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Balibago News Jun-2013

30 Jun 2013 - Guv: ‘Unity is the key’

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged Sunday the newly elected and re-elected officials of Pampanga "to forget and set aside party affiliations and differences" of the recent elections for the sake of the province and Kapampangans.

After being sworn into office by Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Perez at the San Agustin Church here, the governor said "unity is the key" in pursuing growth and development for Pampanga, amid bigger challenges in the next three years.

30 Jun 2013 - Council: No cause for panic in ‘high risk’ areas

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) over the weekend said residents in identified "high-risk" areas do not need to panic as Capitol is keenly monitoring anti-flooding infrastructure and mitigation measures.

Recently, PDRRMC identified eight barangays in Apalit, six in Arayat, six in Bacolor, 14 in Candaba, 12 in the City of San Fernando, 33 in Floridablanca, 18 in Guagua, 20 in Lubao, 23 in Macabebe, 18 in Masantol, two in Mexico, 15 in Minalin, nine in San Luis, 12 in Sasmuan, and seven in Sto. Tomas that are prone to flooding during rainy season.

30 Jun 2013 - Angeles ‘green house’ first in Philippines

ANGELES CITY -- The "green house" project of an environmentalist here will be the first in the Philippines. This was according to Architect Rosette Santos, who said that the house to be built at Heritage Place subdivision will be the first green residence in the country.

There are other green buildings and resorts in Pampanga and green house in Cebu but they are not registered under any international standard and patent office, Santos said.

30 Jun 2013 - Guv highlights P1B accomplishment

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda reported Sunday that her previous administration has P1 billion in infrastructure accomplishments, even as she called on the new set of public officials who took oath over the weekend to work for unity in the province.

Pineda, whose term was centered on transparent governance anchored on education, health and infrastructure among others, said that around P180 million was allocated

30 Jun 2013 - Official bares district development roadmap

PAMPANGA -- Third district Representative Oscar Rodriguez, who formally stepped down as the city's mayor, announced his development roadmap for the district under a wider "Habitat of Human Excellence" program.

Rodriguez, during Sunday’s oath-taking ceremonies at the Heroes Hall, said his administration for the district will take much from what he has accomplished in this city under the Performance Governance System along with its unique Multi-Sectoral Governance Council.

30 Jun 2013 - City officials to ‘renew’ Candaba

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Rene Maglanque and Vice Mayor Normita "Babes" Evangelista vowed Sunday to "renew" Candaba in terms of implementation of infrastructure projects and delivery of basic services.

Maglanque and Evangelista were formally sworn into office by Senator Mary Grace Poe-Llanzamares in a simple ceremony held at the Genuino Park in front of the Municipal Hall here.

29 Jun 2013 - Pampanga execs take oath in oldest Pampanga church

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda, along with various mayors, allies and otherwise, took their oath Sunday before Associate Justice Jose Perez with Pampanga's oldest church, San Agustin Parish Church, providing the solemn backdrop to the historic event.

The oath-taking was attended by municipal councilors, mayors and vice mayors, followed by a concelebrated mass led by San Fernando Archbishop Paciano Aniceto.

29 Jun 2013 - Subic Freeport could be next Guam

SUBIC FREEPORT -- The Freeport could be the next Guam, said Ronald Wang in a statement read by Dr. Johnson Yang, chairman of the Subic-based Grand Pillar International Development Inc.

Wang, chairman of property developer Century 21 Subic Bay and also chairman and chief executive officer of Century 21Taiwan, Century 21 Asia Pacific, and Fantai Real Estate Management Co., expressed high hopes for Subic as the next best thing in the real estate business.

29 Jun 2013 - Vice mayor to prioritize budget approval

PAMPANGA -- Sto Thomas Vice Mayor Mark Louie Arceo said Friday he will prioritize the approval of the Municipal Government’s annual budget which was not approved by the past administration.

Arceo, who did not disclose how much the budget is, said “it is of utmost importance that it be approved” when the new Municipal Council convenes for its first session in July 1.

29 Jun 2013 - Woodcarver gets praises

PAMPANGA -- Woodcarver Edwin Layug from Betis district received praises for his classical and mannerist rendition of the image of San Lorenzo Ruiz which is now part of a roving exhibit touring various SM Supermalls.

The photo grab of the religious image was applauded in social networking sites with group pages like Santo Fanaticos and Santo Enthusiasts, both on Facebook, lauding Layug for his craftsmanship and artistry.

28 Jun 2013 - Quarry income hits P842-M

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government under the helm of re-elected Governor Lilia Pineda and outgoing Vice Governor Joseller "Yeng" Guiao winded up the past three years with a historic and record-breaking quarry collection of P842,097,879.

The total, as noted in documents provided by the Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office headed by Engr. Art Punsalan, included quarry derivatives like sand and gravel fees, anti-overloading and weighing scale fees, and accreditation of motor vehicles.

28 Jun 2013 - Bikers set 'One Big Ride' at Clark tomorrow

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Kapampangan Mountain Bikers Network (KMTBN) will commemorate its first founding anniversary with a fun ride dubbed “One Big Ride” at this Freeport.

KMTBN founding member Rio Salas David said that the fun ride aims to foster camaraderie among bikers, cyclists and enthusiasts. The group will also elect its set of officials and craft the programs and projects set for this year.

28 Jun 2013 - Angeles renal unit holds kidney care seminar

ANGELES CITY -- As part of its second anniversary celebration, the Angeles City Renal Care Unit (ACRCU) conducted its first leg of kidney care seminar Friday at the City College of Angeles.

In cooperation with the Philippine Society of Nephrology (PSN) Central Luzon, the four-hour symposium aimed at lobbying queries and misconceptions about kidney diseases through education.

28 Jun 2013 - Alliance with LP good for Candaba - Mayor

PAMPANGA -- Candaba Mayor-elect Rene Maglanque said Friday that strong alliance with the Liberal Party (LP) will redound to the greater benefit of the Candabenios.

Maglanque said this is the right time for the town to attain its fullest potential after the construction of major roads connecting the town proper to isolated barangays is completed with the help of his partymates in the LP from the regional and national level.

28 Jun 2013 - Telco cell site burglarized

PAMPANGA -- Police are now investigating the burglary of a Globe Telecom cell site in Barangay Salcedo, San Manuel, Tarlac province.

Senior Superintendent Afred Corpus, Tarlac province police director, said a group of armed men carted away several generator sets amounting to P1.2 million.

27 Jun 2013 - ‘Green house’ to rise in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- A “green house,” complete with power-saving designs and other features, will rise soon inside a posh subdivision here.

Former City Councilor Louie Reyes, head of the Green Youth Brigade, said he wants to promote what he calls Green Architecture in Angeles City and in the province by constructing his own energy-efficient house at the Heritage Place Phase 2 along the Friendship Road in Barangay Cutcut here.

27 Jun 2013 - Board member ends term, gives aid to hospital

PAMPANGA -- Second District Board Member Fritzie David-Dizon ended her term here Thursday with a token personal donation to the Romana Pangan District Hospital, proving that public service does not mean one should be holding public office.

David-Dizon, who refused to seek a fresh term as board member despite repeated requests from Governor Lilia Pineda and local supporters, donated a brand new computer set to district hospital head Dr. Anatonio Aquino, vowing to continue supporting hospital programs here for indigents in her own personal capacity.

27 Jun 2013 - US warship docks in Subic

SUBIC FREEPORT -- A United States warship docked at the Alava Pier of the former US Ship Repair Facility (SRF) Thursday to take part in the ongoing 19th Philippines-United States Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (Carat) exercise.

The Philippines and US Naval forces kicked off the Carat exercise at the South China Sea right after an opening ceremony Thursday morning at the former US Naval base here.

27 Jun 2013 - City councilors bid CSF goodbye

PAMPANGA -- Four outgoing lawmakers from the 4th City Council on Wednesday bid Fernandinos goodbye but vowed to continue serving San Fernando in their respective capacities.

Councilors Alex Patio, Ruping Dumlao, Reden Halili and Rose Calimlim delivered their farewell speeches during the august body’s 153rd regular and last session at the City Council plenary at City Hall.

27 Jun 2013 - Capitol, DOH partner to modernized health facilities

PAMPANGA -- A strong partnership between the Provincial Government and the Department of Health (DOH) has resulted to the modernization of health facilities in the province.

Governor Lilia Pineda, during her first term, campaigned for the massive rehabilitation of all district hospitals in Pampanga and at the same equipped the same with modern facilities to make sure that every Kapampangan will have easy access to quality and affordable health services.

