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Balibago News Nov-2011

30 Nov 2011 - Central Luzon crime rate dips by 30%

Central Luzon Police Chief Edgardo Ladao said the crime rate from May to October this year in the region has decreased by about 30 percent, compared to the same period last year.

In a press briefing, Ladao reported a total of 16,783 crime incidents from May to October in 2011. In the same period of 2010, police recorded a total of 26,457 crime incidents.

27 Nov 2011 - Chocolate Dave shot

ANGELES CITY -- Last night, midnight, the Belgium guy who goes in every club to sell his chocolates was shot in the waist during a robbery attempt.

At the time he was in Marina Street, Josepa Subdivision, he was taken to hospital but fortunately the wound was not serious and he was released after treatment.

25 Nov 2011 - unfair labor practices case filed

CLARK FREEPORT -- Members of a supervisory union of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) filed on Tuesday unfair labor practices case against the management of the state-owned firm.

Victor Barbieto, Association of the CDC Supervisory Personnel (ACSP) president, said the union was prompted to file a case against the CDC top management because they refused to bargain on several items on the economic and non-economic provisions of the collective bargaining agreement’s (CBA) proposed new life.

25 Nov 2011 - Farmers to Aquino: Accept defeat

PAMPANGA -- President Benigno Aquino III should go over “bitter defeat and move on for the sake of social justice,” a farmers group based in Hacienda Luisita said.

“In order to get a peace of mind after years of legal entanglement with the law, Mr. Aquino and his landed clan should stop running legal maneuvers to take back Hacienda Luisita,” Rodel Mesa, Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) secretary general, said.

25 Nov 2011 - SBMA starts fruit bats preservation

SUBIC FREEPORT -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) recently completed a population survey of fruit bats, one of the most popular species endemic to the free port zone, to promote the conservation of these nocturnal mammals.

Led by the SBMA Ecology Center, which dubbed the survey as “Count Me In,” the survey engaged the participation of various stakeholders in the Subic Bay area to increase public awareness on the importance of fruit bats or flying foxes, encourage stakeholders’ participation in the conservation program, and maintain the integrity of the forest to sustain their population.

24 Nov 2011 - Subic celebrates 19th volunteers anniversary

SUBIC FREEPORT -- Hundreds of former Subic volunteers trooped to the Volunteers shrine inside Subic Bay Thursday to celebrate their 19th year anniversary.

November 24 marks the day when thousands of residents from Olongapo City and nearby communities in the province of Zambales and Bataan offered their time to protect and manage this former American Naval Base after the American withdrew in 1992.

23 Nov 2011 - Bridge collapses; thousands isolated

PAMPANGA -- A bridge in Barangay Colgante, Apalit collapsed Wednesday, isolating thousands of residents, when four overloaded trucks passed on the said infrastructure.

The trucks, loaded with quarry materials, were heading for Barangay Caduang Tete in Masantol for the ongoing construction of a farm-to-market road there.

23 Nov 2011 - Men arrested for stealing fis

PAMPANGA -- Two men were arrested Wednesday by barangay officials after stealing tilapia fish in a fishpond in Candaba.

Police Superintendent Henry Flores, town’s chief of police, identified the suspects as Kenneth Jose Cabilles, 18, single, a native of Aurora Province and Roger Lacoztana Atebacoy, 35, married, a native of Narciso, Quezon Province. Both are jobless and presently residing at Barangay Lanang this town.

23 Nov 2011 - Police file charges vs robbers

ANGELES CITY -- City Police has filed Robbery With Intimidation against two men suspected of robbing a resident of Mountain View in Barangay Balibago here.

Suspects Jonah Canlas Francia, 22, and Peewee Abatane, were on board a motorcycle when they allegedly took at gunpoint the bag of a woman identified as Harajimah Sabangan.

23 Nov 2011 - 100,000 tourists expected on 2012 Clark balloon fest

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said it is expecting at least 100,000 tourists to flock to this Freeport during the upcoming Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) slated on February 9 to 12, 2012.

