- Vice Governor Dennis Pineda assisted at least 2,116 solo parents from various municipalities and cities through cash and food assistance, job opportunities, health care services (Point of Care) and scholarship programs for their children.
This was gleaned in a Solo Parent Assembly held Monday, April 3, at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center, here.
3 Apr 2017 - SM showcases Kapampangan flavorsPAMPANGA -- SM Supermalls once again expressed its support to the Flavors of the Philippines campaign of Department of Tourism, as it showcased the best of Kapampangan cuisine on Saturday.
The event is a take-off following the 2015 successful celebration of Madrid Fusion in the Philippines with the Great Kapampangan Alualu and last year’s Giant Bringhe.
2 Apr 2017 - Ex-Pampanga mayor to file motion for reconsiderationANGELES CITY -- Former Angeles City Mayor Francis Nepomuceno is set to file a motion for reconsideration before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the decision of Sandiganbayan that sentenced him 12 to 20 years imprisonment for two counts of graft charges.
In a text message to SunStar Pampanga Saturday, April 1, Nepomuceno said his lawyer will file the motion for reconsideration before the Sandiganbayan at the soonest possible time.
2 Apr 2017 - House panel to resume 'Paskuhan' probe in MayPAMPANGA -- The House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability is set to resume after its Lenten Season break in May its probe on the sale of the Philippine Christmas Village (Paskuhan) by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) to Premier Central Incorporated.
The same committee had earlier requested the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Registry of Deeds not to proceed with the processing of the transfer while the committee hearing is ongoing.
2 Apr 2017 - 15 medical officers resign in Candaba hospitalPAMPANGA -- Fifteen medical officers from a public hospital here simultaneously tendered their resignation to the Office of the Mayor of this town.
Former Candaba town councilor and medical consultant Dr. Agerico Tecson, one of the signatories in the Letter of Mass Resignation prepared by officers of Candaba Infirmary Hospital, said the mass resignation rooted from the alleged unpleasant relationship between the employees and Imelda Gonzales Malana, the hospital's Administrative Officer.
2 Apr 2017 - Cebu Pacific expands payment optionsCLARK FREEPORT -- Cebu Pacific has rolled out more payment options for travelers in time for the summer peak period.
Cebu Pacific has partnered with American Express (Amex), allowing its cardholders to book and buy their flights using their Amex cards.
2 Apr 2017 - Drug peddler nabbed in San LuisPAMPANGA -- A suspected drug peddler was arrested by local authorities and elements of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Central Luzon during a drug bust operation conducted in Barangay San Isidro, San Luis.
Police Chief Inspector German Pascua II, San Luis chief of police identified the suspect Mark Alvin Diaz, a resident of this town.
2 Apr 2017 - SM City Tarlac hosts 5th HIV awareness symposium forumPAMPANGA -- The SM City Tarlac Cinema 3 is jam-packed for the 5th HIV awareness symposium forum initiated and organized by the Rotary Club Tarlac and Department of Health (DOH) region to inform the public about the Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV.
Dr. Maria Consorcia Lim-Quizon, Director at SAFETYNET-DOH under World Health Organization, stresses that there are a lot of misconceptions about HIV and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.
1 Apr 2017 - Alejandrino dedicates 3rd MOMA award to slain sonsPAMPANGA -- “For my long struggle for change, not only for Arayat, nawalan na ako ng dalawang anak at itong award na ito ay para sa kanila.”
So said Mayor Emmanuel “Bon” Alejandrino of this town on Thursday as he dedicated his third Most Outstanding Mayor Award (MOMA) to his two sons who both faced untimely deaths.
1 Apr 2017 - Pampanga Capitol employees donate blood to save lifePAMPANGA -- At least 63 employees of the provincial government and attached offices voluntarily donated their blood in a regular bloodletting activity the other day at the Provincial Health Office (PHO) here.
The bloodletting is a pet project of Governor Lilia Pineda, Vice- Governor Dennis Pineda and the provincial employees for the benefit of pregnant women needing bags of blood during the time of delivery and operation or in case of emergency.
1 Apr 2017 - Camayan beach resort gears up for summer with new poolSUBIC BAY -- There is something new in store for guests and tourists alike who will visit Camayan Beach Resort Hotel this summer --- a swimming pool with a great view of the bay.
Adjacent to Camayan's the Reef Restaurant, the brand new pool has a total area of 116 square meters, with a depth from three to five feet, and is just a stone's throw away from Subic bay.
1 Apr 2017 - Treasury raises P70-B through new retail treasury bondsCLARK FREEPORT -- The Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) successfully raised P70.0 billion in its latest issuance of Retail Treasury Bonds (RTBs).
The 19th Tranche of RTBs have a three-year tenor and is available to the general investing public between March 28 and April 6, 2017 at minimum denominations of P5,000. Strong demand for the three-year security set the coupon at 4.25 percent with total tenders reaching P86.2 billion for a bid-to-cover ratio of 2.87.
1 Apr 2017 - OTOP 'next gen' sessions open in Central Luzon
1 Apr 2017 - OTOP 'next gen' sessions open in Central LuzonPAMPANGA -- Some 63 local Micro Small and Medium Enterprises in the region were part of the pilot run of the One Town One Product Next Generation (OTOP Next Gen) project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The sessions included product cliniquing, packaging and labeling advice, and product evaluation. The pilot session was held at the DTI Regional Office III Conference Room from March 22 to 23, 2017.
31 Mar 2017 - SM City Tarlac joins nationwide simultaneous quake drillPAMPANGA -- In line with the NDRRMC’s quarterly NSED, SM City Tarlac participated in the countrywide concurrent quake drill with a real-life scenario of an earthquake.
As disasters such as earthquake can hit anytime and anywhere, this quarter, the drill was conducted at exactly 2:00 p.m.
31 Mar 2017 - SM Pampanga, mall goers join nationwide earthquake drillPAMPANGA -- SM City Pampanga and mall goers participated in the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) that aimed to keep mall goers, tenants and mall officials alert in case of an earthquake that may affect the mall.
