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Balibago News May-2010

29 May 2010 - MRSC donates computers to town schools

MABALACAT -- Officers of Mabalacat Residents of Southern California Inc. (MRSC), in partnership with the UP Aguman Alumni Foundation Inc., donated Saturday computers and various equipment to 19 public elementary schools in this municipality.

Joseph David, MRSC project manager, said 20 computers, printers, copiers and other network equipment was donated by MRSC Inc. to Mabalacat elementary schools.

28 May 2010 - 1 killed in shootout

MABALACAT -- A person was killed in a shootout that transpired in Barangay Cacutud here on Thursday.

Ricky Narciso was killed after exchanging fire with elements of the Central Luzon police intelligence unit based in Camp Olivas in the City of San Fernando.

28 May 2010 - Foundation to honor local government units

CLARK FREEPORT -- Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation Inc. (CLGCFI) will honor local government units (LGUs) that strictly implement the streamlining program on the issuance of mayor's permits.

This will be done in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Central Luzon.

27 May 2010 - Fifth museum for President Diosdado Macapagal opens in Angeles

ANGELES CITY, Philippines—The Philippine president who rose from the ranks of farmers has more museums now than any other chief executive in the country.

The Angeles University Foundation (AUF) here brought the museums to five when it opened on Tuesday an exhibit of 100 photographs of the late President Diosdado Macapagal, some of his books and clothes to honor the centennial of his birth on Sept. 28.

27 May 2010 - Biz groups look forward to airport terminal opening

PAMPANGA -- Two business groups in Pampanga are keeping a close watch on the impending completion Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) Terminal 1 Expansion.

Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) President Renato Romero said in an interview Thursday that the project presents a host of benefits to Pampanga and Central Luzon once completed.

27 May 2010 - New projects, investments in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- This Freeport continues to soar as 27 new projects have signed lease agreements with more than P23.4 billion committed investments and about 3,000 workers once the projects are fully operational.

With the new projects signed from January to April this year, the total number of locators in Clark climbed to 893 with close to 1,600 possible employment opportunities from the new projects, officials of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said.

27 May 2010 - Electronics, ICT, BPO firms top Clark employment stats

CLARK FREEPORT -- The electronics industry is gaining by a considerable margin over Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firms in the list of Clark's top five employment providers.

Leading the list of top employment providers is the electronics industry, which provided 11,732 jobs, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) customer service department's (CSD) April 2010 report said.

26 May 2010 - Health dep’t pushes picture warnings on cigarette packs

In a statement on Monday, the Department of Health (DOH) said it would be issuing Admistrative Order (AO) No. 2010-0013, a measure requiring cigarette firms to show a picture of a disease attributed to smoking on each cigarette pack.

The current text warnings—one of them says “Government Warning: Smoking is Dangerous to Your Health”—will accompany the graphic picture warnings.

25 May 2010 - Arroyo: ‘Dad’s legacy alive’

ANGELES CITY--President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led Tuesday morning the commemoration of her father, late President Diosdado Macapagal’s 100th birth anniversary.

The President also formally opened the photo exhibit of the former president dubbed “The Life and Times of President Diosdado P. Macapagal: A Photo Exhibit” at the library of Angeles University Foundation (AUF) here.

24 May 2010 - Public warned vs fire risks

ANGELES CITY -- A top official of the city fire department has warned the public against fire risks because of heat.

Senior Inspector Jimmy Suba, city fire marshal, said the hot temperature may trigger combustion.

24 May 2010 - Flores de Mayo at SM City Clark

IF YOU think that Flores de Mayo promenades are a thing of the past, think again. For in SM City Clark, along with the maverick hands of people from the Angeles University Foundation, the Maiden Flowers of May continue to evoke the grandeur and pageantry of Kapampangan beauty and artistry.

Organized each year, the Flores de Mayo event here features the best local designers who breathe a new life and image to one of the oldest beauty promenade in the country. The whole stretch of SM City Clark became a virtual canopy as 22 young women dressed by the best designers participated in this year's Sta. Cruzan last Saturday.

23 May 2010 - Mayor's vehicle donations 'illegal'

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor-elect Edgardo Pamintuan said Sunday that outgoing Mayor Francis Nepomuceno's donation of some 25 city-owned vehicles is "patently illegal."

