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Balibago News Jul-2011

31 July 2011 - Dikes remain under threat

PAMPANGA -- Several concrete dikes protecting villages in Pampanga remain under threat due to strong water current, a report of the local disaster office said.

Residents along the major river systems and tributaries in the province expressed fear as the earth dikes and slope protections have been heavily damaged due to the continuous downpour.

31 July 2011 - Foundation relocates prosthesis lab in hospital

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) on Sunday announced that it has relocated its prosthesis laboratory at the Jose A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC) in Barangay San Vicente, Bacolor town.

KDF president Benigno Ricafort said the move aims to facilitate faster measurement of prosthesis applicants and to further cater to more number of amputees by making the laboratory more accessible to the rest of the province.

30 July 2011 - Juaning leaves P16M damages in Central Luzon crop

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) reported Saturday that Tropical Storm "Juaning" had left P16,344,080 worth in rice damage in Central Luzon with an additional P26,649 worth of damages to other crops.

The DA, in its Damage Assessment Report, said some 3,823.18 hectares of rice fields had been hit by the flooding.

29 July 2011 - Carnapping incidents rise

PAMPANGA -- A top official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Pampanga recently disclosed that carnapping incidents in the province increased to an alarming rate from January to June this year.

Based on statistics presented by Senior Superintendent Edgardo Tinio, provincial police director, there were about 96 reported carnapping incidents, or one vehicle is carnapped every other day during the said period.

28 July 2011 - American killed

An American tourist was stabbed and killed by two men who barged into his apartment in Barangay (village) Balibago.

Chief Inspector Luisito Tan, commander of the police’s Station 4 here, said a 12-inch knife was still buried in the nape of William Lavareli, 68, when his body was discovered by neighbors; two shorter knives were also stuck in his nape and right armpit.

28 July 2011 - Mayor: Angeles City's income at P967 million

ANGELES CITY -- The actual income of this chartered city has increased to P967 million in one-year period, from July 2010 to May 2011, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said.

Pamintuan, during his State of the City Address (Soca), said the city's income has increased by P102.2 million since he assumed office last 2010. From July 2009 to May 2010, the city's income was at P866 million.

28 July 2011 - Lawmaker eyes tourism summit

PAMPANGA -- First district Board Member Tarcicio Halili said Thursday that plans are up with the Provincial Tourism Office for a Tourism Summit in September.

The summit calls for the finalization of a tourism master plan for Pampanga.

28 July 2011 - 'Juaning' floods 6 Pampanga towns

PAMPANGA -- As Tropical Storm Juaning exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility, at least 29 villages from six municipalities in the province were left inundated in floodwaters as high as six feet.

Based on the latest report of the Pampanga Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), "Juaning" (international codename: Nock-Ten) has flooded 29 villages from towns of Guagua, Mexico, Macabebe, Lubao, Sta. Ana and Masantol.

28 July 2011 - Army: Pampanga insurgency-free

PAMPANGA -- An official of 703rd Infantry Brigade (IB) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Thursday said the entire province of Pampanga is insurgency-free.

Colonel Gregorio Catapang, commander of the 703rd IB, during a meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council, said AFP's internal security operations have significantly degraded the armed capability of the New People's Army (NPA).

28 July 2011 - Engineers urged to lead regional development

CLARK FREEPORT -- Third District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. has called on members of the Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines (IEEP) here to lead in the development of the region through advancements in the sector of electrical engineering.

Gonzales, who was guest of honor and speaker in the IEEP convention held here over the weekend, said electrical and civil engineers are always in the forefront of development in the country, with the electrical engineers leading most of the advancements in the electronics sector.

28 July 2011 - Labor office intensifies zero-accident program

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Central Luzon recently signed a memorandum of agreement with two agencies to strengthen occupational safety and health at the workplace.

The agencies are the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) and the Central Luzon Occupational Safety and Health Network (CLOSHNET).

27 July 2011 - Guv hailed as Pampanga's best steward

PAMPANGA -- Vice Governor Joseller Guiao said Wednesday that Governor Lilia Pineda is still the best steward in leading the province into growth and stability even beyond 2013.

Guiao's statements came following reports that he is being eyed by the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to run as governor come 2013.

27 July 2011 - Angeles mayor to report accomplishments today

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan will deliver his State of the City Address (Soca) dubbed "Handa Na Tayong Lumipad - Ulat sa mga Angelenyo" at the activity center of MarQuee Mall in Barangay Pulung Maragul here at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Putting in deeds what has been promised in the Contract with the Angeleños, Pamintuan’s speech will highlight major accomplishments during his first year in office as the city’s chief executive.

27 July 2011 - Pampanga councilor lauds mall's VIPinoy Lounge

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Edgardo "Edu" Pamintuan Jr. has lauded the efforts of MarQuee mall in putting up the VIPinoy Lounge, saying “this is how overseas Filipino workers should be treated -- modern-day heroes.”

