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Balibago News Sep-2011

30 Sep 2011 - Prices of basic goods 'stable'

ANGELES CITY -- Officials from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Luzon assured consumers that prices of basic commodities remain stable.

Despite the onslaught of Typhoon "Pedring" (international codename: Nesat), the DTI said basic goods like canned sardines and milk are within the suggested retail prices (SRP).

30 Sep 2011 - Lawmaker promotes bicycle use

ANGELES CITY -- The high cost of oil products prompted Representative Carmelo Lazatin (Pampanga) to encourage and promote the use of bicycle.

"There is a serious need to find alternative modes of transportation and one is the use of bicycle now that oil prices are spiraling," said Lazatin in his House Bill 5335, entitled "Bicycle Use Act of 2011" and filed on September 26, 2011.

30 Sep 2011 - Social Welfare office assists typhoon victims

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Central Luzon continues to assist victims of Typhoon Pedring (international codename: Nesat), which battered the region on Tuesday.

The assistance is in support of the local government units (LGUs) that were adversely affected by the typhoon, said DSWD Regional Director Adelina Apostol.

30 Sep 2011 - Guv to call emergency meeting with village execs

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said Friday that she is planning to call an emergency meeting with officials of the flood-affected barangays in Pampanga to come up with a coordinated effort on disaster response.

This came after Pineda personally inspected the situation of the families who were displaced due to overflowing of Pampanga River.

30 Sep 2011 - Lawmaker pushes subsidy for PWDs' SSS, PhilHealth

ANGELES CITY -- Representative Carmelo Lazatin (Pampanga) has filed a bill granting self-employed persons with disability (PWD) 100 percent subsidy for Social Security System (SSS) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) for one year upon registration.

Lazatin said that this way, the welfare and health of PWDs are being looked upon and protected by the government, helping them live a normal and productive life.

30 Sep 2011 - Angelenos aware of green issues: group

ANGELES CITY -- A member of an environmentalist group here said Friday that the Angelenos are now aware of the consequences of throwing garbage in the rivers and creeks.

Louie Reyes, head of the Green Youth Brigade, said indiscriminate dumping of waste destroys the ecological system.

30 Sep 2011 - Damaged dikes threaten residents

PAMPANGA -- Families in several towns in the Fourth District have expressed fear that the dikes and slope protections in their areas might collapse.

The dikes were heavily damaged due to the water’s strong current during the onslaught of Typhoon Pedring.

30 Sep 2011 - ‘Pedring’ destroys P90 million worth of rice

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Jerry Pelayo of San Fernando said on Thursday that Typhoon Pedring (international name Nesat) destroyed an estimated P90 million worth of ready-to-harvest palay (rice) across thousands of hectares of farmlands as they were lashed by strong winds and heavy rains across Central Luzon.

“Our farmers were ready to harvest the palay in one week, but after “Pedring”, it is all lost now. It is worth about P90 million,” Pelayo said.

30 Sep 2011 - Clark firm, gas company seal $50-million pact for air separation plant

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has forged a $50-million pact for an air separation plant with Ingasco, a Japanese gas company.

During a recent trip to Japan, President Benigno Aquino III witnessed the signing of a reservation agreement and term sheet between Ingasco and CDC officials.

30 Sep 2011 - City opens satellite office

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government has formally opened its satellite office at a shopping mall in Barangay Balibago early this week.

The satellite office at the Robinson's Place will likewise issue business permits, birth certificates and similar documents.

30 Sep 2011 - Tourism office to hold North Philippines expo

ANGELES CITY -- Department of Tourism (DOT) regional offices in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Cagayan Valley Region, Ilocos and Pangasinan and Central Luzon are set to stage a grand exposition on November 11 to 13 this year.

DOT Central Luzon director Ronnie P. Tiotuico said the event would attract more tourists and ensure North Luzon’s share in the country’s growing foreign arrivals, which posted an 11.83 percent increase to 2.3 million in the first seven months of 2011 from 2.04 million in the same period last year.

30 Sep 2011 - Central Luzon businesses join expo

ANGELES CITY -- A total of 24 Central Luzon-based Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) joined the One Town, One Product (Otop) National Expo in Mandaluyong City.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Information Officer Wilfred Carbonell said that the September 21 to 25 bazaar was held at the Trade Halls 1 and 2 of SM Megamall.

29 Sep 2011 - Damaged dikes threaten residents

PAMPANGA -- Families in several towns in the Fourth District have expressed fear that the dikes and slope protections in their areas might collapse.

The dikes were heavily damaged due to the water’s strong current during the onslaught of Typhoon Pedring.

28 Sep 2011 - Pedring kills 7

PAMPANGA -- Tropical Storm Pedring claimed the lives of seven and left three individuals missing in separate incidents in Central Luzon.

According to reports gathered by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Central Luzon, the seven fatalities are from the provinces of Pampanga, Zambales and Bulacan.

28 Sep 2011 - Yokohama receives environment award

ANGELES CITY -- Yokohama Tire Philippines, Inc. (YTPI) received the EcoSWITCH Award for successfully implementing environmental programs.

The award is in line with the EcoSWITCH Club Program 2010-2011 by the Green Philippines Islands of Sustainability (GPIS).

28 Sep 2011 - Pamintuan: ‘Pedring’ spares city

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan reported Wednesday Typhoon Pedring spared the city’s vital infrastructure like roads and bridges.

He said except for some affected families, the city was in an orderly state despite Pedring’s strong winds and heavy rains, which inflicted serious damages to other Pampanga towns.

28 Sep 2011 - Groups vow support for Angeles creek cleanup

ANGELES CITY -- Various sectors here vowed to support the call of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan to clear the Sapang Balen creek and other waterways in the city of garbage.

Government agencies and non-government organizations pledged their support during a general assembly on Monday at the Angeles City Library Function hall, which was spearheaded by the City Government.

28 Sep 2011 - Lift Balibago one-way traffic scheme

ANGELES CITY -- The one-way traffic scheme along Gueco Avenue at the commercial district of Barangay Balibago is scheduled to be lifted next month.