This was announced by CDC President Felipe Antonio B. Remollo during the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the state-run corporation and the PIHABF Foundation, Inc. held Tuesday at the CDC Corporate Headquarters.

23 Nov 2011 - Make schools drug free

PAMPANGA -- A top official from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Central Luzon appealed to students in the region to actively participate in community’s efforts on drug abuse, prevention and control.

“Make your school drug-free,” Roybel Sanchez, regional director of the PDEA in Central Luzon, said.

22 Nov 2011 - Capitol spends P600M for projects in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Officials of the Provincial Government said the Capitol released P600 million for the delivery of basic services for Kapampangans.

The amount also covers infrastructure and tourism projects for the province.

22 Nov 2011 - Arroyo should be treated humanely

PAMPANGA -- Association of Laborers and Employees party-list Representative Catalina Bagasina said former President Gloria Macapagal-Arryo should be accorded respect and be allowed to seek treatment abroad.

Bagasina, during the solemnization of the Christ the King at Villa Del Sol in this city where she was one of participants, said she understands the predicament of Arroyo, who is currently Pampanga’s second district representative.

22 Nov 2011 - Jumbo Jenra Sindalan to open Dec. 9

PAMPANGA -- Jumbo Jenra Sindalan, the newest and most advanced addition to Tan Song Bok (TSB) Realty and Development Corporation’s line of commercial shopping centers, announces its grand opening and inauguration on December 9.

TSB Realty is the developer of Jenra establishments in Angeles City and Mabalacat, known for its affordable prices and customer-friendly services.

22 Nov 2011 - Clark to host 3rd horse fest

CLARK FREEPORT -- The 3rd Annual Clark Freeport Horse Festival will be held November 26 and 27 at the El Kabayo Riding Stables.

The event is supported by Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and the regional office of the Department of Tourism (DOT).

22 Nov 2011 - Another coal-powered plant eyed in Subic

SUBIC FREEPORT -- A South Korean firm is eyeing building another coal-fired power plant in Subic Bay Freeport that would cost $450 million.

Kepco Philippines Corp. is planning to put up a 200- to 300-megawatt coal plant in Subic to supply electricity for ship building giant Hanjin Heavy Industries located in Redondo Peninsula inside Subic freeport.

21 Nov 2011 - Bystanders mob pickpocket

ANGELES CITY -- Bystanders almost lynched a suspected pickpocket, Reynaldo Lanohan Petrialba, 39, and resident of Champaca Street Mabalacat, after the man was cornered along Fields Avenue in Barangay Balibago, Angeles City over the weekend, authorities here said yesterday.

He lifted the cellphone of Joseph Mancuso, 45, an American national and temporary staying at Clarkton Hotel in Barangay Malabanas, Angeles City was on his way back to the hotel on board a passenger jeep.

The suspect, police said, was brought to Station 4 where he underwent further investigation. Criminal case is being readied for filing in court against him.

21 Nov 2011 - Firm to build P900-M casino-hotel at DMIA

CLARK FREEPORT -- An information technology (IT) firm is set to build a P900-million casino-hotel inside the aviation complex of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

The EagleSky Technology and Amusement and Gaming Incorporated (Estag) will erect its six-storey building, an airport hotel and entertainment complex, just across the DMIA.

21 Nov 2011 - Guagua folks hit delayed road jobs

PAMPANGA -- Residents and businessmen of Guagua raised over the weekend their concerns and hit the Municipal Government led by Mayor Ric Rivera over the overdue and unfinished road rehabilitation projects here.

The P183-million Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica)-funded project includes road elevation upgrading, bridge and diversion channel construction, and upgrading roads along the business district of the town stretching from the Poblacion area all the way to the public market.

20 Nov 2011 - Residents want dumpsite closed

PAMPANGA -- Several residents here urged the barangay officials of Pansinao and Lanang to close the open dumpsite in between the borders of the two villages.

According to residents, the indiscriminate dumping of domestic waste is already affecting the community.

