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Balibago News May-2012

31 May 2012 - City cops collar suspected drug peddler

PAMPANGA -- A suspected drug peddler fell into the hands of police operatives in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Calulut, San Fernando.

Police identified the suspect as Kevin Esparagoza Vergara, 31, married, a resident of Purol Pau, Barangay Calulut, this city. His cohort, who managed to escape, was identified as one Sauro Dizon.

31 May 2012 - Girl stabbed dead

PAMPANGAA 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death by a still unidentified suspect in Barangay Poblacion here on Tuesday, reports said.

Investigations revealed that around 4:30 p.m. of Tuesday, while Keith Valerie Lansangan Punzalan was inside their house, the suspect entered the house and stabbed the victim several times in different parts of her body.

31 May 2012 - Mayors want portability vs reduced IRA

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Oscar Rodriguez and Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan are pushing to have the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) portability for towns being converted to cities.

This move is to cushion the effect of reduced IRA shares of the 117 member cities of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).

31 May 2012 - Foreign affairs to save P1.04B in PPP programs

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is expected to save the government a total of P1.04 billion in operating costs in the next 10 years, as a result of the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) arrangements it has initiated.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Administration Rafael Seguis said in an exclusive interview that the savings cover an initial 16 consular offices across the country that would occupy more than 7,000 square meters of prime space in DFA partner malls.

31 May 2012 - COA hit for allowing government spending on illegal dumps

ANGELES CITY -- A group of environmentalists has assailed the Commission on Audit (COA) for allowing some local government units in Pampanga to spend on illegal dumpsites.

Sonny Dobles, president of the Alliance for the Development of Central Luzon (ADCL), said the Office of the Ombudsman for Central Luzon should conduct an investigation regarding the issue.

30 May 2012 - DFA offices in shopping centers to follow mall hours

PAMPANGA -- In a message read by Undersecretary Rafael Seguis at the inauguration of the latest DFA facility in Pampanga, DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario said the longer hours will allow applicants to have their passports processed or released even after office hours - from Mondays to Sundays.

“To further improve our services, our regional offices will be open during mall hours, Mondays to Saturdays. With this, applicants need not take the entire day off like they do now just to apply for their passports. Applicants now have the option to do this after office or school hours or even on Saturdays,” Del Rosario said.

30 May 2012 - 94% of properties tax mapped in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- The provincial government has already accomplished 94 percent in tax mapping or an equivalent of 581,683 real property units discovered in Pampanga, according to provincial and municipal assessors.

In a conference held at Capitol Staff House on May 28, governor Lilia Pineda has expressed her satisfaction with the result, however, she instructed provincial assessor Romeo Dizon to complete the tax mapping operation as soon as possible.

29 May 2012 - Pamintuan: ‘City College not competing with big schools’

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan clarified on Tuesday that the City College of Angeles (CCA) will not be in competition with large private colleges and universities in this city.

Pamintuan said that CCA would be catering only to impoverished students who cannot afford high tuition fees.

29 May 2012 - Mayor to prioritize road upgrades

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo “EdPam” Pamintuan said Tuesday his administration’s priority now is the repair and upgrading of roads particularly those leading to the new City College.

During the regular “Kapihan with EdPam,” the mayor said it is of outmost importance that vital roads leading to the City College which is under construction and nearing completion, be repaired and upgraded as classes in schools open in June.

29 May 2012 - Aetas get training on wellness massage

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Provincial Manpower Training Center (PMTC) recently disclosed that some members of the indigenous community in Floridablanca town completed their training on wellness massage.

PMTC officer-in-charge Francis Maslog said 19 Aetas from the upland community underwent a five-day skills training on arm, foot, hand, head, facial, leg and back wellness massage.

29 May 2012 - Lewis Grand Hotel golf tourney set June 1

ANGELES CITY -- The Lewis Grand Annual Invitational golf tournament will be held on June 1 at the Mimosa Golf and Country Club in Clark, organizers said on Tuesday.

At least 80 players have registered to join the first-ever promotion of Louis C. Yakich, founder of Lewis Grand Hotel here.

29 May 2012 - Rehab of Porac hospital to be finished in 6 months

PORAC -- The major rehabilitation of the Porac District Hospital has started and will be finished within six months, Mayor Condralito “Carling” De La Cruz said Monday.

De La Cruz said Sen. Manuel “Lito” Lapid and the Department of Health (DOH) gave a total of P38 million for the repair work at the district hospital in Barangay Cangatba. At least P25 million will come from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Lapid, a former governor and native of Porac.

29 May 2012 - EdPam eyes new public cemetery, crematorium

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is planning to put up a new public cemetery that will include a crematorium and a chapel but will offer services seven times lower those of private facilities.

“We’re planning to put up a new public cemetery that will also include a crematorium and a chapel,” Pamintuan said during a press briefing on Tuesday.

28 May 2012 - Resort cited for contribution to tourism

PAMPANGA -- Municipal government cited on Monday through a Municipal Council resolution the massive contribution to local and international tourism of Poracay Resort in Barangay Manibaug, Porac.

During the Monday flag raising rites, Municipal Council majority floor leader Councilor Ludi Muli read the resolution which noted the growing influx of tourists in the town, particularly Poracay, and its contribution to the town’s economy.

28 May 2012 - City observes National Flag Day

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan led other city officials in celebrating the National Flag Day, commemorating the day when the Philippine flag was first unfurled 114 years ago during the Battle of Alapan.

The event also started the city’s 15-day countdown to the 114th Philippine Independence Day celebration on June 12.

28 May 2012 - 100 kids to get free harelip, cleft palate surgeries

ANGELES CITY -- Some 100 children are set to receive free harelip and cleft palate surgeries from the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF), Operation Smile and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Hospital on May 30 to June 3.

KDF president Benigno Ricafort said the beneficiaries come from poor families who cannot afford the costly reconstructive facial surgery and the accompanying cost of the medicines.

28 May 2012 - Driver arrested for drugs

PAMPANGA -- A 21-year-old tricycle driver was arrested by police authorities in a drug bust operation conducted over the weekend along Barangay San Isidro this town, a police report said Monday.

Police identified the suspect as Benjamin Calma Celis alias Jepoy, single and resident of Barangay San Agustin, San Simon.

28 May 2012 - P14-M fund ready for Dong’s scholars

PAMPANGA -- Some P14 million in scholarship funds are now ready to benefit the new set of scholars of Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales Jr. (3rd District, Pampanga) under his “Iskolar Ng Dong Program”.

Gonzales made the announcement Monday in the orientation of new scholars under the educational assistance program at his District Office in Barangay Sindalan, San Fernando.

28 May 2012 - Capitol distributes new set of barangay patrols

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government distributed Monday another set of tricycles to be used as barangay patrols in Apalit.

Village chiefs here lauded Governor Lilia Pineda for the initiative which will further bolster the campaign against criminality in the localities.

28 May 2012 - Police: Illegal drugs remain No. 1 problem in Apalit

PAMPANGA -- Local police admitted Monday that the proliferation of illegal drugs has remained as the number one problem in Apalit.

Police Chief Homer Penecilla disclosed that they are currently dealing with individuals who are reportedly engaged in the illegal drug trade.

28 May 2012 - Traders appeal transportation office’s policy

PAMPANGA -- The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) has appealed to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to reconsider its policy involving over-speeding motorists in the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).

In a letter to Assistant Secretary Virginia P. Torres, PamCham chairman Levy P. Laus and PamCham president Marco Antonio Jimenez appealed the LTO policy of requiring over-speeding violators in the NLEx and SCTEx to retrieve their confiscated licenses from the LTO main office in Quezon City.