The event is a quarterly National Distaste Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)-led activity that seeks to educate the public on disaster preparedness against earthquakes and to showcase government capability on disaster response.
31 Mar 2017 - DA holds Q1 assessment on accomplishmentsPAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office III (DA-RFO III) conducted its first quarter assessment for physical and financial accomplishments Friday.
This was in a bid to report the accomplishments of the programs and projects implemented in the region.
31 Mar 2017 - Anakpawis: ‘Stop killing farmers’MABALACAT CITY --- Hundreds of farmers from Luzon and Mindanao, who were joined by Anakpawis Party-list Representative Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao at the protest in Mendiola Bridge, Manila, have aired their call to stop the killing of farmers across the country.
The farmers, who demand justice for the victims, claimed that the slaying are usually perpetrated by government forces and private armed groups of landlords.
30 Mar 2017 - Ex-mayor gets 20 years for graftANGELES CITY---A former mayor of this city was meted a sentence of at least 12 years to a total of 20 years imprisonment for two counts of graft over the unlawful donation of a city government vehicle to a non-government organization in June 2010.
The Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division found ex-mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno guilty of one count each of violating Sections 3(e) and 3(g) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, for giving unwarranted benefits to a private party--- Kapanalig Angeles City---and of binding the city government to a grossly disadvantageous contract concerning the donation of a Mitsubishi Adventure (SHL 124) owned by the city government, which was acquired at the cost of P786,000.
29 Mar 2017 - Village officials undergo drug testingMABALACAT CITY -- In support of President Rodrigo Duterte's fight on illegal drugs, the chairwoman and officials of Barangay Duquit here voluntarily subjected themselves to the random drug testing conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) last Tuesday at the Barangay Hall.
Chairman Marjorie Morales-Sambo told Sun.Star Pampanga that all barangay officials including tanods, barangay health workers, teachers, lupon tagapamayapa, garbage collectors, street sweepers and other village servants went through the voluntary drug testing.
29 Mar 2017 - DepEd: ‘No collection’ policy still in effectThe Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Pampanga reiterated that the “no collection” policy is still in effect in all public schools.
In an interview at “Pampanga Kaluguran da ka” aired over at RW95.1 FM, Dr. Leonardo “Ding” Zapanta, Pampanga schools superintendent, reminded parents that schools are not allowed to collect fees especially this graduation season.
28 Mar 2017 - Negosyo Center opens in MexicoPAMPANGA -- The seventh Negosyo Center in the province opened in Mexico, Pampanga on as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Pampanga Provincial Office and the Municipality of Mexico signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the operation of the center.
The Mexico Negosyo Center is also the 33rd center to be opened in the region.
28 Mar 2017 - DA celebrates end of Women’s Month with programsPAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) Central Luzon marked the end of the celebration of the Women's Month this March with dances an aerobic exercise on Tuesday.
With a theme "We Make Change Work for Women", it aims to promote the equality of women based on the implementation of R.A. 9710 of 2009 or the Magna Carta of Women of the Philippine Constitution.
28 Mar 2017 - 334 Lubao residents in cash-for-work programPAMPANGA -- Some 334 residents of this town, mostly former drug-dependents, are now part of the local government’s cash-for-work program.
The beneficiaries, which came from the 21 barangays of the town, have been given their protective equipment to be used for their employment under the “Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantage Workers Program” (Tupad).
28 Mar 2017 - Cop from San Fernando is Gwapang Pulis 2017PAMPANGA -- A 37-year old beauty from the City of San Fernando was hailed on Monday as the first “Gwapang Pulis.”
PO3 Lerma Pineda-Castro who is assigned at the Office of the Regional Police Community Relations Division and who represented the Regional Headquarters, bested the 11 other candidates coming from the nine provincial police offices/city police offices (PPOs/CPOs), Regional Support Unit (RSU) and Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB).
28 Mar 2017 - Pampanga awards P385,000 worth of grant to 63 Aeta scholarsPAMPANGA -- The local government of Pampanga distributed on Monday P385,000 financial educational assistance to 63 Aeta scholars.
Twelve Aeta college students received P10,000 each while 51 of them were given P5,000 each.
27 Mar 2017 - All-women police battalion formedPAMPANGA -- To highlight the culmination of Women’s Month, Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Police Regional Office III (PRO-3) director, has formed a battalion-strong all-women police force.
The battalion strength of an “all-women” police force paraded during the flag raising ceremony at the PRO-3 parade grounds here on Monday.
27 Mar 2017 - All-women police battalion formedPAMPANGA -- To highlight the culmination of Women’s Month, Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Police Regional Office III (PRO-3) director, has formed a battalion-strong all-women police force.
The battalion strength of an “all-women” police force paraded during the flag raising ceremony at the PRO-3 parade grounds here on Monday.
27 Mar 2017 - Public hospital employees mull mass resignationPAMPANGA -- The medical staff of Candaba Municipal Infirmary are set to file mass resignation before the Office of the Mayor of this town.
This was disclosed by former town councilor and Candaba Municipal Infirmary Medical Consultant Agerico Tecson.
27 Mar 2017 - San Fernando gets highest Jobstart placement ratePAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) was recognized by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) for having the highest job placement rate for the JobStart Philippines Program.
Dole Pampanga Labor and Employment Chief Arlene Tolentino presented the certificate of recognition to Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago, Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, and PESO Manager Donny Sayre during Monday’s flag raising ceremony.
26 Mar 2017 - Mayor claims receiving ‘death treats,’ blames ‘opponents’PAMPANGA -- FORMERLY-suspended Guagua Mayor Dante Torres received a death note on Monday barely a few days after he resumed office following a three-month suspension meted by the Ombudsman.
The death threat was discovered by one municipal employee---Allan Mendoza---tucked under the windshield of his car.
26 Mar 2017 - Drug pusher nabbed in San Simon townPAMPANGA -- A suspected drug pusher was arrested recently by authorities of this town.