20 Nov 2011 - Mayor urges Aquino to approve Mabalacat cityhoo

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales is asking President Benigno Aquino III to approve the cityhood bid of Mabalacat once the Senate and the House of Representatives finish their respective approvals of the bill.

Morales said the town will soon become a city as the Senate Committee on Local Government, chaired by Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., is moving closer to approving the Mabalacat cityhood.

19 Nov 2011 - Mayor: Kapampangans ‘saddened’ over Arroyo’s arrest

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, a known ally of Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd district, Pampanga), said the serving of a warrant of arrest to the former President saddened the Kapampangans.

"What surprised and saddened us, Kapampangans, was the turn of events that was clearly a product of political one-upmanship. From an issue of health and the right to travel, the issue has transformed to a larger one -- one that now challenges our constitutional, justice and legal processes and institutions," Pamintuan said.

18 Nov 2011 - Candaba swamp to solve water crisis

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government here stated that the Candaba swamp has an abundant source of potable water for Kapampangans and people in the neighboring provinces and Metro Manila.

Mayor Jerry Pelayo said this after an impending scarcity of potable water in Bulacan, Pampanga and the Northern part of Metro Manila.

18 Nov 2011 - CDC okays projects in Clark for next year

CLARK FREEPORT -- New projects are expected to be implemented here in 2012, officials of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said.

The new projects are in line with the vision of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) to develop the Clark Freeport “as the fulcrum of Central Luzon development.”

18 Nov 2011 - Angeles University Foundation grad ranks 3rd in criminology exam

ANGELES CITY -- A graduate of the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) Criminology 2011 has ranked third in the October 2011 Criminology Licensure Examination, AUF President Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles announced.

The highest in Central Luzon, AUF’s overall passing rate is 82.61 percent versus the national passing of 43.74 percent.

18 Nov 2011 - Central Luzon is second highest contributor to country’s economy

PAMPANGA -- Central Luzon Region is the second highest contributor to the Philippine economy outside the National Capital Region, an official of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said.

Neda regional director Remegio Mercado said the region’s contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) averaged at almost 10 percent.

17 Nov 2011 - Pampanga seen as next indie film Tinseltown

Cannes Film Festival best director Brillante Mendoza will create a film industry that caters to local artists, scriptwriters and filmmakers devoted to making quality Kapampangan independent (Indie) films.

Mendoza, who filmed award winning movies like Masahista (2005), Kaleldo (2006) and Serbis (2008), made this announcement during Tuesday’s round table discussion with local media at the City Heights Hotel here.

17 Nov 2011 - Clark ‘Dazzling Christmas’ program launched

CLARK FREEPORT -- Tourists and Yuletide merrymakers can now add the Clark Freeport to their Christmas itineraries to marvel at the twinkling of lights, behold festive decorations, and join in the revelries slated this coming December here.

Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Tourism Promotions Office Manager Noemi Garcia said the state-owned corporation is ushering the Christmas Season via the “Pasko sa Clark 2011: A Dazzling Christmas” -- a Yuletide program geared toward making this Freeport into Christmas destination.

17 Nov 2011 - Labor department forges 1st guidance counselor network

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Central Luzon recently convened guidance counselors across the region and forged them to be the first Regional Career Guidance Network (CGN).

Dole Regional Director Leopoldo De Jesus reported to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the regional labor agency initially held a Seminar for 40 Career Guidance Counselors from both private and public schools from Central Luzon on topics on Labor Market Information (LMI), Phil-Jobnet, and Jobsfit.

17 Nov 2011 - Public Works: 4 rivers need clearing

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Central Luzon has identified four rivers in Pampanga that “badly need clearing.”

DPWH Manila Bay project coordinator Engineer Ethel Manalo identified the rivers as the Guagua-Pasac River, Pampanga Bay, Guagua River and the Abacan River.

17 Nov 2011 - Pamintuan: Blocking Arroyo’s travel a defiance of democracy

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the directive of blocking former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Arroyo from leaving the country is “a smack of defiance of democracy.”