28 May 2012 - 3 bodies found

PAMPANGA -- Three unidentified bodies which are suspected to be victims of summary execution have been found near Barangay Kawayan in Mexico, Pampanga.

Initial invesitations of the Mexico Police said the blindfolded and tied victims have gunshot wounds in the head and in some parts of their bodies.

27 May 2012 - Traders appeal transportation office’s policy

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) has appealed to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to reconsider its policy involving over-speeding motorists in the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).

In a letter to Assistant Secretary Virginia P. Torres, PamCham chairman Levy P. Laus and PamCham president Marco Antonio Jimenez appealed the LTO policy of requiring over-speeding violators in the NLEx and SCTEx to retrieve their confiscated licenses from the LTO main office in Quezon City.

27 May 2012 - Dragonair to launch Clark-Hong Kong flights

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation president Victor Jose Luciano has announced that Dragonair, a partner airline of Hong Kong’s flag carrier Cathay Pacific, will start its Clark-Hong Kong flights and vice versa on Tuesday.

Luciano said the entry of Dragonair in Clark is a welcome development as the airline will add up to budget carriers in serving residents in the airport’s catchment area in Northern parts of Metro Manila and the most part of Central and Northern Luzon.

27 May 2012 - Capitol’s medical program in full swing

PAMPANGA -- The Integrated Medical Assistance (IMA) program of the Provincial Government is in full swing and has already served thousands of underprivileged Kapampangans in all towns of the province.

Governor Lilia Pineda has initiated the formation of a team of medical experts composed of surgeons, specialists in urology, oncology, neurology and pulmonology.

27 May 2012 - Transportation office goes ‘green’

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

LTO-Angeles City chief Aida Santiago said 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.

27 May 2012 - Children get free summer education

PAMPANGA -- Some 37 incoming Grade 1 pupils from Barangay Pasig in Candaba have benefited from the Summer Kindergarten Program (SKP) of the New Era University (NEU).

The program is being implemented annually by NEU all throughout the province with the help of the various locales of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in the Ecclesiastical District of Pampanga.

27 May 2012 - Foundation honors outstanding alumni

ANGELES CITY -- In line with its 50th anniversary celebration, the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) awarded on Saturday at least eight alumni who excelled in their respective professions.

The awardees include Corazon Y. Capitulo, Bachelor of Science in Education 1970, in the field of education; Engineer Rafael C. Yabut, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering 1976, in the field of government service; Lyn V. Lansangan, Bachelor of Science in Education 1982, in the field of education; and Maria Antonette C. Esguerra, Bachelor of Science in Nursing 1987 in the field of health sciences.

27 May 2012 - Police activate ‘Siyasat-Special Project’

PAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon has activated its “Siyasat–Special Project” recently to continuously monitor and evaluate or validate the deployment and utilization of police personnel.

PRO Regional Director Edgardo Ladao said the Inspecting and Monitoring and Evaluation/Validation Teams will be headed by Senior Superintendent Noli Taliño, deputy regional director for operations.

27 May 2012 - Veggie farmers get boost from officials

PAMPANGA -- Some 70 vegetable farmers from Barangay Sta. Cruz in Porac received two farm irrigation machines and are set to undergo development seminars through the initiative of Governor Lilia Pineda, Mayor Condralito dela Cruz and Vice Mayor Dexter David.

The move aims to develop the vibrant vegetable growing industry here into a full-blown commercial enterprise.

25 May 2012 - City intensifies village info network

ANGELES CITY -- The local government here, through its City Information Office (CIO), has intensified its information network in the barangay level.

In line with this, an information and communication seminar was conducted recently at Shanghai Restaurant here that was participated in by barangay information officers.

25 May 2012 - Guv's proposed trike repair seminar lauded

PAMPANGA -- A group of tricycle drivers in Candaba lauded Governor Lilia Pineda’s plan to sponsor a motorcycle trouble-shooting seminar.

The proposed project is aimed at providing the drivers an alternative source of income.

25 May 2012 - IBM continues expansion program in Central Luzon

CLARK FREEPORT -- The IBM Philippines Inc. has launched its geographic expansion in Pampanga to cover growth areas in Central Luzon, including Clark and Subic.

In line with this, IBM organized on Thursday a smarter solution workshop for local clients and business partners to spur transformation and growth in Central Luzon region.

24 May 2012 - Arrest warrant out for Delfin Lee

PAMPANGA -- A local court has ordered the arrest of developer Delfin Lee, his son and three officers of Lee’s Globe Asiatique Realty Holdings Corp. for syndicated estafa in connection with the P7-billion “ghost borrowers” housing loan scandal.

The Lee father and son, Christina Sagun, Cristina Salagan and lawyer Alex Alvarez were ordered arrested by Judge Maria Amifaith Fider-Reyes of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 42 after the judge found probable cause in a syndicated estafa case filed against them in connection with Globe Asiatique’s Xevera housing projects in Bacolor and Mabalacat towns in Pampanga.

24 May 2012 - Petroleum firm looking at San Fernando for depot

PAMPANGA -- The PTT Petroleum Company has professed its willingness to pour in bigger investments in this city.

In reports the Thailand-based petrol company was noted to have chosen the business-friendly city where it would build a petroleum depot.

24 May 2012 - Local government units urged to adapt collection system

PAMPANGA -- Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) chief Art Punsalan said Thursday that the Provincial Government is welcoming local government units outside Pampanga who have quarry industries to imitative or at least learn from the Pampanga quarry collection system.

Punsalan’s statement came as the Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte recently finished its benchmarking activity here on Pampanga’s quarry collection system.

24 May 2012 - Suspected bike thief nabbed

MABALACAT -- A 31-year-old man suspected of stealing a motorcycle in Barangay Dau here was arrested during a hot pursuit operation conducted by the town police.

Edrick Catli Natividad of South Daang Bakal was charged in court for alleged violation of Republic Act 6539, or the Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972, said Superintendent Rodney Raymond Louie J. Baloyo IV, town police chief.

24 May 2012 - Central Luzon cops all set for opening of classes

PAMPANGA -- The Central Luzon police are set to provide utmost assistance among students on the opening of classes come June 4.

Central Luzon Police Director Edgardo Ladao said guidelines were already established in accordance with Oplan Balik-Paaralan, a directive emanated from the national headquarters that is being conducted annually.

23 May 2012 - 4 killed, 4 hurt in SCTEx mishap

PAMPANGA -- Four persons were killed while three others were seriously injured after their vehicle rammed into a guard railing of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) at the vicinity of Barangay Babo Pangulo, Porac town on Tuesday.

The fatalities were identified as Dr. Richard Quilang (driver), 43; Mariel Frias Ocampo, 12; John Rod Ryan Martin, 14; and Criselda Rivero, all residents of Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila.

23 May 2012 - Arrest warrant vs Globe Asiatique owner out

MABALACAT -- Warrants of arrest were issued against Globe Asiatique (GA) owner Delfin Lee and his co-accused after a judge found probable cause for the syndicated estafa case filed against them, Vice President Jejomar Binay said Wednesday.

Binay, the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, said Judge Amifaith Fider-Reyes of the Regional Trial Court Branch (RTC) 42 in San Fernando, Pampanga, issued the warrants of arrest Tuesday with no recommendation for bail.

23 May 2012 - ‘No opposition to Mabalacat cityhood’

MABALACAT -- The president of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) assured Wednesday that the organization of the country’s existing cities has no opposition to the cityhood bid of the Municipality of Mabalacat.

