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Balibago News Nov-2010

30 Nov 2010 - AUF University Week 2010

ANGELES CITY -- ANGELES University Foundation (AUF)is staging its University Week 2010 celebration with a roster of academic, cultural, sports, religious and community development activities, it was announced by AUF president Joseph Emmanuel Angeles.

The celebration kicks-off with the University Games, with the theme “Layag: The Conquest,” which will open on December 1 with sports anchor Chino Trinidad as guest speaker. The 10 colleges will compete in the following sports/events: cheer dance, chess, basketball, volleyball, swimming, lawn tennis, badminton, table tennis and cheering.

29 Nov 2010 - Chinese trader killed

CLARK FREEPORT -- A Chinese businessman was killed in a shooting incident inside the Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino here Sunday.

The victim, Shahani "Raymond" Co, a Chinese national and a resident of Sergeant Rivera, Quezon City, was instantly killed after sustaining several gunshot wounds in the body.

29 Nov 2010 - Pamintuan in global anti-human trafficking confab

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is now in The Hague to represent the country's League of Cities of the Philippines in the international conference on Anti-Human Trafficking.

Pamintuan said the Swiss-sponsored conference would feature lecture papers on anti-trafficking initiatives, problems and trends all across the world.

29 Nov 2010 - Police to integrate efforts vs crime

PAMPANGA -- Police in Central Luzon will soon integrate their crime prevention efforts such as the conduct of checkpoints and special police operations, an official said.

Police Senior Superintendent Wendy Rosario, deputy regional director for operations, said there was a proposed integration of all crime prevention efforts from the national police office in Camp Crame.

28 Nov 2010 - Mayor abroad for talks

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan flew to London two days ago to talk to a Kapampangan group based there about how the Philippines fared during the economic recession.

Pamintuan said he seemed to have impressed the London-based Aguman Kapampangan when he made a presentation of the infrastructure projects of former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo there last year.

28 Nov 2010 - UPDEPP students rally vs budget cuts

CLARK FREEPORT -- As part of their weeklong campaign-protest, students from the University of the Philippines-Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga (UPDEPP) abandoned their books and their classrooms on Friday and Saturday for an indoor mobilization to express their contempt over budget cuts.

Hundreds of students joined the mobilization simultaneously with the nationwide and system-wide UP strike after the government curtailed P1.39 billion from the University's subsidy for next year.

28 Nov 2010 - National government to shoulder infra projects costs

ANGELES CITY -- The National Government is expected to shoulder the costs of improving road networks in this city, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said.

In a recent interview, Pamintuan revealed that Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson and Budget Secretary Butch Abad had instructed their local counterparts to check on major roads that can be developed.

27 Nov 2010 - Brownout moved to Dec 6

ANGELES CITY -- The scheduled City wide Brownout will will most likely happen on Dec 6 as per AEC.

26 Nov 2010 - CDC extends support, commitment to Horsefest 2010

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) affirmed its commitment to support the 2nd Annual Clark Freeport Horse Festival 2010 to be held here on November 27 to 28.

The horse fest is part of the state-owned firm's aspiration to promote tourism within the Freeport and contiguous communities.

26 Nov 2010 - Export permit processing at Clark automated

CLARK FREEPORT -- THE Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is set to implement starting December 1 the computerized export documents processing called E-Export Documentation System (e-EDS).

Engr. Mariz Mandocdoc, assistant vice president for Regulatory Group of CDC, said the computerized system will expedite application and processing of export permits to three hours compared to the tedious current manual system where exporters have to wait for three days before permits are approved and released.

26 Nov 2010 - Police form covert unit vs robbers

ANGELES CITY -- Elements of Police Station 4 in this city have formed a special unit consisting of officers from the intelligence division who will go after robbers in motorcycles.

Chief Inspector Luisito Tan, Police Station 4 chief, said that the unit will monitor the movement of suspected holdup men and snatchers using motorcycles.

25 Nov 2010 - 12h scheduled Brownout on Nov 29

ANGELES CITY -- AEC has just announced an AC city-wide 12 hour brownout (7am to 7pm) on Monday, November 29, 2010.

24 Nov 2010 - Murder case probers at a standstill

ANGELES CITY -- Probers handling the controversial Tetangco-Yap-Guinto multiple murder case, which occurred here last June, are at a standstill with the absence of witnesses and other pieces of evidence.

Police, however, are not resting on the five-month-old case, as investigations are still ongoing on the deaths of Rene Tetangco, brother of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco Jr.; businessman Florencio "Jack" Yap and aide Dennis Guinto.