In a phone interview, Pamintuan said Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s directive to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to stop Arroyo and husband Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo from flying to Hong Kong on Tuesday night was also an indirect contempt of the High Court.

16 Nov 2011 - Journalists decry harassment of reporter

ANGELES CITY -- The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Pampanga (NUJP-Pampanga) denounced Wednesday the harassment and abduction of a local journalist by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) while he was covering a raid of a nightclub along Fields Avenue here.

“Unless we act on such cases, we perpetrate the culture of impunity that led to the Maguindanao massacre that also killed many journalists. We want the NBI agents named and charged,” said NUJP-Pampanga chairman Ashley Manabat.

16 Nov 2011 - Woman in SCTEx rape drops case

MABALACAT -- A woman, who was reportedly raped by a tricycle driver at the entry point of the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) spur road in Barangay Mabiga on November 7, has desisted from the case, police said.

The victim accepted P20,000 from the suspect -- Bienvenido David De Guzman, 42, tricycle driver, of Dau Homesite.

16 Nov 2011 - BIR issues mission orders to monitor delinquent tax payers

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued at least 20 mission orders to monitor business establishments that may have violated revenue laws.

This was confirmed by BIR regional director Araceli Francisco and BIR revenue district officer 2 Amador Ducut in an interview Wednesday at the regional office.

16 Nov 2011 - Angeles City joins cities’ league global convention

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan will lead other city officials here during the three-day 3rd Philippine Cities Global Convention and Exposition on November 17 to 19 at the Resorts World Manila.

According to Pamintuan, this would be the first time that Angeles City gets to participate in said event which is hosted by the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).

15 Nov 2011 - Probe into ‘killing’ of 3 robbers starts

PAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) in Central Luzon has started its investigations on alleged operational lapses by city police in a recent encounter with suspected armed robbers in Barangay Maimpis, City of San Fernando.

PRO-Central Luzon Director Edgardo Ladao directed Tuesday the regional investigation division, headed by Senior Superintendent Emmanuel Lukban, to carry out the order of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome.

15 Nov 2011 - Robinsons Starmills opens Christmas toy land

PAMPANGA -- This Christmas, thousands of kids will be treated to a magical toy land as Robinsons Starmills here opened Sunday evening with dazzling fireworks its “International Cirque Spectacular.”

The toy land cum circus features safe and children-friendly mechanical displays of toys and playgrounds in a space near Robinsons Gate.

15 Nov 2011 - Giant Lantern Festival committee donates vehicles

PAMPANGA -- The Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) 2010 executive committee, headed by businessman Eddie Chua and Boy Pacla, turned over Monday vehicles to the San Fernando City Government.

The vehicles consisted of one brand new Haima FStar, emblazoned with the GLF logo and turned over to the City Tourism Office, and four motorcycles with sidecars for use of the city police, traffic management unit and taskforce Oplan Habitat.

15 Nov 2011 - Town mayor opens new birthing home

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales led the inauguration of a new birthing station in Barangay Dau here.

The opening of the birthing home, which coincided with Morales’s 61st birthday, is in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which is to reduce infant mortality rate.

15 Nov 2011 - Town mayor opens new birthing home

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales led the inauguration of a new birthing station in Barangay Dau here.

The opening of the birthing home, which coincided with Morales’s 61st birthday, is in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which is to reduce infant mortality rate.

15 Nov 2011 - Angeles City gears for drug prevention week celebration

ANGELES CITY -- In line with the observance of Anti-Drug Week, the Angeles City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Acadac) headed by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is scheduled to conduct a march-rally against drug abuse on November 25.

Pamintuan said “this is in pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 124 declaring the third week of November of every year, as the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week.”

15 Nov 2011 - Families exposed to danger during rainy days

PAMPANGA -- At least 148 families living in several villages on the other side of the Pampanga River fronting a major dike here are exposed to danger every time there is a downpour.

The houses of the affected families were constructed on the right side of the river. Some have already been swallowed by the strong current of the Pampanga River during recent typhoons.

