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Balibago News Jun-2012

30 Jun 2012 - Fernandinos plant over 1,000 trees in 1 day

PAMPANGA -- Fernandinos planted some 1,126 trees in 17 barangays of the city during the recent celebration of Arbor Day.

Volunteers and officials from all government agencies, barangays, students from private and public schools, and representatives from non-government organizations conducted the simultaneous planting of forest trees like mahogany and other fruit-bearing saplings in observance of Arbor Day and in accordance to law.

30 Jun 2012 - Acting Chief Justice promises early reforms for the court

CLARK FREEPORT -- Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio urged the Judicial and Bar Council to ensure that only those that possess integrity and independence get into the list of nominees for the chief magistrate post.

"The gatekeeper of integrity and independence of the court is the Judicial Bar Council (JBC),” he said, as he addressed the second day of the Regional Convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Central Luzon at the Mimosa Convention Hall here Friday.

30 Jun 2012 - Free harelip, cleft palate surgery set

PAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) is set to host free cleft palate and harelip surgeries at Asscom, Apalit on July 13 to 4 in cooperation with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

KDF president Benigno Ricafort said the surgery mission is part of the year-round campaign to disseminate the information and announce that every six months, the KDF is hosting free surgeries with the help of volunteer doctors.

30 Jun 2012 - Lawmaker hosts ‘People’s Day’ for 1st district residents

MABALACAT -- Board Tarcicio Halili (1st district) hosted over the weekend a district-wide “People’s Day” at his Barangay Dau District Office here, dispensing financial and medical support to some 200 indigents who attended the event.

Halili said the event aims to address the needs of indigents who cannot visit his office at the Provincial Capitol in the City of San Fernando.

29 Jun 2012 - Two drown during Pampanga town fiesta

PAMPANGA -- Two people in Apalit, Pampanga drowned while celebrating their town’s fiesta on Thursday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

The first victim, Reinier Calma, 14, reportedly tried to swim across a portion of Pampanga River separating Barangays Cansinala and Sucad at around 1:40 p.m.

29 Jun 2012 - De Lima urges massacre witnesses to come out in the open

CLARK FREEPORT -- Justice Secretary Leila de Lima urged potential witnesses in the Maguindanao massacre to “come out in the open” as a means for self-preservation, after another potential witness was reported to have been killed.

In an interview during the regional convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines- Central Luzon (IBP-CL), De Lima said the safety of potential witnesses would remain at risk “unless we get and arrest the rest of the accused still at large, especially others (who are) principally accused.”

29 Jun 2012 - 20 percent of Hacienda Luisita beneficiaries dead

PAMPANGA -- At least 20 percent of the some 6,200 beneficiaries of Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac province are dead, adding difficulty to the distribution of the estate owned by the family of President Aquino.

This was revealed by Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, who attended the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Recognition rites at the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Central Luzon office.

28 Jun 2012 - Pamintuan surprised on Lazatin’s decision

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan expressed surprise Thursday over reports that First District Representative Carmelo Lazatin will run for mayor in this city in 2013 election.

"I am surprised, just like everybody else in Angeles City and Pampanga," Pamintuan said in a text message sent to the media Wednesday night.

28 Jun 2012 - Mall worker returns iPhone to customer

ANGELES CITY -- A person with disability (PWD) and employee of SM City Clark assigned at the job cleaning and janitorial services has returned an iPhone that was left at a restroom on Monday.

Genelyn Hermida immediately turned over the mobile phone she found at the lavatory to the customer relations services.

28 Jun 2012 - De Lima undecided on CJ nomination

CLARK FREEPORT -- Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima on said “I’m still weighing it well”, when asked on Thursday regarding her nomination for the Chief Justice position.

She said she is also undecided whether to run as senator on 2013 election.

28 Jun 2012 - Vendors welcome additional capital from guv

PAMPANGA -- The association of market vendors in Santo Tomas, Pampanga welcomed the provision of additional capital committed by Governor Lilia Pineda on Thursday.

During the recent inauguration of the newly renovated public market here, Rosario Canlas, market vendors’ association president, said they are very lucky to have Pineda’s support.

27 Jun 2012 - Dengue rises in Santo Tomas town

PAMPANGA -- Some 30 individuals from Purok 1 in Barangay Moras Dela Paz in Santo Tomas town are now afflicted with the dengue virus, the mayor confirmed Wednesday.

Mayor Lito Naguit said the dengue cases have been recorded by the municipal health office for the past two weeks, leaving one casualty from the same barangay.

27 Jun 2012 - Guv inaugurates P2-M wet market

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda led Wednesday the inauguration of the P2-million Santo Tomas wet market in Barangay San Matias, Santo Tomas town, as part of the development projects for the town.

Mayor Joselito Naguit said the newly renovated facility aims to uplift the operations of the wet market within health and environmental standards.

27 Jun 2012 - Central Luzon no. 2 in dengue cases

MABALACAT -- Central Luzon is next to National Capital Region in the number of dengue cases, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

The DOH said there have been 32,193 cases of dengue infection documented between January and June this year nationwide.

27 Jun 2012 - Capitol ready for 50/50 partnership with 2 agencies

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said Wednesday that the Provincial Government of Pampanga is ready to partner with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Department of Agriculture (DA) on a 50 percent partnership funding of programs and projects for farmers in the City of San Fernando.

Pineda made this statement during Wednesday’s Agrarian Regional Trade Fair 2012 at the DAR regional office attended by DAR Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes, Mayor Oscar Rodriguez, farmers and regional officers of the DA and DAR.

27 Jun 2012 - Angeles villages to enhance disaster mitigation methods

ANGELES CITY -- To further raise standards for disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation, village chiefs together with council members here convened in a four-day seminar at the Maharajah Hotel to analyze hazards, prepare plans, identify needs, and have an overall awareness for calamities.

The seminar-workshop, dubbed “Enhancing the Local Government Unit on Disaster Risk Reduction & Management and Climate Change Adaptation,” was spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) with the support of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

27 Jun 2012 - 3 Kapampangan artists make it to 2012 GSIS art competition

ANGELES CITY -- Kapampangan artists and Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) members Dr. Vittorio Pantig and brothers Edu and Eliseo Perreras were among the winners in this year’s GSIS Art Competition 2012 held at the GSIS Museum, Pasay City recently.

The AAP-GSIS annual painting competition was first held in 2004. Ever since it begun, it has helped promote the Philippine art scene through painting competitions both in figurative and abstract painting categories, and recently included sculpture competition.

26 Jun 2012 - Pampanga chosen as model on children protection

PAMPANGA -- An international organization has chosen the province of Pampanga as a model in advocating the protection and welfare of children and women.

Governor Lilia Pineda, with the help of Consuelo Foundation, earlier institutionalized the country’s first-ever province-wide Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention Network (Capin).