Mabalacat is now set to hold its upcoming plebiscite.

23 May 2012 - Capitol eyes ‘modern equipment’ for public hospitals

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government is contemplating on buying modern equipment for tuberculosis diagnosis to be used by the public hospitals in the province.

Governor Lilia Pineda together with some elected provincial officials recently witnessed the demonstration of the modern diagnostic equipment during the digital seminar held at the Clark Freeport on Tuesday.

23 May 2012 - Mayor lauds consistent services of city hospital

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan lauded the efforts of the hospital administrators and personnel at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC) for their staunch commitment for proper healthcare services to the public in the past year.

Dr. Antonio Dizon, hospital director of the RLMMC, said the hospital has admitted 26,840 patients, seen 72,600 patients in the Out-Patient Department, conducted 1,870 ambulance rescue operations, administered 2,640 surgeries, completed 275,000 laboratory examinations and 29,700 x-ray procedures and provided for 1,760 dental procedures and services from July 2011 to April of this year.

23 May 2012 - Trade fair, fiesta bazaar open

PAMPANGA -- Fernandino products and goods from the Mindanao barter trade went Wednesday in the offing to the public as the Pyestang Fernandino 2012 Agro-Industrial Trade Fair and the Lanao Muslim Traders Association-sponsored Fiesta Bazaar were simultaneously opened.

Both markets -- the trade fair at the Metropolitan Cathedral Patio and the bazaar along the whole stretch of Jose Abad Santos Street in the city proper -- will run until May 25.

23 May 2012 - Bizmen: Cityhood a big opportunity

MABALACAT -- Businessmen in the province expressed on Tuesday their support to the upcoming plebiscite that will convert the town into a component city.

Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice chairman Rene Romero said conversion of the town into a city will become a big ticket opportunity for the people of Mabalacat to move themselves for further progress and development.

23 May 2012 - P25-M dorm for inmates seen to decongest jail

PAMPANGA -- The leadership of the Pampanga provincial jail is confident that the ongoing construction of a P25-million dormitory-type facility here will provide convenience to more than 600 inmates.

Provincial Warden Retired Colonel Edwin Mangaliman disclosed that the construction of a dormitory-type jail will serve as the second home of inmates. He noted the present “poor condition” of the detention facility, where inmates get sick most of the time due to overpopulation.

23 May 2012 - Indian nationals injured in Lubao accident

PAMPANGA -- Four Indian nationals were injured when their vehicle rammed against the side of a passenger bus here over the weekend, police reports said.

Authorities identified the injured as Harpal Sigh Gill, 33, businessman; Harprett Kaur Gill, 10; Gursev Singh Gill, 7; and Gursarn Singh Gill, 9 months old, all Indian nationals presently residing at No. 4 Makiling St., Mountain View in Mariveles Bataan.

22 May 2012 - 60 Clark firms to join job fair

CLARK FREEPORT -- Some 60 companies from this Freeport are expected to join the “Clark Freeport Job Fair 2012,” which will be held at the SM City Clark Event Center on May 31.

Clark Development Corporation (CDC) chair Eduardo Oban Jr. said some 2,500 jobs will be available during the event, sponsored by CDC and Clark Investors and Locators Association (Cila).

22 May 2012 - University committed to quality education

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation (AUF) is committed to provide quality education.

These were the words of AUF Chancellor Emmanuel Y. Angeles during a recent fellowship meeting with the local press in line with the school’s celebration of its 50th anniversary.

22 May 2012 - Pampanga cops test negative for drug use

PAMPANGA -- Some 47 members of the Provincial/Municipal/City Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operations Task Group passed a surprise drug test conducted recently by the Regional Crime Laboratory Office.

According to Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPO) director Senior Superintendent Edgardo G. Tinio, the surprise drug test is part of the PPO’s campaign to boost police credibility in the fight against illegal drugs.

22 May 2012 - No more helmets within public safety zone

PAMPANGA -- Local authorities in Candaba have prohibited the wearing of helmets among motorcycle riders within the identified public safety zone.

Mayor Jery Pelayo earlier told that for the security reasons, motorcycle riders will be excused from wearing their helmets within the said zone.

22 May 2012 - Immigration officials reshuffled

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reshuffled its field officials assigned in various ports in the provinces, including immigration officers assigned at the international airport in Clark Field, Pampanga to re-energize the agency, official said on Tuesday.

BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said he issued last week the personnel orders reassigning several employees to various posts after implementing a similar revamp of some key officials at the bureau's main office in Intramuros, Manila.

22 May 2012 - Olongapo residents benefit from P50-M filtration facility

OLONGAPO CITY -- Residents from the northern half of this city will experience increased water pressure and wider service coverage with the formal commissioning of the new filtration facility of Subic Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (SUBICWATER), the private utility serving this area and the Subic Bay Freeport.

SUBICWATER Chairman Herbert Consunji, who led the inauguration rites yesterday, said the P50-million project has increased the water treatment capacity of the Mabayuan Water Treatment Plant (MWTP) by36-percent or ten million liters per day (MLD), and can now operate on a maximum capacity of 38 MLD.

22 May 2012 - Boking dangles P100-M more IRA in campaign for cityhood

MABALACAT -- This town’s Mayor Marino Morales dangled P100-million additional internal revenue allotment (IRA) to lure local voters to vote for cityhood in a plebiscite expected to be held here next month.

Following Pres. Aquino’s signing of Republic Act 10164 declaring this town as component city, Morales also assured his constituents of a five-year tax moratorium once Mabalacat becomes a city.

22 May 2012 - AUF turns 50

ANGELES CITY -- Angeles University Foundation is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a roster of week-long events, starting with the blessing and inauguration of the new AUF Sports and Cultural Center (AUF-SCC) on May 24, 2012, it was announced by AUF president Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

The Exhibit will be formally opened to be followed by a piano concert by AUF Center for Culture and the Arts Director Gildo “Boron” A. Garcia, Jr.

21 May 2012 - Pampanga town gets ready for cityhood plebiscite

MABALACAT town is getting ready for the conduct of a plebiscite that will guarantee the full implementation of a law recently signed by President Benigno Aquino III that converts the town into a component city.

Mayor Marino Morales said the Municipal Government would set aside P14 million to be used by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the conduct of the plebiscite.

21 May 2012 - Mayor warns stores selling cigarettes, liquor to minors

ANGELES CITY - Store owners caught selling cigarettes and liquor to minors in this city will face stern sanctions and possible imprisonment, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said.

Pamintuan said the City Government will employ stringent measures against vices to save the youths.

21 May 2012 - Garbage build-up along riverbank noted

PAMPANGA -- Residents of Candaba who attended the first grand fluvial procession held at the Pampanga River recently observed that there is a build-up of domestic garbage along the embankment.

“Napansin lang natin sa ilang mga barangay na nadaanan natin na marami pa rin ang basurang nakatambak sa gilid ng ilog. Nakakaalarma ito kasi mukhang hindi pa rin natuto ang ating mga kababayan ng tamang pagmamalasakit sa ating kailugan,” said Levy Gatdula, a catholic devotee who joined the procession.

21 May 2012 - Residents thank Guam army for medical mission

PAMPANGA -- Residents who benefited from the recent joint medical and dental mission thanked the Guam Army National Guard and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who spearheaded the activity.

The Guam Army National Guard and AFP launched its medical and dental mission held at Central Elementary School in Barangay Sta. Lucia in Sta. Ana.