15 Nov 2011 - Labor office strengthens work safety standards

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Central Luzon recently held an orientation on Occupational Safety and Health and the “Kapatiran Wise Tav” to sub-contractors of Keppel Subic Shipyard Philippines Inc.

Kapatiran Wise Tav is one of Dole’s flagship programs on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

14 Nov 2011 - Pampanga Day activities finalized

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda presided Monday over a meeting of the executive committee of the 440th Aldo ning Kapampangan to finalize activities in celebration of the province’s founding anniversary on December 12.

Provincial elected officials, department heads and other employees attended the meeting in preparation for the weeklong celebration.

14 Nov 2011 - Media group assails investigation bureau for ‘harassing’ newsman

PAMPANGA -- THE Camp Olivas Press Society (Cops) assailed on Monday the alleged manhandling of one of its officers by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Central Luzon who raided a bar at the red light district of Angeles City last Friday night.

Cops president Rudy J. Abular appealed to President Benigno Aquino III to look into the “gestapo”-like manner of NBI agents who manhandled and harassed Bernard Galang, Cops business manager and correspondent of People’s Journal in Pampanga and Angeles City.

14 Nov 2011 - Man assaults cop

MABALACAT -- A police officer here was seriously wounded after a man assaulted him Monday morning.

Police Officer 2 Dennis Dela Cruz, town police warrant officer, is being treated at the Mabalacat District Hospital as of press time.

14 Nov 2011 - Mayor to use Performance Challenge Fund for school buildings

PAMPANGA -- MINALIN Mayor Arturo “Katoy” Naguit said Monday the P1-million Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) will be used for the construction of school buildings.

Naguit said the PCF was given by Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, through DILG-Pampanga director Angie Blanco, after Minalin town gained the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) award.

14 Nov 2011 - Veterans’ Day commemoration held in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- As part of honoring America’s “forgotten veterans”, the Clark Veterans Cemetery Restoration Association (CVCRA) commemorated on Friday this year’s Veterans Day at the Clark Veterans Cemetery in this Freeport.

Dubbed as “11.11.11”, the commemoration which was held at the eleventh hour, day and month of the present year, was attended by some 100 veterans, which was highlighted by a wreath-laying ceremony, a 21-gun salute and the unveiling and dedication of the marker of a newly constructed memorial plaza.

14 Nov 2011 - Justice department assigns prosecutors for trafficking cases

PAMPANGA -- AT LEAST three prosecutors or fiscals were assigned by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Pampanga to assist law enforcers in the build-up of cases against suspected human traffickers.

Now assigned to handle Trafficking in Persons (TIP) cases are Regional State Prosecutor Jesus Simbulan, Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Lamberto Gonzales Jr. and 2nd Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Otto Macabulos.

14 Nov 2011 - Senior citizens to celebrate 25th anniversary

PAMPANGA -- The Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of the Philippines (FSCAP) is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Wednesday at SM City Pampanga.

Linda Gaddi-David, FSCAP-Central Luzon Chapter president, said Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman has been invited to grace the occasion as its guest of honor and keynote speaker.

13 Nov 2011 - ‘Killer road’ in Candaba claims life anew

PAMPANGA -- A portion of the national road fronting the public cemetery in Barangay Pasig here approaching the Candaba Bridge that locals tagged as a “killer road” claimed the life of a man over the weekend.

The victim, identified as local Emilio Ignacio, died in a hit and run incident early Saturday.

13 Nov 2011 - Cultural village eyed in Nabuclod

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda is eyeing the construction of a cultural village, zip lines, hanging bridge, native restaurants and other tourism facilities in the mountainous village of Nabuclod in Floridablanca.

This developed as Pineda inspected another newly constructed view deck facing the province of Bataan and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).

13 Nov 2011 - SM Pampanga, Clark light-up grand Christmas centerpieces

ANGELES CITY -- SM City Pampanga and SM City Clark joined various SM Supermalls all over the country in the grand unveiling and lighting of their Christmas centerpieces highlighting their yuletide theme this year dubbed “It’s Christmas.”

