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Balibago News Feb-2012

28 Feb 2012 - Group wants Clark airport chief ousted

CLARK FREEPORT -- A Central Luzon-based advocacy group pushing for the full-development of the Clark Freeport, particularly its stunted civil aviation complex has called for the ouster of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President Victor Jose I. Luciano.

The call for the immediate resignation of Luciano by the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) chaired by businessman Ruperto Cruz, came in the wake of recent newspaper reports that announced the P1-billion loan recently obtained by the CIAC reportedly to accommodate expansion operations of two airlines by March and some 1.7 million passengers this year.

28 Feb 2012 - Pampanga waterways undergo dredging

PAMPANGA -- The Public Works department is hastening the channel excavation and dredging works in Upper and Lower Guagua and Dalan Bapor rivers in Pampanga to protect the towns of Guagua, Sasmuan, Lubao and adjacent localities from flooding.

Secretary Rogelio Singson said the project was about 87 percent complete across 16.9 kilometers.

28 Feb 2012 - AirAsia to start domestic flights in March

CLARK FREEPORT -- Philippines AirAsia will launch domestic flights from Clark, Pampanga to Kalibo and Davao on March 28. To celebrate the launch, the budget airline is holding a "seat sale", offering 20,000 seats for an "all-in" rate of P275 each.

AirAsia will mount 2 daily flights departing from Clark International Airport to Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao and Kalibo International Airport.

27 Feb 2012 - Guv to distribute 21 dump trucks

PAMPANGA -- Gov. Lilia Pineda will distribute next week at least 21 brand-new dump trucks to Pampanga mayors as part of her project to drastically cut the problem on solid waste.

Pineda said she had asked the mayors led by Pampanga Mayors League (PML) President and Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo to “do their part by establishing reliable Material Recovery Facilities [MRF]” in their respective areas.

25 Feb 2012 - Group studies eco-tourism park for development

PAMPANGA -- A group of professionals pursuing Masters in Public Management at the Ateneo De Manila University School of Government is studying on site the Nabuclod Eco-Tourism Adventure Park in Floridablanca for further development.

The Ateneo Gandhi Group (Local Planning and Development) led by the National Telecommunications Commission regional director Azor Sitchon, paid Governor Lilia Pineda a courtesy call at Capitol on Friday afternoon to share the team’s plans.

25 Feb 2012 - Village leaders oppose ordinance regulating clearance fees

ANGELES CITY -- Some barangay officials here are opposing a proposed ordinance that regulates the imposition of barangay clearance fees by barangay councils.

Balibago Chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac described the ordinance as ultra vires or beyond the powers of the City Council as it will amend Section 152 (C) of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code.

24 Feb 2012 - Bizman welcomes progress in Clark airport

CLARK FREEPORT -- Businessman Rene Romero said the progress at the Clark International Airport is a welcome development, including launch of budget flights by some low-cost carriers and the acquisition of a P1-billion loan to fund the expansion of the existing passenger terminal.

“We are not against it (acquisition of loan). They should get outside source of funds,” Romero said.

24 Feb 2012 - Officials inaugurate community bridge

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda led the inauguration of the Barangay Señora community bridge in Porac that was constructed through the initiative of Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz.

Dela Cruz said the bridge will greatly help in the facilitation of efficient travel for community and commercial vehicles coming in from Angeles City and eastern barangays of the town. The bridge has been recently destroyed by flood waters here.

24 Feb 2012 - Councilor denies seeking chairmanship

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Willie Rivera has denied reports that he will run for barangay chairman in the entertainment district of Balibago here.

Rivera, a third-termer councilor, also reacted to reports that he is politicking with his several controversial ordinances on the tricycle operations regulation, the regulation of the imposition of barangay fees by barangay councils, and others.

23 Feb 2012 - Guv to engineers: Complete P300-M infra projects

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda has instructed her team of engineers to finish all proposed and ongoing infrastructure projects amounting to more than P300 million on or before September this year.

Pineda is looking forward for an expeditious implementation of projects involving construction of provincial roads, farm-to-market roads and school facilities, among others.

23 Feb 2012 - Mexico hospital is open to all Kapampangans

PAMPANGA -- MAYOR Teddy Tumang reiterated that the Mexico Community Hospital in his town is open to Kapampangans from all places with a bonus of free services now.

