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Balibago News Nov-2012

30 Nov, 2012 - NGCP to expand metering services in 2013

PAMPANGA -- The National Grid Corpo0ration of the Philippines (NGCP) is set to expand its metering services in 2013.

Lawyer Cynthia Perez-Alabanza, NGCP spokesperson and adviser for external affairs, said the recent certification of the transmission firm as the metering services provider for the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market has “trained the spotlight onto one of the major services performed by the company.”

30 Nov, 2012 - Legarda joins call to save sea turtles

PAMPANGA -- Senator Loren Legarda has joined the call to save the Philippine Marine Turtles or "Pawikan" at the 2012 Pawikan Festival held at the Pawikan Conservation Center in Morong, Bataan.

Legarda, speaker at the event, remarked that the Pawikan is one of the oldest species that have survived to this day, and are among those that live the longest.

30 Nov, 2012 - Mayor earns ire of village leaders on ‘job orders’ issue

ANGELES CITY -- A village official recently spoke up against the uninformed inclusion of his relative in the list of job order appointments of the City Government.

Councilmen’s League of Angeles City (CLAC) Executive Vice President and Barangay Cutcut official Roy Ogurida, in a radio interview, said the inclusion of his sister’s name in the list of the City Government’s job order employees, along with the names of the relatives of other barangay officials, was done without their knowledge.

29 Nov, 2012 - Thousands join AC’s 2nd anti-drug march-rally

ANGELES CITY -- More than 50,000 participants from the different sectors of this city are expected to troop Plaza Miranda on Thursday as the city government leads the anti-drug march rally on its second year.

This is in culmination of the month-long celebration of the National Dangerous Drugs Awareness and Prevention Month.

29 Nov, 2012 - Guv to bring down OFW action center to villages

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said Wednesday that the Provincial Government will bring down the services of the Pampanga Action Center for Overseas Filipino Workers Concerns (Pacoc) to the more than 500 barangays of the province.

Pacoc, created during the onset of the Pineda administration under Executive Order 16-2010, was cited during the visit of international delegates of the World Social Forum on Migration at Benigno Aquino Hall, as the first successful government office with best practices in advocating the cause of OFWs.

29 Nov, 2012 - 17 films vie for CineKabalen awards

ANGELES CITY -- Some 17 Kapampangan short films will vie for this year’s 2nd CineKabalen Kapampangan Film Festival with the awards night set at the Museo Ning Angeles on December 1.

The entries include “5:00 Ning Gatpanapun” by Petersen Vargas of Apalit; “Alas Otso ning Abak,” “Bryle Lakingdanum 1990-2012,” and “Keng Park” all by James Jordan of Angeles; “Ariya” by Gerald Gloton of San Fernando; “Awang” and “Talamitam” both by Kragi Garcia of Macabebe; “Caualan” by Dharl Jhay Otchengco of San Fernando; and “Gulisak” by Jonas Myron Espinosa of Mabalacat.

29 Nov, 2012 - Veggie farmers get carts from Butil

PAMPANGA -- Some 42 vegetable farmers here received “Nego Karts” on Thursday from the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) and the Butil Farmers Party, in a bid to help them peddle their farm produce.

Butil Representative Agapito Guanlao said the carts are part of the 100 “Nego Karts” to be distributed by Butil to indigent beneficiaries.

28 Nov, 2012 - Capitol: P1B available for province’s development

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government said at least P1 billion is still available to support important projects intended for the development and improvement of the province.

Governor Lilia Pineda assured her constituents during a visit in different towns in Pampanga that they could expect more tangible projects from the Provincial Government that would be beneficial to the communities.

28 Nov, 2012 - Pampanga is leading OFW sender with P16B remittances

Pampanga remains the strongest source of overseas workers for Central Luzon and the country, with P16.6 billion in remittances in 2006 and P161.2 million in donations to various organizations in the province to date.

This was stressed during the 5th World Social Forum on Migrations (WSFM) field visit at the Provincial Government on Wednesday. The forum featured the visit of some 60 foreign nationals all across the globe representing various countries where Filipino workers represent a significant population.

28 Nov, 2012 - Thousands to join Angeles’ 2nd anti-drug march rally

ANGELES CITY -- More than 50,000 participants from different sectors here are expected to troop to Plaza Miranda today, Thursday, as the City Government leads the anti-drug march rally on its second year.

The event will be held in culmination of the month-long celebration of the National Dangerous Drugs Awareness and Prevention Month.

28 Nov, 2012 - Foreign delegates laud Capitol’s program for migrant workers

PAMPANGA -- The delegates of the 5th World Social Forum on Migration (WSFR) lauded on Wednesday the Provincial Government for its organized approach on dealing with the affairs and needs of Kapampangans working abroad.

Sudhagaran Stanley, a Malaysian and officer of Penang Office for Human Development Diocesan Migrant Ministry, said only the Philippines, Pampanga in particular, was able to establish its existence in Malaysia in terms of providing a system focus on the welfare of the Filipinos.

28 Nov, 2012 - Mayor slammed for including wife’s name in job order list

ANGELES CITY -- Barangay Lourdes Northwest council member William David slammed Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Wednesday for including the councilman’s wife in the job order (JO) appointments without her knowledge, adding to the list of “ghost employees.”

David questioned the inclusion of his wife’s name in the list of JOs after his father, veteran broadcaster Medardo “Med” David, revealed the names of questionable JOs in his radio program last Friday (November 23).

28 Nov, 2012 - AUF Education grads pass teacher licensure examination

ANGELES CITY -- Graduates of the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) College of Education passed the September 2012 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).

UF-CED Dean Dr. Elvira Balinas said that graduates of Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd) batch 2012 registered a 100 percent passing rate (22 out of 22), 95.83 percent for first-timers.

27 Nov, 2012 - 3rd district villages get P200,000 aid from Capitol

PAMPANGA -- Fifteen barangays with internal revenue allotments (IRA) lower than P1.1 million received some P200,000 each as cash assistance for their various projects.

The assistance is part of the Provincial Government of Pampanga’s initiative to help barangays meet their operational and service costs in their respective areas.

27 Nov, 2012 - Mayor: Town hall has no power bill debt

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Joselito Naguit of Sto Thomas shrugged off Tuesday a report that the Municipal Government has not been paying its electric bills for the last five years.

Naguit said the report, which said the Municipal Government owes the Pampanga 3 Electric Cooperative (Pelco 3) some P7.1 million, is not true and is politically motivated.

27 Nov, 2012 - Guv wants trust fund for kin of OFW on death row

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said Monday that the Capitol plans to put up a trust fund for the family of a Kapampangan overseas Filipino worker (OFWs), whose death sentence was postponed abroad.

Joselito Zapanta from Cabetican, Bacolor recently got a four-month postponement on his death sentence imposed by the Saudi Arabian Court for killing his Sudanese landlord.

27 Nov, 2012 - Mayor gets ‘Most Outstanding Mayor Award’

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan was named “Most Outstanding Mayor” by the international award-giving body Superbrands Marketing International Inc. (SMI).

The mayor is set to receive the award in a ceremony today, November 28, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Makati City.

27 Nov, 2012 - Village chief questions city’s ‘passway fees’

ANGELES CITY -- Valentino Lagman has questioned the City Government’s alleged “passway fees” being charged on trucks passing through Barangays Cutcut and Santo Domingo.

Lagman said he received reports that trucks transporting sand, gravel and other quarry products that pass through Angeles City are being charged of P50 for the so-called “passway fee” but “it is not clear where the ‘passway fee’ collection goes.”

26 Nov, 2012 - Mayor mum on P7.1-M town hall power bill

PAMPANGA -- The mayor of Sto Thomas has refused to comment on the reported unpaid electrical bills of the municipal hall amounting to more than P7.1 million.