Chief Inspector Charlmar Gundaya, chief of police in this municipality, said the suspect identified as Ma. Cristina Yabut is a native of Masantol town and is currently residing in Tondo, Manila.
25 Mar 2017 - ‘Sizzling Sisig’ declared cultural heritage of AngelesANGELES CITY -- The local government headed by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has proclaimed “Sizzling Sisig” as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage” of this highly urbanized city.
The 17th Sangguniang Panlungsod chaired by Vice-Mayor Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno unanimously approved, in its final reading, Ordinance No. 405, Series of 2017, stating “Sisig Babi as an Intangible Heritage of Angeles.”
25 Mar 2017 - DBM to gov’t offices on 2017 budget: ‘Use it or lose it’PAMPANGA -- Department of Budget and Management III (DBM-3) Director Elisa Salon on Friday reminded government offices to fast track their 2017 budget implementation so as to avoid any further complications.
“It is either use it, or lose it. This is according to the conditional veto of the President that if the appropriations for this year are not utilized, these will be automatically reverted to the national treasury,” she said.
25 Mar 2017 - 100 Fernandino couples renew marriage vowsPAMPANGA -- Some 100 Fernandino couples renewed their marriage vows in a mass ceremony hosted by the Local Government of San Fernando, through its Gender and Development and City Social Welfare and Development Office on Thursday.
CSWD Officer Iris Biliwang said the married couples who participated are beneficiaries of the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” or 4Ps in the city.
25 Mar 2017 - More than 24,000 pledges eyed to support indigent studentsPAMPANGA -- Some 24,140 pledges to support working-youths are set for this year’s Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) in Central Luzon, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said Friday.
This figure was based on the SPES pledges submitted by the different Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) operating all over the region.
25 Mar 2017 - 29 farm owners graduate from climate smart farm business school trainingPAMPANGA -- Twenty-nine farm owners and LGU representatives from Ilocos Region, Cagayan Region and Central Luzon graduated from the training on Climate-Smart Farm Business School implemented by the Agricultural Training Institute Regional Office III in partnership with Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG) Foundation at Orotel, City of San Fernando City recently.
The graduation ceremony was attended by the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food Chairperson and the managing director of the Villar SIPAG Foundation Senator Cynthia Villar who also served as the guest speaker.
25 Mar 2017 - 110 skilled professionals, athletes enlist for military training at TradocPAMPANGA -- Around 110 skilled professionals and athletes were recently welcomed by the Philippine Army Training and Doctrine Command (Tradoc) to undergo six months of rigorous military training at the School for Candidate Soldier.
They include basketball, volleyball and badminton players, marathoners, musicians, computer programmers, researchers, welders, electricians and drivers.
25 Mar 2017 - CDO issued vs MSCANGELES CITY -- The Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 58 has issued a preliminary injunction stopping the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) to enter into a new lease contract with the Archdiocese of San Fernando involving the three-hectare property the Chevalier School is presently occupying in Barangay Santo Domingo, this city.
The cease and desist order (CDO) stemmed from a case filed by the Chevalier School Employees Union (CSEU) against the Chevalier School, Incorporated and MSC.
24 Mar 2017 - Pinoys urged: ‘Shine a light on climate action’PAMPANGA -- The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is urging every Filipino to “shine a light on climate action” by joining Earth Hour tonight.
WWF-Philippines Climate Change and Energy Unit Head and Earth Hour Pilipinas National Director Angela Consuelo Ibay said in a statement to Sun.Star Pampanga that switching off lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. sends an even stronger message to take action on global warming.
24 Mar 2017 - Mayor calls for unity after three-month suspensionPAMPANGA -- Mayor Dante Torres has called on both supporters and his opponents in government to unite and work for the common good of the people.
Torres said that political mudslinging hinders the town's development and progress. He added the he will look into the programs set while he was suspended.
24 Mar 2017 - Neda: P8.3T fund allotted for Central Luzon in 6 yearsCLARK FREEPORT -- National Economic and Development Authority Region III (Neda-3) Director Severino Santos announced the other day that a total of P8.3 trillion has been allotted for Central Luzon in the next six years based on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) during the Central Luzon Bloc (CLB) conference with agency regional officers held here.
It was learned that the PDP is the first of four development plans crafted until 2040 and coincides with the term of the President and contains the advancement priorities for the said coming years.
24 Mar 2017 - Smelting plant in San Simon gets DENR nodPAMPANGA -- The controversial Real Steel Corporation is officially back in business after securing a Permit to Operate from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
This was learned from Real Steel Corporation General Manager Melody Arellano on Thursday.
24 Mar 2017 - Suspended Guagua mayor to return to officekPAMPANGA -- This town's Mayor Dante Torres, who was earlier meted a three-month suspension by the Office of the Ombudsman, is expected to resume his functions Friday.
It can be recalled that the Office of the Ombudsman in Manila has ordered the three-month suspension of Torres for grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty.
24 Mar 2017 - PH 'rice granary' heading towards industrializationPAMPANGA -- Central Luzon, the country's rice granary, is now moving towards industrialization, a reality that will have adverse effects on the region and country's food sufficiency, said the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
The PSA's 2015 Gross Regional Domestic Product, based on the 2002 Census of Agriculture (CA 2002), reported that Central Luzon is among the three regions in the country that have become predominantly industrial, along with Cordillera Administrative Region and Calabarzon (Region 4A).
23 Mar 2017 - Mayor wants circumferential road to ease traffic in PoracPAMPANGA -- Mayor Condralito dela Cruz is hoping that the planned Angeles to Porac Circumferential Road would be realized to help ease traffic congestion in the town through the creation of the said alternate road.
Dela Cruz told Sun.Star Pampanga that the plan has been forwarded to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) through Clark Development Corporation for funding and approval of the Office of the President.
23 Mar 2017 - Capitol recognizes PMA topnotcherPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga recognized a Kapampangan topnotcher from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Salaknib (Sangalang ay Lakas at Buhay Para sa Kalayaan ng Inang Bayan) Class of 2017.