"Recognizing their 'heroic deeds' in keeping our economy afloat is a noble endeavor and the establishment of the VIPinoy Lounge shows Ayala Malls’ sincerity in serving our OFWs," said Pamintuan, noting that OFWs remit almost US$20 billion to the country a year.

26 July 2011 - Earthquake on West Coast

SUBIC BAY Freeport -- A 5.9 earth quake was recorded around 1:15 am some 30km north West of Olongapo at a depth of 32km.

So far not much damage has been reported.

25 July 2011 - Group welcomes Sona with protest

PAMPANGA -- A human rights group based in Pampanga has welcomed the State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Benigno Aquino III with a protest.

Human Rights Defenders in Central Luzon (Defend-CL) staged a rally before the Provincial Trial Court in San Fernando on Monday a few hours before Aquino delivered his speech.

25 July 2011 - Latin ambassadors, leaders express optimism on biz tie-ups

CLARK FREEPORT -- Latin American ambassadors and business leaders over the weekend expressed optimism on the tie-ups with the business sectors here, opening doors of cooperation between the two countries.

Latin ambassadors and business leaders attended the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) joint business forum on Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) on July 22 here, in cooperation with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Philippines-USA Business Economic Council.

25 July 2011 - Lawmaker lauds Clark firm's prexy for P10-M donation

CLARK FREEPORT -- Congressman Carmelo Lazatin has lauded Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Felipe Antonio Remollo for donating P10 million to adopt-a-school program.

Lazatin leads Kabahagi Ako sa Handog Silid Aralan Tugon sa Kaunlaran adopt-a-school program.

25 July 2011 - Gecko hunters shift to 'bounty hunting'

PAMPANGA -- A group of gecko hunters here has decided to shift to bounty hunting upon learning that Governor Lilia Pineda has offered a P200,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a robbery suspect.

Pineda earlier said she will give the monetary reward to those who can give information on the whereabouts of the suspect who robbed and raped a woman in the village of Sto. Domingo.

24 July 2011 - Study cites Pampanga airport as best alternate landing field

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), in a study, has cited the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) as the best alternate airport next to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

In this light, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose I. Luciano said he recently briefed Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Mar Roxas about the potential of the Clark airport as the country's international gateway.

24 July 2011 - Development council issues resolution on clean-up

PAMPANGA -- Regional Development Council (RDC) chairman and this city's Mayor Oscar Rodriguez said over the weekend that the lead Central Luzon development group has passed and approved a resolution supporting the clean-up of waterways and other areas leading to Manila Bay.

Rodriguez and prime government agencies on Saturday led the clean-up of Lourdes Creek and San Fernando River, during the launch of the synchronized barangay clean-up conducted nationwide.

24 July 2011 - No dengue outbreak in Mabalacat: officials

MABALACAT --- Officials here denied reports that there is an outbreak of dengue virus in the locality, after numerous cases were reported to the local health office, particularly in Barangay Dau, Northville 16 Resettlement in Barangay Tabun, and other parts of this first-class town.

Councilor Oscar Aurelio, a physician and chair of the Municipal Council committee on health, admitted that dengue cases have increased over the past few months but said this has not reached an alarming stage yet.

23 July 2011 - P100M for agri-mechanization program approved

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) announced Saturday the availability of a P100-million fund for farmers who would like to avail of loans for the mechanization of the agricultural sector here.

DA-Central Luzon Director Andrew Villacorta said farmer groups in Pampanga and the entire region can avail of the fund for their acquisition of tractors and irrigation machines, among others.

23 July 2011 - Dialysis center fully operational

ANGELES CITY -- The Renal Care Unit at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (formerly Ospital Ning Angeles) was formally opened Saturday to serve the needs of those who need dialysis treatment.

Located at the Luminda A. Ong Building, the center is now fully operational with 15 dialysis machines and complete sets of medical equipment. It is manned by three nephrologists, a head nurse, eight staff nurse and four technicians.

22 July 2011 - 2 killed in plane crash

PAMPANGA -- A Filipino pilot and his Malaysian student were killed in a plane crash in Magalang town, Pampanga province on Friday afternoon, police said.

The victims were on board a private Cessna light aircraft when it crashed in Sitio Talimundok, Barangay Sta. Monica at around 5:30 p.m.

22 July 2011 - River waste reduced

PAMPANGA -- Fourth district Board Member Nestor Tolentino recently revealed that volume of domestic garbage dump in Pampanga River has been reduced by 80 percent.

Tolentino, chair of the Provincial Board (PB) committee on environment, attributed this success to effective information drive launched by the Provincial Government relating to the implementation of Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

22 July 2011 - City holds summit for community college

ANGELES CITY -- In anticipation of the opening of City College of Angeles (CCA), the local government here conducted Wednesday an "Employers Summit" to determine the needed curriculum that will be offered to students.

Owner and representatives of various firms in this city and Pampanga and some locators inside Clark Freeport attended the forum.

22 July 2011 - City holds summit for community college

ANGELES CITY -- In anticipation of the opening of City College of Angeles (CCA), the local government here conducted Wednesday an "Employers Summit" to determine the needed curriculum that will be offered to students.

