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Balibago News Sep-2012

29 Sep 2012 - Foreigner shot

ANGELES CITY -- Shortly after midnight shots were fired tthrough the windscreen and side window of Richard Agnews red SUV.

He survied the assassination attempt with only minor insuries from broken glass.

27 Sep 2012 - DENR donates P2.6-M forest products seized in C. Luzon

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has donated 76,580 board feet of seized lumber and forest products worth P2.6 million to several beneficiaries in the region.

DENR regional executive director Maximo Dichoso said the beneficiaries included the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Army, the Department of Education, some local government units and religious organizations.

27 Sep 2012 - Firm looking for guards to work in Doha, Qatar

ANGELES CITY -- Louis International Manpower Services Philippines Inc. (LIS) has partnered with the Angeles City Public Employment Services Office (PESO) in the search for 70 qualified local folk to work as security guards in Doha, Qatar.

LIS, considered a leading provider of manpower in Asia, said applicants must be between 25 to 40 years old, with a height of at least 5’7" for males and 5’2" for females.

26 Sep 2012 - Massive rehab of Angat Dam to start early 2013

PAMPANGA -- The massive P5-billion rehabilitation of the Angat Dam will start early in 2013 amid findings it lies on an earthquake-prone fault.

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) here said the rehabilitation was ordered recently by Pres. Aquino amid indications of a growing number of earthquake occurrences in Asia, as well as in other parts of the world.

26 Sep 2012 - 10-year moratorium on reclamation pushed

PAMPANGA -- Various groups urged yesterday Pres. Aquino to impose a 10-year moratorium on all reclamation projects slated to be done by the Philippine Reclama-tion Authority (PRA).

The total coverage of the national reclamation plan slated for the next three years is 38, 272 hectares, mostly in the area of the Manila Bay, they noted. The adversely affected areas would also include Pampanga and Bataan.

26 Sep 2012 - Mayor files multiple raps vs accuser

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Joselito Naguit said Tuesday he has filed a case of direct assault versus Zolio T. Briones, 83, who accused the mayor of allegedly mauling him last week.

Briones, of Barangay Sto. Niño Sapa, is also set to face libel and oral defamation charges.

25 Sep 2012 - EdPam vows to end dynasty in Angeles

ANGELES CITY- The alliance of the two most prominent political dynasties in this city will spell their doom.

With the powerful Lazatin and Nepomuceno political clans reconciling and virtually ganging up on him, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan expressed yesterday confidence of victory in the 2013 local polls.

25 Sep 2012 - ‘Ninong’ vows to unseat incumbent mayor

PAMPANGA -- Former Mayor Romeo “Ninong” Ronquillo of Sto Thomas said he is ready to unseat incumbent Mayor Joselito Naguit.

Ronquillo said he decided to run for mayor in 2013 “to free the town from irregularities” which according to him “had compromised the delivery of programs and other basic services to the people of Sto. Tomas."

25 Sep 2012 - Bukas Kotse Gang strikes in CSF

PAMPANGA -- Another gang calling itself the Bukas Kotse Gang has struck the City of San Fernando last Sunday, victimizing a businessman.

In his report, Acting Provincial Police Director R’Win Pagkalinawan identified the latest victim as Elmo Batislaong, 53, of El Rio Vista Village, Davao City, who owns a Nissan Urvan Escapade (TOZ-160) which he parked along the Jose Abad Santos Avenue in the city.

25 Sep 2012 - Chinese funds never passed GMA gov’t hands

ANGELES CITY - The former president of the North Luzon Railways Corp. (NorthRail) under the Arroyo administration said yesterday that funds for the suspended railways project from Caloocan City to Clark never passed the hands of the Philippine government.

“The Chinese bank directly paid the Chinese contractor for the project,” said NorthRail ex-president Edgardo Pamintuan who is now mayor of this city. He was appointed to the NorthRail firm in the latter part of 2008, although the former president signed the local agreement for the project way back in 2004.

25 Sep 2012 - EdPam vows to end dynasty in Angeles

ANGELES CITY - The alliance of the two most prominent political dynasties in this city will spell their doom.

With the powerful Lazatin and Nepomuceno political clans reconciling and virtually ganging up on him, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan expressed yesterday confidence of victory in the 2013 local polls.

24 Sep 2012 - Mabalacat tribesmen hit LGU for ‘intrusion’

MABALACAT CITY - Elders of an Aeta tribe have denounced the alleged infringement to the ancestral domain law of the local government of Bamban town, Tarlac, by erecting billboards inside the jurisdiction of sitio Monicayo in Barangay Calumpang without permission from village officials.

The tribesmen belonging to the Mabalacat Aeta Tribal Association (Mata) complained that the Bamban local government illegally put up signboards and billboards along the barangay road of Calumpang and at the main entrance of Paradise Ranch at sitio Monicayo, which are under the territory of this city.

24 Sep 2012 - Filipino, US soldiers turn over school building

MABALACAT CITY - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), through the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) and the United States Pacific Air Force (Pacaf), formally turned over a newly constructed school building at the Cacutud Elementary School in Barangay Cacutud here over the weekend.

The construction of the school building was a result of the month-long Engineering Civic Action Program (Encap) under the Pacific Unity 12-6.

24 Sep 2012 - Guv gives Capitol workers time to observe Family Week

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Monday allowed Capitol employees to go home at 3 p.m. to spend time with their loved ones, in line with family week celebration from September 23 to 29.

With the theme “Ensuring Work-Family Balance,” this year’s 25th commemoration calls for better quality time with family members and spending enough time with wholesome family communication through family activities.

24 Sep 2012 - Exec assures Angeles’s financial stability

ANGELES CITY -- An official here said Monday that the City Government is financially stable.

Vice Mayor Vicky Cabigting issued the statement following allegations of budget deficit and failure to meet mandatory and statutory obligations.

24 Sep 2012 - Farmers, tanods get insurance cards

PAMPANGA -- Farmers and barangay “tanods” (village watchmen) here received on Sunday PhilHealth insurance cards from the Provincial Government of Pampanga.

