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Balibago News Jun-2011

30 Jun 2011 - Capitol awards P2.27 million to college scholars

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government awarded about P2.27 million worth of educational assistance to a total of 227 Kapampangan college scholars.

Governor Lilia Pineda, Provincial Administrator Andres S. Pangilinan Jr., Provincial Board Members Monina Laus, Trina Dizon, Fritzie David-Dizon, Nestor Tolentino and Ric Yabut personally handed over the aid to the scholars in an awarding ceremony held at the Benigno Aquino Hall.

30 Jun 2011 - Mayor vows to uphold laws on human trafficking

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan reiterated his stand to uphold laws against human trafficking.

Pamintuan expressed support to recent raids conducted by the Department of Justice’s Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking (DOJ-Iacat), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on girlie bars along Fields Avenue in Barangay Balibago here.

30 Jun 2011 - Provincial vet office focuses on animal health, production

The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVet) has been focused on animal health and animal production in the past 12 months, Provincial veterinarian Augusto Baluyut Jr. said.

Baluyut said Governor Lilia Pineda emphasized the urgency of maintaining good health among the animals in the province to ensure safety for the people of Pampanga.

29 Jun 2011 - Workshop on sustainable eco-tourism held

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Trainers and executives in the field of eco-tourism from various Asian countries recently finished a 10-day training workshop at the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST) here.

The training course for trainers on Planning and Management of Eco-Tourism was organized by Tokyo-based Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in collaboration with ISST, Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), Department of Tourism (DoT), and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

29 Jun 2011 - Thief killed in police chase

PAMPANGA -- A man died following a police chase in Tarlac City early Wednesday.

The unidentified man was part of four-man group that stole a motorcycle, police said.

29 Jun 2011 - Local farmers protest Coke’s sugar import

PAMPANGA -- About 7,000 sugar farmers and workers from Pampanga and Tarlac rallied against the importation of foreign-produced sugar by a giant bottling company.

The sugar farmers and workers held the rally in front of the Coca-Cola Company field office in Barangay Baliti Wednesday.

29 Jun 2011 - Lazatin vows ‘zero classroom backlog’

ANGELES CITY -- Congressman Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin vowed to continue sourcing out funds to finance the construction of some 444 classrooms needed for the first district of Pampanga.

Lazatin issued the statement following the education summit attended by 501 stakeholders, which yielded P178 pledges or equivalent to 229 classrooms.

29 Jun 2011 - Execs appeal to Public Works for repair of dikes

PAMPANGA -- Fourth District Board Member and Committee on Public Works chairman Ricardo Yabut on Tuesday filed a resolution before the Provincial Board requesting the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to immediately allot funds for the repair of damaged dikes and flood-prevention infrastructure in Pampanga.

Yabut’s resolution stemmed from a similar request made by Governor Lilia Pineda when she, Yabut, 4th District Board Member Nestor Tolentino and 3rd District Board Member Monina Laus met DPWH regional director Antonio Molano Jr. and assistant regional director Ador Canlas at Red Rickshaw Restaurant in Barangay Sindalan on Monday afternoon.

29 Jun 2011 - CDC, Clark locators support ‘Kabahagi Ako’ project

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Felipe Antonio B. Remollo said the state-owned CDC and locators here are supporting the bid to address the lack of classrooms in Pampanga’s first congressional district.

Remollo said he had recently met with 1st District Representative Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin and Mabalacat Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales to discuss the solon’s education program dubbed “Kabahagi Ako: Adopt-A-School Program” launched last week at the Stotsenberg Hotel here.

29 Jun 2011 - University holds lecture on Rizal

ANGELES CITY -- Angeles University Foundation (AUF) is staging a lecture series with renowned speakers in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

AUF President lawyer Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles said University of Hawaii professor of Indo-Pacific languages and literature Dr. Lilia Q. Santiago will deliver a lecture entitled “Rizal’s Pepay: A Critique of Feminism, The Female as Subversive and Revolutionary” on July 12 at 1 p.m. at the AUF Auditorium.

29 Jun 2011 - Agriculture remains Capitol’s top priority

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda believes Pampanga still has substantial agricultural resources, which if tapped properly can provide food security for the province, Provincial Agriculturist Crispin Guintu said.

Guintu said that in the past 12 months, they were able to conduct various local and national-funded research projects.

29 Jun 2011 - Rotary club welcomes new prexy

PAMPANGA -- THE Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) formally welcomed its new club president Elizabeth Milanes who took her oath of office before District Governor Digna Ragasa at the Fortune Restaurant here over the weekend.

The induction ceremonies were attended by Rotary Club officers and members from other clubs in Pampanga and as far as Bulacan province.

29 Jun 2011 - More Raids in AC

ANGELES CITY -- Around 100 female sex workers were rescued by authorities in successive raids in three night spots.

Combined forces of the Department of Justice’s Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) also arrested five foreign nationals during the raids at the Sunshine Bar, the Blue Nile, and the Golden Nile night clubs along Fields Avenue in Barangay Balibago.

29 Jun 2011 - Fire guts factory

CLARK FREEPORT -- A mannequin factory in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga caught fire around 11:50 a.m. yesterday, according to factory supervisor Jeleen Velasco.

She said the fire started on the third floor of the factory where many chemicals were stored.

28 Jun 2011 - Prices of commodities still stable

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reported Tuesday that prices of basic commodities in Pampanga are still stable based on its latest monitoring report.

DTI provincial caretaker Leonila Baluyut said the recent flooding in various parts of the province is no cause for prices to soar, as supply is within normal range.

