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Balibago News Mar-2013

31 Mar 2013 - Guv vows employment for illegal recruitment victims, ex-OFWs

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government vowed Sunday to provide employment opportunities to victims of illegal recruitment and former overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), including their skilled family members.

Governor Lilia Pineda said they had been consistently working in partnership with concerned government agencies to ensure employment for every Kapampangan who is able and willing to work in any capacity both in the local and foreign market.

31 Mar 2013 - Violations noted on 1st day of campaign period

PAMPANGA -- As the campaign period for local candidates in Pampanga officially started, various violations had been noted in different public places.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) earlier reminded candidates to observe the rules on poster size to not exceed 2 feet by 3 feet, however, life-sized posters, with some even bigger, were placed by supporters of these candidates in town plazas, public markets, barangay halls and other public plazas.

31 Mar 2013 - Mayor: Establish chemotherapy, heart care center

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan reiterated plans to establish a chemotherapy and coronary care units at the Ospital Ning Angeles (Ona).

During the opening salvo of the mayor’s slate (Team Agyu Tamu), Pamintuan vowed to implement the programs if he succeeded in his re-election bid.

31 Mar 2013 - BIR extends bank hours for April 15 tax payments

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) here said banks authorized to accept tax payments will be extending their banking hours up to 5 p.m. starting today (April 1) to April 15 to accommodate more taxpayers filing their 2010 income tax returns (ITRs).

BIR Regional Director Araceli Francisco said Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares, through Bulletin 2013-08, said banks "should also assign additional personnel and open more counters to serve more taxpayers."

30 Mar 2013 - Cop: Maleldo rites orderly, 'solemn'

PAMPANGA -- Although thousands of local and foreign tourists trooped to the three Maleldo sites in San Fernando, the observance of Good Friday here remained peaceful, orderly and solemn.

City police chief Ricardo David said that as early as 9 a.m., the more than 250 uniformed and plainclothes police operatives with K-9 sniffers in tow, were deployed to the Via Crucis sites in barangays San Juan, Sta. Lucia and San Pedro Cutud.

30 Mar 2013 - Kabalen students make it to regional TOSP finals

PAMPANGA -- Two students from the Mary the Queen College (MQC) were nominated in this year’s regional search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) after meeting the required academic and social responsibility qualifications.

Representing the school in the search are Kelvin Cadiang (Accountancy) and Leomar Bucud (Information System department), said Maria Fe Gonzales, Outreach head and trainer of the two nominees,

30 Mar 2013 - KDF calls for referrals for free cleft palate surgeries

PAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) is calling for referrals for its free cleft palate and harelip surgery missions with Operation Smile on July 3 to 6 at the Ospital ning Angeles here, in a bid to provide free reconstructive surgery to indigent beneficiaries.

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

30 Mar 2013 - Councilor: Put up WiFi hot spots

ANGELES CITY - Former Councilor Max Sangil has cited the need to install wireless fidelity (WiFi) hot spots in every villages all over the city.

Sangil, a veteran journalist running for councilor here, said the city needs to adapt today’s communication technology.

29 Mar 2013 - Foreigners nauseated, amazed by crucifixions

PAMPANGA -- Catholic zealots in the Philippines re-enacted the last hours of Jesus Christ on Good Friday, whipping their backs and nailing themselves to crosses in a grisly Easter ritual that persists despite Church disapproval.

Foreign and local tourists flocked to the outskirts of the city of San Fernando, a 90-minute drive from Manila, to see the annual spectacle where a Christian "passion play" is taken to its blood-soaked extreme.

27 Mar 2013 - Candidates urged: No campaigning in Holy Week

PAMPANGA -- The executive committee of Maleldo 2013 or Holy Week urged politicians, particularly those bidding for a post in the coming May elections, to abstain from campaigning in Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Like in the past, Maleldo 2013 coincides with the start of the local election campaign.

27 Mar 2013 - 13 cops to carry wooden crosses on Good Friday

PAMPANGA -- At least 13 senior police officers, including two chief superintendents from the Police Regional Office-Central Luzon (PRO3), will carry wooden crosses along the three-kilometer stretch of the Police Headquarters on Good Friday, as reenactment of the Way of the Cross.

Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ladao, PRO3 director, will lead the other senior police officers in carrying the heavy crosses along the “Via-Crucis” inside the camp for four hours.

27 Mar 2013 - CCTVs installed in 3 crucifixion sites

PAMPANGA -- Close Circuit Television (CCTVs) cameras will be installed at crucifixion sites in three villages in City of San Fernando on Good Friday.

Superintendent Ricardo David, city police chief, said the sites are in barangays San Pedro Cutud, San Sta. Lucia and San Juan and hopefully give lawless elements second thoughts before doing illegal activities.

27 Mar 2013 - Farmers get equipment from DA, Capitol

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Provincial Government had jointly extended support to farmers through the farm equipment.

Governor Lilia Pineda and Board Member Olga Frances David-Dizon led the distribution of hand tractors with trailers in a simple ceremony held at Lubao town on Wednesday.

26 Mar 2013 - Week of spectacle opens in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- The San Fernando Tourism Office (CTO) here has dubbed it “Holy Week Spectacle in the Philippines”, a neatly packaged itinerary for media and tourists expected to troop here anew by the tens of thousands for the traditional Lenten practices in this province.

The itinerary is not only geographical, but also chronological, starting Holy Wednesday (March 27), particularly for media folk who need to first secure accreditation from the CTO before covering the events lasting five days, or up to Easter Sunday.

26 Mar 2013 - Priest OK’s fiesta air in crucifixions

PAMPANGA -- While 15 penitents will have themselves actually nailed on crosses in Barangay San Pedro Cutud here on Good Friday, will the thousands of mostly Catholic residents of the village be committing “mortal sins” for commemorating the day as their fiesta with meat dishes served aplenty?

Kapampangan Catholic priests here seemed to have softened their views on this issue that has often haunted San Pedro Cutud folk who started to mark their fiesta every Good Friday in the 1960’s since tourists started to arrive in droves to watch the actual crucifixions in a “mini Golgotha here” every year.

26 Mar 2013 - City dad works to amend ordinance on road closure

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Jesus “Jay” Sangil said yesterday he will make the necessary amendment to the city council ordinance that will restrict access to a major thoroughfare at the boundaries of Barangays Amsic and Anunas here affecting at least two big residential subdivisions.

This developed as close to 200 residents of Plaridel 2 Subdivision in Barangay Amsic protested the impending closure of New York St., a major thoroughfare that will restrict access to their subdivision.

26 Mar 2013 - DSWD to probe Abe 4Ps threats to Lazatin supporters

ANGELES CITY -- Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region III Director Adelina Apostol on March 20 ordered an investigation on the reports that leaders of Partido Abe Kapampangan (PAK) have been using the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to threaten Pampanga First District Representative Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin’s supporters.

Lazatin revealed that in a letter dated March 13, 2013, Apostol said that she has instructed the DSWD Regional Grievance Officer to conduct an investigation in the barangays where PAK leaders reportedly threatened Lazatin’s supporters that they will be removed as beneficiaries of the 4Ps if they continue to support the solon.

25 Mar 2013 - City gov’t under Lazatin ‘totally bankrupt’ –AbeKa

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government of Angeles under the watch of Congressman Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin was “totally bankrupt.”

This was the allegation of the only Comelec-accredited local political party in this city , the Partido Abe Kapampangan (AbeKa).

25 Mar 2013 - Gov to cabalen: Pray no one gets hurt due to polls

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia ‘Nanay” G. Pineda has enjoined the Capitol employees and the Cabalen to pray that no one gets hurt because of the election.

The governor remains an advocate of peaceful election especially when Pampanga was declared by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) that belongs to the top 15 provinces under the watch-list order of the Comelec.