Speaking before member-consumers of the Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative (Pelco 1) on its 30th Annual General Membership Assembly, where close to 7,000 gathered, Tumang said the 50-bed capacity community hospital is open to all, whether one comes from the Pelco 1 areas of Mexico, Sta. Ana, Arayat, San Luis, Magalang, Arayat, Candaba or any point in Pampanga.

23 Feb 2012 - Palace to Angeles City: Transmit records of Mamac’s case

ANGELES CITY -- The Malacañang has directed the City Council to transmit complete records on the abuse of authority case of Balibago Chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac.

Malacañang issued the order after Mamac filed an appeal before the Office of the President regarding his case where a businessman, Carlos Manalastas, lodged an administrative complaint against him.

23 Feb 2012 - Palscon imparts new labor laws

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippine Association of Local Service Contractors Incorporated (Palscon) has initiated a series of seminars on the new rules of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) regarding manpower or services contracting.

During the recent seminar in Clark, Palscon president Sarah P. Deloraya said they started their nationwide information dissemination regarding Dole Department Order 18-A implemented last December 5, 2011.

22 Feb 2012 - Vintage bombs found

Three vintage bombs were unearthed in a junk shop owned by Beng Chua in Barangay San Jose in San Fernando on Thursday.

The bombs that were discovered were 15mm mortar, 66mm mortar and a slug ammunition.

22 Feb 2012 - Customs checks on oil smuggling in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Customs Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Danilo Lim said Wednesday they are on the lookout for the smuggling of oil and other petroleum products in the Freeport.

During a visit Wednesday at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Clark, Lim told newsmen that they have apprehended several individuals engaged in oil smuggling here over the past few months.

22 Feb 2012 - Land Bank supports Clark airport’s terminal expansion

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Land Bank of the Philippines said it will continue to support the vision of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) for the development of the Clark International Airport (CIA) as the premier gateway of the country.

This was gleaned from LBP President and CEO Gilda Pico, during the signing on Tuesday of a P1-billion loan the CIAC has secured from the bank for the expansion of the Diosdado Macapagal Terminal 1.

22 Feb 2012 - Biggest floating library to dock in Subic Bay

SUBIC FREEPORT -- MV Logos Hope – known as the largest among the floating libraries of the German-based organization Good Book for All (GBA) – will drop anchor in Subic Bay on March 15 to April 8, 2012 to bring knowledge, help and hope to local folks, especially children.

MV Logos Hope will also produce an on-board interactive program dubbed as “The Greatest Treasure”, an hour-long imaginary voyage with an eccentric pirate crew, games, puppet show, and a Christ-centered message of hope for the children.

22 Feb 2012 - Lawmaker calls for creation of eco-tourism committee

PAMPANGA -- Board Member Tarcicio Halili filed Wednesday a resolution recommending the creation of an eco-tourism committee that will further plan, study and implement developmental activities in the province.

Halili, during the Provincial Board’s (PB) regular session Wednesday, said the committee will be tasked to enhance the attractiveness of eco-adventures to local and foreign tourists.

22 Feb 2012 - Mayor celebrates 63rd birthday

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan celebrates his 63rd birthday Thursday with an Ecumenical Mass at the Marquee Mall here.

City Government workers, relatives, friends and other well wishers will join Pamintuan during the mass, which will be followed by a short program commemorating the 26th anniversary of the Edsa Revolution.

22 Feb 2012 - Biz men still doubtful of 2012 prospects

CLARK FREEPORT -- Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) chairman Rene Romero said Wednesday some businessmen are still doubtful of the 2012 economic prospects for the country.

Romero said while the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has set a projected growth rate of five to six percent for this year, the local business sector sees economic growth affecting the local economies even later than expected.

22 Feb 2012 - Young legislators to go on teambuilding weekend

PAMPANGA -- The National Movement of Young Legislators (NMYL)-Pampanga Chapter will go on a weekend teambuilding this Saturday and Sunday in Nabuclod, Floridablanca.

Some 30 young legislators will spend the night at the Nabuclod Eco-Tourism Park camping grounds after planting trees as their share in greening the Aeta ancestral domain.

21 Feb 2012 - Oil spill in La Union

LA UNION -- A leak from the common pipeline from Pier 1 that connects to an oil storage facility owned by Chevron in Barangay Poro in San Fernando City caused the oil spill in La Union on Tuesday afternoon.

Residents have already flocked to the area to collect the spilled oil, which they estimate can be sold for P20 per liter.