Owner and representatives of various firms in this city and Pampanga and some locators inside Clark Freeport attended the forum.

21 July 2011 - P200,000 reward up for rapist

Governor Lilia Pineda has offered a P200,000 reward to whoever can pinpoint the whereabouts of a suspected rapist who sexually harassed a dentist in Mexico town last month.

Pineda said the reward will hasten the manhunt operation currently being conducted by the Pampanga Police Office (PPO).

21 July 2011 - Group condemns assault on dentists

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Pampanga Dental Association (PDA) condemned Wednesday the robbery and sexual molestation attempt on a dentist and her assistant in Barangay Sto. Domingo Mexico town last month.

Dr. Enrico Sunglao, PDA president, said dentists -- not only in the province -- are now subjects of new modus operandi for sexual molestation and robbery.

21 July 2011 - Manila tollways firm to operate SCTEx

CLARK FREEPORT --- The Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) is now the operator of the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).

This developed after the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) forged a business and operating agreement with the MNTC last Wednesday.

21 July 2011 - Capitol gets Local Government's nod on vehicles

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government on Tuesday got the approval of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the acquisition of 30 new motor vehicles, which include service units for board members.

During the Provincial Board's en banc session, Vice Governor Joseller Guiao said that in a letter dated July 19, 2011, DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo granted the Provincial Government the acquisition of the vehicles as contained in a letter from Governor Lilia Pineda dated July 4, 2011.

21 July 2011 - Student group to support Hacienda farmers' rally

MABALACAT -- The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP)-Central Luzon, an alliance of tertiary student publications, has expressed support for the July 21 protest-rally to be held at Hacienda Luisita.

In a press statement, the CEGP Central Luzon said hundreds of farmers and supporters from people's organizations, and the youth sector will be marching from Luisita Park to Tanedo Street at the city proper of Tarlac.

21 July 2011 - Labor office holds seminar for security guards

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Central Luzon recently held an orientation and consultation to security agencies of Zambales province.

The orientation is part of Dole's ongoing orientations and consultations to various service agencies here in the region.

20 July 2011 - Swiss firm to establish P285M factory in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) officials have forged an agreement with a Swiss firm for a P285-million manufacturing firm inside the Freeport.

The factory will produce "chip bonding tools" to supply various semi-conductor firms operating inside the Freeport.

20 July 2011 - Guv asks businessman for tech school, hospital

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda has asked Kapampangan businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan to establish a technical and vocational school in Pampanga that will cater to skilled students and meet in-demand jobs in the country and abroad.

A report from the Provincial Information Office said the governor urged Pangilinan to create a school that will offer "lesser fees" for poor students.

20 July 2011 - Town mayor, village chief ordered suspended

PAMPANGA -- The Office of the Ombudsman has found Mexico Mayor Teddy Tumang and San Antonio barangay captain Rafael Yabut guilty of violating Section 5 (a) of Republic Act 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Acting Ombudsman Orlando Casimiro, in his decision, meted Tumang and Yabut three months suspension without pay.

20 July 2011 - Worker dies at Korean shipyard

SUBIC BAY Freeport -- Another accident inside the Korean shipbuilding facility, Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporation, early morning Wednesday claimed the life of a Filipino worker.

A report submitted by Hanjin technical deputy general manager Soon Dong Yoon to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Wednesday identified the victim as James Garagal, 26, a native of Samar province.

20 July 2011 - 1,500 students benefit from employment program

PAMPANGA -- Nearly 2,000 elementary students have benefitted from tutorial review classes of the Provincial Government's Special Program for Employment of Students (Spes).

Public Employment Services Office (Peso) head Luningning Vergara said a total of 1,581 elementary grade pupils from various public schools in the province underwent tutorial review classes on English, Mathematics and Science last summer in line with the Spes program.

19 July 2011 - RDC approves new expressway

The Central Luzon Regional Development Council has approved the construction of an expressway that will connect Tarlac City and San Jose City in Nueva Ecija.

RDC Chairman and San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez said the two cities will be connected by the 63.9-kilometer Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEx).

19 July 2011 - Audit on power coop's 'over-collection' sought

ANGELES CITY -- A group of consumers based in Parañaque City is asking the Energy Regulatory Board (ERB) to conduct a "regulatory audit" on alleged over-collection by the Angeles Electric Corporation (AEC) from 2005 to 2008 amounting to P528,977,139.

Pete L. Ilagan, president of the National Association of Electricity Consumers for Reforms Inc. (Nasecore), said their findings were based on the commission's Unbundling Decision dated June 23, 2004 under ERC Case Number 2001-894, granting AEC's annual revenue requirement.

19 July 2011 - Central bank launches new bank notes

PAMPANGA -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) San Fernando branch launched Tuesday the new generation Philippine Bank Notes, known as new generation currency (NGC), for cash handlers.

The launching was made at the Ephatha Hall of the Social Action Center of Pampanga in Barangay Maimpis, San Fernando.

