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Balibago News Aug-2013

31 Aug 2013 - Lawmaker supports Aquino on ‘pork’ stand

PAMPANGA -- Representative Oscar Rodriguez (Pampanga, third district) said he fully supports the decision of President Benigno Aquino III to suspend the release of priority development assistance fund (PDAF) of lawmakers until those involved in the pork barrel scam are charged.

Earlier, Rodriguez told he prefers to have the PDAF retained so long as the proper process in its use and release is followed, until the recent turn of events when the President took the staunch stand.

31 Aug 2013 - CKS, Kapampangan Pride launch K-12 book

PAMPANGA -- The Holy Angel University Center for Kapampangan Studies and the cultural group Kapampangan Pride led by Councilor Angie Hizon launched Friday the first of a series of books for children in Kinder to Grade 1.

The book’s layout was done by Jomark Punsalan with artwork of Reynaldo II Garcia. “Ing Asu at ing Alino” was edited by CKS cultural activities coordinator Erlinda Cruz.

31 Aug 2013 - Pineda lauds Filipino-Chinese community for school donations

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Saturday lauded the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) and the San Fernando Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (SFFCCII) as the two groups are set to donate more school buildings in Pampanga.

The two chambers are the No. 1 non-government school building donors in the province and arguably the whole country.

31 Aug 2013 - PNP holds consultation for proposed IRR of new firearms law

PAMPANGA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) conducted Wednesday a Central Luzon stakeholder’s consultation for the proposed Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunitions Regulations Act, which became a law last May.

Attendees included gun store owners and suppliers as well as representatives from law enforcement agencies and security agencies.

30 Aug 2013 - DPWH: Save residents

PAMPANGA -- Representative Juan Pablo Bondoc (Pampanga, fourth district) recently urged officials in towns near the San Fernando-Sto. Tomas-Minalin tail dike to support efforts of saving the lives of residents.

The lawmaker presented an analysis of the flooding problem in the third and fourth districts of Pampanga caused by waters coming from the Porac, Pasig-Potrero and Gugu Rivers.

30 Aug 2013 - DPWH: Mabalacat to sign 10-year contract for bus terminal

MABALACAT CITY -- The City Government is set to enter into a 10-year contract for the operation of the Mabalacat City Bus Terminal (MCBT) in its bid to boost economic development and decongest traffic.

The City Council has approved the renewal of the contract between the City Government and the Samson-Castro Realty, the owner of the 8000 square meter lot where the terminal is located.

30 Aug 2013 - DPWH: Businesswoman losses SUV to carnappers

ANGELES CITY -- A businesswoman lost a sports utility vehicle (SUV), which she parked in front of a restaurant along the circumferential road in Barangay Cutcut in Angeles City.

Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, said April Pamintuan, 24, a businesswoman, reported that her white Toyota Innova (with license plate UQQ-340) was carnapped.

30 Aug 2013 - DPWH: Pamintuan requires building inspection on business permits

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has issued an executive order requiring annual building inspections in securing business permits.

Pamintuan said inspection will ensure the structural stability of buildings, and that all architectural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, sanitary and safety standards are met.

30 Aug 2013 - DPWH: Security guard accused of robbery

PAMPANGA -- A security guard reportedly tried to rob the pawnshop he was supposed to be watching in Lubao town on Monday.

Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Pampanga police director, identified the suspect as Arjay David, 23, a member of Fil-Oris Security Guard Agency located at Sun Valley, Paranaque City.

30 Aug 2013 - DPWH: City Council moves to new home

PAMPANGA -- The City Council of San Fernando has a new home.

The council held its 9th regular session at the refurbished Jose Abad Santos Conference Hall at Heroes Hall in this city. It would serve as the exclusive official venue for its meetings, hearings and special gatherings.

30 Aug 2013 - DPWH: Man nabbed for stealing roosters

PAMPANGA -- Alex Hernandez from Barangay Bambang, Candaba landed in jail after he was caught stealing roosters Friday.

Hernandez was also involved in theft of several sacks of palay in Barangay Buas in 2009, said Police Officer 2 Rommel Delos Santos.

30 Aug 2013 - DPWH: Transfer of Pandaras school okayed

PAMPANGA -- Councilor Noel Tulabut said recently that the San Fernando City Council has approved his resolution seeking the transfer of the Barangay Pandaras Elementary School to safer ground.

Tulabut, chair of the City Council's committee on education, had earlier sought for the transfer of the school as it was directly under electric posts and high tension wires of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

29 Aug 2013 - DPWH: P637M needed for flood-control project

PAMPANGA -- An official of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Central Luzon said that some P637 million is needed for the proposed dredging of the Labuan, Camachile-Ventura and Dalan Pari Rivers.

DPWH Regional Director Antonio Molano said the dredging activity might be the ultimate solution to the life-threatening flooding problem in the towns of Minalin, Sto. Tomas, Macabebe and Masantol.

29 Aug 2013 - Monsoon rains destroy rice crops worth P105M

PAMPANGA -- The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist of Pampanga recently reported that some P105,166,356 of palay either in the vegetative or flowering stages have been damaged by the recent southwest monsoon rain enhanced by tropical storm Maring.

Acting Provincial Agriculturist Crispin Guintu said that a total of 11,753.15 hectares of farmlands planted with rice have been damaged by flood waters and affected 7,875 farmers from the four districts of the province.

29 Aug 2013 - Pregnant women in 2nd district get PhilHealth cards

PAMPANGA -- A number of pregnant women in Lubao received Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) cards from Governor Lilia Pineda in an effort to provide needed health coverage just before they give birth, and health services for their immediate family.

Pineda led the distribution at the Lubao Gym accompanied by 2nd District Board Members Tonton Torres and Salvador Dimson. Pineda said the coverage cards will greatly help in reducing the cost of giving birth that the family of the pregnant women would have to pay.

29 Aug 2013 - Candabeños thank guv for assistance

PAMPANGA -- Residents in Candaba town thanked the Provincial Government through Governor Lilia Pineda for distributing relief stubs to flood-affected communities.

These stubs were distributed by employees of the Provincial Government mostly from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

29 Aug 2013 - AUF medicine grads obtain 100% passing rate in licensure exams

ANGELES CITY -- Graduates of Angeles University Foundation (AUF) School of Medicine Class 2012 registered a 100 percent overall passing rate in the August 2013 Physician Licensure Examination.

This was learned from AUF president Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles who said that it is also the highest passing rate among all medical schools north of Metro Manila.

29 Aug 2013 - Cebu Pacific pushes for Open Skies with Japan

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) is advocating for Open Skies between the Philippines and Japan.

The airline firm issued the statement in an anticipation of the upcoming RP-Japan Air Consultation Talks on September 11-13, 2013 in Tokyo.

28 Aug 2013 - HAU student wins Palanca Award

ANGELES CITY -- A college student from Holy Angel University (HAU) bagged First Prize in the Kabataan Essay category of this year's Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

Rowin C. de Leon, a third-year Education student majoring in Social Studies and associate editor of Nexus, the student publication of the University’s College of Arts, Sciences and Education (CASEd), became the first Angelite to win the country's most prestigious literary competition.

28 Aug 2013 - Farmers urged to avail of insurance vs flooding

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) is now urging farmers to have their rice lands insured during the planting season to avail of financial assistance in case floodwaters damage their crops.

DA Regional Director Andrew Villacorta said the insurance is necessary to provide farmers with immediate assistance in case of disasters, like in the case of the recent flooding brought about by the southeast monsoon or habagat.

28 Aug 2013 - Wanted person nabbed in Mabalacat

MABALACAT CITY -- The local police recently arrested a wanted person facing two counts of attempted murder charges in this city.

Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Pampanga police director, said that a recent operation resulted in the arrest of Norman Maun, 27, a resident of 827 Sitio Bana, Barangay San Francisco.

28 Aug 2013 - Brothers drown while fishing

PAMPANGA -- Two men who were last seen fishing at the Porac-Gumain River in Barangay Remedios, Lubao town last Monday are now believed by the police to have drowned.

Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Pampanga police provincial director, identified the victims as Rex Lingad, 32, and his brother Rico, 26, both of Barangay Remedios, Lubao.

27 Aug 2013 - 2 armed men fail to get P400,000 loot

Two armed men on board a motorcycle tried to rob Carlos Pagtalunan, 25, of Sta. Maria, Balibago, who just withdrew P400,000 from a bank, but failed to take the loot after the money scattered on the road, reports said.

Pagtalunan did not want to hand over the money he had just withdrawn from a Metrobank branch in Dau, Mabalacat City to the suspects and as a result of the scuffle, the money scattered on the road while the gunamn shot him in the leg before escaping on their motorbike.

27 Aug 2013 - German Tourist arrersted

PAMPANGA -- Police arrested over the weekend a German national suspected of being a pedophile during a raid in his rented apartment and rescued two young girls, aged 8 and 9, found at the suspect’s room in Barangay Anunas, Angeles City.

Senior Supt. Eden Ugale, Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) acting director, identified the suspect as Stolte Hans Jurgen, alias “Kalbo”, temporarily staying at 19-2A Amazon Street, Riverside Subdivision in said village.

27 Aug 2013 - Capitol continues relief operations

PAMPANGA -- Weeks after the onslaught of the southwest monsoon, which inundated some 315 Pampanga barangays, Capitol continues its relief operations to augment efforts of affected municipalities.

Governor Lilia Pineda said on Tuesday relief operations were ongoing in the towns of Apalit, Sto. Tomas, Macabebe and Minalin.

27 Aug 2013 - Apalit mayor is new PML president

PAMPANGA -- From where former Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo left, Mayor Oscar Tetangco Jr. of Apalit starts as the new president of the influential Pampanga Mayors' League (PML).

Tetangco ran unopposed in the PML election on Tuesday at King's Royal Resort Hotel in Bacolor.

27 Aug 2013 - Hold Balibago water firm’s permit, group asks NWRB

ANGELES CITY -- An organization has asked the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) to hold the issuance of a certificate of public convenience to the Balibago Waterworks System Incorporated (BWSI).

Danilo Consumido, spokesperson of the Samahang Taga-Balibago Na Ang Adhikain ay Kalusugan (Sabak), said they are opposing the water firm's temporary NWRB permit, which would allow the local water provider to continue its services despite the expiration of its congressional franchise last June.

27 Aug 2013 - Folks laud DSWD for providing relief packs

Flood-affected residents in the coastal municipalities of the fourth district on Tuesday lauded the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for providing them relief goods.

The DSWD regional unit in Central Luzon is headed Director Adelina Apostol.

27 Aug 2013 - Parnasong Kapampangan celebrates Aldo Ning Amanung Sisuan

ANGELES CITY -- The Parnasong Kapampangan, in partnership with the Angeles City Tourism Office, led the celebration of the Aldo Ning Amanung Sisuan over the weekend in a bid to drum up awareness on the importance of using the Kapampangan language.

The celebration, which runs from August 26 to 30, includes seminars and workshops for teachers on how to use the language in classroom instruction.

26 Aug 2013 - Kabalens rally vs pork barrel

ANGELES CITY -- Auxiliary Bishop Pablo David on Monday led other church leaders and individuals in voicing out their cry against pork barrel and all forms of corruption in government, expressing their solidarity with other people from all across the country.

The bishop celebrated a Mass at the Holy Rosary Parish, which was attended by hundreds, to oppose the latest controversies involving the government.

26 Aug 2013 - Cayetano urges business groups towards united development

PAMPANGA -- Senator Alan Peter Cayetano has urged the business sector, through their respective business chambers in North Luzon, to speak with "one voice" towards the development of the Central and Northern Luzon Region.

Cayetano, in his message during the North Luzon Chamber President's meeting held concurrent with the 22nd North Luzon Area Business Conference at the Aquino Convention in Tarlac City last August 23, pointed out that business chambers play a crucial role in all the necessary infrastructure and human resource potentials to propel our country towards its journey to global competitiveness ascendancy.

26 Aug 2013 - ‘San Fernando not bankrupt,’ Santiago confirms

PAMPANGA -- Only the mayor could say if the city is bankrupt -- and based on Commission on Audit observations, San Fernando is not.

This was emphasized by Mayor Edwin Santiago on Monday in a press conference at Heroes Hall, where he disclosed that city hall's coffers are healthy contrary to allegations that it is bankrupt.

26 Aug 2013 - Rodriguez, Santiago hail ‘calamity’ heroes

PAMPANGA -- Representative Oscar Rodriguez and City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago on Monday paid tribute to City Government employees and private sector volunteers who paid a crucial role in responding to the recent calamity brought about by the southwest monsoon.

"This is the real essence of heroism. The exercise of self denial exemplified by stakeholders from the city and our private sector partners -- including our brother Masons -- in the recent calamity is much like the heroism of Dr. Jose Rizal, Gat Andres Bonifacio and all those who sacrificed their lives for us. Ang pagkakaisa at sakripisyo ang tunay na diwa ng pagmamahal sa bayan," Rodriguez, who was the guest of honor during the National Heroes' Day commemorative rites at Heroes Hall.

26 Aug 2013 - San Fernando forms local history committee

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Edwin Santiago on Monday issued an executive order creating a panel in-charge of writing the city's history.

In his Executive Order CMO 2013-024 (An Order Creating the City of San Fernando, Pampanga’s Executive Committee on Local History Writing), Santiago appointed Dr. Lourdes Javier of the Multi-Sectoral Governance Council (MSGC) Education, Culture Preservation and Sports Committee as chairperson.

26 Aug 2013 - Bonifacio poised to regain Balibago post

ANGELES CITY -- Former City Councilor Dr. Alfie Bonifacio is poised to reclaim the chairmanship of the biggest and wealthiest barangay in this city in the coming barangay polls this October.

The dentist-turned-politician, who lost in the recent vice mayoralty race, disclosed to media that he is running on a policy reform-agenda that seeks to align the barangay's governance direction and policy environment with that of Mayor Ed Pamintuan.

26 Aug 2013 - own distributes relief goods to flood-affected residents

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government of Candaba had recently started distributing relief goods to flood-affected residents.

Mayor Rene Maglanque said relief goods were purchased by the local government unit using part of the town's funds to provide the immediate food requirement of the people who were displaced by typhoon “Labuyo” and he southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical storm "Maring."

25 Aug 2013 - Kris extends aid to flood victims

President Benigno Aquino III’s sister and popular showbiz personality Kris Aquino over the weekend distributed thousands of packs of relief goods to flood victims.

Aquino, who first distributed the relief packs in Magalang town with First District Representative Joseller “Yeng” Guiao mid-afternoon, was accompanied by sister Balsy.

25 Aug 2013 - CDC eyes raw land for sports, industry

MABALACAT CITY -- Officials of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said they are eyeing a 100-hectare raw land for sports tourism, industry, and other uses.

Engineer Mariza Mandocdoc, CDC Vice President for Business Development and Enhancement Group, said the site will also be the location of the wakeboarding facility that will be run by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tiesa).

25 Aug 2013 - Labor strike vs HAU drags on

ANGELES CITY -- The labor strike of Holy Angel University Teachers and Employees Union (Hauteu) against Holy Angel University (HAU) is still far from over, as the administration has yet to bend to the demands of the protesters for increases in their salaries and benefits from HAU's tuition increases in the last three years.

Even talks mediated by Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David have yet to yield any substantial results in the resolution of the case.

25 Aug 2013 - Macabebe cops nab suspect for illegal drugs, firearm

PAMPANGA -- Police operatives in MAcabebe led by town police Chief Inspector John L. Clark arrested suspect Laurence Soriano for alleged illegal drug possession during a buy bust operation over the weekend.

Clark said Soriano now faces charges for violation of Sec.. 5, Art. II of RA 9165 and PD 1866 for illegal possession of firearms as amended by RA 8294, after police operatives found the latter to be carrying an undocumented firearm.