Documents obtained from the Pampanga III Electric Cooperative Inc. (Pelco III), signed by its billing officer Corazon Mamangun printed on November 14 this year, state that the Municipal Government has an outstanding obligation of P5,359,165.38.

26 Nov, 2012 - Groups plant mangrove trees at Pampanga Bay

PAMPANGA -- Filipino and Japanese non-government organizations planted over the weekend 1,000 nipa saplings along the Pampanga Bay portion of Masantol in a bid to save the mangrove population and promote awareness on mangrove forests.

Spearheading the event were the Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP), Mirai Ni Kibou Foundation, Rotary Club of Ashikaga East Japan and Quota International of Pampanga.

26 Nov, 2012 - Music seen to help abused women recover from trauma

PAMPANGA -- Music therapy is now being tapped by a center for battered and sexually abused women in Magalang as a way to help abused women recover from trauma.

This, as a combined group of non-government organizations from the province and Japan have joined efforts in helping women and minors housed at Haven Pampanga here.

26 Nov, 2012 - Senator lauds Pampanga I-Tax system

Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III lauded Monday Pampanga's revolutionary I-Tax system, saying it is a wise move in collecting real property taxes that translate into better benefits for Kapampangans.

Pimentel was at the Capitol for the Monday morning flag rites with Vice Governor Joseller Guiao, where he similarly disclosed of his "Bigger Pie, Bigger Slice" tax sharing scheme -- much like the internal revenue allotment -- which is now at the Senate for deliberation.

26 Nov, 2012 - Mayor to youth: Protect the environment

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan called on the youth here to intensify their support on protecting the environment.

The mayor also expressed his concern over the impending cutting of decades-old trees along the MacArthur Highway because of a road-widening project of the National Government.

26 Nov, 2012 - Traders: Angeles lowest in corruption

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has expressed elation over findings of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) in the 2012 national survey on perception of public corruption by business enterprises, where Angeles City registered the lowest among seven highly urbanized areas surveyed.

The SWS Survey of Enterprises on Corruption stated that some 100 big and small enterprises were interviewed in Angeles City and only 27 of them said there is public corruption in the city.

26 Nov, 2012 - Kapampangan won Most Outstanding Electronics Engineer Award

ANGELES CITY -- The Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines Inc. (IECEP), an organization of electronics engineers and technicians in the country, celebrated its 62nd Founding Anniversary and Annual General Membership Meeting on November 22-24 at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City.

One of the highlights of the event was the awarding of The Most Outstanding Electronics Engineers for 2012. This year’s awardee, in the field of Education is Kapampangan Engineer Roman Palo.

26 Nov, 2012 - Barangay leaders’ kin tag as ‘ghost employees’

ANGELES CITY -- Veteran mediaman Robledo Sanchez has continued revealing pieces of evidence on the "ghost" job order employees appointed by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

In a press statement, Sanchez said relatives of several barangay officials are under the payroll of Pamintuan as job order employees.

25 Nov, 2012 - Lawmaker distributes P180,000 livelihood support for micro entrepreneurs

PAMPANGA -- Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. distributed some P180,000 livelihood assistance to micro entrepreneurs in the district to support grassroots industries here and help them grow.

Gonzales distributed the cash assistance ranging from P5000 per individual businessman to P75,000 for whole cooperative groups under his livelihood assistance program.

25 Nov, 2012 - Hundreds of indigents benefit from Japanese missions

PAMPANGA -- Hundreds of indigents from four barangays of Minalin benefited in the social service missions hosted by local and Japanese non-government organizations (NGOs).

The mission was sponsored by the Mirai Ni Kibou Foundation, Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP), Quota International of Pampanga (QIP) and the Rotary Club of Ashikaga East Japan.

25 Nov, 2012 - Bill for more RTCs passes committee level: Lazatin

ANGELES CITY -- Pampanga first district Representative Carmelo Lazatin’s bill seeking for the establishment of six additional regional trial courts here has been approved by the House Committee on Justice.

During the hearing held last November 14, the committee, chaired by Iloilo fifth district Representative Neil Tupaz Jr., has approved Lazatin’s House Bill 5532 entitled “An Act Creating Six Additional Branches of the Regional Trial Court in the Third Judicial Region to be Stationed at the City of Angeles, Province Of Pampanga, Further Amending for the Purpose Batas Pambansa Bilang 129, otherwise known as The Judiciary Reorganization Act Of 1980.”

25 Nov, 2012 - Angeles City 2013 budget hearings set

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council here is set to conduct public hearings on the city’s proposed executive budget from November 26 to 28 at the city hall and it will be open to the public.

This was announced by Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting, who also sits as the presiding officer of the City Council, saying the three-day marathon hearing will tackle the city’s proposed 2013 Annual Budget.

24 Nov, 2012 - US diplomat killed in Makati City stabbing incident

MANILA -- An American diplomat died after a stabbing incident in Makati City Saturday morning.

It also said the American Embassy in Manila confirmed that the victim was one of its diplomats but it did not immediately identify him.

24 Nov, 2012 - Importance of Science department cited

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Oscar Rodriguez recently cited the important role and lauded the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for its all-out efforts in battling climate change and disaster risk reduction.

During the 2012 Southern Luzon Cluster Science and Technology Fair which the City Government hosted from November 22 to 24 at the activity center of Walter Mart in Barangay San Agustin, Rodriguez noted of the programs of the DOST deemed to improve people’s lives and support budding talents of aspiring scientists and inventors in the country.

24 Nov, 2012 - Bargain hunters swarm Crocs supersale

PAMPANGA -- Hundreds of eager bargain hunters swamped the Crocs super sale which started with a VIP day on Thursday and will end today, Sunday at the Trade Hall of SM City Pampanga.

Crocs honcho Rodmark Barriga said thousands of pairs of footwear await customers for the taking, in what he described as “once a year bargain hunt” where more than 100 unique shoe models in 30 color settings are for the taking at some 70 percent off regular prices.

24 Nov, 2012 - Green Weekend Market in Nepo

ANGELES CITY -- In all weekends of December, people of Angeles City and nearby towns will have a treat at Nepo Commercial Complex and enjoy the Christmas season with a different twist during the Green Weekend Market to be held at the Nepo Mart Complex in Angeles City.

Organized by Total Advantage Events and AdCentral Media Productions, the Green Weekend Market will be held in all Saturdays and Sundays of December (Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 14-15, 22-23, and 29-30) to promote Pampanga’s producers of organic and fresh farm produce, Capampangan cuisine, eco-friendly goods and crafts, and everything that is green and organic.

23 Nov, 2012 - RCCP, Quota Pampanga ink pact with Japanese groups

PAMPANGA -- In a bid to bring socio-civic programs in Pampanga, the Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) and the Quota International of Pampanga (QIP) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Japanese groups.

The MOA, signed over the weekend among RCCP, QIP and Japanese groups Mirai Ni Kibou Foundation and the Rotary Club of Ashikaga East (Japan) at Fortune Restaurant here, was made for partnership programs to be implemented in various areas of the province in the span of three days.

23 Nov, 2012 - City mayor challenged to debate

ANGELES CITY -- Barangay Claro M. Recto chairman Valentino Lagman recently challenged Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan to a public debate in order to show Angeleños “just who exactly is telling the truth.”

Lagman, in his guest appearance in a radio program of mediaman Medardo David, said Pamintuan can even decide when and where the debate would be held.

23 Nov, 2012 - Groups inaugurate classrooms

PAMPANGA -- A multi-sectoral group led the inauguration and blessing of eight classrooms under the “Barrio School Program” in Apalit and San Simon town on Friday.

The City of San Fernando Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (SFFCCII), Blue Eagle Alumni Foundation Inc., the Provincial Government and two other Municipal Government units gathered during the occasion to dedicate and turn over the classrooms to school officials.