26 Jun 2012 - Vice guv: Lazatin’s decision won’t change my plans

PAMPANGA -- Vice Governor and 1st District congressional aspirant Joseller Guiao said Tuesday that incumbent Rep. Carmelo Lazatin’s reported decision to run for mayor of Angeles City -- instead of seeking re-election as earlier planned -- will not affect his own plans to seek the seat in Congress.

“I fully respect the decision of Congressman Lazatin because I know he has done deep assessment in his change of plans. He is a veteran lawmaker, tested politician and accomplished leader I look up to. I am sure his reasons are valid. But that is his decision and it will not affect my own plans for 2013,” Guiao said after the Provincial Board’s regular session at Bliss Hotel in this city.

26 Jun 2012 - Partido Abe Kapampangan gains grassroots support

ANGELES CITY -- Newly-formed local political party of Angeleños, the Partido Abe Kapampangan (PAK), continues to gain strength and support in the grassroot level.

Local leaders from different organizations such as women’s group, transport groups, senior citizens and fraternities have already joined the local political party of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

26 Jun 2012 - Tarzan decides to run for mayor

ANGELES CITY -- First District Rep. Carmelo Lazatin will not seek re-election and instead run for mayor in 2013, challenging the incumbent mayor whom he helped win by one of the largest margins in this city’s political history.

He and Pamintuan combined forces in 2010, helping the latter to beat then incumbent Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno by some 24,000 votes.

25 Jun 2012 - US attack sub docks at Subic

SUBIC FREEPORT -- US attack submarine USS Louisville (SSN 724) has docked at Subic Bay in Zambales.

USS Louisville will replenish supplies and its crew will go on rest and recreation during its stay, according to a statement from the US embassy in Manila.

25 Jun 2012 - Guv: No bills for dengue patients

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda told officials of the nine district and provincial hospitals on Monday that patients afflicted with dengue should be properly treated for free.

Dr. Marcelo Auchico, provincial health officer, said there is also a need for an intensified information dissemination campaign on the importance of clean surroundings and good health care.

25 Jun 2012 - Science High scholars win int’l awards

CLARK FREEPORT -- Scholars of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Clark, Pampanga won two international competitions in England and Brunei recently.

Joshua Miguel Danac was a finalist while Samantha Beatrice De Guzman and Stephanie Kate Agor won Honorable Mention Awards in the “Dear Mr. UN Secretary-General International Schools Essay Writing Contest,” Secondary Schools Category with 576 entries worldwide.

25 Jun 2012 - Rape suspect nabbed

MABALACAT -- A rape suspect was recently arrested by the town police at the Camachiles Resettlement Center in Barangay Sapang Biabas.

Jeffrey Sison, 26, who was charged with rape and child abuse in 2009, was arrested at his house in said village, said Superintendent Rodney Raymond Louie J. Baloyo IV, town police chief.

25 Jun 2012 - Leyte murder suspect arrested in Balibago

ANGELES CITY -- One of the suspects in a triple murder case in Leyte was arrested by officials of Barangay Balibago recently.

Clarinda Rellama of Santa Ana, La Paz, who was listed as a most wanted person in Leyte, was arrested here on Friday along with a certain Ruel Refugia.

25 Jun 2012 - Health office warns public of water-related diseases

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Health Office is warning Kapampangans on water-related diseases, particularly those living in the coastal towns of the province.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Marcelo Auchico, acting upon the instructions of Governor Lilia Pineda, conducted a series of lectures in the towns of Masantol, Macabebe and Candaba where there is high probability that people may suffer from the said diseases.

24 Jun 2012 - Pineda is Mabalacat vice mayor bet for Lakas

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales said here Saturday that it will be Councilor Liza Pineda who will be his running mate in 2013, clearing all doubts as to who he will support in the coming elections.

Morales said Pineda had formalized her intent to run for the vice mayoralty post of this town.

24 Jun 2012 - LGUs asked to prepare land use, zoning ordinances

MABALACAT -- The National Government has directed local government units to fast-track the preparation of their respective Comprehensive Land Use Plans (Clups) and Zoning Ordinances (ZOs).

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said the government is aiming to achieve a zero backlog on Clups by 2013.

24 Jun 2012 - Private sectors’ role in development highlighted

CLARK FREEPORT -- Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice chairman Rene Romero highlighted over the weekend the important role of the private sector representatives (PSR) in identifying needed government development programs and providing a check and balance on government programs and decisions.

Romero, during the PSRs of the Regional Development Council (RDC) convention here, said the PSRs play the crucial role of identifying needed government projects and clarify the procedure involved in determining priority projects of government.

24 Jun 2012 - Trader charged with tax evasion

ANGELES CITY -- A fruit and vegetable supplier for the Puregold chain of grocery stores was slapped with a tax evasion case worth P46.6 million before the Department of Justice on Thursday.

Alvin Esguerra, sole proprietor of Fruiveg Marketing based in Angeles City, was found liable by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for under-declaring sales on years 2010 and 2011.

24 Jun 2012 - Mayor named World Mayor award finalist

ANGELES CITY -- The mayor of Angeles City was chosen as one of the official finalists for the 2012 World Mayor award.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan was named by the international think tank City Mayors Foundation as one of its 25 finalists for this year's award for the most outstanding city mayor in the world. He, along with the other finalists, were selected among 98 city mayors who were nominated through a search held from January to May.

23 Jun 2012 - Balas artworks: More than just sand

ANGELES CITY -- The Municipal Government of Porac led the opening of a week-long exhibit over the weekend that highlights artworks inspired and made from sand (balas), the town’s major revenue generating revenue resource.

Vice Mayor Dexter David said the artworks were made by local artists of Porac town who participated in the recent Balas Festival.

23 Jun 2012 - Journalists honor Maguindanao massacre victims

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- It was once more with a handful of lighted candles and whispered prayers as the local media here commemorated the 31st month of the heinous Ampatuan massacre in Maguindanao which occurred in November 23, 2012.

A total of 58 people, 32 of whom were members of the working media, were killed there in what was recorded as the bloodiest single assault on the press institution not only in the Philippines but in the world.

23 Jun 2012 - VM calls for private partners for climate change programs

CLARK FREEPORT -- Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting called on private sector representatives and local government officials to entertain public Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) projects that are geared towards climate change mitigation.

This was Cabigting’s statement during the recent 4th Conference of Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) of Regional Development Councils in the country held at the Holiday Inn here Saturday.

23 Jun 2012 - Dole orients tourism group

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Central Luzon conducted an seminar for labor and management representatives of the hotel, restaurant and resort industry and other tourism proponents in Olongapo City.

Dole Regional Director Raymundo Agavante said 20 officers and members of the Industrial Tripartite Council for Hotel, Restaurant, and Resorts in Olongapo City (ITC-HRRO) attended the orientation on Basic Labor Education and Other Related Labor Laws and Issuances, facilitated by the Dole Zambales Field Office over the weekend.