24 Aug 2013 - Guv, mayors want long-term solutions to flooding

PAMPANGA -- After “Habagat 2”, which again caused massive flooding that affected thousands of people and millions of pesos of damages to flood-mitigating infrastructure, provincial officials want long-term solutions to floods in the province.

Governor Lilia Pineda said she will be leading the convening of a technical working group that will look into recommendations and plans for long term solutions to Pampanga’s flooding problems.

24 Aug 2013 - Evacuees start to head home

PAMPANGA -- Village officials on Saturday have allowed the thousand of evacuees who were displaced by the onslaught of southwest monsoon rain to return to their homes as the weather in San Fernando improved.

City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco said clearances from the village chiefs of about 15 affected barangays was necessary to ensure the safety of evacuees when they return to their homes.

24 Aug 2013 - MVP companies, Gilas give aid to flood victims

PAMPANGA -- The Manny V. Pangilinan Group of Companies and Team Gilas Pilipinas on Saturday distributed thousands of packs of relief goods to Fernandinos affected by the southwest monsoon rain.

Mayor Edwin Santiago, Representative Oscar Rodriguez (3rd district), Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and Councilors Angie Hizon and BJ Lagman joined Team Gilas' Gary David, Beau Belga and executives of ABC-5, Maynilad and the Manila North Tollways Corporation-North Luzon Expressway at Heroes Hall in distributing the relief goods ferried in by the Philippine Marines.

24 Aug 2013 - 4 HAU publications finalists in National Book Awards

ANGELES CITY -- Four books published by Holy Angel University (HAU) are competing for this year's National Book Awards in three different categories.

The books are: Aro Katimyas Da! A Memory Album of Titled Kapampangan Beauties 1908-2012 by Alex R. Castro (Leisure Category); Galé at Gósu: Para Karing Mal a Patulunan by Crispin Cadiang (Non-Fiction Prose, Kapampangan Category); Kawatasan: Obrang Poeta Laureado by Joel Mallari (Poetry, Kapampangan Language Category) and Diwang Kayanakan Kawatasan Kapampangan: Sunis 1 by Roilingel Calilung, Adrian Lee Magcalas and Ernie Sabandal (Poetry, Kapampangan Language Category).

23 Aug 2013 - Sacked Liga prexy gets TRO

ANGELES CITY -- The Liga Ng Mga Barangay (Liga) president here who was ordered dismiss by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has secured a 72-hour temporary restraining order from the a local court.

Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Omar Viola directed Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan to desist from enforcing the questioned order implementing the consolidated ombudsman decision removing Liga President and Pulung Maragul chairman Joseph Dimapilis and eight other barangay officials from office.

23 Aug 2013 - Striking HAU teachers, employees get support

ANGELES CITY -- The Kilusan Para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD)-Cebu has expressed its support for the striking members and officers of the Holy Angel University Teachers and Employees Union (Hauteu).

The Hauteu went on strike August 15 demanding increases in their salaries and benefits from the university's tuition increases in the last three years. Students and various sectors have expressed support for the group.

23 Aug 2013 - BCDA to put up bailey bridge at damaged SCTex section

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said it was planning to put up a bailey bridge, with the help of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), to make the damaged portion of Pasig-Potrero Bridge of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) accessible to light vehicles.

"DPWH Secretary (Rogelio) Singson and I had discussed the matter and the BCDA and DPWH engineers are working on it already," BCDA president and CEO Arnel Paciano Casanova said as he assured the public that the Pasig-Potrero Bridge is structurally safe and withstood the strong lahar currents.

23 Aug 2013 - P212M crops in Central Luzon damaged by floods

PAMPANGA -- More than P212 million worth of rice, corn and other cops in Central Luzon were damaged by heavy rains and flooding brought about by tropical storm Maring-enhanced southwest monsoon.

The Regional Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) in Central Luzon reported Friday that the partial damaged to agriculture was estimated at P212,094,421.13.

23 Aug 2013 - Lahar threatens fishing industry

PAMPANGA -- Floodwaters carrying volcanic materials coming from the Gugu River is threatening the fishing industry in Minalin.

Mayor Edgar Flores said on Thursday that they are still in critical condition citing the volume of water flowing toward Minalin.

23 Aug 2013 - Dole prepares emergency employment for families displaced by monsoon rains

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Central Luzon Office on Friday started massive preparations for emergency employment of families affected by the recent torrential rains and floods.

Regional Director Raymundo Agravante said the department will tap anew its “Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers” or Tupad Program to help displaced workers recover from the effects of the calamity that struck the whole region.

22 Aug 2013 - Guv calls on mayors: Use calamity funds efficiently

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Thursday called on mayors in flooded towns here to use their calamity funds efficiently in addressing the needs of families in evacuation centers and in flood mitigation efforts as 290 of Pampanga’s 505 barangays are still under floodwater.

Pineda added that the Provincial Government of Pampanga is ready to augment relief operations, rescue teams and other logistical support in case municipal resources are not sufficient.

22 Aug 2013 - Monsoon flood death toll rises to 8

PAMPANGA -- Floodwaters spawned by torrential rains over the past several days have killed eight people in Central Luzon and left two others missing, the Regional Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) said Thursday.

Two more fatalities, one in Subic and another one in Masinloc, were reported in Zambales on Thursday. Both victims died from drowning, the RDRRMC said.

22 Aug 2013 - Mayor calls for forced evacuation of residents

PAMPANGA -- The local chief executive of Candaba on Thursday issued an order directing barangay officials and local police here to implement a forced evacuation of residents living near the Pampanga River.

Mayor Rene Maglanque said the water level at the river was at critical height and affected low-lying communities.

22 Aug 2013 - Displaced tiangge operators appeal for reconsideration

MABALACAT CITY -- A group of tiangge operators displaced by an executive order issued by the Office of the Mayor appealed to the City Government to reconsider their plight.

The group participated in the third hearing initiated by the City Council committee on public market chaired by Councilor Carlo Nino Rivera on Thursday.

22 Aug 2013 - Construction ITC signs pact with Dole

PAMPANGA -- The newly-created Pampanga Construction Industrial Tripartite Council or PCITC on Thursday signed the Voluntary Code of Good Practices (VCGP) with the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Central Luzon Office.

Regional Director Raymundo Agravante identified the members of the PCITC as Construction, GPPC Construction, Phil. Steel Framing Corporation, Omicron Construction, EML Construction, Hariden Construction, MJBZ Construction, RB Diwa Construction, RB Diwa Construction, and Al Dare Construction.

22 Aug 2013 - San Fernando tail dike gets ‘breather’

PAMPANGA -- The San Pedro Cutud portion of the San Fernando-Sto. Tomas-Minalin Tail Dike on Thursday got a "breather" from an overspill threat, as waters receded considerably overnight and rains became intermittent the whole morning.

Barangay chairman Masu Dela Cruz said as of 10 a.m. Thursday, the San Fernando portion of the tail dike had one and a half feet of free board.

22 Aug 2013 - Funds for projects vs flooding sought

PAMPANGA -- Two of the province’s officials are seeking funding for flood control projects in a bid to protect and save lives and properties not only of residents in the eight towns of Pampanga, but nearby provinces in Central Luzon.

Representative Juan Pablo Bondoc (Pampanga, 4th district) asked Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson to fund some P240 million worth of flood control projects, while Mabalacat Mayor Marino Morales is also urging the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to provide funding for slope protection projects along the major waterways in the new city.

21 Aug 2013 - San Fernando roads still impassable

PAMPANGA -- Like in most parts of the province affected by tropical storm "Maring" and the southwest monsoon, many major roads in this city remain impassable to light vehicles as floodwaters are slow to recede.

The still considerably deep floodwaters, compounded by torrential rains, have also sent thousands of Fernandinos to various evacuation centers for safety.

