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Balibago News Dec-2012

30 Dec 2012 - Guv reiterates call for peaceful polls

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda over the weekend reiterated her call for peaceful polls in 2013 and urged candidates and barangay officials to work together to take Pampanga out from the top 15 hotspots in the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) watchlist.

Speaking before village chiefs at Benigno Aquino Hall, the governor lamented that the province was identified as a potential hotspot despite it being peaceful even during election season.

30 Dec 2012 - City remembers Rizal

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando led by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez commemorated Sunday the 116th death anniversary of national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal with grand rites and tree planting ceremonies at Heroes Hall.

Hundreds of students, Freemasons, city officials, multi-sectoral representatives and simple folk joined Rodriguez, Vice-Mayor Edwin Santiago and Councilors Alex Patio and Noel Tulabut, Association of Barangay Kagawads Allan Patio and Rizal's great grand niece -- Ester Lopez Azurin in the simultaneous wreath-laying of the monuments of other Kapampangan heroes at Heroes Park.

30 Dec 2012 - Board member distributes cash aid to scholars

PAMPANGA -- Board Member Ricardo Yabut distributed Sunday some P250,000 to 100 provincial scholars as part of the program of Governor Lilia Pineda to bring indigent but deserving students to school.

Yabut said the assistance of P2,500 per student aims to help the students in their fees and other school expenses. He said the students enjoyed the scholarship assistance based on the merits of their school performance as reflected in their academic standing.

30 Dec 2012 - Group finalizes eco ordinance

PAMPANGA -- The Committee on Environment’s Technical Working Group (TWG) tasked to come up with a comprehensive environmental ordinance is set to finalize the provisions of the proposed law in January.

This as the TWG, composed of representatives from government and non- government agencies, met over the weekend to draw more inputs on the ordinance at the Pampanga Provincial Board Session Hall.

29 Dec 2012 - Philippines contraception law signed by Benigno Aquino

PHILIPPINES -- President Benigno Aquino has signed into law a bill providing for free access to contraception and family planning.

Supporters say the law, which took 14 years to pass, will reduce poverty and maternal mortality in a country with the highest birth rate in the region.

29 Dec 2012 - Guv, execs inspect energy plant

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda and San Fernando City Mayor Oscar Rodriguez recently inspected the on-going waste-to-energy or green power plant in Lubao.

The two executives were accompanied by Board Members Nestor Tolentino, Crisostomo Garbo and Rolly Macalino, who just came from an observation trip from Germany with Mackay Green Energy in Brussels.

29 Dec 2012 - Inmates’ children received blessings

ANGELES CITY -- The children of the inmates of the Angeles City District Jail recently received groceries and schoolbags from political officer Mark Allen Sison.

Sison, who is the aide of Vice President Jejomar Binay, distributed the goods in Barangay Sto. Domingo with the help of Boy Scouts of the Philippines Eagle Scout Pau Pili. Sison said it is part of his personal commitment to spread Christmas cheer to various sectors here.

29 Dec 2012 - Police chief leads sealing muzzle of firearms

PAMPANGA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Central Luzon chief Edgardo Ladao led the ceremonial sealing of the policemen's firearms on Saturday.

The sealing of the muzzle of firearms is in accordance with the directives of the PNP that aims to prevent illegal discharge of firearms by members of the police force during the celebration of New Year’s Eve.

29 Dec 2012 - WITH ‘GUARDED OPTIMISM’ PGKM welcomes new CDC prexy

ANGELES CITY -- He fits their man-profile for CEO of the Clark Development Corp. – “no politico, no ex-military, thoroughly corporate” – but the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement still welcomed new CDC chief Arthur Tugade “with guarded optimism.”

PGKM chair Ruperto Cruz said the months of uncertainty for the state-owned corporation for the lack of a definitive appointment of a president and CEO “are hopefully over with Malacañang’s decision to place Mr. Tugade at the CDC helm.”

29 Dec 2012 - Capampangan cuisine in classical X’mas serenade

CLARK FREEPORT -- It was truly a unique experience as the irresistible magic of the Yuletide season was amplified with the accompaniment of a 71-piece philharmonic symphony orchestra amidst the backdrop of the old Kelly Theater at the Air Force City here during the ‘Pamangan Capampangan Food Expo 2013 hosted by the Alliance of Travel and Tour Agencies of Pampanga (ATTAP) on Dec. 14.

Gilda Padua, ATTAP president, said the live musical concert was the first of its kind in this bustling freeport which complemented the Capampangan food expo as a salute to Pampanga’s culinary masters producing renowned and delectable cuisines.

29 Dec 2012 - CDC board elects chair, president-CEO

CLARK FREEPORT - The board members of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) running this freeport have formalized the appointments of the government-owned firm’s new chairman and president by electing them before the Christmas break.

The regional office of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) said the board elected former Pilipinas Shell executive Eliseo Santiago, an engineer, as CDC chairman, and Arthur Tugade, a lawyer-businessman, as CDC president and chief executive officer.

29 Dec 2012 - AC council okays P1.311-B budget

ANGELES CITY -- This city’s Executive Budget for 2013 was finally approved on Monday belying reports that the city government is bankrupt.

Councilor Maricel “Marang” Morales, finance committee chairperson, said the P1.311 billion budget was approved during a hearing at the Fortune Restaurant here. She said the budget deliberations were tough as she also belied reports that the city council is a rubber stamp of the Pamintuan administration.

29 Dec 2012 - PhilRice says rice grown in PHL free from arsenic

PAMPANGA -- Amid reports that rice products in the US were found with arsenic, the Central Luzon-based Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has assured consumers that Philippine rice remains free of the element which can lead to cancer.

“Unlike some 60 rice and rice products in the United States that the Food and Drug Administration reported to contain cancer-causing arsenic, locally grown rice varieties are safe from it,” said PhilRice chemist Joy Bartolome Duldulao.

29 Dec 2012 - SBMA sees fruitful year for Subic Bay tourism

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- The year 2012 is expected to end on a high note for the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) in terms of tourism as the agency became more aggressive this year in promoting and drawing more visitors to the Subic Bay Freeport.

Marking a year of outstanding growth in its tourism promotions program, the Subic Bay Freeport received a certification from the Department of Tourism (DOT) affirming it as the “Premier Convention Capital of Central Luzon, with the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC) as the centerpiece.

28 Dec 2012 - 'Ninong' eyes accountable, transparent government

PAMPANGA -- Former Mayor Romeo “Ninong” Ronquillo of Sto Thomas vowed Friday to maintain an accountable and transparent government if he will be given opportunity to serve again the people in this town.

Ronquillo said the people, who are seeking a change in the leadership of the Municipal Government, encouraged him to seek a fresh mandate as local chief executive against incumbent Mayor Joselito Naguit who is now gunning his last term.

28 Dec 2012 - Board member gives financial aid to students

PAMPANGA -- Board Member Nestor “Bay” Tolentino led Thursday the distribution of financial grants to the scholars of the Provincial Government.

He said some 100 poor but deserving students coming from eight municipalities in his district benefited from the activity.

28 Dec 2012 - SCADC thanks Jica for container traffic study

SUBIC FREEPORT -- The Subic-Clark Alliance Development Council (SCADC) thanked the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) for funding a comprehensive study aimed at decongesting the Manila ports by diverting container traffic to Subic and Batangas ports.

“The study points to how both Subic and Batangas ports can increase their utilization given the available shipment volumes that only needs consolidation and the measures necessary to make them competitive with the Manila ports,” said SCADC Chairman Felicito Payumo, who is now eyeing a congressional seat representing Bataan.

27 Dec 2012 - Chinese loses P4M to 3 armed robbers

CLARK FREEPORT -- A Chinese national, Zhuang Zhi Qiang, 34, lost some P4 million after he was held up by three armed men while on his way to the Fontana Leisure Park inside the Clark Freeport over the weekend.

With the help of the driver Mabalacat Police was able to arrest 2 of the suspects, identified as Allan Mamanian, 32, a member of CDC’s Police Security Department and resident of Barangay Sindalan, City of San Fernando; and Joseph Estanislao, 41, of Dau, Mabalacat.

27 Dec 2012 - Pamintuan gov’t garners +55% sincerity rating

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government of Angeles received a positive 55 percent sincerity rating in the 2012 Survey of Enterprises on Corruption conducted by the prestigious Social Weather Stations for the Transparency Accountable Governance (TAG) project.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan expressed elation on the result of the survey, saying that, “This is a proof that our efforts to curb graft and corruption, and implement transparency and good governance are recognized by our constituents including local businessmen and entrepreneurs.”

27 Dec 2012 - 3,400 Aetas benefit from guv’s Noche Buena treat

PAMPANGA -- At least 3,400 Aeta families benefited from the “Noche Buena” treat of Governor Lilia Pineda, a second district board member said.

