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Balibago News Jun-2014

30 Jun 2014 - Guv seeks farmers' help in environmental drive

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda over the weekend sought the help of farmers in protecting the environment by ridding waterways and irrigation of improperly disposed garbage and to go organic in their farmlands as well.

During the induction of the new officers of the Provincial Agricultural and Fisheries Council (PAFC) at Capitol, the governor said that farmers play an important role in protecting the environment and assisting in the Provincial Government's solid waste management program.

30 Jun 2014 - 38 Marian images on exhibit this September

PAMPANGA -- Some 38 images of the Virgin Mary will be on exhibit at the Sta. Rita de Casia Parish in commemoration of the Feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary this September 8, a celebration held most dear by Marian devotees here and by the Roman Catholic community.

The event is part of the yearly Marian Exhibit in the town that brings together different religious art enthusiasts, religious art collectors and devotees.

30 Jun 2014 - AUF hospital upgrades heart institute

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation Medical Center (AUFMC), in collaboration with HB Calleja National Heart Institute, has upgraded its heart institute by inaugurating the newly acquired GE Innova 2100 IQ (Optima Edition) Cardiovascular Imaging System of the hospital's catheterization laboratory.

The event was led by AUFMC President and Chief Executive Officer Lawyer Gabriel Martin Angeles, HB Calleja NHI president and CEO Dr. Jan Denton Chua, AUFMC Medical Director Dr. Maria Lourdes Lagunilla, Cardiovascular Institute Director Dr. Edgardo Timbol, Section of Cardiology Training Officer Dr. Gabriel Jocson III, and Invasive Cardiology Division Chief Dr. Angelito Medina.

30 Jun 2014 - Youth environment camp held

PAMPANGA -- The San Fernando City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), together with Mother Earth Foundation, held a youth environment camp at Pampanga High School last Friday and Saturday.

The Youth Environment Camp aims to make the youth aware of environment issues and possible contributions to improve and rehabilitate natural resources.

30 Jun 2014 - Farmers: Carp a 'man-made catastrophe'

MABALACAT CITY -- The Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL) and the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Central Luzon (Bayan -CL) said the implementation of the Republic Act 6657 or Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp), and Republic Act 9700 or Carp Extension with Reforms (Carper) is not just a historical failure but a man-made catastrophe to farmers in the region.

The groups also stressed that the Carp law deserves a natural death.

28 Jun 2014 - DA wants farmers’ feedback

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) Central Luzon Office here recently urged farmers to give them feedback on the agency’s programs to find out if they are displacing needed labor or affecting yield.

Speaking before members of the Pampanga Provincial Agriculture and Fisheries Council (PAFC) at Capitol on Thursday, DA Central Luzon Director Andrew Villacorta cited the programs as combined harvesting where the three separate operations of reaping, threshing, and winnowing are combined into a single process; post harvest technology; self-sufficiency; and climate change mitigation projects.

28 Jun 2014 - Governor lauds CLTV 36 talent search

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda lauded the Laus Group-owned regional network CLTV 36 for its “Star Mill: Central Luzon Star Search,” which hones Kapampangan talents and gives contestants opportunities to be in the big league entertainment scene.

During the Kapampangan contestants’ courtesy call at Capitol on Thursday, Governor Pineda said that CLTV 36’s talent search is an important avenue for aspirants to join the ranks of Central Luzon’s prominent showbiz names like Lea Salonga, Brillante Mendoza, Vilma Santos, Regine Velasquez, Sarah Geronimo, and Apl de Ap.

28 Jun 2014 - Porac adopts dike as 'green haven'

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government of Porac has launched a program adopting the Porac portion of the FVR Megadike for greening and cleanliness program.

Porac Vice-Mayor Dexter David said that the program was made possible through the effort of the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Porac Unit headed by Ma. Melba Malit. The program adopts Mega-dike Manibaug Area for continuous tree planting efforts.

28 Jun 2014 - DOLE cites mid-year achievements

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment Central Luzon Office (DOLE-3) headed by Director Ana Dione in a statement on Friday disclosed the agency’s accomplishments and gains for the first semester of 2014.

During the 2014 PESO Mid-Year Planning Assessment held at Subic Bay Freeport, Dione reported to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the P8 million livelihood assistance under the DoLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), covering developmental programs such as the DOLE Nego Karts, Kabuhayan Starter KITS, TUPAD, DOLE-DOST Convergence Program, Youth Employment Service (YES), and Workers Income Augmentation Program (WIN-AP), benefited some 3,466 marginalized individuals comprised of farmers, ambulant vendors, housewives, working youths, persons with disabilities, and other informal workers.

28 Jun 2014 - Hundreds benefit from dental mission

PAMPANGA -- Hundreds of indigents from Barangay Lara in San Fernando benefited from a recent dental mission conducted by the City Health Office of San Fernando and the village council.

During the mission, check-ups and free dental services such as tooth extraction were conducted.

28 Jun 2014 - 3 nabbed for illegal drugs in Sto. Tomas

PAMPANGA -- Police operatives, under the supervision of town police Chief John Clark, arrested three suspects in a buy-bust operation the other day at Barangay Moras Dela Paz for alleged possession of illegal drugs.

A police report here said that the operation resulted in the arrest of three male suspects identified as Eric Tiamzon, 43; Glenn Capili, 37; and Michael Naguit, 28, all residents of Dolores Crossing, 6th St. Looban in the City of San Fernando.

28 Jun 2014 - CSF convenes water board

PAMPANGA -- The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) together with other government officials convened the City of San Fernando Water Resources Management Board (CSFWRMB) at the City Hall here last Friday.

The CSFWRMB is responsible for maintaining the rehabilitation of the San Fernando River and other water resources like ground and surface waters.

28 Jun 2014 - CSF awards models in solid waste management

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago and Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, together with officials of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office recently awarded model groups and villages for their best practices on ecological solid waste management.

In simple ceremonies at Heroes Hall, cited as model schools were Pampanga High School, St. Scholastica's Academy, San Juan South Elementary School, St. Vincent of Quebiawan Integrated School and Nuestra Senora Del Pilar Integrated School.

28 Jun 2014 - Village preps for rains, floods

ANGELES CITY – Barangay Pandan headed by Chairman Jerry Alejandrino in this city has started preparing for the rainy season and impending flooding.

Village councilman Bernardo Villavicencio said that Alejandrino has already initiated sandbagging operations to let avert flooding in the barangay in the midst of the on-going rehabilitation and widening of the Pandan-Magalang Road which the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) would be “finished ahead of schedule.”

27 Jun 2014 - Senator backs CRK twinning with NAIA

CLARK FREEPORT -- Senator Alan Peter Cayetano supports the concept of a dual airport system involving Clark International Airport (CRK) and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

In a speech at the 44th general membership meeting of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) at Widus Hotel here Thursday, Cayetano urged businessmen and other stakeholders in the province to push for a clear plan for the Clark airport under the current administration.

27 Jun 2014 - Maimpis village is San Fernando waste segregation champ

PAMPANGA -- Two-year champion Barangay Maimpis again bested other contenders from this city's 35 villages, making it the first hall of fame awardee in the waste segregation and solid waste management.

Maimpis topped barangays Telebastagan and Sta. Lucia in the large population category, while Barangay Alasas was best in the small population category, with the villages of Dela Paz Sur and Juliana in the second and third places respectively during the search for model the community on ecological solid waste management program held at Heroes Hall last Thursday.

27 Jun 2014 - Lapid registers as voter

ANGELES CITY -- Senator Lito Lapid on Thursday transferred his voter's registration here where he allegedly will seek the mayoral post, or run as district representative in the 2016 elections.

Lapid underwent the voter's registration process, from submitting the necessary documents for transfer to biometrics to become a registered voter of Angeles City.

27 Jun 2014 - Abaya to CIAC: Follow NAIA’s lead

CLARK FREEPORT -- Transportation and Communications Secretary Jun Abaya has instructed the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) and other airport authorities to follow the lead of Manila International Airport Authority's (MIAA) move to incorporate terminal fees in passengers' airline tickets upon purchase for less queuing time at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

"We want to improve passenger convenience at all our airports, not just through infrastructure and facilities upgrades, but also through more efficient business processes. I have asked the other airport authorities to follow MIAA’s lead," said Abaya.