19 July 2011 - Guv to police: Go after suspected rapist

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda instructed the local police Tuesday to intensify their manhunt operation against a suspected rapist who victimized a dentist in Barangay Sto. Domingo in Mexico town last month.

The order came after the governor announced that the perpetrators have been identified through pieces of evidence obtained by local authorities handling the case.

19 July 2011 - 3 drug dealers nabbed in buy-bust

PAMPANGA -- Combined elements of the Regional Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operations Task Group (RAIDSOTG) and the Porac Police conducted a buy-bust operation that led to the arrest of three suspected drug dealers here.

Police arrested suspects Jimmy Salvador, 31, and Edson Manusig, 28, both from Magnolia Street; and Gilbert Rena, 32, of 4004 Bongavilla Street, all residents of San Antonio Subdivision in Barangay Manibaug Paralaya, Porac.

19 July 2011 - Northville exec nabbed for gun possession

MABALACAT -- An official of Northville 16 resettlement site in Barangay Atlu-Bola here was arrested for allegedly possessing a gun without license and permit.

Eruel Lazaga Andaya, 39, a driver, was charged Tuesday with illegal possession of firearms before the Provincial Prosecutor's Office in the City of San Fernando.

18 July 2011 - Woman shot dead at home

MABALACAT -- A 54-year-old woman was shot dead inside her residence at a resettlement site here Sunday afternoon.

Esmirna De Guzman, 54, of 14th Street, Madapdap Resettlement Center here, instantly died after sustaining two gunshot wounds on the chest.

18 July 2011 - Fisheries bureau told: Suspend fishpond permits issuance

PAMPANGA -- Fourth district Board Member Ricardo Yabut is set to file a resolution asking the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to temporarily suspend the issuance of permits to fishpond operators, particularly those in coastal areas in Pampanga.

Yabut said in a phone interview Monday that the proliferation of fishponds in coastal areas like in fourth district towns has aggravated flooding and garbage problem.

18 July 2011 - Man arrested for robbery

A man was arrested for carting away nearly P40,000 worth of gadgets from a religious leader's house in this town.

Michael Rosailda was arrested by Bantay Bayan members of the Madapdap Resettlement center and was turned over to the local police over the weekend.

18 July 2011 - City exec vows supports to persons with disabilities

ANGELES CITY -- Acting City Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting expressed support to persons with disabilities (PWDs) in observance of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week held Monday.

The weeklong celebration, which started July 17 until 23, has a theme: "Making the Rights Real for Filipinos with Disabilities."

18 July 2011 - Korean tourist nabbed for dope possession

ANGELES CITY - A 23-year-old Korean tourist was arrested by the City Police for allegedly possessing and using marijuana inside a disco along Fields Avenue in Barangay Balibago here.

Park Ji Wan, 23, single, a Korean national staying at Orchid Inn, was reportedly caught sniffing dope inside the comfort room of Sky Trax Disco Friday midnight.

18 July 2011 - Bodies of American, Hong Kong divers found

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Rescuers found late Monday afternoon the bodies of an American diving instructor and a Hong Kong tourist who failed to surface after exploring a World War II shipwreck here.

American dive master Steven Brittian, 47, and Hong Kong resident Tin Shun Chuen, 30, were last seen Sunday as they were about to ascend from the shipwreck, said Romeo Renojo, chief of maritime security here.

17 July 2011 - Historical sites to be added in ‘tour packages’

CLARK FREEPORT - Officials of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is planning to include historical places, including the Clark Veterans Cemetery (CVC) here, in tour packages.

CDC president Felipe Antonio Remollo said there are many historical places in Clark and other parts of Pampanga, which may attract local and foreign tourists.

17 July 2011 - PamCham to host business forum

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) will be hosting a joint business forum on July 22 here in cooperation with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Philippines-USA Business Economic Council.

The event, with the theme “Nurturing Philippine MSME (micro, small, medium enterprise) Partnerships with the Americas: Focus on Outsourcing and Health and Wellness,” aims to boost province’s commercial and investment activities with the North and Latin American regions.

16 July 2011 - Vice mayor, 3 councilors stop questionable fee

ANGELES CITY -- Acting Vice Mayor Jericho Aguas and three of his allies worked for the suspension of a questionable homeowners' fee at a subdivision in Barangay Anunas here.

Aguas, at the recent City Council's session, said Councilor Alex Indiongco sponsored a resolution on July 12 asking for the suspension of the P350 fee per resident of Villasol Subdivision.

15 July 2011 - Architect supports sports tourism plan for Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- A well-known architect in Pampanga has expressed full support for the development of sports tourism in this Freeport.

Architect Any Gulapa said the development of tourism in Clark would benefit the Metro Clark area, the province of Pampanga and other parts of Central and Northern Luzon.

15 July 2011 - Guv leads relief operation

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Wednesday led the distribution of relief goods to affected residents of flooded barangays in Macabebe and San Simon towns.

Fourth district Board Member Nestor Tolentino, who accompanied the governor in the relief mission, said more than 1,800 packs composed of rice, canned goods, noodles and other staples were distributed in barangays Castuli, San Jose, San Roque, Cadwang Tete, Saplad, Matigati and Sta. Maria in Macabebe.