On Thursday last week, Pamintuan assailed the alleged donation of the service vehicles to some of this city's village chiefs as "payback" for their support of Nepomuceno during the last polls.

22 May 2010 - Mayor-elect wary of delay in transition talks

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor-elect Edgardo Pamintuan said the transition talks, which supposed to be held Thursday but was postponed by the camp of outgoing Mayor Francis Nepomuceno, is worrying him.

Pamintuan, in an early morning forum with local journalists at a coffee shop here, said the talks, allegedly upon the instance of outgoing City Administrator Mark Allen Sison, has been moved to another week.

22 May 2010 - Organization promotes women's welfare

ANGELES CITY -- Soroptimist International of the Philippines (SIPR) held Friday a forum to disseminate information on its thrusts to promote the welfare of women in the region.

The forum was led by SIPR Region Governor Carmen Flor and Sharon Fisher, president of Soroptimist International of America.

20 May 2010 - School earns center of excellence in teacher education

ANGELES CITY-- Angeles University Foundation (AUF) was recently named as a Center of Excellence (COE) for Teacher Education by the Commission on Higher Education (Ched), said AUF president lawyer Joseph Emmanuel Angeles.

This new achievement complements the status of AUF as the premier higher education institution in Central Luzon and one of the best universities in the Philippines, said Angeles.

20 May 2010 - Cops recover hijacked truck

MABALACAT-- The town police has recovered a truck reportedly hijacked by several armed men in Barangay Dolores here Wednesday dawn.

Mabalacat Police Director Rolly Mendoza said the truck containing P1.3 million worth of food products were recovered in Barangay Santa Ines an hour after it was taken by the suspects.

20 May 2010 - Public reminded to prevent water borne diseases

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Health Office (PHO) and Department of Health (DOH) here reminded the public to be on the guard for the possible resurgence of water borne diseases brought by the coming rainy season.

The DOH, in a health advisory, said the public should be aware of the preventive measures against successive rains resulting to floods.

20 May 2010 - Lawmaker, Mayor-elect prioritize hospital project

ANGELES CITY— Re-elected First District Representative Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin and Mayor-elect Edgardo “EdPam” Pamintuan vowed to infuse some P50 million for the construction of an annex at Ospital ng Angeles (ONA).

“Una ang ONA. The health of our constituents first,” said Lazatin and Pamintuan.

19 May 2010 - Revenue bureau exceeds collection

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) here announced Wednesday that it has exceeded its revenue collection by 20 percent in Central Luzon, surpassing its goal by 834 million for the months of January to April.

The BIR has set a P3.587 billion target for January to April.

18 May 2010 - Governor-elect calls for unity

PAMPANGA -- Governor-elect Lilia "Nanay Baby" Pineda has called for unity among the Kapampangans, saying it is time to work together for the development of Pampanga.

Pineda urged his political rivals and supporter to set aside politics and join hands for reconciliation.

18 May 2010 - Youth groups for environment gather

ANGELES CITY -- Several youth groups recently gathered and formulated agenda to help protect the environment.

Former city councilor Louie Reyes said they formed the group to support the environmental programs of Bishop Ambo David, who launched early last year the Sagip Sapang-Balen creek project.

18 May 2010 - Street robber shoots Korean in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- A motorcycle-riding robber gunned down a Korean national after snatching his necklace in Angeles City, Pampanga province on Monday.

Police said 40-year-old Jing Hung Park and his girlfriend had just gotten out of a hotel in Angeles City when a motorcycle's back rider snatched his necklace.

The back ride pulled a gun and fired at the Korean national, who was running after them.

Park sustained a gunshot wound in the left part of his body. He remains confined at a hospital, where he will undergo a surgery.

17 May 2010 - Outgoing guv may return to priesthood

PAMPANGA -- — Outgoing Pampanga Governor Eddie “Among Ed” Panlilio said he will try to return to priesthood if Archbishop Paciano Aniceto would approve of it.

But in an interview with Aniceto last week, he said it would again take “a long process” since Panlilio asked for a full dispensation from his priestly duties reportedly months before the May elections.

17 May 2010 - Governor-elect accused of buying 488,521 votes

PAMPANGA -- Outgoing Governor Eddie “Among Ed” Panlilio has alleged Monday in a press conference that those who voted for Governor-elect Lilia “Nanay Baby” Pineda “were paid in cash and in kind in exchange of their votes.”