Board Member Olga Frances “Fritzie” David-Dizon, who represented Pineda in the distribution in December 24, said Aetas from Floridablanca, Mabalacat City and this town received a pack of goods and one whole chicken each.

27 Dec 2012 - Woodcarvers to host first ever ‘Dukit Festival’

PAMPANGA -- Wood carvers from Guagua will be hosting the first-ever ‘Dukit Festival’ today to promote more interest into woodcarving and attract tourist attention into the different artistic disciplines of the woodcarving industry here.

The event will be held at Sta. Ursula Betis here with the participation of the best woodcarvers of the district.

27 Dec 2012 - Beggars still abound even after Christmas

PAMPANGA -- A few days after Christmas, several groups of beggars, including Aetas, continuously engage in begging in the province.

Some of the Aeta mothers even bring their babies with them, exposing the infants under the heat of the sun and pollution coming from the vehicles.

27 Dec 2012 - Bertaphil's Meaningful Christmas Party

CLARK FREEPORT -- THE largest and leading real estate developer inside Clark Freeport Zone, Berthaphil Inc., recently hosted their very first Christmas event entitled "Celebrate Christmas with Berthaphil."

Spearheaded by Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Andrew P. Schwartz, this event aspired to give thanks for all the blessings over the past year, to reach out and support the Bahay Bata Foundation and to celebrate the spirit of Christmas by lighting the Berthaphil Giant Christmas Tree, enjoy shopping at the Christmas Bazaar and free concert featuring the famous celebrity performer Mark Bautista, Chiro band and comedian Cheche Bureche.

26 Dec 2012 - Capitol gives aid to villages

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda distributed Wednesday more than P10-million in assistance to 35 village heads of this city at the Benigno Aquino Hall.

Pineda said the P300,000 each given to the barangay councils was part of the regular program of the Provincial Government for their various projects which comes on top of their internal revenue allotment.

26 Dec 2012 - Bizmen: 2013 a promising year

PAMPANGA -- Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham) officials recently expressed optimism that 2013 will be a promising year given the positive parameters in the local economic landscape.

“2013, on my viewpoint, will be a promising year. Growth will continue as we bank on the increasing mobile economy brought about by our overseas Filipino Workers, business process outsourcing and potential sectors like aviation in the Clark Freeport,” said Levy Laus of PamCham chairman.

26 Dec 2012 - Ex-mayor eyes job, health for Fernandinos

PAMPANGA -- Former mayor of San Fernando Jesus Reynaldo Aquino said he will push for the creation of jobs and delivery of basic services including health programs for the constituents in this city.

Aquino, who is vying for a mayoralty seat under the PDP Laban, said the city needs more investments that would create jobs for the people.

26 Dec 2012 - village official slams Pamintuan camp for threats

ANGELES CITY -- Barangay Cutcut Kagawad and Councilmen’s League of Angeles City (CLAC) Vice President Roy Ogurida slams Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan camp for village official threats recently.

Recently, Pamintuan denied the inclusion of the names of barangay officials’ relatives in the list of the job order (JO) employees of the City Government and threatened to sue the barangay officials who revealed that the names of their relatives were used for the Pamintuan administration’s ‘ghost employees.’

26 Dec 2012 - Folks to celebrate town's anniversary

PAMPANGA -- Folks of Sta Ana are set to commemorate the town’s centennial founding anniversary on January 1, 2013.

It was in 1905 when the Americans first established a civil government but only a few local taxpayers wanted to cooperate, so it was made part of Arayat town.

24 Dec 2012 - Greetings

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23 Dec 2012 - Bizman: ‘Prepare for calamities this 2013’

PAMPANGA -- Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) vice chairman Rene Romero has called on the National Government agencies to set into motion disaster preparedness programs for 2013.

He said this is to minimize damage to lives and properties that might offset the financial gains achieved in the last quarter of the year.

23 Dec 2012 - AC Council okays P1.3-B budget

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council has approved the City Government’s 2013 budget amounting to P1.311 billion.

Councilor Maricel Morales made assurance that the budget was scrutinized to prevent over declaration of expenditures and irregularities.

23 Dec 2012 - Patient Care Corporation donates to typhoon victims in Mindanao

PAMPANGA -- Patient Care Corporation, a health service-based company here, donated some P100,000 for the victims of Typhoon Pablo in Mindanao through the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC).

Patient Care Corporation president Alfrito Mah turned over the check donation for the victims of Pablo to Red Cross officials in simple ceremonies. The move is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program of the company to its local communities.

23 Dec 2012 - ABC head working on benefits of village chiefs

PAMPANGA -- City of San Fernando Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) president Arnel Sicat of Sindalan said he filed over the weekend a resolution before the Liga ng mga Barangay-Pampanga seeking for more benefits for the village chiefs of Pampanga.

Sicat, who is also the secretary of the league, said he is working on enrolling the more than 500 barangay captains with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

23 Dec 2012 - Pelayo pushes for consultative style of governance

PAMPANGA -- Mayors’ League president and Mayor Jerry Pelayo said Sunday he will employ a consultative style of governance should he get elected as representative of the 4th district of the province.

He said citizens’ participation will be given high regard in the formulation of policies and programs, which may directly affect the lives of the Kapampangans.

22 Dec 2012 - Outreach program for Pampanga inmates held

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) hosted an outreach event for the inmates of the Pampanga Provincial Jail on Friday as part of their social responsibility program and their way of celebrating Christmas.

BIR regional director Araceli Francisco said the event was aimed to promote the value of giving to the immediate community among the employees and officials of BIR here.

21 Dec 2012 - Foreigner robbed, killed

ANGELES CITY -- Frenchmen Guy Lemieux, 55, was walking along Don Gueco with his friend Rosa Milano (33) when they were attacked by passing Tricycle.

Guy was shot in the shoulder while robbed and later died in the hospital.

21 Dec 2012 - Clark airport eyed as Asia’s next Aerotropolis

CLARK FREEPORT --- Tourism officials in the Central Luzon are eyeing Clark International Airport as Asia’s next progressive Aerotropolis.

Department of Tourism (DOT) regional director Ronnie Tiotuico said with the world’s economic center rapidly moving eastward, there is an increasing urgency to develop Clark International Airport into an aviation hub.

21 Dec 2012 - Candaba mayor reveals development plan

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Jerry Pelayo of Candaba bared on Thursday a holistic ‘Metro Cuatro Distrito’ scheme to address the pressing concerns of the fourth district towns of Apalit, Sto. Tomas, Macabebe, San Simon, Minalin, Masantol and San Luis, as he set his congressional sight for the post in 2013.

In a press conference, Pelayo said the plan will address the needs of the “forsaken” district, where millions of funds and aid have gone to naught.”

21 Dec 2012 - PhilHealth official bares priority programs

PAMPANGA -- An official from the Philippine Health (PhilHealth) Insurance Corporation in Central Luzon region had divulged their priority programs being currently implemented before the end of this year and in the first quarter of next year.

Arsenia “Arcie” Torres, PhilHealth branch manager, said they were distributing PVC-type cards for their sponsored members to cut the tedious process on claims of benefits.

21 Dec 2012 - Inmates benefit from medical mission

At least 200 inmates benefited from the recently concluded medical and dental mission conducted by the Provincial Government of Pampanga.

Dr. Marcelo Jaochico, provincial health officer, said 70 medical personnel coming from various districts and provincial hospitals in the province volunteered on the project, which was carried out in cooperation with the Center for Health and Development.

21 Dec 2012 - JICA formula for Subic, Batangas growth pushed

SUBIC FREEPORT -- The Subic-Clark Alliance Development Council (SCADC) has supported a new set of policy proposals aimed at decongesting traffic to and from the Manila ports.

The SCADC stated that such policy mix will give a major boost to the underutilized Subic and Batangas ports to where spillover container cargoes would be rerouted.

20 Dec 2012 - 5 hurt in SCTEx accident

PAMPANGA -- Five people were reported injured in a vehicular accident along the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) Thursday morning.

Reports said the vehicle driven by one Alberto Geronimo rammed the SCTEx’s railings after one of its tires blew.

20 Dec 2012 - Village official hits Pamintuan camp

ANGELES CITY -- A village official here has assailed the camp of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan for questioning the credibility of barangay leaders in connection with the job order employees issue.

“Napakababa ng tingin nila sa aming mga barangay official,” said Barangay Lourdes Northwest kagawad and Councilmen’s League of Angeles City (CLAC) Vice President for External Affairs William David.

20 Dec 2012 - AC council nominee in 2012 Local Legislative Award

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council here will be included in the roster of nominees for the 2012 Local Legislative Award by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The said award recognizes the exemplary performance of councils of cities and municipalities in legislating measures that help build the foundation of meaningful local administration and development.

20 Dec 2012 - Teachers conduct outreach program

PAMPANGA -- Teachers from the Pampanga High School (PHS) recently spearheaded a community outreach program benefiting members of the indigenous cultural community in Porac town.