24 Nov 2010 - New village execs expected to support flagship programs

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is expecting the newly elected barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials to support the Eight-Point Agenda, his administration's flagship program.

"I think (they will support the program). That was very impossible at the start (because of political beliefs) but now that's possible," Pamintuan said.

24 Nov 2010 - 2 charged for slaying American

ANGELES CITY -- Police have filed murder charges against two men in connection with the killing of an American national in September this year.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, city police director, said they filed the case before the City Prosecutor's Office against the suspects involved in the slaying of James Kermit Basham, 63, of Villa Siete, Barangay Santo Cristo, this city. But Bautista withheld the identities of the suspects.

24 Nov 2010 - Lawmaker gets 30 classrooms for resettlement school

ANGELES CITY -- Congressman Carmelo Lazatin has announced that some 30 classrooms will be constructed soon at the San Isidro Elementary School in Magalang town.

Lazatin said that the school buildings will accommodate some 3,000 elementary and high school students at the said resettlement site.

24 Nov 2010 - University grad wins in Asean music tilt

ANGELES CITY -- An electronics and communications engineering graduate of Angeles University Foundation (AUF) bagged the gold award for the Philippines in the "Bravo! ASEAN in Korea 2010" talent competition recently held at the Konkuk University in Seoul.

AUF president Joseph Emmanuel Angeles said Jemuel Forto, a 2008 cum laude graduate of the AUF College of Engineering, bested 11 other contestants from ten ASEAN countries who joined the song and dance competition organized by Arirang TV and the Asean-Korea Center to promote cooperation between Korea and ASEAN countries.

24 Nov 2010 - Cops nab 2 riders-in-tandem robbers

ANGELES CITY -- Two suspected riders-in-tandem robbers were arrested by police after a brief chase in Barangay Cutcut in this city yesterday.

Authorities identified the suspects as Anthony Ariel Soriano Flores, 44, and Wency Amante Tuazon, 26, both of Rizal Extension this city.

23 Nov 2010 - Defective weighing scales destroyed

ANGELES CITY -- More than 200 defective weighing scales confiscated from ambulant vendors across the city were destroyed by a steam roller (pison) on Monday.

The defective weighing scales were presented to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan after the flag raising rites.

23 Nov 2010 - Clark to host 1st Tesol convention

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Education City (CEC) will hold the first "Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages" (Tesol) convention on November 25 to 27.

The activity will be held inside CEC's campus amphitheater (former Clark Expo) in this Freeport, officials of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) announced.

22 Nov 2010 - RCCP partners with Japanese Rotarians for medical missions

PAMPANGA -- The Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) hosted Monday a series of medical and social service missions aimed at helping indigent Kapampangans in this city.

The activity was done with the help of the Rotary Club of Ashikaga Japan and the Mirai Ni Kibuo Foundation. It was participated by RCCP members and a strong delegation of 15 Japanese nationals.

22 Nov 2010 - Rape suspect nabbed

MABALACAT -- The town police arrested on Sunday a person accused of three counts of rape.

The suspect identified as Rolando "Onyok" Santos of Sitio Marimar, Barangay Sapang Biabas, this town, was arrested near his residence, said Superintendent Rolly Mendoza, town police chief.

21 Nov 2010 - P1B answer to biz sector's concerns

CLARK FREEPORT -- Governor Lilia Pineda has allocated at least P1 billion to address the concerns raised by the business sector in Pampanga province.

In a recent interview, Pineda said the billion budget is expected to address infrastructure development raised by the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce Inc. (PamCham) to her in one of their meetings.

21 Nov 2010 - Mayor: Use P193T for medical equipment

ANGELES CITY -- If no one will claim the P193,000 found at an old city hall table in 14 days, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said he will use the amount to buy some medical equipment.

"We will use it to buy dialyzers and dialysis filters for dialysis machines," Pamintuan said.

21 Nov 2010 - CDC joins GK community development project

CLARK FREEPORT -- Some members of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) family recently volunteered in the Gawad Kalinga (GK) community development project in Barangay San Vicente in Bamban, Tarlac.

Frank Madlangbayan, vice president of CDC Operations and Technical Services, said the activity was the first in a series of community activities that CDC and GK will undertake every Saturday, covering the months of November up to February next year.

20 Nov 2010 - AUF earns Canadian certification

ANGELES CITY -- The Canadian Council of Engineering Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) has certified the engineering, biosciences and IT programs of Angeles University Foundation (AUF) according to the International Qualifications Database (IQDB).

AUF is the only university in Pampanga to obtain the "Technologist" certification for its programs in Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Electronics and Communication Engineering programs, and "Technician (+)" certification for its BS Information Technology and BS Biology programs.