This was learned from Balibago chair Rodelio “Tony” Mamac, who said that city officials including Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan already agreed that the busy road will be placed back to two-way traffic.

28 Sep 2011 - Hotel developer plans to put up project in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- A famous hotel firm operating in the province of Batangas is planning to duplicate the success of their tourism-related business from Calabarzon inside this Freeport.

In the accomplishment report of CDC President Felipe Antonio B. Remollo, it said that the state-owned firm is currently evaluating the project of Fino Property Ventures Inc. (FPVI).

28 Sep 2011 - Dole-Central Luzon best performing regional office

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Central Luzon was lauded as the best performing Department of Labor and Employment regional office by the agency’s national desk.

The best performing award was under the Dole Lingkod Manggagawa award group category.

27 Sep 2011 - Tourist caught smoking Marijuana

ANGELES City -- Leslie Donel Benning,a 56-year-old American tourist was arrested and charged over the weekend when he was caught red-handed while smoking marijuana along Fields Avenue in Bgy. Balibago here.

The suspect was first noticed by village watchmen who smelled the marijuana he was allegedly smoking at around 1:50 a.m. on Fields Avenue.

27 Sep 2011 - Angeles university to host ADHD regional forum

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation (AUF) is hosting the 2nd Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Regional Conference on September 30.

AUF president Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles said city officials led by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan will grace the event that will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the AUF St. Cecilia’s Auditorium.

27 Sep 2011 - Salisi Gang victimizes Japanese tourist

ANGELES CITY -- Suspected members of the so-called Salisi Gang, a notorious snatching syndicate, has victimized a Japanese national.

The suspects took from the possession of Ito Yushifumi, 58, a bag containing P50,000, US$100, Y40,000, and 2,000 Thai Baht; 11 pieces of passports; credit cards; two cellphones; digital camera; and other valuables.

27 Sep 2011 - Search for outstanding Kapampangans start

PAMPANGA -- The search for the Most Outstanding Kapampangans Awards (Moka) officially reeled off Monday.

Vice Governor Joseller Guiao announced this Tuesday, as he met with this year’s Moka executive committee met at the Provincial Board (PB) Session Hall to look into details of the prestigious awards accorded to Kapampangans who are distinguished in their fields.

26 Sep 2011 - Firm earmarks P10M for sports-related projects

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is set to earmark P10 million for the construction of various sports-related facilities in this Freeport.

Included in this year’s proposed projects is the construction of a grandstand, bleachers, barricade, backstop, football goals, and other related site developments.

26 Sep 2011 - Capitol to release P1M in loans to coops

Governor Lilia Pineda will distribute this week some P1,035,000 in livelihood loans as part of her “Negosyu King Panyulung Program” (NPP) for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Committee on Trade and Industry Chairperson Monina Laus said the assistance will greatly help cooperatives, associations and even small independent entrepreneurs get start-up capital to improve their businesses.

26 Sep 2011 - Foundation distributes 100 wheelchairs to beneficiaries

The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) distributed over the weekend some 100 wheelchairs to indigent beneficiaries at the Social Action Center of Pampanga (Sacop).

Operation Blessing executive director Dr. Pascual Kim was guest of honor during the event.

25 Sep 2011 - Gunmen burn 12 Victory Liner buses in Tarlac

PAMPANGA -- Armed men, believed to be members of the New People's Army (NPA), burned 12 Victory Liner buses in Capas town, Tarlac Sunday night

Capas police chief Felix Verbo said the seven suspects attacked the Victory Liner bus terminal in Barangay Estrada around 8 p.m.

25 Sep 2011 - Senator optimistic on Mabalacat cityhood bill

MABALACAT -- Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is confident that the cityhood of Mabalacat town will be approved.

. Marcos, who chairs the committee on local government, reportedly told Dau village chief Marino Morales that the proposed cityhood bill of Mabalacat or the House Bill 2509/4736 will most likely be approved because the town is already ripe for cityhood.

25 Sep 2011 - 5 nabbed in separate drug busts

PAMPANGA -- Police operatives here arrested drug suspects in two separate buy-bust operations over the weekend

. Porac Municipal Police Station chief Neil Oligario Miro said the arrested suspects were Marlon Pineda, 34, of Phase 3 Balik Barangay Manibaug Pasig; Robert Maniacup, 43, of Barangay Bulaon in the City of San Fernando; Edmar Sicat, 29 and Ronald Gamboa, both residents of Purok Babo Pangulo here.

25 Sep 2011 - Luciano supports Market-Market in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano has expressed support over the Market-Market project of the Provincial Government inside the Clark aviation complex.

Luciano at the same time lauded Governor Lilia Pineda for allotting some P10 million to fund the development of the area, which will become a venue for the promotion of Kapampangan products and delicacies.

25 Sep 2011 - LTO-AC conducts big clean-up, sorting day

ANGELES CITY -- The Land Transportation Office (LTO) in this city over the weekend conducted its “big clean up and sorting day” in compliance to the requirements stipulated in its ISO certification.

According to LTO-Angeles City chief Aida Santiago, the clean up and sorting day is done twice a year -- once every semester -- to keep a clean and healthy workplace as mandated in its quality workplace system and the 5S.

24 Sep 2011 - Lazatin bats for free annual physical exam for elderly

ANGELES CITY -- Representative Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin (1st District, Pampanga) is pushing for a law in Congress, which will give senior citizens free and mandatory annual physical examination, including vital laboratory examinations.

“Majority of our senior citizens need regular annual physical examination that most of them cannot afford due to the fact that they are retired employees or indigents,” Lazatin said in his proposed bill filed on September 13, 2011.

24 Sep 2011 - New airport official bares plans for facility

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- Newly-appointed Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Director, former Capas mayor Reynaldo Catacutan, was appointed Vice-President for Airport Operations Management.

Catacutan, a three-term mayor of Capas and former board member of the Province of Tarlac, was appointed to the post last August 31, 2011, during the 8th Special Meeting of the CIAC Board of Directors in the Clark Freeport Zone.