23 Nov, 2012 - Contractor involved in Subic ‘waste dumping’ suspended

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) suspended on Friday the operation of a Malaysian company over alleged dumping into the sea of hazardous wastes collected from US ships that joined military exercises in the Philippines recently.

SBMA chairman Roberto Garcia said, however, that there is no evidence that toxic, hazardous or domestic waste have been dumped in the waters of Subic Bay.

22 Nov, 2012 - PGKM ASKS CIAC 'Where did terminal fees go?'

ANGELES CITY -- With five million passengers already passing through the CIA, the PGKM estimated the CIAC had collected some P2.25 billion in terminal fees, at its current rate of P450.

“The amount (P2.25 billion estimate) is more than enough to build more than one low cost carrier terminal (LCCT) CIAC has long been harping about but could not deliver,” said PGKM chairman Ruperto Cruz.

22 Nov, 2012 - Cop chief questions Roxas

PAMPANGA -- The director of the Pampanga police clarified yesterday that he has never recommended the inclusion of Pampanga as a “hotspot” for the 2013 elections, in reaction to reports that Interior and Local Governments Sec. Mar Roxas had cited the province as one of the 15 such areas in the country.

“I did not submit any recommendation to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the declaration of Pampanga as high risk area or be included in the election hot spot in the 2013 elections,” said police chief Senior Supt. R’win Pagkalinawan.

22 Nov, 2012 - AC village chief, 2 execs face Ombudsman raps

ANGELES CITY -- The chairman of Barangay Sapalibutad here, along with two of his officials, is facing administrative and criminal charges before the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged misappropriation of funds amounting to some P150,000.

Chairman Romeo Nunag, barangay treasurer Reynaldo Celis and barangay secretary Ronaldo Lacsina were named respondents in the charges filed by Sapalibutad kagawads Angelito Timbol, Luisito Pineda, Roberto Dela Rosa and Edwin Yanga.

22 Nov, 2012 - Clark airport records 5-millionth passenger

CLARK FREEPORT - Officials of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) led travel agents, hotel executives and other guests in welcoming the airport’s five-millionth passenger on Wednesday.

Limuel Rivera of Taguig City, who was on board a Cebu Pacific flight, arrived at the Clark International Airport (CRK) shortly after midnight from a vacation in Macau who travelled with his co-workers, said he was surprised by the event and the awarding including the reception of the Clark officials Wednesday night.

22 Nov, 2012 - Small and medium enterprises cited

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Wednesday cited several successful Pampanga businesses through its small enterprise and technology upgrading program and other science and technology services.

Undersecretary for Regional Operations Dr. Carol Yorobe noted some of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the province which are making waves via the DOST’s intervention and assistance in providing innovative technology and equipment during the opening of the 2012 South Luzon Cluster Science and Technology Fair and Exhibits with the theme “Science, Technology and Innovation: Working Together for Growth and Development” at the activity center of Walter Mart, Barangay San Agustin.

22 Nov, 2012 - Science agency flies off LDR planes

CLARK FREEPORT -- Two Light Detection and Ranging (LDR) planes were launched on Wednesday at the Asian Aerospace Center inside Clark Freeport as part of the 3D-geohazard mapping of disaster risk areas in the country.

DOST director Alexander Madrid, in Thursday’s 2012 South Luzon Cluster Science and Technology Fair at the Walter Mart Activity Center, said the topographic mapping will provide accurate and state of the art 3D-maps that would be able to identify risk areas that are affected by flooding or at the risk of future inundation.

22 Nov, 2012 - Mayor wants support programs for inventors, scientists

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Oscar Rodriguez of San Fernando called on Thursday for better support programs and benefits for Central Luzon inventors and scientists to further boost scientific developments towards industry development.

Rodriguez, in his welcome message during Thursday’s 2012 South Luzon Cluster Science and Technology Fair at the Walter Mart Activity Center, said that science and technology plays a crucial role in the development of local industries as they provide relevant scientific innovations that speed up production and improve quality of products.

22 Nov, 2012 - Councilor asks for open budget hearing

ANGELES CITY -- Amid allegations that the City Government is facing bankruptcy, Councilor Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno urged his fellow councilors to start the hearing on the 2013 budget.

“The current administration, led by Mayor Ed Pamintuan, as well as my fellow members in the City Council are all staunch advocates of transparency, so I am sure that they will be more than willing to make the budget hearings open to the public,” Nepomuceno said, “After all, it is the taxpayers’ money that we’re dealing with here.”

22 Nov, 2012 - Riding-in-tandem gunmen slain

PAMPANGA -- Two motorcycle-riding gunmen were killed in an alleged shootout in San Fernando, Pampanga Thursday morning.

The suspects, identified as Reynan "Bordado" Delpino and a certain alias "Puti," were killed in a follow-up operation conducted by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Pampanga police at around 10 a.m.

21 Nov, 2012 - Group supports back-to-work call to Lazatin

ANGELES CITY -- The Partido Abe Kapampangan expressed support to the call of City Administrator Dennis Albert Pamintuan to Congressman Carmelo Lazatin to report back to Congress.

“The campaign period is still months away, but it seems Lazatin has no longer been reporting for work, adding to his being among the topnotchers in Congress insofar as absences are concerned,” said Partido Abe Secretary General Danilo de Austria Consumido.

21 Nov, 2012 - Guv okays P3M center for elders

PAMPANGA -- The construction of the proposed senior citizens’ center amounting to some P3-million was approved by Governor Lilia Pineda.

Pineda met with the officials of senior citizens’ organization who pushed for more comprehensive services and programs individuals.

21 Nov, 2012 - Pampanga cops surprised by DILG hot spot tagging

PAMPANGA -- The Police Provincial Office (PPPO) were surprised with the pronouncement of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) tagging the province as elections hot spot.

Pampanga Police Director R’win Pagkalinawan said he did not recommend declaring Pampanga as an election hot spot considering the peace and order situation is in good shape and continuously improving.

20 Nov, 2012 - AC officials object to cutting of trees for road-widening project

ANGELES CITY -- Concerned offices in the city government have expressed their protest against the cutting of 486 trees along Mac-Arthur Highway in Pampanga on the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) road widening project.

Jose M. Briones, head of the city’s Task Force 1-Million Trees, said that they recognize the project’s objective to sustain progress in Pampanga. However, there is also a need to take into account the effect of the project to the environment.

20 Nov, 2012 - DILG scored for dubbing Pampanga election hot spot

PAMPANGA -- A group pushing for the economic development of Central Luzon condemned the inclusion of Pampanga as one of the 15 provinces named as high-risk areas in terms of political violence in the upcoming 2013 elections.

Sonny Dobles, president of the Alliance for the Development of Central Luzon (ADCL), said on Tuesday that Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas “deliberately put anew Pampanga in a bad light” after including the first-class province in the priority watch list of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for incidence of violence in the 2013 midterm elections.

20 Nov, 2012 - CL rabies cases down

ANGELES CITY -- Cases of rabies traced to dog bites in Central Luzon went down by 57 percent, but most of them died because of their failure to access available anti-rabies vaccines.

During a training participated in by personnel from 29 Animal Bite Treatment Centers (ABTCs) in the region, the Department of Health (DOH) regional office reported only 19 rabies cases in 2011, much lower than the 44 cases reported the previous year.

19 Nov, 2012 - Gordon bats for Clark airport as premier int’l gateway

CLARK FREEPORT -- Former Tourism Secretary and Senator Richard Gordon of Zambales joined calls for the full development of the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) as the country’s premiere airport.

Gordon, who was interviewed over the weekend in a disaster preparedness seminar for village officials organized by Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo, said “it’s practical” to develop the CIA and its 2,367-hectare aviation complex due to its twin runways constructed by the United States military.

19 Nov, 2012 - World’s biggest floating book fair to dock at Subic

SUBIC FREEPORT -- The ship MV Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair will have its second visit to Subic Bay Freeport from November 20 to December 2.

