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Balibago News Nov-2013

29 Nov 2013 - German in chopper crash also survived unscathed another crash in 2003

CLARK FREEPORT -- The German national who survived the crash landing of a helicopter in Manila Bay off the coast of Hagonoy, Bulacan last Sunday also survived another helicopter crash way back in 2003 in Capas, Tarlac.

This reporter wrote in 2003 the story of the crash that identifi ed German Iren Dornier, who was then chairman of Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAIR), a locator in this freeport, and his friend Willy Blosch, also a German, as flying a three-seater Allouette SE-30 chopper which hit a high tension wire in Capas.

28 Nov 2013 - BAC to dig deeper into ‘Sirandomeng’

PAMPANGA -- Provincial Administrator Andres Pangilinan Jr. said Thursday that the Bids and Awards Committee will "dig deeper" into the case of 570 sacks of “sirandomeng” rice that almost embarrassed Capitol in its relief mission to Leyte and Samar recently.

The 570 sacks taken to typhoon-hit Leyte by Acting Vice Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda, was ordered "returned to Pampanga as it was unfit for human consumption."

28 Nov 2013 - Laus thanks LGC employees for Visayas aid

PAMPANGA -- Laus Group of Companies (LGC) chairman and chief executive officer Levy Laus has extended his gratitude to the more than 1,200 employees of the auto conglomerate for unselfishly sharing what they can to the survivors of the tragic onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda.

The LGC employees, from parts of their salaries, were able to raise more than P240,000 in cash.

28 Nov 2013 - Trader on RPT ordinance: ‘We respect council’s decision’

ANGELES CITY -- A businessman here said he respects the decision of the City Council on the approval of an ordinance which increased real property taxes (RPTs).

Former Councilor Louie Reyes, an officer of the Metro Angeles Realtors Board (Mareb), said they understand the job of the councilors.

28 Nov 2013 - Land Rover Club sends aid to typhoon Yolanda victims

PAMPANGA -- The Land Rover Club of the Philippines is currently helping in relief and logistic efforts in the areas affected by the recent super typhoon Yolanda in Leyte.

Businessman Rene Romero, a member of the group who recently came back from Tacloban, said the situation in Eastern Visayas calls for much-needed help from all sectors. Romero said they also assisted the delegates of Oxfam, a globally renowned aid and development charity organization.

28 Nov 2013 - 2nd Pyrofest in SM Clark draws hundreds of spectators

CLARK FREEPORT -- The 2nd Pyrofest Competition at SM City Clark was able to draw hundreds of spectators from different parts of Central Luzon over the weekend, as provincial and international delegations of fireworks manufacturers show their best displays in two days of competition.

The first stage of the competition last November 23 was witnessed by hundreds at SM City Clark’s the Meeting Place that was highlighted by special numbers, surprise guests and dazzling fireworks displays.

28 Nov 2013 - Aeta kids benefit from Rotary Club Dau project

MABALACAT CITY -- Some 250 school children from Sitio Haduan in Barangay Marcos Village here benefitted from a feeding and grooming program of the Rotary Club of Dau.

RC Dau Club Secretary Analiza Agbanglo said officers and members of the club also distributed sports equipment at Haduan Elementary School in said village.

28 Nov 2013 - Kapampangan poets share National Book Award

ANGELES CITY -- Crowned Kapampangan poets laureate, locally known as poeta laureado, gathered recently to share the National Book Award won recently by the book that featured their poems.

Only five out of the 15 poets who participated in the book project showed up in the meeting organized by the book’s publisher, the Center for Kapampangan Studies, last weekend. At least two of them have died, while others are either ill or have gone abroad.

27 Nov 2013 - Realty tax hike okayed in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance increasing the real property tax (RPT) in this highly urbanized city.

The Technical Working Group (TWG) agreed with the council's decision to increase by 200 percent the unit value for residential properties and 125 percent for commercial-use.

27 Nov 2013 - Rice supplier: ‘I was misquoted’

PAMPANGA -- The management of DD's Supermarket, one of the suppliers of the alleged spoiled rice supposed to be given to typhoon Yolanda survivors in the Visayas, clarified Wednesday that they are not blaming G-4 for the "mix-up."

Baby Dalisay, in a phone interview, said her words were taken out of context and said she was not referring to G-4 on the issue of "deception and betrayal."

27 Nov 2013 - ‘TF Omega’ to lead city’s war on drugs

PAMPANGA -- A task force that is seen to put an end to the proliferation of illegal drugs in this city has been created by the Santiago administration.

"Task Force Omega" is composed of some 100 volunteers who convened at Heroes Hall Wednesday to lead the war on drug abuse and distribution in the city, which has been noted recently by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional headquarters as among the top areas where drug distributors operate.

27 Nov 2013 - Mall targets P3M in fund-raiser for Yolanda survivors

PAMPANGA -- SM City Pampanga is targeting to raise P3 million in its "Isang Libo't Isang Parol" (1001 Lantern) project that aims to gather sectoral support by sponsoring P3,000 for each of the lanterns.

SM Regional Operations Manager Rheybie Nipas told reporters that the funds will be used for a housing project for Yolanda survivors in the Visayas. The initiative is part of the mall's commitment to help the victims of the recent calamity.

27 Nov 2013 - CCSFP tops in LET

PAMPANGA -- The City College of San Fernando, Pampanga or CCSFP outshone other bigger colleges and universities in Pampanga in the recent 2013 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) as it topped the passing rate score with 87.10 percent.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) disclosed in its report that in the September 2013 LET, CCSFP had 27 out of 31 first-time City Collegenian examinees successfully passing the exam, leading over Angeles University Foundation (67.66 percent), Holy Angel University (60.38 percent), University of the Assumption (49.28 percent), and Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (30.65 percent).

27 Nov 2013 - Male cadaver found near Minalin fishpond

PAMPANGA -- The body of a man was found in a grassy portion of a fishpond in Barangay San Isidro, Minalin town last Monday.

In a report here, Senior Supt Oscar Albayalde, Pampanga police provincial director, said the unidentified victim was found by a fishpond caretaker owned by a certain Ben Garcia.

27 Nov 2013 - AUF ranks Top 4 criminology school

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation (AUF) has ranked 4th among criminology schools during the October 2013 Criminologist Licensure Examination results.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, AUF is the only university in Central Luzon in PRC’s Top 7 listing.

26 Nov 2013 - Korea’s alleged mafia boss nabbed

ANGELES CITY -- The Bureau of Immigration on Tuesday arrested one of Korea’s most wanted persons hiding in the Philippines.

Cho Yang Eun, 63, was seized in Angeles, Pampanga, BI said without mentioning the date of his arrest.

26 Nov 2013 - Rice supplier: ‘We were deceived’

PAMPANGA -- The owners of DD’s Supermarket, one of the suppliers of the 570 sacks of "spoiled" commercial rice taken by the Pampanga Relief Team to Leyte, on Tuesday said they welcome the probe being conducted by the Provincial Board and the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC).

Spouses Doming and Baby Dalisay said in a telephone interview that they will be cooperating with the Provincial Board and the BAC in their inquiry.

26 Nov 2013 - No Hot Air Balloon Fest in 2014

CLARK FREEPORT -- An official of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has confirmed reports that the 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival (PIHABF) slated in 2014 has been cancelled.