The distribution was spearheaded by Governor Lilia Pineda, together with the local officials, in a simple ceremony recently held at the municipal covered court.

23 Sep 2012 - Mayor to face raps for hitting old man

PAMPANGA -- A senior citizen of Sto Thomas is contemplating on filing formal charges against Mayor Lito Naguit for an alleged mauling incident that happened last week.

Chief Inspector Josemarie Basa, Sto. Tomas police chief, identified the victim as Zolio T. Briones, 83, of Barangay Sto. Niño Sapa.

23 Sep 2012 - LP Angeles picks guest candidates

ANGELES CITY -- The Liberal Party (LP) chapter in this highly urbanized city has recently selected seven potential candidates for councilor and an aspirant to the vice mayoralty post.

During the party nomination in a recent convention, members of the administration party here agreed to support the candidacy of Balibago Chairman Rodelio S. Mamac in the vice mayoralty race.

23 Sep 2012 - Police bares lower crime rate

PAMPANGA -- Police of San Simon reported that the crime rate in this town has lowered, compared to that of the same period last year.

Chief Inspector Paul Gamido, town’s chief of police, said there were only 22 crimes recorded from January to August 2012, compared to 40 crimes recorded during the same period last year.

23 Sep 2012 - Angeles folk continue to avail Medikalinga’s free surgeries

ANGELES CITY -- Hundreds of Angeleños continue to flock Barangay Sto. Domingo every Friday to undergo minor surgeries at the Agyu Tamu Medikalinga Center here, which successfully reached its 8th service day recently.

The latest operation provided free minor medical surgeries to 175 patients and referred 44 to undergo major surgery at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC).

22 Sep 2012 - Mayor: Spare trees along Manila North Road

MABALACAT CITY - Mayor Marino Morales said he will not allow the trees along the national highway (Manila North Road) here to be cut to give way for the road-widening project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Morales said the century-old trees lined up along the MacArthur Highway have become part of the city’s heritage and serve as a natural canopy benefitting motorists and the general public.

22 Sep 2012 - League of Cities optimistic on Roxas’ DILG post

PAMPANGA -- Leagues of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) President and this city’s Mayor Oscar Rodriguez said he is optimistic on President Benigno Aquino III’s appointment of Sec. Mar Roxas to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“We have lost a Jesse Robredo but this does not mean that it is the end of good governance as far as the DILG is concerned,” Rodriguez said.

21 Sep 2012 - Water channel created to save Pampanga from floods

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has carved a 1.1-kilometer channel that diverted water away from the capital city of San Fernando and the neighboring towns of Sto. Tomas and Minalin, sparing these areas from floods for the rest of this year’s rainy season.

The DPWH spent only P700,000 for the project. The money was used to buy diesel for the three bulldozers and three backhoes that were sent to do earth-moving work at the downstream of Gugu Creek, said Loreta Malaluan, assistant regional director of the DPWH in Central Luzon.

20 Sep 2012 - Lawmaker underscores anti-cybercrime law

ANGELES CITY -- Filipinos may now feel safe from all forms of cybercrimes as Republic Act (RA) 10175, the Cybercrime Prevention Act, has finally been signed into law, said Pampanga Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st district).

The lawmaker said the law will put teeth into the government’s crusade to fight all forms of cybercrime by providing clearer definition of computer-related crimes and imposing stiffer penalties to offenders that ranges from prision mayor or a fine of P200,000 to reclusion temporal or a fine of up to P10 million.

20 Sep 2012 - Capitol partners with KSAs for housing projects

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government has partnered with various Key Shelter Agencies (KSAs) to provide decent housing projects for poor Kapampangans.

Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Undersecretary Cecilia Alba met with Governor Lilia Pineda, along with the various municipal planning officers last Wednesday, for a synchronized housing program in the province.

20 Sep 2012 - Akyat Bahay Gang strikes in Mabalacat City

MABALACAT CITY -- Police believe the so-called Akyat Bahay Gang has struck anew, victimizing a 39-year-old businesswoman from the Golden Subdivision in Barangay Mabiga, Mabalacat City the other night.

In a belated report, victim Winny Ibay, 39, reported to the Mabalacat City Police that her house was robbed.

19 Sep 2012 - Angeles folk to get energy-saving bulbs

ANGELES CITY -- Some 10,000 Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) will be distributed to 5,000 households here starting September 22 as part of the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP) of the Department of Energy (DOE).

First district Representative Carmelo Lazatin, in line with his memorandum of agreement with DOE Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, will distribute two light bulbs for each family.

19 Sep 2012 - Mayor’s statement ‘questions’ Provincial Board’s integrity

PAMPANGA -- A Pampanga legislator member said Wednesday that the “moro-moro statement” made by Minalin Mayor Arthur Naguit was meant to question the Provincial Board’s integrity on matters involving the breach of San Fernando-Sto. Tomas-Minalin Tail Dike.

“This is a big lie and malicious insinuation,” said fourth district Board Member Nestor Tolentino on allegations that the committee on environment’s hearing merely served the end of Naguit’s political opponent, former mayor Edgardo Flores.

19 Sep 2012 - Board member gives financial aid to students

PAMPANGA -- Barangay Federation President and Board Member Melchor Pingul led Wednesday the distribution of financial assistance to some 50 students from Minalin.

The distribution was held at the Provincial Board’s session hall, witnessed by some parents and relatives of the student-beneficiaries.

19 Sep 2012 - Cops nab 11 suspected drug pushers

MABALACAT CITY -- The city police arrested at least 11 suspected drug pushers and users in seven separate operations conducted in different villages here this month.

The suspects are Ace Cenizal of Meycuayan, Bulacan; Edizon Maylos of Dau, this city; Dolores Santos-Maylos, also of Dau, this city; Mark Cariaga of South Daang Bakal, Dau, this city; Danilo Gabriel of Balibago, Angeles City; Romeo David of Lakandula, of this city; Dennis Lacanlale of Northville Bagong Silang, Angeles City; George Numento of Amsik, Angeles City; Renato Contreras of Northville 15, Bagong Silang, Angeles City; Alicaya Magadapa of San Jose, City of San Fernando; and Johndeemar Balingit of Dau, this city.