28 Jun 2011 - Trade office holds forum on free trade agreements

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) held simultaneous sectoral discussions on different free trade agreements (FTAs) of the Philippines early this week.

DTI Central Luzon information officer Wilfred Carbonell said the sessions, dubbed “Doing Business in Free Trade Areas (DBFTA) II,” seek to educate stakeholders in the region’s priority sectors, namely food, homestyle (furniture and furnishings, gifts and housewares) and wearables (garments, textiles, jewelries, bags and hats) on the benefits and how to utilize the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Free Trade Area, Asean-China FTA, Asean-Japan FTA, Asean-Korea FTA, Asean-Australia-New Zealand FTA and the soon to be ratified Asean-India FTA.

27 Jun 2011 - Defer monthly amortization of Northville settlers: execs

MABALACAT -- Officials in this first-class town are asking the National Government to defer the monthly housing amortization of residents at Northville 16 in Barangay Atlu-Bola here.

The request was gleaned in a Municipal Council Resolution Number 78 Series of 2011, which asks President Benigno Aquino III, through Vice President Jejomar Binay, to defer the amortizations for a period of not less than three years housing units at Northville resettlement intended for informal settlers at the old Philippine National Railways (PNR).

27 Jun 2011 - Police office receives 30 vehicles for anti-crime drive

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government has turned over 20 high-powered motorcycles and 10 multi-purpose vehicles to the Angeles City Police Office (Acpo) in a bid to fight criminality.

City officials led by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting presented the vehicles to the members of the local police during Monday's flag raising rites.

27 Jun 2011 - Mabalacat police arrest 2 suspected drug pushers

MABALACAT -- The local police recently arrested two individuals suspected of selling illegal drugs in Barangay Poblacion here.

The suspects were identified as Joel Perico, 33, married, of Number 255 Burgos Street, Poblacion, this town; and Imelda Mercado, 45, single, of Number 320 Airmen's Village, Barangay Mabiga here.

27 Jun 2011 - Porsche to showcase cars at Clark Speedway

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Felipe Antonio Remollo bared that a famous sports car maker from Germany is set to showcase different units at the Clark International Speedway inside the Freeport.

Remollo said the display of about 20 different models of Porsche at the speedway is one way of promoting Clark as a sports tourism destination.

27 Jun 2011 - Owner of Honeyko Bar passed away

ANGELES CITY -- Sad to announce that Des, lost his battle with Lung Cancer.

May he rest in peace.

27 Jun 2011 - Pampanga placed under state of calamity

PAMPANGA -- Severe flooding in Pampanga and several towns in Tarlac has forced local officials to declare a state of calamity there.

Based on records, a total 273 barangays in Pampanga have been submerged in water days after tropical storm Falcon and the southwest monsoon brought heavy rains from nearby provinces.

25 Jun 2011 - 14 hurt in Expressway’s smashup

PAMPANGA -- Fourteen people were injured in a four-vehicle smashup along the North Luzon Expressway’s (NLEx) San Simon exit on Friday.

In a report reaching Police Regional Director Edgardo T. Ladao said the accident took place near the San Simon exit heading for the City of San Fernando.

25 Jun 2011 - ‘Falcon’ leaves 16 Pampanga towns flooded

PAMPANGA -- Seven more towns are underwater due to rains dumped by Tropical Storm Falcon leaving 16 towns, including this city, in the province of Pampanga inundated in floodwaters.

Some villages in the towns of Arayat, Bacolor, Mexico, San Luis, Sta. Ana, Magalang and Macabebe have also been submerged in floodwaters as high as three feet.

25 Jun 2011 - City officials, green group plant trees

ANGELES CITY -- The torrential rains did not stop Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and other city officials and youth and green groups in the city to plant 1,500 seedlings during the national celebration of the Arbor Day.

Believing that the rainy season is best to grow plants, Pamintuan led the tree planting activity in villages of Sapa Libutad, Tangle and Pulung Cacutud.

25 Jun 2011 - Bizman in favor of CDC-CIAC merger

CLARK FREEPORT -- Businessman Rene Romero said Saturday he is in favor of the proposal to merge the Clark Development Corporation and Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) into one entity for better administration and implementation of development and business plans.

Romero’s comment came as Sun.Star columnist Ram Mercado had earlier bared on his June 19 column that “a group of Pampanga newsmen” urged President Benigno Aquino III to reorganize the CDC and CIAC by merging their corporate existence under a single mother agency.

24 Jun 2011 - 'Falcon' floods 9 towns

PAMPANGA -- Tropical Storm "Falcon" has flooded at least 72 villages in nine towns of Pampanga and has damaged nearly 500 hectares of rice land as of Friday.

Based on the latest report of the Pampanga Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Center (PDRRMC), at least 22 villages in Guagua town, 15 villages in Lubao town, 11 villages in San Fernando, five villages in Sasmuan, two villages in Masantol, two villages in Sto. Tomas, one village in Sta. Rita and another one in Floridablanca were submerged in flood water as high as three feet.

24 Jun 2011 - Angeles targets to plant 50,000 trees

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan will lead hundreds of volunteers coming from the city's 33 barangays for the Arbor Day celebration, which will be highlighted with the planting of 50,000 trees on Saturday.

The Office of the Mayor in coordination with barangay officials will spearhead the activity in response to Presidential Proclamation 396.

24 Jun 2011 - Aetas told to junk officials who don't support cityhood

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales has asked Aeta residents here to dump politicians who will not support the conversion of this town into a component city.