27 Jun 2013 - Clark to hold ASPAC Little League

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is set to host the road to the World Series for those who will win the District tournament winners of the Asia-Pacific (Aspac) Regional Tournament of the Little League.

CDC Officer-in-Charge and Vice President for Operations Frank Madlangbayan said the Philippines will be hosting all nine divisions of baseball and softball at the Clark Freeport Zone from June 30 to July 8.

27 Jun 2013 - 19,808 kabalen jobseekers served - PESO

PAMPANGA -- The province’s Public Employment Service Office (Peso) said Thursday they had already served some 19,808 Kapampangan jobseekers for both local and foreign employment.

PESO is a non-fee charging multi-employment service entity established pursuant to Republic Act No. 8759 otherwise known as the Peso Act of 1999.

26 Jun 2013 - Baby Dolls Bar raided

ANGELES CITY -- Around midnight allegedly a local NBI team raided Baby Dolls Bar on Perimeter.

Employees and one Foreigner were taken for further questioning.

26 Jun 2013 - PDRRMC identifies 15 ‘high-risk’ towns

PAMPANGA --The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) yesterday identified 15 towns in the province which are at high risk for floods.

In a press conference held at Office of Civil Defense on Tuesday, PDRRMC head Angie Blanco named the towns as Apalit, Arayat, Bacolor, Candaba, City of San Fernando, Floridablanca, Guagua, Lubao, Macabebe, Masantol, Mexico, Minalin, San Luis, Sasmuan, and Sto. Tomas.

26 Jun 2013 - Heavy rains force rape suspect out of hiding

PAMPANGA -- A rape suspects, who used a grassy area to hide from authorities, was forced to come out when rains poured Tuesday afternoon.

Daniel Bulgar, 22, of Northville, Barangay Calulut, City of San Fernando, surrendered after he was cornered by authorities in his hiding place.

26 Jun 2013 - Official inaugurated commemorative marker at State U

PAMPANGA -- Outgoing Representative Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales Jr. (Third District) inaugurated a commemorative marker and a four-storey building at the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) here Wednesday, capping a fitting end to his second term.

Gonzales was joined by DHVTSU president Enrique Baking and the state college’s officials in unveiling the commemorative marker, which marks the school’s official conversion into a state university through the help of Gonzales.

26 Jun 2013 - Gov’t finds ways to help displaced workers

CLARK FREEPORT -- The management of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is now finding ways on how to help 2,000 displaced workers of a garment factory, which was destroyed by a fire early this month.

Frank Madlangbayan, CDC vice president for operations, said that among the plans is to get some of the workers of Smarts Shirts Philippines Inc. employed in other factories or companies inside the Freeport.

26 Jun 2013 - 2 hurt in carnap incidents

MABALACAT CITY -- Two persons sustained gunshot wounds in two separate incidents of carnapping in Barangay Sapang Biabas here at dawn Wednesday.

Sapang Biabas chairman Zaldo Garcia said one of his constituents, whom he identified only as Jeffrey, was on his way home on board a motorcycle around 3:00 a.m. along the Sapang Biabas Road when he was shot on the shoulder by one of the four men tailing him.

26 Jun 2013 - Capitol constructs covered court

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government has funded the construction of a covered court at the back of the Parish Church in Barangay Pasig, Candaba town.

Board Member Ricardo Yabut, who grew up in the locality, pushed for the realization of the project for the benefit of the people.

26 Jun 2013 - Service continues for former official

PAMPANGA -- Former Masantol Vice Mayor Marcelo “Bajun” Lacap Jr. said on Wednesday that his advocacy shall remains, despite not having been elected in public office.

He said he would continue helping and serving the people in his private capacity.

25 Jun 2013 - Court of Appeals junks motion for TRO

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Court of Appeals (CA) dismissed the motion for reconsideration of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on the court’s decision to implement the bargaining rights of Clark workers ‘for lack of merit.’

The 15th Division of the Appellate Court, chaired by Associate Justice Celia Librea-Lealogo, also reaffirmed the decision of the Accredited Voluntary Arbitrator (AVA) directing the CDC to immediately implement the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed by the corporation management and the supervisory union last year.

25 Jun 2013 - Clergy’s sexual affairs lands on new book

PAMPANGA -- Catholic priests in Pampanga are again in the spotlight as a recently published book, “Altar of Secrets: Sex, Politics, and Money in the Philippine Catholic Church” zoomed in on the province’s clergy for their alleged sexual affairs and the alleged failure of parishioners in acting on such issues.

Author Aries Rufo said the issue of sexual affairs and siring of children among priests is common in the Philippines and in some dioceses but “the problem has become the norm rather than the exception, particularly in Pampanga.”

25 Jun 2013 - Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital expansion starts

PAMPANGA -- The expansion of the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital (JBLMRH) in San Fernando has started after the groundbreaking of two six-storey obstetrics-gynecology, pediatric and medical Buildings worth some P250 million.

The expansion of the regional medical facility, according to chief of hospital Dr. Yolanda Lee and Department of Health assistant secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell Ubial, was made possible after President Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act 10355 recently, authored and sponsored by outgoing Representative Anna York Bondoc-Sagum (Fourth District).

25 Jun 2013 - Village leaders warn drug pushers

ANGELES CITY -- Officials of Barangay Balibago have sent a stern warning to drug peddlers to stop operating in their village.

Balibago chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac said he has ordered a crackdown against illegal drugs following the rape and slaying of a nine-year-old girl by three suspected drug addicts.

25 Jun 2013 - Unidentified body found in Lubao

PAMPANGA -- An unidentified male body was found along the Bypass Road in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Lubao town last Sunday, reports said.

Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, acting provincial director of Pampanga police, said a certain Dominador Banal, 33, of Sitio Lumawak, San Pablo 2nd in Lubao saw the body lying 10 meters away from the bypass road.

25 Jun 2013 - Macabebe chief cited for a successful arrest

PAMPANGA -- The police chief of Macabebe town, along with his personnel, were commended by Pampanga Provincial Police (PPO) officer-in-charge Senior Superintendent Oscar Abayalde for the successful arrest of the town’s second most wanted suspect.

The arrest was in line with the renewed police initiative to run after suspects with standing warrants of arrest.

25 Jun 2013 - Drug store loses cash to robbers

PAMPANGA -- Members of the ‘Akyat Bahay Gang’ carted an undetermined amount of cash from a drug store in Tarlac City over the weekend.

In a report, Senior Superintendent Alfred Corpus, Tarlac police provincial director, said the Manson Drug store in Barangay San Miguel, Tarlac City fell victim to the Akyat Bahay Gang.

25 Jun 2013 - DFA calling on artists for ASEAN painting tilt

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Central Luzon region is inviting all artists to join a painting contest which will highlight the 46th Founding Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on August 7 of this year.

DFA officer-in-charge Arturo Romua said yesterday that the ASEAN-Philippines painting tilt themed “Our People, Our Future Together,” was organized by the department’s Office of ASEAN Affairs with the view of bringing ASEAN into the consciousness of Filipinos.

24 Jun 2013 - Plan to convert CDC to CDA 'needs lot of work'

CLARK FREEPORT -- The plan to turn the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) into the Clark Development Authority (CDA) needs a lot of preparation from stakeholders and businessmen, said outgoing Vice Governor and now Congressman-elect Joseller "Yeng" Guiao.

He said that the conversion will give Clark renewed autonomy in charting its future in terms of priority developments, in line with the local needs of industries both local and international.

24 Jun 2013 - Pampanga fetes outgoing leaders

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government through the Provincial Board honored Monday outgoing officials led by Vice Governor and 1st District Congressman-elect Joseller "Yeng" Guiao.

The Provincial Board awarded Guiao in a simple recognition and appreciation rites after the Monday flag raising ceremonies including 3rd District Board Members Rolly Macalino and Trina David-Dizon and 2nd District Board Member Teresito Lingad.

24 Jun 2013 - 2 burned bodies remain unidentified

MABALACAT CITY -- Arson investigators said Monday the two charred bodies found last Saturday at a rice field in Sitio Mauli remains to be unidentified.

However, fire officers said the victims may be foreigners because of their white complexion.

24 Jun 2013 - 1 dead, 2 hurt in vehicle collision

PAMPANGA -- A man died while two others were injured after a car and a van collided along the Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Jasa) in Barangay San Antonio, Guagua town over the weekend.