Leonard Lobo, Values Education Department head, said that some 230 individuals received assorted grocery packs.

19 Dec 2012 - Cops on tight watch over Arayat, Mexico

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Police Provincial Office, through its newly formed Special Operations Task Force (RSOTG), will heighten the security in the towns of Arayat and Mexico, among other municipalities in the province.

RSOTG, which is headed by Sr. Supt. Noli Taliño, PRO-3 deputy regional director for operations, was organized to increase police visibility in the form of checkpoints in major thoroughfares, and is also aimed at ensuring the conduct of peaceful and credible elections in 2013.

19 Dec 2012 - CDC has new prexy, chair

CLARK FREEPORT -- Lawyer Arthur Tugade and Engineer Eliseo Santiago assumed on Tuesday as Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president and chairman, respectively.

Tugade, who was the founder and chairman of several trucking and shipping and other related firms in the country, replaced General Eduardo S. Oban, who left the position last December 3.

19 Dec 2012 - Village official to EdPam: ‘Sue me’

ANGELES CITY -- Barangay Lourdes Northwest council member William David told Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Wednesday to sue him if the allegations on the ghost employees of Pamintuan’s administration are not true.

David’s challenge was made after the Pamintuan camp threatened to sue him and other barangay officials who spoke up about the inclusion of the names of their friends and relatives in the list of job order (JO) employees without their knowledge.

19 Dec 2012 - Electric cooperative links with KDF for medical mission

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative (Pelco 1) paired on Tuesday with the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) for cataract screening and bone scanning mission in Barangay Sto. Domingo here.

According to Pelco 1’s Roy De Leon, the mission is part of cooperative’s corporate social responsibility programs deemed to benefit thousands of its member-consumers in areas which it serves, particularly Mexico, Sta. Ana, Arayat, Candaba, San Luis and Magalang.

19 Dec 2012 - Junkshop workers get PhilHealth cards

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government has recently distributed PhilHealth cards to members of the Pampanga Junkshop Owners Association.

More than 340 junkshop workers from all over the province received their individual cards in a ceremony held at the Lubao gymnasium.

19 Dec 2012 - BIR collection in CL hit P1.3-billion mark

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Central Luzon (CL) has collected P1.3 billion in taxes for November, marking a 1.41 percent increase in its target goal in 2012 amounting to P18 billion.

BIR Regional Director Araceli Francisco said the collection is also 15.66 percent higher than the collection in 2011 of the same month.

18 Dec 2012 - Capitol sends team to Compostela Valley

PAMPANGA -- A disaster assessment team has been sent by the province of Pampanga in Davao Oriental and other areas badly hit by Typhoon “Pablo.”

Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda instructed the team to get in touch with concerned officials and residents of the typhoon-hit areas and determine the immediate needs of the victims.

18 Dec 2012 - Hold-up men end up with a bag of ‘goods’

PAMPANGA -- Two armed men tried to stage a robbery/hold-up on Sunday along the busy Dolores district in the City of San Fernando, only to end up with a bagful of coffee and other grocery items.

According to City Police Director Ric David, the suspects took a bag containing coffee and other grocery items instead of the bag containing money recently withdrawn by the victims and fled on board a motorcycle.

18 Dec 2012 - Gunmen carjack SUV in Guagua

PAMPANGA -- Two armed men on board a motorcycle carjacked a sports utility vehicle and took with them the vehicle’s occupants in Barangay Sta. Filomena, Guagua town Monday.

In a report here, Senior Superintendent R’Win Pagkalinawan, officer-in-charge of the provincial police, said a Toyota Hi-Lux (NJQ-992) driven by Ronald Yalun was forcibly taken by two suspects.

18 Dec 2012 - Morales leads in survey

MABALACAT -- A six-day public opinion poll survey conducted by the Asia Research Organization Inc. in this city indicated that incumbent Mayor Marino Morales is the man to beat in the next year’s polls.

Asia Research Organization Inc. president and chairman Lawrence A. Dugan said the quantitative survey research was done to assess the popularity of the mayoralty and vice mayoral candidates in the city.

18 Dec 2012 - RCC asked to account fund grants from Lazatin

ANGELES CITY -- Former Barangay Sto. Cristo chairman Aymer Alvarado has formally requested the Republic Central Colleges, the tertiary school owned by the Lazatin family, to account fund grants from Representative Carmelo Lazatin from 1988 to present.

In his letter dated December 14, 2012 and stamped received on the same date, Alvarado asked Dr. Victoria Lazatin-Angeles, sister of the 78-year-old congressman and chairperson of the college, “for an official accounting of any funds granted and/or paid to the Republic Central Colleges.”

18 Dec 2012 - Lagman asks DILG to repeal Pamintuan awards

ANGELES CITY -- Barangay Claro M. Recto chairman Valentino Lagman asked Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel Roxas II to review the awards given to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

The awards Lagman wanted to repeal are the ones on good governance, considering the many controversies and allegations of graft and corruption currently hounding the Pamintuan administration.

18 Dec 2012 - Police continue ‘Pulis Makakalikasan’ advocacy

PAMPANGA -- In line with the Philippine National Police (PNP) project “Pulis Makakalikasan: 10 Milyong Puno Pamana Sa Kalikasan,” Police Regional Office in Central Luzon under the leadership of Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ladao, is continuously advocating this project through a series of tree planting activities within the region.

Personnel of PRO3 the other day conducted a tree planting activity spearheaded by Ladao, wherein a total of 2,000 mango seedlings were planted along the vicinity of Barangay San Miguel in San Simon town.

18 Dec 2012 - Party-list, NGO sponsor human rights film fest in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- Kabataan party-list and Tudla Productions co-sponsored free screenings of human rights-themed movies here as part of the observance of International Human Rights Day.

Dubbed “Truth Cinema: Human Rights Film Festival,” the film showings were attended by residents of barangay Pampang and students from City College of Angeles.

17 Dec 2012 - Aeta village gets water system

ANGELES CITY -- The ABC Hotel has donated a water system to the residents of Sitio Target in Barangay Sapang Bato that will serve at least 177 families in the Aeta village.

Chief Inspector Luisito M. Tan, Police Station 4 chief, said Target chieftain Fred Pan sought his help following the spread of diarrhea among children in the area because of contaminated water supply.

17 Dec 2012 - City Hall employees receive P25,000 bonus

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Oscar Rodriguez of San Fernando announced Monday during the flag ceremonies the P25,000 performance enhancement incentive (PEI) each for the 870 employees of the City Government.

Rodriguez’s announcement was met with thunderous applause and cheers from the 483 permanent and 387 casual employees who said that they were surprised with the Christmas bonus.

17 Dec 2012 - ‘Liga’ joins call for justice in village chief killing

PAMPANGA -- The Liga ng mga Barangay-Pampanga Chapter headed by Board Member Melchor Pingol urged Monday the police authorities to give swift justice to the killing of a Mexico village chief recently.

Barangay Captain Jose Gonzales Jr. was gunned down few weeks ago by suspects onboard a motorcycle while on his way back to the village after attending the Pampanga Day thanksgiving mass at Capitol around 11 a.m.

17 Dec 2012 - Bizman: Philippine’s economic prospects bright in 2013

PAMPANGA -- Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) vice chairman Rene Romero expressed Monday his optimism that the country’s economy in 2013 will be vibrant as there would be much financial stability and election spending for the first half of the new year.

Romero said the projection was based on the country’s July to September economic performance where the country's gross domestic product (GDP) accelerated by 7.1 percent from 3.2 percent a year ago.

17 Dec 2012 - Mayor hit for collecting ‘passway fees’

ANGELES CITY -- A barangay chairman hit Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Monday for violating the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) order suspending local government unit’ (LGUs) collection of “passway fees.”

Barangay Claro M. Recto chairman Valentino Lagman said that despite the denial of the Pamintuan administration, he has received several reports that the illegal fees and taxes from motor vehicles being levied on trucks, particularly those transporting quarry products, passing through Angeles City are still ongoing.

17 Dec 2012 - Comelec clarifies issues on premature campaigning

PAMPANGA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here has clarified several issues on premature campaigning.

Provincial Election supervisor Lydia Pangilinan said that posting of streamers and placing of advertisements both in radio and television before the actual election period would not amount to premature campaigning.

17 Dec 2012 - Health department conducts training on outbreak investigation

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (Resu) has facilitated the training on Basic Epidemiology and Outbreak Investigation.

“The activity, joined by a total of 47 participants from the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (Pesu), rural health units (RHUs), and hospitals aims to improve the local health unit staff in terms of the epidemiologic core functions,” Resu chief Jesse Fantone said.

16 Dec 2012 - Del Pilar shines in Giant Lantern Fest

PAMPANGA -- Master lantern maker Rainer De Vera Turda has put back Barangay Del Pilar into the championship roster of the Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) last Saturday at the Robinsons Starmills here after it bagged the coveted festival trophy and cash prize of P120,000.