21 May 2012 - Junkshop workers get livelihood, PhilHealth cards

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government provided Monday livelihood assistance and Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) cards to small junkshop workers in the province.

Governor Lilia Pineda together with some provincial officials led the distribution of at least 84 ‘karitons’ to the beneficiaries.

21 May 2012 - MACCII hosts loan updates, online process

ANGELES CITY -- The Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (MACCII) hosted a loan update seminar dubbed “SSS Updates for 2012” in partnership with Social Security System (SSS) – Angeles City branch on May 17 at the Angeles Business Center building here.

Part of the regular MACCII Breakfast Meeting Club, the event intends to provide information to the participants coming from various business sectors in Metro Angeles on the rules and regulations set, requirements needed and procedures performed by the agency concerning loan penalty condonation program, educational assistance loan program and online registration and transactions for SSS individual members.

20 May 2012 - Village chief: Protect children’s rights

ANGELES CITY -- Balibago village chief Rodelio Mamac has urged the people to protect the rights of the children through mass awareness.

Mamac issued the statement Saturday during the press conference for “The Worlds Children’s Price for the Rights of the Child (WCP)” sponsored by the Angeles City Gender and Development, Visayan Forum Foundation, IMA Foundation, Balibago City Council, International Youth Fellowship, and other children’s organizations.

20 May 2012 - US-Philippines partnership seen to jumpstart development

PAMPANGA -- A high ranking official from Guam Army National Guard disclosed on Saturday that the United States of America and the Philippines have an existing partnership program to jumpstart development in Central Luzon.

Major General Benny Paulino, Guam adjutant general, said the friendship between the Philippines and their country started long before during the war period.

20 May 2012 - Cops nab drug pushers

PAMPANGA -- Two individuals were arrested in an anti-drug operation conducted by the town police over the weekend in Barangay Sto. Nino, Guagua.

The suspects were identified as Edwin Dulu Tan, 33; and Arjay Jingco Sido, 21, both of said village.

20 May 2012 - Army supports ‘Brigada Eskwela 2012’ kick off today

PAMPANGA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) enjoins all AFP units in all levels of command to support the Department of Education (DepEd) in the annual National Schools Maintenance Week or “Brigada Eskwela,” which will kick off today, Monday, and will run until May 26.

In a statement sent to the reporter, the AFP said this participation is an annual undertaking by the AFP in collaboration with other stakeholders wherein military personnel will assist the DepEd in its manpower requirements on different elementary and secondary public schools all over the country.

20 May 2012 - Man killed in NLEX accident

PAMPANGA -- A man was killed while 2 others were injured in a car crash early Saturday at the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).

The casualty was identified as 23-year-old Charles Nabas.

19 May 2012 - Kabalen bishop to shepherd Nueva Ecija flock

PAMPANGA -- Kapampangan Auxiliary Bishop Roberto Mallari of the Archdiocese of San Fernando will be installed on July 16 this year as the new head of the Diocese of San Jose in Nueva Ecija.

“Among Bobet,” as Bishop Mallari is fondly called, was recently and officially announced by Vatican to take over the vacant seat left by Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, who was transferred to the Diocese of Pasig last April 2011.

19 May 2012 - Porac mayor, VM agree on Tapang’s proposal

PAMPANGA -- Opposition Councilor Mike Tapang has agreed “in principle” to support the establishment of a Don Honorio Ventura Technical State University (DHVTSU) extension here after its proponents led by the mayor included the amendments he had asked for.

Tapang said he agreed with the project after he was assured that residents of Porac will be the “first priority” to study at DHVTSU-Porac.

19 May 2012 - Pineda assures creation of farmers’ trading post

PAMPANGA -- Gov. Lilia Pineda has assured farmers in Pampanga that her government will put up trading stations at strategic locations in the province, allowing them to earn more and highlight their produce.

Pineda disclosed that the first trading post will rise along the Olongapo-Gapan road in Lubao town.

18 May 2012 - Bataan exposed to stronger typhoons in 2012

ANGELES CITY -- Noting Bataan peninsula’s location on the western coast of Luzon makes Bataan prone to “ecological hazards”, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has started to install automated rain gauges in the province in the face of the rainy season.

Pagasa said in a statement that Bataan is prone to such ecological hazards especially in the midst of forecast that stronger typhoons are expected in the country this year.

18 May 2012 - Hanjin to hire more workers this year

SUBIC BAY FREEPROT -- Korean shipbuilding industry leader Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction- Philippines, Inc. (HHIC-Phil, Inc.) announced that it will hire thousands of workers to its shipyard here this year.

Since its first vessel delivery in 2008, Hanjin has accumulated worth P125-billion in annual export sales at the end of 2011, making the company the consistent top exporter in the country’s premier freeport.

18 May 2012 - Clarkview Market

ANGELES CITY -- Starting this coming Sunday local farmers and expat vendors will offer their products in the parking lot of the Lewis Grand Hotel.

It is planned to run every Sunday from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm.

18 May 2012 - Aquino okays Mabalacat cityhood

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales announced Friday that President Benigno Aquino III has signed a law converting this first-class town into a component city.

The President signed on Wednesday Republic Act 10164, declaring Mabalacat as the third city of Pampanga.

18 May 2012 - Chamber to donate another building to Porac school

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. is set to donate another building to Babo Pangulo Elementary School in Porac.

On Thursday afternoon, AC Fil-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. executive Johnson Dycaico, who hails from Barangay Sta. Cruz, Porac, was accompanied by Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz, Vice-Mayor Dexter David, barangay and school officials, together with members of the Parent-Teachers Association, in inspecting the site where the building will rise.

18 May 2012 - Inmates pass equivalency test

PAMPANGA -- An official from the Pampanga Provincial Jail said at least 11 inmates got diplomas after passing the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Accreditation and Equivalency Test (A&E) implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd).

Provincial Warden Edwin Mangaliman said in a radio program “Indung Kapampangan” on Friday that two of the 11 inmates passed the ALS A&E for elementary level, while the remaining nine passed it for the secondary level.

18 May 2012 - Binay lauds Jessica Sanchez

PAMPANGA -- Vice President Jejomar Binay congratulated American Idol contestant Jessica Sanchez whose mothr hails from Samal, Bataan, after she clinched a spot in the finale of American Idol.

“Congratulations to Jessica Sanchez for making it to the American Idol finale. Once again, she has brought great pride to Filipinos,” the Vice President said.

17 May 2012 - Detainee caught with illegal drugs

PAMPANGA -- A detainee was arrested for allegedly concealing illegal drugs and planning to smuggle the items inside the Pampanga Provincial Jail.

The arrest came after operatives of the Pampanga Provincial Intelligence Branch received a report that a certain detainee who is about to be committed at the provincial jail will try to smuggle illegal drugs inside the jail.

17 May 2012 - Philippine Science satellite school welcome in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Agricultural College (PAC) president Honorio Soriano Jr. said they welcome the establishment of a satellite campus by the Philippine Science High School (PSHS).

“I have no objection. We will appreciate if we accommodate ‘PhiScie’ in PAC,” Soriano said.

17 May 2012 - Clark firm exec meets Pampanga guv

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) officer-in-charge Eduardo Oban Jr. paid a courtesy call on Governor Lilia Pineda on Wednesday for the first time.

Oban’s visit to Pineda was marked by talks of various issues at the Capitol.

17 May 2012 - Angeles to stage city-wide Santacruzan

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government, through the Angeles City Tourism Office (ACTO), will be staging the city’s celebration of beauty and tradition today, Friday.