25 Mar 2013 - Panlilio raps Capitol claim on PhilHealth cards

PAMPANGA -- Some P35 million – all coming from the Capitol coffers – were spent for PhilHealth cards distributed primarily to farmers, fisherfolk, marginalized folk, indigenous tribes and barangay health workers.

That, said former Gov. Eddie T. Panlilio, was undertaken within his full term even as he debunked claims by his successor of having virtually saturated the province with the health insurance cards.

25 Mar 2013 - AC to stage ‘7 Palabras’

ANGELES CITY -- The greatest sacrifice and unending love for mankind of Jesus Christ will again be remembered, as Angeles City is set to stage the re-enactment of the passion, crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ this Lenten week.

On its third year, Siete Palabras which means “seven last words” will be a two-day presentation and will start with the portrayal of the “Last Supper” on Maundy Thursday at the Arevalo basketball court in Barangay Lourdes Northwest.

24 Mar 2013 - Village chief dares Cabigting to resign

ANGELES CITY -- Barangay Claro M. Recto chair Valentino Lagman dared over the weekend Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting to resign if the proper court finds there’s truth to his allegations of ghost purchases under the office of the Vice Mayor worth P120,000.

Lagman, at the same time, vowed to resign if there is no truth to his allegations over Cabigting.

24 Mar 2013 - Farmers to benefit from bamboo project

PAMPANGA -- More than 500 farmers in Central Luzon are expected to benefit from the five-million bamboo program initiated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

DENR and DOST officials recently signed a bamboo project deal in a bid to maximize the economic and ecological potential of bamboo as an industry and source of livelihood to poor upland farmers.

24 Mar 2013 - Vice guv supports creation of sports department

PAMPANGA -- First District congressional aspirant Vice-Governor Joseller “Yeng” Guiao said recently that he fully supports -- and if given the mandate in the May polls push for -- the creation of a “Department of Sports.”

The idea, he said, has been hatched by fellow Kapampangan and Angeleño Mikey Romero (brother of Reghis Romero III), who currently heads the National Sports Association, the Philippine National Shooters Association, Harbor Center, and Global Ports.

24 Mar 2013 - Water district hosts World Water Day for kids

PAMPANGA -- Students from six high schools in this capital city participated in the City of San Fernando Water District-led celebration of the World Water Day that aims to tap the younger generation in water conservation initiatives.

Water district director Tonette Orejas said the event is the water utility’s contribution towards water conservation initiatives.

24 Mar 2013 - Malls bat for ‘green initiatives’ in Earth Hour

PAMPANGA -- The province’s premier malls, SM City Pampanga and SM City Clark, highlighted the need for “green initiatives” in preserving the environment during the Earth Hour event on Saturday.

SM City Pampanga officials have called on student architects to advance green architecture designs in a bid to contribute to reducing carbon emissions, while those in Clark are urging people to plant more trees and venture into topiary to help promote greening in their respective areas.

24 Mar 2013 - Lawmaker ends school year with P4-million scholarship aid

PAMPANGA -- Third District Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales Jr. ended the school year in most schools here by distributing some P4 million in scholarship assistance to various indigent high school students in Mexico town and this capital city.

Late last week, Gonzales visited La Paz Turu High School in Arayat town, Del Rosario High School, and Diosdado Macapagal High School in Mexico town distributing around P200,000 in assistance and closing the official class days in the said schools by urging the students to study harder in the next school year.

24 Mar 2013 - Club Camelot raided

ANGELES CITY -- R7 Intel Group of Camp Olivas San Fernando together with IJM raided Club Camelot about 8:00 pm yesterday.

All Employees were taken by Bus to San Fernando for further questioning and suspicion of Underage Employment.

23 Mar 2013 - Pamintuan lauds coops support

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan lauded cooperatives for their active support to the plans of the City Government.

Members of various cooperative groups here participated in a recent forum on labor and other cooperative related laws.

23 Mar 2013 - Grab opportunities, students told

PAMPANGA -- Councilor Jimmy Lazatin urged graduating students from various high schools here to grab educational opportunities and secure a better future.

Lazatin, who chairs the City Council’s committee on Education, has been doing his rounds of city schools as guest and speaker in commencement rites.

23 Mar 2013 - Lazatin wants boarding houses safe

ANGELES CITY -- Representative Carmelo Lazatin (first district, Pampanga) said on Friday he is batting for a city ordinance that would address the problem on security of boarding houses and apartments in this city.

This came as Dannielle Huet Conde, a member of Holy Angel University’s Taekwondo team, here was stabbed dead by a lone suspect at her apartment in Barangay Santo Cristo recently.

22 Mar 2013 - Observe Earth Hour, Lazatin’s son says

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor bet Carmelo Lazatin Jr., son of Congressman Carmelo Lazatin, has urged the people to join the observation of Earth Hour on March 23.

“Sama-sama po tayong makiisa sa Earth Hour sa pamamagitan ng pagpatay ng ating mga ilaw sa loob ng isang oras, mula 8:30 hanggang 9:30 ng gabi,” Lazatin said.

21 Mar 2013 - ‘Battle of the IDs’ now on in Angeles

ANGELES CITY -- The race for the mayoralty post in Angeles City continues to take twists and turns, as it now takes on the battle of political affiliation identification cards (IDs).

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, during his regular Kapihan forum, showed to mediamen several Team Lazatin ID cards which, he said, were reportedly surrendered to him.

21 Mar 2013 - Fisherfolk: Pampanga River polluted

PAMPANGA -- Some residents of Macabebe, whose main source of living is fishing, said that fishpond operators in Pampanga are discharging contaminants at the Pampanga River.

Pepito Lagman, a resident in one of the coastal barangays in this town, said: "Wala naman tayong gustong siraan pero yung mga may ari ng fishpond na nagpapakain ng feeds sa kanilang mga isda ay naglalabas ng tubig na may halong chemical mula sa kanilang pinapakain. Apektado kasi ang ani dahil sa chemical na nakakain ng mga isda sa labas ng mga fishponds."

21 Mar 2013 - Lawmaker: Choose congressman wisely

ANGELES CITY -- “Angelenos must choose wisely, dapat piliin nila ang congressman na alam ang ginagawa niya,” said Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st district, Pampanga) following statements made by Pampanga Vice-Governor Joseller Guiao assailing Lazatin during a flag raising ceremony in the Angeles City Hall held last March 18.

Lazatin said: “Sabi ni Vice Governor Guiao sa flag ceremony, napakatagal na nakaupo ng congressman ng First District pero wala man lang nakaisip na gawing authority ang Clark Development Corporation.”

21 Mar 2013 - CL now out of top 5 regions with most rabies cases

PAMPANGA -- Central Luzon is no longer part of the top five regions with the most rabies incidence in the country, according to the recent report of the Department of Agriculture (DA); however, the agency said that rabies still poses a serious threat in the region.

DA regional director Andrew Villacorta said the region now ranks sixth in cases of rabies incidence for 2011 in a report released this year. The 2012 rabies incidence reports in the region are set to be released next year.

21 Mar 2013 - SM City to host Earth Hour

PAMPANGA -- The SM City San Fernando Downtown will be hosting its first Earth Hour event tomorrow, March 23, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

“Earth hour is a simple concept that quickly turned into global phenomenon. With that, SM City San Fernando Downtown as one of the newest SM Supermalls in the Philippines will collaborate like any other SM Supermalls in the country to participate the shutting off of lights for one hour to highlight awareness on global climate change,” SM City San Fernando Downtown public relations officer Rain Cervantes told.

21 Mar 2013 - 2nd Subic Bay Water summit opens

SUBIC FREEPORT -- The 2nd Subic Bay Water summit formally opened Thursday in a bid to formulate a doable action plan for the conservation and protection of Subic Bay and all its marine resources.