20 Nov 2010 - Youth groups set protests on International Day of Students

CLARK FREEPORT -- In celebration of the International Day of Students, youth groups of Central Luzon held symbolic protests Wednesday against slashing 1.7 percent of the education budget for the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).

Students from the University of the Philippines-Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga (UPDEPP), as well as the region's League of Filipino Students (LFS) and Kabataan Party-list, staged their contempt on the budget cut to P23.4 billion in 2011 from P23.8 billion this year.

20 Nov 2010 - AUF education grad lands Top 10

ANGELES CITY -- A GRADUATE of the Angeles University Foundation College of Education (AUF-CED) placed 10th in the September 2010 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).

Raymond B. Canlapan, a graduate of Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Mathematics 2010, placed 10th in the board exams held in May this year.

20 Nov 2010 - Pampanga urges PLDT to interconnect with Globe

PAMPANGA -- THE Pampanga Provincial Board (PB) urges the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) to immediately interconnect its local landline service with Globe Telecom's landline network in Pampanga.

In a resolution, the PB urged PLDT and Globe to fast-track the implementation of local landline interconnection services.

19 Nov 2010 - Town owes Capitol only P24M in taxes

MABALACAT -- The municipality of Mabalacat admitted owing the Provincial Government in real property taxes, but said it only owe P24 million, not P47 million based on records from Capitol.

Municipal accountant Teodoro David said during a Provincial Board (PB) en banc hearing on the Mabalacat cityhood Friday that the town has only unremitted P24,149,236.67 in real property taxes (RPTs) to the Capitol based on available records.

19 Nov 2010 - 'Pasko sa Clark' to showcase Kapampangan food, handicraft

CLARK FREEPORT -- The much-awaited Christmas celebration of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) will showcase Kapampangan culinary and handicraft-making skills this year.

Noemi Garcia, manager of the CDC Tourism Promotions Department, said among the grand activities included in the "Pasko sa Clark" is the "Apag Pasku - The Suman Making Challenge."

19 Nov 2010 - Horse Fest to rise as tourist attraction

CLARK FREEPORT -- In the next five years, the same number of tourists who visit Pampanga to witness the Hot Air Balloon Festival every February will also be present during November for the Horse Festival.

This was the vision of Gabby Lao, sheriff at the Clark El Kabayo, a favorite place among horse enthusiasts in Pampanga and neighboring provinces.

19 Nov 2010 - Hustler victimizing foreigners nabbed

ANGELES CITY -- A 50-year-old man tagged as a notorious hustler was arrested after allegedly victimizing an Australian national last Thursday.

The suspect identified as Fernando Caparas Balibat, 50, of H13 Citicenter, Barangay Tabun, this city, was charged with robbery with violence and intimidation against person.

19 Nov 2010 - P193-T discovered in city hall table

ANGELES CITY - City Hall employees have been checking every table, chair, and corner of the building after a sum of money was found inside a table from the administration office.

A group of maintenance workers found P193,111.19 inside a table previously issued to the administration office of former Mayor Francis Nepomuceno.

19 Nov 2010 - Board member clarifies stand on town's cityhood

MABALACAT -- First District Board Member Tarcicio Halili on Thursday said he did not object to the Provincial Board's (PB) resolution withdrawing its endorsement of the Mabalacat cityhood.

Halili said he agrees that "the PB has the right to call the attention of the mayor regarding the town's obligations to the Provincial Government."

19 Nov 2010 - Guv: Pampanga safe for foreigners

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said the Provincial Government is working hard to keep Pampanga safe for all who wish to make the province their permanent or retirement home.

The governor made this assurance to US Consul General Michael Schimmel when the latter paid a courtesy call on her Thursday, in the course of his visit to the province to look into the conditions of US veterans who had decided to spend their retirement years in the province.

19 Nov 2010 - School head answers relief goods raps

MABALACAT -- A top official of the Northville 16 Elementary School (NVES) has answered allegations relative to the distribution of relief goods donated to school children by US soldiers.

In his letter to Municipal Administrator Rosano Paquia, NVES principal Benilda Tuazon said their school was "blessed" to be one of the recipients of the Philippine Bilateral Exercises (Phiblex) donation on October 21, 2010.

19 Nov 2010 - Exec reminds Freeport employers of wage hike

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation President Benigno Ricafort has reminded employers inside the Freeport of the P14 wage increase to minimum-wage earners in Central Luzon.

In a statement, Ricafort has informed all locators inside the Freeport of Wage Order Number 15, which has integrated the old P10 cost of living allowance (Cola) to the employees' basic pay.