22 Sep 2011 - Angeles City launches Fiestang Kuliat 2011

ANGELES CITY -- With its theme “Sulagpo Ta Na!”, Fiestang Kuliat 2011 will kick off Friday at the Activity Center of Marquee Mall, Pulung Maragul, this city.

This year’s Fiestang Kuliat will start off in a grand fashion via an explosive three-fold event.

22 Sep 2011 - Bacani: ‘I am better choice than Guiao’

MABALACAT -- A former first district congressional candidate vowed to run again in 2013, stressing he is a “far better” choice than Vice Governor Joseller Guiao.

Luisito Bacani of Angeles City said Guiao had “not performed well” as vice governor, adding “the coach was always not around for the people.”

22 Sep 2011 - Students to join anti-budget cut protest

PAMPANGA -- Students from various State Colleges and Universities (SUCs) in Central Luzon (CL) will join Friday’s region-wide protests against cut in the education sector’s budget for 2012.

In a media advisory of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines(CEGP)-Central Luzon, students from Pampanga, Bataan, Bulacan, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Zambales and all the way to Pangasinan province are expected to host various protest actions.

22 Sep 2011 - Include Clark in Lakbay Aral

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Felipe Antonio Remollo urged mayors under the Island Cluster of Mindanao to include Clark in their respective “Lakbay Aral” programs.

Remollo issued his message to the town officials during the two-day conference of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines at the Hotel Stotsenberg inside the Freeport zone.

21 Sep 2011 - 2 teens in mall shooting die

PAMPANGA -- The two boys involved in a shooting incident inside the SM Pampanga mall on Tuesday were pronounced dead Wednesday, according to television reports.

The 16-year-old victim died late Wednesday night few hours after doctors removed the life support tube from the 13-year-old suspect upon the consent of his family.

21 Sep 2011 - Travel group eyes development of Clark, North Luzon tourism

CLARK FREEPORT – At least 150 travel agencies from across the country will gather here on September 23 in a bid to boost the tourism potential of the Clark Freeport and other travel destinations north of Luzon.

Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Felipe Antonio B. Remollo said the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (Naitas) will be holding its General Membership and Business Meeting (GMBM) on Friday at the Hilltop Restaurant inside the Mimosa Leisure Estate here.

21 Sep 2011 - Malls urged for strict security measures

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government asked malls in the city to institute strict security measures after at least two separate shooting incidents inside shopping malls happened recently.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan directed the city police to conduct refresher seminars and trainings on security agencies and their personnel within the city.

21 Sep 2011 - University Repertory to stage ‘Rizal - Recuerdos de Amor’

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation Repertory Theater (AUF Repertory), under the leadership of seasoned actor and director Professor Emeritus Tony Mabesa, is staging “Rizal - Recuerdos de Amor.”

AUF president Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles said this is in line with the celebration of Dr. Jose Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary.

21 Sep 2011 - Residents upset over aborted hospital plan

PAMPANGA -- The residents from Candaba East were saddened with the result of a recent dialogue between officials of this municipality and Provincial Government involving the impending withdrawal of the plan to construct a district hospital here.

This came as Vice Mayor Daniel Gallardo said on Tuesday that the Provincial Government is temporarily withdrawing its plan to construct a public hospital in the East Plaza of the Tagalog Region of Candaba town.

21 Sep 2011 - Water district to reach rural areas

MABALACAT -- The newly-installed president of the Central Luzon Association of Water Districts (CLAWD) vowed to implement programs to provide water supply to rural areas in Central Luzon.

CLAWD president Francis Dimaliwat, general manager of the Mabalacat Water District, said it is the thrust of his administration to make the regional water district association strong and focused on improving the delivery of potable, adequate and affordable drinking water to consumers.

21 Sep 2011 - 5 dead, 7 hurt in Tarlac grenade blast

PAMPANGA -- Five people died were killed while seven others were injured after a grenade explosion inside a videoke bar in La Paz town, Tarlac Tuesday night.

The explosion happened around 8:20 p.m. at Elisa Videoke Bar in Barangay San Isidro, Lapaz; the fatalities were identified as Maria Theresa Labagala, Rebecca Pineda, Ronaldson Abello, Edwin Bernardo, and a certain Kim.

20 Sep 2011 - Pampanga Market-Market to rise soon in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has announced the establishment of the “Pampanga Market-Market” inside this Freeport.

The market will be a venue for the promotion of products or services that is unique to every town of Pampanga.

20 Sep 2011 - Power firm donates street lights

PAMPANGA -- The San Fernando Electric Light and Power Company Inc. (Sfelapco) donated Monday some 50 street lights to the City Government as part of its corporate social responsibility program.

The lights were formally turned over to Mayor Oscar Rodriguez Monday by officers of Sfelapco at the Heroes Hall here.

20 Sep 2011 - Military command supports smoke-free Tarlac City

PAMPANGA -- At least 150 soldiers from the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) and its line units manifested their full support to the City Government on its Smoke-Free and Healthy Tarlac City campaign launching on Monday.

Major General Jessie Dellosa, Nolcom commander, is a certified health buff and non-smoker; hence, the invitation sent by Mayor Gelacio Manalang was readily accepted.

19 Sep 2011 - Steel firm to invest P72M in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- A steel manufacturing firm is set to construct a P72-million plant in this Freeport.

City Development Council president Felipe Antonio B. Remollo said AT Steel Co., Inc. will require an initial 70 personnel for its operations in Clark, which include importation and supply and distribution of steel sheets/coils and structural steel products (beams, plates, channels, angels).

19 Sep 2011 - Mayor reiterates call on creek cleanup

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Monday reiterated his call for the massive cleanup of the Sapang Balen creek in this city.

The mayor urged Angeleños to join him in his effort to clean up the creek from effluent and other pollutants.

19 Sep 2011 - Transportation office vows to help truckers on overloading

PAMPANGA -- Land Transportation Office (LTO)-Central Luzzon director Oliver Macaspac vowed to assist truckers and haulers about their concerns on overloading.