Pineda garnered 488,521 votes while Panlilio of the Liberal Party got 242,367 votes.

16 May 2010 - Transition team formed

PAMPANGA -- A group of governor-elect Lilia “Nanay Baby” Pineda is forming a ‘transition team’ that would negotiate smooth transition of power with the outgoing administration.

Rosve Henson, Pineda’s campaign manager, said the newly formed team is set to meet Governor Eddie Panlilio or any of his duly authorized representatives for consultations about the status of the provincial government.

16 May 2010 - Air force leads in clearing roads of campaign ads

MABALACAT -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has tapped hundreds of its personnel from different units at Clark Freeport in clearing the MacArthur Highway from Barangay Balibago in Angeles City to Barangay Mabiga here of campaign materials.

Some 300 soldiers belonging to the 1st Air Division and six other major units of the Air Force removed posters, stickers, and other campaign ads tucked on electric posts, trees, along the national highway.

16 May 2010 - NSO geared up for 2010 census

PAMPANGA -- The National Statistics Office (NSO) here is now all set for the final preparations for the nationwide 2010 census of population and housing (CPH) for Central Luzon.

In a supplemental press release from the NSO, it noted that the nationwide activity aims to provide government planners, policy makers, and administrator data on which to base their social and economic development plans and programs.

16 May 2010 - Pineda ‘not in a hurry’ to assume office

PAMPANGA -- – Governor-elect Lilia “Nanay Baby” Pineda said Sunday she is not in a hurry to assume the Pampanga governorship.

Pineda issued the statement despite a writ of execution seeking to install her as governor.

15 May 2010 - Foreign affairs office opens satellite office in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT— The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has opened its satellite consular office inside the freeport.

This was recently announced by the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) who stated that the DFA has re-establish its satellite office here in a bid to decongest the growing number of applicants at the regional consular office in the City of San Fernando.

15 May 2010 - Lacson vows to serve Angelenos

ANGELES CITY – Re-elected councilor Danilo "Dan" Lacson has vowed to look after the welfare of Angelenos through quality legislation that would benefit the constituents here.

Lacson has served the city as member of the city council in 1992, 1995 and 1998.

15 May 2010 - Sapangbato to revive 'sabat santacruzan'

ANGELES CITY -- THE Holy Angel University’s Center for Kapampangan Studies has again partnered with Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. (FHFI) in the celebration of National Heritage Month this May.

This year’s theme, "Preserving the Gift of Faith," focuses on tangible and intangible religious traditions. The Center’s contribution is the unique Kapampangan santacruzan called sabat ("halt"), which will be held in Sapangbato, Angeles City on May 22 starting at 4 p.m.

14 May 2010 - Malaysian group offers $150 million for project

CLARK FREEPORT -- A group of major government-linked and private firms in Malaysia has offered to infuse at least $150 million in foreign direct investments to immediately undertake the expansion of the passenger terminal of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

Bristeel Overseas Ventures, Inc. (BOV), which is made of publicly listed conglomerates in Malaysia, told officials of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) that it is prepared to enter into a joint venture agreement on the project that will increase the terminal’s capacity to accommodate seven million passengers annually.

14 May 2010 - Mayor-elect reiterates plans for city

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor-elect Edgardo Pamintuan has reiterated his development program for the city.

Pamintuan, after being proclaimed as winner in the mayoralty race here on Tuesday, vowed to work in rebuilding the glorious days of the city.

12 May 2010 - Manny Pacquiao targets one last fight

PHILIPPINES -- Five-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao says he will have one last fight after securing a seat in the Philippine Congress by a huge margin.

"I asked my mom, can I please fight one more time? She said 'okay'," Pacquiao told the ABS-CBN news portal.

Pacquiao's chief financial adviser Michael Konzc added that 6 November and 13 November had been set aside as potential dates for his next fight.

11 May 2010 - Pineda, Arroyo in massive win

PAMPANGA -- Former Provincial Board member candidate Lilia "Baby" Pineda maintained a huge lead over Gov. Eddie Panlilio in the Pampanga gubernatorial race in the early count Tuesday.

Meanwhile, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was a sure winner as per Tuesday's partial and unofficial count from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

10 May 2010 - President Arroyo has big lead in Pampanga

MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo looks set to have a landslide victory over her rival for the congressional seat of Pampanga’s 2nd district.