20 Feb 2012 - Dmia To Revert To Its Original Name

CLARK FREEPORT -- The name of the country’s ninth president would be dropped from the airport in this economic zone and would be used instead in a soon-to-rise terminal for passengers served by international and domestic budget airlines, the head of the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) said.

A survey showed that domestic and international aviation players know the airport more to be Clark than DMIA, Luciano said.

18 Feb 2012 - Lydia Graham dies

ANGELES CITY -- The owner of Coyote Ugly Hotel and Bar died yesterday.

The wife of Australian Ken Graham suffered a mild stroke followed by a massive heart attack.

18 Feb 2012 - Mobile classrooms built in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Who would ever know that mobile classrooms made of fiberglass are being made at this Freeport?

“For disaster-prone areas in Pampanga and where schools have to be repaired, these mobile and modular, self-energized classrooms would be the best solution. They have been tried in Mindanao and as far as Haiti,” said former Marine and paralegal Robert Wagner, director of the Wagner Foundation based in Clark.

18 Feb 2012 - African envoy to help boost Pampanga eco-tourism

PAMPANGA -- South African Ambassador to the Philippines Agnes Nyamande-Pitso recently said her country is more than willing to help Pampanga in its eco-tourism development plans.

This was shared by Board Member Monina Laus, who -- along with provincial tourism officer Arwin Lingat and Capitol department heads -- received the African envoy in an official mission.

18 Feb 2012 - Revenue bureau appeals to taxpayers’ sense of patriotism

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) here on Wednesday appealed to Central Luzon taxpayers’ sense of patriotism in this year’s kick-off of the 2012 Tax Campaign at the Mimosa Convention Center.

Capitalizing on the tax collection slogan, "I Love the Philippines, I Pay Taxes", the BIR aims at heightening tax consciousness by appealing to taxpayers’ sense of nationalism and highlighting the positive side of voluntary compliance.

16 Feb 2012 - Woman hangs herself

PAMPANGA -- Perlita Galang, 53, hanged herself on a church fence in the town of Guagua Thursday morning.

Galang’s body was found hung by a nylon thread at around 6 a.m, police says no foul play was involved.

15 Feb 2012 - ‘Acetylene Gang’ strikes anew

The “acetylene gang” struck again in the City of San Fernando on Wednesday, taking a still undetermined amount of jewelry and other valuables from the Cabalen pawnshop in Barangay Sto. Rosario.

According to a report, the robbery took place between 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday and 8:35 a.m. Wednesday. Police said the gang gained entry to the pawnshop by digging a hole underneath the shop’s vault where the valuables were located.

15 Feb 2012 - 4th district execs to undergo disaster training

Governor Lilia Pineda urged Monday the village chiefs of the fourth district of Pampanga to attend the much needed disaster preparedness seminar this summer.

Pineda, during the awarding of P90,000 checks to about 150 mayors as funds for their motorcycle “tanod patrols,” stressed that it was “very important they attend, along with their barangay leaders,” the preparedness conference.

15 Feb 2012 - Dau village council holds multi-sectoral dialogue

MABALACAT -- As part of the efforts of gearing Barangay Dau, the village council has conducted a multi-sectoral dialogue and at the same time introduced its brand new logo recently.

Dau barangay chief Marino Morales Jr. said the dialogue aims to prepare Barangay Dau in the future developments that may pour in once Mabalacat becomes a city.

15 Feb 2012 - Police inspired by guv’s support

Provincial Police Chief Edgardo Tinio said Monday that the Pampanga police force is continuously inspired with the overwhelming support and assistance extended to them by Governor Lilia Pineda.

During the celebration of the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s 21st founding anniversary themed: “Pinoy Pulis: Matapat, Maaasahan” at Bale Katiwaman, Pampanga Provincial Police Office in this city, Tinio and the 21 town and city police chiefs recognized the governor’s efforts in helping hundreds of policemen and women.

15 Feb 2012 - Internal revenue encourages public to pay online

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has encouraged taxpayers to utilize the agency's electronic filing and payment system.

In an awareness campaign Wednesday, BIR Regional Director Araceli Francisco said their electronic filing and payment system (eFPS) allows taxpayers to electronically process and transmit tax return information including attachment and tax dues through the BIR website.