Reports said a Honda Civic driven by Milo Manalac, 37, of Barangay Concepcion, Lubao town collided with an Isuzu closed van driven by Antonio Pepito, 58, of Barangay Nangka, Marikina City.

24 Jun 2013 - Candaba farmlands idle for lack of water

PAMPANGA -- Several hundreds of hectares of farmlands in Candaba remain idle due to poor irrigation system.

The town has about 32,000 hectares of freshwater ponds, swamps and marshes, but the areas are usually submerged under floodwaters, especially during the rainy season.

24 Jun 2013 - Pampanga doing share in disaster reduction

PAMPANGA -- An official of the Provincial Government said the Capitol has been doing its share with counterpart measures in the Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (IDRR-CA) measures in the low lying areas of Pampanga.

The IDRR-CCA is being pushed by the Department of Public Works and Highways-Mount Pinatubo Emergency Project Management Office, which earlier sought and got the endorsement of the Regional Development Council-Central Visayas (RDC-3) for counterparts in the P210 million project cost.

24 Jun 2013 - Council reiterates stand for twin airport system

PAMPANGA -- The Regional Development Council in Central Luzon (RDC-3) said that the more than 23 million population of Northern Luzon is the reason why it is pushing for the development of a twin airport system here.

This was announced by Director Ronaldo Tiotuico of the Department of Tourism (DOT) Central Luzon after the RDC full council meeting held last week at the Heroes’ Hall here.

24 Jun 2013 - Board member bids Capitol goodbye

PAMPANGA -- Outgoing 2nd District Board Member Fritzie David-Dizon bid farewell to her colleagues, constituents and employees of the Provincial Capitol Monday, in her last official privilege speech as provincial board member.

David-Dizon was pushed into the maelstrom of public office after the death of her mother, the late Board Member Edna David, two years ago. She recounted how the whole experience during a teary speech, thanking other government officials who have helped her along the way.

23 Jun 2013 - Execs agree: ‘Clark should be gateway’

PAMPANGA -- Two officials here are pushing for the Clark Freeport to become an international gateway even as government officials are looking at “other options” like the proposed Sangley Point in Cavite.

First District Congressman-elect Joseller “Yeng” Guiao and Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) Vice Chairman Rene Romero said they are very optimistic Clark would “remain a constant in the gateway concept” after the reported approval of the Clark International Airport-Ninoy Aquino International Airport “twinning” linked by a fast rail system.

23 Jun 2013 - Community hospital eyed in Candaba

PAMPANGA -- A community hospital that would cater to the medical needs of residents here is now being eyed by the incoming local officials of this town.

Mayor-elect Rene Maglanque said the dream of having a community hospital will soon be realized with the concerted efforts between the municipal and provincial governments, other elected officials, concerned government agencies and stakeholders.

23 Jun 2013 - 2 burned bodies found in Mabalacat

MABALACAT CITY -- Two charred corpses were found on Saturday at a rice field in Sitio Mauli near the boundary of Barangay Sapang Biabas and Madapdap Resettlement Center here.

The victims have not been identified as of Sunday, but initial reports indicate that one of them is a female.

23 Jun 2013 - CSF college gets livelihood center

PAMPANGA -- The City College of San Fernando (CCSF) over the weekend got its Student Livelihood Center cum cafeteria, new gates, and steel fencing courtesy of the City Government.

On Friday afternoon, outgoing Mayor and Third District Congressman-elect Oscar Rodriguez, City College president Dr. Lourdes Javier and the school’s faculty, staff and students, along with Sto. Niño Parish Priest Fr. Marious Roque, gathered for the blessing of a marker and inauguration of the structures, including the distribution of Negocarts for the departments and students.

22 Jun 2013 - PNoy okays lawmaker’s additional courts bill

ANGELES CITY -- President Benigno Aquino III has signed a law creating six additional Regional Trial Courts (RTCs) in Angeles City.

Congressman Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin said the President signed Republic Act 10582 recently, amending the Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980 which originally provided for only eight RTCs in the city.

22 Jun 2013 - Betis woodcraft art to tour SM malls in July

PAMPANGA -- More people will get a chance to see the best wood and religious art pieces from this town’s local artisans as the exhibit of the Mandukit Anluagi Ning Sta. Ursula (MASU) will be taking their artworks to different SM malls this July.

The exhibit, which ran part of the June 12 Independence Day commemoration of SM City Pampanga recently, presents works of local artists and of Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug who executed this year’s centerpiece design dubbed “Balukus” or freed man.

21 Jun 2013 - Flood risk towns identified

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) identified on Thursday the municipalities in the fourth district of Pampanga as “crucial” during rainy season.

Angelina “Angie” Blanco, newly-appointed chief of the PDRRMO, said that of all the districts in Pampanga, the fourth district needs to be given extra care during typhoon season, wherein all its municipalities are ordinarily submerged to floodwater.

21 Jun 2013 - CDC asks firms to hire PWDs, IPs

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has asked locators here to hire persons with disabilities (PWDs) and indigenous people (IPs) in their respective businesses.

Lawyer Arthur P. Tugade, president and CEO of the CDC, appealed to the firms “to go the extra mile” when hiring PWDs and IPs.

21 Jun 2013 - Mayor jump-starts planting of 10,000 trees

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando Mayor-elect Edwin Santiago led the planting of some 500 trees along the banks of the San Fernando River in celebration of his 56th birthday Friday as part of the Sagip Ilog project and climate change mitigation program of the City Government.

The target of planting 10,000 trees, according to Santiago, will be done during his “honeymoon period” of 100 days.

21 Jun 2013 - 3 to vie for councilors league prexy

PAMPANGA --At least three councilors have signified their intention to run for the Pampanga Councilors League (PCL) president.

PCL President Dein Henson, and ex-officio member of the Provincial Board, said he will be seeking a re-election in the upcoming league polls scheduled on September this year.

21 Jun 2013 - Suspected kidnapper nabbed

ANGELES CITY -- One of the four kidnappers who abducted a businessman and two others was arrested by combined operatives of Pampanga Police and Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) during a raid in a suspected safehouse at Trinidad Village in Barangay Calibutbut, Bacolor, Pampanga, Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, acting director of Pampanga Police, identified the arrested as Sony Timbol, 30, a resident of Diamond Subdivision, Balibago, Angeles City.

21 Jun 2013 - LTO converts satellite office to district office

PAMPANGA -- The extension office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in this town has been converted into a regular district office following the recent signing of Republic Act (RA) 10528 by President Benigno Aquino III, Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile, and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte.

Fourth district Representative Anna York P. Bondoc-Sagum, author of the bill in the lower house, said Friday that RA 10528 is an act converting the LTO extension office located in San Simon ,Pampanga into a regular LTO District Office.

20 Jun 2013 - Candy Bar raided

ANGELES CITY -- Yesterday around 5pm Candy Bar along Perimeter road was raided by CIDG for alleged Human Trafficking.

All employees were taken to downtown Angeles for further questioning.

19 Jun 2013 - P837-M in flood control works ongoing

PAMPANGA -- A total of P837 million in flood-control projects are now being implemented in Pampanga province, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Part of the ongoing works is the rehabilitation of the Gugu River going to Labuan River, DPWH officials said.

19 Jun 2013 - Ex-US Marine denies killing couple in AC

ANGELES CITY -- A former member of the US Marines, who was charged with double homicide here in connection with the killing of a retired Irish cop and his live-in partner in September 2011, is now facing extradition proceedings.

Timothy Kaufman, 35, will face an extradition hearing on June 25 in a county court in Albany, where he was caught by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sometime in April 2013.

19 Jun 2013 - Waste management board to convene in July

PAMPANGA -- The chief of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) said on Thursday the solid waste management board will convene next month.

Penro head Engr. Arthur Punsalan, in a radio program hosted by Lubao Councilor John Susi, said the initiative is aimed at addressing the looming garbage problem in the province.

19 Jun 2013 - Town commemorates Taruc's 100th birth today

PAMPANGA -- All roads lead to San Luis today as the town marks not just the feast of its patron saint, San Luis Gonzaga, but also the 100th birth anniversary of its most famous son, the legendary Luis M. Taruc.

Taruc, who was born on June 21, 1912 and named after the town’s patron, founded the Hukbong Bayan Laban sa Hapon or Hukbalahap, the resistance movement against the Japanese during World War II. After the war, he won a seat in Congress but was prevented from assuming it on suspicion that he was a Communist out to overthrow the government.