18 Sep 2012 - Donggwang: No environment laws violated

CLARK FREEPORT -- AN OFFICIAL of Donggwang Clark Corporation (DCC) said they did not violate any environmental law for their $400-million golf course and residential project inside a 304-hectare property at Clark Freeport.

The DCC official, who introduced himself as “Director Park”, said the Korean firm secured from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) an environmental compliance certificate for its new site.

18 Sep 2012 - Guv: P100-M available for mini dam project

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda Tuesday revealed that some P100 million is available to finance the construction of a proposed mini dam in the province’s 2nd District.

Pineda said this project is still part of the continuing efforts of the Provincial Government to save the Kapampangans from the devastating effects of flooding.

18 Sep 2012 - Series of robbery incidents alarm locals

PAMPANGA -- Locals expressed alarm over the rampant robbery incidents perpetrated by the “Akyat Bahay” Gang in the city and all over the province.

Based on police reports, many residents were victimized by the gang, the latest incident of which happened in Lubao town where a government employee was robbed of P250,000 in cash and valuables.

18 Sep 2012 - DWPH official asks mayors to monitor quarry activities

PAMPANGA -- An official from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) last Tuesday told local chief executives in various municipalities to regulate quarry activities near major dikes in the province.

Luisito Sibug, DPWH Central Luzon construction division chief, said the integrity of the dikes had been compromised by indiscriminate quarrying.

18 Sep 2012 - DTI to host market week event for MSMEs in Region 3

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will be hosting the trade fair for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) from Central Luzon that will also see to the participation of products and crafts from other regions of the country.

DTI regional director Blesila Lantayona said that the event dubbed “Market Week Philippines (Home, Food and Fashion)” will be held on September 19 to 23 at the fifth floor of the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

17 Sep 2012 - Traders face P60-M tax evasion charges

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed tax evasion charges amounting to almost P60 million against three Kapampangan businessmen under the agency’s Run After Tax Evaders (Rate) program.

Respondents named under the 125, 126 and 127 list of Rate charges include Dr. Noel Lacsamana, proprietor of Lacsamana Eye Clinic, IEC Eye Center and IECON Pharma & Medical Services; Yolanda Macabulos, sole proprietress of Luring's Barbecue Franchise; and Maila Laxamana, who owns the Fracojan Catering Services.

17 Sep 2012 - Lubao town has highest TB cure rate

PAMPANGA -- Lubao town has the highest case detection and cure rate on Tuberculosis (TB) in Pampanga province, based on the Local Government Performance Management System (2010-2011).

The LGU’s report card for 2011 followed the ME3 or Monitoring and Evaluation for Equity and Effectiveness, said Dr. Reynaldo Alipio, Lubao Rural Health Physician.

17 Sep 2012 - Lawmaker cites need to erect foot bridges near schools

ANGELES CITY -- Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st district, Pampanga) has cited the need to erect overpasses or footbridges near universities and schools in the city to protect students and teachers from vehicular accidents.

He earlier announced the construction of two footbridges that his office, through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Road Board, will construct near Chevalier School in Barangay Santo Domingo and near System’s Plus College Foundation in Barangay Balibago.

17 Sep 2012 - Masantol treasurer's office robbed

PAMPANGA -- Unidentified men robbed the treasurer’s office of the local government unit of Masantol and carted away P20,000 in cash, a Samsung cellular phone and other items.

Around 8:30 a.m. of Friday, Zax Viernes, a municipal employee, told police probers that he noticed a person with long hair wearing a green sando and shorts going down the stairs from the floor where the Municipal Council office is located, the report said.

17 Sep 2012 - Vice mayor to stay with Pamintuan

ANGELES CITY -- Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting expressed her full support to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan as she exhorted city hall employees to rally behind the local government administration’s current and future plans and projects.

The vice mayor made this pronouncement during Monday’s regular flag raising rites at the City Hall.

17 Sep 2012 - Yellow Cab chain robbed, guard slain

PAMPANGA -- Unidentified men stabbed a security guard and robbed the Yellow Cab chain located along the Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Jasa) in Barangay Dolores, City of San Fernnando over the weekend.

Senior Superintendent R’Win Pagkalinawan, provincial police officer-in-charge, said unidentified men stabbed to death the lone security guard of Yellow Cab identified as Wilson Gallardo.

17 Sep 2012 - Thousands get relief from group abroad

PAMPANGA -- Some 1,000 families in Barangay Cansinala here benefited from a relief operation spearheaded by a group of Apaliteños from USA.

Members of this group from Northern California sent food and clothing supplies to their flood-hit town mates.

16 Sep 2012 - Lazatin: Probe $400-M Clark golf course project

CLARK FREEPORT -- Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st district, Pampanga) is set to file a resolution seeking a probe into the $400-million Donggwang Clark Corporation’s golf course project situated at a 304-hectare area inside the Freeport.

Lazatin said the investigation will determine if the developer is violating environmental laws or not.

16 Sep 2012 - Flashflood causes 8-hour traffic jam

PAMPANGA -- Rains brought about by Typhoon “Karen” flooded sections of the Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA) in San Fernando, resulting in traffic jams from Paskuhan Village all the way to Mexico town.

Around 4 p.m. Saturday, floodwaters began to rise along the city’s steel flyover and along portions of Greenville and the S and R warehouse, cutting vehicular traffic for light vehicles and causing traffic jams.

16 Sep 2012 - Biz group to police: Double effort in crime prevention

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) wants local police to “double” its efforts in curbing crime in this city and the whole province as well.

During its recent Kapihan at Party Place in this city, members of the chamber led by president Marco Antonio Jimenez said businessmen and traders are getting wary of the daily incidence of crime like robbery, carjacking, a few cases of kidnapping and the prevalence of tandem riders.

16 Sep 2012 - Nepomuceno joins Lazatin’s slate

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Bryan Nepomuceno has officially joined as guest candidate of the slate of Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st district, Pampanga), who will try to recapture his old post as city mayor in the 2013 election.