“The purpose of the visit is to bring knowledge, help and hope for visiting children, adults and professionals.

19 Nov, 2012 - Newsman reports duplicate name entry in Pamintuan JOs

ANGELES CITY -- In the graft and corruption case filed against Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and several other City Government Officials, veteran newsman Robledo Sanchez reported a “glaring irregularity” in the appointment of job order employees in the form of duplicate name entry.

Sanchez notes a certain Nerisa Eroles, whose name is listed as a Health Educator under the AIDS COUNCIL.

19 Nov, 2012 - STD cases jack up by 7.8 %

ANGELES CITY -- Cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in this city were noted to have increased by 7.84 percent, all the victims being female freelance workers aged from 18 to 25.

The study, conducted by a group headed by Dr. Richard Velez, head of the department of medicine of the Sacred Heart Hospital here, also noted an average increase of four human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in this city every year since 1985.

19 Nov, 2012 - Portion of Arnedo Dike collapses anew

PAMPANGA -- A portion of the Arnedo Dike in Barangay Mandasig, Candaba collapsed anew the other day.

This came amid protests made by Mayor Jerry Pelayo on some of the infrastructure projects implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the municipality.

19 Nov, 2012 - City Legal Officer: Nepotism charge is ‘legally infirm’

ANGELES CITY -- City Legal Officer Reymon Fabros dismissed the nepotism charges of tabloid stringer Robledo Sanchez against Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan as “legally infirm.”

Sanchez pointed out to 15 individuals employed at city hall as job order workers whose surnames are Pamintuan.

19 Nov, 2012 - Village chief hits back at EdPam for issuing ‘false statements’

ANGELES CITY -- A village chief here lashed back at Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan who allegedly issued false statements regarding the former’s alleged defection to Congressman Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin.

Val Lagman, chairman of Barangay Claro M. Recto, said Pamintuan was lying when he said that the village leader withdrew his support to the mayor because he wanted to “control cockfights in Angeles City.”

19 Nov, 2012 - Village chief cites vital ordinances for Angeleños

ANGELES CITY -- A village chief here has cited at least four ordinances that need to be passed by the City Council in order to better serve indigent Angleños.

Rodelio “Tony” Mamac, who is running for vice mayor here, said that top on his list is the health ordinance which will cover emergency cases at the Ospital Ning Angeles (Ona).

18 Nov, 2012 - SM Clark ‘Giant Candy Land’ center piece wows mall goers

ANGELES CITY -- SM City Clark’s “Giant Candy Land” Christmas centerpiece recently wowed mall goers, adding another glitter to this year’s Yuletide celebration.

SM City Clark Public Relations officer Venus Manalang said the event aims to add more glitter to this year’s Christmas celebration as all SM Supermalls all over the country also unveiled their respective Christmas-themed center pieces.

18 Nov, 2012 - Labor department posts 96% labor dispute settlement rate

PAMPANGA -- Carpenter Alfredo Magtoto from Pampanga, who used to work for Worldlandia Carpentry Services, couldn’t be much happier when he finally received his separation pay amounting to P100,000 recently.

Magtoto’s jubilation and sigh of relief is a result of the Department of Labor and Employment Central Luzon Office’s (Dole-3) posting a 96 percent settlement rate of labor disputes in October this year, benefitting more than 1,000 workers like him in the region who received some P16.9 million in monetary claims, through the labor department’s Single Entry Approach (Sena).

18 Nov, 2012 - Mall shoppers urged to support ‘Bears of Hope’ program

ANGELES CITY -- SM City Clark is urging mall shoppers to support the “Christmas Bears of Hope” which was launched last week in all three SM Supermalls in Pampanga that aims to bring some Yuletide cheer to indigent beneficiaries this Christmas Season.

SM Public Relations Officer Venus Manalang said various SM Supermalls all over the country also launched their SM Bears of Hope program.

17 Nov, 2012 - Bare Assets raided

ANGELES CITY -- Last night a Team of NBI Agents raided the Bare Assets Bar on Perimeter road to check for underage Employment.

All Girls were taken to a facility in San Fernando for further verification.

16 Nov, 2012 - EdPam orders early release of 13th month pay, cash gift

ANGELES CITY -- The local government here is set to release the remaining half of the city workers 13th month pay and P5,000 cash gift for the upcoming holiday season this week.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has given the go-signal and instructed his local finance team to expedite the processing of the payroll and start distributing the employees’ bonuses this Friday.

15 Nov, 2012 - Another Attack on Ian Bolton

ANGELES CITY -- Ian Bolton, the manager at Garfields, was again shot at in his house early on Thursday morning.

To his luchk the barrel of the home made gun flow off with the bullet still inside.

14 Nov, 2012 - 2 Koreans dead

Kim Song-hee, 27, fell from the fifth floor of a four-star hotel here shortly after midnight on Friday and investigators are trying to determine whether Kim committed suicide or was pushed from her fifth-floor room at the Hotel Vida on M. A. Roxas Highway.

Hyeokyeob Kwon, 37, a resident of Diamond Subdivision in Balibago village in the city, apparently committed suicide by drinking a ferric chloride solution in a Hotel room in Malabanias.

14 Nov, 2012 - Administrator: City is stable, not bankrupt

ANGELES CITY -- The city is financially stable and is able to pay its debts, including the P1.3 billion incurred by the two previous administrations, a city executive said.

Lawyer Dennis Albert Pamintuan, City Administrator, debunked earlier reports and assured the public that the City Government is not bankrupt.

14 Nov, 2012 - Lawmaker’s ‘filing’ charade hit

ANGELES CITY -- The brouhaha over the “photo ops” filing of the certificate of candidacy (COC) last week by mayoralty candidate Representative Carmelo Lazatin in this city continues.

Alexander Cauiguiran, president of a local political party, Partido Abe Kapampangan, on Wednesday thanked Irish Calaguas, Lazatin’s chief of staff, for admitting that the lawmaker’s filing of his COC last Friday was all for show.

14 Nov, 2012 - Zubiri bares ‘One Town One Project’

PAMPANGA -- Former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri the other day said he has implemented a “One Town One Project” in the province.

Zubiri said he has funded at least one project in every municipality in the province as requested by concerned local chief executives.

14 Nov, 2012 - Drag race in nat’l road alarms locals

PAMPANGA -- A portion of the Baliuag-Candaba-Sta. Ana road along Pansol section has been converted into a race track by some adventurous young motorcycle riders, which has alarmed residents.

Residents and other motorists called the attention of local police to monitor the area in order to prevent riders from exposing the public to harm.

13 Nov, 2012 - Lawmaker offers livelihood project for Aetas

PAMPANGA -- Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar has partnered with Governor Lilia Pineda for the cascading of technology on water lily-based livelihood projects for Aetas living in the mountain villages of Pampanga.

“We come here to provide you livelihood projects. Gusto kong i-process ang inyong water lily para mabigyan natin ng trabaho ang mga kababaihan dito,” Villar said during a visit at the provincial Capitol on Tuesday.

13 Nov, 2012 - Guv vows to help kabalen OFW on death row

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda is set to ask the Commission on Audit (COA) on the legality of contributing to the P55 million blood money being raised by the government to save the life of a Kapampangan overseas worker convicted by the Saudi Court of First Instance for allegedly killing a Sudanese national.

Joselito Zapanta, a father of two from Mexico town, was also convicted of theft last April 13, 2009. Initial reports said the blood money was initially set at P400 million but was later reduced to P55 million.

13 Nov, 2012 - ‘Cannibals’ attack materials recovery facility

PAMPANGA -- Unknown suspects recently stripped-off electrical wirings and devoured machineries in Mexico’s materials recovery facility MRF, virtually leaving the site in Barangay Sukluban a heap of decay that will send hard-core environmentalists wondering if it was true.