21 Aug 2013 - Pamintuan orders demolition of shanties along Abacan River

ANGELES CITY -- Citing the safety of residents in communities along the Abacan River, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan ordered the demolition of shanties and other structures along the river banks.

"Our concern here is the safety of our people living dangerously along the river bank," said Pamintuan in his directive.

21 Aug 2013 - Bridge at SCTEx collapses, rerouting implemented

CLARK FREEPORT --- A portion of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) has been closed to traffic since Tuesday after the approach of the Pasig-Potrero Bridge at the Porac section collapsed due to torrential rain.

In a statement, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said the section of SCTEx from Clark South going to Porac has been closed to ensure the safety of the motorists.

21 Aug 2013 - Hizon proposes putting up of check gates in ring dike

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Jomar Hizon revived his plan to install check gates at the ring dike to lessen the impact of floodwater pressure in the event of flashfloods.

Hizon said the proposal was agreed in principle during an ocular inspection with heads of various local government units and government engineers.

21 Aug 2013 - Angeles village chief asks aid for flood victims

ANGELES CITY -- A village chief here asked for assistance for some almost 50 families affected by flooding and lateral erosion along the Abacan River.

The affected residents are temporarily staying at the Pineda Gutierrez Elementary School and they need food, clothing, medicines and blankets, said Tabun village chairman Alma Mercado.

21 Aug 2013 - Body of slain nurse laid to rest in Angeles

ANGELES CITY -- The remains of Kapampangan nurse Erano Santos who was killed in Cordova, Tennessee last July 21 was finally laid to rest at the Holy Mary Memorial Park on Wednesday.

It could be remembered that Santos was found near the Stonebridge Crossing Apartments in Cordova, Tennessee, USA by Memphis police. Santos, 33, sustained a gunshot wound that caused his death, reports added.

20 Aug 2013 - Malls start drive for flood victims

PAMPANGA -- Two prominent malls in this city initiated their respective donation drives to help victims of the torrential rains that spawned floods and affected thousands of Kapampangans.

SM City Pampanga Public Relations Officer Rain Cervantes said SM Foundation's Operation Tulong Express (OPTE) booth has now been mobilized at the marathon mall here.

20 Aug 2013 - Ex-mayor: City is not bankrupt

PAMPANGA -- "When I left the office on June 30, it is very clear, there were P447 million left in the coffers of the City of San Fernando, I did not leave a bankrupt local government unit."

Thus, emphasized former City of San Fernando mayor and now Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez, as he dismissed rumors and allegations that he left City Hall bankrupt and its coffers empty.

20 Aug 2013 - Heavy rains flood 104 barangays

PAMPANGA -- Some 104 barangays from the Pampanga’s 11 towns and one city have been submerged in floodwaters as of Monday afternoon, partial reports from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) said.

Under floodwaters are the towns of Macabebe (25 barangays), Masantol (11), Minalin (1), San Simon (2), Candaba (1), Bacolor (3), Sta.Rita (5), Sasmuan (11), Guagua (26), Floridablanca (3), Lubao (12) and the City of San Fernando, (4).

19 Aug 2013 - KBP penalizes broadcaster

ANGELES CITY -- The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) has reprimanded and censured a block-time anchorman and a local radio station here for serious violation of the Broadcast Code.

In a four-page decision of KBP's Standard Authority dated July 17, 2013, broadcaster Medardo "Med" David and GV Broadcasting System, owner and operator of radio stations GVFM 99.1 and GVAM 792, were found to have violated Article 4, Section 2 of the organization's radio code, which includes “programs intended to malign, unfairly criticize or attack a person, natural or juridical are prohibited.”

19 Aug 2013 - HAUTEU members brave foul weather for sake of strike

ANGELES CITY -- Members of the protesting Holy Angel University Teachers and Employees Union (HAUTEU) are still on labor strike despite the inclement weather over the weekend.

The HAUTEU went on strike last Thursday, demanding increases in their salaries and benefits from the HAU's tuition increases in the last three years.

19 Aug 2013 - Cupang pupils get school supplies from PamCham

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) donated school supplies to 181 pupils of the Cupang Elementary School in Arayat town, as part of their corporate social responsibility program.

The donation came at the request of school principal Joel De Ala and Parent Teacher Association president Jenny Salac.

19 Aug 2013 - Town conducts round-the-clock monitoring

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government of Candaba, since the onslaught of Typhoon "Labuyo", has been conducting round-the-clock monitoring of all major river channels and tributaries in the town.

Mayor Rene Maglanque said this effort is aimed at ensuring the safety of all Candabeños, particularly those living near Pampanga River, Maasim and Malisik Dikes.

17 Aug 2013 - Cops nab suspected drug pushers

PAMPANGA -- Authorities arrested two suspected drug pushers in separate incidents in Macabebe and Arayat, reports said.

Suspect Arnel Y. Mallari, 37, resident of Barangay Bebe Anac of Masantol town, was arrested the other day for allegedly carrying suspected drugs for an alleged buyer in the said town.

17 Aug 2013 - Subic energy firm enrolls in labor program

SUBIC FREEPORT -- The Subic EnerZone (SEZ) Corporation has formally enrolled in the Department of Labor and Employment’s (Dole) Kapatiran Wise-TAV (KWT) Program.

Regional Director Raymundo Agravante, of Dole-Central Luzon, said the SEZ “will set the tone for Subic Bay Freeport Zone locators to adhere a culture of voluntary compliance to labor laws as a way of life.”

17 Aug 2013 - BM asks PB: Look into plight of Clark farmers

CLARK FREEPORT -- First District Board Member Crisostomo Garbo asked the Provincial Board’s Agriculture and Human Rights committees to look into the concerns of some 208 farmers planting various crops inside the Clark Freeport.

During the regular session on Friday at the Capitol, Garbo said the farmers, majority of whom had been farming in the Freeport since 1978, had allegedly been “encountering problems with CDC (Clark Development Corporation) policies and restrictions.”

16 Aug 2013 - SWAT training urged

PAMPANGA -- The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team of the Pampanga police office is pushing for a synchronized training on high risk operations with participants coming from stations in various towns and cities in Pampanga.

The provincial SWAT unit handles hostage rescue operations, high risks arrests and entered armored or barricaded buildings.

16 Aug 2013 - Community hospital to rise in San Simon town

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government disclosed that another community hospital is set to be constructed in Barangay Santo Niño in San Simon.

The project will be realized through a private and public partnership, said Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda.

16 Aug 2013 - Situation in flooded towns returning to normal

PAMPANGA -- The situation in coastal communities in the province has returned to normal as water level in Pampanga River started to subside on Friday, the local disaster agency reported.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said several communities in the towns of Candaba, Masantol, Macabebe and San Simon were flooded during onslaught of Typhoon "Labuyo" early this week.

15 Aug 2013 - Teachers, workers hold strike vs HAU

ANGELES CITY -- Holy Angel University (HAU), the biggest university in Central Luzon, is now facing a labor strike from members of its unionized employees, as they demand increases in their salaries and benefits from the HAU's tuition increases in the last three years.

The Holy Angel University Teachers and Employees Union (Hauteu) started their labor strike Thursday morning, a day before the HAU is set to confer an honoris causa on Manila Archbishop Antonio Cardinal Tagle.

15 Aug 2013 - CIA shows readiness in disaster exercise

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport (CIA) showed its readiness in handling emergency situations in a simulation done by more than 400 firemen, medical response teams, airlines, local government units and the Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Thursday.

"The Clark Airport is at high level of readiness in coping with airport emergency disaster" said Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano during the culmination of the three-day 3rd Air Crash Drill Full Scale Emergency Exercise held at the secondary runway of the Clark Airport.

15 Aug 2013 - Suspected top drug peddler in Lubao falls

PAMPANGA -- Authorities on Tuesday arrested the alleged top illegal drug personality in Lubao town, reports said.

Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Pampanga police provincial director, said combined Lubao police and Anti-Illegal Drugs Operation Task Force arrested Luisito Datu Jr., alias Ka Chito, known to be the number one drug personality in the town of Lubao during a buy-bust operation in Barangay San Nicolas 1st of the said town.