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chair Roberto Garcia said that the 2nd Subic Water Summit aims to translate the Declaration of Commitment agreed upon by participating agencies and local government units during the 1st Water Summit held January 2010 into a viable three-year program.

20 Mar 2013 - Apu Ceto hails SC ruling on RH bill

PAMPANGA -- Archbishop Paciano Aniceto hailed Wednesday the Supreme Court’s (SC) decision bucking the controversial Reproductive Health Bill.

The SC issued on Monday a status quo ante order suspending the implementation of the RH Law for four months, with justices voting 10-5 in favor of the stop order.

20 Mar 2013 - Guiao to go for a ‘3-pointer’ to clinch congressional race

PAMPANGA -- Vice Governor Joseller Guiao said he would go for a “three-pointer” or a tri-pronged agenda to clinch the first district congressional race.

Guiao said his platform priorities include the conversion of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) into an “authority;” the granting of benefits like retirement pay for barangay captains and councilmen; and uniting the whole district through reforms and change.

20 Mar 2013 - AC College to offer bachelor’s degrees

ANGELES CITY -- The City College of Angeles (CCA) was granted government authority from Commission on Higher Education (Ched) to offer bachelor degree courses this coming semester.

In accordance with Republic Act (RA) No. 7722 otherwise known as the “Higher Education Act of 1994,” CCA is now authorized to offer four-year courses effective this academic year 2013-2014.

20 Mar 2013 - Drivers ask council to intervene on election of officers

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Candaba-Baliuag-Bahay Pare (CBB) Tricycle Operators-Drivers Association (Toda) sought Wednesday the assistance of the Municipal Council here for the holding of election to replace their set of officers whose terms of office had already expired.

Cipriano Sanguyo, a CBB Toda member, said that based on their existing bylaws, the term of office of the key officers including the Board of Directors already ended December last year and the continuing vacancy has led to misunderstanding and disarray of the daily routine of the association.

20 Mar 2013 - CL bags awards in Rice Achievers Awards 2012

PAMPANGA -- Central Luzon provinces and local government units have carted awards in the recently concluded Rice Achievers Awards that aims to recognize efforts of the Department of Agriculture and the local government units in the rice sufficiency program of the National Government.

DA regional director Andrew Villacorta told that the provinces of Bulacan and Nueva Ecija bagged the awards in the provincial category, bringing home P4 million each under the program will be used to further boost agricultural initiatives in each of the provinces.

20 Mar 2013 - Tarlac village chairman loses P1-million cash, valuables

PAMPANGA -- A barangay chairman in Barangay Calingcuan, Tarlac City, lost more than P1 million in cash and valuables after falling victim to the “Akyat Bahay” recently.

In a belated report here, Senior Superintendent Alfred Corpus, Tarlac police provincial director, said Barangay Calingcuan chairman Rolando Tolentino, 66, reported to police that his house was robbed by three armed men

20 Mar 2013 - Burned body recovered in Tarlac

PAMPANGA -- An unidentified burned body of a man believed to be a salvage victim was recovered in a farm located in Sitio Padlana, Barangay Lubigan, San Jose, Tarlac recently.

It was discovered while a garage of the said farm was being excavated, the report said.

19 Mar 2013 - Clark bomb threat a ‘hoax’

CLARK FREEPORT -- A bomb threat, which sent hundreds of employees away from a building occupied by a call center, a bank, and a convenience store at the Berthaphil Industrial Estate II here, turned out to be a hoax.

Clark Development Corporation (CDC) vice president for operations Frank Madlangbayan said a phone call about a bomb planted inside the commercial building was received by the Public Safety Department before 6 a.m. Tuesday but Personnel of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Special Operations Wing Explosive and Ordinance Division, K-9 Unit, and CDC police were able to clear the building and employees were sent back to office past 9 a.m.

19 Mar 2013 - Mexico mayor welcomes COA findings

PAMPANGA -- Mexico Mayor Teddy Tumang said Tuesday that he welcomes the findings of the Commission on Audit (COA) for the year 2007 to mid-2010.

The COA has released its audit report, including recommended courses of action, refund of some P149 million in favor of the Municipality of Mexico in Pampanga, institution of proper charges, administrative and criminal, against concerned officials and private individuals in accordance with the penal provision under Section 65 of IRR-A of Republic Act (RA) 9184 and Section 3 (e) and (h) of RA 3019 and Article 171 of the Revised Penal Code, as well as strict compliance to the Government Procurement Act.

19 Mar 2013 - Clark Airport receives awards

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport has won the 2013 Routes Airport Marketing Awards (Asia Heats-Under 20 Million Passengers category).

Clark International Airport president Victor Jose I. Luciano received the award during the 11th Routes Asia gathering in Mumbai, India on Monday.

19 Mar 2013 - Capitol to identify Bataan-Pampanga fishing boundary

PAMPANGA -- Fourth district Board Member Nestor Tolentino said the Provincial Government is set to establish a marker that will establish the territorial water boundary between Pampanga and Bataan.

Tolentino said the Provincial Board approved an ordinance allocating a particular budget amounting to at least P1.5 million for the purpose.

19 Mar 2013 - Filipino-Chinese group donates school buildings

PAMPANGA -- The San Fernando Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (SFFCCII) donated three classroom buildings in San Fernando City and another in Bacolor town as part of their ongoing Barrio Schools program.

SFFCCII president Eddie Chua told that they were able to inaugurate classroom buildings in Barangays Pulung Bulu, Baliti and Bulaon and in Barangay Maliwalu in Bacolor town.

19 Mar 2013 - Foundation launches training program for local livelihood

PAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) will launch a fruit-tree propagation training program at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the City of San Fernando to provide locals with alternative means of livelihood.

KDF president Benigno Ricafort told that a half-day event will feature talks from resource speaker Bernie Dizon. The program aims to promote a more productive greening project that will also benefit locals.

18 Mar 2013 - Mexico mayor given deadline to act on COA findings

PAMPANGA -- The Commission on Audit (COA) has given Mayor Teddy Tumang 60 days to act and implement its recommendations on findings of its recent examination, particularly the restitution of P149,133,819.18 “in favor of the Municipality of Mexico by persons determined to be liable.”

Documents show that on February 12, 2013, COA chair Ma. Gracia Pulido-Tan wrote Tumang about the “FAIO [Fraud Audit and Investigation Office] Report No. 2012-010” or the “Report on the Results of the Audit on the Purported Anomalous Projects and Expenditures of the Municipality of Mexico, Pampanga for the Calendar Years 2007 to mid 2010.”

18 Mar 2013 - Lazatin: Loans above board

ANGELES CITY -- The camp of first district Representative Carmelo Lazatin said the loans incurred by his administration, when he was the city mayor, were above board.

Lazatin asked Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan to focus instead on how to explain the city’s current “sorry” financial state and the illegal use of its resources by his political party Partido Abe Kampangan (PAK), rather than unearthing the debts incurred in 2003 to 2007, which are all legal and “above board.”

18 Mar 2013 - Capitol spends P260 million in education

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government has spent some P260 million for the education of students in Pampanga, particularly in the construction of school structures and facilities, and scholarship grants.

Governor Lilia Pineda, during her first 30 months in office, implemented the construction of at least 183 classrooms with appropriate comfort rooms and six covered courts amounting to P179,242,962.

18 Mar 2013 - Board member calls on cops to advance women’s rights

PAMPANGA -- Third district Board Member Monina Laus has urged officials of the Provincial Police Office to advance the rights and welfare of women in line with the celebration of the Women’s Month.

Laus said police officers are in the forefront of cases and incidents dealing with abuses against women.

18 Mar 2013 - Fisherfolk get support from BFAR

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has provided assistance to the fishermen in Masantol town.