19 Nov 2010 - 55 drivers busted for traffic violations

ANGELES CITY -- Less than a week after the City Government started its massive campaign against traffic law violators, officials have collared at least 55 public utility vehicle (PUVs) drivers whose vehicles either have defective headlights or have no headlights at all.

Of this number, 43 vehicles had defective headlights while the other 12 did not have headlights.

17 Nov 2010 - Balanced progress, environment pushed

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (Pamcham) on Wednesday reiterated that needs of progress and nature preservation should be balanced to achieve maximum development and quality of life for the people.

Pamcham president Rene Romero and Chairman Emeritus Liberato Laus stressed their call during the organization's annual general membership meeting attended by close to 100 business leaders and entrepreneurs.

17 Nov 2010 - New PamCham members take oath

CLARK FREEPORT - Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham) Chairman Emeritus Levy Laus led the oath-taking ceremony for the new members of the business group on Wednesday.

Laus said the increase in PamCham's membership would mean additional strength for the chamber, who would continuously work for the realization of its advocacy.

17 Nov 2010 - Cops nab couple for robbery

ANGELES CITY -- The city police recently apprehended a couple involved in a robbery here.

Suspects Joseph and Zenaida Astor, 62 and 59 years old, respectively, were arrested at their residence at Number 400B San Pablo Street, Mountain View Subdivision, Barangay Balibago, this city, said Chief Inspector Luisito Tan, Police Station 4 chief.

17 Nov 2010 - AAP Angeles City and CSF Chapters: Keeping local art culture alive

PAMPANGA -- THE local art scene is vibrant than ever before with the continuous strides to promote the Kapampangan arts and its artists by the Art Association of the Philippines through its Angeles City and City of San Fernando Chapters.

The on-going gallery exhibit of the two chapters at SM City Pampanga is a testament that the local art scene is alive and well. The event featured the best works of local artists like Remn Prin, Remy Prin, Joseph Van Prin, Edgar Nucum, Andy Ramos, Jojoy Zabala, Pablo Mendoza, Philip Datu, Rey Gatmaitan, Nick Cunan, Eliseo Perreras, Eduard Perreras, Edu Perreras, Eric Perreras, Joie Pabilando, Nards Tulabut, Aries Tiglao, Arnel Garcia, Don De Dios, Hermie Pineda and Efren Erese.

16 Nov 2010 - Consumers: 'Botcha' is pale and softer

MABALACAT -- When the meat has spots of black and its softness is unusual, most probably it's “botcha,” or double dead meat.

That is how Teo Sembrano, 41, describes double dead meat.

16 Nov 2010 - ‘Double dead’ meat confiscated in Angeles

ANGELES CITY – Police confiscated Tuesday dawn some 333 kilos of suspected “botcha,” or double dead meat at the Pampang public market.

Authorities seized the hot meat from a meat vendor identified as Neida Santos Bonifacio, 22, of Santo Nino, Barangay Pampang here.

16 Nov 2010 - Mabalacat acquires service vehicles

MABALACAT -- The Municipal Government here has acquired six service vehicles, which will be used in law enforcement and operation.

Municipal Administrator Rosano Pacquia said that the vehicles, six units of Toyota Avanza sports utility vehicles, were turned over to the local police, municipal traffic enforcement group, fire bureau, treasurer’s office and mayor’s office.

16 Nov 2010 - 4 nabbed, 22 girls rescued from cybersex den

ANGELES CITY -- Police arrested a suspected cybersex den manager and his 3 others in a raid in Angeles City, on Monday night.

Nabbed were Cris Domingo, alleged cybersex den manager, and his cohorts Marci Mora, JackilynMora and Gina Mora.

Inspector Danilo Mendoza of the Pampanga police's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group said the suspects were arrested during a raid at a cybersex den along Don Manuel Street, Don Bonifacio Subdivision, Barangay Pulung Maragul. Mendoza said they rescued 22 girls, 7 of them minors, from the sex den.

16 Nov 2010 - Execs draft development plan

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda and 2nd district Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo led the drafting of the Pampanga Development Plan and policy direction for the years 2010 to 2013.

With "Love Pampanga" as the battle cry, the development plan took shape during a seminar workshop on planning, coordination, and alliance building held at the Subic International Hotel from November 11 to 12 and facilitated by the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) led by Ambassador Mai Jimenez, Dr. Beth Manugue, and Gabby Lopez.

16 Nov 2010 - Various groups oppose RH bill

ANGELES CITY -- Various groups in Central Luzon have expressed strong opposition to the reproductive health (RH) bill now pending in Congress.

Employers, health care workers, married couples, parents, and ordinary citizens said in a manifesto that they will not comply with some of the bill's provisions like birth control measures, including vasectomy and ligation.