In has been many years since Barangay Del Pilar kept the crown but De Vera Turda and his crew -- rotor maker Obardo Yumang and head electrician Antonio Manaloto, Jr. -- pulled out a series of tricks and revealed its secret plays to stun reigning champion Barangay Sta. Lucia and its 10,000 bulb-10 rotor power, dashing its hopes of hitting the grand slam of the GLF before thousands of spectators.

16 Dec 2012 - Town starts dawn mass with 3rd Suman Festival

PAMPANGA -- Residents of Sta Rita started the traditional dawn masses Sunday morning with the launching of its 3rd Suman Festival in a bid to preserve local food traditions and promote local tourism.

Mayor Yolanda Pineda said 10 kubols (huts) from the town’s 10 barangays exhibited their own native versions of the delicacy “suman” in front of the Sta. Rita de Cascia Parish.

16 Dec 2012 - Seniors get new office from guv, board member

PAMPANGA -- Board Member Olga Frances Dizon (2nd district) led Thursday the blessing and turnover of a P574,000 multi-purpose office in Barangay Natividad, Guagua as part of Governor Lilia Pineda’s empowerment program for senior citizens.

David-Dizon, only daughter of former acting governor and Board Member Edna David and late former Porac mayor Roy David, said Pineda “was chiefly responsible” for the completion of the project in Natividad, one of the largest villages in terms of land area and population here.

16 Dec 2012 - Poll body reminds bets of campaign, poll rules

PAMPANGA -- Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial election supervisor Lydia Pangilinan reminded over the weekend candidates in the upcoming 2013 polls of the important guidelines and rules to follow, especially that the election period will start on January 13.

During the Peace and Order Summit at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in this city, where the main subject of discussion was orderly and peaceful elections in Pampanga, Pangilinan identified initially the dates that aspirants for various local posts should remember.

16 Dec 2012 - COA urged to probe lawmaker for overpriced 2nd-hand bikes

ANGELES CITY -- Another former barangay chairman in this city has filed a letter-complaint with the Commission on Audit (COA), formally asking the commission to investigate Representative Carmelo Lazatin for alleged violation of laws against graft and corruption.

In his complaint-letter addressed to COA chairperson Ma. Gracia Pulido-Tan, with a copy furnished to regional head assistant commissioner Winnie Rose Encalado, former barangay chairman Reynaldo Pamintuan said Lazatin purchased 10 reconditioned motorcycles for the patrol use of the Philippine National Police in the province’s first district at P390,000 each, which was “more expensive” than a brand new branded motorcycle with the same specifications.

16 Dec 2012 - Patient hits mayor for being ‘anti-poor’

ANGELES CITY -- A Renal Care Unit (RCU) patient at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center, formerly known as Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA), assailed Sunday Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan for being “anti-poor.”

Armando Manalo, a patient from Barangay Cutcut, hit Pamintuan for expensive charges at the RCU, even for indigent patients who practically have no means to pay.

16 Dec 2012 - Unlicensed firearms found in Pampanga

Police authorities recently revealed that there are about 7,500 unlicensed firearms in Pampanga province.

Police Provincial Director R’win Pagkalinawan said in a meeting with local officials that records obtained by their office reveal that some 7,500 gun owners of the firearms in question have failed to secure permits and other documents pertaining to the possession and carrying of the same in public places.

16 Dec 2012 - Daycare kids benefit from dental immunization program

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government, through Vice Governor Joseller Guiao, launched the “Dental Immunization Program for Day Care Children” on Saturday in Barangay San Miguel, Magalang.

The activity benefited some 1,800 kids from various day care centers in town.

16 Dec 2012 - Panlilio runs again ‘to improve quality of life’

MABALACAT CITY -- Former governor Eddie Panlilio said one of the reasons he decided to run again for Pampanga’s top post is to improve the quality of life of every Kapampangan.

The priest-turned-politician said that he and the President have a common vision and mission to bring development in Pampanga.

16 Dec 2012 - AirAsia flies to Singapore, Taipei

CLARK FREEPORT -- Philippines’ AirAsia, the country’s newest low cost carrier, has launched two routes from Clark to Singapore and Taipei.

The new routes further strengthen AirAsia’s commitment to drive tourism and trade in the Philippines by providing low fare, high value travel experience, said Maan Hontivers, AirAsia Inc. chief executive officer said.

15 Dec 2012 - Lanterns out of trash

PAMPANGAV-- Every year, the ingenuity of Kapampangans comes to the fore as they create something from nothing, like this Christmas season, when students from the City of San Fernando schools came out with beautiful “parols” straight out of trash bins.

During the annual Inter-School Lantern Parade -- which is a part of the world-renowned Giant Lantern Festival -- students and teachers marched Friday afternoon from the Pampanga High School campus to the City Hall with the lanterns made from plastic bottles, discarded seashells, recycled paper, tin cans , bottle tops and straws and even water lily that is abundant near a participating school.

15 Dec 2012 - Guv calls for peace, orderly 2013 poll

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda over the weekend urged local government executives, particularly barangay executives, to help make the upcoming May 2013 elections peaceful and orderly.

During the peace and order summit at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in this city, the governor said barangay officials, together with the Philippine National Police and Philippine Army could help in making Pampanga out of the Commission on Elections watchlist as a potential hotspot.

15 Dec 2012 - PamCham inks sisterhood pact with Las Pinas CCI

PAMPANGA -- The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) signed a sisterhood agreement with the Las Pinas Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) in a bid to work for better business and development programs.

President Jim Jimenez and Las Pinas CCI President Edwin Moran formalized the partnership between both chambers last November 27 during the GMM of Las Pinas CCI at the University of Perpetual Help, Las Pinas City.

15 Dec 2012 - The Palms Lakeshore sets launch in 2013

PAMPANGA -- The Property Company of Friends Inc. or Pro-Friends, recently announced that the Palms Lakeshore is set to be launched by the first quarter of 2013.

During a Christmas gathering for mediamen, Pro-Friends Marketing director for New Business Tani Puyat said the 65-hectare residential development located within the exclusive 300-hectare The Lakeshore community along Kilometer 71 of the North Luzon Expressway in this town is in partnership with urban planner Architect Nestor Mangio’s Central Country Estates, Inc. and is being created for the mid-market house and lot seekers.

15 Dec 2012 - Clark power project bidding ‘aboveboard’

CLARK FREEPORT -- The bidding process for the design and build services for the Clark 230-kilovolt (KV) power transmission Line Project Phase 3B was aboveboard, said an official of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC).

Franco Alejo L. Madlangbayan, CDC vice president for Operations and Technical Services (OTS), denied allegations of rigged bidding to favor the Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corp. (Miescor)-NARI-TBEA consortium, saying the CDC complied with all the pertinent rules and procedures prescribed under the Government Procurement Reform Act.

14 Dec 2012 - 100,000 expected at Pampanga’s giant lantern festival

PAMPANGA -- At least 100,000 spectators, including foreign diplomats acting as judges, will troop to the Robinsons Starmills Pampanga here on Dec. 15 for the annual Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) which is part of the 104-year-old tradition of lantern-making in the capital city.

Organizers and GLF chairperson Yolanda Reyes said “the much-awaited event centers on a competition” pitting entries from 11 barangays.

14 Dec 2012 - Arroyo prepares entourage for holiday furlough in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had arranged for her private therapists to be stationed at a district hospital in Floridablanca or at a provincial hospital in Guagua during her planned 16-day furlough to celebrate Christmas and New Year with her family in her hometown Lubao, Pampanga.

There would be no therapists available at the Veteran’s Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) during the holiday break, which is why she had asked the Sandiganbayan, through her lawyers from Diaz, Del Rosario & Associates, to get out of her hospital suite.

14 Dec 2012 - Village leaders attend peace and order meet

PAMPANGA -- Barangay officials in Pampanga recently attended the peace and order symposium held at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here.

The symposium was led by Governor Lilia Pineda, Central Luzon Police Director Edgardo Ladao, Senior Superintendent R’win Pagkalinawan and Brigadier General Gregorio Pio Catapang of the Philippine Army.

14 Dec 2012 - OFW in HK wins Phl AirAsia’s Christmas promo contest

CLARK FREEPORT -- A Filipino domestic helper who has been working in Hong Kong for more than 13 years will get to bring five members of her family to Hong Kong this Christmas courtesy of Philippines’ AirAsia, the country’s newest low cost carrier.

AirAsia announced today that Lilia Junio from Pangasinan was chosen among 200 video entries for the promo dubbed: Paskong kay saya hatid ng AirAsia video contest. The winner was chosen by celebrity singer and multi-media artist Jim Paredes.

14 Dec 2012 - Year-end deadline for ICC-marked helmets

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reminded yesterday motorcycle riders in Central Luzon that they have only until December 28 to have their helmets marked with Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers.