BFAR Assistant Regional Director Lilian Garcia led the distribution of four motor engines and 100 fishing nets in a turnover ceremony held at Colegio De San Lorenzo, Masantol town.

18 Mar 2013 - Mabalacat women get gifts on women’s month

MABALACAT -- Some 300 women from all over this town received gift items during the Women’s Month event over the weekend held at Xevera Mabalacat. The event aims to provide a venue for consultation on women’s concerns and issues, gender empowerment, rights protection and awareness through mutual cooperation among stakeholders.

17 Mar 2013 - Lazatin slams Pamintuan for abuse of authority

ANGELES CITY -- Representative Carmelo Lazatin (first district, Pampanga) said the camp of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has been abusing authority by allowing the mayor’s political party, Partido Abe Kapampangan, to use government-owned materials during its gaming events.

In a letter addressed to Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., Lazatin said that Partido Abe has been holding bingo gaming events in several barangays in the city: Barangay Santo Domingo (March 9), Malabanias (March 14), and Cuayan (March 16), where photos and video footage show that the tents, chairs, and tables used in the events are owned by the City Government.

17 Mar 2013 - Angeles’s debts: P76.6M in 2003 to P311.5M in 2007

ANGELES CITY -- The total official debt of the City Government of Angeles rose from P76.6 million in 2003 to P311.5 million in 2007 or by a whopping P234.9 million during the term of Representative Carmelo Lazatin as city mayor.

City Administrator Dennis Albert Pamintuan said Lazatin placed the Angeles City Government in a very bad fiscal position when he served as local chief executive.

17 Mar 2013 - Pampanga has lowest forest cover in Philippines

CLARK FREEPORT -- The province of Pampanga now ranks among the provinces with the lowest forest cover in the Philippines, a designation that presents a challenge to water utilities and sectors here to reassess conditions of its watersheds and look into possible environmental initiatives to keep water supplies adequate.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio told members of the Pampanga Association of Water Districts over the weekend that water districts play the most crucial role.

17 Mar 2013 - Groups to formally communicate with BIR on zonal valuation

PAMPANGA -- Various groups affected by the implementation of zonal valuation are set to formally communicate anew their concerns and “opposition” to the zonal valuation implemented by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) last March 11.

After meeting officials of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., real estate brokers, businessmen and investors at Heroes Hall over the weekend, Mayor Oscar Rodriguez told that the groups agreed to re-negotiate with the internal revenue office to find another “win-win solution” and reconsideration on the zonal values that are about 800 percent higher.

17 Mar 2013 - Angara supports call to develop Clark airport

CLARK FREEPORT -- Senator Edgardo Angara vowed to support the call of traders, non-government organizations and local officials in Pampanga for the full development of Clark International Airport.

Angara signified its support during a recent meeting with members and officers of the Alliance for the Development of Central Luzon and Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated (PamCham).

17 Mar 2013 - Quarry workers arrested for violating law

PAMPANGA -- Police in Candaba have formally charged suspected illegal quarry workers recently arrested for violating pertinent provisions of Republic Act 7942, also known as the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.

Leny Manalo, municipal government administrator here, ordered an intense campaign against illegal quarry activities within the locality, following reports from residents about the indiscriminate extraction of filling materials and damages sustained by the roads in areas covered by the quarry operations.

17 Mar 2013 - Councilors finish master’s degree

PAMPANGA -- Five city councilors of San Fernando recently finished their studies under the Master in Development Management and Government graduate program at the University of Makati recently.

In a statement sent by the City Information Office (CIO), councilors Rosemary Calimlim, Ralph Daniel Henson, Jaime Lazatin, Alex Patio, Noel Tulabut, Arnel Sicat joined some 259 graduates of the program.

16 Mar 2013 - City all set for ‘Maleldo 2013’

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando on Friday announced that all is set for the staging of “Maleldo 2013” or the annual observance of Holy Week on its 51st year.

Maleldo executive committee chairman Councilor Jimmy Lazatin said some 50,000 local and foreign tourists are expected to troop to the three “crucifixion” sites in barangays San Juan, Sta. Lucia and the main “Golgotha” area in San Pedro Cutud where the “Via Crusis” will be played starting at around 11 a.m.

16 Mar 2013 - Villar checks on Aetas blanket weaving

PAMPANGA -- Former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar, who is running for senator under the Nacionalista Party-Team PNoy, visited Friday the ‘katutubong kababaihan’ Aetas who are among the thousands of Filipinos who are beneficiaries of her livelihood projects.

Villar checked on the sustainability of the livelihood projects given to the Aetas from the towns of Porac, Mabalacat and Florida, Pampanga.

16 Mar 2013 - Cayetano meets Sta. Rita farmers

PAMPANGA -- Senator Alan Peter Cayetano met with farmer groups at Andy’s Farm in Barangay San Agustin, Sta Rita over the weekend, in order to get insights on agricultural woes.

Cayetano said the event is part of his Listening Tours with various sectors in the country from laborers, businessmen, farmers and the like. Cayetano discussed possible programs and interventions for farmers while eating lunch with farmers.

16 Mar 2013 - Pampanga seen to benefit from property boom

CLARK FREEPORT -- United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidate Jack Enrile is optimistic that Pampanga will benefit in the years ahead from the property boom in Metro Manila and other urban centers around the region.

Enrile, during a meeting with the Pampanga Press, inside Clark Freeport pointed out that sand quarrying in the province’s lahar areas is now Pampanga’s biggest source of revenue, raking in more than P600 million in taxes and fees in the last two years.

15 Mar 2013 - Ex-lawmaker lauds airlines entry in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Former Pampanga first district representative Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno said the entry of Emirates Airlines will be the start of something big for the development of the Clark International Airport.

Nepomuceno, who is running for congressman in the first district of Pampanga under the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), said the airline's flights to Dubai will serve overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who hail from Central and Northern Luzon.

15 Mar 2013 - Guv: Respect Holy Week

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda recently asked candidates in the May polls, particularly her partymates at the Kambilan (Kambilan Ning Memalen Kapampangan), to refrain from campaigning during Holy Week, especially on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

“All I ask of our fellow candidates is to respect Holy Week and for them to refrain from campaigning. We should all solemnly observe Semana Santa,” Pineda said.

15 Mar 2013 - 2,000 students get P1-million assistance

PAMPANGA -- Some 2,000 indigent high school students from this city and Sta. Ana town have received P1 million worth of financial assistance.

The beneficiaries came from San Fernando West Integrated School (418 beneficiaries), St. Vincent Quebiawan Integrated School (314), San Isidro High School Sta. Ana (491), and Madapdap High School (525).

15 Mar 2013 - Youth group to hold fun run

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Adventist Youth Federation is set to hold a fun run dubbed as “I’ll Run For You” (Youth Outreach in Community or Come-Unity) on April 14 at the Clark Parade Grounds.

The run will start at 5 a.m. with categories 3K at P250, 5K at P350 and 10K at P400. Participants in the event will get a singlet and a race kit.

15 Mar 2013 - Environment code set for approval

PAMPANGA -- The first Environment Code of the province of Pampanga is set for approval in the Provincial Board before the Holy Week recess.

Fourth district Board Member Nestor Tolentino, chair of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), said during a public hearing Thursday that Ordinance 576, which covers the Environment Code, is already set for consolidation.

14 Mar 2013 - No ghost delivery of gadgets

ANGELES CITY -- Vice Mayor Maria Vicenta Vega Cabigting denied on Thursday reports that there was a “ghost delivery” of laptops purportedly issued to four councilors.

Cabigting issued the statement in reaction to recent graft and corruption charges filed against her and six other city officials before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged irregular acquisition of laptops.

14 Mar 2013 - Holy Angel University labor dispute drags on

ANGELES CITY -- The labor dispute between Holy Angel University (HAU) and the HAU Teachers and Employees Union (HAUTEU) is still far from over, as union members held a prayer vigil and candle lighting event on Wednesday.