CDC Tourism Office Manager Noemi Garcia said the event will resume in 2015 with more well-prepared activities.

26 Nov 2013 - Fishermen rescue 2 in chopper crash

PAMPANGA -- Two foreigners who were part of an international group of volunteers conducting relief and rescue missions in the Visayas region were rescued by fishermen after their helicopter crashed on a river in the coastal town of Obando, Bulacan over the weekend.

In a report, police identified the rescued foreigners as Iren Dornier, 50, a German national; and James Eagles, 39, an American.

26 Nov 2013 - LGUs urged to implement climate change action plans

MABALACAT CITY -- Vice President Jejomar Binay has urged local government units (LGUs) to formulate and implement local climate change action plans (LCCAPs).

Binay issued the statement during the LGU Summit on Global Warming and Climate Change.

26 Nov 2013 - San Fernando supports 11th Buntis Congress

PAMPANGA -- Almost 500 Kapampangan pregnant mothers gathered at the Heroes Hall in San Fernando for the 11th Buntis Congress spearheaded by the National Nutrition Council on November 22.

San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago expressed his support to the program, as he emphasized the City’s role in contributing to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

26 Nov 2013 - Girl raped by stepfather

ANGELES CITY -- The city police on Monday filed rape and child abuse charges against a man who allegedly raped his 13-year-old stepdaughter.

Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, city police officer-in-charge, said the suspect (Edward), a keysmith, was charged after allegedly sexually abusing his stepdaughter last November 2.

26 Nov 2013 - HAU to launch ‘Pau at Matsin’ in 3-D animation

ANGELES CITY -- After winning two National Book Awards early this month, the Center for Kapampangan Studies (CKS) of Holy Angel University will launch the Kapampangan translation of the children's tale "Pau at Matsin" popularized by Dr. Jose Rizal on November 29 (Friday) at 9 a.m. at the HAU Plaza San Jose.

The Center produced an animated 3-D version of “Pau at Matsin,” which means viewers will be given special colored glasses when they see it. All screenings at the little theatre of the Center for Kapampangan Studies will be free for students of HAU, while non-HAU students will be charged the usual museum tour fees.

25 Nov 2013 - Board conducts probe on ‘spoiled rice’

PAMPANGA -- An en banc committee hearing was conducted by the Provincial Board (PB) Monday at the Capitol to determine why some 570 sacks of commercial rice brought along by the Pampanga relief team led by Acting Governor Dennis Pineda in Leyte was found "unfit for human consumption."

The 570 cavans of the "Rosebrand Sinandomeng" worth more than P2.5 million were supposed to be distributed to survivors of super typhoon Yolanda by the Capitol delegation but were sent back immediately by Pineda, who ordered the probe. Members of the team said the acting governor had to purchase rice reportedly in other minimally-affected Leyte towns to "save the face of the Provincial Government" and accomplish its relief mission there.

25 Nov 2013 - P15,000 from gambling machines to be donated to Visayas

PAMPANGA -- The P15,000 contents of 12 video karera machines confiscated on Sunday by the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) of the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) will be donated to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda, said Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta.

Petrasanta, Police Regional Office-3 director, said RSOG personnel raided illegal gambling joints in Bulacan and Pampanga, which resulted in the confiscation of 12 video karera and fruit game machines.

25 Nov 2013 - Aetas, farmers oppose Clark Green City project

MABALACAT CITY -- The fight of Aetas and farmers against the Clark Green City project of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) has received support from various people's organizations.

In their opposition to the project, farmers and Aeta tribesmen have formed an organization they called Kilusang Nagtatanggol sa Inang Kalikasan (KNIK).

25 Nov 2013 - Businessman: Inter-island highways mean better accessibility

PAMPANGA -- The construction of inter-island highways that will connect major islands in the country is now being pushed by an official of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham).

PamCham vice-chairman Rene Romero said the highways will allow for the fast mobilization of resources during calamities and the equal development of regions in terms of economic and tourism potentials.

25 Nov 2013 - Suspect yields drugs, guns in Floridablanca raid

PAMPANGA -- Two hand grenades, a revolver and suspected shabu were confiscated by policemen during a raid in Barangay Calantas, Floridablanca town over the weekend.

In a report, Superintendent Jhoanna Rosales, chief of police of Floridablanca, said the raiding team led by Superintendent Rodney Baloyo, chief of Pampanga Intelligence Branch, was armed with a search warrant when they raided the house of a certain Denwill Mallari, alias Ka Dangdang.

24 Nov 2013 - 200 mangrove trees planted in Masantol

PAMPANGA -- Some 200 mangrove trees and 300 nipa palm saplings were planted in this town over the weekend by two groups from Japan, in line with their mangrove reforestation project.

The planting activity was led by the Mirai Ni Kibou Foundation and the Rotary Club of Ashikaga East from Japan, in cooperation with their Kapampangan counterpart, the Quota International of Pampanga.

24 Nov 2013 - Capitol to help publish Kapampangan book

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Board (PB) over the weekend has professed support in the publication of the "Ortograpiya ning Kapampangan."

Third district Board Member Rosve Henson -- in a resolution approved unanimously by the body during its regular session at Capitol on Friday -- said that assisting in the publication of 2,000 copies of the book at only P67.53 per copy or a total of P142,960 is "very much worth it," since the Provincial Government is all-out in the cultivation, promotion and preservation of the Kapampangan language.

24 Nov 2013 - Japanese NGOs host social service missions for Masantol community

PAMPANGA -- The Mirai Ni Kibou Foundation and Rotary Club of Ashikaga East of Rotary International District 2550 based in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan led a series of social service missions here benefiting communities around Tarik Suliman Integrated School in Barangay Sagrada Familia.

The groups led the yearly service missions with the Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) and Quota International of Pampanga.

24 Nov 2013 - Vice mayor: Set aside politics, work for Mabalacat

MABALACAT CITY -- Vice Mayor Christian Halili said politics has no place in these trying times when the whole nation is recuperating from the losses and wounds of several natural and man-made calamities.

Halili issued the statement in reaction to reports that he is eyeing the city's top post in 2016.

24 Nov 2013 - PRO-Central Luzon Regional Advisory Council established

PAMPANGA -- The Regional Advisory Council (RAC), a public-private sector partnership that aims to serve as the advisory body of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon, was established recently.

Superintendent Lilian Castillo, chief of the Review and Strategic Branch, said the RAC aims to bolster its roadmap for long-lasting reforms within the Philippine National Police (PNP) organization, under its flagship PNP Patrol Plan 2030 or Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule of Law.

24 Nov 2013 - Dole names Pampanga firms ‘labor compliant’

PAMPANGA -- Mekeni Foods Corporation, Trust International Paper Corporation-Pampanga, Petron City of San Fernando Depot and eight other companies in Central Luzon are the region’s first-ever firms certified as "compliant to labor standards" set by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Central Luzon Office.

The said companies were recipients of the Tripartite Certificate of Compliance on Labor Standards (TCCLS), and were certified as such during awarding rites last Friday at the labor agency’s office in this city.

23 Nov 2013 - Dole names Pampanga firms ‘labor compliant’

PAMPANGA -- Mekeni Foods Corporation, Trust International Paper Corporation-Pampanga, Petron City of San Fernando Depot and eight other companies in Central Luzon are the region’s first-ever firms certified as "compliant to labor standards" set by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Central Luzon Office.