2LT Carlo Emmanuel Manalansan Canlas, who landed in the top five spot, received the recognition during the Women’s Month Celebration and flag raising ceremony held at the Capitol grounds, Monday.
23 Mar 2017 - Notorious drug pusher surrenders to policePAMPANGA -- A suspected notorious drug pusher from Minalin town voluntarily surrendered to local authorities here recently.
The suspect identified as Arjan Mandap Lopez, 45, turned himself in to this town’s top cop Police Chief Inspector Romwald Basa together with his family.
23 Mar 2017 - P200,000 worth of shabu seized in Angeles drug stingPAMPANGA -- Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region III (PDEA-3) on Tuesday seized some P200,000 worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu from a suspected pusher in a buy-bust operation conducted in Angeles City.
PDEA-3 Director Juvenal B. Azurin identified the suspect as Joey A. Avilar Jr., 28, who is included in the agency's target list and is known to be a supplier of shabu in Angeles City and City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
22 Mar 2017 - LGUs prepare for Holy WeekCLARK FREEPORT -- The local government units of the City of San Fernando and Angeles City are now preparing for the influx of tourists and visitors during the observance of the Holy Week next month.
The tourism officers of Angeles City and City of San Fernando revealed this during the monthly talk show of the Pampanga Press Club (PPC) dubbed News @ Hues at Park Inn by Radisson Clark on Tuesday.
22 Mar 2017 - BIR sets drive vs ‘tax cheats’PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) disclosed Wednesday that it will intensify its drive versus “tax cheats” to step up local collection in Central Luzon.
This, as BIR RR4 Regional Director Jethro Sabariaga said that the bureau is on track with its overall 20 percent growth rate in collection and that it is expected to achieve its 2017 target of P31-billion for the whole year.
21 Mar 2017 - Councilor urges Angelenos to join Earth HourANGELES CITY —- Opposition Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. has urged his constituents, including the village chiefs, to join the observation of the 2017 Earth Hour on March 25.
“Sa taon pong ito, sana po ay pangunahan ng ating masipag na barangay chairmen ang ating Earth Hour,” Lazatin said.
21 Mar 2017 - Alejandrino wants deeper probe on death of stepsonPAMPANGA -- Arayat Mayor Emmanuel “Bon” Alejandrino has called for a deeper investigation on the death of his stepson and two other barangay officials who allegedly engaged in a shoot out with police authorities.
On Saturday early morning. Alejandrino, who is the stepfather of Barangay Cupang Chairman Melvin Guevarra, said that a serious investigation must be conducted to prove the legitimacy of the police operation which killed Guevarra, Jack Pineda and Barangay councilmen Aldrin Luriz and Fermin Bato and 70 year-old John Doe.
21 Mar 2017 - Top cop insists police ops 'legit'PAMPANGA -- Police Regional Office III Director Aaron Aquino on Tuesday stressed that the operations conducted by police authorities in Arayat town against suspected members of gun-for-hire group is “legitimate.”
Aquino said that joint elements of Pampanga Police, Pampanga Public Safety Company and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) proceeded to the house of Barangay Cupang Chief Melvin Guevarra to serve a search warrant against him and one Jack Pineda.
20 Mar 2017 - EMB vows to inspect smelting plants in San Simon townPAMPANGA -- The Environmental Management Bureau III (EMB-3) vowed to visit all smelting plants in this town which were reportedly violating environmental laws.
This was disclosed by EMB-3 Clearance and Permitting Division Chief Dennis Celestial, saying their agency is bound to address the complaints aired by affected residents here.
20 Mar 2017 - Family of slain village chief doubts police opsPAMPANGA -- The family of Barangay Cupang, Arayat, Chairman Melvin Guevarra expressed doubt over the legitimacy of the police operation that killed the public official and four others last Saturday morning.
Guevarra’s daughter Marjorie narrated the “sketchy” turn of events before the alleged shootout happened which led to the death of their father.
19 Mar 2017 - New DA director to ‘pursue’ national objectivesPAMPANGA -- The newly-appointed regional director of Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office in Central Luzon (RFO III) has committed to help in rice self sufficiency by 2019.
RFO regional director Roy Abaya said the DA national office has given a marching order of making food available and affordable for all by increasing rice production. This could also be achieved through expanded adaptation of use of high breed seed.
19 Mar 2017 - 109 families get new homePAMPANGA -- More than one hundred families living in different danger zones in the province were recently relocated to their new home in Barangay Tinajero in Bacolor.
The 109 families are beneficiaries of the National Housing Authority’s (NHA) relocation program in the province.
19 Mar 2017 - Lazatin expresses support to SOGIE billANGELES CITY --- Pampanga First District Representative Carmelo “Jon” Lazatin II has expressed support to House Bill 4982 otherwise known as the Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity or Expression (Sogie) Equality Act.
Lazatin said the SOGIE bill will protect members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from any from of discrimination.
18 Mar 2017 - Robbery suspect shot dead in Sta. Ana townPAMPANGA -- A jeepney driver facing robbery charges was shot dead by still unidentified suspects in front of the parish church in this town on Friday.
The victim identified as Agustin Anicete, 32, was killed by suspects riding-in-tandem while buying buko juice in the poblacion area.
17 Mar 2017 - Arayat in CSC’s top 10 ‘best’ LGUsPAMPANGA -- The local government here was included in the Civil Service Commission (CSC)’s top 10 Best Local Government Units (LGUs) in the country.
Garnering a score of 94.75 percent, Arayat town placed seventh in the prestigious awards.
17 Mar 2017 - 15 drug suspects arrested in Bulacan, PampangaPAMPANGA -- A total of 15 drug personalities were arrested this week in Bulacan and Pampanga in a series of buy-bust operations conducted by police operatives and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency III (PDEA-3) as part of the continued “Double Barrel Reloaded” being implemented by the Police Regional Office III (PRO-3).