HAUTEU spokesperson Veronica Pangilinan also appealed to the HAU administration to become “more open hearted and open minded” in respecting the rights of the HAUTEU in expressing their rights and sentiments with regards the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) deadlock.

14 Mar 2013 - Legarda: Battle climate change; push for cultural survival

PAMPANGA -- Senator Loren Legarda urged Kapampangans and local government units in Central Luzon on Thursday to join the strengthened drive against climate change by fully implementing the Solid Waste Management Act through proper waste segregation from the home source.

Environment champion Legarda, chairman of the Senate’s committee on climate change, also encouraged Filipinos to carry on with the tradition of celebrating festivals in towns and provinces during her visit here, where she was welcomed by Laus Group of Companies Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Levy P. Laus.

14 Mar 2013 - Escudero backs bid to extend blood money deadline for OFW Ian Ocampo Flora

PAMPANGA -- Liberal Party reelectionist Senator Chiz Escudero has enjoined government's call to raise the P44-million blood money for the liberty of Kapampangan Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Joselito Zapanta.

"I am enjoining the public to heed the government's call for prayers and active contribution to raise the P44 million blood money for the liberty of Zapanta," Escudero, chair of the Senate committee on Justice and Human Rights, said following the three months extension granted by Saudi government to Zapanta from execution.

14 Mar 2013 - Arroyo gives educational aid to 200 students

PAMPANGA -- At least 200 students from different schools received educational assistance from Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (second district) on Thursday.

The distribution of the grants was led by Arroyo's son, Ang Galing partylist Representative Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo and Sta. Rita Mayor Yolly Pineda at the municipal hall.

14 Mar 2013 - Water district, Red Cross hold bloodletting drive

PAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando Water District launched Thursday its yearly bloodletting program with the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) chapter to contribute to blood-banking efforts and to promote healthy lifestyle among members.

Ogie Ocampo of the PNRC here told that their group is tapping on partner institutions like the CSFWD to promote awareness on the importance of donating blood for emergency purposes.

14 Mar 2013 - Fisherfolk to officials: Implement law on fishing

PAMPANGA -- A group of fishermen inMacabebe are urging local officials to strictly implement laws governing fishing activities within municipal waters.

Pepito Lagman, a fisherman and resident of Barangay San Roque, disclosed that illegal fishing is hurting the source of livelihood of residents, whose main subsistence is dependent on species living in the river.

14 Mar 2013 - Poe eyes more funding for Film Development Council

PAMPANGA -- Senatorial candidate Grace Poe said she will be pushing for more funding from the government for The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) to better promote quality Filipino movies that will feature family values and nationalism.

The daughter of movie icon Fernando Poe Jr., Poe is running as a guest candidate of the administration's Liberal Party.

14 Mar 2013 - Guv wants to empower women through livelihood

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda recently asked women here to organize themselves to qualify for livelihood programs being offered by the Provincial Government.

Pineda said women need to be empowered so that they could help their husbands provide material needs of their families.

14 Mar 2013 - Australian, girl nabbed for human trafficking

ANGELES CITY -- An Australian and his cohort allegedly involved in human trafficking were apprehended by police inside their rented room at Bliss Hotel in Barangay Dau, Mabalacat City last Monday.

Police officer-in-charge Senior Superintendent R'Win Pagkalinawan identified those arrested as Peter Anthony Gardner, 50, of Maninda Avenue, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia; and cohort Jennifer David, 28, of Mt. View Subdivision, Balibago.

13 Mar 2013 - 294 loose guns seized in Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- Authorities in Central Luzon have confiscated at least 294 assorted loose firearms since the start of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban on January 13, this year.

The seized firearms were presented to local reporters here on Wednesday by Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ladao, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon director.

13 Mar 2013 - LGUs asked: Implement environment laws

PAMPANGA -- The Alliance for the Development of Central Luzon (ADCL) is urging local government units (LGUs) in Pampanga to implement properly environmental laws, including the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

The group issued the statement following a public hearing initiated by the Provincial Board (PB) on the proposed environment code of the province.

13 Mar 2013 - ‘Illegal’ quarry operators warned

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government here has warned local quarry operators, who despite the lack of necessary permits, still operate in some villages.

Leny Manalo, municipal administrator, said he already talked to some individuals engaged in quarrying activities and encouraged them to desist from operating while securing permits from the Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office.

13 Mar 2013 - Broker held up, loses P250,000

ANGELES CITY -- Motorcycle-riding armed suspects carted away some P250,000 after a hold-up incident that victimized a licensed broker in Barangay Malabanias over the weekend.

Senior Superintendent Jose Hidalgo, officer-in-charge of Angeles City police, said Maria Kazelle Salalac, 26, of Villa Leoncia Subdivision, Angeles City, went to the Metrobank branch in the city for encashment of a check worth P250,000.

13 Mar 2013 - American found dead

PAMPANGA -- Scott Wade Tucker, 45, from West Kansas, Florida, USA was found dead inside his rented house at Xevera Subdivision, Barangay Calibutbut, Bacolor town last Tuesday.

A friend of the victim identified as Kennet Pin Norris, who temporary resides at Block 38, Calle 44 of the said subdivision, told police that Tucker hinted on killing himself to end the severe pains he suffered due to an unknown sickness.

13 Mar 2013 - Barangay patrol tricycle stolen

PAMPANGA -- The barangay patrol tricycle of Barangay Caduang Tete in Macabebe town has been reported missing and was believed stolen by still unidentified armed men Sunday night.

In a report, Senior Superintendent R'Win Pagkalinawan, officer-in-charge of the Pampanga Police, said Caduang Tete barangay chairman Nicanor Garcia reported to Macabebe police that his barangay patrol tricycle was carnapped.

12 Mar 2013 - Port of Clark among top Customs collecting districts

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Port of Clark has maintained its position as one of the highest tax collecting district of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in the country for five consecutive years.

Lawyer Ronnie Silvestre, Clark Customs collector, said the top five major source of collection last year were PTT Philippines Trading Corporation, United Parcel Service (UPS), LUBWELL Corporation, Trust International Paper Corporation (TIPCO) and Yokohama Tire Philippines.

12 Mar 2013 - 7,500 students get P 37.5-M educational aid

PAMPANGA -- A total of 7,500 poor but deserving students from the fourth district received scholarship grants amounting to about P 37.5 million from Congresswoman Anna York Bondoc-Sagum.

The grants of P5,000 each were distributed by Bondoc-Sagum and Board Member Nestor “Bay” Tolentino, together with congressional aspirant Juan Pablo "Rimpy" Bondoc.

12 Mar 2013 - Illegal drugs drive nets 2

PAMPANGA -- The strengthened campaign against illegal drugs by the City of San Fernando Police netted two suspected drug pushers in separate buy-bust operations on Tuesday.

Anti-illegal drug agents identified the suspects as Mariella Ocampo Lingat, 20, a resident of Barangay San Pedro Cutud; and Darrel Supan Cunanan, 27, from San Antonio, Mexico town.

12 Mar 2013 - Consumer group vows support to Morales

MABALACAT CITY -- Over 30,000 members of the Mabalacat Consumer Group have expressed their support to the re-election bid of Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales, citing the concrete positive changes the official brought in the city.

MCG president Roberto Dizon said the consumer-members also vowed to support the candidacy of Morales’s teammates.

12 Mar 2013 - Pamintuan vows innovative, creative governance

ANGELES City -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan vowed that his administration will be more innovative and creative in governance if he succeeds in his re-election bid.

The mayor even stated that he will sustain the implementation of his Contract with Angeleños (CWA) with new and bigger components.