The said companies were recipients of the Tripartite Certificate of Compliance on Labor Standards (TCCLS), and were certified as such during awarding rites last Friday at the labor agency’s office in this city.

23 Nov 2013 - porac sets plans for cookbook on 101 ways to cook ‘binulu’

PAMPANGA -- Porac has started plans to consolidate, through a cookbook, the original way of cooking binulu dishes as well as other recent dish inventions that have been inspired by the indigenous cooking process.

Mayor Condralito dela Cruz and Vice Mayor Dexter David said that the plan to launch the cookbook on the 101 ways of binulu cooking will be in coordination with the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU).

23 Nov 2013 - GLF tour up for tourists

PAMPANGA -- In the bid to make the Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) truly a big Asean event, the GLF 2013 Executive Committee headed by Engr. Marni Castro and the City of San Fernando's Tourism Investments Promotion Office, in cooperation with the Alliance of Travel and Tours Agencies of Pampanga, have come up with a side tour to complement the world-renowned festival of lights and sounds.

Senior Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan-Gonzales, during a recent sample of the tour for media, disclosed that the whole day package worth P1,550 per person (minimum of seven persons for the travel period covering December 15 to January 2), will take foreign and local tourists alike to Pampanga's popular destinations.

23 Nov 2013 - SM Clark’s fund-raiser for survivors get town’s nod

CLARK FREEPORT -- SM City Clark's has fund-raising project to help the survivors of typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City and other parts of Leyte, dubbed "Tree of Light, Tree of Life," has received the support of the Municipal Government of Porac.

The project, that aims to raise at least P1.5 million, will be supported not just by government officials here but also by various sectors, organizations and businessmen of the town, according to Vice Mayor Dexter Albert David.

21 Nov 2013 - ‘Green hotel’ to rise in San Fernando soon

PAMPANGA -- What is believed to be the first-ever "green building" in Pampanga will rise by January next year in this city.

The Best Western Bendix Hotel, according to Hilcres Builders Center chief executive officer Rion Patawaran, will be constructed along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Dolores.

21 Nov 2013 - Inmates skip breakfast for typhoon survivors

PAMPANGA -- In a heart-warming display of sympathy and compassion, inmates at the Pampanga Provincial Jail (PPJ) voluntarily skipped their breakfasts for three days to lend a helping hand to the victims and survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas.

Some 885 male and female inmates stay at the province's "presidio," said PPJ warden Edwin Mangaliman.

21 Nov 2013 - 7 NAIA-bound flights diverted to Clark airport

CLARK FREEPORT -- Air traffic congestion has forced authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila to divert at least seven commercial aircraft to the Clark International Airport (CIA) on Wednesday afternoon.

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano said the aircraft started arriving here at 2:50 p.m.

21 Nov 2013 - Vice guv wants Kapampangans to learn from ‘Yolanda’

PAMPANGA -- Acting Governor Dennis Pineda urged the Kapampangans on Thursday to learn from the lessons of the tragedy spawned by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Visayas.

Pineda and the Pampanga team of 131 people on board 26 vehicles, including 19 trucks, are still in Leyte for relief and medical missions in at least five Eastern Visayas towns.

21 Nov 2013 - BIR posts P2-B revenue collection in October

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) reported Thursday that it had collected some P2.6 billion in revenue collection for the month of October despite recent calamities that also hit Central Luzon.

BIR Regional Director Aracelli Francisco remains optimistic that it can meet target goals for the fiscal year.

21 Nov 2013 - BIR employees to donate P469,000 to Yolanda survivors

PAMPANGA -- Employees of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) here will be donating P469,000 from their Yuletide bonuses to help survivors of the recent Super Typhoon Yolanda that rummaged Eastern Visayas recently.

BIR Regional Director Araceli L. Francisco said the initiative is part of the district office's personal commitment to help those in need in the Visayas.

21 Nov 2013 - SM CSF Downtown slates drive for Visayas tragedy

PAMPANGA -- Like all SM Supermalls nationwide, SM City San Fernando Downtown is following the lead of SM Group retail tycoon Henry Sy Sr. and his family, who donated P100 million for the victims of the magnitude 7.2 earthquake and Super Typhoon Yolanda, which ravaged Visayas recently.

"Downtown Gives Back," according to SM City San Fernando Downtown Public Relations Officer Scarlet Pagdanganan, aims to raise funds and generate support for the reconstruction of homes, community hubs, schools, and churches in the aftermath of the tragedy.

20 Nov 2013 - Pampanga helps 4 more Leyte towns

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga delegation has delivered relief goods to four Leyte towns and its medical team has been able to serve at least 2,000 people affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

Acting Governor Dennis Pineda gave some 10,000 packs of relief goods to the towns of La Paz, Pastrano, Barugo, and Capoocan.

20 Nov 2013 - PamCham cancels Christmas party

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham) has canceled its Christmas party on December 9 in the wake of the widespread calamity in Eastern and Central Visayas spawned by super typhoon "Yolanda."

In an email to members, the 500-strong chamber said the Christmas Party committee headed by Director Malou Garbes, in consultation with the board of directors, decided to forego the annual celebration.

20 Nov 2013 - PNP, AFP sign agreement for beefed-up security

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday signed a joint agreement to provide security for all vital government and private projects, undertakings, facilities and equipment within urban and rural areas.

The signing was conducted at the Pampanga Police Provincial Office where Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, provincial police director, and Commander Colonel Henry Sabarre forged the mutual agreement.

20 Nov 2013 - More survivors from Tanauan arrive in Candaba

PAMPANGA -- At least 200 Typhoon Yolanda survivors who are natives here returned to this town as of Wednesday, bringing nothing but their harrowing experiences.

These natives of Candaba tried their luck in Central Visayas through venturing into business like selling appliances and other commodities through installment.

20 Nov 2013 - SM Clark sets fund-raising project for Yolanda victims

CLARK FREEPORT -- The SM City Clark has initiated a fund-raising project to help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City and other parts of Leyte where the mall sells lamps made of Capiz shells for P1,000.

The project, dubbed "Tree of Light, Tree of Life," is expected to raise at least P1.5 million, said Mall Manager Ana Datu.

19 Nov 2013 - San Fernando now offers free e-Jeep ride

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando has launched its "Libreng Sakay sa E-Jeep" as part of the observance of the National Environmental Awareness Month and National Clean Air Month.

The roundtrip e-ride aboard the 12-seater electronic jeepney procured by the City Government last year for tourism purposes will transport commuters from Heroes Hall to City Hall for free until November 22.

19 Nov 2013 - PamCham, CLTV 36 to accept ‘Lingap’ donations until Saturday

PAMPANGA -- Even as the actual telethon has ended recently, cash donations to the joint Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham)-CLTV 36 “Lingap ng Central Luzon Para sa Mga Biktima ng Bagyong Yolanda” will be accepted until Saturday, November 23.

This was announced Tuesday by PamCham officials led by Chairman Emeritus Levy Laus and president Jim Jimenez, who said that the move is meant to accommodate the clamor of donors wishing to help the survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte, Samar and Palawan.