19 Jun 2013 - Drug pusher nabbed in Lubao

PAMPANGA -- A suspected illegal drug pusher was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay San Nicolas 1st Sta. Cruz, Lubao town the other day.

In a belated report here, Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Pampanga police acting director, identified the suspect as Jose De Jesus alias Ka Jojo, 33, a resident of Sitio Osmena in Barangay Sta. Cruz of the said town.

19 Jun 2013 - BIR reiterates policies on printing receipts

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) here reiterated the policies and manner on the printing of new receipts in line with the regulations in the Process of Authority to Print (ATP) official receipts and sales invoices.

The BIR, through Revenue Regulations No. 18-2012, said that all persons, whether private or government, who are engaged in business shall secure/ apply from the BIR an Authority to print principal and supplementary receipts/invoices.

18 Jun 2013 - PAC is now State U

ANGELES CITY - President Aquino on Monday signed into law House Bill No. 4450, a bill converting the Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC) into a state university.

The President signed Republic Act 10605, or an Act converting Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC) in the municipality of Magalang, into a state university to be known as the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU).

18 Jun 2013 - Capitol buys P7-M disaster preparedness equipment

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government has spent some P7 million to purchase 200 hand-held radio communication devices as part of the disaster preparedness plan of the province.

These devices will be used for the establishment of community-based early warning system in all municipalities and cities.

18 Jun 2013 - Agri office spends P300M for programs

PAMPANGA -- The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) spent some P300,618,206.95 for various programs and projects from 2010 to this quarter of 2013, benefitting thousands of farmers, fisherfolk, cooperatives and even students.

The OPA, under the administration of Governor Lilia Pineda, undertook 11 prime programs that boosted agricultural and fishery industries in Pampanga's 18 towns and two cities.

18 Jun 2013 - Councilor optimistic for barangay, SK polls

MABALACAT CITY -- A councilor here has expressed optimism that the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) or Youth Council elections will push through as scheduled on October 28.

Outgoing Councilor Oscar Aurelio said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is mandated to implement the law that sets the local polls.

18 Jun 2013 - People wary of increasing Akyat Bahay robberies

PAMPANGA -- Folks in Floridablanca expressed alarm and worry over the rising attempts of burglaries and robberies allegedly perpetrated by members of the Akyat Bahay gang.

A resident in Barangay San Roque over the weekend reported to police that Akyat Bahay members were able to enter their home but failed to take anything of value.

18 Jun 2013 - LGUs urged to submit disaster management plans

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) is urging local government units to submit their respective disaster management plans to get immediate assistance from the Provincial Government.

Engr. Lulu Alingcastre, PDRRMO chief, said the assistance will be based upon the request in consideration of the previous flood situation in the localities.

17 Jun 2013 - 71 dengue cases noted in Angeles

ANGELES CITY -- The City Health Office (CHO) has recorded 71 confirmed cases of dengue in the city, even as it warned the public on the rising cases of dengue fever with the onset of the rainy season.

City Health Officer Lenario Santos said the wet season is also the time that dengue cases increase, as the dengue carrier mosquitoes live in wet places.

17 Jun 2013 - Biz groups unite to donate school building

PAMPANGA -- Two business groups have combined their resources to donate a four-classroom school building that will benefit more than 500 kids residing in Barangay Cupang, Arayat.

The school building’s construction by the San Fernando Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (SFFCCII), was made expediently possible at the behest of Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) Chairman Emeritus Levy P. Laus.

17 Jun 2013 - Oca: Growth should be 'inclusive'

PAMPANGA -- Third District Congressman-elect and outgoing City of San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez said recently that "growth must be made inclusive by the government for it to be really felt by Filipinos, especially the marginalized majority."

Rodriguez emphasized that making growth inclusive and not extractive is the challenge of the times, particularly after the country posted a 7.8 percent growth lately, which he noted as the highest in Asia.

17 Jun 2013 - Police nab couple for illegal drugs

PAMPANGA -- A couple suspected to be involved in an illegal drug operation was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Sto. Niño, Sto. Tomas town over the weekend.

In a belated report, Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, acting provincial police director of Pampanga, identified the arrested couple as Renato Tulana, 41, and wife Marieta, 35, both of Barangay San Vicente, Sto. Tomas town.

17 Jun 2013 - Korean firm signs P20-B tourism project in Subic

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) said Monday that it signed a contract with a Korean company for the development of a P20-billion world-class tourism complex here.

In a simple ceremony held at the Freeport, SBMA Chairman and Administrator Roberto Garcia and Resom Chairman Sang So Shin signed lease development agreements that would pave the way for the construction of this landmark tourism project.

17 Jun 2013 - Boy, 9, killed in hit and run

PAMPANGA -- A 9-year-old boy died after a hit and run incident in Barangay San Roque, Tarlac over the weekend, according to reports.

Based on a report to Tarlac Police Provincial Office Director Senior Superintendent Alfred Corpus, the victim was identified only as Andro, Grade 4 pupil of Tarlac West Elementary School, of Block 3, Barangay San Vicente.

17 Jun 2013 - 11 GROs rescued from Tarlac bar

PAMPANGA -- Eleven guest relations officers or GROs were rescued by the Tarlac Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, while two suspects were arrested in an entrapment operation at Cristy’s Beer Garden in Barangay Apulig, Paniqui, Tarlac over the weekend.

Based on the information obtained by Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit 3 regional chief Senior Superintendent Victor Valencia Jr., there were “questionable transactions” occurring at Cristy’s Beer Garden which led to the operation.

16 Jun 2013 - Tons of water lilies clog waterways

PAMPANGA -- There are seven areas of concern in San Fernando that need to be addressed as the rainy season sets in, including the removal of tons of water lilies in the city's critical waterways, a volunteer engineer said over the weekend.

The volunteer engineer, who requested not to be named, said other interventions include the desilting of creeks, declogging of canals and drainages, and rechanneling of portions in the Sagip Ilog Phase 3B before it is turned over to the City Government.

16 Jun 2013 - Kapampangan expats to lead procession in Mama Mary’s birthday

PAMPANGA -- Kapampangan and other Filipino expatriates will lead this year’s celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the United States on September 8 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

They will be joined by the Spanish communities and Marian groups from different parishes in metro Los Angeles during the procession of Pampanga’s Virgen de los Remedios, according to Kapampangan expatriate Vidal Aguas.

16 Jun 2013 - Engineer loses car to ‘CIDG’ men

PAMPANGA -- Glen Alday Yturalde, 36, an employee of Almerthron Company in Clark lost his car to four unidentified armed men who introduced themselves as operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

The incident took place in front of the San Isidro Parish Church in Mabalacat City, according to Senior Police Officer-1 (SPO1) Roy Bravo, chief investigator of Highway Patrol Group-3 (HPG3).

16 Jun 2013 - DOT to launch 3-in-1 tourism event on June 19

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Central Luzon has set the conduct of a 3-in-1 event at SM City Clark here on June 19, which will highlight tourism initiatives here.

The event will present to the public the launching of the Travel Guidebook which was conceived and developed by the Hotels and Restaurants in Pampanga (Harp) led by its President Mitch Otsuru of Yu Fu In Japanese Restaurant.

15 Jun 2013 - Tax bureau extends old receipts

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) extended the use and validity of old and supplementary receipts until August 30 this year.

BIR Regional Director Araceli Franscisco said that Internal Revenue commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares signed Revenue Memorandum Order 44-2013, which extends the deadline for the use of old receipts to give in to the clamor of businesses in the country for enough time to adjust to the new system.

15 Jun 2013 - 2 killed, 14 others injured in mishap

PAMPANGA -- Two persons were killed while 14 others were injured when a Sports Utility Van and a passenger bus collided along the national highway in Barangay San Agustin, San Manuel, Tarlac on Friday.

Tarlac police provincial director Alfred Corpus identified the fatalities as Joselito Bernardo, 49, driver of Isuzu Big Horn and Ronald Comber, 41, both of Binangonan, Rizal.

15 Jun 2013 - Pinay benefit from Dutch TV program

ANGELES CITY -- A Filipina was picked as one of the beneficiaries of a reality-based national television program in Netherlands titled “Destination Unknown.”

A certain Priscilla and her three-year old daughter Maxin received assorted groceries, electric fan, and clothes from executives of SM City Clark.

15 Jun 2013 - Accountant loses half million to robbers

MABALACAT CITY -- Two armed men took P500,000 cash from a junior accountant along Ninoy Aquino national highway in Barangay Sta. Maria on Friday.