12 Mar 2013 - Fil-Chinese biz chamber donates classroom building

PAMPANGA -- The San Fernando Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (SFFCCII) donated a two-classroom school building in the remote Sitio Minalungao, General Tinio town in Nueva Ecija province, to provide adequate school facilities to students of the area.

SFFCCII president Eddie Chua told that the facility constructed at the cost of almost half a million pesos was made possible through the support of the Filipino-Chinese businessmen and the chamber’s various donors.

12 Mar 2013 - Baliuag-Candaba road gets P69M from DPWH

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) divulged that another P69 million has been allocated for construction works at the Baliuag-Candaba Road here.

Rafael Yabut, DPWH Undersecretary for Project Management Office Operations-Foreign-Assisted Projects, in an interview claimed that P49 million has initially been approved by the national government to cover the remaining construction works on the said road.

12 Mar 2013 - Daga-Daga Group robs Tarlac drugstore

PAMPANGA -- Members of the so-called “Daga-Daga” group robbed a Mercury Drugstore branch in Tarlac and carted away with P27,800 in cash and several energy drinks, police reported Tuesday.

The incident reportedly happened over the weekend when the suspects gained entry to the drugstore by creating a hole at the building’s steel roof, and destroying the ceiling beneath the clerical area.

11 Mar 2013 - Kapampangans pray for OFW on death row

PAMPANGA -- Even as the P1.5-million donation pooled by the Provincial Government for blood money to save Kapampangan overseas Filipino (OFW) worker Joselito Zapanta that he would be given an extension or pardon from death row.

Zapanta’s four-month reprieve reportedly expires today, Tuesday, and the Saudi Arabian Court is expected to carry out the death sentence meted on the native of Bacolor when he allegedly killed his foreigner landlord.

11 Mar 2013 - Health department says Aids cases in Pampanga increase

Executives from the Department of Health (DOH) told provincial officials Monday about the increasing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids) cases in the province.

Dr. Juanito Taleon, National Center for Health Facilities Development director, claimed there are recorded incidents of HIV-AIDS in Pampanga including Angeles City, though he failed to give the actual number of individuals who are afflicted with HIV-Aids.

11 Mar 2013 - Zonal values implemented March 11

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has been ordered to immediately implement the zonal values for Pampanga and Angeles City effective Monday, instead of April 1.

BIR regional director Araceli Francisco said the April 1 announcement of the implementation was in compliance with publication requirements.

11 Mar 2013 - Angeles awards employees

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government here recently recognized the dedicated service rendered by its long-time employees and officials by giving loyalty awards during a ceremony held Monday at the City Council Session Hall.

Through its Programs on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE), the City Human Resources Management Office (HRMO) identified 150 employees who rendered several years of service.

11 Mar 2013 - Firemen get new station

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando’s Fire Department received Monday a new, two-storey building, compliments of the City Government.

Both Mayor Oscar Rodriguez and Vice-Mayor Edwin Santiago, who were present during the inauguration of the fire station, said that the new fire station will beef-up the capability of the fire fighters.

11 Mar 2013 - School awardee calls on stakeholders to save craft tradition

ANGELES CITY -- Juan D. Nepomuceno cultural awardee Wilfredo Layug has called on stakeholders and cultural advocates to seriously save local craft traditions by helping in the continuing education of younger generation of artists.

In his speech during Holy Angel University’s (HAU) 80th Founder’s Day celebration where he was conferred the award for Outstanding Achievement in Kapampangan Culture and Arts by HAU president Arlyn Villanueva, Layug said there is much to be done in the field of specialized woodcarving where there is a dwindling interest from younger people in pursuing the craft.

11 Mar 2013 - Driver of Municipal Council killed

PAMPANGA -- A driver of the Municipal Council here was shot to death by two unidentified armed motorcycle-riding men in front of his house in Barangay Mabical, Floridablanca town last Friday.

In a report here, Senior Superintendent R’Win Pagkalinawan, Officer-In-Charge of the Pampanga police, identified the victim as Ferdinand Bayani, 46, official driver of the Municipal Council of Floridablanca town who was drinking coffee in front of his house when two armed men on board a TMX-155 Honda motorcycle suddenly stopped and fired their guns at him, Pagkalinawan said.

11 Mar 2013 - BHWs receive health kits

PAMPANGA -- “Anak Ng Candaba” (ANC) founder and Kambilan Party mayoralty bet Patrick Gerard "Kuya Pat" Pelayo distributed health kits to barangay health workers (BHWs) here to continue the health program of the Municipal Government.

Pelayo said the health kits are gifts to his father Mayor Jerry Pelayo, who is about to celebrate his birthday next week.

10 Mar 2013 - Water district takes good governance initiative with PGS

The City of San Fernando Water District has taken steps to improve its management and service system, with its integration of the Performance Governance System (PGS) of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia’s (ISA).

General manager Jorge Gumba said they have seen the beauty and the possible benefits of the system in their system of management and in improving their quality of services and outcomes.

10 Mar 2013 - Zonal values for Pampanga, Angeles take effect April 1

ANGELES CITY -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is set to implement its new zonal values under Department Orders 35-05 and 36-05 of the Department of Finance (DOF) for Pampanga and Angeles City this April 1.

Department Order 35-05 prescribed the zonal values of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga under the jurisdiction of Revenue District Office (RDO)# 21B-South Pampanga, while Department Order 36-05 prescribed the zonal values of the cities and municipalities under the jurisdiction of RDO# 21A-North Pampanga and municipalities under the jurisdiction of RDO#21B-South Pampanga.

10 Mar 2013 - Binay provides P11.9M for Candaba road upgrade

PAMPANGA -- Vice President Jejomar Binay has provided at least P11.9 million for the upgrading of the Candaba-San Miguel road’s Barangay Paralaya section here.

The project was requested by Mayor Jerry Pelayo to the Office of the Vice President as part of continuing efforts to provide convenience to residents living in the Kapampangan Region.

10 Mar 2013 - Lazatin leads P1.6-M project launch

ANGELES CITY -- Representative Carmelo Lazatin recently led the groundbreaking ceremony for his P1.6 million projects in various villages here.

Lazatin will fund the projects in at least three sitios in Barangay Pulung Maragul. The Lakas-CMD candidate was accompanied by his three would-councilors – Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, lawyer Nino Enriquez and Max Sangil – during the event.

10 Mar 2013 - New suspect in Conde slaying nabbed

ANGELES CITY -- Police here arrested and charged on Sunday a new suspect in the killing of Danielle Louise “Danni” Huet Conde, a freshman engineering student of Holy Angel University (HAU).

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the city police headed by Senior Superintendent Jose Santiago Hidalgo Jr. nabbed Vladimir Ordoryo Dianzon, 32, at his residence in 48 San Rafael Street, Barangay Telebastagan, City of San Fernando.

9 Mar 2013 - Laus Group of Companies joins bloodletting

PAMPANGA -- Volunteers from the Laus Group of Companies (LGC) joins bloodletting on Saturday to save lives during the 4th year of “Drive for Life” at the office of the Corporate Guarantee Insurance Corporation.

“Drive for Life: Give Blood, Save a Life” is an annual bloodletting activity and is part of LGC’s corporate social responsibility program, in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross-Pampanga-Angeles City Chapter.

8 Mar 2013 - San Fernando Council named Philippines' best

PAMPANGA -- THE City Council of San Fernando was named the Philippines' most outstanding council and has formally entered the Hall of Fame in the Local Legislative Awards under the component city category.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) conferred the award -- the third for the 4th City Council – on Friday at the Mall of Asia.

8 Mar 2013 - Candaba residents doubt trader's hand in kidnapping

PAMPANGA -- Residents and barangay officials in Mapanique here doubted the alleged involvement of businessman Randy Turla in a kidnapping incident in nearby Baliuag Bulacan.