Last Thursday, Nepomuceno announced that he will join Lazatin’s ticket but clarified that he will retain his original party, the Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC).

16 Sep 2012 - Mamac: Draft ordinance to assist public schools

ANGELES CITY -- The Barangay Council of Balibago has drafted an ordinance that will assist public elementary and secondary schools in the commercial district.

Rodelio Mamac said education plays a significant role in national and local development, thus local government units need to assist local schools.

15 Sep 2012 - Korean students offer social service to kabalens

ANGELES CITY -- Students from the Kyungbuk College in Korea recently visited the Sacred Heart Medical Center in Angeles City to offer social services.

The students were part of the third batch of students who are taking part in the “Global Camp in the Philippines” subsidized by the Ministry of Education in Korea.

15 Sep 2012 - Board member files proposal on funding for maintenance of dikes

PAMPANGA -- Second District Board Member Salvador Dimson Jr. has a filed a proposal before the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board) calling for the allocation of funds or a budget for the maintenance of vital dikes around Pampanga.

Dimson, in particular, cited the need to maintain the Megadike, transverse dike and other essential protective structures against floods after the San Fernando-Sto. Tomas-Minalin Tail Dike breached, allegedly because of neglect and lack of funds for maintenance.

14 Sep 2012 - San Fernando mayor named best public exec for 2012

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Oscar Rodriguez has been named Presidential Lingkod Bayan awardee for 2012 by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Thursday.

This was shared by CSC 2012 Pagasa awardee and City of San Fernando Public Employment Service Office Manager and Community Affairs Division chief Donny Sayre.

14 Sep 2012 - Capulong passes away at 73

PAMPANGA -- Former Pampanga fourth district Board Member Restituto Capulong passed away at 73 Thursday morning due to a lingering illness.

Capulong led a colorful career as a former board member from 1992 to 1998 and a recipient of the Pampanga High School Centennial Award for Government Service.

14 Sep 2012 - Guv to meet DPWH exec on dike rehab

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda is set to meet Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson anytime, to discuss and finalize the details of dike rechanneling works in the province.

Pineda will present the current status of the ongoing rechanneling works along the Gugu River going to the Dalan Pari River, Labuan River, Pasig Potrero River to San Francisco River in Minalin town.

14 Sep 2012 - Luciano: CIA passengers may reach 1.5M this year

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Corporation (Ciac) president Victor Jose I. Luciano expressed optimism that the number of passengers passing through the airport may reach 1.5 million this year.

This developed after the huge increase in the volume of local and international passengers, Luciano said.

14 Sep 2012 - Nigerian arrested for hurting Filipina live-in partner

ANGELES CITY -- A Nigerian national who may yet turn out as an illegal alien was arrested here last night for seriously hurting and threatening his Filipina live-in partner.

Based on the statement of AJ (not her real name), 26, of Marisol Subdivision, suspect Evans Usuanelele, 32, grabbed her by the hair and pushed her face onto the LCD screen of her laptop and then repetitively slapped her.

14 Sep 2012 - Guagua dad eyeing provincial board seat

PAMPANGA -- A two-term councilor in this town is reportedly being groomed to be one of the official candidates for second district board member under the administration party of incumbent Governor Lilia Pineda in next year's polls.

Councilor Ton-Ton Torres, in an interview with Sun.Star Pampanga the other day, said he will be running for Provincial Board member under the provincial party Kambilan.

14 Sep 2012 - Improve business schemes, vendors urged

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has urged vendors at the Pampang Public Market to improve their business schemes.

During a meeting with the vendors and stall owners on Wednesday at the Shanghai Palace Restaurant, Balibago, this city, Pamintuan said there is a genuine need to improve the way vendors work and manage their businesses, especially in terms of cleanliness and orderliness to create a better environment for both patrons and sellers of the market.

14 Sep 2012 - Trader arrested for selling illegal drugs

MABALACAT CITY -- A businesswoman from Mabacalat City was nabbed the other day for trading illegal drugs, following a buy-bust operation conducted by the city police.

Authorities identified the suspect as Moenan Del Mundo, 51, single of Jose Abad Santos St., Barangay Dau in the said city.

13 Sep 2012 - Teacher accused of ‘maltreating’ pupil

PAMPANGA -- The father of a Grade 6 pupil wants school authorities to impose sanctions on a mathematics teacher of San Francisco Elementary School in Magalang for allegedly maltreating his son.

Alvin Mangilit, the parent of 12-year-old “Jaypee” (not his real name), said the teacher, Soledad Dayrit-Cortez, on three occasions asked his son to stay out of the classroom while his classmates were busy with their lessons.

13 Sep 2012 - Police hot on trail of transport leader’s killers

ANGELES CITY -- Police authorities here said they have identified the suspects behind the shooting of transport leader Feliciano ‘Poncing’ Infante.

Infante was shot dead recently by two motorcycle-riding gunmen in the Hausville jeepney terminal in Barangay Pandan, near Marquee Mall in this city.

13 Sep 2012 - CCP Sineklab to revive interest in Filipino films

PAMPANGA -- The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the City Government here partnered together to bring the best of Filipino films in a bid to revive interest in vintage and contemporary films.

CCP Media Arts director Ed Delos Santos Cabagnot facilitated the film viewing and appreciation workshop at the Heroes Hall Theater under the CCP Sineklab program.

13 Sep 2012 - Another old model truck stolen in Minalin

PAMPANGA -- Another old model vehicle was stolen in Barangay Sta. Maria, Minalin this province recently.

In a report, victim Albert Layson, 46, of said barangay reported to police that his Isuzu Elf Mini dump truck was believed to have been carnapped while parked in front of their house.

13 Sep 2012 - PDEA holds drug awareness seminar in Candaba

PAMPANGA -- The regional office of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) together with the local police here conducted a drug awareness seminar for students of the Pasig High School.

The PDEA said the seminars aim to educate students about the long-term effects of taking illegal drugs.

13 Sep 2012 - Tourism office to hold 1st Halal food handling seminar

ANGELES CITY -- The regional office of the Department of Tourism is inviting hotel and restaurant managers and chefs to attend the series of seminars and workshops on the preparation and handling of halal food.