27 Jun 2014 - Central Luzon farmers exploited

MABALACAT CITY -- Farmers in Central Luzon are exploited because the government failed to implement a genuine land reform program.

This was the statement issued by farmers belonging to the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL) and multi-sectoral groups under the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Central Luzon (Bayan).

27 Jun 2014 - Used car dealer victimized by ‘buyers’

MABALACAT CITY -- A student engaged in buying and selling of used cars was victimized by a prospective buyer in Barangay Dau, Mabalacat City, Pampanga, Tuesday.

Senior Superintendent Marlon Madrid, officer-in-charge of the Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO), said that Dan Joseph Navarias, 24, student of Holy Angel University and a resident of Goldenland Subdivision, Barangay Mabiga, was negotiating with two prospective buyers, an unidentified female wearing sando, checkered shorts about 25-years-old and unidentified man wearing a red t-shirt, black shorts and slippers at their shop.

27 Jun 2014 - Police still clueless on the slaying of Danganan

PAMPANGA -- Police are still clueless on the slaying of a close-in aide of Bacolor Mayor Jomar Hizon.

Chief Inspector Danilo Gallano, Bacolor police chief, said a police team is still conducting an investigation and gathering evidence and witnesses on the killing of Danny Mar Danganan, former municipal and barangay councilor.

26 Jun 2014 - Big time drug pusher killed, cohort injured

PAMPANGA -- A big time drug pusher was killed and his cohort injured after their motorcycle accidentally hit an electric post during a brief chased conducted by operatives of the Anti-Illegal Drugs along Henson Street, Barangay Sta. Teresita, Angeles City, recently.

Senior Superintendent Marlon Madrid, Pampanga police acting provincial director, identified the suspects as Pascam Muhaiman, alias Sam, a resident of Balanga, Bataan; and Joseph Christina Matitu, 26, of Barangay Calantas, Floridablanca, Pampanga.

26 Jun 2014 - Police officer collared for illegal drugs

PAMPANGA -- A police officer and his cohort were arrested while about to deliver prohibited drugs in a restaurant in Paniqui, Tarlac, Tuesday.

Senior Superintendent Alex Sintin, officer-in-charge of Tarlac Police Provincial Office, identified those arrested as Police Officer 3 Emmerson Garcia, presently assigned at the Paniqui Police Station and Dennis Navarro, a resident of Paniqui town.

26 Jun 2014 - 4 shabu pushers arrested

PAMPANGA -- Four suspected shabu pushers were arrested in a buy-bust operation at Northville 14, Barangay Calulut, City of San Fernando on Thursday.

Superintendent Edilberto Pitallano, city chief of police, identified those arrested as Edwin Baluyut, Reynaldo Biliwang, Ernesto Castro, and Elsie Biliwang, all residents of the said barangay.

26 Jun 2014 - Police arrest 3 Koreans

ANGELES CITY -- Three Koreans were arrested by policemen for rape, acts of lasciviousness and illegal possession of drugs during a rescue operation at Wild Orchids resort in Barangay Balibago, Angeles City, recently.

Senior Superintendent Eden Ugule, Angeles City police director, identified those arrested suspects as Moonhyo Baek, 45, Yun Mook Park, 42, and Byoung Woong, 43, all Korean nationals temporarily billeted at Wild Orchids Resort located along Santos Street, Barangay Balibago.

26 Jun 2014 - PHS best in solid waste management

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga High School (PHS) was awarded as best school for its ecological solid waste management during the Search for the Model Barangay at the Heroes Hall last Wednesday.

PHS was recognized by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office and Mother Earth Foundation for its clean school environment and the implementation of waste segregation in the campus.

26 Jun 2014 - Hundreds grab opportunities in Central Luzon job search

PAMPANGA -- The Central Luzon Job Search marked Friday its first job fair here, offering hundreds of opportunities to more Kapampangans after its job fair in Angeles City.

"We want to generate job opportunities for Kapampangans because I am a Kapampangan myself. We wanted to generate jobs for everyone in Angeles, San Fernando and for those who also want to be employed in Metro Manila," said jobs fair head organizer Wilmer Carreon.

25 Jun 2014 - Guv cited for supporting forensic science

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda was honored with a civilian award by the Philippine National Police (PNP) during the kick-off ceremony of the celebration of the 69th founding anniversary of the Crime Laboratory Group held in Camp Crame, Quezon City last Monday.

The governor's chief of staff, former Board Member Olga Frances David-Dizon who represented the Pampanga local chief executive, said the civilian award was conferred to Governor Pineda for her relentless support to scene of the crime operations, crime laboratory and forensic science that empowers the criminal justice system.

25 Jun 2014 - Capitol, police boost drive vs crime

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga and the Pampanga police office have strengthened the fight against crimes following the launch of an enhanced tactical course targeting motorcycle-riding criminals.

During the launching of the "Tactical Motorcycle Riding Crash Course" at the Pampanga Provincial Police here, Board Member Rosve Henson said that Capitol and the PPPO led by Senior Superintendent Marlon Valdez Madrid agreed to continuously train policemen and officers in stopping criminals using motorcycles in their illegal trade.

25 Jun 2014 - ACDRRMC holds WASH training

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (ACDRRMC) recently held the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Emergencies training and seminar for barangay councils at the Angeles City Library Conference Hall.

According to ACDRRMC head Rochelle Aguilar, the training was meant to prepare teams for sanitation and hygiene measures to be implemented in evacuation centers.

25 Jun 2014 - San Fernando joins Arbor Day celebration

PAMPANGA -- The City Government here headed by Mayor Edwin Santiago together and Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin planted hundreds of trees in celebration of Arbor Day in Barangay Lara Wednesday morning.

According to Senior Environmental Management Specialist Marilen Malabanan, the tree planting aims to prevent the worsening climate change, which she noted is a major problem facing the world today.

25 Jun 2014 - SM City Clark hosts exhibit for Kapampangan artist

CLARK FREEPORT -- SM City Clark hosted a tribute exhibit honoring the contributions of artist Juan C. Flores in the field of Kapampangan art at the event center yesterday.

The exhibit, which features the works of Flores, was formally opened to the public by SM Vice President for Marketing Millie Dizon, Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicky-Vega Cabigting and the late artist's son Daniel Flores.

25 Jun 2014 - Police train Sta. Ana BPATs

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Police on Tuesday conducted a seminar-workshop for the Sta. Ana Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPAT) to enhance their capabilities in community crime fighting.

During the seminar-workshop held at Shuttle Pro Grill and Resto Bar in Barangay San Juan, this town, Deputy Provincial Director for Administration Superintendent Alexander Mariano recognized the role of the BPATs and their importance as an added force to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

24 Jun 2014 - Flying eye hospital in Clark for mission

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital on Monday landed in Clark International Airport (CRK) for a two-week eye care mission.

The mission, which will run from June 23 to July 4, is sponsored by FedEx Express, and includes an intensive training for technology transfer for ophthalmologists in Pampanga and other parts of Central Luzon.

24 Jun 2014 - Pangilinan to host business meeting in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Tycoon Manuel Pangilinan is set to host a meeting with the business sector and local stakeholders in the province in a bid to possibly identify development projects and infrastructural developments here.

The business meeting is set on July 14. Details of which are being facilitated by the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF), a non-government social service organization.

24 Jun 2014 - Recyclers spend P500,000 on Clark hazardous waste

CLARK FREEPORT -- A total of P524,408 was spent by accredited waste collectors of recyclable and hazardous waste materials at Clark Freeport.

This was learned recently during the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) 11th Annual Recyclables Collection Event (RCE) held at the CDC parking area.

24 Jun 2014 - Guv leads opening of culinary facility

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Tuesday led the opening of the Capitol Culinary facility here that aims to promote Kapampangan culinary arts and food.

The dry run of the culinary operations was personally arranged and monitored by the governor.

24 Jun 2014 - MDRRMO gears up for disaster consciousness month

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) of Mexico town is now gearing up for the upcoming National Disaster Consciousness Month in July.

MDRRM Officer Victor Sundiang said the municipal government has lined up different response, disaster and emergency trainings for their volunteers and workers.

24 Jun 2014 - Car thieves strike at Angeles mall

ANGELES CITY -- Even with tight security measures, thieves were able to steal a car parked at Marquee Mall in Angeles City last Sunday.

Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, said Noelito Serrano, 61, of Marisol Village, Barangay NInoy Aquino, Angeles City, reported to police authorities that his Mitsubishi Galant (WGV-371) was stolen after he, together with his his son parked their car at B2 parking lot at the said mall properly locked but unattended.

24 Jun 2014 - Barangay to install CCTVs

PAMPANGA -- An official of Barangay Del Carmen in San Fernando on Tuesday said that the village council here plans to install closed-circuit television (CCTVs) cameras to monitor daily activities in the community.

The barangay, said barangay councilor Jayme Paras, aims to provide a more secure neighborhood for their constituents because its area is composed of different sitios and subdivisions as well.

24 Jun 2014 - Hausland launches ‘best choice’ package

ANGELES CITY -- Hausland Development Corporation recently launched its "Best Choice" package during the inauguration of Timog Residences Barangay Pampang.

Hausland officials said that “Best Choice” aims to provide prospective homemakers and clients the best choices in terms of location, amenities, financing, environment, housing and style.

23 Jun 2014 - Hizon close aide gunned down

PAMPANGA -- A 48-year-old close-in aide of Bacolor Mayor Jose Maria "Jomar" Hizon was shot dead by motorcycle riding criminals (MRCs) early morning Sunday at Barangay San Isidro in this town.

Chief Inspector Dan Gallano, Bacolor police chief, identified the victim as Danny Mar Danganan, former municipal and barangay councilor.

23 Jun 2014 - 250 patients benefit from Capitol mission

PAMPANGA -- About 250 patients in Sta Ana benefitted from the medical mission initiated by Governor Lilia Pineda and Vice Governor Dennis Delta Pineda over the weekend.

At least 160 patients who had sebaceous cyst and nodular nontoxic goiters underwent surgical procedures during the medical mission.

23 Jun 2014 - Santiago delivers service on birthday

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago chose to spent his birthday last Saturday by delivering much needed social services to Fernandinos.

Sans an extravagant and flashy celebration, the mayor instead led the city’s health team composed of doctors, nurses, midwives, health workers and volunteers in conducting a medical and dental mission for residents of Barangay San Pedro Cutud, the community where Santiago grew up.

23 Jun 2014 - DILG urges LCEs to prepare for El Niño

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Central Luzon office headed by Director Florida Dijan urged local chief executives (LCEs) to join in preparing for the El Niño phenomenon.

Dijan, in a statement, said the call is in support to Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas III's issuance of Memorandum Circular 2014-70 dated June 10, 2014, which enjoins all provincial governors, city and municipal mayors to take pro-active actions in preparation for the adverse effects of the dry spell which may result to reduced rainfall and erratic typhoon cyclones.

23 Jun 2014 - SBMA tops free ports, eco-zones with P185-million dividends

SUBIC BAY -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) emerged as the highest dividends contributor among special economic zones in the country during the recent Dividends Day in Malacañang, an annual event recognizing government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) with the highest remittances.

SBMA remitted a total of P185 million to the National Treasury this year, the first time for the Subic agency after more than a decade.

23 Jun 2014 - CDRRMO prepares for National Disaster Consciousness Month

PAMPANGA -- The San Fernando City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) has been preparing for the upcoming National Disaster Consciousness Month in July.

National Disaster Consciousness Month is celebrated the whole month, with disaster response groups conducting training, seminars and drills that will enhance the preparedness in times of emergencies.

22 Jun 2014 - Set guidelines on waste-to-energy programs, DENR asked

PAMPANGA -- Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) chief Art Punzalan is urging the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to set up guidelines on how to implement alternative "waste-to-energy programs."

Punzalan's call is in line with the law banning open waste dumping and the strict implementation of segregation measures.

22 Jun 2014 - Murder in Mountainview AC

ANGELES CITY -- Last night the raped and murdered body of a woman was found along corner Tarlac and Quezon St, Balibago.

The victim was identified by her sister as Roselyn Estrella residing in Tarlac street, Mountainview leaving behind an 8 year old daughter.

22 Jun 2014 - Autism detection seminar held

PAMPANGA -- The San Fernando City Social Welfare and Development Office conducted a seminar on early detection of autism at the Hereos Hall recently.

The seminar, dubbed Early Detection and Intervention Disability Seminar, focused on detection of symptoms of possible disability among the children through careful observation including diagnosis and handling of patients with the help of institutions.

22 Jun 2014 - Aquino adopted son of Sapang Biabas

MABALACAT CITY -- The barangay council of Sapang Biabas here recently approved a resolution adopting City Councilor Gerald Guttrie Aquino as adopted son of the village.

Barangay chairman Rizalino Garcia and Councilmen Noel Rivera, Esteban Liwanag, Jesus Santos, Efren Mendiola, Alberto Rivera, Pepito Patio and Marissa Sanchez, during their 12th regular session, unanimously approved Resolution 18, series of 2014, "A Resolution Adopting Honorable Attorney Gerald Guttrie P. Aquino, City Councilor of Mabalacat as Adopted Son of Barangay Sapang Biabas, Mabalacat City, Pampanga".

22 Jun 2014 - Tattoo festival held in Santa Ana town

PAMPANGA -- The Masbu Ink Tattoo together with the Pampanga Tattoo Artist Club held a tattoo feast titled "Makuleng Santiago" at the Sta. Ana covered court last Saturday.

The event aims to create understanding and awareness to society the importance and the meaning of having a tattoo and to display body arts and the talents of the different tattoo artists.

21 Jun 2014 - P49.2-M NPP loans benefit thousands

PAMPANGA -- Some P49.20 million has been released by the Provincial Government of Pampanga for its Negosyo King Panyulung Program (NPP) benefiting some 6,558 aspiring micro-entrepreneurs.

A statement from the Provincial Information Office said that the beneficiaries, who are members of different associations, received the said loans in a span of four years of the current administration.

21 Jun 2014 - BSP warns public on bogus solicitors

PAMPANGA -- An official of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in Pampanga warned the public against individuals posing as BSP officials who solicit sponsorships.

"The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas San Fernando branch in Pampanga warns the public against individuals and/or groups posing as BSP officials," Luzviminda Soriano, deputy director of the BSP here, said in a statement.

21 Jun 2014 - Angeles DRRMC ready for disasters

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (DRRMC) on Friday said the City Government is already prepared with its year-round plan in responding to calamities.

Angeles DRRMC head Rochelle Aguilar said that even if the city is not prone to flooding, some barangays are susceptible to soil erosion, especially those along the Abacan Riverbank.

21 Jun 2014 - Pampanga, Bataan cities earn e-Readiness awards

PAMPANGA -- The cities of Angeles and San Fernando in Pampanga and Balanga in Bataan were among the 10 cities nationwide that were conferred Wednesday with the 2014 e-Readiness Leadership Award.

In a statement, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Central Luzon Director Florida Dijan said that representatives of the three local government units (LGUs) received the recognition at the conclusion of an information and communication technology (ICT) innovations forum in Makati City recently.

21 Jun 2014 - Angeles waste reduced by segregation

ANGELES CITY -- An official of the City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (Cenro) on Friday said the volume of garbage sent to the central material recovery facility (MRF) here has significantly decreased since the implementation of the waste segregation program last March.

Cenro head Francis Pangilinan, during the solid waste management board meeting, said his office has "evaluated what our waste segregation program has accomplished and what we must do after."

18 Jun 2014 - Pamintuan threatens to sue over snail-paced works

ANGELES CITY -- A dismayed Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Wednesday threatened to file cases over the slow Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) projects here citing the adverse effects of the problem to commercial activities as well as to motorists and commuters of the city.

"Resume work or we will file cases," Pamintuan said in a statement and added that he wants to see the immediate resumption of work along the Pandan-Magalang road-widening project.

18 Jun 2014 - Capitol union urged to be ‘selfless’

PAMPANGA -- Newly installed officials and directors of the Provincial Government of Pampanga Employees Union were challenged Wednesday by Governor Lilia Pineda to set aside vested self-interests and instead work together with Capitol in looking after the welfare of Kapampangans.

During their oath-taking rites at the Governor's Office, Pineda told the core of the union that looking after the welfare of its members is "just 20 percent and that the remaining 80 percent should be dedicated to serving the people of Pampanga."