16 Nov 2010 - South Africa to help Philippine industries

ANGELES CITY -- The South African ambassador to the Philippines said her government is willing to develop the mining and construction industries in the country as a way to improve the relationship between two countries.

"We're looking into business prospects across the Philippines and probably develop the mining industry here because that is the strength of South Africa," said Ambassador Ndateni Agnes Nyamandi-Pitso.

14 Nov 2010 - Clark staging area for ShelterBox

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Benigno Ricafort announced on Saturday that Clark Freeport was chosen by ShelterBox Philippines to house its stock of emergency shelter relief goods.

ShelterBox is a Rotary International initiative founded by former British navy diver and Rotarian Tom Henderson that aims to help victims of natural and man-made disasters in the country and all over the world.

14 Nov 2010 - Board withdraws Mabalacat cityhood 'endorsement'

The Provincial Board has passed a resolution to withdraw its support for Mabalacat's cityhood due to some P46.7 million in unpaid taxes.

Based on records obtained from the provincial government, the municipality of Mabalacat still owes the province P20,708,056.81 in general funds and special education fund receivables amounting to P26,014,194.59.

14 Nov 2010 - City creates protection unit for children

ANGELES CITY -- An official here has created a special protection unit for children as a contribution to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of the United Nations (UN).

In his Executive Order 32, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan established the child health care-children protection unit to care for young Angeleños and to provide every necessary protection against diseases and all forms of exploitation and abuse.

14 Nov 2010 - Zero crime during Pacquiao fight

The Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) yesterday reported "zero" crime incidents in Central Luzon during the fight of Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito.

Chief Inspector Karen Clark, chief of the Regional Information Office-3 (RPIO) here, said that the regional operations division did not receive any crime incident report as of press time.

13 Nov 2010 - ShelterBox Philippines launched

CLARK FREEPORT --- Members of the various Rotary Clubs in Luzon Saturday launched here the ShelterBox Philippines (SBP) in a bid to help victims of natural and man-made disasters in the country.

Accredited as non-stock, non-profit organization with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), SBP is the 18th international affiliate of the ShelterBox International founded in 2000 by Tom Henderson, a Rotarian and a former Royal Navy search and rescue diver.

13 Nov 2010 - Angeles sponsors free live screening of Pacquaio-Margarito match

ANGELES CITY -- Angelenos can watch the live screening of boxing champ Manny Pacquiao’s game against Mexican Antonio Margarito on Sunday for free.

Dennis Albert Pamintuan, city administrator, said they have sponsored a pay-per-view screening of the game at the Pampang public market’s carinderia section and at the Sta. Maria Tennis Court in Barangay Balibago.

13 Nov 2010 - NorthPhil Expo biggest and largest 2010 event

CLARK FREEPORT – A top tourism official in Central Luzon described the 5th North Philippines (Northphil) Expo happening at the SM City Clark to be the biggest event of the year.

“The number of participants here has increased and we now have more than a hundred. SM City Clark is running out of space so I think, next year, we will use the vacant lots outside the mall,” said Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Ronaldo Tiotuico during the opening salvo of the expo on Friday.

12 Nov 2010 - Fight vs city litter bugs on

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recently created an anti-littering task force that would curb indiscriminate waste disposal and encourage environmental stewardship among Angeleños.

In Executive Order 31, Pamintuan created the anti-littering team under the Office of the Mayor, stressing that environmental management and protection is one of his administration's priority programs as outlined in his eight-point agenda.

12 Nov 2010 - Clark HR council for industrial peace cited

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Benigno Ricafort has underscored the efforts of the Clark Human Resource Council (CHRC) in helpin g maintain industrial peace inside this Freeport.

At the 2010 Annual Assembly of HR Professionals held at the Hotel Stotsenberg last Wednesday, Ricafort cited the CHRC for promoting healthy competition and complementation among Clark firms.

12 Nov 2010 - Angeles City starts campaign vs traffic violators

ANGELES CITY -- Complaints regarding the risks of public utility vehicles (PUVs) without headlights plying major thoroughfares has prompted the City Government to start a massive campaign against violators.

The campaign on arresting drivers of PUVs like jeepneys and tricycles even private vehicles started on Tuesday night.

12 Nov 2010 - Creation of bicycle lanes urged

ANGELES CITY -- An environmentalist group here has urged the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to provide a bicycle lane along MacArthur Highway, which is now called the Manila North Road (MNR).

Former city councilor Louie Reyes, head of the Green Youth Brigade (GYB), said their group is pushing for the construction of a separate lane for bicycles along the national road in line with the government's campaign on environmental protection.