23 Jun 2012 - Senator partners with DepEd for ‘Best School Forest Park’

MABALACAT -- Senator Loren Legarda said the Department of Education (DepEd), in partnership with Luntiang Pilipinas, is set to select the winners for the “Best School Forest Park” Program.

In a press statement, Legarda, head of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and founder of Luntiang Pilipinas, said that by July, the DepEd shall issue to its regional offices a memorandum on the program, which will be participated by public high schools nationwide.

22 Jun 2012 - Binay disappointed over failure to arrest Delfin Lee

MABALACAT -- Vice President Jejomar Binay expressed disappointment over law enforcement agencies’ failure to apprehend Globe Asiatique (GA) president Delfin Lee and his co-accused in the syndicated estafa case filed by the government before a Pampanga court.

“The victims of Globe Asiatique are demanding justice. I am disappointed that Delfin Lee remains at large a month after the court ordered his arrest,” Binay said in a press statement sent from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

22 Jun 2012 - Carnapping incidents increase

PAMPANGA -- The regional police office has received three separate carnapping reports in Mabalacat town and San Fernando City.

Last Wednesday (June 20), an owner-type jeep was taken by unidentified individuals while parked in front of a house at Lourdes Heights Subdivision in Barangay Del Rosario, San Fernando City.

22 Jun 2012 - Mayor asks city workers to observe waste segregation

ANGELES CITY -- “Educate by being models.” This was the statement of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan to City Hall employees and officials in a training on Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM).

The series of waste management training, conducted for City Hall employees, is implemented in partnership with the Mother Earth Foundation headed by Froilan Grate.

21 Jun 2012 - City dad urges gov’t: ‘Open your eyes, develop CIA’

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Jesus “Jay” Sangil said on Thursday that the national government should “open its eyes” and immediately start the full development of the Clark International Airport (CIA) as the country’s next premiere gateway.

Sangil said he will a file a resolution in their regular session on June 26 urging President Aquino to consider the CIA as a major international gateway if not the country’s premiere airport.

21 Jun 2012 - CIAC asked on terminal project

ANGELES CITY -- The Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) on Thursday urged Clark International Airport Corp. (CDC) President and CEO Victor Jose Luciano to be transparent in the wake of plans to build a multi-billion budget terminal at the Clark International Airport (CIA).

PGKM Chairman Ruperto Cruz said Luciano should “clear first and make a through report” on the P1-billion loan obtained by the CIAC last February from the Land Bank of the Philippines.

21 Jun 2012 - 40 provinces pass resolutions vs. Mining Act of 1995

CLARK FREEPORT -- Albay Gov. Joey Salceda reported here yesterday that at least 40 provincial governments nationwide have resolutions “against the spirit of the Mining Act.”

In an interview, Salceda, who was guest speaker in the 4th national conference of private sectors members of the Regional Development Councils, expressed hope that the resolutions would eventually convince the government to scrap the law which was passed way back in 1995 and spawned big mining operations all over the country.

21 Jun 2012 - Luisita farmers say 4 CJ nominees biased for PNoy

ANGELES CITY -- The Hacienda Luisita-based Unyon ng mga Mangga-gawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) pinned yesterday at least four Chief Justice post nominees as being biased in favor of Pres. Aquino’s family in the case of the 4,915-hectares now up for land reform in the hacienda in Tarlac.

In a statement, UMA named the nominees as acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justice Lourdes Sereno, Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) chief Kim Henares.

21 Jun 2012 - Party-list vows support for private sector reps

CLARK FREEPORT -- Association of Laborers and Employees (ALE) party-list Representative Catalina Bagasina vowed Wednesday support for Private Sector Representatives (PSR) of the Regional Development Council (RDC).

During the Fourth National Convention of RDC PSRs themed “Private Sector Representatives: Advocates and Partners in National Development” at the Holiday Inn in this Freeport, Bagasina said the PSRs are the link and partner of the government in regional and national progress in levels of development, particularly in the advocacy of climate change, food security and business, power and energy, infrastructure and tourism.

21 Jun 2012 - Council prescribes dress code to bar door girls

ANGELES CITY -- The barangay council of Balibago passed an ordinance prescribing a dress code to door girls or doormen of night clubs along the entertainment area of Fields Avenue.

Balibago chairman Rodelio Mamac said there is a need to regulate the attires and behaviors of bar receptionists in order to prevent nuisance and maintain orderliness in the area as some of the entertainers, assigned as door girls, wear indecent clothes.

20 Jun 2012 - Clark council, CDC gear up for 2012 ConEx

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Metro Clark ICT Council and the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) are preparing for the 2012 Clark ConEx International ICT Conference and Expo, a gathering of the country’s top leaders and major stakeholders in the Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry to be held here on October 10 to 11.

Spearheaded by the Metro Clark ICT Council, the 2012 ConEx aims to replicate last year’s feat that brought together close to 4,000 participants.

20 Jun 2012 - PamCham exec optimistic of development through PPPs

CLARK FREEPORT -- Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) vice chairman Rene Romero said Wednesday that the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) projects with the business sector in the country will greatly push development in the regions.

Romero made this statement during the 4th Regional Development Council Public Sector Representatives Convention at Holiday Inn.

20 Jun 2012 - Flying V Clark raffles off brand new car

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Flying V Clark raffled off a brand new 2012 Honda City and at least 10 consolation prizes to its customers.

Eduardo Nicdao, a rent-a-car driver from San Miguel Tarlac City, won the brand new car.

19 Jun 2012 - Arroyo’s ‘midnight’ order on Pampanga Bay could trigger floods, groups say

ANGELES CITY -- Pres. Aquino has been urged to revoke a “midnight” administrative order issued by former Pres. Arroyo two weeks before she stepped down from the presidency.

Administrative Order No. 288 signed by Arroyo on June 10, 2010, authorized a reclamation project in the Pampanga Bay that would allegedly cause massive flooding in Central Luzon and even parts of Metro Manila.

19 Jun 2012 - Kabalens join international art festival

PAMPANGA -- Three Kapampangans are among this year’s participants in the recent Seoul International Art Festival in Insadong, South Korea, joining prominent artists from around the world in a week-long exhibit of their works from June 13 to 19.

The Kapampangan artists are Don De Dios, Fidel Sarmiento and Eduardo Perreras who are among 10 other Filipinos in the festival participated in by American, Taiwanese, Japanese, Indonesian and Chinese artists, among others.

19 Jun 2012 - City distributes more PhilHealth cards

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government has distributed additional PhilHealth cards here in line with the health program of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

From May 29 to June 27, the local government and the Barangay Affairs and Public Assistance Center will be able to give over 3,000 PhilHealth Cards to indigent families.