This year’s theme for its second year Las Flores de Los Angeles is anchored on the symbolic ritual of laying flowers to the Blessed Virgin Mary offered by the sagalas representing the 16 participating barangays of the city.

17 May 2012 - Librarian notes growing book collection at provincial library

PAMPANGA -- The head of the Pampanga Provincial Library (PPL) here recently disclosed that their total book collections have reached 21,572.

Provincial Librarian Bessie Makabali said these collections were purchased from local funds, while some were part of the allocation from the National Library of the Philippines (NLP).

17 May 2012 - Unity of Kapampangans abroad sought

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Board on Wednesday urged various Kapampangan groups in the United Stated of America to be united to further advance the interest of the province.

Jess Española, a representative of the USA Pampanga Day Celebration Commission, visited the Board Members on Wednesday.

16 May 2012 - Kalam deputized on anti-overloading

PAMPANGA -- An official from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) said Monday that they are deputizing personnel of the Kapampangan a Lulugud at Matapat (Kalam) in the implementation of the anti-overloading law in the province.

“Bear in mind that you are representing the Provincial Government and the LTO as deputies, so do your duties well as what you do would benefit the entire province and its populace,” Ronal Dabu, Bataan LTO chief of office, told Kalam personnel.

16 May 2012 - Residents to file raps vs Mabalacat official

MABALACAT -- A group of residents in Barangay Bundagul is reportedly planning to file technical malversation of public funds against Vice Mayor Noelito Castro in connection with the purchase of a lot when he was still a village chief.

The residents found out that the 534-square-meter open basketball court is registered in the Register of Deeds under Castro’s name.

16 May 2012 - Female entrepreneurs get more training

PAMPANGA -- Some 216 women entrepreneurs on Tuesday got additional training for their respective small and medium businesses in San Fernando.

The training were conducted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), courtesy of Capitol’s Provincial Cooperative and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCEDO).

16 May 2012 - Councilor donates trikes to 33 villages

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Jesus Sangil recently led the turnover and distribution of tricycle patrol units to 33 barangays here.

He added that “projects like this should benefit all our constituents.”

15 May 2012 - Cebu governor eyes Senate post

CLARK FREEPORT -- Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has relayed her plan to run for senator during the Mothers’ Day celebration at the SM City Clark on Sunday.

“This is my first time to announce my political plan outside of Cebu and it is here in Pampanga,” Garcia said.

15 May 2012 - City sets month-long ‘Pyestang Fernandino 2012’ events

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando has started its almost month-long fiesta celebration with an off-road challenge over the weekend, signaling the beginning of a host of cultural programs and recreational activities in line with its theme “Pyestang Fernandino, Dalerayan Ning Kulturang Pasulungan.”

“On the occasion of the feast of St. Ferdinand, our city patron saint, we celebrate our rich culture, highlight our best talents and showcase our unique bond as a people,” Rodriguez said during Monday’s press conference on the fiesta celebrations.

15 May 2012 - SBMA upbeat on ‘Subic BPO City’ project

SUBIC FREEPORT -- The top official of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) said he foresees a bright future for the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in this freeport because it now has all the infrastructure and facilities needed to make such ventures click.

Addressing the more than 200 graduating students of the AMA College in Olongapo City on Thursday (May 10), SBMA Chairman Roberto V. Garcia said that his management team is planning to establish a fully-developed “BPO City” here where local information technology (IT) workers can thrive.

15 May 2012 - P15-B mega-dam to start in July

ANGELES CITY -- The construction of the P15-billion Balog-Balog megadam (BBM) in Tarlac, a project initiated way back during the term of Pres. Aquino’s mother former Pres. Corazon Aquino, will finally start this July, the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) has announced.

The “rock-fill dam” would be 113.5 meters from the riverbed to the crest and would have a water storage capacity of 625 million cubic meters and once fully operational by 2016, the BBM is projected to boost rice crop yield by 116.7 thousand metric tons per year with an estimated value of $34.72 million and 94,000 metric tons of tilapia per year, worth P506 million.

15 May 2012 - ‘VM used public funds to buy lot’

MABALACAT -- The treasurer of Barangay Bundagul here said their former village chief, now Vice Mayor Noelito “Noel” Castro, had used public funds to purchase a 534-square meter property in 1999.

Bundagul Treasurer Elisa Cunanan said she was ordered by then Barangay Captain Castro to release funds in “several tranches” for the purchase of the property used as basketball court which Castro used to pay its owners the amount of P115,000 which had been taken from the funds of Bundagul.

14 May 2012 - Grand fluvial procession held at Pampanga River

PAMPANGA -- Archbishop Paciano Aniceto and Governor Lilia Pineda led on Monday thousands of devotees and well-wishers of the Sto. Cristo del Pardon during the first grand fluvial procession held at the Rio Grande de Pampanga commonly known as the Pampanga River.

Aniceto, welcomed by the Catholic faithful in Candaba, was joined by local leaders in Apalit as he formally opened the activity in a simple ceremony.

14 May 2012 - CDC’s revenue up in 2011

CLARK FREEPORT PORT -- Revenue in Clark Development Corporation has increased in 2011 compared to 2010, the Corporate Planning Department (CPD) of the state-owned firm reported.

In reports submitted to CDC chair and Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Oban Jr., the gross revenue for last year has reached P984,361 million compared to the 2010 revenue of P898,673 million.

14 May 2012 - 18 candidates vie for Lakan, Mutya ning San Fernando 2012

PAMPANGA -- Eighteen young men and women are vying for this year’s title of Lakan at Mutya Ning San Fernando 2012.

The said candidates were presented to members of the media Monday at the Heroes Hall in San Fernando.

14 May 2012 - Mayor: K+12 will make students resilient, competitive

PAMPANGA -- With the impending implementation of the K to 12 program this coming school year, Mayor Oscar Rodriguez of San Fernando said Monday that parents and students would not have to worry about the enhanced and decongested curriculum because it would make enrollees and graduates of the program resilient and more competitive.

“Actually the K to 12 program is long overdue at tayo na lang among what we call the 20 rising economies of the world ang hindi pa nag-implement nito. Parents and students who would be affected by its implementation should not worry because it would make students resilient and more competitive after finishing the curriculum,” he told.

13 May 2012 - El Circulo Fernandino holds 92nd reception, ball

PAMPANGA -- The oldest socio-civic club in Pampanga -- the El Circulo Fernandino -- held its 92nd reception and ball for members and guests in a glittery affair at the Heroes Hall mini-convention center Saturday evening.

The annual reception and ball, according to Mayor Oscar Rodriguez -- this year’s current El Circulo Fernandino president along with co-presidents Divine Tulio and Coritho Panlilio-Lim -- is not just a social gathering of Pampanga’s crème de la crème, social and civic personalities and government leaders but also a fund-raising activity for the club’s various socio-civic projects.

13 May 2012 - Porac to install solar-powered lamps

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government of Porac is set to install solar-powered lamp posts in main thoroughfares of strategic barangays here.

This was disclosed by Councilors Ludi Muli and Gilbert Santos, majority floor leader and chairman of the committee on appropriations of the Municipal Coucil, respectively, during a meeting with the town’s barangay captains over the weekend.

12 May 2012 - Exec underscores water district septage project

MABALACAT -- Mabalacat Water District (MWD) general manager Francis Dimaliwat has cited the P200-million septage management program (SMP) of the water facility.

Dimaliwat said the project will be funded under a financial loan from the Development Bank of Philippines.