Confiscated from the arrested suspects in Bulacan were 20 pieces of plastic sachets of shabu worth P200,000 while in Pampanga, a total of eight sachets of shabu with still undetermined value were recovered from them.
16 Mar 2017 - Mabalacat cops arrest 9 suspected drug pushersMABALACAT CITY -- At least nine suspected drug pushers and users were arrested by the Mabalacat police in several separate operations conducted from March 7 to 13.
The local police resumed the anti-drug drive after President Duterte has okayed the revitalization of Philippine National Police’s anti-drug crackdown now coined as ‘bloodless’ Oplan Double Barrel Reloaded last March 7.
16 Mar 2017 - Mayor disapproves entry of ‘dirty’ industriesPAMPANGA -- Amid the continuous arrival of big investors in San Fernando City, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago stood his ground in preserving the “conservative culture” of this capital city through regulation of investors.
Santiago said that he will not allow the city’s culture and heritage by the fast-paced development.
16 Mar 2017 - House Speaker wants former Tieza execs chargedPAMPANGA -- House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, in his surprise appearance before the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability on the second hearing Wednesday on the sale of the Philippine Christmas Village (Paskuhan) to Premier Central Incorporated, has called for charges to be filed against former Tieza manager Mark Lapid and the Tieza board of directors involved in the sale.
Alvarez also said that representatives should also lead filing of charges against Lapid and his board adding that he will also be willing to be among the complainants.
16 Mar 2017 - 'Grander' Lubao balloon fest setPAMPANGA -- The annual hot air balloon festival here will showcase 35 balloons and this year integrate a grand music festival to delight crowds who will be attending the four-day “summer skies with amazing sights and sounds” fiesta.
Dubbed under the new name “Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival (LIBMF) 2017”, the event will again be staged for the fourth time at Pradera Verde in Barangay Prado Siongco, considered the “Ballooning Capital of the Philippines,” from April 6 to 9.
15 Mar 2017 - Officials eye construction of quarry road in mega dikePAMPANGA -- Central Luzon officials are bent in proposing the construction of a potential quarry road that will be used mainly by heavy trucks in a form of an overlay bridge along the mega dike.
This was discussed recently in a sit-down conference headed by Regional Development Council (RDC) Chairman Angeles City Mayor Ed Pamintuan, together with National Economic and Development Authority Regional Director Severino Santos and other local officials.
15 Mar 2017 - NHCP honors PH’s ‘first’ socialist mayorPAMPANGA -- The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and city government here unveiled Tuesday the national marker recognizing the martyrdom of Fernandino Vivencio Cuyugan.
Coinciding with his 122nd birth anniversary, the kin and fellow Fernandinos of Cuyugan witnessed the presentation of the marker at the hero’s ancestral house in Barangay Del Pilar here.
15 Mar 2017 - Mayor: Federalism requires massive preparationkPAMPANGA -- San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago recently stressed that the implementation of federalism in the country requires massive preparation.
According to him, the national government must gear up localities in all aspects, especially financial, if change in the government system will be pursued.
14 Mar 2017 - House panel sets Paskuhan hearing on WednesdayPAMPANGA -- The House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability will hold the second hearing on the sale of the Philippine Christmas Village (Paskuhan) to Premier Central, Incorporated this coming Wednesday at the House of Representatives.
The Committee had confirmed the invitation of former officials of officials of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) who were requested to attend along with former Tieza manager Mark Lapid as well as officials from the City of San Fernando and other provincial line agencies.
14 Mar 2017 - 155 ‘erring’ cops start reformationPAMPANGA -- At least 155 erring Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel in Monday started reformation through character and aptitude trainings.
Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Police Regional Office III (PRO-3) director, said the policemen were allegedly involved in illegal drugs, extortion and other illegal activities.
12 Mar 2017 - DTI opens Negosyo Center in San Jose Del MontePAMPANGA -- The rising city of San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan hosted the formal opening of the newest Negosyo Center to be established in Central Luzon.
DTI Undersecretary for Regional Operations Group Zenaida Maglaya led the opening of the center in ceremonies held at the government express center inside a mall in San Jose Del Monte. The center is the 450th Negosyo Center to be established in the country.
12 Mar 2017 - Capitol distributes P30.1-M to kabalen elderlyPAMPANGA -- With the awarding Friday of P100,000 each to 27 elderlies, aged 95 years old and above, a total of P30,100,000 has been given to 301 elderly-beneficiaries since the enactment of the provincial ordinance.
Governor Lilia Pineda personally gave the incentives to the beneficiaries as the lady governor reminded the respective relatives to use the cash incentives in buying food, medicines and other supplies for the own comfort of the elderly.
12 Mar 2017 - Pampanga parishes, schools display anti-death penalty postersPAMPANGA -- Different parishes and Roman Catholic-run schools in Pampanga have displayed anti-death penalty posters as the Roman Catholic Church in Pampanga is urging its parishioners to continue to denounce the passage of the death penalty bill by the House of Representatives.
The posters have been in place just before the "Pampanga Walks for Life" last February 25 which was participated by the Catholics from the different towns and parishes of the Archdiocese in Pampanga. Posters have also been placed in Catholic run institutions.
11 Mar 2017 - Capitol joins global celebration of Kidney DayPAMPANGA -- The provincial government joined the annual Global Celebration of Kidney Day with a theme, “Kidney Disease and Obesity” through the provision of awareness seminar attended by dialysis patients.
The celebration was made possible through the joint efforts and cooperation of the Provincial Health Office (PHO), St. Theresa Dialysis Center and other Pharmaceutical companies.
11 Mar 2017 - Guv inaugurates covered court in MacabebePAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda, together with Board Member Olga Frances David-Dizon, Macabebe Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan and former Apalit Mayor Oscar “Jun” Tetangco led the blessing and inauguration of the newly-constructed covered court in Barangay San Jose here.
The ceremony started with a holy mass with San Roque Parish priest Reverend Father Paul Sahagum as the celebrant.