The first of a series of seminars and workshops is on September 17, Monday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marlim Mansions Hotel, Diamond Subdivision, Balibago.

12 Sep 2012 - Major causes of tail dike breach found

PAMPANGA -- Provincial officials on Monday identified the major causes of the breaching of the San Fernando-Sto. Tomas-Minalin Taildike.

Board Member Nestor "Bay" Tolentino made the disclosure during the joint hearing of the committees on environment and natural resources and public works at the Capitol.

12 Sep 2012 - NHA to facilitate titles of Pinatuo resettlers

ANGELES CITY -- Vice President Jejomar Binay said the National Housing Authority (NHA) will look into facilitating the Transfer Certificates of Titles (TCTs) of those displaced during the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991.

The displaced residents are now living in 16 resettlement sites in Pampanga, Zambales and Tarclac.

12 Sep 2012 - Guv: Capitol plans to construct bridge in Masantol

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda earlier told officials from the isolated villages of Masantol that the provincial government is planning to construct a bridge to connect them to the town proper.

Pineda has observed that most of these barangays are left behind in terms of development.

12 Sep 2012 - Flashfloods hit Sto. Tomas, Minalin

PAMPANGA -- Residents in low-lying villages in nearby Sto. Tomas and Minalin towns experienced a sleepless night after rampaging floodwaters from the tail dike cascaded anew at dawn Tuesday.

Joselyn Supan, 38, of Sto. Tomas town said flashfloods induced by heavy rains Monday night have sent her neighbors to panic, as waters started to rise at 3:00 am Tuesday.

12 Sep 2012 - City councilor: Open eyes to RH bill

ANGELES CITY -- “Sad” is how Angeles City Councilor Maricel Morales describes the likelihood that not one legislator from Pampanga is expected to vote for House Bill 4244 or Reproductive Health (RH) Bill that will be put to a vote soon.

Morales simply rationalizes that, “some of them if not all fear of losing support of the electorate especially now that the 2013 elections is but some six months away. The country’s populace is likely being read as generally conservative, and that the general misconception that the RH bill promotes abortion when it does not.”

12 Sep 2012 - Garbo serious in mayoralty bid

MABALACAT CITY --- Board Member Crisostomo Garbo said Tuesday he is serious in his plan to run for mayor in this newly converted component city.

But Garbo declined to issue additional comments regarding reports that he will seek the city’s top post in the upcoming polls next year.

12 Sep 2012 - New top cop visits towns for dialogue

PAMPANGA -- The newly installed police provincial director will be starting his tour of duty with a series of dialogues with various chiefs of police and other personnel in uniform in the province's 4th district.

Sr. Supt. R’win Sta. Ana Pagkalinawan will visit today the towns of San Luis, San Simon and Candaba to personally meet the local police who are in the frontline in anti-criminality efforts.

12 Sep 2012 - Driver found dead inside tanker trailer Lubao

PAMPANGA -- A driver was found dead inside of a tanker trailer abandoned along the Gapan-Olongapo Road in Barangay Concepcion, Lubao town last Sunday.

A belated report said Antonio Ursais, 52, of Barangay San Antonio of Lubao town was already dead when found in the driver’s seat of an international tractor trailer (TUA-541) parked along the said road.

11 Sep 2012 - Pampanga village execs ready against crime, drugs

PAMPANGA -- At least 10,000 village officials and their security men will help in the renewed fight against crime in Pampanga, including peddling illegal drugs.

Disclosing this to BusinessMirror on Monday, Gov. Lilia Pineda said the provincial government and the Pampanga Police Office (PPO) have closely worked together to prepare the officials and barangay “tanods” in the province’s 505 barangays in effectively assisting the 1,045 cops led by Police Director Sr. Supt. Edgardo Tinio.

11 Sep 2012 - Blueboy set to join Tarzan

ANGELES CITY -- Former Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno on Monday categorically said he will run for congressman in 2013 and will join forces with the incumbent first district solon.

Nepomuceno, who was interviewed at the sidelines of the visit of Vice President Jejomar Binay at the EPZA Resettlement here, said “the Lazatin name is always inscribed in my heart.” He was referring to First District Rep. Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin who has decided to run for Angeles City mayor instead of seeking re-election.

11 Sep 2012 - 3.6-M housing backlog reduced by 1-M in 2016

ANGELES CITY- Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chairman Vice Pres.Jejomar Binay said here yesterday he was confident that the country’s about 3.6 million housing backlog would be reduced by at least one million by the time his term ends in 2016.

In an interview with Punto after he distributed titles to Mt. Pinatubo victims at the EPZA resettlement here, Binay said that to significantly reduce the backlog, the government is now constructing more affordable housing units.

10 Sep 2012 - Binay seeks prayers for Roxas at DILG

ANGELES CITY- Appealing for prayers for the success of his perceived opponent in the presidential race in 2016, Vice Pres. Jejomar Binay arrived here yesterday with the hoopla of a political campaign.

Kapampangan political allies of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo showed up to welcome Binay despite recent events that have fissured their strong bond during the Arroyo administration.

10 Sep 2012 - Show program, timeline for Clark airport

ANGELES CITY -- The Partido ABE Kapampangan, a local political party based in this city, urged newly-designated Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to concretely present a program and a timeline on the planned transfer of the country’s main international airport to Clark Freeport Zone.

“We are heartened by Secretary Abaya’s position of pursuing the long-announced plan to convert the Clark International Airport as the country’s premier international gateway. But we have been hearing of this plan for more than a decade now. It is time that we see blueprints and timetables,” said Alexander Cauguiran, ABE president.

9 Sep 2012 - Probe into tail dike breach starts today

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Board’s (PB) committee on environment will start formal investigations Monday on the breach at the Minalin-Sto. Tomas-San Fernando tail dike that led to massive here.

Board Member and committee on environment chair Nestor Tolentino (4th district) said the investigation is in response to the joint resolutions of the Municipal Council of Minalin and Sto. Tomas dated August 28.