During a dialogue after the dry run of portable weighing scales at Capitol over the weekend, quarry stakeholders led by the Pampanga Truck Owners Association and Capitol executives raised the issue on what to follow in weighing, like using gross vehicle weight or the per axle load system.

19 Sep 2011 - Teen shoots pal, self inside mall

PAMPANGA -- Two teenagers are now in critical condition after one of them, a 13-year-old lad, shot his friend and then himself inside the SM City Pampanga’s Building 3 Tuesday afternoon.

They were immediately taken to the San Fernandino Hospital in Barangay Dolores here for treatment.

19 Sep 2011 - Top man in Subic steps down

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Administrator (SBMA) Armand Arreza formally bid farewell to some 3,000 SBMA employees during their regular flag-raising ceremony.

In his speech, Arreza said, “I consider myself privilege to have serve Subic. I am humbled to thank you for all the support you have given me.”

18 Sep 2011 - Mabalacat cops nab notorious carnapper

MABALACAT -- The town police recently arrested a 38-year-old man who was involved in several cases of carnapping and robbery in this town and other parts of Pampanga and Tarlac.

The suspect - Nelson Dizon Pamintuan, 38, married, jobless, of Phase 1 Sapang Biabas Resettlement Center - was arrested at his residence in Barangay Sapang Biabas by a team of policemen led by PO2 Dennis J Dela Cruz.

18 Sep 2011 - PhilHealth issues new IDs

PAMPANGA -- Starting Monday, members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) from Luzon can update their membership to avail of new identification cards (IDs).

The IDs will enable them to get discounts on medicines, medical supplies, vaccination, hemodialysis, and drug testing.

18 Sep 2011 - PIO marks first year today

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Information office (PIO) of Pampanga is marking its first anniversary Monday with a simple but relevant gathering for local media friends.

In an exclusive interview with veteran journalist and broadcaster Joel Mapiles, he said the initial year of the yet-to-be institutionalized unit of the Provincial Government was fruitful.

17 Sep 2011 - Mall hosts Korean Fest 2011

CLARK FREEPORT -- SM City Clark hosted this year’s Korean Fest 2011 with a Korean Singing competition highlighting the influence of Korean popular culture to Kapampangans.

SM City Clark Public Relations Officer Venus Manalang said the event aims to show the influence of Korean culture among the Kapampangan youth and its contribution to current popular culture.

17 Sep 2011 - Cops nabs man selling illegal drugs

PAMPANGA -- Police nabs a 44-year-old man in the act selling suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as “shabu”, during a buy-bust operation in Porac over the weekend.

Suspect Reynado Tadeo was arrested by officers of the Porac Municipal Police Station (MPS) led by Porac Police Chief Neil Oligario Miro.

17 Sep 2011 - 4 Kapampangan beauties in Ms. World Philippines tilt

ANGELES CITY -- Kapampangans here are optimistic that the four Kapampangan in this year’s Miss Word Philippines pageant will be at the top spots in the Coronation Night on Sunday at the Philippine International Convention Center Plenary Hall.

Making it into the 25 finalists of the competition are Kapampangans Helen Nicolette Henson from the City of San Fernando, Loucelle de Jesus and Princess Tiffany Carbungco of Angeles City and Juliann Savard of Mabalacat.

15 Sep 2011 - New Raids in Balibago

ANGELES CITY -- Last night Dirty Duck, Crystal Palace and Dollhouse Bar got raided and employees loaded on Busses.

No further details known at this point.

15 Sep 2011 - 2 killed in road accident

PAMPANGA -- Allan Herrera and passenger Daryl Pedroche, were onboard their motorcycle along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Mabiga, Mabalacat, Pampanga when Herrera tried to overtake 2 container vans when he lost control of the motorcycle and crashed on the opposite lane.

An incoming sports utility vehicle (SUV) then ran over the 2 victims before overturning.

15 Sep 2011 - Police charge suspects in Mabalacat bank rob

MABALACAT - The town police have filed charges against the two suspects in the Producers Bank robbery where some P400,000 in cash were stolen.

Dominic Bingcola Lapia and Jason Ampad Dangpak alias Tomas Pat-Ongay, both of Mountain Province, were charged with robbery with force upon things before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor.

15 Sep 2011 - Kapampangan advocate supports city ordinance

ANGELES CITY -- An advocate of Kapampangan arts and culture has expressed support to a city ordinance involving non-government organizations on local governance.

Robby Tantigco, executive director of the Holy Angel University (HAU) Center for Kapampangan Studies, supports City Ordinance No. 295, otherwise known as “The Empowerment Ordinance of Angeles City.”

15 Sep 2011 -

MABALACAT - The Municipal Government has bestowed a posthumous award to a village chairman here who died during an anti-drug operation conducted by the agents of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) last week.

Mayor Marino Morales led the Mabalaqueños in honoring Marcelino “Boy” Cruz, chairman of Barangay San Francisco, during the interment rites Thursday.

15 Sep 2011 - Toshiba concept store opens at SM City Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Renowned world leader in electronics and computer technology Toshiba Singapore Pte Ltd on Thursday opened its first concept store in Northern and Central Luzon at the Cyberzone of SM City Pampanga.

The move of Toshiba’s Computer Systems Division, together with computing partners Tricom Dynamics Inc. and retailer Silicon Valley, is in line with its expansion program in the Philippines.

15 Sep 2011 - Water firm allots P605M for improvements

OLONGAPO CITY - Subic Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (Subicwater), a utility firm based in Subic Freeport and Olongapo City, is keen on investing P605 million new investments to enhance its service for the next three years.

Subicwater General Manager Edna Canlas said the details of this capital investment is outlined in the firm’s three-year business plan, which was submitted late April this year to the Subic Bay Water Regulatory Board for review.

15 Sep 2011 - DTI holds Diskwento Caravan in Tarlac

PAMPANGA -- he Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Luzon will hold another round of Diskwento Caravan in Tarlac City today (September 16).