11 Mar 2017 - Tourist arrivals in Clark up by 42,622CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark’s world-class tourism facilities and services continue to attract foreign and local visitors as seen in the increase in last year’s tourist arrivals here by 2.27 percent or 42, 622.
In the 2016 Annual Report, the Tourism Promotions Division of CDC (CDC-TPD) stated that Clark registered a total of 1,916,700 tourists in 2016 compared to 1,874,078 in 2015.
10 Mar 2017 - Clark airport sets recordCLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport (CRK) recently set a record of being the first airport in the country to be ISO 9001:2015 certified airport.
Alex Cauiguiran, president and chief executive officer of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), said the airport passed a quality management system audit conducted by TUV Rheinland, an international certification body of the airport’s passenger facilitation process.
10 Mar 2017 - 22 Tokhang surrenderees ‘positive' on drug testPAMPANGA -- Some 22 drug surrenderees from this town recently tested positive in the one-time-big-time drug examination conducted by the local government and police.
This was despite the commitment forged by self-confessed drug users and pushers to disengage themselves from their illegal vices in exchange for free reformation program.
10 Mar 2017 - 5 stolen vehicles found inside Subic FreeportSUBIC BAY FREPORT -- Five stolen vehicles believed to be part of the so-called rent-a-car scam, were found inside a yard of an import-export company here last Wednesday.
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) administrator and CEO Wilma Eisma said the recovery of the vehicles was the result of days of surveillance and due diligence by SBMA law enforcers, with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
10 Mar 2017 - Groups to host mangrove reforestation in MasantolPAMPANGA -- Filipino and Japanese non-government organizations will be planting dozens of saplings along the Pampanga Bay portion of Masantol in a bid to save the mangrove population and promote awareness on mangrove forests this coming week.
Spearheading the event will be the Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP), Mirai Ni Kibou Foundation, Rotary Club of Ashikaga East Japan and Quota International of Pampanga.
10 Mar 2017 - Blessed Ivan Merz Center hosts exposition of Papal relicsPAMPANGA -- The Blessed Ivan Merz Center is hosting the exposition of the relics of Roman Catholic Popes since the time of Saint Peter to Pope Francis at the SM City Trade Hall of SM City Pampanga here.
The free admission exposition is ongoing until March 13. The exposition includes sacred relics of Popes who have been canonized as saints as well as memorabilia items of the recent visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines.
10 Mar 2017 - De Lima pushes courthouses’ transfer outside LGU buildingsMABALACAT CITY -- Senator Leila de Lima has filed a measure seeking to transfer the courthouses from buildings or facilities owned and maintained by local government units (LGUs) to prevent any possible conflict and insulate court officials from partisan politics.
In filing Senate Bill (SB) 1346, De Lima said the three co-equal branches of the government must equally be capable to exercise their respective mandates without sacrificing their independence.
10 Mar 2017 - PNPAAA3 to hold two-day shootfestANGELES CITY -- The Philippine National Police Academy Alumni Association 3 (PNPAAA-3) in Central Luzon will hold a two-day shootfest this coming May 13 and 14 at Mountain Clark Firing Range in Angeles City.
Police Superintendent Jorge Antonio Bustos, president of PNPAAA-3, told Sun.Star Pampanga that the purpose of the shootfest is to raise funds to build an alumni building that would house the alumni office and accommodate newly assigned police officers to Central Luzon.
10 Mar 2017 - Angeles gov’t issues 3,000 fare matrix for passenger trikesANGELES CITY -- The City Government led by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan distributed a total of 3,000 fare matrix to tricycle drivers on Thursday, to serve as guide to commuters on the standardization and regulation of transportation flat rates of passenger tricycles in the city.
Ordinance 338 or the Fare Matrix Ordinance is primarily intended to ensure that the riding public is being charged accurately and fairly.
10 Mar 2017 - Final round of ‘Dengvaxia' set AprilPAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH)-Central Luzon is set to administer the third and final round of anti-dengue vaccine to grade four students in Central Luzon next month.
This was disclosed by DOH Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit Head Jessie Fantone during a recent meeting with media.
10 Mar 2017 - Capitol, Zonta Club observe Women’s MonthPAMPANGA -- The Pampanga government in partnership with Zonta Club of Pampanga and Department of Tourism – Central Luzon joined forces in the celebration of Women's Month this March.
Zonta Club of Pampanga has partnered with different agencies and organizations to promote and foster women empowerment since its chartering in June of 2012.
10 Mar 2017 - Clark Green City to positively impact entire nation – BCDACLARK FREEPORT -- Seen as a hub of economic growth, the Clark Green City (CGC) project is expected to positively affect not only the lives of the people within Central Luzon, but the entire nation as well.
Around 1.12 million residents and 800,000 workers are expected to reside upon its full development.
9 Mar 2017 - Angeles councilor asks trike drivers to improve servicesANGELES CITY -- Councilor Amos Rivera asked tricycle drivers in the city to find ways on how to improve their services to the riding public.
Rivera issued the statement during the ceremonial distribution of the new tricycle fare matrix at the city hall on Thursday which was attended by several associations belonging to the Federation of Tricycle Operators Drivers Association headed by Federico Punzalan.
9 Mar 2017 - Pelco 2 asked to relocate poles for road clearingMABALACAT CITY -- Officials here have asked the Pampanga Electric Cooperative 2 (Pelco 2) to relocate electric poles in line with the city government’s road widening operations.
Vice-Mayor Christian Halili said they are planning to invite in their council session Pelco 2 officials for a dialogue regarding the issue and coordination of the local government’s programs to solve the traffic problem.
9 Mar 2017 - Angeles City council urges DOTr to release P2.9B funds to CIACANGELES CITY - The City Council here has passed a resolution requesting for the immediate transfer of the P2.9 billion funds from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) allotted to the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) for the further development of Clark Airport.