In an inspection by officials Monday, it was found out that the town’s MRF proudly bragged about stopping operations a few weeks back after Mayor Teddy Tumang’s suspension, with heaps of garbage unattended, piling each day as machines remained dysfunctional.

13 Nov, 2012 - Bacolor mayor gives 26 carabaos to farmers

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Jose Maria Hizon gave 26 imported water buffalos to farmers in his hometown on Tuesday as part of his advocacy to help land tillers and propagate the so-called beast of burden.

The livestock dispersal was done at the Hizon farm in Barangay De la Paz Norte, witnessed by leaders from different communities of Bacolor town.

13 Nov, 2012 - ‘Parul Sampernandu’ bound for Hawaii, Poland

PAMPANGA -- Beijing, China. New York. Venice, Italy. Bangkok, Thailand. The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Across the country, the “Parul Sampernandu” or Fernandino lanterns continue to make waves as they gain popularity anew this Advent.

The ingenious “parols” are now bound for Poland and Hawaii.

13 Nov, 2012 - Finalists for 1st Jesse Robredo ICT Awards named

CLARK FREEPORT – The finalists in the first “eGov Awards”, initiated by the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Robredo, have been named.

Eleven cities, six provinces and one town are included in the line-up for the awards, which had been hailed as a tool for transparency in governance through information and communications technology (ICT).

13 Nov, 2012 - World's largest floating library revisits Subic

SUBIC FREEPORT -- Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair, announces its 2nd visit to Subic Bay Freeport, Philippines, from November 20 to December 02, 2012.

Its first visit to Subic was on March 16 to April 8 this year. The purpose of the visit is to bring knowledge, help and hope for visiting children, adults and professionals. Books will be made available at nominal cost, while cultural programs participated in by its volunteering crew members from various countries await school children.

13 Nov, 2012 - Dutch gov’t help asked on Geertman murder

PAMPANGA -- The foreign affairs department of the Netherlands is set to tackle this week the petition signed by some 600 persons, 23 organizations and six alliances, mostly Filipino, asking the Dutch government’s help in seeking justice for the murder of a Dutch missionary in this city last July 3.

This, after members of the Dutch-Philippines Solidarity movement went to the Dutch parliament in the Hague last Nov. 6 to present the case of the 67-year-old Dutch missionary Willem Geertman who was killed allegedly by military men in the compound of Alay Bayan Inc., a relief and rehabilitation group which he headed as executive director in Barangay Telabastagan here.

13 Nov, 2012 - ‘Dual training system’ for city college eyed

ANGELES CITY- The local government here is now in coordination with Clark Freeport-based electronics company SMK Corporation to begin the implementation of the ‘dual training system’ (DTS) for the City College of Angeles’ (CCA) market-driven courses for academic year 2013-2014.

This was stated by CCA President Averell Laquindanum during the regular flag raising rites at the City Hall grounds.

13 Nov, 2012 - Angeles poor get ‘Belo’ treatment gratis et amore

ANGELES CITY -- The poor in this city would never even imagine having celebrity beauty expert Dr. Vicky Belo improve their looks, knowing how costly that could be for anyone grappling daily with sheer survival.

But now, residents like Elenita Cortes, 40, are having their ugly warts and moles removed, either for fear they’d develop into cancers or simply because removal would enhance good looks or both.

13 Nov, 2012 - Comclark now full telco with ‘Converge’

CLARK FREEPORT -- Comclark, one of the country’s top information technology provider, is now a full telecommunications company.

This, after Comclark’s organizational restructuring led to the birth of Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. , which has a full telco franchise. Converge is premier provider of customer-focused Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services and solutions.

12 Nov, 2012 - Village chiefs affirm: No ‘jueteng’ in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- An official of the local Federation of Association of Barangay Captains (FABC) affirmed Sunday that there is no illegal numbers game or “jueteng” activity in Central Luzon particularly in the province of Pampanga.

The FABC also known as the Liga ng mga Barangay Pampanga Chapter headed by ex-officio Provincial Board Member Melchor Pingol, also expressed confidence on Governor Lilia Pineda in Resolution No. 005 series of 2012 which they passed Sunday.

12 Nov, 2012 - Newsman: City gov’t spends P20M a month on JOs

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government is spending P20 million every month for the salaries of job order employees, according to veteran newsman Robledo Sanchez.

Sanchez, in his complaint sheet filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and other city officials, stated that some of the job-order employees occupy the same position within a department or a program, usually as administrative assistants or administrative aides paid in different rates as high as P25,000 a month.

12 Nov, 2012 - Job order employees condemn political harassment

ANGELES CITY -- Job Order (JO) personnel of the City Government are reportedly planning to hold a rally in front of the residence of Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st District, Pampanga) for alleged .

Recently, the camp of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan sent a press statement to which contained several statements from JO employees.

12 Nov, 2012 - Quarry revenues bound to break records

PAMPANGA -- Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Officer Art Punsalan on Sunday said the quarry revenues are projected to break records with a P770 million by June 2013.

Punsalan told Sunday that with the year-to-date total collection of P606,487,500, and a monthly average of some P20 million, quarry revenues are expected to reach an all-time high in the history of the quarry industry.

12 Nov, 2012 - Former village chief survives ambush

MABALACAT CITY -- The City Police said a former barangay chairman and a staunch political supporter of Mayor Marino Morales survived an ambush over the weekend.

The city police said they are still evaluating the incident if it is a politically-motivated violence.

12 Nov, 2012 - ‘Operation Smile’ starts mission in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- Operation Smile has officially started Sunday its cleft surgery in this city catering indigent children with cleft palate and cleft lip deformities.

The mission was joined by Operation Smile volunteers from 36 countries, including Philippines, simultaneous with other similar missions in Naga, Silay and Cagayan de Oro.

12 Nov, 2012 - DPWH asked to hire locals for demolition works

PAMPANGA -- A village leader of Masantol suggested to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to hire locals for the demolition of illegal structures along the high water channel of the Pampanga River.

Jesus Velasquez, Bagang village chieftain, said they are willing to comply with the ruling of the Supreme Court involving the massive clean-up of the Pampanga River and other water channels by removing encroachers within the perimeter.

12 Nov, 2012 - Binay reiterates support to Pelayo’s Congress bid

PAMPANGA -- Vice President Jejomar Binay reiterated his all-out support the other day to Candaba's Mayor Jerry Pelayo’s congressional bid.

Binay recently joined the Youth Council officials of the fourth district in a simple gathering held in Barangay Lanang.

12 Nov, 2012 - Methodists, Seventh Day Adventists lauded for aid

PAMPANGA -- Officers of the United Methodist Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church and municipal officials of Porac were awarded with certificates of appreciation for their contributed services.

Mayor Condralito dela Cruz, Vice Mayor Dexter David, and other officials led the awarding of certificates of appreciation.

11 Nov, 2012 - Mayor faces graft raps over job order workers

ANGELES CITY -- A veteran newsman has filed graft and corruption charges before the Ombudsman against Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and several others in connection with the 2,506 “job order” employees of the City Government.

Robledo Sanchez filed the case before the Office of the Ombudsman based on documents he gathered, including appointment papers of job order employees signed by Pamintuan, his secretary Kirk Galanza, and City Administrator Dennis Albert Pamintuan

11 Nov, 2012 - Bizman: Local economy getting ‘healthier’

PAMPANGA -- A top official of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) said the local economy is now getting healthier as projected.

PamCham vice chairman Rene Romero, now co-chairman [representing the private sector] of the Regional Competitiveness Council, said the advent of the 2013 elections, the country’s earning recently positive ratings in competitiveness and the re-election of US President Barack Obama are contributing to the rebound of the local economy and the boosting of the purchasing power of consumers like Kapampangans and Filipinos in general.