14 Feb 2012 - Villages get P9-M worth multi-cabs

ANGELES CITY -- It was literally a red-letter day Tuesday as 30 barangays received their Valentine's Day gift from Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st District, Pampanga) in the form of multi-cabs worth P9 million.

Lazatin distributed the 30 multi-cabs to different barangays in Angeles City, Mabalacat and Magalang Tuesday. The multi-cabs are worth P280,000 each.

14 Feb 2012 - Indigents benefit from cash-for-work program

PAMPANGA -- Some 200 indigents in Bacolor were beneficiaries of the cash-for-work program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Municipal Government of Bacolor.

The beneficiaries received P2,480 for work they rendered for 10 days under the program.

14 Feb 2012 - Army reminds residents over threat of landslide

PAMPANGA -- A military official based in this town last Monday reminded residents of Barangay San Juan Bano, Arrayat to be more vigilant in order not to become victims of another possible landslide in Mt. Arayat.

Colonel Gregorio Pio Catapang, commander of the Army's 703rd Infantry Brigade, said proper preparations before rainy days could prevent loss of lives and properties during calamities.

14 Feb 2012 - University to honor filmmaker, historian

ANGELES CITY -- The Holy Angel University announced that this year's recipients of "The Juan D. Nepomuceno Cultural Awards" are world-renowned Kapampangan filmmaker Brillante Mendoza and American historian Dr. John Larkin.

Mendoza was noted for his Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Culture, and Larkin for his Outstanding Contribution to Research and Scholarship.

14 Feb 2012 - Newsletter bags award

MABALACAT -- The official publication of the Mabalacat Water District, "DANUM, Agus Ning Bie" has bagged the 3rd Best Newsletter for 2011 during the recently concluded 33rd Philippine Association of Water Districts (PAWD) Convention.

The MWD newsletter is now a four-time awardee as best publication: 1st place, Best Publication Award in 2007; 1st place Best Publication Award, 2008; and 2nd Place, Best Publication Award, 2010.

14 Feb 2012 - Subic yachting race to draw international teams

SUBIC FREEPORT -- This February, the aces of Asian yachting will battle for supremacy in the second 200-mile Subic Bay-Boracay Offshore Race.

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority chairman Roberto Garcia said the exciting sporting event would serve as an excellent platform to further showcase the Subic Bay Freeport and help firm up Subic's quest for a distinctive spot in the yachting circuit.

13 Feb 2012 - Mabalacat cops nab man with gun

MABALACAT -- The town police recently arrested a 31-year-old man who was allegedly carrying a gun in Barangay Dau here.

Alvin Estepa Bayona, a tricycle driver, of 12th Street Barangay Lakandula, this town, was arrested after he was spotted carrying a .22 caliber short gun along South Daang Bakal by police officers conducting drug surveillance in the area.

13 Feb 2012 - Guv vows financial assistance for cops

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda assured members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Pampanga of financial assistance should any of their family members undergo major operations.

The governor made the statement in the presence of police officers from the provincial office, chiefs of police from 21 towns and other personnel in uniform during the PNP’s 21st founding anniversary where she was guest of speaker.

13 Feb 2012 - Central Luzon among top 5 regions with most rabies cases

PAMPANGA -- From 2005 until 2010, Central Luzon has been included among the top five regions in the country with high animal rabies cases.

Dr. Milagros Mananggit, Regional Rabies coordinator of the Department of Agriculture (DA), said that in 2005 and 2006, the region ranked second among all other regions in the country in terms of reported animal rabies cases.

13 Feb 2012 - P100,000 fuel subsidy

PAMPANGA -- Irrigators and farmer groups from different towns of Pampanga’s third district are set to receive fuel subsidies amounting to P100,000 from Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. this March.

This developed as Gonzales met with the Irrigators Associations (IA) of Arayat, Sta. Ana., Mexico, Bacolor and the City of San Fernando at the home of IA officer Ner Sambile here over the weekend.

13 Feb 2012 - Members of anti-illegal drugs group increasing

PAMPANGA -- An official from the Pampanga Police Provincial Office said Sunday that the membership of “Kayanakan: Yaman Ning Balen at Ehemplu Laban Queng Droga (Kayabe)” is continuously growing.

Police Superintendent Jhoanna Rosales, chief operations branch of the PPPO, said the total membership of “Kayabe” already reached more than 500 young individuals.

12 Feb 2012 - Guv to sign agreement with Tesda

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda is set to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) and the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) on the operation of the soon-to-open Sto. Tomas campus.