19 Nov 2013 - Filipinos in Qatar send aid to Yolanda victims

CLARK FREEPORT -- Filipinos in Qatar had joined the international campaign to help Typhoon Yolanda victims by donating relief goods through the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC).

CIAC President and CEO Victor Jose Luciano on Tuesday personally received some eight tons of assorted goods donated by Filipino communities and other expatriates in Doha, Qatar.

19 Nov 2013 - No caskets, cash donations instead

PAMPANGA -- Sto Thomas Mayor Lito Naguit and Municipal Administrator Edwin Manalese on Tuesday said that there will be no coffins coming from the town -- known as the casket capital of the country -- for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas, even as the death toll nears 4,000 at the latest count.

Instead, the officials said that the Municipal Government will extend its share of P50,000 as agreed upon by the Pampanga Mayors’ League (PML) and the Provincial Government.

19 Nov 2013 - Water firm to donate P225,000 for typhoon survivors

PAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando Water District, through its Board of Directors, have decided to donate P225,000 to the survivors of typhoon Yolanda that wreaked havoc in the Visayas recently.

City of San Fernando Water District general manager Jorge Gumba said some P25,000 of the donation will be coursed through the Pampanga Association of Water Districts (PAMAWD) which is also hosting its own donation drive.

19 Nov 2013 - Technical working group formed to address issue on RPT increase

ANGELES CITY -- City officials, businessmen, and residents who attended the fourth public hearing on a proposed Real Property Tax (RPT) ordinance agreed to form a technical working group which will address various issues concerning the impending increase in property taxes.

Councilor Maricel Morales said the group will be composed of Assessor’s Office executives, business, property owners and other stakeholders that will work on the fair adjustment rate ranging from 12 to 20 percent increase.

19 Nov 2013 - More foreign tourists expected for GLF 2013

PAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando is expecting the influx of more foreign tourists during the Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) 2013 slated on December 14 at Robinsons Starmills here.

The GLF Executive Committee headed by Engr. Marni Castro and the City Tourism and Investment Promotion Office launched its tour packages for the duration of the Christmas festival of lights and sounds.

19 Nov 2013 - 934 police personnel promoted

PAMPANGA -- At least 934 newly promoted Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel took their oath in front of administrative building of Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) here last Monday.

Five of them were Police Commissioned Officers while 929 were Police Non-Commissioned Officers, said Superintendent Nelson Aganon, chief of the Regional Public Information Office (RPIO).

18 Nov 2013 - Globe Asiatique boss off the hook

MABALACAT CITY -- The Court of Appeals (CA) has dismissed the syndicated estafa case against developer Delfin Lee and other officials of Globe Asiatique (GA), lifting the warrant of arrest issued by a Pampanga court against them.

In a 29-page decision penned by Associate Justice Franchito Diamante and concurred in by Associate Justices Agnes Reyes-Carpio and Melchor Sadang, the CA said that "for estafa to have been committed by a syndicate, the act must be committed by five or more persons."

18 Nov 2013 - Capitol team working full blast in Leyte

PAMPANGA -- Capitol's relief and rescue team headed by Acting Governor Dennis "Delta" Pineda is now working full blast in its rehabilitation mission in Leyte, after traveling by land for almost 58 hours and finally making it through the huge bottleneck in the port of Matnog, Sorsogon.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief Angie Blanco said the Pampanga delegation which left Capitol last Thursday, pitched their disaster command post at Javier town in Leyte, some 60 kilometers south of Tacloban City on Sunday morning.

18 Nov 2013 - Tiger Air, Air Asia Zest offer free airlift services

CLARK FREEPORT -- Tiger Air Philippines and Air Asia Zest had offered free services to airlift relief goods from Pampanga province to Tacloban City and other parts of Leyte.

This was bared by Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President Victor Jose Luciano, who coordinated with the airlines for the airlift of goods to help survivors of the areas battered by super typhoon Yolanda.

18 Nov 2013 - 40 kabalens from Leyte return to Candaba

PAMPANGA -- At least 40 survivors of super typhoon Yolanda from Tacloban City and other parts of Leyte arrived Sunday in this town to start their lives anew.

Mayor Rene Maglanque disclosed that these survivors are natives of this town who chose to settle with their families in Leyte several years back.

18 Nov 2013 - Illegal petroleum products seized in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- Authorities here seized hundreds of liters of petroleum products sold by unlicensed vendors.

The team composed of personnel from the city’s Business Permit and Licensing Division (BPLD), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) confiscated a total of 510 liters of premium gasoline and 19 containers filled with diesel from five illegal oil retailers.

18 Nov 2013 - Day of prayer, solidarity set November 24

PAMPANGA -- The Archdiocese of San Fernando headed by Archbishop Paciano Aniceto has set this coming Sunday, November 24 as the "Archdiocesan Day of Prayer for Typhoon Yolanda Victims and Survivors."

During the launch of the "Pampanga Multisectoral Partnership for Generation of Aid for Visayas/Palawan" or Pampanga for Visayas/Palawan at Heroes Hall over the weekend, Fr. Deogracias Kerr Galang disclosed that the Day of Prayer will be incorporated in the Archdiocesan Christ the King celebration from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Villa Del Sol along west Jose Abad Santos Avenue in this city.

18 Nov 2013 - Binulu Festival to highlight inter-barangay cooking contest

PAMPANGA -- The Binulu Festival here will feature an inter-barangay cooking contest of the best binulu dish on November 22, with at least 20 barangays participating in the yearly event meant to promote this town's indigenous cooking tradition.

The competition is aimed at popularizing binulu dishes and set standards for new dishes from the original sour delicacy.

18 Nov 2013 - Porac to launch new web page to promote services, industries

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government of Porac is set to launch its new webpage,, in a bid to promote its services, industries and tourism attractions through the worldwide web.

Vice Mayor Dexter David said the new webpage will be launched in celebration of the Binulu Festival this November 22, with Mayor Condralito dela Cruz along with municipal officials and employees leading the official launch.

17 Nov 2013 - PamCham raises P1.9M for ‘Yolanda’ survivors

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) said it was able to collect a total of P1,912,991.86 from its "Lingap ng Central Luzon Para sa Mga Biktima ng Bagyong Yolanda Telethon."

PamCham, in a statement, said that as of 6 p.m. of November 16, truckloads of relief goods were also delivered to the operations center at PamCham's office in Barangay San Agustin

17 Nov 2013 - Pampanga for Visayas/Palawan launched

PAMPANGA -- A convenor group launched over the weekend the "Pampanga Multisectoral Partnership for Generation of Aid for Visayas/Palawan" or Pampanga for Visayas/Palawan in a bid to muster massive short-term aid and long-term rehabilitation programs for the survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte, Samar and Coron in Palawan.

The convenor -- the Archdiocese of San Fernando's Social Action Center (Sacop) -- partnered with the Rotary Club of San Fernando (Pampanga), the City Government of San Fernando, Talete Panyulung Kapampangan Inc., St. Scholastica's Academy-San Fernando, university of the Assumption, Holy Family Academy, City College of San Fernando, the Office of Representative Oscar Rodriguez, CLTV 36, Sun.Star Pampanga, ArtiSta.Rita Foundation Inc., Curia Sancti Rosarii Inc., Mother of Good Counsel Seminary, Couples for Christ-Pampanga, Brotherhood of Christian Businessman and Professionals-Pampanga, and all parishes of the Archdiocese of San Fernando.