DTI regional information officer Wilfred Carbonell said his agency will be processing ICC sticker applications for free until the end of the year, even as he warned that starting the first day of 2013, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) would clamp down on violators with stiffer penalties.

14 Dec 2012 - Water pipes finally being replaced in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- After over half a century, some 16,000 households and business establishments here and in neighboring Mabalacat are getting a P90-million major upgrade of their water system, a project that started last year and would be finished by 2014 at no cost to consumers.

This, even as the Balibago Waterworks System, Inc. (BWSI) assured its consumers that diggings across concrete roads, particularly in Barangay Lakandula in Mabalacat, would be fully restored according to government standards as soon as the laying of new pipes is finished.

14 Dec 2012 - Mabalacat City launches Geocycle technology

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino Morales has entered into an agreement with Holcim for the setting up of the Geocycle Co-Processing Technology that will convert waste materials into alternative fuel.

The conversion of waste materials into alternative fuel is a joint project of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) and the City Government to provide a sustainable solution for the disposal of wastes.

14 Dec 2012 - 1 killed in Macabebe shootout

PAMPANGA -- An unidentified suspect was shot dead by a security guard after robbing the secretariat’s office of the San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish in Macabebe last Tuesday morning.

Police reports showed that the incident happened around 9 a.m. inside the patio of San Nicolas De Tolentino Parish Church, located at the Poblacion.

14 Dec 2012 - PamCham spreads Christmas cheer to Aeta kids

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham), through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), gave Christmas packs to 48 Aetas enrolled at the Early Childhood Care Development (ECCD) Daycare Centre in Katutubo Village, Barangay Planas here recently.

The event came in response to the recent demise of the ECCD founder and educator of the 48 kids, Luz Torre

13 Dec 2012 - City recognizes outstanding Angeleños

ANGELES CITY -- After a continuous slew of awards and recognitions from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and private organizations like Superbrands Philippines, the local government unit here is now set to acknowledge the efforts of its outstanding and prominent citizens who have recently brought honor and prestige to the city.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said these awards and recognitions were given to Angeleños for their talents and skills in their respective fields.

13 Dec 2012 - Job order employees to file affidavit before Ombudsman

ANGELES CITY -- Three residents here, who are connected with local barangay officials, are set to submit on December 18 their affidavit to the Office of the Ombudsman denying knowledge about the inclusion of their names in the payroll as job order appointments of the City Government under the administration of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

Marlene Coronel, wife of Salapungan village councilman Renato Coronel; Josephine Bondoc, wife of Capaya village councilman Rafael Bondoc, and Robert Miranda, friend of Santo Domingo village councilman Oliver Chaneco all signed their affidavits declaring that they did not know that their names have been included in the list of the city’s job order employees.

13 Dec 2012 - CDC cancels Christmas party; funds to be donated to ‘Pablo’ victims

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) have cancelled the annual Christmas party of its employees in order to donate funds for the victims of Typhoon Pablo in Mindanao.

CDC Vice President Pepito Galang of the Corporate Services Group said the cancellation of the Christmas party was decided by the management and employees to help families affected by the calamity.

13 Dec 2012 - Establishment of Moka Foundation eyed

PAMPANGA -- The leadership of the Provincial Legislative Department is eyeing the establishment of a Moka Foundation to further help Kapampangans.

Vice Governor Joseller Guaio said recipients of the “Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards” (Moka) could help a lot by the contributing their expertise and resources in reaching out to those in greater need.

13 Dec 2012 - Board member lauded for service to elderly

PAMPANGA -- The Natividad Senior Citizens Association (NSCA) recognized the efforts of Second District Board Member Olga Frances David-Dizon for helping in the improvement of senior citizens here.

David-Dizon was formally handed a certificate of appreciation by NSCA president Jose Tungul at Barangay Natividad on Thursday.

12 Dec 2012 - Court stops cutting of 486 trees by DPWH

ANGELES CITY -- A court here has rescued 486 trees from being cut or transferred when it issued a 72-hour temporary environment protection order (Tepo) against a permit issued by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. for a road-widening project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Pampanga.

“The defendants, their subordinates and personnel and all persons acting under their control and supervision are enjoined from cutting, earth-balling or transferring the subject trees and/or other actions that will result in the prejudice of the subject trees along the stretch of MacArthur Highway in Angeles City and in the City of Mabalacat, Pampanga,” Executive Judge Omar Viola said in his order.

12 Dec 2012 - Capitol workers get P40K bonus

PAMPANGA -- According to Provincial Board Member Crisostomo Garbo, Capitol employees – from casual to permanent workers, from janitors to the department heads – will each receive a P40,000 cash bonus.

However, the Christmas bonuses will be subjected to a 32 percent tax. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said it will tax Christmas bonuses of private and government employees which exceed P30,000, those below that amount will be exempted.

12 Dec 2012 - BCDA chair stops P1-B Clark transmission line project

CLARK FREEPORT -- The P1-B transmission line project of the Clark Development Corp. (CDC) is now reportedly on hold pending a review of the contract with the winning consortium identified as MIESCOR-NARI-TBEA.

Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) Chairman Arnel Casanova has reportedly put on hold last week the implementation of the contract for the design and build services for the Clark 230 KV power transmission line project that will see the construction of steel poles and towers, the setting up of transmission cables, and payment of right of way from Mexico town to this freeport.

12 Dec 2012 - Indigent patient questions renal care center doctor’s fee and miscellaneous fee

ANGELES CITY -- The son of a dialysis patient at the Renal Care Unit (RCU) of the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC), formerly known as Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA), on December 9 slammed Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan for the P350 doctor’s fee and P100 miscellaneous fee being charged to the indigent patients of RCU.

Chris Aquino of Barangay Tabun said that for every dialysis session for their father, they are asked to pay P350 for the doctor’s fee of the attending physician and P100 for the miscellaneous fees which, they were told by the front desk attendants, will serve as their ‘contribution’ to the hospital.

12 Dec 2012 - Folks cry justice for slain village chief

PAMPANGA -- The family, friends and political allies of slain village chief Jose Gonzales Jr. of Barangay San Miguel in Mexico are crying for justice as he was laid to rest Wednesday.

Gonzales was shot and killed while his son Jayson, a Youth Council official, was seriously wounded when gunmen aboard a motorcycle fired on them in the vicinity of Barangay Parian near Poblacion on their way back to San Miguel village around 11 a.m. after attending the 441st Pampanga Day thanksgiving mass at Capitol in the City of San Fernando.

12 Dec 2012 - Halili honored for public service achievements

PAMPANGA -- The late First District Board Member Tarcicio Halili was recognized for his achievements in local governance during Tuesday night’s Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards (Moka) at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

Though not part of the Moka awardees, Halili, who succumbed to heart attack complications late this year, was recognized for his programs in tourism, trade and industry as well as for passing laws that advanced environmental awareness.

12 Dec 2012 - Woman killed for new motorcycle

PAMPANGA -- A 21-year-old woman, Daisy Santos of Barangay San Vicente, Magalang town, was shot dead after she and her companion were robbed of a brand new motorcycle in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Magalang town recently.

Santos and her friend Melissa Ferrer, 20, of Bulaon Resettlement in the City of San Fernando, were temporarily resting along the side of the road when a suspect, on board a motorcycle at gunpoint declared a hold-up and ordered the two to hand over their cellular phones and upon resisting Santos was shot in the head.

12 Dec 2012 - Job Order employees not covered by CSC regulations

ANGELES CITY -- Job order (JOs) employees of the City Government of Angeles laughed off 1st District Representative Carmelo Lazatin's complaint with the Civil Service Commission.

They reminded the 78-year-old congressman that job order personnel are "not covered by civil service and administrative rules and regulations due to the non-existence of employee-employer relationship."

11 Dec 2012 - Army beefs up security for ‘big-ticket’ investors, road projects in N. Luzon

ANGELES CITY -- The Army’s 7th Infantry Division (ID) has beefed up its operations to better secure “areas where there are the most number of big ticket foreign and domestic investors” and major road projects that would link up Northern Luzon regions.

7th ID commander Brig. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said his soldiers have been ordered to better secure “the freeports and special economic zones of Aurora, Subic, Bataan, and Clark whose airport is being eyed to be a complementary to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.”

11 Dec 2012 - Vets up lobby for US bill to put Clark cemetery under US care

ANGELES CITY -- American war veterans who have opted to stay on here after the US military left the nearby former Clark US Air Force base and their supporters are beefing up their lobby for the current US Senate to finally pass a bill putting the Clark Veterans Cemetery under US government responsibility.

This, after supporter US Sen. Richard Lugar, who was here last October to visit the cemetery, lost in the recent elections.

11 Dec 2012 - Ombudsman withdraws Mexico mayor’s suspension

PAMPANGA -- The Office of the Ombudsman has withdrawn the 90-day suspension order filed against Mayor Teddy Tumang and two others by virtue of a joint review order signed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.