DTI Tarlac Provincial Director Agnes Ramirez said the caravan will be held at the City Plazuela from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

15 Sep 2011 - Water firm allots P605 million for improvements

OLONGAPO CITY -- Subic Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (Subicwater), a utility firm based in Subic Freeport and Olongapo City, is keen on investing P605 million to enhance its service for the next three years.

Subicwater General Manager Edna Canlas said the details of this capital investment is outlined in the firm’s three-year business plan, which was submitted late April this year to the Subic Bay Water Regulatory Board (SBWRB) for review.

14 Sep 2011 - Clark Development Corporation to initiate P2.4-B power project

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has set the construction of the P2.4 billion Phase III-B project of the Mexico-Clark dual transmission lines.

The project is expected to improve the power generation inside the Freeport, according to Lawyer Felipe Antonio Remollo, CDC president and chief executive officer.

14 Sep 2011 - Morales clarifies disputed village issue

CLARK FREEPORT -- Mayor Marino Morales has reiterated that the dispute between Mabalacat and Bamban towns in Tarlac will not affect his town’s cityhood.

Morales said that Barangay Calumpang, which sits between the boundaries of the two towns, is not included in the political map of the proposed Mabalacat City.

14 Sep 2011 - HAU to host national conference on history

ANGELES CITY -- The Holy Angel University’s (HAU) Center for Kapampangan Studies is hosting the 32nd National Conference on Local and National History, the annual conference sponsored by the Philippine National Historical Society (PNHS), on October 20-22.

This year’s conference coincides with the 70th founding anniversary of the PNHS, the oldest historical society in the country, founded in 1941 by some of the most distinguished historians at the time like Horacio de la Costa, SJ, Nicolas Zafra, Leandro Fernandez, Maximo Kalaw, Gragorio Zaide and Benito Soliven.

14 Sep 2011 - ‘Ligligan Krisotan’ taps schools in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- The Parnasong Kapampangan (PK), together with the JDN Center for Kapampangan Studies of Holy Angel University (HAU) and Angeles City Tourism Office, are teaming up for the city-based crissotan contest to all high school students in the city.

The half-day event is open to students from public and private schools in Angeles City, to be held at the Museo ning Angeles on October 4.

13 Sep 2011 - Man, partner killed in drive-by shooting

PAMPANGA -- A businessman and his live-in partner were shot to death inside their home in Barangay San Nicolas, Arayat town by still unidentified suspects.

Police said victims Ronnie Maglaqui, 36, and live-in partner Lidia Garcia, 43, died on the spot.

13 Sep 2011 - Cops identify 2 suspects in bank robbery

MABALACAT -- The town police have identified two suspects in the Producers Bank robbery where some P400,000 in cash were stolen.

Superintendent Rodney Raymond Louie J. Baloyo IV, town police chief, said the suspects, who are members of the notorious Acetylene Gang, are both from Baguio City and were identified by the bank personnel and security guard.

13 Sep 2011 - Health department urges dengue-hit areas to use OL traps

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has advised municipalities to request for ovicidal/larvicidal (OL) traps after dengue cases in Central Luzon surged to 169 percent from January to September this year compared to the same period last year.

DOH Regional Assistant Director Benito Arca said towns and cities with high cases of dengue could approach DOH offices to request for free OL traps.

13 Sep 2011 - Power coop consumers protection group formed

PAMPANGA -- Several consumer-members of Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative (Pelco 1) in Candaba have joined arms following the launching of a consumers' group to protect their interest against abuse, unjust power rate increase and other negligence that lead to additional financial burden.

The group was called Pelco 1 Consumers Protection Group (PCPG) with an office address at Tierra Village in the said barangay.

13 Sep 2011 - AUF MedTech examinees get 93.33% in licensure test

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation (AUF) BS Medical Technology Batch 2011 obtained a 93.33 percent aggregate passing rate in the September 2011 Licensure Examination.

AUF President Lawyer Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles said that according to the Professional Regulation Commission, AUF’s over-all passing rate, to include takers from previous batches, is 80 percent versus the national passing rate of 75.84 percent.

13 Sep 2011 - Agreement on Aeta lands in Subic signed

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- The long-awaited agreement for the joint development and management of Aeta ancestral lands in this Freeport was forged at last at the Aeta Pastolan village here over the weekend.

In a simple but historic event, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Administrator Armand Arreza, Pastolan Tribal Council (PTC) chieftain Conrado Frenilla, and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Chairperson Zenaida Brigida Hamada-Pawid signed the Joint Management Agreement (JMA) in front of teary-eyed but joyous residents of the Aeta community.

12 Sep 2011 - City awards top school teacher

ANGELES CITY — Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Monday formally awarded and commended public elementary school teacher Marcela Jingco, who was proclaimed as the Most Outstanding Teacher of the Metrobank Foundation for 2011.

“I congratulate Jingco for landing in the top 10 and even being chosen the most outstanding among them. Truly, this shows that our school teachers are one with the goal of the city in promoting quality education with no prejudice to rank or social stature,” Pamintuan said during the flag-raising rites.

12 Sep 2011 - Gang takes P400,000 from Mabalacat bank

MABALACAT -- Suspected members of the notorious “Acetylene Gang” were able to cart away some P400,000 in cash from the Producers Bank situated at the commercial district of Barangay Dau here at Monday dawn.

Investigations revealed that over the weekend, an undetermined number of individuals made a hole from a drainage leading to the bank.

12 Sep 2011 - P170-M Arayat-Apalit dike works underway

PAMPANGA -- After a seven-year wait, it’s all systems go for the asphalting of a portion of the 26-kilometer Arayat-Apalit setback levee, considered one of the biggest road improvement projects not only in Pampanga but in Central Luzon.

Representative Anna York P. Bondoc-Sagum (Pampanga, 4th district), who worked for the release of subsidy from the National Government’s general appropriations funds, met over the weekend with barangay chairmen of Pasig, Lanang , Mandasig, Bambang and Pansinaw to announce the start of the project.