Amid cheers of some 2,000 Aeta beneficiaries during the gift-giving project recently held in the Centennial Park of the Clark Freeport Zone, Morales urged them to junk those politicians who are reportedly blocking the conversion of Mabalacat town into a component city.

23 Jun 2011 - Mayor: Uplift the lives of indigents

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan vowed to implement programs aimed at uplifting the conditions of homeless and jobless Angeleños.

Pamintuan made this pronouncement during a recent conference aimed at addressing several issues on poverty confronting members of urban poor associations in this city.

23 Jun 2011 - Clark eyed as Philippines' next water sports destination

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Felipe Antonio Remollo said Thursday that the state-owned firm is bent on making the Clark Freeport one of the country's top sports destinations.

Remollo, who made the announcement during a press conference on the upcoming Sports Tourism Forum to be held at the Holiday Inn Clark on July 19, said plans are underway for the construction of a wakeboarding facility in a 10-hectare area along Clark's Sacobia Valley.

23 Jun 2011 - Province completes P110-million infra projects

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government has completed about P110 million worth of various infrastructure projects across the province in the past 12 months.

Provincial Engineer's Office (PEO) officer-in-charge Renato Gutierrez said they were able to complete the construction of two-classroom school buildings with comfort rooms worth P1,509,546.80 at San Isidro Elementary School in Sta. Rita; three at San Jose Elementary School in Macabebe worth P2,490,500.86; three at San Mateo Elementary School in Arayat worth P2,332,204.92; and the repair and improvement of seven classrooms school building at Caduang Tete High School in Macabebe worth P1,018,764.18.

22 Jun 2011 - Site of 1st Rice Biotech farm

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) recently launched the country's first Rice Biotechnology Demo Farm in the adjacent towns of Floridablanca in Pampanga and Dinalupihan in Bataan.

Agriculture Central Luzon information officer Jun Espiritu said the establishment of the demo farm is part of the provisions of the Nutrition Farming using Biotechnology project, which is an initiative of the Agricultural Training Institute 3 and Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council (RAFC) 3.

22 Jun 2011 - Number of workers in Clark up 7,000 in one year

CLARK FREEPORT -- The number of employees inside Clark continues to increase as 7,867 new workers were hired from May 2010 to May 2011, the Customer Service Department of Clark Development Corporation (CSD-CDC) reported.

CSD-CDC reports indicate that the increase was complemented by the expansions of several huge multi-national firms inside the Freeport this year, including the opening of the multi-billion-dollar investment of Phoenix Semi Conductor of the Philippines; the expansion programs of several Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firms; and Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc. this year.

22 Jun 2011 - Mabalacat cops augmented

MABALACAT -- A top police official here has announced the deployment of additional police officers who will be used in crime-prevention campaign, particularly in police visibility.

Superintendent Raymond Rodney Louie Baloyo, newly installed town police chief, said the 33 new policemen came from the Central Luzon Regional Police Office in Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando.

22 Jun 2011 - Police turn over 18 new vehicles to provincial offices

PAMPANGA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Central Luzon has turned over at least 18 newly acquired police vehicles to the six provincial offices in the region.

The vehicles were turned over by Deputy Director for Administration Valiant De Guzman to representatives of provincial police offices (PPO) on Wednesday.

22 Jun 2011 - The best of vintage cars in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- THE first Pampanga Vintage and Classic Cars Meet was a complete success. It was the biggest gathering of vintage car owners and clubs in the province ever assembled in one event that was able to wow car enthusiasts and kibitzers alike.

At the helm of the organizing committee is car enthusiast Rolando Imperial, who was able to bring in the participation of the Pampanga Old Schooler Club, Pampanga Vintage Car Club and the Pampanga Volkswagen Club.

21 Jun 2011 - Angeles government pays tribute to Rizal

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government, in cooperation with the Knights of Rizal, has paid tribute to Jose Rizal during the hero's 150th birth anniversary.

The tribute was made during the flag raising ceremony, which was attended by the city officials and employees and delegates from the Knights of Rizal.

21 Jun 2011 - 1st Club Celica Pampanga hosts auto show

ANGELES CITY -- The 1st Club Celica Pampanga held their first ever auto show at SM City Clark's The Meeting Place, bringing together different models of Toyota Celica and their owners.

The two-day event that was held over the weekend was exclusively organized by Club Celica Pampanga, a newly-formed Car Club of which all members are Toyota Celica car owners.

20 Jun 2011 - 1 killed in Angeles City heist

ANGELES CITY -- A security guard died in a robbery that transpired inside a hotel along Fields Avenue, the entertainment boulevard of this city, at dawn Monday.

Reyjan Manate Palmon, 25, a security guard of Welcome Inn, of Purok 5 Jasmin Street, Barangay Margot, this city, was killed after a suspected robber, identified as Paolo Castro Bautista Jr., 29, of Biliran, Leyte, shot him twice on the head.

20 Jun 2011 - Motion to suspend Clark airport prexy denied

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Ombudsman has denied the motion of Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo and officials here to suspend Clark International Airport Corporation President Victor Jose I. Luciano.

The suspension call was made in connection with the controversial donation to Aetas of dilapidated buildings inside the aviation complex.

20 Jun 2011 - Yokohama employee killed in crash

MABALACAT -- An employee of Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Company in Clark Freeport was killed in a road mishap that transpired along the MacArthur Highway in Barangay Dau here on Saturday.

Wilson Avila Reyes, 31, married, an employee of Yokohama, of 15th Street Mawaque Resettlement Center, died in a chain collision involving three motorcycles.