11 Nov 2010 - NorthPhil Expo 2010 kicks off at SM City Clark today

THE members of practically all the various sectors of the tourism industry have gone north to open the much-awaited North Philippines (NorthPhil) Tourism and Travel Expo 2010 at the Event Centre of SM City Clark Friday.

Scheduled to run up to Sunday (November 14), the NorthPhil Expo 2010 will be opened by government and industry leaders spearheaded by the Department of Tourism (DOT) regional offices in Central Luzon, Cagayan Valley and Ilocos Region, their constituent local officials and consumers, and various guests from all over the country.

11 Nov 2010 - Asean bizmen to hold business forum in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Close to 40 businessmen from all over the region of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will congregate at Clark Freeport here from November 25 to 28 for the JCI Senate Asean 2nd Business Forum.

JCI Senate ASEAN past President Jorge Banal, Sr. said the gathering dubbed “Go Asean, Build Asean Business” will bring together business leaders and corporate decision makers from Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and the Philippines.

11 Nov 2010 - P1-B hangar to rise in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- A P1-billion aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) hangar would soon rise in this Freeport, which is seen to generate 300 direct jobs in the 2,367-hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex.

SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) will be setting up this hangar, which would be its second to provide MRO services for the Boeing 747s and 777s.

11 Nov 2010 - 6th Tarzan Cup kicks off

ANGELES CITY -- The 6th Cong. Carmelo “Tarzan” F. Lazatin (CFL) Cup started last November 6 at L&S Subdivision in Barangay Santo Domingo here.

Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. led the ceremonial toss of ball during the formal opening of the CFL cup, an open invitational basketball tournament.

10 Nov 2010 - No more overloading fees in NLEx

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga is planning to revive the 14-kilometer Bacolor-Porac Road by installing weighing scales in strategic areas along the highway.

“This means that there would be no more overloading fees to be collected by the NLEx once the truck enters the expressway,” Board Member Nestor Tolentino said.

10 Nov 2010 - Wage hike to help employees

PAMPANGA -- An official from the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Central Luzon said the P14 wage hike among employees of private firms was the labor agency’s way of helping the workforce.

In a statement, Dole Regional Director Ernesto Bihis said the wage hike was based on a balancing act anchored on the labor agency's thrust of helping minimum wage earners across the region.

10 Nov 2010 - Students teach kids agriculture

ANGELES CITY -- A sunflower seed was the first plant Danielle Tayag, 10, planted.

“In school, we studied the importance of planting trees of any kind. So, I did my part,” Tayag said.

9 Nov 2010 - 44 Clark companies join jobs fair

CLARK FREEPORT -- Some 44 companies from the Clark Freeport Zone joined the 2nd Clark Freeport Jobs Fair 2010 held at the SM Event Center last November 5.

Applicants from all over the region and from other provinces lined up as early as 9 a.m. to take advantage of the numerous job opportunities inside the Freeport.

9 Nov 2010 - Aviation police tightens security

CLARK FREEPORT -- Foreign tourists should not worry about visiting Central Luzon since strict security measures are implemented in its airport, an aviation official said.

Senior Superintendent Leo Ocampo, chief of the Police Civil Aviation Service in Central Luzon, said they have employed strict security measures to particularly protect the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

9 Nov 2010 - ‘Smile’ in gov’t hospital sought

MABALACAT -- Board Member Tarcicio Halili is urging the management of the Mabalacat District Hospital (MDH) to institute quality service to people particularly the indigents availing of medical services.

Halili said he has proposed that personnel of the district hospital should wear pins bearing “Service with a Smile” markings.

9 Nov 2010 - AUF students take Malaysia, Thailand tour

ANGELES CITY -- Some 155 students from the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) toured Kuala Lumpur and Malacca in Malaysia and Bangkok in Thailand in a bid to "enhance their global competitiveness.

The said AUF students benefited from the school’s program designed to upgrade their skills and be competitive in the international market.

9 Nov 2010 - Capitol to revive road for truckers

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government is set on reviving the old 14-kilometer Bacolor-Porac Road, which has been partly buried in lahar, for the exclusive use of trucks hauling sand from quarry sites in the second district.

According to Board Member Nestor "Bay" Tolentino, the road runs parallel to the East and West Lateral Dikes and stretches from the Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo Road up to the Circumferential Road in Angeles City.

9 Nov 2010 - P12M allotted for Clark-Mabalacat gate

CLARK FREEPORT - At least P12 million has been allotted by the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to rehabilitate the Clark-Mabalacat gate, an official said.

Frank Madlangbayan, vice president of the Operations and Technical Services Group of CDC, said the P12 million will be used for the construction of a new terminal shed, a parking area, a comfort room and for the improvement of the existing road and drainage system.