18 Jun 2014 - Chinese firm to invest P9-B at Subic Freeport

SUBIC BAY -- A Chinese firm will be investing a total of P9 billion for an exported-oriented business project here.

This was disclosed by Roberto Garcia, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman, adding that the SBMA board of directors has approved the Panhua Group Co. Ltd, proposal.

18 Jun 2014 - Scribe sets photo exhibit at SM City Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Images of New York City takes centerstage in this year’s celebration of Filipino-American Friendship Day in Clark as a photo exhibit coinciding with the July 4 celebration takes place at SM City here.

An exhibit titled “I Love New York” will feature photos of varying subjects taken by journalist Noel Tulabut while covering the United Nations General Assembly and the initiatives of the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York since 2005.

18 Jun 2014 - 241 new police recruits take oaths

PAMPANGA -- A total of 241 new police recruits took their oath of office during the flag raising ceremony held at the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) parade grounds here on Wednesday.

Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, PRO3 director, administered the oath taking of the police recruits after they were presented by Senior Superintendent Flynn Dongbo, chief of the Regional Personnel and Human Resource Development Division.

17 Jun 2014 - Livelihood, tourism mulled in socialized housing plan

PAMPANGA -- A former mayor of Magalang said that he is eyeing livelihood and eco-tourism in the proposed socialized housing area, which will be developed in a 50-hectare property owned the local government.

Pablo "Sonny" David, who was appointed mayor under former President Cory Aquino's revolutionary government in 1987, issued the statement after some groups expressed apprehensions about the housing project in Barangay Ayala.

17 Jun 2014 - Angeles village lauded for drive vs dengue

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Health (DOH) has lauded the efforts of a village here for implementing various programs to prevent the spread of dengue.

Health officials, including Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag, presented a certificate of recognition to Barangay Balibago during the Asean Dengue Day held at the Bayanihan Park here on Sunday.

17 Jun 2014 - Pamintuan wants a more beautiful city

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is now implementing more beautification programs for this city and is set to embark on more impact projects.

This came after Pamintuan attended the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum 2014 (WCSMF) in Singapore recently where the latter has benchmarked possible programs for cascading to the governance of Angeles City.

17 Jun 2014 - CESD provides free livelihood training

PAMPANGA -- The San Fernando City Employment Service Division (CESD) here conducted a training for Fernandinas recently to help them in their livelihood.

The training is about beauty care which is also a program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), which aims to give free learning sessions in order to know the basic steps and knowledge when it comes to beauty and wellness.

17 Jun 2014 - Dengue cases in Central Luzon decline

PAMPANGA -- Department of Health (DOH) Central Luzon Director Dr. Leonita Gorgolon said recently that there has been a decline in the number of dengue cases in the region.

Gorgolon noted of a National Epidemiology Center (NEC) report, which revealed that there is a downward trend in the number of dengue cases in the region as a result of unified efforts to curb the infectious disease.

17 Jun 2014 - DOT, DILG forge pact on tourism development

ANGELES CITY -- A memorandum of agreement, which will adopt a convergence program on tourism as a vehicle for Local Economic Development (LED), was recently forged by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) here.

A statement issued by the DOT in Central Luzon said that Joint Memorandum Circular 2014-001 aims to ensure that the policy environment and regulatory processes would allow local businesses to grow and expand in order to create more jobs and employment for locals.

17 Jun 2014 - San Fernando to deploy ‘soldiers of environment’

PAMPANGA -- The San Fernando City Government here will soon deploy “soldiers of the environment” or “kawal ng kalikasan” in a bid to promote environmental protection and awareness.

Last Monday, the City Environment and Natural Resources Office headed by newly installed Engr. Annelle Culala conducted a symposium on environmental laws and enforcement at the Heroes Hall attended by some 100 volunteers from the barangays, civic organizations, and Philippine National Police among others. The seminar tackled strategies in fighting environmental degradation and strict implementation of environmental rules of the city.

17 Jun 2014 - Sta. Ana students get educational assistance

PAMPANGA -- Some 344 indigent students from Sta Ana were the recipients of this quarter's educational assistance program of the Municipal Government of Sta. Ana.

The distribution was personally facilitated by Mayor Rommel Concepcion, accompanied by Vice Mayor Medy Nolasco and councilor Rhodora Nacpil.

16 Jun 2014 - Santiago vows to light up MNR

PAMPANGA -- After a series of accidents and the continuing risk poised to motorists and pedestrians by the "dark" stretch of MacArthur Highway or Manila North Road from Barangay San Agustin to Barangay Telabastagan, City Mayor Edwin Santiago over the weekend vowed to light up the whole stretch.

Alarmed motorists and even members of the media have raised alarm over the unlighted portion of the busy highway inside the boundary of the city, which endangers students coming home from several schools in the area and folks getting off from work in various offices along the road.

16 Jun 2014 - San Fernando drug deal foiled

PAMPANGA -- A drug deal was foiled when three alleged drug pushers were arrested by operatives of Pampanga Anti-Illegal Drug Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG) along Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA)in Barangay Dolores, City of San Fernando, over the weekend.

Superintendent Edilberto Pitallano, city chief of police, identified the suspects as Ruben Abaca, Jamaloding Abdullah and Haniffa Abdullah, all with unknown addresses.

16 Jun 2014 - Martial Law victims seek reparation

ANGELES CITY -- Victims of human rights abuses during martial law under former President Ferdinand Marcos filed their claims of applications under Republic Act 10368 at the Angeles City Hall recently.

RA 10368 is "An act providing for reparation and recognition of victims of Human Rights Violations during the Marcos regime, documentation of said violations, appropriating funds therefore and for other purposes".

16 Jun 2014 - San Fernando PESO prioritizes locals over overseas employment

PAMPANGA -- The Public Employment Service Office (Peso) of San Fernando is prioritizing the hiring of Fernandinos for local employment within the city rather than for overseas placements.

PESO manager Donny Sayre said they are protecting the welfare of Kapampangan applicants from illegal recruitment as unaccredited placement and employers manage to "sneak in" in legitimate job fairs.

16 Jun 2014 - SM pays tribute to dads

PAMPANGA -- SM City Pampanga honored dads on Sunday by celebrating Father's Day with activities especially designed for them.

SM featured a vintage car show by the Pampanga Oldschooler Auto Club, dart competition by the Pampanga Darter’s Association and the first ever Cessna Plane display provided by the WCC Aeronautical and Technical College.

15 Jun 2014 - Pampanga eyes P1B from real property tax

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga is expected to collect almost P1 billion from real property tax (RPT) as it moves to update its outdated basis for collection and conduct a general revision of property assessments and classifications in the province.

Committee on Ways an Means chair Rosve Henson said the province has been conducting a series of meetings and consultations since late year in a bid to update its RPT collection system and streamline Schedule of Market Values (SMVs) in various municipalities.

15 Jun 2014 - AC, CDC work for APEC 2015 infras

ANGELES CITY – The local government here and the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) are working together to speed up ongoing infrastructure projects in preparation for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting next year.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and CDC President Arthur Tugade recently met at the city hall and discussed plans.

15 Jun 2014 - LTO keen on providing clients comfort, convenience

ANGELES CITY - The Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Angeles City is continuously improving its facilities to provide utmost comfort and convenience to its clients.

During the agency’s first semester “Big Clean Up and Big Sorting Day” over the weekend, LTO Angeles City Chief Transportation Regulation Officer Aida Santiago said that the waiting area for driver’s license applicants and those renewing their vehicle registration is now fully air-conditioned.

15 Jun 2014 - Cop denies demanding P1M from bar owner

ANGELESD CITY -- A police officer here has categorically denied that he demanded P1 million from the owner of a bar that they raided on June 6 in Balibago, Angeles City.

In a text message, Chief Inspector Melvin Montante, head of the Regional Intelligence Section, said that operatives of Regional Special Operations Group have actually filed a case of anti-trafficking in persons against the owner of the bar identified as Veronica Raymundo and an unidentified Australian as well as arrested persons before the Office of Angeles City Prosecutor Percival Atinja.

15 Jun 2014 - Pampanga medical groups vow support to Capitol

CLARK FREEPORT – The Pampanga Medical Society (PMS) and Angeles City Medical Society (ACMS) have vowed to support the health programs of the Provincial Government headed by Governor Lilia Pineda.