20 Jun 2011 - Sectors on war vs drugs tapped

CLARK FREEPORT -- Governor Lilia Pineda has tapped multisectoral groups, including Pampanga media, in her 24/7 fight against drugs and its proliferation.

During the blessing of the new Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) satellite office at Pinatubo Street in this Freeport, the governor extended more support in the unit's anti-drugs war like a vehicle for the K-9 unit delivered that Saturday itself, food for K-9 units, and the vow to have the Pampanga media be there at every bust.

20 Jun 2011 - Drug agency opens satellite office in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Central Luzon opened a satellite office in this Freeport over the weekend.

The satellite office is seen to strengthen anti-drug trafficking efforts in the region, especially in Pampanga, which houses the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

19 Jun 2011 - Council okays P25M for provincial jail rehab

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Board of Pampanga has approved a budget of P25 million for the construction of an extension for the Pampanga Provincial Jail (PPJ).

Governor Lilia Pineda bared this over the weekend, adding the budget will serve the need to decongest the jail facility and provide a more humane facility for the inmates.

19 Jun 2011 - Guv: Pampanga not fully recovered yet

CLARK FREEPORT -- Governor Lilia Pineda over the weekend said Pampanga has not yet fully recovered from the devastating eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, as it would still have to contend with social problems like drugs, poverty and development in the rural areas.

"I always tell the media that Pampanga has yet to fully recover. Though we have businesses and local development in a high level, issues on drugs and rural development are still serious problems," Pineda said.

19 Jun 2011 - Rizal's Pampanga travails bared

PAMPANGA -- Aside from his Kapampangan roots, more of Dr. Jose Rizal's travails were disclosed Sunday by renowned historian and Bulacan Heritage Conservation president Dr. Jaime Salvador Corpuz.

During the City Government's celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of the national hero dubbed "Rizal: Haligi ng Bayan" at Heroes Hall, Corpuz revealed that the Kapampangans played a big role in the life of Rizal, aside from the fact that he has strong ties with the Mercados of Sasmuan and related families in Guagua, Macabebe, Minalin and Masantol.

19 Jun 2011 - Mayor discusses development plans with officials

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan over the weekend led a discussion meeting with several agencies on the infrastructure development plans for the city.

The meeting was attended by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Director Antonio Molano Jr., Engr. David David of the Angeles City Planning and Development Office, REID Foundation's Roni Balbieran, and Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (MACCII) president Frankie Villanueva Jr. at Century Hotel in Angeles City.

19 Jun 2011 - Police office opens criminal investigation course

PAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) in Central Luzon formally opened a Criminal Investigation Course, in adherence to the National Headquarters' priority to ensure that all its personnel must have the knowledge on police investigation.

Chief Superintendent Edgardo T. Ladao said the activity was graced by no less than the Director of the Directorate for Investigation Detective Management Division Arturo G. Cacdac Jr.

18 Jun 2011 - University, foundation sponsor Rizal on Facebook

ANGELES CITY -- One of the main features of the national celebration of Jose Rizal's birth sesquicentennial anniversary is the unique Facebook project called "Rizal 150 to 150."

The project is a collaboration between the Holy Angel University (HAU) Center for Kapampangan Studies and the Binhi English Literacy Foundation Inc.

17 Jun 2011 - South African envoy impressed with Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The "multi-dimensional" developments being undertaken by Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has impressed Republic of South Africa ambassador to the Philippines Agnes Nyamande-Pitso.

Pitso, who visited Clark for the second time on Thursday, was accompanied by officials of Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ), an economic and deep-sea Freeport Zone based in South Africa, led by its Chief Executive Officer Ike Nxedlana.

17 Jun 2011 - Inauguration of Angeles City Dialysis Center slated

ANGELES CITY -- The local government unit slated Saturday the inauguration and blessing of the Angeles City Dialysis Center at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC).

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Vice Mayor Maria Vicenta Vega Cabigting will lead the formal launching of the dispensary at 8 a.m.

17 Jun 2011 - 2 officials get flak for not supporting cityhood

MABALACAT -- Indignant residents here lashed out at Vice Mayor Noel Castro and Board Member Tars Halili for going against the popular clamor to convert this first-class town into a component city.

Castro and Halili were earlier quoted as saying they were "neutral" on the issue of the Mabalacat cityhood, which had already passed first and second reading in the House of Representatives.

17 Jun 2011 - Group now accepting songs for Christmas album

PAMPANGA -- OkMusica, the leading group of Kapampangan composers, musicians and artists, is now accepting submissions from Kapampangan songwriters for "Pasku Pampanga" (Pampanga Christmas).

Senior Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan said the submission of songs for the upcoming Christmas album, the second volume of Kapampanga Christmas songs, is open to all Kapampangan composers, musicians and artists.

17 Jun 2011 - Jatropha fruit poisons 27 kids in Pampanga

ANGELES CITY -- Twenty-seven schoolchildren in Angeles City were rushed to a hospital Wednesday after eating the fruits of the Galumbang tree or Tuba-tuba (Jatropha curcas).

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the kids were confined overnight at Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC) and were discharged at 11 a.m. Thursday.

17 Jun 2011 - American woman faces deportation

ANGELES CITY -- Antonietta Robinson, 48m is wanted in the U.S. state of Alaska for bank theft is set to be deported from the Philippines, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Friday.

She was arrested in Barangay Claro M. Recto, Angeles City, Pampanga last June 13 by BI fugitive search unit officers, according to the bureau's intelligence chief Maria Antonette Mangrobang.