The document, signed on November 23, 2012, cuts short the three-month suspension of Tumang, which was carried out by a resolution signed by then Acting Ombudsman Orlando C. Casimiro in 2011.

11 Dec 2012 - Guv fetes farmers

PAMPANGA -- At least 2,500 farmers were recognized in Lubao Tuesday as the province celebrated its 441st founding anniversary, with local officials vowing to focus on farming in 2013.

Governor Lilia Pineda said her government will improve assistance to farmers even if she had earlier released P14 million for the marginalized farmers for their seedlings.

11 Dec 2012 - Bizman robbed, killed

ANGELES CITY -- A businessman was killed by riders-in-tandem after he was robbed of some P2 million in Barangay Anunas in Angeles City on Monday.

In a report, Angeles City Police Director Rodolfo Recomono identified the fatality as Alberto Cabingas, 40, of Manaog, Pangasinan and temporarily residing in Apartment M2 in Mekong Street, Barangay Anunas, of same city.

11 Dec 2012 - ABE Party accuses Lazatin of ‘crab mentality’

ANGELES CITY -- The Partido Abe Kapampangan (ABE) has accused Representative Carmelo Lazatin (first district) of “crab mentality” for directing his political lieutenants to write letters to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and other organizations requesting that the awards granted to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and the City Government be recalled.

“This is really absurd. We never thought that Congressman Lazatin will be so desperate that he is now behaving like a crab in a bucket. This is a classic case of crab mentality,” ABE secretary general William Aguilar said.

11 Dec 2012 - CSC to probe job order employees’ rally

ANGELES CITY -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) in Central Luzon vowed to conduct a probe if the job order employees of the City Government conducted a rally last month.

CSC regional director Karen Litz Zerna, in a letter dated November 22, 2012, asked whether the employees of the Angeles City Government, under the administration of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, pushed through with their plans to stage a rally in front of Congressman Carmelo Lazatin’s District Office.

11 Dec 2012 - Robbers take SUV, shoot owner’s legs

ANGELES CITY -- Two unidentified armed men forcibly took the sports utility vehicle (SUV) of a woman, after which they shot her in the legs, in front of a bank in Barangay Anunas, Angeles City recently.

Police Director Rodolfo Recomono identified the victim as Leonalyn Bernalez, 28, of Redwood Villa inside the Clark Freeport in Mabalacat town.

11 Dec 2012 - AC renal center sticks to three-shift operation

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has directed the officials of the renal care at the Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA) to strictly conform to the three-shift schedule to minimize the dilapidation of the dialysis machines and the over extension of work hours of nurses.

Pamintuan has also instructed Angeles City Renal Care Unit (ACRCU) staff, that only “life threatening” emergencies will be entertained after 10 p.m.

10 Dec 2012 - Health office turns over new DPMMH building to Capitol

PAMPANGA -- A new two-storey building inside the Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Hospital (DPMMH) was formally turned over Monday to the Provincial Government and the hospital’s management by the Department of Health-Center for Health and Development (DOH-CHD).

DOH-CHD director Dr. Leonita Gorgolon led the inauguration along with Governor Pineda and Dr. Eddie Ponio, hospital administrator.

10 Dec 2012 - Lantern making masters all set to reveal ‘secrets’

PAMPANGA -- Giant lantern maker Eric Quiwa of Barangay Sta. Lucia said Monday that he and his fellow “Parol Masters” are all set to reveal their secrets in the Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) this month.

During the media tour facilitated by this city’s tourism and information offices, Quiwa said they are on the finishing stages of crafting the giant lanterns measuring about 20 feet in diameter for the upcoming 11 barangay tilt.

10 Dec 2012 - Kapampangan experts launch language manual

PAMPANGA -- A group of language experts launched Monday the first ever standard Kapampangan Orthography at the Pampanga Capitol, giving the current generation of Kapampangan language learners and teachers a better chance at learning and writing in their own language.

Language experts from the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, Holy Angel University, Angeles University Foundation, Department of Education, Kapmapangan writers, Pampanga Language Council, Dila and the Archdiocese of San Fernando sat down to formally come out with the language manual.

10 Dec 2012 - Aspirants call for sobriety amid killing of chieftain

PAMPANGA -- Liberal Party (LP) mayoral bet Albert Dela Cruz and his “Team Pagbabago’s” aspirants have called for sobriety amid the killing of a village chief of Mexico town.

San Miguel barangay chairman Jose Gonzales was gunned down last week allegedly by a bodyguard of a local official. His son Jason was injured in the incident.

10 Dec 2012 - SMI asked to recall Pamintuan’s ‘Outstanding Mayor’ citation

ANGELES CITY -- Pampanga mediaman Robledo Sanchez sent a letter last December 6 to Superbrands Marketing International Inc. (SMI) asking for the recall of the Most Outstanding Mayor Award given to the city mayor.

In his letter addressed to SMI President Harry Tambuatco, Sanchez said the award given to Mayor Pamintuan was “ill-advised” since the controversies currently surrounding the City Government show that the Pamintuan administration does not exemplify the value of integrity, which SMI seeks to promote.

10 Dec 2012 - 18th Hot Air Balloon festival set

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Foundation Incorporated has set the 18th hot air balloon festival on February 21 to 24, 2013.

A memorandum of agreement (MOA) was recently forged by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), PIHABF, and Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

10 Dec 2012 - BHWs attend symposium on health programs

PAMPANGA -- Some 3,200 barangay health workers (BHWs) in various municipalities in Pampanga recently attended a symposium on health programs held at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in this city.

The event was hosted by the Provincial Government in cooperation with the Department of Health-Center for Health and Development (DOH-CHD).

9 Dec 2012 - Green groups ask ban on MacArthur Highway tree cutting

ANGELES CITY - Environmentalist groups are set to file before the Angeles City Green Court an injunction with temporary environmental protection order (Tepo) to save more than 500 full-grown trees along the MacArthur Highway or Manila North Road (MNR).

Cecil Yumul, head of the Save The Trees Coalition (STC), said the filing of the Tepo at 8 a.m. Monday will coincide with the Human Rights Day.

9 Dec 2012 - Estrada sets P5M for guv's OFW livelihood programs

PAMPANGA -- Senator Jose Pimentel “Jinggoy” Estrada Jr. has pledged an initial support of P5 million to Governor Lilia Pineda’s livelihood programs for dependents of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Pampanga.

This came as Estrada attended the “Aldo Ning Mangabiayan and OFW,” a symposium cum wellness program for OFW families in Pampanga held at the SM City Pampanga Amphitheater and was also attended by former representative Cynthia Villar.

9 Dec 2012 - Women’s groups ask lawmaker to explain ‘absences’

ANGELES CITY -- Women’s groups here joined the growing clamor of residents to Representative Carmelo Lazatin (first district) to explain his reported continuous failure to attend congressional sessions in Quezon City.

The groups said it is the duty of the 78-year-old congressman to attend to duties in Congress and report the same to his constituents.

9 Dec 2012 - Mayor slammed for renal care center ‘emergency fee’

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on November 21 was called out by the son of a hospital patient for the questionable “emergency fee” being issued from the Renal Care Unit (RCU) of the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center.

Chris Aquino of Barangay Tabun, whose father is availing regular dialysis treatments from RCU, complained about the P700 worth “emergency fee” being charged to patients who come to the RCU without a scheduled appointment.

9 Dec 2012 - Fontillas kids are Batang Pinoy champs

PAMPANGA -- The Fontillas children - the renowned Karate Kids of the City of San Fernando - kicked and chopped their way to conquer the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)-sanctioned Batang Pinoy 2012 Karate Championships in Iloilo City on Sunday.

In a phone interview, Deo Fontillas, father of the Fernandino Karate Kids, said 15-year-old Bryan - the youngest member of the national squad Philippine Typhoons - earned two gold medals, while his siblings Christian Jonathan won a gold and a bronze; Jaspher a silver; and young Karate Darling nine-year-old China a gold and a silver in their respective categories.

9 Dec 2012 - 17 get jobs from vice mayor’s call center training program

CLARK FREEPORT -- Some 17 students who graduated from Vice Mayor Dexter David’s call center training program have recently been hired in various Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies inside the Clark Freeport.

David said the graduates are part of the two batches of students who underwent 100 hours of call center language training under Asia Work Solutions.

8 Dec 2012 - Dec. 11 non-working holiday in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- This Dec. 11, Tuesday, is a special non-working holiday in Pampanga in commemoration of its 441st foundation by Spanish colonizers.

To local folk, it’s Aldo ning Pampanga (Pampanga Day) first marked by virtue of Proclamation No. 2226 of the late Pres. Marcos effective Dec. 11, 1982.