Turla, a Liberal Party bet, is now facing a criminal case for being the alleged “mastermind” in the incident

8 Mar 2013 - Suspect in engineering student slaying surrenders

ANGELES CITY -- The suspect in the killing of Danielle Louise "Danni" Huet Conde, a freshman engineering student of Holy Angel University (HAU), surrendered Friday to authorities in Lourdes Sur village in this city.

The suspect, identified as Rolando Estrada, however, denied he was the one who killed Conde, who was stabbed to death inside her apartment in Barangay Santo Cristo in the afternoon of March 2.

8 Mar 2013 - South Korean nabbed over drugs, sex abuse

ANGELES CITY -- A South Korean national,Kim Caben (42), was arrested at the Avante Hotel in Barangay (village) Anunas after he allegedly forced two teenagers to use drugs and have sex with him, police said.

Caben was arrested around 7 p.m. last Wednesday after a concerned citizen reported that the suspect was “forcing” two 16 year old girls to use illegal drugs and have sexual intercourse with him inside his hotel room, police said.

7 Mar 2013 - Pamintuan: City Government projects not anomalous

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said Thursday that the City Government has not implemented “anomalous projects” monitored and checked by the City Project Monitoring Committee (CPMC) of the Local Development Council (LDC).

Pamintuan issued the statement following a letter-complaint made by broadcaster Medardo David to the Office of the President, alleging that the findings of the CPMC reported certain infrastructure projects of the City Government as “overpriced, poorly planned and poorly constructed.”

7 Mar 2013 - Grandpa nabbed for drug pushing

PAMPANGA -- A 62-year-old grandfather here was arrested by the local police for allegedly selling illegal drugs.

Superintendent Benjamin Medina, town's chief of police, identified the suspect as Orlando Dela Cruz Tipon, married, of Barangay Sto. Niño, Candaba.

7 Mar 2013 - Angeles holds transport seminars

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government here has started a series of seminars for jeepney drivers and operators to educate them on the recently approved City Ordinance or the New Traffic Code of Angeles City.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said various city offices will spearhead the seminars for some 14 chapters of the Pangkalahatang Samahan ng mga Drivers sa Angeles City (Pasada) and the Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association (Joda).

6 Mar 2013 - 7 officials face graft raps

ANGELES CITY -- Seven city officials are facing graft charges before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged anomalous procurement of laptops and cellular phones.

The officials include Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting, General Services Officer Menandro G. Dizon, Administrator Dennis Albert S. Pamintuan, and Councilors Jericho G. Aguas, Jesus S. Sangil, Alexander P. Indiongco, and Edgardo D. Pamintuan Jr.

6 Mar 2013 - Kin, friends: Justice for Conde

ANGELES CITY -- Friends and relatives of engineering student Danielle Louise “Danny” Huet Conde of Holy Angel University (HAU) call for justice.

Conde was stabbed dead by a suspected thief last Saturday inside her apartment in Barangay Santo Cristo here.

6 Mar 2013 - Jail man nabbed in buy-bust

PAMPANGA -- A senior jail officer detailed at the Dinalupihan, Bataan municipal jail was arrested by anti-narcotics agents following a drug bust in front of Basa Air Base (BAB) in Barangay San Nicolas, Floridablanca Tuesday night.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Central Luzon Director Adrian Alvariño identified the suspect as SJO2 Felix Adalem Tubil, 42, of Evergreen Street in said place.

6 Mar 2013 - Palace asks Pamintuan to explain ‘irregular’ projects

ANGELES CITY -- Local radio anchorman Medardo David said the Office of President Benigno Aquino III has asked Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan for an explanation regarding the report of the City Project Monitoring Committee (CPMC) on the City Government’s alleged anomalous projects.

The letter from the Malacañang Legal Affairs Office, dated February 7, 2013, asked Pamintuan to provide necessary comments regarding the allegations.

6 Mar 2013 - San Fernando City stress clear reports, finance statements

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando, through a statement released by its City Information Office (CIO), said the "latest budget utilization reports and pertinent financial matters of the city are released to the public through various forms of media."

The statement added that the practice has been consistently followed since 2005.

6 Mar 2013 - Male body found in Guagua

PAMPANGA -- An unidentified male body, believed to be a salvage victim, was found along the barangay road in San Vicente Ebus, Guagua town last Monday.

In a report, Senior Superintendent R’Win Pagkalinawan, Pampanga police provincial director, said the unidentified body was found with knees drawn up and face down on the ground.

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PAMPANGA -- Pelayo to push for countryside development Fourth district congressional candidate Jerry Pelayo said Wednesday that he would push for countryside development through comprehensive livelihood initiatives in eight municipalities adjacent to the Pampanga River.

"Kailangan nating i-maximize ang potential ng bawat lugar sa pamamagitan ang komprehensibong livelihood programs. Iyong mga produkto natin ay ibebenta natin sa mga lugar na mangangailangan dito," he told in an exclusive interview.

6 Mar 2013 - Pineda vows to uphold Board’s independence

PAMPANGA -- Vice gubernatorial candidate Dennis Pineda assured Kapampangans that he would respect the independence of the Provincial Board and executive department in case he is given a mandate after 2013 midterm elections.

He said the presence of the Pinedas in two top Capitol posts -- Governor Lilia Pineda as provincial chief executive and he as presiding officer of the provincial legislative body -- will be for the greater interest of the Kapampangans, as they would continuously work for the improvement of the standard of living of the people.

5 Mar 2013 - Homeowner to file suit vs Sta. Lucia Realty

PAMPANGA -- A homeowner at Beverly Place here is set to file a P25-million suit against subdivision’s developer Sta. Lucia Realty Development Corporation for lapses in the Doctrine of Premises Liability Rule.

Beverly Place Homeowners Association legal counsel Edgardo Era over the weekend said the non-compliance of the developer on its obligations, particularly in securing the village with such essentials as the perimeter fence, has led to a series of robberies and killings of its residents.

5 Mar 2013 - School cooperates with cops to solve student slay case

ANGELES CITY -- Administration officials of Holy Angel University (HAU) are closely cooperating with authorities to solve the killing of HAU’s engineering student Danielle Huet Conde who was killed after a suspected robber stabbed her to death inside the victim’s boarding house in Barangay Santo Cristo here.

According to Robert Tantingco, HAU vice president for External Affairs, the school administration is also monitoring the investigation of the case.

5 Mar 2013 - Mayor: Congressional race abnormal

PAMPGANGA -- Mayor Oscar Rodriguez of San Fernando branded on Monday as “abnormal” the congressional race and situation in the third district of Pampanga.

Rodriguez, during talks with some media practitioners at his office at Heroes Hall, noted movements a

5 Mar 2013 - Capitol holds health summit

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government recently spearheaded a province-wide health summit held at the Clark Freeport.

Dr. Marcelo Jaochico, provincial health officer, said the summit was designed to equip health workers with updates and breakthroughs, concerning common diseases being encountered by the Kapampangans.

5 Mar 2013 - Pineda sets programs for gay sector

PAMPANGA -- Former Lubao mayor Dennis Pineda announced Tuesday the start of comprehensive development and assistance programs for the gay sector here, through coordination with Rosas, a gay organization that originated in Sta. Rita town.

Pineda made the announcement during the launching of the Rosas chapters at the Lubao Gym led by Governor Lilia Pineda, Board Members Fritzie David-Dizon, Salvador Dimson Jr. and Guagua councilor Anthony Torres.

5 Mar 2013 - Angeles City celebrates women’s month

ANGELES CITY -- Women, clad in purple, flocked the City Hall during its regular Monday flag raising rites in observance of the 2013 Women’s Month, with the theme “Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak ng Matuwid na Daan.”

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the celebration is a nod to all women in playing a major role in nation building, particularly in the field of education and socioeconomic growth here in Angeles City.