As of posting time, Mrs. Arroyo had 32,460 votes compared to only 6,789 for the Liberal Party's candidate, Adonis Sampao.

10 May 2010 - Cathay Pacific, 2 more int’l carriers moving to NAIA 3

Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) and two other international carriers, whose identities cannot be disclosed at press time, will soon transfer to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3, announced Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Melvin Matibag.

Cathay Pacific has already requested MIAA for a lounge in NAIA T3 and is likely to transfer to the terminal by next month. “We are negotiating with the two other international airlines last week. We expect to conclude discussions before the end of June,” he elaborated.

10 May 2010 - Pamintuan sees landslide victory

ANGELES CITY – Backed by multi-sectoral and various religious groups, the camp mayoralty candidate Edgardo "EdPam" Pamintuan expect him to win overwhelmingly against incumbent mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno.

Lawyer Dennis Pamintuan, campaign manager of Team Agyu Tamu, said that EdPam is leading in all the different surveys conducted by independent research firms and the Liberal Party.

10 May 2010 - Police also set for May 10 polls

PAMPANGA -- – Police authorities in Pampanga province have said that they were prepared for any eventualities in Monday's elections and ensured that it will be honest, orderly and peaceful.

Over the weekend, Pamapanga provincial police director Arturo Cacdac activated the local the Regional Elections Monitoring Center (Remac) under the Joint Security Control Centers, which is composed of the Commission on Elections, Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

10 May 2010 - Mayoral bet hit smear campaign by rival

MABALACAT – A mayoral candidate on Sunday assailed the proliferation of a newspaper containing alleged black propaganda materials against her and her husband.

Marjorie Morales-Sambo, a mayoral candidate here, said thousands of "Bandila" newspapers dated May 10 were distributed to local residents here on the eve of election day.

6 May 2010 - Congressional bet 'not backing out'

ANGELES CITY -- First District congressional candidate Ares Yabut said he is "not giving up the race."

"Tuloy ang laban. Walang atrasan!" he said in reaction to circulating text messages stating that Yabut has allegedly backed-out of the race against Congressman Carmelo "Tarzan" Lazatin, who is seeking reelection, and aspiring congressional candidate Chito Bacani.

6 May 2010 - Priest supports Ale party-list

ANGELES CITY --- A priest assigned in this city has expressed support to the Association of Laborers and Employees (Ale) Party List.

Monsignor Jun Mercado, parish priest of the Lourdes Church, said he supports the party list because of its ideals and aspiration for the labor sector.

5 May 2010 - Sambo hopes father to back-out mayoralty race

MABALACAT-- Mayoralty candidate Marjorie Morales-Sambo hopes to see his father, Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales, backing out of the mayoralty race here.

Morales-Sambo said her willingness to run was because of the encouragement of the people of Mabalacat and not of her husband John Sambo.

5 May 2010 - Pastors reiterate support for Sambo’s campaign bid

MABALACAT -- The Association of United Christian Churches of Angeles and Mabalacat (AUCCAM) reiterated Wednesday its support for the candidacy of mayoralty aspirant Marjorie Morales-Sambo.

The AUCCAM stressed that their ranks are not divided and will fully ensure the "landslide victory" of Morales-Sambo.

5 May 2010 - Sangil vows to work gov’t workers incentives

ANGELES CITY-- A councilor here seeking for reelection has vowed to work on the incentives and other benefits of government workers.

Councilor Jesus "Jay" Sangil said it is one of his priorities if given another chance to serve as city legislator.

4 May 2010 - Mayor to forgive 'detractors' for city's unity

ANGELES CITY— Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno said Tuesday he is ready to forgive his political detractors adding that forgiveness is the first step in making a united leadership for the city.

Nepomuceno, who attended the thanksgiving mass here, said politics brings about the worst and the best among candidates.

4 May 2010 - Public asked to be vigilant during elections

ANGELES CITY ---- A barangay official has asked constituents here to participate and observe the election process.

Robert Yeen, barangay chairman of Salapungan and candidate for city councilor, said that people should be vigilant in order to ensure a clean and peaceful election.

4 May 2010 - Nepomuceno fetes winners in Palarong Pambansa

ANGELES CITY— Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno honored Tuesday the Angeles City athletes who won medals in the recently concluded Palaraong Pambansa games in Tarlac City last March.