16 Jun 2011 - Guv bares programs for 'children of Pinatubo'

PAMPANGA -- GOVERNOR Lilia Pineda announced Thursday Capitol's programs for indigenous peoples in the province, particularly Aetas, whom she described "the true children of Mt. Pinatubo."

During the launch of the Nabuclod Project, where she distributed goods and food items to Aetas, Pineda said the Aetas were the very first to be displaced and not taken cared of when Mt. Pinatubo erupted 20 years ago.

16 Jun 2011 - Lawmaker vows to implement programs on education

MABALACAT -- Congressman Carmelo Lazatin vowed to implement programs on education, including the sourcing of funds to build classrooms.

Lazatin pledged P25 million for the "Kabahagi Ako" program.

16 Jun 2011 - Council declares PR officer persona non-grata

ANGELES CITY -- Members of the City Council approved a resolution declaring the public relations officer of giant cigarette company persona non-grata.

In a resolution filed this week, Councilor Edgardo Pamintuan Jr. declared Janice Bautista, Marlboro company's public relations officer, persona non-grata.

16 Jun 2011 - Kasalang Filipino 2011 held

CLARK FREEPORT -- A THREE-DAY wedding exposition was held last week at the Marquee Hall in Angeles City.

The exposition gathered Pampanga's best wedding planners, event coordinators, print and giveaway shops, hairdressers and beauty salons, bakeshops, caterers, hotels, health clinics and spas, photographers and videographers, photo booth shops, and other wedding/tourism-related businesses.

15 Jun 2011 - Mabalacat official clarifies 'false report' on cityhood

MABALACAT -- A municipal councilor in this first-class town has clarified reports that members of the Municipal Council are divided on the cityhood campaign.

Councilor Oscar Aurelio, Municipal Council majority floor leader, said members of the body unanimously approved the cityhood of this highly-urbanized town.

15 Jun 2011 - Central Luzon has 641 new policemen

PAMPANGA -- At least 641 new policemen were added to the force of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Central Luzon.

Given the rank of Police Officer 1 (PO1), the 534 male and 107 female new policemen took their oath before Central Luzon Police Director Edgardo Ladao.

14 Jun 2011 - Guv orders fast-tracking of Magalang hospital

PAMPANGA -- Our province will commemorate Wednesday the 20-year anniversary of the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption, the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.

Mt. Pinatubo, located 90 kilometers northwest of Manila, erupted in June 15, 1991 leaving at least 800 people dead and 100,000 homeless.

14 Jun 2011 - Guv orders fast-tracking of Magalang hospital

PAMPANGA -- Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda has ordered the fast-tracking of the construction and renovation of the Balitucan District Hospital in this municipality.

Pineda said the construction works at the 25-bed dispensary, which cost the Provincial Government some P32 million, will be completed in September.

14 Jun 2011 - Electric provider transfers more power source in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) successfully transferred over the weekend two feeder lines to a new 69-kiloVolt switchyard in Mexico town.

The transfer of two feeder lines is part of the ongoing substation expansion and upgrading program in the area.

14 Jun 2011 - Tourism department, SM Clark host Independence Day concert

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) and SM City Clark hosted a free concert over the weekend in celebration of the 113th Anniversary of the Philippine Independence at the mall’s event center and at the Bayanihan Park here.

The event, dubbed "Kalayaan 2011: Isang Lahi Isang Musika, A Free Concert on the 113th Anniversary of the Philippine Independence", featured the performances from Koro Bulakeno, San Pedro High School and Sinukwan Performing Arts.

14 Jun 2011 - Pampanga police office holds narcotics investigation seminar

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Police Office (PPO) on Monday held a narcotics investigation seminar at the Bale Katimawan (Freedom Hall) here in a bid to enhance the capabilities of the personnel of the provincial police force.

The PPO, in a statement, said the Philippine National Police recognizes that illegal drug and drug-related violence are a major problem in the country, which requires a very comprehensive solution.

13 Jun 2011 - News report on Mt. Pinatubo day confuses banks

PAMPANGA -- News reports about alleged Pampanga Provincial Government's declaration of June 15, the day Mt. Pinatubo erupted, as a holiday has led some local banks to declare a non-banking day in the province.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the volcano's eruption.

13 Jun 2011 - Pinatubo timeline unveiled

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda Monday led the unveiling of the Pinatubo timeline done by Most Outstanding Kapampangan awardee for arts Norman Tiotuico.

The unveiling of the sculpture, which coincided with the blessing of the refurbished Benigno Aquino Jr. Hall, is part of the weeklong commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption.

13 Jun 2011 - Cauguiran is new Angeles chief of staff

ANGELES CITY -- Alexander Cauguiran outgoing executive vice president of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) will join the Angeles City Government effective June 15 as chief of staff.

It is the same post he has held when Edgardo Pamintuan was city mayor from 1992 to 1998.

13 Jun 2011 - Independence Day 'a continuing process'

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Independence Day celebration did not stop when Filipinos achieved freedom from colonizers because it is a continuing process, said Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Felipe Antonio Remollo.

“Modern day Filipinos are still struggling for independence from poverty and divisiveness and corruption,” Remollo said.

12 Jun 2011 - Pampanga celebrate Independence Day

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government and the City of San Fernando Sunday celebrated Independence Day separately, with grand events that hailed the Filipino freedom heroes.

Governor Lilia Pineda, paid tribute to war veterans, led the early morning rites Sunday.

12 Jun 2011 - Guv: Use compassion to fight poverty

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda Sunday called on Kapampangans to use compassion and hand work as weapons in fighting poverty in a bid to attain real independence.