At SM City Pampanga, officials led by Mayor Teddy Tumang of Mexico and Mayor Arturo Naguit of Minalin, Pampanga Provincial Police Director Edgardo Tinio and SM City Pampanga mall manager Lana Erroba led the unveiling of their “Christmas Around the World” centerpiece.

12 Nov 2011 - NLEx toll hike ‘within law’

A Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) official said over the weekend that the 12-percent value added tax (VAT) in the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) is within law.

MNTC legal counsel Romulo Quimbo told the Provincial Board that the imposed VAT was based on the Supreme Court’s decision, adding the temporary restraining order filed against the increase by various groups has been lifted.

12 Nov 2011 - Military: Pampanga is insurgency-free

PAMPANGA -- A military official declared Pampanga as insurgency-free, as it is now considered as a business hub in the country.

Colonel Gregorio Pio P. Catapang, commander of the 703rd Brigade, 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army said the province is now considered a business hub harnessing unprecedented development, which provides employment and livelihood considered key in poverty alleviation.

12 Nov 2011 - Dau rotary club gets computer units

MABALACAT -- First district Board Member Tarcicio Halili said the Rotary Club (RC) of Dau village recently received 17 computer units from its sister clubs based in South Korea.

Halili, who is also the Dau RC charter president, said the refurbished computer units came from the Rotary Clubs of Gun Po and Masan Gagopa, both based in South Korea.

12 Nov 2011 - Stampede and Cherry Bars raided

ANGELES CITY -- Last night NBI raided Stampede and Cherry Bar in Balibago and took the Manager, cashier and about 12 dancers to station.

No details known at this time but Underage employment suspected.

11 Nov 2011 - NorthPhil Expo 2011 opens

CLARK FREEPORT -- The annual exposition that showcases the rich culture and tradition, distinctive products and picturesque locations of Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Cordillera formally opened at the SM City Clark on Friday.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Central Luzon reported that the 2nd North Philippines (NorthPhil) Tourism and Travel Expo is bannered by the pavilions of the provinces of Aurora, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga and Tarlac; Clark Development Corporation, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority; DOT regional offices in Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and Cordillera; and corporate booths of various tourism-related businesses such as hotels, resorts and airlines.

11 Nov 2011 - Mayor calls for waste segregation

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Oscar Rodriguez of San Fernando encouraged villagers recently to practice proper waste segregation to fully mitigate and avert flooding in Pampanga.

Rodriguez, during the seminar on community waste management for selected barangays under Pinatubo Hazard Urgent Mitigation Project (PHUMP) III held at the Heroes Hall, asked village officials to monitor their respective solid waste management programs as mandated by law.

11 Nov 2011 - Halili distributes P125,000 to scholars

MABALACAT -- First district Board Member Tarcicio Halili distributed Friday educational assistance worth P125,000 to 50 indigent students here as part of the scholarship program supported by Governor Lilia Pineda.

Halili, also a working student during his school days, said the educational assistance is not a scholarship grant but an aid extended by the Province to students who express their desire to finish their studies.

11 Nov 2011 - CEB cuts international, domestic fares to P11

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Cebu Pacific (CEB) is highlighting November 11, 2011 (11.11.11) with an P11-seat sale to all its 17 international and 34 domestic destinations.

This is available from November 11 to 13, 2011 or until seats last, for travel from June 1 to December 15, 2012.

10 Nov 2011 - Aquino assures media freedom to broadcasters

CLARK FREEPORT — President Benigno Aquino III assured members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) that his administration will not curtail media freedom in the country, noting that the press will continue to become the guardian of Philippine democracy.

However, the President stressed that “such freedom should be accompanied with responsibility.”

10 Nov 2011 - Rehab for Naia questioned

ANGELES CITY -- A known development advocate in Central Luzon has questioned the P1-billion rehabilitation budget for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) in Manila.