Fourth District Board Member Nestor Tolentino said the signing may happen anytime in February, upon concurrence of Tesda and the DVHTSU board.

12 Feb 2012 - Disaster reduction council bares 2012 programs

PAMPANGA -- To be adequately ready for the occurrence of any disaster, the Central Luzon Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) has set its programs and projects for 2012, which will enable the local government units to cope with emergencies.

For the first quarter of the year, the local government units with the assistance of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the RDRRMC-Central Luzon are expected to have made inventories of their resources, which include equipment, facilities and manpower; critical infrastructures in their areas; and hazard maps which determine vulnerable areas.

11 Feb 2012 - Canadian dies in Bar

ANGELES CITY -- Canadian Tourist Stephen Edward Dooley, 53, collapsed at the Roadhouse Bar around 6:30 pm yesterday.

He was brought to Angeles University Foundation Medical Center where he was declared dead.

11 Feb 2012 - Students lauded for tourism, culture development efforts

PAMPANGA -- Board Member Nestor Tolentino lauded and threw his support to a batch of university students for their efforts to promote Kapampangan culture and tourism.

Tolentino congratulated the tourism students for their “young aspirations to help in the promotion and cultivation of Kapampangan culture, as well as tourism development, which has continuously growing province-wide.”

11 Feb 2012 - National Arts Month

ANGELES CITY -- Artists have joined the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in celebrating the National Arts Month in February, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 683 issued in 1991.

This year, the NCCA celebrates the arts month with the theme, “Tradition and Innovation.” Angeles City adapts the local theme, Mana, which means Legacy.

10 Feb 2012 - Cops target to plant 10 million trees by 2013

PAMPANGA -- An official from Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO) said they are aiming to plant at least 10 million trees by 2013.

Police Superintendent Jhoanna Rosales, chief of the PPO operations branch, said every member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the province is obliged to plant six trees every month.

10 Feb 2012 - Kapampangan literary journal launched

CLARK FREEPORT -- The second volume of the Kapampangan literary journal "Tuglung" was launched in a confab in this Freeport.

National Commission for Culture and the Arts chairman Felipe de Leon Jr. said the literary journal was launched coinciding with the opening of the 4th Tabaon: Philippine Writers' Festival, which will be held at the Fontana Convention Center here

10 Feb 2012 - Guidelines for international passengers enforced

PAMPANGA -- To prevent human trafficking and illegal recruitment, the Regional Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (Riacat) in Central Luzon is also adopting the departure guidelines for international-bound passengers in all airports and seaports in the country.

The guidelines were set by the Iacat and were based on existing legislation such as Republic Act 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003) and Republic Act 8042 (Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 as amended).

10 Feb 2012 - Japanese student found dead

PAMPANGA -- A Japanese national was found dead inside his room at Clark International Premier School in Barangay CutCut, Angeles City, police said Friday.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recommono, Angeles City police director, said Nishimura Yoichi, 69, a stay-in English student of said school, was found lying on his bed at room 113.

10 Feb 2012 - 3 more dialysis machines for Angeles hospital

ANGELES CITY -- Some three additional dialysis machines were installed at the Angeles City Renal Care Unit (ACRCU), bringing to 18 the total number of medical equipment used for patients suffering from kidney diseases.

Dr. Ramon Jose Suarez, ACRCU head, said the new machines will supplement the current operation of the renal center and accommodate more patients undergoing dialysis treatment.

10 Feb 2012 - Foundation to host national Catholic confab

ANGELES CITY -- In celebration of its 50th founding anniversary, the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) is hosting the National Catholic Student Leaders’ Summit from February 15-17 inside its main campus here.

Lawyer Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles, AUF president, said the Opening Eucharistic Celebration will be officiated by SVD Philippines Mission Director Rev. Fr. Jerry M. Orbos, while keynote speaker is Colegio de San Juan de Letran Rector Rev. Fr. Tamerlane R. Lana, OP.

10 Feb 2012 - PhilHealth to deploy 600 nurses

PAMPANGA -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth will soon deploy some 600 licensed nurses nationwide to act as customers relation staff (CRS).

This was revealed during a press conference at the PhilHealth office in the city, where the state firm’s 17th anniversary was celebrated.