11 Nov, 2012 - Educators laud electric cooperative

PAMPANGA -- Principals, teachers and master educators lauded the Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative (Pelco 1) and its power provider-partner, AES Philippines, for the firms’ “Connect-A-School” project.

“Connect-a-School” is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program of Pelco 1, involving some P2 million in donations coming from the AES Foundation for community projects of the outstanding cooperative.

11 Nov, 2012 - Quota Pampanga to host dance party fund-raiser

PAMPANGA -- The Quota International of Pampanga will be hosting their “Terak Kata Para Quing Quota” (Let’s Dance for Quota) at the SM City Pampanga Event Center to raise more funds and awareness for the socio-civic programs of the club.

The event on November 16 is expected to be attended by members of the group, its civic supporters and the other non-government groups.

11 Nov, 2012 - Dermatological society conducts medical mission

PAMPANGA -- The Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) has conducted a medical mission last Sunday at the Ms. Earth Park in Barangay Mandasig, Candaba.

The activity benefited hundreds of residents suffering with skin problems from barangays Mandasig, Pasig, Lanang, Pansinao and other neighboring communities.

11 Nov, 2012 - Kapampangans vow support to Hontiveros’ senatorial bid

ANGELES CITY -- Various groups in Pampanga vowed support to Akbayan chairperson Risa Hontiveros, who decided to join the senatorial race.

In a gathering initiated by Dr. Ireneo “Bong” Alvaro, a former city councilor here, members of people’s organizations in Angeles City and other areas in Pampanga expressed support to the Hontiveros’s senatorial bid.

11 Nov, 2012 - Foundation calls on amputees to avail artificial leg program

PAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) is calling on amputees to avail its artificial limbs program as it distributed free prosthesis and wheelchairs to qualified beneficiaries at the Jose A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC).

The KDF, an organization of Kapampangans based outside the province, teamed up with the Physicians for Peace to provide free artificial legs to amputees all across the province.

10 Nov, 2012 - SM City launches ‘Glitter Avenue’

PAMPANGA -- Celebrating the Christmas season, SM City Pampanga officially unveiled Friday afternoon its “Glitter Avenue.”

The event, which was inspired by Disneyland Main Street, was highlighted by “The Nutcracker” performance of the country’s prima ballerina Liza Macuja-Elizalde and Ballet Manila with original Pinoy music (OPM) as their tune.

10 Nov, 2012 - Kapampangan film competes in CCP film contest

ANGELES CITY -- A Kapampangan short film entitled “Walu Pang Bulan (Eight More Months),” is currently competing in the 24th Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Independent Film and Video Competition.

The film was shot during the aftermath of the southwest monsoon or “habagat” last October when southern towns of Pampanga and other provinces in Luzon were inundated with floods.

10 Nov, 2012 - Transportation office conducts clean-up, sorting day

ANGELES CITY -- The Land Transportation Office (LTO) conducted Saturday its second and final “big clean up and sorting day” for 2012.

LTO-Angeles City head Aida Santiago said: “This big clean-up and sorting day, involving all our personnel in the LTO-Angeles City, is the last for this year. It is requirement we submit to, based on our ISO certification.”

9 Nov, 2012 - AC gears for ‘Anti-Drug Awareness’ celebration

ANGELES CITY - In line with the observation of the Dangerous Drugs Awareness and Prevention Month this November, the local government here through the Angeles City Anti-Drug Abuse Council lined up activities that will heighten the awareness of Angeleños on the illegal use of drugs.

Annaliza Suller, ACADAC Program Head, disclosed the list of activities for this month-long celebration.

9 Nov, 2012 - P40M up for green projects

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando allocated some P40 million for “green” projects, as it prioritizes environmental management in 2013.

Councilor Alex Patio, during the City Council caucus on Wednesday, said the budget has been allocated for environmental management representing 47.16 percent of the city’s Local Development Fund (LDF).

9 Nov, 2012 - Congress asked to probe US toxic waste dumping in Subic

SUBIC FREEPORT -- Activists urged top leaders in Congress to probe the alleged dumping of toxic wastes in Subic Bay, a day after the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) announced it is investigating a United States Navy contractor blamed for throwing of hazardous wastes here.

"Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and House Speaker Sonny Belmonte are legally, politically and morally obliged to undertake a joint or separate inquiry into this wholesale poisoning of coastal and offshore waters off Subic Bay that might spread to adjacent bodies of water encompassing Zambales Bay and Lingayen Gulf," the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said in a press statement.

9 Nov, 2012 - No warranty for City’s infra projects

ANGELES CITY -- The Commission on Audit (COA), in its annual audit report for 2011, showed that the City Government did not secure warranties for its completed infrastructure projects, according to the camp of Pampanga Representative Carmelo Lazatin (first district).

Section 6 of the COA Report, dated June 18, 2012 and signed by COA regional director Winnie Encallado, stated that the City Government did not secure a warranty for its completed infrastructure projects, therefore “denying the city of adequate protection against any structural defects/failure within the warranty period.”

9 Nov, 2012 - Labor bureau inks pact with mining council

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Central Luzon recently signed an agreement with the Zambales Mining Industrial Tripartite Council (MITC) for the Voluntary Code of Good Practices (VCGP).

In his report to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Dole Regional Director Raymundo Agravante said that 17 management and labor representatives from the different mining companies in the province -- YinYi Phil. Mining Inc., Black Dragon Corp., BNMI, EnRoz, RMB Geomine, Templeton Resources Inc., West Cathamen Corp., DMCI, Von Mina, Spartan Mining, and Ellard Enterprise -- forged the VCGP with Dole assistant regional director Geraldine Panlilio, Dole-Zambales Field Office head Efren Reyes and Vice Governor Ramon Lacbain II.

9 Nov, 2012 - Towns, cities monitored vs criminals

PAMPANGA --An official from the police provincial office said Friday that they are closely monitoring towns and two cities in Pampanga as part of their continuing effort to keep the province peaceful.

Superintendent Ricardo David, deputy provincial director for administration, said among the places they considered prone to the illegal activities of the lawless criminals were Apalit, Guagua, Mabalacat City, and City of San Fernando.

8 Nov, 2012 - Kabalen one of Philippines’ 4 outstanding judges

ANGELES CITY -- A presiding judge at the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Manila who hails from Barangay Sto. Domingo here was recently named one of the four outstanding judges of the country.

Lawyer Maria Theresa Gomez-Estoesta, presiding judge of the RTC Branch 7, received the prestigious award in the Second-Level Courts Category named the Chief Justice Cayetano Arellano Award.

8 Nov, 2012 - EdPam sees ‘close fight;’ Tarzan says ‘no contest’

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo “EdPam” Pamintuan noted recently that the fight for the mayoralty post here will be “close” and “will not be a walk in the park” as he takes on the challenge posed by first district Representative Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin.

Pamintuan, who is seeking reelection, and Lazatin, who has shifted his sights from the congressional bid to the mayoralty seat he once occupied, have been in tangles recently, exchanging brickbats and hurling accusations at each other even before the filing of certificates of candidacy, and have reached the point of a call for a public debate.

8 Nov, 2012 - City’s alleged lost assets during Lazatin’s term bared

ANGELES CITY -- From years 2003 to 2005, a total of P563 million worth of real and fixed properties of the City Government headed by former mayor and incumbent Representative Carmelo Lazatin could not be accounted for.

The Commission on Audit (COA) Report of 2003, signed by state auditor Lynn S. F. Sicangco, noted that “the validity and correctness of the fixed assets under the (city’s) General Fund amounting to P552,559,664.77 could not be ascertained due to existence of a material discrepancy between the balances of the subsidiary ledgers with that of the property inventory report.”

8 Nov, 2012 - Town wants coordination with DPWH on infra projects

PAMPANGA -- The local government unit (LGU) in Candaba is urging the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to observe protocol on coordination before implementing infrastructure projects in the municipality.