Officials of the two medical groups recently met with the governor in this support, expressing to serve patients with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) cards and assistance from Capitol.

14 Jun 2014 - Pampanga medical groups vow support to Capitol

CLARK FREEPORT – The Pampanga Medical Society (PMS) and Angeles City Medical Society (ACMS) have vowed to support the health programs of the Provincial Government headed by Governor Lilia Pineda.

Officials of the two medical groups recently met with the governor in this support, expressing to serve patients with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) cards and assistance from Capitol.

14 Jun 2014 - Getting out of debt tackled in forum

ANGELES CITY -- Getting Out of Debt was the topic in the third seminar conducted by the Metro Angeles Realty Estate Board Incorporated (Mareb) recently.

This is the third of three series on financial wellness held at Spring Deer Restaurant which was facilitated by Eric Trinidad of Philam Life.

14 Jun 2014 - DAR: Land distribution to continue after June 30

PAMPANGA -- Officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) over the weekend clarified that the agency can still distribute land even after June 30.

DAR Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Anthony Parungao said that Section 30 of Republic Act 9700 or Carper permits the agency to complete the acquisition and distribution of landholdings with pending cases.

14 Jun 2014 - 3 police officials assigned at PRO3

PAMPANGA -- Three police senior superintendents were assigned at the Police Regional Office-Central Luzon (PRO3) headquarters inside this camp.

The police officials include Senior Superintendents Ronald Santos, Omar Buenafe at Timoteo Pacleb.

14 Jun 2014 - SM's E-waste program gets support

PAMPANGA -- The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) of San Fernando is fully supporting the E-Waste collection program of SM Supermalls.

The E-Waste program collects electronic materials that are no longer used by the community. The materials will then be surrendered to their partner companies for recycling, instead of being disposed improperly.

13 Jun 2014 - Cops bag 9th most wanted in Bacolor

PAMPANGA -- Police arrested the number nine most wanted person in Pampanga while in the act of robbing residents in Barangay Cabetican here.

Bacolor chief of police Chief Inspector Danilo Gallano on Friday said the suspect was identified initially as Romnik Mananasala, 25, a resident of Agaw Lupa, Kulis, Dinalupihan, Bataan, but was later confirmed as Jeffrey Santiago, a resident of Barangay Pandaguirig, Floridablanca, who has a string of pending criminal charges. He said Santiago tried to hide his identity with a false name.

13 Jun 2014 - Police collar gang leader

MABALACAT CITY -- The Pampanga Provincial Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) headed by Police Chief Inspector Heryl Bruno recently collared a gang leader in Mabalacat City.

In a report Bruno said that a manhunt team supervised by Senior Superintendent Ismael Fernandez captured and arrested Servitozar Manalang Paniza, 40, the alleged and suspected leader of the notorious "Paniza" criminal gang.

13 Jun 2014 - 778 jobseekers ‘hots’ on Independence Day

PAMPANGA -- A total of 778 applicants were hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) during Thursday's 116th Philippine Independence Day Job Fairs in Central Luzon.

Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Director Ana Dione said the 778 job seekers hired represent a placement rate of 27.02 percent of the 2,879 qualified applicants or 12.02 percentage points above the 15 percent target.

13 Jun 2014 - Construction of GCC starts

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government here has officially started the construction of the P1 million Guagua Community College (GCC) building in Barangay Sta. Filomena following groundbreaking rites on Friday.

"For the past years, we have branded our school as GCC even if in reality, no such building that exists. What we do then is we use the facilities of the Guagua Elementary School and hold classes for college students in the evening," Mayor Dante Torres said.

13 Jun 2014 - Magalang police bust suspected drug pushers

PAMPANGA -- Two suspected drug pushers were apprehended by policemen during a buy-bust operation in Barangay San Nicolas, Magalang, Pampanga recently.

Superintendent Anna Liza Guzman, chief of police of Magalang identified the suspects as Bernard Ira alias Ka Bok, 35, a resident of Barangay Sinalhan, Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Ronald Manalastas, 24, a resident of Barangay Salangan, San Miguel, Bulacan.

13 Jun 2014 - Sta. Ana clerk of court slain by MRCs

PAMPANGA -- A clerk of court was shot dead by motorcycle riding criminals (MRCs) after she was held-up in Barangay San Jose, Sta. Ana, Pampaga recently.

Senior Superintendent Marlon Madrid, officer-in-charge of the Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO), identified the fatality as Dolores Argallon, 54, a resident of Barangay San Jose, Sta. Ana town and clerk of court of Municipal Trial Court of Sta. Ana.

13 Jun 2014 - Police officer robbed

SUBIC BAY -- A police officer lost his government-issued firearm and other belongings during his Scout Training at Driftwood Beach along Barangay Barreto, Olongapo City on Tuesday.

Senior Superintendent Edilberto Delos Reyes, Olongapo City police director, said the victim, Police Officer 1 Oliver Esteves, 25, a member of the Angeles City Public Safety Company, arrived at the said beach in the morning of Monday to undergo water borne exercises as part of Scout Training.

13 Jun 2014 - Woman, 32, hurt in accidental gunfire

PAMPANGA -- A 32-year-old woman was accidentally shot and wounded near the vicinity of Jollibee Fast Food chain in Barangay Poblacion, Magalang, Pampanga, recently.

Senior Superintendent Marlon Madrid, officer-in-charge of the Pampanga Police Provincial Office, said that May Ann Hipoito, 32, together with her husband Noly, 30, both of Barangay Pitabunan, Concepcion, Tarlac were walking near the said food chain when the shooting accident happened.

12 Jun 2014 - Guv to village execs’ spouses: ‘Protect children, women’

PAMPANGA -- "The spouses of the barangay captains could help a lot in the protection of and looking after the welfare of children and women."

So said Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda as she urged spouses of the 505 barangay chairpersons of the province to help protect and assist in the prevention of children and women abuse in their respective communities through active participation in the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC).

12 Jun 2014 - Morales: ‘Pinoys should be free from the bondage of poverty’

MABALACAT CITY – "Filipinos should be free from the bondage of poverty."

These were the words of Mabalacat City Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales during the celebration of the 116th Philippine Independence at SM City Clark on Thursday.

12 Jun 2014 - San Fernando awards shoot fest winners

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Edwin Santiago and other city officials led the awarding of winners of the First Invitational Shoot Fest at the City Hall on Thursday.

Lucito "Tits" Vergara, chairman of the Pampanga Shooters Association, said the shoot fest was divided into four categories: open, standard, production and classic shooting.

12 Jun 2014 - Rains mar freedom day parade

PAMPANGA -- Early morning rains on Thursday marred the celebration of the 116th Independence Day here, resulting to the cancellation of the traditional day parade.

Hundreds of students, government officials and multi-sectoral representatives were supposed to embark on a long parade from Heroes Hall to City Hall after the wreath laying ceremony led by Mayor Edwin Santiago, ViceMayor Jimmy Lazatin, members of the 5th City Council and guest of honor lawyer Alexander Lacson of the Kabayanihan Foundation.

12 Jun 2014 - SM Pampanga unveils 'giant bibingka' flag

PAMPANGA -- Mall goers where in for a "nationalistic" gastronomic treat as SM City Pampanga unveiled a 12 feet long rice bibingka resembling the colors of the Philippine flag as the mall led the celebration of the 116th Independence Day celebration here Thursday.

Tenants and mall employees led the formal program at the mall's main entrance and paid their respects to the Philippine flag with guests Board Members Rosve Henson and Cherry Manalo. The attendees then proceeded to unveil the "bibingkang nasi"-a Kapampangan rice delicacy in the shape of the Philippine flag which serves as the events centerpiece.

11 Jun 2014 - Angeles to DOF, Tax Watch: ‘Check facts’

ANGELES CITY -- Officials here denied reports published by the Department of Finance (DOF), Tax Watch Philippines and the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) stating that the Angeles is one of the 116 cities in the country using an outdated Schedule of Market Values (SMVs) on real property tax.

The Angeles City Government's reaction came after the report was seen in an advertisement in the Philippine Daily Inquirer printed on their June 11, 2014 issue, and is now asking the agencies to "check the facts."