19 Jun 2012 - Bamboo festival eyed

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Bamboo Development Council (PBDC) approved on Tuesday the plan to host a grand Bamboo Festival on August 24 to promote the many uses of bamboo in the commercial, manufacturing, and culinary areas.

Representatives from the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, PhilExport, Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines-Pampanga Chapter and Department of Trade and Industry agreed to host a series of activities that would highlight the many beneficial uses of bamboo.

19 Jun 2012 - Peoples’ organizations score Human Security law

ANGELES CITY -- Close to a hundred leaders and representatives of different peoples’ organizations in Central Luzon gathered here Monday to call on the people to stand up against what they call the slow but sure creep of an undeclared martial law in the country.

The forum, which was held at the United Methodist Church in Pandan, called on the broad sectors of the region to unite and put across to the government of President Benigno Aquino to junk the Human Security Act (HSA) 2007 also known as the anti-terrorism law as it is a clear violation of Philippine constitution.

18 Jun 2012 - Revive Pampanga River Control System

PAMPANGA -- Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo on Sunday called for the revival of Pampanga River Control System (PRCS) to help address the looming problem on flooding in the province, particularly along the coastal towns in the fourth district.

Pelayo earlier noted that flood control facilities, including the Arnedo Dike and Arayat-Apalit Setback Levee, have not been properly maintained and were overlooked by concerned government agencies in the past.

18 Jun 2012 - Pamintuan is finalist in 2012 World Mayor award

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan was recently voted and included in the list of 25 mayors from across the globe who will compete for the 2012 World Mayor award.

This was gleaned in the shortlist posted Monday by the World Mayor Foundation on its official website.

18 Jun 2012 - Angeles City commemorates Rizal’s 151st birthday

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government, together with the Order of the Knights of Rizal (KOR), led the people Monday in honoring national hero Dr. Jose Rizal during the simple celebration of his 151st birthday.

Acting Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting led the wreath laying ceremonies at the City Hall. She was joined by officers and members of the KOR headed by their Supreme Commander Reghis Romer

18 Jun 2012 - Mayor eyes 4 major priorities for soon-to-be Mabalacat City

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales revealed Monday four major priorities he will push for once Mabalacat becomes a component city after the plebiscite to be held soon.

“Within a month, we will know if the people will accept or refuse the cityhood proposal, which we are hopeful majority if not all, will approve. Nevertheless, we are forward-looking and the four priorities on my list are the expansion of the Community College; the restructuring and reconstruction of the central materials recovery facility (MRF); the establishment of a public memorial park; and the improvement of birthing stations,” Morales told.

18 Jun 2012 - 5-year-old girl raped, killed

MABALACAT -- A man under the influence of liquor raped and killed a five-year-old girl in Barangay Marcos Village here.

Norming I. Claridad, 20, of Marcos Village here, admitted he was drunk when he committed the crime.

18 Jun 2012 - DTI to host SME caravan for entrepreneurs

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will be hosting the first SME Caravan this year to give entrepreneurs engaged in small and medium industries the needed skills and programs to boost their businesses.

The DTI said the event will be a whole-day seminar at the Benigno Aquino Hall on Wednesday, June 20.

18 Jun 2012 - Gov, Pampanga councilors support CDC endurance race athlete

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Provincial Board (PB) recently passed and approved a resolution that supports a senior legal officer of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) in his bid to compete in a grueling endurance race in the United States this June 23 to 24.

Sponsored by Board Members Crisostomo Garbo and Raul Macalino, the PB approved Resolution 2627, or “A resolution authorizing Governor Lilia G. Pineda to grant Mr. Jonnifer M. Lacanlale financial assistance in the amount of P50,000 chargeable against the current appropriations allotted for youth/sports development programs under the non-office account of the office of the governor.”

17 Jun 2012 - Government 'may use' NLEx for Clark-Manila railway

CLARK FREEPORT -- PLDT chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan recently said the government may align the proposed Clark-Manila dedicated railway system to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx).

“Of course the government can use the NLEx,” Pangilinan said, adding that the state still owns the freeway.

17 Jun 2012 - Festival to put Porac town in tourism map

PAMPANGA -- The committee chairperson of this year’s 1st Balas Festival said the event is expected to put Porac town into the tourism map of Central Luzon.

The event, according to Councilor Ludy Muli, is set to become a yearly activity that will not just market the rich sand deposits here as a tourism attraction but also project the town as an eco-tourism destination.

16 Jun 2012 - Alien I-Cards will soon be delivered to foreigners

PAMPANGA -- Foreigners applying for visas at the Bureau of Immigration no longer have to go to the agency’s offices to claim their alien certificate of registration-identity card (ACR-I-Card) as these will soon be delivered to their doorsteps.

Under the revised rules on the processing and issuance of the ACR-I-Card issued recently by Commissioner Ricardo David Jr., all I-Cards printed and released for distribution shall be endorsed to a courier that shall deliver the cards to the visa applicants within 24 hours.

16 Jun 2012 - City leads observance of Asean Dengue Day

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando led Friday the country’s observance of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Dengue Day at the Heroes Hall here.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona and Mayor Oscar Rodriguez led hundreds of health workers, barangay officials, and other delegates from Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Metro Manila in launching the new campaign against dengue dubbed “Sama-Sama Tayong Mag-Aksyon, Barangay Kontra Dengue.”

16 Jun 2012 - MVP won’t invest on schools

ANGELES CITY -- Tycoon Manuel “Manny” V. Pangilinan has clarified that he has no plans to invest in educational institutions.

Pangilinan issued the statement to Pampanga newsmen during the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) stockholders meeting in Makati on Thursday, more than a week after his election as chair of the Holy Angel University (HAU) Board of Trustees.

16 Jun 2012 - Government hit for ignoring dike repair request

PAMPANGA -- The leadership of Pampanga Mayors’ League cited the ‘lackadaisical’ attitude of various National Government agencies on the request to reconstruct the damaged dikes and other flood control facilities destroyed by twin Typhoons Pedring and Quiel.

Mayor Jerry Pelayo, PML president, explained that the coastal towns in the fourth district of the province had been greatly affected by the overflowing of Pampanga River last year.

16 Jun 2012 - Man killed in shooting incident

PAMPANGA -- Police authorities are still investigating the motive behind the killing of a 33-year-old man who was gunned down by unidentified armed men along a road at Sitio Bungang Guinto, Barangay San Antonio, Mexico, Pampanga on Wednesday.

Pampanga Provincial Police Director Edgar Tinio identified the victim as Rowel Cesar, 33, a resident of Barangay San Nicolas, Mexico town.

15 Jun 2012 - AirAsia to hire 54 more pilots, cabin crews

CLARK FREEPORT -- Low cost carrier Philippines’ AirAsia is set to hire 54 more workers, including 20 pilots and first officers, in preparation for the arrival of its two new Airbus A-320 at the end of the year.