15 July 2011 - Robbery gang members nabbed

ANGELES CITY -- Two men, believed to be responsible for a series of robbery in Barangay Balibago, were recently arrested by barangay officials.

Michael Irania alias Osaka, 37, and his 17-year-old male companion were caught while trying to rob a house along Debra Street in Don Pepe Subdivision here.

14 July 2011 - Aquino on 'last fight vs corruption'

CLARK FREEPORT -- President Benigno Aquino III said his administration is on its "last bout" against graft and corruption issues allegedly committed by the past administration.

"Tayo ho ay nasa masalimuot na huling yugto na ng ating pakikipagbakbakan laban sa mga korapsyon na iniwan ng nakaraang administrasyon," Aquino said.

14 July 2011 - Guv to visit Germany to prove facility's function

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda is willing to see for herself a facility that turns waste into energy.

Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) chief Art Punsalan clarified that Shane Mulcahy of the MacKay Group, proponent of the first ever zero-waste-to-energy-facility project worth US$50 million, has offered to sponsor a trip to Germany for Capitol executives to see that the program works.

14 July 2011 - 60 vendors to get livelihood aid

ANGELES CITY -- The city's Public Employment Services Office (Peso) is set to provide livelihood assistance to some 60 beneficiaries here.

The funds, which will be used in the project, were derived from the P600,000 cash grant of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).

14 July 2011 - Kapampangan youth attend camp in Korea

PAMPANGA -- Around 80 youth representatives from Pampanga joined the 2011 World Camp in Korea under the helm of the International Youth Fellowship (IYF).

The delegation, headed by Pampanga Sangguniang Kabataan chair Board Member Krizzanel Garbo, is composed of participants aged 15 to 35 years old from the various youth groups in the province.

14 July 2011 - 2 drug pushers nabbed

MABALACAT -- Two suspected drug pushers were apprehended during an entrapment operation conducted by elements of the town police inside a posh subdivision in Barangay Dau here recently.

Suspects Eric Maglalang and Marlon Sangil were arrested along Ilang Ilang Street at Pineda Subdivision in the said village while allegedly selling methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

14 July 2011 - Subic college lauded for social program

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) awarded Mondriaan Aura College, a Subic-based educational institution, for providing seminar-trainings to agency employees.

SBMA human resources manager Lolita Mallari, on behalf of the Subic authority, recently gave plaques and certificates of appreciation to Aura officials for the school's "continuous support to the agency."

14 July 2011 - Defensive driving seminars held

SUBIC BAY -- Some 120 Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers attended this week's Defensive Driving Seminar in Olongapo, which is regularly conducted in this city by the Office of Traffic Management and Public Safety (OTMPS) on orders of Mayor James "Bong" Gordon Jr.

OTMPS head Colonel Jose A. Aquino led the facilitators, which included Roberto G. Gregorio, special operation/assistant training officer; and Allan P. Dancel, deputy for operation/training officer.

13 July 2011 - Suspected carnapper shot dead

PAMPANGA -- Elements of the city police shot dead a suspected carnapper after evading a road checkpoint and firing at a police officer who gave pursuit.

The still unidentified suspect, police said, ignored a checkpoint being conducted by joint elements of the Community Police Center (Compac) 3 of San Fernando and the Pampanga Public Safety Company (PPSC) in Purok Pau in Barangay Calulut, leading to Mexico town.

13 July 2011 - Lawmaker wants Pampanga River Control System’s revival

Third district Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. said Tuesday that he will move for the revival of the Pampanga River Control System (PRCS) to rehabilitate tributary systems and address the flooding situation in his district.

Gonzales made this statement after his meeting with officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Monday.

13 July 2011 - Feeding program benefits kids

ANGELES CITY -- After its successful pilot test in Northville 15, the City Nutrition Office (CNO) here officially launched Tuesday the “Pahalo-halo ni EdPam” at EPZA Resettlement, Pulung Cacutud and in Barangay Sapalibutad.

Arnel Calaguas, city nutrition officer, said a total of 702 children are now part of the feeding program where they would be given proper nourishment in order to improve their health conditions.

12 July 2011 - 1 dead, 3 injured in clash

ANGELES CITY -- A man was killed while three others were injured in a riot at a bar strip in Barangay Balibago here at dawn on Monday.

John Vincent Bonus Dela Cruz, 24, instantly died after sustaining stab wounds on the chest and other parts of the body.

12 July 2011 - BIR starts review of tax delinquent properties

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) here has now started the review of tax delinquent properties in Pampanga for possible forfeiture and inclusion on the BIR Mega Sale auction this July 25.

BIR regional director Romulo Aguila said the review comes as part of the BIR’s renewed tax collection program.

12 July 2011 - Australian team wins PALS 2nd Leg paintball tourney

CLARK FREEPORT -- The STK-Australia defeated defending champion Datis-Iran in the tough Division I of the recently held PALS 2nd Leg paintball competition held at the Clark Parade Grounds here from July 8 to 10.

Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Tourism Promotions Office Manager Noemi Garcia said the three-day paintball competition was a gathering of more than 20 local and international paintball teams, who all competed for the $3,000-championship cash prize.

11 July 2011 - Zero waste to energy facility to rise in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- A facility that will have a capacity to process waste to green energy or electric power will soon rise in a five-hectare land in Barangay Santa Catalina here.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) chief Art Punsalan said Monday that the facility can accommodate 800 metric tons per day, almost commensurate to the daily output of 1.5 metric tons of each of the province's 500-plus barangays.

11 July 2011 - Robredo leads opening of Balibago social hygiene clinic

ANGELES CITY -- Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo led Monday the inauguration of the Balibago Social Hygiene Clinic, the first barangay-owned and controlled social hygiene station in the country.

Robredo lauded the efforts of the Balibago barangay council, with the help of the City Council, for initiating the project aimed at monitoring and preventing the spread of the dreaded human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (Aids) in the city.

10 July 2011 - Regional landfill to solve garbage woes

PAMPANGA -- The establishment of a sanitary landfill will solve the growing garbage woes of the government, Governor Lilia Pineda said during a recent meeting with concerned department heads.

She said establishing a regional sanitary landfill with a proper material recovery facility will help solve not only Pampanga’s waste disposal problems, but those of nearby provinces as well.

10 July 2011 - Making advocacy, business work

PAMPANGA -- Businessman Marco Antonio Jimenez is the new lead man of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) having assumed the post late last year. PamCham’s visibility in local issues and advocacies has never been diminished due to this man’s energetic leadership.

Jimenez hails from the City of San Fernando and has made for himself a decent name in business and the local community. With his visibility in the local business scene, one would think that he had come from a family of businessmen. But the truth is, Jimenez comes from a family of medical professionals.

10 July 2011 - P50-M seed assistance for flood-hit farmers okayed

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) here on Sunday announced the approval of the P50-million seed assistance to farmer flood victims of tropical storm “Falcon” in different parts of Central Luzon (CL).

DA regional director Andrew Villacorta told that another P1 million was also approved by the DA National Office for assistance to farmers who have damaged vegetable crops during this wet cropping season.

9 July 2011 - Rotarians donate wind-solar energy system to Mabalacat College

MABALACAT -- The Rotary International District 2680 in Japan, through the Rotary Club of Mabalacat Clark (RCMC), has donated a Hybrid Wind-Solar Energy System to the Mabalacat College in Mabalacat town, Pampanga.

RCMC charter president Oscar Aurelio, an incumbent councilor in this town, said the project was arranged by International Director Sigeki Kito of RCMC and was done through a club-to-club partnership grant with a total cost of US$5000.

9 July 2011 - CEB supports Airbus-CAAP program

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Cebu Pacific announced its support to the joint initiative of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines’ (CAAP) and Airbus providing training for the safe and efficient implementation of a full Performance-based navigation network (PBN) in 11 airports in the country.

“CEB fully backs this CAAP partnership since it will benefit our passengers and operations. With the performance-based navigation network, CEB can fully utilize its GPS navigation and latest aircraft technology to further ensure passenger safety and reduce fuel costs and carbon dioxide emissions,” said CEB VP for Flight Operations Captain Victor Custodio.

8 July 2011 - BI to deport German pedophile

ANGELES CITY -- A GERMAN pedophile, wanted for sexually abusing 17 minors in his country who managed to hide from the law for more than 13 years, was arrested in Angeles City and is now facing deportation by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

This was learned from BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr., who said that the German, identified as Gisbert Leistner, 49, is presently detained at the immigration jail in Bicutan, Taguig City, and is set to be deported soon after the BI board of commissioners issues a summary deportation against him.

8 July 2011 - Edelweiss Bar and Restaurant closes down July 15

ANGELES CITY -- One of the longest running establishments in Balibago will end operations next week.

A young Korean is taking over the place and plans to build 2 modern Bars at the location.

8 July 2011 - Drugs agency 'sweeps' Angeles jail

ANGELES CITY -- Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Central Luzon Director Roybel Sanchez led the search of anti-narcotics operatives and jail authorities conducted a surprise inspection of prison cells at the Angeles City District Jail as part of the Operation Plan "Greyhound" in a bid to find illegal drugs and other unlawful materials being kept by prisoners.

Although no illegal drugs were found during an almost four-hour search, Sanchez said a strip of aluminum foil believed to be used in sniffing shabu was found in one of the cells.

8 July 2011 - Man beat up by cop wants thorough police probe

ANGELES CITY -- A man who was allegedly kidnapped and beaten up by a police officer is crying for justice, as he reiterated his appeal for a deeper and impartial investigation on the case.

The victim was identified as Romnick Santos, 21, a resident of B-125 lot 14 EPZA, Pulung Cacutud, Angeles City, while the suspect is Police Inspector S. Edejer, a resident of the same village who was assigned at the Sta. Ana police station at the time of the incident.