“What happened to the promise of developing Clark Airport (Diosdado Macapagal International Airport) into a premiere airport?” Ruperto Cruz, chairman of the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement, asked.

10 Nov 2011 - Councilor: We need effective budget for 2012

MABALACAT -- Councilor Froilan Galang said Wednesday the municipality of Mabalacat should have a relevant and effective budget for 2012.

Galang, Municipal Council education and labor committee chair, stressed this during the start of the Municipal Council budget hearing held at Shanghai Restaurant the other day.

10 Nov 2011 - Alleged 'overkill' in shootout

PAMPANGA -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is set to investigate a shootout between the police and 3 suspected robbers in Pampanga, after ABS-CBN News video footage of the incident showed that an unidentified cop shot one of the suspects who was allegedly already dead.

The slain suspects were identified as Michael Canlas of San Simon, Pampanga, Boy Austria of Sual, Pangasinan and Crisanto Tagama.

10 Nov 2011 - 3 suspected thieves killed

PAMPANGA -- Three suspected thieves were killed by the police in San Fernando before dawn Wednesday.

San Fernando police chief Supt. Luisito Magnaye said one of thieves tried to break in a store in Barangay Maimpis, prompting a resident who saw the incident to alert the the authorities.

9 Nov 2011 - Aussie arrested

A tourist Australian national landed in jail after his Pinay live-in partner filed criminal complaint against him Tuesday for allegedly inflicting harm against her in several occasions at the hotel where they are billeted in Barangay Balibago. The victim said she was inside the hotel room when McAleese who was reeking in liquor confronted her. She advised her partner to stay-out of the room but the suspect declined and instead hit her with fist blows.

9 Nov 2011 - Local companies invest $1.07-B in Subic

SUBIC FREEPORT -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) reported Wednesday that investment pledges from local investors in this Freeport reordered an all-time high reaching $1.07 billion for the first nine months of this year.

Local investors, according to SBMA, dominated this year’s pledges totaling 72 out of the 95 projects approved by the SBMA management.

8 Nov 2011 - Attempt to revive asphalting project disappoints mayors

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Mayors’ League (PML) expressed disappointment over a recent attempt of Representative Dr. Anna York Bondoc-Sagum’s camp to revive a P72-million asphalting project at the Arayat-Apalit setback levee.

Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo, PML president, said with the current levee's structural defects, an asphalt overlay on top of it will not help solve the flooding problem in the province as recently experienced by all towns adjacent to the Pampanga River.

8 Nov 2011 - Woman raped along SCTEx

MABALACAT -- A 34-year-old woman was reportedly raped by a tricycle driver at the entry point of the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) spur road in Barangay Mabiga here Monday morning.

The suspect, identified as Bienvenido David De Guzman, 42, tricycle driver, of Dau Homesite here, is now in police custody. He was charged with rape before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.

7 Nov 2011 - Mayor gets more equipment for city hospital

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan flew to the United States last week to receive additional medical equipment, supplies and medicine from the World Medical Relief Inc. (WMRI).

The donations coming from WMRI will be used at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLLMC), formerly known as Ospital Ning Angeles.

6 Nov 2011 - Labor department spends P6.3 million for assistance

PAMPANGA -- The Labor department in Central Luzon has provided livelihood assistance to some 2,062 individuals who are no longer qualified for formal employment.

The department said it allocated P6.3 million to provide alternative livelihood assistance all over the region through the help of the local government units.

7 Nov 2011 - Villagers thank Ale party-list for road pavement

MABALACAT -- Residents of Barangay Sapang Biabas here expressed gratitude to Ale Party-list Representative Catalina Bagasina for implementing a road construction program at Sitio Mauli.

Sapang Biabas chairman Rizaldo Garcia said Bagasina has appropriated some P1 million for the concreting of the said road, which is a farm-to-market road linking Santa Lucia Resettlement Center to the said village.

5 Nov 2011 - NGO to help Aetas enhance learning

PAMPANGA -- A non-government organization (NGO) is set to help the Aeta community here to better enhance their learning skills.