In a phone interview on Thursday, AirAsia CEO Marianne Hontiveros said they had launched a massive campaign to inform prospective cabin crews, pilots and first officers about the hiring of additional personnel.

15 Jun 2012 - PGKM renews call for Roxas to resign

ANGELES CITY -- The advocacy group Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement here has intensified its call for the resignation of Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas.

This came in the wake of the DOTC directive to local airlines to reduce their flights by 30 percent starting July to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

15 Jun 2012 - Artists to host photo exhibit on Pampanga towns

PAMPANGA -- Two of the province’s most prominent local artists will host a photo exhibit at a local mall here, highlighting various cultural traditions, sites and sounds of the different municipalities of the province.

Dubbed as “Pampanga: Taste, Tints and Textures (A Photo Exhibit),” the event features the beauty of the 20 municipalities and two cities of Pampanga, through the collaboration of Ruston Banal and Bruno Tiotuico.

15 Jun 2012 - Angeleños to commemorate ‘triumph over tragedy’

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan exhorted Angeleños today, Friday, to remember the significant event in history when they have triumphed over the tragedy that hit the city 21 years ago wrought by the eruption of the once slumbered volcano.

According to the mayor, the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo on June 15, 1991 almost destroyed everything in Angeles City.

15 Jun 2012 - Mayor clarifies holiday ‘recall’

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan clarified Thursday he “did not withdraw” the supposed City Council ordinance declaring today, Friday, a special non-working holiday in Angeles City.

Pamintuan disclosed that the copy of the ordinance sent to Malacañang remained un-acted until Thursday.

15 Jun 2012 - 4 execs to vie for Angeles vice mayor

ANGELES CITY -- Four officials are said to be running for the city’s vice mayoralty post in next year’s polls.

Two-termer Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting said she will seek for a re-election. Expected to oppose her are Councilors Jesus Sangil, Alfie Bonifacio, and Barangay Balibago chairman Rodelio Mamac.

15 Jun 2012 - Villages to strengthen disaster awareness bid

ANGELES CITY -- Barangay officials, the Angeles City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (ACDRRMC) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) recently conducted disaster awareness and response campaign in their respective communities.

At the same time, village chiefs mapped out plans to carry out their respective local disaster risk reduction and management programs so the city will be conferred with DILG’s new award, the Seal of Disaster Preparedness (SDP).

14 Jun 2012 - Heritage district in the works

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government will now work full time in the creation and establishment of a heritage district in this city, a top official said.

This development came after the Museo ning Angeles was recently declared as an important cultural property and was turned-over to the National Museum of the Philippines.

14 Jun 2012 - Mayor: Museum to become benchmark for cultural properties

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is optimistic that the Museo Ning Angeles would become the benchmark of other soon-to-be declared national cultural properties of the Philippines by the National Museum.

Officials of the National Museum of the Philippines led the unveiling of a marker declaring the Museo ning Angeles as an “Important Cultural Property of the Philippines” on Tuesday.

14 Jun 2012 - Capitol offers partnership with PhilHealth

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government has recently offered partnership with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to increase the membership coverage in the province.

This was bared during a meeting between provincial officials, executives of PhilHealth and provincial and municipal health officers in Central Luzon with Governor Lilia Pineda before the provincial chief executive left for abroad.

14 Jun 2012 - Cops nab man with gun, bolt cutter

PAMPANGA -- A man caught carrying a firearm was arrested the Bacolor police who were conducting a mobile patrol along Zone 5, in Cabalantian, Bacolor town.

The police noticed the suspect identified as Joven Santiago Corpuz, 33, of Barangay Natividad in Guagua town, walking along a dark portion of the road with a big black traveling bag.

14 Jun 2012 - Pampanga, Central Luzon scholars get P5.7M

PAMPANGA -- Some 1,000 indigent scholars from Pampanga and Central Luzon (CL) will now finish their four-year college courses with the release of a P5.7-million scholarship fund the by Butil Farmers Party.

Butil Representative Agapito Guanlao said the funding will enable the beneficiaries to finish their four-year courses in different schools in the region.

14 Jun 2012 - Citizens call for ban of 'riders-in-tandem'

PAMPANGA -- A group of security-concerned citizens in Candaba urged local officials in this town to temporarily ban people from riding in tandem on motorcycles.

Riding-in-tandem, they claim, is an “effective” modus operandi in carrying out crimes by syndicates and gun for hire.

14 Jun 2012 - Woman drug peddler arrested

PAMPANGA -- A 35-year-old woman was arrested over the weekend during a drug-bust operation in Barangay Natividad, Guagua town, a police report said.

Police identified the alleged drug peddler as Almira Del Rosario David, married, of Purok 2, Natividad, Guagua.

14 Jun 2012 - No classes, no work in government offices ordered

PAMPANGA -- A local executive order was passed declaring a suspension of work in all government offices and of classes in public and private schools in Pampanga on June 15 in commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption.

Acting Governor Joseller Guiao signed the order at 4 p.m. Wednesday. He was quick to point out, however, that the Executive Order does not cover the private sector and businesses like banks and other firms.

13 Jun 2012 - Angeles City promotes rich culture, culinary arts

ANGELES CITY -- The local government is now promoting Angeles City's colorful history and culture, as well as its culinary arts, as tourist attractions.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan yesterday said during the celebration of the 114th Philippine independence at the old Pamintuan residence here that "if there is eco-tourism, perhaps we can also have 'his-tourism' and cul-tourism."

13 Jun 2012 - Riders-in-tandem shoot farmer dead

PAMPANGA -- Unidentified armed men riding in tandem shot and killed a farmer here in broad daylight Monday morning.

Superintendent Henry Flores identified the victim as Danilo Dela Cruz, 54, resident of Barangay Paralaya, Candaba.

13 Jun 2012 - Town peacekeepers get P100-T from Mayor

PAMPANGA -- Town peacekeepers (Bantay Bayan) from Porac town yesterday received some P100,000 from Mayor Condralito dela Cruz, as part of his personal assistance to the group in meeting their personal and organizational needs.

The funding was personally handed by Dela Cruz to the peacekeepers in simple ceremonies here on Monday, with local residents and municipal hall employees witnessing the event.

13 Jun 2012 - Grand Independence Day at SM City Clark

CLAKR FREEPORT -- SM Clark commemorated Tuesday the country’s 114th Independence Day with a host of cultural and civic activities, culminating in the mass formation of a giant Philippine Flag and the opening of an exhibit on independence-inspired art.

Some 300 people, mostly dancers, extras and students from the Angeles City National Trade School made a formation of the Philippine Flag at the mall’s front covered walk.

12 Jun 2012 - DILG monitoring 15K villages near 18 river systems

CLARK FREEEPORT -- The worldwide pattern of unusual weather has prompted the Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) to closely monitor 15,000 barangays along 18 major river systems in the provinces nationwide.