Pineda made this call during the province's celebration of the country's 113th Independence Day at the Capitol grounds.

12 Jun 2011 - Angeles City's June 12 rites 'colorful'

ANGELES CITY- Senator Francis Pangilinan has described this city's celebration of the Independence Day as colorful.

"It's colorful. Kapampangans will not really allow themselves to be left behind," Pangilinan said.

11 Jun 2011 - 18 immigration staff dismissed

CLARK FREEPORT -- Eighteen personnel of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) were dismissed from service by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for alleged involvement in human trafficking and other irregularities at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

"After a careful evaluation of the arguments raised by both parties, this Department finds that there exists substantial evidence to support the complaint of Ms. Ong considering that the defenses presented by respondents are general denials, bereft of any compelling reasons to disregard the positive testimony of the witness,” the Order read.

11 Jun 2011 - Lawmaker to grace city’s Independence Day rites

ANGELES CITY -- Senator Francis N. Pangilinan is expected to grace the Independence Day celebration at the historic Pamintuan Mansion on Sunday.

Pangilinan will lead the Angelenos in the simultaneous flag raising ceremonies that will be held in seven historical sites all over the country, including the Pamintuan Mansion, which was recently recognized by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines as a heritage site.

11 Jun 2011 - Halili gets nod on bike lanes

PAMPANGA -- Board Member Tarcicio Halili’s proposal for the creation of bicycle lanes along major thoroughfares in the province has finally kicked off.

The Provincial Board gave its nod on Halili’s proposal, initially starting at Clark Freeport.

11 Jun 2011 - Business group addresses job mismatch

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) President Jim Jimenez challenged members of the academe, employers and Human Resource practitioners to take on the challenge in resolving the issue of job mismatch.

Jimenez said job mismatch has been the perennial bane and frustration of companies looking for skilled and qualified manpower to manage and run their operations.

11 Jun 2011 - Board members support education projects

PAMPANGA -- Lawmakers from the second district of Pampanga are up to support the needs of various public schools in their jurisdiction.

During the recent meeting with school heads at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here, Board Members Salvador Dimson Jr., Teresito Lingad and Olga Frances David-Dizon responded swiftly to the needs of their constituents.

11 Jun 2011 - Pampanga schools get computer packages from DTI

PAMPANGA -- Different public schools in the Division of Pampanga, Angeles City and City of San Fernando received computer packages through a program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Fifteen computer packages were given to the Division of Pampanga and three computer packages were each given to the Divisions of Angeles City and City of San Fernando, respectively.

10 Jun 2011 - Meat packaging firm invests $12M in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has forged an agreement with a meat product packaging firm for a $12-million factory inside the Freeport.

Officials of both CDC and Viskase Asia Pacific Corporation have signed a lease agreement for the establishment of a manufacturing plant for various packaging materials for meat products.

10 Jun 2011 - Lawmaker wants Mt. Pinatubo declared as tourist spot

ANGELES CITY -- Congressman Carmelo Lazatin has filed a bill in the House of Representatives pushing for the declaration of Mount Pinatubo as a major tourist destination in the country.

Lazatin recently filed House Bill 4803 or an "Act Declaring Mount Pinatubo as Major Tourism Spot".

9 Jun 2011 - Lawmaker commits fund for risk reduction

PAMPANGA -- First district Representative Carmelo Lazatin vowed Thursday to allocate a "no limit" funding for the Provincial Government's disaster risk reduction management program.

Lazatin attended the 1st Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council meeting at the Benigno Aquino Hall here, and promised Governor Lilia Pineda that he would support Capitol's disaster readiness and response program from his countryside development fund (CDF).

9 Jun 2011 - Vice guv to go 'participative politics' in 2013

PAMPANGA -- Vice Governor Joseller Guiao plans to "participative [in] politics and governance" with the creation of a "council of elders" when he gets to Congress in 2013.

The renowned professional basketball coach has set his sights on the first district congressional seat.

9 Jun 2011 - Mayors' league to discuss daycare workers allowances

ANGELES CITY -- The Pampanga Mayors' League (PML) is set to discuss the possibility of coming up with a streamlined system for providing allowances to the province's 616 daycare workers.

PML president Jerry Pelayo said the mayors are set to discuss the move in another meeting in response to Governor Lilia Pineda's call to make a streamlined system of providing allowances and other compensation for daycare workers who depend on municipalities for their stipends.

9 Jun 2011 - Artists group honors actor-director

ANGELES CITY -- Multi-awarded actor and director Tony Mabesa was recently bestowed the Natatanging Gawad Buhay Award by the Philippine Legitimate Artists Group Inc. (Philstage) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Mabesa, founder of the Dulaang UP and currently resident director of the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) Repertory Theater, was cited in recognition of his exemplary contributions to theater, having produced landmark plays and having developed artists who are now stalwarts of contemporary Philippine Theater.

9 Jun 2011 - Office focuses on health priorities

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Health Office (PHO) has been pursuing programs in line with the Provincial Government's priority on healthcare.

In a report submitted to the Office of the Governor, acting provincial health officer Dr. Antonio Aquino said the PHO has attended to Kapampangans who have tuberculosis (TB); 3,651 TB symptomatic underwent sputum examination, 750 of whom were smear positives.

9 Jun 2011 - SBMA-Zambales to collaborate for added tourism spots

SUBIC FREEPORT -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and the Provincial Government of Zambales announced plans to develop tourism areas in the province to further boost local economy.

The plan stemmed after newly appointed SBMA chairman Roberto Garcia paid a courtesy call to Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. over the weekend.