Allander Palo, 28, junior accountant of Magna Peak Service Corp., told police that he and his driver Alberto Utlang were on their way to Clark Freeport on board a Mitsubishi FB van when the incident took place.

14 Jun 2013 - Clark garment firm files temporary shutdown

CLARK FREEPORT --- A garment factory inside the Freeport has filed before the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) a notice of temporary shutdown following a recent fire that destroyed about 40 percent of its building.

Franco Madlangbayan, vice president for operations of Clark Development Corporation (CDC), said that workers of Smart Shirts Philippines Incorporated numbering to 2,000 are still not working as of today.

14 Jun 2013 - Guv: Identify evacuation centers

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga instructed on Friday the Municipal Disaster Action Officers (MDAO), Municipal Engineers and other members of the disaster management councils in various municipalities to identify areas which can be used as evacuation centers.

Governor Lilia Pineda made this call following the pronouncement of the Department of Education (DepEd) officials that public schools could no longer be used as evacuation centers during calamities.

14 Jun 2013 - "Akyat Bahay" strikes in Arayat

PAMPANGA -- Suspected members of a notorious group Akyat Bayat gang reportedly robbed a grocery store in Barangay San Antonio, Arayat town on Wednesday.

Rosalyn Rivera, owner of Jeremy Zion's Store, reported the incident to the Arayat police, said Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, officer in charge of the Pampanga police.

14 Jun 2013 - Capitol holds post-Freedom Day bloodletting

PAMPANGA -- “Wednesday we celebrated our Independence Day made possible by our national heroes. Now, we are joined by the modern heroes of our time.”

Thus said Governor Lilia Pineda as the Capitol held a bloodletting activity on Thursday at the Provincial Disaster Management and Action Center targeting to collect at least 1,000 units of fresh blood.

14 Jun 2013 - Gaffer shot dead in Bacolor town

PAMPANGA -- A gaffer in a cockfighting arena was shot dead along the Mac Arthur highway in Barangay Cabetican in Bacolor town Thursday.

Diosdado Panlaqui, 33, a resident of Sto. Tomas, Lubao town was riding a motorcycle when he was waylaid by unidentified gunmen.

13 Jun 2013 - Police bags second Killer suspect

ANGELES CITY -- Police arrested Sunday another suspect in the December 2011 Siepkamp gunslay when he was spotted along “Checkpoint” in Barangay Balibago, Angeles City.

Senior Supt. Eden Ugale, acting director of the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO), said the arrest of Francis Urbano, 29, of Talayan, Riverside, Quezon City, was a result of manhunt launched by authorities against fugitives and criminals in Angeles City.

13 Jun 2013 - Akyat Bahay carts P.5-M in valuables

PAMPAGNA -- At least P500,000 worth of valuable items were carted away by alleged “Akyat Bahay” gang members in Barangay Cabalantian, Bacolor town, Tuesday night.

Police reports show that the victim Remedious Miranda-Cunanan, 59, of said barangay was sleeping in her bedroom when she was awaken by a noise inside the house.

13 Jun 2013 - DENR urged to stop vandalism of trees

PAMPANGA -- Motorists and pedestrians here are asking the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to stop the rampant vandalism of trees along the Telabastagan to Sindalan stretch of MacArthur Highway in this capital city.

"This seemed like ghostly images have been painted on the decades-old Acacia trees along the highway, 'scaring' motorists and commuters," a sources said.

13 Jun 2013 - San Fernando opens P10M Tourism Road Walk

PAMPANGA -- The San Fernando City Government inaugurated on Independence Day a newly completed portion of the Tourism Road Walk worth P10 million along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Dolores.

The multi-colored tiled sidewalk, complete with lamp posts, stretches from St. Jude Village junction up to establishments near a popular fast food chain and is a highlight of the city’s Freedom Day bash.

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PAMPANGA -- Candaba's incoming Mayor Rene Maglanque had started mobilizing his quick response team in preparation to the upcoming rainy season.

Maglanque said growing up in this town has given him the needed inputs on the main problem during the rainy season.

13 Jun 2013 - Oca, EdSa: Fight for freedom goes on

PAMPANGA -- Third District Congressman-elect Oscar Rodriguez and incoming San Fernando Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago on Wednesday said that the “fight for freedom” goes on even as the country earned its independence 115 years ago.

During the Independence Day celebration of the city, Rodriguez and Santiago said that in the current era, the fight for freedom has taken a different meaning and direction.

13 Jun 2013 - Betis woodcarvers to get more support, training

PAMPANGA -- Kapampangan woodcarver group Mandukit Anluagui ning Sta. Ursula (Masu) are set to get more support and technical training as local officials and industry leaders expressed support for the group.

Masu is a recently organized group of woodcarvers and artists from this town’s Barangay Sta. Ursula in Betis district. The group aims to push for the development of Betis woodcarving traditions and inspire the next generation of youth in the village to keep the traditions alive.

13 Jun 2013 - Fishing in remains alternative source of livelihood

PAMPANGA -- Fishing in the Pampanga River has remained as the best alternative source of livelihood to the residents of San Luis in the coastal barangays here and in neighboring towns along Pampanga River.

Villegas said their group is not regular fishermen. He even classified themselves as seasonal fishermen who actually indulge into said undertaking only during rainy season.

13 Jun 2013 - Aquino creates 6 new courts in Angeles

ANGELES CITY -- Pres. Aquino has signed a law creating six more Regional Trial Court (RTC) branches in this chartered city.

Angeles RTC Executive Judge Omar Viola said the President signed recently Republic Act 10582 that created the new court branches.

13 Jun 2013 - Court resolves 1st polls protest in record time

PAMPANGA -- An election protest involving the mayoral post of Candaba, Pampanga was decided in record time of 14 days by the judge of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) here.

Election lawyer Romulo Macalantal, in a telephone interview, described it as the “fastest decision ever on a local protest in the history of Philippine elections.”

12 Jun 2013 - Poll protest vs Naguit junked

PAMPANGA -- Sto Thomas Mayor-elect Joselito Naguit, along with Vice-Mayor-elect Mark Louie Arceo celebrated Independence Day as “free officials” after the Regional Trial Court junked the election protest lodged against them by the defeated husband and wife tandem of mayoralty bet Romeo Ronquillo and vice-mayoralty candidate Gloria Ronquillo.

In a June 11 Resolution penned by Judge Edgar Y. Chua of the RTC-Third Judicial Region’s Branch 47, the Ronquillos’ instant petitions were “ordered dismissed considering Section 2, Rule 7, of Administrative Matter No. 10-4-1-SC” and the failure of the protestants to make the necessary cash deposits relative to their complaint.

12 Jun 2013 - Free fishpen for small fishermen

PAMPANGA -- The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) has asked President Aquino to distribute vast hectares of fishponds to small fishermen all over the country, including more than 50,000 hectares of aqua farm in Central Luzon.

In a press statement, Pamalakaya vice chairperson Salvador France estimated that there are over 8,000 hectares of fishponds, prawn farms and aquafarms which are under the control of multinational corporations and big landlords engaged in the exportation of fishery products.

12 Jun 2013 - Lazatin cites importance of freedom

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando’s Vice-Mayor-elect Jimmy Lazatin yesterday called for efforts to free poor and marginalized people from contemporary woes of poverty and ignorance to make country “truly free.”

This was Lazatin’s call to guests and officers of SM City San Fernando Downtown yesterday as he led the unveiling of the “Heritage Inspired Photo Op with Authentic Kapampangan Muebles” with mall officials.

12 Jun 2013 - Romero lauds Pamintuan for City College

ANGELES CITY - Knights of Rizal Supreme Commander Sir Reghis Romero II on Monday lauded the administration of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and the City Council for bringing affordable and quality education to indigent students through the City College of Angeles.

Romero, who is also the Chairman of R-II Builders Inc. and member of the Board of Trustees of CCA said that with the pledge of continuous financial support of the Pamintuan administration for the campus, poor but deserving students can be assured of a college degree.

11 Jun 2013 - Couple dies in Bacolor road mishap

PAMPANGA -- A COUPLE died while two others were injured in an accident along the Jose Abad Santos Avenue (formerly Olongapo-Gapan Road) in Barangay Sta. Barbara in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Police identified the fatalities as Fernando and Rosita Lim, residents of the City of San Fernando while the injured victims, meanwhile, were identified as one Edmundo Hernandez and Richmond Tongol of Barangay San Vicente this town.