At a press conference here, Interior and Local Governments Undersecretary Austere Panadero said his agency is also rushing a complete list of the thousands of families living along these river systems affecting about 500 cities and municipalities in various parts of the country.

11 Jun 2012 - Museo ning Angeles is country’s ‘cultural property’

ANGELES CITY -- The National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) is set to unveil today, Tuesday, a marker declaring the Museo ning Angeles as an “Important Cultural Property of the Philippines,” the first cultural property to be given such a distinction.

The unveiling ceremony is organized by the NMP in cooperation with the Kuliat Foundation Inc. (KFI), a non-stock non-profit organization committed to working for the preservation of Angeles City’s history, culture and traditions. It is also the official administrator of the Museo ning Angeles.

11 Jun 2012 - 8 of region’s most wanted nabbed

PAMPANGA -- Eight of the Central Luzon’s most wanted persons were nabbed by police in separate operations in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija over the weekend.

Arrested in Pampanga were Omar David Bernardo for violation of Republic Act (RA) 9262 with recommended bail of P80,000; Melvin Lucas Poblete for estafa with recommended bail of P34,000; Albert Aguilar Carreon for theft with recommended bail of P12,000; and Noel Aytona Bituin for violation of Section 3, PD 953 with recommended bail of P4,000.

11 Jun 2012 - Angeles City inks sisterhood pact with South Korea

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government has forged a sister cityhood agreement with the Government of Seo-gu, Daegu Metropolitan City, a district of South Korea.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Seo-gu Mayor Kang Seong-Ho signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to establish the ties between the two cities.

11 Jun 2012 - Capas-Botolan Road seen to boost Pampanga, Zambales tourism

PAMPANGA -- Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. vice chairman and Regional Development Council (RDC)-Central Luzon member Rene Romero said Monday the construction of the Capas-Botolan Road will boost tourism in Pampanga and Zambales provinces.

The construction of the road was recently approved by the RDC’s Sectoral Committee on Infrastructure Development (SCID).

11 Jun 2012 - Students get P350,000 educational aid

PAMPANGA -- Some 300 students in Sta Ana were beneficiaries of the Municipal Government’s P350,000 educational assistance fund that was distributed by Mayor Rommel Concepcion over the weekend.

Concepcion said the fund is part of the assistance for school year 2012-2013 to selected indigent beneficiaries

10 Jun 2012 - Sambo guns for vice mayoralty slot

MABALACAT -- Marjorie Morales-Sambo on Friday revealed her intentions to run for the vice mayoralty post in 2013.

“It has been four years. Now, the wounds are healed, the family is okay and very happy with what is happening,” Sambo told the village chiefs of Mabalacat led by Dau village chief Atlas Morales.

10 Jun 2012 - Foundation to host 2nd ‘Operation Smile’

ANGELES CITY -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) will host another “Operation Smile” mission at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Hospital (formerly Ospital Ning Angeles) on July 13 to 14.

KDF president Benigno Ricafort said the mission is funded by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)

9 Jun 2012 - Residents hit local water district for damaged road

PAMPANGA -- Local folk hit the new local water district in Candaba for a damaged road believed to be a result of the installation of water pipes in the area.

The water pipes were installed through massive digging activities, to the detriment of households who applied for water connection.

9 Jun 2012 - Suspected robber surrenders

PAMPANGA -- Two suspects in the robbery of the GO-RE-MI General Merchandize Store in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Lubao surrendered to police over the weekend after being identified by a witness.

The suspects carted away P60,000 worth of gadgets and P25,000 in cash.

9 Jun 2012 - Soto takes helm as new QI Pampanga prexy

PAMPANGA -- THE 18th Induction of Officers and Members of Quota International (QI) of Pampanga at the City Heights Hotel on Friday night saw to the club’s turnover of leadership to the charming and amiable Zelinda B. Soto, who took the presidency from immediate past president Jennifer Bonifacio who ended her term this July.

The event was attended by various QI officers from Manila, Quota International of Angeles and District Governor Emilie Simon who was the evening’s guest of honor and speaker.

8 Jun 2012 - Ex-cop joins race for mayor

PAMPANGA -- A retired police official manifested recently his desire to participate in the race of mayor in Candaba in the coming 2013 elections.

Retired police superintendent Rommel Salac, a former chief of police of San Miguel Bulacan, is the fourth person to manifest his interest to join the political race in this town.

8 Jun 2012 - OFWs celebrate Migrant Workers Day

PAMPANGA -- Kapampangan overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their dependents celebrated recently the Migrant Workers Day at the Heroes Hall in this city.

Officials from Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) Central Luzon office and Pampanga Action Center for OFW Concerns (Pacoc) recently spearheaded the celebration.

8 Jun 2012 - Phil AirAsia starts flights to KL

CLARK FREEPORT -- Philippines’ AirAsia, the country’s newest low cost carrier, launches Saturday its first international flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Flight PQ 7455, operated by an all-Filipino crew, is set to depart from Clark International Airport at 3:15 p.m. and is expected to arrive in Kuala Lumpur’s Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) at 7 p.m.

7 Jun 2012 - City college classes start on June 18

ANGELES CITY -- A total of 400 student-Angeleños will troop to the temporary campus site of the City College of Angeles (CCA) on June 18 for the first semester of academic year 2012-2013.

Averell Laquindanum, president of the CCA, said that they are making the final preparations for the first day of school at the Angeles City Library, where the college will temporarily be housed.

7 Jun 2012 - LCP to continue appeal against 16 new cities

PAMPANGA -- After the ouster of Chief Justice Renato Corona, the League of Cities in the Philippines (LCP) is set to file another motion for reconsideration against the approval of 16 new cities in the country as the Supreme Court, under Corona’s administration, approved the 16 new “unqualified” cityhood.

“We’re considering to file another motion for reconsideration and open the case against our opposition to the 16 new cities,” LCP President and San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez said.

7 Jun 2012 - Pampanga towns get P4M fund

CLARK FREEPORT -- Four towns in Pampanga received P1 million each from the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) after being awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH), qualifying them for the fund subsidy.

The municipalities of Porac, Lubao, Floridablanca and San Luis were the latest awardees of the PCF, after being awarded under the SGH.

7 Jun 2012 - DILG urged to conduct environmental audit on LGUs

CLARK FREEPORT -- Senator Loren Legarda asked the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday to conduct an environmental audit on local government units (LGUs) to check if they are implementing and enforcing laws designed to protect the environment.

Legarda issued the statement during the Regional Workshop on Climate Change and Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Luzon at the Oxford Hotel inside the Freeport.

7 Jun 2012 - Robredo to follow up status of Pampanga River dredging

PAMPANGA -- Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo vowed Wednesday to follow up the status of the dredging activity at the Pampanga River.