9 Nov 2010 - Dependents of slain policemen get scholarship grants

PAMPANGA -- At least five outstanding students in Central Luzon have received scholarship grants from the Regional Police Office 3's Scholarship Foundation Incorporated (SFI).

The five students happened to be dependents of policemen who died in armed encounters with criminals. They received their grants on Monday after the flag raising rites here.

9 Nov 2010 - Probe initiated on delayed distribution of US relief goods initiated

MABALACAT - The municipal government has initiated an investigation into the alleged delayed distribution of relief goods donated by American soldiers school children at Northville 16 in Barangay Atlu Bola, this town.

Mabalacat Municipal Administrator Rosano Pacquia has asked Benilda Tuazon, principal of Northville l6 Elementary School, to respond to the allegations leveled against teachers in connection with the issue.

9 Nov 2010 - Guv vows to boost furniture industry

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda vowed to help boost the multi-billion local and export furniture industry in the province.

Pineda said that this is one of the most important keys in generating more jobs for her cabalens and at the same time, it would help strengthen the local economy.

9 Nov 2010 - School to host agri exhibit

ANGELES CITY - The OB Montessori Center, Inc. will be hosting its first Agricultural Exhibit on November 10 in line with its pro-environment advocacy and Save Planet Earth awareness program.

The exhibit will start from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the OB Montessori Center Angeles Branch.

9 Nov 2010 - Suspected drug pusher nabbed

MABALACAT -- A person was apprehended by the town police at dawn yesterday after being suspected of selling methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) in Barangay Dau here.

The suspect, identified as Rommel "Pogi" Orpinada Limpin, was arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by elements of the Dau police detachment, said Superintendent Rolly Mendoza, Mabalacat chief of police.

7 Nov 2010 - POC: Protect cultural minorities

MABALACAT -- The Philippine Olympics Committee (POC) has stressed the need to protect cultural minorities, particularly the Dumagats, Aetas, and the Mangyans.

"We should enrich our rich cultural heritage and the POC is finding ways to protect the indigenous people through the conduct of sports activities like archery and blow gun or pipe and cultural presentation of different tribes," POC director Jeff Tamayo said.

7 Nov 2010 - Terror threats no effect on Central Luzon tourism

CLARK FREEPORT -- Terrorist threats in the country have not posed any negative effects on Central Luzon's tourism so far, an official said.

"As of now, threats of terrorism in the country have no negative impacts yet to the region's tourism," Ronaldo Tiotuico, chief of the Department of Tourism in Central Luzon, said.

7 Nov 2010 - Giant drummer boy at SM Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- He stood 23 feet tall wearing his classic red polo while carefully beating his drum.

He might be a poor boy but this Christmas season, he is giving smiles to every shopper at SM City Clark. He's the giant "Little Drummer Boy" who standing at the heart of the mall.

6 Nov 2010 - New training jets arrive in PAF-Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Four of the 18 brand new trainer planes bought this year from Italy arrived at the Philippine Air Force (PAF) here Friday as part of the military's modernization program.

Air Force Chief Lieutenant General Oscar Rabena formally accepted the jets, with Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin as guest of honor.

6 Nov 2010 - Hundreds troop to SM Clark jobs fair

CLARK FREEPORT -- Close to 2,000 jobseekers flocked to a joint job fair sponsored by the Clark Investors and Locators Association (Cila) and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) at SM City Clark on Saturday.

The event, which was held at the Event Center of the said mall, was aimed at bringing closer to job seekers the many job opportunities within the Freeport.

6 Nov 2010 - Guv's Korea trip secures jobs, opportunities

PAMPANGA -- The recent visit of the Pampanga delegation in South Korea has yielded job pledges and opened doors of opportunities for business investment and socio-cultural exchange.

Third district Board Member Monina Laus, who was part of the official delegation headed by Governor Lilia Pineda to South Korea, reported this recently.

5 Nov 2010 - University to launch Christmas album

ANGELES CITY -- Angeles University Foundation (AUF) will launch its original Christmas album entitled "Hiling Ngayong Pasko" at 6 p.m. Saturday at SM City Clark.

Produced by GMA Records, "Hiling Ngayong Pasko" is now available in leading record bars nationwide.

5 Nov 2010 - Clark firm still in need of manpower

CLARK FREEPORT -- A Clark Development Corporation (CDC) official said the state-owned firm is still in need of manpower, with many workers in the region still unemployed despite the presence of four special economic zones in the area.