12 Sep 2011 - CDC resolves 67% of Clark’s labor issues

CLARK FREEPORT - Some 67 percent of labor-related issues here have been resolved during the first semester of the year.

The good working relationship between the Clark Development Corporation and the Clark locators resulted to the settlement of labor cases here.

12 Sep 2011 - DSWD to include 700,000 more families in 4Ps

CLARK FREEPORT -- Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman announced that 700,000 more poor Filipinos will be covered by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), most of whom will come from tribes.

During the recent National Forum on Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) at Clark Freeport, Soliman said the government is debilitated in including indigenous groups in the country under the poverty-reduction program because the natives “do not rely on” the team of enumerators visiting their tribes.

12 Sep 2011 - Two arrested in buy-bust

MABALACAT -- Police arrested two men over the weekend for selling illegal drugs.

Alfie Bondoc, 27 and Michael Jomar Marvilla, 21, both residents of Barangay Balibago, were nabbed during an anti-illegal drug operation conducted by Intel Operatives of Mabalacat police station.

11 Sep 2011 - Angeles City holds cleanup drive vs dengue

ANGELES CITY - Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Sunday led a simultaneous cleanup drive in the city’s 33 barangays aimed at wiping out dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

Armed with broomsticks, dustbins and sacks, barangay and school officials and residents have joined together to clean up their respective barangays.

11 Sep 2011 - Village chief denies traders' accusations

ANGELES CITY -- Balibago village chairman Rodelio "Tony" Mamac has denied the accusations of unlawful arrest, arbitrary detention, grave threat, and abuse of authority hurled against him by a karaoke owner and his employees.

Mamac said that on August 2, he sent his men to the Tol’s Masaki Karaoke Pub for an inspection in line with the enforcement of Barangay Ordinance Number 06-11, an ordinance establishing the Barangay Balibago Social Hygiene Clinic.

10 Sep 2011 - Green group to conduct mosquito trap seminar

ANGELES CITY -- An environmentalist group is set to conduct a workshop on how to make a mosquito trap on September 16 at the clubhouse of Heritage Place Subdivision Phase 2 in Barangay Cutcut here.

Louie Reyes, leader of the Green Youth Brigade, said they dubbed the information drive as “Mosquito Trap: Learn to Defend Yourself.”

10 Sep 2011 - Bike ride marks RP-US military bases deal rejection

ANGELES CITY -- Anti-bases veterans, activists, environmentalists and cycling clubs started a three-day bike ride in commemoration of the Philippine Senate's rejection of the RP-US Military Bases Agreement in 1991.

Over a hundred cyclists, who joined the bike ride, left Manila Friday as a way to commemorate the Senate’s rejection of RP-US Military Bases Agreement 20 years ago on September 16, 1991.

9 Sep 2011 - Village chief dies in drug operation

MABALACAT --- A village chairman in this town died during an anti-drug operation conducted by the agents of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Barangay Poblacion here on Thursday.

Marcelino Cruz, chairman of Barangay San Francisco, succumbed to cardiac arrest at around 2:30 p.m. the other day while he and other PDEA agents were pursuing suspected drug pushers led by Gerald Bondoc.

9 Sep 2011 - Capitol to support farmers needs on food production

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda disclosed on Thursday that Capitol is very much ready and capable to provide the needs of Kapampangan farmers on boosting local food production via farm mechanization and modernization.

During the Irrigators and Farmers Association Meeting attended by hundreds of farmers, agricultural cooperative leaders and officials of the Department of Agriculture, Agrarian Reform, National Irrigation Administration, National Food Administration and Department of Public Works and Highways at Max’s Restaurant in Villa Del Sol, this city, the governor’s revelation was met with delight, cheers and laud applause.

9 Sep 2011 - Bizman wants review of tenure bills

PAMPANGA -- Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) vice chair Rene Romero is calling government leaders to review the implications of the pending tenure bills in Congress to the business sector.

Romero said that there is a need to review House Bill 4863 – a consolidation of eight Security of Tenure Bills, Senate Bill No. 858 – “Security of Tenure Act of 2011” and House Bill 375 – “P125 Across-the-Board Daily Wage Increase.”

9 Sep 2011 - City gov’t partners with NGOs

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has signed an ordinance that would initiate a system of partnership between the city government and non-government organizations for local governance.

City Ordinance No. 295, otherwise known as “The Empowerment Ordinance of Angeles City,” will institute reforms in the city government structure wherein people can directly participate in local governance.

9 Sep 2011 - CDC renews contract with ‘Nayong Pilipino’ in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Felipe Antonio B. Remollo has signed the renewal of contract of the Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF).

With the signing of the contract renewal, Nayong Pilipino will become more vibrant and attractive to tourists and guests in the coming months.

9 Sep 2011 - Export volume in Clark reaches US $1-B

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) announced that the total exports volume inside the Freeport during the first semester of 2011 has reached US$ 1 billion.

CDC President Felipe Antonio B. Remollo said the trend is expected to accelerate in the last two quarters and last year’s US$ 1.453 billion export figure will be surpassed.

8 Sep 2011 - Province allots P100M for education

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga is allocating more than P100 million for the development and improvement of various public schools in the province.

Governor Lilia Pineda said that with the approval of the Provincial Board, she has given local chief executives of all the municipalities in Pampanga P4 million each to start the construction and repair of dilapidated classrooms.

8 Sep 2011 - Tourism department exec lauds park’s project for kids

CLARK FREEPORT -- Department of Tourism (DOT) Central Luzon director Ronnie Tiotuico has lauded the Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks in Clark for implementing programs for children with disabilities.

Tiotuico said the firm will join corporate giants in the travel and tourism industry that shares joy and charity to children with special needs (CSN) who are in dire need of special attention in society.

8 Sep 2011 - Businessman wants closer review of tenure bills

PAMPANGA -- Businessman and Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) vice chairman Rene Romero is calling government leaders to review closely the implications of the pending tenure bills in Congress to the business sector of the country.