9 Sep 2012 - Top cop orders crackdown on loose firearms in Arayat

PAMPANGA -- Provincial Police Director Edgardo Tinio, before relinquishing his office, ordered this town’s chief of police to spearhead an aggressive drive to recover loose firearms here.

This came as shooting incidents involving barangay chairmen were reportedly increasing as the local election nears.

9 Sep 2012 - Board member: Informal settlers not above the law

PAMPANGA -- “No one, including informal settlers along the Pampanga River, is above the law.”

So stressed fourth district Board Member Nestor Tolentino over the weekend, as the Department of Public Works and Highways is set to demolish houses and structures of informal settlers, including illegal fish pens in the towns of Macabebe and Masantol.

9 Sep 2012 - 5 lawmakers co-authors of salary upgrade bill for teachers

ANGELES CITY -- Three Pampanga legislators from the House of Representatives and two party-list lawmakers are among the 180 who co-authored House Bill (HB) 2142, which seeks to upgrade the salary grade level of the country’s public school teachers.

The HB 2142, otherwise known as the “Salary Upgrading Bill for Teachers in the 15th Congress of the Philippines,” is principally authored by Act Teachers party-list representative Antonio Tinio, and co-authored by 1st district Representative Carmelo F. Lazatin; Aurelio Gonzales Jr. (3rd district; Anna York P. Bondoc (4th district); Catalina C Bagasina (Association of Laborers and Employees or ALE); and Agapito H. Guanlao (Butil).

9 Sep 2012 - No Garbo-Castro tandem in 2013 polls

MABALACAT CITY -- Vice Mayor Noel Castro denied reports that he will seek re-election and will run under the slate of Board Member Crisostomo Garbo, who is reportedly seeking the mayoralty post in this newly converted component city in next year’s election.

Castro said he has not changed plans and he is already decided to run for mayor as an independent candidate.

9 Sep 2012 - Police intensify campaign vs criminality

PAMPANGA -- Local police here have intensified their campaign against criminality by involving barangay officials as force multipliers in dealing with local and other street crimes.

Superintendent Henry Flores, town’s chief of police, said they recently concluded a series of lectures and seminars in barangays Tagulod and Kuwayang Bugtong aimed at encouraging the people’s participation and cooperation in the police’s crime efforts.

8 Sep 2012 - P10M set for flood system rehab in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said over the weekend that the recently approved P5 million to jumpstart the rechanneling project here.

Pineda said the channeling works are currently being undertaken by the Provincial Engineer’s Office along with local government units and supporters of the project.

8 Sep 2012 - Guv mulls creation of evacuation center

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda is seriously considering the creation of an evacuation center here in bid to provide an available facility that would shelter flood and disaster victims in the district and nearby towns.

Pineda, in an interview over the weekend with Sun.Star Pampanga, said the move will, in effect, protect schools and other facilities from being used as makeshift evacuation centers during times of calamities.

8 Sep 2012 - Angeles to host Puregold’s run

ANGELES CITY -- As proof of the city’s sound relationship with the private-corporate sector, the local government here is set to host Puregold Angeles’ first fun run for a cause on September 9.

Employees from Puregold all over northern Pampanga -- comprising of 12 branches with an approximately 4,000-5,000 number of participants -- will join the five-kilometer (5K) race.

8 Sep 2012 - San Fernando hosts national epilepsy camp

PAMPANGA -- Hundreds of delegates, partners, medical practitioners and volunteers gathered Saturday at the mini-convention center of Heroes Hall for the 4th National Epilepsy Camp.

The epilepsy camp is the culminating activity of the National Epilepsy Week celebrated from September 2 to 8 and was advocated by the Philippine League against Epilepsy and its partners, including the City Government of San Fernando.

7 Sep 2012 - Rice straw as source of electricity

ANGELES CITY -- The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) based in Munoz, Nueva Ecija has signed an agreement with Enertime, a France-based company, to assess the feasibility of using rice straw for power generation, a measure that could significantly help farmers reduce production cost.

“The cost of petroleum is increasing. So it’s important to develop a new energy system that will serve as an alternative to the non-renewable, highly centralized, and not diversified system.

7 Sep 2012 - Lazatin reveals P20-M footbridge project

ANGELES CITY -- Pampanga First District Representative Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin announced on August 31 that his office, through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Road Board, will construct two steel footbridges along the Manila North Road.

The footbridges, each worth P10 million, will be constructed near Chevalier School in Barangay Santo Domingo and near Systems Plus College Foundation in Barangay Balibago.

7 Sep 2012 - Robredo widow to lead awarding of winners in Best Use of ICT in LGUs

CLARK FREEPORT -- The widow of Interior and Local Government Sec. Jesse Robredo will be asked to represent her husband at the awarding ceremony in November for the best use of ICT in local government units (LGU) leading to good governance embraced by the former Naga City mayor.

Engr. George Sorio, president of Cyber City Teleservices-Philippines based here, said Atty. Leni Robredo will be asked to lead the awarding of winners in the 1st eGov Awards of the Philippines 2012 set in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on November 22-23.

6 Sep 2012 - 183 years after foundation, AC to have first public cemetery

ANGELES CITY -- One hundred eighty three years since this city was founded by the Spaniards as a municipality, it will finally have its first public cemetery largely for the poor.

. This, even as Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said his administration now wants implemented a local law passed 44 years ago requiring local memorial parks to allocate at least five percent of their areas as cemeteries for indigents.

6 Sep 2012 - Guv wants reservoirs in water channels

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Wednesday told municipal engineers from the 2nd District, as well as provincial engineers, to inspect various water channels and tributaries in the area immediately and assess the possibility of putting up mid-stream reservoirs and impounding dams or catchment basins.

During the flood-intervention meeting at the Executive House of the Capitol where municipal engineers from Floridablanca, Sta. Rita, Guagua, Lubao and Sasmuan presented their damage reports from the recent calamity, including intervention programs of works, the governor ordered for an urgent survey of rivers, creeks and tributaries to save the towns from sure devastation if another typhoon strikes the province.