10 Feb 2012 - Lawmaker to distribute 30 multi-cabs

ANGELES CITY -- Representative Carmelo Lazatin will distribute 30 multi-cabs worth P9 million to different barangays in Angeles City, Mabalacat and Magalang on February 14.

The multi-cabs, worth P280,000 each, will be distributed around 9:30 a.m. at the lawmaker’s headquarters at Lazatin Farm, Barangay Telabastagan, City of San Fernando.

10 Feb 2012 - Tune Hotels in Philippines

ANGELES CITY -- Global value hotel chain Tune Hotels has spread its wings to the Philippines with the official opening of Tune Hotel Angeles City here Friday.

The 165-room hotel is designed to be an airport hotel, providing convenience to passengers of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, also known as the Clark Airfield which is just 10 minutes’ drive away.

10 Feb 2012 - 100 sea turtles released in Subic

SUBIC FREEPORT -- A beach resort here has released over a hundred sea turtle hatchlings on President Benigno Aquino III's birthday.

Mark Dayrit, owner of All Hands Beach Resort, said 60 foreign students from an international school here released the turtles named "PNoy Pawikan" on February 8, the President's 52nd birthday.

9 Feb 2012 - Airphil Express to launch new flights in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Airphil Express will start four new routes at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) Clark starting March 29.

The new additional routes are from Clark to Davao, Cebu, Kalibo and Puerto Prinsesa, and the same brings the total number of Airphil Express’s daily scheduled trips to 32 local destinations.

9 Feb 2012 - Pupils get P200,000 scholarship aid

PAMPANGA -- Third District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. turned over Wednesday a P251,015 scholarship assistance grant to indigent pupils of Anao Elementary School in Mexico.

The assistance aims to shoulder the educational expenses of some 694 indigent students here under the Iskolar ng Dong Program.

9 Feb 2012 - Mayor vows to help in culture cultivation

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan vowed Wednesday to help in the all-out cultivation of culture, arts and literature and heritage preservation.

During the opening rites of the Taboan Writers’ Festival at Fontana Convention Center in Clark, Pamintuan stressed the importance of not only cultivating Kapampangan culture, but of preserving its rich literary and arts heritage.

9 Feb 2012 - Deadly Accident on NLEX

PAMPANGA -- A truck carrying sacks of sand driven by Arnel de Jesus fell on its side at the southbound lane of NLEx’s Kilometer 62 at around 8 p.m yesterday.

De Jesus’ companion, identified as Robert Beltran, jumped off the moving truck out of fear and was then crushed by the sacks of sand after the truck fell on its side.

8 Feb 2012 - P3-M barangay hall to rise in Candaba

PAMPNAGA -- The construction of a P3-million barangay hall in Barangay Bahay Pare here has recently started.

According to village chief Arnold Canimo, the project was funded by 4th district Representative Dr. Anna York Bondoc.

8 Feb 2012 - Workshops to help promote Philippines’s competitiveness

PAMPANGA -- Globally acknowledged competitiveness gurus will share their expertise on quality, productivity, workplace cooperation and benchmarking in the forthcoming national symposium-workshops to be held in San Fernando from March 27-30.

The symposium-workshops are being organized through a public-private partnership between Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and Quality Partners Co. Ltd.

7 Feb 2012 - Fire razes 7 classrooms

ANGELES CITY -- A fire caused by faulty electrical wiring razed at least seven classrooms at the Angeles City National High School (ACNHS) in Barangay Pampang Friday morning.

The fire started at 6:40 a.m. and reached the first alarm at 6:45 a.m. The firefighters were able to stop the fire from reaching other building inside the school compound but reportedly nobody got hurt.

7 Feb 2012 - Foreigner commits Suicide

ANGELES CITY -- An Austrian, Norbert Walser, 75, jumped from the Grandview Tower Hotel Tuesday afternoon.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Police chief,explained he entered the Coffee Shop for am meal using the name Tom Miller, then went up the 7 floors and leaped to his death.

6 Feb 2012 - Couple shot on Santos Street

ANGELES CITY -- A construction worker, Osmundo dela Cruz, 32, died instantly while his live-in partner, Roxanne Fernandez, 27, was seriously wounded after two Muslim vendors allegedly shot them inside their home in Barangay Balibago yesterday morning.

SPO4 Romeo Amarillo and SPO2 Jose Capinpin III arrested the suspects Jason Ampaso, 26, and Sahaban Monte Dibaraten, 19, both Muslim vendors, shortly after the attack.