This came as the municipal engineering department on Thursday discovered that the construction of farm-to-market roads in two barangays here started without proper coordination with the municipal LGU.

8 Nov, 2012 - Goat theft alarms local breeders

PAMPANGA -- Goat breeders in Candaba said that at least 10 goats have been missing for the past few days, believed to have been taken by the “Papaitan King.”

According to Felipe dela Cruz of Barangay Lanang, a group of unidentified perpetrators onboard a van and a tricycle was seen roaming around the locality before the goats went missing.

8 Nov, 2012 - Converge launches ‘router’ promo

CLARK FREEPORT -- Full telecoms firm ComClark, now known as Converge, has launched its “Router Promo.”

Interested subscribers could now get quality internet service as Converge offers free installation from now until December 2012.

7 Nov, 2012 - Police chief: No jueteng in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Chief Superintendent Edgar Ladao, of Police Regional Office-Central Luzon, Wednesday said “there is no such thing as jueteng” in their areas of jurisdiction.

Ladao said, “There is zero jueteng in Region 3 at hindi ko binabago ang statement ko. There is no jueteng in my area of responsibility, particularly in the province of Pampanga.”

7 Nov, 2012 - City admin: Lazatin groping for answers on bad loans

ANGELES CITY -- Administrator Dennis Albert Pamintuan advised Representative Carmelo Lazatin to read the Commission on Audit’s (COA) report before accusing Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan’s administration of bankruptcy.

“Get a copy first of the Special Audit Report of the Commission on Audit which was submitted to the late Secretary Jesse Robredo on August 4, 2010 before opening your mouth and resort to absurd and incoherent excuses,” Pamintuan said particularly to Irish Calaguas.

7 Nov, 2012 - City gears for ‘Anti-Drug Awareness’ celebration

ANGELES CITY -- The local government through the Angeles City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Acadac) lined up activities in a bid to heighten the awareness on illegal drugs.

Annaliza Suller, Acadac Program Head, said the activities, which is in line with the observance of the Dangerous Drugs Awareness and Prevention Month this month, include policy orientation meetings which will be held simultaneously with the random drug testing (RDT) on prime business and entertainment establishments in the city in cooperation with the City Health Office (CHO).

7 Nov, 2012 - ‘Operation Smile’ all set on Nov. 9-17

ANGELES CITY -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)-assisted Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) free harelip and cleft palate surgeries are all set on November.

KDF president Benigno Ricafort said those who want to avail of the services of the free surgery mission for their children would still be able to attend the final screenings in November 10, Saturday at the ONA.

6 Nov, 2012 - Lawmaker’s camp denies mayor’s ‘bankruptcy’ allegation

ANGELES CITY -- The camp of Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st District, Pampanga) said the City Government’s bad credit is due to bankruptcy, and Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan was lying when he said the city incurred bad credit because of the lawmaker’s loans when he was still the city mayor.

In an earlier press statement, Pamintuan said the loans made by Lazatin during the latter’s term as mayor are the reasons why the City Government is now prohibited from acquiring loans from banks unless cleared by the Department of Finance (DOF), due to bad credit.

6 Nov, 2012 - Mayor receives city’s 1st cultural map

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan formally received the first documented cultural map of the city during the turnover ceremonies of the Cultural Mapping Project.

“A developed city that does not recognize its heritage and historical value is like a body that has lost its soul,” said Pamintuan.

6 Nov, 2012 - Cops nab man with unlicensed firearm

MABALACAT CITY -- A 37-year-old man was apprehended by elements of the city police after being suspected of carrying an unlicensed gun in Madapdap Resettlement Center here.

Nestor Rivera Mendoza, 37, of Barangay Manibaug Libutad, Porac town, yielded an Armscor .38 caliber revolver when accosted by policemen led by Police Officer 1 David Asuncion, said Superintendent Rodney Raymond Louie J. Baloyo IV, city police director.

6 Nov, 2012 - Korean found dead in hotel

ANGELES CITY - A Korean tourist was found dead inside a hotel comfort room in Barangay Malabanias, Angeles City, over the weekend.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Angeles City police director, identified the victim as Won Soojeong, 43, a female Korean national who was found hanging in a comfort room of the Hilltop Hotel Clarkview.

6 Nov, 2012 - Woman loses P300,000 to scam artist

PAMPANGA -- A wife of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) from Tarlac City lost P300,000 from “Budol-Budol” gang, police reported Monday.

In a report here, Senior Superintendent Alfredo Corpus, Tarlac police provincial director, said Nenita Rosario, 60, of Don Pepe Conjuangco Homes, Barangay Sta. Catalina in Tarlac City and her housemaid, a certain Hellen Barrachea, 44, were walking inside SM Tarlac when they were approached by an unidentified male and female.

6 Nov, 2012 - PNoy’s Pampanga Bay project ‘worse’ than GMA’s — fishers

PAMPANGA -- Pres. Aquino’s scrapping last week of former Pres. Arroyo’s “midnight” order to reclaim 2,500 hectares of the Pampanga Bay was made “worse” by his order widening the reclamation coverage to 4,500 hectares, affected groups lamented yesterday.

“In reality, the President even expanded the scope of the Pampanga Bay reclamation project from 2,500 hectares to 4,500 hectares and had it renamed Pampanga Bay Integrated Development Project,” the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), Koalisyon Kontra Kumbersyon ng Manila Bay (KKK-Manila Bay), Sagip Manila Bay Movement and Anakpawis party list said in a joint statement yesterday.

6 Nov, 2012 - EdPam receives city’s first cultural map project

ANGELES CITY -- “A developed city that does not recognize its heritage and historical value is like a body who have lost its soul,”

Thus, said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan in the commencement exercises and turnover ceremonies of the Cultural Mapping Project held at the Gabaldon Conference Building, this city.

5 Nov, 2012 - CSC expresses full support for Lazatin’s proposed law

ANGELES CITY -- – The Luzon Council of Human Resources Management Practitioners (LCHRMP) of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on October 9, 2012 issued a resolution “expressing unanimous support” for Pampanga First District Representative Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin’s proposed law, House Bill (HB) No. 1432, granting Civil Service Sub-Professional Eligibility to all Co-Terminus, Contractual and Casual Employees who have rendered nine (9) straight years of services.

In its Resolution No. 002-2012, LCHRMP unanimously expressed its support for HB 1432, which recognizes Co-Terminus, Contractual and Casual Government Employees as public servants employed according to their merits, stating that “it is the duty of the State to reward the hard work and dedication to public service of Co-Terminus, Contractual and Casual Government Employees”.

5 Nov, 2012 - Gov thanks DILG for two awards

PAMPANGA -- Gov. Lilia “Nanay Baby” Pineda expressed her appreciation to Secretary Manuel Roxas II for the two awards given to her and the provincial government by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) recently.

Pineda was second runner-up in the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi and the province was bestowed the Seal of Good Housekeeping, which were both awarded at the Oxford Hotel in Clark Field on October 24.

4 Nov, 2012 - Quarry revenue hits P606M

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government has collected some P606,487,500 million in quarry fees in a span of 28 months, with its P700-million target in 36 months in plain sight.

This year, the Provincial Government has reached its all-time highest collection, with P28,420,000 collected in March; P28,962,000 in May; and P26,915,000 last October.

4 Nov, 2012 - Lawmaker: Angeles City has P19.4-M overdue cash advances

ANGELES CITY – With the 2013 Election just around the corner, it is becoming a word war between Representative Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin and Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan who are both running for mayor here.

Earlier, Pamintuan revealed based on a Commission on Audit (COA) report that Rep. Lazatin, then mayor of this city, has understated his Real Property Tax/Special Education Tax receivables in 2005 by P105 million.