9 Jun 2011 - Elderly indigents receive stipends

PAMPANGA -- More than 5,000 poor elderly, aged 77 years old and above, in Central Luzon are currently benefitting from the National Government's Social Pension Program (SPP).

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional SPP Focal Person Nitz Infante said at least 5,379 indigent elderly not receiving any pension, who are without any permanent source of income and have no regular support from relatives, get a monthly stipend of P500.

8 Jun 2011 - Central Luzon workers get P14 hike

PAMPANGA -- The regional wage board in Central Luzon recently issued a wage order providing for an additional P14 cost of living allowance (Cola) for minimum wage earners in the private sector in the region.

The new wage order issued June 1 will increase the daily compensation of non-agricultural workers in the region from P316 to P330, and will take effect 15 days after its publication in a daily newspaper.

8 Jun 2011 - Daycare workers to get additional allowance

ANGELES CITY -- Some 616 barangay daycare workers here will soon receive an additional allowance meant to improve their quality of life.

Governor Lilia Pineda, during Wednesday’s daycare workers general assembly at SM City Clark, announced the release of P1,000 monthly allowances in response to the clamor of daycare workers for more reasonable assistance from the government.

8 Jun 2011 - Remember lessons from Mt. Pinatubo, Filipinos told

PAMPANGA -- Third District Representative Aurelio Gonzales on Wednesday called on fellow lawmakers and Filipinos, especially Kapampangans, to keep alive the lessons learned from the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo almost 20 years ago.

In his privilege speech before the House of Representatives, Gonzales reminded Filipinos of the horrors and triumphs of Kapampangans in times of adversities. The lawmaker made his speech a few days before the 20th anniversary of the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo on June 15.

8 Jun 2011 - Education summit seen to address classroom backlog

In a bid to build more classrooms, Pampanga first district Rep. Carmelo Lazatin has initiated an education summit aimed at raising funds.

Lazatin initiated the “Kabahagi Ako – Sa Handog Silid Aralan Tugon sa Kaunlaran” project to address the lack of classrooms in the province’s first district, which is composed of Angeles City and the towns of Mabalacat and Magalang.

8 Jun 2011 - Barangay officials support moves to uplift education

PAMPANGA -- The more than 500 barangay councils across Pampanga are continuously supporting moves to improve education and monitor public schools.

This was bared by Liga ng mga Barangay president Melchor Pingol on Tuesday when Governor Lilia Pineda extended millions of pesos for education infrastructure development.

8 Jun 2011 - Angeles historian to launch one-man painting exhibit

ANGELES CITY -- A renowned and respected historian here will be launching on June 10 a one-man exhibit featuring paintings of soldiers wearing their combat uniforms during wars in the Philippine soil.

Dubbed "Libertad! The Art of Daniel Dizon," the event is "a rare exhibit of historical paintings which depict combat uniforms" of soldiers during the Filipino revolt against the Spanish Government.

8 Jun 2011 - Pamintuan vows to work on Central Luzon tourism industry

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has vowed to exert his efforts to further develop the tourism industry in Central Luzon, which will put the entire region on the country’s tourism map.

Pamintuan issued the statement during the organizational meeting of the Regional Development Council (RDC) III special committee on tourism at Shanghai Palace Restaurant here on Monday.

7 Jun 2011 - New Mabalacat cop chief vows to work on criminalities

MABALACAT -- The newly installed officer-in-charge of the town police on Tuesday vowed to work against all forms of criminalities in this first class municipality.

Superintendent Rodney Raymond Louie J. Baloyo IV, who assumed office on Monday, said he has directed his men to conduct checkpoints and police visibility and watch over criminal elements, particularly those "riding in tandem."

7 Jun 2011 - Pampanga allocates P82 million for education

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Tuesday said P82 million has been allocated for the provincial school board's budget.

During a morning forum at Bren Z. Guiao convention Center with all school principals across Pampanga, Governor Pineda said P42 million of the funds is for bidding for the building of classrooms, while P40 has been allotted for ongoing repair and rehabilitation of other school facilities.

7 Jun 2011 - Hundreds join Angeles City bike ride, fun run

ANGELES CITY -- Hundreds of cyclists and bike enthusiasts pedaled along the city’s busy streets during the June 4 “Padyak sa Pagbangon,” a kick-off event commemorating the city’s triumph over the devastation wrought by the eruption of Mount Pinatubo.

Mayor Edgardo D. Pamintuan and councilors Edu Pamintuan, Maricel Morales, Jericho Aguas, Alex Indiongco and SK president JC Pamintuan led the 23.5-kilometer bike ride that showcased bicycle motocross (BMX), mountain bikes (MTBs), leisure bikes and road bikes (racer type).

7 Jun 2011 - CIAC keeps control of DMIA aviation complex

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- The Court of Appeals (CA) 6th Division has affirmed the control of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) over a disputed portion of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) aviation complex.

The decision of the CA regarding the land now under the jurisdiction of CIAC, which is disputed by the Hermogenes Rodriguez Estate and the Clark Development Corporation (CDC), has become final and executory.

7 Jun 2011 - Measures to protect Pampanga River urged

PAMPANGA -- Provincial Board Member Nestor Tolentino during a recent session filed and gained approval for a resolution calling for local government units to create legislative measures that will protect the Pampanga River.

The resolution enjoins all municipalities to come up with legislative measures with penalties and sanctions that shall provide protection for Pampanga River and other waterways and tributaries within the province.