Robredo said the project is not within his authority as secretary of DILG, but he would personally check it before the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

7 Jun 2012 - Climate change issues in disaster preparedness programs sought

CLARK FREEPORT -- League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) president Mayor Oscar Rodriguez urged fellow city mayors on Thursday to include issues on climate change adaptation in their disaster preparedness programs.

Rodriguez made this call during Wednesday’s “Tapatan Roadshow in Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change Adaptation” held at the Oxford Hotel here and attended by various mayors and stakeholders from Central Luzon.

7 Jun 2012 - Disaster council sets preparations for rainy season

PAMPANGA -- An official of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said Thursday they have started disaster preparedness operations in various disaster risk areas here in line with the rainy season.

PDRRMC head Engr. Lulu Alingcastre said her department has started trainings and seminars of different stakeholders, establishments and schools here in line with the policy of Governor Lilia Pineda on disaster preparedness.

6 Jun 2012 - Truckers okay tax hike

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Pampanga Truck Owners Association (PTOA) agreed to the Capitol’s Tax Ordinance No. 5 or the law amending Tax Ordinance No. 4 passed last year.

PTOA president Arnold Liwanag and truck officials said Monday they were agreeable to the amendments that would contribute to the raging development of Pampanga’s quarry industry.

6 Jun 2012 - 85% of LGUs ready for disaster – DILG exec

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Wednesday 85 percent of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (LDRRMC) in the country, including Pampanga province, are disaster prepared.

DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said the concerned local government units (LGUs) already instituted functional risk reduction and management councils in their respective areas of responsibilities, which further bolster the campaign against the effects on lives and properties of the people during calamities.

6 Jun 2012 - P20M fund for city employees' bonuses approved

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council approved Wednesday the Supplemental Budget No. 2 amounting to P20 million that would fund the second tranche payment of the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) between the Association of Government Employees for a New and Dynamic Angeles City (Agenda) and the City Government.

The City Council approved the supplemental budget on Tuesday’s regular session at the City Hall in Pulung Maragul here.

6 Jun 2012 - Councilor wants June 15 special non-work holiday

ANGELES CITY -- City councilor Alex Indiongco on Tuesday filed an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 286 declaring June 15 of each year a special non-working holiday in Angeles City.

The move is in relation with the observance of the 21st anniversary of the Mount Pinatubo eruption.

6 Jun 2012 - Lawmaker gives P100,000 for Farmers Day

PAMPANGA -- THIRD District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. donated Wednesday some P100,000 to some 150 local farmers from at least four barangays in Sta. Ana town during the Farmers Day.

Gonzales said the event aimed to provide farmers a venue to air their concerns on farming support and other issues concerning farm inputs and assistances.

6 Jun 2012 - City to observe 114th Independence Day

ANGELES CITY -- This city will join the entire nation in the celebration of the 114th Proclamation of Philippine Independence on June 12, with Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez as guest of honor and speaker.

Angeles City, which is the location of the historic Pamintuan House, is privileged to be one of the seven permanent sites of the simultaneous flag raising done in the morning of Independence Day.

6 Jun 2012 - Group hits senator's sponsorship of PH-Australia military pact

PAMPANGA -- Members of the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinaas (Pamalakaya) said they were disappointed with Senator Loren Legarda for taking the lead in the ratification of Status of Visiting Forces Agreement (Sovfa) between Australia and the Philippines.

In a press statement, Pamalakaya vice chairperson Salvador France said Legarda was one of the senators in 1999 who voted against the RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which the group viewed then as a courageous act of patriotism on the part of the senator.

6 Jun 2012 - Cops tap junkshop workers in crime prevention drive

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Police Office (PPO) has tapped junkshop workers in promoting peace and order in the province.

Police Senior Superintendent Edgardo Tinio said this sector could play a vital role in curbing the criminality by giving information through text messages.

5 Jun 2012 - Be vigilant vs dengue

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) in Central Luzon urged the public Tuesday to be vigilant against dengue, especially now that the rainy season has started.

“Dengue prevention and control is everybody’s responsibility. We each have our role to play in order to ward off this disease from our communities,” DOH Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon said.

5 Jun 2012 - Guv asks junkshop owners to help solve garbage woes

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Monday sought the help of the newly organized Junkshop Owners and Operators of Pampanga in solving Pampanga’s garbage problem.

Speaking before an estimated 400 junkshop owners and operators enrolled under Capitol’s “Kariton para sa Kalinisan, Kabuhayan, Kalusugan at Katahimikan” or 5K Program at the People’s Sports Center here, the governor said they are in the forefront of garbage collection and segregation.

5 Jun 2012 - New school gets P3M from Capitol

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government recently promised to allocate P3 million to cover half of the actual selling price of a lot occupied by the newly established San Luis High School, formerly known as A. Gonzales Sioco High School here.

Governor Lilia Pineda said Tuesday that the Capitol is determined to invest for the education of the young.

5 Jun 2012 - City college classes start on June 18

ANGELES CITY -- A total of 400 student-Angeleños will troop to the temporary campus site of the City College of Angeles (CCA) on June 18 for the first semester of academic year 2012-2013.

Averell Laquindanum, president of the CCA, said they are making the final preparations for the first day of school at the Angeles City Library, where the college will be temporarily housed.

5 Jun 2012 - Lawmaker: Coastal roads will benefit farmers, fisherfolkx

PAMPANGA -- The planned construction of coastal roads here will benefit Kapampangan farmers and fisherfolk, said Ricardo Yabut, chairman of the Provincial Board Committee on Public Works.

Yabut, a congressional aspirant in 2013, said Monday that the produce of farmers and fishermen could be directly transported to Metro Manila and other southern markets once the coastal roads that would traverse the Pampanga towns from Calumpit, Bulacan are realized.

5 Jun 2012 - Guv gives sampaguita saplings to Lubao village

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda led on Monday the distribution of some 3,000 sampaguita saplings in Barangay San Roque Dau 2nd, Apalit, in a bid to encourage more households to go into sampaguita growing as an alternative source of income.

The distribution was part of an earlier tranche of saplings given to Barangay San Roque Dau 1st here.

5 Jun 2012 - CL farmers decry ‘Cojuangco list’ of 4,000 hacienda ‘beneficiaries’

ANGELES CITY -- Farmer-leaders in Central Luzon accused yesterday the Cojuangco-controlled Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) of conjuring up its own list of 4,000 purported land reform beneficiaries in an alleged move that could eventually pave the way for Pres. Aquino’s family to regain control over the vast estate in Tarlac.

The Alyansa ng Magbubukid ng Gitnang Luson (AMGL), the mother unit of the Alyansa ng Manggagawang Bukid ng Asyenda Luisita (Ambala) cited the Cojuangco family’s alleged attempt to bloat the list of farmer-worker beneficiaries by coming out with a new list of 4,000 purported beneficiaries of land reform in the hacienda.