15 Aug 2013 - Flood-affected residents get financial aid

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government here had provided financial assistance to families in Barangay Sto. Nino Candaba affected by the recent Typhoon "Labuyo."

Each of the eight families who lost their houses received an immediate assistance amounting to at least P5,000.

15 Aug 2013 - CDC: Donggwang Clark complying with ECC

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said that the Donggwang Clark Corporation (DCC), which is developing a $400-million tourism estate here, is complying with the guidelines under its Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC).

Engineer Mariza Mandocdoc, CDC vice president for Business Development and Business Enhancement Group, said there are no violations in the controversial Korean firm's golf course and leisure park construction.

15 Aug 2013 - Task force inspects utility lines

PAMPANGA -- The Task Force Spaghetti Cables, a team comprised of all utility companies operating in San Fernnando, conducted an ocular inspection of utility cables and posts that have become obstructions here in line with the widening of the McArthur highway.

The task force is composed of the Philippine Long Distance Telecommunications, Digitel, Smart, Globe, ComClark, SCN and the an Fernando Electric Light and Power Company Inc. as well as officials from the Department of Public Works and Highways, National Telecommunications Company, City Government of San Fernando and Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PanCham).

15 Aug 2013 - Another birthing station inaugurated

The Department of Health-Center for Health and Development (DOH-CHD) in Central Luzon on Thursday led the inauguration of a birthing station in Barangay San Jose San Simon.

Director Leonita Gorgolon together with Governor Lilia Pineda, Mayor Leonora Wong and other local elected officials spearheaded the activity.

14 Aug 2013 - Camoperator raided

Six women have been rescued from a house allegedly being used as a cybersex den in Barangay Malabanias.

Three suspects, identified as Maybel Oranga, Bryan Sagmit and Christian Chameco, were arrested in the raid.

14 Aug 2013 - Locals lose homes in wake of ‘Labuyo’

PAMPANGA -- Eight families in Barangay Vizal Sto. Nino, Candaba lost their houses after the wall of the Maasim Dike failed to contain the strong water current in the height of Typhoon "Labuyo."

Oleva Manalastas, 84, a displaced resident, narrated that the water at the Maasim River started to build up beyond its alert level, which immediately caused alarm over the people living in the locality.

14 Aug 2013 - Lantern fest eyed as ‘Asean event’

PAMPANGA -- Expect this year's Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) to be bigger, more colorful and merrier.

This was bared recently by the GLF Executive Committee headed by community volunteer and civic leader Engr. Marni Castro, as the group created by Mayor Edwin Santiago's Executive Order 2013-021 initialized plans for the yearly "Ligligan Parul" on December 14.

14 Aug 2013 - P3M rehabilitated waterway to protect Sta. Rita from floods

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda led the opening of the newly renovated creek canal worth P3 million located in Barangay San Matias, Sta Rita Monday.

The renovation included the rip-rapping of the 408-linear meter canal, which was heavily damaged by the monsoon floods in August last year. The floodwater brought significant damage to the town's business district in Barangay San Vicente.

14 Aug 2013 - DA holds food terminal summit at Clark Freeport

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Central Luzon through the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) hosted the "Barangay Food Terminal Summit 2013" at Oxford Hotel inside Clark Freeport.

DA Regional Executive Director Andrew B. Villacorta told participants, particularly entrepreneurs, that they contribute to the inclusive growth of the country specifically the agriculture industry. The summit ran from August 13 to 14.

14 Aug 2013 - Tourism programs to show ‘best’ of Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Arthur Tugade said he will implement tourism-related programs to show the best of Clark and its environs.

CDC has coordinated with Clark Investors and Locators Association and local government units in Pampanga and Tarlac to realize the project.

14 Aug 2013 - Ex-Pangasinan lawmaker to hold campus tour in Pampanga

ANGELES CITY -- Former Pangasinan representative Ma. Rachel Arenas is set to hold a campus tour and grace the respective student assemblies of some six universities in the province on Saturday.

Arenas, a staunch advocate of the youth and education, will deliver a keynote speech in each of the school's National Service Training Program (NSTP) student assemblies.

14 Aug 2013 - 68 dead dogs confiscated in San Simon

PAMPANGA -- Local police in San Simon confiscated on Tuesday the bodies of 68 dogs that are about to be transported to Baguio City, where it will be sold for consumption.

Chief Inspector Michael John Riego, San Simon police chief, said they intercepted the van loaded with dead dogs after they received information that the said vehicle will pass through their town.

13 Aug 2013 - P25M per day from quarry operations

PAMPANGA -- The quarry industry in Pampanga puts in some P25 million per day to the local economy, directly benefiting thousands of Kapampangans, aside from boosting Capitol's coffers, a local official said on Tuesday.

Engr. Art Punsalan, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources officer, said during a meeting with around 60 quarry operators and permittees that the "ripple effect" of quarrying in the province benefits various sectors – from pedicabs, carinderias and vulcanizing shops -- that pushes the wheels of Pampanga's economy on a daily basis.

13 Aug 2013 - CIA ready for emergencies

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano assured that major airport in Zambales is ready to handle any type of emergency situation.

Luciano issued the statement during the opening of the three-day 3rd Air Crash Drill Full Scale Exercise at the Officer’s Club here Tuesday

13 Aug 2013 - Cook fest serves best ‘Sizzling Sisig’

ANGELES CITY -- After an hour and a half of cooking different varieties of Pampanga's famous "pulutan," the local government here on Monday announced the winners of the cooking festival, "101 ways to cook Sizzling Sisig."

The winning recipes per category include: Pork Sisig (Pork Category) from Daycare staff and teachers led by Soledad Lobo; Sisig Labong (Vegetable Category) from Barangay Nutrition Scholars led by Marilyn Dalusung; Healthy Mama Dory Sizzling Sisig (Seafood Category) from Daycare staff/teachers led by Cynthia M. Tompong; and Spicy Chicken Sisig (Poultry Category) from the Gender and Development Office (GAD) led by Consorcia Dayrit.

13 Aug 2013 - 107 PNP personnel join Scout training

PAMPANGA -- One hundred seven personnel of Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3), 24 of whom are females, participated in the opening ceremony of the of the 45-day rigid training on Special Counter Insurgency Operations Unit Training or Scout.

The Scout is being conducted by the Regional Public Safety Battalion personnel, who are equipped and well-trained with different tactics and strategies in combat operations.

13 Aug 2013 -

PAMPANGA -- Police authorities on Monday arrested three suspected drug traders from Baguio City who tried to drop 1.5 grams of dried marijuana leaves in Barangay Santiago, Tarlac.

Concepcion police chief Superintendent Joyce Patrick Sanggalang identified the arrested suspects as Rudirillo Palangdao, 30; Armando Gilpo, 29; and Cesar Ian Rabang, 19, all of Baguio City.

13 Aug 2013 - Chinese nabbed for shabu possession

A 44-year-old Chinese national was apprehended last week for possession of illegal drugs during an operation in Juan Luna St., Barangay Poblacion, Tarlac.

Superintendent Bayani Razalan, Tarlac City police chief, identified the suspect as Henrich Cua of Lot 24, Block 5, National Housing Authority, Barangay Burot, Tarlac City.

12 Aug 2013 - Suspected ‘flying voters’ discovered

ANGELES CITY -- A candidate for Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections filed a petition before the local Commission on Election (Comelec) office here seeking to invalidate the registration of 16 suspected flying voters.

Judy Ann Bringas, a candidate for SK councilor in Barangay Balibago, opposed the registration of the youth applicants since they are not residents of the Barangay Balibago.

12 Aug 2013 - Mang Inasal inside SM Clark robbed

ANGELES CITY -- Unidentified men carted away the P229,000 total cash collection of the Mang Inasal fastfood chain inside SM Clark in Angeles City over the weekend.