11 Jun 2013 - Court junks election protest vs Maglanque

PAMPANGA -- The Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 41 in the City of San Fernando has junked the election protest filed by Engr. Reynaldo “Busog” Sagum against mayor-elect Rene Maglanque last Monday.

Judge Divina Luz Aquino-Simbulan, in her seven page decision, dismissed the election protest, being insufficient in form and substance.

11 Jun 2013 - BCDA remits P2.309-B to national treasury

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) now belongs to the so-called “Billionaires’ Club” or the Top 8 government-Owned and -Controlled Corporations (GOCCs).

The agency remitted dividends of P1 billion or more to the National Treasury during the recently held GOCCs Dividends Day in Malacañang (June 3, 2013), which ranks it fourth among the GOCCs based on the amount remitted.

11 Jun 2013 - Suspect in power substation blast charged

MABALACAT CITY -- Police charged on Monday a man suspected to be responsible behind the May 28 grenade explosion that destroyed a power substation in Barangay Camachiles here and caused a 27-hour brownout in the city proper.

Ray Anthony Tecson Dela Cruz, of Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija was charged with malicious mischief before the Provincial Prosecutors Office docketed under NPS III-12-13F-01320, said Superintendent Ferdinand Perez, city police chief.

11 Jun 2013 - SM City San Fernando holds bomb threat seminar

PAMPANGA -- Experts from the Philippine Army conducted an Improvised Explosive Device Recognition and Bomb Threat Management Seminar on Monday for security personnel and facility managers of SM City San Fernando Downtown.

According to Mall Customer Relations Service officer-in-charge Mark Joseph Maglanque, the IED Recognition and Bomb Threat Management Seminar was led by Camp Aquino, Tarlac City-based Philippine Army Explosives Ordnance Division experts Major Romeo Noriega, Senior Sergeant Elmer Villanueva, Sgt. Arnulfo Arucan and Sgt. Larry Leal.

10 Jun 2013 - ‘Buffer lands’ in Clark eyed for city programs

ANGELES CITY -- Some 100,000 hectares of buffer lands said to be owned by the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) along Barangay Sapang Bato and Clark Freeport are now being eyed for use by the city for its infrastructure and local housing projects for the poor.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Monday said he will move for the conversion of the buffer lands, which are part of the former Clark Airbase and have been designated as perimeter areas.

10 Jun 2013 - 4th District towns prep up for rains

PAMPANGA -- Re-elected Mayor Lito Naguit (Sto. Tomas) and Mayor-elect Edgar Flores (Minalin) said Monday that their respective municipal governments are prepared for the coming rainy season.

Naguit was prompted to muster resources and moved Tomasians in Bayanihan fashion after his town was the hardest hit during the onslaught of ‘habagat' or the southwest monsoon last year.

10 Jun 2013 - Guv to public servants: Be 'every day heroes'

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Thursday urged the more than 2,000 Capitol employees to become “every day heroes” by serving Kapampangans with dedication, honesty, and love.

The governor on Monday led Capitol officials in its celebration of the 115th Independence Day with a freedom play presentation and wreath laying at Arnedo Park in this city.

10 Jun 2013 - City College of Angeles opens

ANGELES CITY -- The City College of Angeles (CCA) formally opened its academic year Monday in its new home campus in Barangay Pampang here, with Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan pledging continuous financial support for the operations of the campus.

Pamintuan led the first-ever flag raising rights in front of the main building of the campus, with Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting, city officials and sector representatives who are in support of the Pamintuan administration.

10 Jun 2013 - Betis crafts highlight mall’s Freedom Day celebrations

PAMPANGA -- This year’s celebration of Independence Day at SM City Pampanga on June 12 will highlight the best works of the world-famous Betis woodcarvers.

The celebration will feature the works of the Mandukit Anluagi Ning Sta. Ursula and that of Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug who executed this year’s centerpiece design that will be unveiled during the event.

10 Jun 2013 - AirAsia realigns international flights effective June 15

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippines’ AirAsia is reducing its flight frequencies from Clark to Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Singapore effective June 15 due to “operational realignment,” which it did not elaborate.

Clark to Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Carrier Terminal will be reduced from 10 times to 3 times a week with all flights operated by AirAsia Malaysia, Clark to Hong Kong flights will return to daily schedule 10 times a week while flights to Singapore will now depart every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday seven times a week and flight frequency to Taipei is also reduced from daily to four times a week.

10 Jun 2013 - Lawmaker offers college scholarship

ANGELES CITY -- First District Representative Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin is calling on high school graduates from his district, who is interested in pursuing a career in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Marketing Management, to avail of his scholarship grant.

Lazatin announced on Friday that he is looking for 20 beneficiaries at Colegio de San San Rafael, an affiliate school of Republic Central College.

9 Jun 2013 - Betis woodcarver makes waves in Bulacan

PAMPANGA -- A wood carver from Guagua’s Betis district is now making a name in the local art scene in Bulacan and was able to install an altar piece artwork in Singapore recently.

Edwin Layug, a Betis-trained woodcarver, who now resides in Pulilan, Bulacan, recently installed the Pope Pius X Priory retablo along Upper Thompson Road in Singapore.

9 Jun 2013 - Councilor vows to continue advocacy

PAMPANGA -- Re-elected Councilor Michelle Rivera of Guagua over the weekend vowed to continue her advocacies in governance, particularly that of women’s, children’s, and family’s rights and welfare.

The second-term local legislator, who is the daughter of outgoing Mayor Ric Rivera, also promised to carry on her father’s legacy of good governance now that she has been given a fresh mandate by the people of the second district town.

9 Jun 2013 - Catholic Church to hold heritage seminar

ANGELES CITY -- The Archdiocese of San Fernando (Pampanga) will host a Seminar-Workshop on June 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Academic Hall, St. Joseph Building of the Holy Angel University in Angeles City.

The seminar-workshop will be held to better familiarize the stewards of the archdiocese’s heritage structures with the issues and fundamentals of conservation and management.

9 Jun 2013 - Central Luzon farmers: Bury Carp

ANGELES CITY -- Farmers under the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL) are calling for the death of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp) and the end of landlessness in the region.

More than 200 members of the farmers’ group from Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bulacan, Zambales, Bataan, and Pangasinan held a protest at Plaza Miranda here on Sunday and assailed Republic Act 6657 or Carp.

9 Jun 2013 - Expert: Postponing barangay polls illegal

PAMPANGA -- A prominent election lawyer in the country reiterated Sunday that barangay elections cannot be legally postponed due clear provisions of the Constitution.

Lawyer Romulo Macalintal, in an interview, said “it's not within the authority of Congress to postpone an election or to extend the term of office of the barangay officials.”

9 Jun 2013 - An evening with teen sensation Daniel Padilla

PAMPANGA -- When the show’s teaser said that Daniel Padilla will rock Pampanga, it was obviously and certainly an understatement for the dozens of shrieking fans that started gathering at the Partyplace event venue in the City of San Fernando.

The young actor and recording artist from the “Princess And I” fame of ABS CBN clearly has a strong following from the teenybopper generation of girls which was clear from how the seats of inside the venue were packed by girls even as young as eight years old.

8 Jun 2013 - Traders urged to work with gov’t vs disasters

PAMPANGA -- Senator Loren Legarda encouraged Saturday the business sector to increase its participation in the province’s disaster risk reduction efforts.

Legarda said that aside from coming up with their business continuity plans that will show how prepared they are to face disasters and be back in business as soon as possible, Pampanga’s private sector is encouraged to work with the government in constructing homes, schools, hospitals, and buildings that are safe and secure, amidst natural hazards, and in designing and constructing roads, bridges and other infrastructure that help spur economic growth with disaster risk reduction in mind.

8 Jun 2013 - Search on for outstanding Kapampangan poets

PAMPANGA -- Aspiring local non-laureate poets could now showcase their works after the Search for Outstanding Kapampangans was launched over the weekend.

According to Poet Laureate Romeo Rodriguez, chairman of the Selection and Award Committee, the “Delfin T. Quiboloy Memorial Award of Excellence in Kapampangan Poetry” aims to attract more poets “to write in their native language and boost their dwindling number.”

8 Jun 2013 - Farmer groups to hold protest

ANGELES CITY -- The Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL) and the Anak Pawis Gitnang Luzon are set to hold on Sunday and Monday a rally at the Plaza Miranda and at the office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in the City of San Fernando.