11 Jun 2014 - San Fernando creates river management council

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando on Wednesday announced that it has created a River Management Council to oversee and monitor year-round vital waterways here.

Mayor Edwin Santiago, along with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Engineer Efren De Leon and volunteer flood czar Engineer Marni Castro, after an inspection of major water channels, rivers, creeks, tributaries and anti-flood infrastructure disclosed that the City Council, through public works committee chairman Councilor Noel Tulabut, has passed a resolution calling for the creation of the river management unit.

11 Jun 2014 - Facelift pushed for old PNR station in Angeles

ANGELES CITY -- The old Philippine National Railways (PNR) station here will soon get much needed rehabilitation as Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David are proposing to transform the ruins into a museum.

Pamintuan said the move will give due attention to the historic facility that has been a silent witness to the once sleepy town, which has now transformed into an urban center.

11 Jun 2014 - AUF Chinese contest winners lauded

ANGELES CITY -- Angeles University Foundation (AUF) students who topped the recent "13th Chinese Bridge: Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students in the Philippines" were lauded and congratulated by AUF president Joseph Emmanuel Angeles.

The Chinese Bridge is an international contest initiated by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing. Since its inception in 2002, the competition has attracted more than 100,000 college students from 120 countries, about 1,500 of which went to China for the finals.

11 Jun 2014 - Hundreds benefit from Freedom Day checkups

PAMPANGA -- Hundreds of Guaguaeños on Wednesday benefitted from the town's advanced Independence Day medical check-ups.

Councilor Sajid Khan Eusoff said the objective of the free medical checkups was to provide for a healthy lifestyle and help indigent constituents of Guagua get medical attention.

11 Jun 2014 - CSFWD to push for P85-M septage treatment facility

PAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando Water District (CSFWD) is pushing for the establishment of a Septage Treatment facility for water concessionaires in the city in compliance with Republic Act 9275, or the Clean Water Act.

CSFWD general manager Jorge Gumba said that the Clean Water Act mandates water utilities and local government units (LGUs) to implement sewage management and sanitation programs to ensure proper disposal of septic wastes. Under the law, LGUs share the responsibility of managing and improving the quality of water sources in their areas by undertaking measures to prevent pollution.

11 Jun 2014 - Sawali’ flag unveiled in Tarlac

PAMPANGA -- To commemorate the 116th Philippine Independence Day, a flag made of “sawali” was unveiled at SM City Tarlac here Wednesday.

The 12 feet by 24 feet Philippine Flag was crafted and hand painted by five award winning Tarlacqueños who designed the “sawali” canvas with different Philippine icons and festivals in the mural. “I Love Pinas” is the centerpiece of the mall.

10 Jun 2014 - Budget may delay proposed landfill

PAMPANGA -- Fourth District Board Member Nestor Tolentino on Tuesday said the lack of funds may hamper the creation of a sanitary landfill for Pampanga.

Tolentino, chair of the Provincial Board's committee on environment and natural resources, late last month initiated the first of a series of public consultations regarding the proposed landfill, which will be established either in Floridablanca or Porac town.

10 Jun 2014 - ower interruption in Pampanga towns rescheduled to June 20

PAMPANGA -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) announced that the supposed nine-hour power interruption in some parts of Pampanga on Wednesday has been moved to June 20.

NGCP Central Luzon Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Officer Ernest Lorenz Vidal said the rescheduling is to give way to the request of Basa Air Base for uninterrupted power Wednesday.

10 Jun 2014 - Guv calls on village chiefs to help in health program

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda called on village officials Monday to help in identifying poor families for coverage under the Philhealth insurance program and making sure that those covered maximize their insurance services.

Pineda made this call during Tuesday's awarding of 1,700 insurance cards under the Point Of Care program of Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth).

10 Jun 2014 - Counterfeiting couple collared by cops

PAMPANGA -- Policemen arrested over the weekend a couple involved in the proliferation of fake bills in various sari-sari stores here and nearby Guagua town.

Superintendent Jhoanna Rosales, town police chief, identified the suspects as Marlon Palisoc, 35 years old , single and his live in partner Agnes Capati, 34, single both of Barangay San Antonio, Guagua.

10 Jun 2014 - OWWA holds Migrant’s Day for OFW Family Circles

PAMPANGA -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office No. 3, in coordination with the local governments in the region, held the Migrant Worker’s Day at the Trade Hall of SM City Pampanga, here at the City of San Fernando, recently.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Migranteng Pilipino… Magkasangga tayo sa kapakanan, Kabuhayan, at Kalusugan.” The Migrant Workers Day celebration is held every year in accordance with R.A. 8042, otherwise known as the “Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act of 1995,” an act to institute policies of overseas employment and establish a higher protection and promotion of the welfare of migrant workers, their families and overseas Filipinos in distress.

10 Jun 2014 - San Fernando mulls barangay clustering

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando City officials here are proposing to cluster barangays as one of the solutions to help them promote their products.

This was disclosed during Tuesday's Barangay Tourism Summit, where officials described clustering as a way of grouping barangays that have similar products, be it food, handicraft or even heritage sites.

10 Jun 2014 - San Fernando villages showcase products in summit

PAMPANGA -- Different products from the 35 villages of the City of San Fernando were showcased during Tuesday's culmination of the two-day Barangay Tourism Summit at Heroes Hall here.

Barangays featured their unique products ranging from food like espasol, to handicraft made of rattan and water lilies.

9 Jun 2014 - Guv to public servants: ‘Be everyday heroes’

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Monday urged Capitol employees to be “every day heroes” by serving Kapampangans with dedication, honesty, and love.

The Provincial Government led by Governor Pineda took the lead in commemorating the 116th anniversary of Independence Day themed "Pagsunod sa Yapak ng mga Dakilang Pilipino, Tungo sa Malawakan at Permanenteng Pagbabago" at the Capitol grounds during the Monday flag-raising rites.

9 Jun 2014 - City Council lauds Angeles mayor, security aides

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council here praised the effort of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and his security escorts for the apprehension of riding-in-tandem criminals involved in a robbery incident that took place recently on Sto. Rosario Street in this city.

Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting and Councilor Maricel Morales presented the approved copy of the city council resolution to the mayor and his security team during the city hall's regular flag raising rites.

9 Jun 2014 - Towns to experience 9-hour power interruption

PAMPANGA -- "Customers of Pelco II and SFELAPCO-Florida will have outage from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.," National Grid Corporation of the Philippines Central Luzon Corporate Communications and Public Affairs officer Ernest Lorenz Vidal said.

Affected are the towns of Bacolor, Sta. Rita, Sasmuan, Porac, Lubao, Guagua, and Floridablanca.

9 Jun 2014 - Village chief: Avail of ‘Point of Care’ program

MABALACAT CITY -- A village chief here has directed his fellow barangay officials to recommend indigent patients to the "Point of Care" health program of the National Government.

Dr. Oscar Aurelio, barangay chairman of Dau in this city, said poor patients who are not members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) may avail of free medical attention under the program.

9 Jun 2014 - Summit encourages barangay participation

PAMPANGA -- The San Fernando tourism office here together with other City Government officials held a barangay tourism summit at the Heroes Hall on Monday.

The barangay tourism summit aims to activate the tourism barangay council within the city, recognizing their roles when it comes to tourism ideas that can help in the development of the tourism industry.

9 Jun 2014 - Mexico town wants increased competitiveness after ranking

PAMPANGA -- Mexico is now set to push its competitiveness rating a notch higher after it was cited among the 10 friendliest places to conduct business after topping the index constructed by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC).

Out of 163 participating municipalities in the 2013 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) nationwide, Guagua placed second, Guimba sixth and Mexico seventh.

9 Jun 2014 - Porac coop receives farm inputs from Butil

PAMPANGA -- The Butil Farmers Party released a high-powered sprayer and shallow tube well equipment through the Municipal Government of Porac.

Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz and Vice Mayor Dexter David formally turned over the equipment to the Saint Francis Cooperative.

7 Jun 2014 - PamCham, CLTV 36 set rehab for Cebu villages

ANGELES CITY -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) and CLTV 36 are now undertaking the rehabilitation phase of its “Lingap ng Central Luzon para sa mga Biktima ng Bagyong Yolanda” program in Daanbantayan, Cebu.