17 Nov 2013 - Cops nab 2 for illegal drugs

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Operation Task Force (PAIDSOTF) arrested two persons for illegal drugs in Barangay San Pedro, Cutud while another eluded arrest.

Arrested were April Jouvelle Pere, 27, of Purok 3 Barangay San Pedro Cutud; and Raquel Navarroy, 18, of Barangay San Nicolas. A certain Jojo Ocampo, also a resident of Purok 4, managed to escape.

17 Nov 2013 - School janitor hacks to death nun, teacher

Police arrested a school janitor for killing a nun and a teacher last Friday.

The suspect,identified as Michelle Dabu, 39, janitor of Siena College of Hermosa, hacked to death Sister Ceferina Alvarez, 60, and Kinder-A teacher Ana Marie Ocampo, 29, a resident of Barangay Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga.

16 Nov 2013 - DA: P679-M needed for Central Luzon crops, infra rehab

PAMPANGA -- A total of P679,139,000 is needed to fix damaged infrastructures and rehabilitate crops in Pampanga and various provinces in Central Luzon, a Department of Agriculture (DA) regional director said.

In an October 22 letter to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Regional Director Andrew Villacorta said it would need some P609,565,200 just for production support for palay and post harvest facilities rehabilitation.

16 Nov 2013 - Morales opts for simple party; to donate for typhoon victims

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales said he decided to celebrate his birthday last Friday as simple as he can, in order to donate something for typhoon Yolanda victims in Tacloban City and other parts of the Visayas.

The mayor said he will donate cash to the victims through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD).

16 Nov 2013 - SM City Pampanga joins relief drive for typhoon victims

PAMPANGA -- In less than a week's time that an "Operation Tulong Express" area has been mobilized in SM City Pampanga, donations – cash and in kind – have swamped the booth.

Contributions in kind like clothes, shoes, pillow, blankets, water, sack of rice, ready-to-eat food and cash were generously donated by shoppers and employees.

15 Nov 2013 - PRO-3 extends aid to Yolanda victims

PAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office-3 (PRO-3) on Friday sent relief goods to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas, particularly in the hard hit Tacloban City.

In an interview, PRO-3 director Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta said that in an effort to give assistance to typhoon victims, the Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel in Central Luzon have donated relief goods as part of "Operation Lingap Tacloban."

15 Nov 2013 - Clark SK firm posts US$158M in exports

CLARK FREEPORT -- A South Korean semiconductor firm led other locators here by posting export volume amounting to US$158 million for the month of October this year.

The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has recorded $295 million for October.

15 Nov 2013 - Dole helps labor office in Tacloban

PAMPANGA -- A team from the Department of Labor and Employment in Central Luzon is now in Tacloban City to help their colleagues at the Dole office in Eastern Visayas that was affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

Dole-Central Luzon Director Raymundo Agravante disclosed that the relief team he heads immediately traveled to Tacloban City Friday, upon the directive of Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldo

14 Nov 2013 - P15-B rehab fund in 2014 budget for calamity victims

CLARK FREEPORT -- Senate President Franklin Drilon urged here the allocation of P15 billion rehabilitation fund in the 2014 budget “to assist in the reconstruction of areas devastated by recent massive calamities.”

In a prepared speech for members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas (KBP) here, Drilon proposed the creation of a CARE (Calamity Assistance and Rehabilitation Effort) Fund under the proposed P2.268-trillion 2014 national budget which the Senate is set to hear next week.

14 Nov 2013 - NDRRMC eyed as full department

CLARK FREEPORT -- Senate President Franklin Drilon proposed here yesterday transforming the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) into a fullfledged department.

“To ensure that our development initiatives are sustainable, we must incorporate disaster risk reduction in our development policies and in every part of our society,” said Drilon in his speech before the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) here.

14 Nov 2013 - NFA urged: Release all rice stocks

CLARK FREEPORT -- Amid accidents and even deaths in bids for survival in typhoon devastated parts of Visayas, the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) urged yesterday the National Food Authority (NFA) to distribute free all its rice stocks to the victims.

This amid reports received by KMP that local government units in the typhoon-hit areas are being told to sign promissory notes for later payments for rice to be released to them. Another group also urged the government to “return coco levy funds to Eastern, Western Visayas coco farmers.”

14 Nov 2013 - SBMA sends multi-awarded rescue team to Tacloban

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has dispatched its multi-awarded Search, Emergency and Rescue Team (SERT-SBMA) to assist in search and rescue, as well as clearing operations in typhoon-stricken areas in the Visayas.

SBMA Fire Chief Ranny Magno said that ten members of the SERT-SBMA were flown from Clark Freeport via a C-130 military aircraft to Cebu City. From there, they will be transferred to ships that will deploy them to Tacloban City.

14 Nov 2013 - Apalit gov’t workers donate one-day salary to Leyte folk

PAMPANGA -- Some 300 workers of the Apalit municipal government donated each of their one-day salary to victims of super typhoon Yolanda, earning admiration from Mayor Oscar “Jun” Tetangco.

In a phone interview on Thursday, Tetangco said the municipal workers went to him on Wednesday and volunteered to give their combined salary which could amount to at least P105,000.

14 Nov 2013 - Ex-pageant chairperson heads committee for Ms. Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Second District Board Member Tonton Torres and 2012 Mutya Ning Kapampangan chairperson former Board Member Fritzie David-Dizon are heads of the committee for this year’s annual beauty contest featuring representatives from Pampanga’s 19 towns and three cities.

Gov. Lilia Pineda appointed Torres of Guagua town as committee chairperson, while David-Dizon was made the vice chairperson. The Pampanga Mayors League (PML) led by its president, Apalit Mayor Oscar “Jun” Tetangco, was tapped to ensure the success of the pageant.

14 Nov 2013 - 5th Malunggay Congress to be held in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Hundreds of people are expected to attend the 5th National Moringa Congress which will be held at the Hilltop Function Hall at the Mimosa Leisure Estate here on November 21 and 22.

The event is initiated by Moringaling Philippines Foundation, Inc. (MPFI) and the Clark Development Corp. (CDC). Described as “a common tree with rare power,” moringa has now become a worldwide rave.

12 Nov 2013 - Smurfs at SM City Clark too

ANGELES CITY -- The SM City Clark successfully surprised the Duyan ng Maria children and mall-goers as they unveiled their seventh-year Christmas Giant Display featuring the cutest fictional blue people Smurfs last Sunday.

Filled with Smurftastic Christmas stuffs and colorful lights, the event was opened with the showcasing of skating talents of SM Skating performers with the special participation of their penguin mascot.

12 Nov 2013 - CDC shelves X’mas party to give P1-M to Yolanda victims

CLARK FREEPORT -- The state-firm Clark Development Corporation (CDC) announced yesterday the cancellation of its Christmas party and instead will donate some P1 million allocated for it to the victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda in the Visayas.

CDC President-CEO Arthur Tugade said “the donation of P1 million is just an initial amounwhich will be handed over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).” “This is CDC’s way to show concern for the affl icted families in Visayas, especially those in Tacloban City, Leyte and Samar,” he said.