8 Dec 2012 - Pampanga donates caskets for ‘Pablo’ victims

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Governmentand the Mayors League in cooperation with the Municipality of Sto. Tomas have donated some 350 caskets for those who perished in southern Mindanao during the onslaught of Typhoon “Pablo.”

Officials of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 332 people were killed and 379 were missing after Pablo triggered landslides and floods along the coast and in farming and mining towns inland -- like Compostela Valley and New Bataan -- in the southern Mindanao region.

8 Dec 2012 - Traditional Japanese dance master to perform in Angeles

ANGELES CITY - Master Senju Einojo, a highly respected keeper of tradition and instructor of Nihon Buyo, the oldest and most traditional form of Japanese theatrical dance, will be sharing his knowledge to the Kapampangans on December 16, Sunday at 5 p.m.

The free performance, which is open to the public, features Nippon Buyo/Nihon Buyo, a “traditional Japanese performing art, a mixture of dance and pantomime, which emerged in the early Edo period (early 17th century) from earlier traditions.”

8 Dec 2012 - Hundreds visit Capitol trade fair

PAMPANGA -- Hundreds of mallgoers have been flocking to the “Agro, Industrial, Trade, Food, Cultural, Arts and Crafts Fair” at the SM City Pampanga Trade Hall, which started over the weekend and will be open to the public until Monday.

Governor Lilia Pineda along with Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada, board members Trina Dizon, Monina Laus and Fritzie David-Dizon led the opening of the fair with dozens of mallgoers in attendance.

7 Dec 2012 - Task force Gonzales formed

PAMPANGA -- Police created Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) “Gonzales” on Friday to investigate and identify the gunmen responsible in the killing of Jose Gonzales, village chief of Barangay San Miguel, Mexico, Pampanga.

Gonzales was shot dead while his son Jayson Gonzales wounded when armed men riding a motorcycle assaulted them at around 11 am on Thursday. The victims were on their way to Barangay Poblacion, Mexico town on board a Barangay service vehicle.

7 Dec 2012 - Agro-industrial fair showcases best of Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- A virtual one-stop shop of Pampanga’s best products are currently showcased in the 441st Pampanga Day Agro-industrial Trade Fair and Cultural exhibition which opened Friday at the Trade Hall of SM City Pampanga.

According to Provincial Arts, Culture and Tourism Officer Arwin Lingat, the best produce of Pampanga’s 19 towns are on display and sale at factory price in the trade fair and exhibition which will run until December 9.

7 Dec 2012 - CSC confers Seal of Excellence to Mabalacat

MABALACAT CITY -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Tuesday conferred the “Citizens’ Satisfaction Center-Seal of Excellence” to the local government of Mabalacat City for its excellent rating in the recently concluded Report Card Survey.

The survey was conducted last September pursuant to Republic Act 9485, otherwise known as the Anti-Red tape Act of 2007.

7 Dec 2012 - Precast maker shot dead

PAMPANGA -- A precast maker was killed while a village chief was wounded in a shooting incident in Barangay Pare, Candaba, Thursday.

Senior Superintendent R’Win Pagkalinawan, Pampanga police director, identified the fatality as Romy Trinidad, precast maker of Barangay Bahay Pare, Candaba town.

6 Dec 2012 - Restive workers call off strike vs. Clark firm

CLARK FREEPORT -- Aggrieved workers numbering over 2,500 here agreed on Monday to defer planned mass actions against their employer.

Rodem Perez, chief of the CDC customer relations department, heard the complaints of officials of the Smart Shirts (Phils) Inc. workers union against their management they identified as “couple Jeffrey, an American national, and Mercedes Gagnon, a US citizen of Filipina descent from Batangas about alleged unfair labor practices and maltreatment ranging from alleged refusal to recognize the workers union to non-recognition of workers benefits “including the Christmas package.”

6 Dec 2012 - The U.S. Navy Returns to The Philippines

SUBIC FREEPORT -- U.S. and Philippine officials recently confirmed that Subic Bay – a natural harbor 80 km north of Manila that was the US 7th Fleet’s home until 1992 – is going to be playing a much larger role in U.S. Pacific Fleet deployments from now on.

The former U.S. naval port and its air station, now known as Subic Bay Freeport Zone, is set to host U.S. ships, marines and aircraft on a semi-permanent basis.

6 Dec 2012 - Festival dances highlight Pampanga Day opening

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government launched on Thursday its opening of the 441st Aldo Ning Kapampangan by bringing together the various festival dances in the province in one celebration of local history.

Dubbed as “Pamamupul” (Harvest) Festival, the event featured dances from Pampanga’s rich traditional ritual celebrations of Sasmuan’s Kuraldal to the local government-invented dance celebrations of recent times.

6 Dec 2012 - Mutya bets tapped to promote Pampanga’s tourism industry

CLARK FREEPORT -- The candidates of this year’s Mutya ning Kapampangan have been tapped to promote Pampanga’s tourism sites, said Board Member Olga Frances “Fritzie” David-Dizon, pageant chairperson.

“It’s the start of great things when both the private and public work together for the common good and to push for the tourism industry in Pampanga,” said David-Dizon.

6 Dec 2012 - Provincial Board okays P1.7-B annual budget

PAMPANGA -- The Committee on Appropriations of the Provincial Board disclosed Thursday that the annual budget amounting to P1.7 billion has been approved to finance developmental projects for 2013.

Senior Board Member Crisostomo Garbo, chair of the Committee of Appropriations, said the approved budget would attest to the continuing commitment of Governor Lilia Pineda to improve the lives of the Kapampangans.

6 Dec 2012 - Ex-village exec insists Lazatin violated law on ‘pork use’

ANGELES CITY -- Former Barangay Sto. Cristo chairman Aymer Alvarado insisted that Representative Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin (1st District) has violated the law on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (Pdaf) in making a family-owned institution as beneficiary to his pork barrel funds, which makes him liable for graft.

Responding to statements coming from the Lazatin camp, Alvarado said that beneficiaries to the Pdaf are named and determined by the congressman, not the implementing agency which, in this case, is the Technological Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

6 Dec 2012 - Newsman: Withdraw Pamintuan awards

ANGELES CITY -- Veteran mediaman Robledo Sanchez on December 4 forwarded a letter to Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II requesting the agency to review the awards given to the Pamintuan administration.

In his letter, Sanchez said the issue of irregularities surrounding the Pamintuan administration, particularly the controversial “ghost employees” in the job order appointments, do not resonate with the corrupt-free government advocacy of the Aquino administration.

5 Dec 2012 - 3 kids die in Mabalacat fire

MABALACAT CITY -- Three children died in a fire that gutted a house at Pineda Subdivision, Barangay Dau Wednesday morning.

Police identified the fatalities as Vincent Sunglao, 5; his younger brother Kevin, 4; and sister Kate Laguna, 2. They were trapped on the second floor of their house.

5 Dec 2012 - Lawmaker explains P200,000 allocation for Tesda

ANGELES CITY -- The office of Pampanga Representative Carmelo "Tarzan" Lazatin explained Wednesday the his P70-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Lazatin's office made the explanation following allegations of former Barangay Sto. Cristo chairman Aymer Alvarado that he has violated anti-graft and corruption laws by allocating part of his PDAF to the family-owned Republic Central Colleges (RCC).

5 Dec 2012 - Cops confiscate video 'karera' machines

ANGELES CITY -- The city police has confiscated and destroyed several video karera units in Barangays Malabanias and Anunas here Wednesday.

Police Station 4 Chief Luisito M. Tan said the operation against video karera is in line with the directive of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Philippine National Police (PNP) to eradicate all forms of illegal gambling.

5 Dec 2012 - Water rates to go up in San Fernando

PAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando Water District (CSFWD) said on Wednesday they will increase their water rates effective January 2013.

Jorge P. Gumba, CSFWD general manager, said the notice of water rate adjustment was approved by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) back in 2007, but has not been implemented since the district could still keep up with its operations during the past six years.

5 Dec 2012 - Founding anniversary kicks off Thursday

PAMPANGA -- The Province of Pampanga will celebrate 441 years of its founding history with a grand display of cultural and civic events for various sectors of the province.

Governor Lilia Pineda will lead the start of the celebrations with a flag-raising ceremony followed by a Eucharistic Mass. She will be joined by provincial board members, officials from various municipalities and sectoral leaders.

5 Dec 2012 - Capitol hosts livelihood forum for OFW spouses

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Provincial Government, through the Provincial Action Center for OFW Concerns (Pacoc), hosted a livelihood forum on Wednesday for spouses of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

Pacoc head Ma. Eliza Munoz said the activity was held in coordination with the National Government for a wider scope of livelihood programs for the OFW families.

5 Dec 2012 - AUF to open China Book Room at National Library

ANGELES CITY -- The Confucius Institute of Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) is set to inaugurate the China Book Room at the National Library of the Philippines.

Chinese Ambassador Ma Kequing and Chinese Cultural Counselor Pan Feng are expected to attend the event on December 7, 2012 in Malate, Manila.