Romero on Thursday said there is a need to review House Bill 4863 – a consolidation of eight Security of Tenure Bills; Senate Bill No. 858 – “Security of Tenure Act of 2011;” and House Bill 375 – “P125 Across-the-Board Daily Wage Increase.”

8 Sep 2011 - Dengue symposium conducted

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has conducted a symposium about the dreaded dengue virus.

Representatives from the 56 locators inside the Freeport joined the Dengue Awareness and Updates Forum held Wednesday at the Clark Museum.

8 Sep 2011 - Subic Freeport joins Philippine Travel Mart

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Tourism establishments in the Subic Bay Freeport, led by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Tourism Department, again joined this year’s Philippine Travel Mart.

The event gives a taste of what tourists could expect when visiting this popular port and tourism destination.

7 Sep 2011 - Power firms deny rates overpricing

Officials of the three power firms on Wednesday denied the alleged millions of pesos in “undisclosed over collection.”

National Association of Electricity Consumers for Reforms Inc. (Nasecore) president Pete Ilagan on Tuesday presented to executives of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (Pamcham) and media, statistics and letters to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) of power firms with over collections from 2004 to 2008, contrary to their respective approved annual revenue requirements.

7 Sep 2011 - State-owned firm posts P1.6-B investments

CLARK FREEOPORT -- Some 22 new projects and 27 business renewals here have posted over P1.6 billion in investments and close to 500 additional employment opportunities within the next five years.

Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Felipe Antonio B. Remollo said these are his accomplishments since he assumed as president and chief executive officer of the state-owned firm.

7 Sep 2011 - Healthy ways vs lifestyle diseases highlighted

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) here is calling on Kapampangans to observe healthy lifestyle practices to avoid acquiring dreaded lifestyle diseases.

DOH regional director Rio Magpanatay said that starting early on healthy practices will greatly reduce the possibility of acquiring degenerative diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, and even cancer.

7 Sep 2011 - New Tavern Bar and Music Lounge opens

ANGELES CITY -- With the soon to be completed first class Condotel here, the Grand View Tower has launched over the weekend the Tavern Bar and Music Lounge as another alternative gimmick area for local and foreign nationals who longs for world class entertainment.

“The Tavern is an upscale bar and music lounge in the heart of the city where one can just relax and unwind with its soothing ambiance, delectable cuisine and refreshing beverages,” Arnel Torres, owner of the bar and music lounge, said.

7 Sep 2011 - ‘Radyo Kapitolyo’ to hit airwaves soon

PAMPANGA -- Very soon, Kapampangans will be tuning in to “Radyo Kapitolyo,” a regular broadcast which will disseminate information on programs, projects and plans about the Provincial Government led by Governor Lilia Pineda.

The first in Pampanga history, Board Member Ricardo Yabut, who chairs the Provincial Board’s Committee on Public Works, Infrastructure and Telecommunications, said details of the station are off the drawing board.

7 Sep 2011 - Drug pusher nabbed

ANGELES CITY -- A woman was recently arrested for selling illegal drugs.

Lucila Manlapaz, 54, resident of Barangay Balibago, was arrested Monday after selling one heat-sealed plastic sachet of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (locally known as shabu) to a poseur-buyer.

6 Sep 2011 - Audit of power firms' 'over-collection' sought

PAMPANGA -- Business and consumer groups in Pampanga urged the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to immediately conduct a regulatory audit of three power distributors in the province.

The three power firms with alleged "undisclosed" over collections as the San Fernando Electric Light and Power Company (Sfelapco), the Angeles Electric Company (AEC) and the Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative (Pelco 1) in Mexico town.

6 Sep 2011 - San Fernando, Angeles among Philippines' top cities

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Interior and Local Government has cited the cities of San Fernando and Angeles as among the top performing cities for 2010 based on the areas of good governance.

In a statement, Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo said these top performing local government units (LGUs), composed of 20 cities and 10 provinces, garnered high scores in the department’s Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS), a web-based, self-assessment tool that measures LGU performance in key governance areas and provides information on the status of LGUs in terms of local governance and development.

6 Sep 2011 - Cops save money to feed Aeta kids

MABALACAT -- Policemen here are saving their extra money to sponsor a feeding and reading program in this town’s upland villages.

Superintendent Rodney Raymond Louie J. Baloyo, town police chief, said he encouraged his men to support the noble project.

6 Sep 2011 - Mayor orders austerity measures

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the City Government may adopt austerity measures next year due to the possible reduction of the city’s share from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

Pamintuan said the city's IRA share may be reduced next year after Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo urged mayors nationwide to use "judiciously" their IRA shares next year, as these would be lowered by 4.8 percent because of the anticipated shortfall in revenue collection.

6 Sep 2011 - Guv bares plans to federate village peacekeepers

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Tuesday bared plans to federate all barangay peacekeepers in all four districts of Pampanga to better address the need to implement peace and order programs of the Philippine National Police.

Pineda announced this Tuesday's during the launching of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs) at the Lubao Gym. The event was attended by more than 1,000 barangay peacekeepers from Lubao, Sasmuan, Sta. Rita and Guagua.

5 Sep 2011 - Developer to file raps against HLURB execs

ANGELES CITY -- Officials of Lexus Landholdings Group are set to file administrative charges against Arbiter Dunstan San Vicente and Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB)-Central Luzon Director Octavio Canta.

The charges, which will be filed before the Office of the Ombudsman for "gross ignorance of the law", will also be the subject of separate civil actions to be filed by Lexus against HLURB.

5 Sep 2011 - Angeles City cited for good governance campaign

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has cited Angeles City as one of the top performing local government units (LGUs) for 2010 based on the areas of good governance.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, during Monday's flag raising rites at the City Hall compound, said Angeles placed fourth among the top performing cities in the highly urbanized and independent component cities category, scoring 4.7410 in the DILG's Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS).

5 Sep 2011 - Guv eyes livelihood on Arayat spring

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said she is planning to develop the natural springs in Mt. Arayat to provide potable drinking water and to give another source livelihood to local folks.