10 Nov 2013 - Pampanga River Delta 'all clear'

PAMPANGA -- Some 642 illegal structures along the Pampanga River Delta have been demolished by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in a bid to clear and rehabilitate the vital waterway that drains water from Pampanga and neighboring provinces to the Manila de Bay.

The DPWH, in a report, said the demolished structures were homes of informal settlers and illegal fishpens that mushroomed along the stretch of the river delta.

10 Nov 2013 - Village chief calls for unity after polls

ANGELES CITY -- A reelected village chief here has called on his constituents to preserve unity, peace, and love two weeks after the barangay elections.

Rodelio "Tony" Mamac, chairman of Barangay Balibago, urged his supporters and detractors to forget the wounds of the recent elections and work together for the good of the village, which is tagged as the entertainment capital of Central Luzon.

10 Nov 2013 - Elected Dau chairman eyes Liga presidency

PAMPANGA -- MABALACAT CITY -- A former councilor here, who was elected chairman of Barangay Dau, said he is keeping his options open for the Liga Ng Mga Barangay presidency.

Dau Chairman-Elect Oscar Aurelio said he is considering running for president of the local Liga Ng Mga Barangay (formerly Association of Barangay Captains or ABC).

10 Nov 2013 - CSF's Franda Mall re-opens

PAMPANGA -- Franda Mall, believed to be the first ever mall in the City of San Fernando that rose many years before other bigger malls here, re-opened with a fresh look over the weekend.

Businesswoman and civic leaders Lina Velez of Franda Mall said the family has decided to operate the mall along General Hizon Avenue on their own, transforming it to a family-oriented entertainment center.

10 Nov 2013 - NE trader slain by riders-in-tandem

PAMPANGA -- A businesswoman was shot to death by armed riders-in-tandem in front of her house in Barangay Poblacion Sur, Rizal, Nueva Ecija recently, according to reports.

In a belated report here, Senior Superintendent Crisaldo Nieves, Nueva Ecija police provincial director, identified the fatality as Maria Cecelia Caoagas, 48, owner of a grocery store and resident of the said barangay.

10 Nov 2013 - ‘Yolanda’ spares Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Kapampangans heaved a sigh of relief after Typhoon Yolanda spared the province from its devastating winds and torrential rains.

On Friday afternoon, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) Officer Angie Blanco said they were up monitoring identified high risk areas in the second and fourth districts, but she received no reports of casualties and severe damages.

10 Nov 2013 - SM training program yields 145 farmer graduates

PAMPANGA -- Some 145 farmers have finished their training under SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers Training (KSK-FT) program over the weekend.

During the graduation ceremonies held at SM City San Fernando Downtown, SM Foundation Assistant Vice President for Livelihood and Outreach Cristie Angeles led the awarding of certificates to the trainees.

10 Nov 2013 - Marker completes Capitol's history

PAMPANGA -- The marker symbolizing the transition government of the late Board Member Edna David and incumbent Board Member Rosve Henson has been reinstalled last Friday.

David and Henson were installed as governor and vice governor in 1999 and governed Pampanga for six months from January to June that year.

8 Nov 2013 - AC village folk air fears over Donggwang project at Clark

ANGELES CITY -- As Supertyphoon Yolanda neared the country’s eastern seaboard, residents of Barangay Sapang Bato here expressed serious concern over the threat of erosion that could again be triggered by strong currents from areas covered by the $400-million project of the Korean firm Donggwang across from the Abacan River.

“Several houses and farms were eroded into the Abacan River during the last Typhoon Santi because of strong currents that pumped out from a new canal built by Donggwang,” said a resident who asked not to be named as he was employed as manual worker at the Clark Development Corp. (CDC).

8 Nov 2013 - Clark Valley View has no ECC for P2.5-B water theme park

CLARK FREEPORT -- A P2.5-billion water theme park project t which is now under construction at the northwestern perimeter section of this freeport still has no clear environmental clearance certificate (ECC) from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

A check with the EMB Central Luzon office showed that the Clark Valley View Leisure and Resort of the BB International Leisure and Resort Development Corp. (BBI), a Taiwanese firm with local partners, has no ECC.

8 Nov 2013 - BI GETS FLAK Ailing passenger made to queue

ANGELES CITY -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is once again the butt of complaints from arriving passengers at the Clark International Airport (CIA) after a passenger who suffered hypotension or a sudden drop in blood pressure while in flight was made to fall in line at the immigration counter upon arrival.

As soon as they arrived at the CIA, the elderly passenger was placed on a wheelchair and made to fall in line at the immigration counter which had only three active counters - one for foreign passport-holders and two for returning Filipinos.

7 Nov 2013 - Atlantis Bar raided

ANGELES CITY -- Local Police forces raided Atlantis Bar last night.

Initially customers were checked for weapons, then employees carted away with jeepneys to their holding area.

7 Nov 2013 - PDIC files raps vs rural bank execs

PAMPANGA -- The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) recently filed a large-scale estafa charge before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against executives of the now closed Rural Bank of Bacolor Inc. for some P21,418,096.06 in "misappropriated, converted and diverted funds."

In its complaint, the PDIC -- the statutory receiver of RBBI -- cited for P21.4-M large scale estafa the bank’s former president Mary Lynn C. Naguit, assistant to the president Sylvia R. De Castro, vice president and internal auditor Mary Jane C. Acol, and Rico De Castro, a relative of the respondents and controlling stockholders.

7 Nov 2013 - Mayor: Angeles is PHL food capital

ANGELES CITY -- The city may now claim that it is the country's food capital, as people from other provinces and Metro Manila frequent the area particularly the entertainment district of Balibago to enjoy foreign and local cuisines.

This was observed by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, who also said that the City Government is also planning to develop a walking park at the heritage site of the city proper near the old city hall and Holy Rosary Parish Church.

7 Nov 2013 - San Fernando lanterns light up CCP

PAMPANGA -- The province’s very own Parul Sampernandu are now lighting up the façade of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin led the City of San Fernando in the ceremonial lighting of the San Fernando Lanterns last Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

7 Nov 2013 - Mayor: Support ‘Save Mt. Arayat Movement’

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Emmanuel “Bon” Alejandrino recently appealed to Pampanga mayors to help support the “Save Mount Arayat Movement.”

Alejandrino ventilated the call during the “Strengthening of Linkages through Executive–Legislative Agenda of the Province of Pampanga” held at Fontana Convention Center here.

7 Nov 2013 - Clark locator donates to quake victims

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Yokohama Rubber Company Ltd (YRC), Yokohama Tire Philippines, Inc. (YTPI) and Yokohama Tire Sales Philippines, Inc. (YTSPI) have donated P800,000 through the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to the victims of the magnitude-7.2 earthquake that hit the Central Philippines recently.

The donation will benefit mainly damaged areas and victims in the provinces of Bohol and Cebu.

7 Nov 2013 - Treat special kids normally – teacher

CLARK FREEPORT --- Special children need to be treated as normal individuals.

This was the message of a lecture on persons with disabilities conducted by the management of SM City Clark yesterday.

7 Nov 2013 - Cops recover shabu, grenade from suspect

PAMPANGA -- Operatives of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Operation Task Force (PAIDSOTF) arrested on Wednesday evening a suspected drug dealer allegedly armed with a hand grenade in Barangay San Rafael, Guagua town.