The groups, in a statement, said the protests coincide with the 25th year of implementation of Republic Act 6657 or Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). The groups say they denounce the proposal of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

8 Jun 2013 - SM celebrates Independence Day

PAMPANGA -- SM City San Fernando downtown will celebrate Independence Day with a host of cultural and entertainment activities.

SM City San Fernando Downtown public relations officer Scarlet Pangandanan said this year’s commemoration will feature a “Freedom Sale” from June 8 to Independence Day on June 12.

7 Jun 2013 - Hospital launches new ICU, dialysis center

PAMPANGA -- A modern and fully-equipped Intensive Care Unit (ICU), as well as a dialysis center were inaugurated and blessed on Friday by Archbishop Paciano Aniceto at the Mexico Community Hospital in Barangay San Carlos here.

Branded as “at par with that of renowned private hospitals” or “probably the best in Pampanga,” the ICU and dialysis center -- with the brand new equipment and new building to go, all worth about P25 million -- were courtesy of Senator Manny Villar and funds from the Municipal Government headed by Board Member-elect and outgoing Mayor Teddy Tumang.

7 Jun 2013 - Mayor wants auction of firms with unpaid RPTs

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan of Macabebe urged the Provincial Government on Friday to act upon the request of local government units in Pampanga to spearhead auction proceedings on immovable properties with unpaid real property taxes (RPTs).

The mayor issued the statement during the launching of the Integrated Tax Management System (iTax) through the effort of the Provincial Government under the leadership of Governor Lilia Pineda.

7 Jun 2013 - Taiwanese firm pours P360M in Clark project

CLARK FREEPORT -- A Taiwanese firm has forged an agreement with Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to establish its P360-million garment factory here.

CDC President and Chief Executive Officer Arthur Tugade signed the accord with MSK Group Work Inc. to support the firm's operations in other economic zones in Central Luzon.

7 Jun 2013 - 9-year-old dies in road mishap

PAMPANGA -- A grade 4 elementary pupil was killed when he was accidentally hit by a pick-up truck along Mc Arthur highway in Barangay Poblacion, Tarlac City on Thursday.

The fatality identified as Fregie Andrei, 9, a grade 4 pupil of Tarlac West Central Elementary School, was on his way home after their classes when the accident happened.

7 Jun 2013 - Ugale installed Angeles City police chief

ANGELES CITY -- Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale was installed Friday as officer-in-charge of the Angeles City police.

Ugale replaced Senior Superintendent Jose Hidalgo, who completed six months of his duty as chief of the city’s police.

6 Jun 2013 - Another eco-center opened; mayor eyes ‘Zero Waste City’

PAMPANGA -- Congressman-elect and outgoing Mayor Oscar Rodriguez of San Fernando on Wednesday led in the launching of another Eco-Center at St. Jude Village in Barangay Dolores.

The Eco-Center comes complete with a materials recovery facility or MRF, a compost pit, and a vegetable garden. The St. Jude Eco-Center is the latest of its kind, complementing now four other operational facilities in located in barangays San Agustin, Alasas, Dolores and San Nicolas, together with fully operational 26 MRFs in villages across the city.

6 Jun 2013 - P60M lost in Clark garment factory blaze

CLARK FREEPORT -- An estimated P60 million was lost in a fire that razed a huge garment factory and affected some 2,000 workers here last week, an official of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said.

Franco Madlangbayan, CDC vice president for operations, said executives of Smart Shirts Philippines Incorporated estimated the cost of damage based on destroyed raw materials and finished products.

6 Jun 2013 - LGUs get charcoal making machines

PAMPANGA -- Two towns from the 4th District recently received charcoal briquetting machines from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office to provide alternative livelihood as well as viable solution to solid waste management problems.

DENR Provincial and Community Information Officers Paulyne Alfaro Dizon and Tessie Arbitrario said the municipalities of Masantol led by outgoing Mayor Peter Flores and Macabebe town headed by re-elected Mayor Annette Balgan received on June 3 their respective charcoal briquetting machines, while six more will be turned-over in the coming days to the local government units of Apalit, Candaba, Minalin, Sto. Tomas, San Luis and San Simon.

6 Jun 2013 - City college opens new campus June 10

ANGELES CITY -- Students of the City College of Angeles (CCA) will start using its newly-constructed campus in Barangay Pampang during the start of classes on Monday, June 10.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, along with city and school officials, will welcome CCA students in their new school during the first flag raising ceremony inside the campus.

6 Jun 2013 - BIR bares initiatives for revenue collection

PAMPANGA --The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), through its Revenue Region No. 4, bared new tax initiatives here on Thursday in a bid to enhance the tax awareness of the tax-paying public by keeping them properly informed and educated with the different tax related activities in Central Luzon (CL).

Regional Director Araceli L. Francisco said that among the programs to be implemented is the imposition of the P1,000 penalty for the late filing of Authority to Print (ATP) applications beyond the prescribed period of not later than 60 days prior to actual expiry date.

5 Jun 2013 - Eco group asks probe on sale of asbestos products

ANGELES CITY -- A group of environmentalists here is asking the City Government and concerned government agencies to initiate an investigation on the sale of construction materials and other products containing asbestos.

Officers and members of Subli taya in Upaya, Bie at Leguan ning Indung Yatu (Subli), led by Auxilliary Bishop Pablo "Ambo" David, met with officials of the Environment Management Bureau (EMB), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the City Government at the City Council Wednesday.

5 Jun 2013 - PamCham welcomes alliance with Cayetano

PAMPANGA -- Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) on Wednesday lauded and welcomed the proposal of re-elected Senator Allan Peter Cayetano for them to be partners for further development of Pampanga's countryside.

Cayetano, who graced the twin birthday celebration of Laus Group of Companies Director Ma. Theresa Laus and daughter LausAutoGroup executive Carissa Laus-Manalili Wednesday at Max's Restaurant in Villa Del Sol, broached the partnership idea to the influential business group which strongly endorsed him in the recent polls.

5 Jun 2013 - BFAR to help fishermen vs 'predator' problem

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Wednesday expressed concern over the "predator" problem of farmer-fishermen here.

In a text message from a BFAR official, it was said the bureau is willing to assist the affected fishermen.

5 Jun 2013 - Timeline to highlight mall's Independence Day celeb

ANGELES CITY -- SM City Clark will be celebrating this year's 114th Independence Day with the cultural performances and unveiling of a timeline marble centerpiece, highlighting the country's history.

SM City Clark Public Relations officer Venus Manalang said the mall joins the entire country in celebrating its independence by hosting solemn flag raising rites to be attended by mall and local government officials.

5 Jun 2013 - Farmers demand free land

MABALACAT CITY -- Farmers in Central Luzon are demanding for the immediate distribution of land in line with the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

The Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL) and Anakpawis party-list-Gitnang Luson also asking for the "death" of the Republic Act 9700 or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with "Reforms" (CARPer) nearing its twenty fifth year of implementation since being RA 6657 or CARP in 1988.

4 Jun 2013 - Expedite road widening projects - bizmen

ANGELES CITY -- Businessmen here are crying over the alleged delay in the ongoing road-widening projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) along the MacArthur Highway here.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan facilitated a meeting Tuesday at the City Hall where local traders and DPWH engineers were invited

4 Jun 2013 - Bets prepare for October barangay polls

PAMPANGA -- Despite the looming proposal of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to postpone the holding of Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this October, incumbent barangay officials and individuals who want to run for office are now busy completing their line-ups.

Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. earlier declared that he would propose to the Congress the suspension of the barangay elections, being too close to the recent midterm polls.

4 Jun 2013 - Philsca chief thanks Guv, Yeng

PAMPANGA -- Philippine State College of Aeronautics (Philsca) president Dr. Bernard Ramirez thanked Tuesday Governor Lilia Pineda and outgoing Vice-Governor and Congressman-elect Joseller "Yeng" Guiao for the support they gave to the 43-year-old air technology school.

Ramirez personally led a Philsca team which updated and briefed Guiao and Board Members Nestor Tolentino, Crisostomo Garbo, Salvador Dimson Jr. and Ric Yabut on the on-going construction of the new P10-million, two-storey, 14-classroom building in Barangay Palmayo, Floridablanca, donated by Capitol.

4 Jun 2013 - City, Capitol host Asia-Pacific social work conference

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando and the Provincial Government, together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 and the Philippine Association of Social Workers Inc.-Pampanga Chapter hosted Tuesday the Asia-Pacific Social Work Conference at Heroes Hall.

Some 60 international social workers from different countries discussed with their local counterparts here the disaster management and social welfare programs in Central Luzon, particularly the City of San Fernando's and of Pampanga's.