Carmalyn Hernandez, 26, store manager of Mang Inasal, together with her staff, discovered that the safety box mounted on a steel cabinet was detached when they opened shop Sunday. They also noticed the back door was open.

11 Aug 2013 - Pelco-I conducts tree planting in Magalang

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga I Electric Cooperative Inc. (Pelco I) conducted a tree-planting activity at the foot of Mt. Arayat at BLISS, Barangay San Vicente, Magalang town, over the weekend.

The activity is a part of the National Electrification Administration’s (NEA) celebration of the National Electrification Awareness Month this August and in support to President Benigno Aquino III’s National Greening Program (NGP) under Executive Order 43.

11 Aug 2013 - Team formed to monitor mall’s projects

MABALACAT CITY -- A multi-partite team was formed to monitor the ongoing expansion project of SM City Clark that covers portions of Angeles City and this component city.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Luzon office and the Premier Central Inc., owner of SM Supermalls, has forged an agreement forming the Multi-Partite Monitoring Team (MMT).

11 Aug 2013 - 3. Riders-in-tandem cart away P350,000 in jewelry, gadgets

ANGELES CITY -- Pamela Ponce, 42, married, of #5 RV Ponce St. Don Pepe Subdivision, Balibago, has been victimized by riders-in-tandem who successfully carted away jewelry, gadgets and other valuables amounting to more than P350,000 last Saturday.

Ponce was walking along Caltex gasoline station in Barangay Sto. Cristo and was about to cross the McArthur Highway going to her vehicle when the suspects on board a motorcycle grabbed the victim's shoulder bag containing a wristwatch valued at P40,000, cash amounting to P40,000, iPhone 5, three sets of earrings worth P250,000, driver's license, Planters and BDO checkbooks with ready signatures.

11 Aug 2013 - Fire razes 2 houses in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- At least two houses were destroyed in a fire along Broadway Street inside the Marisol Subdivision here on Saturday.

No one was hurt but the cost of damage was estimated at P800,000, said Senior Fire Officer 2 Cris Lalic.

9 Aug 2013 - 400 firemen to join Clark airport drill

CLARK FREEPORT -- Some 400 firemen from different local government units, agencies and private sector are expected to participate in the 3rd Airport Emergency Full-Scale Exercise of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC).

The event, which was set on August 13 to 15, is supported by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) and the Philippine Red Cross-Central Luzon.

9 Aug 2013 - Standardized permit, licensing good for biz sector

PAMPANGA -- Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. vice chairman Rene Romero said on Friday that a simplified, standardized and streamlined Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) in all local government units (LGU) across the country will be beneficial to the business and investment sectors.

Romero, who also chairs the Central Luzon Competitiveness Council, said the National Competitiveness Council is pushing for the Regulatory Simplification Project (RSP) that aims to assist LGUs in “fostering a business climate that will contribute to private sector development as well as the economic development of a particular town or city.”

9 Aug 2013 - DOT sets fun run for World Tourism Day

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Tourism (DOT)–Central Luzon, together with the Alliance of Travel and Tour Agencies of Pampanga (Attap) and the Pampanga Agents Travel Society (Pats), will lead the celebration of World Tourism Day (WTD) on September 29 with a fun run at the Clark Parade Grounds.

DOT-Central Luzon Director Ronaldo Tiotuico said Attap and Pats are represented by their presidents, Marcia Hernandez and Roelson Ferry, during the event, which will start at 5 a.m.

9 Aug 2013 - Vice guv orders arrest of wanted persons

PAMPANGA -- Vice Governor Dennis Pineda instructed chiefs of police in various municipalities in Pampanga on Thursday to track down and arrest individuals with pending warrants of arrest.

He said the two recent shooting incidents in Pampanga were perpetrated by residents with pending warrants of arrest.

8 Aug 2013 - Police: Pampanga still in poll watch list

PAMPANGA -- Police Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde said on Thursday that the province of Pampanga is still in the election watch list in relation to the upcoming Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and barangay elections.

He made this statement during the command conference attended by provincial and municipal executives together with the respective chiefs of police.

8 Aug 2013 - Eco groups unite for Central Luzon

ANGELES CITY -- Environmentalists belonging to several organizations in Central Luzon gathered in this city the other day in a bid to work for an agenda on environmental protection.

The groups, led by Auxiliary Bishop Pablo David and former Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) chairman Felicito Payumo, formed a coalition during a symposium at the Holy Rosary Parish.

8 Aug 2013 - Mayors allot 1% of IRA for anti-drug campaign

PAMPANGA -- The municipal mayors in the province on Thursday agreed to allocate at least one percent of their internal revenue allotments (IRA) for the anti-illegal drug campaigns of their respective law enforcement authorities.

Apalit Mayor Jun Tetangco said the intended funds will be used by the police for anti-drug operations.

8 Aug 2013 - Village officials urged to support police’s peace, order initiatives

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government on Thursday called on village officials to support the peace and order programs of their respective police force, as she gave explicit orders to municipal mayors to be consistent in allocating funding support for the local police.

Gov. Lilia Pineda made this statement during the Command Conference at King’s Royale, attended by Police Provincial Director Oscar Albayalde, mayors and their respective chiefs of police.

8 Aug 2013 - Pampanga police, Calcutta Medical Center sign for service benefits

PAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon and Mother Teresa of Calcutta Medical Center (MTCMC) on Monday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on police and non-uniformed personnel benefits as well as their immediate family members.

The MOA signing, with the theme “Agarang Tulong Medikal para sa Kapulisan” was held at PRO-Central Luzon administration building.

8 Aug 2013 - David hailed most supportive on PNP community programs

PAMPANGA -- Porac Vice Mayor Dexter Albert David has been hailed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) here as this year’s most supportive vice mayor in the implementation of the Police Community Relations program of the PNP for 2012-2013.

David was honored by the PNP for the support he has given to the projects and activities for Porac police. The award was presented by Pampanga Police Provincial Director Oscar Abayalde with Department of the Interior and Local Government Provincial Director Myrvi A. Fabia the other day.

8 Aug 2013 - Farmers demand immediate distribution of Luisita farmlands

MABALACAT CITY -- Farmers belonging to the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL) and Alyansa ng Manggawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala) demanded the repeal of Republic Act No. 9700 (Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with “Reforms") and the immediate and free distribution of Hacienda Luisita lands in Tarlac City.

The farmer groups held their protest in marking the 4th year of implementation of the said law on August 7.

8 Aug 2013 - ‘Sizzling Sisig’ cooking fest slated in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government, in support to the One-Town-One-Product (Otop) project of the National Government, will launch a contest that will showcase the many ways on how one can cook, serve and enjoy sizzling sisig.

The contest, dubbed as “101 Ways to Cook Sizzling Sisig”, will be held on August 12, 9:00 a.m. at the Marquee Mall Open Grounds.

7 Aug 2013 - Mayor dismayed over city’s peace and order

MABALACAT CITY -- The city mayor expressed dismay over the peace and order situation in his area following several incidents of killings, robbery, carnapping, and other crimes in the city.

Apart from the ambush-slay of a village chief from Bacolor town and his two aides in Barangay Bundagul last week, another victim identified as Roberto Laxamana, a tricycle driver, was gunned down in Barangay San Francisco at dawn Wednesday.

7 Aug 2013 - City asks probe on wakeboard operation

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council is asking concerned offices of the City Government to shed light on the operation of wakeboard facility inside the Deca Clark Resort Residences in Barangay Margot.

Councilor Max Sangil said the City Council passed a resolution directing the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), Business Permit and Licensing Division and other offices to conduct a probe if the water sports facility secured proper business permits other clearances from the local government unit.

7 Aug 2013 - NEDA okays BCDA’s Clark Green City project

CLARK FREEPORT -- The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Board Committee on Infrastructure (Infracom) has given its seal of approval for the development of some 36,000 hectares in the Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone into a new city half the size of Metro Manila.

BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Arnel Paciano Casanova said the Neda Infracom, chaired by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and Neda Director-General Arsenio Balisacan, has agreed to endorse the Clark Green City Master Development Plan to President Benigno Aquino III for final approval.