12 May 2012 - Army rights advocacy paying off; zero violations for 2012

PAMPANGA -- The intensified efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to educate and train its soldiers on the protection of Human Rights and adherence to the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Rule of Law continue to pay off with zero Human Rights Violation (HRV) recorded for the first four months of 2012.

The AFP Human Rights Office (HRO) has been tasked to verify HRV reports involving military personnel that were referred to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

11 May 2012 - Palace: Let court decide on Arroyo’s medical treatment abroa

PAMPANGA -- Malacanang will let the court decide whether former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should be allowed to seek medical treatment abroad.

“There is a plunder case. It is a non-bailable offense. It is now within the courts to decide. If they should decide to seek for medical attention that would be left to the judgment of the judge---the courts to do so,” Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

11 May 2012 - DOTC chief hit for ‘abject failure’ at NAIA, CIA

ANGELES CITY – A Central Luzon-based advocacy group has called for the resignation of Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas, who was chided for his alleged “abject failure” to deal with problems facing major airports in the country.

Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) Chair Ruperto Cruz called for Roxas’s resignation after the DOTC chief announced in various media reports that the government may force airlines to reduce their flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to ease congestion that has caused delays in air travel.

10 May 2012 - HIV on the rise

ANGELES CITY – A non-profit, non-government group said here yesterday that the “incidence” of human-immuno deficiency virus (HIV) in the country has reached “epidemic proportions” amid new studies naming the Philippines as one of the seven countries worldwide where the number of HIV cases grow by over 25 percent monthly.

In an HIV summit sponsored here yesterday by the Jaycees International, Dr. Jonathan Fontilla, advocacy officer of the Philippine Business Sector Response to HIV and AIDS (PBSR-HA), said this was revealed in a new global report of the United Nations (UN).

10 May 2012 - Website prompted CamSur to visit San Fernando

PAMPANGA -- The new and improved website of San Fernando City has prompted the municipality of Libmanan in Camarines Sur to hold its travel study in the city.

Libmanan Mayor Marilyn Jimenez said, “The city’s updated and easy access website has greatly influenced us to do our Lakbay-Aral (travel study) here making it our top choice destination.”

10 May 2012 - Arroyo fights suspension move

PAMPANGA -- Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is now a Pampanga lawmaker, has contested Ombudsman prosecutors’ move to have her suspended from office because of her graft cases over the controversial national broadband network deal with China.

Arroyo, in her opposition filed through her lawyers, said her suspension would serve no purpose and that she did not deserve to be prevented from holding office because there is ground to question the validity of the charges against her.

10 May 2012 - 12 fishermen jailed for ‘illegal fishing’

PAMPANGA -- Just when talks to settle disputes over the delineation of Pampanga and Bataan coastal waters started, another group of fishermen aboard two boats were apprehended and jailed by Bataan authorities allegedly for “illegal fishing.”

This was revealed by fourth district Board Member Nestor “Bay” Tolentino on Wednesday, when he filed two resolutions seen to address illegal fishing in the province.

10 May 2012 - Nayong Pilipino Clark to hold Santacruzan on May 13, 27

CLARK FREEPORT --- The Nayong Pilipino Clark Expo has scheduled Santa Cruz de Mayo here on May 13 and 27.

“May-time’s most colorful religious-historical pageant Santacruzan will unreel in all its spectacle, color and gaiety when Nayong Pilipino stages ‘Santa Cruz de Mayo’ for two Sundays (May 13 and 27),” said Nayong Pilipino director Apolonio Anota.

10 May 2012 - Site for PhilRice satellite campus inspected

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government consultant on agricultural concerns met on Wednesday with executives of the PhilRice Center, Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC) and Department of Agriculture (DA) in an ocular inspection on the proposed site for PhilRice satellite campus here.

Roy Imperial, a former DA director and currently the Provincial Government consultant on agriculture, said he was instructed by Governor Lilia Pineda to coordinate with the concerned executives for initial talks on the establishment of the satellite campus at PAC in Magalang town.

10 May 2012 - Inmates get free meal daily

PAMPANGA -- Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Rustica Butiu said at least 630 inmates from the provincial jail get free meals daily.

“We have been supplying the food requirements of the inmates at the provincial jail. We make sure they get nutritious and fresh food. We are the ones who buy from the market, and then give the food to them for cooking,” Butiu said.

10 May 2012 - Drug Pusher nabbed

PAMPANGA -- police nabbed on Tuesday a 35-year-old man in a drug-bust operation in Barangay Bulaon, City of San Fernando.

The suspect was identified as Roel Fernando Pangilinan, married and a resident of Barangay Bulaon.

9 May 2012 - Corporation to remit P300M in dividends to BCDA

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is set to remit more than P300 million worth of dividends to its mother company, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), state-owned officials said.

CDC chair and officer-in-charge Eduardo Oban Jr. said the state-run corporation is now capable of paying its 2009 to 2011 remittances to the BCDA after the CDC management decided to forego construction work of the proposed CDC Corporate building, which aims to consolidate all CDC offices and Moral and Welfare Recreational (MWR) facilities.

9 May 2012 - Zero crime rate in San Luis

PAMPANGA -- The chief of police here said Wednesday that the town has a zero crime rate for the past two years.

Police Chief Inspector David Arcega, town’s chief of police, said there is no carnapping, shooting, riding in tandem incidents and other street crimes recorded in the local police station.

9 May 2012 - Council commends cops for anti-crime drive

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council here has commended the city police, particularly the Motorized Anti-Street Crime Operatives (Masco), for its anti-criminality campaign that led to the arrest of suspected riding-in-tandem robbers.

City Council Resolution 6385 Series of 2012, which was sponsored by Councilor Edu Pamintuan, cited Masco operatives including Superintendent Manuel Hidalgo, Chief Inspector Deonido Maniago Jr., Chief Inspector Luisito Tan, SPO1 Ervin Mendoza, PO2 Melvin Manalo, PO1 Delbert Tolentino, PO1 June Pilando Jr., PO1 Rodel Bolus, PO1 Mark Gutierrez and PO1 Jerry Tabek.

9 May 2012 - San Luis to get P5M from Capitol

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda told local officials here Monday that the Provincial Government is set to provide an additional P5 million for the town’s infrastructure and farm-to-market roads.

Pineda has assured the people of San Luis of a “just share” from the earnings of the Provincial Government.

9 May 2012 - Anti-muffler ordinance passed

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Edu Pamintuan recently filed an ordinance that would penalize motorists using vehicles generating excessive noise that is a result of modifying their respective vehicles.

The ordinance shall be known as the “Anti-Muffler Modification Ordinance,” which prohibits all vehicles using, noisy, modified mufflers from traveling through primary, secondary and barangay roads within the city.

9 May 2012 - Cops recover stolen items, getaway van

PAMPANGA -- Operatives of the City of San Fernando Community Police Assistance Center 2 (Compac 2) recovered Tuesday what are believed to be stolen items inside a van reportedly used by suspected Akyat Bahay members in a posh village in San Fernando.

In their report, Compac 2 commander Chief Inspector Diosdado Nolasco and night investigator PO2 Jerome Flores said the items -- pairs of plate numbers (RFN 560 and RKM 551), three laptops, a DVD player, a computer monitor, a gold ring, a pair of earrings, documents and three screw drivers -- were found inside a white Toyota Hi-Ace van (TXO-467) parked along Lexus Street, St. Dominic Village in Barangay San Agustin here.

9 May 2012 - Council to regulate issuance of fire clearance

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council is planning to draft an ordinance regulating the issuance of fire clearances to business establishments in the city.