The resolution which was approved during Tuesday's regular Sanggunian Panlunsod session presided by Vice-Mayor Bryan Nepomuceno was sponsored by Councilor Alex Indiongco, Edu Pamintuan, Jericho Aguas, Jay Sangil and Carmelo Lazatin, Jr. and was seconded by councilors Jae Flores, Alfie Bonifacio, Joseph Ponce, Dan Lacson, and Lito Ganzon.
9 Mar 2017 - Reformation center eyed for rogue copsPAMPANGA -- Police Regional Office III (PRO-3) Director Aaron Aquino is formulating another technique in transforming rogue policemen linked in different illegal activities in Central Luzon.
Instead of the usual practice of sending the scalawags to Mindanao to face rebels and terrorist groups, Aquino said he is establishing a reformation center for his subordinates who are and will be involved in illegal activities.
8 Mar 2017 - Arroyo lauded for ‘no’ votePAMPANGA -- Netizens from around the country lauded former President now Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for her firm vote against the reimposition of the controversial death penalty bill in the country. Mrs. Arroyo is the only lawmaker from the province who voted “no” during the third and final reading of House Bill 4727 on Monday.
First District’s Carmelo “Jon” Lazatin II, third district’s Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales Jr. and fourth district’s Juan Pablo “Rimpy” Bondoc all voted yes.
8 Mar 2017 - BCDA chief: EO 14 to allow full development of Clark airportCLARK FREEPORT -- A top official of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has said President Duterte’s Executive Order Number 14 will allow for the efficient development of Clark International Airport.
BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Vince Dizon issued the statement a few days after President Rodrigo Duterte signed EO 14, which reverted the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) from the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to BCDA.
8 Mar 2017 - Contractors warned on fake PCAB emailPAMPANGA -- Contractors in the region who are applying for their Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) licenses are being warned by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) because of a bogus email address (email@example.com) asking contractors to attend ISO trainings as a prerequisite to their PCAB license application.
In the bogus email, a fake PCAB Resolution 434 purportedly signed by all its members and Chairman is also attached. The Resolution requires that PCAB applicants to complete a mandatory five day ISO 9001:2015 seminar as a requirement for the filing of a new contractor’s license.
8 Mar 2017 - New PAMAWD officials take oathPAMPANGA -- The new officers of the executive council and board of directors of the Pampanga Association of Water Districts Inc. (PAMAWAD) formally took their oath at the Fortune Seafood Restaurant on Tuesday.
The oath was formally administered by Pampanga Provincial Administrator Andres Pangilinan, Jr. who represented Governor Lilia Pineda who was unable to attend the event due to some urgent commitments.
8 Mar 2017 - PAMAWD chair calls for sharing of resources, best practicesPAMPANGA -- Newly minted Pampanga Association of Water Districts (PAMAWD) chairman Engr. Ferdinand Caylao has called on water utility members to share their resources and best practices with each other, particularly with emerging small water utilities in Pampanga.
PAMAWD is the association of all water utilities in the province which aspires for better customer service and explore mutual cooperation in bringing water resource issues and concerns to a higher platform. PAMAWD serves 199,469 households throughout the province.
7 Mar 2017 - Mabalacat City farmers get P1M-worth fertilizers, seedsMABALACAT CITY -- Some 179 farmers here benefitted from the 566 bags of hybrid yellow corn seeds and fertilizers distributed by the City Agriculture Office (CAO).
The distribution of 380 bags of urea, 38 bags of muriate of potash and 190 bags of complete fertilizer was led by CAO Head Lourdes Balatibat and City Agriculture and Fishery Council Chairman Bong Manalo at the city hall recently.
7 Mar 2017 - Menro: Smelting plant non-operationalPAMPANGA -- The Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of this town on Tuesday refuted the claims that the closed smelting plant continues to operate despite the cease and desist order served against it.
In an interview, MENRO head Melchor Tayag clarified that Real Steel Corporation is only conducting dry-run activities to test the newly installed technologies aimed at addressing complaints against them.
7 Mar 2017 - Floridablanca officials clear public market of obstructionsPAMPANGA -- Mayor Darwin R. Manalansan and the Sanggunian Bayan here have paved the way for the clearing of walkways from obstruction in the town’s public market.
Manalansan, who personally inspected on Monday the old and extension public market, directed Market Administrator Gilbert Lintag to provide the right of way for market goers as well as parking areas for customers.
7 Mar 2017 - 2 Kapampangans in top 10 of PMA Class Salaknib 2017PAMPANGA -- Two Kapampangans are in the roster of the women-dominated top 10 graduating cadets of the Philippine Military Academy Class Salaknib 2017.
The Kapampangan topnotchers of Class Salaknib (Sangalang ay Lakay at Bukay Para sa Kalayaan ng Inang Bayan) or "to save" in Ilocano, have been announced on Monday by the PMA as Cathleen Jovi Santiano Baybayan of the City of San Fernando at rank 4 and Carlo Emmanuel Manalansan Canlas of Lubao town at rank 5.
6 Mar 2017 - San Fernando celebrates 2017 Women's MonthPAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando will be highlighting the celebration of the 2017 Women's Month with a series of activities designed to promote awareness and the health of women in this capital city.
Point person for this year's activity Dr. Leticia Yap told media men that the this year's celebration is also anchored on the 106th anniversary of the International Women’s Day, with the theme #BeBoldForChange and which challenges the world to step up to take bold action that truly drives the greatest change for women.
6 Mar 2017 - NBI Angeles branch now openANGELES CITY –- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has formally opened its newest branch in this highly urbanized city on Monday through the initiative of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.
The said branch aims to cater on the increasing demands of clearances and other documents issued by the agency.
6 Mar 2017 - Pampanga top cop vows more focused drug stingsPAMPANGA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Pampanga Provincial Office Director Joel Consulta on Monday assured Kapampangans of a more focused and serious anti-drug campaign in the province as Oplan Double Barrel resumes in Pampanga under the “Tokhang Reloaded” program.