7 Jun 2011 - Business group to host talk on job mismatch

PAMPANGA -- The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) will host a talk on job mismatch on June 9 at the Herbs and Greens Restaurant here to address the growing number of job mismatches of graduates in the city.

PamCham president Jimmy Jimenez said the talk is part of the monthly Every Kapihan gathering of PamCham members to talk about various issues and concerns relevant to the business sector and consistent with the chamber’s advocacy of promoting countryside development.

6 Jun 2011 - Mabalacat folks favor cityhood, survey says

MABALACAT -- Residents here are in favor of the conversion of the town into a component city, a survey conducted in at least eight villages here recently, revealed.

In a random survey conducted on some 900 respondents in barangays Mabiga, Poblacion, San Francisco, Lakandula, Mawaque Resettlement Center, Madapdap Resettlement Center, Camachiles Resettlement Center and the central business district of Dau, it indicated that 98 percent of the respondents favored the conversion of this first-class municipality into a city.

6 Jun 2011 - Liberal party stalwart eyed as next CDC exec

CLARK FREEPORT -- A member of the Liberal Party (LP) in this city is reportedly being considered to take over the second highest post in the government-run Clark Development Corporation (CDC).

Former City of San Fernando Councilor Jose "Pol" Quiwa III is being eyed as the next executive vice president of CDC by the Aquino administration.

4 Jun 2011 - Angeles City College to offer market-driven courses

ANGELES CITY -- City officials have commissioned education experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) in coming out with curriculum programs for the soon-to-rise Colegio Ning Angeles.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the City Government is working closely with UP for the development of courses that will be offered in the city college.

3 Jun 2011 - 5 luxury cars seized in Pampanga raid

PAMPANGA -- Police seized five luxury cars in a raid on a house occupied by two Korean nationals in Angeles City, Pampanga.

The cars were three Chevrolet Captiva SUVs and two Chevrolet Caprice sedans. Authorities believed the luxury vehicles were smuggled.

3 Jun 2011 - 2 nabbed for stealing motorcycle

MABALACAT -- Two men were arrested in Mabalacat town after stealing a motorcycle owned by a municipal hall employee.

Edilberto Morales Jr., 25, and John Rey Waje, 28, were arrested for allegedly stealing a motorcycle owned by Benigno Tolentino III, a staff at the mayor’s office.

3 Jun 2011 - Guv plots fiesta-like revelry for Aetas

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda is set to hold a fiesta-like celebration for Aetas in Pampanga as part of the 20th anniversary of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption.

“Aeta natives will celebrate the Mt. Pinatubo eruption like a fiesta,” Pineda said.

2 Jun 2011 - Guv orders opthal labs set up in district hospitals

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said Thursday that all district hospitals will have their respective ophthalmology centers that will cater to eye services needs of indigents and senior citizens.

Pineda said the program will greatly help in providing adequate medical services to indigents with eye problems.

2 Jun 2011 - Guv launches war vs drugs

ANGELES CITY -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged barangay officials in Pampanga to wage an all-out war against illegal drugs and cooperate with law enforcement agencies in terms of information about drug pushers.

Pineda issued the statement during a Drug Summit jointly initiated by the Pampanga Provincial Government and the Angeles City Government, in cooperation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

2 Jun 2011 - Foreign Affairs cuts down delays on passport processing

ANGELES CITY -- A Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) official in Central Luzon said the agency was able to cut down the delay in the processing of new e-passports from 23 days to five days.

"It was a big problem that we are still solving. But we have been able to cut down the delay in processing time from 23 days to just five days," DFA-Central Luzon Regional Consul officer-in-charge Arturo Romua said.

2 Jun 2011 - Group lauds mayor for swift action vs dumpsite

ANGELES CITY -- Members of an environmentalist group lauded Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Thursday for his speedy action on the reported massive dumping of waste in Barangay Margot here.

Sonny Dobles, a member of the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) -- an environmentalist group fighting the illegal operation of piggeries and polluting firms, thanked the mayor for ordering a probe into the indiscriminate dumping of waste at a creek at Sitio Cabande, Barangay Margot.

2 Jun 2011 - Councilors service roads plan 7th on priority list

PAMPANGA -- Councilor Alex Patio's proposal to build parallel services along the North Luzon Expressway that was hatched last year is seventh on the list of top 1,500 infrastructure projects lined up for this year.

Patio's "baby," which is seen to spur economic activities in the countryside and decongest traffic along the Manila North Road or MacArthur Highway, is a 33-kilometer road stretch from San Simon town to Angeles City with fringes at Mabalacat.

1 Jun 2011 - Angeles starts dumping waste at Kalangitan landfill

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government has started dumping waste at the Kalangitan Sanitary Landfill in Capas, Tarlac despite its arrears amounting to P65 million to Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation (MCWMC), operator of the said landfill.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said he talked with MCWMC head Rufo Colayco to lower the landfill's P1,000 tipping fee per ton of garbage to P500.

1 Jun 2011 - Guv leads launch of P5-M social pension for seniors

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda led Wednesday the distribution of P5 million worth of assistance to almost 900 senior citizens of the province.

The distribution was part of the Department of Social Welfare and Development's (DSWD) Social Pension Program. It was held at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here on Tuesday.

1 Jun 2011 - Specific court for Pampanga drug cases sought

PAMPANGA -- Fourth district Board Member Nestor Tolentino filed Wednesday a resolution urging the Supreme Court to assign a specific criminal court to handle all drug-related cases in Pampanga.

During his privilege speech, Tolentino said the move has been motivated by the fact that there are many drug-related cases that are still pending and left unresolved within courts in Pampanga.