The move came after the City Council reportedly received numerous complaints from businessmen here who claim they have difficulty securing clearances from the fire department.

9 May 2012 - AirAsia offers P799 fare to Kuala Lumpur

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippines’ AirAsia, the country’s newest low cost carrier, announced its flight from Clark International Airport to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

To commemorate the launch, AirAsia offers all-in promo fare of P799, one way from Clark to Kuala Lumpur starting May 9 to 13. Guests who will avail of this promo seats will be able to travel from June 9 to November 30, 2012.

8 May 2012 - Kapampangan sculptor to install altar in Rome

PAMPANGA -- Willy Layug from Guagua, Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art, is set to donate and install a Filipiniana altar dedicated to Filipino St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Blessed Pedro Calungsod at the prestigious Pontificio Collegio Filippino in Rome, Italy.

Layug will be the first Kapampangan to install his work at the Pontificio Collegio Filippino, sharing the same stage with classical masters whose works adorn major churches and shrines in Roman Catholic churches a few blocks away.

8 May 2012 - City remembers Abad Santos in Lanao

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando recently sent a delegation to Lanao del Sur to lay wreaths in commemoration of the 70th death anniversary of martyr Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos.

City Administrator Ferdinand Caylao said Tuesday that the contingent was led by Lanao Muslim Traders Association president Macaslang Bitiarra and the city’s Muslim coordinator Kaiser Manguranda.

8 May 2012 - City workers to get additional bonus

ANGELES CITY -- The local government unit here is set to dole out the second release of cash incentives stipulated under the Collective Negotiations Agreement (CNA) to its government employees next week.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan announced this during Tuesday’s flag raising ceremony at the city hall grounds compensating the Monday local holiday, Jose Abad Santos Day.

8 May 2012 - Woman’s body found inside sack

PAMPANGA -- The body of a woman was found inside a white sack at a rice field along the San Miguel-Concepcion Road in San Simon town, a police report said Tuesday.

According to the police, the still unidentified victim was more or less 25 years old and 5’4” in height; the victim was naked and her body and arms were hogtied with a nylon rope.

8 May 2012 - Fish catch increases despite pollution

PAMPANGA -- group of fishermen in Candaba disclosed that despite the reported water pollution at the Pampanga River, their catch had increased compared to the previous months.

Roderick Sablan, a fisherman from Barangay Bambang, was happy to note that the fish from the river appeared to be “undisturbed” despite the bulk of garbage.

8 May 2012 - Foundation gives scholarship grants

PAMPANGA -- The Abad Santos Madrigal Foundation (ASMF) Inc. awarded on Monday two scholarship slots for qualified Kapampangan students.

Fritzie Hazel Lim, a representative sent by former Senator Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, disclosed that the foundation decided to give the scholarship grants to provide educational opportunities for deserving Kapampangans.

7 May 2012 - Steve Healey passed away

ANGELES CITY -- Steve, 65, a well known and liked character around passed away of an apparent heart attack last night around 3:00 am.

His wife Claire noticed something was wrong and called an ambulance but no driver was available.

7 May 2012 - Clark kite festival organized by Bear Brand

CLARK FREEPORT -- Colorful and specially crafted kites filled the air inside the Freeport when Bear Brand held the second leg of its Kite Festival 2012 last Saturday.

Some 90 participants in at least three divisions – kids (28 entries), young adults (31 entries), family (31 entries) -- joined in the kite-flying competition.

7 May 2012 - 582 job hunters hired on the spot

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Central Luzon led by Director Raymundo Agravante reported over the weekend that some 582 job applicants were hired on the spot (HOTS) during the recent Labor Day Job Fair conducted in key areas of the region.

The 582 HOTS job seekers accounted for 5.6 percent of the 10,360 qualified applicants reported by the Dole Provincial Field Offices.

7 May 2012 - Man, woman nabbed for drugs

PAMPANGA -- A 31-year-old man was collared recently by police authorities in a buy-bust operation in an ice plant located along MacArthur Highway, Barangay Sampaloc, Apalit town.

Police identified the arrested suspect as Roel Pagdanganan Villanueva, married and a resident of the said barangay.

7 May 2012 - Club holds photo exhibit on Balakat trees

CLARK FREEPORT -- In an effort to boost the level of awareness on the value of trees, a two-day photo exhibit was initiated by the Kapampangan Boys Club (KBC) at the Event Center of the SM City Clark here.

The photo exhibit entitled “Save Balakat Trees, Save the Environment” is part of the continuing advocacy of the youth group in saving and propagating the endangered Balakat Tree (Zyzypus Talanai).

7 May 2012 - Bank delegates tour Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Delegates of the recently concluded Asian Development Bank 45th Annual Meeting toured Central Luzon including the historical San Guillermo Parish Church in Bacolor, furniture shops in Guagua, Pampanga, Clark Freeport and Subic Bay Freeport.

At least Ronnie Tiotuico, Tourism region 3 director, guided at least 22 ADB officials, their spouses and employees to the church built by Augustinian Friars in 1567, who were welcomed by Parish Priest Father Jess Manabat and Bacolor Vice Mayor Ananias Canlas Jr.

7 May 2012 - DOLE awards P1.9M worth of livelihood assistance in Aurora and Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) awarded on Labor Day a total of P1.9 million livelihood grants to around 1,200 groups and individuals in Aurora and Pampanga.

The ceremonial awarding was held in SM City Pampanga wherein P1 million was given to Aurora residents while the remaining P900,000 to Kapampangans.

7 May 2012 - Governor’s basketball tournament

PAMPANGA -- At least 18 teams are participating in the 2nd Gov. Lilia “Nanay Baby” Pineda Inter-town Basketball Tournament which opened on Sunday (May 6) at the Bren Z. Guiao gym in San Fernando.

Defending champion Lubao town started on the right foot as they defeated Masantol in one of the three games on opening day. In the other two games, Mabalacat edged out Floridablanca, while San Simon beat San Fernando.

6 May 2012 - Fisheries bureau to delineate coastal waters

PAMPANGA -- The coastal waters of Pampanga, particularly those in Macabebe, Masantol and Sasmuan and adjoining areas in Bataan will be subjected to delineation and mapping by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

This was disclosed by officials led by Provincial Board Committee on Environment and Natural Resources chairman and 4th district Board Member Nestor Tolentino during a hearing at the Capitol over the weekend.

6 May 2012 - Electric coop now ‘Lumens Hall of Famer’

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Electric Cooperative I (Pelco) based in Mexico was recently received the National Electrification Administration (NEA)’s Hall of Fame Electric Cooperative (EC) Award in the recently concluded 2012 Lumens Awards held in Davao City.

Along with the Hall of Fame EC Award for its 2011 performance, Pelco 1 General Manager Loliano Allas was named Hall of Fame General Manager and was again -- for the last three years -- awarded by NEA’s Lumens Committee, the Pedro G. Dumol Award for the Best General Manager of the Year.

6 May 2012 - Old man arrested for illegal drugs

PAMPANGA -- Police arrested on Friday a 66-year-old man for selling illegal drugs in Barangay Pulong Gubat, Candaba.

Superintendent Henry Flores, town’s chief of police, identified the suspect as Pelagio Gonzales Castro who was caught in the act of selling illegal drugs.

6 May 2012 - 2 men shoot student, cart away motorcycle

ANGELES CITY – A Korean student from the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) who took a midnight drive along Malabanias Road, Barangay Malabanias here was shot on his leg after which two men carted away his motorcycle, reports said.