5 Dec 2012 - Ex-barangay chief wants COA probe on Tarzan

ANGELES CITY -- A former barangay chief has asked the Commission on Audit (CoA) to conduct an investigation against Representative Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin (1st District) for alleged violation of laws against graft and corruption.

Former Barangay Sto. Cristo chief Aymer Alvarado, who sent a complaint-letter to COA, alleged that Lazatin appropriated funds from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to benefit the Republic Central Colleges (RCC).

4 Dec 2012 - Quarry revenues reach record high

PAMPANGA -- Quarry revenues have peaked to more than a total P630 million last month to break the records of past administrations in collections from the province’s premier industry and income generator.

Under Governor Lilia Pineda administration and Vice Governor Joseller Guiao, the quarry collections in November were posted at P24,150,000 bringing the year-to-date revenues to a high P630,637,500, some P14-million more than that of the previous administration.

4 Dec 2012 - Barangay councilman denies inclusion in JO payroll

ANGELES CITY -- A councilman in Barangay Margot here denied reports that she is working as job order (JO) employee of the City Government.

During a guest appearance in a local radio program, Barangay Margot Kagawad Nenita Ferrer clarified that she did not know that her name has been included in the payroll for “job orders.”

4 Dec 2012 - Program-exhibit for famous architect launches today

ANGELES CITY -- The Center for Kapampangan Studies will be holding a program-exhibit on the works of eminent Guagua-born architect Jose Maria V. Zaragoza tomorrow, December 6, at the Holy Angel University.

The family of the late architect, whose designs helped define the skyline of Metro-Manila, is expected to grace the event.

4 Dec 2012 - ‘5:00 ning Gatpanapun’ bagged 2012’s Best Film

ANGELES CITY -- The film "5:00 ning Gatpanapun” by Petersen Vargas was hailed as 2012’s Best Film in the recently concluded 2nd CineKabalen Kapampangan Film Festival.

The film will be one of the representative films of Pampanga in the upcoming Cinema Rehiyon Film Festival that will be held in Los Baños, Laguna in February 2013.

4 Dec 2012 - 5 carjackers slain in Tarlac

PAMPANGA -- Five suspected carjackers were killed after a brief exchange of fire with policemen in Barangay Danzo, Gerona, Tarlac early dawn Sunday.

In his report, Gerona Police Director Alfred Corpus identified the fatalities as Dennis Magadang, 27, of Lucnab, Baguio City; Rey Alonzo, 32, of Kalinga Province; Roger Gorospe, 27, of Pinukopok, Kalinga Province; Sarah Jane Inson, 37, of Legarda, Baguio City and an unidentified suspect.

4 Dec 2012 - Traders ask clear terms for ‘seasonal’ vendors

PAMPANGA -- A group of traders in Candaba is urging local officials to limit the stay of “seasonal” vendors, the presence of which they claim is unfair and disadvantageous to homegrown businesses.

“There must be a clear term as to how long they will stay in the main plaza. If they come here for the town fiesta, they should leave after the occasion,” one of the traders, who requested anonymity, said.

3 Dec 2012 - CDC OIC replaced by yet another OIC

CLARK FREEPORT -- After being headed by an officer-in-charge (OIC) for eight months, the state-firm Clark Development Corp. (CDC) which runs this freeport got yesterday yet another OIC.

Former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Eduardo Oban, who was appointed chairman and OIC of the CDC last April after his retirement from the military in December last year, assumed his post yesterday as undersecretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

3 Dec 2012 - Unmasked: VM behind city council rigodon Rivals stripped of committees

ANGELES CITY -- Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting was reportedly behind the recent city council reorganization that stripped three councilors of their committee chairmanships.

In an executive session in her office, Cabigting announced the reorganization of various committees of the city council even if it was not even included in the agenda or listed in the “other matters” of the regular session a few weeks ago. This according to informed sources at the council.

3 Dec 2012 - Ex-Capitol exec in hot water over Ampatuan assets

PAMPANGA -- A former official of the provincial government here is now in hot water after the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed a P27-million tax evasion case against him last week.

Atty. Arnel C. Manaloto, former deputy provincial attorney and former appointments secretary of then governor Among Ed Panlilio, was charged before the Department of Justice by the BIR for failing to declare properties which he acquired in 2011.

3 Dec 2012 - Aviation center opens in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Cebu Pacific Air and CAE, world leader in aviation training, inaugurated Monday their new aviation training center inside this Freeport.

The joint venture, known as the Philippine Academy for Aviation Training Inc. (PAAT), will initially cater to Airbus A319/320/321 series pilot type-rating training requirements and will provide “wet” instructor-led type-rating training to CEB’s current and new-hire pilots, and to other aircraft operators of the region.

3 Dec 2012 - Lantern festival will carry on tradition

PAMPANGA -- Lantern makers and organizers of the annual Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) affirmed Monday the tradition of the world-renowned festivity of lights, colors and sounds will continue.

The celebration will push through despite the recent calamities and tragedies that befell this city, like recent flooding brought about by southwest monsoon rains.

3 Dec 2012 - City hosts lantern contest using recyclable materials

PAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando is now promoting a different kind of lantern competition that uses recyclable materials and household waste as a way to express the Yuletide cheer.

Conrado Pacla, one of the board of advisors of this year’s Giant Lantern Festival, said various villages in the city are now competing to produce the best lantern using local materials from household waste, recyclable and indigenous materials.

3 Dec 2012 - Towns to showcase local products in trade fair

PAMPANGA -- Nineteen towns in Pampanga are set to showcase local products, foods and delicacies in a three-day agro-industrial trade fair to be held at the SM City Pampanga starting December 7.

This affair will be hosted by the Provincial Government, as part of the week-long celebration of the founding anniversary of the province.

3 Dec 2012 - Folk push for floating birthing station

PAMPANGA -- Residents of Masantol are expressing hope that the proposed establishment of a floating birthing station will soon be carried out by the Provincial Government.

They said this initiative would be a big help to pregnant mothers and their families because it could mean lesser expenses.

3 Dec 2012 - Tarlac, Cebu bag Robredo ICT awards

CLARK FREEPORT -- The local government of Tarlac province and Cebu City won in two different categories of the first Jesse Robredo Awards for Excellence in ICT for Good Governance.

CyberCity president George Sorio said the LGU awardees in the nationwide competition are under two categories, namely, Tarlac Provincial Government under the government-to-business (G2B) category and Cebu City under the government-to-customer (G2C) category.

2 Dec 2012 - Probe Pamintuan JOs, COA asked

ANGELES CITY -- Veteran newsman Robledo Sanchez on November 29 requested Commission on Audit to immediately conduct a special audit of the job order appointments of the City Government under the administration of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

In the letter, which Sanchez sent to the COA National, Regional and City offices and addressed to COA Chairperson Gracia Pulido-Tan, COA Region III Assistant Commissioner Winnie Rose Encallado, and COA Angeles City Audit Team Leader Ma. Rowena Bucu, respectively, Sanchez compelled COA to perform an audit of the Pamintuan job order appointments due to the revelation from several barangay officials that the names of their relatives have been included in the list of job order employees without their knowledge.

2 Dec 2012 - 16 finish massage course

ANGELES CITY -- Sixteen out of 20 trainees earned their “degrees” in massage therapy last week.

The two-week training – for free – sponsored by the sangguniang kabataan and accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority was held at the Angeles City Hall.

1 Dec 2012 - Pampanga giant lantern shines in Singapore

PAMPANGA -- For the first time in the history of the Parul Sampernandu, a 16-foot giant lantern from this city, is shining permanently in Singapore.

The giant lantern, crafted with plastic and powered by 800 bulbs, was shipped to Singapore in component parts and is on display at the Cathedral of Good Shepherd. It costs the City Government some P150,000 to put the giant lantern for the “Paskong Pinoy 2012: Giant Parol in Singapore.”

1 Dec 2012 - Pampanga lauded for OFW programs

PAMPANGA -- Foreign national delegates of the World Social Forum on Migration (WSFM) and an officer of the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People lauded the efforts of the Provincial Government of Pampanga in helping overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) through the Provincial Action Center for OFWs (Pacoc).

Marg Liddell, a delegate from Melbourne, Australia, said she was impressed with the initiatives of the province for its OFWs, adding that the province has made a rather impressive accomplishment despite having established a very young action center.

1 Dec 2012 - SM City launches privilege card

PAMPANGA -- SM City San Fernando Downtown on Friday afternoon launched its exclusive Privilege Card designed to give customers and shoppers exciting perks and huge discounts all-year round.

Highlighted by the GMA Mall Show, featuring Mark Herras and Kyla in a back-to-back concert at the mall’s roof deck at the 7th level, the launch was graced by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez and attended by hundreds of eager shoppers who wanted to get hold of the “I Love Downtown” privilege card.