In a dialogue with executives from the business community, local government agencies and the academe held at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) recently, CDC vice president for business Ernesto Gorospe said manpower needs in this Freeport include openings for pilots, business processing outsourcing technicians, call center agents, semiconductor technicians, and other skilled workers.

5 Nov 2010 - Tesol convention set in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Education City and the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Inc. (Tesol) Professional Development Group will host the upcoming Tesol Convention here on November 25 to 27.

The event, supported by the Asian EFL Journal International Tesol Group, will be held at the Australian Training and Management Group at the Clark Education City Campus.

5 Nov 2010 - Tulabut: Mabalacat Clark City

From all indications, Mabalacat will soon be declared a city. It is going to be the newest and third one in the province of Pampanga. The premier town has met requirements and the move is fully supported by first district Representative Carmelo "Tarzan" Lazatin who is a close ally of Mayor Marino Morales.

Mabalacat cityhood has been in the works for some years now, but was sidetracked by a lot of factors, including some political exercises. Now, it looks like the road has been cleared for it. Even Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and City of San Fernando Mayor and president of League of Cities of the Philippines Oscar Rodriguez are seen to interpose no objection to the move.

4 Nov 2010 - Mayor: Illegal quarrying culprit in drowning of boy

MABALACAT - Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales yesterday blamed the alleged illegal quarrying in Villa Quintana here as the culprit in the drowning of an 11-year-old boy last week.

Morales has created Task Force Nicdao to investigate the death of Christian John Nicdao of Purok Magsaysay, Dau, last October 29.

4 Nov 2010 - Mayor cites festival as tourism boost

ANGELES CITY - The city mayor proclaimed the success of a recent street dancing festival an affirmation of this city's contribution to the thrust of boosting tourism in the country.

"It can happen. Angeles City did it. Other cities can follow suit."

3 Nov 2010 - SM City Clark treats Aeta kids

ANGELES CITY -- More than the usual trick or treat during Halloween, at least 50 Aeta children received not just candies and toys but joy that they have never experienced before.

The Aeta children from Sitio Monikayo in Sacobia Valley were brought to the SM City Clark (SMCK) on Tuesday for a day of play and a chance to explore the shopping mall.

3 Nov 2010 - Residents decry delayed distribution of goods

MABALACAT -- Parents of schoolchildren have denounced the alleged failure of Northville 16 Elementary School teachers to immediately distribute relief goods donated by American soldiers.

Hundreds of parents and residents trooped to the school in Barangay Atlu-Bola Wednesday morning and prevented children from attending their respective classes.

3 Nov 2010 - Bioethanol production in Pampanga seen

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga welcomed the idea of producing bioethanol as part of its commitment to save the environment through the use of renewable energy via eco-friendly fuels.

The Gem Capital Management of Singapore, in a presentation held at the Max's Restaurant in this city recently, briefed Governor Lilia Pineda, Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and members of the Provincial Board on the proposal to produce bioethanol in the province.

3 Nov 2010 - Mabalacat hospital ready for patients

MABALACAT -- Governor Lilia Pineda announced Tuesday the opening of the newly-renovated Mabalacat District Hospital (MDH) in Barangay Camachiles here.

Pineda said the government hospital, which will be well-equipped, is now ready to serve the people of Mabalacat, particularly the indigent ones.

2 Nov 2010 - Senator impressed with Freeport facility

CLARK FREEPORT -- Senator Edgardo Angara recently described the 176-hectare Global Gateways Logistics City located inside this Freeport as a "remarkable" project that would provide jobs to thousands of Kapampangans.

This was gleaned during the Senator's recent visit at the GGLC, where he lauded the developments inside the state-of-the-art facility.

1 Nov 2010 - All Saints’ Day observance goes without any major hitch

PAMPANGA -- The nationwide celebration of All Saints' Day was generally peaceful despite expected heavy vehicular and foot traffic as Filipinos flocked to cemeteries and memorial parks to visit the graves of departed loved ones.

So far, no violent incidents have been reported in the country's major cities and provinces.

1 Nov 2010 - Thousands attend city street party

ANGELES CITY - More than 43,000 joined the two-night dusk-till-dawn revelry along the stretch of MacArthur Highway in Balibago dubbed "Tigtigan Terakan Keng Dalan" (TTKD).

"It was a tremendous success," Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said of the street dancing festival.

1 Nov 2010 - Kids tricked, treated

ANGELES CITY - No one thought that there was a "haunted house" in Barangay Malabanias - not until Sunday.

La Casa Hotel did not look its usual, which always encouraged customers to drop by. The hotel was filled with darkness and spider webs and the coldness inside was unusual.

At the end of the "haunted house" were packs of candies from Jimmy Dale, the hotel owner.