5 Mar 2013 - Risk reduction council urges leaders to undergo rescue training

PAMPANGA -- An official from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) urged Monday the barangay officials to undergo water search and rescue (Wasar) training.

Engr. Lulu Alingcastre, PDRRMC chief, said the Provincial Government is sponsoring training on rescue operations as part of the continuing program on disaster preparation.

5 Mar 2013 - Butil hits Neda, DBM for rice importation lobbying

PAMPANGA -- Butil Farmers Party Representative Agapito Guanlao criticized Tuesday the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for alleged lobbying for the abolition of the National Food Authority (NFA) and for the lifting of restrictions on rice imports.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Assistant Secretary Dante Delima hit the two agencies along with unnamed cabinet leaders for lobbying for the lifting of restrictions on rice imports, which he said, may undermine the Philippines’ rice sufficiency program.

5 Mar 2013 - Family, netizens call for justice for slain student

ANGELES CITY -- Some users of social networking site Facebook joined the family, classmates and friends of Dannielle Huet Conde in calling on authorities to apprehend the lone suspect and resolve her killing immediately.

Conde, an Engineering student of the Holy Angel University (HAU), was stabbed to death inside her apartment in Barangay Santo Cristo in this city on Saturday.

4 Mar 2013 - 2 die in Sto. Tomas trike accident

PAMPANGA -- Two passengers of a tricycle died over the weekend in a three-vehicle smash-up along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Moras Dela Paz, this town.

Manuel Operana of Sampaloc, Apalit town and Noel Operana Serrano were on their way to the City of San Fernando when they were bumped by a tailing Kawasaki Barako motorcycle with sidecar (2076-RG).

4 Mar 2013 - Pampanga gets P750-M for health facilities

CLARK FREEPORT -- Executives from the Department of Health (DOH) Monday revealed that the province of Pampanga will get some P750 million from the National Government under the ‘Health Facility Enhancement Program.’

Leonita Gorgolon, Center for Health Development-DOH director, said the National Government is currently investing on the improvement of facilities to provide the best health services to the people, in line with the millennium development agenda of President Benigno Aquino III.

4 Mar 2013 - Guv calls on women to take care of their health

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda started Monday the kick-off celebration of the Women's Month here, by calling on women and other stakeholders in local health programs to take care of their women and drumbeat awareness on healthy lifestyles.

Pineda was also one with Committee on Women and Family Chair 3rd district Board Member Trina Dizon in calling on Local Government Units (LGUs) to empower women through gender sensitive legislation as part of this year’s observance of the Women’s Month.

4 Mar 2013 - Rise in cases at Women’s Center due to heightened awareness

PAMPANGA -- The reported rise in cases being taken to this city’s Women’s Crisis Center has been linked to heightened awareness on women’s rights, including that of children’s, especially in the barangay level.

This was disclosed by members of the city’s Women’s Month Executive Committee led by Dr. Leticia Yap, during the press conference marking the start of Women’s Month 2013 themed “Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan” at Heroes Hall Monday.

4 Mar 2013 - Engineering student stabbed inside own apartment

ANGELES CITY -- A 17-year-old engineering student of the Holy Angel University (HAU) here was stabbed dead by a lone suspect at her apartment in Barangay Santo Cristo on Saturday.

Danielle Huet Conde, a member of HAU’s Taekwondo team, sustained stab wounds on her right upper chest, with an artery near her heart damaged, said reports.

3 Mar 2013 - CIAC submits P6-B airport plan to DOTC

Officials of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) are set to submit to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) a list of projects, including the construction of the P6-billion budget terminal, navigational equipment, and others.

Luciano said the updated list, including costs of the projects submitted by other attached agencies of DOTC, would also be consolidated and submitted to National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) for processing.

3 Mar 2013 - Quarry revenues now at P701 million

PAMPANGA -- Officials have expressed optimism that the P770 million quarry revenues target will be achieved under the administration of Governor Lilia Pineda and quarry watchman Vice Governor Joseller Guiao.

The run-rate of quarry collections now stand at P700,900,000, following February 2013 revenues of P24,902,500 at month-end.

3 Mar 2013 - Vice guv vows to unite Pampanga first district

CLARK FREEPORT -- Vice Governor Joseller Guiao vowed over the weekend to unite the cities of Angeles and Mabalacat and the town of Magalang by legislating laws that will equally benefit constituents of Pampanga’s first district.

Guiao, the champion coach of Rain or Shine, is seeking the post of the district and will tangle out the lone congressional seat with former Angeles City Mayor Francis Nepomuceno.

3 Mar 2013 - Bondoc leads opening of P1-M community road in Sto. Tomas

PAMPANGA -- Former fourth district representative Rimpy Bondoc led the opening of a P1-million community road in Barangay Poblacion, Sto Thomas flanked by local rivals in municipal politics in a seeming show of political maturity.

The road project is expected to benefit students and motorists here in accessing the main nucleus of the town.

3 Mar 2013 - Capitol urges students to take up social work courses

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government is urging Kapampangan students to avail scholarship grants for social work courses.

“Only 16 heeded the call of the province for free social work studies and we are still open for applicants who are interested to join this scholarship program,” said Elizabeth Baybayin, provincial social welfare and development officer.

2 Mar 2013 - Agri office denies rice hoarding in Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) office dismissed as “mere speculation” talks about rice smuggling and hoarding here.

DA Regional Director Andrew Villacorta said Saturday buying prices for palay among traders is still high and the price councils could readily detach “unnatural” movements in the market.

2 Mar 2013 - Gonzales gives P3M to Mexico indigent scholar

PAMPANGA -- Some 1, 000 indigent college students from different barangays of Mexico received P3 million in scholarship assistance from 3rd District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. at the Sto. Domingo Elementary School here.

Gonzales was welcomed by school principal Evelyn G. Landayan with the Parents-Teachers Association of Sto. Domingo Elementary School and Barangay Captain Florante Balatbat, who lauded Gonzales for facilitating the construction of the covered court here which is now used by the school and the local community.

2 Mar 2013 - Cops warn pushers to stop drugs distribution

PAMPANGA -- With the saturation drive against illegal drugs gaining headway, intelligence agents and anti-illegal drugs operatives have warned suspected pushers to once and for all stop in their distribution activities especially that the May polls near.

This, as elements of the City of San Fernando police over the weekend cornered a suspected pusher identified as Jorge Pineda Ortega of the dreaded “Ortega Brothers” in a buy-bust operation last Friday at about 6:10 p.m.

1 Mar 2013 - Aquino party conquers Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Team PNoy 2013 literally "conquered" Pampanga on Friday as the administration senatorial candidates made their way from Candaba and Mexico towns in the morning and the City of San Fernando and Guagua in the afternoon for the whole-day sorties welcomed by thousands of yellow-clad folks bearing Liberal Party (LP) flaglets.

In San Fernando, where a meeting with hundreds of local political and community leaders was held at Heroes Hall, no less than President Benigno Aquino III -- several times speaking in the Kapampangan language -- sought for support on the bids of senatoriables Loren Legarda, Franklin Drilon, Koko Pimentel, Bam Aquino, Jun Magsaysay, Grace Poe, Peter Cayetano, Riza Hontiveros, and Jamby Madrigal who presented their respective platforms.

1 Mar 2013 - Lazatin leads Cutcut road opening

ANGELES CITY -- Pampanga Representative Carmelo Lazatin (first district) led Thursday the inauguration of the newly constructed road in Barangay Cutcut.

Lazatin led the ribbon cutting ceremony in Sitio Mali with members of Team Lazatin, including Councilor Bryan Nepomuceno, Carmelo "Pogi" Lazatin Jr., Lawyer Nino Enriquez, and Former Councilor and veteran mediaman Max Sangil.