6 Feb 2012 - Air Asia Set to secure operator certificate

CLARK FREEPORT -- The local unit of Malaysia’s AirAsia will mount flights from Clark to several tourist destinations in the country.

Last year, AirAsia Philippines took delivery of two Airbus A320 aircraft at Clark. The carrier plans to purchase as many as 10 aircraft in the next three years.

6 Feb 2012 - Arayat dike collapses; desilting needed

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government is set to ask sand quarry operators to desilt a heavily silted area at the P25-million Arayat-Apalit setback levee – sans quarry fee – following its collapse.

This endangers residents of Guemasan and nearby Barangay Cupang in this town.

6 Feb 2012 - Senate okays Mabalacat cityhood on 2nd reading

MABALACAT -- The Senate Committee on Local Government has recently approved on second reading House Bill 2509/4736 or the Mabalacat cityhood bill.

Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales said he was elated by this development.

6 Feb 2012 - Groups to hold simultaneous clean-up at Pampanga River

PAMPANGA -- Various groups in the province have set a simultaneous clean-up drive along the stretch of the Pampanga River on February 14.

Dubbed "Heart for the River," the activity will be spearheaded by the respective municipalities adjacent to the said river, as previously agreed and approved by mayors in a meeting attended by religious groups and other sectors here.

6 Feb 2012 - 2012 hot air balloon fest bigger, brighter

CLARK FREEPORT -- Expect a bigger and brighter celebration of the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) this coming Thursday until Sunday in this Freeport.

Captain Joy Roa, hot air balloon fiesta organizer and PIHABF executive director, said at least 26 hot air balloons, including six specially shaped balloons, will be flown starting Thursday. Some balloons, Roa said, were shapes of a car,

6 Feb 2012 - Korean found dead

ANGELES CITY - A Korean national, Nam Sang Chul, 55, was found dead inside his rented room at KOA Hotel in Barangay Anunas in Angeles City over the weekend.

That victim suffered from an illness and no sign of foul play was noted during the investigation conducted by police authorities.

5 Feb 2012 - P30-M dining complex to open in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has signed for a P30-million tourism-related venture inside the Freeport, involving an entertainment and dining complex.

The project will be put up along the boundaries of Ninoy Aquino Ave. and E. Quirino Streets near the Parade Grounds here.

5 Feb 2012 - Guv leads inspection of P1-M Balitucan school building

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda led the recent inspection of the newly constructed P1-million school building of the Balitucan Elementary School here.

Pineda said the completion of the school facility is part of her administration’s commitment to improve the quality of education in the province.

5 Feb 2012 - Dragon Boat backs Pampanga River eco-tourism plan

PAMPANGA -- The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) expressed its support to the eco-tourism plan for the Pampanga River by turning it into a venue of future local and international competitions.

Included in the federation are the De La Salle University Dragon Boat Team, Onslaught Dragon Boat Racing Team and Triton Dragon Boat Racing Team.

3 Feb 2012 - Authorities prevent entry of drugs at Clark airport

CLARK FREEPORT -- The strict security measures being implemented by joint security operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Customs and airport security prevented the entry of illegal drugs at the Clark International Airport.

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose I. Luciano said PDEA seized P40-million worth of shabu that arrived at the airport recently.

3 Feb 2012 - Civil service accepts applicants for eligibility tests

PAMPANGA -- The regional Civil Service Commission (CSC) is now accepting applications for the first Career Service Professional and Sub-professional Paper and Pencil Tests of 2012 scheduled on May 27.

CSC Central Luzon information officer Diana Henson said exams are open to all Filipino citizens aged 18 years old and above who are of good moral character, have neither been found guilty to an offense involving moral turpitude nor have been dishonorably dismissed from any civilian position in the government, and have not taken the same level of CSC examination in less than three months.

3 Feb 2012 - Group sets thanksgiving at orphanage

ANGELES CITY -- The Green Youth Brigade (GYB) set Sunday a thanksgiving party at the “Ang Duyan Ni Maria” located at Leticia Street, Josefa Subdivision, Malabanias, this city.

Members of the group are expected to interact and eat with the children at the orphanage, said GYB head Louie Reyes.

3 Feb 2012 - Guv wants police stations rehabilitated

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda has directed the Provincial Engineer's Office (PEO) to rehabilitate dilapidated police stations in the province.