6 Sep 2012 - City forges partnerships to protect environment

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government here forged partnership with civic group Rotary Club of Angeles and religious organization Curia Sancti Rosarii to promote environmental awareness, protection and preservation.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said this kind of agreement is a “living example” of what public-private partnership for development should really be.

6 Sep 2012 - Guv eyes construction of prov’l evacuation center

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said Wednesday she is eyeing the construction of a provincial evacuation center in Barangay Sta. Lucia, Magalang town.

She said they are now coordinating with the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the provision of 10 hectares of property as a possible site of the proposed evacuation center.

6 Sep 2012 - Outgoing police chief thanks mayors for support

PAMPANGA -- Outgoing Pampanga police director, Senior Superintendent Edgardo Tinio, thanked the members of the Pampanga Mayors’ League (PML) for supporting his leadership, including his program on peace and order.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa inyo dahil talagang sinuportahan ninyo ang kapulisan dito sa ating probinsiya. Kailangan ko na pong umalis dahil yung mga classmates ko puro chief of staff na. Baka mapag-iwanan po kasi ako,” he told the mayors.

5 Sep 2012 - Rehab master plan to save province millions

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said on Wednesday that a unified master plan of development and rehabilitation works to address the flooding in various towns will save the Provincial Government millions from yearly palliative works done in places hit by flooding.

Pineda met with various municipal engineers of the second district on Tuesday to come up with the said master plan, which will center on impact projects that will serve as long-term to solution to mitigate if not reduce flooding problems here and the subsequent damage to properties here.

5 Sep 2012 - Demolition of structures at Pampanga River set after rains

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said a demolition of illegal structures along the Pampanga River will be carried out after the rainy season, as the Supreme Court issued an order to clear the waterways of any obstructions.

The Pampanga River is covered by the said Supreme Court order as its water drains to the Manila Bay, which is the subject of a clean-up program to solve the flooding problem in various provinces.

5 Sep 2012 - Fernandinos bid ex-vice mayor goodbye

PAMPANGA -- Hundreds of Fernandinos on Wednesday bid goodbye to former vice mayor Eligio Lagman, popularly known as the “Roaring Tiger” of this city, as he was laid to rest at the Sanctuario De San Fernando after the 2 p.m. concelebrated Holy Mass at the San Agustin Church here.

At the necrological services and public viewing held at the atrium of the City Hall, common folk, government officials, business leaders, relatives and friends paid tribute to the long-term vice mayor as they waited for their turn in the long line to get a last glimpse of Lagman.

5 Sep 2012 - Bizman: Clark airport has all qualities of a premier gateway

ANGELES CITY -- Businessman Rene Romero said Wednesday that the Clark International Airport has all the characteristics of a premier international airport that other airports in the country fail to match.

Romero cited the airport’s strategic location, two big parallel runways, space, and other qualities enough to be converted into the country’s main international airport.

5 Sep 2012 - HAU to mount Juan Flores exhibit

ANGELES CITY -- The Center for Kapampangan Studies of Holy Angel University (HAU) will exhibit the works of the late Juan C. Flores, who is recognized as the greatest wood sculptor in the country during his time and pioneer of the woodcarving tradition in Betis, Guagua town.

The exhibit entitled “Juan C. Flores: Carving a Niche in History” will open on September 29, 5 p.m., at the University’s Museum of Kapampangan Arts, which is an extension of the Center for Kapampangan Studies.

5 Sep 2012 - Militant groups condemn killing of transport leader

ANGELES CITY -- Labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), the Anakpawis Partylist-Gitnang Luson and Piston-Gitnang Luson condemned on Tuesday the killing of a transport leader here.

Ponciano “Poncing” Infante, leader of the Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (Piston) in Pampanga, was shot dead last Monday by two motorcycle-riding gunmen in the Hausville jeepney terminal in Barangay Pandan, near Marquee Mall in Angeles City.

5 Sep 2012 - Agri office to provide certified seeds to flooded farmers.

PAMPANGA -- An official from the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Wednesday that flood-affected farmers in Pampanga are set to receive a subsidy for seedlings.

Benjamin Baltazar, DA division operations chief, said farmers whose standing crops were submerged in floodwaters during the southwest monsoon are qualified to avail themselves of the program.

5 Sep 2012 - Transport group leader shot dead

ANGELES CITY -- A leader of a transport group and one of the founding members of a political party connected with Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan was shot dead at a passenger jeepney terminal Monday afternoon, reports said.

Feliciano “Poncing” Ruiz Infante, president of the Pampang-Pandan Jeepney Association and founding member of the Abe Kapampangan representing the transport sector, was gunned down by two armed men at 5:15 p.m. at Jaoville Terminal in Barangay Pandan here.

5 Sep 2012 - Diversion of Gugu River's water flow underway

PAMPANGA -- The diversion of water flow in the Gugu River is now underway, in preparation for the repair of the San Fernando-Sto. Tomas-Minalin tail dike.

The Provincial Government, along with concerned local government units (LGUs) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), was given the go signal to start simultaneous dredging activities in three major areas here.

5 Sep 2012 - Lagman laid to rest today

PAMPANGA -- Eligio “Tiger” Lagman, who died last week from heart failure at the age of 69, will be laid to rest Wednesday at the Sanctuario de San Fernando.

Prior to his interment, there will be a necrological service for the former long-term vice mayor at the City Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. mass at the San Agustin Church.

5 Sep 2012 - PB wants National Artist award for Kapampangan

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Provincial Board (PB) Tuesday approved Proposed Resolution 3277 supporting the nomination of the late Maestro Juan Flores as National Artist under the category of Visual Arts in the field of wood carving.

Flores, a resident of Barangay Sta. Ursula Betis, is hailed as one of the most prolific and significant Kapampangan wood sculptors in Pampanga.

5 Sep 2012 - ‘Captive’ earns rave reviews on premiere

PAMPANGA -- Award-winning director Brillante Mendoza’s newest alternative film “Captive” garnered outstanding reviews on its premiere at Cinema 6 of SM City Pampanga last Sunday.

Film critics from all over, local and national media practitioners, government officials and simple movie enthusiasts were all “thumbs up” for the film’s cinematography, perfectly angled shots, script, the international cast and the flawless direction.