8 July 2011 - 6,000 residents benefit from livelihood programs

PAMPANGA -- About 6,591 residents from Central Luzon benefitted from the livelihood assistance projects given by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) for the first semester of 2011.

Dole regional information officer Jerry Borja said checks amounting to P14.24 million were handed out to seven community groups, three labor unions and various local government units for the implementation of the Negosyo sa Kariton (Nego Kart), Kabuhayan Starter Kits and Integrated Livelihood Program toward Community Enterprise Development (DILP-CED) projects.

8 July 2011 - 22 'Barangay Days' successfully held

ANGELES CITY -- To bring the government services closer to the people, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan's administration continuously holds Barangay Outreach Programs, more commonly known as "Barangay Days".

To date, there have been a total of 22 Barangay Day events in the city, wherein the Gender and Development (GAD) office invites other agencies of the City Government to cater to the needs of the Angeleños.

7 July 2011 - No tax increase for 5 years in 'Mabalacat City': Morales

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales assured that there will be no tax increase for five years once this first-class town is converted into a component city.

Morales issued the statement following apprehensions by businessmen and constituents here of an immediate increase in taxes.

7 July 2011 - 30 Aetas get jobs from Clark corporation

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has provided jobs to 30 Aetas who recently completed a manpower training program of the Porac Manpower Training Center and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

CDC president Felipe Antonio Remollo said the state-owned corporation has guaranteed the employment of the 30 graduates, who were among the 142 Aetas who completed the program at the municipality's training center in Barangay Cangatba.

7 July 2011 - Capitol officials inspect rehab works in towns

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda inspected Thursday rehabilitation works along major water river systems here that were damaged during the onslaught of Tropical Storm "Falcon".

Pineda was accompanied by third district Board Members Trina Dizon and Monina Laus and fourth district Board Member Nestor Tolentino in inspecting the progress of the de-silting operations along the Sapang Matwa River, along the boundary of Sta. Rita and Guagua towns.

7 July 2011 - Balibago to launch country's 1st village-owned hygiene clinic

ANGELES CITY -- The council of Barangay Balibago here is set to launch on July 11 the country's first barangay-owned and controlled social hygiene facility.

Rodelio Mamac said the barangay council spent a total of P3.6 million for the project; P1.5 million for the ambulance, P1.5 million for the construction of the clinic, and P800,000 for the medical equipment and supplies.

7 July 2011 - 2 agencies call for smoke-free Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Health (DOH) are calling all Central Luzon officials to enact a "Smoke-Free Ordinance" after a model developed by the health agency.

The ordinance, developed by the DOH in consultation with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Alliance Philippines and other concerned government agencies, prohibits the use, sale, distribution and advertisement of cigarettes and other tobacco products in certain places, imposing penalties for violations thereof and providing funds therefore, and for other purposes.

6 July 2011 - PamCham bent to boost countryside economy

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (PamCham) tourism committee have agreed to organize and support tour packages that will showcase Pampanga as a tourist destination.

The agreement was made during the group's meeting Wednesday, when tourism committee director Malou Garbes of MBG Realty and chairperson Abby Tuazon of Lakeshore, along with members Mark Navarro, Cherry Tan of Apag Marangle Restaurant and Ana Marie Castro of Castro's Travel Solutions, committed to put together an itinerary for an initial rolling tour of existing and potential tour sites in Pampanga.

6 July 2011 - Cops nab 8 wanted persons

MABALACAT -- The town police arrested eight wanted persons involved in different cases, including frustrated homicide, robbery with violence and intimidation against person, and estafa, among others.

The arrested suspects include Gilbert Manlavi for frustrated murder; Flor Maura Del Mundo for estafa; Maria May Bondoc for violation of Republic Act 8262; Wilfredo Dan, Dante David and Romulo Ramirez for robbery; Richard Danganan for theft; and Marissa Sarmiento for usurpation of authority.

6 July 2011 - Clark hosts PALS 2nd leg paintball competition

CLARK FREEPORT -- More than 20 local and international teams will compete in the upcoming second leg of PALS paintball competition slated on July 8 to 10 at the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) parade grounds here.

Noemi Garcia, CDC tourism promotions office manager, said at least eight teams from Asia, including top paintball shooters from the United States, Iran, and Iraq, will compete during the three-day competition organized by the United Paintballers of the Philippines.

5 July 2011 - Cops told to hunt down LBC rob suspects

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales directed the town police Tuesday to conduct a hot pursuit operation against three suspects behind a broad daylight robbery at an LBC money transfer branch here.

Morales ordered the local police, headed by Superintendent Rodney Raymond Louie Baloyo IV, to investigate the incident at the said establishment situated at Barangay Poblacion here.

5 July 2011 - Canadian stabbed by Pinay girlfriend

ANGELES CITY -- A Canadian national was reportedly stabbed by his Filipina girlfriend on Tuesday.

John Mourice Pasnac, 53, of F-7 Nile Street, Barangay Anunas, Angeles City, was found by neighbors sprawled inside his apartment with four stab wounds.