In his report to Senior Supt. Oscar Albayalde, Provincial Intelligence Branch acting director Chief Superintendent Rodney Raymond Louie Baloyo IV identified the suspect as Jalaloden Mohammad Makarangkat, 29, native of Toka Binidayan, Lanao Del Sur.

6 Nov 2013 - 2 suspects dead in foiled rob try

PAMPANGA -- Two of the seven suspects in an early morning robbery of a trader in front of the San Fernando New Public Market here Wednesday were slain by the police during a gunbattle, police said.

Police said they are only able to identify one of the two slain suspects -- Ramil Bondoc, of Sto. Cristo, Mexico, Pampanga -- through a Temporary Operators Permit (TOP) issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

6 Nov 2013 - Edejer child writes heartbreaking letter to parents, brother

ANGELES CITY -- A heartbreaking letter by one of the remaining children of the murdered Edejer family is now circulating on the internet, as police authorities have yet to arrest the suspects almost three months after the gruesome crime.

The letter has gained some 5,564 likes on the child's Facebook page, while the same post on the Justice for Edejer Family community page gained some 1,243 likes as of press time. The younger Edejer narrates sorrow over the death of the three Edejers.

6 Nov 2013 - PRO-3 Zamboanga contingent back in Olivas

PAMPANGA -- Police Regional Office-3 (PRO-3) director Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta has welcomed back some 120 Central Luzon police personnel deployed in Zamboanga when they arrived in this camp Wednesday.

Petrasanta said the PRO-3 contigent, all from the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB), were deployed for almost two months in Zamboanga.

6 Nov 2013 - BWSI, Sabak meet to resolve issues

ANGELES CITY -- Officials of both the water firm and the consumers group met at City Council on Wednesday. The meeting was facilitated by Councilors Amos Rivera, Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin III and Brian Nepocumeno.

BWSI president Cristino Panlilio assured officers of Sabak that the water company is doing its best to improve the quality of water in their service areas by replacing old pipelines and constructing new deep wells and pumps.

5 Nov 2013 - Riverbank collapses, 12 houses destroyed

PAMPANGA -- At least 12 houses were totally destroyed when the riverbank along barangays Gulap and Buas in this town collapsed on Monday.

More families in these villages are also facing danger as their houses are situated on top of the riverbanks, or an inch away from the Pampanga River.

5 Nov 2013 - Nurse from San Luis is ‘Friends of UNFPA 2013 Honoree’

PAMPANGA -- A young nurse who hails from San Luis has been recognized by the Friends of United Nations Population Fund (Friends of UNFPA) in New York City, United States of America, for her work as a health educator and advocate.

Twenty-seven year-old Anzaira B. Roxas, granddaughter of the late former mayor Ben Bondoc, is the Deputy Project Coordinator at UNFPA's implementing partner, the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP).

5 Nov 2013 - Red tide up in Bataan waters

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) warned that the coastal waters surrounding Bataan in Central Luzon are now contaminated by the red tide toxin.

The same is true with the coastal waters in Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental in Mindanao as well as in Mati, Davao Oriental and Milagros in Masbate.

5 Nov 2013 - San Fernando chosen as showcase of good governance for APEC

PAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando has been chosen by the Institute of Solidarity in Asia (ISA) as a showcase of good governance for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Conference or APEC 2013.

Mayor Edwin Santiago disclosed the city was chosen by the ISA among 15 other local government units in the country, as an "Island of Good Governance" and for having institutionalized the Performance Governance System.

5 Nov 2013 - Culinary experts to gather at Pamangan Food Expo

CLARK FREEPORT -- A rare gathering of culinary experts will be showcased during the Pamangan Food Expo, one of the highlights of the Grand Clark Festival to be held at the CDC Parade Grounds on November 16 and 17.

Clark Development Corp. (CDC) President Arthur Tugade said in a statement that one of the highlights of the Grand Clark Festival is the food expo, which aims to celebrate quality, diversity, and wholesomeness of Pampanga’s culinary masterpieces and culture.

5 Nov 2013 - Angeles to celebrate 50th year of cityhood

ANGELES CITY -- Fifty days before its golden anniversary celebration as a city, the local government here is set to launch and reveal its month-long activities with a kick-off party on Thursday, 3 p.m., in front of the Angeles City Library.

The launch, dubbed as "Limampulung Aldo bayu ing Limampulung Banua" (Fifty days before the Fiftieth Year), will showcase Angeleños talents in several cultural and modern aspects, all set around a golden theme.

5 Nov 2013 - Car found abandoned in front of Arroyo home

PAMPANGA -- A white car has allegedly been abandoned by three men in front of the house of former President and now 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Barangay San Nicolas 1st, Lubao town.

In a report, Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Pampanga Police Provincial director, said Rita Averson-Dizon, 66, stay-in house administrator of the Arroyo family reported to the Lubao Police that a white Kia Pride (WBU-502) has been parked in front of the house since Saturday.

5 Nov 2013 - New leadership won't affect Star Barangay program

PAMPANGA -- Despite the fact that 13 of 35 village chiefs in San Fernando are new, an official here emphasized that the change in leadership will not affect the city's ongoing Sukatan ng Tagumpay ng Aktibo at Responsableng Barangay or Star Barangay program.

City Administrator and Planning Officer Fernando Limbitco said the Star Barangay Program has been institutionalized years ago, and will not be hampered by the shift in the barangays helms.

4 Nov 2013 - PICE-Angeles City Chapter celebrates Civil Engineering Month this November

ANGELES CITY -- The Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers-Angeles City Chapter has lined up activities for the celebration of the Civil Engineering Month this November.

Kicking off the celebrations was a motorcade around Angeles City last November 3, followed by a thanksgiving mass at Bahay Pag-Ibig Chapel. After the Mass, PICE officers handed over a check to the parish as a gift for the elderly, followed by a feeding program at the Bahay Pag-Ibig. Capping the first day of activities was a sportsfest with student members at Family Super Lanes from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

4 Nov 2013 - SM City Clark to host 2nd Pyrofest Competition

CLARK FREEPORT -- SM City Clark will again host this year’s 2nd Pyrofest Competition on November 23 to 30, providing mall goers from Pampanga and neighboring provinces a chance to witness the best works of pyrotechnic artists in the country.

This year's series of spectacular firework exhibitions is to be split into two days, competed in by eight provincial delegates and professional pyrotechnic artists from Batangas, Laguna, Bulacan, Bacolod, Cebu, General Santos, Cotabato, and Oroquieta City.

4 Nov 2013 - Dole, PTIPC, IBP bond for industrial peace, social justice

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment Central Luzon Office (DoLE-3) and the Pampanga Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (PTIPC), together with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)–Pampanga Chapter recently entered into a memorandum of agreement designed to attain industrial peace and social justice in the province.

The “milestone partnership,” according to DoLE-3 Director Raymundo G. Agravante, primarily aims to promote and facilitate alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in settling internal PTIPC disputes and grievances between labor and management.

4 Nov 2013 - Woman robbed of P500,000, dumped in Tarlac City

PAMPANGA -- A businesswoman lost around P500,000 and personal belongings to unidentified armed men wearing police uniforms, who supposedly escorted her to her car parked at SM City Clark over the weekend.