4 Nov, 2012 - Youth groups support Pamintuan’s reelection bid

ANGELES CITY -- Various youth groups in Angeles City vowed to support the reelection bid of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

In a press statement the youth groups criticized the alleged "dirty politicking" of the camp of 1st District Representative Carmelo Lazatin.

4 Nov, 2012 - Homeowners accuse village chief of abuse, irregularity

PAMPANGA -- Officials of the Ramar Village Homeowners Association (RVHA) in San Fernando filed a complaint of abuse of authority, serious irregularity and violation of law and conduct unbecoming of a public servant against San Agustin barangay chairman Amando “Do” Santos before the 4th City Council.

The complaint alleged that Santos “took advantage of his position when he permitted the passage of the burial of the late Vice Mayor Eligio Lagman [toward Sanctuario de San Fernando] via Ramar Village -- a grave violation to a court judgment of the RTC Branch 64 [CSFP] for Special Civil Case No. 63, and ordering the closure of two roads in the village despite it still being a private subdivision and has not yet been turned over to the City Fovernment.

4 Nov, 2012 - UERM officials visit KDF facility for mutual cooperation

PAMPANGA -- Officials of the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center Inc (UERMMMCI) visited the Kapampangan Development Foundation’s (KDF) Jose A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC) for possible cooperation partnerships here.

KDF trustee Sylvia Ordonez said the school’s director, Helen Cochrane of Canada, visited the KDF Prosthetics Laboratory here housed at the JADMC.

3 Nov, 2012 - Mayor welcomes debate with lawmaker over allegations

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said over the weekend that he is open to a public debate with Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st District).

“I am open to a public debate if he wants that. That is, if he can still manage to face me in a debate,” Pamintuan said during the regular “Kapihan” with the media.

3 Nov, 2012 - Town hosts market day for local products

PAMPANGA -- Porac hosted over the weekend a market day event at the Porac Municipal Hall, aimed at drawing attention to the rich agricultural and livestock sector as part of the overall economic program of the town.

Mayor Condralito dela Cruz said the market day was held in time for the upcoming town fiesta next week and as a regular activity to boost the agricultural and livestock sector.

3 Nov, 2012 - ‘Parul Sampernandu’ to light up CCP anew

PAMPANGA -- The world-renowned “Parul Sampernandu” or Fernandino Lanterns will once again light up the façade and surroundings of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) this year.

Last year, the CCP façade was decked and lighted up by some 150 Fernandino Lanterns of various sizes and colors, made from handmade paper.

2 Nov, 2012 - Labor office creates construction councils

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Central Luzon region recently established six more Construction Industrial Tripartite Councils (C-ITC) in the region to promote industrial peace and create awareness about the voluntary code of good practices (VCGP) in labor standards, occupational safety, and health standards.

Dole regional director Raymundo Agravante said the six C-ITCs are in provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, and Zambales.

2 Nov, 2012 - Lawmaker understates real property taxes

ANGELES CITY -- Representative Carmelo ‘Tarzan’ Lazatin has understated his Real Property Tax/Special Education Tax (RPT/SET) receivables when he was still the city mayor here in 2005 by P105 million, according to a Commission on Audit (COA) report, said incumbent Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

In a press statement sent on Thursday, Pamintuan said that as per COA report of 2005, the RPT/SET receivables for the year was reported at P95 million, which did not tally with the report submitted by the City Assessor to the Department of Finance of P200 million.

2 Nov, 2012 - Capitol works on child rights - Guv

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia G. Pineda said Friday that the Provincial Government is working hard to intensify and uphold the four main rights of the children -- survival, protection, participation, and development rights.

Under survival, the Provincial Government underscored its maternal care program with the help of barangay health workers and social workers.

2 Nov, 2012 - Tons of garbage piled up at cemeteries in ‘Undas’

PAMPANGA -- Tons of garbage piled up in various cemeteries here and in neighboring towns a day after the celebration of All Saints’ Day.

Ricardo Custodio, one of the caretakers in a private cemetery in Sta Ana, said that people who visited the departed loved ones threw their garbage indiscriminately.

2 Nov, 2012 - Carjack group victimizes trade

PAMPANGA -- The notorious Bukas Kotse Gang carjacking group has reportedly victimized a businessman who parked his car in front of Motorista Store at Villa Victoria, Barangay Dolores, City of San Fernando, Monday.

Mario Bautista, 63, a businessman and a resident of Dolores Homesite, said his black Toyota Hi-Lux with license plate number (WEH-252) was stolen around 6:45 p.m.

2 Nov, 2012 - Europe open to air safety pact with PH

CLARK FREEPORT -- Europe is interested in developing an air safety agreement with the Philippines once the European Union’s (EU) ban on Philippine air carriers is lifted, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said.

The Vice President said he had a chance to meet with European Commission (EC) Vice President and Commissioner for Transport Siik Kallas during the 7th European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels to discuss the current EU ban on Philippine air carriers.

2 Nov, 2012 - Sta. Rita ‘Pinipig’ in new Magnolia ice cream flavor

PAMPANGA -- Sta Rita's renowned “pinipig” will soon be found in giant ice cream maker Magnolia’s new ice cream flavor.

This, as Governor Lilia Pineda and Mayor Yolanda Pineda and Magnolia general manager Mauricio Alcon signed the contract at the Sta. Rita municipal conference room recently for the town to supply the famous ice cream maker with Pampanga Pinipig to be used as the key ingredient in its new ice cream flavor, “Pinipig Pandan.”

1 Nov, 2012 - Thousands pay respects to departed loved ones

PAMPANGA -- Thousands of Kapampangans paid respects to their departed loved ones bringing flowers and candles in both private memorial parks and public cemeteries early Wednesday.

Some spent the night at the tombs since Wednesday, October 31, extending their stay on All Saints’ Day until dawn of November 2, All Souls’ Day.

1 Nov, 2012 - Porac to host cook-fest in 8th Binulu Festival

PAMPANGA -- Porac town will be hosting its 8th Binulu Festival on November 15, with various barangays bringing their best Binulu recipe for a competition.

Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz said the cook-fest aims to promote the indigenous cooking process and place the town in the tourism radar as food and eco-tourism destination.

1 Nov, 2012 - ‘Undas’ perfect for family reunion

PAMPANGA -- To most Kapampangans, the “Undas” is more than just remembering departed loved ones, but also a perfect time for family reunions.

Before this occasion, tombs are cleaned and repainted, candles are lit, and colorful flowers, prayers are offered. These all are gestures of love.

1 Nov, 2012 - Fishermen group accuses 3 nations of ‘ocean grab’

MABALACAT CITY -- Fishermen in Central Luzon belonging to the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) accused the governments of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan of ocean grabbing.

The group issued the statement a day after Olivier de Schutter, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, warned governments that small fishermen, local fishing communities and sustainable fishing are threatened by ocean grabbing or long-distance, industrial-scale trawling.

1 Nov, 2012 - Thousands pay respects to departed loved ones

PAMPANGA -- Thousands of Kapampangans paid respects to their departed loved ones bringing flowers and candles in both private memorial parks and public cemeteries early Wednesday.

Some spent the night at the tombs since Wednesday, October 31, extending their stay on All Saints’ Day until dawn of November 2, All Souls’ Day.

1 Nov, 2012 - Father, son killed in hit-and-run

ANGELES CITY -- A 46-year-old man and his 11-year-old son were killed in a hit-and-run at Wednesday dawn along Friendship Avenue.

Ramie Ragrag, 46, and Roldan Ragrag, 11, both of Purok 3 in Barangay Anunas, were on board a three-wheeler bicycle when struck by a vehicle described as a gray Innova.

1 Nov, 2012 - 715 beneficiaries receive livelihood assistance

PAMPANGA -- A total of 715 beneficiaries from four districts of Pampanga receive NegoKarts (Negosyo sa Kariton) and livelihood assistance recently.

The livelihood assistance is under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (Tupad) program of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).