Governor Lilia Pineda, in an informal meeting with the residents in Barangay Panlinlang this town last Sunday, manifested willingness to finance the proposed rehabilitation of natural springs in the said mountain.

5 Sep 2011 - Development firm's legal officer completes ultramarathon in France

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- Officials of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) cited its legal senior officer for completing the 166 kilometers ultramarathon at the Alps in France recently.

Environment Management Department Manager Juan Miguel Fuentes announced that lawyer Jonnifer Lacanlale of the Legal Department was the first Filipino to finish the treacherous ultramarathon race in France.

5 Sep 2011 - Foundation's program serves 3,000 patients

PAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF), through its Pampanga Zero Maternal and Infant Mortality Program, has served more than 3,000 indigent patients through its mother and child charity clinic.

KDF president Benigno Ricafort said the program was established in August 17 last year and aims to establish 30 midwife-owned clinics under the social franchise brand name of Well Family Midwife Clinics (WFMCs).

5 Sep 2011 - Quota's advocacy for women empowerment

PAMPANGA -- Quota International of Pampanga is making the rounds of government activities and has been joining civic groups in various activities to promote more women-centered activities highlighting the talent, skill and potentials of women in various sectors.

Quota Pampanga president Jennifer Bonifacio is proud to say that Quota Pampanga has started a trend of placing women talents and skills in the forefront of their organization's activities.

4 Sep 2011 - Pampanga cities formalize 'twin' act

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan of Angeles City and Mayor Oscar Rodriguez of the City of San Fernando formally declared over the weekend their "twin cities" agreement.

The two mayors disclosed the agreement to local officials and officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) during the commitment signing for the Manila Bay Clean Up and Rehabilitation Project.

4 Sep 2011 - Farmers deny squatting claims

CLARK FREEPORT -- Farmers tilling the land near the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) claim they are legitimate farmers inside the Freeport.

Daniel Dizon, leader of the Cabcom Farmers Cooperative, said it is wrong for Clark officials to brand them squatters and illegal settlers. Cabcom has 87 members around the 30-hectare farmland near DMIA.

4 Sep 2011 - Army adopts San Fernando Creek

PAMPANGA -- The Supreme Court has recently ordered the Philippine Army's 703rd Brigade of the 7th Infantry Battalion on Friday to sign the commitment of support adopting the San Fernando Creek in this city.

The Army contingent based in San Juan Bano in Arayat was part of the larger group of volunteers who participated in the kick-off of the regular barangay cleanup conducted every first Saturday of each month.

4 Sep 2011 - Pampanga wins CSC regional talent contest

PAMPANGA -- Pampanga bagged the top prizes in the recently concluded regional talent contests of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in both the Ehersisyaw (dance-exercise) and cultural presentation categories.

The Pampanga Ehersisyaw team, which consisted of employees from the Municipal Government of Mabalacat, bested the six other provinces in Central Luzon with a routine that is infused with classic and modern Kapampangan songs. The group took home P20,000.

4 Sep 2011 - 19 AUF grads top nursing boards

ANGELES CITY -- Nineteen nursing graduates of the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) topped the July 2011 Nurse Licensure Examination led by Nicole Marie T. Severino who placed 6th.

AUF president Joseph Emmanuel Y. Angeles said AUF obtained an over-all passing rate of 86.54 percent (482 out of 577) versus the national passing rate of 48 percent (78, 135 out of 37, 513). AUF Nursing Class 2011 registered a passing rate of 89.16 percent (469 out of 526).

3 Sep 2011 - Cities forge pact on waterways clean-up

PAMPANGA -- The City Governments of Angeles and San Fernando on Friday signed a commitment agreement on the clean-up of waterways and tributaries according to the Supreme Court’s order on the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program.

Angeles City delegation was led by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and all 23 barangay chiefs, while Mayor Oscar Rodriguez with city officials led the City of San Fernando delegation.

3 Sep 2011 - Tax collection up by 13.8% from 2010

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) reported that it has generated a total of P531 billion in taxes for the government from January to July 2011.

BIR regional director Romulo Aguila Jr. said this marks a 13.8-percent rise in revenues compared to the same period last year.

3 Sep 2011 - Bar Manager and wife killed

ANGELES CITY -- David Balmer and his wife Shelly were assassinated at their home around 2 to 3 am this morning.

David has functioned as a manager of Misty's, Cambodia and Golden Nile - may he rest in peace.

1 Sep 2011 - Clark eyed as ICT hub

CLARK FREEPORT - Stakeholders in the information and communications technology (ICT) are eyeing Clark to be the country’s business process outsourcing (BPO) hub.

Engineer George D. Sorio, Metro Clark Information and Communications Technology Council (MCICTC) chairman, said the Freeport has an airport and other facilities that will support the operation of BPO firms.

1 Sep 2011 - Mayor: Arroyo is still congresswoman

ANGELES CITY - Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan dismissed reports that former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) will give up her position given her health condition.

"GMA's health has improved after undergoing surgery. I don't think she will (give up her position). She will continue to be congresswoman," Pamintuan said in a press conference.

1 Sep 2011 - Resolution for retired teachers filed

PAMPANGA -- Board Member Tarcicio “Tars” Halili recently filed a resolution with the Provincial Board meant to give retired teachers, who are now senior citizens, second wind.

Halili’s resolution calls on local government units (LGUs) to hire the services of public and private school teachers who retired from the service and are now members of senior citizen organizations.

1 Sep 2011 - Lawmaker signs agreement with Tesda for skills training

CLARK FREEPORT -- Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. (3rd district, Pampanga) signed on Wednesday a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) for the implementation of demand-driven skills training program.

The program is aimed at generating employment for the unemployed adults and youth of the 3rd district of the province.

1 Sep 2011 - Police joins Crime Prevention Week celebration

PAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) joined the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday in celebration of this year’s National Crime Prevention Week.

The kick-off ceremony was attended by PRO3 regional director Edgardo Ladao. It started with a Thanksgiving Mass at the Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel in Camp Olivas, followed by a motorcade to the Heroes’ Hall here.