5 July 2011 - Agri office bats for P50-M seed assistance for farmers

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) has allocated P50 million as seed assistance to palay farmers affected by the recent flooding in Central Luzon.

DA Regional Director Andrew Villacorta said the funding now only awaits the approval of the DA secretary.

5 July 2011 - Guv to prioritize flood protection to attract investors

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said her administration will prioritize the protection of properties and lives through a sound flood control system to continuously attract small and big-time investors.

The Provincial Information Office (PIO) quoted the governor as saying, "I will spend our budget in infrastructure more on the prevention of floods. How can you ask for more investors to come or stay when there is frequent flooding?"

5 July 2011 - Clark corporation disposes busted fluorescent lamps

CLARK FREEPORT -- More than 5,000 busted fluorescent lamps (BFLs) were safely disposed here following a joint effort between the Clark Development Corporation (CDC), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Environmental Management Bureau, and the Environmental Practitioners Association.

Mariz Mandocdo, CDC Assistant vice president for Permits, Licensing, and Monitoring Department, said this concluded the corporation's celebration of Environment Month last June.

4 July 2011 - Capitol set to buy equipment vs floods

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government is set to purchase a heavy equipment to be used for anti-flooding measures, specifically for repair and rehabilitation of damaged dikes and protective infrastructure.

Provincial Information Officer Joel Mapiles said Governor Lilia Pineda, after finding out that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional office has no budget for the repair of three breached dikes in the wake of Tropical Storm "Falcon" recently, will tap into the P70-million calamity fund to procure the necessary equipment.

4 July 2011 - Robin Padilla's bro nabbed in Clark bar

CLARK FREEPORT -- An older brother of popular action star Robin Padilla was arrested by joint elements of the Angeles City and Clark police after allegedly mauling his wife inside a bar here at dawn Monday.

Chief Inspector Luisito Tan, Angeles City Police Station 4 chief, said Royette Padilla was seen beating a woman who turned out to be the latter's wife identified as Jane, 39.

4 July 2011 - Angeles City launches breastfeeding program

ANGELES CITY -- In line with the celebration of the Nutrition Month this July, the City Nutrition Office (CNO) here has launched a breastfeeding program and other advocacy activities.

The event started with a float parade participated in by daycare students in different barangays of the city.

4 July 2011 - Lawmaker wants agencies to submit plans, programs to Capitol

PAMPANGA -- Fourth district Board Member Ricardo Yabut filed Monday a resolution seeking agencies to submit to Capitol their ongoing and future plans and projects.

Yabut said the measure will help the Provincial Government in pinpointing overlapping programs, plans and projects, particularly those geared in flood mitigation.

4 July 2011 - Bankers' group has new set of officials

PAMPANGA -- The new set of officials of the Pampanga Federation of Rural Banks (PFRB) took their oath of office over the weekend.

The new set officers are as follows: president Ronald Joseph Fernandez; assistant to the president Evangeline Chua; vice-president Conception Vergara; secretary Francis Nunga III; treasurer Dante Lintag; auditor Rubina Maglangque; and public relations officer Ruby Carlos.

3 July 2011 - Circulating paper money devalued by 2013

ANGELES CITY -- Paper money in circulation will be devalued two years from now, a top official of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)-Pampanga said over the weekend.

BSP-Pampanga manager Tomas Carino has encouraged the public to start spending current paper bills they have or exchange them for new bills in the banks.

2 July 2011 - Honest trike driver returns cellphone

ANGELES CITY -- A tricycle driver from Diamond Subdivision recently turned over an expensive mobile phone to its owner.

Ronaldo Tiotuico, Department of Tourism Central Luzon director, lauded the driver Salvador "Buddy" Dizon III, of Barangay Claro M. Recto here, for turning over the cellphone owned by Venky Venkatesan, and Indian national working as program manager at Sutherland call center in Clark Freeport.

2 July 2011 - Raid scare at Geckos Bar

ANGELES CITY -- A man in civilian cloth claiming to a member of an undercover NBI Raid Team caused some confusion and scare last night at Geckos Bar.

He was later arrested by a Police team from Station 4.

1 July 2011 - 2 men arrested in shabu lab raid

PAMPANGA -- Two men, including a Chinese national, were arrested Wednesday in a raid at a suspected kitchen-type shabu laboratory in Sta. Monica village in Sta. Rita town.

Armed with a search warrant issued by a local court, operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) swooped down a two-storey house located near the Sta. Rita village hall.

1 July 2011 - 2 corporations to work 'hand-in-hand'

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Felipe Antonio Remollo on Friday said the state-owned corporation will work hand-in-hand with Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) in accomplishing the programs for the Freeport.

Remollo, in a press conference at the Mimosa Convention Center here, said one of the visions of the CDC is to make Clark as a premier destination for leisure and sports not only in the country but in the entire Asia Pacific Region as well.

1 July 2011 - Pamintuan bares 1-year accomplishments

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan bared the City Government's various accomplishments during his first year in office as chief executive officer here.

Pamintuan started with health care programs, including the opening of a dialysis center at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Hospital or Ospital Ning Angeles.