December 4 last year, PamCham and CLTV 36 went to barangays Malbago, Calape, Batirya and Bagayto to distribute more than 2,000 relief packs, clothes, water and other supplies to the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda that devastated Visayas in November 8, 2013.

7 Jun 2014 - Angeles confident to receive good governance seal

ANGELES CITY -- City officials here expressed optimism that Angeles City will be a recipient of the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) for 2013.

This was announced by the city's technical working group and secretariat during the Local Governance Performance Management Systems (LGPMS) assessment and validation recently facilitated by the DILG Regional Assessment Team.

7 Jun 2014 - Board lauds Australia for classrooms

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Board (PB) led by Vice-Governor Dennis "Delta" Pineda lauded the Australian Government's Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) for providing 80 school classrooms in various public elementary and high schools in Pampanga.

Provincial Board Resolution No. 3354 stated that 80 classrooms will definitely enhance the education program that will ultimately develop the full potentials of the youth.

7 Jun 2014 - Kabalen joins UST artists in US exhibit

PAMPANGA -- Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug will join the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Alumni Group in a Philippine Independence Day art exhibit in Los Angeles, California from June 13 to June 16.

The event, dubbed "Kalayaan Art Exhibit (Freedom 2014)", is sponsored by the Office of the Philippine Consulate of Los Angeles, FACLA Pandayan ng Sining and Super A's Home Care. The exhibit will be held at the Dream Banquet Hall, Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.

7 Jun 2014 - Tricycle driver shot, wounded by MRCs

PAMPANGA -- Motorcycle riding criminals (MRCs) responsible in robbery and snatching incidents in the province shot and wounded a tricycle driver on Thursday along Jose Abad Santos Avenue in Sta. Ana.

Police identified the victim as Jimmy Balatbat, 45, a resident of Barangay San Pedro, Sta. Ana town.

7 Jun 2014 - Scavenger shot inside Subic Freeport

SUBIC BAY -- An alleged scavenger was shot dead by a security guard on duty inside the compound of Asahi Group International located inside the Subic Bay Freeport recently.

Senior Superintendent Pedilberto Delos Reyes, Olongapo City Police director, identified the victim as Marvin Garcia alias Ingkoy.

7 Jun 2014 - Woman, 21, found dead in own room

SUBIC BAY -- A 21-year-old woman suspected of being raped before she was robbed and killed by an assailant was found dead inside her room in Barangay West Bajac-Bajac, Olongapo City Monday recently.

Senior Superintendent Nelson delos Reyes, Olongapo City police director, said he has ordered a police team to investigate the killing of Jean-Jean Garcia, a resident of said barangay.

7 Jun 2014 - LGC donates ‘action figures’ to Munting Tahanan ng Nazareth

MABALACAT CITY – The Laus Group of Companies (LGC) through its Max's Restaurants franchises in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija on Thursday officially turned over to volunteers at Munting Tahanan ng Nazareth in this city three life-sized "action figures" for the facility’s playground.

The turnover of the Hulk, Superman and Spiderman to the home for the poor, abandoned, autistic, and the mentally challenged who need extra and special attention, is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility or CSR.

6 Jun 2014 - Thousands of careers in Kalayaan job fairs

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Central Luzon Office on Friday said that over 7,700 career opportunities will be up for grabs during the Kalayaan 2014 job fairs in Central Luzon on June 12, which coincides with the 116th Philippine Independence Day celebration.

"From the figure, around 3,100 are for local employment while the rest are for overseas. About 101 employers have confirmed their participation including 25 licensed recruitment agencies," Dole Director Ana Dione said.

6 Jun 2014 - Guagua adopts iTax system

PAMPANGA -- Guagua town is now the 10th local government unit in Pampanga to adopt the iTax system of the Provincial Government.

Capitol's iTax is an automated system that aims to transform current levy collection from a slow manual process to an efficient, transparent, and scheme, which will make Real Property Tax or RPT payments easier and beneficial to Kapampangans.

6 Jun 2014 - Indigent students get bags from GLF committee

PAMPANGA -- The Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) Executive Committee 2011 recently distributed school bags to indigent students from different schools in the city.

GLF 2012 committee members Angelo David, Engr. Marnie Castro and Architect Yolanda Reyes gave 250 bags each to students at Sta. Lucia Elementary School, San Nicolas Integrated School and Nuestra Señora Del Pilar Integrated School.

6 Jun 2014 - Fernandinos observe environment month

PAMPANGA -- The San Fernando City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Centro) here joins the nation in observing Philippine Environment Month.

The celebration of environment month is in line with Presidential Proclamation no. 237, s. 1988 signed by then President Corazon Aquino, which states that June will be the official environment month.

5 Jun 2014 - Magalang gets 2 school buildings from Australia

PAMPANGA -- A public elementary school in this town on Wednesday received two new buildings from the Australian government.

In simple inaugural rites, the Australian government represented by Ambassador Bill Tweddell and Education Secretary Armin Luistro turned over the two newly school constructed buildings with four classrooms each to officials of the San Isidro Resettlement Elementary School here.

5 Jun 2014 - Mom, daughter share joy to ‘Munting Tahanan’ folk

MABALACAT CITY -- The mother and daughter tandem of Laus Group executives Ma. Theresa Laus and Carissa Laus-Manalili on Thursday celebrated their birthdays at the "Munting Tahanan ng Nazareth" here, sharing their blessings and bringing joy to some 41 special children in the institution for the poor, abandoned and afflicted with various illnesses.

"It is actually part of the corporate social responsibility of Max’s Restaurant and the family as well. We do this often because we want to share our blessings to them. It makes a day like our birthdays more meaningful knowing we touch the lives of those who need love and care," Mrs. Laus said.

5 Jun 2014 - PDRRMO bares accomplishments

CLARK FREEPORT -- Pampanga Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) Officer Angeline Blanco bared the current state of the province's disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) during a summit held in this Freeport Thursday.

According to Blanco, disaster preparedness has been one of the major concerns of the province since the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.

5 Jun 2014 - BCDA to start tendering Clark Green City areas

CLARK FREEPORT -- After President Benigno Aquino III approved the master development plan and the development of the first phase of Clark Green City on Thursday, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) disclosed Thursday it will start tendering to international and local investors about 1,300 hectares of the 9,450 hectares of the Clark Green City (CGC) project by the third quarter of this year.

BCDA president and chief executive officer Arnel Paciano Casanova said that the development authority is targeting real estate and institutional developers, and industrial park and township builders as investors for the first phase of the CGC where the 1,300 hectares will be divided into several lots and packages.

5 Jun 2014 - Police arrest 2 for fake money

PAMPANGA -- Two suspects were caught for alleged possession and use of a counterfeit bill in a gas station last Tuesday.

Police identified the suspects as as Arielino Santiago, 48, and Francisco Alviz, 28.

5 Jun 2014 - Students get school supplies from Sta. Rita police chief

PAMPANGA -- Indigent elementary students and 20 students with disabilities received school supplies from Santa Rita Police chief Michael Masangkay as part of the local police's community development program.

Masangkay has been doing the distribution to help local school children with their supply needs every opening of the school year.

5 Jun 2014 - 10-day tactical motorcycle riding course opens

PAMPANGA -- A 10-day Tactical Motorcycle Riding Crash Course opened Thursday at Bale Katimawan, Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO) in Barangay Sto. Nino, City of San Fernando.

Senior Superintendent Marlon Madrid, officer-in-charge of the PPPO, said the opening of the 10-day course was successfully launched with Superintendent Noel Villanueva, chief of the Regional Highway Patrol Unit-3 as the guest of honor and speaker.

4 Jun 2014 - Kapampangan appointed to US federal aviation body

ANGELES CITY -- President Barack Obama has appointed a Kapampangan as assistant administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Airports, a United States government authority that regulates and oversees civil aviation in North America and over the world.

Eduardo Alfonso, a native of La Paz, Tarlac, left Angeles City as a teen and settled in San Francisco, California with his mother.

4 Jun 2014 - MICE 2014 reels off

PAMPANGA -- The Philippine Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions/Events or MICE Conference 2014 reeled off at this Freeport on Wednesday.

Organized by the Tourism Promotions Board in partnership with MICE Philippines and Philippine Association of Convention and Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers, the four-day conference will have plenary discussions and lectures about industry-specific topics on meetings, incentive travel, and exhibitions marketing as well as leadership, innovation, business and technology, association management, food, creativity, communication, and personal and organizational development.