In a report here, Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, said the victim Maria Consuelo Williams, 34, of Zapote, Las Piñas City met her relatives in Dau, Mabalacat to pick up a payment for textiles amounting to P150,000.

4 Nov 2013 - Folk found to be cutting trees

PAMPANGA -- The multi-sectoral task force reported over the weekend that while "there is no sign of kaingin or charcoal-making" in the portion of Mt. Arayat in Barangay Ayala, Magalang where a landslide occurred, it discovered that trees were being cut down by unidentified folk to make huts for tourists visiting the protected area.

"Initially, we found no kaingin areas as per the claim of residents there. Butwe found out that the trees were being cut to make huts for tourists who intrude, so to speak, the protected area in Ayala, that portion of Mt. Arayat," according to Provincial Environment and Natural Resources officer Art Punsalan.

4 Nov 2013 - Miracle for Zapanta

PAMPANGA -- Family, relatives, neighbors and friends of Kapampangan Overseas Filipino Worker Joselito Zapanta -- who is in death row -- are praying relentlessly for a miracle to keep his fate off the hanging balance -- at least for one more time.

"We are hoping the deadline for Joselito will be extended again" -- thus is the optimism that pervades in the quiet little town of Cabetican Bacolor for Zapanta.

3 Nov 2013 - AMGL denounces assault vs Luisita farmers

MABALACAT CITY -- The regional farmers’ group Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL) has condemned what they described as "intensified assault" against its chapter, the Alyansa ng Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala) in Hacienda Luisita by the Cojuangco-Aquino family and the Tarlac Development Corporation (Tadeco).

When the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) commenced with the raffle-distribution of certificate of land ownership awards (Cloa) on October, Tadeco and another Cojuangco corporation, Luisita Realty Corporation had put up fences around 100-hectare land in Barangay Cutcut and about 400 hectare in Barangay Balete, the AMGL claimed.

3 Nov 2013 - Farmers urged to go into organic fertilizer-making

PAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) on Sunday urged farmers in Central Luzon to go into organic fertilizer production to cut on production cost and produce better yield.

KDF said the move will even help in improving soil quality and reduce chemical impact on the environment caused by artificial fertilizer and their chemicals that are hazardous to the environment and human health.

3 Nov 2013 - 'Hawkers Paradise' to rise in Angeles

ANGELES CITY -- A "Hawkers Paradise" in the likes of the popular and renowned hawkers' centers in Singapore will soon rise in this entertainment and tourist city.

This was disclosed by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recently, who noted that the envisioned weekend-only "Hawkers Paradise" is an essential component of Plaza Angel -- Angeles's first-ever city center.

3 Nov 2013 - Farmers hit CIAC officials for ‘malicious treatment’

CLARK FREEPORT -- A group of farmers here assailed officials of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) for alleged malicious treatment inside the aviation area.

Allan Andu Rivera, who introduced himself as a farmer belonging to Group 3, complained that CIAC security personnel prevented them from bringing farm implements inside their farmlands a few weeks ago.

3 Nov 2013 - Trader shot dead

PAMPANGA-- A prominent businessman-exporter from Sto Thomas was shot and killed by still unidentified suspects Wednesday, reports said.

Trader Anastacio Fabian Basilio, 74, from Sitio Balut in Sto. Nino, Sapa, this town, was shot last October 30 around 12 p.m. by still unidentified riders-in-tandem, according to police.

2 Nov 2013 - Undas aftermath: Tons of garbage

PAMPANGA -- Even with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' plea to keep cemeteries here garbage-free on All Saints' Day, tons of unsegregated solid waste were still left by people who brought along with them food and drinks packed in plastic and other materials.

The Undas aftermath, said Bert Basilio, chief caretaker of a private memorial park in this city, will take more than a month to clean up as usual.

2 Nov 2013 - Cops nab woman for ‘illegal recruitment’

PAMPANGA -- Police on Friday arrested a woman for large-scale illegal recruitment in Barangay Sto. Rosario, Mexico town.

Pampanga police director Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde identified the suspect as Gloria Manangan Javillonar, who was arrested by virtue of arrest warrants for large-scale illegal recruitment and estafa.

2 Nov 2013 - Tripartite group for hotels, restos formed

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Central Luzon office here recently formed the Hotel and Restaurant Industry Tripartite Council of Tarlac (HR-ITCT).

Regional Director Raymundo Agravante said that the HR-ITCT aims to strengthen harmonious relationships among the 35 hotel and restaurant members in the province, coming from, among others, Max’s Restaurant (Luisita), Pancake House, Matutina’s – Gerry’s Seafood House, Tessie’s Grille and Roasters, Grand Prix Hotel, Ves Food, L Square Hotel, Dampa sa Tarlac Seafood Restaurant, Hamilton’s Grill and Bar, La Majarica Hotel, Urdu Restaurant, Mr. Blue Hotel, Ken B. Corporation, Nick Hotel, TSU Hotel, Microtel Luisita, Cindy’s Restaurant, Nay’s House, Azaya, KB Restaurant, and Victor’s BBQ.

2 Nov 2013 - All Saints' Day in Central Luzon peaceful

PAMPANGA -- The observance of All Saints' Day in Central Luzon was generally peaceful, Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) director Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta said.

Petrasanta said that during the observance of All Saints' Day last Friday, the Regional Operations Division did not receive reports of any untoward incidents from the provincial and city police Offices in the region.

2 Nov 2013 - 12th Duman Festival set December 7

PAMPANGA -- Food enthusiasts and tourists will be able to sample again this town's famed duman delicacy in the upcoming 12th Duman Festival this December 7.

Instead of the Santa Rita Parish church, which served as the traditional venue of the event, the festival will be held at the mega dike area of Barangay San Isidro, which is being promoted as a tourism attraction.

2 Nov 2013 - Cops treat kids to early Christmas celebration

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Provincial Police Office, under the leadership of Senior Superintendent Oscar D Albayalde, gave an early Christmas treat to children housed at the Rehabilitation and Study Center for Children (RSCC) in Lubao town the other day.

The activity, in line with the 21st Children's Month Celebration this October, was participated in by Supt Ricardo Pangan Jr., deputy provincial director for Operations; Supt Annaliza M Guzman, chief, Police Community Relations Branch; Senior Inspector Leny Pangilinan, chief, Women and Children Protection Desk; and personnel from Lubao and Sta. Rita Municipal Police Station led by Superintendent Rechie A Duldulao and Senior Inspector Michael Masangkay.

1 Nov 2013 - Angeles eyes additional revenues with GIS

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan disclosed recently that the City Government of Angeles is eyeing additional revenues using its Geographic Information System or GIS.

The GIS, he said, uses information and tracking equipment attached to a balloon to properly pinpoint land areas and usage that would result to the appropriate classification and the true real property tax due.

1 Nov 2013 - Rains fail to spoil Undas

PAMPANGA -- Intermittent moderate rainfall on Friday failed to douse the spirits of folks trooping to cemeteries across the city to pay respect to their departed loved ones.

As early as 6 a.m., hundreds filled various private memorial parks and the two public cemeteries here, lighting candles and offering flowers under umbrellas of different sizes, some seeking shelter in makeshift tents as the rains poured for about an hour starting at 8:15 a.m.