Cure + Citizens United For the Rehabilitation of the Environment (CURE +) will hold a “fun run” for the rehabilitation of a mini-library at Barangay Sapang Uwak here.

4 Nov 2011 - Inmate goes amok, takes 1 hostage

An inmate from the Pampanga Provincial Jail in San Fernando City has taken a fellow inmate hostage.

A report said the inmate ran amok inside the jail at around 1 a.m. Friday, leaving two other inmates injured.

3 Nov 2011 - 2 Kapampangan-made films up in Cinemanila film fest

PAMPANGA -- Two films made by Kapampangan directors have made it to this year’s Cinemanila International Film Festival set on November 11 to 17 in Taguig City.

The films, “Sydney-Manila Express” and “Manenaya” directed by Bor Ocampo and Richard Soriano Legaspi, are included in the festival’s finalists for short film exhibition.

3 Nov 2011 - Clark Freeport needs more workers

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- A total of 3,008 job vacancies have been posted for various firms inside this freeport, the Clark Development Corporation’s Customer Services Department (CSD) said.

Firms related to Information and Communications Technology/Business Process Outsourcing (ICT/BPO) have the most number of vacancies with 2,222 (75 percent), a report by the CSD showed.

3 Nov 2011 - IBM brings business solutions to Central Luzon

CLARK FREEPORT -- At an event for customers and business partners in Pampanga, IBM announced that it is strengthening its presence in Central Luzon to support and help transform local business communities in the region.

This in line with the company’s commitment to help bring smarter business and technology solutions to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in key areas outside Metro Manila.

2 Nov 2011 - Riders-in-tandem killed in shootout

Riders-in-tandem who refused to stop at a police checkpoint were killed in a shootout in Bacolor town on All Saints’ Day, according to police reports.

The unidentified men were on board a motorcycle without a plate number, police said.

2 Nov 2011 - Thousands join ‘Tigtigan Terakan’

ANGELES CITY -- More than 60,000 people attended the two-night street party along the 1.5-kilometer stretch of MacArthur Highway in the Balibago central business district.

"It was another year of tremendous success," Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan described the Tigtigan Keng Dalan festival (TTKD).

2 Nov 2011 - Lawmaker pledges help for town’s covered court construction

MABALACAT -- Representative Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales Jr. (3rd district) said Wednesday he will be funding the construction of a covered court at Madapdap Resettlement in Mabalacat town for the use of displaced residents of Bacolor.

Gonzales, who visited the resettlement area over the weekend, said the existing basketball court needs to be converted into a covered court to better serve local residents who may use it for their social events and sports activities.

2 Nov 2011 - City cops nab trike thief

ANGELES CITY -- The city police recently arrested a man suspected of stealing a tricycle in Barangay Malabanias, this town.

Carl Christian Lazaro Evangelista, 21, of #5130 AU Compound, Abacan, Malabanias here was reportedly caught pushing the trike by the owner identified as Eduard Lomboy, also of the said village.

2 Nov 2011 - Kids flock ‘Ha Ha Halloween’ event

ANGELES CITY -- Some 1,392 kids and parents joined this year’s “Ha Ha Halloween” event at SM City Clark, as part of the mall’s Halloween celebration for children.

SM City Clark public relations officer Venus Manalang said the event is a yearly highlight of the mall during Halloween, to give children a chance to enjoy and win prizes and bond with their parents.

2 Nov 2011 - Province accepts 2011 Moka nominations

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards (Moka).

According to the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office of Pampanga (Actop), Moka aims to give due recognition to individuals who have excelled in their respective endeavors or professions and have brought pride to the Kapampangan race.

1 Nov 2011 - 6 suspected stolen vehicles recovered

PAMPANGA -- Six vehicles suspected to be stolen have been recovered in Macabebe, Pampanga, police said Tuesday.

PO3 Sheldon Hacaban of Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) Region 3 said they recovered the vehicles from a warehouse in Purok 4, Barangay Telasacan.