The governor ordered the PEO to assess the actual situation of the stations and start the rehabilitation immediately, if needed.

2 Feb 2012 - Luciano not yet ‘off the hook’

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano is not off the hook on the cable theft case inside the aviation complex, said CIAC vice president Reynaldo Catacutan.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines-Office of the Transportation Security (CAAP OTS) earlier cleared Luciano of the case.

2 Feb 2012 - Mayor welcomes SM Clark expansion

CLARK FREEPORT -- Mayor Marino Morales said he welcomes the proposed expansion of SM City Clark (SMCC), saying it would generate more employment for his constituents.

“It’s a welcome development because it will spur different activities that would give employment for our people,” Morales said.

2 Feb 2012 - Guv vows to address needs of police

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda vowed on Wednesday to assist the Pampanga police in improving their respective stations.

In an afternoon conference at Capitol’s Executive House, the 22 Pampanga chiefs of police led by Provincial Director Edgardo Tinio presented to the governor the state of their police stations, which need major repairs ranging from repainting, roofing and improvement of comfort rooms, cells and other civil works.

2 Feb 2012 - Clark to host Taboan Writer Festival

CLARK FREEPORT -- The “Taboan: Philippine Writers Festival” will be held inside the Freeport on February 9-11.

National Artists for Literature Virgilio Almario, Bienvenido Lumbera and Sionil Jose will join writers Butch Dalisay, Aida Rivera Ford, Charlson Ong and other poets, playwrights, fictionists and novelists from different parts of the country.

2 Feb 2012 - MACCII to host 2012 revenue updates with BIR

ANGELES CITY -- The Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated (MACCII) will be hosting a Revenue Update seminar with the Bureau of Internal revenue (BIR) on February 16 at the Angeles Business Center Bldg. here.

The event, according to MACCII president Frankie Villanueva, is part of the regular MACCII Breakfast Meeting Club organized by the chamber to provide information, skills and updates to members on the many issues and trends in the business sector here.

2 Feb 2012 - Hot Air Balloon Fiesta opens February 9

CLARK FREEPORT -- AT THE break of dawn on February 9, Hot Air Balloons of all shapes and sizes will fill the skies of Pampanga and its neighboring areas to signal the opening of the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta – a yearly grand gathering of hot air balloons and many other interesting human creations that fly and conquer the skies.

Traditionally marked by exciting festivities that draw thousands of people not only from local communities but foreign places as well, the PIHABF promises to keep heads always looking upwards during the entire four-day celebration to be held at the fiesta site, Air Force City, Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark Field. Last year’s PIHABF visitors breached the 80,000 mark.

1 Feb 2012 - 3 junkshops shut down

ANGELES CITY -- The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) here has closed three junkshops for allegedly violating environment laws, among which is the open burning of biodegradable wastes.

A “Notice for Closure” was served by the City Government to De Guzman Junkshop, Asuncion Junkshop, and Alib Trading and Junkshop.

1 Feb 2012 - 6 new school buildings up for Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- THE Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) is set to turn over six newly completed school buildings in Pampanga this month, as part of its Barrio Schools project.

The six school buildings that will be turned over to their respective schools and local government units include three school buildings in Porac town, two in Magalang town, and one in Angeles City.

1 Feb 2012 - Pampanga, Nueva Vizcaya ink sisterhood pact

PAMPANGA -- THE Pampanga Provincial Government and several local chief executives from Nueva Vizcaya forged a sisterhood agreement Wednesday at the municipal hall extension in Barangay Salapungan, Candaba.

The agreement aims to foster favorable relations and cooperation between the parties involving agricultural ventures.

1 Feb 2012 - SM City Clark hosts medical mission for indigents, seniors

CLARK FREEPORT -- THE SM City Clark will host a series of medical and dental missions Thursday until Friday at the Event Center and the Felicidad Sy Wellness Center in Angeles City for the benefit of indigents and senior citizens.

SM City Clark public relations officer Venus Manalang said the event is expected to benefit 1,500 indigents and 800 senior citizens.

1 Feb 2012 - 100,000 expected to attend Hot Air Balloon fest

CLARK FREEPORT -- Approximately 100,000 tourists are expected to flock this Freeport next week for the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF).

In a statement, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Felipe Antonio Remollo said the 2012 edition is expected to surpass the 80,000 mark set last year since Clark now plays host to a variety of sports activities during the weekends such as football games, baseball matches and marathons.