4 Jun 2013 - Cops nab ex-tanod, 2 others for drugs

PAMPANGA -- A former village watchman of Barangay Dalayap in Candaba and two others were arrested by police for trading illegal drugs.

Superintendent Benjamin Medina, town's chief of police, identified the suspects as Leonardo Francisco, of Barangay Dalayap; and Apolonio Mendoza, 34, and Ruel Mendoza, 35, both residing in Barangay San Roque, San Rafael town in Bulacan.

4 Jun 2013 - RC Balibago gets awards in Rotary Year End Review

ANGELES CITY -- Good works have paid off for members and officers of the Rotary Club of Balibago, as their club managed to get major awards in the recent Rotary International District 3790 Year End Review at the Lakeshore with Gov. Antonio Bautista leading the awards ceremonies.

The club is among the dozens of Rotary Clubs honored in the recent event that aims to cascade best practices in socio-civic programs. The Year End Review is an annual event aimed at evaluating the performance of various Rotary Clubs in Pampanga. The clubs are evaluated based on the performance of their social service programs and in compliance of the objectives and initiatives of Rotary International for a given year.

3 Jun 2013 - Zero dengue recorded in San Fernando last month

PAMPANGA -- The City Health Office (CHO) said Monday that no dengue cases were reported in this city in the month of May, but said this is not a reason to be complacent.

“This is good news but we must not be complacent,” said Dr. Renely Tungol, rural health physician from the CHO, pointing out that the city recorded more than a thousand dengue cases in the whole of 2012.

3 Jun 2013 - Basa Air Base eyed as sports tourism site

PAMPANGA -- A high-ranking official of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) said he is eyeing the Basa Air Base as a potential site for sports tourism.

Brigadier General Raul L. Del Rosario, commander of the 1st Air Defense Wing at Basa Air Base, said various sports events including basketball, football, golf, mountain bike race, track and field, swimming, volleyball and others are held inside the base.

3 Jun 2013 - Honors set for Hukbalahap Supremo’s 100th birth anniv

PAMPANGA -- Local officials here along with the Center for Kapampangan Studies will mark the 100 birth anniversary of patriot Luis Taruc, the head of the Japanese resistance movement Hukbong Bayan Laban sa Hapon (Hukbalahap) on June 21.

The Center for Kapampangan Studies, in its Facebook page, said even President Benigno Aquino III “joins the Filipino people in honoring Kapampangan patriot.”

3 Jun 2013 - Candaba execs to ‘save’ fishing industry

PAMPANGA -- The incoming mayor and vice mayor in this town agreed Monday on the urgency to save the fishing industry here.

Mayor-elect Rene Maglanque and Vice Mayor-elect Normita “Babes” Evangelista admitted during a radio interview the “dying” fishing industry in Candaba.

3 Jun 2013 - Aguas bares 2016 vice mayoralty plan

ANGELES CITY -- With only three weeks after being re-elected, Councilor Jericho Aguas on Monday said he is planning to run for vice mayor of this city.

Aguas issued the statement shortly after his spouse, actress Isabel Granada, gave donations of P330,000 to the Liga Ng Mga Barangay (P10,000 each barangay) and P15,000 to the Councilors League of Angeles City (CLAC) during the Monday flag raising ceremony at the City Hall.

3 Jun 2013 - SM City Pampanga to promote Bêtis art on Independence Day

PAMPANGA -- SM City Pampanga will be hosting a mall-wide celebration on Independence Day, June 12, by showcasing the best of Bêtis woodcraft.

As part of the celebration, the mall will be hosting the winning works of the Mandukit Anluagi Ning Sta. Ursula (MASU), the local woodcraft group of Guagua's Bêtis District, which is famed for its woodcarving tradition.

3 Jun 2013 - Cops, tanods assist students on 1st day of school

PAMPANGA -- Village watchmen (tanods) from various communities here, together with the local police, jointly provided assistance for an organized opening of classes Monday.

The village watchmen stood as guard outside the school gates to maintain an organized flow of students coming in and out of the school premises.

3 Jun 2013 - Pipe factory to ramp up exports via Subic port

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Chinese metal pipe manufacturing firm HLD Clark Steel Pipe Co. Inc. is expected to increase its export operations through this Freeport after gaining concession to ship via Subic’s New Container Terminal-1 (NCT-1).

According to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman Roberto Garcia, the Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. (SBITC), operator of the NCT-1, had given the Chinese firm a bigger space for stockpiling its cargo in response to the requirements of the Chinese exporter.

3 Jun 2013 - Woman nabbed for estafa

ANGELES CITY -- The Tarlac Criminal Investigation and Detection Group arrested a 67-year-old woman Friday on the strength of a warrant for a P1-million estafa case filed by a couple who claims they were sold a property with bogus land title.

Chief Inspector Luis Ventura Jr. of the Tarlac CIDT identified the suspect as Ligaya Balatbat of Nepo Subdivision, Cutcut in Angeles City.

3 Jun 2013 - P300,000 carted from Olongapo trader

SUBIC FREEPORT -- A businessman in Olongapo City lost some P300,000 from the so-called Budol Budol Gang, reports said.

In a report here, Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Olongapo City police director, said Pedro Silvestre, 58, a resident of West Bajac-Bajac, Olongapo City, reported to police authorities that he was victimized by the Budol-Budol gang.

2 Jun 2013 - Fire razes garment factory in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- A fire gutted about 40 to 50 percent of the Smart Shirts Philippines Incorporated, a garment factory located at Building 25 inside the Philexel Business Park along Jack Nasser Drive here last Friday, reports said.

No casualties and injuries were reported during the fire, which has affected some 2,000 workers.

2 Jun 2013 - Gonzales files election protest vs Rodriguez

PAMPANGA -- Outgoing third district Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. of San Fernando has filed an election protest against City Mayor and Congressman-elect Oscar Rodriguez before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET).

In a 10-page protest, Gonzales accused Rodriguez, who garnered 140,826 votes over the former's 108,275 votes in last May 13 congressional race, of gross violation of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution 9585 in relation to Section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code (OEC) and massive vote buying.

2 Jun 2013 - Quarry collection hits P770-M target

PAMPANGA -- “We did it. We now consider our expected June 2013 collection of more or less P20 million a bonus to Capitol’s flagship industry.”

This was how Engr. Art Punsalan, Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGENRO) chief, gleefully described the feat as the quarry revenues in the administration of Governor Lilia Pineda and outgoing Vice-Governor Joseller “Yeng” Guiao hit the P770 million three-year challenge.

2 Jun 2013 - Capitol, NHA execs inspect potential evac centers

PAMPANGA -- Officials from the Provincial Government and National Housing Authority (NHA) recently led the inspection of potential evacuation centers in the province, as part of the preparation this coming rainy season.

Governor Lilia Pineda along with NHA Project Manager Ines Gonzales visited several hectares of lands in Barangays San Isidro in Magalang town, Telepayong, Arayat town and two separate lots in Floridablanca.

2 Jun 2013 - 37 CL colleges, universities hike tuition by 8%

PAMPANGA -- Barely a few days before the start of classes in the collegiate level here, the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) has allowed 37 private higher education institutions (HEIs) in Central Luzon to raise their tuition by an average of 8.86 percent this semester.

The tuition increase is equivalent of P44.48 per unit. The tuition hike applies to the 37 HEIs that applied for tuition and school fee increases effective June this year, along with the 354 colleges and universities around the country who will be increasing their fees this June. Around 55 of the 202 HEIs in Central Luzon have applied for tuition increase.

2 Jun 2013 - Ex-cop, 4 others fall in drug bust

PAMPANGA -- Four suspected big-time drug pushers, including a former policeman, were arrested over the weekend during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Paguiruan in Floridablanca.

Acting Pampanga police director Oscar Albayalde identified the arrested suspects as Erwin Musada, 34, alias Negro; Eddie Casupanan, 44; and Arjie Santos, 22, all of Barangay Del Carmen; and former Police Officer 2 Romano Mendoza alias Billy, 42, of Barangay Paguiruan.

1 Jun 2013 - Missing goats reported in Candaba

PAMPANGA -- Local goat breeders along the stretch of the Arayat-Apalit Setback Levee (Control) in Candaba reported to police that several of their goats have been missing, believed to have been taken by men on board a tricycle and single motorcycle seen roaming in their area.

They are now urging local police to increase their visibility to prevent this group of nonresidents from taking away their goats.