5 Sep 2012 - Angeles village council drafts anti-mulcting ordinance

ANGELES CITY -- The council of Barangay Balibago has drafted an anti-mulcting ordinance in a bid to protect individuals and business establishments from “kotong” and other forms of graft and corruption.

Balibago chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac said they have already conducted public consultations with regard to the passage of the ordinance, where several complaints of alleged extortion and red tape against government officials were aired.

5 Sep 2012 - Flooded barangays get financial assistance

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government has released financial assistance amounting to P120,000 for the six coastal barangay in this town along the left portion of Pampanga River.

Governor Lilia Pineda in a short meeting with officials of affected towns on Monday, handed over checks to six barangay chairmen amounting to P20,000 each.

4 Sep 2012 - Cop Found Dead With 5 Bullet Wounds

PAMPAMGA -- A policeman, PO2 Reynaldo Gutierrez, was found dead inside a parked vehicle in Floridablanca town on Sunday with five bullet wounds in the face, chest and abdomen.

Gutierrez could have been shot and killed elsewhere before his body was left inside the vehicle in Floridablanca to mislead investigators, police said.

4 Sep 2012 - PNoy: PHL, Subic now open for business

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- The Philippines, especially Subic, is now open for business, as the country begins to reap the fruits of good governance, according to President Benigno Aquino II.

In a speech delivered by Maritime Industry Authority deputy administrator Nicasio Conti on behalf of the chief executive during the recent Subic Bay Maritime Conference and Exhibit here, President Aquino said that the country’s efforts in regaining the national dignity and the confidence of the world send a clear message that the Philippines is ready.

4 Sep 2012 - Hanjin delivers $60-M bulk carrier

CLARK FREEPORT - Subic-based Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industry and Construction Co., Ltd. (Hanjin) delivered recently another huge ship costing $60 million it manufactured for a multinational client in London.

The M/V RTM Cartier, named after a French explorer and the second bulk carrier purchased by Rio Tinto Shipping Ltd., measures 299.9 meters and weighs 204,000 deadweight metric tons, said the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

4 Sep 2012 - For CIA as premier Gateway ABE supports PGKM’s call

ANGELES CITY -- A local political party with 20,000 card-bearing members has expressed full support to the development of the Clark International Airport (CIA) in Pampanga as the country’s premier international gateway.

The Partido Abe Kapampangan (PAK), in a statement sent last week by its President Alex Cauguiran, said it “expresses its full support to the statement and position of the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) calling for the decongestion of Metro Manila and the development of the regions (north of Metro Manila).”

3 Sep 2012 - Mayor: ‘The projects were my proposals’

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the projects in this city, particularly the P100-million West Circumferential Road, are components of his tourism projects submitted to the Regional Development Council (RDC).

Last week, Pamintuan hit on 1st District Representative Carmelo Lazatin, branding the lawmaker as a “little confused, little desperate credit grabber” after the later claimed that the road project is within his legislative district.

3 Sep 2012 - Tarzan: I am not a credit grabber

ANGELES CITY -- Congressman Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin on Sunday clarified that he is not a credit grabber, contrary to a statement issued by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan in connection with the proposed widening of the West Circumferential Road.

Pamintuan said he proposed to the Regional Development Council, being the chairman of the councils committee on tourism, the improvement of the circumferential road, a vital link of City of San Fernando and Angeles City leading to Clark Freeport.

3 Sep 2012 - PLDT-Smart releases P2M for birthing clinics

PAMPANGA -- The PLDT-Smart Foundation has released some P2 million to the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) to finance the establishment of 12 satellite birthing clinics in Pampanga.

KDF president Benigno Ricafort stated that a balance of P1.5 million will be released before the end of the year.

3 Sep 2012 - P3.9M provincial road rehab complete

PAMPANGA -- The rehabilitation of the P3.9-million Magalang-Sta. Ana provincial road along the Barangay San Agustin section is already complete, said the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO).

In an interview, Engineer Olimpio Pangan of PEO said the other day that they are “done with the project”.

2 Sep 2012 - Party-list hosts medical-dental mission

ANGELES CITY -- The Butil Farmers Party recently hosted a medical and dental mission for indigent residents of Pulung Maragul here in a bid to provide health services and free medicines to patients needing medical attention.

Butil Representative Agapito Guanlao said the event was made possible through the support of the Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) and the barangay chairman Jojo Dimapilis.

2 Sep 2012 - Tourism department to conduct Halal food-handling seminar

MABALACAT CITY -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) – Central Luzon is set to conduct its first of a series of seminars and workshops on preparation and handling of Halal food on September 17.

DOT-Central Luzon director Ronnie P. Tiotuico said they extended an invitation to hotel and restaurant managers and chefs to the workshops which will be held between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marlim Mansions Hotel, Diamond Subd., Balibago, Angeles City.

1 Sep 2012 - Groups working together on river project

PAMPANGA -- An official from the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) Friday said various groups have joined forces to fast-track the rechanneling of Pasig-Potrero River and divert the flow of water to its original channel.

Noli Pangan, an engineer from the PEO, explained in a radio program “Indung Kapampangan” that the Provincial Government, the municipality of Minalin, and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have started simultaneous dredging activities.

1 Sep 2012 - Hospital execs ordered to treat leptos patients for free

Governor Lilia Pineda instructed on Friday chiefs of various district hospitals in the province to treat leptospirosis patients free of charge.

This came as leptospirosis cases in the province are reportedly increasing in communities which up to this time are still submerged in floodwater.

1 Sep 2012 - Party-lists urge Aquino to pass anti-enforced disappearance bill

ANGELES CITY -- Anakpawis party-list Representative Rafael Mariano and ACT Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio called on President Benigno Aquino III to issue a marching order to Congress to pass House Bill 3046 or the anti-enforced disappearance bill which seeks to define and penalize the crime of involuntary disappearance.

The two militant legislators’ call came in time with the observation of the International Day of the Disappeared on August 30 which was mandated by the United Nations as a day created to draw attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned at places and under poor conditions unknown to their relatives and/or legal representatives