4 Jun 2014 - WWF exec supports move to decongest NCR

PAMPANGA -- World Wide Fund (WWF) chief executive officer and Unesco trustee Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan recently said that he is one with the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. in its advocacy to decentralize and decongest the National Capitol Region (NCR).

Speaking before the chamber’s members during a climate change forum, Tan said that planners, industry players and stakeholders should now consider the risks posed by "new normal weather disturbances" not only to economic activities but to people’s lives as well.

4 Jun 2014 - Village to hold free nuptial for unwed couples

PAMPANGA -- Barangay Dolores in San Fernando will hold this June free marriage ceremonies for still unwed couples.

Barangay Dolores secretary Freddierick Gozun said barangay captain Vilma Caluag decided to pursue the project as she values the importance of having a complete family, which may help in creating a bright future for a child and other members of the family.

4 Jun 2014 - Masons reach out to indigent students

PAMPANGA -- Some 100 indigent students of Nuestra Señora del Pilar Integrated High School on Tuesday received school supplies during their second day of school as part of the Pampanga Masonic Lodge 48's Lodge charity project.

The beneficiaries were given notebooks, pencils, paper and coloring materials, according to Most Worshipful Master Nicanor Targa.

4 Jun 2014 - Ex-OFW arrested for unlicensed gun in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- The Tarlac City police headed by Chief Inspector Augusto Pasamonte recently arrested an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) for carrying an unlicensed firearm.

In a report to Senior Superintendent Alex Sintin, provincial police director of Tarlac, Pasamonte identified the suspect as Jonathan Ildefonso, 53, reportedly a former OFW.

3 Jun 2014 - Ex-mayor airs side on land controversy

PAMPANGA -- Former mayor Lyndon Cunanan has denied involvement in the controversy regarding the illegal selling of the 50-hectare government property in Barangay Ayala here.

Cunanan issued the statement following reports that former town officials illegally occupied portions of the land, which is being eyed by the local government as a venue of a P633-million socialized housing project.

3 Jun 2014 - BCDA: World Bank supports Clark Green City project

MABALACAT CITY -- The World Bank has expressed support to the Clark Green City project of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA).

In a statement, BCDA president and chief executive officer Arnel Casanova said the World Bank supports the agency's plan to make the green city disaster-resilient.

3 Jun 2014 - ole-Central Luzon welcomes new director

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Central Luzon office on Monday welcomed its new director in the person of lawyer Ana Dione.

A native of Kapangan, Benguet, Dione returns to Central Luzon after 12 years, having finished her tour of duty as Labor Attache in Brunei.

3 Jun 2014 - Trader victimized by robbery gang

PAMPANGA -- A 56-year-old businessman was victimized by Akyat Bahay gang members who carted away his personal belongings in his rented apartment in Barangay Dolores, City of San Fernando, Monday.

The victim identified as Restituto Capulong Jr., tenant of Tongol Apartment located at Villa Barosa, of said barangay, together with his family went on overnight swimming when the robbery occurred.

3 Jun 2014 - 2,115 indigent Kapampangans benefit from Capitol’s POC

PAMPANGA -- At least 2,115 poorest of the poor Kapampangans, previously non-Philhealth members benefited from the Point of Care (POC) program funded by the Provincial Government with an approved budget of P10-million.

The POC beneficiaries were identified through the assessment of the hospital social workers assigned in the provincial and 10 district hospitals in the province.

3 Jun 2014 - Padaca graces CDC jobs fair for PWDs, IPs

CLARK FREEPORT -- Commission of Elections Commissioner Grace Padaca attended the recently held jobs fair for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and Indigenous Peoples (IPs) on May 29 at the Mimosa Convention Center inside Clark Freeport Zone.

The second jobs fair for PWDs & IPs was spearheaded by Clark Development Corporation (CDC) in cooperation with the Clark Investors and Locators Association (CILA) and regional office of the Social Welfare and Development.

3 Jun 2014 - Oplan Balik-Eskwela a success

PAMPANGA -- Police officers were deployed throughout different schools as part of their Oplan Balik Eskwela program as public schools welcomed their students for the first day of classes in City of San Fernando on Monday.

Each school in the city was given teams of policemen to watch and ensure the safety of students, secure the school surroundings, prevent students from fighting and to prevent crimes.

3 Jun 2014 - Guv tells PWDs: Handicap not a barrier to success

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Tuesday told especially challenged students and their parents that physical handicaps are not barriers to success or getting good education.

The governor led Capitol officials in distributing educational assistance to some 134 persons with disabilities (PWDs) at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here, where each of the special students received P2,500 for school expenses this year.

3 Jun 2014 - Sto. Tomas police gets boost on search, rescue

PAMPANGA -- The Sto Thomas Police force here received search and rescue equipment from the Municipal Government of Santo Tomas led by Mayor Joselito Naguit as the police sets to prepare for the coming rainy season.

Santo Tomas Police chief John Clark, who received the equipment in simple ceremonies here, said that the support of the municipal government comes in a perfect time as the local police is preparing for its rainy season disaster management plan. Some villages in Santo Tomas get perennially flooded during the rainy season making disaster management a regular thing for the local police.

2 Jun 2014 - Rodriguez won’t sue Napoles

PAMPANGA -- Representative Oscar Rodriguez (Pampanga, 3rd district) will not press libel charges against alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles even if the legislator's name listed as "Oca Rodriguez" appears on her affidavit.

Last Saturday, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. rejected calls for the House of Representatives to investigate the inclusion of some legislators in the affidavit of Napoles. Earlier, some lawmakers are called for an inquiry into the Napoles list to clean the names of legislators who were accused of misusing their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) as most of them say they were victims of trial by publicity.

2 Jun 2014 - Pamintuan in Singapore for World Cities Summit

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is currently attending and participating in the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum 2014 (WCSMF), an invitation-only event running from June 1 to 4 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore.

Pamintuan is one of 12 Filipino mayors attending the assembly, which is an interactive and enriching forum meant to facilitate ideas to create better cities.

2 Jun 2014 - Coordinated enrolment addresses public school congestion in Angeles

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Education (DepEd) is pursuing all means to address school congestion especially in urbanized areas like Angeles City to prepare better for the opening of classes in June 2.

Using a system called the Expanded Analytical System for School Facilities, education managers in Angeles City found that only a few schools are very congested and many other schools are undersubscribed or have space to accommodate additional student enrollees.

2 Jun 2014 - Grade 3 students under K-12 face textbook woes

MABALACAT CITY -- Mabalacat Elementary School (MES) is to start the academic year 2014-2015 with enough teachers but with no Grade 3 learner's materials at all.

It remains uncertain as to when the school will receive the learners' materials (textbooks) supposedly provided by the Department of Education (DepEd).

2 Jun 2014 - ‘Kurudo’ man arrested for robbery

PAMPANGA -- A "kurudo" man or "taong grasa" was arrested over the weekend after he robbed a businessman in Barangay San Agustin, Candaba, Pampanga.

In a belated report here, Senior Superintendent Marlon Madrid, officer-in-charge of the Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO), identified the arrested suspect as Dennis Cruz Sagum, 34, alias Kurudo, and a resident of the said barangay.

2 Jun 2014 - CIDG arrests barangay official for illegal firearms

PAMPANGA -- oint police teams recently arrested a Pangasinan village chief for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) head identified the suspect as Fernando Liqueran Tapiador, incumbent barangay captain of Sawat Urbiztondo, Pangasinan.

2 Jun 2014 - Notorious drug peddler arrested in Tarlac

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Security Operation Group (PSOG) of the Tarlac Provincial Police Office arrested in a buy-bust operation a suspected notorious drug peddler in Barangay Sta. Cruz here over the weekend.

Police identified the suspect as Kennedy Atchico, 39, married, a resident of Barangay Panampunan, Tarlac City.

2 Jun 2014 - P50,000 bounty set for fugitive househelp's arrest

PMPANGA -- A 19-year-old househelp is facing 14 counts of qualified theft after robbing her employer of some P740,000 here.

San Manuel police chief Abraham Atencio identified the suspect as Damaris Almuete Caballero of Barangay Lanas, Mangaldan, Pangasinan.