7 Aug 2013 - Check on classroom construction backlogs urged

PAMPANGA -- Officials of various agencies on Wednesday met Gov. Lilia Pineda and the Provincial Board’s Committee on Education at the Executive House of the Capitol to find solutions that will address the backlog in the construction of additional classrooms in barangay public schools under the wing of the Provincial Government.

Committee on Education chairman 2nd District Board Member Art Salalila said that the governor convened the group to find out what is causing the backlog and how it can be addressed soonest.

7 Aug 2013 - Capitol expands Negosyu King Panyulung Program

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga is set to expand its Negosyu King Panyulung Program (NPP) in a bid to enhance and expand livelihood opportunities for Kapampangans.

Provincial Cooperative and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCEDO) head Mamerto Gatus said the program is in support of the Food Security Program of Gov. Lilia Pineda.

7 Aug 2013 - New vice mayors league prexy from Porac

PAMPANGA -- Porac Vice Mayor Dexter Albert David was elected as the new president of the Vice Mayors League on Wednesday at the King Royale Hotel in Bacolor town.

David said he feels honored by the confidence given to him by his fellow vice mayors from Pampanga’s different municipalities. He said he will foster cooperation between members of the league and pursue mutually beneficial endeavors on possible areas of cooperation. David said that his leadership of the league will be marked by cascading best practices in local legislation among members.

7 Aug 2013 - Mayor orders sandbagging at San Francisco River

PAMPANGA -- Minalin Mayor Edgar Flores on Wednesday instructed the municipal engineer to immediately conduct a sandbagging activity at the entry point of the San Franciso River to contain a flooding threat.

He said he “cannot just sit and wait” until some six barangays near the river are submerged under floodwaters due to heavy siltation.

6 Aug 2013 - Suspect in village chief’s slay falls

PAMPANGA -- Police arrested on Tuesday one of the suspects who they believe is responsible behind the ambush-slay of a Bacolor barangay chairman and two others Saturday night.

Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Pampanga police provincial director, identified the suspect as Alvin Sigua, 47, of Paralaya Street, Barangay Sta. Barbara, Bacolor town.

6 Aug 2013 - Navy’s newest warship arrives in Subic

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Subic welcomed the arrival of Philippine Navy's newest warship, the BRP Ramon Alacaraz, at its Alava Pier with President Benigno Aquino III leading the rites on Tuesday.

President said Philippine Navy's newest warship embodies the gallantry of World War 2 veteran Ramon Alcaraz, who withstood the odds to fight the war planes of Japanese forces.

6 Aug 2013 - Probe on Bacolor execs’ killing sought

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales has ordered for an intensive investigation on the recent killing of a village chairman and his two aides in Bacolor town.

Morales said he directed Police Superintendent Ferdinand Perez to go after the killers of Rodrigo Tongol Lopez and his aides Pedro Canlas Sambo and Merlito Pineda Naguit, who all died in an ambush in Barangay Bundagul here on Saturday.

6 Aug 2013 - Minalin in ‘clear and present danger’ – mayor

PAMPANGA -- Minalin's Mayor Edgar Flores, during an ocular inspection of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Gugu Dike, said “there is clear and present danger in the town.”

He said that aside from strengthening Gugu Dike's foundation, there is also a need to desilt a portion of the river going to San Francisco in order to protect thousands of residents in at least six adjacent barangays.

6 Aug 2013 - Board member supports drive vs illegal recruitment

PAMPANGA -- Board Member Rosve Henson expressed support on Tuesday on the anti-illegal recruitment initiative proposed by the office of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

This came as Atty. Filbert Torres, a representative from the vice president’s office, met with provincial government officials and executives from the regional offices of the National Bureau of Investigation, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Department of Labor and Employment and Pampanga Action Center for OFWs Concerns.

6 Aug 2013 - 14 vehicles in drag race seized by Arayat police

PAMPANGA -- A total of 14 different types of vehicles involved in a drag race along Barangay San Pablo-Arenas in Arayat town were confiscated by police operatives last Sunday, reports said.

In a report here, Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Pampanga police provincial director, said that 11 single motorcycles -- a Suzuki; black Bonus X110 SYM (9383-OH); red and black Honda Wave 100 (RI-7418); black Honda XRM (TQ-4914); black Yamaha without plate; red Honda XRM 110 (IB-2947); yellow Honda Wave 100(US-3518); black Suzuki X4 (BY-4135); orange Suzuki Raider 150 with no plate number; blue Honda TMX 155 (1284-IT), and a blue Honda Wave 100 (ID-3382).

5 Aug 2013 - Buses, trucks banned from using CSF flyover

PAMPANGA -- Big trucks and buses will no longer be allowed to use the San Fernando Flyover at the intersection of Jose Abad Santos Avenue and MacArthur Highway (Manila North Road) in Barangay Dolores, starting Monday, August 6, to “protect the structural integrity” of the structure.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will install two 2.4-meter approach-restriction height barriers to prevent buses and trucks from using the flyover, making it only passable to light and small vehicles.

5 Aug 2013 - Mayor offers half million reward for info on village exec's slay

PAMPANGA -- Bacolor Mayor Jose Maria Hizon yesterday offered a P500,000 cash reward for any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects in the August 3 slay of Barangay Mesalipit chairman Rodrigo Lopez Tongol and two others.

Hizon, in a meeting with Pampanga Provincial police officer-in-charge Oscar Albayalde, said he is offering the reward to speed up the resolution of the case.

5 Aug 2013 - ATM skimming device found in Metrobank

ANGELES CITY -- A device which police calls as a “skimming device”, used to copy passwords and other information of ATM card holders, was found on Sunday at a Metrobank branch at the Devera Hotel along Don Juico Avenue in Barangay Malabanias, Angeles City.

Michael Sta. Maria, a security guard, found the device which he first thought was an improvised explosive device.

5 Aug 2013 - DOH launches program to combat lifestyle diseases

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has embarked on a provincial awareness program in a bid to drum up support to combat lifestyle diseases and unhealthy lifestyle practices through the launching of “Pilipinas Go4Health Movement” at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

The launching featured talks, discussions and dance numbers on how to combat lifestyle diseases and promote healthy lifestyle practices. The event was led by DOH Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon, Gov. Lilia Pineda and Vice Gov. Dennis Pineda and attended by barangay health workers (BHW) and local health stakeholders in Pampanga.

5 Aug 2013 - Pamintuan: ‘City vibrant; Angeleños happy’

ANGELES CITY -- “Because everything is planned, Angeles City continues to be vibrant and Angeleños are very happy of what is happening.”

Thus shared Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan in a recent “Kapihan with Media,” where he expressed his optimism that Angeles City will continue to grow in the coming years under his administration.

5 Aug 2013 - Community health workers to receive allowance

PAMPANGA -- Some 2,600 registered community health workers in the province are expected to receive monthly allowances amounting to at least P500, half of which will come from the Provincial Government and the remaining half from the Department of Health.

This came as the provincial legislative body through the Committee on Health approved a measure granting the allowance, as gesture of paying back their sacrifices in carrying out the health programs of Gov. Lilia Pineda.

5 Aug 2013 - PNoy to grace welcome rites of new warship in Subic

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- President Benigno Aquino III is expected to grace the welcome ceremonies here for the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) today.

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto Garcia said the Alava Pier here has been prepared for the ceremony, which is expected to be graced by President Aquino and top government and military officials.

4 Aug 2013 - 3 Bacolor village execs killed in ambush

MABALACAT CITY -- The village chief of Barangay Mesalipit in Bacolor and two former councilmen were shot and killed in an ambush in Barangay Bundagul Saturday night, reports said.

Mabalacat City police Chief Ferdinand Perez identified the fatalities as barangay chairman Rodrigo Tongol Lopez and his aides Pedro Canlas Sambo and Merlito Pineda Naguit, who are both former councilmen.