Nepomuceno said the City Government recognizes the achievements of the young athletes in bringing honor and glory to the city. He said that the winnings only prove that Angeles City athletes are able to prove they are capable of making it to national and even international competitions.

4 May 2010 - Mayoral bet hit with 'black propaganda'

ANGELES CITY-- Legal counsel of mayoral candidate Edgardo "EdPam" Pamintuan recently called all contending poll bets in the city to stop the black propaganda and mudslinging against Pamintuan.

The propaganda to discredit former Cabinet secretary and Subic-Clark Alliance Council Pamintuan continues to surge even as the Lakas-Kampi-CMD “Agyu Tamu” Team called for a ceasefire on smear campaigns and mudslinging last week.

4 May 2010 - Mayor allots P30M for unpaid allowances

ANGELES CITY –-Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno has authorized the release of the additional Cost of Living Allowances (Cola) from the period covering November 1989 to 1999, corollary to an ordinance dated October 26 last year.

Appropriation Ordinance No. 277, S-2009 mandates the appropriation of funds for the unpaid Cola of officials and employees of the city government from the period November 01, 1989 to March 16, 1999. The budget would be taken from any available funds.

4 May 2010 - Provincial tourism master plan pushed

MABALACAT— First District Board Member Tarcisio Halili, seeking for re-election, vowed Monday to push for a comprehensive tourism master plan for the province to develop more the tourism potentials of various towns here.

Halili said he will immediately set programs and plans for the development of a tourism master plan through meetings and consultations and the eventual passing of an implementing ordinance if given the chance to be re-elected as board member this year.

2 May 2010 - upcoming Holidays

May 3 declared non-working Holiday as Labour Day (May 1) falls on a Saturday.

May 10 Elections are held, hence is also declared a Holiday.

2 May 2010 - CDC, Cila to hold jobs fair

CLARK Freeport Zone-Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and Clark Investors and Locators Association (Cila) will be having the "Clark Freeport Jobs Fair 2010" on May 4 at SM City Clark.

The activity will be held in a bid to provide more jobs for jobseekers in and along the Metro Clark Area.

2 May 2010 - Makabayan holds Labor Day rally

ANGELES CITY -- Progressive militant labor group Manggagawa para sa Kalayaan ng Bayan (Makabayan) held a Labor Day rally at Angeles City Saturday, calling for higher wages and salaries for workers in Central Luzon.

Makabayan, in an official statement, said they held the rally in a bid to call government attention to the poor state of labor practices in the country.

2 May 2010 - NCO wins awards in Clark Recognition 2010

CLARK FREEPORT -- NCO, an industry leader in Business Process Outsourcing, was awarded the Outstanding Employment Performance and HR Management Award (500+ employees) given by the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) in its recent awards ceremony "Clark Freeport Recognition 2010."

The award was in recognition of CDC's top performing locators and investors. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was invited to confer the awards.

1 May 2010 - Lewis Grand Hotel featured on 'The Imbestigador'

ANGELES CITY -- An alleged excessive Party held at the Lewis Grand Pool area last weekend led to a feature in the popular GMA series 'The Imbestigador'.

Hotel Operations is not afffected so far.

1 May 2010 - ADCL urges scrapping of party-list system

ANGELES CITY -- The Advocacy for the Development of Central Luzon (ADCL) is pushing for the scrapping of the country's party-list system.

Businessman Rene Romero bared this, saying this is one of the agendas of the organization after the conduct of the upcoming polls.

Romero said the party-list system is abused by politicians and wealthy government officials.

1 May 2010 - Arroyo visits Clark for logistics forum

CLARK FREEPORT -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo graced Friday the logistics forum held inside the Freeport.

The event, dubbed "Retrospective Forum on the Subic-Clark Logisitcs Corridor," assessed the achievements of the Arroyo administration on the development of Clark and Subic freeport zones as a competitive world-class logistics hub in the Asia Pacific region.

1 May 2010 - Celebrity endorses lawyer

ANGELES CITY -- Taking time out from his hectic schedule, young movie and television superstar Aljur Abrenica went out of his way to endorse the candidacy of lawyer Pinggoy Lopez for councilor in this city.

Both Abrenica and Lopez are currently much sought-after in their respective careers.