5 Jun 2012 - AirAsia-PHL to launch Clark-HK flights in July

CLARK FREEPORT -- Philippines AirAsia will launch its second international flight in July, offering daily trips to Hong Kong via the Clark International Airport (CIA).

AirAsia Chief Executive Officer Marianne Hontiveros told journalists last week that their daily Clark-Hong Kong flights came to realization with the air operator certificate issued to them last February.

5 Jun 2012 - PNoy’s US visit to open new military bases pact

ANGELES CITY -- An activist group urged yesterday Pres. Aquino to be trans-parent in his dealings with the US officials amid recent US military statements and movements giving rise to suspicions that the Ameri-cans are maneuvering for another military bases agreement.

The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) expressed fears that the President’s slated visit to Washington and meeting with US Pres. Barrack Obama could pave the way for another military bases agreement between the US and the Philippines.

4 Jun 2012 - Metrojet to infuse $40M in Clark repair facility

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga -- Hong Kong-based Metrojet Engineering Clark is expected to infuse $40 million to its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in a three-hectare area inside the Clark Aviation Complex.

This was learned from Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose I. Luciano, who announced the opening of the MRO on Monday.

4 Jun 2012 - LTO’s position on NLEx, SCTEx jurisdiction known on June 16

PAMPANGA -- An official of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Central Luzon said Monday that the agency’s top executives’ position on the request for jurisdiction of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) will be known by June 16.

Assistant Regional Director Jess Vitug said LTO Assistant Secretary Virginia Torres will issue the appropriate position paper regarding the appeal of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. to have violators in the highways be given options on where to claim their confiscated licenses.

4 Jun 2012 - Electric coop director in hot water

PAMPANGA -- An official of the Pampanga Electric Cooperative 1 (Pelco 1) is in hot water after allegedly losing his temper during a traffic incident near Candaba’s public market here over the weekend.

According to police reports, Pelco 1 director Medic Pelayo allegedly mauled one Arnel Pacubas, after the latter failed to give way to Pelayo’s vehicle.

4 Jun 2012 - Tripartite pact with bus transport industries forged

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Central Luzon recently forged a tripartite pact with Regional Tripartite and Wages Productivity Board (RTWPB) and stakeholders from transport industries regarding the welfare of drivers and contractors.

In a forum held at Party Place over the weekend, the groups discussed Department Order (DO) 118-12 that ensures the protection and welfare of drivers and conductors employed in the public utility bus transport industry.

4 Jun 2012 - BIR hosts regional road show for tax compliance

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4 (RR-4) has started a Central Luzon-wide road show on its Oplan Kandado Program and other revenue measures in a bid to increase voluntary tax compliance in the region.

BIR Regional Director Araceli Francisco said in an exclusive interview Monday that the pioneer move aims to encourage taxpayers with Value Added Tax compliance to streamline and improve their standing with the revenue office by improving their tax compliance.

4 Jun 2012 - Rainy school opening week seen

PAMPANAGA -- Weather bureau PAGASA sees a rainy school opening week as Typhoon “Ambo” continues to bring rain, and will be followed by a potential storm near Mindanao.

PAGASA forecaster Connie Dadivas said Ambo will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon (hanging habagat), bringing rains to central and southern Luzon; and parts of Visayas.

3 Jun 2012 - Cops nab suspected hold-uppers

ANGELES CITY -- The city police have arrested two suspected hold-uppers who incidentally fired a gun while on board a motorcycle along a busy street in Barangay Balibago here Saturday night.

Serafin Valenzuela Vaca Jr., 27, of Amsic, Angeles City and Hermie Estor Capulit, 28, of Balyok, San Clemente, Tarlac were cornered by Senior Police Officer 2 (SPO2) Jose Capinpin III and SPO1 Joven Rodriguez along Don Juico Avenue, Clarkview Subdivision, Malabanias.

3 Jun 2012 - Wife leads lawmaker’s medical, dental mission

PAMPANGA -- The wife of Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr., Elizabeth, led the medical and dental mission of the lawmaker at the Sindalan district office.

A total of 200 people availed themselves of the services.

2 Jun 2012 - Consignment system implemented in hospital

PAMPANGA -- District hospitals in the province are now well-stocked with necessary medicines and supplies since the consignment system was fully implemented.

This was disclosed over the weekend by General Services Officer (GSO) Royce Pring, who said during Governor Lilia Pineda’s meeting with chiefs of hospitals last Friday at Capitol, she checked if government-run medical centers were getting supplies and medicines through the consignment system.

2 Jun 2012 - Metrojet opens repair facility in Clark airport

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Metrojet Engineering Clark is set to inaugurate its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility inside the Clark International Airport tomorrow, Tuesday.

The 40,000-square-feet facility will offer the same aircraft maintenance services and support currently enjoyed in Hong Kong.

2 Jun 2012 - Council backs LTO’s bid for NLEx, SCTEx control

PAMPANGA -- The Regional Development Council in Central Luzon’s Sectoral Committee on Infrastructure Development (SCID) backed the bid of the regional Land Transportation Office (LTO) for jurisdiction of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).

During its regular meeting at Party Place in this city, SCID chairman and Bulacan Governor Wilhemino Sy-Alvarado said: “We strongly support and endorse the desire of LTO to have jurisdiction over NLEx and SCTEx since 98 percent of both highways are within Central Luzon and not Metro Manila.”

1 Jun 2012 - Aquino’s House allies asked to revive SCTEX probe

ANGELES CITY -- A fishermen alliance has challenged President Benigno Aquino’s allies in the House of Representatives to revive the “unconcluded investigation on the controversial Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) project".

The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) issued the statement a day after Malacañang Palace spokesperson Abigail Valte announced to the public that the President will not sign a waiver that would open his bank accounts to public scrutiny.

1 Jun 2012 - Guv gets medical equipment from DOH

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda led other provincial officials on Friday in receiving medical equipment from the Department of Health (DOH).

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Marcelo Jaochico and Board Members Monina Laus and Trina Dizon witnessed the simple turn over ceremony held at Clark Freeport.

1 Jun 2012 - Public warned vs. rainy season diseases

PAMPANGA -- With the advent of the rainy season, the Center for Health Development of the Department of Health (DOH) Central Luzon office has warned the public of diseases that should be seriously considered.

During a press conference Thursday at the DOH headquarters located in the Regional Government Center in Barangay Maimpis, this city, Regional Director Dr. Leonita Gorgolan identified the most prevalent rainy day diseases as dengue, leptospirosis, flu and diarrhea.

1 Jun 2012 - Accreditation workshop for tourism firms set

ANGELES CITY -- THE Department of Tourism (DOT) in the region, in coordination with the Angeles City Tourism Office (Acto), will conduct simultaneous onsite accreditation workshop on June 6 for hotels, resorts, travel agencies and tour operators in the city.

Ronaldo Tiotuico, DOT regional director, said the on-site accreditation will be held at The Coffee Academy in Balibago in Angeles City.