4 Aug 2013 - Guiao wants Mt. Pinatubo protected

ANGELES CITY -- Pampanga 1st District Congressman Joseller Guiao stressed the need to protect and preserve the natural environment and historical significance of Mount Pinatubo, in order to be more attractive to tourists.

Guiao underscored the magnificent vista surrounding the majestic and famous volcano, which is located at the boundaries of Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales.

4 Aug 2013 - Pamintuan keen to solve city’s traffic woes

ANGELES CITY -- “The traffic law shall be strictly implemented. No one is entitled to give an excuse.”

Thus said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan during last week’s consultative meeting with the public and private transport stakeholders conducted to discuss comprehensive plans and actions aimed at improving the city’s traffic condition.

4 Aug 2013 - Registration of migrants urged

PAMPANGA -- Candaba Village leaders in the town have been tasked to conduct a massive registration of all migrant workers, including ambulant vendors, in their respective villages as an initiative to safeguard the interest and welfare of Candabeños.

The mayor noted that there is an existing municipal ordinance mandating the registration of all incoming nonresident workers.

4 Aug 2013 - Village execs reminded on waste management policy

PAMPANGA -- Arayat Village officials here have been reminded on the Municipal Government's policy on solid waste management and disposal, being the ones primarily held responsible by the law should there be indiscriminate dumping of waste in their areas.

Alejadrino stressed that he would not hesitate to implement the full force of the law against officials who continuously disregard environmental laws particularly involving solid waste management.

3 Aug 2013 - CSF eyes food security

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando is now focusing on food security as plans are off the drawing board for the launch of its “One Barangay, One Crop” program.

On Friday, Mayor Edwin Santiago and Councilor Lito Ocampo, together with Del Rosario village officials and other city executives, jumpstarted the program -- which uses the One Town, One Product template -- by planting vegetable seedlings donated by SM Foundation, Inc.

3 Aug 2013 - Mexico graders get school supplies

PAMPANGA -- Students of the Nueva Victoria Elementary School in Mexico received on Thursday school supplies from the Palms Lakeshore’s builders, Property Company of Friends Inc. (ProFriends).

The school supplies consist of a laptop, speakers, and widescreen LED television loaded with programs and learning modules from Knowledge Channel.

3 Aug 2013 - Farmers training program launched in CSF

PAMPANGA -- The SM Foundation Inc. and SM City San Fernando Downtown launched Saturday its Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan program and distributed vegetable seeds to villagers in Barangay Del Rosario, City of San Fernando.

SM Foundation vice-president for livelihood Cristy Angeles said the program aims to help marginal farmers and those engaged in backyard farming improve and increases their productivity.

3 Aug 2013 - 80 HR practitioners get labor updates

PAMPANGA -- Some 80 human resource practitioners were updated with the latest programs of the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office (Dole) in Central Luzon.

The updating, held at the Dole regional office in this city, was led by Regional Director Raymundo Agravante, Assistant Regional Director Geraldine Panlilio, and officials from its Technical Support and Service Division (TSSD).

1 Aug 2013 - Execution at Friendship

ANGELES CITY -- A man from Conception (name withheld), Tarlac Province was shot after exiting the Dream Korean Grocery Store.

A lone gunman fired 3 shots to the victims head head, then walked away to a waiting vehicle and escape.

2 Aug 2013 - Aquino declares August 9 a holiday

PAMPANGA -- It will be a long weekend and families and friends will have extra time for bonding as President Benigno Aquino III signed Proclamation No. 629-2013 declaring August 9, Friday, a regular holiday.

The declaration came as the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan ends with the Eid’l Fitr or the celebration of the Feast of Ramadhan. The holiday in this Catholic-dominated country aims to “promote cultural understanding and integration,” Malacañang said.

2 Aug 2013 - 8 LGUs receives P74.5-M income shares

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Eight local government units (LGUs) adjacent to this Freeport received their revenue shares from Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

SBMA chairman and administrator Roberto Garcia last Thursday turned over the shares to the mayors amounting to P74.5 million.

2 Aug 2013 - 8,000 teachers receive bonus

PAMPANGA -- Some 8,000 teachers in Pampanga have started receiving their performance bonuses from the Department of Education (DepEd).

Dr. Malcolm Garma, DepEd Pampanga Schools Division Superintendent, said the processing of the performance bonuses is now at 70 percent complete and maybe finished by mid-August this year.

2 Aug 2013 - Chinese nabbed for illegal drugs

PAMPANGA -- Police accosted on Friday a Chinese national and confiscated 14.663 grams of suspected shabu along Juan Luna Street in Barangay Poblacion in Tarlac.

Tarlac City police Chief Bayani Razalan identified the suspect as Henrich Cua, 44, single, of Sitio Valdez, Barangay San Rafael and Lot 24, Block 5 National Housing Authority, Barangay Burot.

1 Aug 2013 - Suspect in Viray slay identified

PAMPANGA -- Police have identified the suspect in the July 29 killing of Lorenzo Viray, the secretary of Masantol Mayor Danilo Guinto.

In his report to Provincial Police Director Oscar Albayalde, Masantol Police officer-in-charge Jowen Dela Cruz identified the suspect as one Andres Melo Jr., alias “Yoyong Melo” of Barangay Consuelo, Macabebe town.

1 Aug 2013 - AC gov’t to relocate informal settlers soon

ANGELES CITY -- Some 500 families who are part of the city’s 1,800 informal settlers are set to be relocated in a three-hectare property purchased by the city and the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Barangay Sapa Libutad to free waterways and other lands here from encroachment.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the move is in line with President Benigno Aquino III’s move to clear danger zones and waterways of squatters.

1 Aug 2013 - POC head eyes Air Force City as sports center

CLARK FREEPORT -- Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) chief Jose “Peping” Conjuangco said he is eyeing select areas of the 300-hectare Air Force City where he is planning put up various sports facilities for Philippine athletes.

In a dialogue with veteran journalists from the Capampangan in Media, Inc. at the Bale Balita, Cojuangco said the Philippine Air Force (PAF) area will be a good location to establish training facilities for national athletes.

1 Aug 2013 - US commission asked anew to support veterans cemetery

MABALACAT CITY -- The Clark Veterans Cemetery Restoration Association (CVCRA) has reiterated its appeal to the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) to support a legislation that would guarantee a bilateral agreement between the Philippine and US government for the restoration and maintenance of the veterans’ cemetery inside the Clark Freeport.

This was bared in the recommendations made by John Gilbert, a retired US serviceman and chairman of the Clark Veterans Cemetery (CVC) and commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2485.

1 Aug 2013 - American nabbed for child abuse

ANGELES CITY -- Police arrested on Thursday an American national,Steven Wolf, 54, for alleged statutory rape of three minors and violation of children’s rights.

According to reports, Corazon Manansala, principal of Sta. Maria Elementary School called Police Station 4 (PS4) to seek assistance regarding three pupils who were allegedly molested by the suspect.

1 Aug 2013 - Sta. Rita COP, LGU bags 3 top regional awards

PAMPANGA -- The police chief and the entire Sta. Rita police force has recently bagged the "Best Police Commissioned Officer" (MPS Category) and "Best Police Station" respectively, while the town’s mayor was named as the "Most Supportive Local Chief Executive" in Central Luzon.

Police Regional Office-Central Luzon Director Edgardo Ladao handed the awards to Sta. Rita police Chief Michael Masangkay and to Mayor Yolly Pineda in simple rites during the recent 18th Police Community Relations Month with the theme “Serbisyong Makatotohanan at Matatag na Ugnayan ng Pulisya at Mamamayan Tungo sa Tuwid na Daan”.

1 Aug 2013 - Bizman calls on Pnoy scrap pork barrel

PAMPANGA -- Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) vice chairman Rene Romero on Thursday called on the administration of President Benigno Aquino III to seriously consider the scrapping of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel of lawmakers.

Romero said the government instead should use such funds for more reasonable projects that would have greater impact on the country and its people, saving the taxpayers’ money from patronage politics and corruption.