Consulta made the statement after PNP Chief General Ronald Dela Rosa announced Monday that the PNP will resume the war against prohibited drugs dubbed as “Oplan Double Barrel Alpha Reloaded.”
5 Mar 2017 - Rape suspect's body found hanging on treePAMPANGA -- The body of a 33-year old rape suspect was found hanging in a mango tree in Barangay San Francisco, Lubao town on Friday.
Police said the body of Joel Manacmul, 33, was already in the state of decomposition when found by a farmer.
5 Mar 2017 - 5 Chinese minors found in drug lab to be repatriatedCLARK FREEPORT – Magalang Mayor Malou Lacson said the five Chinese children who were found inside a suspected drug laboratory last year will be sent back to their country.
Lacson disclosed this during the weekly forum of the Capampangan In Media Incorporated (Cami) last Friday.
5 Mar 2017 - Tieza officials involved in Paskuhan sale summonedPAMPANGA -- The House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability has requested officials of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) who took part in the sale of the Philippine Christmas Village (Paskuhan) to Premier Central Incorporated to appear in a hearing set this week.
The committee, chaired by Surigao del Sur Second District Representative Johnny Pimentel, is expected to come up action on the sale after Pampanga Third District Representative Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales, Jr. filed House Resolution 654 that called for the investigation of the sale.
3 Mar 2017 - Cop t-estifies in Fernandez drug caseANGELES CITY -- Police operative PO2 Jayson Dimaculangan on Wednesday took the witness stand to testify on the drug case of actor Mark Anthony Fernandez.
Dimaculangan is the second police officer to testify on the case of the actor, who is facing a case on transportation of illegal drugs after he was arrested in Angeles City in October last year for alleged possession of about a kilo of marijuana.
3 Mar 2017 - Mighty Corporation: P2-B worth of cigarettes siezed not fakePAMPANGA -- Mighty Corporation, the owner of the alleged P2-billion worth of cigarettes seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and later by the Bureau of Internal Revenue in a raid Wednesday in warehouses at San Simon Industrial Park in San Simon town, has denied that the cigarettes are fake.
In a statement, Mighty Corporation spokesperson Executive Vice President Oscar Barrientos said that the manufacture “is not in the business of producing fake cigarette products.”
2 Mar 2017 - Ping De Jesus is new CDC chairmanCLARK FREEPORT -- President Rody Duterte on Wednesday officially signed Ping De Jesus' appointment as the newest Clark Development Corporation (CDC) chairman.
De Jesus, a native of Bacolor town and a Kapampangan, served for a year at the Department of Transportation (DOTR) during the stint of former President Noynoy Aquino.
2 Mar 2017 - Apalit town conducts waste management summitPAMPANGA -- The local government here recently conducted a waste management summit in order to address the growing household trash in the town.
Led by Mayor Peter Nucom, village chiefs of 12 barangays and civic groups participated in the said conference held at the Sangguniang Bayan session hall.
2 Mar 2017 - BIR takes over seized cigarettesPAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has taken over the jurisdiction of the seized P2-billion worth of alleged fake cigarettes discovered in warehouses inside the San Simon Industrial Park in San Simon town after a raid by operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Wednesday.
BIR Regional Director Jethro Sabariaga said that the bureau had taken over the padlocks of the BOC. The BIR also seized 41 master cases of cigarettes for further testing, reporting and turn over to the BIR national office. Majority of the items are still inside the warehouses.
2 Mar 2017 - San Fernando supports CFSEZ developmentCLARK FREEPORT -- The City Government of San Fernando presented a resolution to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Clark Development Corporation and Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) to express its strong support for the development of Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone (CFSEZ).
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice-Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, together with the members of Sangguniang Panlungsod presented a copy of Resolution No. 2017-018 to BCDA President Vivencio Dizon and CIAC President and CEO Alex Cauguiran during the Clark Development Stakeholders’ Roadshow on Wednesday at the Royce Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone.
1 Mar 2017 - CIAC pushes for release of P2.8-B airport fundsCLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) is pushing for the release of the P2.89 billion intended for the development of Clark International Airport (CRK).
CIAC head Alexander Cauguiran has underscored the urgent need to implement Clark airport’s development program as the number of flights and passengers have increased over the past three years ago.
1 Mar 2017 - 15 nabbed for illegal gamblingPAMPANGA -- As the Police Regional Office III (PRO-3) commences its war against illegal gambling, some 15 personalities were arrested recently in a series of operations conducted in different towns in the province.
In Magalang, operatives of the local police collared nine suspects caught in the act of playing or betting in a card game known as “monte” in Sta. Lucia Resettlement Center in Barangay San Isidro.
1 Mar 2017 - P2-B worth of fake cigarettes seizedPAMPANGA -- Operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) from Metro Manila and Pampanga conducted a surprise inspection of warehouses inside the San Simon Industrial Park which resulted in the discovery of suspected fake cigarettes worth some P2-billion.
BOC agents swooped down on warehouses at Block 3 Lot 19, Block 9 Lot 6 and Block 8 Lot 15. The four warehouses yielded hundreds of alleged fake cigarette products bearing the name of Mighty Corporation as well as its product, Marvel.
Upcoming events in Balibago
Live Rock'n Roll at Midnight RockEvery Thursday night 8pm onwards with Rockin' Dave.
Manic MondayOct 27 2014 Lollipop
Nov 03 2014 Rhapsody
nov 10 2014 Q Bar
Nov 17 2014 The Bunker
Nov 24 2014 Shipwrecked
Dec 01 2014 LaBamba
WOW WednesdayOct 29 2014 Rhapsody
Nov 05 2014 La Bamba
Nov 12 2014 The Bunker
Nov 19 2014 Lollipop
Nov 26 2014 Q Bar
Dec 03 2014 Shipwrecked
Saturday Night FeverOct 11 2014 Kings Landing
Oct 18 2014 LaBamba
Oct 25 2014 Rhapsody
Nov 01 2014 The Bodyshop
Nov 08 2014 Lollipop