Police identified the victim as Kang Dae Ho, 21, currently billeted at the AUF Hostel in Marisol Subdivision, Barangay Ninoy Aquino here.

6 May 2012 - Binay: Beware of text scams

MABALACAT – Vice President Jejomar Binay has reminded the public not to fall prey to text messages claiming that the recipients have won in a raffle sponsored by the Office of the Vice President under its cash assistance program.

“Mag-ingat po tayo sa mga text scam. Wag tayong maniniwala sa mga pakana na ito. Wag nating hayaang maging biktima tayo,” Binay warned.

6 May 2012 - Cops recover carnapped van

ANGELES CITY -- The city police recovered over the weekend a van, which was carnapped from a posh subdivision in Barangay Balibago here.

The Mitsubishi L-300 van, owned by Renato Maglaque of Quezon Street, Mountain View Subdivision, was recovered along MacArthur Highway, Rolling Area, in Bamban, Tarlac a few hours after it was carnapped at dawn on Friday, said Chief Inspector Luisito M. Tan, Police Station 4 chief.

6 May 2012 - Job fair, social services in Lubao

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab hosted on Friday a town-wide job fair and a host of social service missions here as part of the 440th founding anniversary of the town.

Pineda hosted a jobs fair at the Lubao Gym here participated by more than 55 local and overseas companies.

5 May 2012 - Boking targets 2,000 kids in circumcision project

MABALACAT, Pampanga – More than 1,000 residents here, mostly children and teenagers, have benefited from the circumcision project here sponsored by Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales and his wife Niña.

Morales said the free circumcision started at his residence in Barangay Dau on April 30 and will end on May 7.

5 May 2012 - Saints’ relics venerated in Pampanga churches

PAMPANGA -- The relics of Sta. Monica and her son St. Agustine were venerated Friday morning in different churches in Pampanga.

The “homecoming” of the bone relics or the “ex ossibus” of the two were first taken to the San Agustin Parish Church in this city where they were welcomed by hundreds of devotees. After the veneration, the two relics were taken in separate motorcades to Lubao and Minalin.

4 May 2012 - ‘Oplan Paglalansag’ nets 6 loose guns

PAMPANGA -- The Central Luzon Police Office aggressive drive to recover and seize loose firearms in relation to the “Oplan Paglalansag” program netted a total of six assorted loose firearms with several ammunitions in Angeles City and in the provinces of Aurora, Pampanga, and Tarlac.

Central Luzon Police Regional Director Edgardo T. Ladao said a series of police operations were conducted over the week which yielded the positive results.

4 May 2012 - Armed men carjack trader’s car

ANGELES CITY -- A businessman’s vehicle was carjacked by armed men along the main road of Barangay Calibutbut in Bacolor town recently.

A belated report reaching this camp identified the vehicle’s owner as Felino Santos, 53, a rice dealer from Hensonville Subdivision, Barangay Malabanias in Angeles City.

4 May 2012 - Torture raps filed vs GMA, Ibrado

PAMPANGA -- CRIMINAL charges were filed before the Department of Justice against detained former President and now Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of Pampanga province for allegedly committing torture and human rights violations.

The charges were filed by members of the so-called "Morong 43," who claimed that the former leader violated Republic Act (RA) No. 9745 otherwise known as the Anti-torture Act of 2009.

3 May 2012 - ‘Clark airport has arrived’ – Luciano

CLARK FREEPORT – Clark International Airport Corporation President Victor Jose I. Luciano said the “Clark airport has arrived” as he leads journalists in a tour inside the busy Diosdado Macapagal passenger terminal Thursday.

The Clark International Airport (CIA) has posted a 781-percent increase of passengers due to the domestic operations of Air Asia and Airphil Express since March of this year having more than 600 passengers crowding the waiting are while Luciano toured the Terminal.

3 May 2012 - Businessman hits immigration in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Businessman Ruperto Cruz assailed Thursday the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for the alleged “slow processing” of passengers at the Clark International Airport.

Cruz, owner of Royal Garden Golf and Country Club, complained that there were only two immigration officers checking hundreds of passengers bound for Hong Kong and Bangkok and other international destinations and it took him an hour to pass the Immigration point.

3 May 2012 - Lawmaker extends support for Sta. Ana farmers

PAMPANGA -- Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. (3rd District, Pampanga) extended Thursday P100,000 as financial support for the development programs of farmers in Sta Anna.

Gonzales said the fund aims to provide the immediate needs of farmers. He added that last year, he has extended the same assistance used for the purchase of bikes and other needs of farmers.

3 May 2012 - 18 Wheeler rams Gas station

PAMPANGA -- A driver of an 18-wheeler truck was injured after his vehicle collided with another truck carrying animal feeds and then rammed a gasoline station in San Fernando on Thursday midnight.

Police suspect the driver, identified as Edren De Dios, fell asleep while driving.

2 May 2012 - Pampanga’s feat in Korean proficiency exam cited

PAMPANGA -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has cited the excellent performance of Pampanga in the recently concluded Employment Permit System–Test of Proficiency in Korean (EPS-Topik).

In a letter addressed to the Provincial Government, POEA Employment Branch Director Jocelyn Sanchez said the province garnered the highest EPS-Topik passers.

2 May 2012 - Angeles gets funds for ambulant vendors

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government received nego-karts livelihood funding assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) that will be distributed to ambulant vendors in the city.

The nego-kart (Negosyo sa Kariton) project is one of Dole’s priority projects intended to provide decent livelihood for the ambulant workers in major cities of the country.

1 May 2012 - Offloading in Clark ‘due to human trafficking law’

CLARK FREEPORT --- “The basis for this procedure (offloading) is the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Law of 2003 and protection against human rights violations.”

This was stated by Ronnie Tiotuico, Department of Tourism (DOT) Central Luzon director, who is referring to several cases of passenger offloading at the Clark International Airport.

1 May 2012 - Towns get P2.5M from Binay

PAMPANGA -- Several towns in Pampanga have been awarded by Vice President Jejomar Binay a Special Allotment Release Order (Saro) amounting to P2.5 million.

These towns include Candaba, Masantol, Magalang, Sta. Rita and Minalin.

1 May 2012 - Harbor Point mall opens in Subic

SUBIC FREEPORT -- Residents and tourists flocked to the three-day opening show of the Ayala Land’s Harbor Point mall inside this Freeport recently.

TV celebrities Anne Curtis, Bea Alonzo, and Marvin Agustin; sport figures Nate Burkey and Carlo de Murga of the Philippine Azkals; and singer Juris entertained shoppers during the mall’s initial launching.

1 May 2012 - CEB supports plan to reduce Manila air traffic

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Cebu Pacific (CEB) admitted that the recent delays to its flights are mostly caused by air traffic congestion, and pledged continuous support to relevant government authorities to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport runway.

The airline stated that it has coordinated with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap), the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and the Manila International Airport Authority for the appointment of an independent slot coordinator, who recently approved all airport slots for the March to October summer schedule, and will continue to coordinate airport slots using IATA guidelines.

1 May 2012 - Thousands fall in line to job fair

PAMPANGA -- Thousands of job seekers fell in line for about 22,000 job vacancies up for grabs during Tuesday’s Labor Day Job Fair at the SM City Pampanga Events Center.

Jerry Borja, Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) regional labor communications officer, said as of noon Tuesday, more than 10,000 overseas job vacancies and about 12,000 local employment opportunities were being filled up by human resource staff of some 300 employers here and abroad.